Dirk Lembregts brings to the table an extensive experience of leading supply chains and their transformations for large multi-national companies in multiple industries. He served in the Chief Supply Chain Officer roles for Marks & Spencer, General Motors Europe, and Philips Consumer, and has advised JaguarLandrover, GrandVision, Danfoss and Xerox in consultancy assignments. Dirk holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Senior Executive Program.
Amy Blair founded Batik Boutique, an award-winning social enterprise empowering artisans in Malaysia by producing gifts, accessories, and apparel. Her company has been recognized as a regional model for pioneering business with the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet. Batik Boutique works with hundreds of artisans, providing an opportunity for them to grow in their trade and access global markets. They also run a sewing center providing skills training and sustainable income for the urban poor. In addition to retail, Amy leads her team as one of the few Malaysian batik companies to manufacture for international brands and labels, as well as being a market leader in Malaysia.
Chris is a top global expert on food supply chains and agricultural systems. Raised on a dairy farm in the Netherlands, Chris began his career in business management in Europe before leading several global food and agriculture projects, including a joint venture between Malaysia’s IOI Group and Loders Croklaan (previously Unilever). He subsequently founded two successful ag-tech companies, including the world’s first SaaS platform for cattle trading. Chris currently owns and operates FarmTrace, a platform that helps food and agriculture companies to optimize and protect their supply chain by tapping into and analyzing previously unseen data.
Mohd Syazwan is a General Manager at The Lost Food Project, a pioneering food bank in Malaysia that rescues quality, nutritious surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfill, and redistributes this food to those who need it most. Syazwan studied law at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and holds a Masters in Mass Communications from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
A corporate communications practitioner by trait, Syazwan was most recently involved in the total branding and communications exercise for Smart Selangor, the state’s premier strategic socio-economic agenda, and introduced several flagship programmes including Jelajah 360 Smart Selangor, Selangor Synergies business, and the Selangor: Regional Powerhouse business event.
Claire is a Zero Waste advocate and Director of The Hive. After the birth of her eldest daughter while living in Hong Kong in 2010, she realised that the waste generated by her family was totally unsustainable and the biggest threat to humanity is climate change. From then on, she set her sight on living zero waste. Claire moved to KL in Sept 2015, opened the first cooperative zero waste store in Malaysia.
Ever since, she has been a guest on many radio shows and was featured on magazines and newspapers. People have been very excited about the concept and more people had been embracing the lifestyle. The way Claire introduces zero waste lifestyle is through simple domestic examples although climate change is a very serious subject. Claire makes her living more sustainable, fun and achievable.
Managing Partner and Founder at PRIME Retail & Trade Solutions
Samir Selimi is a Managing Partner and Founder at PRIME Retail & Trade Solutions. PRIME serves several International Retail and Trade clients with their Merchandising Management Platform (MMP). The MMP is a SaaS Retail Analytics platform which more than 50 ready-to-use algorithms and solutions are available for users to gain continuous insights into aspects such as category, price, promotions, etc. Their solutions enable Retailers and Manufacturers to collaborate form ‘one-single-source-of-insights’ better to optimize the value chain and reduce ‘waste’. On top of his current position, Samir is also a Lecturer at the EFMI Business School. Prior to that, he worked as a Management Consultant.
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