Mr. Thomas Sim
Mr. Thomas Sim is the Chairman of ABVT, FIATA (Advisory Body Vocational Training -International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) which oversees FIATA National Associations’ training programs, assisting to setup and qualifying the standards of international freight forwarding & transport logistics training materials/curriculums, international trade and the eventual FIATA Validation of their national training programs since 2002. He is also the Chairman of FIATA Foundation Vocational Training (FFVT) Management Committee which manages the application and recommendation of building trainers’ capacities in numerous FIATA Members across the 4 vast regions of the world of FIATA.
Mr. Sim represented the FIATA-ABVT as a lead master-lecturer at the Training-of-the-Trainers (TOT) Programme held in various countries:
- MFFA (Mongolian Freight Forwarders Association) in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) in January 2003;
- KIFWA (Kenya International Freight & Warehousing Association) in Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa) in August 2004;
- GIFF (Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders) in Accra, Ghana (West Africa) in August 2005;
- PIFFA (Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association) in Karachi, (Pakistan) in November 2006;
- AMACARGA (Asociación Mexicana De Agentes De Carga A.C.) in México City (México) in January-February 2008;
- SIFFA (Syrian Freight Forwarders Associations) in Damascus (Syria) from 18th June to 2nd July 2009;
- EFFSAA (Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Africa) from 22nd February to 7th March 2010; and
- PIFFA (Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association) in Lahore, (Pakistan) in collaboration with UNCTAD February 2011;
- TAFFA (Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (East Africa) from 23rd July to 8th August 2012.
- ALOG (Associacion Logistica A.G. Chile) in Santiago, Chile from 3rd to 16th January 2015.
- SFAAZ (The Shipping & Forwarding Agents Association of Zimbabwe) in Harare, Zimbabwe from 30th April to 14th May 2015.
- AFFM (Association Des Freight Forwarders Du Maroc) in Casablanca, Morocco from 03rd to 17th September 2016.
- ITCA (International Transport Companies Association of Iran) in Tehran, Morocco in December 2017 and January 2018.
Under the invitation of the various National Associations, he launched various capacity-building programs for the:
- TILA (Taiwan International Logistics Association) in Taipei (Taiwan) in May to July 2005, and in March 2007;
- CIFA (China International Freight Forwarders Association) in Dalian (PRC) in August 2005;
- INFA (Indonesian Forwarders Association) in Jakarta (Indonesia) in May 2006;
- NAFL (National Association of Freight & Logistics) in Dubai (U.A.E.) in June and November 2006, and most recently, in early May 2009;
- IOFFAT (International Ocean Freight Forwarders & Logistics Association, Taiwan) in Taipei (Taiwan) in April 2007;
- EFFA (Estonian Freight Forwarders Association) in Tallinn (Estonia) in early September 2007;
- UZT-PLASKE (UKRZOVNISHTRANS-Association of Transport, Forwarding Organization of Ukraine) in Odessa (Ukraine) in mid-September 2007;
- UZT-AIFFU-PLASKE (AIFFU-Association of International Freight Forwarders of Ukraine and UKRZOVNISHTRANS-Association of Transport, Forwarding Organization of Ukraine) in Odessa (Ukraine) from 2nd to 8th June 2008;
- CIFA (China International Freight Forwarders Association) in Shanghai (PRC) from 13th to 18th June 2008;
- EIFFA (Egyptian International Freight Forwarding Association) in Alexandria (Egypt) from 20th to 27th June 2008;
- VIFFAS (Vietnam Freight Forwarders Association) in Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam) from 8th to 13th September 2008 and 21st to 25th May 2009;
- FFFAI-IIFF (Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association of India & Indian Institute of Freight Forwarders) in Mumbai (India) from the 17th to 22nd August 2009;
- FMFF (Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from the 9th to 14th Dec 2009, and from the 28th March to 2nd April 2010;
- SAAFF (South Africa Association of Freight Forwarders) in Johannesburg (South Africa) from the 20th to 23rd November 2009, 19th to 24th April 2010 and 13th to 18th August 2010;
- UZT-PLASKE (UKRZOVNISHTRANS-Association of Transport, Forwarding Organization of Ukraine) in Odessa (Ukraine) in from 5th to 9th June 2010;
- GAFESKI INFA (Indonesian Forwarders Association) in Jakarta (Indonesia) from the 24th to 27th July 2010;
- TILSCA (Taiwan International Logistics& Supply Chain Association) from the 5th to 9th November 2010, and from the 12th to 16th February 2011;
- JIFFA (Japan International Freight Forwarders Association) from the 24th Nov 2010;
- VIFFAS (Vietnam Freight Forwarders Association) in Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam) from 3rd to 11th Dec 2011; and
- CRFFN (Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarders in Nigeria) in Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa) from the 3rd to 9th Jan 2012, and from the 10th to 16th April 2012. In Abuja, Nigeria (West Africa) from 23rd to 29th June 2013 and again in Lagos from 7th to 13th July 2013;
- EIFFA (Egyptian International Freight Forwarding Association) in Alexandria (Egypt) from 15th to 22nd February 2013;
- TAFLA (Taipei Airfreight Forwarders and Logistics Association of Taiwan) in Taipei
(Taiwan) from 28th November to 03rd December 2013 and 03rd to 12th July 2014;
- APAC (Una Asociacion En Movimiento Para El Beneficio Del Agente De Carga En Panama) in Panama City (Panama) from 12th to 22nd August 2015;
- MIFFA (Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association) in Yangon (Myanmar) from 03rd to 16th November 2015.
