Ilhami Arslanoglu was appointed as the Regional Head of DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation Asia Pacific in mid-2018 and has led DHL’s Auto-Mobility sector team in the region since 2012. He leads a team responsible for the Group’s top automotive customers in the region, providing senior day-to-day counsel to help simplify and manage complex international supply chains for the world’s leading enterprises.
An industry veteran, Ilhami’s has more than 20 years of logistics industry experience – with more than 15 years focused on the automotive logistics industry.
Ilhami first joined DHL in 2007 as DHL Supply Chain EMEA’s Vice President for Automotive and Industrial. He then moved to DHL Global Customer Solutions in EMEA as VP, Subsector lead Passenger Vehicles and Global Customer Manager, Automotive.
Ilhami graduated from the Corporate State University in Mannheim, Germany with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Logistics.
Vikas Anand is Managing Director of DHL Supply Chain India Pvt. Ltd. based out of Mumbai, he is responsible for running the DSC India business which includes all warehousing and distribution operations, business development, new projects implementation and manage the P & L for DHL Supply Chain in India.
Vikas oversees 8500 plus employees spread over more than 50 cities across India.
Vikas joined DHL as Supply Chain Manager in the Middle East based at Dubai, before moving to India in 2005. Since then, he has held various positions within DHL viz National SPL Head and General Manager- Logistics. His last job was Chief Operating Officer before he was appointed to his current role.
Vikas has had previous stints in Supply Chain with large global organizations. He has worked and travelled extensively in Asia, Middle East and North America.
Vikas is a Mechanical Engineer from Delhi College of Engineering and an MBA from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi, with extensive industry experience of over 22 years. Vikas is married and has 2 children.
Amit Dawar heads the Customs & Integrated Logistics division of DHL Global Forwarding in India & South Asia. This entails Customs & Regulatory Compliance, Road Transport, Free Trade Zones and Bonded Warehouses. Additionally he also leads the South 2 region comprising of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Amit has over 20 years of experience in this field with extensive work done in the areas of Customs and Special Economic Zones. Value Added Services is a critical function of the business and Amit has several firsts to his credit, having introduced innovative solutions for customers. Amongst them was setting up DHL Global Forwarding’s facility in Chennai’s Free Trade Zone, the first MNC forwarder to have taken this path breaking initiative.
Moving the business towards digitized logistics solutions, Amit was instrumental in recently setting up RedOwl, a high-tech control center which provides uninterrupted tracking and handling of regulatory requirements mandated by the Government of India for road freight movements.
Amit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a qualified Customs Broker.
Niki Frank is the CEO of DHL Global Forwarding India, responsible for leading, developing and controlling the business and operations at country level to achieve short and long term financial and operational objectives.
Prior to his current role, Niki was Head of Global Business Strategy and Lead for DHL Global Forwarding’s Certified Program. He was part of the DHL Global Forwarding Management Board and responsible for driving the key strategic initiatives and priorities. Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Strategy for Deutsche Post DHL, responsible for Strategy 2020.
Niki has earlier worked with Boston Consulting Group. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Maastricht.
DHL’s Innovation Centres seek to showcase the future of the logistics through technology and innovation. As Innovation Manager in the Asia Pacific Innovation Center, Chuan drives operational excellence initiatives through digital transformation. His expertise lie in the areas of Robotics, Automation and Digital Twins. Prior to his current role, he led strategic supply chain transformation projects in the ASEAN region. His consulting background and discipline in the field of engineering enables him to define and apply practical solutions tailored to business requirements.
Based in Singapore, Steve Thompsett is the Chief Customer Officer for DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific. Steve has been with DHL for 25 years and has held a number of key leadership positions spanning more than 20 markets in four regions.
Steve currently leads a team of more than 150 individuals across the Asia Pacific region, and works with the team to drive the DHL Customer Centricity agenda.
Steve describes himself as a results driven leader who values a balanced approach to the workplace with a strong focus on trust. His vast experience in the supply chain industry entails relationships with a number of key customers, building partnerships and deriving value for all stakeholders.
Steve first joined the DHL family through National Freight Consortium (later to become Exel) back in 1992. He lived in the UK for ten years before moving to Hong Kong in 2001 where he was part of the project team that led the acquisition of Exel Consolidated Services (later known as International Supply Chain) in 2003 and operated within the freight division of DHL for three years.
After six years in Hong Kong, Steve moved to Australia in 2008 and took on a business development role, helping the business to triple in size by 2016.
Steve is married with three children & enjoys most sports, especially cricket, golf and rugby.
