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Status: kindly hosted by the United Nations in Geneva, this meeting will be held in person with some online participation possible.  Registration will be coming soon.  Business-critical discussions take place several times each month online (see ‘activities’ menu); you are welcome to join.

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2021: together with the UN Trade Development Team, we invite you to join F&L in the United Nations’ Palais de Nations in Geneva for important discussions on current supply chain issues and international trade.

This event is for business leaders and decision-makers in manufacturing, retail, supply, all modes of logistics, ports, technology companies including startups, insurance, finance, academics, NGOs, policymakers, politicians and experts.  In other words, all those who are actively working in or with the international supply chain and logistics.

The agenda drives a more collaborative approach for all logistics and supply chain stakeholders across the European continent – including regulators, financiers and policymakers – to come together for inclusive open discussions on:

  • Mapping actions for the logistics sector to move to a more profitable, efficient and sustainable future
  • Regulations are coming, industry leaders must understand and feel comfortable with significant risk, and external stakeholders are suddenly having a greater impact – what are the next steps forward?  
  • In conversation with policymakers: are there 3 ways the EU can help enable sector digitalisation and decarbonisation?
  • Changing roles and leadership of global organisations: how can they help and why? 
  • What’s cooking in the ‘startup’ scene?  Handling accelerated digitalisation and finding partners
  • … and more

Industry leaders and supply chain experts are building our agenda which will shortly be shown here: it will be current, constructive and aim to add value to all participants.  As difficult times are known to foster innovation, we expect a range of interesting discussions and dialogue!

Leaders at the World Economic Forum, World Meteorological Organisation and World Trade Organisation will all be present.  We are also hopeful that the EU will be there.  

17 November 2021

16:00 – Networking with startups, innovators, scale-ups and leaders

19:30 – Informal dinner & networking  

On the shores of Lake Geneva and close to the United Nations, we welcome you for a relaxed evening of dinner and networking at the hotel we have taken exclusive use of for F&L’s event.  Parking is easy and available and the bar will be open until late!  

18 November 2021

09:30 – Conference at United Nations, Geneva

19:30 – Dinner event

19 November 2021

09:30 – Conference at United Nations, Geneva 

13:00 – Closing lunch

Who is this meeting for?  The international F&L Forum will hold a meeting for business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics companies (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  

Why is this international group coming to the Geneva?

  • We are in Geneva at the invitation of the United Nations Trade & Development team for important discussions around current supply chain issues and international trade.  All companies with a supply chain, regardless of industry or transport modes being used, are encouraged to attend.   
  • Geneva has an important network of manufacturer organisations as well as international institutions whom we can all learn from and collaborate with.
  • We would like to expand our networks and thinking. 

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:

  • Listen and contribute to open discussions throughout the meeting (no-one can be quoted outside the room).
  • Be welcome to contribute your ideas and questions throughout.  This is a meeting where the audience contributes as much to the debate as the speakers.
  • Engage in informal networking with senior business leaders and practitioners.

Is there anyone who may not attend?  Journalists and press are not permitted because discussions are open throughout the meeting. 

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)
Amber Road
Arcese Trasporti
Baltic Rail
Billiet & Co
BJ Solutions
BLS Cargo
Bulk Logistic Solutions
Burgo Group
C. H. Robinson Europe
Cabot Corporation
Chemical Express
CHEP Europe
CLdN Cargo
Combined Cargo Terminals
DFDS Logistics
DHL Global Forwarding
Direct Rail Services
ECS European Containers
Electrolux Italia
European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Fahrzeugwerk Bernard Krone
Francesco Parisi Group
Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
Geba Trans
Government Italian Republic
Grimaldi Group
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
HHLA Estonia
Hupac Intermodal
i-Point Systems
Ineos Styrolution Europe
Intesa Sanpaolo
Invista Resins & Fibers
Klaipėda Free Economic Zone
Klaipėda ID
Kuehne Logistics University
Kühne + Nagel Estonia
LKW-Walter International
MBS Logistics
Mondi Group
Move Intermodal
N+P Group
Plymouth University
Port of Antwerp
Port of Valencia
Ports of Naples & Salerno
Pronk Consultancy
Propeller Club
Rhenus Port Logistics
SABIC Petrochemicals
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International
SRM Maritime Observatory
Stena Line
Stora Enso
Tim Consult
Transfesa Logistics
Transped Europe
TT Club
Unit 45
Universidad de los Andes
Vlantana Group
Vos Bulk Logistics
VTG Rail Europe
World Economic Forum
World Food Programme

The role of F&L speakers is to bring expertise and stimulate audience discussion, please check back frequently for speakers who will be shown here.  Your ideas are very welcome on people whom you would like to hear speak.

