|Tuesday, 20 FEBRUARY 2018|
0900hrs to 1600hrs
0930hrs to 1000hrs
|Official opening of AIR CARGO INDIA 2018|
|0930hrs to 1800hrs||Exhibition open for visitors|
1000hrs to 1030hrs
1030hrs to 1040hrs
|R K Patra
Editor-in-Chief, STAT Media Group
1040hrs to 1050hrs
Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt of India
'Indian Air Cargo - A revolution enhancing global trade'
1050hrs to 1055hrs
|Video Message by Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry (Govt. of India)|
1055hrs to 1110hrs
VP & Global Head for Travel and Transportation, Unisys
|ROUND TABLE - 1
1110hrs to 1300hrs
|Charting a new flight path for Indian Air Cargo as a Glo bal Destination
Moderator Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA
Alexis von Hoensbroech, Member, Executive Board and CCO, Lufthansa Cargo
Russi Batliwala, CEO, Chapman Freeborn Air Chartering
Keku Gazder, CEO, AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services
Dheeraj Kohli, VP & Global Head for Travel and Transportation, Unisys
Abhay Pathak, Executive Director, Cargo, Air India
Manoj Singh, Senior Vice President & Head - Cargo, Mumbai International Airport
Hemanth DP, COO, Aerocommercial Cargo & Asia Pacific Flying School, GMR Airport
1300hrs to 1400hrs
|Pharma Air Shippers’ Forum
ROUND TABLE - 2
1400hrs to 1630hrs
|Pharma by air – building smarter temperature-controlled
logistics from end-to-end delivering health
Moderator Johan Leunen, Cargo & Logistics Development Manager, Brussels Airport Company
Ryan Viegas, Head of Logistics Asia Pacific, Teva Pharma
Ashok Bhattacharya, Executive Director, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Rajeev Kumar, Director Supply Chain, smith&nephew Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
V. Srinivasulu Reddy, VP - Demand Planning & Logistics, Glenmark Pharma
Francis Sequeria, Head SCM - Tech Ops India, Sandoz
Rakesh Shah, Director Supply Network Operation APAC, Merck
Dharmesh Jain, GM Procurement, Reliance Life science
Ranga Chandrashekhar, Deputy Drugs Controller, CDSCO, Govt. of India
Peter Huyghebarth, Consul General of Belgium in Mumbai
Jurgen Maerschand, Trade & Investment Commissioner of Flanders
1630hrs to 1700hrs
1930hrs to 2200hrs
|WEDNESDAY , 21 FEBRUARY 2018|
|0900hrs to 1600hrs||Delegate Registration|
0930hrs to 1000hrs
|0900hrs to 1800hrs||Exhibition open for visitors|
|ROUND TABLE - 3
1000hrs to 1130hrs
|Facilitating global Trade - how air cargo is making it happen
Moderator Bart Pouwels, Director Business Development Cargo, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Adrien Thominet, CEO, ECS Group
Dan Morgan-Evans, Group Cargo Director, Air Charter Service
Justin Carr, Vice President, Cargo, Etihad Airways
Jacob Matthew, President, Middle East & Pacific RIM, National Air Cargo
Mark Sutch, Regional GM, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Cathay Pacific Group
Graham Perkins, VP, Sales & Marketing, Atlas Air
Rainer Mueller, Vice President Commercial, Saudia Cargo
1130hrs to 1200hrs
|ROUND TABLE - 4
1200hrs to 1330hrs
|Digitalization - Keeping pace with the evolving paradigms in the
air freight industry
MODERATOR Marcel Fujike, SVP, Products & Services-Global Air Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel
Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions
Shantanu Bhadkamkar, Chairman, International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA)
Ramesh Mamidala, CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management
Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines
Ahmad Luqman Bin Mohd Azmi, Chief Operations Officer, Malaysia Airlines Berhad
Pukhraj Singh Chug, Managing Director, Group Concorde
Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, CargoiQ
1330hrs to 1430hrs
|AIR SHIPPERS FORUM
ROUND TABLE - 5
1430hrs to 1715hrs
|Facilitating Indian exports by air
Welcome Address: 1430hrs to 1435 hrs
Khalid Khan, Regional Chairman, FIEO (Western Region)
Address: 1435hrs to 1445 hrs
S Anantha Krishnan, Commissioner of Customs (Export), Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai Customs
Special Address: 1445hrs to 1455hrs
D K Singh, Chairman, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
Keynote Address: 1455hrs to 1505hrs
P K Dash, Member, Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Settlement Commission
Panel Discussion: 1505hrs to 1630hrs
MODERATOR Roland Weil, Vice President Sales Cargo, Frankfurt Airport
Des Vertannes, Former Global Head of Cargo, IATA & Honorary Director General, International Air Shippers Association (IASA)
Pramod Sant, VP - Head of Import Export and Export Control & Customs, Siemens
Milind D Tailor, Head of Indirect Procurement & Electronic Security, Asia Pacific, Diebold Nixdorf
Rajesh Kaushik, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Transasia
Kaushal Khakhar, CEO, Kay Bee Exports
Piyushkumar Shah, Senior Vice President, Reliance Jio
Felix Kreutel, Senior Vice President Cargo, Frankfurt Airport
Khalid Khan, Regional Chairman, FIEO (Western Region)
Huned Gandhi, Managing Director, Dachser India
Special Presentation on Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) 1630hrs to 1715 hrs
Sukhjit Kumar, Additional Commissioner, Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai Customs
1630hrs to 1700hrs
|GALA AWARD Nite
1930hrs to 2200hrs
|THURSDAY , 22 FEBRUARY 2018|
|0900hrs to 1200hrs||Delegate Registration|
0930hrs to 1000hrs
|0900hrs to 1800hrs||Exhibition open for visitors|
|ROUND TABLE - 6
1000hrs to 1130hrs
|eCommerce retail - what air cargo can deliver
MODERATOR Des Vertannes, Former Global Head of Cargo, IATA & Honorary Director General, International Air Shippers Association (IASA)
Ashok Rajan, SVP - Global Business Head - Airline Cargo Services - IBS Software Services
Tom Crabtree, Regional Director – Airline Market Analysis, Marketing & Business Development, Boeing
Steven Verhasselt, VP - Commercial, Liege Airport
Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director, Skyways Air Services
Pinakiranjan Mishra: Partner and National Leader, Retail & Consumer Products, E&Y
Abhishek Middha, Founder, Boho Street
1130hrs to 1200hrs
|ROUND TABLE - 7
1200hrs to 1330hrs
|Industry collaborations enable efficient, intelligent &
profitable air cargo supply chains
MODERATOR Emir Pineda, Manager Aviation Trade & Logistics, Miami-Dade Aviation Department - MIA
Steven Polmans, Vice chairman, TIACA
Keshav Tanna, Chairman Airfreight Institute of FIATA
Tushar Jani, Chairman, Cargo Service Center
Ashish Pednekar, Chairman, Federation of Freight Forwarders Association of India (FFFAI)
Shankar Iyer, Director Cargo India, Middle East & Africa, Swiss WorldCargo
Kapil Madhok, Country Manager – Air Services, India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, Expeditors
Jalpa H Vithalani, Founder & Director of Global Agritech
Yogendra Bhatt, COO, Zytex Biotech
1330hrs to 1430hrs
Glyn Hughes has been involved in Air Cargo for over 30 years having started his career with British Caledonian in the UK. He joined IATA in 1991 and become IATA's Global Head of Cargo in June 2014. He has the overall responsibility to ensure IATA delivers on the agenda agreed by the Cargo Committee to support the Air Cargo industry. Priority areas include safety, security, quality, special cargo, operations, transformation and industry sustainability. He is dedicated to working closely with industry stakeholder partners through GACAG and other relationships to foster collaborative solutions such as the IATA / FIATA Air Cargo Program. A firm believer in supporting the next generation of industry leaders, Glyn spends a large amount of time on outreach programs with training and other educational establishments.