A dynamic business leader with an entrepreneurial mindset, Suryansh is the global head of FarEye's supply chain offering- FarEye Transportation. He responsible for setting the long-term vision and product roadmap, drive strategic partnerships and scale the product across multiple geographies. A seasoned supply chain expert with 6 sigma certification, Suryansh is passionate about solving challenges in the industry leveraging new-age technologies.
Wim Elshout is ABB’s Group e-Mobility Solutions Area Manager for Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific since January 2017. In his role he is responsible for the business development, project execution and service of ABB’s e-Mobility solutions for cars, buses and trucks in these emerging and overseas markets.
Wim is responsible for ABB’s technology partnership with the fast growing Charge Point Operators and OEMs in the emerging and overseas markets. Together with these partners Wim introduced the first public Fast Chargers for cars in the Asia Pacific markets in Japan, Singapore and Australia.
ABB's leading market position originates from the strong relation with the car, bus and truck OEM’s. Together with one of Europe’s main electric bus OEM’s, Wim introduced electric busses and charging infrastructure in Singapore, The Netherlands and Belgium. Wim grew up in the Oil and Gas industry where he spent 20 years of his career in various service and business development roles in the US, Asia and Europe. After 20 years in the industry he decided to make the change to contribute to the energy transition and the change in global mobility.
Wim holds a B.Eng from the Amsterdam Polytechnic. He brings insights in the fast changing world of mobility that impacts many industries around the world today and tomorrow.
Ajay Nair is helping to make things come alive. A pallet in the container or the container on the ship is now smart enough to post their status – ‘Where am I’ & ‘How am I.’
Ajay is working with Sigfox, a 0G network to help things (devices) transfer small amounts of secure data across long distances with high quality of services and in a truly energy-efficient manner. In his role, Ajay is working extensively with a vast ecosystem of solution partners to provide low cost ubiquitous connectivity and international mobility to smart devices with no roaming charges.
Ajay is based out of Bangalore, India and a call away to help you discover a viable and sustainable digital solution of scale.
R Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non – executive chairman of Castrol India and also as an independent director of Hemas Holding PLC, Sri Lanka. He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has also authored nine books.
Blaise Cardozo is the Asia Region Leader – Customs and leads the Asia Customs & Foreign Trade function for General Electric (GE) in Asia. He along with his team covers customs law for India, ASEAN, China & ANZ. He has around 20 years of varied experience in the industry and has worked in the field of Finance, Customs / Foreign trade and Logistics. Blaise is a Finance post graduate by education and a MBA.
He has been instrumental in setting up the Shared service Customs function in GE which advises and supports almost 200+ sites across Asia on customs and Trade matters. He has been representing GE at various government sessions on customs and Foreign trade matters.
Pramod Sant, Vice President in Siemens Ltd’s Mumbai Office, heads the Imports Export and Customs for the South Asia region that includes India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives. He brings more than 30 years of experience in Supply chain Management, procurement, Logistics, Imports Export and Foreign Trade.
Heading Imports Exports and Logistics for Siemens Ltd and group companies handles more than 45,000 shipments and top importer at Air cargo complex Mumbai. One of first company to obtain AEO -Tier II . Presently having average clearance time of 1.12 days for these shipments, which is one of the lowest across India.
He has implemented comprehensive web based system to track all Imports Export details, licenses and export obligation as well as KPI for Freight forwarders and Custom Brokers to improve productivity and ensure legal compliance.
Has long experience in handling project cargo, ODC etc. in India and established high standards in handling Project cargo by combining method statements, environment health and safety. Some of best practice cases are published and awarded globally.
Has published many articles and research papers on Supply Chain Management, Import Exports and Logistics. Actively participate in various forums to train people in Supply chain –Logistic, Imports Exports as Adviser, core committee member, jury, speaker and panel member. He is associated with various IIM, top B schools and colleges.
He was recently awarded honorary “Doctor in Excellence “ in Supply Chain Management by Young Scientist US University.
Gert leads the development of the Renewable Energy segment in DHL CSI Energy Sector. He has held many roles in providing logistics and consulting services to both the Energy and Automotive Industry in Europe, Middle East and Asia. Gert has been with the DHL Energy sector since its inception in 2010 being and was in charge of its strategy until recently. Before joining DHL, he was a supply chain consultant with Ernst and Young and Capgemini.
Fathi Tlatli has been with DHL for 15 years starting in 2004 as Vice President for the EMEA Engineering & Manufacturing Sector then receiving additional responsibility for the Global Aerospace Sector in 2007.
In 2009 he moved to his current role as President of DHL’s Global Auto-Mobility Sector now responsible for the strategy, development and the global customer management program for DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation. Fathi is holder of a MBA in International Management (University of Leuven) and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (University of Louvain).
