Confirmed Speakers for 2024

Dieter Braun


Dieter Braun

Head of Supply Chain

Audi AG


Dieter Braun became Head of Audi Brand Logistics in May 2019, and from October that year took over responsibility for the newly established Supply Chain area. In this function, he manages cross-plant logistics processes, such as program planning, international logistics, pre-series logistics, and transport logistics. He is also responsible for the logistics planning and plant logistics functions of Audi globally.
After studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Dieter Braun began his career at Audi at the Neckarsulm plant in 1991. He has worked in vehicle steering and various tasks both within and outside of logistics, particularly in the area of cost optimisation and reorganisation, and later logistics planning at the Neckarsulm location. He then moved to Puebla, Mexico to work for Volkswagen de México, where he headed logistics planning and operative logistics. He returned to Neckarsulm as head of plant Logistics in 2005, and later took on implementation of the Audi Production System and industrial engineering. He moved in 2016 to Product Line Organisation, where he was responsible for all Audi vehicles with a transverse engine.

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Francisco Bravo Gomez

Senior Director Supply Chain

Audi México


Francisco Bravo has been responsible for Audi’s logistics and supply chain management in Mexico since December 2021, where he has helped to make the carmaker’s plant in San José Chiapas a global benchmark for logistics. He has worked at Volkswagen Group for more than 27 years, including 15 years in IT, where he was chief information officer for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee; later he was general manager for IT for the group’s global production network and helped to establish Volkswagen Group IT Services in locations including Germany, India and Portugal. Bravo joined Audi Mexico in 2017 and has worked in programme planning, production control, as well as leading inbound logistics from 2020-2021. He has further been involved in tech startups, including as cofounder of Blonic.com in Spain. He has an MBA from Ibero-American University and a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Puebla Institute of Technology, Mexico, along with other qualifications and trainings in executive leadership from the US, Mexico and Europe.

Chris Styles


Chris Styles

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, North America

Nissan


Chris Styles has been vice president, supply chain management, North America since March 2021. He is responsible for supply chain activities for all production parts and finished vehicle distribution in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Previously, he was senior director of supply chain logistics in the US, where he was responsible for vehicle and inbound logistics, packaging engineering and logistics strategy. Styles has worked as director of logistics for the US and Canada in Nissan's supply chain management organisation, director of purchasing for Mexico, and director of purchasing for logistics, aftermarket and accessory parts for the Americas region. He joined Nissan in 2002. He previously held logistics positions in auto parts retail and 3PL automotive companies. Styles holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Peter Koltai, VW Mexico


Peter Koltai

Senior Director Production Control, Logistics

Volkswagen de México


Peter Koltai is responsible for logistics planning pperations and production control for Volkswagen México, overseeing the supply chain for its plant in Puebla, which has a capacity to produce 600,000 vehicles per year and currently builds the Jetta, Tiguan and Taos. Before starting his role in January 2022, he held a variety of roles in logistics at Audi, including most recently as senior Director of International Logistics, and before that at Audi Mexico, where he led Logistics and Production Control and helped launch the carmaker’s new plant in San José Chiapas. An engineer by trade, Peter Koltai started his career with Audi in the mid-1990s in international logistics planning. He moved to Cosworth Technology, based in Worcester, UK, for three years before returning to Germany to a role in inbound logistics. Peter Koltai studied Nautical Science at the Nautical University of Odessa and at the University of Györ (Hungary), Business Administration and Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Of Würzburg (Germany).





Speakers from 2023

Lorenzo Testa


Lorenzo Testa

Director of Supply Chain Steering


Audi México


Lorenzo joined Audi México in October 2020 as head of supply chain planning, responsible for the planning of the supply chain processes, structures and equipment of the plant in San José Chiapa. As of September 1st this year, he will assume the role of director of supply chain steering with responsibilities for programme planning, production steering and outbound logistics. Prior to moving to Mexico, Lorenzo spent 7 years with Audi in Ingolstadt, Germany where he was a lean manufacturing expert before becoming head of inhouse logistics in 2016. He developed his automotive career working for Bridgestone before joining the High Potential Development Program at Bosch in 2010 and holding roles in production and value stream management. Originally from Northern Italy, Lorenzo is fluent in Italian, Spanish, English and German and has a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Trieste.

