Smart Ports & Supply Chain Technologies

2-3 October 2018, Rotterdam

“The digital transformation requires more parties than ports alone. It is the shipping industry as a whole and the entirety of players along the chain that have to progress towards common goals – not simultaneously but as much as possible steadily. Those failing to move from manual and polluting, to automated and clean, to electronic and paperless, to connected and collaborative, to intelligent and smart, will fall behind.” - Wolfgang Lehmacher, World Economic Forum.

How many times have you heard that collaboration is the answer? That the world is changing and we need to change too? That we need a ‘chain’ of interacting actors to link logistics?

Then think how many times have you heard real, penetrating conversations on how we’re going to do the above?

We believe it is time to create our own answers for the industry.

You can see that smart ports are engaging in incredibly modern practices that are drawing in the wider supply chain and digital innovation, yet we need to begin talking with each other to create a standard for tomorrow today.

In Rotterdam, Europe’s premier port city, replete with mega-terminals and dynamic start-ups, we are going to bring the supply chain together.

By featuring the world’s top tech analysts, futurists, consultants, and supply chain executives, we want to stride into the unknown and chart new territory.

In this world, you’re either a disruptor, or you’re disrupted. So, make sure you’re on the right side of history.

Who will be attending?

Port Authorities, Port Management Companies and Consultancies, End-to-End Supply Chain Software Providers, Container Terminals, Terminal Operators, Shipping Lines, Freight Forwarders, IoT Companies, System Integrators, Tech Giants, Tech Start-ups, Incubators, Cargo Owners, Cargo Insurance Companies, Infrastructure Developers, Financiers and Investors, Security Providers, Leading University Professors, Supranational Organisations, Regulatory Bodies and Think Tanks.

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Speakers & Moderators

Wolfgang Lehmacher

Wolfgang Lehmacher is an author, global executive, advisor, entrepreneur, and expert in the field of supply chains, transport and logistics. During his career, Lehmacher has been involved in various major change initiatives in the supply chain industry, and is now Director: Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum.

Lars Jensen

Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis, process improvement and revenue management in the container shipping sector. He has 16 years of experience from inside the container shipping industry, including eight years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company.

Additionally, he has spent two years as the CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, founded the publishing house Vespucci Maritime Publishing and is the author of the books “Liner Shipping 2025” and “Culture Shock in Maersk Line”. He co-founded LinerGrid in 2016, providing advanced tools to optimise network design for container carriers, and joined the board of the New York Shipping Exchange.

Furthermore, Lars is the CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry, and co-founder of LinerGame, providing innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry.

Dr. Yvo Saanen

Dr. Yvo Saanen is Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA Group, a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in The Netherlands. He is currently in charge of business development and all commercial activities within the company.

Dr. Saanen holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a PhD on the design and simulation of robotized container terminals, both from Delft University of Technology. He is a professor at the Rotterdam School of Management teaching Maritime Economics and Logistics and, in various bodies, lectures about terminal design by means of simulation, and publishes regularly about his work in scientific magazines as well as business magazines.

Adam Yaron

Adam Yaron, CEO and Co-Founder of FAST Applications LTD, The world's first professional network for Freight Forwarders and NVOCCs.

“FAST” is an international shipping software (SaaS) which provides a comprehensive solution for IT and digital shipments in the supply chain. It is the only system providing a Social Supply Chan Management solution.


Adam has over 13 years of proven experience in logistics and supply chain management, sales, entrepreneurship, IT and cutting-edge technologies.


He is also the CTO of MBO-Consulting, an IT Service company which aims to achieve excellence and become a leader in the world of SAP services. This will done by exploiting its extensive, worldwide contacts and exposure, its service capacity, and vertical competencies.


Adam spent three years as the Head of Commercial Development at Delta Novel Srl, one of Italy’s leading forwarding companies based in Ravenna. 


Adam established his first startup at the end of 2012 and made his first exit in 2014, before reaching the age of 30.

Gerald Hirt

Gerald Hirt served two years in the Navy, then studied seaborne transport and port management at the University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering. Following a period of training at the shipping company P&O Nedlloyd, he began his career with the HHLA Group at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting in 2003. From 2005, Hirt worked in the Sales department at HHLA Container Terminals, during which time he also spent two years studying part-time for a degree in executive management at the Copenhagen Business School. Mr. Hirt has been Operations Manager at HVCC since November, 2012. In this role he expanded the portfolio of services for the Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) and developed the Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC). In June, 2017, he became Managing Director of HVCC. 

