JUNE 17-19, 2019 | MIAMI, FLORIDA

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Al Dekin
Senior Vice President, Sales
Locus Robotics
Al has been in the warehouse and robotics business for a long time and has been instrumental in helping 3PLs and retailers optimize warehouse productivity. As a co-founder of Locus, and before that, Quiet Logistics, Al has built hundreds of long-lasting, fulfillment partnerships with a wide range of global companies and brands. As an early adopter of warehouse automation, Al brings real-world expertise that helps his customers find the right solution that fits their needs and goals - now and into the future.
Andrew Finnegan
Corporate Vice President Supply Chain
Novo Nordisk A/S
Andrew Finnegan is an international leader within operations with over 25 years of experience from pharmaceutical, consulting and industrial chemicals industries. Andrew has a unique end to end supply chain perspective, having held line positions both up and downstream, including responsibility for both internal and external production operations. He uses this understanding to ensure the supply of life saving products to Novo Nordisk’s more than 29 million patients every day. Andrew joined Novo Nordisk in 2004 holding several global positions including Project Vice President for LEAN (driving operational excellence across Product Supply), as Corporate Vice President heading Souring Operations and later Contract & Local Manufacturing functions. Since 2013 Andrew has been heading the central Supply Chain function which includes; S&OP, Launch, IT, Logistics, Strategy, Design and Analytics. Andrew has a Master’s in Economics & Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School.
Anne Pariser
Director of the Office of Rare Diseases
National Center for Advancing Transnational Sciences
Anne Pariser is the director of the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR) at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) NIH. ORDR is dedicated to accelerating rare diseases research to benefit patients, through rare diseases programs such as the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), and the NCATS Toolkit for Patient-focused Therapy Development.  Important translational science research initiatives for rare diseases at ORDR include establishing best practices and tools for good quality natural history studies, data standards and sharing initiatives, and the development of diagnostic support tools, in addition to translational and basic science research grants and collaborative programs.
Dr. Pariser came to NCATS in 2017, and before this, she worked for 16 years at the US Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, where she founded the Rare Diseases Program in FDA CDER’s Office of New Drugs in 2010 and served as a Medical Officer and Team Leader for rare diseases drug and biologics product development, review and regulation. Dr. Pariser has almost 20 years experience in rare diseases research, and her current research interests include platform approaches for gene therapies and other rare disease product development, and informatics approaches for diagnosis.
Claudia Roa
VP Life Sciences and Healthcare Americas
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation
As Vice President of Life Sciences and Healthcare Americas since March 2017, Claudia Roa drives business development strategies and implementation plans for customers in the Americas. Prior to this role, Claudia was head of CSI Latin America. Her career started 27 years ago at AEI/Florcarga in Colombia where she held various key positions, including sales and operations management, and was managing director of the Free Trade Zone Distribution Center. DPDHL acquired AEI/Florcarga in 1998 and Claudia relocated from Colombia to the USA in 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Javeriana of Bogota, Colombia.
Dulce Hernandez Alvarez
Latin America SCM Execution Lead
Merck Sharp & Dome
Dulce is responsible of Supply Planning, Demand Fulfilment Planning, Foreign Trade, Warehousing and Logistics for the Latin American Region, in addition to the Center of Excellence (Finance, Order Management, Artworks, Master Data and Projects). Her main responsibilities are to ensure the adequate supply for the region and following all compliance standards of Merck Sharp and Dohme. This is achieved by developing high levels of innovation in the different areas mentioned above and optimizing resources. Dulce has a long trajectory in MSD. Started in 1998 as industrial engineer working with Technical Operations and Production, after that, she was part of finance organization for 8 years, until she became the plant controller. In 2006 she took on the challenge of SAP implementation for a Mexican site, being the first in the MSD network she achieved amazing results, reaching a record implementation time of 10 months with the inclusion of all modules. In 2007 she started as planning lead, moved on to SCM LA lead and other roles that help her lead this new assignment in May 2019 as Supply Chain Lead for Latin America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in administration, both from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Dulce speaks Spanish and English and has an 11-year-old son.
Gina Chung
Head of Innovation DHL in the Americas
Gina Chung is head of innovation for DHL in the Americas region and is responsible for the upcoming DHL Americas Innovation Center: a state-of-the-art platform to engage startups and industries on the future of logistics. Since 2012, she has shaped DHL’s global innovation agenda by driving a portfolio of projects focused on the rapid testing and adoption of technologies such as collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence across DHL’s operations. Prior to her current role, Gina was based in Germany and also oversaw the development of DHL’s trend research series such as IoT in Logistics together with Cisco and the industry acclaimed Logistics Trend Radar. She is based in Chicago and holds two degrees from the University of Auckland.
Haytham Elhawary
Cofounder and CEO KINETIC
Haytham Elhawary, Ph.D. is the cofounder and CEO of KINETIC, a wearable device company with the mission of reducing workplace injuries. His professional experience includes the development of medical robots at both Philips Electronics and Harvard Medical School, and being the Executive Director of the Zahn Innovation Center, a startup incubator focusing on Internet of Things startups. Haytham has a PhD in biomedical engineering from Imperial College London and a Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Navarra in Spain. He also reviews theater for the blog site Theatre is Easy and loves to do improvised comedy, although admittedly he's not very good.
John Price
Managing Director
Americas Market Intelligence

Since 1992 (26 years), John Price has focused his career on studying Latin American markets and guiding the world's largest companies on how best to grow and defend their business interests in the region. John is one of the pioneers of market intelligence in Latin America and a seasoned thought leader of Latin American business, political and economic trends. 