- ILFA (Indonesia Logistics & Forwarders Association) in Jakarta (Indonesia) from 06th to 13th December 2015 and 25th to 30th June 2016.
- WBCG-GMLS (Walvis Bay Corridor Group) in Windhoek and Walvis Bay (Namibia) from 01st to 10th March 2017;
- EFFSAA (Ethiopian Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents Association) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Africa) from 04th to 18th July 2017
Since 2004, Mr. Sim has been as a senior Steering Group Member and Panel-Judge of the Young International Freight Forwarders’ Awards (YIFFY), an international competition to promote and motivate young logistics professionals’ competition (co-sponsored by the TT-Club, U.K. and FIATA since 1999).
He is also regularly conducting industry seminars across various regions and had completed a series of Risks Assessment & Security Programme in Chennai (India) in April 2008 and November 2010 and in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) for its Ministry of Defense senior military commanders under the Maritime Company for Navigation (MACNA) in January 2011.
He had launched the TOT programmes for the FIATA Higher Diploma Supply Chain Management (FHDSCM) distinction in Johannesburg from the 4th to 11th November 2011, in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2013, and IMO-IMDG Dangerous Goods Handling training in Manama (Bahrain) from the 28th November 2011, and in Singapore in Dec 2012 for numerous corporate clienteles (like ‘Oil Spills Response Ltd.-U.K.’).
Representing the Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) since 2000, Mr. Sim has been the Chairman of the Working Group Education & Training of ASEAN Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (AFFA) and heads the development of the “AFFA Diploma in International Freight Management Programme” for AFFA National Associations-Members in the ASEAN (“Association of South East Asian Nations”) 10 member-countries.
He represented the association as a lead-lecturer at the inaugural run of ‘AFFA Certificate in Multimodal Transport’ organized by the Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Freight Forwarders Association (MIFFA) in Yangon (Myanmar) since 2004. The Programme was held in conjunction of the launch of the ‘AFFA Diploma in International Freight Management’ Program.
As the consultant and Master-Trainer for the AFFA, Mr. Sim delivered a series of 3 runs of the Regional TOT Programs in Bangkok under the ASEAN-AFFA Sustainable Human Resource Development in logistics services for the 10 ASEAN Member-States from the 15th September to 22nd November 2014 for a corps of 50 selected ASEAN Trainers from the public and private sectors, funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
On a regular basis, Mr. Sim has been invited to develop capacity-building programmes and he delivered of a series of UNCTAD TOT Programme in Lahore (Pakistan) from the 20th to 28th February 2011. He has also participated in the ADB (Asian Development Bank)-funded logistics infrastructure project in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) from the 7th to 14th August 2011 for the CAREC (Central Asia Regional Economic Community). He is currently a Consultant with the ADB on “Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation: Working with the Private Sector in Trade Facilitation (Phase 2)” – International Trade & Transport Standardization project, and just recently presented his researches and findings in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from the 14th to 16th August 2017 and Dushanbe (Tajikistan) from 18th to 20th September 2017.
He also speaks regularly at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) annual national congresses in Cape Town, Johannesburg (South Africa) since 2010. Just recently, Mr. Sim delivered the FIATA Diploma Programme on International Freight Forwarding, Risks Management and Multimodal Transport to industry practitioners, customs/inland revenue officials and port operators at Walvis Bay and Windhoek in Namibia from the 01st to 10th March 2017. He had also just recently been invited by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (Government of India) to speak at the “India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit 2017” in Vigyan Bhawan (New Delhi) from the 03rd to 05th May 2017.
As an UNCTAD/ITC (Geneva/Switzerland) invited resource person, he spoke on “Helping SMEs to Internationalize: Navigating Through Thick Borders” at the global ‘VII Astana Economic Forum 2014’ at Astana, Kazakhstan from the 21st to 23rd May 2014 – an event attracting over 10,000 participants from over 150 countries.
