Speakers

Speakers @ AntwerpXL

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Bob Delbecque

Bob Delbecque

Challenger, Energizer

BOB = Best Of Belgium
Bob Delbecque's added value: he talks to the heart of the people!


From Dubai to Hanover and from Florida to Gdansk he crosses the world with his "Business Conferences" in English, German, French and Dutch.

But don't be surprised if he addresses you in Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese…


Speaking:

A vision of the future
10:30 - 11:30 | Weds 8 May


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Paul Birch

Paul Birch

Owner, VisionJuice and former Head of Business Planning, British Airways

Paul Birch possesses a deep working knowledge of the complexities of corporate management at all levels and a passion for creating both organisational innovation and business cost effectiveness. From baggage handling, innovating systems to meet regulation, to market tactics and strategies, mergers and acquisitions to Head of Business Planning. He has done it all.

Paul was instrumental in the 1990s turnaround of BA’s culture. He helped develop the BA brand when at its very best, as well as taking a billion pounds out of the five billion cost base – astonishingly without incurring any industrial action.

His most innovative role, created in conjunction with the Chief Executive, was that of Corporate Jester – a bold step that allowed him to challenge the complacency and out-of-touch world that can exist at the top of any large organisation. The role was a great success, with the side-effect of generating hugely positive media coverage for BA, leading to job applications which said that any company that employed a jester sounded like a great place to work!

Whether co-ordinating a team of consultants and merchant bankers to secure an investment in USAir, forecasting fuel pricing for the airline, helping to develop Club World, or negotiating rosters with union officials, his approach at BA was led by his belief in the innate capacity for people to think innovatively and creatively together, and find winning solutions.

This wealth of practical experience is now carried into his current advisory work. His client portfolio and sectoral work is as broad as his experiences within aviation, but with one thing in common: organisations whose people need to “think differently” – about a project, an operational issue, a leadership culture, a change programme. He combines warmth and humour with provocation and challenge. His advisory work within transport and energy sectors began with the strategy group of Eastern Electric (who became Texas Utilities), who were preparing for their negotiations with the regulator.

Topics most regularly requested include: how to foster creativity and innovation; leadership in times of profound change; creating ultimate customer service; and working towards win/win. He regularly chairs or facilitates whole conferences, and offers conference workshops in creativity techniques and facilitation skills alongside his role as speaker.

Paul’s clients have included Unilever, Future Publishing, Time Warner, Defra, The National Trust, The Audit Commission, British Gypsum, Marks and Spencer and Royal Dutch Shell, Transport for London, TNT, Cargo, and Debenhams. Much of his work has been focussed on developing safety standards against a backdrop of diminishing budgets through innovative practices. He has also worked with smaller organisations, the public and the third sector, often in a gift work capacity. Paul has lectured extensively to MBA students across the country, and written nine books on creativity, leadership and change in business.


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Wouter Bassier
msc

Wouter Bassier

Innovation Manager, MSC


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Tom van Dijk
CGI

Tom van Dijk

Business Consultant, CGI

Tom is a Blockchain expert in the field of logistics. As CGI’s Blockchain practice lead, he initiated and co-created numerous Blockchain Use-cases, co-created a full Blockchain Curriculum (foundation, technical essential and practitioner)  and transformed CGI into a Blockchain Company. Based on his experience, Tom will take the audience through a Blockchain journey, and show the simple and concrete value of Blockchain with a real-life use-case.



Sven Van Dyck
Gosselin Group

Sven Van Dyck

Marketing Manager, Gosselin Group

As Marketing & Communications Manager for the Gosselin Group I have the exciting task to help write the story of Gosselin. Focussing and refocussing on various business segments, highlighting the assets and experience of a multinational fast moving logistics and moving company, a real challenge but a very interesting one. After 10 years of Atlas Copco in Marketing & Communications, I have broadened my horizon in the medical distribution environment at Acertys and was able to contribute to the success of Moyersoen as an online auction house. Since 2016 I took the challenge of making Gosselin even a stronger and better recognized and respected brand than it already was. In my role as a Marketing Manager I tend to have a good view on where the company wants to go and in that aspect I have accepted the task to look for interesting startups that are able to contribute in an innovative way as R&D in pure logistics and moving industry is not that common.


