FORWARD20 by Flexport

If you missed our digital summit, FORWARD20, you can still capture all the insights you need to build an agile supply chain advantage. Watch on-demand sessions featuring logistics pros, supply chain leaders, and global trade experts discuss how to 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.

FORWARD20 Agenda

Keynote kicks off live at 8:30 am PT/ 5:30 pm CEST on October 14, followed by on-demand sessions covering topics from tech to trade lanes.


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

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.

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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.

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 leads Flexport’s Global Key Account Segment which builds solutions for some of the world’s largest and most complex Supply Chains. Prior to Flexport, Julie worked in China for eight years managing partnerships with key global brands. She holds MBAs from Columbia University, London Business School, and the University of Hong Kong.

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.

Sandor van Kesteren

Head of Supply Chain & Logistics, Midea International Business

Sandor joined Midea in 2018 to drive transformation towards a customer-driven & responsive supply chain. He started his career in Sales & Operations Planning in P&G and subsequently served in various global supply chain roles at Royal Philips in Europe, Middle East and China.

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