Mr. Sim spoke as the Keynote Speaker at the ALACAT XXXI 2014 (Federation of National Associations Freight Forwarders and International Logistics Operators Latin America and Caribbean) – a Regional Federation of freight and logistics service providers comprising of over 17 Member-states’ Associations for the Mercosur regions’ Annual Congress 2014 in Mexico City from the 01st to 03rd September 2014 and also at the ALACAT XXXII Annual Congress 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras from the 18th to 22nd May 2015. He has just completed another ALACAT XXXIV Annual Congress 2017 in Panama City from the 18th to 20th October 2017, and ALACAT XXXV Congress 2018 in Mexico City from 26th to 28th June 2018.
He was also invited by the ASEAN Secretariat to speak and mentor public and private sector participants at the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Economic Co-operation Work Programme (ECWP) Project on ‘Technical Assistance to Enhance ASEAN Logistics Services Sector’ in Cebu, Philippines from the 28th April to 02nd May 2014. The Project aims to support the development and enhancement of the ASEAN logistics service sector through deeper understanding amongst policy makers and regulators and other stakeholders of logistics services and its role in the global supply chain process.
Under the invitation of the DITP (Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Thai Government) since 2012, Mr. Sim speaks regularly as Keynote Speaker at the ASEAN+6 (RECEP) Trade & Logistics Connectivity Symposium and Roundtable Conferences, with the recent tranche on 3rd & 4th September 2015 in Bangkok/Thailand.
He had recently jointly-facilitated the inaugural ICAO-FIATA Dangerous Goods Training Programme (IFDGP) in Beijing (PRC) for a class of 33 senior officials from the Civil Aviation Authorities of China (CAAC), senior professionals from the Air China Cargo and the air cargo dangerous goods practitioners in Beijing from the 17th to 21st October 2016.
In Singapore, Mr. Sim is also the Deputy Chairman of the SLA (Singapore Logistics Association), and a Principal Lecturer for the “Diploma in Integrated Logistics Management” & “Diploma in International Freight Management” Program in the SLA.
He is also the Chairman of the SLA Training & Development Committee (TDC) as well as the Director and Chairman of the Academic Board of The Logistics Academy (TLA) a wholly-owned subsidiary of SLA, which oversees the development of various vocational freight & logistics training programs for practitioners in the Singapore logistics industry. As the Academic Director of The Logistics Academy (TLA), he led the SLA TDC team in the successful collaboration with the SIM University (UniSIM) for development of the ‘BSc. in Logistics & SCM’ degree programme to train, groom and retain talents in the Singapore logistics and supply chain industry, and jointly launched the SLA Scholarship Programmes for the degree distinctions.
Representing the SLA, Mr. Sim has been appointed Member of the Singapore Services Standards Committee (SvSC), a Singapore Standards Programme under the guidance of and industry-led Standards Council and administered by SPRING Singapore. SvSC lead the development, review and promotion of standards in various specific industry-sectors to support the overall Singapore Smart Nation initiatives. It ensures that the standards developed support national initiatives, emerging trends and industry transformation, leading to a vibrant and innovative service sector in Singapore. Its strategic intent is to promote service industry competitiveness and to ensure service quality, nurture pro-business environment and to promote the growth of the sector to the overseas markets.
He has also been appointed the Supervisory Board Advisor of the National Association of Freight and Logistics (NAFL) Training Institute, based in Dubai (U.A.E.) as well as a Senior Advisor to the Taiwan International Logistics & Supply Chain Association (TILSCA) in Taipei (Taiwan) since 2006 and 2005 respectively. He is also a Senior Advisor of Cargo Partners’ Network (CPN) incorporated in Toronto, Canada since 2003.
Mr. Sim has been appointed by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) under the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, as a Member of the Generic Manufacturing Skills Council (GMSC) since Feb 2012. He also sits in the Singapore Nee Ann Polytechnic’s Multidiscipline Engineering Division Advisory Committee (NP-MDEAC) and has been the Deputy Chairman of the Business & Services Academic Advisory Committee (BSAAC) with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Singapore 2003 to 2012. He assists in the development, review and qualification of the logistics technical training curriculums in the institute, in preparing the pool of Business and Logistics’ Management students for the future entrants to the logistics industry in Singapore.
He is regularly lecturing at the Singapore Management University (SMU) for the national Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) on international trade for industry professionals whom seeks to be educated and trained in cross-functional roles to enhance their employability in different industry sectors. He covers Supply Chain & Procurement Management, International Trade Documentation, IOT for SCM (e-Commerce/LMF, Global Supply Chain Safety & Security and Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Substance Handling. He is also currently a selected Mentor to a group of SMU industry-learners on the PCP Programme.
He has been appointed to serve as a Member of the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defense (ACCORD), Employer and Business (E&B) Council, formed since 1984 to provide regular feedbacks to Singapore Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) on defense issues and foster closer ties between MINDEF and the community. The ACCORD (Employer & Business) Council is co-chaired by Senior Minister of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs, Dr Maliki Osman and Executive Chairman, Asia Resource Corporation, Mr. Tony Chew. Just on 03rd August 2017, Mr. SIM received a recognition and re-appointment as ACCORD Member from the Minister of Defense, Dr. Ng Eng Hen at the Marina Mandarin MINDEF Volunteer 2017 Event.
