Connect and Innovate: Navigating Challenging Times


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

Opening Session

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

  • Mr Frank Chan Fan, JP
    Secretary for Transport and Housing, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Plenary Session 1
09:15 – 10:45
Main Forum

Where Opportunity Knocks – Asia Supply Chain Wedged between Challenging Geopolitics

Manufacturing investment to ASEAN is accelerating amid ongoing trade disputes and uncertainties around the globe, sandwiching the logistics sector between constantly disrupting geopolitics, not to mention the ever-changing trade and consumption patterns. With supply chain diversification now a growing trend, how is the logistics sector confronting this challenge? And how is this influencing investment in logistics real estates and the future development of the logistics sector? How are strategies being adjusted and reformulated continuously? Our panel will share views on Asia catching up to playing a larger global role.

Panel Chair

  • Dr Patrick Lau
    Deputy Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Panel Speakers

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

  • Mr Ka-mun Chang
    Managing Director, Li & Fung Development (China) Limited;
    Managing Director, Fung Business Intelligence

  • Mr Lau Teck Sien
    Partner & CEO, HOPU Investments

  • Mr Robbert van Trooijen
    Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific Region, Maersk

  • Mr Katsuhiko Umetsu
    Senior Executive Officer, Yamato Holdings Co, Ltd
10:45 – 11:15
Halls 3F-G

Coffee Break

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

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 & Moderator

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

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Tom Lin
    Hong Kong/Taiwan Supply Chain Director, Procter & Gamble Hong Kong Ltd
    Topic: Supply Network Synchronization and Digital Transformation

  • 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
Room B

Keeping Ahead in the Air Cargo Cold Chain

‘Cold Chain’ solutions are advancing rapidly to meet growing demand for temperature and humidity-sensitive air freight shipments, from perishable foods to sensitive pharmaceutical biologics such as blood products and vaccines. But with opportunities come challenges, not least intensified competition. Logistics providers, airports and airlines confront greater and more precise expectations from customers. At the same time, they confront increasingly complex regulations, most notably in the EU. Our panel of leaders in the sector – from freight forwarders to shippers and airlines – share latest best practices in upgraded and innovative solutions to capture greater market share.

Co-organiser: Airport Authority Hong Kong


  • Mrs Andrea Gruber
    Head, Special Cargo, International Air Transport Association

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Frosti Lau
    General Manager, Cargo Service Delivery, Cathay Pacific Cargo

  • Mr Heinz Birchler 
    Commercial Director, Bollore Logistics

  • Mr Jack Lo 
    General Manager, Business Development, Chevalier AOC Freight Express Holdings Limited

  • Dr Desmond Hau 
    Chief Executive Officer, Pangenia Inc
Maritime Forum 1
11:15 – 12:30
Room A

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 the industry facing frustrating unpredictability at every turn, our panel – a shipping analyst, banker and ship owners – exchange views on how to weather this potentially perfect storm.


  • Mr Tim Huxley
    Chairman, Mandarin Shipping Limited

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Nigel Anton
    Managing Director, Structured Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

  • Mr Robbert van Trooijen
    Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific Region, Maersk

  • Mr Andrew Hoare
    Head of Tankers and Gas, Pacific Carriers Limited

  • Mr Jack Hsu
    Managing Director, Oak Maritime (Hong Kong) Inc Limited
12:45 – 14:15
Halls 3F-G

VIP Luncheon / Networking Luncheon / Tech Demo

Air Freight Forum 2
14:30 – 15:45
Main Forum

Embracing New Era of Digital Technology in Air Freight

Digital technology is transforming the air freight sector, from Internet of Things and automated systems to big data, artificial intelligence, drones and augmented reality. Amid this technological revolution, traditional freight forwarders risk being overtaken by more tech-savvy operators. The message seems clear: adapt or risk being left behind. Experts on this panel discuss latest trends and developments, future challenges – and tips on improving efficiency to stay ahead in the competitive high-tech era.

Co-organiser: Airport Authority Hong Kong


  • Professor Waiman Cheung
    Director, Asian Institute of Supply Chains & Logistics

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Wilson Kwong
    Chief Executive, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited

  • Mr Jean Verheyen
    Chief Executive Officer, Nallian
    Topic: Building virtual integrated communities; the (air)port as a data gateway to the world

  • Mr Simon Ng
    Chief Executive Officer, Global Logistics System (HK) Co, Ltd
Maritime Forum 2
14:30 – 15:45
Room A

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.


