Dr Jonathan Beard is an Executive Director of Arcadis and Asia Head of Business Advisory and Transportation. He also co-chairs the Company's "Belt Road Alliance" for Infrastructure Advisory Services.
A veteran with 20+ years' industry experience, his expertise covers strategic master-plans, feasibility studies, national blueprints, M&As, PPPs, competition and regulation. Jonathan has advised on transportation policy and related infrastructure development in over 25 countries, and directed the master-planning for some of the world's largest and most successful ports.
Recent work includes leading airport and port pre-feasibility studies in the Middle East, the development of Malaysia's National Port Strategy, toll road PPPs in the Philippines, market advisory for a major e-commerce facility and cruise terminal due diligence.
Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant, a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Management Consultants and Director of the Hong Kong Management Consultancies Association.
Michael Beer is a Vice President at Citibank in Hong Kong, focusing on the regional transportation, infrastructure and logistics space. As an astute market observer, Michael tracks current and anticipated visitation, consumption and export trends across Asia (as well as the demand drivers in the US and Europe) to better project future earnings/listed share price performance. Further, by leveraging Citi’s regional/global presence, Michael is able to better understand the significant changes in trade/consumption patterns as well as new investment in regional infrastructure projects around the region. Prior to joining Citi Research in Asia, Michael looked at the U.S.-based Airfreight & Logistics service providers (such as FedEx, UPS, Expeditors International and C. H. Robinson, amongst many others) as well as the North American Railroad operators, initially at Bear Stearns and subsequently Wolfe Research (an independent transportation-focused research boutique) in New York. Michael received his BSc degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona and has subsequently completed executive education course work at INSEAD.
Chris Brooks is executive editor of 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.
Highly focused, results-driven senior manager with a proven track record in the establishing and further development of global container shipping, joint-venture partnerships with the continuous driving of shareholder value.
Experience with deep-sea container shipping commenced in 1979 with Overseas Containers Ltd, followed by Cho Yang, launching its’ own entry into the then alliance structures. Instrumental in the establishing of the original TRCON Consortium, further progression with Contship Containerlines and CP Ships, also driving industry consolidation with their own flavour, including forging new alliances.
Since 2006 Michael Cashman is the Commercial Director of Contship Italia S.p.A., reporting to the Group President as Shareholder and the Managing Directors of the individual Business Units- marine terminals.
As Commercial Director Michael Cashman has completed the restructuring of the historical organization to improve internal / external customer focus whilst simultaneously enhancing shareholder value and financial business performance. EBIT improvement of more than 30 per cent during a globally challenged period of general economic downturn, creating a legacy for future structural on-going positive business performance. All commercial processes have been reviewed, re-aligned and documented as well as centrally managed records repository being established. In 2012 Michael Cashman proceeded with the given objectives of continuing to improve business performance and leading the succession planning requirements of the commercial team. Primary accountability for commercial relationships with global shipping line customers, and commercial negotiation with an estimated turnover of Euros 300 million.
Mr. James Chang is the Chief Operations Officer of Lazada Crossborder based in Hong Kong. He is responsible for the development of logistics strategic planning across the Southeast Asian countries. He also oversees Lazada Crossborder operations in Hong Kong. Before James started his Lazada journey at Crossborder, he joined the company as co-Founder and the Chief Operations Officer in Lazada Philippines. He then moved up to regional level served as Executive Vice President of Operations.
An experienced supply chain and logistics professional having spent the past 16 years operating on the front line of retail supply chains and eCommerce operation in the Asia Pacific region, in particular an expert on strategic management of logistics and supply chain. Helping retail brands to improve their supplier's DIFOT performance, Cross Border eCommerce solutions and operation, Free Trade Zone Policies, Food and Beverage Import to China. Experience in development of logistics and supply chain innovative. Experience in delivering cost reduction project; Delivery of commercial outsourcing engagements; Experience in Network optimization (inventory, warehousing, distribution and cross border eCommerce operation); Delivery of process and operating model transformations; Execution of technology improvement projects, 3PL and 4PL freight optimization program.
