Below are speakers who will be participating in the conference. Please note that we will be adding to the listing as speakers are identified and confirmed.


Eric Ballot

Professor of Supply Chain and Logistics and Scientific Director of the Physical Internet Chair
Director Centre de Gestion Scientifique
Mines Paris Tech

Graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 1988-1993, Agrégation 1991, Master from Panthéon-Sorbonne university 1993, Phd from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Mechanical Engineering) 1995 and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche Institut Polytechnique Grenoble 2009.

Research areas: Simulation and optimization of industrial and logistic operations, Models for sustainable supply chain and logistic, Physical Internet, Theory and models for utility, choice and inventory management in supply networks.

"My research, done in collaboration with the industry and supply chains, is based on the analysis and development of mathematical optimization and simulation models to design and improve actual and future supply chains. Thanks to the new possibility in optimization and data availability, operations research techniques are now applied to large-scale systems such as a food supply chains at country level. However as a member of the center for management my research also pays a great attention to organization, management aspects and consumer behavior. Recent work is focused on the development of the Physical Internet as a leading member in France of the international Physical Internet Initiative."

Carlo Borghini

Executive Director

Mr Carlo Borghini was appointed Executive Director of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking on 16 February 2016 and is responsible for the overall management of the S2R JU activities.

Before joining S2R, he held different Senior Management positions in other international private and public organizations, and in particular the position of Deputy Executive Director for the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) in Brussels from 2008 to 2014. In this capacity, he had specific responsibilities for corporate governance, administration and finance while contributing the overall management of the programme. More specifically, he managed a budget amounting to over €2 billion, with a portfolio of more than 300 different projects undertaken by the 16 SJU Members.

Rod Franklin

Adjunct Professor of Logistics
Academic Director of Executive Education
Kühne Logistics University – KLU

Rod Franklin is Dean of Programs, Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University. Professor Franklin, an engineer and operations manager by training and experience, received his Doctorate in Management from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Franklin has held management positions at Kühne + Nagel, USCO Logistics, ENTEX Information Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cameron Iron Works.  In addition, he has been a consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Theodore Barry & Associates and Arthur Young & Co. Professor Franklin was also a development engineer for the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation.

Franklin’s research focuses on the application of modern management techniques to the efficient and effective operation of supply chains, sustainable business models, green logistics, corporate social responsibility and cloud based supply chain management.

Pablo Gomez

Innovation Director and Iberia General Manager
FM Logistic

Since 2007 Pablo Gomez is the Managing Director of FM Logistic, Iberia. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Global Executive Committee of FM Logistic and since 2015, Innovation Group Director. In his prior roles he spent 15 years as a consultant in A.T. Kearney and as the Vicepresident in Madrid Office. His experience also include 4 years in DHL operations responsible for Iberia. Pablo has studied environmental engineering at Polytechnic university in Madrid and he also holds MBA from IESE in Barcelona. He was elected ALICE Vice-Chair in October 2016 and he is one of the main promoters of Citylogin, an ecological solution that answers to last miles km needs in European cities.

Michael Henke

Director of the section Enterprise Logistics - Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics
Chair of Enterprise Logistics at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Henke completes the board of directors of Fraunhofer IML as new director of the section Enterprise Logistics and he also holds the chair of Enterprise Logistics at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University. His research foci are, among others, the area of management of the Industry 4.0, purchasing and supply management, supply chain risk management and financial supply chain management.

Michael Henke began his carrier studying Brewing and Beverage Technology at the Technical University of Munich (Dipl.-Ing.). He gained his doctorate and habilitation in Business and Economics at the Technical University of Munich. Henke held the Chair of Purchasing and Supply Management at EBS European Business School in Wiesbaden from 2007 to 2013. During the last year of his habilitation Michael Henke was also working as senior consultant for the Supply Management Group SMG in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner


Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner’s interest in mountain climbing developed at a very young age. It was Reverend Dr. Erich Tischler, a youth group leader in her hometown of Spital am Pyhrn, Upper Austria, who introduced her to the fascinating world of mountains. After the dominical church service, he would take Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner along on numerous tours to the mountains surrounding her hometown. At the age of 13, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner ventured on her first easy climbing tours at the local „Sturzhahn“, which sparked off her enthusiasm for climbing and paved the road to alpinism. During the following years, she never skipped an opportunity to go climbing. Ski, ice and climbing tours became her main fields of interest, which she enjoyed besides completing her nurse training in Upper Austria and Vienna.   Her greatest dream – climbing an eight thousand peak – came true at the age of 23, when she succeeded in climbing the fore summit of Broad Peak in Pakistan, with a height of 8.027m. During the following years, she put all money earned as a nurse into different trekking and climbing expeditions to the Himalaya. After climbing the Nanga Parbat – her fifth eight thousand peak – in 2003, she decided to finally become a professional mountain climber. Today, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner has climbed all fourteen main peaks in the eight thousand series as well as two fore summits higher than eight thousand metres.By reaching the summit of K2 (8,611m), the second highest peak in the world, she has become the first woman to scale all 8,000m peaks without the use of supplementary oxygen. Her passion, however, are not solely the high mountains of the Himalaya Massive. It’s just as much the people, as well as their foreign culture and religion that touch and enchant her.

Christian Lafrance

Clear Destination

Christian Lafrance is the CEO of Clear Destination. Founded more than 10 years ago Clear Destination has completely automated the attended home delivery process of major home fashion goods like furniture, appliances and bedding. Clear Destination was created to help customer not wait at home all day because a delivery.  Consumers have the freedom to book their delivery date and windows when purchasing items online or in the store.

As president and founder of the company, Christian Lafrance has established a new standard for transportation efficiency, and led his software and scientific team to become one of the best vehicle routing engine in the industry and in the Operational Research world.

Prior to Clear Destination, Christian was co-founder at Ywait inc., where the team developed automatic incident detection and live traffic data feed through video image processing.  Christian was involved in many software startup developing Maintenance Management Software, Telehealth platform, Quality Management System, Point of Sales Software, Interactive Voice Response.

Kurt Leidinger

CEO and Chairman of the Board
Schenker Deutschland AG

Kurt Leidinger, who began his career at DB Schenker as an apprentice, joined the Management Board in 2008 and successfully guided DB Schenker in Austria and South East Europe as the company’s CEO between 2013 and 2016. Leidinger, who is originally from Upper Austria, has assumed the positions as the CEO of Schenker Deutschland AG in February 2016.

Benoit Montreuil

Coca-Cola Material Handling & Distribution Chair
Georgia Tech

Dr. Montreuil is leading the International Physical Internet Initiative, engaging academic, government leaders worldwide into research and innovation projects on smart, hyperconnected and sustainable logistics, supply chains, transportation, businesses and regions. His main research interests generically lie in developing concepts, methodologies and technologies for creating, optimizing, transforming and enabling businesses, supply chains and value creation networks to thrive in a fast evolving hyperconnected world. From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Montreuil has held the Canada Research Chair in Business Engineering.

He is a founding member of the CIRRELT Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation. He is also past president of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education and its Liaison to the Board of Governors of MHI, the North American industry association of material handling, logistics and supply chain solutions and technology providers. Dr. Montreuil graduated in 1978 from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He earned a master’s and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1980 and 1982 respectively. After serving on the industrial engineering faculty of UQTR and Purdue University, from 1988 to 2014, he was a Professor of operations and decisions systems in the faculty of Business Administration at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada.

Ulrich Mueller-Steinfahrt

University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt - FHWS
Professor for applied logistics
Department of Economics and Business Administration - institute for applied logistics - IAL

Since 2005 Professor for Logistics and supply-chain-management at the university for applied sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt. He is leading the institute for applied logistics (IAL). His activity priorities are logistics services, process management and reverse logistics. Prof. Dr. Müller-Steinfahrt has more than 20 years experience in logistics consultancy for industry, trading companies and logistics provider.

Prof. Dr. Müller-Steinfahrt is member of several supervisory boards in IT- and trading companies. He is author of numerous publications, as for example of one of the first editions of "Top 100 in Logistics". 

