British Ports Association
Richard Ballantyne joined the Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive and Director of the BPA in 2016. He represents the BPA to a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide range of government stakeholder groups and European Committees. Richard has in depth expertise in ports, transport and environment policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK. He sits on the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Executive Committee, the Maritime UK Board and is also a Director of Port Skills and Safety. Before joining the BPA he spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.
CEO and Co-Founder
Patrik Berglund is the CEO and co-founder of Oslo-based Xeneta, the leading price comparison platform for containerized freight transforming the shipping and logistics industry with data analytics. Berglund, a logistics and tech-enthusiast, possesses a true passion for modernizing business processes related to logistics procurement and the supply chain. He has in-depth logistics and transportation experience from several years at Kuehne + Nagel in various roles and also as co-founder of Nordilog, a logistics consultancy firm. Founded in 2012, Berglund has grown Xeneta to be the top worldwide source comparing shipping rates against the market average, market highs and lows, ultimately transforming companies’ logistics procurement with actionable data intelligence. Berglund was the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Lloyd's List Next Generation in Shipping award.
UK Trade Manager
David Besseling, Trade Manager UK at Samskip, is responsible for Samskip’s transportation services to and from the UK, connecting to the European multimodal network of Samskip. After studying Technology Management and obtaining a Master in Business Administrations, David joined Samskip in 2008 as a management trainee. Following a two year traineeship, he has carried out positions in Sales and Irish Trade Management. In 2012, David became responsible for the Italy rail product within in the Samskip network as well as the Profit and Loss of the Italy – UK corridor. Since 2015, David took over responsibility for the entire UK Trade which includes transports between the European continent and UK using a wide range of sea going vessels, trains, barges and trucks.
Global Head of GoGreen and Customer Intelligence Program
DHL Global Forwarding
Kathrin Brost has been leading DHL Global Forwarding’s GoGreen department with its environmental protection program GoGreen since 2009. In this role, she has developed and implemented the division’s GoGreen strategy, emission and efficiency reporting, carrier evaluation and awards, as well as employee awareness and engagement activities. Her core competence is consulting customers on how to improve the sustainability of their supply chains and leverage business benefits at the same time. Brost has been instrumental in the development of several GoGreen customer offerings such as the Carbon Dashboard, Green Danmar, and other transparency solutions. In her previous role as project manager for DHL Consulting — the internal management consultancy of Deutsche Post DHL — Brost worked in international projects in the area of performance improvement, customer service, strategy, and business development. She holds a M.Sc. in geology from the University of Hanover (Germany) and a M.Sc. in environmental management practice from Durham University (UK).
President & CEO
World Shipping Council
John Butler was named president and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in August 2015 after serving as general counsel for the association since 2010. Prior to joining the World Shipping Council, Butler was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Sher & Blackwell, where he served as outside counsel to the WSC. For almost two decades, he advised liner shipping companies and trade associations on regulatory, commercial, security, hazardous materials, environmental, contract, and antitrust issues. He has represented the liner shipping industry in federal agency rulemakings, legislative activities, and federal court litigation on a broad range of security, environmental, regulatory, and commercial matters. Butler has been admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the US Supreme Court and the US Court of Appeals for the D.C., Ninth, and Third Circuits. He is a former president of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association. Butler began his legal career as a law clerk in the US Department of Agriculture’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. He holds a B.A. from Colorado College and a J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School.
Senior Director, Trade Management Far East
Andreas Bütfering has worked his entire career in the transport industry. After starting his career as forwarding merchant in a small trucking company, he successfully finished his studies in transport and logistics and then joined Hapag-Lloyd 11 years ago. Bütfering initially gained operational experience in global container steering and intermodal transport in Germany. He took his first trade role in the intra-Asia trade, based for a couple of years in Singapore. He continued in trade management while working in the trans-Atlantic as well as the Far East trade. In July 2019, Bütfering took over the responsibility of head of the Far East Trade at Hapag-Lloyd.
Andreas Chrysostomou, CEO of Marine Fields Holdings Ltd., is a seasoned professional in the shipping industry. He holds an MBA and graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, with a Bachelor of Engineering in naval architecture and shipbuilding. Previously, Chrysostomou held the positions of director of the department of merchant shipping for the Maritime Authority of Cyprus), CEO of Transmed Shipping Co., and acting secretary general of CLIA Europe. He has also held senior management roles in safety and security, protection of the marine environment, and administration. Chrysostomou served as the elected chairman of the International Maritime Organization’s marine environment protection committee as well as of its design and equipment subcommittee. He was twice elected chairman of the International Mobile Satellite Organization, and served as a board of governors member for the World Maritime University and president of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Chrysostomou’s skills and integrity have been recognized with the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping, 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award from the US Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard; and 2013 GST Award — Leading Shipping Personality of the Decade 2003-2013. In 2015, Chrysostomou received the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Award — “International Personality of the Year.”
