October 10 - 12, 2017
Shenzhen, China
Founder, President

Neil Barni is the founder and president of CargoSphere the single rates platform for all. Neil founded CargoSphere in 1999 with an unwavering determination to create the most innovative freight rate management and networking solution. Today, CargoSphere connects the global shipping industry with its collaborative, confidential and immediate technology platform the Rate Mesh. The company holds several U.S. Patents related to online freight negotiations.

Prior to CargoSphere, Neil served in various areas of increasing responsibility in the international logistics division of the Pepsi Cola Company and has over 20 years of international supply chain experience. During his college years, Neil spent a Semester at Sea and furthered his international studies at the University of Florence, Italy before completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

Head of Transportation and Logistics Consulting, Asia

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.

SEZ Khorgos Eastern Gate

Hicham Belmaachi is the Dp World Chief Operating officer of the Special economic Zone Khorgos in Kazakhstan – a 600 hectare integrated transport, logistics and industrial hub linking the Far East, CIS countries and Europe.

After 10 years of managing major global trade routes in the Shipping Industry for CMA CGM, Mr. Belmaachi gained valuable and transferrable skills applicable to be the COO of the SEZ Khorgos, part of the multibillion dollar One Belt One Road project re-launching the ancient Silk Road.
Having a career strategically based in both the Far East and Europe, in 4 countries on 3 continents, he has developed an ability to comprehend, communicate and execute effective results beyond given targets despite any environmental or communication challenges.

Mr. Belmaachi current mission is to make Khorgos the most dynamic logistics and industrial hub on the Silk Road.
Mr. Belmaachi has a Master's of Science in Management from Kedge Business School.

Chairman and President
Latvian Railway

Edvins Berzins is the chairman and president of Latvian Railway and a member of the supervisory board of JSC “RB Rail” (Rail Baltic). His career has included senior positions at the ministry of the interior of the Republic of Latvia and the Police Academy of Latvia and a lawyer at Lattelecom. 

Berzins joined JSC Latvijas kuģniecība, the Latvian Shipping Co., and served from 2006 to 2010, as the director of their legal department. He has served on its board from 2010 and as chairman since 2016. From 2014-2015, he was interim CEO of JSC RB Rail, or Rail Baltic.  

Berzins has a master’s degree in law and an MBA, and has completed the  Norwegian-Latvian Master Study programme Innovations and Entrepreneurship. In 2016, he completed the Professional Board Member Education Program at the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance. He is chairman of Latvia-Belarus and Latvia-Kazakhstan Business Cooperation Council, council member of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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 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.

Director, and Claims Specialist
Thomas Miller Law & TT Club

Alexis is a Director of Thomas Miller Law, Australia, marine and logistics lawyers specialising in advising on all legal aspects of the supply chain including cyber risk. Thomas Miller Law is part of the international Thomas Miller mutual insurance group which underpins the TT Club, UK P& I Club, ITIC and TMS Specialty Risks, a cyber risks insurer. Prior to joining Thomas Miller Law, Alexis handled liability claims for the TT Club in the Asia Pacific region and managed claims as correspondent for the UK P&I Club. She has been a partner in leading maritime and transport law firms in Sydney and in house counsel for consulting engineers and an offshore mineral exploration company. Alexis holds degrees in Arts and Law and Master of Laws degree with a focus on Insurance Law and International Commercial Arbitration. Thomas Miller Law also has offices in the UK and Switzerland.

Head of South China DHL
Global Forwarding China

Dr. Timothy Cheng, Head of South China of DHL Global Forwarding (China) Co., Ltd. During the 16 years in DHL, Mr. Cheng has been serving in various positions & fields, including sales & general management with great achievements. He also successfully brought about strategic cooperation mode between DHL and a world leading high-tech Company in South China, which became the pioneer example of logistic industry.

Mr. Cheng is currently responsible for management on business and operations as well as executing DGF's strategy deployment in South China.

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.