He previously headed the IATA Cargo Agency and Cargo Accounts Settlement System (CASS) programs growing the CASS network to cover more than 80 operations in over 75 countries processing more than 18 million AWBs with a combined settlement value in excess of USD 29 billion. Glyn is based in Geneva.
Russi comes from an aviation family and worked for a number of commercial airlines before joining aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn in 1987.
He took over the management of Chapman Freeborn Germany in 1990, followed by the group’s worldwide cargo product in 2000. During his 30 years with the company he has been involved in setting up a number of key global charter operations including subsidiary businesses in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.
Since his appointment as CEO of the Chapman Freeborn Group in 2009, Russi has been instrumental in developing a vision and strategy for the company’s global expansion.
In addition to the group’s core aircraft chartering activities, Russi has overseen the strengthening of the company’s portfolio of subsidiary businesses which include hand-carry specialist Chapman Freeborn OBC, animal transport company Intradco Global, and flight operations provider Wings 24.
The group was further enhanced in 2017 with the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Magma Aviation – a specialist air cargo company operationally managing B747-400F aircraft.
He currently serves on the TIACA board of directors and remains passionate about the air cargo sector after more than three decades in the industry.
Steven Verhasselt joined Liege Airport as Cargo Development Manager Asia in 2006. Now he is the commercial director of Liege Airport, Belgium’s leading cargo airport. He is responsible for the global cargo development as core business, but is also in charge of passenger, real estate and Liege Airport Consulting. Steven is based in Asia, works for a leading European Cargo Airport in a global role.
Steven Verhasselt entered the aviation world in 2001 running a project to start up a cargo airline based in Brussels. The project led him to the Middle East and Asia. In 2003, when working on a project in Hong Kong, Mr. Verhasselt decided to stay there and start his own company, consulting airports, airlines and aviation related companies willing to develop business in Asia.
Steven Verhasselt graduated in Brussels, from Ehsal Business School with a Master Degree in Business Administration. He started working for the Regional Development Agency, focused on assisting startup companies with business plans, seed and venture capital. One of the projects he was assigned to lead him into cargo aviation.
Today, Verhasselt works for Liege Airport as Commercial Director responsible for global business development both cargo and passengers.
Shantanu Bhadkamkar is a Customs Broker & an International Freight Forwarder; in addition he is a manufacturer of rotationally moulded products.
Among numerous engagements in various trade organisations, he is the Chairman of ‘International Federation of Customs Brokers Association’ for the second term 2016-2018. He is the Immediate Past President of ‘Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture’, the apex chamber of the state representing 400 local chambers and trade associations, representing 700,000 businesses from diverse industries for the second term.
He is also a recipient of various awards. On the occasion of 60th World Customs Day, he has been awarded with the prestigious ‘Certificate Of Merit’ by the ‘World Customs Organisation’ (WCO) for his rendering exceptional service to International Customs Community. In 2015 he has been conferred with ‘Logistics Personality of the Year’ Award by ‘Maritime And Logistics Awards' (MALA).
Sukhjit Kumar belongs to Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and presently working as Additional Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex Mumbai. He has worked in various department under Central Board of Excise and Customs mainly in Intelligence Agencies. He was conferred Presidential Award for Distinguished Services in 2007. He is associated with the implementation of Sevottam (excellence in service delivery) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programme launched by Government of India. He is a master trainer in GST and has delivered lectures on various subject including AEO scheme.
S Anantha Krishnan belongs to Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and he is the Commissioner of Customs (Export) at Air Cargo Complex Mumbai. He has previously held several important government positions including Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Central Excise in Hyderabad; Under Secretary in Ministry of Finance; Joint Commissioner of Customs and Service Tax in Chennai; Additional Commissioner of Customs in Nhava Sheva & Service Tax in Mumbai etc. He has a BE in Electronics & Communication from Anna University, Chennai.
Graham Perkins joined Atlas Air in 2002 in Hong Kong where he managed the Asia Pacific region until his move to London in 2015. He is now responsible for the EMEIA region and all Atlas Air activities, including ACMI and Charter Sales and Marketing, customer relationships, operational performance and support as well as business administration and compliance.
Ramesh Mamidala is an Engineer with Master in Transportation Planning and MBA from Bradford University. He currently works as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd. He has been in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management industry for more than 25 years, and his association with global air freight industry is about 21 years old. He started his career as a Management Consultant with Eicher Consultancy Services in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He worked with Emirates Airlines Group in Dubai for more than 16 years in several roles that got him involved in design and development of several manual and automated air cargo terminals, air cargo automation systems and global special products. He was also associated with Celebi Delhi Cargo in 2012-13 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) from where he went on to work with Qatar Airways Cargo as their Head Cargo Services in Doha wherein he successfully managed transition of new airport for Qatar Airways Cargo.
Manoj Singh has been associated withMIALfor the last 07 years.
He is responsible for Overall Cargo Business Operation and Cargo Project development as per Master Plan.
Manoj has rich experience of more than 26 years in Aviation. He has expertise in Customer Service, Warehouse Management, Ramp handling, Airport Operational Function, Perspective planning, Airline functions, Business Development, Airline contracts, Project Management and Logistic related issues.