As the Chief Executive Officer of SEKO Logistics Asia Pacific Region and a member of SEKO's Global Executive Team, I bring with me for more than 20 plus years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry with significant tenure in China. I am known for transformational leadership, driving change, people development, and building effective cross-cultural teams to deliver significant growth and increased business performance.
My achievements include:
• Lead a transformation of business models into progressive, profitable, solutions, client and people focused integrated network player
• Exceptional business turnaround leadership
• Stewardship over multiple M&A integrations in China
• Building industry leading cross-border businesses in Emerging Markets
SEKO Logistics Asia Pacific Region will follow their history of providing superior supply chain solutions with:
• Unique Shareholder Management Business Model enabling fast decision making
• Specialized & scalable logistics solutions in E-commerce fulfillment
• Industry expertise in Retail, Medical, Government, Energy
• Customizable technology-led logistic solutions
Aside from my work, I enjoy my wife & daughter and being involved with the Young Presidents' Organization(YPO) and Ashoka, a social entrepreneurship organization.
Michael is responsible for the overall global Sales organization including Sales Excellence, Global Marketing, Key Client Management and Reefer Management, and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Michael's previous roles include:
· Refrigerated transport, where he held the overall responsibility for the marketing activities
· Responsible for trade activities in Iberia, Morocco, France, Tunisia and Algeria and afterwards appointed Sales Director for the Maersk Line activities on the Iberian Peninsula.
· Trade and Marketing: within the Latin America trades, where he initially was responsible for the Asia business and later on the Europe portfolio.
· Managing Director for Maersk Line in Mexico and Middle America
· CEO of Seago Line A/S
Michael holds an Executive MBA from Instituto Empresa (IE) in Madrid. He is married to Naima who is Panamanian and together they have a son, Alexander.
Michael is also an avid runner with 7 marathons behind him.
Brian Jackson is a senior economist with the IHS China Regional Service, which produces economic and business environment analysis and forecasting for China's national and 31 regional economies. His recent research includes Brexit impacts on China, state-owned enterprise reform, foreign direct investment reform, industrial restructuring and the services transition, housing markets, and more. He is based in Beijing, where he has resided since 2007.
Prior to joining IHS, Mr. Jackson worked as a policy analyst with the American Chamber of Commerce in China; the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of UNCTAD and the WTO; and on various China¬-based consulting projects funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade.
Mr. Jackson’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., U.S., and a Master in Economics and Finance from the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), an institution in Madrid, Spain, created by the Bank of Spain.
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 JOC.com, 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.
Benjamin Lai joined Modern Terminals as Marketing Manager in 2002. He became General Manager, Operations in July 2005. In May 2010, he was promoted to Managing Director, Hong Kong overseeing the Hong Kong Business Unit. Benjamin took over the Managing Director position of DaChan Bay Terminals in May, 2012. Benjamin is also Vice Chairman of the Shenzhen Ports Association. Prior to joining Modern Terminals, Benjamin was the Director, Business Development for New World CyberBase, the IT arm of the New World Group. Benjamin also spent 6 years working in both United States and Canada for various IT companies in their business development function. Benjamin holds a Bachelor degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the United States and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Professor Patrick Lee is a career supply chain management professional with 30 years of experience in high technology industries, specializing in supply chain rebuild, network analysis, trade compliance, supply chain visibility, supply chain risk analysis, cloud-based supply chain intelligence decision analysis as well as dynamic demand predictive analysis.
Lee is the founder of Patrick Lee & Co., which provides supply chain management solutions to the industry. Nippon Express (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd, a top quality Japanese logistics service provider, is one of his served clients.
Previously, Lee was at the director level serving global 500 companies namely, Philips and Motorola. SanDisk, Corning and Nippon Express managed their supply chain for global or Asia distribution.
He has conducted research in the success and process of applying the theory of constraints to a global high technology glass-maker. Professor Lee is an adjunct lecturer teaching supply chain management and related subjects in Hong Kong University SPACE for more than 10 years. He is a visiting professor of Nanchang University in China.
Lee is member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a fellow-member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (Hong Kong).
Lian Hoon Lim leads the Enterprise Improvement Practice in AlixPartners in Hong Kong. He has had 25 years in as both a line manager and consultant in global supply chain operations in China, Hong Kong and South East Asia. This includes procurement of goods for resale, manufacturing of both components and finished goods, shipping and distribution operations both locally and globally. His recent work is heavily focused on the retail and consumer goods industries, although he has also had substantial experience with the automotive and electronics industries.
