Tan Chong Meng is the Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International (PSA), a leading global port group and trusted partner to cargo stakeholders around the world. With flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, and a network of over 50 coastal, rail and inland terminals in 19 countries, PSA handles 1 in 10 global container movements annually, serving all major international shipping lines and other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain.
Outside the PSA Group, Chong Meng serves as the Chairman of JTC Corporation, a non-Executive Director on the board of the National University Health System (NUHS) and a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore’s Public Service Division. Before joining PSA, he was the Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell Downstream, of the Royal Dutch Shell Group.
Born in Rotterdam in 1958, Allard graduated in medicine at Erasmus University.
He started working with Shell in The Netherlands in 1987. For the first couple of years he held positions in Trading, Sales and Marketing. From 1992 he lived and worked in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in various positions in Marketing, Strategy, Business Development and General
Allard returned to The Netherlands in 2002 to join the Executive Board of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij, a Shell-Exxon JV. In 2003 he became Commercial Manager for Shell’s European Upstream business. In this capacity he led a major re-organisation and change management programme. In 2009 Allard was appointed Vice President Environment for Shell. He led the global Environment cluster and was accountable for strategy, standards, controls and strategic partnerships worldwide.
In addition to his position as CEO with the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein is:
- Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar Industrial Port Company SAOC (SIPC);
- Vice president and member of the Supervisory Board of Sohar International Development Company
- Member of the Supervisory Board of Rotterdam Partners;
- Member of the Executive Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW);
- Member of the Supervisory Board of Isala Hospitals;
- Chairman Board Ronald McDonald Huis Sophia Rotterdam;
- Member Economic Board Zuid-Holland;
- Non-executive director Renewi plc.;
Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri is the CEO of Maqta Gateway LLC, the developer
and operator of Maqta Port Community System (Maqta PCS) a wholly
owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports.
Dr. Noura holds a PhD with high distinction from Masdar Institute, in
collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her studies
focused on formulating mathematical optimization models with special
application to seaport operations, making her the first female in the Middle
East to receive a Doctoral degree in the field of seaside operations.
She also holds a Master’s Degree with honors in Engineering Systems and
Management with a concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain
Optimization from Masdar Institute for Science and Technology. Prior to
that, she had obtained her Bachelor’s degree with high distinction in
Software Engineering from United Arab Emirates University.
Her distinguished career has seen her awarded a number of prestigious
awards for her outstanding contributions in the field of information
technology, including Schlumberger’s “Best Pipe Inspection Robot” Award.
Dr. Noura also earned a certificate of honor from Bill Gates in recognition of
her innovative approach in designing a mobile learning device at the
Imagine Cup 2007 competition by Microsoft, where she and her team won
She currently holds the position of Chairman of the Research and
Development Committee, with Scientific Research Papers published in
renowned international journals in the fields of logistics, sustainability,
supply chain optimization, and ports operations. Dr. Noura also serves as
Chairwoman of Abu Dhabi Ports Women Committee, where she plays an
integral role in supporting the career development and education
advancement of women in maritime industry.
Since February 2015, Sacha Rougier is Managing Director of Cruise Gate Hamburg GmbH (CGH), a subsidiary of the Hamburg Port Authority. As operator of the three cruise terminals (Altona, HafenCity and Steinwerder) CGH oversees terminal operation, berthing allocation, international cruise development and EU Lobbying as well as terminal planning.
Previous to her employment at CGH, Sacha Rougier worked for the Port of Marseille, where she held various positions in marketing and cruise development. Sacha Rougier holds a Master in Change Management and a Bachelor degree in European Studies (economics, German and Spanish).
Sacha Rougier is playing an active role in Hamburg ́s cruise development as member of the Board of trustees of the “Hamburg Cruise Net”. She furthermore held various positions in Board at Cruise Europe, Elbphilharmonie and leads the Chair of the Cruise Committee IAPH. Next to that she is co- lecturer on Port Economics & Business Programme at the University for Maritime & Air Transport Antwerp (C-MAT).
Edward is heading Google Cloud in Belgium and Luxembourg. He studied a Master in trade engineering at the KU Leuven, a MIT (Master in IT) and an MBA. He is fan of his 2 daughters, belgian chocolates, and intensive sports like kitesurfing, hockey and triathlon. He joined Google 6.5 years ago, after 4 years at VMware. Before that, he worked at worlds largest beer company - AB Inbev - as Organisation Director, and started his career at HP in varies roles in consulting and sales, from which a few years as Global Account Manager.
Franc J Pigna is the Managing Director and founder of Aegir Port Property Advisers, established in 2003. Aegir is the pioneer property consultancy exclusively focused on meeting the unique real estate challenges faced by ports and associated industries internationally through practical, market driven solutions that increase competitive advantages, maximise revenues and enhance overall port values by through the more strategic use of a port’s largest asset - property.
Internationally, Aegir has been involved in some of the most complicated valuations of major port terminal development sites, lease modelling of large port land portfolios, on and off port property expansion strategies, development of strategic port property asset management plans, ‘Highest and Best Use’ development and feasibility studies for port land and facilities, due diligence for the property side of major port investments and other port related undertakings for gateway, transhipment, niche, inland, bulk, energy and other port types.
Pigna is a long-standing member of The Counselors of Real Estate in the US and a Fellow and Chartered Management Consultant of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in the UK. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and universities worldwide and has authored several papers, articles and chapters in books on port property, infrastructure finance, port authority structures and city-port issues, including writing the American Association of Port Authorities’ seminal research paper on the subject of ‘port property’. Prior to Aegir, Pigna managed the Latin America region for the largest commercial/industrial services company in the world (a Fortune 500, NYSE listed firm) and holds a BBA (International Business) from University of Miami and an MBA (International Finance) from The George Washington University.
Rachael has spent over 30 years covering global trade, logistics, shipping, ports and cargo transport. Starting in journalism, she became a magazine and conference editor, advisor, influencer, speaker/emcee and community builder.
Rachael’s passion is to drive communication, connections and learning at every level. Today, she is deeply involved in ‘smart and sustainable’, facilitating change at the intersection of industry, government, regulators, start-ups and investors.
As well as editing 4 journals and 120+ events worldwide, she has been Secretariat CEO for global cargo handling NGO ICHCA and SecGen for PEMA, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association.
