Status: we are delighted that this meeting is scheduled to go ahead in Geneva, based on advice from the United Nations. Any change to that situation will be advised here and by email. You are welcome to pre-register now by using the ‘register’ tab – no invoice or commitment will be generated at this stage.
12-13 November: 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:
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!
19:30 – Networking & dinner by Lake Geneva (all welcome, informal dress)
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!
09:30 – Conference at United Nations, Geneva
We leave the hotel around 08:30 to ensure time for a relaxed entry into the UN (travel time approx 15 mins). Returning to the hotel around 17:45 for private time and/or networking in the bar.
20:00 – Dinner
09:30 – Conference at United Nations, Geneva
We finish the conference at 13:00 and enjoy lunch in the main UN restaurant with a tour and some history for all those interested.
Who is this meeting for? On 12-13 November 2020, 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?
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.
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
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 will shortly 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.
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.
Catering and transfers: dinners Wed 11th and Thursday 12th, lunches Thursday 12th and Friday 13th and various coffee breaks are included in the conference for all participants. Where conference venues are not within walking distance, transfers are provided.
Invoices will be sent in the Autumn when we are sure that the event will be going ahead.
Costs per person
Please ask if you are unsure.
Spouses/partners of participants are welcomed todinners on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and we usually arrange a tour for spouses on Friday morning. Please include names in the registration form and email if you have any questions.