Smart innovation for  global cold chain logistics

For many years, the international movement of temperature-controlled perishable goods has been a catalyst for technological innovation in the maritime trade and supply chains. 

Today, Industry 4.0 technology is advancing digitalisation, automation and sustainability. Cold supply chains as we know them will transform.

CoolTech – a Cool Logistics event – is a new two-day forum. It will bring together tech users and buyers, tech entrepreneurs, developers and investors, as well as educators and researchers. All with a keen interest in the latest tech trends.

Delegates will get access to executives from across the cold supply chain who are investing in, developing and delivering solutions and technology. 

Debate & Discuss | Learn & Explore | Network & Connect

In collaboration with Port of Rotterdam

CoolTech Speakers

Steve Alaerts

Steve Alaerts is Director at Foodcareplus, a business division of the Remant Group, an international logistics service provider for the food industry operating mainly in the bakery and confectionery, dairy and protein, and fresh produce segments. Steve is a founding member of the Port of Antwerp Reefer Expertise Group and an active member of the supply chain committee of the International Fresh Produce Association. Steve believes that knowledge transfer and innovation are the keys to a logistics world that can lift the food industry more sustainable. One of his main drivers is to reduce food waste
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Daniel Bollard

Business Manager - Shippers & Forwarders
Port of Rotterdam
Daniel has close to 6 years of experience at the Port of Rotterdam aiming at optimizing supply chains from sea to hinterland destination. Driving digitalization and sustainability among the different stakeholders to create key value propositions for end-users mainly in the agro and pharma industry.
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Mark Bennett

Sun Intermodal
Mark is an expert in the container leasing sector who led key roles at the industry leader Triton instrumental to its growth and success before leaving in 2016 to establish the leasing company Sun Intermodal. As Senior Vice President at Triton International from 1999 to 2016, his roles included leading the EMEA & South America region, establishing and leading the Product Management group overseeing a container fleet of over 2 million TEU including 125,000 refrigerated containers.
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Matilda Bouchet

Managing Director, Head of Cargo Monitoring
Matilda has more than 20 years of experience with business development in global companies across retail, media, finance, and tech. She gained advanced expertise serving as a champion for change at all organizational levels. Matilda Bouchet is a strong advocate of growth driven by technology and optimization.
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Paul de Haan

Sales Director BeNeLux and Strategic Accounts
Seasoned sales director with 8+ years consultative sales experience in the global supply chain industry. Tive offers real time in-transit load tracking and monitoring (temperature, humidity, shock and door opening)
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Martin Dixon

Martin is Head of Research Products within Drewry and is a director of Drewry Group. He has more than 30 years’ strategic and operational experience in shipping and supply chain management. Martin 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 Europe, Middle East and Africa markets. Immediately prior to joining Drewry he spent several years analysing the container shipping needs of shippers and logistics service providers for London-based journal Containerisation International.
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Charlotte Goos

Business Development Manager
Charlotte has close to 10 years of experience in maritime logistics defining and realizing propositions for many customer segments. Over the years she developed a passion for visibility and transparency of the cold chain to optimize flows and reduce waste.
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Matthew Holland

Director of Sales UK, Ireland & Nordic
Tive Inc
With over 15 years experience in consulting on and providing GPS tracking realtime visibility solutions, Matthew specialises in a creative & innovative approach to connected logistics; condition monitoring; supply chain visibility & shipment integrity.
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Reiner Jedermann

IMSAS Institute for Microsensors, -actuators and systems
University of Bremen, FB1, Germany
Reiner Jedermann became a research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bremen in 2004. In 2008 he became a member of the Cool Chain Association. After finishing his Ph.D he initiated a project on the "Intelligent Container" for remote monitoring of cool-chain ocean transports. Other projects include the analysis of spatial temperature deviations in containers, monitoring airflow in cold-storage warehouses and ultrasonic sensors for monitoring defrosting of food.
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Allan Klinge

