September 18 - 20, 2018
Hamburg, Germany



Vice President of Rail and Intermodal
AFMS Logistics Management Group

Mr. Asztalos has over 30 years commercial senior management experience in trucking, rail, and third party logistics industries. He has, over the years, worked on developing supply chain and distribution networks between common carriers and Fortune 500 companies. He started his career in the trucking industry with Roadway Express in positions that involved marketing, sales, line haul, and terminal operations. In 1987 he took his trucking experience to the rail industry where he worked on truck rail strategies for major carriers that are still viable today. He also formed joint teams with carriers such as UPS, FedEx, JB Hunt Transport, Yellow and Roadway to develop customized transportation solutions for their customers.

Mr. Asztalos has held a Vice President position at Conrail and Amtrak and held a Director position at Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Direct Logistics. Ken brings uniqueness to the supply chain industry as he has firsthand knowledge of rail and truck operations and negotiating methods. He was also a Senior Consultant at Transystems, Inc. and currently VP of Global Rail Strategies. During his tenure in the rail and trucking industry he has formed strong relationships with most major carriers in the US, Europe and China. His in depth experience has allowed him to bring the best transportation solutions to his clients.

No distribution network is too complex as he has developed proven solutions to mail, commodity distribution, and LTL networks that are still in use today.

Logistics Procurement Director
Hexion B.V.

I am currently the Director for Logistics Procurement EU and responsible for the Hexion Strategy for Global Marine and Air. I bring a substantial experience, knowledge and expertise in managing Global Ocean volume, air freight, domestic bulk transport, packed shipment (LTL and FTL), rail, warehousing, terminals and barging options.
Hexion, the world's largest producer of thermoset resins and the leader in adhesive and structural resins and coatings, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Hexion offers the broadest range of thermoset resin technologies and unmatched technical support - and provides them around the globe.

Prior to Hexion, I worked for Akzo-Nobel Netherlands, for over 27 years in various Transportation, Logistics, Procurement, Supply Chain and being the safety advisor for Dangerous Goods shipments.

I live with my wife Gerty in Zwijndrecht, NL

Manager of Global Ocean Operations
Deere & Co.

Jeniffer Boukal is the Supply Base Manager for Global Logistics in charge of Ocean, Drayage, and Warehousing at John Deere, a global agricultural, construction, forestry, and commercial equipment manufacturer. She is responsible for the Deere global sourcing functions for internal and external customers to their contracted ocean carriers, drayage carriers, and warehousing suppliers.

Jeniffer joined Deere & Company in February 2007 and has held multiple positions within JDAS, WWL, and IM&S. Some of her experiences include Pilot, GIS, Engineering, IT, Metrics, North American Transportation, Drayage, International Transportation, Global Strategic Sourcing, and Leading Global Cross Functional Teams. Prior to working for Deere, Jeniffer worked for J2 Aviation and Walmart.

Jeniffer graduated from Daniel Webster College with an MBA, Southern Illinois University with a BS and AS in Global Business Management and Aviation, University of Wisconsin Madison with a BS and AS in Audio and Electrical Engineering.

Director Programming, JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events in the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s 10 annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on A 30-year company veteran, Brooks’ career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine’s 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Lock Haven University.

EMEA Logistics Business Management Manager

Henk de Bruin is the global logistics ocean and TER procurement manager at HP Inc. He is responsible for worldwide ocean procurement and rail procurement from China to Europe, which is being called "The new Silk Road."

Within his 25-year tenure at HP, de Bruin has developed a deep understanding of the industry through various roles in warehousing operations, airfreight operations, surface transportation, ocean freight, and rail operations, as well as covering e2e logistics and the total customer experience.

Executive Sourcing Leader, Global Logistics & President
GE & Global Shippers Association

Prior to joining GE, Mark spent four years working for Freight Forwarder "Frans Maas", first in Manchester and then in Valencia, Spain. Mark joined GE Plastics in 1995, holding various logistics leadership roles in Cartagena (Spain). Mark played a key role in the launch of GE Corporate's European Transportation Council, becoming its chairman in 2001.

