A dynamic and resourceful business leader with well over 30 years of experience in commercial strategy, Caroline Becquart is a much-respected figure among the MSC management team. Having started her career as a trainee with the business in 1984, she now holds the position of senior vice president, based at the company’s Geneva headquarters. Caroline takes the lead on company strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, including all commercial operations and logistics activities and has been the driving force behind a number of large-scale commercial transactions. It was under her impressive vision and leadership that MSC experienced exceptional growth when the company entered the Far East trade in 1996, resulting in the business taking its position as one of the world’s leading shipping lines. As senior vice president of Asia trade management, Caroline also sits on the board of directors for MSC offices across Asia. Together with MSC executive management, Caroline was instrumental in negotiations around the 2M vessel-sharing agreement, and today her drive and commercial acumen continue to impress customers and colleagues alike.
Born in 1964, dropped out of school, started my own business , a courier company, together with my brother in 1983. We grew the company to a big transport company (+80 trucks) being market leader in The Netherlands on the trade Holland – Italy v.v, having customers like Compaq, Sun Microsystems, Intel etc., as we had created 24 hours services to many destinations in Italy under high security.
Sold my share in 2004 and started Logfret in The Netherlands from scratch as being a subsidiary of the French Logfret Group. Logfret Group is a French family owned company which has 65 offices worldwide. Now Logfret in The Netherlands has two offices, soon 3, and employ + 40 staff.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC's six annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. 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.
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.
Since 2010 Christian Drake has been working for the Paribus Group, a privately owned investment and asset manager located in Hamburg. As Managing Director of Paribus Vertrieb GmbH he is responsible for all sales activities within the Paribus Group offering investment opportunities for private and institutional investors in rail and real estate. The group's rail activities are managed by northrail GmbH, a joint venture of the Paribus Group and Port of Kiel. Northrail is a major player in the western European rail operate lease market and the largest German owned lessor of diesel shunting locos. Christian Drake started his career in 2003. Since then he held several positions in the German banking and investment industry including 2 years as divisional director in a large German bank. He holds a commercial diploma in banking and a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg.
Peter was working with Shipbroker Clarksons, London from 1994. 1997 Peter relocated back to Hamburg to join boutique broking firm Martini Chartering where he became managing director 1999.
Martini Chartering is predominantly active in the Container, Drybulk and Car Carrier markets. The firm acts on an competitive basis world wide and is exclusively representing several German Ship Owners. Advise on Charter Party Details as well as detailed market studies are offered upon request.
Peter is member of the board of Hamburg´s Shipbrokers and Agent Association (VHSS) and member of BIMCO´s documentary committee.
Michel started his career as an electronics engineer and was one of the pioneers of RFID technology. He was one of first employees of Gemplus (now Gemalto) specialising in RFID and mass transit before founding STELLA Electronics in 1996. Having built up the business for 8 years and after selling it to a large group Michel stayed on to manage the unit for another 6 years. In 2010 he started researching a technological and business solution for an industry wide container tracking and monitoring system. Michel founded TRAXENS in 2012 and is now the CEO. Michel has successfully negotiated the entry of CMA CGM and MSC into TRAXENS' capital along with institutional and financial backers.
Andrew Gillespie is the Director of Global Logistics for Ansell Limited, a global leader in wearable barrier protective solutions, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Ansell designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of surgical, industrial and household gloves, and protective clothing. Logistics experience includes managing global ocean, air freight and all modes of trucking transportation as well as major network optimization projects.
Andrew has previously been with American Standard, Piscataway, NJ in various Transportation/Logistics positions. He also has experience in the chemical industry, trucking and warehousing. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University including a graduate certification in Supply Chain Management.
Andrew is actively involved within the Logistics profession through various organizations including The National Industrial Transportation League; member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, The International Commerce Club of New Jersey and as a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.
Andrew resides with his wife Karin and their six children in Kingston, NJ.
Ms. Nicola Good is executive editor of Fairplay from IHS Markit, the global provider of maritime data, analysis, consulting and media.
