2019 Agenda


0830 - Registration and Welcome Refreshments

Opening Insights

0900 - Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
click for bioMike Powell, Founder, Cardinal Point Maritime

Mike PowellMike started Cardinal Point Marine Ltd in 2011. With nearly 40 years in shipping Mike has served as Master, qualified as a solicitor, and held a variety of senior roles in technical, legal, assurance and commercial disciplines. His career has included global commercial operations roles with Union Maritime Ltd, Maersk Tankers, Glencore’s ST Shipping & Transport, BP Shipping and he was also the first Director (Maritime) of the UK’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP).

Throughout his career he has been passionate about the safety and operational integrity of ships and the business benefits which result from first class operations. His consultancy is currently focussed on aspects of digitalisation, emissions controls and optimising organisations and processes.

Mike is a Liveryman and past Warden of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

0915 - Keynote Address: Building a Culture Resilient to Transformation and Innovation
click for bioNils Aden, Managing Director, V.Ships Germany

Nils AdenNils joins V.Group from Zeaborn Ship Management, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer, with overall responsibility for ship management activities, 300 colleagues ashore and 4,250 at sea. He has also been an executive board member since 2013.

He joined E.R.Schiffahrt in 2010 and since then has held a number of key roles, including Senior Project Manager and Managing Director with responsibility for chartering, marine operations, customer relationsand insurance. In March this year, Hamburg-based E.R. Schiffahrt merged with Rickmers Ship Management to create Zeaborn Ship Management.

0940 - Charting the Innovation Roadmap
A review of the latest disruptive technologies shaking up the maritime and transport landscape.
click for bioDr. Marcell Vollmer, Chief Digital Officer, SAP Ariba

Dr. Marcell VollmerMarcell Vollmer is Chief Digital Officer for SAP Ariba and is responsible defining and driving Digital Transformation for customers of SAP Ariba globally. A thought leader in procurement, supply chain, finance and shared services, Marcell’s expertise lies in defining digital transformation strategy and to make Run Simple a reality for global customers and consumers by delivering high cost and additional procurement savings.

Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for SAP Ariba where he successfully developed and led global business development, procurement, go to market, sales operations, and enablement. Prior to that, Marcell was the global Chief Procurement Officer of SAP SE responsible for the reorganization and process optimization for and end-to-end source-to-pay organization. Since joining SAP in 2005, he has held various leadership roles involving restructuring, improving project efficiency and execution of global programs in finance, procurement, sales, human resources and post-merger integrations.

1005 - Case Study: How Digitalisation and Collaboration is Driving Smarter Port Operations
A case study reviewing HVCC’s IT developments, established partnerships and interfaces etc. This session will also look at what advantages these bring to terminal and vessel operations.
click for bioGerald Hirt, Managing Director, HVCC Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center GmbH

Gerald HirtGerald Hirt served two years in the Navy, then studied seaborne transport and port management at the University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering.

Following a period of training at the shipping company P&O Nedlloyd, he began his career with the HHLA Group at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting in 2003.

From 2005, he worked in the Sales department at HHLA Container Terminals, during which time he also spent two years studying part-time for a degree in executive management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Gerald has been Operations Manager at HVCC since November 2012. In this role, he expanded the portfolio of services for the Feeder Logistics Center (FLC) and developed the Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTC).

In June 2017, he became Managing Director of HVCC.

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Session 1

- The Connectivity Evolution

1100 - Next Generation Communications Powering the Truly Digital Ship
click for bioSteve Noel, Product Line Director, Satcom Solutions, Thales Defense and Security, Inc.

Steve NoelSteve Noel holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees In Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University.

He spent his first two years out of University in a Project Manager Development Program for the Department of Energy. He researched alternative and more efficient sources of Energy. In 1999, he worked on the 3G packet core at Nortel Networks. Before leaving, he held the position of Senior Manager for Enhanced Packet Core Development for the emerging 4G network and completed a one year Leadership Edge program working in all levels of Nortel Networks. In 2009, he came to Thales where he has been for the last 10 years. In 2015, he joined the Satcom Department at Thales, where he currently holds the position of Product Line Director, Satcom Solutions.

