Supply chains front and centre at Sydney summit

The national freight and supply chain event of 2022 is bringing together end-to-end supply chain expertise and global insights at the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) Forum 2022 in Sydney on May 25.

ALC Chair Philip Davies said the ALC was pleased to host Forum 2022 with a world-class line-up of industry leaders and speakers.

“This is an opportunity for senior industry leaders, policy makers, technology experts, and innovators to exchange ideas and discuss the state-of-play in the sector,” said Davies.

“As we emerge from the back-to-back challenges of the last few years, the freight, logistics and supply chain industry in Australia is resetting its priorities, with a renewed focus on end-to-end efficiency and productivity, safety, the resilience of supply chain systems, with an accelerated focus on climate change adaptation and making a step change in emissions reduction.”

The forum at the Sheraton Grand will feature:

• Kate Pounder, CEO, Tech Council of Australia

• Andrew McKellar, CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)

• Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Material Research and Technology at UNSW

• Thomas Knudsen, Managing Director, Toll Group

• Romily Madew, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

• Rebecca Pickering, CEO, Inland Rail

ALC CEO Brad Williams said Forum 2022 is a forward-looking event focused on preparing for the immensity of the growing freight task.

“As leaders in Australia’s end to end supply chain industry, we are at a critical juncture and the importance of what we do has probably never been so visible or so important,” said Williams.

“Australia’s urban freight task alone is expected to grow by 60 per cent by 2040 and our urban infrastructure is already groaning under the weight of capacity constraints.

“As we look at what lies ahead, we have a unique opportunity to drive policy, structural and technological change that will build our capacity to absorb major shocks and allow us to respond to the growing needs and expectations of Australian households, businesses, and communities.”

Professor Veena Sahajwalla will address the gathering of supply chain, freight, logistics and transport leaders on change, innovation and thinking differently. 

Williams said Professor Sahajwalla would provide a unique insight from outside of the industry, on how thinking differently with respect to sustainability and innovation across end-to-end supply chains is good for business. 

“ALC is excited to host Professor Sahajwalla at our conference next month, Veena is an internationally acclaimed scientist, engineer and inventor and has played a significant role in transforming recycling science,” said Williams. 

“As the Director of the SMaRT Centre and Leader of the new national Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub, Veena is actively collaborating with industry, emerging technology and science is translated into real-world benefits. 

“Forum 2022 will be the first post-election opportunity for industry to come together and review the challenges of the pandemic, refocus on the growing freight task, consider the ongoing global challenges and refocus our efforts at this crucial time. 

“We have a world-leading line up of speakers, and conference truly provides the opportunity for industry to network, to engage policy experts and decision-makers.”

Veena will lead a discussion at #Forum2022 on innovation, the circular economy, change and thinking differently for more sustainable outcomes. 

Veena said: “Supply chains are essential for business and society, and materials circularity is central to helping address the globe’s biggest challenges. 

“A combination of technical innovation and strong industry collaboration will deliver greater renewable energy, readdress the growing waste crisis, and enhance our manufacturing and sovereign capabilities.” 

For more information on the program and to register to attend the event, visit

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