Pharma Logistics
Evolving to meet global standards

2 February, 2017

Grand Hyatt, Santacruz, Mumbai

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Gaurav Dhanda

Deputy Commissioner Customs
Central Board of Excise and Customs

Dr. K. Bangarurajan

Deputy Drugs Controller

Ryan Viegas

Head of Logistics - APAC

Steven Polmans

Head of Cargo
(Brussels Airport Company)

Nathan De Valck

Cargo & Product Development Manager
(Brussels Airport Company)

Makarand Sane

General Manager, Export Logistics
(Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd)

Pramod Sant

Vice President, Head of Import / Export

Vivek Padgaonkar

Director – Project & Policy

Aditya Parulkar

(Penta Freight)

Johan Leunen

Cargo Marketing Manager
(Brussels Airport Company)

Alban Francois

Vice President
(Brussels Airlines Cargo)

Thomas Mathew

(Haffkine Bio Pharmaceutical Corpn. Ltd)

Ramesh Mamidala


Babette Desfossez

Customs Attaché
(Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium)

Amit Chadha

Deputy General Manager Cargo
(SpiceJet Ltd.)

Javin Bhinde

Managing Director & CEO
(SynCore Consulting)

Tushar Jani

(SCA Group of Companies)

Manoj Singh

Vice President & Head – Cargo
Mumbai International Airport

Rajendra Meena,

Joint Commissioner (IT-Single Window),Central Board of Excise & Customs, Ministry of Finance

In July 2015, Rajendra Meena joined as the Joint Commissioner Customs Single Window Project, Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC), Ministry of Finance, New Delhi. He has taken up the Single Window Project for implementation as part of promoting “Ease of Doing Business” and for facilitating trading across borders in India. To implement this project, an exclusive Single Window Project Team has been constituted by CBEC, Ministry of Finance. While holding the charge of Joint Commissioner (Single Window), he is responsible for timely and successful implementation of the Single Window Project in India.

He has also worked as OSD/Under Secretary, Land Customs Section, International Customs Division, Central Board of Excise & Customs, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi from October 2010- May 2012 dealing with customs policy and trade facilitation both in India and in neighbouring countries for international trade across land borders of India.

He is a WCO accredited technical and operational advisor for Time Release Study (TRS) technique. As a WCO TRS expert he has assisted WCO & ADB in conducting TRS workshops and surveys internationally.


Ryan Viegas,

Head of Logistics - APAC

With over 30 years of expertise in supply chain, procurement and logistics with companies like Bayer, Sandoz, Matrix (Mylan) and Lupin. Ryan Viegas is the Head of Logistics – APAC at TEVA. Before joining TEVA, Viegas was Vice President – Supply Chain & Procurement at Watson Pharma (Actavis) in Mumbai.

He is on the Executive Committee of Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) as well as on the Academic Advisory Council, visiting faculty and examiner at university/management institutes for courses on supply chain and logistics.

A key speaker and chair at industry conferences in Europe, Asia and US, Viegas has several publications to his credit and has been on the jury of Asia Pacific industry competitions on best practices in supply chain management. He has initiated several innovative practices in procurement and supply chain.

A chemistry graduate and an MBA, Viegas received the “Supply Chain Officer of the Year – Pharma” award at the 6th Express Logistics Supply Chain Conclave in 2012, as well as “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2015. His leadership qualities have resulted in his team receiving numerous industry awards in supply chain, procurement and logistics for several years.


Steven Polmans,

Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport Company

Steven Polmans spent most of his career in the world of aviation. For 15 years, he held management positions, both operational and commercial, in the handling industry at various airports and in a variety of sectors: from catering, cleaning, ramp handling to cargo. On October 1, 2010, he joined The Brussels Airport Company as Cargo Marketing Manager. His main job as key account manager was to assist airline customers in their operations at Brussels Airport and to explore business development opportunities.

On February 1st, 2012, Steven was appointed Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the overall cargo strategy of the airport. He leads the cargo team and heads the different projects to further strengthen BRUcargo into Europe’s most efficient cargo airport. He is also in charge of maintaining the relations with the different cargo stakeholders, government agencies and strategic partners in close cooperation with the cargo management team.