1125 - Developments at Iridium (topic to be confirmed)
click for bioDan Rooney, Maritime Business Development Director, Iridium

Dan RoneyA thought leader challenging the ‘norms’ of maritime communication and crew welfare.

A well respected product and project management professional with a long and varied background within the international maritime communications industry.

Number of maritime consultative articles published in 2016 to 18.

Ability to identify areas for change with the ability to deliver.

A proven ability to conceive, organise, manage and deliver projects on time whilst working with international teams.

Management of 'back-office' and customer expectations versus delivered reality.

Strong emphasis on a quality approach every time.

1150 - Enabling digitalisation at sea
click for bioDana Jongens, Manager Safety Services, Inmarsat Maritime

Dana JongensDana Jongens is Safety Services Manager at Inmarsat Maritime, responsible for ensuring Inmarsat's continued provision of consistently high-quality satellite communication services for maritime safety of life at sea and maritime security taking advantage of new and innovative technical developments in these specific areas. Every single day, hundreds of thousands of seafarers place their trust in Inmarsat’s safety services, knowing that it will be there when it matters most. As part of her role, Dana supported the successful application of Fleet Safety for GMDSS Recognition.

Dana has over 10 years of experience in the maritime industry and before joining Inmarsat Dana held business development positions at various organisations within the port of Rotterdam and London. Dana has a Master’s degree in International Business from Tilburg University and studied at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. She resides in the United Kingdom and is based at Inmarsat’s London headquarters.

1215 - Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel
The panel will discuss the opportunities and boundaries of maritime connectivity including most recent developments, case studies in other domains and challenges in connectivity for unmanned vessels. How can they support ship owners and managers to enhance operational agility and effectively manage costs?
Moderated by:
click for bioKarl Jeffery, Founding Editor, Digital Ship

Karl JefferyEditor of Digital Energy Journal and Software for Domain Experts; conference producer for Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Tanker Operator and Carbon Capture Journal; managing director of Future Energy Publishing, which runs Digital Energy Journal, Finding Petroleum, Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator magazine, marketing manager Petromall, support conference organiser, Digital Ship.

Also co-author of "Your Situation Awareness - how digital technology can make it better" published Sept 2017

Panellists include:
click for bioMartin Buhl, VP, Maritime Sales, KNL Networks

Martin BuhlBefore joining KNL Networks Martin was VP Business Development at Inmarsat. He has been working in sales executive positions in the field of maritime at Scan Antenna, Thrane & Thrane and ShipServ being responsible of building and managing global sales and commercial operations.

click for bioJoe Apa, VP Maritime, Speedcast

Joe ApaJoe Apa is Vice President for Maritime, Central, Northern Europe, and the US for Speedcast, based in the United Kingdom.

Qualifying as a Radio Officer from Wray Castle College of Marine Electronics and Communications Engineering, Mr Apa has over 25 years’ experience in the Satellite communications industry, including senior positions at TrustComm, Inmarsat and Stratos.

While at Inmarsat, Mr Apa held the position of Vice President of Maritime Sales Asia, and contributed in a successful period of year on year growth in the region. Before that, Mr Apa spent 15 successful years at Stratos, covering roles as Director, Enterprise and Government for UK and Americas, and ultimately as Vice President of the Global Maritime Business, before the successful acquisition of Stratos by Inmarsat in 2009.

Since joining Speedcast, Mr Apa has focused on improving the regional reach, and Speedcast experience to the customer base, while actively engaging with the team to increase the awareness of the new Speedcast network plans and Value Added service offering to the market.

click for bioDana Jongens, Manager Safety Services, Inmarsat Maritime

Dana Jongens Dana Jongens is Safety Services Manager at Inmarsat Maritime, responsible for ensuring Inmarsat's continued provision of consistently high-quality satellite communication services for maritime safety of life at sea and maritime security taking advantage of new and innovative technical developments in these specific areas. Every single day, hundreds of thousands of seafarers place their trust in Inmarsat’s safety services, knowing that it will be there when it matters most. As part of her role, Dana supported the successful application of Fleet Safety for GMDSS Recognition.

