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F&L Geneva @ United Nations

17 - 19 November 2021
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On 17-19 November 2021, we invite you to join F&L for an extraordinary opportunity to meet a wide community of invited logistic & supply chain leaders, experts, practitioners, thought-leaders and innovators.  Co-hosted by the United Nations, we will meet in person and online in Geneva.

Over two days, this very practical agenda tackles congestion, disruption, global trends, and how we will work together across end-to-end logistics and supply chain to adapt to the big demands that “tomorrow” brings. 

The UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2021 will be launched at F&L’s meeting on 19 November (public session 22 Nov).


Wednesday 17 November
Location: conference hotel (Lake Geneva Hotel, Rte de Suisse 79, 1290 Versoix)

Sponsored workshops & innovator discussions
Time: from 15:00 CET

Knowledge sharing & networking 

Data, network & applications: 3 secrets to digitalising your supply chain (workshop with BluJay Solutions now part of E2Open)

  • Knowledge sessions start 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30

Measure, Manage & Mitigate: 3 steps to decarbonising logistics (fireside chat hosted by project44,  Tracks & Novigo)

  • 3:30-3:50pm: Measure: you can’t manage what you don’t measure
  • 4:00-4:20pm: Manage: data quality is everything
  • 4:30-4:50pm: Mitigate: how to get to zero

LogTech innovators & demos 

  • Aeler Technologies (reimagine what a container can do)
  • 4Fold (foldable shipping containers)
  • Betterflow (retrofit trucks for aerodynamics)
  • GenLots (untapped value for the supply chain from machine learning)
  • HelloContainer (emissions dashboards)
  • Laevo (exoskeleton scale-up, targeting eg logistics / warehousing)
  • Park Your Truck (innovative truck parking)
  • Ponera (modular pallets to minimise transport inefficiencies)
  • Qaptis (capturing CO2 at source)
  • Scantrust (giving each product its own identity)
  • Tracks (carbon visibility)

Bar discussion

Harnessing innovation & new ways of working (innovators & discussions) & one minute pitches

Networking dinner 

Networking dinner on Lake Geneva, sponsored by Hupac & Bertschi 

Transformation for a better tomorrow – a new framework, new priorities & new partners


Thursday 18 Nov

Location: conference hotel (Lake Geneva Hotel, Rte de Suisse 79, 1290 Versoix)
Time: 08:45 – 17:15

A new framework – understanding how global supply chains are being reshaped (2021-25)

Today’s big issues – “elephants in the room”

  • Freight rates, facts & reasons, Bjoern Klippel Transporeon / TIM Consult & shippers
  • Wolfgang Lehmacher, Karsten Ottenburg & Philip Evans F&L


  • Berit Hägerstrand-Åvall Stora Enso, Jan Hoffmann UN, Philip Evans F&L

Where is policy heading and what should we be considering?

  • Panel: Jan Hoffmann UN, Angie Farrag-Thibault WEF, Petteri Taalas WMO, Pascal Delisle EU, Aik Hoe Lim WTO moderated by Crispin Conroy International Chamber of Commerce & Philip Evans F&L
  • Discussion

Response from the private sector: frontrunners & practical examples

  • Panel: Eugenia Ceballos Hunziker Holcim, Peter Suasso de Lima de Prado Tata Steel, Ashish Joshi Unilever, JJ Freijo Brambles, Till Dengel SAP, Lorenzo Fornaroli moderated by Alan McKinnon KLU & Philip Evans F&L with commentary from Ruth Banomyong Thammasat Business School (Thailand)
  • Batteries – unseen issues?  Stuart Hayward-Higham Suez Recycling & Recovery
  • Live interview – transformation?  Willem Bulthuis & Karsten Ottenburg 

Lunch sponsored by Unit45


New priorities – planning for supply chain & logistics transformation (2021-25)

Technological progress in maritime development, what’s coming & how should we prepare?  

