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Jaime Basagoitia

Vice President & General Manager | Trans-Express

For over 10 years Jaime Basagoitia has steered Trans-Express through a rapid expansion, both financially and geographically overseas. He was instrumental in migrating Trans-Express from a brick and mortar mail forwarding company to an e-commerce intensive shipping company. Trans-Express is best known for providing foreign consumers with a US based “ship to” address. This service makes it possible for a foreign person or company to shop on line at US Stores. Trans Express’ business model solves one of the most pressing issues in International E-commerce today: cost-effective international delivery of direct ordered goods to single users worldwide. He was also instrumental in developing strategic alliances both in and outside the world of logistics. His experience in forging these alliances during the transition time to a digital economy, gave him an insider’s view and understanding of the trends now dominating the industry. Basagoitia was a featured speaker at the World Mail and Express Forum, where the topic was the “role of E-commerce in the world of Postal Organizations”. He is a graduate from Texas A&M University and holds a double degree in Design and Construction Management.

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Maria Luisa Boyce

Vice President for International Policy | UPS Global Public Affairs

In her current role, she advocates for UPS’s priorities on Capitol Hill, supports the company’s government affairs efforts in Latin America, is part of the UPS core team leading our UPS Women Exporter Program and serves as a liaison for UPS to National Hispanic Organizations. Prior to joining UPS, Boyce served as U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Private Sector Engagement and Director for the Office of Trade Relations. She assumed this role after serving as the Assistant Commissioner for CBP’s Office of Public Affairs. She managed the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) and the User Fee Advisory Committee (UFAC), as well as the relationship between COAC and CPB’s Senior Staff.
Before joining the federal government, Boyce served as President of the Border Trade Alliance, a non-profit organization that represents 2 million stakeholders involved in border and trade issues in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Boyce earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She has also earned a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for completing the Strategic Management for Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies Executive Course.

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Barry Conlon

CEO | Overhaul

Barry Conlon is the CEO and founder of Overhaul, an Austin-based company that provides intelligent, real-time supply chain visibility and risk-management software solutions for global shippers and logistics providers. He is a dedicated supply chain security professional with more than 30 years of experience within that discipline. Founder and former CEO of FreightWatch (now Sensitech), Conlon is considered one of the originators of modern-day supply chain security standards and best practices that have been adopted by shippers of high-value freight worldwide.He is a former member of the Irish Defense Forces, Irish Special Operations Unit, Army Ranger Wing, and gained unique security operations experience in all aspects of Special Forces Operations during his eleven-year tenure. He moved from Ireland to Texas and became a citizen in 2011.

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Ralph Cutié

Interim Director | Miami International Airport

Ralph Cutié oversees operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports in the Miami area, which together generate $31.9 billion in business revenue and support more than 275,000 direct and indirect jobs. MIA leads the way, handling more than 46 million passengers and more than two million tons of cargo annually, placing it among America’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports. Previously, Cutié served as Assistant Director for Facilities Management and Engineering, overseeing the largest and most diverse division within the Aviation Department. He is a 30-year County veteran with more than 32 years’ experience in the fields of project control, critical path method (CPM) scheduling, project management, construction contracting and construction claims administration. In 2006, he transitioned to the Office of Capital Improvements (OCI), where he managed the County’s successful Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP). Also, during his tenure at OCI and ISD, he collaborated with the County Attorney’s Office and the County’s various capital departments to develop the Standard Construction Contract, which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners as the standard for all non-MCC construction projects countywide. Cutié obtained his degree in construction management from Florida International University and possesses numerous certificates in scheduling, project management design-build and claims administration from the National Transit Institute.

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Nathan de Valck

Head, Cargo Product and Cargo Development | Brussels Airport & Chairman | Pharma Aero

Nathan de Valck heads the Cargo Product & Route development team at Brussels Airport. He is responsible for the business development and key account activities for airlines, forwarders and shippers at Brussels Airport, as well as the further development of the BRUcargo digitization and various specializations such as pharma, perishables, animal transport or e-commerce.

In his previous role he took the lead in further strengthening BRUcargo’ s position as the preferred European pharmaceutical gateway. He managed the CEIV pharma community certification program at BRUcargo making Brussels Airport the first cargo community in the world to be CEIV pharma certified.  De Valck has been working in the aviation industry since 2002. His cargo experience ranges from operational management, legal compliance, business development to commercial account management at several airports in Europe for cargo handling agents and airport operators. He is co-founder and current chairman of Pharma.Aero and a full member of the IATA Time and Temperature Working Group.

