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Jochem-Jan Sleiffer

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer

SVP OPERATIONS, CONTINENTAL EUROPE, HILTON
Jochem-Jan Sleiffer'BIO

Jochem-Jan Sleiffer is responsible for Hilton’s portfolio of managed full service hotels in Continental Europe. In this role, he oversees trading and pipeline properties in more than 25 countries and territories, including the recently opened, Hilton Lake Como near the shores of the picturesque Italian location and Hilton Astana in Kazakhstan.

BACKGROUND

Jochem-Jan graduated from high school in Huizen, the Netherlands, before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Facilities Management (1990) and an EMBA degree in Hospitality and Tourism Leadership (2014).

Having joined Hilton as Chief Steward at Hilton Amsterdam in 1990, he has held a number of roles across Europe over the past 28 years, including in Belgium, UK, France and Greece – where he managed the successful renovation and re-opening of the 453-room Hilton Athens.

He was General Manager of Hilton London Olympia, Hilton Brussels, Area General Manager of Hilton Paddington and Hilton London Euston as well as Country General Manager for France, overseeing seven hotels.

In January 2013, Jochem-Jan was promoted to Area Vice President for Northern and Central Europe, expanding his role to include responsibility for all full service hotels in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe in July 2015.

In January 2017 he was promoted to Senior Vice President Operations, Continental Europe, a newly created position which oversees a portfolio of 56 Hilton managed hotels, with a focus on maximizing performance, ownership relations and guest service innovation.

LANGUAGES

Dutch, English and French

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Spiros Paschalis

Spiros Paschalis

CEO of Attica Group
Spiros Paschalis ' Bio
Spiros Paschalis is the CEO and an Executive member of the Board of Directors of Attica Group, a leading maritime group based in Greece that operates 13 vessels in Adriatic Sea and Greek domestic market and is the General Manager of the recently established Africa Morocco Links (AML) operating since June 2016 in Morocco and EU, connecting Morocco and Spain.

He is also Vice President of the Greek Passenger Shipping Association (SEEN) participating as an elected member of the BoD since 2009. In February 2014, he was elected as a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping representing the Passenger Shipping sector.

Entering the passenger shipping industry in 1996, he has a 21 year experience in this sector holding previously the position of Authorized Director and CEO of the well – recognized brands Blue Star Ferries and Superfast Ferries respectively.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and he further extended his financial educational background in London where he graduated from Cass Business School (City University) holding an MBA degree in Finance.

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Matteo Catani

Matteo Catani

CEO of GNV
Matteo Catani' Bio

 Matteo Catani became CEO of Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV) in 2016. Previously he served GNV in different positions, lastly as Director of Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Catani, 38, joined GNV in 2007 after previous experiences with the Danone Group (2004 – 2007) a multinational company leader in the food-and-beverage Industry where he had held different business planning related positions both. 

In GNV Mr. Catani has assumed roles of growing responsibility, ranging from the financial activities to revenue management and development, and then getting commercial and marketing executive responsibility.
Mr. Catani holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Genova and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at the Booth School of Business at Chicago University. 

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Peter van de Meerakker

Peter van de Meerakker

CEO at Port of IJmuiden
Peter van de Meerakker' Bio

EDUCATION

  • University of Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (Public Administration and Economics)  09/’80 – 04/’87
  • Sint Willibrord Gymnasium, Deurne, The Netherlands  (VWO – Economy & Society) 09/’74 – 06/’80   

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V., Managing Director, IJmuiden (full time) 01/’06 – Present                          
  • Zeehaven IJmuiden N.V., Director Operations, IJmuiden (full time)  01/’01 – 01/’06                   
  • Municipality of Velsen, IJmuiden (Head of Economic Department) 05/’96 – 12/‘00  
  • Municipality of Amsterdam, Amsterdam  (Economic Department ) 05/’88 – 04/’96

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Supervisory Board Rabobank Zaanstreek (Chairman) 05/’07 – present 

Foundation Organisatie Zaanse Kinderopvang  (Foundation is the owner of Tinteltuin B.V.) 01/’93 – present             

SKILLS AND PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Languages: Dutch (native), English, basic knowledge of German.
  • IT: Excel, PowerPoint, Word,
  • Sports: skiing and cycling
  • Interests: travelling

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Ole-Kristian Sivertsen

Ole-Kristian Sivertsen

SVP of Global Eagle
Ole-Kristian Sivertsen' Bio

Ole Kristian Sivertsen, Senior Vice President at Global Eagle, is head of Maritime including Cruise & Ferry, Yachts, Commercial Shipping, Offshore Oil & Gas.