  • Ms Jennifer Hughes
    Asia Finance Editor, Reuters

Panel Speakers

  • Dr Martin Stopford
    President, Clarkson Research Services Limited
    Topic: A goal based approach to digital technology in shipping

  • Mr Andy Tung
    Co-Chief Executive Officer, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited

  • Mr Frank Coles
    CEO, Wallem Group

  • Mr Johnson Leung
    Co-Founder, 300Cubits

15:45 – 16:15
Halls 3F-G

Coffee Break

Maritime Forum 3
16:15 – 17:30
Room A

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

  • Mr Fergus Gifford
    Newbuilding and Sale & Purchase Broker, Arrow

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

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

  • Mr Edward Buttery
    Founder and CEO, Taylor Maritime (HK) Ltd
Regional Forum 1
16:15 – 17:30
Room B

Build a New Highland for Opening Up of the Western Region, and Usher a Major Land-ocean transportation logistics channel

Sichuan Province accelerates its efforts to realize the major measures of three-dimensional comprehensive opening pattern "Four Directions Expansion, Global Opening", construct internationally strategic channel, build up its location conditions and policy advantages as the western international gateway hub, materialize the framework agreement of Sichuan-Hong Kong Logistic Channel, strengthen the regional linkage between Sichuan and Hong Kong and deepen Sichuan-Hong Kong Regional Logistic Cooperation.

Sponsor: The Port and Logistics Administration Office of Sichuan Provincial People’s Government

Organiser: Sichuan Modern Logistics Development Association

Supported by:
  • Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission
  • Sichuan Provincial Finance Department
  • Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce
  • Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Economic Corporation
  • Chengdu Customs District, PRC
  • China Sichuan International Investment Limited


Welcome Remarks

  • Mr Wu Ge
    Director, Port and Logistics Administration Office of Sichuan Provincial People's Government


  • Mr Stephen Liang
    Assistant Executive Director, Hong Kong Trade Development Council

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Lan Xu
    Deputy Secretary and Chief Executive, Shizhong District of Neijiang Municipality

  • Mr Lai Yuanchi
    Director, Zigong Port and Logistics Office

  • Mr Wang Xiaojun
    General Manager, Sichuan Logistics Information Service Co, Ltd

  • Mr Luo Houlin
    Founder, Chairman and CEO, Zhuhai PowerBridge Technology Co, Ltd

  • Mr Tang Lei
    Deputy General Manager, Sichuan Transportation Investment (Hong Kong) Co, Ltd
20 Nov (Day 2)
20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
Plenary Session 2
09:30 – 11:00
Main Forum

Keeping the Customer ‘King’ in the E-Commerce Arena

Constantly enhancing supply chain efficiency is crucial to meeting higher customer expectations in a competitive market, especially in e-commerce business. 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 maintaining healthy customer relationships? And how are e-commerce logistics providers and e-tailers coping in the race to keep pace with astonishing technology advancement? Our panel of leaders from well-established brands and innovative start-ups will share their strategies driving improvement in supply chain management and customer relationship – and forecasts on upcoming trends.

Panel Chair

  • Mr Anson Bailey
    Head of Consumer & Retail, ASPAC;
    Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms, Hong Kong, KPMG China

Panel Speakers

  • Ms Michelle Leung
    Senior Vice President, Fung Omni Services

  • Mr George Wojciechowski
    Co-Founder, ShipBob

  • Mr Teong Teck Lean
    Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, GD Express Carrier Bhd

  • Mr Hao Weichen
    Partner and Vice President of Supply Chain, Kilimall

Shipowners Forum
10:00 – 11:30
Room B

Greater Bay Area: Challenges and Opportunities to the Hong Kong Shipping Industry

Hong Kong is an international trade, financial and shipping centre. It is home to major shipping companies, ship managers, related maritime service providers, and has one of the busiest ports in the world. However, Hong Kong’s position has been challenged in recent years, while traditional shipowners – for long the anchor of the shipping industry here – have come under increasing pressure from disruptions due to new regulations, technology, and other macro factors. At the same time, China’s national policy to develop the Greater Bay Area, and the designation of Hong Kong as the maritime centre within the GBA, presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This forum will set forth the major challenges facing Hong Kong’s shipping industry as a whole, and discuss how the GBA may provide opportunities and hold solutions for structural problems that have hampered development in Hong Kong. The forum will also bring focus to the role of innovation and discuss some of the most pressing global topics such as the future of ship finance, and the need to transform maritime education and training in response to changes brought about by new regulations and “Smart Shipping”.


  • Hong Kong Shipowners Association
  • InvestHK

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr Benjamin Wong
    Head of Maritime Cluster, InvestHK, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Keynote Address

  • Captain Xie Chunlin
    Chairman, China Merchants Energy Shipping Co, Ltd


  • Mr Hing Chao
    Executive Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Jack Hsu
    Chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

  • Mr Kenneth Lam
    Chairman & CEO, Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Ltd

  • Mr Min Li
    Partner, Reed Smith Richards Butler

  • Mr Su Xingang
    Director, China Merchants Energy Shipping Co, Ltd

11:00 – 11:30
Halls 3F-G
Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45
Main Forum

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, robotics, to big data and even automation, our experts engage a brave new world of logistics that nobody could have imagined just a few years ago.