Founder and Director
Nick Chubb is founder and director of maritime innovation consultant Thetius. He supports clients in the shipping industry who want to understand and leverage emerging technologies to prepare for the future. Thetius offers a range of services, including market research, software development, and talent management. Chubb started his career as a deck officer in the merchant navy before moving into maritime technology. He previously held senior commercial positions in several organizations, overseeing the launch of new digital products and services. Chubb was head of growth at Intelligent Cargo Systems, the startup behind the CargoMate port call optimization system. He also led the development of digital education platform Learn@Sea on behalf of The Marine Society. Within a year of launching, the platform had delivered career-enhancing education to more than 10,000 seafarers in more than 20 countries.
Smart Container Commercial Project Leader, MSC
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Kathryn Delecluse is MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co.’s smart container commercial leader, based at the company’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She is responsible for coordinating MSC’s response to the growing demand from shippers for IoT-based container tracking solutions. Delecluse leads MSC’s team of sales champions, located in various MSC offices around the world, to help explain and promote Traxens, MSC’s preferred smart container solution provider. Born and raised in Geneva, she has an MBA and has worked with MSC for 17 years holding various positions in the company as relay area manager and, more recently, in the liner department, where she worked on the North America-to-Asia trade.
Director and Head of Research Products
Martin Dixon is head of research products within Drewry and is a director of Drewry Group. He has more than 30 years of strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management. Dixon has followed a wide and varied career in international logistics and maritime intensive supply chains. With an initial background in logistics operations with DHL and London-based department store group Harrods, he broadened into managerial roles in sales and marketing with German forwarding and logistics group DB Schenker, gaining particular exposure to the European, Middle East, and African markets. When he joined Drewry in 2011, he took responsibility for development of its freight rate benchmarking services and other supply chain-related activities. During this time, he expanded the scale and scope of Drewry’s spot freight rate benchmarking and launched the Benchmarking Club. Dixon was promoted to the Drewry board in 2013 and is responsible for the company’s publishing interests of market reports and research products. He is also a regular contributor of research content covering reefer, multipurpose, and container shipping, as well as the container equipment market. He holds a degree in business studies from Kingston University.
Director, Business Development
After completing her degree in economics at the University of Hamburg, Evelyn Eggers began her career as an EDP consultant. Her first project at DAKOSY was designing a software application for liner agents to organise container hinterland transport. During her 30 years as part of the DAKOSY team, Eggers has been responsible for various software projects dealing with container transport, customs, and EDI. In addition to these customer-driven projects, she has led many successful research projects funded by national initiatives and European Union grants focusing on cross-border data exchange, customs, and container transport. Eggers has a long history with DAKOSY, analyzing business processes and setting up harmonised and standardised messages. She worked on standardising messages for rail and road transport and interactions of all partners in the supply chain. From 2001 to 2015, she was in charge of DAKOSY’s sales department, and stepped into her current role as director of business development in 2015. Eggers represents DAKOSY at the IPCSA, the International Port Community Systems Association, and several other international bodies and associations
Policy Manager, Maritime Transport
European Shippers' Council
Jordi Espin is the maritime transport policy manager at the European Shippers’ Council and the secretary general of TRANSPRIME-Spanish Shippers’ Council. Espin is currently a member of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum of the European Commission as well as a national counsellor of the Spanish National Transports Council and member of the Spanish Port Service Observatory, both entities led by the Spanish Ministry of Transports. He has been involved in the private sector, managing transport flows and security requirements, for more than 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural industries and humanities, and his current responsibilities are creating policy and awareness to shippers on the changes happening in the industrial freight world as well as fostering cooperation and lobbying amongst industry, public, and private logistics stakeholders.
Founder and CEO
Jack is the founder and CEO of Chill-Chain. Chill-Chain is a freight technology business applying a ferocious, intelligent determination to resolve the challenges associated with facilitating and managing temperature controlled logistics. Jack’s passion for logistics began whilst serving with the British army during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone where he began to understand the challenges associated with moving critical supplies across borders. After leaving the British Army, Jack had helped establish and run Restaurant Operations for Deliveroo, a key department which is driving greater value for partners and pursuing cutting edge efficiencies in the last mile. Since leaving Deliveroo and founding Chill-Chain Jack’s focus has been on how to use technology to reduce cost, emissions and time wasted within the Cold Chain.
