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Ignacio Ballester, Manager , MSC, Spain
Nacho is the Manager of MSC’s head office in Spain and is also in charge of MEDLOG, MSC’s logistics business.
Nacho’s career started in MSC as an Administration Clerk in Valencia office in 1998, combining his work in the company with his IT studies at Valencia Polytechnic University. At the moment he is finishing his MBA studies at EDEM Business School. More…
Mark Bennett, President, Sun Intermodal
Mark Bennett has been president of Sun Intermodal Ltd since 2017, a container leasing company supplying dry van and refrigerated containers.
He was Senior Vice President at Triton International from 1998 to 2016 where he held top line responsibility for the EMEA and South America region, established a Container Product Management group More…
Kevin Bragg, Founder, KMB Consulting
Kevin Bragg began his career with Nestle’ before moving into senior sales, marketing and commercial positions in Coca-Cola and Grand Metropolitan PLC. For 22 years he was head of Bonita Europe having joined from Geest PLC, where he was Managing Director of the European Prepared Foods business. For the last 20 years he has provided confidential strategic advice to companies in the global agri business through the consulting company, KMB Consulting N.V.
Mark Buhl, President, Block Farm and Co-founder, Data Harvest
Mark’ Buhl is a 20+ year veteran of the international fresh commodity trade industry. Growing up on a citrus farm in Strathmore, California, he has a firm grounding in the fundamentals of farming and production. Studying undergraduate plant science and agricultural business he received an MBA from Sichuan University in China. This has created a very diverse backdrop for his career. More…
Sebastian Cameron, Director,Generation Investment Management
Sebastian Cameron is a director at Generation Investment Management, the dedicated sustainable investment firm, and is a member of the Growth Equity strategy. Generation was established 15 years ago with the aim of investing in businesses which are part of the transition to a more sustainable economy. Generation believes that technology can drive systemic change via lower carbon, lower cost, and more equitable business models. More…
Steve Cameron, Managing Director, Cameron Maritime Resources
Stephen Cameron is a director within the shipping, ports, terminals, logistics, and supply chain markets. He is experienced in business start-ups, and managing teams in international and multicultural business environments, providing research, and due diligence studies, together with risk, and safety consultancy, audits, post event investigations, training, and the provision of experts for dispute resolution. He is also an African maritime, ports, trade, and supply chain markets expert.
Mar Chao López, Commercial Director, Port of Valencia
Mar Chao López is a civil engineer by the University of A Coruña and holds a degree in Law from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. She holds an MBA from the Caixanova business school (now, IESIDE) and has completed her training with numerous degrees in maritime law and logistics. More..
Professor Alfred Cheung, Founder, JC Food Republic
Alfred has extensive experience in container transportation, port developments, logistics planning, IT applications, human resources and cold-chain management throughout his affiliation with the shipping industry for the past 3 decades. Currently, he is a council member serving both The Japan Society of Hong Kong, The Japan Hong Kong Society in Tokyo and as vice chairman of Japan Kochi Hong Kong Society. More…
Ryan Clark, Co-Founder,Data Harvest
I am an entrepreneur and lifelong technology advocate. I am a very lucky husband and father. My career has often been a cycle of breathing in new technology and connecting it in useful ways for people. Along the way I have worked with amazing people. I am currently learning and building at Middlestate (Human Centered Design) and DataHarvest(Agriculture Data Technology). More…
Michael Dempsey, Vice President, Container and Port Solutions, ORBCOMM
With over 20 years of experience in process automation technologies, Mr. Dempsey is an industry thought leader in the application of technology for shipping, container terminal and port operations. As ORBCOMM’s Vice President of Container and Port Solutions, Mr. Dempsey is responsible for delivering solutions that provide complete visibility and control of marine and intermodal transportation assets.
Stefano Di Paolo, President, Great White Fleet
Stefano Di Paolo is involved with the strategic and operative setting out of shipping , commercial development as well as innovation and diversification. He has deep knowledge of container and reefer specialized shipping, logistic process related, stevedoring operations, inland haulage and all the related administrative and legal aspects. Stefano also has profound knowledge of fruit, vegetable and fresh commodities commercial world from sourcing to distribution.
