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Mark Szakonyi

S&P Global

Executive Editor, JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce

Mark Szakonyi leads JOC.com and The Journal of Commerce. The JOC editorial team of 18 editors and correspondents provides business-critical and data-heavy business intelligence and analysis. Szakonyi oversees the magazine's 100-plus special reports a year, including the Annual Review and Outlook and Top 100 Importers and Exporters issues. In addition to supporting all JOC events, including TPM, TPM Asia, and the Inland Distribution Conference, he is chairman of the annual Canada Trade Conference. His analysis and work have been quoted in mainstream news media including the BBC, The Economist, NPR, and USA Today. Szakonyi, a Chicago native now calling Washington D.C. home, is an avid reader, traveler and vinyl record collector.

Sessions With Mark Szakonyi

Monday, 16 May

  • 09:45am - 10:15am (PST) / 16/may/2022 04:45 pm - 16/may/2022 05:15 pm

    Market Outlook: Supply Chains in Continued Turmoil

    Whilst governments are lifting the COVID-19 restrictions that have held the world in a firm grip for two years, a war is raging in Europe, plunging the global economy in a continued state of crisis amidst geopolitical tensions. With energy prices going through the roof and food shortage becoming a genuine threat for several parts of the world, recovery of markets seems more distant than ever. Using Drewry’s unique insights in the world’s maritime markets, Dinesh Sharma will present the current landscape and outlook for ports. 
  • 11:15am - 12:00pm (PST) / 16/may/2022 06:15 pm - 16/may/2022 07:00 pm

    What Cargo Owners Expect From Ports

    Carriers, supply chain solution providers, terminal operators and forwarders are all competing for direct relationships with cargo owners, but what about ports? As importers, exporters and traders seek to solve their supply chain headaches, what do they expect from port authorities? Hear from Lori Fellmer, vice president of logistics and carrier management at the chemical company BassTech International, and chair of the ocean transportation committee of the U.S. National Industrial Transportation League. In this latter capacity Lori Fellmer has been a vocal advocate of the U.S. 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which is seen as a crucial step toward addressing systemic issues contributing to the unprecedented disruption to the ocean shipping network.

  • 12:15pm - 01:00pm (PST) / 16/may/2022 07:15 pm - 16/may/2022 08:00 pm

    Port Authorities’ Perspectives on Supply Chain Resilience and Performance

    With the huge impact of the pandemic on supply chains, cargo owners, shipowners, forwarders and supply chain companies now actively select their ports of choice based on their ability to absorb shocks, such as sudden upticks or collapses in volumes, an extreme weather event, or a cyber attack. What should ports do to make themselves more resilient?