James Allt-Graham

James is a Partner at GRA, Australia’s premier supply chain consulting firm specialising in supply chain strategy, planning and execution.

Over its 20-year history, GRA has helped 200+ organisations across multiple industries identify combined savings of more than 10 billion dollars. GRA is focussed on practical results delivery, and its mission is to turn its clients’ supply chains into a competitive advantage. James utilises his extensive consulting and executive experience to assist clients to improve their strategic and operational performance.

For the last 20 years, James has helped organisations in Asia and Australia deliver rapid and sustained performance improvement through the practical application of leading processes, systems and a high-performance culture.

James was previously a member of the Executive Team for a $1bn business and understands the needs of Executives and Boards. Some of his recent clients include Aldi, Australian Electoral Commission, Pepkor, Nuplex, Defence, Kincare and Nutricia.

Mark Armstrong
National Supply Chain Optimisation

Marika Calfas
Chief Executive Officer
NSW Ports

Marika Calfas is the CEO of NSW Ports, the private sector organisation responsible for managing the ports of Botany and Kembla and the intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield. 

Marika has over 16 years’ experience in the port sector across a broad range of portfolio areas and was appointed as the CEO of NSW Ports in December 2015.  Marika commenced with NSW Ports at its inception in June 2013 and led the development of the NSW Ports Long Term Master Plan, released in October 2015.

Prior to NSW Ports Marika held senior positions at Sydney Ports Corporation and Sinclair Knight Merz.  At Sydney Ports Marika was an integral part of the delivery of the $1 billion Port Botany Expansion development project.  

Marika is a Board member of: Ports Australia; Australian Logistics Council; and PIANC Australia (the International Waterborne Industry Association), as well as Australia’s representative to PIANC’s International Environmental Commission.  Marika is also a member of the IPA National Advisory Board.

Marika has been appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure & Transport to the Expert Panel advising the Inquiry into the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Priorities.

Marika has a degree in Environmental Engineering together with a Masters of Engineering Management and Masters of Environmental Law and is a Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia.

Andrew Clark
Managing Director
Logistics Help

Andrew Clark is a consultant in warehousing and logistics and the founder and Managing Director of Logistics Help. Andrew has written numerous blog posts and an eBook outlining his approach in The 12 Principles of High Performance Warehousing.  Andrew has worked with large corporate organisations such as Pfizer, Linfox, DHL, Government agencies and small and medium businesses in retail, B2B and online to help them achieve major improvements in the performance of their warehousing and logistics operations.

Andrew founded Logistics Help to bring his expertise gained in large corporate supply chains, to the underserved Small and Medium Enterprise market, and is now on a mission to bring high performance strategies and technologies to SMEs to help them get their logistics into the 21st century and compete effectively with big business.

Dominic Dillon
Trade Execution Manager

Jean-Louis Haie
Chair, Australian Mirror Committee, ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Project

Jean-Louis is the co-founder and Managing Director of Action Sustainability and Planet Procurement. He is a passionate sustainable supply chain and social procurement advisor and trainer with 10 years of international experience in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. For the past 4 years, Jean-Louis has been leading Australia on the project of ISO20400, the first international guidance standard on sustainable procurement, which was published on 20 April 2017.

Charlie Macdonald
Chief Information Officer
DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand

Charlie is the CIO of DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand – DB Schenker is a global leader in Air & Ocean Freight and Logistics services. He has over 25 years’ experience in Transport and Logistics based in Europe & Asia. Prior to joining DBS Charlie was the Industry Executive for Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics at Telstra where he published a number of research papers including in 2015 “The Personal Chain” a study on how consumer focused digital retail is disrupting supply chains.

Charlie was previously the Chair of the ICT Executive committee of the Australian Logistics Council.

Damien Manuel
Director of Cyber Security Research and Innovation Centre
Deakin University
and Chair Australian Information Security Association

As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Security Research & Innovation Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 14 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification.

Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.

David McGahey
Program Director Defence Logistics Transformation
Australian Defence Force

David McGahey has had a diverse and extensive career in the Australian Army, including stints with the UN peace keeping forces in Palestine and East Timor, and work in the US as a Liaison Officer and Representative to US Army Materiel Command. In August 2009 he was posted to Iraq as the Commanding General of Task Force Iraqi Security Forces Logistics.  In this role over 10months he advised the Iraqi Minister for Defence and CDF on logistics reform and led a 400 person US-sponsored team to remediate Iraqi defence and police logistics.  In this appointment he was awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree Officer) by the US Government. He returned to Australia in May 2009 and retired from the Australian Army in December 2009.  At that time he assumed his current appointment as the Program Director of the Defence Logistics Transformation Project.