She has worked since 1999 with the TOC Worldwide ports, shipping and maritime supply chain events, is co-owner of Cool Logistics, providing networks and knowledge for global perishables professionals, co-founder of Container Shipping Supporting Seafarers, a member of the WEF Blockchain in Supply Chain project and ICHCA.
Her company provides brand and communications consultancy, content and events, advocacy, intelligence and capacity building.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Ports, the operator and the manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as Fujairah Terminals and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).
In his role, he oversees the development of Abu Dhabi Ports’ portfolio of assets and activities as well as directs their strategy and operations. Under his leadership, the transition from a project-focused organisation to a fully operational, customer focused ports and industrial zones business (KIZAD) has been a remarkable success.
A strong, determined and entrepreneurial leader, he leads Abu Dhabi Ports’ role in supporting the government’s objective of diversifying the non-oil and gas economy.
Al Shamisi is an experienced maritime executive with almost 20 years of industry experience, working to ensure Abu Dhabi Ports continues to hold a prime position in the region’s commercial maritime whilst boosting the profile of Abu Dhabi globally.
He joined Abu Dhabi Ports in 2008 and has held key leadership positions within its portfolio, which include the Executive Vice President for the company’s Ports Unit, where he was instrumental in restructuring this unit and rationalising its assets. He also oversaw the completion and commissioning of the first phase of Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship port, Khalifa Port and of its adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone. and capacity building.
Born in Masan, Mr Lim graduated from the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, and worked on ships before joining the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985. From 1986, Mr. Lim participated in the Republic of Korea delegation to IMO meetings.
In 2006, he was appointed as Maritime Attaché, minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and served as Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO until August 2009. Mr Lim was then appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau at the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). In 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST). In 2012, he became President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO. Mr Lim holds master’s degrees from Yonsei University, and the World Maritime University (WMU).and capacity building.
Stef Verbeeck is partner and brand strategist at Pavlov, an Antwerp based brand consultancy specialized in brand strategy, brand experience and brand identity. He is the author of four best-selling books on branding and personal branding and a frequent keynote speaker about the topic in Belgium and abroad. Stef has over 20 years of experience in the field and worked for hundreds of brands (ranging from start-ups to multinationals and governments), among which several maritime organisations.
As Environment Director, Tim has been responsible for coordinating and managing INTERTANKO’s global environmental agenda for over 20 years. His expertise in this area derives from his Honours Degree in Marine Biology as well as a post graduate Masters in Marine Resource Management. He heads up INTERTANKO’s strategy and projects on key tanker industry issues including ballast water management, waste management, antifouling, biofouling and ship recycling. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Environment Committee he is tasked with representing the tanker industry in its liaison with environmental organisations, national governmental organisations and international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
As Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, Tim has oversight for the Singapore branch office’s activities in Asia including the liaison with the Association’s regional members, providing them with the latest information, and obtaining their feedback, on key issues being covered by the Association at an international level. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Asian Panel, Tim manages the regional matters impacting the tanker industry which have been raised by members located and operating from within the region, from security to bunker quality and safety of navigation, bringing these issues to the attention of members worldwide. Tim is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant Governmental and inter-Governmental authorities as well as industry bodies in Asia.
Tim joined INTERTANKO in early 1999, where he gained considerable technical and political experience representing the tanker industry at the IMO and within the EU in Brussels. He has held a wide range of positions within the Association including Regional Manager for Greece, Italy and Cyprus; Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee; and, Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel.
Tim is currently based in London having spent 13 years in INTERTANKO’s branch office in Singapore.
VIEW SESSION: Futureproofing the energy supply chain: How the energy business is changing in response to growing demands for a clean energy future
Senior Vice President, Maritime & Trade
Stuart Strachan currently leads Maritime & Trade within IHS Markit that delivers shipping and international trade data, analytics, insight, and events to commercial and government customers around the world. The Maritime & Trade business line was formed in December 2013 and includes 2014 acquisitions of Global Trade Information Services and JOC Group. Previous to leading Maritime & Trade, Strachan held commercial, product management, and marketing leadership positions in the Technology, Energy, Chemicals, and Automotive business lines, having begun his career at IHS as head of global marketing at Jane's Information Group, acquired in 2007. Prior to joining IHS, Strachan held marketing leadership and management positions in the educational publishing (Pearson plc) and telecommunications (Cable & Wireless plc) industries. He holds a bachelor's degree in politics and economics from the University of London and a master’s in business administration from Warwick University, UK.
Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou is joint CEO of TOTOTHEO MARITIME, a leading global service provider specialising in innovative, efficient and functional solutions in the fields of digitalization, maritime satellite communications, automation and navigation systems.
Despina is a board member of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, the Cyprus Employers and
Industrialists Federation and Invest Cyprus. She also sits on the Board of Governors of the Cyprus Maritime Academy and the Strategic Committee of Crans Montana – Club of Ports.
She is President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, an organization comprised of 50 National WISTA Associations. She has been instrumental to WISTA’s success in receiving consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018.
Leading international shipping publication Lloyd’s List selected Despina as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in shipping in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019 she was also named as the “International Personality of the Year” at the Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards.
She holds degrees from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, the Copenhagen Business School and the University of Oxford.
Since April 2019 Geert De Wilde is CEO of NxtPort, the logistics data sharing platform started by the private port community. Nxtport is the data backbone where private and public companies, in different ports around the world, share data amongst each other to gain efficiency, increase visibility and save time. Data is securely transferred and placed in a virtual locker. Via a digital handshake the data can monetized. Today Port of Antwerp holds the majority of the shares in NxtPort.
‘I have always embraced digital initiatives in logistics. I believe technology is the key to differentiate yourself from your competitors. It allows companies to offer a unique solution to make supply chains greener, more efficient and shorter. Artificial Intelligence is the next step will allow us to create smart ports.’
Started in 1992 as an employee of a local Antwerp logistics provider, Geert moved to Asia and worked for 7 years as Commercial Manager in Hong Kong. In 1998 he started as Managing Director of Geodis Belgium. In 2005 Geert became CEO Benelux for SDV (today Bolloré Logistics), growing the company to a top market player in Benelux with 6 branches and +300 people. In 2015 the opportunity to combine Asian and European traffics came by a takeover of Crosstainer by Gosselin Logistics. Geert has been involved in different communities and was President of Portilog (traininginstitute), Member of the Board of Air Cargo Belgium, Antwerp Freight Forwarders Association, Alfapass and Cargo Community System.
VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration - Overcoming obstacles to true data sharing
Associate Director, Oil Midstream & Downstream
Ronan Graham is an Associate Director in IHS Markit’s Energy business, based in Paris.
He was the project manager for IHS Markit’s ‘Reinventing the Aircraft and the Ship’ multi-client study, investigating the potential for environmental policy and technological change to transform the aviation and shipping industries. He also leads IHS Markit’s ‘IMO 2020’ quarterly publication and has worked on a wide variety of consulting projects for public and private sector entities. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE).
Since 2012 Jan Van Dooren is CEO of Port+ ( ), an Antwerp based company providing information and outsourcing services to the wider port communities in Belgium and Zeeland. The most recent flagship product of Port+ goes by the name of Qronoport ( ). Qronoport promises to significantly reduce the turnaround time of tankervessels in ports and at the same time realize efficiency gains and lower costs for terminals, surveyors, cargo owners and others. Port+ is a private company owned by various professional organizations in the port of Antwerp.
Prior to joining Port+, Jan served as chief process officer and CIO of Safmarine and held senior roles in Safmarine, Aseco International and CMB.
Eric van der Schans is Director Environmental Management at the Port of Rotterdam Authority since 1 September 2015
Born in Enschede, the Netherlands in 1971, Eric holds a master degree in chemical engineering from the University of Twente.
He started his career at Stork in in 1996 as environmental & safety consultant for the Oil & Gas industry and worked on various projects in Europe and the Middle East. In 2000 he joined Royal Haskoning DHV and continued to work as consultant, project manager and team leader. In 2005 he joined Antea Group to lead their safety consultancy practice. In later years he has been responsible for international acquisition strategy of Antea Group as well as international business development.
Today, as director Environmental Management, he is responsible for spatial planning, network planning & hinterland capacity, environment and CSR within the Port of Rotterdam Authority.
In addition to his role with the Port of Rotterdam Authority Eric van der Schans is:
- Chairman of Environmental Shipping Index (ESI) Working Groupking Group
Katy Ware is responsible for the UK flag and port State control regimes, including survey and inspection operations, the UK’s safety, security & environmental regulatory regimes, seafarers training, navigational safety, civil hydrography programme and UK Ship Register.
Katy is responsible for all vessels registered on the UK operating in UK waters
including the domestic passenger ship and fishing fleet, UK vessels operating
outside UK waters and foreign flagged vessels in UK waters.
In 2011 Katy was appointed the Permanent Representative of the UK the IMO
Organization. Katy currently retains this status with her current role. As Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO, Katy is responsible for the oversight and negotiation of UK policy and interests in relation to international maritime matters.
Katy leads a diverse work force, including operational surveyors and port state
control officers, technical policy officials, legal and economic advisors and
administrative support staff.
VIEW SESSION: Energy transition - IMO 2050: Is the shipping industry on track to meet the greenhouse gas targets?
Maritime Technical International
Martin Baxendale is the Managing Director of Maritime Technical International Ltd. Martin was educated in the UK and after working for a City based advertising and public relations agency, he joined the MTI Network’s London office in 1998. During his time with MTI, Martin has overseen traditional public relations projects, as well as working extensively on incident response and reputation management programmes.
He has advised on many high-profile media incidents, as well as a wide range of pre-emptive strategic programmes, working with private, public and governmental organisations. He is also closely involved in MTI’s various training programmes.
Yannick Herrebaut position as Chief Information Security Officer at the Port of Antwerp involves defining the cyber resilience strategy and policy and implementing innovative technology that offers protection against cyber attacks.
Yannick has spearheaded the cybersecurity and GDPR awareness program, whilst optimizing processes, procedures and plans to create a truly cyber resilient organisation.
VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation - Crisis and catastrophe readiness: Preparing ports for worst-case scenarios
Chief Commercial Officer
Robin Jaacks is part of the executive team at the container visibility and market intelligence provider Ocean Insights. He is responsible for the company’s growth strategy and leads the global sales and project management team.
Robin holds a dual degree in Politics and Economics from the University of Muenster. He is based in Germany’s logistics hub Hamburg.
VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration: Competition vs. Collaboration: Overcoming obstacles to true data sharing
Professor, Maritime Economics and Management
University of Antwerp
Prof. Dr. Theo Notteboom is professor in port and maritime economics and management. He is Director and Research Professor at Centre for Eurasian Maritime and Inland Logistics (CEMIL) of China Institute of FTZ Supply Chain of Shanghai Maritime University in China. He is Chair Professor 'North Sea Port' at Ghent University in Belgium. He also is part-time Professor at University of Antwerp and the Antwerp Maritime Academy in Belgium. He is co-founder and co-director of porteconomics.eu, an online platform on port studies. He is past President (2010-2014) and Council Member of International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).
He is editor, associate editor or editorial board member of a dozen academic journals in the area of maritime economics and logistics. His work is widely cited. He is a regular speaker at international conferences and a rapporteur/expert to leading organizations in the field. He previously held a full-time position as High-end Foreign Expert / Professor at Dalian Maritime University in China (2014-2016) and an MPA visiting professorship in port management at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the academic director of ITMMA of the University of Antwerp.
VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation - The future of ports in a changing world
President and CEO
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Robin Silvester leads the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency responsible for enabling Canada’s, trade through the Port of Vancouver, which is Canada’s largest port. The port handles approximately $200 billion in trade annually and sustains 115,000 jobs across Canada.
In just over a decade leading the port authority, Robin has overseen unprecedented port growth due to port authority-led infrastructure investments in Vancouver’s gateway, which have catalyzed and supported private-sector investments across the port. During Robin’s tenure, shared investments in the gateway have helped drive a 44% increase in trade through the Port of Vancouver.
Prior to joining the port authority, Robin served as chief executive for Australian property and facilities management business, United Group Ltd.; held senior roles in Vancouver, London, and Sydney with P&O Ports, including acquiring and operating Centerm Terminal in Vancouver; and held business management and strategy roles in the U.K. steel and chemicals industries.
Head Of Operations
Intelligent Cargo Systems
Emma Mark has spent the last eight years marketing new technology products and services to the maritime sector. She currently manages the operational and marketing output for Intelligent Cargo Systems, a maritime technology startup which develops port call optimisation technology for the container sector. Previously, Emma worked at Global Navigation Solutions where she ran workshops advising clients on issues such as cyber security and the integration of new technology to improve the working environment at sea and ashore and reduce operational costs. Before GNS, Emma worked directly with the UKHO's distributor network to enable the industry's move away from paper charts and publications over to digital solutions.
VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition/Data Collaboration - How ports are taking the lead in data exchange for port call optimisation
Santiago G. Milà
Deputy General Manager
Barcelona Port Authority
Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Barcelona and two postgraduate studies: Marketing Strategy (ESADE) and General Management (IESE).
Prior to his appointment with the Port of Barcelona, he worked for twenty years with different private companies in the area of international marketing.
He is currently Deputy General Manager of the Port of Barcelona; President of the International Association of Ports and Harbours, IAPH; Chairman of the Governance Committee and Executive Committee member of the European Sea Ports Organisation, ESPO; President of PortIC, the Barcelona’s Port Community System; Chief Executive Officer of tmZ, Zaragoza Inland Terminal; and associate lecturer in International Marketing at the University of Barcelona.
VIEW SESSION: Welcome Remarks - Wednesday 18 March
Global Product Manager
ABB Power Grids
Roberto Bernacchi, Global Product Manager for Grid Interties in ABB Power Grids – Grid Integration business unit, is one of the most experienced professionals in electrification solutions for green and sustainable ports.
During his ten years long career in ABB, he has been a key person in developing static frequency converter based innovative solutions for various applications: from shore-to-ship power to battery energy storage, utility and industrial grid connection solutions, MVDC and power quality systems. Roberto Bernacchi joined ABB as Area Sales Manager for Power Conversion business and has held various sales and business development roles since then.
He has a master’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 1999 and he is now responsible for solution development and portfolio management for ABB Grid Interties, including sustainable transportation solutions in ports.
VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition - Ports as generators of sustainable energy
Director and Co-founder
Carolien is director and co-founder of PortXL the World's 1st Port & Maritime Accelerator. She is responsible for the startup acceleration programs in Rotterdam, Antwerp and Singapore. Together with her team she has the mission to innovate ports for sustainable growth.
Each year PortXL scouts over 1500 startups and scaleups and selects 10-20 start-ups that will be accelerated during an intensive 100-day mentorship driven program. Apart from facilities and training, PortXL offers an ecosystem of founders, investors and corporate partners that supports and accelerates the entrepreneurial journey.
Supported by IAPH, the Port Innovation Atlas is PortXL’s next step in driving innovation for the port ecosystems worldwide. This upcoming platform will help ports get ahead of the market by uncovering opportunities for strategic partnerships with the most innovative & disruptive companies that match their challenge in their business environment.
Richard spent his early career working in European road, sea and air freight operations. In 2011 Richard was appointed as Secretary General of the European Port Community Systems Association EPCSA which in 2014 became International, IPCSA. The Association provides a voice for electronic data interchange operators within the complete logistics sphere including air, sea and land. IPCSA, who’s global membership now operates in over 250 sea and air ports handling the electronic exchange of information for excess of 500 million TEUs and 10 billion tonnes of cargo. This equates to tens of billions of electronic messages on an annual basis.
In his role as Secretary General Richard works to support international organisations on Trade Faciliation including the UN, WCO, WTO, the European Commission, and the IMO. He is also an expert for UNCEFACT and has been appointed for a second time to the APEC eCommerce Business Alliance Expert Council.
VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration - Overcoming obstacles to true data sharing
Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)
As a graduated computer scientist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of port, logistics, IT and finance, Jens Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader and a much sought-after speaker with broad media presence in the area of digitalization and the future of maritime industries. He has been serving as CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) since 2008. His previous professional positions include board positions at Fiege Holding, tts Group, Systematics AG (later EDS) and Software Design & Management AG (Ernst & Young Group). In May 2019 Jens Meier was elected vice president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).
Jens Meier’s voluntary social commitments include positions as founding board member of the Hamburg Informatics Forum e.V., several mandates on supervisory boards and boards of trustees as well as his position as president of Hamburger Sport Verein e.V. from 2013 to 2018.
VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration - Overcoming obstacles to true data sharing
Cecilia Muller Torbrand
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)
Cecilia is Executive Director of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network working toward the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. She was one of the front drivers for MACN establishment in 2011. MACN has under Cecilia’s leadership grown significantly, won multiple awards and is considered to be one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.
Cecilia is an experienced anti-corruption specialist Cecilia built more than eight years of compliance and shipping experience by working as senior compliance officer in a multinational shipping company. She has been responsible for anti-corruption efforts globally; trained management and staff worldwide; implemented whistle blowing systems; rolled out country- specific anti-corruption campaigns, and conducted risk assessments, audits, and misconduct investigations. In 2015 she was awarded “Compliance Officer of the Year” by the C5 Women in Compliance Awards. Cecilia sits on the International Advisory Board for the Port Efficiency and Public Private Capacity in Ghana and is guest lecturer at the World Maritime University.
She speaks English and Swedish and holds a Master of Laws from Lund University in Sweden.
VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation - Combatting corruption at ports by building on shipowners' momentum
Richard Jackson is a Director in IHS Markit’s Country Risk team, where he is head of coaching and training in analytical methodology. Prior to joining IHS Markit Richard was a civil servant in the MOD and Cabinet Office focusing on national security issues, resilience planning and Northern Ireland security.
Richard led the MOD’s security normalisation programme in Northern Ireland from 2005 to the end of ‘Operation Banner’ in 2007 before moving to the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office providing strategic intelligence assessments on Iraq, Northern Ireland and global terrorism to the Joint Intelligence Committee, Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers.During this time, he also headed the joint intelligence crisis cell, which reported directly to COBR. Richard is a trained Life Coach and received a BA and MA in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
VIEW SESSION: Crisis and catastrophe readiness: Preparing ports for worst-case scenarios
International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)
Patrick Verhoeven is Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), responsible for policy and strategy. The organisation represents about 170 ports and some 140 port-related businesses in 90 countries worldwide.
Prior to joining IAPH in 2017, Patrick spent twenty-four years in Brussels representing the interests of shipowners, port authorities, terminal operators and ship agents at EU level. He started his career in 1991 with the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Patrick holds a PhD in applied economics and a bachelor’s in law from the University of Antwerp. He is assistant professor at the university’s Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT). Patrick lives in Antwerp with his wife and three children.
