Kenneth Asztalos

Kenneth Asztalos Vice President of Rail and Intermodal, AFMS Logistics Management Group


Hans Bergwerff

Hans Bergwerff Managing Director, Logfret

Born in 1964, dropped out of school, started my own business , a courier company, together with my brother in 1983. We grew the company to a big transport company (+80 trucks) being market leader in The Netherlands on the trade Holland – Italy v.v, having customers like Compaq, Sun Microsystems, Intel etc., as we had created 24 hours services to many destinations in Italy under high security.

Sold my share in 2004 and started Logfret in The Netherlands from scratch as being a subsidiary of the French Logfret Group. Logfret Group is a French family owned company which has 65 offices worldwide. Now Logfret in The Netherlands has two offices, soon 3, and employ + 40 staff.


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.


Chas Deller


Since the 1970′ies, Chas has delivered value to large-scale, international customers. A born and bred Londoner, he pioneered the global sea freight division for UTi (global freight forwarder) on 4 continents. During his 39 years of service, Chas has customized ocean freight designs in the UK, South Africa, Asia Pacific and North America, gaining expertise in global sea freight processes, while developing strategic carrier and customer relationships.


Andrew Gillespie

Andrew Gillespie Director of Global Logistics, Ansell Ltd.

Andrew Gillespie is currently the Director of Global Logistics for Ansell Limited.
Ansell Limited are global leader in barrier protective solutions, with operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Ansell Limited designs, develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of surgical, industrial and household gloves, and protective clothing. Logistics experience includes managing substantial global ocean volume, air freight and all modes of transportation

Prior to Ansell Limited, Andrew was with American Standard, Piscataway, NJ for over 14 years in various Transportation/Logistics positions. He also has years of experience in the chemical industry, domestic trucking and warehousing. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University, including a graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management.

Andrew is actively involved within the Logistics profession through various organizations including The National Industrial Transportation League; member of The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, The International Commerce Club of New Jersey and as a Certified Member of the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.

Andrew resides with his wife Karin and their six children in Kingston, NJ.


Nicola Good

Nicola Good Executive Editor, IHS Fairplay

Nicola is the executive editor of Fairplay.ihs.com. She recently joined IHS after a long association with Lloyd’s List where she directed news and feature content. In addition to launching Lloyd’s List’s new flagship print product, The Intelligence, in September 2015, Nicola was the custodian of the annual Top 100 ranking and Next Generation product. A news rooms veteran with more than 20 years’ experience, Nicola started her career with Independent Newspapers South Africa.


Berit Hagerstrand-Aval

Berit Hagerstrand-Aval Vice President, Sea Services, Stora Enso AB


 Rolf Habben Jansen

Rolf Habben Jansen CEO, Hapag-Lloyd AG

Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.

Rolf Habben Jansen is married and has two children. Alongside his native language, he speaks German and English fluently.

He graduated in Economics from the 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, the 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. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.

Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of Hapag‐Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag‐Lloyd AG since July 2014.


 Bjorn Klippel

Bjorn Klippel  CEO, TIM Consult

Björn Klippel received an M.Sc. Business Administration, Logistics/Transport, from Mannheim University, Germany, in 1984. He was the Project Manager for a leading U.K. transport company and international logistics consulting group from 1984-1992. In 1998, he became Vice President and Shareholder of TIM Logistics GmbH, an intermodal transport operator pioneering private rail transports in Germany and Switzerland. He was the Managing Founder of TIM Consult, logistics consultants with a focus on the design, optimization and implementation of global value networks/supply chains, including network design, transportation and warehousing. The multinational team of 54 members operates from offices in Mannheim, and the U.S. in all regions of the world. TIM Consult operates the world’s leading Market Intelligence Initiative in transport covering freight spend of more than $28 billion annually in global ocean transport, air cargo and land transport in Europe, NAFTA, Latam and Asia/China. It has an unbroken track record in benchmarking, best-practice analysis, tender support and contract management in ocean and hinterland container transport.


 Olaf Merk

Olaf Merk Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum/Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development

Olaf Merk is Administrator Ports and Shipping at the International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international organization in Paris. In this role, he directed studies on ports, shipping and port-cities. Olaf Merk is the author of various OECD publications including “The Impact of Mega-Ships” and “The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities.” As Manager of the OECD Port-Cities Programme, his previous post at the OECD, he directed more than a dozen studies on port-cities, including on Hong Kong, Shanghai, Rotterdam and Hamburg. He is also lecturer on the Governance of Port-Cities at the Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) in Paris. Prior to the OECD, he worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Finance. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.


  Olaf Merk


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.


 Alan Murphy


Coming from a background in academic Finance Research, Alan Murphy has more than 10 years of experience in Container Shipping research and analysis, most of these as Senior Analyst for Maersk Line. In January 2011, Mr. Murphy partnered with former Maersk Line and TCC Intelligence Director, Lars Jensen, founding SeaIntel Maritime Analysis, an industry-leading analysis and consulting firm providing actionable intelligence to the global Container Shipping industry.


 Jesper Praestensgaard

Jesper Praestensgaard Senior Advisor, Boston Consulting Group, and Chairman, Unifeeder

Senior executive with 30 years experience from the shipping and logistics industry including 25 years with the A.P. Møller Maersk Group and 2.5 years with Hapag-Lloyd. Currently non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Unifeeder A/S, the largest common feeder operator in Europe, as well as Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group in their global shipping and logistics practice.

Holds an MBA (Honors) from IMD and have attended several executive programmes over the years with different business schools incl Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Penn State University and University of Michigan.

Lives in Copenhagen with his wife of 25 years and one of their three children that still resides at home.




