Jonathan Beard

Jonathan Beard Head of Transportation and Logistics Consulting, Asia, Arcadis

Jonathan regularly advises public and private sector clients on logistics policy, and related infrastructure finance and development. He has directed the master-planning for some of the world’s largest and most successful ports, including Port Klang, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Jonathan also led the market and technical due diligence for China Merchants’ investment in Terminal Link’s global terminal portfolio and for Goodman’s investment in DP World’s Hong Kong assets.

He is currently leading the development of a major industrial port in Southern China for a partnership of the local government and Port of Rotterdam, and is advising on the development of a cruise strategy for New South Wales, and port privatizations in Greece and Australasia.

Jonathan holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University.


Rajiv Biswas

Michael Beer Vice President of Asia-Pacific Transportation/Logistics Research, Citi Research

Michael Beer is a Senior Equity Research Analyst at Citibank in Hong Kong, focusing on the regional transportation, infrastructure and logistics space. As an astute market observer, Michael tracks current and anticipated visitation, consumption and export trends across Asia (as well as the demand drivers in the US and Europe) to better project future earnings/listed share price performance. Further, by leveraging Citi’s regional/global presence, Michael is able to better understand the significant changes in trade/consumption patterns as well as new investment in regional infrastructure projects around the region.

Prior to joining Citi Research in Asia, Michael looked at the U.S.-based Airfreight & Logistics service providers (such as FedEx, UPS, Expeditors International and C. H. Robinson, amongst many others) as well as the North American Railroad operators, initially at Bear Stearns and subsequently Wolfe Research (an independent transportation-focused research boutique) in New York.

Michael received his BSc degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona and has subsequently completed executive education course work at INSEAD.


Rajiv Biswas

Rajiv Biswas Senior Director and Senior Economist for the Asia-Pacific, IHS

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

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

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


Chris Brooks

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

Chris Brooks is executive editor of The Journal of Commerce and JOC Events at IHS. He oversees editorial content in The Journal of Commerce magazine and programming for the JOC’s five annual conferences and multiple webinars. He also works closely with the online team focusing on JOC.com. A 30-year company veteran, Chris’s career has spanned every aspect of the editorial operation, from copy and front-line editing to design, reporting and managing numerous websites. He also oversees the magazine’s 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. He holds a bachelor’s in journalism from Lock Haven University.


Michael Cashman

Michael Cashman Commercial Director, Contship Italia

Michael Cashman is a highly focused and results-driven senior manager with a proven track record in the establishing and further development of global container shipping, joint-venture partnerships with the continuous driving of shareholder value.

He has over 39 years of experience in the industry and joined Contship Group since 1995.
As the Commercial Director of Contship Italia Maritime Terminals, Michael Cashman has completed the restructuring of the historical organisation to improve internal/ external customer focus whilst simultaneously enhancing shareholder value and financial business performance.

In 2012, Michael Cashman proceeded with the given objectives of continuing to improve business performance and leading the succession planning requirements of the commercial team. In 2013 – 2015, the focus continues internally with seeking improvements in management information processes as well as leading the commercial input into enhanced promotional activity targeted at increasing awareness of Contship Italia Group activities to generate interest and support growth over the longer term.


James Chang

James Chang Chief Operating Officer, Lazada Crossborder

​Mr. James Chang is the Chief Operations Officer of Lazada Crossborder based in Hong Kong.

He is responsible for the development of logistics strategic planning across the Southeast Asia countries. He also oversees Lazada Crossborder operations in Hong Kong.

Before James started his Lazada journey at Crossborder, he joined the company as co-Founder and the Chief Operations Officer in Lazada Philippines. He then moved up to regional level served as Executive Vice President of Operations.


Kara Cheung Managing Partner, KCW and Associates


Laurent Fremy Investment Officer for Energy & Transport ASEAN, International Finance Corporation


 James Gagne

James Gagne CEO, SEKO Logistics

​As the Chief Executive Officer of SEKO Logistics Asia Pacific Region and a member of SEKO’s Global Executive Team, I bring with me for more than 20 plus years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry with significant tenure in China. I am known for transformational leadership, driving change, people development, and building effective cross-cultural teams to deliver significant growth and increased business performance.

My achievements include:
- Lead a transformation of business models into progressive, profitable, solutions, client and people focused integrated network player
- Exceptional business turnaround leadership
- Stewardship over multiple M&A integrations in China
- Building industry leading cross-border businesses in Emerging Markets

SEKO Logistics Asia Pacific Region will follow their history of providing superior supply chain solutions with:
- Unique Shareholder Management Business Model enabling fast decision making
- Specialized & scalable logistics solutions in E-commerce fulfillment
- Industry expertise in Retail, Medical, Government, Energy
- Customizable technology-led logistic solutions

Aside from my work, I enjoy my wife & daughter and being involved with the Young Presidents’ Organization(YPO) and Ashoka, a social entrepreneurship organization.


Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson Senior Economist, IHS Beijing

Brian Jackson is a senior economist with the IHS China Regional Service, which produces economic and business environment analysis and forecasting for China’s national and 31 regional economies. His recent research includes Brexit impacts on China, state-owned enterprise reform, foreign direct investment reform, industrial restructuring and the services transition, housing markets, and more. He is based in Beijing, where he has resided since 2007.

Prior to joining IHS, Mr. Jackson worked as a policy analyst with the American Chamber of Commerce in China; the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of UNCTAD and the WTO; and on various China¬-based consulting projects funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade.

Mr. Jackson’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colo., U.S., and a Master in Economics and Finance from the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI), an institution in Madrid, Spain, created by the Bank of Spain.



GREG KNOWLER Asia Editor, IHS Maritime & Trade

Greg Knowler is a highly experienced editor and publisher with more than 20 years on mainstream titles and B2B 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 entering the exciting world of logistics. Now Senior Asia Editor for the Journal of Commerce, he brings context to the news and analysis crucial for shippers in the region.


 Benjamin Lai

Benjamin Lai Managing Director, DaChan Bay Terminals, Modern Terminals Ltd

Benjamin Lai joined Modern Terminals as Marketing Manager in 2002. He became General Manager, Operations in July 2005. In May 2010, he was promoted to Managing Director, Hong Kong overseeing the Hong Kong Business Unit. Benjamin took over the Managing Director position of DaChan Bay Terminals in May, 2012. Benjamin is also Vice Chairman of the Shenzhen Ports Association. Prior to joining Modern Terminals, Benjamin was the Director, Business Development for New World CyberBase, the IT arm of the New World Group. Benjamin also spent 6 years working in both United States and Canada for various IT companies in their business development function. Benjamin holds a Bachelor degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the United States and an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


 Lian Hoon Lim

Lian Hoon Lim Managing Director, AlixPartners

Lian Hoon Lim leads the Enterprise Improvement Practice in AlixPartners in Hong Kong. He has had 25 years in as both a line manager and consultant in global supply chain operations in China, Hong Kong and South East Asia. This includes procurement of goods for resale, manufacturing of both components and finished goods, shipping and distribution operations both locally and globally. His recent work is heavily focused on the retail and consumer goods industries, although he has also had substantial experience with the automotive and electronics industries.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, Lian Hoon was the Senior Vice President for Group Planning & Strategy at the NOL Group in Singapore, which owns APL and APL Logistics. He has also held positions in consulting with A.T. Kearney, where he was a Partner and led the Hong Kong office as well as industry roles in product engineering, manufacturing and planning.

Lian Hoon has a doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in electronic & electrical engineering, both from the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine in London, U.K.​


 Michel Looten

Michel Looten Director of Maritime, Seabury

Michel Looten joined Seabury in 2013, as Director of Maritime and is responsible for the maritime practice within Seabury. His responsibilities include the further expansion of Seabury’s offering and proposition in the maritime industry through its business intelligence products and consulting services.

He started his career in 1999, in container shipping with P&O Nedlloyd, holding several roles in both Rotterdam and London. These roles included trade management, sales and marketing, as well as vessel operations. After joining Maersk Line, he held the role of Route Manager Asia Imports for Central Europe. Prior to joining Seabury, he was with the agricultural supply chain management company, Cefetra BV, which he joined in 2008. Here he worked in the chartering department, gaining valuable knowledge and experience in the dry bulk sector as well.

Michel received a Master of Science degree from the Faculty of Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam and graduated in Maritime Economics and Logistics.


Wan Min President, China COSCO Shipping




Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. He was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia Publication based in Shanghai, China. He previously held posts at IATA (International Air Transport Association) as chief editor and secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland, with specialisation in international law and international trade. His area of specialisation will be global ports, covering issues such as port congestion, competition, mega-ship impact, productivity, hinterland access and relevant supply chain issues.


Mario Moreno

Mario Moreno Senior Economist, IHS Maritime & Trade

Mario O. Moreno is senior economist at IHS Maritime & Trade, the division within IHS that also includes The Journal of Commerce and PIERS. Prior to joining JOC he worked for independent research firm Dealogic as a fixed-income analyst and prior to that as a financial consultant for RBC Wealth Management. In his current role, Mario is lead researcher and writer for the quarterly JOC Container Forecast, the quarterly JOC Port Forecast, and the monthly JOC Insights, a multimodal, data-driven analytical newsletter. These duties combine with his special interest in forecast developing. Mario regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


 Zvi Schreiber

Zvi Schreiber CEO of Freightos

​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 freight rates and its patent pending instant global freight routing algorithm, enabling forwarders, shippers, and carriers to bring freight sales and operations online. Zvi has a PhD in Computer Science and has written and spoken widely. He previously founded and led tech companies acquired by IBM and GE.


