Alan Bollard, Executive Director, APEC
Alan Bollard is the executive director of the APEC Secretariat based in Singapore. Prior to joining APEC, Bollard was governor of Reserve Bank of New Zealand from 2002 to 2012. He was responsible for monetary policy and bank regulations, helping steer New Zealand through the global financial crisis. From 1998 to 2002, Bollard was secretary to the New Zealand Treasury. He has served as New Zealand’s alternate governor to the IMF, ADB and World Bank. From 1994 to 2008, he was chairman of the New Zealand Commerce Commission. Prior to that he was director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research. Bollard has a PhD in Economics from the University of Auckland as well as been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees.
Robert Yap, Executive Chairman, YCH Group
Robert Yap is the executive chairman of YCH group, Y3 Technologies, as well as Cosmic Insurance Corporation. Yap has won multiple awards in the past, including the Asia Logistics Hall of Fame award in 2003, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007, Lifetime Achievement Award (Logistics) presented by the World Chinese Economic Forum in 2013, and the NUS Business School Eminent Business (Senior) Alumni Award in 2014. He sits on the ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, which he chaired from 2007 to 2009, is president of the Singapore National Employers Federation and board member at International Enterprise Singapore. Yap also advises the Singapore National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation, ASEAN SME Advisory Board and SMU School of Information Systems.
Mark Millar, Managing Partner, M Power Associates
Independent advisor Mark Millar leverages over 25 years of global business experience to deliver practical knowledge and educated insights that help companies navigate the complex landscapes across markets in Asia, improve the efficiency of their supply chain ecosystems, increase market awareness and make better informed business decisions. He is a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University as well as author of “Global Supply Chain Ecosystems”, and is recognised as one of the “China Supply Chain Top 20” and was named in the 2014 USA listing of “Top Pros-to-Know in Supply Chain”. Millar has led business development initiatives across ten Asian countries. In the past he has worked with Thorn EMI, Exel Contract Logistics (now DHL) and UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
Vivek Sood, Chairman and Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Group
For over 25 years Vivek Sood has empowered corporations on five continents to achieve their peak potential in operations, strategy and all components of their entire supply chain. In January 2000, he co-founded and managed Global Supply Chain Group, a high impact services company made up of supply chain pioneers and thought leaders who work only on selected high impact strategy projects with some of the largest corporations in the world. Prior to that, Sood was a management consultant with top-tier strategy consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has also worked with some of the most innovative green technology companies to help create outstanding supply chains from scratch valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars in periods of as short as 18 months.
Lionel Choong, Board Vice Chairman of Emerson Radio Corp. & CFO of Global Regency Ltd
Lionel Choong is independent vice chairman of the board of Emerson Radio, currently acting CFO for Global Regency, a partner for large retailers handling annual FOB turnover exceeding US$150m. He has a wide range of experience in a variety of senior financial positions with companies in Hong Kong, the PRC and London. His experience encompasses logistics, branded apparel, consumer and lifestyle, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, building businesses, and corporate finance.
Marcelo Wesseler, CEO, SingPost eCommerce
Marcelo Wesseler is CEO of SingPost eCommerce, a member of the Singapore Post Group. Prior to joining Singapore Post, Marcelo was head of e-Commerce at RS Components Asia Pacific where he was responsible for growing the business to more than $100m annually. During his eight year tenure at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, he was responsible for development of their US eCommerce site and global direct consumer sales. He also established an entirely new e-commerce delivery organization in Singapore and Shanghai. Marcelo started his career as a senior eCommerce consultant at KPMG Consulting in Switzerland and he was an early eCommerce pioneer when he helped establish sonystyle.com, mini.com, bmw.com and one of Europe's first online shopping platforms together with Deutsche Post in 1997.
Eckart Dutz, Co-Founder Vietnam Supply Chain, General Director Pacific Partners (VN), Ltd.
Eckart Dutz is general director of Rapi B2B Office Solutions, as well as general director of Pacific Partners, a sourcing company specialized in fast moving consumer goods. He is co-founder of Vietnam Supply Chain and has in the past served on the board of advisors of the Vietnam Supply Chain Council as well as been an advisor to the Sourcing & Purchasing Club Vietnam. In the past, Dutz has worked for Unilever in Vietnam, Thailand, Netherlands, Germany in various supply chain positions, most recently as regional supply chain manager for Ice Cream for South East Asia.
Keith Carter, Visiting Senior Fellow of Decision Sciences at the NUS Business School, Singapore
Keith Carter is visiting senior fellow of decision sciences at the National University of Singapore Business School. He has established and led global supply chain initiatives including: supply chain intelligence, knowledge management, transformation governance, and data management. Keith worked for the Estee Lauder Companies tasked to lead the strategic and tactical supply chain operations of global multi-plants to improve the overall performance of the company.