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Lenny Feldman

Member | Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Lenny Feldman is a Member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Miami office and a member of the firm's Operating Committee. He currently co-chairs the twenty-member U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee providing strategic recommendations directly to CBP and the departments of Homeland Security and the Treasury on issues such as e-commerce policy, trade partnership programs, enforcement and facilitation mechanisms, and regulatory reform. He resolves complex issues pertaining to import classification compliance and tariff engineering; valuation requirements and first sale duty savings; seizure and penalty prior disclosures and mitigation petitions; antidumping and countervailing duty administration and enforcement; trade preference qualification for NAFTA/USMCA, CAFTA-DR, and other programs; and CTPAT/border security certification, validation, and suspension/revocation support. He assists clients with import compliance and enforcement before CBP, DHS, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; export compliance and enforcement before the Census Bureau, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and product safety and admissibility before the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining ST&R, Feldman was a senior attorney with the U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) in Washington, D.C. He was a negotiator of NAFTA and also consulted with foreign customs and trade officials throughout South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The vice president of the United States, the World Customs Organization, and numerous countries recognized him for these efforts. Feldman holds a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

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Céline Hourcade

Founder & Managing Director | Change Horizon

Céline Hourcade is a driver of change with 20 years of experience in international environment, mainly in the aviation industry, having worked for Wavestone, Amadeus, and IATA before creating Change Horizon. As the Head of Cargo Transformation at IATA until 2019, she drove several strategic IATA initiatives, including: The Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) program to attract young talents in the air cargo industry; the Air Cargo Makes It Happen campaign to raise the profile of the air cargo industry; the standard to measure the carbon footprint of air cargo; the StB Cargo program to transform air cargo and make it less fragmented, faster, and smarter and the Interactive Cargo project to “make cargo talk” using IoT. This led her to create Change Horizon, a consulting firm which supports aviation and logistics organizations with their development and transformation programs. She has recently partnered with Emma Murray from Meantime Communications to launch the Women in Aviation & Logistics initiative to improve the gender balance within the air cargo industry. Hourcade serves as non-executive Board member of the Foundation for Future Supply Chain, Senior Fellow of Aerotropolis Institute China (AIC) and Expert Advisor to the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEC).

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Bill Johnson

President World Strategic Forum

Bill Johnson became President of the World Strategic Forum five years ago directing the annual conference where the world’s greatest leaders from the public and private spheres promote dialogue and collaboration. Previously, he was CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce following a 35-year career with Miami-Dade County government.
During his tenure with Miami-Dade, Johnson served in a number of executive positions including eight years as Director of PortMiami; and, as an Assistant County Manager, he had oversight of Miami International Airport. He also served as Director of the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department and has had management responsibility for a number of the County’s large infrastructure projects including construction of the American Airlines Arena and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. At PortMiami, Johnson launched the development of the PortMiami tunnel and the deepening of the port’s channel to accommodate the super-sized cargo vessels that began passing through an expanded Panama Canal in 2016. On the cruise side of the business, he presided over the largest expansion ever of new cruise brands and new cruise vessels solidifying PortMiami as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and has served in a number of leadership roles in business, maritime and economic development organizations at local, state, national and international level including: Vice President, International Association of Ports and Harbors; Chairman, Florida Ports Council; Chairman, World Trade Center Miami Board of Directors; Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Florida District Export Council; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Governors; Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle; and Chair, Miami Beach Latin Chamber of Commerce.