Executive Director, Shipping
ICBC Financial Leasing Co.

Mr. Bill Guo joined in ICBC Leasing in 2013. He is now Executive Director of Shipping Business Unit, mainly responsible for the leasing business of the container shipping related field and VLOC ships. Before working for ICBCL, he had been working for Maersk Group for over 10 years as the management positions in different countries, with the solid knowledge in container shipping business and financial knowledge.

Director, Head of Ocean Freight, North and Central China
DB Schenker

Born in 1962 in the Northern part of Germany, Joerg Hoppe completed his schooling in Bremen, Germany, and obtained a vocational training certificate in "International Freight Forwarding" with a global mid-sized forwarding company in 1983. In 1986, he transferred to the USA where he spent 16 years building a career in international forwarding with Hermann Ludwig (USA), Inc. and from 1990 onwards with Conterm Consolidation Services (USA), Inc. in ocean cargo consolidation.

In 2002, Joerg Hoppe accepted a Corporate Management position with Schenker AG in their global head office in Essen, Germany, from which he then moved on to Schenker's Regional head office in Singapore in 2005 in a regional Product Management role.

On August 1, 2007, Joerg Hoppe was appointed as Director and Head of Ocean Freight for Schenker China Ltd. based in Shanghai responsible for the Central China region.

As of April 1, 2014, he took additional responsibility for Schenker's larger, newly formed North/Central China region as Head of Ocean Freight.

Joerg Hoppe is a German National, married and has two children.

Head of Transport Research, Asia-Pacific

Parash Jain joined HSBC in 2006 and is the Head of Transport Research, Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, Parash has been directly covering the Asia marine sector (including logistics) since 2009 and is responsible for developing regional products in conjunction with other transport analysts. In his time at HSBC, he has also covered Asia small- and mid-cap companies. He is registered with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a bachelor's degree in commerce.

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 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.

President and Chief Operating Officer

Inna Kuznetsova is the president and chief operating officer of INTTRA (US), a SaaS portal for ocean shipping, processing over a quarter of all containers in global trade. Prior to joining INTTRA, Kuznetsova was the chief commercial officer and member of the executive board at CEVA Logistics (NL). Before that, she spent 19 years at IBM in a variety of global roles primarily focused on fast-growth opportunities or turnarounds. In her last role at IBM, she was the global vice president of marketing and sales for IBM Systems Software.

Kuznetsova serves on board of Global Ports Investments Plc (LSE: GLPR), the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market, and Avantida (Belgium), a privately owned company, providing in-land container management service.

She has completed her master's and Ph. D. study at the Moscow State University and later earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School. She is an author of two best-selling career advice books and is a frequent speaker on innovation.

Managing Director, DaChan Bay Terminals
Modern Terminals Ltd

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.


Johnson Leung comes from a traditional shipping background where he spent the first seven years of his career with Maersk Line in Denmark, Brazil, and China before working for Hutchison Port Holdings as an investment manager specializing in acquiring and negotiating port concessions in the Middle East. Leung's last assignment with Maersk was the eCommerce project at their headquarters, where he provided business logic for the development of Maersk Line's online platform. Moving from industry to finance, he was the regional shipping analyst at JP Morgan and then a senior shipping analyst for Tufton Oceanic, the largest shipping hedge fund, before joining Jefferies as their head of regional transport and industrials research for the Asia Pacific region. Leung is a graduate of Maersk Shipping Academy and HKUST, and holds an INSEAD MBA.

Regional Managing Director and Executive Vice President
iDS Medical Systems Group

Tommy Lui is the Regional Managing Director and Executive Vice President of iDS Medical Systems Group, which is headquartered in Singapore and part of the Fung Group that also owns Li & Fung Limited, a leading global consumer product supply chain company, as well as three other publicly listed companies in Hong Kong.

A premier medical supply chain company, idsMED is in the unique market position of distributing medical devices and consumables and providing value-add services to more than 10,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations across Asia.