 Sivertsen has 20 years of experience transforming technology innovations into business value. His leadership of commercial organisations at Citrix, RES Software, Sun Microsystems, Telenor MCP, EVRY and EMC has delivered significant growth through relentless focus on helping customers solve core challenges and improving their business.

 His sales and leadership philosophy is all about making others successful; Empowering employees to be successful creates a great workplace, inspiring them to make customers successful creates a great company. Driven by this philosophy and Executive Management Education at INSEAD, Sivertsen crafted his “Blue Ocean Sales Framework” to transform sales organisations into trusted business advisors.

 Ole has extensive experience from Digital Transformation, Customer Experience and Business Innovation combined with Mobile Technology. He strives to help customers tap into the full potential of digital through extending the experience expected “at home” to maritime and “off the grid” places.

 Sivertsen shares his vision, knowledge and strategies at cruise, ferry and maritime events and conferences. His presentations offer real-life examples bringing ideas to life, delivering takeaways that immediately translate into action and powerful results.

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Björn Boström

Björn Boström

CEO at Port of Ystad
Björn Boström' Bio

Björn Boström is Managing Director at Port of Ystad. His career within shipping began when he, just 14 years young, commenced his first summer job as docker for Scandinavian Ferry Lines route Helsingborg-Elsinore. The experience was so intensive that Björn kept on working within the shipping industry in companies like Saga Line (Helsingborg/Malmö-Travemünde), DFDS and Lion Ferry (Helsingborg-Grenå), DSØ A/S (inter alia The Hydrofoils Copenhagen-Malmö) for ten years and for 12 years Ven-Trafiken AB (domestic route Landskrona-Isle of Ven) before he took position at Port of Ystad. He has a broad experience of ferry operations and has worked as Sales Representative, Sales- and Marketing Manager, Route Manager and Managing Director. Björn has also been deputy board member in SWEREF – Swedish Ship Owners Association for smaller passenger vessels and is now member of Ports of Sweden’s Branch Committee as well as chairman of the Comprehensive Ports working Group within Baltic Ports Organisation.

In 2008, at the same time Björn commenced at Port of Ystad, the economic crisis struck the world with substantial impact on the shipping business. However, Port of Ystad has regardless strengthened its position as Sweden’s third largest ferry passenger port. The volumes still increase, and the port now undergoes a major development as two new ferry berths, for vessels up to 240 meters, will be built, ready for service early 2020. Today, Port of Ystad is market leader for daily ferry connections to Poland and the island of Bornholm.

Barbara Buczek

Barbara Buczek

Director at Port of Dover
Barbara Buczek' Bio

Director of Corporate Development & Operational Businesses, Port of Dover

Barbara joined the Port of Dover in 2010 and has since held several senior management positions within Corporate Affairs and Business Development. She was appointed Director of Corporate Development in 2015 and in 2017 she also became responsible for all Operational Businesses at the Port. With a business portfolio that encompasses £119bn worth of UK trade through Europe’s busiest ferry port, the UK’s second busiest cruise port and thriving cargo, estates and marina operations Barbara has a broad spectrum of experience within business development and operations. Barbara is also a Director of Port of Dover Cargo Limited, Director of Dover Waterfront Limited and a Trustee for Emmaus Dover. She was previously working for South East England Development Agency.

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Johan Röstin

Johan Röstin

CEO HH FERRIES GROUP
Johan Röstin' Bio
I have been in the industry since 1990, after finishing my studies within Finance and Sociology at the University.

I have been active in all industries within logistics, except for railway. I think this is the world’s most exciting industry, especially now with the environmental focus!

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Joost van Ree

Joost van Ree

Commercial Director, Co-founder at Simwave B.V.
Joost van Ree' Bio

Commercial Director Simwave B.V.