In 2002 he was promoted to lead logistics for Plastics Europe, relocating to Bergen Op Zoom in the Netherlands. He transferred to GEHC in 2005 to lead logistics for EMEA, based at GEHC HQ in the U.K.

Mark is currently the Executive Sourcing Leader for Logistics at GE Global Operations, and president of the Global Shippers Association (group of GE and non-GE businesses who collectively negotiate transportation). He's currently located at the GSA HQ in Fort Myers, Florida.

Head, Director Supply Chain Advisors Practice

Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Philip worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International. Philip then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, Philip has advised exporters, importers, lenders and ports on logistics, freight rates, seafreight procurement, supply chains and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the United States and Europe. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B. Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.

Drewry Supply Chain Advisors

Chas has over 45 years of experience in the Global Transportation sector and has had the good fortune of working and living on 4 continents, Europe, Africa, Asia and currently North America. His specialist sector is Global Ocean freight.

He learned this craft from the ground up, having started at entry level Documentation clerk, rose to VP Global ocean freight, and later Global VP Ocean freight procurement at UTI Worldwide. His experience in starting, managing and growing ocean freight business in the UK, Southern Africa, 5 countries in Asia and the USA, have given him a unique 'global' ability to drive real and repeatable value for his customers by personally understanding their needs, being able to translate those needs, and executing strategically driven, customized solutions for those customers.

Chas now is a Consultant with Drewry in London specializing in their Sourcing Ocean Freight Solution.

New York Shipping Exchange

Gordon has well-balanced perspective from all sides of the shipping industry. Prior to joining NYSHEX, Gordon was an executive at SABMiller, a large multi-national shipper. He has also held numerous leadership positions at Maersk Line, the world's largest shipping line, and Damco, a global freight forwarder. Gordon has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.

Gordon holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, as well as a bachelor of commerce degree majoring in maritime economics and a post graduate degree in maritime law.

Senior Analyst, EMEA Light Vehicle Production Forecast & Analysis
IHS Markit

Prior to working at IHS Markit, which he joined in 2011, Mario Franjičević was employed by Daimler AG, BMW Group Japan and Mitsumi Electronics. Over the course of his career, Mario has specialized in market research, price-/volume planning and product strategy of automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Mario is a sought after speaker for automotive related topics at conferences and he is regularly quoted in various media outlets.

Graduate of Business Administration at the University of Applied Sciences Nürtingen. Alumnus of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – "SP Japan Programme". The scholarship was founded in 1984 and focuses on tightening business and cultural relations between Germany and Japan in an 18 month stay in Japan.

General Manager, Asia
Henry Bath Singapore PTE Ltd.

Sean joined the Henry Bath Group in 2012 after 31 years working in the Steel Industry. Henry Bath is an Exchange Warehousing Company associated with the London Metal Exchange and CME. It operates in China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore in Asia. He was previously employed by BHP Steel & BlueScope Steel Australia serving across a number of countries and functions. Sean has spent the last 15 years predominantly engaged with the Steel Asia portfolio where he served in Supply Chain & Logistics leadership roles and as Business President for BlueScope's Asian Rollforming operations. Since 2005 he has been heavily involved in the Sales & Marketing of international steel exports and the global export strategy for the Steel Group. Sean is responsible for directing Henry Bath operations in Asia.

Head of Global Logistics Procurement

Jochen has been in the international liner shipping and logistics industry for about 30 years.

After completing his schooling in Germany and Japan, Jochen joined Hapag Lloyd in 1985. After some time in tramp operations in Buenos Aires, Jochen joined Maersk Line where he's held a diverse range of positions in Sales & Marketing, Key Account Management, Business Process Improvement, E-Commerce and Commercial Management in Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. In 2000 Jochen led the development and launch of Maersk Line's first portfolio of e-commerce services.