CEO and Co-Founder
Pierre Garreau is CEO and co-founder of Searoutes, where he is building the next generation of routing algorithms. Garreau previously was a quantitative analyst at Deutsche Bank. He did post-doctoral research in applied mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Global Freight Lead
Jochen Gutschmidt has been in the international liner shipping and logistics industry for over 30 years. After completing his schooling in Germany and Japan, he joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1985. After some time in tramp operations in Buenos Aires, Gutschmidt joined Maersk Line, where he held a diverse range of positions in sales and marketing, key account management, business process improvement, e-commerce and commercial management in Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia. During the late 1990s, Jochen led the development and launch of Maersk Line’s first portfolio of e-commerce services. He joined global food and beverage company Nestle in 2011 and held Group responsibility for Global Logistics Procurement with offices in Switzerland, Malaysia, and Panama. In 2018 Jochen became the Global Freight Lead in Nestle’s Corporate Supply Chain department where he develops and drives freight strategies covering Nestle's flows of finished goods as well as raw and packaging materials.
Vice President and Head of Ocean Freight + China Rail
DHL Global Forwarding
Felix Heger started his career as a management consultant in DHL Consulting 15 years ago, before moving into the DHL global forwarding business unit. Initially responsible for ocean freight product development in DHL’s global ocean freight management team, Heger was involved in developing and implementing innovative service offerings e.g. relating to secure ocean transportation and the life sciences industry. In 2015, he joined the European DHL Global Forwarding regional headquarters after having led the companies` ocean freight team in Ireland for several years. He is now responsible for DHL’s ocean and China rail activities from a European standpoint.
Jolke Helbing has over 25 years of experience in the maritime sector, including 21 years in various functions and countries for the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. Since 2010, he has worked as a consulting director with ICF International and at Royal HaskoningDHV since 2015. His experience with international trade and shipping covers many markets and locations, including postings in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US. Helbing’s responsibilities range from daily operational logistics to global strategic contracts and port investment strategy development. In these roles he has demonstrated accomplished networking with government stakeholders and key stakeholders at both management and board levels. His consultancy focus has mainly been on strategic business plans for container ports, related commercial market due diligence, and M&A preparations within the port industry, including extensive work on commercial agreements and concessions.
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder
Smart Maritime Network
Cathy has been involved in the maritime and transport sector since 2000 when she joined Lloyds List/Informa. After working for some of the world's largest publishing and conference groups, including Thomson, EMAP, IBC and IIR, she joined Digital Ship in 2006 where she also founded Port Finance International (in 2009); a business information, training and conference portfolio focused on infrastructure investments, which she sold in 2017. In 2019 Cathy co-founded Smart Maritime Network – a cross-industry maritime technology harmonisation initiative, to support collaboration and standardisation in the development of IT systems for the shipping and related transport and supply chain sector. This also includes the membership based Smart Maritime Council. A graduate of UCL (University College London), she has also undertaken business, leadership and communications courses with the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and Cranfield School of Management.
Erwin Hoefkens started his career at Compagnie Maritime Belge to bridge the gap between information technology and the various lines of business of the CMB group (forwarding, agency, liner, short-sea, road transport). In 1992, he was named director of IT, responsible for all owned shipping agencies of Safmarine and CMB Lines. After having managed the business integration of Safmarine into the A.P. Möller Maersk group in 1999, Hoefkens joined the Safmarine e-commerce initiative, which transformed Safmarine into a leading online business ocean carrier. In 2009 Erwin left Safmarine for Elavon, a US Bank subsidiary to develop freight payment and supply chain financing in Europe. Before joining NxtPort in the role of chief commercial officer in September 2017, Hoefkens contributed as business consultant for Lineas Intermodal.
Senior Principal Economist, Economics and Country Risk
Diego Iscaro is a Senior Principal Economist overseeing the macroeconomic analysis and forecasting of several European economies. Diego frequently presents IHS Markit’s key European forecasts and themes to a broad spectrum of clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia. He is also an active participant at seminars and panel events. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Diego was a risk analyst in the Coutts and Co. division of the Royal Bank of Scotland and worked for Citibank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned a master’s degree in economics and a postgraduate certificate in economics with mathematics from Birkbeck College, the University of London.
Rolf Habben Jansen
Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd, graduated with a degree in economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG. From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as head of global customer solutions. In 2009, he was named CEO and spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco. Habben Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014 and has been CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014.