Co-Founder Simwave B.V.

Joost van Ree brings years of experience in Sales, Business Development and Management in the maritime industry to fruition in his biggest role to date, as the Commercial Director and Co-Founder of Simwave B.V. After finishing his Degree at Erasmus University in Management, Joost worked as a Sales Manager and Director at companies such as KPN, Nederlands Loodswezen B.V., Endenburg B.V. and  VSTEP.

He co-founded Simwave B.V. with managing director Marcel Kind in 2016. Simwave is a state of the art Simulator Center situated in Rotterdam – Barendrecht, the Netherlands. The company’s core business is operating comprehensive maritime simulation training on world-leading simulation technology for clients all over the world.

“Our customers require training or assessing on simulators and do not choose to develop and maintain their own in-house simulators for various reasons”
Simwave offers facilities (adapted to the clients own corporate branding) where companies can use their own mathematical ship models and their own port-environments. Simwave takes care of all technical, operational and hospitality support. The company’s focus is not only on navigation. The focus also lies on engine- and ship management related training.

For example, the emergency response training on board of cruise ships, such as advanced firefighting -and crowd control training. Because of the fast-growing technology, Simwave has made it possible to integrate these applications.

With good humor, professional skills, in- depth knowledge and a positive attitude, Joost knows how to inspire and motivate his network, clients and his Simwave team, making Simwave a success.

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Gustavo Miller

Gustavo Miller

President of the Ports & Maritime Division of Cavotec Group
Gustavo Miller' Bio

Gustavo Miller is the President of the Ports & Maritime Division of Cavotec Group. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina) before joining the engineering and design team at Impsa, working on many international projects for ports equipment. After an almost 20 years career at Impsa including a relocation to Malaysia and reaching the position of Managing Director of the local subsidiary; he joined Cavotec Group in 2009 as responsible for all operations and business in China. He has been deeply involved in the development and promotion of all the Group’s innovations to improve efficiencies and reduce environmental impact.

He is currently based in Hong Kong and oversees the Ports & Maritime division globally for the Group

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Piotr Redmerski

Piotr Redmerski

President of Board, Polish Baltic Shipping Co.
Piotr Redmerski' Bio

President of Board, Polish Baltic Shipping Co.

A graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Labor Organization at the University of Gdańsk, he also finished accounting at the Faculty of Organization and Management at the Koszalin University of Technology. Mr. Redmerski joined Polish Baltic Shipping Co. in October 2005 as the Economic and Financial Director and continued his experience as Management Board Member for Economic and Financial Affairs. From January 5 th 2016, Mr. Redmerski is the President of the Board of Polish Baltic Shipping Co.

Polish Baltic Shipping Company -operating name: Polferries is, the largest Polish ferry owner. It has been connecting Poland to Scandinavian destinations since 1976, with four ferries currently operating on two routes: Świnoujśce – Ystad and Gdańsk – Nynahamn.

Polferries ferries offer safe and comfortable journey, traditional good cuisine, the opportunity to make attractive purchases, and all this with a great atmosphere created by professional and competent service.

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Victor Velton

Victor Velton

President at Versonix Corporation
Victor Velton' Bio

Victor Velton co-founded Versonix with an eye toward providing leading-edge

reservation services for the world’s largest ferry and cruise lines, resorts and

transportation companies. As its system – Seaware – developed, Versonix pioneered the use of real-time Yield & Revenue Management capabilities to boost revenue for its global clients. With this patented technology,

Versonix became a recognized leader in the cloud-based reservation system

field. To this day, Versonix customers around the world report substantial improvement and

operational efficiency following Seaware implementation.

Prior to co-founding the company, Victor worked as a Systems Analyst for Salomon Brothers

investment bank in New York City, and then as Director of Management Information Systems

for a financial real estate and management consultancy in California. With an initial background in computer science and applied mathematics, Victor went on to obtain an MBA from Santa Clara University in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Alistair Eagles

Alistair Eagles

CEO of Seatruck Ferries
Alistair Eagles' Bio

Alistair Eagles is CEO of Irish Sea operator Seatruck Ferries.  Alistair’s journey with Seatruck began in 1996 as part of a small start-up team which set up Seatruck Ferries, a freight only ferry company with its head office in Heysham England. Seatruck specialise in the shipment of unaccompanied freight trailers and has grown from a new entrant to a significant player on the Irish Sea moving more than 360,000 freight units per annum on 3 routes, representing a 20% market share.