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Juan M. Kuryla, PPM

Director and CEO | PortMiami

On April 1, 2014, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez appointed Juan Kuryla to the position of PortMiami Director and CEO, where he oversees operations and capital development for the cruise capital of the world and global gateway. Prior to this position, since 2009, he was Deputy Port Director where he was responsible for directly overseeing the Port’s five assistant port directors. In 2004 as Assistant Port Director for Maritime Services he served as co-lead negotiator for the Port on all long term agreements executed with cruise and cargo customers as well as oversaw Port operations, facilities management, berthing, and property management, in addition to the customer service, business development, public information and media relations. Kuryla began his career with Miami-Dade County in the Parks and Recreation Department in 1987. He moved to the County’s Finance Department and from here he took the position of Section Head at the County’s Public Works Department’s Road, Bridge and Canal Maintenance Division. After a series of promotions through the County’s Manager Office, from 2001 to 2007, held the positions of Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Assistant Port Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Promotions. Kuryla holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Florida International University. In 2010, he obtained his Professional Port Manager PPM® degree from the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

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Dr. Nicolette Louissaint

Executive Director | Healthcare Ready

At Healthcare Ready, Dr. Louissaint works to meet the most pressing patient needs before, during and after natural disasters, disease outbreaks and catastrophic events. Prior to joining Healthcare Ready, she was the Senior Advisor to the State Department’s Special Coordinator for Ebola during the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014. In this role, she helped coordinate international response efforts. Dr. Louissaint currently serves as the Public Health Representative on FEMA’s National Advisory Council, as a Commissioner on the Baltimore City Sustainability Commission, and as a co-Chair of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HPHSCC) under the Department of Homeland Security, leading on supply chain issues. She holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an M.B.A from the University of Baltimore. She completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Johns Hopkins University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has also been recently been named in The Root 100 most influential African Americans in 2020.

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Nabil Malouli

VP, Global Ecommerce Lead | DHL Supply Chain

Nabil Malouli is VP, Global E-commerce for DHL where he leads the innovation, strategy and product development of its e-commerce solutions. Formerly, he was VP, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation where he oversaw the development of innovative solutions to support Fortune 500 companies doing business globally. He has deep practical experience on solutions related to new technologies enabling customer centricity, digitalization, automation, big data and robotics. Malouli is passionate about innovation, e-commerce, supply chains, customer centricity and entrepreneurship and a regular speaker on the conference circuit. He serves as an advisor to high growth start-ups, accelerators, NGOs and Universities. He holds a Master’s degree in International Trade from the International Business School of Montpellier in France.

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Chris Mangos

Director of Marketing | Miami International Airport (MIA) & Chairman of the 2021 Air Cargo-Supply Chain Americas Trade Show and Conference

Chris Mangos joined MIA in 1988 and has held various positions at MIA. Prior to MIA, he was at Boston-Logan International Airport. At MIA, he is responsible for the communications and marketing for passenger, cargo and air service development. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State University in MA and has also pursued advanced studies at the Columbus International College in Seville, Spain; air service development strategies at ASM in Manchester, England and MBA program studies at Florida Atlantic University. Mangos is a member of the Airports Council International – North America in Washington, DC; serves on the Board of the World Trade Center Miami and has served two terms on the Federal Reserve Bank Trade & Transportation Advisory Council.

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Kevin McAleenan

Former DHS Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Pangiam

As CEO of Pangiam, McAleenan provides security solutions for global travel transforming the travel experience for various businesses. Most recently he served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he managed over 240,000 employees and components of multiple security agencies including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Coast Guard, and more. McAleenan previously served as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner. In 2011 he became the assistant commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations. In this position he was in charge of airport operations and responsible for securing the US border while ensuring lawful trade and travel at 329 ports of entry in the United States, as well as 70 locations in more than 40 countries. He has received numerous awards for his service and leadership including a Presidential Rank Award, the nation’s highest civil service award, the Service to America Medal, and Call to Service Award. He received an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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Jonathan Mellink

Commercial Manager | Seabury Cargo

Jonathan Mellink joined Seabury Cargo in 2016 as part of the analytics team and has been directly involved with the development of new data products and market intelligence solutions for Seabury’s clients in this role. Pror to this, he was in Flexport where he led a global team of operational specialists managing the supply-chain of a broad group of clients. As the commercial manager, he assists Seabury’s clients to improve their business performance and combine industry expertise with advanced analytics to deliver more insights and better commercial decisions. Mellink studied at the University of Groningen and holds a Master of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Strategic Innovation Management.