Lars Mikael Jensen
Head of North American Trades, Maersk Ocean
AP Moller Maersk
Joined AP Moller Maersk internal training programme in 1981 and supplemented the education through various international business school programmes. 38 years’ experience in ocean liner shipping, holding different leadership positions both in Maersk Line head office and its front-line organization, leading both commercial and operational functions. Spend majority of the career in trade management responsible for trade strategies and P&L, network coverage and commercial approach mainly in the 3 big east-west trades. In addition to the current trade responsibilities, also lead of the Maersk IMO2020 cost recovery efforts.
Senior Editor, Technology, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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.
Intelligent Cargo Systems
Chris Jones is the CEO and co-founder of Intelligent Cargo Systems, a two-year-old London-based maritime technology startup. Following 12 years of working onboard containerships for P&O Nedlloyd, Maersk Line, and OOCL, Jones quit his seagoing career to solve one of the biggest problems in shipping: reducing vessel bunker consumption by eliminating port call idle time. With an initial prototype, Jones was chosen to join the Entrepreneur First startup program where he met his chief technology officer and technical co-founder. Together they built CargoMate — the first port call optimization system designed for shipping companies.
Founder and Managing Director
Frank Knoors is founder and managing director of Logit One. He has worked extensively in the field of business process re-engineering and e-commerce — implementing new forms of collaboration — within and between companies, mainly in transport and logistics. Knoors is a generalist focused on orchestrating and implementing projects that bring innovative processes to life. In his current activity, he is driving the development and marketing of the Logit One services platform, which delivers a proactive, multimodal freight planning and visibility service that creates situational awareness and reduces the impact of supply chain disruptions. Logit One bundles logistics intelligence, application functionality, and a collaborative logistics community concept into an attractive, easy-to-use and web-based solution that is used by logistics orchestrates (forwarders, shippers, and BCOs) on a transnational basis.
Senior Editor, Europe, JOC, Maritime & Trade
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. 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, he speaks regularly to industry groups.
Shell Trading International
Urvesh Kotecha joined Shell Trading International Ltd. as senior trader of environmental products in March 2008. From August 2006-January 2008, Kotecha was Bank of America’s vice president of energy trading. He joined Bank of America from E.ON, where he had held the position of lead energy trader from 1997 through 2006. Kotecha earned a BA in economics at De Montfort University and his MBA from the University of Leicester. He is a member of the Society of Technical Analysis and holds a certificate in investment management.
Founder and Director
Mark Kristensen is the founder and director of CON-LINQ. CON-LINQ was meant to be an IT consultant business, but almost by coincidence it from day one became a LogTech company. His experience as a student worker at a freight forwarder during high-school and university, together with the academic knowledge from his BSc in Computer Science, became the foundation for the product that a few years later was known as fLex. He has since, with his colleagues in Denmark, focused on maturing fLex to a comprehensive multi transport mode RMS and booking platform that can help freight forwarders maintaining a digital edge working with rates and receiving bookings. Being a true fan of digital disruption and optimization Mark Kristensen in recent years also became engaged in other IT startups working with an online marketplace for tugboats, flight delay compensation and a compliance mapping solution.
Andy Lane, partner at CTI Consultance, commenced his career in logistics in 1983, learning the techniques required to effectively manage truck distribution and warehousing. In 1987, Lane joined the AP Moller-Maersk Group and subsequently worked for Maersk Line and APM Terminals on a progressive career path that saw him ultimately holding a number of senior leadership roles. Through his 25-year journey with the industry leader, Lane gained valuable and deep experience in ship and terminal operations, network optimisation, capacity and yield management, cargo and container flow, procurement and contracting. In 2013, he co-founded CTI Consultancy to provide independent business advisory services for shipping lines, terminal and port operators, and institutional investors. Lane has been recognised as an industry expert and thought-leader through his work with the international media and conference organisers.
Founder and CEO
Carl Lauron is passionate about supply chain. He worked as a logistics consultant and held various operational management roles in warehousing, transport and distribution. In 2007 he joined CMA CGM where he became Managing Director of the freight forwarding division, and lastly VP Innovation. This is how he discovered the gap between the latest available technologies and the outdated shipping management tools: even large companies enjoying leading transport ERPs often perform their daily tasks via shadow IT processes using emails, excel sheets and instant messaging tools! In 2015 Carl founded BuyCo to help importers and exporters simplify, optimise and secure their ocean shipping operations through digital innovations. This is achieved through a collaborative SaaS solution interfacing importers and exporters with shipping lines, forwarders, and any other supply chain participants. Using BuyCo means up to 40% productivity increase, a better cost control, and a state of the art customer service for exporters, using lean procurement as a competitive advantage.