With 10 freight ferries, including 8 newbuilding’s, Seatruck is also active in the external charter market offering vessels on hire to other ferry operators in Northern Europe.

Alistair studied Transport Management and Planning at Loughborough University and prior to Seatruck was Sales and Commercial Manager for Merchant Ferries.

Seatruck is 100% owned by the Clipper Group based in Denmark.

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Peder Gellert Pedersen

Peder Gellert Pedersen

Executive Vice President, DFDS Group
Peder Gellert Pedersen' Bio

Peder Gellert Pedersen joined the DFDS Group in 1994 with responsibility for developing the group’s Ro-Ro activities to and from the Baltic countries and Russia.

Today, as an Executive Vice President, Peder Gellert Pedersen leads the DFDS Group’s Shipping Division, including Passenger Shipping and operation of Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax vessels in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Channel and the Mediterranean Sea.

The shipping activities include both shipping routes and operations of large Ro-Ro terminals. The Shipping Division employs approximately 5,000 people and has a turnover of more than DKK 9.5 billion.

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Bent Hansen

Bent Hansen

Senior Vice President Sales, MANTEC
Bent Hansen'Bio

SVP Sales and part of the management team of Mantec International AB. 

Build on the foundation of 20 years of line management experience in various companies, ranging from service companies, food processing, aqua culture, logistics, ware housing and search & selection I entered the consultancy world in 2000. First four years with an US based global consultancy firm focusing on operational excellence. Since 2004 sales executive and part of the management team of Mantec International AB.

Having worked within management consultancy for more than 15 years, I have developed a very broad network amongst top executives, as well as board members, in the Nordic region. This network combined with a relentless delivery of successful implementation programs in large and medium sized companies, is the foundation for the continued development of Mantec.

Education

Diploma in Strategic Solution Selling   IMPAC University

USA Diploma in Personality Assessment & Organizational Development Mercuri Urval, Denmark

B.Sc. Economics (Sales and Marketing)   Aalborg University, Denmark

Diploma in General Accounting    Esbjerg Business College

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Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

Director, Discover Ferries
Emma Batchelor' Bio

Discover Ferries is an industry body representing 11 ferry operators in the UK, British Isles and Ireland. As director of Discover Ferries, Emma’s role is to help raise the profile of ferry travel to consumer audiences.

A passionate and enthusiastic communicator, Emma has 20 years’ experience in PR and marketing including at ferry operator DFDS, as well as agency-side for companies such as top 15 PR agency, Trimedia (now Grayling).

Emma held the post of UK PR manager at DFDS for four years, where she was responsible for developing and implementing high impact public relations campaigns across consumer, trade and online media and communities. Other key duties included leading on UK corporate PR, crisis communications and reputation management, handling media enquiries and acting as a spokesperson. Emma has extensive experience in managing PR teams, agencies and marketing budgets, as well as developing and managing relationships with third party organisations and industry stakeholders.

A self-professed ferry addict, Emma has enjoyed ferry travel since she was a child.

Discover Ferries member ferry operators include Brittany Ferries, Caledonian MacBrayne, DFDS, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, MBNA Thames Clippers, P&O Ferries, Red Funnel, Stena Line and Wightlink. In 2016, Discover Ferries members carried 38 million passengers and 8.7 million cars as well as 151,360 coaches.

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Eamonn O’Reilly

Eamonn O’Reilly

CEO, Port of Dublin
Eamonn O'Reilly'BIO
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Robbie Drummond

Robbie Drummond

Managing Director at CalMac Ferries Ltd
Robbie Drummond'Bio

Robbie is currently the Service Delivery Director for CalMac Ferries Limited, a customer focused and multiple award winning ferries and ports business with revenues in excess of £200m. Responsible for the operational delivery of our customer, commercial and community strategies, leading Service Delivery, the Technology team, 33 vessels, 51 ports and over 1,300 staff.