  • Dr Frank Tong
    Director, Research & Technology Development, Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre


  • Ms Vic Cui
    Director of Operations, MUJIN China

  • Mr Jean-Marie Guerin
    CCO, ANJI-CEVA Logistics Co, Ltd

  • Mr Wei Ran
    Executive Deputy Director-General, Office of Planning, Development and Management of Beibu Gulf Economic Zone of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
    Topic: Automation intelligent innovation and practice of new western land-sea trade corridor international gateway port
Regional Forum 2
11:30 – 12:45
Room A

North American Outlook: What Changing Trade Policies, Regulations and Sourcing Shifts Mean For Supply Chains

With the ongoing trade war between the U.S. & China, the onset of the IMO 2020 low-sulphur fuel regulations just around the corner, and the shift in sourcing and production from China to South East Asia, what will be the impact to North American supply chains, container shipping and trade routes? This session will look at the fallout from all of these diverging market conditions and the impact to North American and global trade patterns, routing decisions, capacity, and shipping rates. Join our panel of experts for this timely discussion and get perspectives from all parties: ocean carriers, freight forwarders, railways and the Hong Kong Shippers Council.

Sponsor: CN (Canadian National Railway)



  • Mr Robert Armstrong
    President, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation – North America Chapter

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Nissim Yochai
    Executive Vice President, Trans Pacific Trade, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

  • Mr Gabriel Lagunes
    General Manager, Asia, CN

  • Mr Landon Bibeau
    Chief Marketing Officer, OEC Group

  • Mr Willy Lin, GBS, JP, FCILT
    Chairman, The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council
12:45 – 14:15
Halls 3F-G

Networking Luncheon / Tech Demo

Supply-chain Management & Logistics Forum 2
14:30 – 16:00
Main Forum

Evolution of E-Logistics & Supply Chain Solutions – and its implication for the Greater Bay Area

In a digital era, new logistics needs arise. Real-time shipment visibility and data transparency surge to the top of shippers’ wish lists, demanding new solutions from the e-logistics sector. The game turns even more complex when it comes to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Localisation possibly create more disruptors. Speakers in this session will address these needs and offer solutions to mitigate the logistics and supply chain challenges.

Co-organiser: The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council

Welcome Remarks

  • Mr Willy Lin, GBS, JP, FCILT
    Chairman, The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council


  • Mr Sunny Ho, MH, JP
    Executive Director, The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council

Panel Speakers

  • Mr Philippe Salles
    Head of e-Business, Transport and Supply Chain, Drewry Supply Chain Advisors
    Topic: Shipment Visibility: A Game Changer with More Players in the Field

  • Ms Josephine Lee
    CTO, Limited
    Topic: How can Cloud Technology solve data compliance, process governance and continuous improvement challenges in order to support sustainable GDP growth?

  • Mr Calson Cheung
    General Manager, Supply Chain Solutions, Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited
    Topic: Leveraging logistics community platform to maximize benefits of sharing economy

  • Mr Cem Yurdum
    Senior Engagement Manager, Weave Services Limited
    Topic: Speed and Localization of Supply Chain
14:30 – 15:45
Room A

Market Intelligence on emerging markets


  • Ms Cathy Chin
    Chairman, Taiwan International Logistics and Supply Chain Association
    Topic: Taiwan Free Trade Zone Value Up Your Global Supply Chain Services

  • Mr Pierre Carlo Curay
    Vice President, Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines
Market Clinic
15:00 – 16:30
Halls 3F-G

Complimentary logistics and maritime advisory services

Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (HAFFA)

  • Mr Brian Wu

  • Mr Rex Lai
    Executive Committee Member

  • Mr Ronnie Leung
    Executive Committee Member

Hong Kong Logistics Association (HKLA)

  • Ir Stephen Chan
    Honorary Adivsor & Past President

  • Ir Elsa Yuen

Hong Kong Sea Transport and Logistics Association (HKSTLA)

  • Mr Kevin Koon
    Executive Committee

  • Mr Chevy Shum
    Executive Committee

  • Mr Bonny Lam
    Executive Committee

The Chamber of Hong Kong Logistics Industry (CHKLI)

  • Mr Anthony Wong

Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (Kenya)

  • Mr Agayo Ogambi
    Head, Advocacy & Membership Development

Taiwan International Logistics and Supply Chain Association (Taiwan)

  • Mr Richard Yeh
    Honorary Chairman

  • Mr Terry Lee
    Vice Chairman

Thai International Freight Forwarders Association (Thailand)

  • Mr Sompoch Udomsri

Vietnam Post (Vietnam)

  • Mr Le Trong Phan
    Director of R&D and Branding Division



*The programme is subject to change without prior notice.