Lui works in the company's Hong Kong office and is responsible for the North Asia region and the consumables business. In addition, he is also the executive director of Innonix Technologies, a sister company of idsMED, which specializes in advanced technologies and materials against airborne infections.

Before his appointment to idsMED in January 2017, Lui worked in the Fung Group for more than 16 years, including in the positions of group chief representative for southern China, executive director of global freight management, and managing director of supply chain solutions in LF Logistics, and e-business director of Li & Fung Distribution Group.
Lui was born and raised in Hong Kong, and studied in Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

He has worked in eight different industries, with large companies such as Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong and Carlson Group in the United States, as well as with smaller entrepreneurial enterprises including a dot-com start-up and telecom equipment reseller in Canada.

Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries
World Economic Forum

Wolfgang Lehmacher is Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a global executive, consultant and entrepreneur.

Prior to joining the Forum, Wolfgang was Partner and Managing Director (China and India) at the global strategy firm CVA, also overseeing the global logistics and transportation practice. 2005 – 2010, he served as President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion vehicle of French La Poste; 1999 – 2005, as International Director GeoPost. Before this, Wolfgang held senior management positions with TNT, including Head of Eastern European and Eastern Mediterranean Regions and Country General Manager Switzerland.

Wolfgang is member of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards Jury and the Logistikweisen, a think tank under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI. He is FT, Forbes, Fortune, BI contributor and author of books, including The Global Supply Chain – 2017 and How Logistics Shapes Our Lives – 2013 (German).

Vice President, Transportation and Logistics

John McCauley is vice president of transportation and logistics for Cargill, leading its global container freight business and its domestic transportation and logistics in the Asia-Pacific. He has a deep and extensive experience in container shipping and is close to attaining the status of industry veteran. He has lived in his native Australia, the United Kingdom (twice), Djibouti, Dubai, Geneva, and now Singapore. He has worked for two carriers, logistics companies, and on the beneficial cargo owner side in pharmaceuticals, logistics service, and laboratory services.

Group Logistics Director
Techtronic Industries

Alan Mctaggart has spent over 25 years working in the Far East where he initially joined the Jardine Matheson Group as a management trainee. He has held positions in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong in both local and regional capacities. Specific jobs have included Logistics and Purchasing Director Jardine Schindler Group covering 16 countries and territories in Asia , and International Sales Director Jardine Logistics. For the past 7 years Alan has worked for Techtronic Industries HK Ltd.(TTI) , a Hong Kong public listed company, as Vice President Global Logistics where he has implemented key programmes to rationalize the TTI Group's Global and China centered transportation and supply chain arrangements.

These initiatives have brought savings in excess of 25 million USD. Techtronic brands globally include Milwaukee Powertool ,Ryobi, Homelite,Dirt Devil, Royal, Hoover,VAX and Oreck.

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 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.

CEO & Partner
SeaIntel Maritime Analysis

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.

Director of Southeast Asia Operations

Warren Ng has more than 20 years extensive Supply Chain experience from Country level operations to SouthEast Asia and Asia Pacific.

His competency on the field of Planning, Customer service, Logistics Management, and Operations KPI and Cost improvement is evidenced by his 11 years in the Senior Management position on top brands such as Nike and Adidas.

His drive comes from continuously challenging norms and engaging himself in projects which usually thrives on multi-cultural ideas in order to adapt to global competitiveness.

When asked by colleagues and friends alike on the source of his burning passion – he is keen to respond that "work-life" balance is always the key to success.

Director, China
Drewry Maritime Advisors

Han Ning is a Director within Drewry Maritime Advisors and Country Manager for China. She has 10 years' experience in shipping and ports sector. She joined Drewry in 2011 and worked in Drewry's Singapore office prior to Shanghai. Whilst with Drewry, she has been involved in numerous port and shipping assignments covering commercial analysis and due diligence, company strategy formulation, IPOs and investment opportunity assessments. Her global experience is extensive with project work completed in China, SE Asia, America, Africa, and Mediterranean. Prior to joining Drewry, she has worked in PSA China investment department for five years. During her time with PSA China, she was responsible for market analysis and port development strategies in different regions. She has worked on two greenfield terminals as well as some M&A transactions. She holds an MA in maritime law from Shanghai Maritime University.

