Dr. Frank Appel is Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL.
He joined the company as Managing Director of Corporate Development in 2000. In November 2002 Frank Appel became a Member of the Corporate Board of Deutsche Post with management responsibilities for Logistics, Mail International, Global Customer Solutions, Global Business Services, Corporate Regulatory Management and the First Choice programme before he was appointed the new CEO of the company in February 2008.
In 1999, he was elected Partner and Member of the German Business Management of McKinsey & Co. He had previously worked for the company as a consultant and project manager. Frank Appel holds a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Munich and a doctorate in neurobiology from ETH, Zurich.
Dr. Melinda Crane presents the news programme "Journal" and hosts the talk shows "Quadriga" and "Capital Cities" on Deutsche Welle-TV. She is also a Senior Producer of "Global Players", an international discussion show on CNBC. She previously was International Affairs Consultant to the discussion show "Sabine Christiansen", including interviews with Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and George Bush) from 2002 - 2005.
As a writer and reporter both in Germany and in the United States she has worked for Deutsche Welle, ARD, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor and others. Melinda Crane has been a member of the Berlin RIAS Commission since 2004.
She has moderated a wide variety of podium discussions and conferences for public organisations and private sector clients, and is a frequent guest and commentator on German television and radio. Among her areas of expertise are: transatlantic politics, climate and environment, business and economics (including globalisation and world trade), new media and the internet.
She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in political economy from the Fletcher School of Law Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts, USA.
Siim Kallas is Vice President and European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport. Mr Kallas has been an active participant in the restoration of Estonian statehood and has served in Estonia as Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Central Bank. He has been elected to the Estonian Parliament three times. He also held the position of the Chairman of the Estonian Reform Party since the party's creation in 1994 until November 2004, after which he became the Honorary Chairman of the party. Under the previous Barroso Commission, Mr Kallas served as Vice-President in charge of Administration, Audit and Anti-fraud.
Alan McKinnonProfessor Alan McKinnon is Head of Logistics and Dean of Programs. From 1979 to 1987, he lectured and researched in economic geography and transport at the University of Leicester in the UK. Between 1987 and 2012 he was based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and appointed full professor there in 1995. During his time at Heriot-Watt he established a research center specializing in logistics and a masters program in logistics and supply chain management. Professor McKinnon has an MA degree in geography from the University of Aberdeen, an MSc in transportation studies from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of London.
He has conducted over fifty studies for numerous public and private sector organisations, published extensively in the logistics and transport literature and generally supported the development of logistics as an academic discipline. He has edited two journals and is currently on the editorial boards of five others. In 1996 he was one of the six founder members of the Logistics Research Network, which has grown into one of the largest networks of academics specializing in logistics in the world. In 2003 he received the highest distinction of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Sir Robert Lawrence award, for his long track record in logistics research and education. He has had visiting professorships at universities in Australia, Malaysia, Italy and Sweden and lectured in 30 countries. In 2010 he was appointed chairman of the World Economic Forum's industry council on logistics and supply chain management.