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Roy van Eijsden
WSP

Roy van Eijsden

Service Line Director Advisory, WSP

Roy van Eijsden is the Service Line Director Advisory at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in London. Previously he was a Director at Royal HaskoningDHV and managed Ocean Shipping Consultants. He worked as the Managing Director for Royal HaskoningDHV’s Turkey office and was Vice Chairman of the Board of ELC Group Inc. His 19 years of professional experience includes commercial and technical consultancy services for large scale infrastructure projects and mergers and acquisitions across six continents. He provides consultancy at a strategic level, offering services to a broad spectrum of clients including port and shipping companies, multi-national oil & gas and chemical companies, financial, legal and private equity firms. He was the lead commercial advisor for some of the largest transactions in the port industry in recent years and has also acted as expert witness for several international clients. In the last year, Roy and his team have advised on more than 10 billion US dollars in deal value. He is a graduate of ISAM at the Rotterdam School of Management and Business School Netherlands.


Speaking:

A vision of the future
10:30 - 11:30 | Weds 8 May

Blockchain for breakbulk – buzzword or industry innovation?
14:15 - 15:15 | Weds 8 May

Trade wars & Brexit
11:40 - 12:30 | Thurs 9 May


Dr. Lucy Gilliam

Shipping & Aviation Policy, T&E

Lucy joined Transport & environment' shipping team in September 2017 after several years consulting on environmental campaigns and having previously worked as a science adviser in the UK civil service. Lucy has a degree in Biology and a Phd in environmental science. She has also European Commission's research and innovation directorate, working on SME policy. 


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Sven Goyvaerts
PortXL

Sven Goyvaerts

Program Manager, Port XL Antwerp

Sven Goyvaerts is a maritime professional and native Antwerpian. As a former journalist for Flows Magazine, he has covered technological innovations in the area of ports, logistics, transport and international trade. Since April 2019 he has been appointed as the new program manager for maritime accelerator PortXL. Now for its second year in Antwerp, PortXL matches promising start-ups and scale-ups with corporate partners in the port’s thriving ecosystem.



Stephanie Hare

Stephanie Hare

Analyst, strategist and broadcaster focusing on technology, politics, world business and future

Stephanie Hare is a researcher focused on technology, politics and history. Selected for the BBC Expert Women programme and the Foreign Policy Interrupted fellowship, she shares insights on television and radio and has published in the Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, Project Syndicate, the Herald, CNN and The Guardian. Previously she has worked as a principal director at Accenture Research, a strategist at Palantir, a senior analyst at Oxford Analytica, and a consultant at Accenture. She has held the Alistair Horne Visiting Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford, has a PhD and MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Speaking:

Trade wars & Brexit
11:40 - 12:30 | Thurs 9 May

How will the industry adapt to a changing business landscape
13:250 - 14:25 | Thurs 9 May


Tom van Herzlze
EY

Tom van Herzele

Senior Manager - Performance Improvement, EY

Tom is a senior Manager at EY. He is the Ports & Shipping Lead for our consulting practice in Belgium and has been involved in various strategic and digital transformation projects within this sector for public and private organisations. He has a profound knowledge of the inland waterway sector, mainly focusing on new technologies and innovation.


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Nicolette van der Jagt
Clecat

Nicolette van der Jagt

Director General, CLECAT

Nicolette van der Jagt is the Director-General of CLECAT, the European organization of Logistics Service Providers and Freight Forwarders, since 2012. CLECAT is a Brussels based association with a collective membership of more than 19.000 companies in freight forwarding, logistics and customs services through its 24 national associations. Previously, Nicolette was for 10 years Secretary General of the Brussels based European Shippers’ Council representing the national and international freight interest of industry -  national shippers’ councils from around Europe. Through this experience she has extensive knowledge of freight transport in all modes in transport.  Nicolette holds degrees in international relations and European studies from the Universities of Utrecht (NL) and Strasbourg (FR). 



Cees-Willem Korneef
PortXL

Cees-Willem Koorneef

Director, PortXL Antwerp

Cees-Willem has over 30 years’ experience in Ports. His roles with Dutch Customs and Port of Rotterdam Authorities has gathered him a large international network and insight in both private and public maritime parties.

Connecting and coaching companies and governmental agencies is his specialty.