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Amar More

CEO | Kale Logistics Solutions

Amar More is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in supply chain, consulting and technology industries. He and his team have developed disruptive new generation technology solutions for the logistics industry which are transforming the industry and raising the levels of technology adoption in the SME sector of logistics industry in India and globally. Their work has received global accolades from several international forums as being the “Best Technology Provider to the Logistics Industry” for last 10 years. Among his accomplishments, he is the Domain Controller of Cross Border Domain at United Nations CEFACT; on the panel of trade facilitation experts at UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission of Europe) and elected to represent the technology domain in the air cargo industry on the Board of Directors of TIACA. Also, he has the unique distinction of being the first Indian to receive the “CILT International Young Achiever Award – 2009” for his work in transportation technology and is the past co-Chairman of IT committee of “Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture (MACCIA). More has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Supply Chain Management from India’s premiere institute- NITIE.

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Leandro Moreira

SVP, Corporate Development |Yourway and Chairman Health Technologies Distribution Alliance (HTDA)

Leandro Moreira is the SVP of Corporate Development at Yourway, the Biopharma Services Company, serves as the Chairman of Health Technologies Distribution Alliance (HTDA), and is on the board of directors of Overhaul. He is engaged in global initiatives to promote trade, supply chain security, regulatory compliance, product integrity and patient safety. He proposes collaboration between industry stakeholders to streamline processes, reduce vulnerabilities and create efficiencies in the supply chain. Also, he has held leadership responsibilities in business operations, sales and marketing with experience in the areas of operational process improvement, labor regulations and negotiations, regulatory compliance, new business and product development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate security, crisis management and corporate communications. Moreira is a frequent speaker at global conferences from several organizations such as IATA, TIACA, World Trade Center Miami, Trade Connections, Cargo Facts, Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Coalition, and the US Department of Commerce. He leverages over 20 years years of Fortune 500-level experience in the transportation sector.

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Mirja Nissen

Director, eCommerce Solutions | IBC, Inc.

As director of eCommerce Solutions for IBC Inc., Mirja Nissen currently oversees the development of B2C as well as B2B logistics solutions for US shippers seeking to ship internationally. An important part of this development has been the introduction of ezIBC, a multi carrier delivery platform providing US customers with a multitude of different B2C and B2B export solutions globally, while the primer focus is on Europe and Asia. Prior to this position, she was managing director eCommerce at WCA Ltd. where she developed the company’s eCommerce network organization, while turning the network itself into a leading community in regard to door-to-door delivery and eCommerce logistics excellence. Before this, she was with DHL eCommerce, where she spent over 5 years in charge of cross border lane development covering postal as well commercial parcel traffic. Nissen holds an MBA from Ashridge Business School, and master’s degree in International Logistics & Supply Chain Strategy from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Emir Pineda

Section Chief Passenger, Trade & Logistics Development, Marketing Division | Miami International Airport

Emir Pineda is the Section Chief Passenger, Trade & Logistics Development, Marketing Division, which operates Miami International Airport (MIA). His duties include marketing, trade analysis, logistics and facilities expansion and air service/route development. His career began at Miami International Airport in 1988 as an intern and was then promoted to the position of Marketing Specialist. He recently re-joined the Miami Dade Aviation Department in September of 2015, after more than 20 years working in the public and private sector in various positions such as: Director of Cargo Trade Development at DFW International Airport; consultant at Leigh Fisher Associates; and Director of Marketing and Business Development for Air France/KLM Martinair Cargo where he also served on the Board of Directors of Tampa Cargo. Before returning to MIA, he was the Commercial Route Development Manager for Cargolux, responsible for sales and operations throughout Latin America. Pineda serves on the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Safety and Security Committee whose purpose is to promote applicable cargo security/safety communications between federal agencies and trade associations with the intention of maximizing the State of Florida ability to effectively compete for international trade resources while minimizing barriers for its members. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Liana Presser

Cargo and Operations & Innovation Delivery Organization | American Airlines

Liana Presser is on the Partnerships and Business Planning team within the Cargo and Operations & Innovation Delivery organization. She is Cargo’s sustainably liaison – spearheading cargo-specific sustainability initiatives together with American’s sustainability team, including the recent Sustainable Aviation Fuel partnership with Kuehne + Nagel. During her time at American, Presser has worked on initiatives such as the COVID Vaccine Distribution Task Force, Digital Distribution Partnerships, COVID Revenue Initiative Evaluation Workstream, Contingency Planning/Playbook Development, Cargo Loyalty Strategy, and Seamless Partnership Coordination across all Operations organizations. Additionally, she is a member of the Cargo Sales and Advisory Board (CSAB).She attended Georgetown University, where she earned her Master of Business Administration and interned at American Airlines on the Cargo Strategy team.