Prior to joining MIAL, he was working with the Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore as Chief Executive Officer responsible for P&L of the Company. Within Menzies Aviation he had played a vital role of Commercial Manager – India + neighbouring countries and as General Manager-Cargo for its start-up Greenfield project in India namely Bangalore and Hyderabad, taking responsibility of Project development, Operations, Commercial, Safety & Security, IT & Business Development. He also worked with Lufthansa Cargo and Airports Authority of India.
Manoj has completed his Masters in Marketing Management from Chetna Institute of Management "University of Mumbai", Master's Degree in Commerce from "University of Mumbai", Post Graduate Diploma in Sales Management (Gold Medalist) from "BharatiyaVidyaBhavan, Mumbai" and Diploma in "Airport Executive Leadership Program" from "Concordia University, Montreal".
Marcel Fujike has the overall responsibility for services, products and development within the global air logistics management team.
During the past years, Marcel has ben vanguarding the development and global implementation of various logistics solutions and standards within Kuehne + Nagel for several key industries like pharma & healthcare or aviation and invented and launched Kuehne + Nagel's eCommerce solution “KN FreightNet” which offers instant quoting, booking and tracking of air freight shipments.
In 2004, he joined Kuehne + Nagel at their global headquarter in Schindellegi / Switzerland.
He started his aviation & logistics career with Lufthansa working for LH Technik first and then joining the first generation of the Lufthansa management trainee program “ProTeam”. After seven years at Lufthansa Cargo going through international placements in London, New Delhi (establishing Lufthansa Cargo India), Singapore and Frankfurt, whilst holding various management positions, he started his own consultancy with some friends, having the focus on restructuring ailing airlines and airports.
Markus Muecke has held the position of Global Head Air Freight Procurement & Product Management for the intercontinental forwarding and logistics services provider Panalpina since 2009.
After he graduated from Swissair’s Air Traffic School in 1978, Markus garnered 40 years of international experience working in emerging and mature markets as a logistics and airline professional. Prior to his current role at Panalpina, Markus occupied several other positions at the company, including Managing Director for South Asia (1997-2004) and Managing Director for South China (2005-2009).
He has been recognized several times for the contributions he has made to the logistics sector, including being appointed a Chartered Fellow at Hong Kong’s Chartered Institute of Logistics. In addition, he is a member of the FIATA Air Cargo Institute and since 2017 part of the joint IATA FIATA Governance Board (IFGB).
Ryan Viegas is currently Head of Logistics – Asia Pacific at TEVA. Prior to the Teva integration, he was Vice President – Supply Chain & Procurement at Watson Pharma (Actavis) based in Mumbai, India
A chemistry graduate and an MBA, he has over 30years expertise in Supply Chain, Procurement & Logistics with companies like Teva, Bayer, Sandoz, Matrix (Mylan) and Lupin.
He is on the Executive Committee of Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) as well as on the Academic Advisory Council, visiting faculty & examiner at university/management institutes for courses on Supply Chain & Logistics.
A key speaker and chair at industry conferences in Europe, Asia and US, Ryan has several publications to his credit and has been on the jury of Asia Pacific industry competitions on Best practices in Supply Chain management. He has initiated several innovative practices in Procurement & Supply Chain
Ryan received the “Supply Chain Officer of the Year – Pharma” award at the 6th Express Logistics Supply Chain Conclave in 2012, as well as “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2015 and his leadership qualities have resulted in his team receiving numerous industry Awards in Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics for several years.
Emir Pineda is the Manager Aviation Trade & Logistics for the Marketing Division of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, which operates Miami International Airport (MIA). His duties include marketing, trade analysis, logistics and facilities expansion and air service/route development.
Mr. Pineda’s career began at Miami International Airport in 1988as an intern, later being promoted to the position of Marketing Specialist. He recently re-joined the Miami Dade Aviation Department in September of 2015, after more than 20 years working in the public and private sector.
Mr. Pineda has enjoyed a long and diverse career path which includes: Director of Cargo Trade Development at DFW International Airport, later as a consultant at Leigh Fisher Associates, and then as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Air France/KLM Martin air Cargo where he also served on the Board of Directors of Tampa Cargo. Before returning to MIA, Mr. Pineda was the Commercial Route Development Manager for Cargolux, responsible for sales and operations throughout Latin America.
Mr. Pineda serves on the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Safety and Security Committee whose purpose is to promote applicable cargo security/safety communications between federal agencies and trade associations with the intention of maximizing the State of Florida ability to effectively compete for international trade resources while minimizing barriers for its members.
Mr. Pineda was raised in Miami, Florida and is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. In his spare time he enjoys sports, cycling, swimming and traveling.
Hemanth DP is the Chief Commercial Officer – Aero Commercial, Cargo & Head - Asia Pacific Flying School with GMR Airports.Mr. Hemanth has worked in Multi-functional roles in Revenue, Operations,Profit Centre & Man Management in large Multinational and Indian corporations covering the Middle East &Indian Subcontinent.Hemanth has had the privilege of working with large teams from various countries with multi-cultural& ethnic backgrounds, giving him a pan global outlook into business cultures and practices in the region and the world.
His work experience includes large Multi-national Integrators and Airlines, Airports & Aerospace Business where he handled Business units, Profit centers & Global Sales roles. He has been involved with three large successful start-up projects in Middle East and India.
He is responsible for Developing & Operating Aeronautical, Non-Aeronautical, Cargo, Free Trade Zone businesses &he Heads the Asia Pacific Flight training School.
Hemanth holds aMBA (International Business) degree from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)&International Airport Professional (IAP) designation by ACI-ICAO.
Hemanth’s strength lies in building teams, developing people and growing businesses. Hemanth firmly believes that,Quote “One’s legacy should not be how many material goalsdid one achieve, but in how many leaders has one built out of people”. Unquote
Turhan Ozen’s near 30-year work experience involves sales, marketing, business development, logistics and supply chain related areas.
After graduating from Galatasaray High School, he began studying at the Department of Management at Boğaziçi University. Later, he got his Executive MBA at Koç University.
He started his early career as the manager of the sales and logistics departments for the Koç Group’s affiliates in the automotive sector where he later became logistics manager.
He worked as the Distribution Operations Group Manager and Operations Director at TNT Logistics, where he had been involved since its establishment.
Between 2012 and 2014, he was occupied as Vice President of Business Development & Sales at CEVA Balkans-Middle East and Africa Region. Later in 2015, he was appointed to the position of CEVA Global Health Sector President. He served as the Managing Director of CEVA Logistics Middle East and North Africa region until he joined the Turkish Cargo family in 2016. He is now Chief Cargo Officer, in Turkish Airlines
He is married with two children.
Thomas ("Tom") Crabtree is regional director – Airline Market Analysis for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, a position he has held for 20 years.As regional director, Crabtree currently researches air cargo industry issues, with specific responsibility for serving airlines in the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He is the primary author and chief editor of the Boeing World Air Cargo Forecast.