Prior to joining AlixPartners, Lian Hoon was the Senior Vice President for Group Planning & Strategy at the NOL Group in Singapore, which owns APL and APL Logistics. He has also held positions in consulting with A.T. Kearney, where he was a Partner and led the Hong Kong office as well as industry roles in product engineering, manufacturing and planning.
Lian Hoon has a doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in electronic & electrical engineering, both from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London, U.K.
Michel Looten joined Seabury in 2013, as Director of Maritime and is responsible for the maritime practice within Seabury. His responsibilities include the further expansion of Seabury’s offering and proposition in the maritime industry through its business intelligence products and consulting services.
He started his career in 1999, in container shipping with P&O Nedlloyd, holding several roles in both Rotterdam and London. These roles included trade management, sales and marketing, as well as vessel operations. After joining Maersk Line, he held the role of Route Manager Asia Imports for Central Europe. Prior to joining Seabury, he was with the agricultural supply chain management company, Cefetra BV, which he joined in 2008. Here he worked in the chartering department, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in the dry bulk sector as well.
Michel received a Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam and graduated in Maritime Economics and Logistics.
John McCauley is vice president, transportation and logistics, for Cargill, leading its global container freight business. He has a deep and extensive experience in container shipping and is close to attaining the status of industry veteran although he prefers "holder of industry wisdom." His current role at Cargill also incorporates wider transportation and logistics throughout the Asia Pacific. He has lived in his native Australia, the United Kingdom (twice), Djibouti, Dubai, Geneva, and now Singapore. He has worked for logistics and container shipping companies and on the beneficial cargo owner side in pharmaceuticals, logistics service, and laboratory services.
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.
Mr. Wan Min is the Director of the Board, President and Deputy Party Secretary of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited. Mr. Wan Min had been Manager of Marketing Department, and later Assistant to the General Manager of COSCO Shanghai International Freight Co., Ltd, Deputy General Manager of Marketing Department, General Manager of Asia and Pacific Trade Department, General Manager of America Trade Department of COSCON. He was also appointed as General Manager of COSFRE, President of COSCO Americas Inc., and President of COSCO Container Lines Ltd. With over 20 years' expertise in shipping industry, Mr. Wan has rich experiences in container shipping and corporate management. He has taken his current position since January, 2016.
Mr. Wan Min graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, majored in business administration. He has a master's degree and the qualification of Engineer
Pat Moffett recently retired as Vice President, Global Logistics at Voxx International Corp after 37 years of service. He began his long career in the bill of lading department of an ocean carrier in the early 1960's.
After serving in the U.S. Army for 2 years, including a tour in Vietnam, Pat re-entered the field of international trade and held positions as Direct Store Import Manager at J. C. Penney and Director of Transportation for Lafayette Electronics before joining Voxx (formerly Audiovox) in 1980.
Moffett received many awards throughout his career including "Man of the Year" U.S Customs & Border Protection's Columbia Association and "Long Island International Executive Year" among others.
Pat is the author of two critically acclaimed books, "Fortunate Soldier" about his experience in Vietnam and "Ice Cream In the Cupboard" about his family's struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, which will also be a motion picture this year.
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 JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce magazine and sister publications IHS Fairplay and Fairplay.com, He also chairs the programming committee for the JOC's annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China.
Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at Maritime & Trade, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining the JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. A frequent speaker to industry groups, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing.
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.
Harry Sangree is Executive Vice President at CargoSphere, the leading provider of frictionless rate distribution and cloud-based global freight rate management,. Harry has worked to advance the automation of global trade for over 30 years. Prior to joining CargoSphere, Harry was an original member of INTTRA’s executive management team where he led product management for a number of years and then provided leadership as Senior VP – Corporate Strategy. Harry started his career as the co-founder of Syntra Limited (later ClearCross), a software company automating export documentation and compliance for US-based and global exporters. Harry has an AB and BE from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia University.