Dana has over 10 years of experience in the maritime industry and before joining Inmarsat Dana held business development positions at various organisations within the port of Rotterdam and London. Dana has a Master’s degree in International Business from Tilburg University and studied at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. She resides in the United Kingdom and is based at Inmarsat’s London headquarters.

click for bioDan Rooney, Maritime Business Development Director, Iridium

Dan RoneyA thought leader challenging the ‘norms’ of maritime communication and crew welfare.

A well respected product and project management professional with a long and varied background within the international maritime communications industry.

Number of maritime consultative articles published in 2016 to 18.

Ability to identify areas for change with the ability to deliver.

A proven ability to conceive, organise, manage and deliver projects on time whilst working with international teams.

Management of 'back-office' and customer expectations versus delivered reality.

Strong emphasis on a quality approach every time.

Further panellists to be announced.

1300 – Lunch Break

1330 – The Innovation and Ideas Lunch Break
Moderated by:
click for bioAnders Flensborg, Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates & Partner, PortXL

Anders FlensborgAnders Flensborg is Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates, a business development specialist company along the supply chain, based in Germering, Germany.

Sectors of involvement include Maritime, Automotive, Machinery, Automation, Ports & Terminals, Rail, RoRo, BreakBulk, Steel, Forest, Renewables, Container, Digital&Internet, Process Improvement, Innovation.

Successful projects since 2002 exceed US 2.3bn in value, including industrial developments, vessel contracts and key account revenues.

One recent project was the creation and execution of a build and buy concept for German Maritime Industry involving 11 vessel owners.

During the lunch break, and in the Exhibition Zone, we will showcase innovation in the maritime sector, with a session dedicated to start-up companies. We are looking to provide a platform for shipping companies to learn more about new entrants to the market and understand how new initiatives are changing the maritime landscape.

Demos will be given by up to 4 different companies.

1) Redefining Ship Finance
click for bioNikolaus Reus, Founder, Marvest

Nikolaus ReusNikolaus previously worked as an Investment Manager and helped shape the development of FinTech into one of the leading investment platforms in Germany. Before achieving his Msc.he worked in finance for 5 years as a project operator for Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG.

2) Creating Value from Big Data
This session will demonstrate why change management needs to be an integral part in technology change and why digitalization has the potential to alter the traditional business model of shipping.
click for bioStephan Wrage, CEO, SkySails Marine Performance GmbH

Stephan WrageStephan Wrage is the founder of SkySails GmbH and chairman of the executive board (CEO).

Stephan Wrage, born in Hamburg in 1972, studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and the Technical University of Dresden. He completed his Diploma degree (Dipl. Wirtsch.-Ing.) in Industrial Engineering with honours.

Before starting SkySails in the year 2000, Stephan Wrage worked as a consultant for plant design and as management trainer for Philips Academy.

Stephan Wrage has been honored “Outstanding Young Person” 2004, selected Eco Manager of the Year 2008 and received Roland Gutsch Award (project manager of the year) 2012.

In his free time he is an enthusiastic sailor and kite flyer.

3) Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain with Blockchain.
click for bioHjalmar van der Schaaf, Founder and CEO, CargoLedger

Hjalmar van der SchaafHjalmar van der Schaaf is founder and CEO of CargoLedger BV. CargoLedger makes supply chains more efficient with blockchain solutions and was incorporated in 2017 and is 100% owned by headON BV. headON delivers innovation and business development services in logistics and the financial sectors. Hjalmar founded headON with Roel Crooijmans in 2015. Hjalmar has a background in innovation, business and IT and has been an entrepreneur since 2003, after working for Deloitte and Optiver.