Lizette Gracida


Lizette Gracida

Senior Director of External Affairs & Trade Compliance

Toyota México


Lizette has a BA from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM for his initials in Spanish). She also specialized in International Trade from the Ibero-American University. Lizette has 11 years of experience in the automotive industry, focusing mainly on international trade, strategic planning, and government relations. In 2014, she joined Toyota de Mexico, she currently serves as Director of Institutional Affairs and Foreign Trade for all operations in the country. Also, Lizette also represents Toyota at the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), as well as in other industrial and business forums. In addition, Lizette contributed as a permanent member of the ‘Side room’ during USMCA negotiations.

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Raúl Gamboa

Head of Logistics, Production Control and Production Systems

BMW Group Plant San Luis Potosí


Raúl Gamboa is responsible for all logistics processes for BMW’s production at its plant in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, as well as vehicle logistics distribution from the plant and across Mexico, including port, export and import processes. He took on the role at the start of 2024, becoming the first Mexican to hold the top logistics position for BMW in Mexico. Gamboa and his team play a key role in the expansion of production and BMW volumes and trade for Mexico, including developing partnerships and implementing processes and tools to improve visibility and increase flexibility across operations. He has been with BMW since 2009, initially in global sourcing roles for commodities before taking on logistics planning roles for the plant. Since production started at plant, he has held manager roles in logistics facilities, transport, material and delivery assurance. Raúl Gamboa worked previously in engineering and supplier readiness roles for Volkswagen de Mexico and automotive suppliers. He is also a lecturer in engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology at its campus in San Luís Potosí.

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Paulo Monteiro

Head of Logistics

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations


Paulo Monteiro is responsible for program planning, production control, supply chain, inhouse operations, pre-series and logistics planning for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to becoming the head of logistics in 2019 he was the supply chain manager focusing on plant supply chain management for the North America region (NAR), overseas and just-in-time suppliers, as well as service parts coordination. Monteiro has worked for Volkswagen for more than 30 years. Before relocating to Chattanooga in 2012, he had a 19-year career with Volkswagen Autoeuropa working his way from a shortage coordinator to supply chain management. Paulo Monteiro has a degree in retail and logistics management from IPS-ESCE, the Polytechnic Institute of Setebual in Portugal.

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Lizeth Correa

Director, Automotive

CNW


Lizeth is a driving force behind the Automotive division at CNW since 2018. Born and raised in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Lizeth's international perspective was cultivated at Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, where she earned her bachelor's degree in International Relations. She then embarked on her path to the U.S. where she began her career in the manufacturing world. Her tenure in the distribution of semiconductors in Florida for more than 5 years marked the beginning of a remarkable trajectory. In her role as a program manager, she delved deep into the intricacies of the production process to transform raw materials into finished products, mastering every aspect from NPI and planning to supply chain management and ensuring customer satisfaction. Today, in her role at CNW based in NYC, Lizeth Correa continues to push the boundaries, constantly seeking innovative solutions to the most challenging logistics operations. Her wealth of experience and expertise combined with her sharp problem-solving skills and passion for developing genuine, mutually beneficial partnerships is the cornerstone to her success to create top-of-the-line solutions and lasting impact in the Automotive industry for the team at CNW. 

Christoph Hartmann, VW

Christoph Hartmann

Head of Transport Networks, Volkswagen Group Logistics

Volkswagen Group


Christoph Hartmann is responsible for global transport networks for Volkswagen Konzernlogistik, the group’s logistics management function, where he oversees network and logistics efficiency and standards. He started the role in October 2023 after leading digitalisation processes across material logistics, including innovations, information exchange, digital standards and system management across Volkswagen Group inbound transport and container management. He has been in group logistics since 2018, where he also managed financial controlling for logistics providers. Has more than 20 years’ experience in automotive logistics and supply chain management across OEMs, IT providers and consultancies. He has held roles in supplier and flexibility management at Mercedes-Benz, McKinsey and various logistics and projects roles at Volkswagen, including at its plants in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wolfsburg, Germany. He is specialised in digitalisation, agile processes and sustainability. He has a degree in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.