Robbie has been an Executive Board director of the David MacBrayne Group for 6 years. He was appointed by Scottish Ministers and deputises for the CEO.  He has held a number of other roles within the Group including Group Finance Director, Bid Director and Transition Director. He has a keen interest in supporting business, particularly community based, and is a Non-executive Director of Stramash (an outdoor social enterprise business), a Member of the SCDI’s Highlands and Islands Committee, and a Member of IoD’s West of Scotland Committee.

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Helen Coop

Helen Coop

Practice Director, Four Travel
Helen Coop'Bio
Helen has nearly 20 years’ travel PR experience – she loves to look at a campaign from all angles and stays calm in a crisis.

Her diverse experience includes coordinating an A list celebrity party for at the Saatchi Gallery to promoting European Ski destinations. Her passion is destination marketing, particularly close to home; current clients include Visit Wales, Visit County Durham, Red Funnel, MSC Cruises and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.

Particular hi-lights include launching a business class airline and a three dimensional ski map. A creative thinker, Helen combines in-depth travel knowledge with a strategic approach to create high impact campaigns.

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Kevin George

Kevin George

CEO of RED FUNNEL
Kevin George' Bio

Kevin George joined Red Funnel on 2nd January, 2014.

Kevin has over 30 years experience in the transport sector having held senior management positions in a number of companies including British Airways and Monarch Airlines.

An engineer by training, Kevin has worked extensively in business development, customer services and operations as well as leading a number of significant business transformations.

In December 2015, Kevin was appointed Chairman of Discover Ferries, the industry body that promotes ferry travel for all the UK operators. He is also a Governor of the Isle of Wight Studio School.

Kevin is a keen sailor and lives on the Isle of Wight with his wife Karen.

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Per Ove Kviteberg

Per Ove Kviteberg

CEO Adonis AS
Per Ove Kviteberg'Bio

Per Ove Kviteberg co-founded Adonis in 1987 and has been instrumental in the company’s emergence as the leading provider of HR, planning and payroll systems for the maritime industry, with a particular focus on the cruise sector and large passenger ferries.

In co-founding Adonis, Kviteberg saw the need among maritime organizations for more efficient ways of addressing their highly specific HR and operational challenges – from managing multinational workforces to simplifying MLC compliance.

Currently serving as Adonis’s Sales Director, Kviteberg has held a variety of senior marketing and sales positions over the years, which has given him a unique perspective on industry developments, emerging trends, and the ever-changing needs of labor-intensive maritime organizations looking to leverage every edge in improving efficiencies and meeting their business goals.

Today, he’s leading Adonis’s efforts to meet growing market demand for web-based employee self service tools, allowing HR administrators and senior staff  more time to attend to more strategic tasks and responsibilities.

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Jan Erik Norli

Jan Erik Norli

CSO Marcom, Telenor Maritime
Jan Erik Norli'Bio

Mr. Norli has been 9 years with Telenor Maritime, and contributed substantially to build Telenor Maritime to become the largest onboard connectivity provider for the Cruise & Ferry industry worldwide. In this role, he has been able to perspective developments in the digital agenda, and, combined with his Mechatronic engineering background, being able to focusing on solutions fitting a holistic view in the digital transformation currently embracing the maritime business, thus proposing financial & technically viable solutions.

 

Mr. Norli’s positions has covered sales and management roles in an international environment throughout his career, focusing on international sales over the last 20 years, primarily supplying products and services into the shipping industry.

 

Current position is to oversee and being responsible for all Telenor Maritime’s sales and marketing activities towards the Cruise & Ferry market worldwide.

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Tanja Georg

Tanja Georg

AVP Maritime Industries - KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH Frankfurt
Tanja Georg'Bio

AVP Maritime Industries, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Frankfurt

Tanja joined KfW in 2006 and held different positions in key sectors of KfW IPEX-Bank, the export and project financing arm of KfW.

