Professor Dr David Widdowson
Professor David Widdowson is Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies at Charles Sturt University. He is President of the International Network of Customs Universities; Editor-in-Chief of the World Customs Journal, a member of the WCO’s PICARD Advisory Group, and a founding director of the Trusted Trade Alliance.
David holds a PhD in Customs Management, and has over 35 years experience in his field of expertise, including 21 years with the Australian Customs Service. His research areas include trade facilitation, regulatory compliance management, risk management and supply chain security.
Professor Dr Hans-Michael Wolffgang
Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang is a professor of law since 1995 and head of the Institute of Customs and International Trade Law at the University of Münster, Germany.
He is co-founder of AWA Foreign Trade Academy (1996), AWB Tax Consultancy (2005) and AWB Law Firm (2008), specialized in customs law, value added tax law and law of export controls, with branches in Hamburg and Munich.
Prof. Wolffgang is member of the PICARD Advisory Group to the World Customs Organization (2008). He is co-founder and vice president of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and member of the editorial board of the World Customs Journal (WCJ) since 2005.
Prof. Dr. Wolffgang has written extensively on international trade law, customs law and export control law.
Dr Andrew Grainger
Dr Andrew Grainger is trade facilitation practitioner, academic and educator with over 20 years of experience. As the Director of Trade Facilitation Consulting Ltd, he is regularly contracted by government agencies, companies and international organisations around the world. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and collaborates with other leading universities and research institutes, too. In previous roles, Andrew was the Deputy Director for Trade Procedures at SITPRO, the UK’s former trade facilitation agency, and Secretary for EUROPRO, the umbrella body for European trade facilitation organisations. His PhD thesis in Supply Chain Management and Trade Facilitation was awarded the prestigious Palgrave Macmillan Prize for best PhD in Maritime Economics and Logistics 2005-2008. He has authored many papers within the subject of trade and customs procedures and is a member of the International Network of Customs Universities’ (INCU) executive committee.
Professor Dr Yuhao Cong
Prof. Yuhao Cong is a Doctor, Professor, and doctoral supervisor in computational mathematics. He previously served as the Vice-President of Shanghai Normal University and Shanghai University. He is currently a Deputy to the 15th Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress and the President of Shanghai Customs College.
Prof. Cong is engaged in higher education teaching and research work. As an expert in higher education research and management, he has been extensively involved in university governance. Prof. Cong has accumulated rich experience in discipline establishment, specialty development, talent cultivation, international exchanges and cooperation in terms of higher education. His ongoing practical efforts and explorations have yielded exceptional results.
His academic research primarily involves numerical solutions for differential equations. He has presided over four NSFC projects and more than 10 provincial and municipal natural science foundation projects, and published over 70 papers in SCI, EI as well as other authoritative domestic and foreign journals. He has published one monograph in English, served as Editor-in-Chief of one textbook, chaired over 10 provincial and municipal educational reform projects, and won the first prize at the Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award four times, the second prize at the Shanghai Excellent Textbook Award once, and the third prize at the Tenth Educational Scientific Research Achievement Award.
Once a member of China Society for Computational Mathematics, Prof. Cong is now a Standing Member of China Simulation Federation and Deputy Director of the National Committee of Simulation Algorithms. He is an expert engaged by the Ministry of Education for evaluating undergraduate teaching work. He is also the Vice President of Shanghai Education Evaluation Society, and is involved in other part-time academic work. Prof. Cong is the winner of numerous titles and awards, including the Excellent Young Teacher in Shanghai Colleges and Universities, the Shanghai Municipal Award for Bringing up Talents, and several others.
Professor Dr Wieslaw Czyzowicz
Wieslaw “Wes” Czyzowicz is Professor at Warsaw School of Economics and Warsaw College of Customs and Logistics and a former Director-General of the Polish Customs Service. Wes is also President of the Scientific Board of the oldest professional Polish Customs Journal “Customs and Tax Law Monitor”, a longstanding Member of the Boards of CONFIAD, IFCBA and CLECAT, and President of the Consultative Council to the Director-General of the Polish Customs Service. He has published over 250 articles and some books on Customs matters.
Mr Samuel Bautista
Samuel Bautista is a Customs Broker by profession and the Chief Learning Officer of the Academy of Developmental Logistics which is involved in professional training and development of logistics and customs professionals in the Philippines. Currently, he is the Vice President for International Affairs of the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (the national organization of Customs Brokers in the Philippines) and a member of the Philippines Commission on Higher Education’s Technical Panel for Customs Education.
He is also a Researcher on Customs & Trade Security and International Trade Regulations for the Center for Information Convergence and Strategies (CICS) at San Diego State University in California, a member of the Management Committee of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), an associated member of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Association (IFCBA). He is a regular participant in the World Customs Organizations Partnership in Customs Academic Research and Development (PICARD) conferences. Sam graduated Cum Laude with a bachelors degree in Customs Administration from Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas and completed his Masters degree in Educational Management from the University of the Philippines.
As a training professional, he was conferred a Diplomate in Workplace Learning & Performance (DWLP) by the Philippine Society of Training and Development (PSTD). In a previous capacity, he served as the Chief of Staff of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina in 2015 to 2016.