Connect and Innovate: Navigating Challenging Times


19 Nov (Day 1)
20 Nov (Day 2)
19 Nov (Day 1)
19 November 2019 (Tuesday)
Opening Session
09:00 – 09:15
Main Forum

Welcome Remarks

  • Ms Margaret Fong
    Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

09:15 – 09:30
Main Forum

Keynote Address

Plenary Session 1
09:30 – 10:45
Main Forum

Where Opportunity Knocks – Asia Supply Chain Wedged between Challenging Geopolitics

Switching manufacturing investment to ASEAN is accelerating amid the ongoing US-China trade disputes, sandwiching the logistics sector between constantly disrupting geopolitics. With supply chain diversification now a growing trend, how are shippers confronting this challenge? And how will strategies continue to adjust and reformulate if turmoil intensifies into what doomsayers warn of “the largest trade war in economic history to date”. Our panel of leading fourth-party (4PL) logistics and express service providers, together with a brand owner, share views on Asia catching up to playing a larger global role.

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Coleman Nee
    Senior Economist, Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization

  • Mr Katsuhiko Umetsu
    Senior Executive Officer, Yamato Holdings Co, Ltd
10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Supply-chain Management & Logistics Forum 1
11:15 – 12:30

Driving Supply Chain Innovation with Smart Logistics

‘Smart’ supply chain management is critical in our hyper-connected age – making all the difference in maintaining and gaining a competitive edge. From supply of raw materials to efficient manufacturing and tracked transportation of deliveries, technological innovation is the key to success. In this session, key industry stakeholders share views on latest trends and tips on how to ‘get smart’ with speedy, competitive digital logistics ecosystems and supply chain solutions.

Co-organiser: GS1 Hong Kong

Opening Speech

  • Ms Heidi Ho
    Principal Consultant, GS1 Hong Kong
    Topic: The Connected World


  • Ms Heidi Ho
    Principal Consultant, GS1 Hong Kong

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Ravel Lai
    Chief Digital Officer, Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited
    Topic: The Digital Ecosystem

  • Mr Wilson Lee
    Group Director of Information Technology, Kerry Logistics
    Topic: Smart and Innovative Logistics Planning

  • Dr Peng Zhe
    Head of Blockchain Technology, SF Technology
    Topic: Innovation - Answer to Emerging Opportunities?
Air Freight Forum 1
11:15 – 12:30

Cold-chain Logistics

Panel Speaker

  • Mr Frosti Lau
    General Manager, Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Pacific Cargo
Maritime Forum 1
11:15 – 12:30

Between a Rock and a Hard Place – Navigating a Perfect Geopolitical Storm

As if capacity oversupply and a sharp slowdown in global trade were not enough, an already difficult dilemma for the maritime industry is slipping into a crisis with the Sino-US trade war firing on all cylinders. As U.S. importers are confronted with rising tariffs and China is dramatically reducing commodity imports, reduced shipping demand and increasing restrictions are further exacerbated by Persian Gulf tension and a growing line-up of sanctions from Syria and Iran to Venezuela, Russia and North Korea – with UK’s Brexit the next looming ‘wild card’. With the industry facing frustrating unpredictability at every turn, our panel – a shipping analyst, banker and ship owners from the tanker and gas, liner and dry bulk sectors – exchange views on how to weather this potentially perfect storm.


  • Mr Peter Sand
    Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

Panel Speaker

  • Mr Abhishek Pandey
    Global Head, Shipping Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
12:45 – 14:15

VIP Luncheon / Networking Luncheon / Tech Demo

Air Freight Forum 2
14:30 – 15:45

Digital Transformation in Air Cargo

Maritime Forum 2
14:30 – 15:45

Smart Shipping: How Disruptive is New Age Tech?