Igor Jakomin

Igor Jakomin, Ph.D., currently holds the COO position at CargoX, a revolutionary blockchain-based solution provider for the logistics industry. Igor has served there since the beginning of 2018, when the company was founded and set their laser-focused course to first revolutionise the creation and processing of the Bill of Lading, a value-carrying document used in the cargo shipping industry, and then has been proceeding to evolve the ecosystem with Letters of Credit and other services, needed in the industry.


He has more than 20 years of experience in the transport, logistics and shipping industry. He was United Parcel Service Country (SI) and Regional Manager (SI, HR and BA), Managing Director of Samer Global Logistics, Supervisory Board member of Port of Koper and BTC Terminal, advisor of many established companies in Slovenia. He adds value to his experiences as a lecturer and assistant professor at various universities and academies. For 3 years he served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) at the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Slovenia. He also holds a Ph.D. degree in transport and logistics.

Guenter Schmidmeir

Guenter Schmidmeir is Senior Vice President, Global Terminal Operators at Kalmar. Guenter leads Kalmar’s strategic account management to further strengthen and deepen relationships with the global terminal operators (GTOs) and large regional operators. The aim is to provide customers with comprehensive solutions comprising service, software and equipment from the Kalmar Business Area’s brands Kalmar, Navis, Bromma and XVELA.

Guenter joined Kalmar Business Area’s Leadership Team from Navis in November 2017, where he was leading the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) region since 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. He has 20 years of experience in the port and terminals industry, most of which he has gained at Navis in various positions stationed in London, Antwerp, Dubai, Hamburg and Oakland.   

Dr. Francisco de los Santos

Dr. Francisco de los Santos is Chief Information & Innovation Officer at Algeciras Port Authority.

Algeciras is the 1st Spanish and the 4th European Port in total cargo. His main responsibility is to lead the digital transformation of the Port and consolidate Innovation as a core business process.

He is currently working on the implementation of an ambitious IT & Innovation plan to bring to reality the Next Generation Port Concept and the Algeciras Logistics Innovation Cluster. His main focus is the integration of business, IT and Innovation to reach leadership in quality of service and operational excellence.

He is exploiting the power of Digital Platforms and Innovation to consolidate Algeciras Port as the Logistic Platform of South Europe: Seamless, Autonomous and Intelligent (data-driven).

He is a member of several professional associations and is a frequent speaker at professional forums, in publications and Universities. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, an Executive Master in Telecom Management and IT, a Ph.D. in Port Engineering, and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School.

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Dr. Eva Savelsberg

Speeding-up and optimizing the decision-making processes in terminal operations is the focus of Dr. Eva Savelsberg. As Senior Vice President of INFORM’s Logistics Division, she specializes in Agile Optimization Software which renders a wide range of business processes more productive, agile and reliable, including processes for maritime and inland ports as well as distribution centers.  

Besides her role at INFORM, Eva is also lecturer at the University of Aachen (RWTH), where she received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. Eva has published four books and over 30 papers on innovation in freight transportation.

Kris Kosmala

Kris Kosmala has hands-on experience in managing business and IT, consulting project management, sales, pre-sales, business development, and training. 

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual, with strong inter-personal skills. Built and motivated teams in consulting and sales to perform at their best and reach ambitious goals.


In-depth KNOWLEDGE of specific industry issues and solutions: 
• Transport (sea container/bulk, airlines, road, railways, ports/airports)
• Logistics (3PL, captives)
• Manufacturing: CPG, Hi-Tech 
• Oil & gas (upstream, downstream)
• Telcos (retail, wholesale)
• Retail and distribution
• Financial services (retail, wholesale, investment banking).

Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid

Secretary General, (FEPORT) Federation of European Private Port Operators

Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid is the Secretary General of FEPORT, the European Private Port Operators Federation and has over 18 years of professional experience in the maritime and logistics sector. Lamia spent over seven years as the Public Affairs Manager of the French Shipowners’ Organization and in 2009 she was appointed Senior Expert and Advisor for several European projects financed by different General Directorates at the European Commission.

Stefano Rossi

Stefano Rossi,Product manager of FAST Applications LTD, FAST Shipper (“FAST”): The world's first professional network for Social Supply Chain Management.

FAST is an international shipping software (SaaS), which provides a unique and comprehensive Social Supply Chain Management solution for IT and digital shipments in the supply chain.


Stefano has over 15 years of proven experience in Strategy, Operations, and Supply chain management. He is the founder of a number of consultancy companies and works as an Operational Excellence and Strategy Executive Consultant for many important multinational companies and small to medium enterprises.


Stefano began his career in R&D when he joined Ferrari Italy in the design of the award-winning Ferrari Formula 1 engine, the most successful F1 engine in the world, with 234 wins. Then, he had a strong career in Supply Chain and Manufacturing Management as Manager of some big multinational company (Monier, Philip Morris International, etc.)