  • André Simha MSC

SMILE: illustrative examples of collaborative progress (sustainable multimodal integrated freight logistics ecosystems)

  • Panel: Berit Hägerstrand-Åvall Stora Enso, Stefano Furlan Wärtsilä, Youssef Essalmanni Amcor, Axel Mattern Hafen Hamburg, Helena Anderson Ikigai Capital, André Simha MSC, Stavros Karamperidis Plymouth University, Imad Jenayeh CFL Multimodal, moderated by Kirry Mukherji Log4Chem & Philip Evans F&L

Freight logistics after COP26 with livestream comment & discussion

  • Sophie Punte We Mean Business Coalition summarises key messages from COP
  • Prof Alan McKinnon KLU (Centre Sustainable Logistics & Supply Chain) reflects & leads audience discussion with Nicolas Clerget Heineken & other COP attendees


Networking evening

Special cocktail event

  • sponsored by MIS Magli Intermodal Service & Dutch Head Premium Rum

Discussion at the bar: e-commerce

  • Ashish Joshi Unilever, Bart Selis Liege Airport & others, moderated by Miklos Horvath F&L

Networking dinner & F&L “interludes”

  • 50 CHF pp (added to your hotel room cost)


Friday 19 Nov

Location: conference hotel & Palais of the United Nations, Geneva
Time: 09:00 – 12:15


New partners: changing ecosystems – developing our roadmaps (2021-25)

Lively conversation looking back from 2025

  • led by Randall Krantz Global Maritime Forum & Chris Hughes Lloyd’s Register

Pre-launch: UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2021 and Q&A

  • Jan Hoffmann UNCTAD

Developing & keeping momentum with our roadmaps 

  • Panel: Frank Arendt Migros Industrie, Michele Hinze Tesa, Essam Ek-Okda Unilever, Rigas Hadzilacos EPFL Lausanne University & others

Breakouts: time vs impact

  • Technology, data-driven decisions & analytics
    • Unilever, Fraunhofer, Global Alliance Trade Facilitation, Volvo, Electrolux & more
  • People: including shortages, skills, leadership, knowledge, mindset
    • CSL Behring, Unilever, Holmes Noble, EPFL Lausanne University & more
  • Energy transition & mode shift
    • Wärtsilä, Baltic Rail, European Parliament, CFL Multimodal & more

Breakout 2×2 grids (time/impact) & reflections & conference close


 behind-the-scenes UN tour with the United Nations Trade Development Team


The agenda drives a more collaborative approach for all logistics and supply chain stakeholders – including regulators, financiers and policymakers – to come together for inclusive open discussions where everyone sits at the same table.  

The international F&L Forum engages business leaders and decision-makers in global manufacturing, logistics (road, rail, sea, waterways, air), academia, policymakers and science.  All discussions are focused around freight logistics.  All companies with or serving a supply chain, regardless of industry or transport modes being used, are welcome.

In-person participant list updated 13 November 

ABInBev Group
Aeler Technologies
Arcese Trasporti
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Aurora Snowbox
Bacardi Group
Bahía Blanca Free Zone Entity Coronel Rosales
Baltic Rail
Billiet & Co
BLS Bulk Logistics Solutions
BluJay Solutions
Blume Global
Business Events Luxembourg
C. H. Robinson Europe
Cargill Transportation and Logistics
CERN (Collaboration)
CFL Multimodal
ChemOil Logistics
CHEP Europe
CLdN Cargo
Codognotto Group
Corporate Ventures Advisory
Costa Oriental
Cranfield School of Management
Cross-Limits Logistics
CSL Behring
DCSA Digital Container Shipping Association
DFDS Logistics
DistriRail (DR Group)
Dow Europe
DR Group
duisport – Duisburger Hafen
Edinburgh University Law School
EPFL Lausanne University
EU Delegation to UN & International Organisations Geneva
European Logistics Association
European Parliament
Fraunhofer IML
Freight Leaders’ Council Italy
GATF (Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation)
Global Express Association
Global Maritime Forum
Guangzhou Port (Europe)
Hafen Hamburg Marketing
Here Technologies
Holmes Noble
HR Maritime
Hupac Intermodal
Ikigai Capital
INEOS Automotive
INEOS Styrolution Europe
JTI (Japan Tobacco International)
Kühne Logistics University
Le Creuset
Liege Airport
Lindholmen Science Centre
LKW Walter
Lloyd’s Register
M.I.S. Magli Intermodal Service
MassChallenge Switzerland
Migros Industrie
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company
Nike Europe
Nordic West Office
Park Your Truck
Plymouth University
Port of Gothenburg
Port of Rotterdam
Royal Wagenborg
Russell Group
Samskip Multimodal
SBB Cargo International
Scania Innovation Office
Sea-Intelligence ApS
Smart Join Logistic
Stora Enso
SUEZ Recycling and Recovery
Sweden-China Trade Council (SCTC)
Tata Steel Europe
Thammasat University, Thailand
Trans.EU Group
Transfesa Logistics
UK House of Lords
UNCTAD (UN Trade & Development)
Unit 45
Universidad de los Andes
Vlantana Logistics Company
WEF World Economic Forum
WMO World Meteorological Organisation
WTO World Trade Organisation

We welcome leaders, practitioners and many more to the F&L programme to share insight, expertise and to stimulate audience discussion.  Names are shown on ‘conference agenda’ tab.


















