Rajiv Biswas is executive director and chief Asia-Pacific economist for IHS Markit, parent company of JOC Events. He previously worked as director for Southeast Asia for The Economist Group. His experience also includes working for UBS as executive director for Asia-Pacific Country Risk and for the Royal Bank of Scotland as an international economist. He also worked as a senior economist in the international capital markets department for the Commonwealth Secretariat, an international organization, and as a consultant for the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank. Biswas holds a bachelor's in economics from the London School of Economics and a master's from Imperial College at London University. He has published widely on a range of economics, trade, and investment-related topics. He speaks frequently at international conferences on the global and Asia-Pacific economies, including at the World Economic Forum and Euromoney events as well as at UN conferences. He appears regularly on international TV programs, including for the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, Channel News Asia, CNN, and Al Jazeera TV. He is the author of "Future Asia," published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and "Asian Megatrends," published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.
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.
Parakrama Dissanayake, a maritime economist, was appointed chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) effective June 1, 2017. SLPA owns and manages all seven seaports in Sri Lanka, and has a workforce of approximately 10,000 employees. From January 2002-2004 he was also chairman of SLPA.
Dissanayake was recently elected as the first non-British international president of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers UK, which was founded in 1911 and had its royal charter conferred in 1913.
Before joining SLPA, he was chairman and CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime Ports and Logistics and a main board director of Aitken Spence PLC. He led Aitken Spence Ports International, the first Sri Lankan company to venture into port management overseas and first Sri Lankan company to pursue a public-private partnership in ports overseas.
Some of the industry-related leadership positions he has held include: chairman, Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (Sri Lanka); chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Sri Lanka); chairman, Sri Lanka Transport Board Advisory Council; and chairman, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (SC) on Ports, Aviation, and Logistics.
Dissanayake has obtained a Ph.D./MBA and has qualified as a Chartered Shipbroker (FICS) UK, Chartered Fellow in Logistics and Transport (FCILT) UK, and Chartered Fellow in Marketing (FCIM) UK.
He is a University of Oxford (UK) Business Alumni, Alumni of University of Sri Jayawardenapura and a Fellow of Harvard Business School (US), Norad, and JICA.
Porter Erisman worked as a vice president at Alibaba Group from 2000-2008, joining the company just as it moved out of founder Jack Ma's apartment. He is the international bestselling author of "Alibaba's World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company is Changing the Face of Global Business," selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "Best Business Books of 2016." He is also director of the award-winning documentary "Crocodile in the Yangtze: The Alibaba Story," featured at 15 film festivals and broadcast on Bloomberg Television. An expert on e-commerce in emerging markets, Erisman has consulted in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and has spoken at high-profile industry events in more than 30 countries. Most recently, he is author of "Six Billion Shoppers: The Companies Winning the Global E-commerce Boom." Erisman received a bachelor's from Stanford University and master's from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Toray Henry is vice president of US operations for Speed Sourcing, a supplier of women's fashion apparel from the Far East to the United States' wholesale and retail industry for private label merchandise. Based in Columbus, Ohio, his responsibilities and expertise include international transportation, trade compliance, apparel sourcing, and importing.
Eric Johnson is senior editor, technology, at The Journal of Commerce, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson reports regularly on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes such as procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering the logistics technology landscape and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK. He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now resides in the Washington, DC area.
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 Maritime & Trade in 2013 to cover Asia. After 17 years in Hong Kong, Knowler relocated to London in 2017 as Europe editor for the Maritime & Trade division of IHS Markit. His reporting and analysis appears on JOC.com, in The Journal of Commerce, and often in sister publication 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.
Thomas Knudsen is a senior global logistics executive with more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership, commercial, trade, and route management roles in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia. He joined Toll in January 2018 and is responsible for the global forwarding division that operates across a network of more than 150 countries. Before joining Toll, Knudsen was the Singapore-based CEO for the Asia-Pacific at Damco, responsible for the company's day-to-day business operations for the Asia region. He also spent two decades with A.P. Moller-Maersk, including as Asia-Pacific regional CEO for Maersk Line, leading all commercial activities across the region, and as part of Maersk's global leadership team. Knudsen holds an executive master of management degree in supply chain from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, and has completed various courses at institutes such as Harvard Business School and INSEAD.
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 a 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 earned an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School. She is an author of two bestselling career advice books and is a frequent speaker on innovation.
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, similar to our TEU Ecosystem. 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.
Tan Chong Meng is group CEO of PSA International, one of the world's largest port groups, with operations in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. With more than 40 port projects worldwide and flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA handles one in 10 global container movements annually, serving all major international shipping lines and other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain. Outside the PSA Group, he also serves as deputy chairman of the JTC Board, a non-executive director on the board of the National University Health System, and a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore's Public Service Division. Until recently, he also was a director of IE Singapore. Before joining PSA, he served as executive vice president of global commercial at Shell Downstream within Royal Dutch Shell Group, where he led six global businesses: marketing and sale of fuels, lubricants and specialty products to commercial customers in aviation, marine, industrial, land transport, construction, and liquefied petroleum gas.
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.
Lance Noble is a senior analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, where he produces research reports on major developments in China's industrial policy, political economy, and foreign policy of interest to international corporations, investors, and governments. He previously was manager for policy and communications at the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, where he was the lead analyst for major publications on Chinese industrial policy and the chamber's media strategy. Prior to that, Noble was a China-focused analyst for the government of British Columbia, Canada, and an independent consultant. He holds a doctorate in political science with a focus on Chinese politics and foreign policy from George Washington University and a master's in political science from the University of British Columbia.
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.
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.
Ben Simpfendorfer is founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Greater China, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets. Simpfendorfer has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He previously was chief China economist at RBS and senior China economist at JPMorgan. He is a leading expert on China's Belt and Road initiative, a Mandarin and Arabic speaker, author of "The New Silk Road" and "The Rise of the New East," and a member of the Foreign Experts Committee advising the Chinese government on the implementation of the Belt and Road initiative. His editorials have been published by The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes, and he appears regularly on Bloomberg, CNBC, and CNN.
David Smrkovsky is head of rail logistics at JUSDA, a logistics service provider belonging to Foxconn Group. Before joining JUSDA in 2017, he held various logistics management roles at General Electric, HP, and Asahi Breweries. He is focused on intermodal logistics, ocean, and rail freight. He has been involved in the development and implementation of China-Europe rail solutions since 2011.
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, 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.
Andre Wheeler is CEO of Wheeler Management Consulting, which trades as Asia Pacific Connex. With more than 20 years of experience in international business, he maintains a diverse network of contacts throughout the US, Asia, Africa, and the UK. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees, and is working toward his doctorate on the impact of China's Belt and Road initiative on infrastructure and logistics in the ASEAN region. He also has published and presented a number of papers concerning the Belt and Road Initiative and the changing Eurasian trade paradigm. Wheeler has expertise in business development, joint venture negotiations, supply chain management, logistics, marketing, and strategic planning.
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.