Forward20 by Flexport | October 14th, 8:30 am PT

The Agile Supply Chain Advantage

Flexport’s digital summit is where logistics pros, supply chain leaders, and global trade experts convene. Come see how agility can make disruptive events like Covid-19 pivot points for enduring success.

Five Takeaways to Counter Disruption

Trends and insights

Disruption has accelerated current trends. Get insights that can speed response times, keeping you a step ahead.

Clarity over chaos

Harness your data for market advantage. Hear how new technology enables agile operations.

Expanded Options

Fully grasp transport options to make strategic decisions in ocean, air, and trucking for a competitive edge.

Strategies for agility

Companies are pivoting—from stores to e-commerce, b2b to b2c. Learn how agility and resilience fuel success.

Forward planning

Logistics keeps changing fast. Stay ahead of trends in digitization, modes, and sustainability.

Move Past Chaos

Join us on October 14th as we unpack the benefits of agility for your supply chain. Save your spot now.

FORWARD20 Agenda

Keynote kicks off live at 8:30 am PT on October 14, followed by on-demand sessions covering topics from tech to trade lanes.

8:30-9:15 am PT

More than creating new trends, the pandemic has accelerated current ones. Hear CEO Ryan Petersen and Chief Economist Phil Levy share the big picture and scan ahead for what’s next in global trade.

Breakout Session

2020 has raised the stakes for taking global trade online. Learn how the Flexport platform boosts visibility and control with role-based personalization, widgets, and improved collaboration and mobility.

Breakout Session

With reliability and rates diverging, responding to major ocean trends is more challenging than ever. Learn how to master capacity crunches and new sourcing patterns for better positioning.

Breakout Session

Coming off the back of record-high rates, what’s next for air? Get the latest on unusual demand trends and how airlines are bracing for fall launches and (hopefully) potential vaccine distributions.

Breakout Session

Take stock of your supply chain from end-to-end. This session digs into the efficiencies that can be gained in the connective tissue between air, ocean, and land.

Breakout Session

Flexport and Boston Consulting Group explore how a decade of “black swan” events has accelerated the trends that are shaping global logistics and trade—and what to expect in 2021.

Breakout Session

Dive into the regional nuances impacting trade across, to, and from Europe. This session looks at the interplay of supply and demand and the best ways to navigate the changing dynamics affecting the region.

Breakout Session

With its recovery head start, Asia may be a glimpse into the future. What can we learn? Where are the opportunities for more efficient, cost-effective supply chains?


Ryan Petersen

Prior to founding Flexport, Ryan was co-founder and CEO of, a data-as-a-service business for global shipping. He holds a BS in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.

Sanne Manders

Sanne is COO of Flexport. Prior, he was at BCG, leading customer relations in its logistics and supply chain practice. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University.

James Chen

James drives Flexport’s product vision & technology strategy. He was most recently a Director of Technology at Amazon, and prior was a CTO at both Jenzabar and Rakuten. James holds a BS degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Camille Egloff

Camille leads BCG’s transportation & logistics sector globally. She advises clients ranging from large corporations to family businesses to startups across the globe, focusing on large-scale transformations.

Mariken Kruijff

Mariken is building Flexport’s global freight network after leading transformations in Asia and Europe with TNT, Randstad and Berenschot, where she founded its change management advisory group. She holds an MS in Psychology & Law from Leiden University.

Phil Levy

Phil’s research helps Flexport clients better understand how global economics will impact supply chains. Prior, he was on the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and held positions with the White House and U.S. State Dept. He has a Ph.D. from Stanford.

Neel Jones Shah

A recognized leader in the global logistics industry, Neel was formerly SVP/Chief Cargo Officer at Delta Airlines and VP Sales/Marketing at United Airlines. He sits on the board of TIACA Amerijet International and holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Nerijus Poskus

Nerijus leads Flexport’s long-term ocean strategy, working with clients and carriers to innovate global ocean services. Previously, Nerijus led ocean freight procurement and pricing at Flexport and managed sea freight pricing at Kuehne + Nagel.

Jan van Casteren

Jan is building Flexport’s European client base and operations and establishing new, critical relationships with Europe's greater logistics network. He was most recently a project leader for the Boston Consulting Group.

Tom Gould

Tom leads Global Customs at Flexport. Prior, he was Sr. Director, Customs & International Trade for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. He is a member of the U.S. CBP’s Trade Support Network, and served on the board of the Foreign Trade Association.

Yuko Kamae

Yuko leads product roadmap and execution at Flexport. Before Flexport, Yuko led a product management team at Rakuten. She also led product and operational initiatives at Etsy, GREE International, and Yahoo!. She holds an MBA from Stanford.

Julie Harris

Julie focuses on helping international companies gain more value from their supply chains. Prior to Flexport, Julie worked in China for eight years managing partnerships with key global brands. She holds MBAs from Columbia and London Business School.

Silvio Strathausen

Silvio oversees Flexport’s Americas air and ocean consolidation products, building on more than 22 years of airfreight experience at Panalpina. Throughout his career, he’s held positions in operations, procurement and trade lane management.

Jason Parker

Jason oversees North American trucking partnerships and procurement at Flexport and leads global trucking strategy with focus on transmission-technology initiatives. Prior to joining Flexport, he spent five years at Toll Global in New Zealand.

Dharshini Shegran

Dharshini manages ocean freight carrier strategy, procurement and origin partnerships to help customers navigate complexities of shipping from the Indian Subcontinent. She’s spent her career focusing on supply chain efficiency and operational expertise.

Ken Fong

Born in Hong Kong and raised in San Francisco, Ken has over 20 years of experience in logistics. Ken managed accounts and operations in New York before moving to Hong Kong. Prior to that, he managed air freight operations at Expeditors International.

Move Past Chaos

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