Steve Saxon is a Partner in McKinsey & Company's Shanghai office. Steve joined McKinsey in London in 2000, and transferred to Asia in 2005. He is a core member of our transport, infrastructure and logistics practice, focusing on shipping and ports.
His work includes strategy development with container lines, performance improvement through revenue enhancement and cost reduction, and supporting private equity investors into shipping. He helps ports in their long term plans and productivity improvement. Steve's recent publications have included the priorities for a container line CEO, the view of shippers on the future container industry, and the cost potential of the new alliances.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the internet marketplace for international freight. A 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. Schreiber has a Ph.D. in computer science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.
Gary So is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Kerry Logistics Network. He joined the Group in January 2000, spent 3 years in Hong Kong to build up the logistics business, 6 years in China, and 1 year in Taiwan. He left in 2009 to pursue his personal interests and was the regional president of a Fortune 500 company prior to rejoining the Group in March 2015. Mr. So has previously worked for a major airline, a logistics arm of an ocean carrier, a global integrator in express and logistics, and a consultancy firm prior to joining the Group in 2000. Mr. So obtained a bachelor of science degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master of business administration degree from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He also completed the executive program at McGill University, Canada.
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.
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 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.
Jim Whalen is President of INTTRA Asia. Jim has been with INTTRA since 2009 and has previously held the position of Chief Commercial Officer, leading the Product Management, Professional Services, Customer Service and Infrastructure Operations teams.
Before joining INTTRA, he spent 15 years in senior management positions at AT&T in Business Systems. Prior, he held executive positions at growth companies including Vertek Corporation, Synchronoss Technologies and Avotus Corporation.
Tim Wickmann, Chief Executive Officer of MCC Transport, is overall responsible for the intra-Asian container shipping arm of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group.
Tim Wickmann joined the Group in 1990, beginning his career as a shipping trainee. After graduating from the program, he spent two years working in Maersk Korea, before returning to the headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 2003, Tim went back to Maersk Line's Head Quarter in Copenhagen, initially as overall Route Manager for Maersk Line's East Coast of South America services in 2003. He was also part of the team that handled Maersk Line's acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd after which Tim became Maersk Line's Route Director for all Regional Trades, including intra-Asia.
Tim Wickmann was appointed Chief Executive Officer for MCC Transport in mid-2008 in conjunction with Maersk Line transferring all Intra-Asia trade related business to MCC. He has since then been overall responsible for the strategy and execution of MCC Transport across 14 countries in the region.
To complement his 26 years of shipping experience, Tim Wickmann attained a combined Executive MBA from the Columbia Business School & London Business School in 2007/8.
A 35-year career in maritime transportation qualifies Tissa Wickramasinghe to be considered one of Sri Lanka’s most eminent professionals in the field.
Currently General Manager Marketing & Commercial at Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT), the only deep-water container terminal facility in the Port of Colombo, and at US$ 500 million the largest maritime infrastructure investment in Sri Lanka, his career encompasses 25 years in the Ports and Terminals industry, and 10 years with the British Merchant Navy.
A British-qualified Marine Engineer, he served for 10 years as General Manager of South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd. (SAGT) the first public-private partnership project of the Port of Colombo, and as Director Projects in the Transport Sector, responsible for overseas port development business at Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH), prior to joining CICT.
Tissa Wickramasinghe’s extensive experience in the Port and Terminal industry in the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka and overseas includes the negotiation of Public, Private Partnership (PPP) projects with state authorities and the establishment of new joint venture port projects under Public / Private Partnership schemes. He has the rare distinction of possessing knowledge, skills and working experience in the technical and operational aspects of port management as well as in marketing and commercial aspects.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK).
Viezen Zhang is the Vice President of Elane Inc. He joined Elane in September 2015 and became in charge of the supply chain division. As Asia Sales Director of Inttra from 2013 to 2015, and key account manager of TNT and Maersk, Viezen also has diversified knowledges of the supply chain industry and over 12 years of experience in multiple Global Shipping and Logistics Industries.
He is an energetic and driven logistics expert who has experience of managing teams across different countries and enjoys multiple relationships with key players in the industry. E.g.:
Sony, Ikea, Huawei, Foxconn, Haier and Logitec
Damco, Sinotrans, Kerry, Ceva
Maersk, CMA, MSC