Sponsors for this event be announced!  Please contact us if you are interested.


Board member, executive advisor, business angel

This global thought leader and practitioner in supply chain and logistics has accumulated decades of experience in senior roles, driving innovation and expansion strategies. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Logen, South Korea, and Member of the Board of Directors of Roambee, California, USA. He was Director, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum, New York and Geneva, Partner and Managing Director (China and India) at strategy consulting firm CVA, Hong Kong, President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental at France’s La Poste, Paris, and Head of Eastern European and Eastern Mediterranean Regions, and Country General Manager Switzerland at TNT. Wolfgang is member of the Logistikweisen, an expert committee under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI, and the World Economic Forum global expert network. He is also a founding member of NEXST, alias Centre of Excellence for Global Emerging Supply Chain Technologies, Singapore. The multiple book author is FT, Forbes, Fortune, BI and Nikkei contributor.


Supply Chain Head, OLAM

Alex has a reputation for re-thinking supply chain excellence and is highly involved in the organisation of F&L’s Geneva meeting.  He is passionate about converting traditional supply chain networks into integrated ecosystems, activating new streams of value creation through collaborative partnerships, intelligent use of resources and focused engagement of a highly skilled human capital in the real time environment of big data. With 17 years of progressive leadership experience in different disciplines, he has led complex change management initiatives at P&G, J&J and LafargeHolcim.  Currently he is accelerating value chain excellence for the global agriculture sector at Olam International by enhancing supply chain capabilities, working alongside 70,000 colleagues in 70 countries and 20,000 customers globally.


Board Member, Venture Partner, Investment Manager, Corporate Venture Capital Advisor, Business Angel 

Willem is founder and CEO of Corporate Ventures Advisory, offering curated matchmaking between global B2B ventures, corporates and investors.  He is also co-founder and Board Member at several high-tech and sustainability startups. He is on the Board of Business Angel Network Germany (BAND) and has worked as venture partner and investment manager at VCs. Willem brings 30 years of Executive Experience in global High-Tech Corporations like Philips Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, Giesecke & Devrient, and secunet AG, as Global Sales Executive, CTO and Board Member.


Chief Trade Logistics Branch, UNCTAD (United Nations conference on Trade & Development)

Jan is a leading thinker and expert in global trade logistics and development.   With wide-ranging and long experience in different countries across the world, he focuses on sustainable economic growth that leaves no country behind.  It is essential to translate the United Nations sustainable development goals into advice and action that yields concrete results, and finance / innovation and technology / investment / private sector and enterprise development / and every aspect of trade and trade facilitation is part of his brief.


Secretary General, WMO (World Meteorological Organisation)

Professor Taalas has led the WMO, a specialised United Nations organisation, for 5 years.  As weather, climate and the water cycle know no national boundaries, international cooperation at a global scale is essential for the development of meteorology, climatology and operational hydrology as well as to reap the benefits from their application. WMO provides the framework for such international cooperation.  Weather, climate and water and changes in these are critical in the supply chain.


Head of Supply Chain & Transport Industries, WEF (World Economic Forum)

Margi leads the Supply Chain and Transport initiatives at the World Economic Forum and is a member of Mobility Platform. The work of the Mobility Platform focuses efforts on accelerating the global transition to safer, cleaner and more inclusive transportation systems, optimizing the delivery of goods and ensuring easy, sustainable access to mobility for society.  Margi harnesses insight from across the sectors to deliver systemic transformation and impact from an economic, environmental, and societal perspective.

She has previously worked in the supply chain, shipping and retail sectors for multinational organisations, and more recently in the Medical Defence professional services arena. Margi has worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and in the United States, serving both private and public-sector clients, and holds an MBA in International Business from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Booking your hotel room

We have taken exclusive use of a 106 room hotel on the shores on Lake Geneva, minutes from the United Nations.  Good prices, excellent open networking spaces and outstanding views.  You will receive details of how to book when you have registered to attend.

Travelling to Geneva

  • Flights – the F&L hotel can be reached by public transport directly from Geneva airport (40-60 minutes).  Free tickets can be obtained before you leave the airport.
  • Driving – there is plenty of parking at the hotel.  Daily rate applicable.


Catering and transfers: dinners, lunches and various coffee breaks are included in the conference for all participants.  Where conference venues are not within walking distance, transfers are provided.  

Costs per person 

  • €400 member companies
  • Non-members are usually asked to contribute  €1,250 (F&L is not-for-profit)
  • Sponsors have separate arrangements
  • €0 manufacturers attending for the first time (by arrangement)

Please ask if you are unsure.