CargoLedger joined PortXL, world port accelerator, early 2017 as the first company delivering blockchain solutions within the PortXL network. The CargoLedger team is working from offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and is part of the Amsterdam Centre of Entrepreneurship and was recognised as one of the top 5 European Supply Chain Startups by Supply Chain Media in 2018.

CargoLedger is working for the Port of Rotterdam, Vopak and Van Oord.

4) Equipment Health Management
How to achieve maxium availability at low life-cycle costs for deplyed vessels.
click for bioBartosz Kowalinkski, Manager Marine Automation, MTU

Bartosz KowalinkskiBartosz Kowalinski is Manager in Automation Department of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH and is responsible for development of Equipment Health Management System for marine business. The MTU Equipment Health Management System, an extension of the company’s Callosum Ship Automation System, analyses and presents digital ship data to further enhance vessel availability whilst simultaneously cutting life-cycle costs. Before joining MTU, Bartosz was working in various roles in ship management based in Hamburg.

This will then be followed by a panel session including some of those leaders involved in supporting and developing the start-up community.


Session 2

- Accelerating Change through Start & Scale-Ups

1430 - Accelerating Change through Start & Scale-Ups

  • How to find, invest in and support the world’s leading ocean tech start-ups
  • What to gain from new entrants to the market
  • A taste of what is happening in the start-up world
This session will incorporate demos and a panel discussion aimed at investigating new technologies and entrants to the maritime market and reviewing what they can teach us about embracing the new digital era in shipping.
Moderated by:
click for bioAnders Flensborg, Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates & Partner, PortXL

Anders FlensborgAnders Flensborg is Managing Director, Flensborg and Associates, a business development specialist company along the supply chain, based in Germering, Germany.

Sectors of involvement include Maritime, Automotive, Machinery, Automation, Ports & Terminals, Rail, RoRo, BreakBulk, Steel, Forest, Renewables, Container, Digital&Internet, Process Improvement, Innovation.

Successful projects since 2002 exceed US 2.3bn in value, including industrial developments, vessel contracts and key account revenues.

One recent project was the creation and execution of a build and buy concept for German Maritime Industry involving 11 vessel owners.

Panellists include:
click for bioSteffen Knodt, Director Digital Ventures, Wartsila

Steffen KnodtAfter completing his engineering studies at the RWTH Aachen, Steffen worked in various seniour managing positions at the Fraunhofer IPT Aachen and gained his PhD in production technology from RWTH. Before joining Wärtsilä, Steffen held various senior management positions at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth and Maersk in applied research & development and technology & innovation. Steffen serves also as member of the board of the German Association for Marine Technology GMT / Hamburg.

Wärtsilä’s purpose is enabling sustainable societies with smart technology. Acting as a venture client, the Wärtsilä Digital Ventures team is fostering the collaboration between the corporate world and the startup ecosystems around the globe within its venturing model. Within this venturing model, startups could engage with Wärtsilä’s business on different levels the e.g. by Wärtslä’s own SparkUp Challenges with co-creation opportunities in Wärtsilä’s Digital Acceleration Centres in Helsinki and Singapore or cross-industry acceleration programs in Singapore, Turku and Hamburg.

Recently at the startup event SLUSH Wärtsilä launched a lifeboat for buildings, a product that should never exist. The lifeboats could be used in severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change - ‘Let’s change the course of the future’.

click for bioFrank Hennig, Scientific/Technical Officer, Project Management Jülich, Maritime Technologies

Frank HennigFrank is a Scientific Officer at Project Management Juelich (PtJ) in Berlin. As a member of PtJ's Maritime Technologies group he advises companies and research institutions interested in research grants provided through the Maritime Research Program. In addition, he is involved in project supervision and the administration of the >200 mill. euro research program.PtJ acts on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Before joining PtJ in 2016 Frank had designed decision support systems and been active in product management for approximately 11 years: While furthering his degree in naval architecture with postgraduate studies in Operations Research at NTNU in Trondheim/Norway, he designed a new tanker fleet scheduling algorithm for US-based ExxonMobil. As a freelancer he developed a crew scheduling algorithm and software prototype for a business airline in cooperation with Fraunhofer Supply Chain Services. At FutureShip / DNV GL he applied that experience in operational performance and product management in his position as Managing Consultant and Project Manager.

