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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (3 PM - 4 PM)

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Frank Debets (Managing Partner, Customs and International Trade at PwC Singapore)

Frank Debets

Managing Partner, Customs and International Trade at PwC Singapore

Frank is the Managing Partner of PwC’s Asian Worldtrade Management Services (WMS) practice, based in Singapore. He is the project and client relationship manager for some of the largest WMS clients, both globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. On top of his managing and coordinating role, Frank advises companies on all aspects of the cross border movement of products, from a tax regulatory as well as logistics perspective.

Frank has worked with many major multinationals to analyze and improve their trade risk management profile and maximize benefits from trade regulatory opportunities. His background is in supply chain management and he combines in his customs and trade work logistical considerations as well as tax and transfer pricing regulations. His focus is on customs valuation, preferential trading rules and export controls.

Frank is the editor of WMS’s bimonthly “Trade Intelligence - Asia” publication. He chairs the Regional Trade Committee of Singapore’s EuroCham and is an FTA Advisor for IE Singapore. Recently Frank rotated off as an invited member of Singapore’s Customs Advisory Counsil. Before transferring to the Asia-Pacific region in 1999, Frank worked in PwC’s London office for six years, and as a Research Associate at INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau.

Frank received a Masters Degree in Econometrics (Operations Management) from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as well as a diploma in Systems Analysis from Hull University, UK. He is a member of the UK Institute of Export.

Mark Slade (Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau)

Mark Slade

Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau

Mark Slade is the Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau, the freight forwarding division of DHL, since January 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Mark was the Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Japan, having assumed that role in April 2011. Mark joined DHL Global Forwarding in 2002 as Director, Airfreight at the Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.

Prior to joining DHL, Mark held various sales and management positions, where he was based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. He was the Chairman of the Logistics and Freight Committee, European Business Council in Japan from 2011 until 2015, and he has written frequently for the Nikkei, Japan's leading business daily.

A native of Canada, he has spent more than twenty years living in the Asia Pacific region, working in the logistics industry. Mark is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction), joint specialist in history and political science, minor in economics.

Mark is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (FCILT), and vice-chair of the Shipping & Transport Committee at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC).

Nick Marro (Lead, Global Trade at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU))

Nick Marro

Lead, Global Trade at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)

Nick is The EIU’s Lead analyst for covering global trade issues, and has a particular focus on forecasting developments and providing external commentary tied to the US-China trade war. He is also responsible for The EIU’s views on international trade issues more generally, including on US-EU trade relations, USMCA, CPTPP and topics around supply chains and globalisation.

In addition to that role, Nick also concurrently serves on The EIU’s Asia team as lead analyst for China and Macau, as well as supporting analyst for Taiwan. In that role, he conducts analysis on macro-economic and political developments in those economies, as well as specific topics including China’s foreign business environment, cross-Strait affairs and the Belt and Road Initiative. Nick is also a member of The EIU’s Access China team, where he conducts research on China’s 31 provinces and nearly 300 key prefectures. Until 2017, Nick previously served as lead and final editor of The EIU’s now-retired “China Hand” publication, which focused on cross-sector policy and regulatory developments within the mainland Chinese market.

Prior to joining The EIU’s Hong Kong office in early 2017, Nick conducted policy research for several years in Beijing, China as a business advisory services manager with the US-China Business Council (USCBC), a US trade association. While at USCBC, Nick primarily covered the policy portfolios for the information and communications technology sector, in addition to monitoring regulatory developments related to China’s automotive, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Before his time at USCBC, Nick held previous part time positions at the US Embassy in Beijing and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.

Nick holds a BA in Foreign Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, as well graduate certification from the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.

Anthony Su (Vice President & Regional Controller, Asia-Pacific at Orion Engineered Carbons (China) Investment Co., Ltd.)

Anthony Su

Vice President & Regional Controller, Asia-Pacific at Orion Engineered Carbons (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Anthony Su is the Asia regional CFO for Orion Engineered Carbons, a leading global producer of carbon black. Prior to his current position, he was a Commercial Finance Director at Johnson Controls’ automotive division in the US. He has worked extensively in the region as well as in North America. In addition to his current finance responsibility, he is a key member of Orion’s raw material sourcing, manufacturing footprint and M&A initiatives in Asia.

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