In addition, he has diplomas in Integrated Supply Chain Management (University of Stanford) and International General Management (IMD). Fathi is the author of books on Time Management (Effective Time Management, Gestion 2000) and marketing in Emerging Markets (Successful Marketing in Emerging Markets, Gestion 2000), as well as articles in the international management field.
Amlan is leading Ford International Market Group’s Center of Excellence on Inbound Logistics, Supply Chain, Customs & Export Ops and Forward Model Costing and responsible for Ford’s Asia Pacific, MEA and S American operations.
With over 20+ years of Automotive experience across multiple Ford operations in India, China, Thailand and Europe, Amlan is passionately driving the End-to-End Digitization of the entire Logistics & Supply Chain Operations with a firm conviction and promise of a Transformational change in the Global Logistics & Supply Chain space.
Amlan is a frequent speaker and contributor to international Automotive Conferences and Journals and keenly engages a rich network of Industry Professionals and Automotive Bodies to drive the common cause of Logistics
Vasudevan Rajagopalan is a Senior Management Professional and Regulatory Expert in the area of Customs Clearance and Logistics.
He has hands on experience of more than 25 years in express logistics, warehousing, transportation, sea & air freight, project transportation of over dimensional & heavy weight cargo, container stuffing and planning.
He has been an active contributor in the regulatory developments for the Express Industry since 2004. Former Member in the Committee set up in 2014 for Ease of doing business by Directorate General of Foreign Trade.
He is involved with Trade associations like Express Industry Council of India (EICI), Retailer Association of India (RAI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO), etc.
He is currently working with DHL Express (India) Private Limited as “Head Customs Compliance - India”
He is a Commerce Graduate and has done Diploma In Foreign Trade Management from Mumbai University. He has qualified in the various exams held by Customs for Customs Broker ( G card, Category I and regulation 8).
Directorate of Revenue Intelligence as well as Mumbai Customs have recognised him for supporting the department. He also gives guest lectures in NACIN, Mumbai
Vasu is currently based in Mumbai.
By qualification, Vivekanand is an electronics engineer from 1992 batch and have rich experience of 25 years working with organizations focused on technology & technology solutions. Over these 25 years, he has gathered experience in various domains e.g. warehouse automation & robotics, process control, plant automation, display technologies & video networks.
In his current assignment he is working as the Country Manager India and APAC for GreyOrange, a multinational organization that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for automation in warehouse, distribution & fulfillment centers.
Before joining GreyOrange, he worked as a Country Director for Barco, a Belgium based multinational that designs manufacture and deploy high-end visualization systems for Control Rooms, Collaboration Rooms, Healthcare, and Entertainment.
Vivekanand has also worked for ABB in the early start of his professional career focusing on the process control instrumentation & plant automation.
Vivekanand is a fun loving person. Emerging technologies fascinate him. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies & listening to music.
Maharana is a Senior Manager in GE Global Sourcing and heads the Logistic Centre of Excellence in India for Power, Water & Renewable Energy. His career started with logistics companies and, in the past 15 years, with major icons such as Tata Projects Ltd, L&T Power, and now GE Power & Renewable Energy.
With 23 years of experience in logistics, warehousing, and export & import in India and international markets, Maharana has successfully completed end-to-end logistics initiatives in a range of projects including super critical thermal power, hydro power, and wind power in India, Australia, China, Vietnam, and Thailand. He has also completed logistics initiatives for water projects in the US and the Middle East.
Shri worked for 6 years for the Shipping Corporation of India, from 1986 to 1992, before joining the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). He served for 25 years as Assistant Commissioner, Dy. Commissioner, Jt/Additional Commissioner, and Commissioner at various locations across India including Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Pune with responsibility for Central Excise, Service Tax, Customs, Intelligence & Investigation in DGCEI, GST (Audit), and more.
Kalpesh is Senior Vice President of Corporate Supply Chain Management & Business Development at Fiat India Automobiles. In this role he is responsible for supply chain management and business development of the organization’s car, powertrain, and corporate divisions located in Ranjangaon, near Pune.
Kalpesh has spent almost two and half decades in supply chain management, purchasing, supplier development, and business development in several industries: automotive, consumer durables, and engineering.
During his career, Kalpesh was closely involved in establishing supply chain business models and business practices for five green field projects in India as well as overseas.
Sami has 20 years of experience in the logistics industry in various roles within DHL. He is a native of Finland and has worked for most of his professional career in Asia Pacific initially based in China, for the last 14 years he has been based in Singapore. Sami holds an MBA from Helsinki School of Economics. In his current role he is responsible for the Engineering, Manufacturing & Energy sector in Asia Pacific for DHL.