Global CEO
Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Jeremy Nixon is now the Global CEO of a new liner shipping company, Ocean Network Express (ONE), which is headquartered in Singapore, and will be commencing full operations from April 2018.

His career originally started at sea as a navigating officer, followed by a Bsc (Hons) in Maritime Commerce at Cardiff University (UK), and then four years at the Port of Felixstowe. In 1990 he completed an MBA at the University of Warwick (UK).

He has been actively engaged in the container shipping industry for the last thirty years, and has held senior management positions with P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line and NYK Line, in Europe, North America and Asia.

From April 2008 he joined the NYK Group as Managing Director of NYK Line Europe Ltd, based in London. Then in 2010 he transferred to Singapore to become COO of NYK Line's new Global Liner Management Division, based in Singapore. In 2012 he was promoted to CEO and went on to become a Corporate Officer of the NYK Group.

In July 2017 he resigned from NYK to head up Ocean Network Express, which is a new joint venture company founded by the K Line, MOL and NYK Group companies.


Global Shipping Manager

Victor Pettersson is Global Shipping Manager at H&M where he handles all incoming goods from H&M's suppliers to more than 60 receiving distribution centers located all over the globe.

Since joining H&M in 2013, Victor has been working as a business analyst with a big focus on reporting, analysis and BI, a transportation controller and E-commerce distribution manager.

He graduated in 2012 with a MSc in International logistics and supply chain manager with exchange studies in Hong Kong, Milwaukee and Guangzhou.

Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics Asia Pacific
Dachser Far East Ltd.

With broad experience in the logistics industry, Edoardo Podestá is managing director of air and sea logistics for the Asia Pacific at Dachser Far East Ltd. He has held the position since January 2014, and leads 12 business areas of Dachser's Asia-Pacific business unit, including Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, with more than 1,670 employees in 49 offices. He previously was managing director at Züst Ambrosetti Far East, a joint venture with Dachser. In 2003, Dachser took full control of the company and renamed it Dachser Far East Ltd. in June. Originally from Chiavari, Italy, Podestá began his career in the logistics field in Spain and the UK.


Nicolas Sartini is the chief executive officer and a director of the NOL Board. He oversees the global container shipping business of the NOL Group. Prior to joining NOL, Sartini has been CMA CGM Group's senior vice president of Asia-Europe and Asia Mediterranean Lines since 2008, and was also responsible for ANL and Cheng Lie Navigation. He oversaw Asia-Europe trades since 1999 after previously serving as vice president of the Mediterranean Express line beginning in 1993. He has been with CMA CGM for 25 years. Before joining CMA S.A., he worked with Delmas from 1985 to 1990, first as a line manager of its subsidiary, Octomar, then as director of African Island Shipping and finally as a manager in charge of the Indian Ocean line. Sartini graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school in 1983.

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.

Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

Stuart Strachan is Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade. In this role he is responsible for leading the business line within IHS that delivers shipping and international trade data, analytics, insight and events to commercial and government customers around the world. The Maritime & Trade business line was formed in December 2013 and includes 2014 acquisitions Global Trade Information Services and JOC Group.

Previous to leading the Maritime & Trade business line Stuart held commercial, product management and marketing leadership positions in the Technology, Energy, Chemicals and Automotive business lines, having begun his career at IHS as Head of Global Marketing at Jane's Information Group, acquired in 2007.

Prior to joining IHS Stuart held marketing leadership and management positions in the educational publishing (Pearson plc) and telecommunications (Cable & Wireless plc) industries. Stuart holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics from the University of London and a Master's in Business Administration from Warwick University, UK.