The forecast is published in even-numbered years and is considered a leading information resource for the industry. Crabtree’s expertise on air cargo trends also has played a key role in Boeing product strategy and product-development efforts.
Tom has been with the Boeing Company since 1991. While with Boeing, he has held positions in Sales Support Engineering, Flight Operations Engineering and Marketing. While in the Marketing organization at Boeing, he also has worked in Product Analysis and Airline Economics.
As an economic analyst, Crabtree built aircraft operating cost models for start-up carriers based in the CIS, VIP aircraft operators and all-cargo carriers.
Tom holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering and an MBA from the University of Kansas, and he received a certificate in Russian technical language translation from Novosibirsk State University in 1989.
Jacob Matthew is President of Middle East and Pacific Rim for National Air Cargo. He is also a Board Member for National Air Cargo Group which owns both National Air Cargo and National Airlines. More than 27 years in the Air Cargo and Aviation Industry. Jacob is instrumental in getting the right footing for National in the Middle East, known for his excellent inter-personal and business skills, he is considered as one of the most dynamic executives in the air cargo industry today specialized in all facets of Scheduled cargo operations, Air Cargo Charters, Freight forwarding and Multi-Modal Transportation. National specializes in Heavy Weight express movement’s world-wide and a major transporter for US Department of Defense, National has a fleet of 2 B747-400F's and 2 B757's. Prior to National, Jacob had partnered with UPS, Atlas Air and Malaysian Airlines Cargo.
Felix has more than 17 years of industry experience. He started his career in the junior executive programme of Fraport AG. Afterwards, he joined the Retail & Properties department of the company taking responsibility for commercial and real estate development projects at Frankfurt Airport and at various airports of Fraport’s international portfolio. In 2015, he took over the position Vice President Cargo & Logistics having already been working closely with the air cargo industry in the previous years. Since October 2017, he is Senior Vice President Cargo. In this role, he is in charge of the overall cargo development at Frankfurt Airport overseeing that the airport strengthens its position as one of the leading air cargo hubs in the world.
Felix holds an M.Sc. in civil engineering from Karlsruhe University of Technology, Germany and an executive MBA from University of Nottingham, England.
Ashok Rajan is the global head for IBS Software Services’s Air Cargo business, which includes the market leading iCargo product which runs the businesses of many large carriers and ground handlers around the world. An accomplished specialist in the Travel Transportation Domain - 18+ Years track record - conceptualizing and building products for the Air Cargo Industry. Playing multiple roles in the organization from Development to Product Management to running transition programs at customers. Currently focussed on helping air freight players bringing technology solutions and right processes to transform business in the digital era.
A Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management and Research and working for Air Freight Ltd. In Madras, Keku moved to Dubai, UAE in 1991 to work for AL Rais Cargo a GSA, Charter and forwarding specialist.
Commercially and operationally he was responsible for the cargo activities as GSA of Kenya Airways, Oman Air, Yogoslav Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Iran Asseman Airlines, Air Malawi, Canadian Airlines, Continental Airlines and Iberia.
In 2001, as Regional Cargo Manager – Middle East and India, he was part of the Start up of Kencargo Airlines a JV between KLM, Martinair and Kenya Airways and set up the Regional Head Office in Dubai, UAE covering the Middle East and the Indian Sub-Continent. During this time he was also responsible for the commercial activities of Martinair as its GSA.
In 2003, Martinair decided to make Sharjah, UAE its Regional Hub, second biggest after its home base of Amsterdam.
Gazder was appointed as the Director – Middle East, India and South Asia and was made responsible for almost 30+ weekly freighter movements in addition to Seasonal Passenger Charter flights across the MEISA region.
He was part of the team that was instrumental in Opening the online stations of Beirut, Dammam, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Kuwait, Chennai and Dubai world central while offline offices were opened in Karachi, Dhaka and Colombo.
In 2011, upon Air France acquiring KLM, Gazder was appointed as Deputy Director-SPL Freighters for Air France –KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo for the Middle East and the South Asia Region.
In 2012, after being in the Middle East for over 21 years, Keku decided to return to India to give his 2 boys an Indian cultural and economic experience.
He joined Saudi Arabian Airlines to head the region and was appointed Regional Director-Cargo Indian Sub-Continent where his commercial and operational responsibility covers India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. With an operation covering 126 passenger and freighter movements per week in the region it is only second to the Home Region, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
After 4+ years with Saudia Cargo and since September, 2016, he was moved into an Advisory and Consulting role advising existing and startups in the aviation industry.
Presently, Keku is associated with AAICLAS (an AAI Subsidiary) as a CEO since June, 2017 and looking after Cargo operations at AAI airports, identify business partners across various verticals of the company for future growth and formulating various business strategy to be ahead in competition in the cargo industry.
Dheeraj Kohli leads development of new industry solution offerings and sets the strategic vision for Unisys’ global travel and transportation business.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation industry working some of the leading Fortune 500 brands across railroads, airlines, airports, logistics, hospitality and aviation.
Dheeraj advises clients on emerging business models to plan, develop and execute on digital business strategies, driven by digital value chains, and within digital ecosystems. He has lived in Singapore, South Africa, Canada, India and the United States, and so has a broad understanding of diverse cultures and the unique characteristics of conducting business in a global, interconnected marketplace.
He is particularly interested in the connected traveler, seamless passenger and customer experience, and disruptive technologies like IoT, wearable's, mobility, beacons, cloud, big data, predictive analytics and the “art of the possible”.
Steven Polmans spent most of his career in the world of aviation. For 15 years, he held management positions, both operational and commercial, in the handling industry at various airports and in a variety of sectors. On October 1, 2010, he joined The Brussels Airport Company as Cargo Marketing Manager. His main job as key account manager was to assist airline customers in their operations at Brussels Airport and to explore business development opportunities.
On February 1st, 2012, Steven was appointed Head of Cargo and Logistics. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the overall cargo strategy of the airport. He leads the cargo team and heads the different projects to further strengthen BRUcargo into Europe’s most efficient cargo airport. He is also in charge of maintaining the relations with the different cargo stakeholders, government agencies and strategic partners in close cooperation with the cargo management team.
Since 2016, Steven is also the first chairman of the newly established air cargo organisation at BRUcargo, grouping all stakeholders involved: Air Cargo Belgium. In August of the same year, Steven also joined the board of TIACA, The International Air Cargo Association, of which he became Vice Chairman in October 2017.
Mr. Sam Katgara is Partner of Jeena & Company who are the pioneers in Freight Forwarding in India. Jeena& Company is one of the oldest and now largest national forwarding company in India completing 115 years.
