SPOTLIGHTING THE BEST, BRIGHTEST & BRAVEST OF THE NEXT GENERATION

The AntwerpXL 40 Under 40 campaign showcases the rising stars of the breakbulk and heavy lift industry. Our 40 Under 40 recognises both those with the greatest potential to become industry leaders in the future and those who have achieved greatness already. Our chosen 40 successful applicants have now been chosen. You can find their profiles here, & they will be celebrated at AntwerpXL itself with a special drinks reception held in their honour.

Class of 2020

Adam Tindall-Schlicht

Adam Tindall-schlicht

Director, Port Milwaukee

"Empathy is being concerned about the human being, not just their output”

Adam was appointed Director of Port Milwaukee in 2018. In this role, he oversees and directs the port’s multimodal operations, which generate over US$100 million in local economic activity each year. In his tenure, he’s already massively increased the port’s overall tonnage and amount of cargo handled.

Amanda Labee

Amanda Labee

Assistant Vice President, XELLZ B.V.

"It is not about thinking outside the box. It's realizing there is no box."

Working in the logistics industry for several years, Amanda developed a strong interest in the project logistics and management sector. As a genuine problem solver, front runner and constantly looking for opportunities, she has demonstrated to be a superb addition to the XELLZ management team. Traditional approaches cannot overcome the obstacles faced by project logistics service providers.

Anders Maul

Anders Maul

Commercial Director, Energy & Projects, Blue Water Shipping

“The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary”

Anders is an important part of the management team within the Energy and Projects Division at Blue Water Shipping. He’s also responsible for the commercial aspects of the division – he’s set up a tender and data intelligence office in London, which is growing all the time.

anna barska

anna barska

MD, Pol-Agent Co. Ltd.

“Together we are strong”

Anna’s powerful managing style has been influential in developing all areas of Pol-Agent Co. Ltd., especially in project cargo. She leads big contracts and manages 85 people located across four different office spaces.

Anish Chakraborty

anish chakraborty

FLEXIGISTIC LLC

“Learning is the only mantra to pursue in life and as long as you bring your passion and dedication, that’s the key to success”

Anish leads a team of more than 100 people across the Middle East, handling projects across the breakbulk spectrum, working with MP vessels, bulk carrier vessels and container vessels. He’s also a business-head, responsible for the growth of FLEXIGISTIC LLC.

Blanca Claeyssens

Blanca Claeyssens

“We are fed up throwing away and consuming, let’s stop wasting and be sustainable”

At ASA France, Blanca has played a critical role in mixing her knowledge of the aviation industry to move the project cargo world forward.

Caroline Laurijsen

Caroline Laurijsen

Transport Architect, Remant Africa & Project Logistics

“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try”

Caroline is a hands-on breakbulk specialist, driving operations across the world, including in remote locations.

Justin Miller

Justin Miller

VIP of Commercial Services, US Ocean LLC

“Old industry needs new blood and new ideas to thrive”

Justin is responsible for leading the pricing, chartering and business development initiatives for the largest US multipurpose vessel operator in the world. He’s been influential in the growth and diversification of US Ocean LLC’s fleet, business segments and client base.

Laura De Wel

Laura De Wel

Marine Surveyor, IMCS bv.

“Find something you are good at and then make it better”

After spending time at sea as a merchant marine deck officer, Laura quickly became one of Antwerp’s leading marine surveyors. She has also co-developed and managed several worldwide ship inspection programmes.

Laurent Moyersoen

Laurent Moyersoen

Product Owner Customs, NxtPort

“If the digitization did not succeed in the past, it will succeed today”

Laurent is ambitious and creative. As a product owner at NxtPort, Laurent has developed deep insights into customs procedures and delivers great solutions for clients.

Mahesh Singh

Mahesh Singh

MD, Trans Coral Shipping LLC

“Every individual is different – there is no one route to success”

Mahesh started his career as a Deck Cadet at the age of 20. Ever since, he’s worked his way up the ranks, from Operations Executive to Operations Manager, and now, he owns his own breakbulk company, with offices in Dubai, Sharjah and Mumbai.

Mateusz Dziechciarz

Mateusz Dziechciarz

Operations and Commercial Manager, POL-AGENT CO. Ltd.

“Success in breakbulk comes down to taking an individual approach to serving cargos – all are unique”

Mateusz confronts challenges with new, innovative ideas, looking to push the freight forwarding industry on. He now occupies a managerial position, and sees his ideas come to fruition.

