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Daniel Pans 

Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer

DPO International

Daniël Pans started a one-man consultancy firm in Japan in 1993. He nurtured it into DPO International, a specialised food distribution company with 25 branches, 35 warehouses and more than 500 employees in 8 countries across ASEAN and China. (www.dpointernational.com
 
Local and multinational companies rely on DPO International’s efficient network to bring their products to market. DPO International offers a full suite of supply chain services: shipment, import, marketing, storage, regulatory support, customised packing, sales & distribution. The foodstuffs are sourced from across the world either in frozen, chilled or dry condition, before being sold to a wide range of customers, across 3 distinct market segments: Industry, Foodservice and Retail. 
 
Recently, Daniël added a 4th segment so far only in Malaysia: e-commerce, allowing consumers to have their food delivered to their doorstep. The BigBox Asia online platform successfully secured efulfilment agreements with some of the largest food-processors operating in the country, active on all major market-places besides also running its own online supermarket (www.bigboxasia.com). In 2021 these online operations will expand to Indonesia. 
 
Daniel is also an active member of the Belgian community in Malaysia as President and main driver behind BeLuxCham Malaysia. In 2008, Daniël was appointed “Advisor to the Belgian Ministry of 
Foreign Trade” and in 2018 was awarded “Officer in the Order of the Belgian Crown” in recognition for his contribution to the Belgian economy. Beyond Belgium, Daniël plays an active role in Malaysian-EU trade, through his position as past Deputy Chairman and current Director of Eurocham Malaysia. 
 
Daniël regularly speaks at local universities. He promotes young musical talent by organising “Young Malaysians Go Classic (YMGC)”. Last year he created the “Belgium Malaysia Traineeship” - platform welcoming Belgian students to undertake internships in Malaysian companies. 
Daniël holds a master’s degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp and is an Alumni of the Advanced Management Program - 2019 from INSEAD Fontainebleau (France). He is married to his Belgian wife Isabelle for 27 years. He loves DIY projects and gardening, which he enjoys along with his 4 children (age 18 / 21 / 24/ 26).