Andreas Pichler

Head of R&D and Innovation
Gebrüder Weiss GmbH

After studies in economics at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg and in information sciences at the University of Liechtenstein, Andreas Pichler held different positions in consulting and in research & development. In 2007 he joined Gebrüder Weiss, Austria’s largest privately owned transport and logistics company. Since 2009 he is responsible for research & development and innovation at Gebrüder Weiss. The activities in R&D cover a wide range of topics from 3D printing and augmented reality to robotics and artificial intelligence. Since 2015 Gebrüder Weiss is an industry member of the ALICE consortium and the Austrian mirror group organized by the BMVIT.

René de Koster

Chair Supply Chain Management Section
Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Erasmus University Rotterdam – Rotterdam School of Management – RSM

René (M.) B.M. de Koster is a professor of logistics and operations management at the Department of Technology and Operations Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM).

After completing his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (1988) he worked as a consultant. He joined Erasmus University in 1995 and for eight years Professor De Koster chaired RSM's Department of Management of Technology and Innovation. Professor De Koster is involved in teaching at RSM at all levels: bachelor, master, post-experience, and executive development. He currently is guest professor at USTC Hefei (PRC) and the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

Next to his activities at the Erasmus University, Professor de Koster is in the editorial boards of eight academic journals, a fellow of two research schools, member of the European Logistics Association (ELA) R&D board, member of the BVL Scientific Advisory Board, the AIRL board of directors, chairman of three Dutch logistics awards, chairman of Stichting Logistica, and founder of the Material Handling Forum.

Professor De Koster's research interests are warehousing, material handling, container terminal operations, and behavioural operations. He is the author and editor of eight books and over 150 papers published in books and journals such as POM, JOM, TS, IIE T, EJOR, and Interfaces.

Ruediger Hagedorn

Senior Manager, End-to-End Value Chain & Standards Pillar
The Consumer Goods Forum

Born in West Africa and raised in Arabia, Latin America and Europe, Ruediger Hagedorn is a German Specialist in Operation Research, Programming and Mediation. He designs innovative strategies, optimises logistic processes and codes software. He is also a professional facilitator and mediator who manages international communities.

Ruediger is an experienced speaker at conferences and co-author of over a dozen publications. He holds a University Diploma in Business Administration, understands Catalan, English, French, German, Spanish and exercises as a certified simultaneous interpreter and translator.

Since 2009, he has been responsible for executing collaborative value chain projects for The Consumer Goods Forum, based in Paris, France. In these projects, he manages cross-cultural working groups, scoping technical content and securing on time delivery of consensus-driven results. His network of mixed working groups operates in complex areas of pre-competitive collaboration and cover industry relevant topics that require global scaling. His dynamic portfolio today includes topics like the Physical Internet, modularisation of packaging, future value networks, internet of things, interoperability of systems, smart contracts and consumer data privacy.

Prior to joining The Consumer Goods Forum, Ruediger gathered experience in start-ups, medium-sized companies as well as multinational enterprises like L’Oréal (personal care) and Roche Diagnostics (biotechnology). He occupied multiple positions, both as vice president and on operational level in consultancy, supply chain management, international business analysis and global standards development.

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse


Bart Vannieuwenhuyse is MSc in civil engineering (K.U.Leuven, 1993) and master of engineering in industrial management (K.U.Leuven, 1994). He started his career as a teaching assistant at the University of Ghent (RUG). In 1997 he came back to Leuven, “Centrum voor Industrieel Beleid” (Centre for Industrial Management), where he started his PhD research in the domain of transport and logistics.

In March 2002 he obtained his doctoral degree in Applied Sciences with a script titled ‘Strategic Logistics Management through Rational Transport Mode Choice’. Afterwards Bart worked as senior consultant at Transport & Mobility Leuven (TML), a spin-off of the K.U.Leuven for two years. He also taught Operations Management & Logistics and Business Games in the Master for Industrial Management program at the Centre for Industrial Management, K.U.Leuven. From July 2004 on Bart Vannieuwenhuyse works as expert (2004-2007) and as Research Manager (2007-2008) at the Flanders Institute for Logistics (VIL). He has coordinated the research in the fields of Multimodal Transport and Extended Gateway. The Extended Gateway has been developed at the VIL as a new and powerful concept in which various projects were integrated. The overall mission was to anchor and to strengthen the logistics top position of Flanders and to elaborate an effective multimodal (road, water, rail) policy. Today the Extended Gateway is the guide for the various actors in logistics and transport policy making in Flanders.