KfW is wholly owned by the Federal Republic of Germany and has been awarded the title ‘world’s safest bank’ by Global Finance Magazine for the 6th time in a row in 2017. KfW IPEX-Bank is a 100% subsidiary and one of the largest financiers of the Maritime Sector. As one of the most experienced supporters of the maritime industry worldwide, the Maritime Industries department of KfW IPEX Bank provides financing for European vessel owners, newbuildings from European shipyards and vessels with a substantial part of European content. Contributing to the development of transport infrastructure, KfW IPEX-Bank is also engaged in financings for seaports around the world.

Previously working in the business sectors Shipping, Ports and PPPs, Tanja joined the Maritime Industries department in 2010. Her customer base comprises a wide array of customers from all shipping subsectors, including passenger, oil- and gas as well as bulkers, container and tankers. In her many years of experience in ship financing, Tanja has been responsible for the customer relationships to numerous ferry companies around the globe.

Tanja holds a degree in economics from the Universities of Marburg and Giessen.

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Basjan Faber

Basjan Faber

Managing Director C-Job Naval Architects
Basjan Faber'Bio

Mr. Faber co- founded C-Job Naval Architects in 2007 as he wanted to make a difference in the global maritime industry. Since then, many ship owners and shipyards have benefitted from the services and ship designs offered by C-Job.
As a son of an Inland Cargo Vessel captain, Mr. Faber became passionate about sailing and other vessel types from an early age. He holds a B.Eng. in Naval Architecture and a MSc. In Technology Management. After several assignments at different shipyards and engineering companies, he became the ‘Head of Design Department’ at Vuyk Engineering Groningen. A role he continued to be involved in with his role as Managing Director of C-Job Naval Architects.
C-Job is the largest independent Ship Design and Engineering company in the Netherlands. Established 10 years ago, the company now employs more than 100 in-house maritime engineers and naval architects in four offices. With a multidisciplinary and hands-on approach, C-Job provides solutions to empower ship owners, operators and shipyards worldwide. C-Job performs the full design and engineering scope for newbuild vessels, as well as helping you upgrade an existing fleet by smart modifications, retrofits and conversions. C-Job is renowned for ground-breaking vessels in a broad range of maritime sectors. Some recent projects:

  • Concept Design of 5 Electric ferries for GVB Amsterdam
  • Concept & Basic Design for CNG-Electric RoRo ferry ‘Texelstroom’ of TESO
  •  Building Supervision at shipyard for operator TESO
  • Mooring analysis & Structural conversion for double-ended ferry
  • Scrubber installation & retrofit analysis for RoPax ferry
  • Concept & Basic Design of 216m Offshore Wind Installation Vessel ‘Orion’ for GeoSea
  • Concept Design for 15.000 m3 LNG Dual Fuel TSHD ‘Bonny River’ for DEME
  • Concept Design for 17.000 m3 TSHD ‘Vox Amalia’ of Van Oord
  • Multiple Conversions & Modifications of various types of vessels
  • In-house R&D regarding: LNG, CNG, Ammonia as ship’s fuel, waste heat recovery, steel weight & payload optimization, shallow water optimization, Genetic Algorithms to accelerate Concept Design, using AIS data to optimize ship design, Integration of Mission Equipment and Wind Assisted Propulsion.

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Anders Ørgård (DK)

Anders Ørgård (DK)

CCO of OSK Group
Anders Ørgård 'BIO

Chief Commercial Officer of OSK Group comprising OSK-ShipTech A/S and Steen Friis Design A/S – leading Danish marine consultancy group specialising in innovative ferry designs and ship interiors, maritime risk assessment and green propulsion technologies to name just a few.

Anders has served as Secretary General of Danish Society for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and has been recommended as fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London. He spends the majority of his time advising shipowners on Fleet Strategy, concept development and technical advisory on tender processes and negotiation of newbuilding projects.

Anders holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and is a specialist in the field of RoRo and RoPax ferries, innovative concept designs, passenger flow, and on-board experience economy.

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Morten Haure-Petersen

Morten Haure-Petersen

CCO of SCANDLINES
Morten Haure-Petersen'BIO
Morten Haure-Petersen joined the Scandlines management team in 201 1 as Chief Customer Officer (CCO). Based in Copenhagen, Morten is responsible for all revenue stream company, procurement, supply chain, sales and morten.haure-petersen@scandlines.com marketing, retail and catering operations.

