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.

VIEW SESSION: Keynote Address - The Terminal Operator and Shipowner Perspective of Port Challenges

Group CEO

Tan Chong Meng

PSA International

Mr. Paul van Eulem is Senior Partner at MTBS. He has 30 years of worldwide

experience in boardroom port consultancy. Mr Van Eulem has been responsible

for the implementation of numerous PPP transaction mandates in the port and

transport sector. Mr. van Eulem is a well-known industry figure and frequent

speaker at international conferences on topics of port strategy, port reform and

PPP transactions. He has carried out projects in more than 50 countries in

Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa, Caribbean, both in developed and emerging


VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation - Why "Landlord Port" Is No Longer a Description
That Works


Paul van Eulem

Maritime & Transport Business Solutions B.V.

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).

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition - Connecting the dots: Ports facilitating shipping's energy transition

Managing Director

Sacha Rougier

Cruise Gate Hamburg

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.

VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion - Pursuing a Sustainable Maritime Business Through Cooperation


Despina Theodosiou 

Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)

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


Geert De Wilde


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).

VIEW SESSION: Energy transition - Futureproofing the energy supply chain: How the energy business is changing in response to growing demands for a clean energy future

Associate Director, Oil Midstream & Downstream

Ronan Graham 

IHS Markit

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?

Director of Maritime Safety and Standards

Katy Ware

Permanent Representative of the UK to IMO 

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.

VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation - Crisis and catastrophe readiness: Preparing ports for worst-case scenarios

Managing Director

Martin Baxindale

Maritime Technical International

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 Information Security Officer 

Yannick Herrebaut

Port of Antwerp

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

Chief Commercial Officer

Robin Jaacks

Ocean Insights

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

Professor, Maritime Economics and Management

Theo Notteboom

University of Antwerp

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.

President and CEO

Robin Silvester

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

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

Head Of Operations

Emma Mark

Intelligent Cargo Systems

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

Deputy General Manager

Santiago G. Milà

Barcelona Port Authority

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

Global Product Manager

Roberto Bernacchi

ABB Power Grids

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.

VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation- Tapping into the startup culture: How ports and tech communities can foster innovation together

Director and Co-founder 

Carolien Vat-Sandee


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

Secretary General

Richard Morton


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


Jens Meier

Hamburg Port Authority (HPA)

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

Executive Director

Cecilia Muller Torbrand

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

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


Richard Jackson

IHS Markit

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.

Managing Director

Patrick Verhoeven

International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)

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.

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: Connecting the dots: Ports facilitating shipping's energy transition

Environmental Specialist, Air Emissions

Christine Rigby

Port of Vancouver

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

Secretary General

Tom Boardley

Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Europe

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

Vice President Marketing and Sales

Lene Vesterlund

Kongsberg Norcontrol

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

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sylvie Vachon

Montreal Port Authority

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

Managing Director 

Emanuele Grimaldi   

Grimaldi Group

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.

VIEW SESSION: View From the Top: A Roundtable Discussion With Port CEOs

Vice President

Peter Tirschwell

IHS Markit

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.

VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration: Facilitating maritime trade through data sharing

Senior Private Sector Specialist

Periklis Sargiotis

World Bank

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.

VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation: Riders on the storm: Preparing for more frequent high impact weather and extreme ocean events

Technical Director  

Martin Williams

JBA Consulting

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.

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: Connecting the dots: Ports facilitating shipping's energy transition

Strategic policy advisor and project manager

Peter Alkema

Port of 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.

VIEW SESSION: Data Collaboration: Facilitating maritime trade through data sharing


Pascal Ollivier

Maritime Street

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


Jacques Vandermeiren

Port of Antwerp

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.

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: IMO 2050: Is the shipping industry on track to meet the greenhouse gas targets?

Secretary General

Guy Platten

International Chamber of Shipping

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.

VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation: Effective crisis communications - Protecting, Maintaining, and Building Your Reputation Before, During, and After a Major Incident

President, MTI USA, and Chairman and Founding Partner  

James Lawrence

MTI Network

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.

VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation: Zero Injuries During Port Stays: Embedding a Shared Safety Culture Between Ship and Shore

Managing Director

Erik Green


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.

VIEW SESSION: Risk and Reputation: Riders on the storm: Preparing for more frequent high impact weather and extreme ocean events

Head of Marine Underwriting North America   

Sean Dalton

Munich Reinsurance America Inc.

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.

Senior Editor, Technology

Eric Johnson

IHS Markit

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.

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: Futureproofing the energy supply chain: How the energy business is changing in response to growing demands for a clean energy future

Director General

John Cooper


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.

VIEW SESSION: Panel Discussion - Pursuing a Sustainable Maritime Business Through Cooperation

Executive Director

Clemence Cheng

Hutchison Ports

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.

VIEW SESSION: Business Innovation - Embarking on a transformation from successful cargo port to maritime cluster

Partner and Chair

Erik W. Jakobson


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.

VIEW SESSION: Energy Transition: Facilitating maritime trade through data sharing

CEO and Chairman  

John Michael Radziwill