Mr. Sam Katgara, being the 4th generation of the family running the business has now over 35 years of experience in the Indian forwarding scenario.
He has contributed immensely in Industry issues and has played a vital role with the Government, airlines, ports, freight forwarders’ national and international associations.
He has held many leading positions such as:
• Chairman of Federation of Asia Pacific Agents Association. He is the only Indian who has been bestowed this honor since the inception of FAPAA.
• President of Air Cargo Agents Association of India.
• President of Air Cargo Club Bombay.
• For many years was a member of the Managing committee of the Bombay Customs House Agents Association.
Not only has Mr. Sam Katgara made a mark in the freight forwarding field in India but even in his recreation activities he has been –
• National level swimming and cycling champion in his younger days.
• Till a few years back was actively participating in motor sports in India and has many National Rally titles to his credit. He held a record of being declared Mumbai’s fastest driver for 5 consecutive years.
Anis Ahmed is the Founder, & Group Chief Executive Officer of MGH Group, a conglomerate with Frontier Markets specialization in Fast Fashion Supply Chain management for Inditex, H&M, Low Cost Carriers Cargo Management of Spice Jet, Air Arabia, Express Courier General Service Partner of FEDEX, & TNT, Airlines GSA of Singapore Airlines in Bangladesh, Turkish Airways in Vietnam, and in Cambodia, Jet Airways in Myanmar, and Cambodia, Malindo Air in Thailand, Thai Lion Air in Singapore, and General Agent of Yang Ming Line in Bangladesh, respectively.
Anis has completed his MBA in 1989 from Arkansas State University, and has been a serial Entrepreneur who relentlessly initiated recent start-ups, recently launched the ride-hailing app, Obhai (www.obhai.com), invested into Tea & Rubber plantations & major Tea brand “Finlay Tea”, owns a majority stake in Eastern Bank, a wholesales, and Retail Bank listed in Dhaka Stock Exchange.
Ahmad Luqman is the CEO for MAB Kargo, a subsidiary of MalaysianAviation Group which focuses on air cargo business. He is an air cargo professional with 20 years of experience in cargo operations as well as sales with P&L responsibilities. Ahmad Luqman excels in data analytical skills, strategy formation & implementation and he is a team leader with strong sense of ownership. In MAB Kargo, he has served various positions covering cargo terminal operations, system operations and sales. In sales, Ahmad Luqman deals with shippers and freight forwarders where his role involves providing customized business processes to meet industry needs and demands. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing cargo processes for the Advanced Cargo Centre in KLIA as well as the Penang Cargo Centre.
Ahmad Luqman holds a B. Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University, NY.
Keshav Tanna is a professionally qualified logistics Industry veteran with over 2 decades of expertise in the Air Freight Forwarding Industry.
He started his career in 1986 and has been a ‘hands on’ person, with in depth knowledge of the industry processes.
Founded in 1986 by Mr. Tanna, LINKS today is ranked among the top 40 IATA Cargo agents in India. LINKS also has a pan India presence in over 14 cities, with over 150 employees across these regions.
Mr. Tanna has been directly involved in the working group of Air Cargo Agents Association of India (ACAAI) served as from the year 1999.
He was elected President of the Association from 2007 till 2009.
Currently a permanent member on the Advisory Board of ACAAI and continues to actively take part in the Industry matters with his experience.
International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA),
He is currently the Chairman of the Airfreight Institute of FIATA where he is actively involved with global Air Freight matters.
ACAAI International Representations:
Federation of Asia Pacific Air Cargo Associations (FAPAA)
Mr. Tanna represents ACAAI as an authorized representative from India on FAPAA and is actively involved in Air Cargo industry matters concerning the Asia Pacific Region
• B.Com – Mumbai University
• IATA Cargo Basic Training in Air Cargo
• DGR Training under IATA Regulations
• Rule 9 Exam Qualified as a Custom House Agent / Broker.
Amar is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain, consulting and technology industries.
He has been elected to represent the technology domain on the Board of Directors of “The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)” headquartered in Miami, Florida. This association presents the voice of the global air cargo industry to the regulators. He is the youngest Board Member and the first from technology industry to be appointed on this prominent global industry association’s board. He also has the unique distinction of being the first and only Indian to receive the “CILT International Young Achiever Award – 2009” for his work in transportation technology. He is the Chairman of IT committee of “Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA)”.
Amar’s passion is to bridge the technology gap between the developed and developing logistics industries globally and his talented and passionate team at Kale Logistics has developed disruptive new generation technology solutions for the logistics industry which are transforming the industry and raising the levels of technology adoption in the SME sector of logistics industry in India & Globally. Their work has received global accolades from several international forums as being the “Best Technology Provider to the Logistics Industry” for last 7 years. Amar also assists several governments on conceptualizing trade facilitation initiatives to usher in “Ease of Doing Business” using digital technology.
The foundation of Amar’s excellent domain expertise is his rich educational background with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from India’s premiere institute- NITIE.
As an entrepreneur, Amar believes that you need to be positive even in the worst of the situations. Amar also believes that there is no substitute for hard work, an entrepreneur has to sacrifice today’s pleasures for tomorrow’s success and one has to be prepared for losing the work-life balance in the early days. Finally, he believes that every dream gets a chance and it is up to the entrepreneur to hang in there till his time arrives.
Mr. Pukhraj Singh Chug is the founder of Group Concorde, which emerges from the forwarding industry into a successful Airline Representation business establishing and introducing as a GSA to India for airlines such as Korean Air, China Airlines, Air China, Fly Dubai, Ethiopian Airlines, Fedex, Air Asia, Mega Maldives, Centurion Cargo, Turkish Airlines Cargo, Malaysian Airlines Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo, South African Airways, and many more.
Mr. Pukhraj Chug holds a key position in Group Concorde. Mr. Chug is widely travelled and has been participating in key international forums discussing the future of Aviation and related businesses in the world. This has resulted in his strong experience, enabling innovative scanning and assessment of new business and technology trends and opportunities worldwide.
Mr. Chug possesses firsthand knowledge of the industry. His prime responsibilities are establishing foreign airlines in India and developing them vis-a-vis their market potential for Cargo and Passenger both. He is responsible for senior level relationships with both existing and new Principals and Clients.
Mr. Teddy Zebitz brings with him over 30 years of unrivalled exposure in the transportation, aviation, logistics, and crisis/emergency management sectors. Heis an international profile with both very sound industry knowledge andstrong entrepreneurial skills.
Prior to joining Saudia Cargo, Teddy held key management roles in topnotch global companies. He speaks fluent English, Swedish, German and Danish, and also manages time to lecture at the Copenhagen Business School to share his knowledge and experience.
