Conference Outline - Correct as at 27/04/17

For more information on this programme, including how you could join us, please contact cathy@thedigitalship.com

0800 – Registration and Tea/Coffee kindly sponsored by Globecomm

0930 - Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
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Neville SmithNeville Smith is a maritime media consultant with shipping industry clients across communications, navigation, IT and marine products and services. A maritime journalist for 16 years and a former deputy editor of daily maritime newspaper Lloyd's List, he works for clients on messaging, positioning and campaign delivery across print and electronic media as well as blogging at www.maritimeinsight.com on current and future trends in communications and technology.

0940 - Welcome Address
Christof Schwaner, Director Communications & Digitalisation,
VDR – German Shipowners' Association
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Christof SchwanerChristof Schwaner is Spokesman and Director Communications & Digitalisation with the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) based in Hamburg. He organises workshops on digitalisation for shipping companies, e. g. on maritime connectivity and digital transformation, and co-drafted a joint declaration of the maritime industry, unions and the federal government on digitalisation that was signed on 4th April at the National Maritime Conference. Christof is also responsible for media relations and internal communications and he is editor-in-chief of the association's quarterly “Deutsche Seeschifffahrt”. Christof holds a Master's degree in Political Sciences and European Law and currently studies extra-occupational for a Diploma in Global Business at Oxford University.

SESSION  ONE

Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit - Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity
This opening session of the day will look at how Innovation & Evolution in Maritime Connectivity is changing the landscape by improving operational agility, creating enhanced efficiency and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.

1005 - Planning your Digital Future and Maximising Efficiencies in the Digital Age
          -  How to harness satcom as a digital enabler and win in the world of data
             and automation
          -  With practical suggestions and exemplary case studies
Michael Reimuth, Sales Director Europe East, Marlink
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Michael ReimuthMichael Reimuth is Sales Director responsible for the development of business in the Eastern-European region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Located within the Hamburg office, Michael joined Marlink in 2015. He began his professional career in 2000 with STN Atlas Elektronik in Bremen, Germany. As a part of the sales and project management team for Vessel Traffic Service and Coastal Surveillance Systems, Michael oversaw managing projects in China, Korea, Israel, the UK and Spain. Prior to joining Marlink, Michael was Head of Sales at Pro Nautas B.V. GmbH.

Michael has a successful academic background having graduated from the Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Breda (The Netherlands) where he obtained a diploma and bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration.

With over 15 years’ experience in the maritime IT and communications sector and with his strong academic background, Michael is able to offer valuable advice and support and helps to reinforce the leadership position of Marlink in maritime satellite communications.

1030 - Panel Discussion: The Maritime Satcom Summit
Moderated by:
Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
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Rob O'DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea. 

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

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

Adonis Violaris, Marketing Director, Interorient Shipmanagement
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Adonis ViolarisAdonis Violaris holds an MBA in Business Administration from Freie Universität in Berlin. He joined Interorient Shipmanagement in April 2015 as Marketing Director. Adonis is responsible for establishing and implementing Interorient Shipmanagement's marketing and public relations strategies and for overseeing all activities relevant to developing and maximising the company's image, presence and market knowledge. He has served as the Chairman of the ICT Sub-committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber for the last 18 years.

Mark Warner, Head of Marketing Communications – Maritime, Inmarsat
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Mark WarnerMark joined Inmarsat in September 2016 and has responsibility for maritime marketing communications activities, with the objective of opening up the full potential of high-speed connectivity at sea across vertical markets including merchant shipping, small boat, fishing and leisure

With over 18 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Warner has an extensive track record in digital platform development and marketing programme creation for ship owners, managers and suppliers. He has sector-specific experience in data analytics, E-commerce, lead generation and public relations, social media and online advertising. He is also the former Head of Digital Maritime and Professional Division for Informa, publishers of Lloyd’s List, where he managed the digital offering from the world’s oldest daily shipping paper during an intense development period.

Warner joins Inmarsat after seven years with ShipServ, the world’s leading e-marketplace for the marine and offshore supply industries, where he was a Director for Marketing and Business Development playing a central role in ShipServ’s contribution to the EU e-maritime digital development project.

A University of Plymouth alumnus, holding an MSc in International Logistics and a BSc in Maritime Business & Law, Warner has recently finished serving five years as Chairman of the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association, many of whose 500 members now occupy senior positions across the maritime industry. He is also current chairman of the Marine E-commerce Association.

Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat
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Andrew FaiolaAndrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe. Prior to this, Andrew led the European sales team and also led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Julian Crudge, Director, Datacomms Division, Telenor Satellite
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Julian CrudgeJulian Crudge joined Telenor Satellite in 1998 and is currently the Director of our Datacomms Division, responsible for VSAT services to land and maritime based customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa on C, Ku and Ka band. In particular, he is commercially responsible for Telenor’s Ka band HTS satellite, THOR 7. Prior to this, Julian held a number of finance roles within Telenor Satellite, and worked in the leasing industry for 9 years.

Julian has a BA Econs (Hons) degree and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in 1989.

1115 - Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Intelsat

1145 - Tech Refresh? What's Next in Satellite Innovation
Wouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime Line of Business,
Iridium
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Wouter DeknopperBiography pending.




SESSION TWO

Session 2: Managing Maritime Cyber Resilience - A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk
This expert led session will look at how the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships but fewer crew - meaning even more reliance on automation and remote monitoring. The Forum will discuss what policies, guidelines and best practices are already in place, and how the industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. The Forum will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks?

1210 - Understanding Maritime Cyber Risk
          -  What is the cyber threat landscape? Answering the who, what, where, when & why?
          -  Cyber risk context and perspective: Recognizing threat actor convergence and evolution
          -  Re-thinking cyber resilience: Achieving and sustaining cybersecurity capability caturity
          -  Avoiding mistakes: Practical first steps
Cynthia Hudson, CEO & Founder, HudsonAnalytix, Inc.
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Cynthia HudsonCynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, headquartered in the Philadelphia metro area with permanent and project offices in the US and internationally from Piraeus to Jakarta.

In 1986, Ms. Hudson founded what became HudsonAnalytix to provide emergency response, maritime project management and maritime consulting services to maritime transportation interests; oil and energy, vessel owners/operators and insurers for more than 100 oil and hazardous material response incidents.

Post 9/11 Hudson led the firm into maritime security for ports and vessels providing port vulnerability security assessment work at hundreds of ports and facilities worldwide. In 2016 she was proud to announce that HudsonAnalytix was named the first U.S. Green Award Incentive Provider.

Well-known and highly regarded throughout the maritime transportation industry for her work and contributions in her field, Ms. Hudson was most recently honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Ports with the 2016 Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port. Ms. Hudson is also the President of the newly formed Delaware River and Bay Chapter of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association).

1235 - Cyber Threat Management and Balancing Investment
          -  An unorthodox view on cybercrime: Hackers have a real and interesting job; they also run
             a nice business model
          -  What do you put your IT budget, is it balanced?
          -  What can you already do, and how not to spend all your money with external companies
Marcel Van Oirschot, Commercial Director and Board Member, Fox-IT
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Marcel Van OirschotMarcel van Oirschot is Commercial Director of Fox-IT. During his keynote, Marcel will show you an unorthodox view on cybercrime. Hackers do have a real and interesting job, they also run a good business model. Where do you put your IT budget? Is it balanced? What can you already do on your own? Do not spend all your money with external companies.

As Commercial Director at Fox-IT, part of NCC, Marcel is responsible for the worldwide commercial activities and strategy. The key aspect is to have the right focus on the significant markets related to the growing importance of security. Sometimes security is overhyped, and then again, in a lot of other cases, it does not get the consideration it deserves. Security is too often seen as an IT issue, however, Fox-IT sees it more as a business continuity thing. Marcel leads a team of almost 30 people who are helping customers in the areas of Managed Security Services, Online Fraud Detection and Data diodes to secure real one-way traffic. Before joining Fox-IT, he was responsible for IBM’s Security team in the Benelux Union. Initially, almost 20 years ago, Marcel built his career in the discrete manufacturing world for companies like EDS and Siemens.

1300 - Q&A followed by Lunch kindly sponsored by Lars Thrane A/S

1415 - Roundtable Sessions
These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up on the morning of the conference (4 April) to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.
The content in these interactive Round Table sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for one hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 45 minutes, followed by a summary from each table to the whole room.


