FORWARD 19 by Flexport is a unique conference where technologists, trade veterans, economic experts and logistics pros come together to transform global trade. Meet at the crossroads of trade and technology, and discover new strategies and best practices to fuel you and your business forward.Learn More
Neel Jones Shah is EVP and Global Head of Airfreight for Flexport and is long time executive focused on commercial strategy, marketing, business planning and revenue optimization as a recognized leader in the global aviation industry. In addition to his Flexport duties, Neel sits on the Board of Directors of Amerijet International Holdings; is a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group and an Executive Board Member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA). Prior to joining Flexport, Neel served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Cargo Officer for Delta Air Lines. As the head of Delta Cargo, he led approximately 2,000 employees worldwide and oversaw over $1 Billion in freight & mail revenue. Before joining Delta, Neel served as VP of Sales and Marketing for United Airlines Cargo where he was responsible for the revenue side of a $765 million business.
Over the past several years Neel has been deeply involved in all aspects of the regulatory environment impacting the airline industry both domestically and internationally. Neel has served as Chairman of the Airlines 4 America’s Executive Cargo Council; a member of the IATA Cargo Committee; a board member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA); a member of the CNS Advisory Board; and a member of the SkyTeam Cargo Executive Board. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Swarthmore College.
Karena Parliment serves as the CFO for Kenroy Home, a lighting and home décor accessory manufacturer based in Jacksonville, Florida. While leading both the finance and operations departments, Karena has developed and deployed effective strategies to evolve Kenroy Home from a traditional brick & mortar retail supplier to a preferred partner amongst the most popular e-commerce firms on the internet. Knowing that a growing ecommerce channel pushes to drive businesses to a faster and more productive selling process, Karena leverages her 14 years of company experience along with partnering with technology-driven service companies to create an efficient supply chain management strategy. With most of Kenroy Home’s products manufactured in China, over the past year, Karena’s team has focused their attention on navigating the trade war landscape and ramifications associated with the implementation of escalated tariffs on goods imported from China.
Dr. Phil Levy is Chief Economist at Flexport where he leads qualitative and quantitative economic research informed by public policy data and proprietary data. Dr. Levy’s research informs the market on global trade trends and helps Flexport teams make product and business strategy decisions to best serve clients. Before Flexport, Dr. Levy spent two decades researching and forming global trade policy. Prior to joining Flexport, Dr. Levy served as Senior Fellow on the Global Economy at Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Adjunct Professor of Strategy at Northwestern Kellogg. Previously, Dr. Levy served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as Senior Economist for Trade and as a member of the policy planning staff for the U.S. Department of State. He has testified before numerous congressional committees and has written regularly for Forbes, The Hill, and Foreign Policy. He has also taught global economic policy and international trade at Georgetown, Columbia, the University of Virginia, and Yale. Phil holds a Ph.D in Economics from Stanford University.
Few individuals ever become iconic enough to be known by one name–Shaq. A cultural icon, Shaquille O’Neal is best known for an NBA career spanning nearly two decades and earning him the sport’s highest honors including membership in the NBA Hall of Fame. He electrifies the room with his larger-than-life personality and audiences always give him standing ovations for his motivational keynote speeches.
Adam joined Maersk in August 2015 as Vice President and Head of Simplification in Maersk Line, prior to being appointed as CIO for Maersk. He was recently appointed CTIO for A.P. Møller-Maersk. Adam brings with him over two decades of IT experience, most notably as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and EVP for Technology in Monitise Plc, and CTO and CIO for Visa Europe.
Adam has held most roles within technology including Head of Architecture, Head of Operations, and Head of Development, as well as business facing roles such as Head of Customer Service and a short stint in Human Resources. He has a track record of handling major transformational change and overseeing improvements in technology, processes and capability to maximize margins, and deliver increased focus, agility and accountability.
Adam is based in Copenhagen and spends time in the IT centers across Denmark, the UK and increasingly The Hague. He has two children (17 and 14 years old) and when time allows is a keen cyclist and competes in multiday stage events, when time doesn’t allow he is a reluctant runner.
General Stan McChrystal
Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
Author of Best-Sellers Leaders: Myth and Reality, Team of Teams and My Share of the Task
Co-Founder of the McChrystal Group
Jason Starr is Director of Operations at Globe Electric, Canada’s fastest-growing lighting and electrical products company. During his 13 years with Globe Electric, Starr has been instrumental in driving the organization’s product development and supply chain analysis. In the process, he has contributed to the company’s e-commerce liftoff, leading to a 350% increase in outbound orders while reducing costs across the supply chain.
Robert Tregaskes is Head of Logistics at Qardio. He built Qardio’s logistics operations and runs Qardio’s global supply chain to ensure a great experience for millions of Qardio customers across Healthcare, Retail and D2C in the 40+ countries where Qardio products are available. Working closely with some of the most innovative manufacturing and logistics companies around the world Robert has a keen insight into supply chain trends and the options becoming available to supply chain executives around the world. Before Qardio, Robert had an eclectic background: Co-Founder/CEO of a failed startup, Robert had previously followed service in Iraq and Afghanistan in the British Army by spending a couple of years cleaning up the Operations of one of the UKs largest Investment Banks.
Camille is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Athens office, where she leads BCG’s global Transportation and Logistics Sector. During her 20 years with BCG, Camille has focused on shipping and logistics, advising large corporations, mid-size family businesses, shipping desks of oil majors, and commodity players. With a career that spans almost all shipping segments, Camille is also a published author. She has written for numerous publications, including 2019’s “Resolving the Blockchain Paradox in Transportation and Logistics,” 2018’s “Digital Imperative in Container Shipping,” the BCG annual container report, and articles on fuel efficiency in shipping.
Nerijus Poskus is Vice President and Global Head of Ocean Freight at Flexport. He oversees global ocean freight procurement, partnerships and pricing, ensuring customers have the ocean-based services and infrastructure they need to trade efficiently. Nerijus comes to Flexport with nearly a decade of industry experience, most recently working on sea freight pricing at Kuehne + Nagel. Nerijus holds a MSc in Economics and Management from VIA University, Denmark.
Sanne is the Chief Operating Officer of Flexport, a technology-forward full-service freight forwarder and customs broker. As COO, he’s responsible for sales, customer service, operations, procurement, and carrier relations across all modes of transportation. As a founding member of Flexport, Sanne was instrumental in scaling the company, which now serves over 10,000 customers and suppliers across 109 countries.
Sanne brings deep industry experience to Flexport, previously leading global client relationships in the logistics practice at The Boston Consulting Group. He also serves on the Advisory Board of PortXL (Port of Rotterdam). Sanne holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University, the Netherlands.
Ryan Petersen is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flexport, a full-service freight forwarder and customs broker. Since founding Flexport in 2013, Ryan and his team have worked to make global trade easy for everyone. Ryan led Flexport from inception to the company it is today: supporting over 10,000 customers and suppliers across 109 countries and doubling revenue to nearly $450m last year. His areas of focus include setting company strategy, ensuring the company tracks to goals, and most importantly, building and maintaining Flexport’s unique culture.
Prior to founding Flexport, Ryan helped run an e-commerce company and co-founded ImportGenius, one of the largest providers of business intelligence to the import-export industry. His experience and frustration with global logistics served as the inspiration to start Flexport. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.