In 2011 Jochen joined global food & beverage company Nestlé where he holds Group responsibility for all global transport procurement activities through a network of offices in Switzerland, Malaysia and Panama. In addition to the procurement activities, his team is the Group Center of Competence covering supplier relationship management in the maritime, aviation and wider Logistics industries (3PL).

Jochen's function covers Nestlé's entire physical supply chain, from raw & packaging materials to finished goods.

Jochen was born near Hamburg/Germany, is married and has 3 children and lives in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Chief Commercial Officer

As of October 2015 Thorsten Haeser has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Member of the Executive Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG (2016: Sales EUR 7.7 billion and 9,400 employees). He is in charge of the worldwide sales activities of the transport and logistics group. Prior to that Thorsten Haeser held various management positions at Versatel GmbH, Sixt AG, Telefonica O2 and VIAG Interkom.

Thorsten Haeser completed his law studies successfully in 1996 at the Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität in Munich.

Vice President and Head of Ocean Freight and China Rail Europe
DHL Global Forwarding

Felix Heger started his career as a management consultant at DHL Consulting 10 years ago, before moving to the DHL Global Forwarding business unit. Initially responsible for ocean freight product development in the DHL global ocean freight management team, Heger was involved in developing and implementing innovative service offerings related to secure ocean transportation and the life sciences industry. In 2015, he joined the European DHL Global Forwarding regional headquarters after having led the company's ocean freight team in Ireland. He is now responsible for DHL's ocean and China rail activities from a European standpoint.

Royal Haskoning DHV

Jolke Helbing has more than 25 years of experience in the maritime sector, including 21 years in various functions and countries for A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Since 2010, he has worked as an independent consultant and as consulting director with ICF International. He joined Royal Haskoning in 2015 as a director within the port economics and operations team. His experience with international trade and shipping covers many markets and locations, including postings in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US.

Helbing's responsibilities have ranged from daily operational logistics to global strategic contracts and port investment strategy development. In these roles and others, he has demonstrated accomplished networking with government stakeholders and key stakeholders at management and board levels. His consulting focus has mainly been on strategic business plans for ports, related commercial market due diligence and merger and acquisition preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.

Senior Business Manager, Shippers and Forwarders
Port of Rotterdam

Mr. Steven Jan van Hengel (1983) holds the position of Sr. Business Manager Shippers Forwarders - Americas & Africa. His main responsibilities are business development and relationship management with shippers, BCO's and freight forwarders and business development with a special focus on the Americas and Africa markets.

Steven Jan holds his current position since February 2017. Between February 2015 and February 2017 he was commercial responsible for the Shortsea Container & RoRo segment and has successfully completed several major projects such as: terminal expansion(s), investments in (nautical) infrastructure and the redevelopment of the Shortsea container cluster.

Before joining the Port of Rotterdam authority in 2015, Mr. Van Hengel has held several positions in Finance, Operations and Business Development at Royal Vopak, world's largest independent tank terminal operator, in the Netherlands.

Steven Jan holds a Master's Degree in Economics & Business from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Global Supply Chain Director
Chassis Brakes International (CBI)

Wilfried Hermine is currently Global Supply Chain Director within Chassis Brakes International, one of the world's largest manufacturers of automotive foundation brakes. Main mission is to develop and put into force a global strategy for Supply Chain in line with CBI Strategy RISE 2020.

With 20 years' experience in Automotive Industry (Valeo, Bosch and CBI), Wilfried Hermine has been mainly in Manufacturing Plants as Engineering, production, quality and logistics Director before joining corporate entity for Global Supply Chain Management for the Group CBI.

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.

Rolf Habben Jansen is married and has two children. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.

He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd.

He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.

From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.

Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of Hapag‐Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag‐Lloyd AG since July 2014.

Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy Director, MSC Germany
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Nils Kahn is Deputy Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of MSC Germany. He grew up in Hamburg where he began his career in the heart of the German shipping industry in 1992.

Nils has held various commercial management functions, starting out with Contship Containerlines, a business later integrated into CP Ships, which in turn became part of Hapag Lloyd.

He joined MSC Germany in 2010, as head of sales and marketing, and was promoted to his current positions in 2015. He oversees more than 200 commercial employees.

Nils has been a member of the advisory board of Hamburg Hafen Marketing (Port of Hamburg Marketing) since 2012 and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board for the past two years.

Europe Senior Editor
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and business-to-business magazines. His journalism career began in 1989 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Durban, South Africa, covering the news during the turbulent end of apartheid. In 2000, he moved to Hong Kong and spent two years at the South China Morning Post sports desk before joining Cargonews Asia, and then IHS Markit in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on, in The Journal of Commerce, and often in sister publication IHS Fairplay and its associated website. He regularly speaks to industry groups, chairs the annual JOC Container Trade Europe Conference, and serves on the programming committee for the annual TPM Asia Conference.

Managing Director, Europe, Turkey and North Africa
BDP International NV

Yves Letange, a career professional of more than 30 years in the international transportation and logistics industry, has performed in a variety of strategic, operational and management capacities for multi-national chemical, healthcare and retail clients.

He joined BDP in 2004 and is based at the company's regional headquarters in Antwerp. Reporting to BDP's President & Global Chief Operating Officer, Mike Andaloro, Mr. Letange is responsible for operations and customer service in Europe, Turkey & North Africa. He collaborates with BDP clients in the design, planning and implementation of logistics process management solutions, which are often deployed in connection with BDP's Lead Logistics Provider (LLP) practice.

During his career at BDP, Mr. Letange had been the driving force in the development of BDP's presence in the EUNAT region, year-over- year double digit growth in his region and a client base that includes 8 out of the top 10 global chemical companies.

BDP's European operations include international freight forwarding; Customs brokerage and regulatory compliance; air, ground and sea transportation; warehousing; lead/fourth party logistics; and logistics information services. It serves clients in the chemical, healthcare, biotechnology, automotive aftermarket, metals, plant construction and electrical equipment industries.

Tokema Ltd.

Pierre Liguori is an experienced international supply chain & logistics professional with over 25 years in warehousing, logistics and freight forwarding operations, international business development, supply chain project management, strategic accounts sales development and consulting.

With more than 12 years at board of directors level. Pierre Liguori has worked for companies like Reebok, Expeditors, La City, CMA CGM, Soflog Telis and P&O Nedlloyd Logistics before founding Tokema Ltd, a British registered company offering international supply chain and global logistics consulting services to clients across industrial sectors and logistics service providers.

Fr. Meyer’s Sohn

Marc Meier is managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn (FMS), the No. 1 company in international forestry logistics services. FMS is also one of the largest ocean freight forwarders in the world. Meier is a German citizen with a broad background in international forwarding and management. Before being appointed as the chief executive officer of FMS, he held several management positions within Kühne+Nagel based in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. Beyond leadership and general management he has special interest in international supply chain management, continuous improvement, and digitization. In his past, he developed cross-modal control tower solutions in Europe and North America, improving the performance of global supply chains. He holds a German degree in economics and is a state-certified Forwarding Agent.

Senior Vice President, Global Seafreight
Kuehne + Nagel

After completing his apprenticeship at Kuehne + Nagel and his studies in macroeconomics at the University of Hamburg (MBA), Thorsten Meincke worked first for Kuehne + Nagel sales and logistics from 1989 until 1999. After that he moved to Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Hamburg.

In 2002 he rejoined Kuehne + Nagel as executive vice president of sales and marketing for Central Europe and was then promoted to senior vice president of global sales and marketing.

After eight years of global experience, Thorsten Meincke became a member of the management board of Militzer & Muench International Holding AG. In June 2014, Thorsten Meincke returned to Kuehne + Nagel Group as senior vice president of global seafreight.

