Andrew Watson-Steward

Andrew has committed his career to the insurance industry for 17 years, with a particular focus on cargo insurance.

He has experience of underwriting a spectrum of cargo interests, having spent three years in the Japanese Market at Mitsui Sumitomo and six years prior to that in the International Cargo team at AIG. In 2016 Andrew stepped into the mutual insurance sector by joining TT Club where he is the Clubs Senior Cargo Underwriter responsible for the EMEA region. During his time at TT Club Andrew has continually grown the cargo portfolio by engaging with new and existing Members and been instrumental in restructuring the Clubs systems to better support the logistic industry, providing a cargo insurance solution to serve a growing and diverse customer base.

James Caldwell

James is a shipping and ports SME with 25 years of front-line industry, transport consultancy and technology experience, with an extensive background in the refrigerated trades, both leading the containerised reefer trade for a major carrier and working on multiple advisory briefs for ports in Europe and the Americas dominated by perishable cargo. Previous senior roles include leading digital commercial offerings for a major global operator, maritime transport advisory and other industry technology initiatives, with a strong background in the container shipping industry, starting country organizations’ and developing trade and market segments. With an endless fascination with this industry across the globe, coupled with a deep understanding of global trade, commodities, transport, and technology value, enhanced by an international background and broad geographical market and project experience, living, and working, across Europe, and Latin America.

Annika Kroon

Annika Kroon is leading the Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission. The unit deals with sustainable maritime policies, maritime markets and international maritime agreements, but also with digital and sustainable intermodal freight transport and logistics. Annika is an economist with Master’s degrees in Cybernetics in Economy and International Finance, having devoted last 15 years to transport policy.

Vincent Brunet

After almost 10 years as a maritime charterer (mainly as a short sea operator in the North West Coast Europe), I am working now for 15 years as a commercial executive within the port of Dunkirk authorities.

Frans Waals

Expertise in container liner shipping, reefer shipping, shortsea container and ferry, breakbulk/heavy lift, ports and container terminals. Frans joined Dynamar in 2006, where he is the editor of the extensive DynaLiners portfolio of liner shipping information. As such, he closely follows all aspects of the industry, analysing and commenting the main, worldwide developments. Additionally, he regularly participates in consultancy projects on port and, shortsea and deep-sea, liner shipping. Moreover, he is the author of Dynamar’s successful series of Reefer Analysis reports (markets, conventional, containers). Frans is also regularly involved in the execution of liner shipping and related consultancy projects.

Prior to his career at Dynamar, Frans had joined different sections of Erasmus University, Rotterdam (EHB Consultancy, ERBS, M.E.L.) where he participated in various consulting sections and publication activities. The latter included a study on reefer techniques, from which ultimately the Quest system (reefer container control techniques) has emerged.

Marianna Levtov

Marianna Levtov is the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at the award-winning TradeTech company Nexxiot. Marianna is focused on exploring new markets and elevating safety and security standards across the supply chain through digitalized solutions. As Convenor of ISO/TC 104/SC 4 Working Group 2 and Convenor of CEN-CENELEC-ETSI(SMa-CG), Marianna is active in shaping the regulatory future of digitalized solutions in transport and logistics. Nexxiot connects millions of shipping containers and railcars across more than 160 countries, serving some of the largest logistics companies in the world. Nexxiot’s technology enables railcar operators, carriers and cargo owners to monitor their assets in real time, irrespective of their location. These capabilities enable users to monitor the condition of an asset, automate business processes, and provide new services to stakeholders.

David Roff

David Roff is passionate about digitalization in the transport and logistics industry, he has worked on projects across all modes of transport, removing paper documents from the process in favour of clearly defined data flows to share information in an efficient way.

David has supported use of international standards through his role as co-ordinator of the transport and logistics domain within UN/CEFACT and is a strong advocate for accessible code lists and open standards.

A key project working with the BIC was to support availability for machine-to-machine communication and adoption of the BIC Facility Codes, a 9 character identifier for container depots for use within the international supply chain, this work now extends further to standardise common geofences for those facilities and drive further adoption of the codes lists and smart devices providing value to the supply chain.

Hedley Rees

Hedley Rees has been running the UK-based consultancy PharmaFlow since 2005, specialising in operations and supply chain management in the biopharmaceutical industry. Hedley’s expertise is in the three phases of clinical trials (and preclinical if required) and ongoing distribution of products that have gained regulatory authorizations to market. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in senior roles in Big Pharma (Bayer) and 10 years in biotech (British Biotech, Vernalis and OSI Pharmaceuticals (now Astellas). Hedley is also a long-term advocate of paradigm shifting modernization in the biopharmaceutical industry, authoring Supply Chain Management in the Drug Industry, Wiley, 2011. Hedley recently signed a contract with Wiley to write a new book titled Transforming the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, which is scheduled to publish early in the New Year.

Mike Downes

Mike has extensive experience of the container industry having worked in it for nearly 28 years before retiring from Maersk Line in late 2017. He has previously held several senior Management positions in technical roles related to containers in various shipping companies and has served on and chaired container related ISO workgroups.  He now lives in New Zealand where he is the owner of Southern Container Advisory Limited. In addition he is currently the Technical Adviser and ANZ regional National Registration Officer for the Bureau International des Containers et du Intermodal (BIC), the international container registration organisation.