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, 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.

CEO Asia Pacific
Maersk Line

Robbert van Trooijen is responsible for Maersk Line's activities in North Asia. He joined the Royal Nedlloyd Group in 1990 as Management Trainee in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  After assignments in São Paulo (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), and Hong Kong (China), Robbert was appointed Director, Global Network and Equipment Flow Management in P&O Nedlloyd's head office in London (United Kingdom) in 2005. Following the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd by A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, Robbert joined Maersk Line's head office in  Denmark as Vice President in charge of the Latin American Services in 2006. Early 2008 he assumed responsibility for the West and Central Asia Region, stationed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In January 2011, he assumed management of the Latin American Region, stationed in Panama City, Panama. Since July 2015, he takes over as Regional Chief Executive of North Asia. Robbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from his native country the Netherlands. Robbert was born in 1964, is married to Sandy and together they have 4 children.

Vice President, Logistics
Fornazor International Inc.

Carl returned home from the Marine Corps to Madison, New Jersey in 1995. Shortly thereafter, he entered our great industry via the Mail Room at Maersk Inc. During his 7 years with Maersk, he went from the Mail Room to New York Sales. In 2002, he decided to move to the other side and joined the Fornazor companies. In 2004, he created two new independent companies, Tradewinds International (NVOCC) and Bergen Logistics (FWDR). Carl's core responsibilities include managing carrier relations, pricing, contracting, and overseeing Tradewinds and Bergen Logistics.

Carl has been married for over twenty-seven years and has three daughters and one son. In his free time, he enjoys church, swimming, cycling and running. His motto is, "let's go for a run."

Global Head of International Supply Chain
Kuehne + Nagel

Eric has recently started at K+N to head the International Supply Chain division, based in Hamburg.

Formerly with A.P. Moller-Maersk for almost 20 years and most recently heading up Marketing and Sales for United Arab Shipping Company based in Dubai.

Eric has experience working closely with supply chain customers from a European and Global scale while he was working at Mercantile and Maersk Logistics (Damco) in various customer facing and strategic roles. His new role at K+N brings him once again closer to helping drive value across customers´ supply chains.

Partner and head of the Cyber Security Practice
Control Risks

Ben Wootliff is head of Control Risks Cyber Security practice in Asia. In addition to managing cyber security projects for clients, and developing methodologies and product offerings, Ben leads the cyber security strategy for Control Risks in Asia.

Prior to this Ben was the General Manager of Control Risks Hong Kong where he had oversight of a range of investigative, crisis and security management, and political risk projects. He has also managed corporate investigations teams in Europe and Asia, including managing the corporate investigations business in Greater China and North Asia.

Before joining Control Risks he was a journalist specialising in business and finance. He has worked for numerous publications including Bloomberg News, Institutional Investor, Financial News, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Business. He has also been published in numerous other publications including the Sunday Times and Observer.

He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a bachelor's degree in modern history and political science.

China Economist
IHS Markit

Yating Xu is an Economist for the China Regional Service within IHS Economics & Country Intelligence Group, and is responsible for economic, political, and business environment analysis of China.

Before joining IHS Economics, Yating was a Statistician with China & National Bureau of Statistics & Department of National Accounts for seven years, and is responsible for GDP and national income distribution accounting. Yating is familiar with China & statistical indicators and methods.

Yating holds a Masters in Finance from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is an Economics PhD candidate at Peking University. She speaks Mandarin and English.

Vice President
Samsung SDS

Wooyong Shin is vice president of Samsung SDS, a global IT solution and service provider. He is in charge of Cello, its supply chain and logistics solution and platform, in the Smart Logistics Business Unit. For the last 23 years in Samsung, the area of his expertise has included supply chain planning and logistics consulting and system development. He was a visiting scholar to the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Wooyong holds master's and doctorate degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Ohio State University.