Elisabeth joined IHS in 2012 to lead an initiative to build a new, next generation, global macroeconomic model. The IHS Global Link Model incorporates many innovative features and makes it possible to quantify the impact on the world economy of changes in the global risk environment, such as geopolitical threats and energy price shocks. Elisabeth now leads IHS global economic forecasting, modeling infrastructure and software, and economic and financial data.


 Jens Rohweder;

Jens Rohweder Managing Partner, Notos Group

After studying economics and business administration, Jens started his career in investment banking in 1986 with Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein. As head of research and portfolio-management he was responsible for institutional investors. In 2001 Jens joined the newly founded HSH Corporate Finance, offering corporate advisory services for HSH's clients. Since 2006 he headed the shipping sector team of HSH Corporate Finance and was responsible for a series of shipping M&A activities, fund raising and restructuring mandates on a worldwide basis.

In 2010 Jens took over the position as Managing Director for projects and business development of Industrial Maritime Chartering GmbH in Germany.

Finally, in 2011 he founded the Notos Group, offering consultancy and investment management services for institutional investors in the maritime sector.


 Cyrus de la Rubia

Cyrus de la Rubia Chief Economist, HSH Nordbank

Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia, chief economist of HSH Nordbank in Hamburg and Kiel, has been working in the department Economics & Research since 2005, focussing on international trade, the global economy, commodities and interest rates as well as foreign exchange rates. Before joining HSH Nordbank Mr. de la Rubia headed the Economics Department of the Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika in Hamburg, analyzing Emerging Markets. Thus de la Rubia was very close to the corresponding markets, when the crises of the last decade hit the world, including the bursting of the internet bubble, the default of Argentina, the almost bankruptcy of Brazil, and last but not least, the Lehman collapse. This has served him well with respect to the evaluation of the current crises. De la Rubia is also lecturer at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and works for Berlin Economics, a German economic policy consultancy for governments in emerging markets. Cyrus de la Rubia wrote his PhD thesis at the University of Potsdam (Germany) about the maturity structure of bond markets, after a study course of Economics at the University of Kiel (Germany) and Córdoba (Argentina).


 Dr. Volker Simmering

Dr. Volker Simmering Managing Director, Paribus Capital GmbH

Since 2009 Dr. Volker Simmering is working for the Paribus Capital Group, a privately owned investment and asset manager located in Hamburg. He is responsible for the group’s rail activities and acts as Managing Director for Paribus Capital GmbH and as a Managing Partner of Northrail GmbH. Northrail, a joint venture company of the Paribus Capital Group and Seehafen Kiel, is a lessor and asset manager of railway engines in the Central European market. Prior to 2009 Dr. Simmering held several positions with LLoyd Fonds AG and MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Capital AG in Hamburg. He was involved in financial modelling, project evaluation and structuring of investment products for the German market as well as the trustee management of shareholders. His professional career started with Bundesverband deutscher Banken e.V., Berlin in 2003. Dr. Simmering holds a PhD degree of the University of Hamburg in Economics.


Niek Stam

Niek Stam National Secretary, Dockers Section, FNV

Niek Stam is the National Secretary of FNV Havens (Dockers). He has been responsible for many CLA's (48) in the port section since 1993. Beside his national work he is also responsible for international work around the globe as part of an international trade union network under the flag of the ITF (International Transport workers Federation). He travels a lot. In Europe but also the rest of the world. Where ports are and where decisions has to take about dockers he tries to give his input and vision.

Thanks to this work where they share and exchange a lot of information from different dockers unions and the fact that the Port of Rotterdam is a pioneer in automation/robotisation he can gather a lot of practical information which they use for their outstanding policy with their members. The union has a lot of experience about the effects of automation and robotisation. And also a lot of experience about the negative effects of overcapacity.

In the last couple of years the balance of power in the maritime industry has changed and is still changing. Shipping Lines are forced to work together instead of competition and become more and more also a terminal operator. Between the shipping lines and terminal operators dockworkers have the challenge to survive. And that brings him back to his business and fight. And dockers have to fight back!



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.


Daniele Testi

Daniele Testi Group Marketing Director, Contship Italia

Marketing & Corporate Communication director of Contship Italia Group since January 2006.

Part of Contship Italia holding company since May 2002 as Marketing and Planning Manager Previous professional experiences: KPMG consulting (senior consultant) and Tarros Group (Container Control Manager). University degree: “industrial engineering” at Politecnico di Milano


 Jan Tiedemann

Jan Tiedemann Senior Analyst – Liner Shipping and Ports, Alphaliner

Working with the maritime intelligence provider and consultancy firm Alphaliner, Jan Tiedemann is based in the company’s Hamburg office. In his position as senior analyst for liner shipping and ports, Mr. Tiedemann is in charge of maintaining and developing internet­based tools for the shipping community. These tools include vessel and port data bases, market reviews and industry reports, as well as geographic information systems and sophisticated AIS­based vessel tracking tools.

Trained as an economic Geographer, Mr. Tiedemann works closely with a broad spectrum of Alphaliner customers and partners to develop tailored market intelligence solutions for ship owners, vessel operators, ports and terminals, ship brokers and for the investment community.

Following earlier work with a global business consultancy firm, Jan Tiedemann joined Alphaliner and the BRS Group in Paris in 2008. In 2014 he relocated to Hamburg to found Alphaliner’s new German office.


 Peter Tirschwell

Peter Tirschwell Senior Director, Content, IHS Maritime & Trade

Peter is Senior Director for Content at IHS Maritime & Trade, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.Com, Fairplay, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and the 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+ year career with the company beginning 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.