Mr McGahey holds a Master Degree in Strategic Studies and Project Management, a Bachelor Degree in Professional Studies (HR) and Diploma in Maintenance Engineering and Management.

Louise McGrath
National Manager Business and International Advisory Services
Australian Industry Group

Louise has a broad range of experiences in international relations. She has particular interest in international business training and facilitation, trade and border regulations, international transport and also has experience in the delivery of Government funded Export Programs. 

Prior to joining The Australian Industry Group in 2000, Louise worked in wholesale foreign exchange and insurance. Since joining Ai Group she has managed a number of trade related projects including trade missions, both incoming and outgoing, business matching and the development and delivery of export related training programs. She has had wide experience in providing advice and counseling to manufacturing companies on export related planning and international marketing, government support programs and other trade related issues. Louise has delivered international trade promotion activities in a range of markets, from China to Chile and from the US to India. She represents Australian industry in a number of multilateral forums, such as the Global Business Coalition and a number of Free Trade Agreement Industry working groups.

Louise has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Arabic Language and Culture) at Deakin University and an Advanced Diploma in International Trade at RMIT. She has also studied Arabic at universities in Jordan and Egypt.

Susan Mizrahi
Head of CorporateResponsibility
Australia Post

Susan Mizrahi is a senior sustainability strategist and has almost 20 years’ experience working globally on international, business and human rights issues. Susan is committed to leading positive, systemic change on social and environmental issues and has achieved this through working collaboratively across and within the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Susan joined Australia Post in 2015 as Head of Corporate Responsibility, where she has been championing supply chain transparency and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this, she was a Senior Consultant at the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR; 2013-15); led the advocacy campaigning team at World Vision Australia (2008-12); and worked for a respected non-profit organisation in Washington, D.C. and Amsterdam (2002-07) where she advocated on the human rights situation in Tibet and China.

Susan has particular expertise in supply chain sustainability, business human rights obligations, forced and child labour, and the China-Tibet issue. Susan holds a Master of Supply Chain Management (UoM) and Master of International Relations and Asian Politics (UoQ).

Simon Morgan
Director, Government & Communications
Australian Logistics Council

 Simon Morgan is Director - Government & Communications with the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).

ALC is the peak national body representing the major and national companies participating in the Australian logistics industry, with a focus on national supply chain efficiency and safety.

Throughout 2017, ALC’s key focus is on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which was announced by the Prime Minister as part of his Annual Infrastructure Statement in November 2016.

ALC is committed to working with the freight logistics sector to ensure the Strategy is relevant to the needs of industry.

Prior to joining ALC, Simon was a political and policy advisor to a number of Federal MPs and Ministers, and was previously National Policy Advisor for the Facility Management Association of Australia.

Peter Nemtsas
Managing Director
Myoora Transformations

Peter owns and operates his own consulting and contracting business that provides organisations with a competitive edge through the application of sound supply chain management and process improvements through Lean and 6 Sigma to reduce bottom line costs.  The business also performs training design and delivery services for transport and Logistics, Project Management, Competitive Systems and Practices, Management and Leadership.

Peter is an industry recognised Supply Chain Executive and passionate trainer and mentor.  Best practice know-how is provided through the application of Lean Manufacturing techniques and  international standard of excellence, captured from having worked with iconic industries like Transport and Logistics (Linfox) Energy (Western Power), Retail (Coles Myer & Spotlight), FMCG, Industrial (Komatsu), Health Care (Faulding, Mayne Health, Glaxo Smith Kline), Tyres (Dunlop Goodyear, Michelin), Technology (Telstra, SPAusnet), Auto (BMW, Holden, Mitsubishi), Defence (Royal Australian Air Force) to Consulting (CEVA Logistics and KM&T).

Experience spans public and private, listed and unlisted organisations, from SMEs to MNCs. Acknowledged by peers for sound business acumen, a library of strategy and leadership expertise in Operations, Manufacturing and Supply Chain, a catalyst for conceiving and executing group wide large scale Change Initiatives. LEAN Manufacturing expert, qualified trainer and assessor, management of RTO activities and design and development of training and assessment resources.

Peter was most recently the Asia Pacific Training Manager/CEO RTO 103554 for Linfox where he developed and delivered nationally recognised training in logistics, warehousing, transport, (including the new 2016 units for Chain of Responsibility) and Competitive Systems and Practices.  Peter is also the Deputy Chairman of the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee and is a member of two Transport and Logistics Technical Advisory Committees for Fatigue Management and training design and delivery in the Pacific region.