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse is the author of several publications on logistics, multimodal transport and decision support systems. He is also a frequent speaker at various conferences and a lecturer at several Belgian universities, high schools and knowledge institutes. Co-modality is the key issue of his work and pleading.

In November 2008, he has co-founded TRI-VIZOR NV, as a spin-off company of the University of Antwerp. As the World’s First Cross Supply Chain Orchestrator® it is its mission to offer specialized knowledge and solutions to create, support and orchestrate flow bundling and horizontal partnerships in transport and logistics. Today he is the Research Director of this new logistics entrepreneur.


Gerald Hofer


Export diploma at the Karl-Franzens University Graz • Two-year position in export and sales • Joined KNAPP in 1994, two-year position as Manager of Sales Italy • Management of Marketing & Sales 1996–2001 • Managing Director of KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH • 2007–2009 Managing Director of KNAPP Logistik Automation GmbH • Member of the Managing Board of KNAPP AG since 2010 • 2012 CEO of KNAPP AG

Vincent Kwaks

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Vincent Kwaks joined Vanderlande in 1999, and became CTO on 1 May 2014. Born in 1964, Vincent has over 25 years of experience in system and software engineering, system integration and (project) management. As Vanderlande’s CTO, Vincent is responsible for the company’s long-term vision and resulting roadmaps for its different business segments. Vincent’s goals at Vanderlande are to ensure it is the market leader in innovation for baggage handling, parcel and postal and warehousing, and to create and sustain a challenging working environment for Vanderlande’s staff. In addition, Vincent is working to develop the company’s talented new professionals, facilitate Vanderlande’s sustainable business growth, and move sustainability on to the agenda of all parties.

Fernando Liesa

Secretary General
ALICE European Technology Platform

Dr. Fernando Liesa is Secretary General at ALICE, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe, The European Technology Platform on Logistics since July 2013. ALICE is setting up a vision for logistics and supply management and the research agenda and roadmaps to progress towards the concept of the Physical Internet. Fernando holds a PhD by University of Zaragoza (Spain) since 2004. Fernando has worked in the field of knowledge transfer and research management linked to chemical engineering, process industries, manufacturing and lately (last 10 years) to logistics and supply chain management. Fernando worked in Zaragoza Logistics Center (one of the MIT Global Scale Network centers) from 2006 to 2014 as Knowledge Transfer Director, from 2007 to 2014 as General Manager of the Spanish Center of Competence in Logistics, CNC-LOGISTICA. During 2014-2016, Fernando was Logistics Innovation Leader at ENIDE. Dr. Liesa has coordinated and participated in several national and European Research and Innovation projects. Fernando Liesa led the creation of the European Technology Platform in Logistics, ALICE. Fernando cooperated with European Intermodal Research Advisory Council in the definition of the Intermodal Strategic Agenda 2010‐2030+, and with European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) in the definition of the Research and Innovation Roadmap: Sustainable Freight System for Europe: Green, Safe and Efficient Corridors (2011). Fernando is appointed member of the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum launched in 2015 by European Commission (DGMOVE).

Panel Moderators

Christian Landschützer

Professor of material handling and conveying technology
Institute of Logistics Engineering - Graz University of Technology

Christian Landschützer graduated from Montanuniversitaet Leoben as a mechanical engineer. 2000 he went over to Graz University of Technology for PhD studies and graduated in 2004. Following his Habilitation in 2016 he is currently working at the Institute of Logistics Engineering (ITL).

With more than 80 scientific publications and more than 35 national and international research projects he gained deep insight in leading companies from material handling business.