Ms. Good is an expert in maritime shipping with focused interest in shipping market fundamentals and outlook, consolidation within shipping, and company analysis and transaction. Prior to joining Fairplay's editorial team, she had a long association with Lloyd's List where she directed news and feature content.
Ms. Good launched Lloyd's List's flagship print product, The Intelligence, in September 2015. At Lloyd's List she was the custodian of the annual Top 100 ranking and Next Generation product. She started her career with Independent Newspapers South Africa after graduating from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Berit Hagerstrand-Avall is Vice President, Sea Services at Stora Enso Logistics in Gothenburg, Sweden since 2009. She is responsible for global sea transports at Stora Enso including ocean container, short sea/deep sea break bulk and European liner services. She is leading a team of shipping and logistics professionals in 6 countries focusing on procurement, sustainability and operational excellence.
She has vast experience in international container shipping and logistics and she has held a number of executive positions in sales, customer service and operations with ocean carriers like Maersk Line, P & O Nedlloyd and Sea-Land Service Inc. Her working background is in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as Russia. Prior to joining Stora Enso, she worked with Maersk Line in St Petersburg.
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wood and paper.
Felix Heger started his career as a management consultant in DHL Consulting 10 years ago, before moving on into the DHL Business Unit Global Forwarding. At first responsible for ocean freight product development in the DHL global ocean freight management team, Felix was involved in developing and implementing innovative service offerings e.g. relating to secure ocean transportation and the life sciences industry. In 2015, Felix joined the European DHL Global Forwarding regional headquarters after having led the companies' ocean freight team in Ireland for a number of years, and is now responsible for DHL's ocean and china rail activities from a European standpoint.
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 M&A preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.
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.
Björn Klippel received an M.Sc. Business Administration, Logistics/Transport, from Mannheim University, Germany, in 1984. He was the Project Manager for a leading U.K. transport company and international logistics consulting group from 1984-1992. In 1998, he became Vice President and Shareholder of TIM Logistics GmbH, an intermodal transport operator pioneering private rail transports in Germany and Switzerland. He was the Managing Founder of TIM Consult, logistics consultants with a focus on the design, optimization and implementation of global value networks/supply chains, including network design, transportation and warehousing. The multinational team of 54 members operates from offices in Mannheim, and the U.S. in all regions of the world. TIM Consult operates the world’s leading Market Intelligence Initiative in transport covering freight spend of more than $28 billion annually in global ocean transport, air cargo and land transport in Europe, NAFTA, Latam and Asia/China. It has an unbroken track record in benchmarking, best-practice analysis, tender support and contract management in ocean and hinterland container transport.
After a banking education and studying business administration, Jan Krutemeier started his career in international export and project financing with KfW in Frankfurt. After seven years in banking he switched sides within the industry and since 2007 he has held different positions at HAMMONIA Reederei and HCI Capital. In his current role Jan Krutemeier coordinates the business operations of various special purpose entities as managing director.
HAMMONIA Reederei is a ship management company and competent project developer in international shipping and operates. HAMMONIA is part of the Peter Döhle group and manages currently 60 container and multi purpose vessels.
Olaf Merk is Administrator Ports and Shipping at the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international organization in Paris. In this role, he directed studies on ports, shipping and port-cities. Olaf Merk is the author of various OECD publications including “The Impact of Mega-Ships” and “The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities.” As Manager of the OECD Port-Cities Programme, his previous post at the OECD, he directed more than a dozen studies on port-cities, including on Hong Kong, Shanghai, Rotterdam and Hamburg. He is also lecturer on the Governance of Port-Cities at the Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris. Prior to the OECD, he worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Master's degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and two postgraduate studies: Marketing Strategy (ESADE) and General Management (IESE).
Prior to his appointment with the Port of Barcelona, he worked for twenty years with different private companies in the area of international marketing.
He is currently Deputy General Manager of the Port of Barcelona; President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours, IAPH; Chairman of the European Sea Ports Organisation, ESPO; President of PortIC, the Barcelona's Port Community System; Chief Executive Officer of tmZ, Zaragoza Inland Terminal; and associate lecturer in International Marketing at the University of Barcelona.