Each year, John is invited by more than 30 conference and seminar organizers around the world to present his analysis of Latin America's economy, political dynamic, business risks and opportunities. John's knowledge is kept fresh by his leadership of AMI, Latin America's leading independent market intelligence firm which serves clients in several practice verticals: Payments, Logistics, Consumer/Retail, Natural Resources & Infrastructure, Insurance, and Industrial goods. 

John began his career in Mexico in 1992 as the NAFTA was undergoing ratification and generating acute interest in Mexico from investors around the world. His first company, InfoMex soon changed its name to InfoAmericas when requests began trickling in from clients interested in Brazil and Argentina. John and three partners helped expand InfoAmericas into a formidable market intelligence firm with offices in Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Miami before selling the firm to Kroll in 2007.

At Kroll, John and his team honed their skills at risk consulting and transitionary due diligence before becoming independent again, four years later in 2011 under the brand, AMI. Americas Market Intelligence had grown quickly into the region's leader in its field, with offices in Miami, Mexico City, San Francisco and affiliate offices in Chile and Argentina. 

Beyond the pride that comes from building two successful businesses, John is most proud of building a family of three sons with his wife Ulli. As a family, they are active supporters of two charities dear to their hearts: Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos and TECHO.

Larry St Onge
Sector President Life Sciences & Healthcare
DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation

Larry St. Onge is the President of the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector at DHL, Customer Solutions & Innovation. He is a member of the Customer Solutions & Innovation Global Senior Management Team, and heads the DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Global Senior Management Team. He is responsible for driving growth and development in Life Sciences and Healthcare on a global scale and leading sector strategy, commercial and solution development.

He was appointed to his current role in 2018. Prior to it, he led several initiatives to expand service capabilities and create a leadership position for DHL in the Technology and Life Science & Healthcare sectors across the Americas. During his 14 years at DHL, he has held several leadership positions across several sectors, developing innovative customer solutions and working to expand DHL’s capabilities across the globe.

Preceding his time at DHL, he was a member of the Airborne Freight senior commercial team as Vice President, Corporate Accounts.  He joined Airborne in 1989 and held a variety of leadership roles in that organization, including developing a corporate account management platform, before joining DHL in 2003.

He was born in Atlanta and attended university at the U.S. Military Academy, at West Point New York, where he majored in international relations.  He resides in the U.S. with his wife and three children.

Luis Fernando Oliveros
VP and General Manager Mexico
Luis Fernando Oliveros has been the Vice President and General Manager of Medtronic in Mexico since 2015, with over 22 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices sector. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, as well as an MBA from IPADE.
Marcelo Couto
Regional Director Americas
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Marcelo has 20 years of experience in the health care and consumer/ high tech industries with Bristol-Myers Squibb and other Fortune 500 companies. He has held management positions in the areas of logistics, operations, supply chain planning, customer service and international trade both in North and South America. His current role at BMS is Regional Director Americas, Global Logistics Services based in New Jersey, responsible for distribution strategy, customer relationship management, logistics compliance, 3PL management, best practices implementation and commercial partnerships. Marcelo holds an MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management and a Certificate in Supply Chain & Logistics Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and 3 kids.
Marcos Rico
Latin America Regional Manager of Logistics & Distribution
Since 2012 Marcos has led the LATAM Supply Chain Capabilities team dedicated to develop and continuously improve the end-to-end Supply Chain Excellence in the region. He has integrated the regional Logistics Business Process Management into the company global network and fostered Lean Production Systems adoption. The organization maintains the regional Supply Chain ERP solution, the Material Master Maintenance process, and Strategic Project Portfolio. During the last seven years, Marcos has been accountable for Roche international distribution, customs, and markets inbound logistics in LATAM.
Matt Schwarz
Head of Global Logistics
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Matt Schwartz is the Head of Global Logistics at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Among his main responsibilities are warehousing, transportation, customs and trade compliance, and temperature control – effectively he ensures the safe and consistent movement of products and materials from manufacturing through to customers. His unwavering focus is on supply to patients. His career with Bristol-Myers Squibb spans 18 years. During this time, Matt has worked in various divisions including supply chain and finance. He has supported commercial markets and manufacturing, and served in former divisions including Mead Johnson and Clairol. Over the years, his career has led him to live in Evansville (IN, USA), Bangkok (Thailand), Jakarta (Indonesia), Syracuse (NY, USA), and now New Jersey near the Bristol-Myers Squibb central headquarters. A graduate of Lehigh University (Business & Economics; Finance & Economics) in Pennsylvania, USA, Matt also holds an MBA (Finance) from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.
Nicholas Focil
FOMAT Medical Research