His research is focused on:

  • Computer aided engineering (CAE) for logistics:
    with multibody dynamics and finite-element-models for optimization of parts and assemblies of material handling equipment. Development of submodels and libraries for virtual material handling functions and machinery.
  • Engineering methods development for logistics:
    with focus on engineering design methodologies and supporting software-tools therefore. Development of knowledge-based design models for parts, assemblies and systems of logistics engineering (Knowledge-based engineering, KBE) supporting logistic layouting processes from an mechanical engineering view to rapidly deliver 3D-product models.
  • Logistics technology product development and testing:
    application of both methods from fields mentioned above leads to new and optimized products for logistics and material handling. Successful examples are the MODULUSHCA M-box for the PI, the automated unloading device EAGLE and an intelligent autonomous gripper for wood chips heating processes. All those are completely engineered, produced and tested at ITL’s own labs

Workshop Leaders

Eric Ballot

Professor of Supply Chain and Logistics and Scientific Director of the Physical Internet Chair
Director Centre de Gestion Scientifique
Mines Paris Tech

Graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 1988-1993, Agrégation 1991, Master from Panthéon-Sorbonne university 1993, Phd from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Mechanical Engineering) 1995 and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche Institut Polytechnique Grenoble 2009.

Research areas: Simulation and optimization of industrial and logistic operations, Models for sustainable supply chain and logistic, Physical Internet, Theory and models for utility, choice and inventory management in supply networks.

"My research, done in collaboration with the industry and supply chains, is based on the analysis and development of mathematical optimization and simulation models to design and improve actual and future supply chains. Thanks to the new possibility in optimization and data availability, operations research techniques are now applied to large-scale systems such as a food supply chains at country level. However as a member of the center for management my research also pays a great attention to organization, management aspects and consumer behavior. Recent work is focused on the development of the Physical Internet as a leading member in France of the international Physical Internet Initiative."

Sergio Barbarino

Research Fellow of Procter & Gamble Research & Development organization
Chairman of ALICE

Sergio Barbarino is a Research Fellow of Procter & Gamble Research & Development organization and Chairman of ALICE, the EU Innovation Platform for Logistic aimed at realizing the Physical Internet. Born in Naples, Italy, Sergio has a master degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Napoli Federico II and an MBA from the Solvay Business School in Brussels and is a Fellow Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Sergio has created in 2007 the first group of Logistic R&D within Procter & Gamble, called Supply Network Innovation Center, of which he is the Scientific coordinator. He has been leading the logistic chapter in the informal Industrial Advisory Board of the European Green Car Initiative and EIRAC, the Intermodal Advisory Council, now folded into ALICE (see above) of which Sergio is today the Chairman and for which he has been leading the Collaboration and Coordination Workgroup since the inception. Sergio has been the scientific leader of 2 EU FP7 projects: the C03 consortium aiming at increasing shipper collaboration on Logistics in Europe and Modulushca, aimed at the development of new shareable and reusable logistic standard modules for the last mile delivery. Sergio has developed the manufacturing Processes of many well known P&G Brands (e.g. Mr. Clean, Antikal,) and has been the chief designer for P&G of Innovative Liquid Manufacturing systems for developing markets. He is responsible for the P&G Academic network in Supply Chain and Logistics and has been Visiting professor - among others at the Ecole des Mines de Paris, the City University of London, Laval University Quebec, Solvay Brussels School, ZLC Zaragoza. Sergio is an active rower and has been Social Director at the Royal Sport Nautique de Bruxelles in 2011-2015. Sergio has also a long history of LBGT rights activism: he has been a founding member of DIGAYPROJECT in Rome in 2000, of the BBA in Belgium in 2003 and the GABLE Group at Procter & Gamble in Brussels in 2014.  

Dario Biggi

Chief Innovation Officer
Fondazione proPosta

Dario is an all-rounder person, manager of innovative companies, with international origin, trilingual and a great passion for technology.

He acquired a remarkable working experience both in Italy and abroad, working in important multinational corporations in different industry sectors dealing different roles. In 1998, he was the responsible of the Information Services for the medical department of Merck & Co in Italy. In 2001 became the CEO of a start-up in the pda/smartphone field manufacturing in Asia.

