The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is a not-for-profit organisation and aims to work closely with the supply chain to enhance the quality, efficiency, and value of temperature-sensitive products and make a tangible difference in the cool chain sector.

A community for cool chain professionals, the association provides thought leadership, networking, results and looks to develop innovative solutions to challenges faced in the sector.

The 7th Airfreight Pharma Conference takes place in Paris, one of the centre points in the air pharma community and is an opportunity for the supply chain to enhance their understanding and knowledge of the handling of pharma products.

CCA events are designed to bring the industry together to share best practice and innovate to create a seamless chain for the handling of pharma products.

At the conference, delegates can enjoy lively, open and honest debates on challenges faced within the pharma sector with a focus on fostering even greater collaboration, cooperation and communication between CCA members and stakeholders of the industry.



Date: 23rd - 24th Sep 2019
Time: 12am UTC


08:00 - 17:00

Registration Open

10:00 - 10:30

Opening comments by Moderator and chairman

Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Cargolux

10:30 - 11:45

Final mile innovation

Arguably the most pressing concern in the air pharma supply chain is the final mile of delivery of freight, as all too often shipments are compromised during this stage. There is a clear need for all stakeholders to investigate ways to collaborate and find solutions to make sure there is a successful end-to-end chain. Embracing new innovations and technology is at the forefront of the debate to help fix the problem.
What impact is the poor last mile performance having on the air pharma chain? What can be done to improve the final mile of the supply chain? How can stakeholders work together to fix the final mile? How can innovation and technology help? What innovations have been developed to date? Is there a need to work more with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)?

Moderator – Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Cargolux

Wolfgang Engel, Managing Partner Sales, Head of Competence Centre Logistics
Niels van Namen, Vice President Healthcare, UPS Europe
Radhika Batra, Founder & President, Every Infant Matters

11:45 - 12:00


12:00 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Drones: What are they bringing to the pharmaceutical supply chain?

The use of drones to deliver pharmaceuticals in remote regions is on the rise, especially on the African continent and they are now being utilised to move medical shipments in the final mile of delivery. The likes of Astral Aviation have been using drones in Africa while express freight operators UPS and DHL have also been utilising unmanned aircraft to deliver medical supplies.
What are the benefits of using drones for pharmaceutical companies? How do drones benefit the final mile of delivery? What are the operational challenges? Will the use of drones to deliver pharmaceuticals become even more widespread in the future? What investment is needed?

Ivet Arabadjieva, Business Development Manager, Dronamics
Patrique Zaman, Founder, Avy

14:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:15

Networking Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45

Industry View Point –  Collaboration with Shipper 

Sustainability is at the core of many company strategies’, but more can be achieved to reduce emissions through stakeholders working together. The debate will investigate what kind of sustainability initiatives are being run across the air pharma supply chain.

Nourddin Odris, Head of Transportmanagement Global Supply Chain, Roche
Agnes Turek, Project Manager Transport, Bayer

15:45 - 16:00

Collaborative approach to minimizing temperature deviations for BioPharma products shipped by Airfreight 

Key points:

  • Understanding product stability
  • Applying right level of packaging
  • Thorough process understanding
  • Minimising deviations from agreed process and applying right level of monitoring or supervision 

Navid Choudhury, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Planning, Novo Nordisk

16:00 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:30

Collaboration and transparency in the air pharma supply chain is on the rise with the growth of organizations likes, the introduction of pharma trade lanes and air cargo communities across the globe but there is still a clear need for more.
What further collaboration and transparency can take place? Is there resistance from some parts of the chain to collaborate and be transparent? What barriers are there? What collaborative initiatives have been a success? What lessons can be learnt for the future?

Moderator – Nicola Caristo, Pharma & Special Products Development Manager, Alha Group

Nourddin Odris, Head of Transportmanagement Global Supply Chain, Roche
Ms Agnes Turek, Project Manager Transport, Bayer
Nathan De Valck, Cargo Business & Product Development Manager, Brussels Airport Company
Miguel Rodriguez, Manager Product Development, Fresh & Pharma, Strategy & Business Development, Etihad Cargo
Fabrizio Iacobacci, Head of Pharma Business Development, BCUBE Air cargo
Nina Heinz, Global Head of Network & Quality, DHL Global Forwarding

17:30 - 17:45

Day 1 Closing remarks

Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Cargolux

17:45 - 18:15

Networking Drinks

19:00 -

Networking Dinner 

All participants to meet in hotel lobby for buses to leave hotel for the networking dinner


09:00 - 12:00

Registration Open

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome from the Chairman

09:45 - 10:45

Panel discussion “How to create value in the pharmaceutical supply chain thanks to data? Use cases and next steps”

Moderator – Eric Mauroux, Global Head of Perishables, AFKLMP Group

Jean Francois Bouilhaguet CEO, CIN France 
Philippe Julien Digital and Innovation manager, AFKLMP Group
Michael Attlan/New Technologies Platform Head, Sanofi
Danae Bouteille/Senior consultant, Argon Consulting

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:15

Innovation and Digitisation

Data Sharing – How can the air pharma supply chain benefit?

The air pharma supply chain is complex but if all stakeholders share data in the movement of shipments it can help reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure temperature excursions are kept to a minimum.
How can every part of the supply chain benefit from the sharing of data? Is every stakeholder on board with sharing data? Why has it been so slow to take-off in the air pharma chain?

Edwin Kalischnig, CEO, Xtreme Technologies 

12:15 - 12:30

Closing Remarks

Stavros Evangelakakis, Global Product Manager, Cargolux

12:30 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 15:00

CCA Executive Summit – By invitation only 

Cool Chain Ambition – if we listen to each other, we can find new ways to build a pharma supply chain that is fit for purpose. We are all calling for more collaboration, but first we need to truly understand each other’s needs. The CCA Executive Summit will give every stakeholder in the pharma journey a platform to share their wish list for tomorrow’s supply chain, and an interactive Q&A session with the mission of agreeing a Manifesto for Change with clear targets and a timeline.

Chaired by Stavros Evangelakakis

On the panel

  • A shipper/manufacturer
  • A Forwarder
  • An airline
  • A Handling Agent
  • An Airport
  • An NGO/Charity