The 2022 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass Takes Off in Abu Dhabi

120 business executives, industry experts and international academics are gathering this week at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi for the five-day intensive program of presentations, debates and practical workshops focused on key challenges for pharma logistics and pharma supply chains.

This year’s edition is a unique international joint initiative of HOPE Consortium and Khalifa University of Science and Technology (UAE), the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and With the full support and active contribution of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the collaboration brings together industry professionals, policymakers, international experts and academics representing 50 pharma supply and manufacturing companies, 5 world-renowned universities and government authorities from the United Arab Emirates and Belgium.

H.E. Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi:

“With the ongoing support of the UAE’s wise directives, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi along with its prestigious partners have been able to reiterate the Emirates’ position as a leading destination for healthcare, life sciences and innovation. Through the establishment of the HOPE Consortium, we have been able to resolve some of the most prominent challenges related to vaccine distribution and logistics. We are proud to have contributed to the safety and well-being of the global community through this unique pharma air corridor that was designed in line with international standards and best practices.”

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Chairman of the Executive Committee, HOPE Consortium, Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group:

“Collaboration and knowledge-sharing have proven to be essential assets in the HOPE Consortium partnership’s successful global vaccine distribution and immunization campaign, which has positively impacted millions of lives. By bringing together thought leaders and experts from across the industry as part of this year’s International Pharma Logistics Masterclass, we will be able to assess and address the next generation of life science supply chain challenges. With the support and guidance of our wise leadership, AD Ports Group has developed one of the largest cold and ultra-cold pharmaceutical supply chains on the market today, and we are eager to share the best practices we have learned with our peers in the pharmaceutical and logistics sectors, and further develop our respective academic and commercial ties.”


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University:

“As a top-ranked university with world-class academic and research expertise not only in logistics but also in all the allied economic sectors, Khalifa University is delighted to collaborate with local and international partners to host the second edition of the International Pharma Logistics Masterclass. We firmly believe this august gathering of experts, academics and policymakers will benefit the wider global community while highlighting the dynamic role the UAE plays in major international initiatives, and Khalifa University’s emphasis on contributing to showcasing Abu Dhabi’s profile as an important destination that attracts industry leaders, researchers and government sector stakeholders.”


Prof. Roel Gevaers, University of Antwerp, Chairman of the 2022 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass’s Steering Committee:

“I am excited and honored as Chair that we can kick off today, for the second time, the Pharma Logistics Masterclass, as a result of the first very successful edition last year in Antwerp.

I am convinced that this second edition will be as successful and fruitful as the first edition, thanks to the support of the founding fathers of the masterclass: and the University of Antwerp, complemented with the HOPE Consortium and Khalifa University for this second Edition in Abu Dhabi.

Also, a special word of appreciation for the Belgian Ambassador and his team, for offering the formal welcome reception in the Belgian Residence in Abu Dhabi.”


Trevor Caswell, Chairman of, Manager Demand & Product Development (Cargo), Edmonton International Airport:

“Our international 5-day Pharma Logistics Masterclass with over 120 confirmed attendees, will bring leading academics and seasoned industry professionals from over 20 countries together in one location in Abu Dhabi, to share in-depth knowledge of the critical end-to-end pharma supply chain.

There is no other neutral organization like that brings shippers and end-to-end supply chain partners together, in order to collaborate, share ideas, challenges and opportunities and, ultimately, strengthen our global pharma supply chains.  This Masterclass will not only create extreme value for those attending in-person & online, but for the industry as a whole. The goal of each Masterclass is to continue to build on the high-caliber topics and projects that will be presented, in order to bring value to our members as this has become an annual event for and the University of Antwerp.”


Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General of, Co-chair of the 2022 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass’s Steering Committee:

“Collaboration, sharing knowledge and experience are deeply rooted in the DNA of our vision and mission at Without this, one often remains on the surface which magnifies the many challenges and problems and moreover, delays the solutions.

The masterclass is all about leaving the comfort zone and open the door to highly innovative and efficient solutions. The idea behind the masterclass of 3 years ago, has materialized into a successful formula. At Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, and with the HOPE Consortium, we pave the road for better pharma logistics, and thus better healthcare. Success is not a coincidence, it is learning, sacrifice and love of what you are doing or learning to do.”


The International Pharma Logistics Masterclass is built on an innovative concept that combines academic insights with industry expertise around sustainability, disruptive technologies, big data, agility, innovation, digitalisation, multimodality, and emergency logistics.

The interactive curriculum is complemented by visits to some of the most relevant sites that showcase Abu Dhabi’s position as a world-class pharma logistics and life sciences hub, including Abu Dhabi International Airport, AD Ports Logistics’ Headquarters, Etihad’s Cargo Pharmaceutical Center, Masdar City, world’s first zero carbon city, Khalifa University’s Center for Autonomous Robotic Systems (KU-CARS), and the Centre of Genomics and System Biology.

The International Pharma Logistics Masterclass welcome reception is hosted by the Embassy of Belgium in the United Arab Emirates at the Residence of the Ambassador, H.E. Antoine DELCOURT.

Read more:

White Paper of the 2021 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass (Antwerp, Belgium)

Detailed Program of the 2022 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Full line-up of speakers of the 2022 International Pharma Logistics Masterclass (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)


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