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John Price

Managing Director | Americas Market Intelligence

John Price has advised more than 30 of the global 100 firms on their business strategies and market intelligence needs in Latin America. His consulting career began in Mexico where he founded InfoAmericas, becoming the largest independent market intelligence firm in Latin America. The firm was sold in 2007 to Kroll, the world’s largest corporate investigations firm, and in 2011, he left Kroll and founded Americas Market Intelligence with offices in Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco and affiliate offices in Buenos Aires, Medellin, Sao Paulo, and Santiago. He has published over 100 articles on Latin American business trends and maintains a column in the region’s largest circulated English language magazine, Latin Trade. In 2007, he co-wrote and co-edited “Can Latin America Compete?” which was published by Palgrave. Price teaches as an adjunct professor at Florida International University and a guest lecturer at the University of Miami. He is a former board member of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, a LatAm orphanage network and an active board member of the Canadian Council of the Americas. He is also a keen supporter of El Techo, an innovative charity that builds sturdy homes in Latin American slums. Price is a BComm graduate (1988) from Queen’s University in Canada.  

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Christine Richard

Sr. Director of Marketing | Amerijet International Airlines

As Sr. Director of Marketing, Christine Richard’s primary focus is to grow Amerijet’s brand and customer loyalty strategies across the company’s global footprint. Her responsibilities include digital and print advertising, public relations, and industry and community engagement across all marketing channels. With her team of marketing experts and passion for data and analytics, she evaluates competitive landscapes, identifies growth opportunities, and develops tactical plans to drive Amerijet’s corporate marketing strategy and social engagement. Richard has over 30 years of airline and logistics experience and held numerous leadership positions in strategic planning, pricing, marketing, and product development. Prior to joining Amerijet, she was responsible for coordinating and transporting U.S. military equipment within Europe. She graduated from the Eberhard International School of Business in Trier, Germany.

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Roger Samways

Vice President, Commercial | American Airlines Cargo

Roger Samways is the vice president of Commercial for American Airlines Cargo. In this role, he oversees all cargo sales, revenue management, and customer care and performance. He joined the company in 1998, when he first began working for the airline’ cargo division. Previously, Samways held the role of vice president Cargo Sales where he led the entire sales division, as well as managing director, Global and Key Accounts where he led the program focusing on Cargo’s largest customers worldwide. He has held multiple other roles within Cargo, including responsibility of American’s interline products and GSA network. He brings diverse international experience to Cargo, having spent the first 10 years of his career with American supporting the cargo business from Europe. A native of the United Kingdom, Samways has a Law Degree from the University of Huddersfield and an MBA from BCUC, both in the UK.

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Virginia Sanchez

Regional Director, Government Relations | American Airlines and Chair, World Trade Center Miami

As Regional Director, Government Relations at AA, Virginia Sanchez is responsible for advocating and lobbying for legislative and regulatory measures in the areas of international trade and commerce, aviation, transportation, and other issues affecting the aviation industry. Prior to this position she was the Government Affairs Advisor for FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region. Her experience in the private sector includes serving as Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Relations for Diageo plc, where she led the Public Policy team based in Washington, D.C., managed the multicultural Corporate Relations agenda in North America and oversaw Corporate Relations activities for the Latin American & Caribbean. Prior to joining Diageo, she was Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Miami-Dade County. An active participant in the South Florida community, she is the current chair of the World Trade Center Miami Board of Directors, a member of the President’s Council for Florida International University, and a member of the International Women’s Forum. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Beacon Council, Dress for Success, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University. Sanchez holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida. She is a graduate of the Senior Managers in Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Francisco X. Santeiro

Consultant | CLADEC

For over 30 years, Santeiro worked in the international transportation and logistics industry focused on the Latin America region. He retired recently, finishing his career as Director of Government Affairs for FedEx’s Latin America and Caribbean Division. He is currently providing consulting and management services to CLADEC, the express industry association for Latin America and the Caribbean. Santeiro, a founding member of the "AMIGOS of the Cuban Heritage Collection" at the University of Miami also currently serves as chairman of the board of this citizen support and advisory group. He also serves on the boards of the World Trade Center Miami, the FIU Masters of International Business advisory board and is currently vice-president of the University of Florida’s Latin American Studies Alumni Board. He has had articles published in the Miami Herald, the Diario Las Americas, Latin Trade, Florida Shipper and other trade magazines. He recently published a book titled "The Restless Exile of Gerardo Machado". He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and master’s degrees from the University of Miami and Florida International University. He also earned a graduate certificate in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Florida's School of Engineering.

