Practical discussions between supply chain and international trade stakeholders with manufacturers in the industrial and logistics heartland of the Baltic Region, crossroads of international trade between Europe, Russia, CIS, and Asia. Key themes include:
We encourage open conversations in an informal atmosphere and journalists are not permitted.
The conference will be a mix of keynotes (geopolitical background & market developments), manufacturer insights (expert illustrations of supply chain developments), panel discussions and breakout groups for deep dive.
We are hosted by the United Nations Trade Development Team for our November meeting, which will be held in Geneva’s ‘Palais de Nations’ – discussions continue from May, and additional input from the World Economic Forum, and World Meteorological Organisation is planned.
19:30 – Pre conference networking dinner (all welcome, informal dress)
F&L Arrivals Programme – as most international flights stop en route, F&L will meet participants at Riga, Copenhagen and Warsaw airports on Wed 13 May. A special waiting area is ready for F&L guests at each airport, and we have invited senior executives from Air Baltic, SAS and LOT Airlines to meet us there. We will take the short 45 minute flight on to Klaipėda (airport Palanga International) together, and are trying to arrange for Dancer’s fully electric bus to collect us at the airport and take us to our hotels. Times will be advised; please let us know if you have specific flight preferences in the meantime and we will do our best to accommodate.
10:00 – 17:00 Conference is located in a former Soviet tobacco factory which provides a fantastic space for manufacturer-led sessions, expert illustrations of supply chain developments, panel discussions, breakout groups and workshops, and a keynote on geopolitical background and market development.
19:30 Dinner (all welcome, venue will be advised)
22:30 “After Party” (all welcome)
09:30 – 14:00 Conference and lunch (optional breakfast and exchange with Lithuanian-Belarusian Forum to be confirmed)
14:00 F&L airport bus to Palanga International leaves conference in plenty of time for all international flights:
Spouses/partners of participants are warmly welcomed to the dinners on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and we usually arrange a tour for spouses on Friday morning.
The role of F&L speakers is to bring expertise and stimulate audience discussion, please check back frequently for further speakers who will be shown here. We look forward immensely to welcoming:
Raivo Vare is an Estonian statesman, businessman, economics and international transport logistics expert, and former Minister of State and Minister of Transport and Communications. Mr. Vare has been or is currently member / (Vice) Chairman of numerous state committees and commissions, delegations, Boards of Think Tanks, Universities and foundations, different associations and NGOs. He has held or is currently holding several senior executive or non-executive managerial positions in different state-owned and private companies in areas of transportation and logistics, communications, real estate, agriculture, commercial banking, financial and technology investments and start-up ecosystem development. Mr Vare is consulting and writing analyses and articles, and lectures primarily on international, Russian and Estonian affairs, economics, infrastructure, transportation and logistics. He has no political party affiliation. Raivo holds an EMBA cum laude from the Estonian Business School and a law degree summa cum laude from Tartu University.
Peter Vesterbacka is a Finnish mobile game developer and brand director of the educational game company Lightneer. He is known for his work on Angry Birds titles, startup event Slushin (gathering of 25,000 curious minds, including 3,500 startups and 2,000 investors) and for his current development project to construct significant infrastructure with the Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel and the four station areas in connection to the tunnel.
Kustaa Valtonen is an entrepreneur and Angel Investor in Finland. He holds Board positions with many companies, runs his own private investment company, coaches startups on a regular basis and works closely with accelerator/incubator programs like Startup Sauna. One of his current projects is the FinEstBayArea which intends to deliver economic growth to the region.
James Oates is CEO at Cicero Captial. A 25 year investment veteran in emerging markets finance, he has experience with JP Morgan, Flemings, UBS, Lazard and UniCredit. James is an active Adviser and Board Member of several European Fintech (using technology to make finance more efficient) companies, and has served as Advisor to several governments and stock exchanges in the region. He is current President of the British Estonian Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Consul of Croatia in Estonia. In 2007 he was decorated by the President of Estonia with the national order of the Cross of Terra Mariana.
Your ideas are also very welcome on people whom you would like to hear speak.
Who is this meeting for? On 14-15 May 2020, the international F&L Forum will hold a Baltic Region meeting for senior decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics companies (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.
Why is this international group coming to the Baltic Region?
Why should I attend? Discussing trade and supply chain strategy together in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.
What is F&L? F&L is an active international non-profit Forum. We bring a diverse range of stakeholders across Council of Europe 47 countries to discuss international trade and the global supply chain. We do not lobby, as that would imply that there is one right answer.
What can I expect? You will not hear speakers trying to sell, or sharing long complex plans for their company’s development. You will:
Is there anyone who may not attend? Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions are open throughout the meeting.
Catering and transfers – dinners Wed 13th and Thursday 14th, lunches Thursday 14th and Friday 15th and various coffee breaks are included in the conference for all participants. Where conference venues are not within walking distance, transfers are provided.
There may sometimes be exceptions; please ask.
Location – you will join us in Klaipėda, a charming city in Lithuania with strong manufacturing traditions, a highly educated workforce and core TEN-T status.
Flights – Klaipėda is easily reached with flights to Palanga International Airport, which usually stop briefly in Riga, Copenhagen or Warsaw.
F&L International Arrivals Programme – as international flights mainly stop en route, F&L will meet participants at Riga, Copenhagen and Warsaw airports on Wed 13 May (time to be advised – please try to keep the day free). A special waiting area is ready for F&L guests at each airport, and we have invited senior executives from Air Baltic, SAS and Lot Airlines to meet us there. We will take the short 45 minute flight on to Klaipėda (airport Palanga International) together, and are trying to arrange for Dancer’s fully electric bus to collect us at the airport and take us to our hotels.
Boutique hotel accommodation is booked across the city, all within a short walk. You will receive a warm welcome, good prices and individually-styled rooms with plenty of character. Reservation info will come shortly.
This list is coming soon; please check back. In the meantime, the participants of F&L’s meeting held in November 2019 represented business leaders in:
A2B Online Container
Air France KLM Engineering & Maintenance
ALIS (Logistic Association of Sustainable Intermodality)
Billiet & Co
Bulk Logistic Solutions
C. H. Robinson Europe
Combined Cargo Terminals
DHL Global Forwarding
Direct Rail Services
ECS European Containers
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone
Francesco Parisi Group
Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
Government Italian Republic
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
Ineos Styrolution Europe
Invista Resins & Fibers
Klaipėda Free Economic Zone
Kuehne Logistics University
Kühne + Nagel Estonia
Port of Antwerp
Port of Valencia
Ports of Naples & Salerno
Rhenus Port Logistics
SBB Cargo International
SRM Maritime Observatory
Universidad de los Andes
Vos Bulk Logistics
VTG Rail Europe
World Economic Forum
World Food Programme
With grateful thanks to sponsors:
Further sponsors for this important event will shortly be announced.