Keynote Speaker

Robert de Souza, Ph.D.
Executive Director / Professor
The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific
“Strategic Restructuring of Urban Fulfillment – Achieving Greater Responsiveness at Lower Costs”

Dr. Robert De Souza is the Executive Director and Chief Executive of The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific since 2003. TLI - Asia Pacific is a premier national institute housed at the National University of Singapore for nurturing logistics excellence in industry, postgraduate research and education. Prior to joining TLI – Asia Pacific, Dr. de Souza was Executive Vice President for V3 Systems in the Asia Pacific, Corporate Senior Vice President and Global Chief Knowledge Officer at Viewlocity Inc. and Vice Chairman and CEO of SC21 Pte. Ltd. Dr. de Souza is a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong. Dr. de Souza also serves as the Program Manager for Logistics and SCM (Urban Systems Initiative) at the National Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore.

He leads large teams of academics in new initiatives and supports key ASEAN Universities in delivering Humanitarian and Urban Logistics Education. He has spoken internationally at many conferences and special sessions and has authored and contributed to many publications, also being a member of the Editorial Boards of select international journals and co-editor of a special book series in Logistics published by Springer. Dr de Souza has also been consulted by many multinationals, universities and government agencies. Dr. de Souza is a Chartered Engineer and serves on multiple industry, government and academic committees. Dr. de Souza received his Ph.D., M.Sc. and B.Sc. Honors in the United Kingdom. In 2014, Dr. De Souza was conferred the IEOM Distinguished Service Award by his peers and The Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by the President of the Republic of Singapore.


Carl Cruz
Unilever Sri Lanka.
“Supply Chain as a Key Business Enabler in a VUCA World”

Carl Cruz took over as Chairman - Unilever Sri Lanka on 1st February 2016. Previously he was the Vice-President, Customer Development for Unilever Philippines.Carl joined Unilever straight after University in 1992. Carl has worked across most Unilever categories in his 24 years with the organization. Carl spent 2 years stint from 2004 - 2006 in Thailand as Customer Director for Foods & Ice-Cream and also from 2006 - 2008 in HUL as MT & Category Management Director. Carl returned to Unilever Philippines in 2009 to look after the Foods Business Unit and later took over asVP - Customer Development.

On the personal front Carl is happily married to Adiel with 3 daughters. Loves to spend time with family at home. Leisure time would be spent tinkering with cars, reading a good book or watching a good movie; heavily into 4 x 4 vehicles; loves outdoors.