Kai has worked for IHS Markit since 2015. Prior to that he set up trading desks for container derivatives at ICAP plc, London and HSH Nordbank AG, Germany. He has been in the shipping industry since 2004 working for subsidiaries of Reederei F. Laeisz / M.M. Warburg & CO in Hamburg and V.Ships / KG Allgemeine Leasing in Copenhagen where he was involved in Ship Finance and commercial and technical vessel management. He was working in sales and structuring of KG, KS and alternative financing models as well as in the implementation of a trading platform for secondary KG shares. His professional career started with Dresdner Bank in 1996. In 1998 he joined DAB Bank in Munich to help in marketing Germanys 1st online broker. 2001 he got involved in Bayerische Landesbanks international Real Estate business. 2003 he consulted Finland Post Group in e-business solutions for the financial industry in Germany. He was awarded his degree in general economics from a private business school in Munich with distinction of the Bavarian Government.
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, including port congestion, the impact of mega-ships, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications Fairplay and Fairplay.com, He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China.
Alan Murphy has nine years of experience in liner shipping research, analysis and systems development, with a focus on bridging the often disparate functions of management, analysis and IT development, having extensive practical experience in all three fields.
Murphy is a sought-after consultant, advisor and speaker at industry conferences and events, providing insight and intelligence to a broad range of stakeholders in the logistics community, through quantitative research techniques, econometric modelling, and systems and database architecture development.
Murphy has a degree in business economics, and joined the global market intelligence department of Maersk Line in 2004, coming from a position as finance research analyst at Copenhagen Business School. At Maersk Line he was initially responsible for developing, implementing and managing central systems for measuring and analyzing customer satisfaction, vessel utilization, market events and internal performance.
Later, as senior analyst of Maersk Line's intelligence and analysis section, Murphy was responsible for global supply/demand modelling, long-term forecasting, market and competitor analysis, and senior management reporting. After leaving Maersk Line in 2010, he continued to support the logistics community through ARM Consulting, helping companies automate manual processes, reduce costs and increase market reach based on actionable information.
Senior executive with 30 years experience from the shipping and logistics industry including 25 years with the A.P. Møller Maersk Group and 2.5 years with Hapag-Lloyd. Currently non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Unifeeder A/S, the largest common feeder operator in Europe, as well as Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group in their global shipping and logistics practice.
Holds an MBA (Honors) from IMD and have attended several executive programmes over the years with different business schools incl Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Penn State University and University of Michigan.
Lives in Copenhagen with his wife of 25 years and one of their three children that still resides at home.
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.
After studying economics and business administration, Jens started his career in investment banking in 1986 with Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein. As head of research and portfolio-management he was responsible for institutional investors. In 2001 Jens joined the newly founded HSH Corporate Finance, offering corporate advisory services for HSH's clients. Since 2006 he headed the shipping sector team of HSH Corporate Finance and was responsible for a series of shipping M&A activities, fund raising and restructuring mandates on a worldwide basis.
In 2010 Jens took over the position as Managing Director for projects and business development of Industrial Maritime Chartering GmbH in Germany.
Finally, in 2011 he founded the Notos Group, offering consultancy and investment management services for institutional investors in the maritime sector.
Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia, chief economist of HSH Nordbank in Hamburg and Kiel, has been working in the department Economics & Research since 2005, focussing on international trade, the global economy, commodities and interest rates as well as foreign exchange rates. Before joining HSH Nordbank Mr. de la Rubia headed the Economics Department of the Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika in Hamburg, analyzing Emerging Markets. Thus de la Rubia was very close to the corresponding markets, when the crises of the last decade hit the world, including the bursting of the internet bubble, the default of Argentina, the almost bankruptcy of Brazil, and last but not least, the Lehman collapse. This has served him well with respect to the evaluation of the current crises. De la Rubia is also lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and works for Berlin Economics, a German economic policy consultancy for governments in emerging markets. Cyrus de la Rubia wrote his PhD thesis at the University of Potsdam (Germany) about the maturity structure of bond markets, after a study course of Economics at the University of Kiel (Germany) and Córdoba (Argentina).
