Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Mr. Mikuriya has been Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1 January 2009. He provides leadership and executive management for the global Customs community’s priorities, including developing global Customs instruments, standards, and tools; securing and facilitating global trade; realizing revenues; building Customs-business partnerships; and delivering capacity building in support of Customs reform and modernization. In addition, Mr. Mikuriya is leading efforts in support of implementation of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement.
Prior to joining the WCO, he worked for Japan’s Ministry of Finance for 25 years. During his career with the Ministry, Mr. Mikuriya occupied a variety of senior posts, which have given him broad experience and knowledge in Customs, trade, development, budget, and financial policies. He served as Director of Enforcement where he led efforts to fight illicit trade, then as Director of Research and International Affairs paving the way for the conclusion of the first regional trade agreement for Japan, and then as a Counsellor in the Tariff and Customs Bureau. He also served as Director of Salaries and Allowances to coordinate remuneration levels for the entire government workforce, and as the Budget Controller for Foreign Affairs, Official Aid, International Trade and Industry, in the Budget Bureau. In addition, he spent time as a Counsellor at the Japanese Mission to the WTO in Geneva and participated in the GATT Uruguay Round trade negotiations.
Mr. Mikuriya has a degree in law from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D in international relations from the University of Kent.
YONOV FREDERICK AGAH
Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria’s Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria’s participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.
Mr Agah served as Chair of the WTO’s General Council in 2011. He was responsible for organizing the Eighth WTO Ministerial Conference, which was acknowledged to be successful despite the prevailing stalemate in the Doha Round. He has also served as Chair of the following WTO bodies: Dispute Settlement Body in 2010, the Council for Trade in Services in 2009, the Trade Policy Review Body in 2008, the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights in 2007, and the Council for Trade in Goods in 2006. He was also the Chair of the Council for TRIPS, Special Session, in 2013.
Mr Agah has previously worked as a lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna (1979-81), senior features writer/circulation manager, Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation (1982-84), Sales Manager, Benue Bottling Company Limited (1984-87), Field Manager, UTC Nigeria PLC (1990-91), Deputy Director (multilateral) (1991-2001) and Director (external trade) (2002-05).
Mr Agah holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He obtained a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (International Trade) from the University of Jos, Nigeria, in 1989 and 2007 respectively. His doctoral dissertation was on “Trade Policy Reform and Economic Growth in Nigeria Since 1986”. Mr Agah also obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Abuja, Nigeria, in 2009. He has contributed to various books and journals.
M. MEHMET ÖZAL
M. Mehmet Özal graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1994. He was appointed as the Director of Foreign Trade at the firm Astas in year 1995, before furthering his career in 1998 in Turksped as the Vice President.
Joining Ekol Logistics in 2002, Özal held his positions as the Fair&Exhibition Logistics Manager and Service Production Group Deputy Manager. As of 2014, he was appointed to the position of Forwarding Manager. Özal is married and has one daughter.
Diane Arcas Aktaş
Born in Izmir in 1972, Diane Arcas Aktaş completed her elementary and junior high education in Izmir and then continued her high school education at the American Community School. In 1995, she graduated from Political Science and International Relations at Boğaziçi University. She continues her academic studies in Middlesex University, Shipping & Logistics MBA program in London. After completing her university education, Diane Arcas Aktaş joined the world of business and first worked in various departments; later she has served as Export/Import Director, Branch Director and Corporate Management Leader in Arkas Holding. Since 2008, she has been serving as the Executive Vice President of the Arkas Holding Board of Directors , President of the Logistics Group and Vice President of Arkas Fleet Management Group.
Diane Arcas Aktaş knows three languages: English, French and Turkish. In her free time she pursues academic studies and likes to spend time with her friends and family. Diane Arcas Aktaş is married and has one child.
Rayan Qutub is Chief Executive Officer and Head of Industrial Valley at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). He has more than 19 years of Industrial, Business Development, Marketing, Acquisition, Real-Estate, Education, Healthcare and Regulations Development experience gained from reputable companies such as Emaar, Unilever and Savola. In his current capacity with KAEC, Rayan is leading the development of the Industrial Valley; a total of 55 km2 state of the art industrial and value-added Logistics hub that will be contributing to the job creation and economic development of Saudi Arabia. During his current capacity with KAEC, Rayan was responsible for the development of the Haramain district, Residential Communities, Education and Healthcare including the construction and operation of KAEC’s first world class school; The World Academy.