Chief Executive Officer
HPH Trust

Gerry Yim has been CEO of HPH Trust (HPHT) since July 2012 and is managing director of Hutchison International Terminals and a member of the HPH Trust Exco, a committee of executives that determines HPHT's strategy. He previously was managing director of the Africa, Middle East, and Americas division of Hutchison Port Holdings and was employed by the HPH Group from 2003 to 2009 in various senior positions before joining Hysan Development, a company listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of HK Ltd., as executive director and subsequently CEO. He also has held senior positions in general management, finance, and investment banking at major organizations in Hong Kong. Yim also is chairman of the Shipping & Port Operations Group of the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong and a member of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board.

President & CEO
Hyundai Merchant Marine

C.K. Yoo is President & CEO of Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).

Yoo was born in Gyeongju, South Korea in 1953 and earned a B.A degree in economics from Korea University. Yoo started work at Hyundai Corporation in 1978 and joined HMM America in 1986 at the New Jersey office. For more than 10 years, Yoo built his shipping career with the company in Hong Kong and London.

Yoo's first tenure as HMM's CEO was from November 2012 to April 2014 and he served as vice chairman until October 2014. Subsequently, Yoo was appointed as the first non-government president of Incheon Port Authority, where he served from October 2014 to September 2016.

Yoo was then nominated as President & CEO of HMM in September 2016 considering his broad understanding and image as an expert in container shipping. Now, Yoo leads the company with the ambition of making a huge leap forward, focused on providing a totally reliable customer service by enhancing its manpower and productivity as national flagship carrier.

Vice President, Trans-Pacific Trade
Zim Integrated Shipping Services

Mr Yochai joined Zim in 2011 with a long record of senior managerial experience in shipping and logistics. Before his current position, Nissim Yochai served as ZIM's VP Corporate Customer Relations at ZIM head officea and VP Global Sales.

Before joining ZIM Mr Yochai served as Managing Director of Aviv Shigur Ltd, a courier services company, and General Manager of Fridenzon Air and Ocean LTD. Mr Yochai worked for DHL express in variety of commercial roles including Commercial Manager for South East Europe, and Europe Sales Performance Manager among others..

Mr Yochai holds a degree in Business and Economics from Bar Ilan University, and an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology.

General Manager, Commercial Division
China Merchants Western Shenzhen Terminals

Eddie Zhang is the General Manager of Commercial Division at China Merchants Western Shenzhen Terminals, the deep-water container terminal facility in the Port of Shenzhen.

With more than 20 years experience in shipping and terminal industry, I was holding several roles and job sectors including sales, operation, logistics and supply chain solutions.

My carrier began in 1992 in container shipping with APL. After that I left Shenzhen to pursue overseas education in Queensland majoring business information technology. I joined Chiwan Container Terminal in 2002 as the head of commercial department. In 2007, I moved to Shanghai and spent two years at MOL leading auto and logistics team. Prior to current position, I was the general manager of SCS team under China Merchants Port (South China) Management Center.

Shanghai Shipping Exchange

Mr. Zhang Ye is the President of Shanghai Shipping Exchange and the delegate of Shanghai Municipal People's Congress for consecutive three terms. He graduated from Wuhan University of Technology and got the MBA degree of Shanghai Jiaotong University and PhD degree of Shanghai Maritime University.

He has many years of job experience as the senior executive of state-owned shipping enterprises and has abundant know-how and attainments in the sectors of shipbuilding, shipping finance, transactions, maritime information, etc.

Zhang is the guest professor of Dalian and Shanghai Maritime Universities, Deputy Director of Municipal Promotional Panel Office of Shanghai International Shipping Center, Member of Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Conference Ambassador and the Consulting Expert of News Agency Consultants Committee of MOT. He was awarded the honor of Shanghai Municipal Leading Talent, Top 10 Finance Leaders in Shanghai and Top 10 Most Influential Shipping People in China. He was honored as the Top 100 Most Influential People of Shipping Sector by Lloyd's List consecutively in 2010-2013 and 2015.