Senior Vice President, Seafreight, Global Head of Trade
Kuehne + Nagel

Paolo Montrone has 30 years of experience in logistics and transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently Senior VP Seafreight, Global Head of Trade for Kuehne + Nagel Inc., the world's largest provider of NVO seafreight services. In this position he is accountable for the acquisition of all vessel capacity, matching capacity and services with customers and their requirements, yield management and carrier relations. Prior to his current position he has held senior management positions with Kuehne + Nagel in Asia, Europe and the United States.

During his career he has focused on supply chain and logistics efficiencies, innovation, digital transformation and pragmatic solutions to customer, Kuehne + Nagel and industry challenges. He is an avid guitar player and lives in Hamburg Germany with his Wife and daughter.

Senior Editor, Global Ports, IHS Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. He was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia publication based in Shanghai. He previously held posts at the International Air Transport Association as chief editor and secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a master's in international studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with specialization in international law and international trade. Mooney's coverage of global ports for the entire Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit, includes port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues. It appears on, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications IHS Fairplay and, He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China.

President and CEO
South Carolina Ports Authority

Jim Newsome is the President and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority in Charleston, SC. He assumed that role on September 1, 2009 and is only the fifth leader in the history of the port. He was the first American to assume the top roles in the United States for both Hapag¬Lloyd and Nedlloyd Lines.

Mr. Newsome received a BS in Transportation and Logistics in 1976 and a MBA in Transportation and Logistics in 1977 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. He was the top graduate in the College of Business Administration for Winter Quarter, 1976. He was named the Outstanding Alumnus in Transportation and Logistics in 1992.

Mr. Newsome is a native of Savannah, GA. He is married (wife Kathy) and has two children and one grandchild. His daughter, Rachel, is a teacher in Nashville, TN. She and her husband are the proud parents of Amelia Rose Smith, born May 4, 2016. His son, Matt (25), is a second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston (undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill).

Executive Vice President
Savino Del Bene SpA

Fabio Nocentini began his career at Savino Del Bene in 1984 in the Florence warehouse. He gained exposure to all aspects of the company through varied positions in the Ocean Department, Sales Division, and Finance where in 2007 he was promoted to CFO and in 2011 COO.

In 2015 Fabio became the EVP of Savino Del Bene. Together with the President, they run the company worldwide.

Hansa Global Advisors

Peter leads Hansa Global Advisors, a logistics advisory that brings Silk Road rail solutions to global shippers.

3 years ago he began working with a pioneer rail group EEB Logistics on launching China-Latvia train with transit time under 2 weeks. Since then Hansa has collaborated with Freeport Ventspils and introduced Eurasia supply chain solutions to Caterpillar, UPS and Amazon. The vision of Hansa is to merge Trans-Atlantic and China-Europe lanes via ocean-rail handshake in Latvia creating 'Lane One' - the future backbone of global logistics.

Peter's background includes board level positions in Norvik Bank of Latvia (the first Baltic bank that financed railroad rolling stock), where he lead international business development in Europe and China and renewable energy projects. Prior to that he ran fund structuring and real estate acquisitions in G2 Capital Partners hedge fund of London.

EVP, Global Head of Ocean Freight
DHL Global Forwarding

Dominique von Orelli is today heading the FCL product for DHL Global Forwarding (DGF) and as of Oct 1 2017 he will take over the global responsibility for Ocean Freight at DGF.

He has spent the last 30 years in various positions at DGF in Switzerland, Australia, France and the USA.

In 2008 Dominique took on the regional role as Head of Ocean Freight in EMEA before taking responsibility for FCL globally in 2012.

In addition he is responsible for the pricing globally and leads the Ocean Freight Commercial Centers.

Dominique is a member of the DGF Board.

Logistics Procurement Manager-EMEA
Eastman Chemical Co.