Stefano currently is the Strategy and Innovation Director of Connecthub, an Italian Service company which aims to achieve excellence and become a leader in the world of SAP services, logistics and supply chain.

Connecthub, also develops new startups capable of solving uncovered industrial business needs.

Rob Zuidwijk

Rob Zuidwijk is Endowed Professor of Ports in Global Networks at Rotterdam School of Management. The chair focuses on synchronizing transportation networks, connecting the port to global supply chains, and coordinating global supply chains for sustainability. Rob Zuidwijk received a PhD from Erasmus University in Mathematics. He has held a one year visiting position at University of California at Los Angeles. He presently supervises a number of PhD students on port related research. His work has been published in journals like California Management Review, Transportation Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Communications of the ACM, Production and Operations Management, and Transportation Research Part B. He teaches freight transport systems, international logistics, and supply chain management, and inter-organizational systems in logistics to BSc, MSc, and PhD students, and he is also involved in post-experience courses. Professor Rob Zuidwijk is Academic Director of two port related MSc programs, and actively participates in the SmartPort initiative, a collaboration between universities and port community. He participates and coordinates research projects on international logistics and container transport funded by NWO/TKI Logistics Dinalog and EU Commission (H2020 and ERANET).

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Katherine Foster

A former Canadian Diplomat, Katherine Foster focused on International Trade, Climate Change and Human Security for nearly a decade before turning to building innovation for social impact out of Switzerland in 2004. As Development Lead for the European Union’s innovation program Climate-KIC, she spearheaded partnerships and programs on climate innovation which has, to date, accelerated 900 startups including 13 nominees for Forbes 30 Under 30. Katherine is the Chief Strategy Officer of Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) and serves as an advisor to the UNDP Accelerate 2030, to FinTech4Good and to the World Bank on the blockchain and carbon markets pilot.

Nadia Hewett

Nadia Hewett is a project lead for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution where she leads a Blockchain for Ports project.  This project convenes a broad, multi-stakeholder community to co-design governance frameworks to accelerate the most impactful uses of blockchain in the port ecosystem in a manner that is strategic, forward-thinking and inclusive. The Forum’s mission is to maximize the benefits of science and technology for society through a global hub of expertise, knowledge-sharing and collaboration and to co-design and pilot innovative new approaches to policy and governance in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Erwin Verstraelen

In November 2017, Erwin Verstraelen became Chief Digital and innovation officer of the Port of Antwerp, a new position in the executive committee. It was a clear indication of the strategic focus the port wants to give to digitalization. Prior, he was the CIO of Group AVEVE, a large agricultural conglomerate where he was the driving force behind a combined business – IT transformation. What characterizes Erwin can be summarized by the following self-made quote: In life there are problems, challenges and opportunities. That’s actually three times the same thing, only the mindset is different.

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Daniel Lievens

After a small 10 years in Business Consultancy (Siemens, Arthur Andersen) for both multinationals and fast growing companies, Daniel Lievens was one of the founding managers of Kiala, Europe’s market leader in Collection Points, where he was in charge of product development, technology innovation and operations engineering. Following the acquisition of Kiala by UPS in 2012, Daniel was asked to create and lead the first UPS European Innovation Center and also headed up the European expansion of Coyote, a UPS company and one of the fastest growing third-party logistics (3PL) providers in North America. Daniel Lievens was appointed CEO of NxtPort in March 2017.

Dirk Schlemper

Dirk Schlemper is responsible for Marketing and Sales at INFORM's Logistics Division. INFORM specializes in Agile Optimization Software which renders a wide range of business processes more productive, agile and reliable, including processes for maritime and inland ports as well as distribution centers. Bringing over 20 years of marketing experience across a wide range of companies like commodities giant Koch Industries and having completed over 30 marathons, he loves to create results for the long haul.

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Hans Rook

Hans Rook has worked  in the  transport  and  logistics  sea  trade  sector for 47  years.  He  started  his career  at  a  shipping agency andhaving  gaining  experience  in  all  facets of  import and export services,  he  was appointed  to set  up the ICT  function  within the company.  He  is also one of the  gurus on EDI  standardisation  –  he  joined UN working groups  to establish UN/CEFACT EDIFACT messages for  the  global sea  trade  industry. Having  been  general manager  ICT within the  shipping  agency,  Hans  was  asked to join the  Rotterdam group  of experts for the  set-up of  the  Port Community  System in the Port of  Rotterdam.  Since  then he has been working  for Portbase  Rotterdam,  and is also Chairman of International Port Community Systems Association since the beginning of 2017.