 Harry Sangree


Harry Sangree is Executive Vice President at CargoSphere, the leading provider of frictionless rate distribution and cloud-based global freight rate management. Harry has worked to advance the automation of global trade for over 30 years.

Prior to joining CargoSphere, Harry was an original member of INTTRA’s executive management team where he led product management for a number of years and then provided leadership as Senior VP – Corporate Strategy.

Harry started his career as the co-founder of Syntra Limited (later ClearCross), a software company automating export documentation and compliance for US-based and global exporters. Harry has an AB and BE from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia University. ​


Marco van der Schans Head of Transport Management, MGB METRO Group Buying HK


Gary So

Gary So Deputy Managing Director, Kerry Logistics Network

Gary So is currently the Deputy Managing Director of Kerry Logistics Network. He joined the Group in January 2000, spent 3 years in Hong Kong to build up the logistics business, 6 years in China, and 1 year in Taiwan. He left in 2009 to pursue his personal interests and was the regional president of a Fortune 500 company prior to rejoining the Group in March 2015. Mr. So has previously worked for a major airline, a logistics arm of an ocean carrier, a global integrator in express and logistics, and a consultancy firm prior to joining the Group in 2000. Mr. So obtained a bachelor of science degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master of business administration degree from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. He also completed the executive program at McGill University, Canada.​



Mark Szakonyi Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS Maritime & Trade

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor, JOC.com, IHS, edits and writes stories about various shipping and logistics issues for the publication’s online and print editions for JOC.com, The Journal of Commerce magazine and JOC Events. Based out of the JOC’s Washington D.C. bureau, he regularly covers national transportation issues as they are debated in Congress and various agencies, including the Federal Maritime Commission. He also reports on intermodal rail, trucking, customs, cross-border transport, sourcing, industrial real estate, and ocean shipping. Szakonyi regularly produces news videos, including several from his travels to Panama and China. Mark regularly speaks to industry groups on his areas of expertise.


Matt Tillman CEO of Haven


Peter Tirschwell

Peter Tirschwell Senior Director, Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

Peter Tirschwell is senior director of content at IHS Maritime & Trade, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com, IHS Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. IHS acquired JOC Group in December, 2014. In his expanded role within IHS he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in IHS Maritime & Trade media and events. A career transportation journalist, Peter was a reporter, West Coast Bureau Chief, Editor in Chief and Publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20-plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif., one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.


  Tissa Wickramisinghe

Robbert van Trooijen CEO Asia Pacific, Maersk Line

Robbert van Trooijen is responsible for Maersk Line’s activities in North Asia. He joined the Royal Nedlloyd Group in 1990 as Management Trainee in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. After assignments in São Paulo (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea), and Hong Kong (China), Robbert was appointed Director, Global Network and Equipment Flow Management in P&O Nedlloyd’s head office in London (United Kingdom) in 2005.

Following the acquisition of P&O Nedlloyd by A.P. Moller Maersk A/S, Robbert joined Maersk Line’s head office in Denmark as Vice President in charge of the Latin American Services in 2006.

Early 2008 he assumed responsibility for the West and Central Asia Region, stationed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In January 2011, he assumed management of the Latin American Region, stationed in Panama City, Panama. Since July 2015, he takes over as Regional Chief Executive of North Asia. Robbert holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from his native country the Netherlands.

Robbert was born in 1964, is married to Sandy and together they have 4 children.​


  Tissa Wickramisinghe

Tim Wickmann CEO, MCC Transport


  Tissa Wickramisinghe

Tissa Wickramisinghe General Manager, Marketing & Commercial, Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd.

A 35-year career in maritime transportation qualifies Tissa Wickramasinghe to be considered one of Sri Lanka’s most eminent professionals in the field.

Currently General Manager Marketing & Commercial at Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd. (CICT), the only deep-water container terminal facility in the Port of Colombo, and at US$ 500 million the largest maritime infrastructure investment in Sri Lanka, his career encompasses 25 years in the Ports and Terminals industry, and 10 years with the British Merchant Navy.

A British-qualified Marine Engineer, he served for 10 years as General Manager of South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd. (SAGT) the first public-private partnership project of the Port of Colombo, and as Director Projects in the Transport Sector, responsible for overseas port development business at Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerate John Keells Holdings (JKH), prior to joining CICT.

Tissa Wickramasinghe’s extensive experience in the Port and Terminal industry in the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka and overseas includes the negotiation of Public, Private Partnership (PPP) projects with state authorities and the establishment of new joint venture port projects under Public / Private Partnership schemes. He has the rare distinction of possessing knowledge, skills and working experience in the technical and operational aspects of port management as well as in marketing and commercial aspects.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (UK).​