As the Chairman of the SLA’s FIATA World Congress 2013 Organizing Committee, Mr. Sim and his SLA team successfully hosted over 950 international delegates and transport professionals from more than 112 countries at Suntec Singapore, a global event graced by Singapore’s Minister for Transport, Mr. Lui Tuck Yew and Minister for Trade & Industry, Mr. Lim Hng Kiang in October 2013.
Mr. Sim contributed in the SLA-launched book (September 2006) – “The Practitioner’s Definitive Guide: Multimodal Transport” published by the Singapore National Printers for the logistics industry, which has now published its 3rd Edition. He contributed and edited the recently-released book – “Managing Logistics & Supply Chain in Challenging Times: Insights from Singapore Cases” published by Cengage Learning Asia officially launched by SLA & UniSIM (SIM University) on the 14th October 2013 in Singapore.
In his personal and commercial capacity, he co-founded “The Topocean Group” of Companies in Singapore [Topocean Consolidation Service (S) Pte. Ltd., Starlink Freight System (S) Pte. Ltd., and International Freight Consultants (S) Pte. Ltd.], from 1993 providing integrated logistics and multi-modal transportation services and project management to numerous multinational companies, as well as small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with varied specializations. Based in Singapore, Mr. Sim’s responsibilities include overseeing the development of strategic marketing programs, products developments and pricing strategies in the South-East-Asia regions, GMS (Greater-Mekong Sub-regional), as well as the West Asian regions. He has been engaged in the airfreight, ocean shipping and logistics industry in Singapore since 1986, and is consistently trained in the IATA-DGR Training Programme. The Topocean Group in Singapore offers multiple service-routings to/from Intra-Asia, Asia-Europe, Asia-Middle East, Transpacific Trade Lanes, Australasia, as well as other destinations like Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Astana & Almaty (Kazakhstan), Dar Es Salaam/Tanzania & Mombasa/Kenya (East Africa) and Lagos/Nigeria & Accra/Ghana (West Africa) and even to Addis Ababa/Ethiopia (Central Africa) on multimodal transportation.
Mr. Sim graduated in BSc. (Aeronautical Engineering) in 1986, and MSc. (Logistics & Supply Chain Management) in 1990. He has completed researches on Educational Psychology, Curriculum Development and Instructional Design as a major of his Masters in Education, Training & Development Programme (MTD). He was formerly a regular Pilot-Officer in the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) serving as an A-4s (Skyhawk Fighting Falcons) Fighter Pilot at the then 142 Squadron in the early 1980s and retired as a Flight Commander and Flight Instructor with a rank of S/Major.
He has also distinctions in the full-ACTA (Advance Certificate in Training & Assessment) programme, a national competency-based training programme under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification Systems (WSQ) for master-trainers and facilitators. The WSQ programme provides the workforce in the training industry with the essential and advance skills and knowledge to design training curriculums and deliver competency-based training programme and training assessment. Moreover, the programme can help the human resource team to identify skills gaps within the organization and recommend relevant training programmes to bridge them.
Just recently on January 2017, Mr. Sim is humbled with the recognition on the “Global Educational Award” for the Training-the-Trainers in Africa for more than 20 Years (1996-2017) bestowed upon him from the Chairman of the African Union (AU), Mr. Maculay Kalu and the Secretary-General of the AU, Dr. Beatrice Njenga.
On 02nd August 2017, Mr. Sim received the coveted and prestigious national ‘SkillsFuture Fellowships Inaugural Awards’ from the President of Singapore, Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, and the Singapore Minister for Education, Mr. Ong Yi Kung. This SkillsFuture Fellowships Awards is a tripartite initiative, the highest national award that recognizes Singapore Citizens whom have acquired deep skills through significant work experiences industries or job functions. Individuals must be champions of lifelong learning and deeply committed to contributing to the skills development of others – ‘Celebrating Mastery, Inspiring Passions’.
It was awarded to Mr. Sim for his deep dedication in developing sustainable skills training in transport logistics, freight forwarding and supply chain management competencies in Singapore for the past 25 years, as champions of lifelong learning and committed to contribute to the skills development of others. The stringent criteria of this award require the incumbent to be an active advocate of lifelong learning and skills development. It is a special recognition for his continuous and active lecturing and educational involvements in developing lifelong learning for the freight forwarding and logistics industry, with the numerous Institutes of Higher Learning [including Singapore Management University (SMU), UniSIM, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Polytechnics, etc.] which have resulted in many successful career upskilling of transport professionals in the industry and beyond, over the past decades…