Chuck Schneider

Chuck Schneider is the VP and General Manager for EMEA at Navis. In this role, Chuck is responsible for all sales, support and professional services for the EMEA region. During his tenure at Navis, Chuck has been involved in numerous process automation projects utilizing technologies such as OCR, RFID and DGPS to automate data collection functions at container terminals. In addition he managed the services team that delivered on automated terminals projects for APMT Virginia and DPW Antwerp. Prior to joining Navis, Chuck held the position of Vice President of Custom Solutions for Embarcadero Systems Corporation where he managed large custom software and system integration projects for marine terminal operators. His background includes experience with Terminal Operating System Design, Gate and Yard Automation as well as Internet strategies for integrating shippers, truckers and other supply chain stakeholders with marine terminals. Chuck Schneider holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics Engineering as well as a Masters of Computer Engineering from Cornell University.

Martin Bardi

Solutions sales organization globally.

Martin was the VP and General Manager at Navis for all sales, support and professional services in the Latin American region. Martin grew the Navis customer base from 11 customers to over 65 today, making Latin America a key contributor in the region. Martin has a deep knowledge of the business, with over 23 years in the industry, which includes hands-on experience in all phases of software and process implementation, from initial project planning to a full production rollout. He started at Navis in Professional Services in 1999 where as a Sr. Project Manager he gained experience in over 40 implementations. Prior to joining Navis, Martin worked 5 years at the terminals in the region as a yard and ship planner and was responsible for implementing new technologies that helped to improve operational performance, safety and reduced costs.

Frank Heijmann

Frank Heijmann is a senior executive, holding over 30 years of Customs experience, having an in-depth knowledge in the fields of customs

legislation, international business and logistics. He is recognized for motivating people and creating enthusiasm and support. This

has resulted into the collective developments and implementation of novel ideas and solutions that focus on the balance between

trade facilitation and enforcement, with trade, governments and academia, as there are the University MSc program Customs &

Supply Chain Compliance, the BSc Customs & Trade Compliance and the supply chain innovation concept The Pipeline Interface, the

Innovation approach within Dutch Customs and academic research in various areas of the customs domain.


Head of Trade Relations, Customs Administration of the Netherlands

• Leading the Dutch Trade Facilitation Committee, involving trade, border agencies dealing with cross border trade off goods

• Executive in managing relationships on trade facilitation with national and international organizations

• Chief strategist on innovation, leading the Innovation Platform, reporting to the CIO of Dutch Customs

• Customs representative TopSector Logistics; being an innovative cooperation government, trade and science

• Leading activities of Dutch Customs on Supply Chain Security and Trade Facilitation Research

• Leading initiatives on introducing Customs Knowledge development in academia

• Advisory Board Member Dutch JSF logistic spare part distribution program and Neutral Logistic Information Platform

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‘Smart’ Port Vision – The Rotterdam Story

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Port Digitisation

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The Smart Supply Chain

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Collaboration & Standardization

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Smart Global Trading

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Conference Venue 2-3 October

Conference Venue, 5* Mainport by Inntel Hotel

Mainport by Inntel Hotel
Schiedamsedijk 140 (GPS Valet parking)
Zalmstraat 1 (GPS parking Erasmusbrug)
Terwenakker 18 (GPS parking Boompjes)
Leuvehaven 77 (postal address)
3011 EA Rotterdam
T +31 (0)10 217 5757



There are 2 safe and secure underground car parks, situated close to the hotel.
Parking tickets can be paid at the hotel reception:

- Parking garage Erasmusbrug – Boompjes (GPS: Terwenakker)
- Parking garage Erasmusbrug – Erasmusbrug (GPD: Gedempte Zalmhaven)

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Accommodation 1-3 October

Conference Venue, 5* Mainport by Inntel Hotel

Mainport by Inntel Hotel
Leuvehaven 77
3011 EA Rotterdam

5* Mainport by Inntel Hotels
City XL: Euro 198,00 including extensive live cooking breakfast buffet

4* Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
City View / Waterfront: Euro 158,00  including extensive live cooking breakfast buffet

4* Inntel Hotels Rotterdam Centre
Design Panorama: Euro 173,00  including extensive live cooking breakfast buffet

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Evening Networking Venue 1 October

Evening Networking Venue, Hotel New York

Hotel New York
Koninginnenhoofd 1
3072 AD Rotterdam
T +31 (0) 10 439 05 00

MONDAY 1 OCTOBER : 18:00-22:00

Join us for drinks at the Hotel New York Rotterdam on Monday 1st October from 18:00 to 22:00 and network with your peers!

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