Morten came from a position as Co-CEO for apetito catering Europe BV and member of the apetito Group Executive Board. In the six years turnover and profits.
Prior to that, Morten held various senior executive positions with GATE GOURMET INTERNATIONAL, YUM! BRANDS INC and CHOICE HOTELS EUROPE Plc.

Morten Haure-Petersen is born in 1965, and he and his partner Cecilia have three children. He is of Danish nationality and holds an MBA fromScandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) in Copenhagen.

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Peter Frankel

Peter Frankel

CCO at Marine Learning Systems
Peter Frankel'Bio

Peter Frankel is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Marine Learning Systems, which provides technology to support online learning and assessment to the maritime industry. For over 25 years, Peter has provided effective and practical software solutions to industry that help ensure safe and efficient operations.

In his role at Marine Learning Systems, Peter has introduced modern methodologies of learning and assessment to shipping companies and other maritime operators. His customers include BC Ferries, Washington State Ferries, Carnival Group, Disney Cruise Line and the Staten Island Ferry.

Peter was born in Montreal, Canada and resides in Vancouver with his wife and two boys. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

He can be contacted at peter.frankel@marinels.com

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Mike Louagie

Mike Louagie

Freelance maritime photographer. Freelance cruise & ferry writer and consultant

Mike Louagie started as a freelance ‘maritime’ photographer 30 years ago, in the ferry port of Ostend, Belgium. His first customer was the Ostend-Dover ferry company, soon followed by many others. Over the years his job made him travel on almost every single new cruise vessel and ferry.

Eventually he started to write as well, for shipping industry magazines and travel agent publications, and for consumer magazines. For seven years Mike was editor-in-chief for an international B2B magazine.

Now he is the editor for the Ferry Shipping News, and continues to discover the cruise and ferry industry with passion. Cruise & ferry photographer, writer, lecturer, consultant, inspirer and story teller, what a dream job!

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Johan Thorbjörnsson

Johan Thorbjörnsson

Country Lead, Norway | DoubleClick Digital Marketing at Google
Johan Thorbjörnsson'BIO
Johan is the Country Manager for DoubleClick Digital Marketing in Norway where he heads up the local Media Buying Solutions team since April 2014. His team is focused on supporting advertisers and agencies within digital marketing and digital transformation with the help of Google´s DoubleClick, GA360 and Marketing Cloud technologies. Johan has 10 years of extensive experience within Sales, Marketing and Business Development with a passion for intergrating core enterprise insights with consumer behaviour through the use of AI and machine learning.

Before joining Google, Johan was an integral part of the senior C-Level sales team at Criteo UK where he was responsible for clients like Virgin Atlantic and the Acradia Group (Topshop, Topman and Burton). Previous to that he was responsible for publisher relations within Criteo UK´s publisher business managing media buying across publishers like AOL, Virgin Media, Sky and the Daily Mail. Prior to this he was the Business Development Director for Criteo Nordics, with the responsibility of establishing the company´s Nordic operations.

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Henk Grunstra

Henk Grunstra

Product Director Ferries at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
Henk Grunstra'Bio

Product Director Ferries at Damen Shipyards Gorinchem

Henk Grunstra has a long track record at Damen starting in 1985 in the engineering department, later being responsible for the high speed and naval craft, luxury yachts and currently ferries. In this position he is responsible for the product development, sales support, design, and production of all kinds of (slow) ferries within the Damen product portfolio. Key words are customer needs, technical innovation, supporting our clients successes, flexibility and preparing for the future.

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Roman Poersch

Roman Poersch

Managing Director of Wilhelm Borchert GmbH
Roman Poersch'BIO

Born on 22nd April 1972 in the South of Hamburg, Germany, Roman holds a master degree (Diploma) in Economics from the University of Hamburg. He also studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Singapore. Additionally, he holds a bachelor degree in Geophysics from the University of Hamburg.

Before becoming managing director/ owner of Wilhelm Borchert GmbH in May 2010, Roman worked as senior advisor and member of the management team for the strategic transport consulting company BMT Transport Solutions GmbH (2003-2010).