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Dr. Hiram Ponce

Associate Dean of Research (Engineering)

Universidad Panamericana


Hiram Ponce has a Ph.D. in Computer Science with emphasis in Artificial Intelligence from the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He is the Associate Dean of Research (Engineering) and the Doctoral AI Program Director at Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. In academia, he authored a novel AI method called Artificial Organic Networks. He has published more than 150 research papers in reputed journals and conference proceedings, and he has written four books in the fields of AI and robotics. From 2013 to 2017, he co-founded and directed Solarium Labs, a startup focused on developing intelligent systems solutions for companies. In 2018, he was external consultant for the logistics and optimization area in the National Oil Company (PEMEX). He received the Google Research Award in 2017, among other recognitions. Currently, he is a National Research Member rank 1 (CONHACYT) and he is the Secretary of the Executive Board of the Mexican Society for Artificial Intelligence.

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Haley Wilson

Logistics Director

Navistar


Haley Wilson is responsible for inbound logistics transportation control for all Navistar North American truck, bus, and engine production facilities. While in this role since January 2022, she has maintained responsibility for the finished vehicle logistics strategy and operations since 2016, encompassing outbound transportation control from Navistar production through end customer delivery. She has 20 years of leadership experience within Navistar, previously holding positions within aftersales parts and service, including management of parts distribution centre material control and global new product and aftersales channel readiness and cross-brand collaboration. Haley Wilson has an MA in Organizational Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, a BA from Sewanee in Tennessee, and executive leadership training from Loyola University and the University of Chicago.

Leonardo Martins


Leonardo Martins

Director of Global Logistics

Bocar Group


Leonardo is an experienced automotive logistics and operations executive. He joined Bocar Group in February 2023 taking responsibility for the company’s worldwide logistics. Prior to this, he spent over 22 years with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, most recently as Head of Operations in Mexico, and 9 years as a Production Manager in VW Modular Consortium in Brazil.
Originally from Brazil, Leonardo graduated from the State University of Rio de Janeiro with an Engineer’s degree in Industrial Production.

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Sören Stade

Head of Logistics Project St. Thomas

PowerCo


Sören Stade is heading the logistics project for PowerCo’s upcoming gigafactory in St. Thomas, Ontario. Being part of Volkswagen, PowerCo Canada is preparing to manufacture battery cells for the group’s North American production of battery electric vehicles, starting operations in 2026. Sören has nearly 20 years of automotive logistics experience. Prior to joining PowerCo in 2023, he held a variety of leadership positions in logistics within Volkswagen Group. These roles include digitalization and process management at Volkswagen Group Logistics (Wolfsburg), supply chain management for CKD operations South East Asia for Volkswagen brand, and supplier management and export logistics at Volkswagen India, Pune. Sören holds a degree in Business Administration from Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, and has studied abroad at Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México.

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Halley Vieira

Plant Manager- Production and Logistics

Volkswagen Camiones y Buses México


Halley Vieira leads Volkswagen Truck and Bus Mexico’s operations, responsible for production, logistics, maintenance and foreign trade. He has worked at Volkswagen Group for more than 27 years, including manufacturing engineering, supply chain and logistics roles across the brands Volkswagen Truck and Bus, Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge and MAN Truck & Bus, in Brazil, Germany and Mexico, as well as special plant start-up and investigation assignments in Kenya, South Africa, Philippines, UEA and Argentina. He holds a degree in production engineering from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, and qualifications in business strategy from Fundação Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo and business management from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany.

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Efrain Hernandez

Regional Supply Chain Innovation Director

Nissan North America


Since spring 2023, Efrain Hernandez is responsible for leading innovation in supply chain digitalisation across North America for Nissan, including digitising processes, supporting a cross-functional digital platform and cybersecurity risk and planning assessments at suppliers in the region. He has 33 years of experience across the automotive industry across manufacturing and operations, production control and powertrain. Prior to his current role, he was vehicle plant director from 2013 until 2023 for Nissan Mexicana at the carmaker’s A1 plant in Aguascalientes, where he defined and implemented strategies to improve production performance and cost and helped to launch new body and sub-assembly production for three new models. During this time, the A1 plant achieved its highest quality results in its history. Efrain Hernandez has degrees and certificates in leadership, business and supply chain management from Mexico’s technical institute, ITAM and Pan-American University business school, IPADE, along Tennessee University and Vanderbilt University.

