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) organises the Global Rail Freight Conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 5th anniversary of this event is organised under the Patronage of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and in collaboration with Prorail. The conference will run Back-to-Back with the TEN-T Days and the European Rail Freight Corridor event.

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The Global Rail Freight Conference (GRFC) is one of the leading events in the international rail freight calendar and will bring 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 will take place in Rotterdam and will be 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:

Lorenzo Casullo, Economist - International Transport Forum (OECD)
Pawel Wojciechowski, European Coordinator - Rhine­Alpine Core Network Corridor
Bernhard Kunz, Managing Director - Hupac Group
Mark Frequin, General Director - Mobility and Transport in the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
François Davenne, Secretary General OTIF
Emile Hoogsteden, Vice President Containers, Breakbulk & Logistics - Port of Rotterdam
Rodan Šenekl - Chairman Czech Logistics Association
Patrick Philipp, Head of IRU Academy
André Thinieres, Managing Director - Objectif OFP
José Manuel Viegas, Secretary-General - International Transport Forum at the OECD
Dirk Stahl, CEO, BLS Cargo AG
Miroslav Obrenovic, Head of Asset Strategy & Program, DB Cargo
Philippe Bihouix, International Director, SNCF Logistics, Rail & Multimodal Division
Harald Jony - Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Ferdinand Schmidt, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
Pier Eringa, CEO - ProRail
Salman Babaev, Vice-President - Russian Railways (RZD)
Cédric Lévy-Bencheton, Expert in Network and Information Security - European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
Hossein Ashoori, Vise President for Operation and International Transport of Iranian Railways (RAI)
Johannes Nanninga
Joris D'Inca, Partner at Oliver Wyman
Thorsten Bomke, Market Portfolio Director Services - Alstom
Pex Langenberg, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam in charge of Mobility
Esther Marconi, Chair of the UIC Expertise Development Platform
Armand Toubol, Honorary General Manager SNCF
Thierry Vanelslander, Research Professor Transport, Logistics and Ports - C-MAT
Peter Boom, Manager Business Development - Railwatch
Fabrice Walewski, General Partner & CEO Touax Group
Jean Pierre Loubinoux - General Director UIC

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

We are looking forward to greeting you in Rotterdam.

Who should attend:

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


Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Supporting Organisations

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

Supporting Associations


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

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

Joined 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.

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Exhibiting & Sponsoring

The Global Rail Freight Conferences 2016 will be accompanied by an exhibition. The GRFC 2016 Exhibition will start on 20 June 2016 is scheduled parallel to the TEN-T Days 2016 and the European Rail Freight Corridor event 2016. All these events will take place at the same venue: The famous Van Nelle Factory, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. We expect over 3,000 visitors to the exhibition.

Request ProspectusThe GRFC 2016 Exhibition offers you the best opportunity to:

Reach your target group and business relations at the Global Rail Freight Conference.

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Media Partners

Nieuwsblad Transport
Rail Business
Railway Gazette

Supporting Media

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

Nathalie Tokaai
Project Manager
T: +31 6 20592354
E: nathalie.tokaai@europoint.eu  


Exhibition & Sponsorship Manager

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

We look forward to welcoming you in Rotterdam on the 22nd and 23th of June 2016!

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