Martin Dixon, Director – Head of Research Products, Drewry Group
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. More…
Thomas Eskesen, Founder, Eskesen Advisory
Thomas Eskesen founded Eskesen Advisory in 2015 after a long career as executive with the Maersk Group. He headed up Maersk’s Global Reefer business between 2006 and 2015 and prior to that held various global functional leadership positions as well as overseas positions for 12 years in Hong Kong, China and United States. Eskesen Advisory specializes in cold chain and help clients make strategic investments and provide unique insights that validates or questions their line of thinking.
Adam Forste, Managing Partner, Bay Grove
Mr. Forste is a co-Founder and Managing Partner of Bay Grove where he is active in all day-to-day activities of the firm and responsible for investment decisions. He is co-chairman of the board of Lineage Logistics, the largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company globally. Mr. Forste serves on the board of the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) and ndustrial.io, a SAAS-based energy management company. More…
Bruno Fusciani, Global Commercial Leader,Thermo King
Bruno Fusciani is a senior manager with more then 30 years of successful experience in transport refrigeration industry. Bruno is currently the Global Marine Commercial Leader for Thermo King. He has covered multiple roles in the transport refrigeration industry, including being a member of the transport commission of the International Institute of Refrigeration and a Technical Expert for the Transfrigoroute International association.
Bruno holds a Doctor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Padua. More…
Frank Ganse, Senior VP Global Head Seafreight Reefer Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel
Frank Ganse, Kuehne + Nagel’s senior vice president and global head of reefer logistics, gained his first intensive practical container and stevedoring experience working a side job as a longshoreman during high school. More…
Franklin Ginus, Chief Mission Officer, BEFRANK
In his time within Chiquita, he Franklin was responsible for the Benelux, France, Central Eastern Europe and Poland, Franklin has a clear focus on quality, the Chiquita Brand and customer demands to attract more consumers into their stores.
His mission now is to redesign the banana chain. A chain where honest sharing throughout the whole value chain, open and transparent communication and doing business with the heart are central. More…
Francesca Hopkins, Head of Logistics, Jupiter Group
Starting at the company over a decade ago, Francesca quickly rose through the ranks to head up the global logistics strategy from the company’s UK headquarters. Overseeing the group’s logistics operations and coordinating delivery of 22 million+ boxes across five continents annually; Francesca ensures the smooth sailing of the department and manages teams in multiple countries. A firm believer in learning all aspects of the job to better manage her teams, she is an International CPC and HGV Class 1 licence holder. Francesca is currently studying an International Trade degree and regularly attends events across the globe to share her knowledge and enhance her learning.
Ruben Huber, Founder & Director, OceanX
Ruben grew up in the trucking and warehousing business in Germany and held various management and executive roles in leading shipping lines, NVOCCs and intermodal operators across Europe, China and the Middle East. He is founder and director of OceanX, a network of international seafreight specialist firms and consulting on strategy, digitalisation, internationalisation and logistics. He has a freight forwarding education, holds a German degree in business economics and an MBA from Aston University.
Matteo Iagatti, Analyst Food & Agri Supply Chains, Rabobank
Matteo Iagatti joined Rabobank in April 2016 as a Food Logistic analyst in the Supply Chain Team at the Food and Agri research department. His research scope covers the cold chain sector the, food distribution and agri bulk logistics. Matteo holds a PhD in Agricultural policy and a Master in Agricultural Economics.
Cristiano Junqueira, Trade Manager, MSC
Cristiano is leading MSC’s South America East Coast Trade based in the global headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an expert in export traffic, commercial strategies, capacity planning and reefer trade. Cristiano has over 20 years of experience in trades from Latin America to Europe, Middle-East and Asia.
After graduating from Ibero Americana University where he studied International Business, Cristiano started his career as Sales Executive managing key accounts and new prospects for international logistics companies in Brasil before moving to MSC in 2003. More…
Fred Lessing, Manager International Flows, Euro Pool Systems
Internationally minded supply chain professional with focus on collaboration between the different stakeholders on logistics.
Expert in road and multimodal transport, building and maintaining long-lasting relationships with business partners through open approach and high reliability.
Initiator and promotor of CoolRail, a shippers collaboration reality that will change the international conditioned transport between Spain and Europe.
Genevieve Leveille, Chief Executive Officer, AgriLedger
Genevieve is the Principal Founder of AgriLedger, a FinTech venture aiming to empower agricultural producers by democratizing their access to financial services and improving the transparency of the supply chain.
