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Ger van Langen

CEO of Wagenborg Passenger Services

Ger van Langen is CEO of Wagenborg Passenger Services. Responsible for this division of Royal Wagenborg Group from The Netherlands, he leads the ferry services to the Dutch islands Ameland and Schiermonnikoog. He has been working on the development of several new ferry services around the world.

Prior to joining Wagenborg, Ger van Langen was Director Nautical Department for the Province of Zee-land. In this capacity, he was responsible for ferry services across the Western Scheldt Estuary. He has also served a decade as sr. navigation officer on several cruiselines and has over 30 yrs of managerial experience in the cruise and ferry sector.

Van Langen holds a Master Mariner’s degree from the Merchant Marine Academy in Flushing and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ger sits on a range of consultive bodies on tourism and leisure at the provincial and national levels

Ger van Langen

CEO of Wagenborg Passenger Service

Peder Gellert Pedersen

EVP DFDS Group

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.

Peder Gellert Pedersen

EVP of DFDS Group

Johan Röstin

EVP DFDS Group

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!

Johan Röstin

CEO of HH FERRIES GROUP

Tanja Georg

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.

Tanja Georg

AVP Maritime Industries, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Frankfurt

Per Ove Kviteberg

CEO of Adonis AS

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.

Per Ove Kviteberg

CEO of Adonis AS

Björn Boström

CEO at Port of Ystad

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.

Björn Boström

CEO at Port of Ystad

Victor Velton

President at Versonix Corporation

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.

Victor Velton

President at Versonix Corporation

Michael Guldmann Petersen

SVP Route Management & Operations

Michael Guldmann Petersen joined Scandlines in 2017 as SVP Route Management & Operations. He has since then had the overall responsibility for operations and maintenance at sea, port and terminals. He is based in Rødby, Denmark.

Michael Guldmann Petersen came from a position as Port, Rail & Marine Manager for an iron mine in Sierra Leone, where his main task was to build an organisation with local labour to operate the port and railway and to reconstruct the company.

Prior to this, Michael Guldmann Petersen held various positions in the maritime business such as Operations Manager and General Manager in the Netherlands, Nigeria and Italy. In Denmark, Michael Guldmann Petersen has worked for the shipping companies Maersk, TORM and Norden.

Michael Guldmann Petersen is born in 1967. He holds a master’s license from Copenhagen and has completed various management courses

Michael Guldmann Petersen

SVP Route Management & Operations

Björn Blomqvist

CEO of the Eckerö Group

Björn Blomqvist was appointed CEO of the Eckerö Group in May 2004. Before joining Eckerö he worked for the airline company SAS and the industrial group Munters. Mr Blomqvist holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki. He has studied and worked in Finland, Sweden and Germany.

In addition to his work heading the Eckerö Group, Mr Blomqvist is also active in the boards of the Finnish Shipowners’ Association and the Swedish Maritime Employers’ Association as well as in the board of the marine insurer Alandia.

Mr Blomqvist lives in Mariehamn, Aaland Islands, with his wife and two children.

The Eckerö Group is active in ferry, roro and cruise shipping in the Baltic under the brands Eckerö Linjen, Eckerö Line, Eckerö Shipping and Birka Cruises. Group turnover in 2017 was 233 M€ and number of employees 1140.

Björn Blomqvist

CEO of Eckerö Group

Robbie Drummond

CEO Calmac

Robbie Drummond is Managing Director for CalMac Ferries Limited and Executive Board Director for the David MacBrayne Group, a customer focused and multiple award winning ferries and port operations business with 1,700 employees and revenues in excess of £210m.

Robbie has a keen interest in supporting business, particularly community based, and is Chair of Stramash (an outdoor social enterprise business) and he is a Member of the SCDI’s Highlands and Islands Committee

Robbie Drummond

CEO of Calmac Ferries Limited