Prior to joining KAEC, Rayan worked with Unilever International for ten years with his last post as the Marketing Director, Head of Mergers and Acquisitions in the Middle East. In his capacity, Rayan has managed to successfully launch and grow Unilever’s largest business globally “Foods” in Arabia and to attain more than 10 global and local growth awards.
Rayan is a member of Minaret Business Organization (MBO); Jeddah’s leading distinguished business leaders organization. Moreover, in 2012 he was nominated to join the “Young Arab Leaders Organization” that aims to galvanize 500 of the most accomplished, result-oriented individuals from the region who are active in improving the state of the Arab world.
Rayan graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honor and attended several Executive Education Programs in leadership, real estate and economic development with top Universities such as Oxford, Harris and Harvard.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Andrew joined the TT Club (the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services) in 1995 to open the office in Dubai, UAE.
Since then, Andrew has spent time in London, Singapore and Hong Kong where he was Regional Director Asia Pacific from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2010 Andrew returned to London to become Regional Director Europe, Middle East & Africa. Prior to joining the TT Club, Andrew worked as a Cargo Underwriter in London, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.
Andrew has also been the Chairman of the FIATA/TT Club YIFFY Award Steering Committee since 2008.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Regional Meetings/Region Africa/Middle East
Mr. Tamer Taşkın is the Founder and Chairman of Petrofer Industrial Oils and Chemicals. He was also the Chairman of BODYCOTE ISTAŞ Commercial Heat Treatment Industry and Trading Co. in 1979-2009. Mr. Tamer Taşkın is the Honorary Consul General of South Africa in İzmir since 1992.
He was the Member of the Executive Board (TOBB-Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) and the President of Executive Board of EBSO (Aegean Region Chamber of Industry) between 2005-2009, and the Member of the Board of KALDER-İzmir Branch (Turkish Quality Association) in 2000-2006, Member of the Executive Board of TAYSAD (Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers), Member of the Executive Board (EBSO) between
1993-1995 and 1999-2001, and Member of the Assembly of EBSO between 1992-2009.
He has been the Coordinator Chairman of Turkish-African Business Councils in DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board) since 2008 and the Chairman of Turkish-South African Business Council since 2008. He is also a member of Germany-Turkey Intercountry Committees (ROTARY) since 2009. Mr. Tamer Taşkın has been awarded “A Friend of Nigeria Award” by Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2011 and Italian Republic Success Chivalrous Medal in 2010.
Mr. Tamer Taşkın is also the Member of following associations: Turkey European Union Association, İzmir Rotary Club, Çeşme Sailing Club President, AIESEC-Izmir Consultants High Council, ESİAD-Aegean Industrialists and Businessmen Association, EGİAD-Aegean Young Businessmen Association, TAYSAD-Association of Automotive Parts and Components Manufacturers, KALDER-Turkish Society for Quality İzmir Branch
Mr. İsmail Tamer Taşkın was born in Istanbul in 1951. He is textile engineer and married with 2 children.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Regional Meetings/Region Europe
Eva Molnar is an economist. She has been the director of transport in UNECE since September 2007. Before that for 8 years, she was the Sector Manager for Transport in the World Bank, Europe and Central Asia Region and for several years a guest lecturer at the Budapest University of Economics and Technical Sciences.
Before this she worked as an infrastructure and management consultant for several years and for more than 10 years she had different senior positions in the Hungarian Transport Ministry. During this time she was the CEO of Kapos Volan, a road transport company in Hungary, as well as a member of the supervisory boards of different transport enterprises, like the Austro-Hungarian railways, Raberbahn.
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Customs Affairs Institute (CAI)
Gordon Wright is a Senior Manager, Customs and Cargo Trade Facilitation at the International Air Transport Association in Geneva and is currently secretary to the Customs Advisory Group. The main purpose of this groups are to work with and respond to new Customs and security challenges from regulators and International Organizations and develop standards, tools and measures to meet these new requirements.
Prior to this role Mr. Wright had a 27 year career as a regulator (Customs) working in all aspects of enforcement activity in the UK and South Africa, both as an inspector and as a Senior Operational Manager. For the last 11 years Mr. Wright has specialized in supply chain security solutions and Trade facilitation at an international level. Prior to his arrival at IATA he was responsible for EU/US Customs security programs and aviation security whilst on secondment to the EU Commission (DG TAXUD). Gordon holds a Masters in Law.