Since 2016, Steven is also the first chairman of the newly established air cargo organisation at BRUcargo, grouping all stakeholders involved: Air Cargo Belgium. In August of the same year, Steven also joined the board of TIACA, The International Air Cargo Association.


Makarand Sane,

General Manager, Export Logistics, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

Makarand Sane is the general manager for export logistics at Sun Pharmaceutical Industries. Sane is a competent professional with 33 years of experience in shipping operations, logistics, export & import operations and client relationship management. He has expertise in controlling shipping operation and skilled in managing operations ensuring timely delivery to the customers. He is a strategic planner with expertise in implementing cost saving measures to achieve reduction in terms of logistics and transportation cost

He has experience in addressing operational issues, resolving performance bottlenecks and achieving desired objectives. He has proven abilities in third party logistics management, reverse auction, procuring & sourcing the products. An efficient organizer, motivator, team player and a decisive leader with the ability to motivate teams to excel and win. Mane has successfully completed Customs CHA Regulation 9 Exam in 1998.


Pramod Sant,

Vice President, Head of Import and Export - SIEMENS

Pramod Sant is heading Imports Exports and Logistics for Siemens Ltd and group companies in South Asia Cluster. Top importer at Air cargo complex Mumbai having more than 34,000 import shipments. One of first company to obtain Accredited status under RMS.

Implemented comprehensive web based system to track all Imports Export details , licenses and export obligation monitoring tools.

Implementing KPI for Freight forwarders and Custom Brokers and improve productivity and ensure legal compliance. Presently have lowest average customs clearance time of 1.22 for above shipments

Has published many articles and research papers on Supply Chain Management, Import Exports and Logistics. Actively participate in various forums to train people in Supply chain – Logistic ,Imports Exports as Adviser , core committee member, jury , speaker and panel member


Vivek Padgaonkar,

Director, Project & Policy, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India

Vivek Padgaonkar is presently Director – Project & Policy, Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI). Prior to joining OPPI in 2008, he served in senior positions in Indian and MNCs as Head, Marketing, Wallace Pharmaceuticals; Business Head, Elder Pharmaceuticals; Senior Marketing Manager GSK.

Academically, Vivek is a post-graduate in Science, and holds a Diploma in Management Studies from Mumbai University. He also holds a diploma in Training & Development from Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD) and Professional Selling Skills (Train the Trainer) from Learning International USA. Vivek is the winner of the Mumbai University’s Watumull Foundation Award for PG Students as well as Kulapati K.M. Munshi Award. In addition, he is also a recipient of Gold and Silver medal from ISTD.

Vivek has successfully coordinated the Rotary-OPPI Pilot Project on Reduction of Maternal Mortality Ratio at Palghar Dist. He is an OPPI point person from pharma industry on all NIPERs

Vivek is on the Advisory Board of the local body of Institute of Science, Govt. of Maharashtra. Currently he is a member of IQAS of IIHMR University, Jaipur; on the Academic Board of the Welingkar Management Institute Mumbai and Goa Institute of Management, NIPER Hyderabad. He was earlier member of the Academic Board of SPTM- NMIMS (Deemed University).

Vivek is a visiting faculty on Indian Institute of Management, Trichy; Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmadabad; Goa Institute of Management Goa, IIHMR University Jaipur; NIPER, Hyderabad; NMIMS and few other Management Institutes in Mumbai.

Vivek is also a panel member for various awards in the area of Pharmaceuticals and CSR, and regular moderator / speaker / panelist at various national and international seminars.


Johan Leunen,

Cargo Marketing Manager - Brussels Airport Company

Johan Leunen initiated his career at the airport in 2000. Over a period of 10 years, Johan built experience and earned his credentials in the cargo handling industry. He first started working in the operations before moving to Customer Support and, later on, holding the function of Sales Manager. Johan also enriched his career as Business and Market Development Manager in the Forwarding Industry.