Managing Partner and CEO
Fr. Meyer's Sohn
Marc Meier is managing partner and CEO of Fr. Meyer's Sohn (FMS), the No.1 company in international forestry logistics services and one of the largest ocean freight forwarders in the world. Meier is a German citizen with a broad background in international forwarding and management. Before being appointed as the CEO of FMS, Meier held several management positions within Kuehne + Nagel based in Canada, USA, UK, and Germany. Beyond leadership and general management, he has a special interest in international supply chain management, continuous improvement, and digitization. Meier has developed cross-modal control tower solutions in Europe and North America, improving the performance of global supply chains. He holds a German degree in economics and is a state-certified forwarding agent.
Administrator, Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum (ITF)
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Olaf Merk leads the work on ports and shipping at the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As such, he directs policy-relevant studies on maritime transport and the ports sector. Olaf Merk is the author of more than fifty OECD publications including “The Impact of Mega-Ships”, “Decarbonising Maritime Transport; Pathways to zero-carbon shipping by 2035”, “The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities” and “The Impact of Alliances in Container Shipping”. At the OECD he also worked on urban development, fiscal decentralisation and public finance. Prior to the OECD, he held various positions at the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
Strategic Pricing Models
Kuehne + Nagel
Kai Miller is developing strategic pricing models for Kuehne & Nagel AG in Hamburg. Prior to that he was setting up trading teams at ICAP plc in London as well as for HSH Nordbank AG, Germany. He has been in the shipping industry since 2004, working for subsidiaries of Reederei F. Laeisz/M.M. Warburg & Co. in Hamburg and V.Ships/KG Allgemeine Leasing in Copenhagen, where he was involved in ship finance and commercial and technical vessel management. He worked in sales and structuring of KG, KS, and alternative financing models as well as in the implementation of a trading platform for secondary KG shares. His professional career started with Dresdner Bank in 1996. In 1998, Miller joined DAB Bank in Munich to help in marketing Germany’s first online broker. In 2001, he became involved in Bayerische Landesbank’s international real estate business, and in 2003, Miller consulted Finland Post Group on e-business solutions for the financial industry in Germany. He was awarded his degree in general economics from a private business school in Munich with distinction of the Bavarian government.
Senior Vice President and Head of Global Trades
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 vice president of seafreight and global head of trade for Kuehne + Nagel Inc., the world's largest provider of non-vessel-operating 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. He previously held senior management positions with Kuehne + Nagel in Asia, Europe, and the US. During his career, he has focused on supply chain and logistics inefficiencies, innovation, digital transformation, and pragmatic solutions to customer, Kuehne + Nagel, and industry challenges.
Senior Editor, Global Ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade
Turloch Mooney is a senior business intelligence professional at IHS Markit. As senior editor, global ports, JOC, Maritime & Trade, Mooney is responsible for the creation of strategic content across multiple media formats – including print, online, and events – utilizing data-rich insights and analyses across the full value chain that IHS Markit provides as a global research company. His responsibilities include establishing key influencer programs in the container shipping sector to support the development of data, events, and consulting services, as well as fostering collaboration between industry players by developing conference programs, industry workshops, and whitepapers. He has 20 years of experience in the supply chain and transport industries and is also a subject matter expert in international trade policy and processes. Mooney completed an undergraduate degree and postgraduate studies in communications at the National University of Ireland, and he holds a master of arts with a focus on international law and international trade from the University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
CEO & Founder
Alan Murphy has fifteen 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. Murphy is a sought-after consultant, adviser, 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 modeling, 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 modeling, 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.
Senior Business Manager Shippers & Forwarders
Port of Rotterdam
Ellen Naaijkens, senior business manager, shippers and forwarders, at the Port of Rotterdam, has a strong international track record in project and process management, business development, consultancy, community building, and marketing for more than 20 years, mainly in the field of logistics and port development. In her role at the Port of Rotterdam, Naaijkens is focused on (chemical) container supply chains, facilitating seamless flows via the port by improving its logistics services and connectivity and providing digital supply chain solutions. The integrated end-to-end supply chain approach automatically implies a close cooperation with market parties and their interaction to make this work. Her previous positions include senior consultant at Buck Consultants International in the field of economics, spatial, and infrastructure development and business advisor at investment bank NIBC. Naaijkens has a master’s in international economics and economic geography from Utrecht University as well as a bachelor of commerce (B.Com) from Avans Hogeschool Tilburg.