As director PORTXL Antwerp he is excited to help speeding up the ‘Harbour of Things’ in Antwerp.
PORTXL is known as the 1st world port accelerator. Scouting relevant global maritime start-ups and scale-ups and matching them with corporates companies in the Ports, increasing value and finally truly accelerating together, is what Ports need nowadays.

PORTXL covers also Rotterdam, Singapore and supports Port of Taranto in Italy.


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Nataliya Maiseyenka
CATERPILLAR

Nataliya Maiseyenka

Transportation Manager Project Cargo, EAME and Eurasia operations, Caterpillar

9 years of professional experience at 3PL companies and 10+years with Caterpillar's  Logistics has given Nataliya a solid grounding in supply-chain businesses, project management, transportation procurement & transportation operations, and has allowed her to focus her skills on evaluating and improving operations from multiple standpoints.  Certified 6 Sigma Green Belt and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified In  Logistics, Transportation& Distribution (CLTD)


Speaking:

A vision of the future
10:30 - 11:30 | Weds 8 May


Leander Naessens
Peripass

Leander Naessens

CEO, Peripass NV

Leander (°1985) is the founder of the company and is responsible for strategy and product & engineering.
Before Peripass, Leander founded Behind The Buttons, a Managed IT Services company that was aquired by Cheops Technology in 2017. Peripass is the second SaaS-company lead by Leander, next to Buttons For Cleaners (°2014).

Leander has a broad interest in product management, software design and automation. Before starting as an enterpreneur, Leander worked in the event industry.


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Yannick Reiner
aertssen

Yannick Renier

Head of Innovation, Aertssen Group

Yannick Renier is Head of Innovation of Aertssen Group, a family owned Belgian company active worldwide in major construction projects, mobile crane activities and exceptional transport. Aertssen Group has always been pioneering in its playing fields, merely on an ad hoc basis. Yannick now leads the internal program to structure innovation within the company, in order to make it an attitude that lives in the minds of all the Aertssen employees. As a result of a successful innovation campaign, Yannick is working on Aertssens’s first corporate startup.


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Katharina Renken
Kuene-Logistics-University

Katharina Renken

Senior Researcher, Kuehne Logistics University for Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping

Dr. Katharina Renken works as a Senior Researcher at Kühne Logistics University since 2018. Her expertise is in the maritime transport sector, especially in port businesses.

She worked at the JadeWeserPort, a green-field deep-sea container terminal along the North Range, as a project engineer, addressing port processes as well as “green” regulations.

With a PhD from Texas Tech University in 2016, Dr. Renken works now in several maritime research fields, addressing different topics such as Terminal Operation Systems, innovative port technologies, sustainable (green) port projects and the digitalization of the port environment (“Port 4.0”).



Miguel Roca
LMA Legal

Dr Miquel Roca

Managing Partner, LMA Legal

Dr. Miquel Roca is the Managing Partner at LMA Legal in London with more than 20 years of experience in Maritime Law. He is the Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and the Maritime Law Professor at ALBA University in Athens, Greece.

Miquel is qualified as a lawyer in England (Solicitor), Spain (Abogado) and Texas (FCL).

His expertise includes Charter Party, Project Cargo and Heavy Lift contracts and disputes. Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 say “Miquel Roca ‘can be credited for most of the firm’s success either directly or through his management skills’; he is ‘simply superb’ and ‘shines over most of the main players’.


Speaking:

Trade wars & Brexit
11:40 - 12:30 | Thurs 9 May

How will the industry adapt to a changing business landscape
13:250 - 14:25 | Thurs 9 May


Catrien Scheers
Fast Lines

Catrien Scheers

CEO, Fast Lines

Catrien Scheers, Chairman Fast Group (www.fast-lines.com)

Catrien has over 25 years of experience in the breakbulk sector.

After getting her master's degree communication and Media Studies at KULeuven she started working at the family transport business Fast Lines Belgium.

Today Fast group is a total logistics service provider offering customers Sofa Style Service.
Catrien's motto : Assets are important but people make the difference.


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Paul Stone
Flowforma

Paul Stone

Solution Architect, Flowforma

With 30 years experience in the IT industry, Paul is a highly accomplished professional with overseas experience in Singapore and the UK and has been involved in a vast array of projects, delivering bespoke SharePoint and .Net solutions, incorporating workflows, data gathering and reporting.