Genevieve is leading the collaboraton of AgriLedger with the Haiti Ministry of Commerce and Industry and other local partner – More…
Dr Leo Lukasse, Scientist, Climate Control, Wageningen University UR
Dr. Leo Lukasse has 20 years of experience as scientist climate control in the Postharvest Technology dept. at Wageningen University & Research. Most of his research relates to climate control in refrigerated transport equipment, especially reefer containers. His team operates two well-instrumented climate chambers where reefer containers are tested for many aspects relating to climate control and energy consumption. More…
Jose Manglano, Principal CEO, Martico
After finishing his studies in Economics, he dedicated himself to teaching until he entered Martico in 1999, a company in which he has developed his entire professional career, going through all the relevant areas of the company until he reached his current position as CEO.
He has dedicated the last 5 years to the internationalization process and the creation of the Martico Reefers Solutions group.
Interested in psychology, NLP and mathematical analysis.
Robert Mant, Vice President, Kuehne + Nagel
With 27 years of experience in fresh produce logistics, Robert Mant has obtained valuable insights into the perishables supply chain. The reefer logistics expert held senior level positions in Dole Food Company globally, Compagnie Fruiterie in France and Star Reefers in the UK. In 2017 he took his expertise to Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies, where he leverages the organization’s global network of KN FreshChain professionals to offer timely and effective solutions to the customer.
Aurelio Martinez, Chairman of the Port Authority, Port of Valencia
Aurelio Martínez (Zaragoza, 1947). Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Valencia since 1981. In 1989, Aurelio Martínez was appointed as the Valencian Regional Government’s Director-General of the Economy and Financial Policy, and two years later, as the Director of the Economy Department for the Spanish Prime Minister’s Office. More…
Don Miller, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Globetracker
Mr. Miller is an industry leader and expert in intermodal transportation markets. His extensive network is unsurpassed in the industry. He is a frequent speaker and author on pertinent supply chain topics relating to key market trends. Mr. Miller has developed new product concepts and applications for smart containers, smart chassis, smart trailers and other smart logistics equipment. More…
Stéphane Nielsen, Senior Reefer Manager, CMA CGM
Stéphane joined CMA CGM in 1998, working first as line manager on the Caribbean trade and thereafter on the East African/Indian Ocean trade. He joined the reefer department in 2014 and at the head of the department since 2018.
Stephan Piworus, Global VP Sales Marine & Ports, IDENTEC Solutions
Stephan Piworus joined Identec Solutions in June 2016 as Senior Vice President and is in charge of global sales activities for the business division Marine & Ports. He holds an MBA from the University of Hamburg with a focus on logistics, economics and transport science. Prior to joining Identec Stephan amassed many years of varied experience by working in a range roles in both the industry More..
Sylvain Prevot, Director, Traxens
Previously Project Manager at CMA CGM & Green Modal
Following graduation from the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP 2007), Prevot began his career on the US production site of LISI Aerospace, the worldwide number three supplier of aircraft fasteners, where he oversaw Special Projects. After four years at CMA CGM, Sylvain joined TRAXENS in May 2015 to develop its activities in land transport and logistics in Europe and Africa.
Juan Puchades Ricart, General Manager, Bollo International Fruits
Juan Puchades Ricart was born in Albal (Valencia) Spain. Graduated as Agronomist and Master in Citriculture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He has collaborated and worked on several research projects and author of various publications and articles in specialized journals. In 2005 he joined the BOLLO INTERNATIONAL FRUITS team. Since 2008 he assumed the overall coordination of BOLLO BRAZIL, fruit production and marketing company.
Brian Robertson, Vice President Global, Emerson Commercial & Residential
Brian Robertson leads Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions’ Sales & Support activities for the transportation sector. Emerson is a leading supplier to the cold chain, providing IIoT monitoring systems as well as compression technology and electronic controllers. Prior to joining Emerson, Brian worked on M2M and automation in the marine and oil & gas markets. More…
Carlos Rodriguez, CEO, AGRO Merchants Group
Carlos is one of the founders of AGRO Merchants Group and brings more than 24 years of leadership experience in the supply chain industry. Prior to partnering with Oaktree, Carlos was a member of the Americold Executive Team with global responsibility for Solutions, Engineering, Planning & Development. Previous positions also include a number of operational and project management roles in several European countries, the U.S., and Mexico, followed by global functional responsibility in the automotive and high-tech logistics industries. Carlos holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics from the School of Engineering & Technology Management, Liverpool John Moores University.