Alejandro Parodi is currently responsible at Eastman Chemical Company for strategic sourcing of transportation and forwarding services within Europe, Middle East and Africa. Alejandro is an analytical facts-based decision maker with 15 years of experience in the area of logistics, supply chain operations and Procurement. During the last few years Alejandro's primary focus has been to relentlessly engage the container liner market and ensure that Eastman's Marine and Forwarding strategy remains aligned to business needs in a continuously changing business environment.

Prior joining former Solutia (acquired by Eastman in 2012), Alejandro worked as research associate and academic consultant with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in the area of Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Alejandro holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering (USB, Venezuela), a MS in Industrial Management (KUL, Belgium) and a MS in Operations and Technology Management (RUG, Belgium).

Alejandro has 5 children and lives together his wife in Leuven, Belgium. He is passionate about logistics and drive for excellence.

Director, European Reefer Trade
OOCL (Europe) Ltd

Daniel Piotrowski has been OOCL's Reefer Trade Director in Europe since November 2016. He is responsible for the overall asset utilisation throughout the European market.
Daniel joined the company in 1991 and has served in various capacities for 26 years, including as Commercial and Network Planning Manager for the Intra-European Trade, Commercial Manager Reefer Trade, Business Plan Manager Trans-Atlantic Trade and Reefer flow Coordinator.
Spanning from North of the Suez Canal (including North Africa) to the East Coast of America, the European Reefer market is varied, with a broad array of commodities requiring specialised equipment and professional cargo handling expertise to enable competitive and efficient transportation services Daniel leads a dedicated team that offers superior cargo care services, latest equipment and a one-stop- shop platform to provide the best and most cost effective reefer solution in an ever evolving and increasingly demanding supply chain environment.

Chief International Economist
IHS Markit Economics

Elisabeth joined IHS in 2012 to lead an initiative to build a new, next generation, global macroeconomic model. The IHS Global Link Model incorporates many innovative features and makes it possible to quantify the impact on the world economy of changes in the global risk environment, such as geopolitical threats and energy price shocks. Elisabeth now leads IHS global economic forecasting, modeling infrastructure and software, and economic and financial data.

Markets Editor, Fairplay, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Nick Savvides joined Fairplay as markets editor in January 2017. Most recently the editor of the Naval Architect, the Royal Institute of Naval Architect's flagship publication, Nick has also worked as news editor on Containerisation International's website, ci-online and the Chemical Tanker Price Report, an ICIS publication, before joining Lloyd's Register as a publications editor.

Head of Europe Services
Maersk Line

Johan Sigsgaard is Head of the Europe Services at Maersk Line since December 2016. He joined Maersk in 2003 and has held a range of different commercial positions including 4 years in Asia in country management roles in Vietnam and the Philippines. In 2013 he joined Trade Management in the Europe Service, where he now oversees the total business between Asia and Europe for Maersk Line. Johan holds an Executive MBA from IMD in Switzerland and a MSc in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.

Director and Head of Market Intelligence
Inside Fashion

Jane Singer is Director & Head of Market Intelligence at Inside Fashion, the leading market intelligence advisory service for the global fashion industry. She also leads the market research team at JDT Research Ltd, renowned for its breakthrough insights into consumer attitudes about fashion and lifestyle.

Ms. Singer has over 20 years experience in international markets, with extensive experience in Asia. She is an acknowledged thought leader, bringing refreshing and on point
insights about the fashion industry sector.

Ms. Singer is a featured expert speaker at prominent trade fairs, industry events and corporate meetings around the world. She also serves as a consultant to several leading apparel and textile companies, helping them to gain clearer insights into key markets and identify new opportunities.

Ms. Singer is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Economics.

Executive Editor, and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Mark Szakonyi leads the JOC editorial team, consisting of a global team of journalists and researchers covering the container shipping industry. His analysis and work have been quoted in general news media including the BBC, The Economist, PBS Nightly Business Report, NPR, Al Jazeera International, South China Morning Post and USA Today. He is a sought-after speaker who helps plan and moderate JOC events, leads JOC's shipper round tables, and chairs JOC's Canada Trade Conference.