Environmental Specialist, Air Emissions
Port of Vancouver
Christine Rigby has worked in the air quality and climate change field for 19 years, the last 15 of which have been spent leading air programs for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in Vancouver, Canada. At the port authority, Christine develops and implements emission reduction initiatives and leads special studies and assessments. Her focus is on collaboration and flexible, results-based solutions. Prior to joining the port authority,
Christine spent four years with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment working on air quality related issues. She holds a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Brock University, both in Ontario, Canada.
Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Europe
Tom is an experienced executive in the international cruise, maritime and ports industries, with extensive overseas experience, and leadership skills acquired in a variety of cultures. He has also taken a strong Board governance role in various organisations and charities linked to the maritime sector.
Since October 2018, Tom has taken on the position of Secretary General, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Europe.
The role covers a wide range of responsibilities for representing the Cruise Lines in Europe, running a team of Government Affairs and Maritime Policy specialists, acting at EU, National and Local level with a wide variety of stakeholders and media. The position includes extensive interaction with Cruise Line leadership, both in Europe and at Global HQ level, and understanding the key relationships between Cruise Lines and Ports. It also involves actively pursuing a strong environmental and sustainability agenda.
VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion: Pursuing a Sustainable Maritime Business Through Cooperation
Vice President Marketing and Sales
Lene Vesterlund is Vice President Marketing and Sales at Kongsberg Norcontrol where she has worked since 2012. She has, for several years, led international e-navigation projects, both in her current role and as VP Technology and Products within Kongsberg Norcontrol.
Before moving into maritime surveillance and VTS systems, Lene has had several years of experience with strategy work and international product management within the telecom industry.
Lene lives for ensuring that the user and the customer needs are in the centre, especially in the current world of digitalization and rapid increase in information availability. Being able to share information digitally will make the maritime space safer, securer and more efficient.
VIEW SESSION: From Concept to Reality: How Ports Are Taking the Lead in Data Exchange for Port Call Optimisation
President and Chief Executive Officer
Montreal Port Authority
A graduate in Administration from the University of Sherbrooke, Sylvie Vachon has been president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) since the end of July 2009. She joined the MPA in 1990.
Sylvie Vachon is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Greater Montreal (CargoM), Chair of the Montreal Industrial Port Zones local committee, a Board member of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) and of Green Marine. She is also a Board member of Cascades, Quincaillerie Richelieu and Chair of the Board of Directors of Le Cercle des présidents du Québec.
In 2018, Sylvie Vachon was honoured by the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec with a Femme d’affaires du Québec award in the Executive, Officer or Professional, Public or Para-Public Organization category and also received the Sun Life Financial Outstanding Woman in Leadership Award at Les Mercuriades, the prestigious business competition organized by the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce. In March 2016, she was awarded the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion: View From the Top: A Roundtable Discussion With Port CEOs
Emanuele Grimaldi was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956 and, after finishing the military high school of “Nunziatella”, he studied at the University of Naples obtaining the Degree in Economics and Commerce with “summa cum laude” in December 1980. He is married and has 2 sons and 1 daughter.
In 2018 he was awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland
Emanuele Grimaldi is currently President & Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA and Board Member of Grimaldi Deepsea SpA, President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, President of Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Board Member of ACL.
He is also Past President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association) as well as Board Member and Past President of ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Vice Chairmen of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), Board Member of Interferry Inc.
VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion: Pursuing a Sustainable Maritime Business Through Cooperation
Peter Tirschwell is Vice President at Maritime &Trade, IHS Markit, publisher of The Journal of Commerce, JOC.com, Dredging & Port Construction, Safety at Sea, PIERS maritime trade data and JOC events such as TPM. In his expanded role within IHS Markit, he is responsible for all editorial content appearing in Maritime & Trade media and events.
A career transportation journalist, Tirschwell was a reporter, West Coast bureau chief, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Journal of Commerce in his 20- plus-year career with the company, which began in 1992. He is the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference in Long Beach, California, one of the world’s largest shipping events, and led the development of the JOC Port Productivity project, the first global database of port performance. He writes a regular column in The Journal of Commerce.
Periklis Saragiotis is Senior Private Sector Specialist working for the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Global Practice of the
World Bank Group (WBG). He leads the strategic development and implementation of the WBG’s trade facilitation, border management throughout the world, especially in relation to the WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. He also contributes to the Bank’s expanding research, lending and advisory services program in the area of port logistics. His possesses private sector
experience in the field of business logistics and solid academic background in supply chain management, excellent interpersonal and the ability to think both strategically and operationally. The latter has led him to develop effective partnerships between the WBG and key international organizations and to effectively represent it in relevant regional and international fora.
Martin Williams is an experienced manager and consultant who over more than two decades has established a successful track record of providing metocean management and technical services to the global marine industry. In his current position as Technical Director in the Marine and Coastal Risk Management group at JBA Consulting, he focuses on the growth of the marine and coastal business through the delivery of innovative risk management solutions, including ForeCoast ® Marine, JBA’s innovative simulation application. Martin is currently managing JBA’s second EU-funded contract to develop a climate change risk management service for ports.
Peter Alkema is a strategic policy advisor and project manager within the harbour master’s division of Port of Amsterdam. He is responsible for innovation and development projects in the areas of sustainability, port optimization, autonomous shipping and port (cyber) security. In this role Peter cooperates with organisations and ports both nationally in The Netherlands and internationally. At present he serves as chairman of Clean Marine Fuels working group of the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
Peter holds an unlimited master mariners licence and has, before joining Port of Amsterdam, been sailing as an officer and captain in the merchant navy and offshore industry for over 20 years, with a specialization in dynamic positioning. Peter has skills in software programming, quality management and has a strong interest in emerging technologies.
Port of Amsterdam is engaged in developing, operating and managing the Amsterdam port region. It promotes sustainable economic development in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in order to maintain a good balance between healthy financial returns, a high quality of life and significant added value for the region.
The Port of Amsterdam Harbour Master’s Division is responsible for an efficient, safe and environmentally responsible handling of shipping from 20 nautical miles off the coast of IJmuiden up to the Oranjesluizen locks in Amsterdam.
Pascal Ollivier is President of maritime street, a digital trade logistics strategic advisory and expert services firm dedicated to governments and technology solution providers to shape the future of Trade.
Pascal is a world renowned PCS expert and has been the founding chairman of IPCSA and Chairman of the IPCSA research committee.
In 2018, Pascal chaired the digital committee of the 3rd national session on Maritime Issues and Strategies from the French Institute of National Defence Studies.