Mr. Klinge plans, develops, implements, and evaluates the organization’s administration function and performance. He participates in the development of the corporation’s plans and programs. Mr. Klinge is also responsible for directing, managing and coordinating all sales and marketing activities for Klinge Corporation. He coordinates efforts between the sales and engineering departments; leads the development and implementation of marketing initiatives; and, helps to identify, design and implement new market opportunities, products and plans.
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Matteo Iagatti

Independent Consultant
Matteo has a 4 year experience as an analyst for the F&A supply chain at Rabobank. Before that, Matteo worked in Brussels as a market analyst for the International Confederation of European Beet Growers and as a project manager at Agriconsulting Europe. He also holds a Ph.D. in agricultural policy. Recently he decided to help logistic firms in navigating the complex post pandemic world
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Kingsly Kongnyuh Kwalar

Kingsly is the ceo and founder at OPTIMIZ. Kingsly built his professional career in the shipping and cargo insurance industry from the legal department of a shipping company in London to serving international traders in Buenos Aires and finally relocating to Johannesburg where he would start his first business, StilFresh.
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Genevieve Leveille

Genevieve has been a noteworthy leader with 25+ years in the finance, supply chain optimization and technology ecosystem. These days, she is recognized as the CEO and Principal Founder of AgriLedger, but she continues to contribute in the realms of digital identity, and financial transformation. In 2020, she implemented a blockchain solution in the Fresh Fruit Value Chain in Haiti in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and the World BankThe participating small-holder farmers saw an increase of over 700% to their revenues.
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Don Miller

Board Member
B2B Sales Professional with over ten years experience in Key Account Management specializing in Internet of Things enabling end to end Global Supply Chain visibility. Led startup to growth over 150% year on year over the last 4 years. Specializing in innovative wireless technologies M2M and IoT on a Global scale. Patent author in IoT technologies Developed new product applications using IoT in Logistics processes and equipment Specialties: Supply Chain Security Solutions, Cold Chain, GPS, Cellular and RF Communications, Sales Management, Business strategy, CRM, Blockchain
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Alan Peart

Telematics, Sales Manager, Global Container Refrigeration,
Alan Peart has over 25 years in the telematics space and with a diverse background in Sales, Alliances, Services and Engineering. He brings a wealth of experience across a number of industries including refrigeration, construction and agriculture. Working with sales and cross functional teams Alan is helping to define and execute the Carrier global strategy for telematics solutions.
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Niels Prebensen

Director Product Management Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions
Niels has almost 10 years’ experience with Emerson consulting adoption of IoT for the Cold Chain and driving definition and realization of key value propositions for end-users
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Rogier Rook

Logistics Manager
Nature's Pride
Rogier has been the head of logistics at Nature’s Pride for the past decacde. In that time he headed logistic innovation in supply chains visibility and transparency as well as developed a passion for improvements in the cold chain.
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Jurgen Schouten

Commercial Director, OTFLOW
Experience in sales-, marketing-, product- and business development includes a more than fifteen years association with a couple of companies active in different b2b and b2c sectors where I was in charge of various territories at different levels such as managing/coaching teams, new/existing key-accounts, facilitating suppliers and resellers/distributors in their needs, purchase, export, branding, advertising, pioneering, organizing events and trade shows.
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Al Tama

VP & General Manager Container Solutions ORBCOMM
Al Tama has more than 15 years of experience delivering mission-critical systems to shipping lines, marine terminal operators, and port complexes. As VP & GM of Container and Port Solutions at ORBCOMM, he is responsible for growing the company’s global footprint in the marine and intermodal container market. Before joining ORBCOMM, he served as General Manager at WAM Technologies, which deployed the first large-scale global telemetry control and monitoring system for nearly 300,000 refrigerated containers.
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Raoul Tan

Director of Naviporta
Port of Rotterdam
On a mission to build a global network of connected ports, strong believer that co-creating and collaboration are vital for sustainable port models. Within Port of Rotterdam International department responsible for digital developments and actively connecting Port Authorities and Communities to the experience and digital services developed by 100+ experts of the Digital Business Solutions department of Port of Rotterdam.
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Michiel Valee