On May 1st, 2012, Johan joined Brussels Airport Company as Cargo Marketing Manager. Johan’s main responsibilities include offering operational support to the cargo airlines and assisting in their development at Brussels Airport. Furthermore, he also plays a key role in attracting new carriers to Brussels Airport and developing new route opportunities


Alban Francois,

Vice President Cargo, Brussels Airlines

Alban François is Vice President Cargo at Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s flag carrier and part of the Lufthansa Group. Alban has been appointed in this newly created role in January 2016 in which he is responsible to develop and roll out the new commercial strategy of the growing Brussels Airlines Cargo Unit. Before this, Alban was Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Manager at Brussels Airlines and was closely involved in several strategic acquisition files linked to Brussels Airlines transformation. A civil engineer, Alban started his career in the Belgian Air Force.


Thomas Mathew,

Consultant, Haffkine Bio Pharmaceutical Corp. Ltd

Thomas Mathew is a post graduate in M.Sc from Mumbai University. Mathew has over 30 years of experience in logistics of biological products. Currently he works as a consultant in the marketing department of Haffkine Bio Pharmaceutical Corp. Ltd in Mumbai.


Ramesh Mamidala,

CEO, Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd.

Ramesh Mamidala is an Engineer with Master in Transportation Planning and MBA from Bradford University. He currently works as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd. He has been associated with the logistics industry for close to 24 years and more than 20 years with global air cargo business. He started his career as a Management Consultant with Eicher Consultancy Services in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. He worked with Emirates Airlines Group in Dubai for more than 16 years in several roles that got him involved in design and development of several manual and automated air cargo terminals, air cargo automation systems and global special products. He was also associated with Celebi Delhi Cargo in 2012-13 as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) from where he went on to work with Qatar Airways Cargo as their Head Cargo Services in Doha wherein he successfully managed transition of new airport for Qatar Airways Cargo prior torejoining Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal in his current role as CEO.


Dr K Bangarurajan,

Deputy Drugs Controller (India)

Dr. K. Bangarurajan did his Degree in Pharmacy from Madras Medical College and M. Pharmacy from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in the Year 1984 and was awarded Ph.D. by Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University in the Year 2000.

He began his career as a lecturer at J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Ooty.

He joined the Drugs Control Department in the Year 1986 as a Drugs Inspector and served as a Senior Drugs Inspector and Assistant Director of Drugs Controller.

He was awarded as "Best Drugs Inspector" in the year 2005.

He joined the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, New Delhi in the Year 2010 and since 24th February 2014 he is posted at Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, West Zone, Mumbai and has the overall charge of Western region, responsible for uniform implementation of the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act and rules there under.

He has made remarkable contributions in National and International seminars, workshops which shows his urge for upgrading knowledge of the complex pharma spectrum which undergo rapid changes.


Nathan De Valck,

Cargo & Product Development Manager, Brussels Airport Company

Nathan De Valck has been working in the aviation industry since 2002. His cargo experience ranges from operational management, legal compliance, business development to commercial account management at several airports in Europe for cargo handling agents and airport operators.

Nathan has joined Brussels Airport Company in 2012 as Cargo & Product Development Manager. His responsibilities include account management and business development with the forwarders, shippers and other stakeholders at BRUcargo.

Nathan takes the lead in further strengthening BRUcargo's position as the preferred European pharmaceutical gateway, through the role of Brussels' cargo resident pharma and lifescience logistics expert.

Nathan managed the IATA CEIV pharma certification program at BRUcargo making Brussels Airport the first cargo community in the world to be CEIV pharma certified. He presides the BRUcargo Pharma Forum, which has developed an airside pharma transport solution, making Brussels Airport the first airport community with a fully integrated and guaranteed cool chain.

Nathan is chairman of Pharma.Aero, boardmember of the Cool Chain Association and a full member of the IATA Time and Temperature Taskforce.He studied in Belgium and France and graduated as commercial engineer in Logistics Business Management.


Aditya Parulkar,

President, Penta Freight

Aditya joined Penta Freight in 2011 and is responsible for propelling organic growth, Penta’s international footprint as well as transition into diversified business segments.

