Shane Akeroyd is responsible for sales strategy and implementation across all products and geographies. He has served as an executive vice president of IHS Markit since 2008. Akeroyd has over 25 years of sales experience. He previously worked at RBC Capital Markets where he was head of global debt markets distribution and a member of the executive management team. Prior to this, he spent 10 years at TD Securities serving as vice chair, capital market sales for Europe, Asia Pacific, and Australia. Akeroyd worked at Bear Stearns as a managing director for three years prior to TD Securities, and began his financial career with seven years at Bank of America as a vice president of derivative sales.
He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in economics from University College London.
Based in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Biron will be responsible for steering the strategic development of the Group's fast-growing IFF division and overseeing its overall management, both on the strategic and operational levels. With over 25 years of international freight experience, Biron is an expert in the Asian market and has held significant roles in several logistics, freight forwarding, and manufacturing corporations since 1991, and last served as Geodis Group's regional vice president for Asia Pacific.
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.
Marc Bourdon is chief executive officer of CMA CGM Shipping China Co., based in Shanghai. He has 26 years of experience in the shipping industry, the past 19 years of which have been with the CMA CGM Group. Within the company he has held various country management positions including general manager of CMA CGM India, president of CMA CGM Brazil, and president of CMA CGM America.
Bourdon oversees the management of CMA CGM China’s operations and development. Prior to joining CMA CGM in Hong Kong as a trade manager, he spent seven years in the freight forwarding industry.
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.
Jon Charles is the managing director of the Mizzen Group, a technology company delivering software for shipping lines to set and distribute prices dynamically to their customers in the digital channel.
Charles has worked for 18 years in the liner shipping business. His prior role before Mizzen was leading the regional corporate planning department of NYK Line in Oceania, having previously held positions in pricing and trade management for NYK Line and CP Ships in Europe and Oceania.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in international transport from Cardiff University of Wales, a masters from Sydney University Business School and is a CPA.
Julia Coym is a senior analyst in Control Risks' global risk analysis practice, based in Shanghai. Specializing in political, security, and regulatory issues in China and Northeast Asia, Coym leads the practice's work in the automotive sector and has a decade of experience advising clients on how to respond to intensifying regulatory enforcement on environmental, anti-competition, and anti-corruption issues, as well as industrial policy implementation.
Prior to joining Control Risks, Coym was a principal political risk analyst for Maplecroft, a UK-based global risk and investment advisory firm, where she wrote and oversaw risk assessments on China and other Asian countries, focusing on the transport, financial, extractive, and retail sectors. She was also previously a contributor of political and economic analysis for the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Philip Damas is in charge of Drewry Supply Chain Advisors, the logistics practice of the Drewry group, and is a director of Drewry Shipping Consultants. Prior to joining Drewry in 2005, Philip worked for CMA CGM and the container shipping consortium Cobra in various management and financial control roles until 1990. He then spent the 1990s analysing the logistics policies of exporters/importers and of logistics service providers when working with American Shipper and Containerisation International. Philip then became a founding director of the shipping research and database company ComPairData. At Drewry, Philip has advised exporters, importers, lenders and ports on logistics, freight rates, seafreight procurement, supply chains and markets. He has presented papers at conferences in Asia, the United States and Europe. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Bradford Management Centre and a B. Sc. and M.Sc. Finance from the University of Strasbourg.
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.
Gavin Dow is the transportation lead at Silk Road Associates, with full lifecycle experience from strategy development through to the delivery of asset-based and organizational development programs that enable the launch and optimization of logistics assets and operations.
Previously, Dow spent 10 years heading up the strategy function at Modern Terminals, a Hong Kong-based container terminal operator with terminal investments in China. He lead strategic delivery work across all of the company's business units and was accountable for growth and expansion projects globally.
Prior to joining Modern Terminals in 2006, Dow spent more than a decade working in management consultancy, leading business change projects for transport, logistics, and infrastructure clients in Europe and then across Asia, moving to Hong Kong in 2000.
He is a Chartered Engineer (IMechE), a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and Chairman of the Transportation & Logistics Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce.
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.
Dan Gardner is vice president of supply chain management for Lakeshore Learning Materials, a US importer of educational products and classroom furniture. He is also co-founder of the supply chain consulting firm, Trade Facilitators Inc. Prior to his current endeavors, Gardner worked for 23 years in the 3PL field.
A native of Boston, Gardner is a multi-award-winning professor of supply chain, is the author of four books on global trade, and is a licensed customs broker in the US.
Robert Garrison is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Mercado Labs, an international trading platform solving the myriad challenges of the massive global trade industry through innovative technology, unique solutions, and a comprehensive education curriculum.