Michiel is cofounder at Dockflow, building the world's first logistics enablement platform. Dockflow empowers logistics teams to work more efficiently and pleasantly, so you can deliver better service to customers and focus on meaningful tasks.
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Hans-Willem van der Waal

CEO, Agrofair, Netherlands
Hans-Willem van der Waal is CEO of AgroFair - the pioneer of Fairtrade banana. He studied chemical engineering and management science, specialising in data science. He started his career in the fruit sector in Tanzania before living and working in Burkina Faso exporting fresh mangoes. He joined AgroFair in 2008 and his areas of special interest include shipping, logistics, ecology and social sustainability, topics which he has spoken and published on.
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Matthijs van Doorn

Vice-President Commercial
Port of Rotterdam Authority
Matthijs is responsible for customer relations and customer development of the Port of Rotterdam. Previously he was responsible for the development of the inland of Port of Rotterdam and the Commercial Digital Portfolio. Matthijs started his career with TNT, which gives him more than 16 years of experience in logistics. Developing Port of Rotterdam into the port with the most sustainable and most efficient supply chains is what drives Matthijs. This can only be done together with our customers and stakeholders. Digital is an important enabler for that and will make our port fit for the future
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Stein van Est

Head of Cold Chain Logistics Europe
A.P. Moller – Maersk
Stein is a senior executive in (Cold Chain) Logistics & Transport and has, over the last 15 years, developed a wide ranging knowledge on various commodities, products and supply chain solutions. He is an energetic, driven and ambitious leader who continuously looks for improvement in his organisation and teams. He inspires the organisation with new and creative ideas for business development, and is a constructive sparring partner for other executive management.
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Tineke Van de Voorde

Key Account Manager
Port of Antwerp-Bruges
Over 15 years passionate about supply chains, Tineke has brought her field experience since five years to Port of Antwerp. She is known for bringing together communities around the table to establish continuous improvements in the maritime supply chain, specifically on port level where many different stakeholders need to work together in order to create smooth supply chains.
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Eelke Westra

Programme Manager, Postharvest Quality Wageningen University
Programme manager postharvest quality with WUR, Eelke sets up (applied) research projects to understand and control quality development of fresh perishable products. With this knowledge WUR clients extend shelf life, use resources efficiently and distribute products to the exact needs of their customers. More than 15 years’ experience in the postharvest field.This resulted use of alternative transport modalities, lower energy usage and better product quality. Current work is focussing on knowing the exact quality of each product and analysing big data sets.
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Kim Winter

Founder & Global CEO
Logistics Executive Group
The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Consulting & M&A, Media Interviews & Vodcasts, across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defense, Aviation, Resources & Industrial sectors.
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CoolTech Topics

Digitalisation, automation & robotics  |  Cold chain visibility & monitoring 
IoT & artificial intelligence | Cyber security
E-commerce, e-documents, e-processes & e-payments
Digital platforms, marketplaces & data integration
Clean, green energy & refrigeration | Smart infrastructure & equipment
Industrial farming Intelligent packing & packaging
Advanced cargo climate control & post harvest processes

In Collaboration with

Port of Rotterdam

The aim of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to strengthen the competitive position of the port of Rotterdam as a logistics hub and a world-class industrial complex in terms of both size and quality. The Port Authority is able and willing to make an impact and so it is focusing on accelerating sustainability in the port and it is a partner in the digitalisation of the port and logistics chains. The Port Authority's core tasks are the sustainable development, management and operation of the port, the maintenance of the smooth and safe handling of shipping and supporting the future-resilience of the port of Rotterdam.
Facts and figures for the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the port of Rotterdam: Port of Rotterdam Authority: approximately 1,270 employees, revenue approximately € 750 million. Port area: 12,500 hectares (land & water, including approximately 6,000 hectares of industrial sites). The port area is more than 40 kilometres long. Employment: (direct and indirect) 385,000 jobs in the Netherlands. Goods throughput: approximately 440 million tonnes of goods a year. Shipping: approximately 30,000 seagoing vessels and 100,000 inland vessels annually. Added value: (direct and indirect) €45.6 billion, 6.2% of Dutch GDP.
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Gold Sponsor