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Isidoro Massri

Director of Giant Motors Latin America and General Manager

JAC México


Isidoro is an industrial engineer, with a specialization in the automotive industry, and is a graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana de México. He is a senior automotive leader with more than 12 years of experience in the sector. He currently holds two important positions: Corporate Director of Giant Motors Latin America and General Manager of the JAC brand in Mexico. Prior to joining the automotive sector, Isidoro founded and successfully managed Onecom Communications, a company specialising in visual content generation and web development. In addition, Isidoro also founded Beluga Logistics Mexico, a company dedicated to the rental of logistics and shipping services. Isidoro is recognized for his ability to manage teams, his strategic vision and his capacity to face challenges and achieve successful results in the automotive industry. His passion for innovation and his commitment to the growth and development of the brands under his management make him an outstanding leader in the automotive sector in Mexico.

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Ulises Neri Flores

Vice Chair, Expert Group of Sustainable Resource Management

United Nations


Ulises Neri studied petroleum engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, holds a master's degree granted by the French Petroleum Institute, and doctoral studies at the Paris Business School. His professional experience began at Schlumberger, carrying out projects in Latin America. Later, he joined the National Hydrocarbons Commission where he served as director of reserves, director of measurement, and head of the extraction unit. He also held a diplomatic position, representing Mexico in international organizations, such as the OECD, the IEA, United Nations and OPEC. From 2019 to 2021, he was Director General of Promotion of Productive Chains in the energy sector in the National Content Unit of the Ministry of Economy. He currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the Expert Group on Sustainable Resources Management (EGRM) and Executive Director of the International Center of Excellence on Sustainable Resources Management for México and Latinamerica of United Nations ICE-SRM.

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Juan Cerdeira

General Manager

SEV


Juan Cerdeira has more than 25 years of experience in automotive OEM and retail business, with specific expertise in supply chain and sales planning. He is currently General Manager of SEV Mexico, an e-mobility arm of the SOLAREVER group. He has held positions internationally at both OEM’s and vehicle retail in more than 10 brands in the Mexican Market, including Mitsubishi Motors de México as, including 13 years with Toyota in various logistics, distribution an planning roles in Mexico and Japan. Before joining SEV Mexico, he was Aftersales & Logistics Director at Mitsubishi Motors de México. He graduated from Tecnológico de Monterrey with a degree in International Business and Marketing and has an MBA degree from ITAM.

Kaizad Dalal


Kaizad Dalal

Head of Automotive, Mexico

Maersk


Kaizad Dalal has 18 years of experience in the Mexican logistics market, starting his career by specializing in the Aerospace vertical. With an International Business and Commerce degree and a Master's in Business Administration, Kaizad is now responsible for the Automotive vertical at Maersk Mexico, where he is developing new mobility solutions for cars in containers and battery logistics. His previous role as General Manager for a Mexican-American ground transport company gives him unique insights into cross-border operations, enabling him in his current role to assist automotive customers in overcoming challenges. Understanding that predictability is a key ingredient for a successful supply chain, Kaizad takes a strategic approach when guiding customers to ensure a simplified end-to-end journey can be achieved.

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Mike Guerra

Global Vice President, Industry Strategy

Softtek / Blue Yonder


Salim Shaikh (CPIM, CSCP) has 25 years of experience in supply chain transformation consulting in the industrial, automotive, hi-tech spaces. He is a thought leader, speaker and author of twenty+ publications, including three books on the subject of supply chain digital transformations, and was honoured with “2016 Supply Chain Pros To Know”. Salim holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Dallas. 

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Alondra Alejo

Director of Southern Border

C.H. Robinson


Alondra Alejo is Director of Southern Border at C.H. Robinson. She has held diverse leadership and commercial roles across multiple locations in Mexico and the U.S. , including Monterrey, Queretaro, San Diego, and Tucson. Along her 15-year career, she has had a primary focus on southern border logistics and freight operations supporting automotive companies, from OEMs to tiered suppliers. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in logistics and supply chain.

