Resilience in the Land of Ideas Conference


Bill Meahl is Chief Commercial Officer for DHL. He is responsible for coordinating the cross DHL commercial activities of the DHL divisions EXPRESS, GLOBAL FORWARDING/FREIGHT, SUPPLY CHAIN and GLOBAL MAIL. He is a member of the Executive Committee DHL and reports to Frank Appel, the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL, the world`s leading mail and logistics services group. Bill has held different positions within the Group, most recently as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DHL SUPPLY CHAIN (DSC), where he was instrumental in creating strong global operations and sales disciplines for the first time at DSC, the largest provider of contract logistics in the world. Before taking on the COO role at the SUPPLY CHAIN division in 2008, Bill was CEO of DHL Exel Supply Chain Americas. 

Melanie Irons is an actress, psychology student, community worker and personal trainer. Melanie came to prominence in 2013 in the aftermath of the Dunalley Fire as the creator of the Tassie Fires - We Can Help Facebook page. Mel played a pivotal role in supplying the bushfire-affected community with information, support, donations and assistance, and empowering the general population to help. She has won the Golden Wattle Award for 2013, a 2013 Resilient Australia Award and a 2014 Recognition of Merit in the same Awards. She has also been presenting at numerous conferences and consulting for a number of different organizations – both nationally and internationally, most recently in Norway, Latvia and Canada. Melanie has just finished her PhD with the School of Psychology at the University of Tasmania, and as part of her PhD, she examined the role of emergent groups like the one she created.

Wolfgang Engel, Project Manager DQS and CEO Engelconsulting, a German consultancy company that specializes in a full range of major logistics topics. The company is widely known for logistics consulting in supply chain management and risk management, and is referenced by many eminent companies across Europe. Prior to joining Engelconsulting, Wolfgang gained more 30 years of experience working in a number of different logistics companies, and in 2002 became a technical business economist at a Chamber of Commerce Academy.

Professor Dr. Michael Huth is Professor for logistics and supply chain management at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. Before joining Fulda University he was general manager of Hulocon, a consultancy focusing on logistics and risk management. He has almost 20 years of experience in risk management in various industries.
Professor Huth studied Business Administration at Goethe University in Frankfurt and at Southampton University.

Dr. Ulrich Franke is CEO of the German Institute for Supply Chain Security GmbH. For more than 15 years, Dr. Franke has been advising leading industrial, commercial, and logistics companies in supply chain risk and safety management. As a trained forwarding merchant, he studied business administration and obtained a doctorate as valedictorian at the Cranfield University Centre for Logistics and Transportation in the UK. For many years, Dr. Franke worked in leading positions in industrial and logistics companies in Germany and other countries. He also worked as a professor of logistics and supply chain management at the private college of Logistics and Economics in Hamm, Germany, and led this specialized logistics university as rector and CEO for more than three years.

Peter Schonefeld is currently responsible for the Supply Chain Management and the rolling planning process at the European market leader in trailer manufacturing, Schmitz Cargobull. In the last years, he has gained operational and strategical experience in building up, managing, controlling and developing supply chains. Further more he was and is actually responsible for the implementation and development of the concern-wide rolling planning and forecasting process (S&OP).Before working at Schmitz Cargobull Mr. Schonefeld studied business administration at the university of applied sciences in Münster, Germany. During this time, he specialized in process organization, logistics and operations research.

Ariane Derks is CEO of Land of Ideas Management GmbH since January 2011. She is responsible for the activities of the German nation branding initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” and its development. Before, Ariane Derks was in charge of the business development at “Germany – Land of Ideas”, in particular for project development within the network of partners and for the coordination of the private and public sector. Before that Ariane Derks was in charge of the master degree classes for Managers and Entrepreneurs at the Steinbeis Hochschule Berlin in cooperation with national and international universities such as the Universität St. Gallen, the Kelley School of Business, Indiana, De Paul University, Chicago. She also had various consulting projects in the area of corporate strategy and corporate culture and CIP. 

Lothar Meenen is Head of Trade Finance / Cash Management Corporates (TR/CMC) for Germany, at Deutsche Bank. He started his career in Coverage of German Mittelstand and became Head of Global Corporates / Large Caps Corporates Region Düsseldorf in 2001. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Structured Trade & Export Finance Germany. After his role as STEF Head for Germany, Lothar became Head of TF/CMC Germany South from June 2010 until December 2012. Since January 2013 Lothar is running TF/CMC Germany. Next to his role as Head of TF/CMC Germany, he is also Chair of the Global Cash Lending Council and Vice-Chair of the MNC Committee.

Frank Ewald is the Head of Corporate Security at Deutsche Post DHL. Prior to this he held different positions in the Corporate Security departments of Daimler Chrysler, John Deere and Deutsche Bank. He served as commissioned officer in the German military Special Forces (KSK). He holds a Master degree in Political Sciences and Commercial Law ( He is a Board member of both, the ASIS International CSO Roundtable, and the Association of Industrial Security Northrhine-Westfalia.

Dr. Markus Kückelhaus is Vice President Innovation and Trend ResearchDHL Customer Solutions & InnovationMarkus Kückelhaus has been DHL’s innovation team manager since August 2012 and currently is the head of the DHL Innovation Center in Germany and the wider DHL Trend Research program. Previously he worked with DHL as a consultant, supporting the development of a Group-wide innovation system and implementing strategies and business models for innovation initiatives. His career also includes positions as Head of Controlling for the biggest German DIY retailer OBI, Principal at CTcon Management Consulting and lecturer at the WHU Graduate School of Management in Koblenz as well as the Victoria-University of Wellington. He studied Economics at the University of Bonn/University of Wisconsin and completed his PhD at the WHU Graduate School of Management in Koblenz.

Lana Djurkin-Koenig is a senior security professional with more than 12 years of experience in national and corporate security. In her current role as Coordinator of the Global Security Situation Center for the Deutsche Post DHL Group’s Corporate Security, besides  business development and management of internal stakeholders, she focuses on comprehensive security intelligence analysis to support relevant decision makers at the strategic level in managing their risks and challenges. Before joining DPDHL, Lana worked internationally in several positions in the field of security, and was awarded a NATO Medal while working for ISAF in Afghanistan. Lana holds Masters Degrees in Political Science (University of Zagreb) and Law (University of Split), as well as an MBA from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science.

Tobias Larsson is a Director at DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation and Head of DHL Resilience360. Over the past four years, he has worked in product innovation to build insights and knowledge on what it takes to build resilient supply chains. As a supply chain security and resiliency expert, he has participated in over 20 conferences as a presenter and facilitated sessions around supply chain risk management. Tobias started his career at DHL as a management trainee and has held various roles within the Express and Freight divisions of DHL. Before working for DHL, he was involved in successful start-up activities in his home country Sweden. Tobias has extensive work experience across the United States, the Netherlands, Finland and Iceland, Turkey and Germany and speaks English, Swedish and German. He holds a Master degree in Engineering and Management from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and is a member of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council (SCRLC).

Ulf Venne is leading the Customer Engagement team of Resilience360. Before joining DHL he worked for Huawei as supply chain operations lead for Germany. In his studies he was engaged with his own web-design and IT programming company. Ulf holds a Magister Artium degree in Sinology (Chinese culture and language) and Economics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.