Studying and working internationally involves exposure to the values of different working cultures and the resulting challenge to think in new ways. Similarily, Frank appreciates teamwork and creativity as key ingredients for successful innovation and enjoys them as well when boating or in the outdoors.

click for bioMonique Giese, Partner, Tax, Global Lead Shipping, KPMG

Monique Giese Monique Giese is a Tax Partner at KPMG. She joined the firm in 2006. In February 2018 Monique took over the role as KPMG’s Global Head of Shipping. As KPMG's global lead shipping Monique is engaged in all issues the shipping industry is facing. In her view the biggest challenge of the maritime industry is the transformation from a traditional to a modern and digital industry. Monique is involved in digitalization and optimization projects, global structuring projects and M&A transactions. Further, she is also supporting maritime startups and acts as assessor at different start-up events.

Monique Giese has specialized in international corporate taxation since 2003. She is familiar with tax topics in the shipping and transportation industry and has experience of advising clients in that sector.

click for bioFelix Erdmann, Founder, Sea’d - The German Maritime Accelerator

Felix ErdmannBiography pending.




click for bioChristian Roeloffs, Founder & MD, xChange

Christian RoeloffsChristian Roeloffs is Managing Director of Container-xChange – an online market place connecting carriers, leasing companies, forwarders and traders to exchange empty containers. Before, Christian was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, advising many of the world’s leading shipping companies with a particular focus on topics such equipment management, cost and procurement optimization as well as operational efficiency. Christian holds a MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics where he focused on corporate finance and financial modelling. Before joining BCG he spent some time in Corporate Turnaround, helping clients survive through their most difficult times through both operational and financial restructuring.

1515 – Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3

- iShipping

A Focus on Trends, Talent & Technology

1545 - Digitalisation and cyber resilience
Digital migration and growth from commodities trading, through to freight trading and then to voyage/asset management underpinned by insurance
Moderated by:
click for bioMike Powell, Founder, Cardinal Point Maritime

Mike PowellMike started Cardinal Point Marine Ltd in 2011. With nearly 40 years in shipping Mike has served as Master, qualified as a solicitor, and held a variety of senior roles in technical, legal, assurance and commercial disciplines. His career has included global commercial operations roles with Union Maritime Ltd, Maersk Tankers, Glencore’s ST Shipping & Transport, BP Shipping and he was also the first Director (Maritime) of the UK’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP).

Throughout his career he has been passionate about the safety and operational integrity of ships and the business benefits which result from first class operations. His consultancy is currently focussed on aspects of digitalisation, emissions controls and optimising organisations and processes.

Mike is a Liveryman and past Warden of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

1550 - IoT, Automation and Digitalisation in Insurance

  • Digitalisation is changing the insurance industry – need to move now
  • Automation, IoT, connected policies and big-data
  • Adding ability for owners to capture efficiencies and save costs in daily operations
  • Providing crisis management response and global alerts
  • IT and OT connected presents new challenges with regard to cyber resilience
click for bioSvein Ringbakken CEO, Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib (DNK)

Svein RingbakkenSvein Ringbakken is the CEO of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance (DNK). Before assuming the role as CEO in 2011, he was held the position as Insurance Director at from 2004-2011.

Ringbakken is an attorney and worked for as General Counsel and Deputy Managing Director at INTERTANKO in the US, UK and London before joining DNK from 1991 to 2004.

