5th Edition Global Rail Freight Conference

‘All major stakeholders from the transport and logistics industry will come together to discuss the future of rail freight’

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director
International Union of Railways (UIC)


UIC Global Rail Freight Conference

Shaping together the business of the future!

On 22 and 23 June 2016, the International Union of Railways (UIC) organised the Global Rail Freight Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 5th anniversary of this event was organised under the Patronage of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and in collaboration with Prorail. The conference run Back-to-Back with the TEN-T Days and the European Rail Freight Corridor event.

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Rail Freight Conference

The Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) is one of the leading events in the international rail freight calendar and brought together top executives and decision makers, rail and logistics professionals, customers, influential politicians and institutions from across the globe.

The 5th edition of this event took place in Rotterdam and was a unique opportunity to exchange on rail logistics, to look at new business models, to develop the skills of workforces and to integrate new technologies and innovations. Read more >

The speakers:

Pier Eringa, CEO - ProRail
Jean Pierre Loubinoux - General Director UIC
François Davenne, Secretary General OTIF
Patrick Philipp, Head of IRU Academy
Peter Boom, Manager Business Development - Railwatch
Harald Jony - Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Baher El-Hifnaw, Senior Economist in the Transport Unit - World Bank
Thomas Steffens
José Manuel Viegas, Secretary-General - International Transport Forum at the OECD
Philippe Dume, Managing Director Services and Rolling Stock - Alstom
Thorsten Bomke, Market Portfolio Director Services - Alstom
Pawel Wojciechowski, European Coordinator - Rhine­Alpine Core Network Corridor
Claudio Diotallevi, Railway Director at Customer Group “Industry & Society”, Ericsson
Mark Frequin, General Director - Mobility and Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
Salman Babaev, Vice-President - Russian Railways (RZD)
Oliver Sellnick, VP European Corridor Management, DB Netz
Robert van der Waal, Director Logistics Operations - Samsung Electronics Europe Logistics BV
Miroslav Obrenovic, Head of Asset Strategy & Program, DB Cargo
Esther Marconi, Chair of the UIC Expertise Development Platform
Eva Molnar, Director of the Transport Division UNECE
Bernhard Kunz, Managing Director - Hupac Group
Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam in charge of Mobility
Thierry Vanelslander, Research Professor Transport, Logistics and Ports - C-MAT
Johannes Nanninga
Armand Toubol, Honorary General Manager SNCF, BIC Board Member
Ferdinand Schmidt, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Fabrice Walewski, General Partner & CEO Touax Group
Edouard Laverny, General Manager, Rail Freight Forwarding, Rail & Multimodal Division - SNCF LOGISTICS
Gennady Bessonov, Secretary General, Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation - CCTT
Hossein Ashoori, Vise President for Operation and International Transport of Iranian Railways (RAI)
Rodan Šenekl - Chairman Czech Logistics Association
Hüseyin Teker, Freight Department, Turkish State Railway (TCDD)
Rossella Mattioli, Security and Resilience of Communication Networks Officer - ENISA
Joris D'Inca, Partner at Oliver Wyman
André Thinieres, Managing Director - Objectif OFP
Emile Hoogsteden, Vice President Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics - Port of Rotterdam
Dirk Stahl, CEO, BLS Cargo AG
Lorenzo Casullo, Economist - International Transport Forum (OECD)

Meet the speakers who shared their knowledge and experience at the UIC Global Rail Freight Conference 2016.

Who should attend:

  • Railway companies
  • Logistics companies
  • Ports and forwarders
  • Infrastructure managers
  • Shippers
  • Policy makers


Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Supporting Organisations

International Transport Forum
Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Supporting Associations


Bureau International des Containers et du Transport Intermodal (BIC)
Zeeland Seaports
Port of Rotterdam
Boston Consulting Group

Back-to-Back with the TEN-T Days 2016 and the European Rail Freight Corridor event 2016

Joint exhibition: TEN-T Days 2016

The 2016 edition is organised in co-operation with the TEN-T Days 2016 of the European Commission and the European Rail Freight Corridor event, organized by the Dutch Presidency of the European Union. The GRFC offers a natural continuation to the discussions on European corridors and multimodality and will move them to a global context where innovation and digitalization are at the heart of the success of rail freight.


The TEN-T Days 2016 edition, which will also host the Business conference on Rail Freight Corridors and the development of rail freight in Europe organised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, will be followed by the UIC Global Rail Freight conference. This conference will offer a natural continuation to the discussions on European corridors and multimodality and move to a global context where innovation and digitalisation are at the heart of the success of rail freight.

The Global Rail Freight conference on 22 and 23 June 2016 will focus on transcontinental corridors as well as on innovation and its impact on the rail freight industry business models and its work force.

Media Partners

Nieuwsblad Transport
Rail Business
Railway Gazette

Supporting Media

Kurier Kolejowi
International Railway Journal
RZD Partner
Via Libre
Harbours review


For any questions, more information or bookings feel free to contact us:

Program Manager

Sandra Gehenot
Program Manager
T: +33 144 49 20 84
E: gehenot@uic.org


Project Manager

Manouk Brouwers
Project Manager
ProMedia Europoint
T: +76 3030372
E: manouk.brouwers@europoint.eu  


Exhibition & Sponsorship Manager

Jasper Rodenhuis
Exhibition & Sponsorship Manager
ProMedia Europoint
T: +31 76 2063200
E: jrodenhuis@europoint.eu

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