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Millions watched when the Ever Given, a 400m long container vessel, blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week in March. The forced interruption tied up billions of dollars in goods that would have otherwise crossed the waterway each day, and could not have come at a worse time as suppliers were already struggling to satisfy consumer demand against the backdrop of pandemic-disrupted supply chains. Although the vessel was finally freed on March 29, the ripple effect of this incident has highlighted the urgency and importance for businesses to better understand and manage their global supply chains.

Given the vulnerability of global supply chains to unforeseen and potentially disruptive developments, what can companies do to become more agile and resilient in responding to Black Swan events?

At this webinar, Jonathan Beard, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, EY and Roberto Giannetta, Chairman of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association, will speak on the impact of Ever Given incident on global supply chains and its implications for international trade. They will also shed light on best practices that companies could adopt to mitigate the fallout from unexpected events that impact supply chains, and discuss the use of technology and data in business operations to enhance predictability, lower costs and manage risks.

Please refer to the following details on the virtual seminar:
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Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

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Jonathan Beard

Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

Jonathan Beard is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner at EY, based in Hong Kong.

He has more than 20 years’ consultancy experience in the transport and logistics sector covering: strategic masterplans; forecasting; mergers and acquisitions; public-private partnerships; competition and regulation.

His work has spanned projects in over 25 countries, advising leading airports, ports and operators, and consulting on major transactions.

In addition to major corporates, Jonathan’s client portfolio includes national and local governments and related authorities, sovereign wealth funds, multinational development banks and overseas aid agencies.

He holds a BA, MA and PhD from Cambridge University, and is a Certified Management Consultant (ICMCI).

Roberto Giannetta

Chairman, Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association

Roberto Giannetta has 30+ years of service in the shipping industry.  Having served as director of system development, financial controller, executive director, and now Chairman for shipping agreements and associations, he has a vast cross-reference of knowledge in shipping practices across Asia.

As Chairman of the Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association, Roberto represents the interests of container liner principals on numerous industry and governmental organizations (including APEC Shipping Port Network Security, Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, Article Number Association, and others) covering operational, safety, environmental, regulatory, trade, and policy matters vis-à-vis government and industry stakeholders.  With a board of directors comprising CEO and MD level representatives from major shipping lines serving trades to/from Asia and the rest of the world, Roberto has a well-guided understanding of shipping liner needs, objectives, and environment.

Language English
Date and Time 2021/05/25 16:00 to 17:00
Venue Online via Zoom
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Stephanie Kwan
Tel: 28231246
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