Nordic IT0830 - Registration and Welcome Refreshments

0900 - Opening Notes from Conference Chair
click for bioNeville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications

Rear Admiral Nick LambertNeville Smith is a maritime media consultant with shipping industry clients across communications, navigation, IT and marine products and services. A maritime journalist for 16 years and a former deputy editor of daily maritime newspaper Lloyd's List, he works for clients on messaging, positioning and campaign delivery across print and electronic media as well as blogging at www. on current and future trends in communications and technology.

0910 - Welcome Address- Innovation in the Global Supply Chain
click for bioChristof Schwaner, Spokesman & Director Communications & Digitalisation, German Shipowners' Association (VDR)

Christof SchwanerChristof Schwaner is Spokesman and Director Communications & Digitalisation with the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) based in Hamburg. Within his role, he organises workshops on digitalisation for shipping companies, e. g. on blockchain and maritime connectivity, hosts pitching events for start-ups, and establishes networks between industry stakeholders to enhance digital transformation. Christof is also responsible for public relations and internal communications at VDR, and he is editor-in-chief of the association's quarterly „Deutsche Seeschifffahrt“. Christof holds a Master's degree in Political Sciences and European Law. In February, he finished his Diploma in Global Business at Oxford University where he wrote his final thesis on the impact of 3D printing on global supply chains and maritime shipping.

Session One

The Maritime Satcom Summit

Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity

0930 - Tips to Standardise, Automate and Secure your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioStefan Meyer, Senior Sales Manager, Marlink

Stefan MeyerStefan Meyer is Senior Sales Manager for Marlink in Germany and is responsible for strengthening sales and customer relationships in the region.

Prior to joining Marlink, Stefan worked as Sales Manager for Telemar in Hamburg and DH-INTERCOM in Rastede. With over 25 years’ experience in Sales and Servicing roles, and 8 years’ experience in the maritime industry particularly in the satellite communications sector, Stefan holds an in-depth knowledge of the wide product and service-portfolio. He applies this knowledge into providing valuable advice and support on satellite communications and digital solutions for Marlink customers.

0950 - Next-Generation Satellite Services and the Future of Maritime Safety
click for bioGert-Jan Panken, VP of Sales, Merchant Marine, Inmarsat

Gert-Jan PankenGert-Jan started his career at Inmarsat as Vice President of Maritime Applications before being appointed Vice President of Sales for the EMEA region based out of The Hague office.

Gert-Jan has a proven track record in sales, business development and service management within the satcom, telco and broadcast industry. He has extensive experience with applications, application security and content delivery. Gert-Jan has almost 10 years of working knowledge across the satellite industry, from maritime to land-mobile and with a range of satellite constellations.

Gert-Jan holds an MsC degree from Rotterdam University.

1010 - Tech Refresh - What's Next in Satellite Innovation?

  • Digitalization of the high seas, enhanced connectivity enabling Big Data, what are the options to consider
click for bioWouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime, Iridium

Wouter DeknopperWouter Deknopper brings 20 years of experience in the Satellite Industry to his position as Iridium's Vice-President and General Manager Maritime Business. He is responsible for bringing new services and products to the maritime market in alignment with Iridium's initiatives while attuned to the needs of the end-users in these industries.

Wouter began his career in the satellite market with SAIT Communications and then joined Marlink, previously part of Telenor, before coming to Iridium in 2005 as Director EMEA & Russia. Wouter has extensive knowledge and experience in business development, consulting, project and partner management in IoT applications, land-mobile, aviation and maritime.

Wouter holds a Master's degree in Social and Political Sciences from KU Leuven in Belgium and an Advanced Master's degree in European Law from the University Jean-Moulin III Lyon in France.

1030 - Question and Answer Session

NSSLGlobal1050 - Tea/Coffee Break

1110 - What Next for Satellite Pricing and Capacity?

  • What is the historical, current and future state of capacity pricing, and how is it expected to change with more supply coming into orbit
  • What is the impact on the maritime market
click for bioDallas Kasaboski, Analyst, Market Research, and Consulting, Northern Sky Research (NSR)

Dallas KasaboskiMr. Kasaboski joined Northern Sky Research (NSR), as a market Analyst, in 2016. Focusing on mobility within the satellite industry, he has since worked on projects involving maritime and land-mobile satcom, Earth Observation markets, government/military satcom, flat panel antennas, and, most recently, Big Data via satellite.

Prior to joining NSR, Mr. Kasaboski obtained a M.Sc. degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, France. During his studies, he worked on satellite mission design, contract negotiation, and was project manager of a team of young professionals investigating unaddressed challenges in one-way human missions to Mars. His team's final work was presented at the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, 2014.

During the summer of 2014, Mr. Kasaboski interned at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work involved designing a spacecraft’s thermal control system, the mission launch procedure, integration, and operation, as well as evaluating the status of the market of technologies necessary for the mission.

Mr. Kasaboski graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from York University, Canada. His studies have provided him with a rigorous technological background which he combines with the interdisciplinary and international perspective his more recent experience has afforded him.