Timm Ulrich Niebergall
Director, Short Sea
Timm Ulrich Niebergall, Director Shortsea at Unifeeder A/S in Aarhus/Denmark, has more than 20 years of experience in intra-European shipping and logistics. Timm began his journey at Unifeeder in 2008, initially as Shortsea Manager for Germany followed by positions as Country Manager Germany, as well as Regional Director Central and Western Europe. In 2018 Timm took over as Shortsea Director and joined the Executive Board in Unifeeder HQ in Aarhus. Since then he has been leading the way for Unifeeder to achieve its strategic goals of converting palletized cargo from road to sea and becoming the preferred multimodal supply chain provider of reliable and customer-focused transport solutions.
Manager, Global Transport & Contracting
Peter is heading the Transport & Contracting unit in the logistics division of Bestseller A/S. In numbers this includes moving 15000+ TEU with some 200 port-pairs plus air, rail and 25,000+ loads of road freight. Given the sourcing nature of the fashion business most origins are in developing countries and it is here Peter spent most of his career. Having served 15 years in Africa, most of these in West African conflict zones, within shipping, logistics and renewables has created a solid foundation for the present challenges in this environment. Peter has graduated from the industry acclaimed Maersk International Shipping Education (MISE) and prior to this served in the Danish Army including two tours of duty in the Former Yugoslavia in the early nineties.
Maritime Deputy Director, Maritime Business Unit
Thomas is the Deputy Director of Maritime Business Unit at Traxens, where he leads the sales, customer service, and customer analysis departments. Previously, Thomas was Corporate Desk Manager at CMA CGM on the Asia-Europe trade. He started his career as a Management Consultant in Singapore and the United States at Stern Stewart & Co. where he focused on business process management. Thomas holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management, an Advanced Master of Business from ESSEC Business School, and a Master of Engineering from INSA Lyon.
Alexander Nowroth is Co-Partner and Managing Partner of the Lebenswerk Consulting Group based in Düsseldorf. He looks back to an international career in the shipping and logistics industry, which has taken him to various leadership positions in Germany, South Africa and Australia. He reduces international transport costs for well-known corporations and medium-sized companies while increasing service and reliability along the entire supply chain. His passion is to build long-term successful partnerships between shippers and service providers by managing the implementation of solutions. In addition to his consulting activities, he is a guest lecturer for an Executive MBA program.
Market Intelligence Advisor
Port of Antwerp
Since 8 years, Inge has been working for the Antwerp Port Authority, better known as the ‘Port of Antwerp’. As Market Intelligence Advisor she is responsible for strategic market analysis of cargo flows to and from the port, with a focus on container flows and temperature-controlled trade. Previously, she gained a lot of experience in the logistics sector as Business Analyst Mobility at the Port of Antwerp, where she carried out market research and improvement projects on sustainable intermodal transport, such as barge and rail transport as well as shortsea shipping. Before that, she gained a lot of experience in shipping and logistics and built up an extensive network of contacts in the maritime sector, thanks to various supply chain & logistics roles in multinationals such as Zespri Intl and Chiquita Banana Company. She holds a degree in Master of Business Engineering and a post-graduate in Social and International Economics.
Ved Prakash is director of Gemini Corporation NV. Gemini Corporation NV is a Belgium headquartered trading group, which exports around 1.5 million tons of steel, plastics, timber, and rubber products. Gemini handles around 96,000 TEU annually, with its in-house logistic team. Prakash has been a regular speaker in many commodity conferences, especially in the steel sector, for last 12 years. His interviews are regularly published in leading industry publications such as Dow Jones, Prime, Platts, Steel 360, American Metal Markets bulletins etc. With around 20 years of experience directly in trade and in the supply chain management, Prakash has keen insight on commercial and logistic aspects of the global supply chain mechanism.
Sebastian Reimann is editor in chief of DVZ Deutsche Verkehrs-Zeitung for DVV Media Group. From 2005-2012, he was the editor for companies and markets at DVZ, reporting about world trade, medium-sized logistics companies in Germany and Europe, as well as stock-listed logistics players worldwide. Since 2012, Reimann also has been responsible for DVZ’s coverage of shipping and maritime logistics. Reimann earned a diploma in economics and politics from the University of Cologne and a diploma in journalism from the Cologne School of Journalism.
Head of Sales, Germany
Ocean Network Express (Europe)
René Reinholz started his career in shipping in 1996 in Hamburg, Germany, where he graduated at Shipping University in 1999. He held various management positions mainly in trade management, sales, and marketing and spent half of his working life outside of Germany. In 2001, he was moved to MOL´s European headquartes in London, followed by further positions in Rotterdam, Vienna, and Hong Kong. Reinholz returned to Hamburg in 2012, when he joined the regional management team as regional sales manager covering Germany, Scan-Baltics, Poland, and Central East Europe. He was selected to join Ocean Network Express (Europe) in November 2017 to head the German sales organisation, where he successfully set up the new company ONE under the new magenta colour.