David Sneddon, Former MD of HK and SEA, IDS Group
David Sneddon has over 22 years of supply chain leadership experience and is a commercially oriented senior executive with tested skills in company restructuring, development and leadership. His experience stems from participation in complex supply chain environments across the Asia Pacific region. He commenced his career with Linfox, Australia’s largest privately owned Logistics company, culminating in him joining Coca-Cola to establish and lead the supply chain function of the Malaysian anchor bottler. Sneddon had a 10 year career with the Li & Fung, performing key business unit and functional leadership roles across greater China and SEA. Since returning to Australia in 2010, he has played an instrumental role in the turnaround of West Australian Freight, led the development of commercial and technical work streams as CEO of New Energy Corporation, and was most recently was executive director of Reliance Franchise Partners.
Scott D. Williams, Vice President of Programs & Services at AmCham
Scott Douglas Williams is vice president of programs and services at AmCham, overseeing business development and marketing, the SME centre and Virtual Platform, memberships, committees, events, corporate Visa program, Yangtze River Delta. Williams works closely with stakeholders to ensure market leading services and programs which facilitate healthy US-China business growth. Prior to joining AmCham Shanghai in August 2012, Williams headed finished product delivery logistics for Nokia’s for greater China markets. In the past, Williams spent 15 years in the freight, transport supply chain logistics sectors at senior management levels including for FedEx Express and DHL Express. In the past, he spent ten years in consulting and franchising.
Jim Serstad, Managing Director, Tompkins International
Jim Serstad is managing director Asia of Tompkins International. Having first visited China in 1988 and having lived there for 15 years, he understands the unique challenges of logistics in China. With Tompkins, Serstad led projects including a home furnishings distribution network design, automation design in the apparel industry and fulfilment centre design in ecommerce. Prior to Tompkins he worked for a US consulting firm, PRI, where he helped foreign manufacturers enter the China market. A notable project was the acquisition of a Flextronics-Ericsson joint venture factory which was transformed into a low-volume high-mix contract manufacturer which he then managed. Serstad holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from Purdue University.
Shawn Tay, Manager Strategy and Analytics, Hewlett Packard, APAC & Japan
Shawn Tay is one of the founding members of the Asia office of the HP Strategic Planning and Modeling (SPaM) team where he is currently a strategy and analytics manager. SPaM is HP’s analytics “special forces” team, supporting HP businesses on mission-critical strategic decisions and driving innovation in HP through analytics and operations research. Tay has almost two decades of professional supply chain experience in operations, consulting and third party logistics and was the 2009 Supply Chain Asia manager of the year. Prior to HP he worked with Safeway, Walmart, the Tibbett and Britten group (now part of DHL) and Deloitte Consulting.
Long Wong, Chief Operating Officer, UCO
Long Wong is chief operating officer of UCO, the market share leader on Tmall’s skin care/cosmetics category. He has extensive experience in eCommerce operation, having worked with/consulted for many leading B2C companies including Amazon, Vancl, Moonbasa and PPG, as well as traditional retailers looking to launch eCommerce businesses in China. Long was the director of transportation and supply chain for Amazon China and previously worked at Amazon in the US. His other experience includes head of supply chain for Metersbonwe (a leading Chinese casual wear brand) and consulting manager at KPMG.
Mathew Welch, Partner, Asia Capital & Advisors
Mathew Welch has over 25 years of financial services experience in Asia. He has a strong track record of building and leading various financial institutions businesses throughout the region. Previously, Welch was global head of banks for Standard Chartered. He began his career at SCB as FI Head of Asia, and in that capacity from 2003, grew the FI revenues of Standard Chartered more than fivefold in a four year period. Welch worked at Merrill Lynch FIG Investment Banking in the early 2000’s and in that capacity was involved in transactions such as the NYSE ADR listing of HDFC Bank of India, and the privatization of Bank Central Asia in Indonesia.
Paul W. Bradley, Chairman and CEO, Caprica International
Paul Bradley chairman and CEO of Caprica International, Asian advisory board member for the Avista-Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank joint venture, vice chairman of Supply Chain Asia, strategic advisor to the CEO’s of several Asian companies and is also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures. He has been involved in the successful launch of two IPO’s. He previously served as president of Arshiya International, a leading Indian multinational company focusing on supply chain management, FTWZ logistics parks and rail operations. In the past, Bradley also served as MD of IDS International, a part of the Li & Fung group of companies. He was selected as a “New Asian Leader” by the World Economic Forum and “Asian Supply Chain Manager of the Year” by Lloyds Publications.
Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan, President and Global Head of Finance, Olam International
Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan is the president and global head finance of Olam International Limited. He also heads and drives worldwide corporate planning department, capital investment and review committee and sustained cost management initiative, along with being CFO of Invenio, a subsidiary of Olam. Venkita has more than 22 years of extensive experience in leadership areas, including oversight on multiple subsidiaries & product verticals, risk control & management, processes reviews, and more.