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Conference Program

Tuesday October 29

 
9:00 a.m. 

Trade Trends in the Americas (East Hall)

Topic:  The panelists will present their views on current trends in trade, especially the effects of e-commerce on the supply chain and transportation, as well as, their visions, strategies and forecasts for the growth of the air cargo in the Western Hemisphere for the next two years. The panelists will provide forecasts on several trade markets.

Moderator:

  • Richard Roffman, Publisher, Coral Gables Magazine and Host of Syndicated Radio Talk Show “Made in America”  C

Speakers:

  • Gerald B. Lee, CEO, Modern Logistics (Brazilian cargo airline)
  • Mike Parra, CEO of Americas, DHL Express
  • Robert (Bob) Biesterfeld, CEO (as of May 9th), C.H. Robinson
  • Kurt Schosinsky, Managing Director, Avianca Cargo C
10:30 a.m.

Overview and Update on Special Cargos Handling Programs (East Hall)

Topic The panel of experts will provide an overview and updates on the various programs designed to work together with governments to cut the red tape and facilitate faster, cheaper and easier trade; certification of Centers of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for the handling and air transport of perishables, pharmaceuticals and live animals; the issue of electronic shippers declaration of dangerous goods and their verification; and the issue, use and acceptance of electronica air waybills.

Moderator:

  • Jimmy Nares, Section Chief Aviation Marketing, Miami-Dade Aviation Department C

Speakers:

  • Dina M. Amato, Director, Agriculture and Prepared Products Center for Excellence and Expertise, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection C
  • Liz Bloomfield, Director of Humanitarian Programs, Airlink Inc
  • Andrea Gruber, Head of Special Cargo, IATA
  • Susie Hoeger, Director of Global Trade Compliance and Policy, Abbott Laboratories
  • Jorge A. Mejia, President, Agro, Products & Commerce
  • John E. Verbeten, Director, Division of Import Operations, US Food & Drug Administration

Wednesday October 30

 
9:00 a.m.

Is Air Cargo Adjusting to the Rapid Growth of E-commerce?  (East Hall)

Topic:  The dynamic and ever-changing e-commerce market is having an ongoing influence on air cargo and transportation; the panelist of experts will provide their insight on:

  • Escalating customer expectations on fast, flexible and predictable delivery.
  • Options for reverse logistics (return of purchases).
  • Airlines’ and air freight forwarders need to upgrade their traditional systems.
  • Logistics and transportation cost expectations.

 Moderator:

  • Emir Pineda, Manager Aviation Trade & Logistics Marketing Division, Miami-Dade Aviation Department C

Speakers:

  • Olivier Bijaoui, Chairman, International Airport Services C
  • Ryan Kelly, Vice President – Global eCommerce Marketing, FedEx Express
  • Rocio Liriano, VP Supply Chain & Logistics, International Bonded Courier              
  • Mirja Nissen, Managing Director eCommerce, WCA C
  • Sarah C. Rhoads, Director, Amazon Air
  • Tony Sciarrotta, Executive Director, Reverse Logistics Association
10:30 a.m.

China – Latin America E-commerce (East Hall)

Topic As more people in China and Latin America each day are purchasing online across borders, what impact is the growth of e-commerce between these two regions having on Latin America.  Our panelist will provide us their views and perceptions of the impact on air cargo, airports, customs and logistics services in their respective areas, as well as, what is being done to address and meet the needs of e-commerce and logistics services.

Moderator:

  • Nina Chamlou, Associate Editor, Air Cargo World

Speakers:

  • Solomon Cai, CEO, Globelink China Investment C
  • Haoran Chu, General Manager, Cainiao/Alibaba
  • Li Xiong, Deputy Managing Director, China Post Group Corporation
  • Albert Hernandez, President & CEO, Sky Postal
  • TBA

Thursday October 31

 
9:00 a.m.

Are Cargo Security Programs Keeping Up with the Ever Changing Security Landscape?   (East Hall)

Topic: In April of 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives, approved H.R. 4176, the Air Cargo Security Improvement Act establishing the air cargo division within the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requiring the TSA Administrator to conduct a feasibility study and a subsequent pilot program on expanding the use of computed tomography (CT) and other emerging technology for air cargo screening, as well as, a review of the Certified Cargo Screening Program and the Known Shipper Program.  The panel of security experts will provide updates on security challenges and the programs established to address the ever changing threats to air transportation in The Americas.

Moderator:

Speakers:

  • Brian Abbott, Founder and Partner, AVSEC C
  • Nick Careen, Sr. V.P. Airports, Passenger, Cargo Security, IATA
  • Brandon Fried, Executive Director, Airforwarders Association C
  • Gary E. Lupinacci, V. P. Security & Government Compliance, Worldwide Flight Services C
  • Sally Nordeen, Senior Director, Aviation Security, Smith Detection
  • Paul Orcutt, COO, Global K9 Protection Group
  • David Loeser, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Accuity C
10:30 a.m.

Innovations and Technology Advancements in Air Cargo (East Hall)

 Topic:  The need to obtain real-time information, optimization and minimization of costs is a constant in being competitive; the panelist will address innovations and new technologies developed and being developed for freight transportation and logistics operations, such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Blockchain Technology
  • Drones
  • Internet of Things (I.o.T)
  • Robotics

Moderator:

  • TBA

Speakers:

  • Gregg Colacitti, V.P. Business Development, Drone Delivery Canada
  • Michael Eichenberg, FreightSnap LLC  C     
  • Brian Glick, CEO, Chain.io C
  • Karen Leavitt, CMO, Locus Robotics
  • Matthieu Merchadou Melki, President & Executive Director, Florida Blockchain Foundation C
  • Jesus David Rodrigues, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Magaya
  • Jessica Tyler, Vice President Strategy and Development, American Airlines Cargo C
  • TBA, IATA
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

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