As Kingdom of Saudi Arabia embarks on a new horizon with Kingdom’s Vision 2030 initiative, Mr. Teddy with his wealth of knowledge and expertise in various sectors and an impressive portfolio of positions held earlier will add tremendous value to the business.
Mr. Mark Sutch was appointed Regional General Manager - South Asia, Middle East and Africa in August 2017. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing all business and operations of Cathay Pacific Airways and Cathay
Dragon in the three regions.
Prior to this, as General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing for Cathay Pacific, Mr. Sutch was responsible for commercial aspects of their global cargo business. Cargo revenue management, customer solutions, partnerships and all marketing and sales activities fell under his area of responsibility.
Previous roles held with Cathay Pacific include the positions of Manager Revenue Management for Europe, South West Pacific, South Asia, Middle East, Japan and Korea. Mr. Sutch was also the Country Manager in France, The Philippines and Sri Lanka and held an operational role within the Flight Operations Department.
Mr. Sutch joined John Swire and Sons in July 1997 and has spent most of his career seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways. Mr. Sutch was born in Hong Kong and holds a Bachelor degree from Durham University in the United Kingdom. In addition to being a permanent resident of Hong Kong, Mr. Sutch is a citizen of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech was born on 3 October 1970 in Cologne. He studied physics at the University of Bonn before obtaining a doctorate in an astrophysicsrelated subject at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. Between 1999 and 2005, he worked at management consultancy company The Boston Consulting Group in Munich and Tokyo, most recently as a Project Manager. His customers were primarily from the airline industry.
In 2005, Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech moved to Lufthansa, taking on responsibility for the Strategy & Subsidiaries division of Lufthansa Passage. In 2009, he was named "Project Manager for Airline Integration Management", where he was responsible for the integration of various airlines, such as Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, into the Lufthansa Group. From July 2010, the Manager has been "Head of Commercial Frankfurt" for Lufthansa Passage and responsible for network management, revenue management and commercial business management at the airline's biggest hub.
The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG has appointed Dr Alexis von Hoensbroech to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG with effect from 1 December 2014.
His areas of responsibility include:
· Global Sales Management
· Capacity Management
· Handling outside our hubs Frankfurt and Munich
· Product Management & Innovation
· Platform Management of Austrian Airlines
· eCargo Management
Yash, as the world calls him, completed his education from University of Delhi in 1995 and joined his family business after exploring a few options in Export industry.
Skyways Group has been in Logistics industry since 1983 and was founded by Yash's father S.L Sharma.
Yash has been a strong visionary and always tried to bring new innovations to the field of logistics. He made and launched the first web portal for air cargo in India, www.cargoflash.com in the year 2000.
Yash has been a key driver to take his company from a 17 member company in 1995 to a 370+ personnel Group today with over USD 100 million in Group turnover. He was instrumental in driving Skyways to other cities in the country and opened over 20 oﬃces in India and 3 oﬃces overseas over the last few years.
Yash has always been an extremely social person and has been a part of various trade and other associations. He had been President of his School ex-Student association for 5 years and spent around 14 years in Managing Committee of Air Cargo Club of Delhi. He is one of the founder members of Air Cargo Forum India (ACFI) and is the current Hon. Secretary of the same.
Mr. Huned Gandhi was born on 10th March 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He has a Masters in Commerce and a Post Graduate Diploma in Foreign Trade from the Pune University and has also completed an EMBA in Supply Chain Management from NIMIS Mumbai in 2005.
He began his career with the Cargo Division at Airfreight Ltd on 1st July 1996 as a trainee in sales and then moved on the Pune branch where he grew steadily from a Sales executive to Branch Manager and then took over as the General Manager for Western India in April 2007. He has proven himself as an astute leader and won several awards for his performance in Western India including the employee of the year in 2004.
In addition to the General Manager position for West he was further asked by the Management to take over the position of Trade Lane Manager for Japan and Korea in 2008. After managing Japan and Korea lane for 3 years, he took over the Trade Lane for Europe in 2011 which is one of the biggest trade lane for DACHSER India.
In 2012, he moved on to Malaysia for setting up the 1st DACHSER office in Malaysia where he was based for 2 years. His success in establishing a new and profitable DACHSER country organization in Malaysia is remarkable.
He then moved back to India to take over as Managing Director of DACHSER India Private Limited on July 1st, 2014.
Mr Gandhi has keen interest in sports, travel, movies and music and loves reading management books on leadership & teamwork.
Justin joined Etihad Airways in July 2017 as Vice President Cargo Commercial and has since taken on leadership of the division as Vice President Cargo.
With over 20 years’ experience in the global logistics industry, Justin has held Senior Management positions in a number of multinational organizations (including DHL and UTi) leading both commercial and operations teams with great success. Justin hails from South Africa and has lived in the UAE for 6 years, with past international postings in both the UK and Belgium.
Dan joined Air Charter Service in 2002 after working in the charter industry in aircraft operations roles for airlines. He quickly worked his way through several levels of seniority, before becoming Director of London Cargo in 2011. Dan’s experiences include working in the offices of the UK government following the Asian Tsunami in 2004 to arrange the charters and distribution of relief goods in the aftermath of the horrific disaster. As Group Cargo Director his aim is to grow ACS’s cargo division globally. His expertise and knowledge in the industry are exceptional and he leads one of the world’s largest and best charter departments.
Formerly Head of Pharma at DHL, the world’s largest 3PL, Bart joined Schiphol Cargo as Business Development Director in 2008.
With over 16 years’ experience in air cargo, he began his career with Jet Services in the Netherlands, moving onto a position with DHL, and then Commercial Director at GTI Noordwest.
At Schiphol, Bart has made it his business to meet pharma industry leaders around the world, understand their needs, and work with the Schiphol logistics community to provide solutions and drive best practice.
Equally active in liaising with stakeholders in the perishables sector, Bart brings together growers, carriers, GHAs, and other service providers to create better supply chains.
Bart is the Schiphol Cargo point of contact for Pharma, and Food & Flowers.
Presently, Economic Adviser, in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, she is the Divisional Head for Economic Regulation, Air Cargo, GST and Union Budgetary matters, Competition Issues, Economic Survey and Policy matters, Skill Development, and the National Aviation University. She is a Member of various Inter-Ministerial Committees, including on Logistics and on Air Freight Stations, Inland Container Depots and Container Freight Stations. She also handles the National Trade Facilitation Action Plan.