Ringbakken has served as Chairman of the Central Union for Nordic Marine Underwriters (CEFOR) 2013-2015 and Board Member of the Norwegian Business Security Council 2015-2017. He has been a Council Member of DNVGL since 2011.

He is Chairman of Osprey Analytics AS an insurtech joint venture between DNK and Clearwater Tracking of the UK.

1610 - Panel : Digitalisation, Trends, Talent and Technology
Moderated by:
click for bioMike Powell, Founder, Cardinal Point Maritime

Mike PowellMike started Cardinal Point Marine Ltd in 2011. With nearly 40 years in shipping Mike has served as Master, qualified as a solicitor, and held a variety of senior roles in technical, legal, assurance and commercial disciplines. His career has included global commercial operations roles with Union Maritime Ltd, Maersk Tankers, Glencore’s ST Shipping & Transport, BP Shipping and he was also the first Director (Maritime) of the UK’s Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP).

Throughout his career he has been passionate about the safety and operational integrity of ships and the business benefits which result from first class operations. His consultancy is currently focussed on aspects of digitalisation, emissions controls and optimising organisations and processes.

Mike is a Liveryman and past Warden of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners and a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

Panellists include:
click for bioSvein Ringbakken CEO, Den Norske Krigsforsikring for Skib (DNK)

Chris McGrathSvein Ringbakken is the CEO of The Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance (DNK). Before assuming the role as CEO in 2011, he was held the position as Insurance Director at from 2004-2011.

Ringbakken is an attorney and worked for as General Counsel and Deputy Managing Director at INTERTANKO in the US, UK and London before joining DNK from 1991 to 2004.

Ringbakken has served as Chairman of the Central Union for Nordic Marine Underwriters (CEFOR) 2013-2015 and Board Member of the Norwegian Business Security Council 2015-2017. He has been a Council Member of DNVGL since 2011.

He is Chairman of Osprey Analytics AS an insurtech joint venture between DNK and Clearwater Tracking of the UK.

click for bioChris McGrath, Executive Director, Clearwater

Chris McGrathChris McGrath is the Executive Director of Clearwater. He has been at the forefront of the UK's initiative in the design and delivery of "upstream" preventative risk management strategies. Successfully deployed throughout the 2012 Olympics against, technical and human threats, his approach helped shape the UK's CPNI Countering Hostile Reconnaissance (CHR) programme. Since 2012 Chris has been actively working with his former government colleagues in supporting clients with their Active Cyber Defence (ACD) strategies, including the insurance, oil and gas and maritime industries.

click for bioAdmiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE, Chairman , Clearwater Tracking

Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE Sir Trevor had a successful career in the Royal Navy attaining the highest rank in the Service as an Admiral. He held many diverse leadership positions including 5 independent Commands from diesel submarine Captain as a 29-year-old to Aircraft Carrier Captain in which his final Command was the whole of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines (36,000 people) as the Commander in Chief. He was also the NATO Maritime Commander with operational command of all ships and submarines from across the 27 NATO countries. He achieved the fastest promotion of any Admiral in recent history and his career path gave him not only leadership experience at sea but also across the highest levels of Defence, change management and procurement and acquisition, chairing or being a member of the most senior Defence Boards. He gained considerable commercial insight from being responsible for all shipbuilding, procurement and logistics as the first Chief of Materiel (Fleet) in the Defence Equipment and Support organisation (28,000 people).

Since retiring from the RN, Sir Trevor has taken on Chairman roles in commercial organisations including Clearwater a maritime technology company.

1625 - Reviewing Use-Cases for Applying Blockchain in the Maritime & Logistics Space
click for bioAlexander Duisberg, Partner, Bird & Bird

Alexander DuisbergAlexander is a highly reputed lawyer within the IT, digital transformation and privacy sphere, with a clear international vision to develop his clients' businesses.

Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, specializes on data protection, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things, and complex technology transactions, with a particular focus on automotive, industrial and insurance sectors. He covers a range of matters, including agile development, platforms and the data economy, cloud, cyber security, licensing and technology disputes.