President and Founder

Igor Tambaca is the Managing Director of Rail Bridge Cargo, the leading independent intercontinental Rail service provider and consultancy company.

Started at TNT in 1994 within operations of TNT IPEC Europe organisation. From 1999 till 2005 worked as commercial manager within TNT Express Benelux organisation. From 2006 till 2009 worked in the function of Global commercial manager for strategic accounts. From 2010 - 2012 Business Solutions manager for Multimodal solutions (Air, Sea and Rail) within TNT Express Worldwide Head office. Responsible for TNT Air bridge solution Chongqing China to Europe and Sea Freight Pireaus LTL direct ship solution into Europe both for the customer Hewlett Packard. From 2013 - 2015 Industry Value Proposition director - Multimodal Manager at TNT Express head office as part of the Marketing and Sales department. Responsible for Rail solutions and Sales. Responsible for complete LCL / FCL Rail solution of Acer - Chongqing into Europe including connection with LTL/FTL direct ship deliveries around Europe.. Per 2016 Managing Director of Rail Bridge Cargo, the leading independent intercontinental Rail service provider and consultancy company.

CEO and Co-Founder
Haven Inc.

Matthew Tillman is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Haven. Prior to launching Haven, he held technology and product leadership roles at several finance and advertising companies specializing in artificial intelligence. Haven was founded in 2014 to enable large shippers to automate logistics, collaborate with partners, and gain value insights into their supply chain. Haven supports customers in every trade lane out of their offices in Singapore, Switzerland, and San Francisco.

Senior Director, Content
Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce,, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data, and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell has been a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief, and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world's largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.

Senior Director of Trade Management, Atlantic

Thilo joined Hapag-Lloyd as a trainee in 1990. In 1993 he obtained his degree in shipping and business administration. From 1995 through 2009 Thilo held a variety of leadership positions at Hapag-Lloyd in New Jersey, Singapore, Genoa and Tampa. Returning to Hamburg in 2009, he set up the Hapag-Lloyd Yield Management group which he lead until 2013. Since then he is heading the Transatlantic Trade Management team, being responsible for the entire Hapag-Lloyd Transatlantic service portfolio. If you address him with "tea-low", this will sound very similar to how his name is pronounced in German.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer,
FreightHub GmbH

Michael Wax is Co-Founder and CCO of FreightHub, a fully digital asset-free freight service provider located in Berlin (HQ), Hamburg, and Hong Kong. He is responsible for the commercial strategy, sales, and the global partnership network for the company's logistic operations.

Before FreightHub, he co-founded Konux, a US-based double-digit million funded startup (NEA, Andy Bechtolsheim) offering holistic IoT solutions based on smart sensor networks. Michael previously worked at BMW and Bain & Company, and holds a master's degree (M.Sc.) in industrial engineering from Technical University of Munich.

Director and Secretary
Container Trades Statistics

Peter Webber has been a director of Container Trades Statistics Ltd since the company started in 2008 following the demise of liner conferences in Europe. On graduating from University College London, he worked in the Economics and Finance Division of the Far Eastern Freight Conference.

In 1985 he joined the European South Pacific & Magellan Conference (ESPMC). This later merged with the Association of West India Trans-Atlantic Steam Ship Lines (WITASS) and he became manager of the ESPMC/WITASS Joint Secretariat in 1994. He was also secretary of the New Caribbean Service Rate Agreement (NCSRA) and the Europe East Coast South America Conference (EECSAC).

In 2002 he joined Conference Administration Services Ltd as Company Secretary and managed the Europe Mediterranean Trade Agreement (EMTA) and the Mediterranean East Coast South America Conference (MEDSAM).

Head of Global Labour Relations
APM Terminals

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands.

