Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), will do us the pleasure and honour of opening the conference with his keynote address.

Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and was appointed Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, in 2016. The Branch is in charge of various multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Jan created and co-edits the quarterly UNCTAD “Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter”, is co-author and coordinator of the annual UNCTAD “Review of Maritime Transport”, initiated the UNCTAD “Maritime Country Profiles”, and created and produces the annual “Liner Shipping Connectivity Index”.

Jan holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His work has resulted in numerous UN and peer reviewed publications, lectures and technical missions, the ECLAC International Transport Data Base, and various electronic newsletters. Jan is member of AJSL, CPI, IJSTL, INCU, JST, MEL, MPM, and the Propeller Club of Geneva. From 2014 to 2018, Jan was president of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).