- 26 September, 2017

Correct as of 14 August 2017.

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0830 - Registration and Welcome Coffee/Tea kindly sponsored by SES

0900 - Forum Opening Notes and Introduction by Conference Chair
Nick Lambert, Maritime Domain Expert, NLA Ltd.
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Nick LambertA master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

0915 - Welcome Address
Sibrand Hassing, Co-President, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) and Director Fleet Operations Europe, Holland America Group
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Sibrand HassingBiography pending.


The Maritime Satcom Summit
For the maritime sector, broadband connectivity is becoming an increasing priority as routes diversify and technology advances. End to end connectivity is a requirement from an operational, regulatory and crew perspective to ensure continued efficiency and performance consistency. This session will focus on 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.

0940 - Panel Discussion 1 - The Maritime Satcom Summit – Approaches to Improving Mobility and Connectivity

  • The future of Satcom: prospects for maritime satellite communications
  • Ensuring regulatory adherence while meeting requirements for improved mobility and connectivity
  • Case study examples
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:
Paul Frank, Chief Operating Officer, Marlink
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Paul FrankPaul Frank is the Chief Operating Officer for Marlink’s Maritime and Enterprise divisions, focusing on global customer service excellence.

Mr. Frank has 25 years’ experience in technology services with companies in the maritime services, satcom and ICT industries. The length of his career has been focused on operations, customer services and business development.

Mr Frank holds an MSc in Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He resides in The Netherlands and is based in Marlink’s Rotterdam office.

Torbjorn Johnsson, Sales Manager, Telenor
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Torbjorn JohnsonBiography pending

Stuart Castell, Director, AST
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Stuart CastellBiography pending

Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, EMEAAP, Intelsat
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Andrew FaiolaAndrew leads the Mobility Solutions sales team in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. If it floats, flies, or rolls, we’ve got it covered. Prior to this, Andrew led the Europe 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.

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the world’s leading provider of satellite services, delivering high-performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for more than 50 years. Intelsat’s satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. Envision…Connect…Transform…with Intelsat. For more information, visit

With further panelists to be announced.

1020 - Details to follow
Matthew Galston, Director, Strategic Marketing, Intellian
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Matthew GalstonMatthew Galston is a 15 year veteran in the maritime industry having spent the last decade focused on maritime usage of satellite resources. In his role as Director of Strategic Marketing at Intellian Technologies, Mr. Galston has helped deliver a wide variety of new technologies to market, including single and multiband VSAT terminals used by multiple segments across the martime sector, TVRO systems, and various other key enabling technologies designed to scale the industry and support Intellian’s vision of a more connected planet.

Prior to joining the Intellian team in 2013, Mr. Galston held positions at GeoEye Inc (now DigitalGlobe) where he oversaw the company’s North American maritime business and later served as product manager for the entire Marine Services division.

Mr. Galston holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Policy and National Security from Boston University. Mr. Galston lives in Southampton, UK.

Intellian Technologies is the worldwide market leader in stabilized antenna systems, founded originally in 2004 and with ten global offices including Irvine CA, Fort Lauderdale, Rotterdam NL, Southampton UK, Seoul, Busan, Shanghai, and Singapore.

1045 - Details to follow
Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium Communications
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Kyle HurstBiography pending.

1110: Morning Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Intelsat


1135: Special Focus Session - Blockchain and its Impact on the Maritime Industry
It is widely anticipated that blockchain is the key to transforming the maritime industry by reducing the complexity of maritime transactions and maintaining security. Whilst the benefits are widely realised, the sector is some way from adopting the technology: there is a continued lack of understanding how to fully deploy it, how to overcome potential liabilities and how to navigate the regulatory landscape. This session will address:

  • Beyond the hype – the long-term advantages and opportunities
  • Calculating the cost savings afforded by blockchain and IoT
  • Applying blockchain applications to accurately track assets and achieve frictionless trade

Aljosja Beije, Co-Owner and Managing Consultant, BeScope

1200 - Panel Discussion 2: Opportunities in Blockchain
Moderated by:
Aljosja Beije Co-Owner and Managing Consultant, BeScope
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Aljosja BeijeAljosja Beije MSc. has over 20 years’ experience of IT in relation to finance and logistics systems development and implementation in the Far East, Middle East and Europe. Founder of BeSCOPE Solutions, a supply chain and technology consultancy and interim management firm.

When the term smart contracts was first introduced in the summer of 2014, its relevance and potential for logistics and supply chain management was immediately clear to me. Since then, I have been actively involved in development of blockchain based logistics solution, strategic consultancy on blockchain and quartermaster for a dedicated blockchain and logistics fieldlab in the City of Rotterdam. Blockchain could be the foundational technology that integrates the physical flow with the financial and informational flow in a wide range of industries, such as financial services, logistics, telecoms and commodity trade, enabling new business models and more efficient transactions.