Currently holding a position as FlowForma Solutions Architect, he is our go-to product expert, both from a business and technical perspective, working with European Customers on their digital process journeys.

A founding member of FlowForma, Paul also sits on the Innovation Council, ideating new concepts for our product’s roadmap, helping businesses to make the complex simple.

FlowForma, the leading provider of Process Automation tools for Microsoft Office 365® has been revolutionizing the traditional BPM (Business Process Management) space with an innovative approach to developing award winning products that empower users to create and streamline processes smarter and faster, utilizing the familiar SharePoint platform, without any coding.

FlowForma is a Gold Microsoft Partner, with over 180,000 daily users across Europe, America and Asia. The company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in London and Boston and is motivated by its values to innovate, evolve and achieve with employees, customers and partners. Customers range from EU Defence Agency, AON Insurance, Nipro Europe and Imes Dexis Belgium.



Leif Arne Strommen
G!2 ocean

Leif Arne Strømmen

Vice President Innovation, G2 Ocean



Dominic Sun
Port of Houston

Dominic Sun

Director of Trade Development, Port of Houston

Dominic Sun was named Director of Trade Development in January 2019. He has 29+ years of professional experience with ocean carriers, domestic and international freight forwarders, and global 3PLs in the US.  His most recent position prior to joining the port was as Director of Strategic Accounts with CMA CGM, the world’s third largest ocean carriers, where he had a 11-year tenure and held expanding roles in the US West and Gulf Coasts.

Sun earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance with concentration in Real Estate from University of Southern California. 


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Jannes Valeneer
Bullswap logo

Jannes Valkeneers

CTO, Bullswap

Highly motivated entrepreneur with an innovative mindset. Currently participating with my start-up Bullswap in 2 accelerator programs: Birdhouse & KBC StartIt. Bullswap digitalized the equipment rental sector in the Benelux. More than 5000 machines are provided by more than 100 professional suppliers.  Personally I love to get involved in innovation & transformation driven projects. Ex-management consultant @ Monitor Deloitte & Sia Partners.


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Hadassah Vorm
ORA logo

Hadassah Vorm

Owner, ORA

With 20 years of experience in international trade compliance and in-depth knowledge of international customs law regulations, Hadassah Vorm establishes procedures and systems to ensure all transactions meet requirements set by the country regulations in which they take place. She address any nonconformities throughout a company and implements corrective actions.


Dirk
Dynamar

Dirk Visser

Senior Shipping Consultant, Dynamar B.V.


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Since 1981, Dynamar B.V. has been providing Transport and Shipping Information and Consultancy services. Dynamar today is world's leading container sector business analyst, a major provider of analytical container shipping news and commentary, and a prominent supplier of liner shipping and logistics consultancy services.

Among our Shipping Publications are reports on Breakbulk, Heavy Load, Ro/Ro and Reefer, on which we also provide consultancy services.

Dirk Visser is responsible for the Publications and Consultancy sections of Dynamar B.V.. Previously  he worked for more many years in the liner shipping agency and forwarding industry in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Bob

Robert Vermetten

Managing Director, Transport & Project Logistics


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He finished his Master Ec. SC in  2 majors (transport and marketing) in Antwerp, Robert  gained worldwide experience in transport (worked in Frankfurt /m, in Venice, and in Libya as project forwarder) for RHENUS LIS. After his trade publications he became guest professor in Antwerp University (he lectured Logistics and business process improvement for 8 years). Continued his career in Antwerp for Müller-Thomsen (member of Eur. Mgt Com) where he set up the freight division (8 years).

Worked for  9 year in automotive logistics for CAT (Renault Group). In his last function as Director International Transport Benelux, he handled major french accounts and also  the logistics in Russia and Central Europe for Renault -  Moscowicz Joint Venture (Avtoframos in Moscow ) for production of Megane Classic in Russia and Eastern Europe. He is occasional keynote speaker at international conferences regarding change management and  service strategy, doing business in Russia, trends in forwarding 2020.

In 2000 he started his company TPL  (Transport & Project Logistics)  focussed on complex transport and projects. TPL have a special  focus on Industrial relocations and global logistics services to growth  markets. He set up his SEI certified packing service in 2010 called READYBOX® (div of TPL) in order to provide smarter and more innovative packing solutions.