Roundtable 1: 'The Battle of the Bands'
An evaluation of the many different frequency bands available in maritime satcom, and whether each will have a different impact on the link performance, availability, coverage and cost.
Hosted by: Michael Reimuth, Sales Director Europe East, Marlink
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Michael ReimuthMichael Reimuth is Sales Director responsible for the development of business in the Eastern-European region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Located within the Hamburg office, Michael joined Marlink in 2015. He began his professional career in 2000 with STN Atlas Elektronik in Bremen, Germany. As a part of the sales and project management team for Vessel Traffic Service and Coastal Surveillance Systems, Michael oversaw managing projects in China, Korea, Israel, the UK and Spain. Prior to joining Marlink, Michael was Head of Sales at Pro Nautas B.V. GmbH.

Michael has a successful academic background having graduated from the Universities of Bremen (Germany) and Breda (The Netherlands) where he obtained a diploma and bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration.

With over 15 years' experience in the maritime IT and communications sector and with his strong academic background, Michael is able to offer valuable advice and support and helps to reinforce the leadership position of Marlink in maritime satellite communications.

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

Roundtable 2: Onboard applications
With Satcoms as an enabler, what business and crew applications do you currently use or would like to see onboard within the next five years? What are the obstacles for application use and how can these be overcome?
Hosted by:
Mark Warner, Head of Marketing Communications – Maritime, Inmarsat
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Mark WarnerMark joined Inmarsat in September 2016 and has responsibility for maritime marketing communications activities, with the objective of opening up the full potential of high-speed connectivity at sea across vertical markets including merchant shipping, small boat, fishing and leisure

With over 18 years' experience in the maritime industry, Warner has an extensive track record in digital platform development and marketing programme creation for ship owners, managers and suppliers. He has sector-specific experience in data analytics, E-commerce, lead generation and public relations, social media and online advertising. He is also the former Head of Digital Maritime and Professional Division for Informa, publishers of Lloyd's List, where he managed the digital offering from the world's oldest daily shipping paper during an intense development period.

Warner joins Inmarsat after seven years with ShipServ, the world's leading e-marketplace for the marine and offshore supply industries, where he was a Director for Marketing and Business Development playing a central role in ShipServ's contribution to the EU e-maritime digital development project.

A University of Plymouth alumnus, holding an MSc in International Logistics and a BSc in Maritime Business & Law, Warner has recently finished serving five years as Chairman of the Plymouth Nautical Degree Association, many of whose 500 members now occupy senior positions across the maritime industry. He is also current chairman of the Marine E-commerce Association.

Roundtable 3: The STM Validation Project
What would you do if you had access to all maritime information in the world? Experiences from the STM concept. Information sharing – a paradigm shift!
Hans-Christoph Burmeister, Group leader "Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions",
Fraunhofer CML
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Hans-Christoph BurmeisterBiography pending.




Roundtable 4: Re-thinking Cyber Resilience
A discussion about the nature of cyber risk, why it's an organizational discussion (not ship specific), how it impacts the maritime industry, and why shipping companies should not wait for regulations to start managing it.
Cynthia Hudson, CEO & Founder, HudsonAnalytix, Inc.
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Cynthia HudsonCynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, headquartered in the Philadelphia metro area with permanent and project offices in the US and internationally from Piraeus to Jakarta.

In 1986, Ms. Hudson founded what became HudsonAnalytix to provide emergency response, maritime project management and maritime consulting services to maritime transportation interests; oil and energy, vessel owners/operators and insurers for more than 100 oil and hazardous material response incidents.

Post 9/11 Hudson led the firm into maritime security for ports and vessels providing port vulnerability security assessment work at hundreds of ports and facilities worldwide. In 2016 she was proud to announce that HudsonAnalytix was named the first U.S. Green Award Incentive Provider.

Well-known and highly regarded throughout the maritime transportation industry for her work and contributions in her field, Ms. Hudson was most recently honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Ports with the 2016 Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port. Ms. Hudson is also the President of the newly formed Delaware River and Bay Chapter of WISTA (Women's International Shipping and Trading Association).

1500 - Roundtable summaries followed by short changeover break

1530 - Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Kinnetik Solutions

SESSION THRERE

Session 3: The iShipping Revolution - How big data, IoT and analytics are bringing about a shift in smart shipping - and how can we harness disruptive influence to deliver innovation and opportunity.
Transformation, digitalization, disruptive influence, innovation. These words and phrases are being used more and more and being held up as the drivers of all change and development - not just in our sector but throughout industry. But what do they mean, and what can they do for us in the shipping sector? We know that the maritime sector is on the cusp of dramatic change - how can we harness all this date and all information to build our own businesses and make them smarter, safer, and more sustainable?