Robert Sappio, CEO, Seacube Containers
Robert F. Sappio is Chief Executive Officer of SeaCube Container Leasing, one of the largest operating lessors of containers in the world. Mr. Sappio joined SeaCube in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to his current position in 2017. Prior to SeaCube, Mr. Sappio held positions as President of the Americas Region for Rickmers-Linie and Managing Director for Alvarez & Marsal. More…
Anne Saris, Business Manager, Argofood & Distribution, Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics, Port of Rotterdam
Anne has a background in fresh produce logistics. She started her career at Bakker Barendrecht (member of Greenyard), working in several positions to optimize warehouse and transport logistics. Shifting to a more commercial role with a strong focus on logistics, Anne is now responsible for the cold chain activities in the Port of Rotterdam as Business Manager Agrofood.
Ole Schack-Petersen, SVP & CSO, LCL and the Broom Group of Companies
Ole Schack Petersen is Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer at LCL- and the Broom Group. Since 2013 and based in Copenhagen, he worked as Director and Global Head of Reefer Marketing at Maersk Line. Ole joined J. Lauritzen A/S the 1st time in 1978 as a cadet at Kogtved Maritime Academy and again in 1982 after finishing 3 years at the commercial college, working in J. Lauritzen A/S in different operational- and commercial management positions until his stationing abroad. He has received a number of leadership and management educations from Instead, IMD, IE and latest IESE, Barcelona, from where Ole graduated with a Global Executive MBA in April 2012.
Ed Smith, CEO Smith Europe – C Sence
Ed Smith is CEO of Smith Europe /C sence , the largest reefer service provider in Europe for almost 50 years. Beside reefer service Smith Europe also provides Technical Assistance to clients, ship kit management and has its own Research and Development department. More…
Ronald Veldman, Consultant, Seabury Consulting
Ronald Veldman is Maritime Business Analyst for Seabury Cargo Advisory where he is responsible for market studies, consulting projects, and the development of new business intelligence offerings to the greater transportation market. He published studies on the effects of West Coast port congestion on the sea and air cargo markets as well as the changing relation between GDP and global trade. In his role, he has been responsible for market insights presented at a number of leading Maritime conferences, including client events for three of the top 10 global freight forwarders.
Alex von Stempel, Managing Director, Cool Logistics Resources
Alex von Stempel is managing director of Freshwater Logistics Ltd and Cool Logistics Resources Ltd. He has 30 years experience as a commentator and trade journalist, most of which dedicated to freight transport and logistics of perishables. 12 years ago he set out on his own, devoting a significant proportion of his time to developing global and regional perishable logistics events, including Cool Logistics More…
Rachael White, Director, Cool Logistics Resources & CEO, Next Level Information
Rachael White has spent over 30 years charting the evolution of global freight logistics, shipping, maritime, transport, ports, trade and supply chains as a writer, editor, researcher, conference organiser and emcee, communications consultant, community builder and influencer.
She has edited four industry trade journals and been involved in organising, moderating and speaking at over 100 industry conferences worldwide. Previously, Rachael acted as Secretariat CEO and Observer to the Board for ICHCA International, a global cargo handling NGO, and as Secretary General for PEMA, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association. More…
Willy Yeo, Director of Marketing for Carrier Transicold
Willy is the Director of Marketing for Carrier Transicold’s Container business. He leads the company’s global market and product strategy development to drive growth and customer satisfaction, while managing its market communications initiatives. As a result, he works closely across various global functions from sales and service to engineering and program management. More…
Anne-Sophie Zerlang Karlsen, Head of Global Reefer Solutions, Maersk Line
Anne-Sophie Zerlang is the Head of Global Reefer Management in Maersk Line, and responsible for developing and executing the global reefer strategy through a dedicated team of reefer specialists around the world.
Maersk Line is the largest container line in the world, and a pioneer and leader in the transport of refrigerated cargo with 80 years of experience in reefer transportation. More…
Robert F. Sappio, CEO, Seacube Containers