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Tim Strauss

Chief Executive Officer | Amerijet International Airlines

Tim Strauss joined Amerijet in August 2020 as Chief Executive Officer, with oversight of all aspects of Amerijet’s day-to-day cargo operation, including leading, directing, developing and implementing customer-centric initiatives and solutions.

He has over 30 years of cargo experience in both the airline and freight forwarding industries. Prior to joining the company, Strauss held leadership roles in global sales and operations at Air Canada, Hawaiian, Delta and Northwest Airlines. He began his career with Emery Worldwide in 1987 (now UPS Supply Chain Logistics) where he held roles of increasing responsibility, starting as a cargo handler and completing his tenure as Vice President of Transportation and Logistics. He advanced his understanding of the logistics industry via studies in management at The Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Cambridge Institute.

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Michael J. Tari, Ph.D.

Partner and Senior Investor | Sustainability Partners

Dr. Michael Tari is a Partner and Senior Investor at Sustainability Partners (SP), where he is responsible for sourcing and developing infrastructure investment opportunities, designing and implementing complex sales strategies and providing input to the C-suite on company policies and practices.  While at SP, he has served a diverse set of clients (e.g., ports, transportation authorities, governments, and universities) with a broad range of infrastructure (e.g., intermodal, public transportation, clean-tech, and IT) needs. Before joining SP, Tari was with Deutsche Bank (DB) where he led front-office teams that developed and managed rules-based investment strategies, conducted complex product sales, traded derivatives, and structured financial products. Prior to DB, he served as Director of Strategy and Risk Management at VFT Capital, an affiliate of the Lamar Hunt family. Tari holds both Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Upon his graduation, was the recipient of the UCLA Mechanical Engineering Department’s Outstanding Ph.D. Award. While at UCLA, he conducted cutting-edge research on composite material manufacturing, and on transport phenomena within, and the design of, nuclear power plants. Michael also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

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Lionel van der Walt

Global Chief Commercial Officer | PayCargo LLC

Lionel van der Walt, a veteran of the air cargo Industry with more than 20 years of international executive leadership experience, was recently appointed Global Chief Commercial Officer at PayCargo LLC. Previously he had been President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) The Americas leading the fastest growing online payment platform for the shipping and cargo industry. His focus is to further strengthen the company as an innovative, dynamic and nimble financial technology solutions provider, working to maximize efficiencies and cross industry synergies in order to provide best in class services to clients and partners. van der Walt spent over a decade with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) where he held various leadership roles based out of South Africa, Spain and the United States, including President at Cargo Network Services Corp. (CNS), IATA’s U.S. cargo subsidiary. Although in December of 2017, IATA and PayCargo, LLC (USA) signed an agreement to offer the new PayCargo-CNS System in the United States, the agreement ended in this year. Van der Walt holds an MBA in Strategy and General Management from Milpark Business School in South Africa and is qualified both as an Air Traffic Controller and as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician.

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Eric Wilson

Chief Commercial Officer | Amerijet International Airlines

Eric Wilson is the Chief Commercial Officer responsible for sales, marketing, revenue management, network development, product development as well as commercial and strategic alliances. He joined Amerijet in 2021 and brings nearly 30 years of deep commercial aviation experience to Amerijet, with careers spanning both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines including almost a decade spent in the Asia-Pacific region with expatriate assignments in Bangkok, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tokyo. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Michael Zahra

President & CEO | Drone Delivery Canada

Michael Zahra is responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for Drone Delivery Canada. He is a seasoned executive with over 30 years experience as a senior level leader. He brings in-depth experience in engineering, logistics, P&L management, customer & vendor relationship management, strategic planning & execution, change management, innovation, business reinvention, project management, continuous improvement, industrial sales & marketing, corporate social responsibility and employee engagement.  He previously held various positions with Staples Business Advantage, Yahoo, Schlumberger, Alcatel and Motorola.   He also brings close to 20 years experience in various Board positions. He has a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A. and a P.Logistics designation. 

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