Panellists include:
Captain Herbert Soanes, Chief Commercial Officer - Europe and Americas, Misuga Kaiun Holland B.V.
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Captain Herbert SoanesHerbert Soanes is the Chief Commercial Officer of Misuga Holland. His responsibilities relate to leading and strategically growing the partner base in Europe and the Americas. Misuga is a Japanese ship owner and ship-manager with over 170 vessels under management.

Prior to joining Misuga, he was a SVP at DVB Bank; tasked with mitigating market, counterparty and asset risk. His prior career in maritime management consulting led him to be based in America and Canada.

Herbert is a Master Mariner. His management training in the US includes graduate degrees in Maritime Management and in Finance. His varied background has seen him interact extensively with industry leaders in a range of business settings and across continents.

1240: Lunch and Marlink WorkshopBy invitation only


Digital Reinvention in Maritime
This session will focus on the top Big Data trends shaping the maritime industry. It will assess the supply chain as a whole and assess where the adoption of Big Data will have the greatest impact. Although Big Data applications have distinct operational advantages, some fundamental data issues need to be overcome if a Big Data revolution is to be achieved.

1400 - The Ability of the Maritime Sector to Innovate: The PortXL Case
Maritime and shipping are facing many challenges: low margins, pressure on reduction of emissions, new technologies arising. Companies need to innovate and find new ways to reduce costs, increase sustainability and find new business. But this remains difficult to attain. This session will focus on how companies can:

  • Increase the contact with the outside world
  • Inspire employees to adopt a fresh perspective
  • Work together with startups
  • Increase the speed of development (testing quickly, decreasing bureaucracy, etc)
Mare Straetmans, Managing Director, PortXL
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Mare StraetmansBiography pending.

1425 - Achieving Digital Reinvention in Maritime
Sue Terpilowski OBE, Managing Director, Image Line; President, WISTA UK and Chair, CILT Ports, Maritime & Waterways
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Sue Terpilowski OBESue is the Chairman of the Ports, Maritime and Waterways Forum of the Chartered Institute of Transport (CILT), a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing, President of WISTA UK (Women in Shipping and Trade) and a member of Women in Logistics. She is regularly quoted in the business press as an expert source on a wide range of issues affecting the PR, marketing and advertising industries. Sue has been featured in the Financial Times, on BBC News, BBC Radio, ITN and in the Daily Telegraph.

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

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

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

1450 - Achieving Digital Success Requires Sharing Knowledge and Experiences
Inge André Sandvik, Chief Digital Officer, Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding ASA
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Inge André SandvikInge Andrè Sandvik has been working in global tech, internet and consultancy companies for the last 20 years, and co-founded 3 VC backed companies. His focus has been mobile first and building software platforms. He co-founded Soundrop in 2011 with three other co-founders and led the process of teaming up with Spotify. He later co-founded Filmgrail which has become a new and popular platform for cinemas, cable companies and telcos.

Prior to Soundrop, Inge was with the internet browser company Opera Software as Head of Opera Mobile Store. He co-founded and was CEO in Numo, a company that built a global platform that meshed together national phone directories into one universal search experience.

Inge started his entrepreneurial path in 2004 as Co-founder and CEO in Mobile CTI which launched the first automatic lookup on unknown incoming callers and won several international awards for their innovative apps. The company was acquired by Opplysningen 1881, a Telenor company.

Inge has spent more than 10 years in global tech and software companies such as Telenor, Oracle, Compaq/HP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is an advisor to entrepreneurs and startups in Norway and is co-founder and organizer for Product Tank Oslo.

1515 - An Intro to the Legal Implications of Big Data
The most important legal aspects of big data and top tips to exploit the huge potential of data assets

  • Data sovereignty and data access as a concept
  • The data protection and trade secrets dimension of Big Data
  • Practical tools for handling Big Data:
    • Understanding what you have and what you need
    • Access to public sector information
    • The new world of database licensing
    • Industrial Data Space – a new proposition
    • Cyber-risk – dealing with the legal issues
Alexander Duisberg, Partner, Bird & Bird
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Alexander DuisbergAlexander is a highly reputed lawyer within the IT, digital transformation and privacy sphere, with a clear international vision to develop his clients' businesses.

Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues. He is a member of our International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads our Software & Services industry initiative.

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

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

1540 - Panel Discussion 3: Steps Towards Achieving a Digital Supply Chain
The most important legal aspects of big data and top tips to exploit the huge potential of data assets

  • Identifying key priorities
  • Building the digital business case and legacy
Moderated by:
Dion Kotteman, C-Level IT- and Strategy Advice, Kotteman BV
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Dion KottemanDion Kotteman is executive advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Finance. Until January this year, he was the Chief Information Officer of the Dutch Government.