Jacques Vandermeiren is Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive
Committee of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January 2017. Until January 2015 he was CEO and President of the Executive Committee of the network operator Elia, a listed company, where he held various management positions since joining it in 2001.
Before that he worked for 11 years as Senior Advisor Strategy Direction with the energy company Electrabel. Vandermeiren has occupied various directorships with among others Febeg (Federation of Belgian Energy Companies) and the Federation of Belgian Enterprises. He is also co-founder of the Belgian sustainability platform The Shift, as well as co-investor in Qpinch, which generates energy from waste heat.
Vandermeiren graduated as Master of Laws, a qualification which he later
supplemented with a master's in European Studies, a middle management course with Vlerick Business School and an "advanced management Program INSEAD". He is married to Barbara Baeckelmans, with whom he has three children. He lives in Antwerp.
VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion: View From the Top: A Roundtable Discussion With Port CEOs
International Chamber of Shipping
Guy was appointed Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in August 2018. The ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage. The ICS represents and promotes the views and interests of its member at a variety of fora including the International Maritime Organisation, International labour Organisation and many others.
Guy has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (a ferry and port owning company providing lifeline ferry services to communities in Scotland) and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board which is responsible for lighthouses, buoys, beacons and Aids to Navigation throughout Scotland and the Isle of Man.
His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship.
President, MTI USA, and Chairman and Founding Partner
Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this year, which produces, the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the bi-weekly on-line report Marine Money Asia, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the directory Official Guide to Ship Registries. Marine Money conferences are held in every major shipping center in the world bridging capital and the international maritime industry, with 19 forums worldwide held in 2019.
Jim Lawrence is a founding Partner, along with Patrick Adamson in London, of the MTI Network, the leading global public relations firm specializing in maritime crisis communications. The MTI Network has offices in 23 countries around the world.
MTI provides a round the clock response team to handle media relations in the event of any marine or transport related incident likely to attract unfavorable attention from the press, television, radio or online services. MTI currently provides crisis cover for over 10,000 vessels from 400 shipping companies, including tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, container, passenger ships, ports, terminals and aircraft.
Mr. Lawrence began his career in the maritime industry with Lloyd’s of London Press, managing that company’s North American business from New York City. He is on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York. He is a long-standing supporter of the Connecticut Maritime Association, its Conference and Trade show, its intern and job assistance programs. He is married with two daughters.
Erik is one of the founders of Green-Jakobsen and has thus been a partner in the company since 2001. Erik graduated as Naval Architect in 1990 and has a master’s degree in organisational learning and development. Within the maritime segment Erik’s expertise mostly relates to the development of corporate and individual safety culture (competencies), marine HR and leadership development.
As a strategic business consultant with more than 25 years of experience Erik is specialised in helping companies world-wide develop safety performance both at a strategic, tactical and operational level. His professional competence also covers marine HR and safety projects involving both employees and employers and he is an experienced project manager, subject matter expert, strategic executive coach and as a strategic business consultant. Furthermore, Erik is continuously engaged in the development of Green-Jakobsen’s own safety performance, and safety maturity development concept and methods.
Sean Dalton is the Head of Marine Underwriting, NA for Munich Re America and is based in New York. He leads the marine reinsurance team responsible for Marine in the US and Canada.
Sean serves the Marine industry through participation on various committees. He is Chairman of the Cargo Committee for International Union of Marine Insurers (IUMI), Board of Directors for American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU), and is a member of the National Cargo Bureau (NCB) serving on a number of their committees. He is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).
Sean is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He earned his Master’s degree from State University of New York Maritime College and served as a Lieutenant for the United States Navy Reserve from 1988 – 1999. Sean holds the professional designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Marine Insurance Management (AMIM). He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Institute of Marine Underwriters and the Harold Jackson Scholarship in Marine Insurance from the College of Insurance (SJU) and the American Institute of Marine Underwriters.
Eric Johnson is the JOC's Senior Editor, Technology, where he leads coverage and analysis of technology's impact on global logistics and trade. Johnson regularly reports on how shippers, carriers across all modes, and logistics companies use software, as well as new concepts impacting core freight
transportation processes like procurement, execution, visibility, and payment.
Johnson is a regular presenter and moderator at industry events and webinars. Prior to joining the JOC in May 2018, Johnson spent 13 years with American Shipper in a variety of roles, most recently covering logistics technology
and leading the production of a series of benchmark studies on the logistics industry. Johnson has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a master's in international business from the University of Leeds, UK.
He has lived and worked in Southern California, the UK, and India, and now
resides in the Washington, DC, area.
John Cooper was appointed Director General, FuelsEurope and Concawe in April 2015. He started his career in the motor industry working on future powertrains, and after 3 years moved to BP Downstream where he has 27 years of experience. His previous role was as Director, Renewables Strategy Downstream, leading BP’s commercial compliance strategy for renewables regulation. He has also had business leadership roles in aviation fuels and lubricants, transport energy policy, and fuels technology, in the UK and USA, and has represented the UK fuels industry at the UK Automotive Council Technology Group. He holds a BA in Engineering from Cambridge University.
Clemence joined Hutchison Ports in 1998 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and a career in Investment Banking. He is an Executive Director of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (“HPH”), the largest private port network company in the world operating in 52 ports and 27 countries. As Managing Director Europe, Clemence has overall management responsibility for 15 business units and terminals across Europe including ECT in Rotterdam, BEST in Barcelona and the Port of Felixstowe in the UK. He is also responsible for HPH’s investments in Egypt and Canada.
Erik W. Jakobsen is Partner in Menon Economics, a science based analysis and consultancy firm. He was also Professor in Strategic management at The University of Southeast Norway (USN) for 10 years. Jakobsen holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Strategic Management from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. Jakobsen has extensive research, teaching and consulting experience and has written several books, about strategy, industrial competitiveness and international expansion, including “Attracting the winners – the competitiveness of five European Maritime Industries (Kolofon, 2003). Jakobsen has worked closely with the maritime industry for 20 years, and has been in charge of the report “The Leading Maritime Capitals of the World” since the first edition in 2012.
Richard Ballantyne joined the Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive and Director of the BPA in 2016.
He represents the BPA to a number of industry bodies and is a member of a wide
range of government stakeholder groups and European Committees.
Richard has in depth expertise in ports, transport and environment policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK.