Johannes Schlingmeier is Co-Leader and Head of Product and Operations for BCG xChange – an online market place bringing together carriers, leasing companies, forwarders and traders to exchange empty containers and save empty repositioning costs. BCG xChange was developed by the Shipping Practice of The Boston Consulting Group to support the industry in addressing this 20bn+ USD challenge. Before xChange, Johannes was a Project Leader at BCG, and a core member of the Shipping Practice, advising many of the world's leading shipping and logistics companies. His experience includes strategy, digitalization and operations.
Johannes wrote his PhD on cooperation between container carriers to avoid empty container repositionings, he holds a diploma in Engineering from Berlin Institute of Technology and an MBA from Purdue School of Business, Maryland, USA.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the Internet marketplace for international freight. A LogTech (logistics technology) pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of freight rates and its patent pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Zvi has a PhD in Computer Science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Niek Stam is the National Secretary of FNV Havens (Dockers). He has been responsible for many CLA's (48) in the port section since 1993. Beside his national work he is also responsible for international work around the globe as part of an international trade union network under the flag of the ITF (International Transport workers Federation). He travels a lot. In Europe but also the rest of the world. Where ports are and where decisions has to take about dockers he tries to give his input and vision.
Thanks to this work where they share and exchange a lot of information from different dockers unions and the fact that the Port of Rotterdam is a pioneer in automation/robotisation he can gather a lot of practical information which they use for their outstanding policy with their members. The union has a lot of experience about the effects of automation and robotisation. And also a lot of experience about the negative effects of overcapacity.
In the last couple of years the balance of power in the maritime industry has changed and is still changing. Shipping Lines are forced to work together instead of competition and become more and more also a terminal operator. Between the shipping lines and terminal operators dockworkers have the challenge to survive. And that brings him back to his business and fight. And dockers have to fight back!
Marketing & Corporate Communication director of Contship Italia Group since January 2006.
Part of Contship Italia holding company since May 2002 as Marketing and Planning Manager Previous professional experiences: KPMG consulting (senior consultant) and Tarros Group (Container Control Manager). University degree: “industrial engineering” at Politecnico di Milano.
Working with the maritime intelligence provider and consultancy firm Alphaliner, Jan Tiedemann is based in the company’s Hamburg office. In his position as senior analyst for liner shipping and ports, Mr. Tiedemann is in charge of maintaining and developing internetbased tools for the shipping community. These tools include vessel and port data bases, market reviews and industry reports, as well as geographic information systems and sophisticated AISbased vessel tracking tools.
Trained as an economic Geographer, Mr. Tiedemann works closely with a broad spectrum of Alphaliner customers and partners to develop tailored market intelligence solutions for ship owners, vessel operators, ports and terminals, ship brokers and for the investment community.
Following earlier work with a global business consultancy firm, Jan Tiedemann joined Alphaliner and the BRS Group in Paris in 2008. In 2014 he relocated to Hamburg to found Alphaliner’s new German office.
Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was 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.
Mr Presser-Velder started his career in Logistics at the Mexican Partner of FedEx, where he assumed as Head of Traffic the responsibility for restructuring the Terrestrial Operations. After redesigning and building Intralogistics at Ocado.com, he also set up DHL' group s e-grocery operation at Allyouneed.com as Managing Director.
Mr Presser-Velder joined Rocket Internet as to set up the e-commerce infrastructure for South-East-Asias as Chief Logistics Officer of the Lazada, today's dominant e-commerce group in the region.
Since June 2015 he serves as Chief Logistics Officer for Rocket Internet SEs global portfolio. Most recently he is heading the groups efforts to digitize the global forwarding space as Managing Director of InstaFreight, a recently incepted online forwarding Company Mr. Presser-Velder holds a MBA from Oxford University and A degree in Law (Hons) from LMU Munich.