October 09 - 11, 2018
Shenzhen, China
Executive Director and Asia-Pacific Chief Economist
IHS Markit

He is responsible for coordination of economic analyses and forecasts for the Asia­Pacific region, contribution to the IHS global forecast, client support, business development and media interaction. Mr. Biswas previously worked as director for Southeast Asia for The Economist Group. Prior to this, he worked for UBS as executive director for Asia­Pacific country risk and, before that, as director and senior economist for international public policy and group economic research covering the Asia­Pacific region.

Earlier in his career, he worked for an international organization, the Commonwealth Secretariat, at its London headquarters, serving as a senior economist in the international capital markets department. His professional career as an international economist includes the roles of head of the economics unit for QIC, a large investment fund manager, and international economist for the Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Biswas also worked for one year in Japan on trade and investment issues for the Japanese government.

He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, UK, with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Economics. He received his Master of Science and a Diploma of the Imperial College from the Imperial College at London University, UK. Mr. Biswas has written on a wide range of economic, trade and investment­related topics, with over 100 published articles.​

Executive Editor, The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events, Maritime & Trade
IHS Markit

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, Chris's 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.

Senior Analyst
Control Risks
Sri Lanka Ports Authority

Parakrama Dissanayake, a Maritime Economist was appointed as Chairman Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) with effect from 1 st June 2017. SLPA owns and manages all sea Ports (07) in Sri Lanka, and has a workforce of approximately 10000 employees.

He was Chairman of SLPA from 2002 Jan – 2004 too.

He was recently elected as the first Non British International President of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers UK, founded in 1911, Royal charter conferred in 1913.

Before joining SLPA, he was Chairman / CEO Aitken Spence Maritime, Ports and Logistics and a Main Board Director of Aitken Spence PLC. He gave leadership to Aitken Spence Ports International, the first Sri Lankan Company to venture in to 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 includes, 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.

He has obtained a PhD/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 (USA), Norad and JICA.

Former Vice President; and Author
Alibaba Group; “Alibaba’s World” and “Six Billion Shoppers
Toll Global Forwarding

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.

Group CEO
PSA International


Senior Thematic Policy Analyst
Gevekal Dragonomics
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, supply chain and logistics solution and platform, in Smart Logistics Business Unit.

For the last 23 years in Samsung, the area of his expertise include supply chain planning and logistics consulting and system development. He was a visiting scholar to the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Wooyong holds MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Ohio State University.

CEO and Founder
Silk Road Associates
Head of Rail Logistics
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, 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.

Wheeler Management Consulting
HPH Trust

Mr. Gerry Yim has been the CEO of the Trustee-Manager since July 2012. He is also the Managing Director (MD) of HIT & a member of the HPH Trust (HPHT) Exco, a committee of executives that determines the strategy for HPHT. Mr Yim was the MD of the Africa, Middle East & Americas division of HPH and was employed by the HPH Group from 2003 to 2009 in various senior positions before joining Hysan Development Co. Ltd, a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of HK Ltd, in December 2009 as its Executive Director, subsequently in March 2010 as its CEO. He has also held senior positions in general management, finance, and investment banking at major organisations in HK. He is the Chairman of the Shipping & Port Operations Group of the Employers' Federation of HK and a member of the HK Maritime & Port Board.