Prior to that, he has worked with Lufthansa Cargo in India and Singapore over 17 years. His management responsibilities included Sales and Operations, Quality, Processes and Automation. Project lead for the full integration of Lufthansa Cargo and Austrian in Asia-Pacific. His last assignment at Lufthansa Cargo was Head of Strategy and Alliances - Asia Pacific.


Tushar Jani,

Chairman, SCA Group of Companies

Tushar Jani has more than 25 years of experience across sectors including shipping, transportation, aviation and logistics. An innovative entrepreneur, he has founded and mentored several companies and is the founder member and ex-chairman of Blue Dart Courier Services and Blue Dart Aviation as well as chairman of the SCA Group of Companies.

Jani is also the co-founder of the NVOCC Business – Swift Freight, the first of its kind to commence business in the United States with FMC registration. Jani is the founder-chairman of the Express Industry Council of India and was responsible for starting the courier terminals at airports. Tushar Jani holds several prestigious positions in the trade and industry circles including being member of FFFAI; chairman – logistics committee, Western Regional Council for Confederation of Indian Industry; member and ex-chairman, CII's National Committee on Logistics; member and ex-chairman, Maharashtra State Council for CII.


Manoj Singh,

Vice President & Head – Cargo, Mumbai International Airport

Manoj Singh is Vice President Cargo - Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd- GVK. Currently he is responsible for Overall Cargo Business operation and Project development of Air Cargo Mumbai. Prior to joining MIAL, he was working with the Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore as CEO, responsible for P&L of the Company. Within Menzies Aviation he had played a vital role of Commercial Manager – India + neighbouring countries and as General Manager-Cargo for its start up Greenfield project in India namely Bangalore and Hyderabad, taking responsibility of Project development, Operations, Commercial, Safety & Security, IT & Business Development.

Manoj has rich experience of more than 22 years in Aviation field. He started his career in 1992 with close association with Lufthansa Cargo. Worked on a pan India basis with Airports Authority of India at Management level (Delhi and Mumbai International Airport) Manoj has completed his Masters in Marketing Management in Marketing from Chetna Institute of Management (Gold Medalist) Mumbai University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University. He has expertise in customer service, warehouse management, ramp handling, airport operational function, perspective planning, airline functions, business development, airline contracts, project management and logistic related issues.


Gaurav Dhanda,

Deputy Commissioner Customs, Central Board of Excise and Customs

Gaurav Dhanda joined Indian Revenue Service in 2011. He has worked in Chennai Customs in both assessment and preventive related work. Currently, Dhanda has been working as Deputy Commissioner in Single Window Project of Central Board of Excise and Customs. He has been associated with this project since its inception in 2015. Single Window Project also known as SWIFT (Single Window Interface for Facilitation of Trade) is a flagship project of Government of India for promoting Ease of Doing Business.


Pharma Logistics Evolving to meet global standards

The global pharma industry today is roughly $1.1 trillion, and between 2014 and 2020 is projected to rise by 41 percent, according to preliminary data from Pharmaceutical Commerce’s annual Biopharma Cold Chain Sourcebook. Within that, products that require refrigerated storage and transport are worth around $260 billion, and will rise 65 percent between 2014 and 2020, while non-refrigerated products are projected to rise by about 34 percent.

The major factors driving the growth for these products are shift from bulk to patient centric pharmaceutical solutions and pharmaceutical companies developing more personalised treatment solutions.

There are two questions that arise in the minds seeing the current pharma market scenario; first what steps must be taken to ensure end-to-end visibility in the supply chain. And, what action steps must the pharma logistics industry take in order to evolve to meet world class standards?

Pharma Logistics Summit 2017 will bring together supply chain heads of pharmaceutical companies and logistics service providers to discuss ideas and share best practices to mutually benefit each other.

About the Organiser

Indian Transport & Logistics News (ITLN) is a bi monthly trade magazine, featuring news and editorials, catering to the transport and logistics industry in India.

It covers the latest developments in this trade frontier, thereby opening up vast potential for business opportunities, locally and internationally. Printed copies of ITLN reach a readership of more than 11,000 industry professionals globally. The digital version reaches more than 34,000 transport and logistics professionals around the world.


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Grand Hyatt, Santacruz, Mumbai