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Hector Espinoza

Director of Operations, Mexico & Central America

MSC


Over the last 30 years, Hector has held leading positions in the port and logistics industries, being responsible for directing optimal organizational changes to respond to the ever-changing market conditions in Latin America. A native of Chile, he received his education in Transportation Engineering at the PUCV and earned a MS degree in Logistics Management at the PUC with continued education in the USA, mostly in ports operations, shipping, supply chain management and integrated logistics. After many years working in global organizations, in October 2019 he joined Mediterranean Shipping Company based in Mexico City as Director of Operations for Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua as responsible for Ports and Vessels Operations, Intermodal Transportation Services, Container Logistics, Landside Procurement, Cold Chain Logistics and Cargo Claims for the entire region.

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Erick Reynoso

Director Operations, Mexico


Penske Logistics


Erick Reynoso is director of operations for Penske Logistics’ freight management business unit. Before being appointed to his current role, Reynoso was a director of operations for a major automotive customer. Prior to joining Penske in 2019, he spent six years as head of land-based operations of Wallenius Wilhelmsen in ocean, rail, haulaway and inland services. During his 12 years of employment with DHL Supply Chain, Reynoso performed a wide range of duties including: director of business development in technology and senior manager of operations in automotive and spare parts. Reynoso earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from La Salle University in Mexico and was awarded a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

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Micah Holst

Chief Commercial Officer

Ascent Global Logistics


Micah serves as Chief Commercial Officer and has been with Ascent since 2004. Micah began his journey in the industry as an operations team member, later transitioning to sales and moving into executive leadership roles starting in 2013. Prior to joining Ascent, Micah played professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization for four seasons. Micah graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in general business.

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Antonio Zepeda Torres

Commercial Director

CSI Group


Antonio, who graduated in international business and has a master’s degree in sales and marketing, has been part of the growth story at the Port of Veracruz over more than 15 years with the CSI Group. He has been responsible at the company for a wide range of areas including port and VDC operations, yard processing operations, logistics and finished vehicle transport operations.

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Dr Lourdes Martínez-Villaseñor

Research Professor

Universidad Americana


Dr. Lourdes Martínez Villaseñor is a Computer Systems Engineer and a Doctor in Computational Sciences from Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is a research professor in the area of artificial intelligence at Universidad Panamericana and director of the master degree program in Data Science at the Faculty of Engineering. She has the distinction of level 1 of the National System of Researchers of Conacyt and Research Professor category D from the Universidad Panamericana. She was a winner at Women in AI Awards 2023.Her main research interests are artificial intelligence applied to human activity recognition and user modelling, and ethics for artificial intelligence. She has published 5 books and more than 50 papers in journals and conferences in artificial intelligence topics.

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Roberto Cruz

Director, Customer Solutions Development

Ryder México


Roberto Cruz is a seasoned professional with a Bachelor's Degree in International Commerce from Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey and a specialization in International Business from Southwestern College of San Diego. With two decades of experience in the logistics industry spanning both the United States and Mexico, Roberto has established himself as a dynamic leader. For the past decade, he has served as the Director of Business Development at Ryder Mexico, showcasing his expertise in fostering strategic partnerships and driving growth. Recently, Roberto assumed the role of Director of Business Development, Marketing, and Solutions at Ryder Mexico, further amplifying his impact in shaping the company's vision and market presence.

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Daryl Knight

Chief Commercial Officer

ProTrans


Daryl Knight is a highly accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in the logistics and transportation industry. He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer of ProTrans, a leading third-party logistics company providing solutions to manufacturers for 30 years to, from and within North America. Throughout his career, Daryl has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and a strategic mindset with a customer centric focus. As the CCO of ProTrans, he is responsible for driving revenue growth, developing and managing customer relationships, solution design & pricing and overseeing the company's marketing, sales, strategy and sustainability efforts.”