He sits on the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Executive Committee, the
Maritime UK Board and is also a Director of Port Skills and Safety.
Before joining the BPA he spent five years at a Westminster political consultancy
and was previously an MP’s researcher in the House of Commons.
VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation - Embarking on a transformation from successful cargo port to maritime cluster
Head of Facilitation
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Julian Abril is the Head of Facilitation of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO). He joined the IMO in August 2011, and he is the secretariat
of the Committee of Facilitation of the IMO. Under his current responsibilities, he
has participated in different regional and national technical cooperation activities
to promote the ratification of the Convention on Facilitation of International
Maritime Traffic, as well as to improve its effective implementation, taking due
regard the need of a proper balance between measures to enhance maritime
security and measures to facilitate maritime international traffic.
Prior to the joining to IMO in 2011, he had been sailing as Chief Officer
and Officer in charge of navigational watch in merchant ships before he joined
the Spanish Maritime Administration in 1992. He has over 25 years of experience in maritime administration on subjects related to safety, security, human factor, and facilitation, both on national and international basis. He holds a Master degree on Merchant Marine from Cadiz University, Spain.
VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration - Facilitating maritime trade through data sharing
Belgian Scrap Terminal group
Caroline Craenhals is CEO and co-owner of the Belgian Scrap Terminal group.
“Our heart beats for recycling” is the mission of Belgian Scrap Terminal, one of the leaders in high-technological recycling of Metal Scrap, End of Life Vehicles and Electrical and Electronic Appliances.Belgian Scrap Terminal is a Belgian family company in heart and soul, active at various locations in Western Europe.
Belgian Scrap Terminal yearly supplies 1,5 million tons of ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the port of Antwerp to the global market.
Erwin Guizouarn is the CEO and founder of EVOLUTION ENERGIE, Software Company dedicated to energy transition. He is Frenchtech Ambassador for Cleantech and Mobility, nominated by the French Government.
Erwin started his career ar ENGIE, he then joined AIR LIQUIDE as Global Energy Risk Manager. In 2010, he founded Evolution Energie, a software editor for large corporations and cities aimed at improving their energy efficiency and optimize their energy bills. This software convinced the world's largest energy consumer and suppliers (TOTAL, ARCELORMITTAL, BOREALIS, GE, PARIS AEROPORT…),
13 large airports and EVOLUTION ENERGIE signed a contract in 2019 with the PORT OF ANTWERP. EVOLUTION ENERGIE created the first French smart grid in China, combining Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to fully automate and optimize Hangzhou’s city's energy resources. EVOLUTION ENERGIE was awarded Solutions COP 21 Climate Champion and best French Cleantech
company by the European Commission’s Climate KIC and is today used to monitor more than 6% of the European Union’s energy consumption.
EVOLUTION ENERGIE is accelerated by PORT XL Antwerp and by SAP.
Turloch Mooney is a well-known Asia-based supply chain journalist. His area of specialization is global ports, covering issues such as port congestion, competition, mega-ship impact, productivity, hinterland access, and relevant supply chain issues, and he co-chairs the annual TPM Asia Conference in Shenzhen, China. Prior to joining the JOC, he was co-founder and managing director for Supply Chain Asia, based in Shanghai, China. He previously held posts at the International Air Transport Association as Chief Editor & Secretary for the Global Compliance User Group. He holds a bachelor's in English, History, and Anthropology from the National University of Ireland, and a master’s in International Studies from the University of Limerick, with specialization in International Law and International Trade.
Vice-mayor for the port of Antwerp, urban planning & development
City of Antwerp
Annick De Ridder is the vice-mayor for the port of Antwerp, urban planning and development of the City of Antwerp since 7 January 2019. Prior to this, she is a Flemish MP since 15 years, and a permanent member of the Committee for Mobility and Public Works. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Antwerp Port Authority and a member of Antwerp’s City Council, she has acquired
extensive knowledge about the port of Antwerp.
Annick De Ridder obtained a Master’s in Law from the University of Antwerp, after which she was admitted to the Antwerp Bar, working as a lawyer for 9 years. In 2013, she obtained a post-graduate degree in Corporate Finance from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Chief Trade Logistics Branch
Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national
projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It produces the annual Review of
Maritime Transport, 230 Maritime Country Profiles and the annual Liner Shipping
Connectivity Index. Previously, Jan spent six years with the United Nations
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization in London and
Santiago. He held part time positions as assistant professor, import-export agent,
seafarer, translator and consultant, and worked for the family tramp shipping
business Hoffmann Shipping. Jan has studied in Germany, United Kingdom and
Spain, and holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of
Hamburg. He is married and has three children.
Ines Nastali joined IHS Markit at the London headquarters in September 2018 as the editor of Dredging and Ports Construction magazine before taking over as editor of Ports & Harbors, the membership publication of the International Association of Ports and Harbors in December 2019. She is responsible for the delivery of a bi-monthly magazine, always on the lookout for the latest market trends in order to keep readers informed, as well as the supplement production for all maritime publications.
Making use of her experience in multi-media and data-driven storytelling, her focus for the company’s maritime publications portfolio has been to establish the utilisation of IHS Markit’s rich dredging, port and maritime data and to translate those datasets into interactive and print visualisations to give an insight into fleet data, port infrastructure developments and shipbuilding trends as well as casualty incidents.
Prior to joining IHS Markit, she was the editor of the specialist materials science titles Materials World and Clay Technology, the membership publications of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in London. Ines started her maritime journalism career in 2015 at The Marine Professional, the membership publication of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in technical journalism from the Hochschule Bremen, Germany, and a Master of Arts in science journalism from London’s City University.
Director Global Risk Assessment
Laurence Jones is a qualified engineer with over 40 years experience. His skill areas include general management, operations, maintenance, design, construction, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, industrial relations, safety, environment, risk assessment and auditing. He worked 26
years for BHP Billiton in the steel, open cut and underground mining industries, and engineering design and construction. The last 15 years with BHP was in bulk materials terminals. He then spent 8 years in container terminals with P&O Ports and attained the role of General Manager Global Engineering and Asset Management.
Laurence joined the TT Club in December 2006 as Director Global
Risk Assessment. His role in the TT Club covers internal advice and support in underwriting decisions and claims assessment, and externally he works proactively with clients and industry to identify areas mwhere risks may be reduced. He is a Director of Thomas Miller (Australasia), Deputy Chair of ICHCA
International and a Director of ICHCA Australia. He is a member of ICHCA’s ITP (Technical Experts Panel) and a member of the PEMA Safety & Environment Committee, Automation & Control Technology Committee and the Equipment Design & Infrastructure Committee. He is also a member
of the International Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Safety and Security Committee.