1130 - Reviewing the Maritime Satcom Market

  • Overview of the maritime market with key figures
  • The addressable market by segment (such as Merchant, Offshore, Passenger ships, Leisure, Fishing)
  • The penetration of satcom terminals (MSS and VSAT) and their pros and cons
  • The growth drivers for the VSAT market
  • Bandwidth estimation by type of boat
  • Capacity to come online especially HTS capacity
  • Forecast in terms of terminals and capacity
click for bioFlorent Rizzo, Senior Consultant, Euroconsult

Florent RizzoBiography pending.

1150 - Maritime Satcom Summit Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
click for bioRob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

Rob O’DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
click for bioBarbara Bersani, Head of Sales ESMEA, Marlink

Barbara BersaniBarbara Bersani has more than 12 years of experience in the maritime satellite communications sector. She joined Marlink as a Sales Manager for the sales regions in France, Monaco, and Switzerland in 2005. In 2008 she took responsibility for Maritime Sales for Europe West and Europe East. In 2012 Barbara was appointed as Head of Sales Maritime for Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa. Earlier in her career, she held Business Development and Marketing positions within the Defence Industry. Barbara holds a BA from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva and a DBA from the LSE – London School of Economics.

click for bioMichael Carter, Sales Director EMEA - Network and Data Services, Telenor Satellite

Michael CarterMichael joined Telenor Satellite in 2005 and is currently Director of Sales for their Network and Data services division, which is responsible for providing high quality data communication services over satellite to customers on land and sea.

He has over 16 years International Telecom experience, working for companies such as Tandberg (Now CISCO) and BaneTele. Michael has an MBA from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Fonty's University in Eindhoven, Holland.

click for bioJoe Apa, Vice President Maritime, Central, Northern Europe & US, 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.

With more to be announced

1230 - Lunch

Session Two

Harnessing Cyber Resilience and Managing Risk

A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk.

1330 - Reviewing the Legal Implications of Big Data
The most important legal aspects of big data and top tips to exploit the huge potential of data assets

  • Data ownership and data access as a concept
  • Data protection and trade secrets dimension of big data
  • Tips for businesses wishing to get involved with big data:
    • Understanding what you have
    • Privacy considerations, now and in the future
    • Buying and selling big data: licensing considerations
    • Acquiring the technology to source data
    • Access to public sector information
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, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues. He is a member of our International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads our Software & Services industry initiative.

Alexander is considered a leading expert in matters of digital transformation, data protection and data security.

Alexander is an appointed and practicing panellist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and is a member of the Federal Government’s legal work groups in the think-tanks projects "Trusted Cloud", "Smart Data" and "Platform Industry 4.0", and a legal advisor to the "Industrial Data Space". He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and contributes regularly to publications on technology-related topics. Alexander speaks German, English, Italian, Spanish and French.

1350 - Hacking on the High Seas

  • Rogue kettles and other bizarre maritime cyber attacks
click for bioKen Munro, Security Entrepreneur & Writer, Pen Test Partners

Ken MunroKen Munro is Partner and Founder of Pen Test Partners, a firm of ethical hackers. He regularly blogs on everything from maritime security to hacking cars and the Internet of Things. This has gained him notoriety among the national press, leading to regular appearances on TV and News online as well as the broadsheet press.

He also writes for various newspapers and has contributed to maritime industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors. Ken has also become a voice for reform and legislative change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US government departments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils.

1410 - Panel Discussion: Turning Cyber Guidance into Cyber Competence
Moderated by:
click for bioWalter Hannemann, Product Manager, Dualog

Walter HannemannWalter Hannemann have professionally participated in the development of IT since the 80’s, from his education in Electronics and Information Systems. His responsibilities have involved software development to solution architecture, infrastructure design and management, IT service delivery and even “.com” entrepreneurship. With a passion for “making things work”, shipping applications and all digital equipment onboard became his interest from 2008. Having headed IT departments in Maersk Tankers and Torm, has recently become Product Manager for Dualog. Based in Copenhagen, Walter enjoys finding solutions for big (and small) business problems using IT, while keeping the overview and a forward-looking approach, with deep dives in technical subjects when necessary – or possible.

Panellists include:
click for bioOksana Näser, CIO, Rickmers Shipmanagement

Oksana NäserAfter her apprenticeship as a railway technician in her motherland Latvia, Oksana began her studies as information manager at the University for Applied Sciences in Hamburg.

After graduating, Oksana began an almost ten-year tenure at the world-famous ship classification society "Germanischer Lloyd" (today DNV GL SE) in the area of business process analysis, process improvement, software development and merger activities.

Oksana joined Rickmers in 2016, and has managed the business unit “Maritime Business Solutions” within the Group IT since March 2017.

With more to be announced

1450 - Short Tea/Coffee Break

Session Three

The iShipping Revolution

Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime

1510 - Digital Reinvention and Building Digital Competence
click for bioSue Terpilowski, President, WISTA UK, Chair, CILT Ports, Maritime & Waterways

Sue TerpilowskiSue is the Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT), a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing, President of WISTA UK (Women in Shipping and Trade) and a member of Women in Logistics. She is regularly quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the PR, marketing and advertising industries. Sue has been featured in the Financial Times, on BBC News, BBC Radio, ITN and in the Daily Telegraph.