He is a highly accomplished global supply chain executive with 25 years of experience providing strategic vision and leadership to Fortune 500 companies. He has an impressive history of building agile, technology-enabled supply chains and an established track record of forging high-growth partnerships, positioning organizations for success, and launching innovative technology solutions that significantly improve end-to-end supply chain efficiencies. Garrison is recognized as a respected thought leader, featured industry speaker and published author offering expertise on supply chain challenges, trends, and best practices. He has won many awards, and is notably a two-time recipient of the coveted Five Star Award, FedEx's highest honor presented by the CEO to recognize innovation, collaboration, service excellence, profitable business contributions and exemplifying the spirit of teamwork. Garrison has created and executed lean retail supply chains for major shippers such as AutoZone, Michaels and Five Below, and has earned service awards from Walmart, Hewlett Packard and Apple for excellence in global operations management, quality assurance, and continuous improvement.
Marc is CEO and co-founder of ODYN, the supply chain synchronization platform, helping large BCOs reduce working capital spend by optimizing their in-transit inventory through tracking and analyzing the movement of shipments around the world. ODYN also makes the most affordable global real-time pallet tracking solution on the market.
Prior to ODYN, Marc was the CEO of Weft, an Andreesen Horowitz funded maritime intelligence company (acquired by Genscape), that helped shipping lines reduce the number of containers needed to meet customer demand by providing contextual maritime awareness.
Marc was also a product development consultant, specializing in mobile applications and content consumption, and had done early work in the smart personal assistant space (in the pre-Alexa days).
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.
Dan Hoffman is currently the managing director of Gold Star Line. He joined the ZIM Israel Navigation Co. agent Dizengoff Ltd as a ship clerk in 1979 after serving in the military for three years. In 1984, he was appointed port equipment control manager. Two years later he was named import department manager. In 1992, he was appointed export department manager. In 1995, he became ZIM’s chief representative in China, and three years later was made general manager of Zim Israel Navigation (China) Co.
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment. Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology 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.
He joined Samsung SDS in December 1998, was working as managing director at the Suzhou branch of Samsung SDS from 2011 to 2015, and was promoted to SL division leader in 2015.
Before joining Samsung SDS, his experience also includes working for JINJI Logistics and CJ Logistics for years as an expert in the Asian market, especially in China. With 20 years of experience in logistics area, he's been leading the SL division of Samsung SDS China focusing on basic transportation as airway, ocean, intermodal, and warehouse, as well logistics innovation consulting service.
Eric Klein is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Crux Systems, and has an extensive background in marine terminal products and technology. Crux Systems provides container visibility data, analytics, and communications tools to make the supply chain more efficient and secure. Importers, freight forwarders, and trucking companies all use the platform to track their shipments, share information, and coordinate with their supply chain partners, eliminating costly delays.
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.
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 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.
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.
Eric Lin covers APAC Transportation (aviation, shipping, and logistics) at UBS Investment Research. He has been part of the ranked transportation and infrastructure team since joining UBS in 2010. In the most recent Institutional Investor (II) and Asiamoney surveys, he was ranked No. 1 Best Analyst for Transportation in Asia. Lin is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), which he earned at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Eric Seamon has worked for 25 years in international third-party logistics and consulting with a focus on retailers and consumer goods importers buying from Asia. He specializes in designing and implementing origin retail logistics solutions in China. Seamon's expertise covers logistics operations, product development, regional management, and corporate marketing and public relations positions in Asia and North America, including four years as managing director of Asia for Pacer International and the past six years as president and managing partner of Ubique Logistics Holdings and Ocean Wide Logistics International, a retail-focused, technology-driven, Asia-based 3PL. He is based in Hong Kong.
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.
Hendrick Wehlen is currently general manager of sales and operations at InterRail Europe GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. From 2014-2016 he worked at CAI International GmbH as director of marketing for Germany and Eastern Europe. From 2009-2014 he worked at EXSIF Worldwide as a key account manager for global key customers. Before that he worked at RheinEnergie AG, TNT Express GmbH, Alfred Talke GmbH, and Danzas-DHL. Wehlen received his MBA from Setacom GmbH in 2009.
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.
Marcin Zarzecki has spent more than 14 years in the container shipping industry, working for Maersk Line and Safmarine in Poland, Belgium, Russia, and Kenya, among other countries. He has created millions of freight quotes himself, and has led many global simplification projects in sales, finance, and customer service alike. In 2017, Zarzecki opened Quotiss, a company that automates sales for small and mid-size freight forwarders using a radical simplification of the pricing and quoting process.