Chair Professor Issa S. Baluch founded Swift Group in 1989, a top freight logistics provider in the Middle East, Asia, Africa. He was Founding President of the National Association of Freight Logistics of the UAE; and President of the Zurich based FIATA.  Mr. Baluch has authored two books on transport logistics namely, Transport Logistics: Past, Present and Predictions (2005), and Transport Logistics: The Wheel of Commerce (2010) and a third book titled: Africa Risk Dashboard (2017). In 2011/12 he assumed the full time role of Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative program and currently acts as visiting Chair Professor to Several universities focusing on multimodal transport. He is Chairman of US based First Hectares Capital, AKILI, and Zurich based FIATA Logistics Academy (FLA) all engaged in Africa with exception of FLA which is global.  As of Jan 2019, he serves as Advisor to the Executive Council on multimodal issues for the Government of Dubai. Effective Aug of 2019, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airlines, President of Dubai Civil Aviation & Patron of UAE’s Dubai based National Association of Freight Logistics (NAFL) appointed Mr Baluch as Patron’s Council member to NAFL.