Barış Biçimseven is currently working as Senior Customs and Trade Expert at the Ministry of Customs and Trade, Turkey. During his 15-year customs career, he worked on Customs Audits, Risk Management and Logistics and joined the establishment of Customs Audit and Risk Management structure of Turkish Customs. His recent professional focus was the custom’s role in logistics management and concentrated in the role of Logistics Centers in international trade management.
He has a BA in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Ankara and an MBA from CWRU in Cleveland, USA. Mr. Bicimseven also attended in PhD studies at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, studying on the strategic implications of Customs Risk Management. During his doctoral studies; he participated in many Customs related international projects especially in the fields of Customs Risk Management, Trade facilitation and Supply Chain Security such as WCO Risk Management Survey Study, World Bank Supply Chain Security Guide (as expert contributor), SNF (Swiss National Fund) Customs Risk Management Case Studies (10 Countries), Integrity (EU FP7 project). He was the Head of Organization Committee & Coordinator of International Logistics Symposium, June 8th 2013, Ankara, held by the Association of Customs and Trade Experts, TURKEY.
He has an unpublished professional dissertation on “Customs Audit Models: A Comparative study of 6 Country Cases” and currently the vicepresident of the Association of Turkish Customs and Trade Experts.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Advisory Body Safety and Security (ABSS)
Mrs. Valerie Trojanowska joined the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) as a Technical Officer specialising in air cargo security in August 2014. She has previously worked for the UK Department for Transport in a variety of international posts, including European aviation security from 2002. She was seconded to the European Commission (DG MOVE) for four years from 2008 and had particular responsibility for the air cargo chapter in European legislation.
More recently, she was involved in the aviation security preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then in the development of UN rules on the transport of dangerous goods. Valerie is a languages graduate from the University of Leeds.
Marcus Hallside was born in Glasgow, and graduated from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland in 1967. In 1999 Marcus proposed, to the US FAA, a program to evaluate the profiling of air cargo shipments on passenger aircraft. This successful research program was later launched as the Known Shipper database of the TSA.
Marcus has managed teams that have developed air cargo security prototypes and systems for the European Commission and Transport Canada, and recently has managed research studies on enhancing the security of flights from third countries into the EU and evaluating the ACC3 regulation, both for the European Commission.
Pieter G. Wildschut
Pieter is from the Netherlands, studied law, was in road transport, served the Dutch government and represented the IRU in technical affairs. Since many years he is senior vice president of DGM Support DGM Support heads the global network of Dangerous Goods Management / DGM companies.
DGM packs for shippers and forwarders dangerous goods shipments for road, air and ocean, provides training in dangerous goods regulations, is consultant in dangerous goods related questions and supplies (packing) products for dangerous goods.
Within FIATA Pieter was member of the former Advisory Body Dangerous Goods. At present he represents FIATA in the ICAO meetings on the dangerous goods transport rules by air.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Advisory Body Legal Matters (ABLM)
Mrs. Isabelle Bon-Garcin is an accomplished professional in the field of legal affairs and transportation. She is a Professor of Law at the University of Lyon and is also the Director of the University’s Master’s Degree in Transport Law and Logistics.
Mrs Bon-Garcin presently serves as the President of the Commission on Legal Affairs of the International Road Union. She is also the Director of the research laboratory for “Rights, Contracts and Territories”, a board member of the Comité National Routier and a member of the French Association of Maritime Law.
Aside from her work as an educator and within the various associations, Mrs Bon-Garcin is also an accomplished writer on the topic of transport law and has been published in several books and reviews.
Marina started her legal career as a trainee solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1998. She qualified into the Maritime and International Trade Group in March 2000. Her areas of expertise include dispute resolution (including charterparty, bills of lading and building contract disputes), commodities and international trade, and pollution regulation. Marina joined essDOCS on a part time basis in June 2006 as General Counsel and took a full time role as Head of Solution Delivery in January 2013 and was appointed COO in November 2013.
Marina obtained a 2:1 in her bachelor degree in Government and Law from the London School of Economics and completed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction. In 1997, she obtained an LLM in Maritime Law from University College London with Distinction and was awarded the Derby/Bryce Prize in Law for obtaining the highest marks in the Faculty of Laws across the University of London.
