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Speaker profiles

Mr GU Qiangsheng, General Manager of Wuhan Port Group, 55% owned by Shanghai International Port Group. The highest ranking official seconded by SIPG to Wuhan, Mr Gu is also general manager of the group’s subsidiary Wuhan Port Container Co, which currently handles the bulk of container traffic in Wuhan.

Mr Gu has a reputation of being efficient as well as scholarly. His depth of knowledge about the Yangtze is widely respected among his peers.

 

Mr HUANG Qiang, Party Secretary, the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs, Chinese Ministry of Transport

Still in his 40s, Mr Huang belongs to a new generation of communist officials who are knowledgeable and passionate about the industry they oversee. After rising through the ranks in the Yangtze Waterway Bureau, Wuhan Waterway Industrial Institute and the Three Gorges Dam Administration, at the age of 42, he became the youngest-ever director of the Yangtze River Administration of Navigational Affairs under the Chinese Ministry of Transport, in charge of the whole of the Yangtze. In August 2005, he was promoted to the position of its Party Secretary. Over the past decade, he has been the driving force for open governance along the Yangtze.



Ms Tobie Gordon, Head of Supply Chain & Business Process Improvement, Greater China at Nestle.

Ms Gordon is a US national, who graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a BA in International Economics. In 1985 she joined Nestle USA, the US branch of Nestle SA, the world’s largest food company. Nestle has offered her exposure to a variety of disciplines including finance and control, project management, sales and logistics.

Based in Nestle’s China operations since 1994, she now leads Nestle’s Greater China region supply chain. This function oversees customer service, physical logistics and demand and supply planning for Nestle’s operations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mongolia.


Mr Jens Eskelund, Managing Director of Maersk China Limited, was born in Denmark in 1970. He received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Aarhus and studied Chinese at Renmin University. Arriving in Beijing as a student in 1998, Mr Eskelund has since worked as Commercial Officer at the Danish Embassy to China before taking on a position as Marketing Manager for Maersk Line in Beijing in 2000. He subsequently held positions as General Manager for Public Affairs for Maersk Line in China and Director of Public Affairs for North Asia.

Mr Eskelund is currently Chairman of the Maritime Working Group and a State Representative on the Executive Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in China. He is also Vice Chairman of the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China.

Mr Robert Hu, Director of Imports and Exports, TPV (Wuhan)

Born in 1979 in Hukou, Hubei province, Robert Hu joined TPV (Wuhan) in February 2004 as a customs clearance specialist. He was heavily involved in day-to-day dealings with commodity inspection and testing officials. Having played an instrumental role in establishing the company’s logistic chain involving road, rail, waterway and air, he was promoted to the position of director of imports and exports at the beginning of 2009.

Mr Li Wu, Assistant General Manager of Lifan Industry Group in charge of supply chain

Mr Li, a native of Chengdu, joined Lifan in 2010 after working for Huawei Technology for three years in charge of global sourcing. Between 2002 and 2007, he was based in Shanghai for the pharmaceutical company Wyeth as its China logistics manager. In the 1990s he worked as Sichuan International Co-op Corporation’s sourcing manager for projects in Kenya and Tanzania before returning to China to work for DHL.

Mr Gao Xiong, Chief Engineer and Deputy Director of the Three Gorges Administration of Navigational Affairs until 2010 and now adviser to China Three Gorges Corp

Known as ‘the father of the shiplocks’, Mr Gao has been actively involved in the construction and management of the shiplocks first at Gezhouba Dam and then at the Three Gorges Dam. He is a member of the State Council’s Three Gorges Phase Three Inspection Team, a member of the expert panel for the Three Gorges Shiplift and a member of the expert committee of the Yangtze River Administration.

Mr Irgen Iversen, Vice President (Special Projects) Odfjell Terminals

Mr Iversen joined the world’s largest liquid chemical carrier as a sailor in 1982 and rose through the ranks until 1995 when he was appointed Port Captain by Odfjell Tankers, stationed in Houston and responsible for ship and port operations in North America including the Caribbean and Mexico. In this position he worked closely with the US regulators, legislators and politicians and developed great insight into the regulatory and operational framework on the Mississippi River. He was transferred to South Korea in 2001 before being moved to Shanghai in 2008 as VP of Business Development for Odfjell Terminals Asia Pacific and general manager of a Sino-Norwegian chemical tanker joint venture.

 

     
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