Alexander is considered an "absolute expert" and "1 of 5 leading technology lawyers in Germany" on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters of technology law, including agile development, Big Data, cloud migration, transactional data protection and cyber security, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. His client base comprises suppliers and customers in a range of industries, in particular within the automotive, mechanical engineering and insurance sectors.

Alexander has been invited to the Federal Government think-tanks "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Plattform Industrie 4.0", and is member of the Steering Group of the Industrial Data Space Association.

Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

1650 - Closing Panel Discussion: Transitioning to a Digital Future
This panel will bring together leading maritime and transport technology and innovation experts to look at how they are approaching digitalisation in their sector. The panel will ask 3 core questions:

  • What are the core components for digital transformation?
  • How can digital change and innovation be achieved in a more traditional environment such as maritime? What are the main obstacles to this journey?
  • What does this “digital journey” look like in 5 years from now? What have we achieved and, most importantly, where have we failed?
Hosted by:
click for bioAdrian Challinor, Director, Osiris Consultants Ltd

Adrian ChallinorAdrian is a business transformation director with more than 35 years' experience whose skills include strategic architecture, transformational business change, information and physical security, technical consultancy and business intelligence.

Adrian has worked in a number of sectors including water borne logistics, Commodity Trading, Energy/Utilities. He is a skilled negotiator, presenter, facilitator and mentor, and holds a track-record of bringing in projects on time and within budget.

In the maritime sector he worked for commodity traders, specialising in physical logistics. This includes both vessels and inland barges.

He has worked in cyber and physical security, with specific reference to the maritime domain. He has works with systems designed to be secure and protected. He has also been involved with protection of vessels in high risk areas. He advises on cyber security to the shipping industry.

Outside of work he has a keen interest in Astronomy and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Panellists include:
click for bioSteffen Knodt, Director Digital Vetures, Wartsila

Steffen KnodtAfter completing his engineering studies at the RWTH Aachen, Steffen worked in various seniour managing positions at the Fraunhofer IPT Aachen and gained his PhD in production technology from RWTH. Before joining Wärtsilä, Steffen held various senior management positions at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth and Maersk in applied research & development and technology & innovation. Steffen serves also as member of the board of the German Association for Marine Technology GMT / Hamburg.

Wärtsilä’s purpose is enabling sustainable societies with smart technology. Acting as a venture client, the Wärtsilä Digital Ventures team is fostering the collaboration between the corporate world and the startup ecosystems around the globe within its venturing model. Within this venturing model, startups could engage with Wärtsilä’s business on different levels the e.g. by Wärtslä’s own SparkUp Challenges with co-creation opportunities in Wärtsilä’s Digital Acceleration Centres in Helsinki and Singapore or cross-industry acceleration programs in Singapore, Turku and Hamburg.

Recently at the startup event SLUSH Wärtsilä launched a lifeboat for buildings, a product that should never exist. The lifeboats could be used in severe flooding and rising sea levels caused by climate change - ‘Let’s change the course of the future’.

Panellists include:
click for bioGautam Puri, Senior Marine Innovation Lead, Maersk Supply Service

Gautam PuriBiography pending.




click for bioStephan Piworus, Senior Vice President / Global Sales Marine & Ports, Identec Solutions

Stephan PiworusStephan Piworus joined Identec Solutions AG in June 2016 as Senior Vice President and is in charge of the business unit Marine & Ports including global sales activities. Prior to joining Identec Stephan amassed many years of varied experience by working in a range roles in both the industry (e.g. Eurogate, Airbus) and the public sector (e.g. Maritime Cluster Northern Germany). He was also the architect behind the establishment of a maritime cluster in Hamburg, which is today a thriving and well renowned organization. Innovation and change management has always been in the center of his attention throughout his career.

1720 - Conference Conclusions Followed by Drinks & Networking Reception

*Certain speaker and topics TBA and invited only
**Please note all topics and timings are TBC and subject to change