Nicholas graduated in California with a Biochemistry and MBA degree. During his undergrad days, he spent his extra time in a research lab working with a nominated noble laureate performing investigator-initiated studies and publishing weekly articles for a spectrum of publications. After attaining his Biochemistry degree, he was recruited by Medtronic MiniMed Diabetes division to operate pre-pivotal trials and shortly after, became the Managing Director of Diverse Research Solutions tasked with expanding clinical research operations in the U.S. After a few years, the expansion grew into the Latin American region adding local CRO services to become FOMAT. With more than a decade of experience, Nicholas sits as the CEO of FOMAT Medical Research and continues to innovate and pioneer clinical research in both the U.S. and Latin America. FOMAT Medical Research currently has operations in the USA, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia.

Nicholas Webb
Strategist, CEO and innovator

Nicholas Webb is a world-renowned healthcare strategist, CEO and innovator. As an inventor, Nicholas invented one of the first wearable technologies nearly 20 years ago. His other technologies include one of the world’s smallest medical implants. He has been awarded over 40 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a wide range of cutting-edge technologies. Nicholas is the author of several bestselling books including, The Innovation Playbook, The Digital Innovation Playbook and Invent Stuff. His five-star rated book, What Customers Crave was listed as Mashable’s top 25 marketing books for 2017 and LinkedIn’s top summer read. As a Management Consultant, he works with some of the top brands in the world to help them lead their market in Strategy, Patient Experience (PX), Technology and Innovation. Nicholas was awarded his Doctorate of Humane Letters (hon.) for his contributions in healthcare. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation at WesternU, a Top Southern California Medical School. 

Awarded over 40 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a wide range of medical technologies. Technologies include one of the world’s smallest medical implants, one of the first wearable technologies, infant tracking methods for hospitals, multi-function ophthalmic foreign body instruments, multiple surgical scalpels in a range of health and fitness technologies.
Best-selling Author
Number one best-selling author in the area Patient Experience Design (PXD), Future Trends in healthcare and innovation. Best-selling books that include, The Innovation Playbook, The Digital Innovation Playbook, The Cost of Being Sick, Breakers, Invent Stuff, What Customers Crave and the upcoming book, Innovation Mandate, that will be released in bookstores worldwide in September.
CEO LeaderLogic- Serving the Best Brands in Healthcare for Over 20 Years
Management Consultant providing Consulting Services in the area of Strategy, Innovation and Patient Experience Design (PXD). Clients include: Blue Cross, Cigna, Celgene, Pfizer, Abbvie, Johnson & Johnson, Cleveland Clinic and Allergan, just to name a few.
Chief Innovation Officer and Adjunct Professor of Innovation at WesternU
Currently serving in the capacity of the Chief Innovation Officer at the most comprehensive Health Sciences University in the Country. We partner with some of the top brands including the likes of Apple to develop Patient Centric Innovations that serve the quality and safety of Healthcare.
One of The Top Healthcare Futurists in The World
Nicholas speaks at over 50 of the Top Healthcare Events worldwide each year addressing the most prestigious audiences, organizations and associations.

Tia Harper-Velazquez
Branch Chief, Supply Chain Strategy & Policy Branch
Dr. Harper-Velázquez is currently Branch Chief of the Supply Chain Strategy and Policy Branch, Division of Supply Chain Integrity, Office of Drug Security, Integrity, and Response (ODSIR), in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), Office of Compliance (OC). She received her B.S. in Biology from Catholic University; her Pharm.D. from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; her MPh. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Dr. Harper-Velázquez joined the FDA in 1999 as a project management officer in the Office of New Drugs, and later served as a safety evaluator in the Office of Safety Evaluation, and compliance officer in the Office of Compliance.
Tim Scharwath
Member of the Board
DPDHL Group DHL Global Forwarding, Freight Division
Tim Scharwath has been a Member of the Board of Deutsche Post DHL Group since June 2017. He is responsible for DHL’s air, ocean and overland freight forwarding business. In his previous role Tim Scharwath led the air freight business at Kuehne + Nagel International AG as Executive Vice President and Member of the Board since 2011. In this function he was responsible for the global organization of air freight, sales and marketing. Scharwath began his career at Kuehne + Nagel Group in 1992, where he held various positions in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK before becoming Member of the Board and moving to the headquarters in Switzerland. He was charged with the migration of different country organizations, the integration of acquired companies, and the successful management of the business during the global economic downturn in 2009. Tim Scharwath holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.