Who is this meeting for?  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.

Why is this international group coming to the Geneva?

  • We are in Geneva at the invitation of the United Nations Trade & Development team to discuss current supply chain and logistics issues and international trade.  
  • Switzerland has an important network of manufacturer organisations as well as international institutions whom we can all learn from and collaborate with.
  • Participants in the F&L network continuously develop their networks and thinking, and physical meetings are an important element of that.

Why should I attend?  Discussing trade and supply chain strategy in an open, professional and social atmosphere so that we can listen and learn from each other is a strong fundament for further growth.  

You will find excellent speakers, top quality content, a chance to engage with peers and experts on topics which are helpful to “building your better 2021-25”, and further opportunity to talk to entrepreneurs. Together we are significant players and together we can progress faster than we can alone.

What is F&L?  F&L is an active international non-profit Forum.  We do not lobby as that would imply there was one right answer, and we welcome stakeholders across Council of Europe 47 countries and the globe.

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. 

With thanks to Geneva meeting sponsors



Venues & travelling to the conference

  • Conference hotel, exclusive use of F&L – Lake Geneva Hotel (Versoix)  
  • Flights – the hotel is well connected to Geneva airport (40-60 mins) & to the United Nations (approx 10 mins) by overland train. Free public transport tickets can be obtained from the hotel and from the arrivals hall in the airport.  
  • Driving – there is parking at the hotel and you will not need your car during the conference.  Daily parking rate applicable.  Parking is not available at the United Nations.

The Geneva public transport app is useful.



Schedule & timings (CET)

Wednesday 17 Nov

  • 15:00 – 17:30 knowledge sharing and networking, innovator discussions & sponsored workshops
  • 17:30 – 18:15 discussion at the bar: harnessing innovation & new ways of working
  • 18:30 – departing conference hotel for networking dinner (later arrivals: the hotel bar & restaurant is open, and we will return to the conference hotel by or before 23:00)

Thursday 18 Nov

  • 08:45 – 17:15 meeting agenda (conference hotel)
  • 17:30 – special cocktail event
  • 18:00 – discussion at the bar: e-commerce
  • 19:30 – networking dinner event (conference hotel)

Friday 19 Nov 

  • 09:00 – 12:15 meeting agenda (conference hotel)
  • 12:15 lunch
  • 13:00 visit with & behind-the-scenes tour United Nations in the Palais des Nations, Geneva

Booking your hotel room

For international participants, we have taken exclusive use of the Lake Geneva Hotel (Versoix) on the shores on Lake Geneva, minutes from the United Nations and offering good prices, open networking spaces and outstanding views.  This conference hotel is also our venue for some of our meeting programme.  


Costs per person 

  • Full conference – €400 member companies
  • Full conference – non-members are usually asked to contribute  €1,500 (F&L is not-for-profit)
  • Wednesday networking dinner €50
  • Sponsors have separate arrangements
  • €0 manufacturer attending for the first time (by arrangement)

Online only costs

  • Group ticket €300, single ticket €150.  Please ask if you are unsure.


We are following Swiss and Geneva recommendations to ensure a healthy and safe event for all participants.  The covid certificate is available to anyone who is a) vaccinated from covid, b) recovered, or c) who has tested negative and the certificate can be presented using the app or on paper.  Further info.  All participants need to review their own guidelines regarding travel into Switzerland and the Swiss helpline is excellent (call +41 58 464 44 88).  The Swiss passenger locator form is here.

  • When in Switzerland, masks are required for moving around inside buildings and on public transport.  They are not required when sitting, or eating/drinking.
  • We have open windows in our conference areas and chairs will be spaced as much as possible, but we do not have unlimited space.
  • Some indoor spaces provide sanitisers and masks but it may be more comfortable to have your own.
  • During the event, individuals will make their own decisions about masks, hand-shaking etc.
  • We will check covid certificates (where this is required by venues).
  • Some conference sessions will be available to join online for those who prefer.


Please ask about anything at all if you are unsure.

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