• Studied law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, master degree in Dutch Private Law.

• Started career as company lawyer, working for small and medium size enterprises.

• Started to specialize in labour related matters and joined the General Employers' Association of the Netherlands (AWVN) in 1998 where he worked as a consultant for middle size and large (multinational) enterprises, specialized in labour relations matters and in negotiations.

• The interest in negotiations led him to become a certified mediator (CEDR, London, UK) and trainer in negotiations.

• After serving as Head of Legal Affairs for AWVN (from 2002) he joined Heineken International in 2009 at their Amsterdam Head Office where he was responsible for all labour related matters of HQ, for international labour relations and for the management of the relationship with the Heineken European Works Council. He also overlooked the global Heineken Employees & Human Rights Policy.

• In 2014 he joined Maersk Group and APM Terminals (on a 50/50 basis) as Head of Global Labour Relations, responsible for Maersk's labour relations vision, strategy and policies.

• In the beginning of 2017 appointed as Head of Global Labour Relations for Maersk Transport & Logistics (Maersk Line, APM Terminals, DAMCO, SVITZER, Maersk Container Industry).

• Member of the global HR Leadership Team of APM Terminals and Chairman of the Maersk Global Labour Relations Council.

Director, MSC Austria
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company

Frederik Wexel is Director of MSC Austria, providing inter-modal and deep-sea solutions for cargo moving between Austria and anywhere in the world.

Originally from western Germany, Frederik moved to Hamburg and from a young age became fascinated by globalization, viewed through the lens of the city's port. He simultaneously studied Business Administration at university and worked as a shipping merchant apprentice for DSR-Senator Line in Bremen, before joining MSC in 2009.

Frederik worked in MSC Germany's Export Far East, Middle East and Indian sub-continent department in Hamburg, before switching to MSC Austria and ascending to the top job in the country in 2015.

Based in Vienna, Frederik oversees 55 people in two offices, which together form the biggest representation of any international shipping line in Austria.

Head of Automotive Sales, Germany
DHL Global Forwarding

Joachim Wuest joined the DHL family beginning of 2000 as part of the Automotive Competence Center Germany; at this time part of the AEI organization that was just acquired by Danzas.

After managing this team for some years, he joined the Marketing & Sales organization of DHL Global Forwarding as Business Development Manager Automotive focusing on the OEM's as well as 1st Tier suppliers headquartered in Germany.

Since 2013 Joachim is Head of the Automotive Sales Team of DHL Global Forwarding, Germany and also signs responsible for the German Automotive Competence Center as part of the Global Automotive Competence Center setup.

Sales and Marketing Manager
Trieste Marine Terminal SpA

Sales and Marketing manager of the container terminal of the Port of Trieste, with 17 years' experience in the maritime and intermodal sector.

After a short experience at the Harbour Master of Trieste, he worked both in Trieste and Rotterdam as a commercial coordinator of the North Continent Agency Network of one of the worldwide first ranking Shipping Line.

Ten years ago he moved back to Trieste as sales and marketing director of the container terminal of Trieste and he is today also in charge for the development of the intermodal network of the container terminal, with particular focus on the rail links between Trieste and the Central/Eastern European Countries.

Procurement Manager
Famous Pacific Shipping

Martijn started his carrier some 20 years ago at Damco Maritime. Over the years he worked in various functions for forwarders(Emery Worldwide, Fritz Companies, Logfret ao.) as well as big Dutch NVOCC's with specialization on FCL's on the Trans Atlantic trade. Martijn has therefor well developed knowledge and experience on the North-American and it's rules and regulations. Started in the documentation department and worked up his way up and today Martijn is the Procurement Manager for FPS Famous Pacific Shipping Rotterdam where he started working September first of this year. FPS Famous Pacific Shipping is one of the leading NVOCC (Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier) in The Netherlands and has an expertise in the complete range of consolidation services for LCL cargoes worldwide ( Import & Export ).