He joined Poste Italiane in 2006 working in the Chief Information Office in the Architecture & Standard dept. then he moved to the Research & Development dept., then to the Technological Innovation division of the IT Department and currently is in the Strategic Marketing department. He was the responsible of Modulushca European project for Poste Italiane.

Currently is also member at the World Economic Forum in the "Mitigating Risks in the Innovation Economy" Working Group (www.weforum.org) and team member in the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) for Poste Italiane (http://ilp.mit.edu) . He is also the Head of Innovation at foundation proPosta (www.fondazioneproposta.it) and he just became Vice President Research & Development of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional ITALY Roundatable (www.cscmp.org)


Dr. Biggi holds a Master Degree in Business Administration in 1988 from LUISS University with two different specializations.

Sarah Bittner-Krautsack

Programme Officer in the Department for Mobility and Transport Technologies
Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Sarah Bittner-Krautsack graduated in the Degree Programme of “Aviation” with specialisation in “Aviation Management” from the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum Gesellschaft mbH in Graz in 2007 and in 2016 she graduated in the Executive MBA-Programme in Public Management from the University of Salzburg Business School. In 2007 she started to work for AustriaTech GmbH, the Federal Agency for Technological Measures, to support the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) in the area of aeronautics research promotion. In 2010 she changed directly to BMVIT and became project leader of the 19th ITS In World Congress 2012 in Vienna and programme officer for the RTI programme line “Intermodality and Interoperability of Transport Systems”. Currently she is responsible for the innovation field “Mobility of Goods” within the new Austrian RTI-programme for mobility and transport called “Mobility of the Future” and the coordinator for measures on attracting and promoting new talents in mobility and transport research, technology and innovation. On European level she represents Austria in the SHIFT2RAIL States Representative Group, ERRAC (European Rail Research Advisory Council) Member States Policy Advisory Group und ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe) Mirror Group.

Paola Cossu

Chief Executive Officer
Vice chair of ALICE urban logistics WG
FIT Consulting

Paola Cossu is the Chief Executive Officer and shareholder of FIT. Degree in Statistics at University of Rome. She is author and manager of a number of European and national projects on innovative mobility of goods and people. Coordinator of the EU projects: C-LIEGE “Clean Last mile transport and logistics management for smart and Efficient local Governments in Europe” (STEER) & MOSCA “Decision Support System For Integrated Door-To-Door Delivery: Planning and Control in Logistic Chains”. Project director for the CITYMOVE "City multi-Role Optimized Vehicle"; C-DISPATCH "Clean-DIstribution of goods in SPecimen Areas at the last mile of the intermodal Transport CHain". Technical advisor for the Taranto Port Authority in developing a prototype for requests of permissions (MED) and for FINEST in EASYCONNECTING IPA project on Multimodal logistics of the future. Member of the EB and vice-chair of the WG on urban logistics in ALICE “Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe" and Member of the Urban Mobility WG in ERTRAC. She is Professor at LUISS Business School (Master in Eco-Mobility Management) and at Link Campus University (Master in Sustainable Mobility and Transport).

Nik Delmeire

Secr. General

Nik Delmeire, Belgian , obtained the degree of MBA at the University of Leuven in 1982 . From 1983 till 2014 he had several management functions in Purchasing and Supply Chain in AGFA-GEVAERT , a Belgian multinational active in the world of Imaging .

Through his role in AGFA’s Supply Chain he got involved in the Belgian Shippers’ Organisation called OTM. An organization he chairs from 2009 till 2015. He was Vice Chairman of ESC from 2011 till October 2014 . In October 2014 he joined ESC as Secretary General .

European Shippers’ Council exists since 1963 and represents the interests of the Shippers , the Cargo-owners . ESC’s objective is to improve the Supply Chain through working on the regulatory part and by promoting collaboration between the different partners in the Supply Chain. Apart from this , ESC is also involved in projects funded by the EU , the main one being CORE , and in Green Freight Europe, a program that aims at reducing the CO2 emissions .