‘Smart shipping’ is the new buzzword, and in these times few would argue that the industry needs to be at its smartest. Welcome to the brave new world of blockchain, big data, AI and automation. Yet while many agree that revolutionary new technology improves efficiency, some still worry about the disruption it brings. Our panel of ship owners, a shipping analyst and marine tech expert discuss how the industry can strike a balance.

Panel Speakers

  • Dr Martin Stopford
    President, Clarkson Research Services Limited

  • Mr Frank Coles
    CEO, Wallem Group

  • Mr Johnson Leung
    Co-Founder, 300Cubits

  • Mr Andy Tung
    Co-Chief Executive Officer, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited
15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

Maritime Forum 3
16:15 – 17:30

Today’s Shipping Dilemma – Is the Future in Owning or Managing?

Owning ships is rough going in times of troubled waters for the industry. To learn from past, just remember the 1980s when many established titans fell by the wayside, reinventing themselves as third-party managers or ‘marine service’ providers. When it frankly makes little sense to sink capital into an industry that has generated meagre returns for several years, and ominous dark clouds continue lurking on the horizon, is providing services to beleaguered owners the way forward? With a plethora of shipping service companies emerging, our panel comprising ship owners, a shipping manager and broker provide food for thought on the most likely modern-day avenues to making a shipping fortune.


  • Mr Tim Huxley
    Chairman, Mandarin Shipping Limited

Panel Speakers

  • Captain Bjorn Hojgaard
    Chief Executive Officer, Anglo-Eastern Univan Group

  • Mr William Fairclough
    Managing Director, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited

  • Mr Fergus Gifford
    Newbuilding and Sale & Purchase Broker, Arrow
Regional Forum 1
16:15 – 17:30

Air Silk Road

Sponsor: The Port & Logistics Office of The People’s Government of Sichuan Province
17:30 – 18:00

Cocktail Reception

Toasting Remarks

  • Mr Joseph Lai
    Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing (Transport), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

  • Dr Patrick Lau
    Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council
20 Nov (Day 2)
20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Plenary Session 2
09:30 – 11:00
Main Forum

Keeping the Customer ‘King’ – How to Satisfy Expectations and Cement Relations

Constantly enhancing supply chain efficiency is crucial to meeting higher customer expectations in a competitive market. On-demand delivery is just one example of how logistics providers are reinforcing customer relationships by re-engineering their networks to deliver breakthrough experience and value. In a fast-changing sector, what is the key to retaining healthy customer relationships? And how are logistics providers coping in the race to keep pace with astonishing technology advancement? Our panel of leaders from well-established brands and innovative start-ups share their strategies driving improvement in supply chain management – and forecasts on upcoming trends.

Panel Speakers

  • Mr George Wojciechowski
    Co-Founder, ShipBob

  • Ms Michelle Leung
    Senior Vice President, Fung Omni Services
11:00 – 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45

Wherever next is technology driving the logistics industry? From one day to the next, revolutionary advances are evolving at a breakneck pace, reshaping the entire future landscape of logistics and supply chain management. In an attempt to come to terms with what’s happening today – and what to expect tomorrow – this session of InnoTalks updates you on the latest developments. From AI, automation, big data and robotics and even truck platooning convoys, our experts engage a brave new world of logistics that nobody could have imagined just a few years ago.


  • Mr Huan Liu
    Board Member, Mujin, Inc;
    President, Mujin China

  • Mr Herbert Chia
    Venture Partner, Sequoia Capital China Fund

Regional Forum 2
11:30 – 12:45

Asia’s transportation link with Canada and the US

Sponsor: CN (Canadian National Railway)
12:45 – 14:15

Networking Luncheon / Tech Demo

Supply-chain Management & Logistics Forum 2
14:30 – 15:45

Is e-Trading Platform the Future for Sea Freight? : The Perspectives of Shippers and Service Providers

Co-organiser: The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council


14:30 – 15:45

Market Intelligence on emerging markets

Market Clinic
15:00 – 16:30

Complimentary logistics and maritime advisory services


*The programme is subject to change without prior notice.