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FIATA rolls out Dublin programme

[ August 1, 2016   //   ]

FIATA has updated its programme for this year’s Congress in Dublin, Ireland on 3-8 October.

Keynote speakers on the opening day of the conference on 5 October include AirBridgeCargo Airlines executive president, Denis Ilin, and secretary general of the International Road Transport Union, Umberto de Pretto, who will address Congress on the subject of ‘Working Smart – World Solutions to traders’.

The opening day’s conference will then break into simultaneous Regional Leaders’ Dialogue sessions – Africa/Middle-East, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe – before concluding with FIATA’s Advisory Body Legal Matters session, featuring K & L Gates partner, Scott Megregian and TRACE International Maritime Initiatives strategic advisor, Jake Storey.

Other confirmed speakers include European Commission head of customs legislation Susanne Aigner and International Chamber of Commerce taxation, customs and trade facilitation policy manager, Donia Hammami. This session will be moderated by past chairperson of Irish Revenue Commissioners and current chairperson of the Irish Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily.

Innovation in technology is also up for discussion in the ‘Meet the experts: Managing technology with the advice of the FIATA Advisory Body Information Technology’ session which will feature Oliver Evans, from Matternet, who will speak about Drone Logistics.

As previously announced, World Customs Organisation secretary general, that Kunio Mikuriya will be the guest of honour for the opening ceremony of the Congress. Aligning with the Congress theme of Where Networking Comes Naturally, Ruth Waring of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd will speak about effective networking.

Key themes for the Congress this year include competition compliance, customs and borders, innovation, multi-modal, regulation and security. There is also a focus on new technologies and congress has attracted a number of software and technological partners who will exhibit in parallel.

President of Irish International Freight Association, Tom Thornton, said: “FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 will cover a range of important topics and issues of concern for our members and delegates. It is a wonderful opportunity for executives and business owners from the global forwarding and logistics industry to meet for knowledge sharing, networking and business development.”

As previously reported, FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year will be announced at the opening ceremony on 5 October.

The overall international winner of the competition will be chosen from four regional winners – Lorraine Zhou, Zimbabwe (Africa/Middle East); Evgeny Kapustin, Canada (Americas); Shanon Gould, Australia (Asia Pacific); and Kostiantyn Hapii, Ukraine (Europe). The competition is sponsored by insurance company TT Club.

The four regional winners will also attend the Young Professionals Forum on 4 October, 2016, a dedicated session in which each winner speaks for ten minutes on their winning dissertations, followed by a forum session.

For further information on the FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 speaker programme please see or