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26 November, 2021 Industry News

INC Prepares Latest Webinar on Shipping and Inflation in the Agriculture Industry

INC Prepares Latest Webinar on Shipping and Inflation in the Agriculture Industry

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According to media news, it is not clear how the shipping crisis could normalize over the coming months. And capacity constraints in shipping are predicted to continue for another year, causing havoc for many businesses and industries around the globe. 
With this in mind, the INC is preparing to launch the last webinar in its latest series of online events. The 90-minute webinar "Shipping Challenges and Inflationary Pressure in the Agriculture Sector" will take place on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 6:00 am PST | 3:00 pm CET | 7:30 pm IST | 10:00 pm CST | Friday 3, 1:00 am AEDT. The goal of the webinar is to provide an update on the ongoing supply chain situation and discuss how inflationary pressures are affecting the agriculture industry. 

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers will present and discuss some of the most relevant topics for the agriculture industry. Indika Dassanayake, Head of Global Accounts and Commercial for CMA CGM Asia Regional Office in Singapore, Bill Rooney, VP of Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel from the USA, Peter Friedmann, the Executive Director for the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the voice of US Agricultural exporters in transportation policy, and Vittavat (Prince) Phonphaisan, the Executive Vice President of Heritage Group, Thailand's leading premium natural food producer and exporter who will discuss the Pacific rim perspective.

The session will be moderated by Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent for the Financial Times, and INC Executive Committee Members Pino Calcagni and Giles Hacking will join in for the group discussion.

Don't miss out on this exciting and insightful webinar with professional industry guest speakers and expert opinions! Save your spot today by registering!


Webinar Speakers

Indika Dassanayake, Head of Global Accounts and Commercial, CMA CGM Asia Regional Office, Singapore

Indika Dassanayake is the Head of Global Accounts and Commercial for CMA CGM, Asia Pacific Regional Office. Indika has 28 years of experience in the shipping industry covering Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan before moving to Singapore. He has held various management roles in Operations, Customer Service, Sales, Logistics and Geographies. He helmed the commercial arm of APL prior to its acquisition by the CMA CGM Group. The group provides global supply chain services in shipping and logistics covering over 160 countries globally. Indika is Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbroker’s, London.     

Bill Rooney, VP of Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel, USA

William F. Rooney has 48 years of experience in transportation management covering a broad range of business functions. He is currently Vice President, Strategic Development for Kuehne + Nagel Inc. and has been with Kuehne + Nagel for 10 years. Prior to Kuehne + Nagel Mr. Rooney’s positions have included President of Hanjin Shipping America; Senior Vice President, Service Delivery for CMA-CGM; and Vice President, Ocean Services for GT Nexus, a logistics software provider. He also held a number of senior management positions with Sea-Land Service over a span of 25 years including 5 years in Europe. Mr. Rooney’s board memberships have included: the Pacific Maritime Association, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, The US Maritime Alliance, Consolidated Chassis Management, OCEMA, and the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

Peter Friedmann, Executive Director, Agriculture Transportation Coalition, USA

Peter Friedmann is the Executive Director of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition. He led formation of AgTC when a number of agricultural exporters sought assistance in dealing with transportation challenges. Based in Washington DC, AgTC is now the voice for a broad cross-section of US agriculture exporters, importers and their service providers who require competitive ocean, rail and truck transportation services in order to maintain and grow foreign market share. The Journal of Commerce has declared the AgTC as the principal voice of US agriculture exporters in transportation policy. Peter is one of the principal advocates of shipper interests before Federal and state agencies, Congress, ports and labor.

Vittavat (Prince) Phonphaisan,  Executive Vice President, Heritage Group, Thailand

Vittavat (Prince) Phonphaisan is Executive Vice President at Heritage Group, Thailand’s leading premium natural food producer, wholesaler, and exporter of healthy food and beverages. Vittavat drives brand expansion across the globe, with the company exporting to over 60 countries. Winner of the Prestige Thailand's New Generation Entrepreneur Award, Vittavat was named one of Forbes Thailand's Thriving 30s in 2014. Overseeing Heritage Group's strategic manufacturing bases, in Thailand, China, and the US, Vittavat's mission is to offer products that improve health and wellbeing, while creating positive changes within the industry.

Webinar Moderator

Emiko Terazono, Commodities Correspondent, Financial Times, UK 

Emiko Terazono is a commodities correspondent for the Financial Times. She is a member of the FT natural resources team based in London. She has been writing about commodities for the FT since 2011, mainly focused on agriculture. She started in the FT in Tokyo as a business reporter and has covered media and the City diary as well as editing corporate news. Emiko will be the webinar's moderator. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

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