Marcel Huschebeck

Manager Logistics Research
PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG

Marcel Huschebeck (48) received his Diploma in National Economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has gained more than three years' experience in the field transport, logistics and transport policy as officer for the German association Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Entsorgung und Logistik (BGL). Since 1999 he is involved in research and consultancy projects in the field of freight transport and transport telematics at PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG. Today he has the position of a Manager responsible for the Logistics Systems group within the Research & Innovation unit at PTV. As project co-ordinator he has managed several EU research projects: IRIS, IDIOMA, AIMS, BESTUFS, BESTUFS II, PROMIT, BESTFACT, MODULUSHCA.

Walid Klibi

Professor of Supply Chain Management, Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, France
Associate Member of the CIRRELT, Interuniversity Research Center on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation, Canada
KEDGE Business School

Walid Klibi, Ph. D., MBA, is a professor of supply chain management at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, France, where he is the head of the Supply Chain Center of Excellence. He is actively involved in supply chain management research, and is an associate member of the CIRRELT in Canada. He is the author of several scientific papers on the design of effective and robust supply chain networks. He is also involved in teaching activities with the ISLI programs and in executive training with private organizations, and he is invited to speak to professional and scientific audiences on a regular basis. He contributed to the development of SC-Studio, a commercial supply chain network design tool.

Chiara Lepori

R&D Coordinator
Interporto Bologna Group

After her master degree in Civil Engineering in 2004, she obtained a PhD in Transportation Engineering in 2009. On 2007, she accomplished a Blue Book Stage at European Commission’s former DG TREN, being involved in the preparation of the "Freight Logistics Action Plan" and in the EC’s "Bottlenecks Exercise. She has been working at Interporto Bologna Group from 2009 on. Her activity has been particularly focused on freight transport enhancement in Italy and Europe, multimodality, IT and innovative business model solutions for intermodal transport chains and freight terminals. She has been involved as project and team coordinator and transport engineering expert in several initiatives and EU-funded projects (e.g.  ALICE, CLUSTERS2.0, CORE, CAMARG, EUROSKY, CONTAIN, SPIDER PLUS, ECOHUBS, SWIFTLY GREEN, CITYLOG, TIGER, MOS4MOS, HINTERPORT). She has also authored and co-authored scientific contributions and R&D deliverables related to freight transport and logistics.

Maximo Martinez Avila

SNIC Research Manager
Procter & Gamble

Member of the P&G Global Supply Network Innovation Center since March 2012. Coordination team of Modulushca, a European innovation funded project aimed to develop a set of Standard Reusable small logistic units (<=Pallets) to enable the creation of a “Physical Internet” (see www.physicalinternetinitiative.org ) Maximo has a background in Economics with specialization in Logistics. From January 2004 to February 2012 he worked for a Packaging, Transport and Logistics technological institute being involved in several European innovation funded projects. In that period he participated in the establishment of the Spanish Technology Platform in Logistics, LOGISTOP and PACKNET, Spanish Packaging Technology Platform.

Oliver Schauer

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Prof. Dr. Oliver Schauer, born 1974, studied law at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (diploma 1997, doctorate 2001). In addition he completed an executive postgraduate program at LIMAK Johannes Kepler University Business School (MBA, 2005). Since 2012 Oliver works as a full research professor at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, School of Management. Oliver heads the department of “Transport Logistics and Mobility” and has research interests in the fields of the Physical Internet, sustainable transport systems and telematics. Prior to his actual profession, Oliver gained strong experience in the executive management of leading Austrian logistics providers.

Roman Schnabl

Director Product Management

Roman Schnabl completed a technical/economic degree at the University of Applied Science Joanneum. In 2005 Roman Schnabl started working in the development and product management department at KNAPP AG. Since 2014 he leads the product management department and is responsible for the product range of KNAPP. He gained strong experience in the logistics branch and regularly contributes in research projects like physical internet logistics, to ensure a competitive and innovative product portfolio for KNAPP. In addition he supervised a range of diploma thesis, bachelor/master thesis und dissertations during his professional carrier.

Martin Tschandl

Professor of Strategic Management, Controlling and Supply Management
Head of head of department Industrial Management
University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM

Professor of Strategic Management, Controlling and Supply Management since 1998, Head of Institute Industrial Management with four Industrial Engineering Study Programs since 2001, Dean of the Department of Management at the University of Applied Sciences FH JOANNEUM since 2008.