Sue started her own company, the leading specialist logistics and supply chain PR, Marketing and Visual Events Agency Image Line Communications over 28 years ago.

Sue regularly chairs sessions for CILT including ones on SOLAS, CTU Code and port trends.

Sue Terpilowski was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 for her work and lobbying on behalf of micro and small businesses in London. She has a diploma in Business Coaching.

1530 - Investing in Maritime’s Future

  • Investment trends in shipping
  • How banks can support these trends?
click for bioStephan Vetter, Vice President (Maritime Industries), KfW IPEX-Bank

Stephan VetterBorn in Würzburg (Germany/North of Bavaria) in 1985, Stephan Vetter went to University of Wuerzburg, University of Bayreuth (both Germany), University of Westminster London (UK), National University of Singapore.  He holds a Diplom Kaufmann degree (German equivalent to Master Degree) from University of Bayreuth - final thesis: Alternatives in ship finance.

Stephan started to work as graduate/trainee/analyst at Deutsche Bank in 2010, and from 2012 to 2016 at Deutsche Bank's ship finance department: co-covering Germany and Americas.  He started as Vice President for KfW IPEX in January 2017, structuring & origination in maritime industries the German and Asian markets, also taking care of digital maritime subjects.

1550 - Case Study: Digitalization Challenges in Tanker Management
click for bioMarek Lipiec, Managing Director, DS Tankers GmbH & Co. KG.

Marek LipiecBiography pending.

1610 - The Internet of Ships

  • Connectivity: 4g/ 5g radio communications, low power wide area networks via radio comms and new satellite technologies
  • Solutions: electronic ship certificates and digital ship survey / blockshipping / sea traffic management
click for bioBridget Cosgrave, Managing Director, Every European Digital

Bridget CosgraveBiography pending.

1630 - Turnaround Break

Session Four

Roundtable Discussion Groups

Moderated by:
click for bioMartin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development,
Co-Chair, Maritime SatCom Forum, GVF

Martin JarroldMartin Jarrold has worked for GVF for more than 15 years, having been appointed GVF Chief of International Programme Development in June 2001. His particular responsibilities include outreach to the member organisations of the GVF and for the further development of the profile of the Forum within the satellite communications industry, and across the global telecommunications policy and regulatory community. This extends to the development and delivery of programmes focused on extending the understanding of, and promoting the use of, satellite-based communications in various key end-user vertical markets.

Mr. Jarrold is Chairman of the GVF Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series, the GVF Broadband Maritime Conference Series, as well as of GVF's Connectivity, HTS (London), and AeroConnect events. He is also contributing to the development of new events in the GVF-EMP Conference Partnership portfolio.

Mr. Jarrold is also Co-Chairman of the GVF Maritime Satcom Forum. Additionally, he is a frequent contributor to various telecommunications and other industry publications, online and in print. He regularly chairs and contributes to a wide variety of telecommunications conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world. Previously, Mr. Jarrold was Commissioning Editor and Head of Research for Space Business International magazine.

These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up throughout the morning to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.

The content in these interactive Round Table sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for 1.15 hours in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 35 minutes, for a short 5-minute summary from each table to the whole room.

A maximum of 7 Tables to be hosted, with topics covering:

  • Table 1 - Examining the True Business Impact of Maritime VSAT
click for bioFrank Rau, Sales Manager, Marlink

Frank RauBiography pending.

click for bioBlaz Anusic, Sales Manager, Marlink

Frank RauBiography pending.

  • Table 2 - Turning Big Data into Smart Data
    • Challenges with digitization in the maritime market
    • How many on-board systems are smart to date?
    • What are the connectivity considerations for the growing number IoT applications?
    • How can the maritime industry improve on working together?
click for bioWouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime, Iridium

Wouter DeknopperWouter Deknopper brings 20 years of experience in the Satellite Industry to his position as Iridium's Vice-President and General Manager Maritime Business. He is responsible for bringing new services and products to the maritime market in alignment with Iridium's initiatives while attuned to the needs of the end-users in these industries.

Wouter began his career in the satellite market with SAIT Communications and then joined Marlink, previously part of Telenor, before coming to Iridium in 2005 as Director EMEA & Russia. Wouter has extensive knowledge and experience in business development, consulting, project and partner management in IoT applications, land-mobile, aviation and maritime.

Wouter holds a Master's degree in Social and Political Sciences from KU Leuven in Belgium and an Advanced Master's degree in European Law from the University Jean-Moulin III Lyon in France.

  • Maritime Cyber Security and Resilience
  • Blockchain Technologies: Opportunities for Application in Maritime?
  • GDPR – Shedding Light on its Relevance to the Shipping Industry
  • Vessel Performance Optimisation
  • The Business Case for Investment in Digitalisation

marlink1755 - Conclusions and Closing Notes, Followed by Networking Reception
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