Tive is a leading provider of real-time supply chain visibility insights that help logistics professionals actively manage their in-transit shipments' location and condition. With Tive, shippers and logistics service providers (LSP) eliminate delays, damage, and shipment failures. Tive's solution provides data generated by its industry-leading trackers allowing clients to actively optimize their shipments, improve their customers' experience, and unlock supply chain insights in an actionable real-time manner
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Bronze Sponsors

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Daikin Reefer

Headquartered in Japan, Daikin Transportation and Refrigeration Systems Group (Daikin Reefer) is a business unit of Daikin refrigeration division wholly owned division of Daikin Industries Ltd, providing refrigeration equipment to the global container industry. Grounded in more than 90 years’ experience, Daikin Reefer combines world-leading Japanese technology that delivers assured reliability, performance, and efficiency
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Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 50 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets.
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Emerson Transportation Solutions has over 35 years’ experience in transport refrigeration and climate control which gives us unparalleled knowledge of the refrigeration cycle, supplying the cold chain with the best-in-class components and solutions. We supply components such as Copeland Scroll™ compressors and solid-state controllers in two-thirds of the marine refrigerated containers sold each year, where Emerson also provides suction line hermetic filter driers, thermal expansion, solenoid valves and moisture indicators. Our REFCON and ProAct™ transport solutions provide vessel, terminal, and enterprise-level monitoring systems to lines and operators, allowing 24/7 monitoring, management and analytics of perishables, protein and other valuable cargos.
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ORBCOMM, a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, enables the smart management of refrigerated containers and their cargoes, enabling end-to-end, remote visibility and control of containerized assets and shipments on land, rail and sea. ORBCOMM’s data-driven refrigerated container solution features enhanced functionality, analytics capabilities, connectivity options and interoperability with third-party telematics devices to help shippers and carriers around the world drive efficiencies in reefer container logistics.
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Nexxiot is a TradeTech pioneer with a mission to enable easier, safer, and cleaner transportation for all stakeholders in the global supply chain. Nexxiot’s IoT hardware, software and analytics create transparency to improve efficiency and preserve value across supply networks. The technology mitigates risks to people, infrastructure and cargo and reduces emissions and waste. Nexxiot empowers carriers, cargo owners and other transportation participants to monitor the location, status and conditions of their assets and cargo in real-time, anywhere in the world. Sophisticated Big Data analytics delivers business intelligence at scale to drive efficiency, process automation and achieve sustainability targets. Headquartered in Zurich, Nexxiot operates throughout Europe and the U.S..
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Klinge Corporation

Klinge’s mission is to improve the lives of people all over the globe through innovative and ultra-reliable supply chain solutions for critical chemicals, essential foodstuffs, and life-changing medicines. Klinge’s customized designs include but are not limited to dual redundant systems, tank container heating and cooling equipment, pharmaceutical temperature control, military-specification refrigeration, explosion-proof refrigeration and heating, quick-thawing systems for meat processing, and equipment reaching temperatures down to -70°C (-94°F). Klinge’s skilled technical team and worldwide service network assist in making sure customer products can be supported around the globe
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OPTIMIZ provides the very first end-to-end platform to enable traders, their insurers and carriers to collect visual evidence of the state of cargo at various points and to seamlessly resolve cargo claims in transit.
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Strategic Partner

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Global Cold Chain Alliance

Comprised of its Core Partners, including the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA), and the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA), the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) represents all major industries engaged in temperature-controlled logistics. GCCA unites all partners to be innovative leaders in the temperature-controlled products industry
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