Association Network Logistics (www.vnl.at), Head of South Austria Region; Interna-tional Association of Controlling (www.controllerverein.com), Head of South Austria Region; member of the International Group of Controlling (IGC).

Experience in (service) industrial enterprises with the focus on and the responsibil-ity for Strategic Planning and Controlling (1991-1998), Co-founder of Consulting Team Graz 1998.

Research areas: strategic transformation, management in the context of “Industry 4.0”, supply management and financial supply chain management, planning and budgeting.

Jaco Voorspuij

Senior Manager Transport & Logistics
GS1 Global Office, Brussels

Jaco Voorspuij successfully completed the APICS CSCP and CIPM after completing his BSc in Business Information.

Over the course of his career spanning over 25 years Jaco Voorspuij gained extensive in-depth knowledge and experience in the fields of Production Logistics, Transportation and Warehousing Logistics and supporting Information Technology.

From 1997 until May 2015 Jaco Voorspuij worked for DHL (and predecessors) on warehousing systems, transportation management (Road, Air and Sea), Business & Systems integration, Solutions Design & Architecture and IT Business Development for a number of the largest Clients of DHL and on some of the most challenging projects and Programmes that DHL has run and is running for those Clients.

He joined the GS1 Global Office as Senior Manager Transport & Logistics in May 2015.

Jaco has a keen interest in standardising and simplifying Logistics operations whilst keeping an eye open to technologies, concepts and ideas present or emerging that would enable existing Logistics services to be improved and/or new Logistics services to be designed and implemented in the market place.

During his entire career Jaco has regularly worked on the development of strategies, solutions and standards in the area of Last Mile delivery.

Markus Winkler

Head of Advanced Technology Development
TGW Logistics Group GmbH

Markus Winkler, who graduated from the Technical University of Graz, started his career at TGW Logistics Group in 2003. Within the Product Development and Product Management department he was able to set the foundation for his logistics expertise. He gained international experience being a member of the merger and acquisition team within TGW Logistics Group, leading the international technology transfer. Now, Markus Winkler is heading the Advanced Technology Development department within TGW Logistics Group.

Max Winkler

Vice President Solutions & Technology
SSI SCHÄFER Automation GmbH

Dr. Max Winkler is the Vice President Solutions & Technology of SSI SCHÄFER Automation GmbH, the leading supplier for logistics equipment and automation, specialized in order picking applications. He received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University in Hannover, Germany, and has more than 15 years of experience in material handling systems across various industries. He started in the material handling industry at Mannesmann Dematic in Germany. Gaining experience in areas such as product design, manufacturing, QM and strategic business planning then led to the position of Operations Manager at Dematic's main European site in Offenbach, Germany. In 2003 Mr. Winkler became the Project Director for the baggage handling system of the extension of Dubai airport, with over 70 km of conveyors still the world largest baggage handling system. In 2006 he joined SSI Schäfer in Graz, Austria to manage product design and manufacturing. Since 2010 he coordinates the solutions and R&D activities within the global SSI Schäfer Automation group.

Dirk ’t Hooft

Senior Advisor Logistics Collaboration
Member of the Secretariat and Executive Group of ALICE

Dirk ‘t Hooft is an independent Senior Advisor. At European level he is active in research and innovation projects and member of the Secretariat and Executive Group of “ALICE”, the European Technology Platform on Logistics. He was project leader of the European FP7 research project CO3 on Horizontal Collaboration in the Supply Chain. Dirk works also as Senior Advisor Logistics Collaboration for Argusi b.v. and is involved with Argusi in the new H2020 project CLUSTERS 2.0. Dirk is also Chairman of the Dutch Network on reducing Postharvest Food losses in developing countries.

After his graduation in economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Dirk worked in several senior executive positions in Publishing, Agricultural Machinery, Bulk Stevedoring in Rotterdam Port, CEO of the Flower Auction of Aalsmeer and the last 11 years as CEO of HIDC (Holland International Distribution Council).

Dirk is experienced in the management of innovation projects, is able to match people and organizations, and has a broad international experience.

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