Peter has a Diploma of Administration, Certificate in Vocational Instruction, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (including LLN), Project Management Certificate, Applying Sustainability to Learning Programs, completed the Defence Industry study Course and has also completed training in Lean/6 Sigma, adult learning, industrial relations, strategic outsourcing and business planning.

David Rogers
Asia Pacific Logistics Federation

David is currently running his own boutique consulting business called Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd which provides an extensive range of supply chain consulting services across Australia and Asia. Insync Supply Chain Management Pty Ltd has significant expertise in the development and execution of supply chain strategies, transforming the integration, alignment and functional synchronisation across all supply chain stakeholders.  Prior to starting his own business, David worked in the corporate environment in various senior supply chain management positions with blue chip companies.

David has a Masters Business Degree in Logistics, Graduate Diploma of Transport and Distribution (RMIT), Diploma of Project Management. David also holds Certificates in Business, Finance Management, Change Management, Materials Handling Management, Distribution Management, Training and Assessment and is a Certified Logistics and Supply Professional Asia Pacific (CLSP-AP), Certified Professional Logistician Australia (CPL).

David is the Chairman Asian Pacific Logistics Federation (APLF), Past Chairman of the Supply Chain Logistics Australia Association (SCLAA) and currently an Independent National Director, Australian Roundtable President of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), National Councillor for GS1 Board in Australia.

David is also a member of the Transport - Logistics Industry Group – Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and has also lectured on Supply Chain Management at RMIT University and Victorian University.

Julian Smith
Chief Executive Officer

Jaydeep Solanki
Director Global Purchasing & Supply Chain
General Motors Holden Australia

Jaydeep Solanki is Head of global purchasing and supply chain at General Motors (GM) Holden Ltd. He is leading a team of 100+ staff responsible for annual $1.3Billion+ purchasing and supply chain operations.

He is an experienced leader with global business management experience in Procurement, Strategic Planning, Program Management and information technology.

Since 2010, he has guided GM Holden’s global suppliers to improve their competitiveness. He created and managed a supplier development program focused on improving long term sustainability of automotive component suppliers in Australia.

From 2007 to 2009, he was technical assistant to GM Holden Managing Director with responsibilities to lead corporate strategy development and business optimisation program.

Jaydeep began his career with General Motors India in 1997 and held various management positions at GM India and GM Thailand. He moved to Australia in late 2001 to manage IT program for GM Holden’s new green-field HFV6 engine plant in Port Melbourne.  Subsequently, in 2005 he was appointed as General Manager of Information Technology and Strategic Projects. 

Jaydeep is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

Mark Toohey

Mark Toohey is an experienced commercial lawyer who has worked with both major law firms and as general counsel in the TV, telecommunications, and IT industries.

Mark is also Australia's leading legal expert on blockchain technology and its implementation. He is a co-founder of TBSx3, a brand protection company.

TBSx3 uses the power of blockchain technology and their patented three layers of protection to detect supply chain anomalies and to defeat counterfeiters. The TBSx3 technology is backed by a free mobile app that alerts consumers if goods are fake.

Shaun Toussaint
National Supply Chain Loss Manager

Shaun has 15 years of operational supply chain and logistics management experience, more recently including cross functional improvement initiatives, employing lean methodologies and six sigma techniques to realise business efficiencies and generate value for customers.

Shaun has a Bachelor of Business, Master of Business, Master of Project Management, is a Certified Professional Logistician and qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Cameron Tully
General Manager Future Supply Chain
Coca Cola Amatil

Cameron is a Strategic thinking, customer focused, collaborative results oriented Supply Chain Leader with extensive FMCG expertise across Manufacturing, Supply Chain Planning, S&OP, and end-to-end Supply Chain operations & strategy.
He has a background in Chemical Engineering, Lean, & commenced in a new role looking at the Future Supply Chain in April this year and is relishing the challenge of seeking best and next practise technologies, processes, and capabilities.

Current interests include applications of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Industry 4.0; Demand Driven Networks, Lean (Business Excellence), S&OP evolution, and single malts!

Speakers opportunities are available!

Present your company, showcase your leadership and demonstrate how you can help the heads of supply chain and logistics departments on how to best update and integrate their assets.

Use this unique forum to demonstrate your value to the biggest players in the supply chain sector. Speakers will assert themselves as leading suppliers and solution providers to the sector.

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Supply Chain Management 2017