Abhinayan Basu Bal
Abhinayan is currently an Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research and teaching interest lies in maritime and commercial law. He is currently engaged in a cross-disciplinary research project on electronic transport records in collaboration with academia and industry. He is also actively involved in developing and delivering four courses in maritime law.
Before joining University of Gothenburg he was an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden where he was responsible for the delivery of the Master’s Programme in Maritime Law. He has obtained a Ph.D. from the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Maritime Law from University College London in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree and a Master of Business Laws (MBL) degree from India. For the past several years Abhinayan has been actively involved with the deliberations of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III on Transport Law and Working Group IV on Electronic Commerce. He has published monographs, chapters in books, and articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Advisory Body Information Technology (ABIT)
Originally from New York, Lance THOMPSON has lived in France since 1992 except for three years in Japan. He has completed a doctorate in social anthropology at the Sorbonne and an MBA in Paris specialized in International Business and customs matters. He has been working for Conex, specialist in customs solutions across Europe, as International Development Manager since 2005.
He has followed very closely the implementation of the European Import Control System in many of the EU Community’s Member States as well as similar security declarations elsewhere, establishing with Conex’s teams the connection with Japan AFR and Israel CRI, for example.
He has been an active participant in UN/CEFACT in which he has held a number of key positions: project leader on several key ITPD (International Trade Procedure Domain) projects, Coordinator of the ITPD group for a year now; he has been voted Vice-Chair of UN/CEFACT in charge of ITPD in April of 2014.
In France, he was elected to the board of administrators on the French facilitation organization, ODASCE. He is also active in other standardization bodies such as IATA and the WCO (World Customs Organization).
Friday, 17 October 2014
Advisory Body International Affairs
Olly Norojono, an Indonesian national, is the Resident Representative of Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Azerbaijan.
Mr. Norojono joined ADB in 2002 and started his ADB carrier with South East Asia Department before joining Central and West Asia Department in 2006. He has more than 30 years of experience in transport and development. He has worked for projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Philippines, and Uzbekistan.
Mr. Norojono assumed office at Azerbaijan Resident Mission in 2010. He manages the country’s portfolio, develops strategic and business plans, oversees project implementation in various sectors, ensures project compliance to governance and safeguards standards. He is responsible for day-to-day activity of the office, maintains relationship with various stakeholders, and conducts outreach activities.
Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Norojono was a lecturer and researcher in Indonesia and provided consultancy services in transport sector for the government agencies, private sector, and international institutions.
He holds a PhD degree in transport economics, Master in transport planning, Post graduate in highway engineering, and Bachelor in civil engineering.
José Guilherme Reis
José Guilherme Reis is currently Program Leader for Competitiveness and Growth in the World Bank office in Turkey. He joined the WB Turkey team in 2013 after four years as Lead Economist with the International Trade Department in Washington DC, where he led the program on trade and competitiveness. He joined the Bank in 2004 and his work program has been focused on the microeconomic agenda for growth and topics related to competitiveness. He led several studies on competitiveness, trade, and growth in countries in different parts of the world, including Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Europe and Central Asia.
Before joining the bank, he occupied the positions of Secretary for Economic Policy in the Ministry of Finance in Brazil, 2001-2002 and Chief of Economic Advisors with the Ministry of Planning and Budget, 1999-2001 He holds a Masters degree on Economics and Public Finance from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, where has been Professor at the Department of Economics since 1983.
Friday, 17 October 2014
Multimodal Transport Institute (MTI)
Ralf Charley Schıltze
Mr Schultze (50) started his career in different logistics and forwarding companies in Europe which gave him a solid background and enabled him to understand, organise and implement logistics processes meeting the needs of the market. For five years Mr Schultze was responsible for Combined Transport within the freight department of Swiss Railways, the automotive business and partner management.
As Multimodal Director for Europe, Russia and Central Asia he developed the multimodal business within GEFCO since 2009, such as the organization of supply chains for automotive plants. Mr Schultze studied law in Saarbrücken and Strasbourg, he speaks five languages.
He is currently working in the logistics industry for the past 18 years. He started to work in a ship agent in the mid 90’s, where he gained experience in the port operations. Thereafter, he started as an import and export controller in a shipping line. In early 2003, he worked in sales within the shipping line sector.