She has been a trade negotiator for India on the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organisation for about 12 years, covering among others Agriculture, Trade Facilitation, Customs Valuation, Rules of Origin, Information Technology and Industrial Products. She has also held responsibility for settlement of inter-Governmental disputes under international trade laws and is a standing panellist for adjudications in the World Trade Organisation’s Dispute Settlement Body. She has also handled inter-corporate arbitration under the Indian Council of Arbitration as a Member on its Governing Body.
She has served in various Ministries/ Departments of the Government of India gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience of economic administration, in particular, in economic reforms instituted by a developing country Government, starting with the New Industrial Policy 1991. She has demonstrated understanding of infrastructure development with public and/or private participation – including handling specific projects in power and telecom sectors, fiscal policies, foreign investment, external debt and capital markets, and Centre-State financial relations. She also has experience of handling internal and external security, law and order, disaster and crisis management, political, judicial, and external affairs, atomic energy, and space sectors. In her various capacities, she has held policy dialogues with key players in Central and State Governments, Reserve Bank of India, various public and private banks and financial institutions, sector regulatory bodies, industry, and multilateral agencies.
Adrien was born in 1972 in Paris, France. After graduating in business economics, Adrien started his career in New York as Commercial Director at FICOFI, a luxury brand promoting Bordeaux 'grands crus' fine wines globally. Adrien then worked for UniFrance Film in Tokyo where he managed the Yokohama Film Festival.
In 1995, Adrien joined ECS Group as Commercial Manager of the company's Aero Cargo business unit, where he subsequently became Managing Director. In 2009, Adrien accepted the challenge of leading the commercial development of the Group, before his appointment in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. In 2017 ECS Group nominates Adrien as Chief Executive Officer to fully align with the transformative needs of their partners and clients and support them to navigate the shift to compete in the digital economy.
Des Vertannes's career in aviation spanned more than four decades before he retired in June 2014 while serving as Global Head of Cargo at IATA. Prior to that Des was Executive Vice President Cargo at Etihad Airways between 2007 to 2010 when approached by Etihad's CEO James Hogan while he was Head of Cargo at rival Gulf Air.
Des began his career with British Airways in 1970 serving them for 14 years. His roles included Cargo Manager Gulf States and Saudi Arabia and Cargo Sales Manager UK. In 1984 he established his own forwarding business before joining Air Canada as GM Cargo EMEA in 1991 . His next move was to ground handling company Menzies Aviation where he served as Chief Executive at Air Menzies International (AMI) and Managing Director Menzies World Cargo between 1999 and 2005.
His contribution to the air cargo industry has been globally acknowledged. Des was inducted to TIACA’s Hall of Fame in 2017. He has also been presented with 'Lifetime Achievements Award' by Stat Times, Air Cargo News and Payload Asia and is the recipient of the prestigious Martin Schroder Award.
Pinaki is the Sector Leader for Consumer Products and Retail (CPR) for EY in India . As a part of this role, he is responsible for leading the firm’s integrated go-to-market and client service strategies for the CP and Retail clients in India.
He is also the Market Segment Leader (MSL) for the CPR sector in EMEIA ( Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) , responsible for helping the growth of the sector in the region
Professional experience and clients
Pinaki is the Client Service Partner for several large Indian and MNC consumer product and retail companies in India.
He advises companies in areas related to business planning and strategy, risk management, ecommerce strategy, cost reduction, etc.
National Council member of RAI (Retailers Association of India)
Advisory Board member TRRAIN, a foundation for the retail employees to improve their standard of living at work and at home.
Shankar Iyer serves as Swiss WorldCargo’s Director of Cargo for India, the Middle East and Africa. He is a proven logistics and air cargo expert, having worked in the air cargo industry for over thirty years, including over twenty years with Swiss WorldCargo in India. He is based in Bombay.
Ariaen Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Cargo iQ, whose global membership work together to measure success and continuously improve the value of airfreight for customers.
He was educated in the UK, the US, and the Netherlands, and began his career in aviation with Polar Air Cargo, where he managed Global Accounts for over four years.
After running his own change management consultancy TCEN, Ariaen brought his expertise to Saudi Airlines, where he initiated and lead their Key Account Department as Director Global Key Accounts.
Ariaen took up the role of Executive Director role at Cargo iQ in July 2015 and has driven the IATA interest group’s change programme which has included the preparation of a new industry standard audit and certification scheme, and the development of a commercial toolkit to assist members with demonstrating the value of Cargo iQ to their own clients.
P.K. Mohanty, belongs to 1982 batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise). In his long career spanning over 34 years, Mr. Mohanty has handled various assignments, both in the field and Ministry and also outside India, of which the important ones included: Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, 1991-1995; Deputy Secretary/Director (Customs), Department of Revenue, 1999-2002; Additional Director General, Central Excise Intelligence, 2002-2004; Joint Secretary (Drawback), Department of Revenue, 2004-2008; Minister (Customs), Permanent Mission of India to WTO, Geneva, 2008-2012; Joint Secretary (TRU), Department of Revenue, 2012-2014, Director General (Performance Management), Director General (Audit), Chief Commissioner Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax (Bhopal Zone) and Chief Commissioner of Customs (Delhi Zone).
In his 4 year tenure in the Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Mohanty has handled all work relating to the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations on Tariffs, Agriculture, Anti-dumping, Subsidies and Safeguards; Preferential Trading Arrangements (SAARC Preferential Trading Arrangement and GSTP); Generalized System of Preferences (GSP); UNCTAD and India’s bilateral trade with US, Canada and Latin America. He was a key member of the Indian delegation on tariffs and agriculturein the Uruguay Round. He was also a member of Indian delegation for holding Article XXVIII (under GATT, 1947) tariff negotiations with several countries including the US, EC, Japan, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Brazil, Chile, Poland and New Zealand in 1993.Preparation and submission of India’s Loose Leaf Schedule of tariff concessions in GATT and the Uruguay Round Tariff Schedule in WTO was a high point in his tenure as Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce.
Mohanty has handled all aspects of Customs policy and procedures during his stint as Deputy Secretary/Director (Customs) in CBEC during 1999-2002. He has also handled the policy and implementation aspects of the EOU and SEZ Scheme. He has extensively dealt with the subjects of trade facilitation, customs valuation & rules of origin and has represented India in several meetings of WCO in Brussels and WTO in Geneva. He has also represented India in HS Committee & Kyoto Convention meetings in Brussels and trade facilitation meetings in WTO, Geneva.
In his capacity as Joint Secretary (Drawback), Mohanty had played a crucial role in the formulation and implementation of the drawback scheme and various duty neutralization/exemption schemes under the Foreign Trade Policy during the period from 2004 to 2008. As Joint Secretary (Tax Research Unit), he has played a pivotal role in the formulation and implementation of taxation policy relating to customs and excise duties. He was a key member of the team responsible for preparation of annual Budget in 2013 and 2014.