Since the early 2000s, Roman has been engaged in a number of consultancy jobs in the transport and logistics industry. As a senior consultant he has been responsible for market studies and business development projects, traffic, turnover and revenue forecasts, risk and SWOT analyses, socio-economic CBA and other analyses. He gained substantial experiences in project management and finance/ investment advice for the transport service and infrastructure sector, incl. large-scale due diligences.

Roman has been engaged throughout Europe, but he also worked on projects in the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the US.

His clientele are port authorities and terminal operators, shipping lines, ship owners and managers, railway and intermodal transport companies, shippers and governmental bodies as well as equity/ investment firms.

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Matteo Della Valle

Matteo Della Valle

Business Development Manager of GNV
Matteo Della Valle'Bio
Matteo Della Valle is the Business Development Manager of Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV). He is also responsible, as Trade Manager, of the EBITDA of the Morocco Market (first market of the company).
Before joining the GNV team, Mr Della Valle worked in the Revenue Management Department of Costa Crociere (2011-2014) as responsible of the top line of the Italian Market (the most important market of the company).
Before Costa Crociere, Mr Della Valle was Business Consultant for both public and private sectors.
Della Valle holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Genoa, a Master of Science at the Paris School of Economics, a PhD in Economics at the University of Genoa and an Executive Master in Sales and Marketing at Bologna Business Sch

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Iiro Lindborg

Iiro Lindborg

General Manager, Rolls-Royce

Iiro Lindborg joined Rolls-Royce in 2005 and has held various roles such as Development Project Manager and Technical Product Manager before his current role as General Manager of Remote and Autonomous Operations. He has degree in Automation and Electrical Engineering from Vaasa University of Applied Sciences.
Iiro has been working with the development of propulsion, steering gear and waterjet control solutions. He has also run the development of future bridge and unmanned vessel remote operations center concepts. In his current role he is looking after Remote and Autonomous Operations business of Rolls-Royce Marine.

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Femke Brenninkmeijer

Femke Brenninkmeijer

Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore/ port of Amsterdam
Femke Brenninkmeijer'BIO

Femke holds a degree in Civil Law and started her career in 2000 as a lawyer in private (corporate) practice. In 2008, Femke joined the port of Amsterdam as an in-house lawyer. In 2015, Femke moved into a commercial position and was appointed Head of Energy. In 2017, she also became responsible for Bulk and Logistics and was appointed Director Energy, Cargo & Offshore. In this role, Femke is commercially responsible for all energy, cargo and offshore activities of the Port of Amsterdam and co-developer of the Energy transition plan. Femke is also responsible for the business development, account management and sales of the ‘Maritime’ activities in the port of Amsterdam. Finally, Femke is a member of the advisory board of Portbase.

 

Joachim Coens

Joachim Coens

President-CEO Port Authority Bruges-Zeebrugge
Mikael Mortensen

Mikael Mortensen

Managing Director at DFDS Seaways B.V.

Mikael Mortensen joined DFDS in 2008 at the Copenhagen Headquarters responsible for the Control and Business Support of all the Ro-Ro, Terminal and Logistics activities. Short after the acquisition of Norfolkline by DFDS in 2010 he became part of the team responsible for the acquisition of BSL in Estonia along with their route, Paldiski(EE) – Kapellskär(SE). Once the acquisition was complete, Mikael relocated to Estonia as Managing Director to integrate the activities to the DFDS Group and grow commercially within the freight and passenger services. Mikael had a short stopover in Dieppe(FR) to support the local organization before he took his current position in The Netherland, as MD in DFDS Seaways B.V. and Route Director NL-UK since 2015.

He is currently responsible for the Ro-Ro activities between NL and UK on their 3 routes (Rotterdam-Felixstowe, Rotterdam – Immingham, Ijmuiden – Newcastle) as well as for the Terminal and the Agency operations in Rotterdam.

Before joining DFDS he had been working for ABB (Automation and power technology) and Wawemaker(Media agency) both in their Danish setup, Aarhus and Copenhagen respectively.

Mikael also holds a Master Degree in Economics from Aarhus University.

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Andries Leusink

Andries Leusink

Vice President, Sales and Marketing JDE