Tuesday, October 16


09.30 - 11.00 Opening Plenary

9.00 - 11.00 Panel discussion

Digital Transformation - Brave New World or New Normal?

Nicole Verkindt, Founder, OMX, "Dragon" Next Gen Den

Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President & Global Head, Unisys


Ribbon Cutting

11.00 - 20.00

Exhibition Hours

11.30 - 12.30 Panel discussion

Air Cargo what lies ahead - global trends and outlooks

Airfreight demand was up by nine percent in 2017, its strongest growth since 2010 and twice the pace of expansion in world trade, with revenues improving by 15%. Join our panel of experts to explore the latest trends and discuss future growth. 

  • Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO, Jan de Rijk Logistics (chair)
  • Thomas Crabtree, Regional Marketing Director, The Boeing Company
  • Marco Bloemen, Senior Vice President, Seabury Group
  • Gerard de Wit, Managing Director, WorldACD Market Data BV
  • Oliver Von-Tronchin, Head of Freighter Marketing, Airbus S.A.S.

13.00 - 14.00 Plenary

  • Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA (chair)

14.30 - 15.30 Fireside chat

Building a transparent and quality driven air cargo supply chain - the shipper's view

What does the customer really want and how can shippers work with the industry as it develops new initiatives to deliver a strong value proposition?

  • Denis Choumert, Chairman, European Shippers' Council (chair)
  • Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum

  • Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ

16.00 - 17.00 Panel discussion

The power of Blockchain and big data for air cargo

How can the industry benefit from the massive data collection, which is now becoming the norm and what can the air cargo industry expect to gain from emerging Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)?

  • Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics (chair)
  • Daniel MacGregor, Director of Marketing and Sales, Nexiot
  • Zeke Ziliak, Global Vice President Transportation & Logistics Industries, PROS

Wednesday,  October 17

09.00 - 10.00 Panel disussion Cargo Service Quality (CSQ) tool

TIACA's new vision includes a focus on Clusters of industry players. The Airport Cluster has created a tool to measure and publish the cargo service quality delivered by airports and cargo terminals, which form a vital link in the supply chain. 

  • Sanjiv Edward, Head of Cargo Business, Delhi International Airport (chair)
  • Cheemeng Wong, Senior Vice President, Cargo Services, SATS Ltd

10.00 - 21.00

Exhibition Hours

10.30 - 11.30 Panel discussion

Air cargo's value proposition

Building on a successful 2017, the industry is busy embracing new initiatives and learning how digitisation can enhance the customer experience. As we move into a new chapter for air cargo, what is the future looking like?

  • Vladimir Zubkov, Secretary General, TIACA (chair)
  • Pascal Belanger, VP and CCO, Winnipeg Airport Authority 
  • Turhan Özen, CCO, Turkish Cargo

12.00 - 13.00 Fireside chat

How can the air cargo industry work proactively with legislators to support a secure airfreight chain?

Our experts will look at latest regulatory and screening developments and explore who industry and government can collaborate to keep a secure air cargo chain moving.

  • Kester Meijer, Director Operational Integrity, Compliance & Safety - ISCM, KLM Cargo (chair)
  • Justin Jedlinski, Chief, Integrated Cargo Security, Aviation Security Directorate, Transport Canada

14.00 -15.00  Panel discussion

Shippers' session

Shippers from across the global air cargo industry come together to discuss their concerns about the current state of our industry, and how we can come together to meet the ongoing challenges. 

15.30 - 16.30 Panel

The blurred line between logistics and technology services - the blending of technology and service provision

Many logistics companies have begun launching their own digital platforms and leveraging them as major service-selling points, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish them from technology providers. A discussion to look at what will be the impact to your company, and if you should join a platform or create on yourself. 

  • Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President & Global Head, Unisys (chair)
  • Simon Clark, VP of Business Development for EMEA, WiseTech Global

15.30 - 16.30 Pharma session

  • Frank Gelder, Secretary General, (chair)

17.00 - 18.00 Panel discussion


  • Charles H.W. Edwards, Chair - Education and Research Committee, TIACA (chair)
  • Tim Strauss, VP Cargo, Air Canada
  • Stephen McDermott, Director: Education, Training and Marketing, CIFFA
  • Dr. Noel P. Greis, Director Center for Digital Enterprise & Innovation Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Kenan-Flagler Business School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thursday, October 18


10.00 - 16.00

Exhibition Hours