In Geneva, during the period from June 2008 to August 2012, Dr. Mohanty was the lead negotiator for WTO negotiations on trade facilitation and environmental goods & services. The WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation was negotiated by India largely under his leadership. He was also an important member of the Indian delegation at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), London to discuss measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.
Mohanty has represented Government of India at various international fora on numerous occasions on diverse subjects, such as, trade policy & procedures, customs policy & procedures, trade facilitation, greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, non-proliferation related export controls and trade & climate change. He has also participated as an expert in the various seminars/workshops organized by WCO/WTO on trade facilitation&customs valuation, by UNCTAD on GSP and by non-governmental organizations on subjects, such as, trade and climate change and defining the universe of environmental goods.
Mohanty has been associated with the work relating to the introduction of the GST right from 2006. He was a member of the Committee which had been set up by the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers to draft the model GST law. Three Sub-committees, consisting of representatives from State Governments and the Central Government, were set up to prepare the model GST Law. Mr. Mohanty, on behalf of the Central Government, was the Co-convener of Sub-committee-I & Sub-committee-II.He was the Co-convener of the Law Committee which had been set up by the Government of India to draft GST Model Law and Rules.
Mohanty has played a crucial role in the preparation of model GST Law and Rules. He is presently Co-convener of the Law Committee which has been set up by the GST Council to iron out all issues relating to GST Law, rules and procedures. He is also a member of the Fitment Committee set up by the GST Council which is responsible for making recommendations on GST rate structure on goods and services. Further, he is a member of the Handicrafts Committee set up by the GST Council.
He has written an article titled “Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture – An Overview” which was published by Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi in a book titled “Trade in Agriculture: the Uruguay Round and After” in 1994.
He has obtained his Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on the subject titled: “Taiwan as a Factor in Sino-American Relations, 1949-78”.
He is a recipient of Presidential Award of Appreciation Certificate for Specially Distinguished Record of Service. He has also received various certificates by virtue of his participation in the various meetings/courses, both in India and outside.
Ashish Pednekar is the Chairman of Freight Forwarders Association in India (FFFAI), the apex body and the sole representative of 27 Member associations from all over India representing 5000 customs brokers. He holds positions of office in other trade bodies like President of Brihanmumbai Customs Brokers Association (BCBA), which is the voice for more than 2200 custom brokers in the country; President of the Association of Supply Chain professional (ASCP), India’s home-grown association for supply chain & logistics professionals; Managing Director of GVP Forwarders, the international freight forwarder in India having branches all over in India and having a global network of associates. He has shared his rich knowledge and experience on variety of issues including customs clearance, international logistics, entrepreneurship, business strategies, leadership and other logistics related and management topics at several regional, national & international events, educational institutes, universities, training and educational networks and trade bodies
Devendra Kumar Singh is the Chairman of the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authorit (APEDA), the apex body that promotes the export of Agricultural and process food products in India. He belongs to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and has held several key positions, including that of Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, before being appointed as the Chairman of APEDA. During his stint in the Directorate of Foreign Trade, he was assigned the work related to formulation of Foreign Trade Policy to enhance transparency, enhance e-governance, greater trade facilitation of processes from start to end of the process chain and working towards the concept of whole of Government of India in the foreign trade governance so as to achieve larger objective of bringing national interest in focus. He was also the Member Secretary of the Second Taskforce on Transaction cost in exports which is aimed to evolve a strategy towards reducing transaction cost in terms of specific problems for export and import.
He is recipient of Asia Pacific Council of Trade facilitation and Electronic Business (AFACT) award in 2013 in the trade facilitation category and CSI Nihilent e-Governance Award in 2012-13 in recognition of Bank Realisation Certificate.
Abhay Pathak Executive Director Cargo is a post graduate in Business Administration, Sales & Marketing, Economic & Commerce and has to his credit over 30 years experience in the aviation industry holding key positions, one worthy of mention being that he has headed the Air India Gulf, Middle East & Africa operation of Air India as its Regional Manager based at Dubai for more than four years from 2007 to 2011. He understands all the nuances of the trade having handled challenging assignments in Passenger Sales & Marketing, Customer Services, Air Port Handling , inflight services etc in various regions and stations.
With barely 18 months at the helm, as Executive Director Cargo, his dynamism has led to a resurgence of Air India cargo in the market. A path breaker of a new kind, a powerhouse of ideas , constantly innovating and devising schemes to target market trends. Believes that if you create a competitive environment for ease of business, then half your battle is won! Under his positive leadership, cargo sales at Air India is moving at an upward trajectory !
Abhishek Middha is the founder of brand The Boho Street. After completing his MBA, instead of going for a job or father’s business, he chose to start his own venture. Initially started with selling random generic items globally via various online portals and re-sellers he managed to build his own private label brand which has now served over 2 lakh+ customers and achieved millions of dollars in sales. At 26 and working successfully since 3 years he has managed to build a brand so successful that he was recently featured in New York Times.
P K Dash started his professional career with a short stint as Lecturer of Physics before moving to banking. He joined State Bank of India as PO in December 1981 working in various capacities with exposure to retail banking, foreign exchange and credit appraisal. In 1985, he joined Indian Revenue Service (Customs & Central Excise), responsible for indirect tax administration, particularly - Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax and now GST. His areas of specialisations are vigilance, enforcement, multi-lateral negotiation and training. He represented Indian Customs as ‘Customs Attaché’ to World Customs Organization at Brussels from 2003 t0 2007. From 2011 to 2015, he was ADG, DRI, Mumbai Zonal Unit, during which he supervised investigation of several high profile smuggling, duty evasion and Trade Based Money Laundering cases running into several thousand crores. Later, he moved to training. He was Director General of National Academy of Customs, Indirect Tax & Narcotics (NACIN), during the GST roll-out. Under his leadership, NACIN not only conducted GST training of nearly 60,000 officials of both centre and states in a record time of four months before GST roll out, but also brought out several publications on GST, most popular being "FAQs on GST" and special information booklets on nearly 50 different topics of GST. He was member of the GST Implementation Committee (GIC), the apex committee created by GST Council for implementation of GST. From September 2017, he is working as Member, Settlement Commission, Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax, Additional Bench Mumbai, which is an alternate dispute resolution body. He is passionate about IT (Integrity & Training). He was part of the Indian Customs Yachting expedition from Mumbai to Seychelles & Maldives in the year 1997. He is recipient of President of India’s Certificate of Appreciation for ‘Specially Distinguished Record of Service’ on the occasion of Republic Day 2002.