CEO and Co-Founder
Christian Roeloffs is CEO and Co-Founder of Container xChange – a neutral online platform connecting carriers, leasing companies, forwarders and traders to exchange empty containers. Before, Christian was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, advising many of the world’s leading shipping companies with a particular focus on topics such equipment management, cost and procurement optimization as well as operational efficiency. Christian holds a MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics where he focused on corporate finance and financial modelling. Before joining the Boston Consulting Group, he spent some time in Corporate Turnaround, helping clients survive through their most difficult times through both operational and financial restructuring.
IGS Intermodal Container Logistics
Harald Rotter became Managing Director of IGS Intermodal in April 2016. His main responsibilities are (1) the extension of the intermodal network rail/road of the IGS group and (2) the further development of the terminal and depot infrastructure of the IGS group. After finishing his studies of Business Administration with focus on the subjects of Logistics and Human Resources, he started his career at Kombiverkehr KG, Frankfurt / Main, one of the largest intermodal operators for intra european combined transport rail/road in 2000. There, he became head of terminal operations and projects for nine years, three of which he spent in Rotterdam as Managing Director of Optimodal, a subsidiary of Kombiverkehr. From 2009 - 2012, he was Managing Director of HHLA Intermodal GmbH, member of the Hamburger Hafen and Logistics AG group. From 2012 - 2015 he worked as Managing Director of Metrans Rail (Deutschland) GmbH (HHLA group member) for which he was responsible for the development of the intermodal network in Germany, before he came to his current position at IGS Intermodal.
Chief Shipping Analyst
Peter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and currently holds the position of chief shipping analyst, responsible for analyzing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers, and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists management, members, and clients with insight into many different aspects of the global shipping industry. Sand’s regular reports, focused analytical articles, and insightful comments on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in global mainstream media. He is a teacher of maritime economics at the Danish Shipping Academy and a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School: Blue MBA and BSc International Shipping and Trade. During the rise and fall of the shipping markets, Sand gained experience in the fields of shipping analysis, executive assistance, caretaking of investors, and the art of transforming data and statistics into overviews and forecasts. Before joining BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S Norden. Sand holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Francisco de los Santos
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
Port of Algeciras
Dr. Francisco de los Santos is Chief Information & Innovation Officer at Algeciras Port Authority.His main responsibility is to lead the digital transformation of the Port and consolidate Innovation as a core business process.He is currently working on the implementation of an ambitious IT & Innovation plan to bring to reality the Next Generation Port Concept and the Algeciras Logistics Innovation Cluster. His main focus is the integration of business, IT and Innovation to reach leadership in quality of service and operational excellence.He is a member of several professional associations and is a frequent speaker at professional forums, in publications and Universities. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, an Executive Master in Telecom Management and IT, a Ph.D. in Port Engineering, and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.
Managing Director Global Markets and Global Sales
Hans Schäfer joined Hapag-Lloyd in 1994. After completing a trainee program, the Hamburg native worked in the Sales department of Hapag-Lloyd in Milan, Italy from 1997 to 1998. He then acquired a Master Degree in Business Administration. From 2000 to 2003, he was employed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers before returning to Hapag-Lloyd in Global Account Development. From 2005 until 2008, Hans Schäfer served as Director of Sales in Vietnam and then in Trade Management Far East in Singapore until 2010. From 2010, he was responsible for Region Europe as Senior Director Sales and Customer Service. Hans Schäfer was appointed Managing Director Global Markets/Global Sales in July 2014.
Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel
International Taskforce Port Call Optimization
Capt. Ben van Scherpenzeel is the director of nautical developments, policy, and plans at the port of Rotterdam. He has spent 15 years at sea, three years on tankers and reefer vessels as a deck officer, and 12 years on cruise vessels as a deck officer, staff captain, and project manager of new build programs. He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004. His present responsibilities are optimization of port operations, port information, including being chairman of the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization, chairman of the Shipping Advisory Board North Sea, and a member of the IMO GIA Low Carbon Shipping group.
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)
In July 2019, Henning Schleyerbach was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Digital Container Shipping Association, a neutral and non-profit association supported by nine of the largest carriers: A.P. Moller – Maersk, CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC, ONE, Evergreen, HMM, Yang Ming and ZIM.Prior to joining DCSA, Henning has spent more than 20 years at Hapag-Lloyd leading various international projects and strategic initiatives. Most recently, Henning held the position as Senior Director for Customer Relationship Management at Hapag-Lloyd. Henning holds a degree in Physics from the University of Berlin. Through his various positions and broad experience in the industry, ranging from IT to customer relations in Hapag-Lloyd, Henning has gained in-depth knowledge and brings with him a passion for shaping the future of digital shipping, making Henning the natural driver for digital transformation as COO of DCSA.