1600 - Maritime Digitization: Development of Shore-side Monitoring and Onboard Automation Services
Hans-Christoph Burmeister, Group leader "Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions",
Fraunhofer CML
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Hans-Christoph BurmeisterBiography pending.




1625 - Digitalisation in Tanker Management 4.0
          -  Factors for success and managing the challenges
Marek Lipiec, Managing Director, DS Tankers
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Marek LipiecBiography pending.




1650 - The iShipping Revolution Panel Session
Moderated by:
Gregor G. Ross
, Sales & Marketing Director - Europe, Globecomm
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Gregor G. RossHaving joined the British Merchant Service at the age of 16, Gregor has over 45 years’ experience in the maritime industry.

Following 7 years at sea and 4 years at Cardiff’s Maritime University, Gregor and some university colleagues founded MCTS. MCTS was an early pioneer of Shipboard IT and in the 1980’s developed one of the earliest ship to shore email systems.

Over 15 years MCTS grew to be a major player in cargo management systems and a leader in solutions for Electronic Data Interchange. When MCTS was acquired by GN Store Nord in 1996 Gregor took up a position as Vice President, Maritime Operations of GN Comtext, at the time the Industry’s leading provider of Telex, email and EDI.

In 2000 Gregor moved into maritime e-commerce working in the early stages with Container-Hub and Setfair.

There followed a spell with EMS Technologies where Gregor was responsible for the launch of the industry’s first Fleet 55 and in 2009 Gregor joined Telaurus communications as head of European sales. Gregor currently holds the position of Director, Sales and Marketing, Europe for Globecomm Maritime – Telaurus’ parent company.

Panellists include:
René Teichmann, CIO, Rickmers Group
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René TeichmannRené Teichmann has been with Rickmers Holding AG as Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer since September 2014.

René holds a master in Business Administration. Before joining Rickmers Holding AG he was working for Germanischer Lloyd (toady DNV GL) and EY holding various positions in IT and business. Rickmers Group IT supports centrally the global organization including vessel IT, seaside and on-shore communications as well as application solutions development and support.

Philipp Hermes, Partner, BHM Penlaw & Member, World Ocean Council
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Philip HermesPhilipp Hermes has expertise in international maritime and marine finance, maritime insurances and ship construction matters, in contentious and non-contentious affairs. He is interested in the global and regional correlation between the different maritime and marine sectors. Philipp Hermes is advising the private maritime industries, including banks, insurance companies, shipping companies and ship construction companies in Europe and elsewhere. He is also offering advice to the public marine sector.

Philipp Hermes is a lawyer qualified in German law in 2008. He was working with Ehlermann Rindfleisch Gadow in Hamburg, a law firm specialised in ship finance, and was advising banks in the structured financing of ships. In 2013, he joined Johann M. K. Blumenthal GmbH & Co. KG as General Counsel. Philipp Hermes set up Bureau Hermes Maritime (BHM) in November, 2013, and established BHM Penlaw EWIV – EEIG in April 2014 together with Henry Page. In June 2014, he founded BHM Penlaw Rechtsanwälte Hermes Sanchez von Cramm Partnerschaft mbB together with his partners.

Philipp Hermes is naval officer (reserve) and Liasion Officer with the civil authorities. He is offering legal consult to federal ministries in Germany regarding maritime issues. He regularly contributes columns to World Economy.

Marek Lipiec, Managing Director, DS Tankers
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Marek LipiecBiography pending.




Holger Ritter, Managing Partner, DRYNET
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Holger RitterHolger Ritter is Managing Partner and founder of DRYNET GmbH. Mr. Ritter worked in the satellite, telecommunications and IT industry for over 25 years and has held management positions in IBM, Boeing and MTN.

DRYNET was founded 2002 in Hamburg and provides technology, innovation and business consulting

as well as professional services for IT Security, wireless, fixed and satellite communication networks to our clients. The currently 10 DRYNET consultants are located in Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, USA and Korea and serve clients in the cruise, ferry, commercial shipping and wind offshore industry.

1730 - Conference Conclusions followed by Networking Drinks Reception at 20up, kindly hosted by Marlink, until 1930.

*(tbc) - Please note some speakers and topics may be subject to confirmation and/or change.
For more information, please contact
cathy@thedigitalship.com