The 6th Airfreight Pharma Conference took place in Brussels, one of the centre points of the airfreight pharma community and was an opportunity for the supply chain to enhance their understanding of the handling of pharma products.

CCA events are designed to bring the industry together to share and innovate in creating 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 greater collaboration, cooperation and communication between CCA members and stakeholders of the industry.

The CCA also welcomed its event partner, Pharma.Aero, which hosted and led a panel discussion during the conference.


Date: 24th - 25th Sep 2018
Time: 12am UTC


08:00 - 17:00


09:00 - 09:10

Opening comments by moderator.

Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, Cool Chain Association. 

09:10 - 09:40

Case study: Kuehne + Nagel’s KN Pharma Chain

Best practice in cold chain logistics and the transportation of pharmaceuticals is an imperative focus for Kuehne + Nagel.

Since implementing the KN PharmaChain how has this focus sharpened?

Tobias Hofemeier, VP air freight development pharma Europe, Kuehne + Nagel.


09:40 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:20

Case study: PeliBioThermal’s CredoCube line and how reusable, rented containers for pharma is to become the industry norm.

Rented, reusable containers for temperature-controlled cargo is to become an industry standard, says PeliBioThermal.

Hear how Peli’s rapid growth in this market is fuelling the rented container model.

Paul Terry, Sales and Marketing Director, EMEA, Peli BioThermal. 

10:20 - 11:05

Coffee break. 

11:05 - 12:05

Panel discussion: CEIV and GDP pharma certification: which is right and what is the future? 

Few would argue that certification for the safe and reliable transportation of pharmaceuticals is not important.

How do we evaluate which certification for pharma cargo is the most suitable: EU-backed GDP or IATA’s own CEIV program? The conference welcomes a panel discussion of both sides.

Julian Sutch, pharmaceuticals global sales, Emirates SkyCargo.

Ronald Schaefer, Assistant Director, Cargo, Ground Operations and CEIV Consulting, IATA.  

Chas Petty, Program Manager, Pharma Product Development, Delta Cargo. 

12:05 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:50

Presentation: Sensitech and visibility solutions in the cool chain.  

A leader in providing global supply and cold chain visibility solutions, hear how Sensitech’s solutions and products are aiming to put transparency at the heart of cool chain strategy.

Loraine Bout, Regional Intelligence Manager EMEA & APAC, Sensitech. 

13:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Presentation: SkyCellGlobal container solutions for the temperature-controlled supply chain.

SkyCell’s worldwide network of pharma containers aims to protect the world’s airlines precious pharmaceutical shipments.

SkyCell boast the safest pharma containers in the world while putting an emphasis on its sustainability as a company. Discover how.

Marrie Groeneveld, Chief Commercial Officer, SkyCell. 

14:30 - 15:30

Panel discussion: Pharma.Aero and the Air Freight Security pitch: What are the daily concerns of the pharma shipper? 

Following an introduction by Pharma.Aero Secretary General, Frank van Gelder, five pharma shippers, moderated by Nina Heinz, pitch the audience about airfreight security concerns.

This lively discussion will then develop into the panel challenging stakeholders of the airfreight supply chain. This is not to be missed.

Nina Heinz, Global Head of Network & Quality, Temperature Management Solutions, DHL Global Forwarding. 

Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General, Pharma.Aero. 

Nathan De Valck, Co-founder and Chairman, Pharma.Aero. 

Debora Mattys, Associate Director, Compliance Operations, Global Logistics, MSD.

Nicola Caristo, Audit and Compliance Manager, Pharma Manager, Alha Group. 

Eddy Weygaerts, Senior Manager, Logistics Delivery, Pfizer. 

Jeroen Janssens, Senior Manager, Vaccine Distribution and Cold Chain, GlaxoSmthKline.

Jaisey Yip, Associate General Manager, Cargo and Logistics Development, Changi Airport. 

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:00

Coffee Break.

16:00 - 16:30

Presentation: Insurance and the cool chain. 

Two executives from Marsh GmbH explain the presence of insurance in the pharma cool chain industry and what this entails.

Thorsten Hecker, Senior Client Executive, Marsh GmbH.

Ramona Budschus, Senior Client Adviser Marine Cargo, Marsh GmbH. 

16:30 - 17:00

Presentation: AirBridgeCargo Pharma. 

We hear from the pharma division of an airline, AirBridgeCargo, and its unique perspective on the industry.

Christoph Honerman, Director, Global Pharma Sales, AirBridgeCargo Pharma. 

19:00 - 23:00

Networking dinner. 

23:00 - 00:00

Busses back to Hotel.

08:30 - 10:00

Registration opens. 

09:00 - 09:10

Opening remarks.

Stavros Evangelakakis, Chairman, Cool Chain Association. 

09:10 - 09:40

Presentation: Vienna Airport’s new pharma handling facility. 

With its new pharma handling facility, Vienna Airport’s ambition is to create the fastest temperature-secure transit hub in Eastern and Southeast Europe.

Vienna Pharma Logistics will aim to offer a state-of-the-art facility and cool-handling services for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical shipments. Hear how.

Sabine Petera, director cargo services, Vienna Airport.

09:40 - 10:45

Panel discussion: Dedicated pharma cool chain infrastructure. 

With more facilities dedicated to pharma and perishables being built every year, where did the story of dedicated infrastructure for pharmaceutical shipments begin and where is it heading?

Sabine Petera, director cargo services, Vienna Airport.

Rinzing Wangyal, VP business planning North America, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS).

Niels van Namen, VP healthcare, UPS Europe.

Yoram Eshel, former senior director, head of global transportation and logistics, TEVA Pharmaceuticals. 

10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Presentation: Practical aspects of cool chain and GDP certification. 

A former senior director at Teva pharmaceuticals with decades of leading experience in airfreight and pharmaceutical transportation gives his verdict on the practicality of GDP certification.

Yoram Eshel, former senior director, head of global transportation and logistics, TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break.

12:00 - 12:30

Presentation and case study: Lane Risk Assessment. 

Risk assessment is crucial for any business to manage its investments and where it operates. In the final presentation of the conference, Validaide present on lane risk assessment.

Eelco de Jong, Co-founder & Managing Director, Validaide B.V.  

12:30 - 13:45


14:15 - 14:30

Closing remarks.

14:30 - 16:00


  1. CCA’s Trip Adviser.
  2. Weakest link in the chain.
  3. CEIV for perishables.
  4. Border Inspection Point (BIP) and information delivery.