His working history includes: general manager of the Dutch National Audit Authority, and executive in the banking world, mainly in IT and security. He has an extensive project management experience within several financial institutions.

He also worked for Interpol and Europol, was CIO of the Dutch Criminal Intelligence Service, and of the Dutch State Police. He acted as chairman of many Netherlands EU governmental delegations and projects on security and data exchange.

As the Netherlands Governmental CIO, and also as a member of various executive boards (both inside and outside of government), Dion has gained a wealth of experience in organisational strategy. It started in 1981 with project management for the Netherlands National Police Force, and continued right up to the development of a Dutch Government Cloud: IT is a field Dion knows all about. He is familiar with a wide spectrum of IT environments within organisations.

Dion has been in charge of various large-scale, high-profile projects, including the Schengen Information System, both in the Netherlands and in Europe, and numerous major IT projects for financial institutions, such as ABN AMRO and the ING Group, as well as projects in the field of policing and security. As a certified Gateway Review Team Leader, he has carried out no less than 15 project reviews. Anyone who is familiar with his publications will not be surprised to learn that his focus is on the human factor.

Panellists include:
Mikael Lind, Manager Transport, RISE VIktoria
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Mikael LindBiography pending.

With further panelists to be announced.

1620: Afternoon Tea/Coffee Break kindly sponsored by Kinnetik Solutions


1645: Roundtable Discussion Groups
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 (26 September) 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 1hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for a short summary from each table to the whole room.

Sessions to be covered in these interactive discussion groups include:

- Remote Monitoring: Hype or Future – hosted by Radio Holland

  • Remote monitoring is currently talk of the town. When talking to ship operators about their requirements with regards to remote monitoring of their equipment, it appears that there are no clear expectations.
  • When talking to manufacturers of maritime equipment about how their equipment is prepared to provide essential status information, it appears that this functionality is still limited.
  • Is remote monitoring just hype, or is reality around the corner?
Hosted by:
Paul Smulders, CEO, Radio Holland Group
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Paul SmuldersI started my career in 1982 as nautical officer, holding a maritime engineers ticket as well. I worked for 7 years on Dutch flagged multi-purpose bulkcarriers and heavy lift vessels.

For personal reasons I decided in 1989 to pursue a career ashore. I started with Radio Holland Netherlands as sales engineer deepsea. From 1993 on I fulfilled various positions, such as sales manager for the Radio Holland Hong Kong sales activities in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and from 1997 as Area Sales Manager and Managing Director of Radio Holland Netherlands. I played a role in growing a successful Radio Holland organization, renowned as specialist in NavCom and Maintenance in the global maritime industry.

After Radio Holland becoming part of Imtech, I decided to leave the company to become CEO at Netwave Systems B.V., manufacturer of maritime data collection systems. At Netwave Systems, I gained experience at the manufacturing side, providing me in-depth insight in all matters related to manufacturing of navigational products. As a result, I built up know-how and experience in managing manufacturing processes.

Per May 2016, I have been appointed CEO of Radio Holland Group and returned to the company.

- Cyber Resilience and Protection – hosted by Marlink
- Big Data Platforms and Collaborations – hosted by Dell
- Legal Implications of Big Data Ecosystems
- Advances in Remote and Autonomous Ship Technology
- Vessel Efficiency and Performance Management
- Blockchain and Maritime Trade
- Autonomous Shipping – Assessing the Future Legacy

1745 - Closing Keynote: What is Happening in the Shipping Markets?

  • Is the global economic development helping the shipping industry recover?
  • What the current state of play in the key shipping markets?
  • Where does the future hold?
Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
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Peter SandPeter Sand joined BIMCO in 2009 and holds the position of Chief Shipping Analyst. In this position, he is responsible for analysing the commercial markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships. Taking the offset in global economics as the analytical starting point for all seaborne trade, he assists managements, members and clients with insight into many different aspects of the global shipping industry.

Peter’s regular reports, focused analytical articles and insightful comments on the shipping market are widely read and have often been referenced in global mainstream media.

Teacher of Maritime Economics at the Danish Shipping Academy as well as guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School - Blue MBA and Shipping bachelor.

During the rise and fall of the shipping markets Peter gained experience in the fields of shipping analysis, executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming data and statistics into overviews and forecasts. Prior to his career in BIMCO, he worked for the dry bulk and product tanker company D/S NORDEN. Peter holds a Master’s Degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.

1810: Forum Conclusions by Conference Chair followed by Networking Party, Kindly Hosted by Marlink