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Roberto Zavala

Vice President Mexico Operations

Wallenius Wilhelmsen


Since joining WWL in 2007, Roberto has held a range of positions including Project and Commercial Manager for WWL Mexico and Global Commercial Strategy Manager, based in New Jersey and in Oslo, Norway. From 2014, he was appointed as overall responsible for WW Logistics Operations in Mexico, where the company currently employs 1,800 people and serves various OEM customers at 14 locations. Roberto previously worked as Sales Manager at the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad in Mexico. He is an accredited civil engineer from the National University of Mexico and holds an MSc in the management of logistics and transportation from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Julie Luna

Chief Commercial Officer, North American Rail and Intermodal

Jack Cooper


Julie is a highly accomplished logistics executive with over 35 years of US-Mexico transportation logistics experience. She is currently CCO for Jack Cooper Mexico, Rail and Intermodal, leading the asset light and 3PL arm of the car carrier. Prior to this she worked for more than 20 years in rail and intermodal for Union Pacific, including leading automotive. She later held chief commercial roles at logistics provider XPO and Pacer International. She holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration and Management, and a BSBA in Marketing.

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Ana Karen Flores

Senior Trade Lane Manager Asia to Latin America

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics


With 10 years’ experience in the Freight forwarding business, I have been working in Hellmann in 2 different rolls, first one overseeing Sea freight product nationally with branches in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Queretaro, Puebla, and Mexico City for 5 years. Then I decided to take a regional role, specializing on the Asia to Latin America trade as Senior manager with 5 main destination countries with own offices in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, developing global, regional, and local relationships with main carriers such as MSC, HLAG, MAERSK, CMA CGM creating a market expertise knowledge for a better service to our customers. Prior to Hellmann I worked at CSAV and HLAG developing top customers for these carriers reaching a career focus and experience based on sea freight product.

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David Resetar

Head Vertical Market Automotive, Regional Americas

DB Schenker


David Resetar has 30 years of Sales, Supply Chain and Manufacturing experience in the automotive industry. Prior to joining DB Schenker, Dave served 18 years in various Automotive leadership manufacturing and Supply Chain positions at the Director level for OEM and tier one suppliers such as Ford, Visteon, and Collins & Aikman. More recently Dave has served the past 12 years in the freight Forwarding industry focusing on automotive global account management and regional sales development in the Americas. Dave is a licensed attorney who holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) in International Law, MBA in Operations Management, and a bachelor’s degree in supply chain from Michigan State University. Dave lives in the metro Detroit Michigan area with his wife and four children.

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Dr. Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli

Associate Professor and Senior Researcherat the Center of Sustainable Smart Logistics

Tecnologico de Monterrey


Dr. Mostafa Hajiaghaei-Keshteli is an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey, which is one of the most prestigious universities for industry and supply chain in Mexico. He is also a Co-founder and Senior Researcher at the Center of Sustainable Smart Logistics (CLIS), established in 2022, to offer sustainable logistics solutions to the public and private sector in Mexico and North America. Prof. Hajiaghaei-Keshteli is one of the top 2% of scientists worldwide, according to Elsevier-Stanford report, since 2021. According to SciVal, he is one of the top five scientists in supply chain worldwide and according to Research.com, is top 10 in in all engineering fields in Mexico. He has developed famous metaheuristic algorithms, including algorithms such as Keshtel Alg., Red Deer Alg., Tree Growth Alg., and the Social Engineering Optimizer. He is also an editorial member in some top Q1 journals at Elsevier, such as Applied Soft Computing (ASOC), Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (EAAI), and Expert Systems with Applications (ESWA). He has a solid industrial background, both in managerial and consulting sectors, in different industries such as agriculture, food, automotive, and engine industries.

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Giovani Bravo Vanegas

Customs Director

General Motors de Mexico


Giovani Bravo Vanegas has more than 20 years' experience in international trade, customs and supply chain, working with national government, international organizations and multiple industries including IT, pharma and automotive. He currently leads the customs and foreign trade team in General Motors de Mexico, facing the multiple challenges coming from the covid-19 and the nearshoring in Mexico. He has represented the Mexican government as a member of the Free Trade Agreement’s negotiating teams across bilateral and multilateral agreements: WTO, WCO, APEC and the administration of FTAs: NAFTA (now USMCA) and bilateral agreements with Latin America. He represented Mexico before the European Union institution from 2007-2015 as part of the Mission of Mexico in Brussels, Belgium. Giovani worked in the private sector between 2015 – 2022, heading international trade, customs and supply chain departments, focused on trade and customs compliance and efficiencies of supply chain.