Murilo Caldana

Murilo caldana

Project Director and Shareholder, FOX Brasil Project Logistics

“Love it or leave it”

In eight years of work, Murilo transformed a medium-sized Brazilian freight forwarder into one of the market leaders, becoming president of the Heavy Lift Group in the process.

Randy Hillsman

Randy Hillsman

Senior Project Cargo Manager, G2 Ocean

“Spend more of your time focusing on the opportunities of tomorrow, rather than the problems of yesterday”

Randy is one of the biggest names at G2 Ocean. He’s been absolutely influential in growing the global project cargo business.

Rasmus Elsborg-Jensen

Rasmus Elsborg-Jensen

CEO & Founder, ReFlow Maritime

“Maritime sustainability no more than a good intention if you don’t set quantifiable goals and have the ability to measure impacts”

Rasmus left the corporate world to pursue his passion to make the maritime industry more sustainable, launching his own start-up to provide digital tools for ship owners and suppliers to engage in circular maintenance.

Rok Strukelj

Rok Strukelj

MD, Centralog

“Never give up just because someone said it’s impossible”

Rok has positioned Centralog as one of the main project cargo logistic providers in its region. In the last four years, he’s overseen it handle close to USD 4 billion of goods value, and successfully complete over 260 projects.

Tia Meyvis

Tia Meyvis

Head of Business Intelligence & Analytics, Ahlers

“Dream big, work hard, stay focused & surround yourself with good people.”

Tia excels at Ahlers and is the Chairman of Young Forwarders Belgium, where her personality is inspiring the next generation to get to the top in the industry.

Tycho Van Peteghem

Tycho Van Peteghem

Engineering and Procurement, Container Technics

“Keep an open mind and never settle”

Tycho is passionate about improving the breakbulk industry through technical innovations. He recently developed highly flexible lifting beams unique to the industry, as well as systems to improve the cargo intake for windmill blades.

Valentin Carlan

Valentin Carlan

Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Antwerp

“Spell out any idea you have, it might lead to solving a problem that many have”

Valentin is an innovative thinker. In particular, he’s done some brilliant research in the field of transport and logistics, working to bring solutions to society at large.

Wouter Colaert

Wouter Colaert

Operations Director, Belforship

“DRIVEN – EXPERTISE – HANDS ON – FLEXIBLE”

Walter has a brilliant all-round knowledge of breakbulk operations, helping him to lead operations for Belforship with clarity and quality.

Asare Bediako

Asare Bediako

Assistant Director, Hillpong Ghana Limited

Benjamin Harraway

Benjamin Harraway

General Manager, Portico

Elvis Tuyishime

Elvis Tuyishime

Managing Director, Levy trading Ltd

Emre Can Atak

Emre Can Atak

Business Development Manager, LimakPort Iskenderun

Hrvoje Livaja

Hrvoje Livaja

President of the Management Board, Luka Ploče d.d.

Jan Van Aerde

Jan Van Aerde

Owner, Independent Port Agencies BVBA

Jason Christie

Jason Christie

Operations Director, Into Africa Project Logistics

Jérémie Cochez

Jérémie Cochez

General Manager, Sitca

Jeroen Blacnkaert

Jeroen Blacnkaert

Commercial Manager, Katoen Natie Terminals/ Port Operations

Joris Ooms

Joris Ooms

Visualisation Manager, Mammoet

Jérémie Cochez

Jérémie Cochez

General Manager, Sitca

Klemen Butala

Klemen Butala

Commercial Director, COMARK, d.o.o.

Lisbeth Daenens

Lisbeth Daenens

Chartering Manager, Belgo Iberian Maritime

Mateo Lukin

Mateo Lukin

Commercial Manager Shortsea, Conti7

Mathieu Muzeau

Mathieu Muzeau

General Manager, Louis Dreyfus Port & Logistics and ALM SHIPPING MANAGEMENT LTD

Matthijs Dekker

Matthijs Dekker

Manager of Laso Netherlands, Laso Transportes SA

Oliver De Wit

Oliver De Wit

Senior International Freight Forwarder, Lubbers Global Freight

Scott Lang

Scott Lang

Projects Manager, Armitt Group

Steven Schutter

Steven Schutter

Product Owner & Community Builder, NxtPort

Wouter Gielen

Wouter Gielen

Project Manager, Deugro

Yves Van Meirvenne

Yves Van Meirvenne

Business Development Executive, Portilog

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