For the past 8 years, he has been actively involved in corridor Development and Trade Facilitation on the Trans Kalahari Corridor. He is currently the Marketing and Business Development Specialist at the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat based in Windhoek, Namibia for the past 2 years.
Dr. iur. ERIK EVTIMOV
Dr. iur. Erik Evtimov, LL.M. Eur. Advokat studied law at Sofia University and the University of Bern. He also carried out post-graduate studies in European Law at the European Institute of the Saarland where he graduated with a Master of European Law (LL.M. Eur.). He took the Bar exam in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2003 he earned his doctorate at the University of Bern (Dr. iur.) with the title magna cum laude.
Erik is currently the Deputy Secretary General of the Comité international des transports ferroviaires (CIT) where he previously worked as a Senior Legal Advisor. He has been the chairman of various working groups and committees of the CIT, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) in Brussels, the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC) in Paris and the intergovernmental organization pour les transports internationaux ferroviaires (OTIF) in Bern.
Friday, 17 October 2014
7th ABVT FORUM
Prof. Dr. Okan Tuna
Dr. Okan Tuna achieved a BSc degree in engineering and has also completed an MBA and PhD in marketing. He joined Dokuz Eylul University Maritime Faculty as a research assistant in 1992. He received his professor degree from Dokuz Eylul University. Dr. Tuna has worked at Maine Maritime Academy Loeb Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics as a visiting professor between September, 2007 and May, 2008. He has also lectured at University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna several times.
Dr. Tuna lectures for BSc, MSc and PhD programs, and his research concentrates on logistics and supply chain management. His studies are published in journals and edited books. He has also worked on many logistics/transportation related consultancies and projects
Dr. Tuna has been working at Beykoz Vocational School of Logistics since 2012.
Assc. Prof. Dr. A. ZAFER ACAR
Assc. Prof. Dr. A.Zafer ACAR is Head of International Logistics Dept. in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Okan University of İstanbul-Turkey. He holds MBA and PhD degrees in Management from Gebze Institute of Technology. He has an additional master degree on logistics from Beykent University. He worked as a military officer for 21 years in Turkish Armed Forces. After retiring from the Army as a quartermaster colonel he started to work in Okan University as academics.
His research and lecturing areas are mainly focus on logistics, supply chain management and strategic management. He also studies on organizational behavior, leadership and team management issues. He has published his articles on international and local journals and presented several papers at international and national conferences. He’s also founder president of Association of Accreditation of Transportation and Logistics Education Institutions in Turkey.
Co-founder and Joint Managing Director of Irish freight forwarding firm Walsh Western Ltd. President of IIFA for 1979/81 when the FIATA World Congress was held in Dublin in 1981.
Publisher of Irish Supply Chain Management Services Directory, Course Leader and author of all course material for the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding. Chief Executive Officer of Irish International Freight Association since 2006.
When freight forwarding gets in your blood, it stays in your blood. Such is the case with Ruth Snowden, who held several senior operational, sales and executive roles during her 27 years as an international freight forwarder. When the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) asked Ms Snowden to become its Executive Director in 2008 - the senior ‘paid help’ for the national not-for-profit association, Ruth jumped at the chance to represent her industry in the Canadian and global arenas.
Ms. Snowden has taken a strong leadership role in advocating on behalf of the freight forwarding industry. She is actively engaged with the Canada Border Security Agency’s (CBSA) eManifest initiatives, contributes to Transport Canada programs, leads many of CIFFA’s Working Groups and is a frequent guest speaker at industry events.
Tej Mayur Contractor
Tej Mayur Contractor has been involved in the business of Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding for over 13 years, he is the Director of Mayur C. Contractor Logistics Pvt Ltd, MCC Container Lines Pvt. Ltd , he is the son of Late Mr. Mayur C. Contractor who represented FFFAI and FIATA at various forums during his time in FIATA.
His educations experience comprises of a Masters in Business Administration from S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai, FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding, Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders and has been Trained as a Trainer by FIATA in 2009.
He is currently a Trainer at Mumbai University, Bombay Custom House Agents Association, JBS Academy Ahmedabad & Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders,Mumbai Training Arm of Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations in India.
He also represents the industry in various forums such as Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India (FFFAI), Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI), Bombay Customs House Agents Association (BCHAA) , Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (MACCIA), All India Small and Medium Scale Association (AIMA) , Round Table India, a Charity Organization.