Hector E. Miole holds a Masters Degree in Port Management and Harbor Administration from the State University Center in Antwerp (RUCA), Belgium in 1982. He also obtained a Certificate in Business Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, Ortigas Center, Metro Manila in 2005.
He attended the Advanced Course in Port Operations and Management in IPER Institute, Le Harve, France in 2002 and likewise completed the Strategic Port Management Program run by JICA, Yokohama, Japan in 2009. He has written articles and delivered speeches in international conferences on port security, development and competition issues.
He served in various capacities and port locations administered by the Philippine Ports Authority, notably the IBRD-financed port of Zamboanga. Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and General Santos, His effective and successful collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders enabled the smooth implementation of major Philippine port projects financed by World Bank IBRD in the 80’s and those funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) such as the Batangas
Port Development Project I & II, 1995-2009.
Hector has held his permanent appointment as Port District Manager of Southern Luzon for 18 years, In addition, he was designated in 2012 as Special Assistant to the General Manager for Special Projects, Philippine Ports Authority. On August 1, 2016 he was appointed PPA Assistant General Manager for Operations by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering
University of Southern California
Geraldine Knatz is Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy and the School of Engineering. She served as the first female Director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014 and prior to that was Managing Director at the Port of Long Beach. In 2014, she was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her international leadership in the development of environmentally clean urban seaports. She is past president of the American Association of Port Authorities and past president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors.
She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academies Transportation Research Board, served for 10 years as a gubernatorial appointee to California’s Ocean Protection Council and is on the boards of Dewberry Engineering and Lighthouse Resources. In 2019, Knatz published a political history of the Port of Los Angeles titled, Port of Los Angeles, Conflict, Commerce and the Fight for Control.
Frans van Zoelen is Head Legal Emeritus of Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. (Port of Rotterdam Authority) and now assigned to Special Projects. He is Legal Counselor to the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) (www.iaphworldports.org) and chairs the IAPH Legal Committee. In the Netherlands Frans van Zoelen chairs the Dutch Legal Network for Shipping and Transport (www.dlnst.nl), and is a member of the Board of the Dutch Transport Law Association (www.vervoerrecht.nl).
Frans van Zoelen holds a master’s degree in civil and public law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and has additional specializations in real estate law, company law, competition law and maritime law. With a master’s degree in public administration from the Nederlandse School voor Openbaar Bestuur and Financial Master Classes for Lawyers at Nyenrode Business University, Frans van Zoelen also has developed an expertise and strong interest in how the public and private sector interface, a focus essential for navigating complex port and industrial environments.
Frans van Zoelen lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, together with his wife and son.
Cees-Willem has over 30 years’ experience in Ports. His roles with Dutch Customs and Port of Rotterdam Authorities has gathered him a large international network and insight in both private and public maritime parties.
Connecting and coaching companies and governmental agencies is his focus.
As director PORTXL Antwerp and International he is excited to help speeding up the ‘Harbour of Things’ in Antwerp.
He encounters daily what Ports and Shipping/logistic companies face with regarding challenges of innovation, digitization, globalization and climate change.
As director International he aims to globally innovate ports for their sustainable growth.
PORTXL is known as the 1 st world port accelerator. Scouting relevant global maritime start-ups and matching them with corporates companies in the Ports, increasing value and finally truly accelerating together, is what Ports need nowadays. PORTXL covers Port of Rotterdam, Antwerp, Singapore and Taranto (Italy).
VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation: Tapping into the startup culture: How ports and tech communities can foster innovation together
Baltic Ports Organisation
The founder, co-owner and CEO of Actia Forum Ltd established in 2000. Since July 2006 Secretary General of the Baltic Ports Organization. In years 2003 - 1996 he worked as at various positions in the Port of Gdańsk Authority Co. At the same time he was a chairman of the Environment Committee of the Baltic Ports Organization. Involved in work of several international transport related organizations: e.g. European Sea Ports Organization, International Maritime Organization. Organizer, chairman and speakers at many international conferences. Graduated in 1993 from University of Gdansk, Faculty of Physical Oceanography. He is also graduated from Law and Management post-graduate studies at Gdańsk University of Technology. Participated in professional trainings on management, transport, environment, international relation affairs.
He is member of business and industry advisory and expert bodies, among others member of European Sustainable Shipping Forum, European Ports Forum.
VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: Nothing to Waste: Ports as Generators of Sustainable Energy
Barbara Scheel Agersnap
Barbara Scheel Agersnap is the CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port AB (CMP). Before entering CMP in 2015, Barbara held a position as Executive Director at Innovation Centre Denmark in Shanghai, China, from 2012-2015. Barbara Scheel Agersnap has an MBA from IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland) and has a wealth of experience from areas including shipping, consultancy and private equity. She began her career at A. P. Moller-Maersk where she held various positions throughout a 11-year period.
VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation: Embarking on a transformation from successful cargo port to maritime cluster
John Michael Radziwill
CEO and Chairman
John Michael Radziwill serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of C Transport Maritime (CTM), a ship management company active in the dry bulk segment. CTM, formed in 2004, employs 85 people all based in Monaco and manages over 200 bulk carriers.
The company’s main operations include chartering, operations, technical management and FFA trading. Today, Mr. Radziwill also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GoodBulk Ltd., a ship owning company active in the dry bulk segment and listed on the Norwegian OTC market.
Prior to becoming CEO of CTM, Mr.Radziwill served in the commercial department of CTM as a Capesize freight trader from 2005 to 2006 and as the head of the sale and purchase division from 2006 through 2010.
From 2004 to 2005 Mr. Radziwill worked at H. Clarkson & Co. Ltd and Seascope Insurance Services Ltd. both in London, England.
In 2003 he was employed at Ceres Hellenic’s Insurance and Claims Department in Piraeus, Greece and prior to that he served as Administrative Officer at Ceres Hellenic Enterprise’s New Building Site Office in Koje, South Korea.
Between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Radziwill served on the Boardof Directors of Euronav, a publicly listed tanker company. Mr. Radziwill is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Baltic Exchange. Mr. Radziwill holds a B.A. in economics from Brown University.