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Pamela Osornio

Managing Director, Mexico

Rhenus Logistics


Pamela Osornio is an experienced logistics leader, and has been the Managing Director of Rhenus Air & Ocean Mexico since 2020. Prior to this Pamela has gained experience within the international logistics sector, as Managing Director of Inteclogistics as well as roles at logistics providers including Logwin, DB Schenker, Dachser and DSV. She holds a bachelors degree in international Business from the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City.

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Lars Krosch

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director

time:matters GmbH


Lars Krosch is COO and Managing Director Operations and Finance for time:matters GmbH in Neu-Isenburg. time:matters is the expert for time-critical express transports and supply chain solutions for more than 20 years. The company provides tailor-made and fast solutions worldwide for particularly urgent and complex logistical tasks. Besides speed and reliability, providing an individual, flexible and sustainable service is paramount. After five years of self-employment as managing partner of MFN Software Entwicklungs GmbH, Lars Krosch began his career in the aviation industry as a Research Analyst Revenue Management and Pricing with Lufthansa AG in 1999. From there, he switched in 2000 to the Lufthansa Cargo AG subsidiary in Frankfurt. Lars Krosch held a variety of managerial positions during his seven years with the cargo airline, most recently as Director Process & Information Management. From 2007 to 2009, he advised on the establishment of Eturnity GmbH, as managing partner, founder and source of ideas, for the development of a multi-partner customer loyalty system. In May 2009, Lars Krosch became Head of Operations, Products and IT with responsibility for quality and results for global operations and company-wide IT at time:matters. He was also responsible for establishing a new business development and tender process and developing a market-oriented product portfolio. From 2012, he assumed global sales and revenue responsibility as Vice President Sales & Product Development. Lars Krosch has played a major role in the development and expansion of the time:matters service offering for selected focus industries, such as the automotive, aviation/aerospace, high-tech/semicon, industrial machinery/equipment and life and health sectors. He has played a key role in driving forward the development, design and expansion of the offer and booking platform as an essential part of the digital sales strategy. The numerous respected industry awards which time:matters has received in recent years emphasize the focus on quality and customer needs which Lars Krosch has helped to establish. The extremely successful global sales strategy has been confirmed through continuous outperformance of sales goals since 2013. Since January 2019, Lars Krosch has been Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Managing Director Operations and Finance for time:matters Holding GmbH. time:matters is now considered one of the leading providers of sustainable high-performance logistics. The internationally renowned logistics specialist has been continuing its positive overall development in all areas since 2002. Lars Krosch studied Business Informatics at the Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg and gained his diploma in Business Administration and Computer Science.

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César Pedrero

Logistics Director

Daimler Vehículos Comerciales México


Mr. César Pedrero has more than 30 years of experience in the automotive industry in the heavy commercial vehicle sector. He has worked in different areas such as engineering, manufacturing, continuous improvement, production and of course logistics, an area where he currently holds the Logistics Directorate of the Daimler Santiago Assembly Plant. César is a mechanical engineer by profession and has a master's degree in business administration from UDLAP, as well as a doctorate in industrial engineering from the Universidad Anáhuac Norte, among other studies. In addition, César is a sponsor of one of the pillars of the DE&I program called Wisdom Exchange and is an active mentor of young talents in different programs inside and outside of Daimler.

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Gerardo Gómez Gálvez

Senior Director & Country Manager Mexico

J.D. Power


Gerardo Gómez is the Director and Country Manager in Mexico for J.D. Power. He is responsible for business activities in the country, including establishing trusted advisor relationships with clients. His focus is on solidifying and growing the company’s automotive business and identifying potential growth opportunities in emerging industries in Mexico and Central/South America Mr. Gómez joined J.D. Power in 2011. He has more than 27 years of managerial experience in the automotive market in Mexico—working for premium and non-premium brands, such as Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, Lincoln, Toyota, Scion and Lexus—with successful assignments across several functional areas, including sales operations, regional operations, market representative, product planning, marketing and brand management. Prior to his current position, he worked eight years at Toyota de Mexico, including an assignment with Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, California, supporting the strategic planning for the eventual launch of the Scion and Lexus brands in Mexico. In his most recent assignment as e-Business Manager, he led the transformation of Toyota’s business-to-business and business-to-customer communication platforms online. Mr. Gómez received a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a diploma in marketing from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de México (ITAM), both in Mexico City.

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