Senior Vice President, Automation Projects Division
Guenter Schmidmeir leads Sales and Marketing at Kalmar Automation Solutions, including strategic account management to further strengthen and deepen relationships with the global terminal operators (GTOs) and large regional operators. Guenter joined Kalmar’s leadership team from Navis in November 2017, where he was leading the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region since 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. He has 20 years of experience in the port and terminals industry, most of which he has gained at Navis in various positions in London, Antwerp, Dubai, Hamburg and Oakland.
Zvi Schreiber is the CEO of Freightos, the Internet marketplace for international freight. A LogTech (logistics technology) pioneer, Freightos powers smoother global trade with the world's largest Big Data collection of over half a billion freight rates and a patent-pending instant global freight routing algorithms, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. This also integrates with Freightos WebCargo, an air rate distribution system that provides live access to rates from over 200 carriers. Zvi studied in the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, earning a PhD in Computer Science. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by both IBM and GE and has written and spoken widely.
Head of Railway Logistics and Telematics
Hamburg Port Authority
Wolf-Jobst Siedler has been head of rail telematics and logistics processes at the Hamburg Port Authority since 2011. He previously was the Hong Kong-based head of global IT at a multinational trading company from 2002-2011 and before that an independent consultant for business applications from 1996-2002. Siedler advises German transportation industry associations on digitization standards. He holds a master’s in electronics and information technology from Technical University of Hamburg.
Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade
Stuart Strachan leads IHS Markit’s Maritime & Trade division 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 of Global Trade Information Services and JOC Group. Previous to leading Maritime & Trade, Strachan 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, Strachan held marketing leadership and management positions in the educational publishing (Pearson PLC) and telecommunications (Cable & Wireless PLC) industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in politics and economics from the University of London and a masters in business administration from Warwick University, UK.
Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce, Maritime & Trade
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 the JOC Canada Trade Conference.
Director, Collaborative Initiatives, Transport and Logistics, Clean Cargo Working Group
Clean Cargo Working Group, BSR
Angie Farrag-Thibault leads BSR’s transport and logistics practice, working with companies and stakeholders across the global value chain to advance climate-resilient and inclusive transport and logistics supply chains. In this role, Farrag-Thibault steers BSR’s Clean Cargo Working Group and award-winning Maritime Anti-Corruption Network. She also leads the strategic and operational oversight management team for BSR’s global portfolio of more than 20 collaborative initiatives. Farrag-Thibault has more than 15 years of experience working with leading companies and stakeholders on sustainability management. Previously, she worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and Andersen in London, where she provided strategic advisory and sustainability report assurance services to companies across sectors. She holds an E.M.B.A. in energy management from ESCP Paris/BI Oslo/IFP Paris, and an M.S. in sustainable tourism, environment, and development studies from the University of London. She also holds a B.S. in environmental sciences from Southampton University, and she speaks English, French, and Arabic.
Vice President, Maritime & Trade
Peter Tirschwell is vice president at Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, 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 Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell 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.
Head of Business Development and Strategy
Sascha Treppte heads the business development and strategy department at Duisport. In this role, his personal focus lies on the port’s China business and digitalization. Prior to joining Duisport, Treppte worked as a management consultant in the Berlin office of Roland Berger, where he supported clients in the field of transport and logistics. He left the company in the role of senior project manager. Treppte worked extensively on strategy and digitalization topics and has co-authored a study on digital business models in logistics. He holds an MSc in international business from Rotterdam School of Management. During his master studies, Treppte focused on port management and the role of Port Community Systems.
Managing Director, Policy & Strategy
International Association of Ports and Harbours
Patrick Verhoeven is managing director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), responsible for policy and strategy. The organisation represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide. Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Verhoeven spent 24 years in Brussels, representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators, and ship agents at the EU level. He started his career in 1991, with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Verhoeven holds a Ph.D. in applied economics and a bachelor’s in law from the University of Antwerp. He is assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT).
Vice President, Business Development
Tracy has extensive experience in the energy industry in both commercial and technical roles. She joined Argus in 2017 in a business development role after spending 9 years with globalCOAL in general management and business development. She concentrates on the refined oil products markets for Argus and currently concentrates on marine fuels. Tracy began her career as a refining process engineer in the US before shifting to international oil products trading. Currently residing in London, Tracy also has experience working in the US and Norway. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from London Business School.