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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

Eric Wesselman

Partner, Head of Digital Transformation Advisory KPMG in the Netherlands

Eric is a partner at KPMG and responsible for our Digital Transformation Advisory practice in the Netherlands. Eric supports our clients with the innovation of their business models, the digital transformation of their organization and the supporting processes. He supports our clients in designing their Digital Strategy and IT Strategy, executing their digital journey management and the orchestrating their digital enabling ecosystems. Cloud, IoT, Data & Analytics, Mobile Apps, Blockchain, Robotics are amongst the technologies Eric and his team apply to help our clients to digitally transform and future proof their business.
Eric has experience in multiple sectors, a.o. oil & gas, utility companies, telecommunications, retail, central government, manufacturing (including high tech). Eric is a regular keynote speaker on tech-conferences and publishes on tech-related topics in offline and online media.

Eric Wesselman

Partner, Head of Digital Transformation Advisory
KPMG in the Netherlands

Bent Hansen

Partner & EVP Sales at Mantec International AB

Partner & EVP Sales at Mantec International AB, a Nordic based consultancy, assisting customers in the Nordics as well as abroad, improving their operational performance and profitability.

Bent has more than 20 years of management experience in various companies, ranging from service companies, food processing, aqua culture, logistics, ware housing and search & selection Bent 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, Bent have developed a very broad network amongst top executives, as well as board members all over Europe. 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.

Bent Hansen

Partner & EVP Sales at
Mantec International AB

Isabelle Ryckbost

Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) since 1/08/2013. Before taking up this function, Isabelle has been working as Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and Senior Advisor of ESPO for four years.
She studied Law (University of Namur and KULeuven) and European Law (UCL Louvain). Before joining EFIP, she worked in EU Public Affairs for almost 20 years. After a short period at the European Commission (DG Agriculture), she worked in an EU Public Affairs consultancy. In 1994 she started working in the European Parliament, as a political assistant and bBetween 1999 and 2009 she was the political assistant of Dirk Sterckx, where she was mainly active in transport and port-related fields. She is co-author of the handbook “Zo Werkt Europa” (1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2010).

Isabelle Ryckbost

Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

Luca Marini

Commercial Director, Direct Ferries

Luca is a Commercial Director and Board Member at Direct Ferries, the world’s largest passenger ferry online booking platform with >200 million website visits last year. Based in London, Direct Ferries today partners with over 250 ferry operators across the globe (>3,000 routes) to support their growth and help them achieve their strategic objectives.

Prior to this, Luca was Trading Director at Dafiti (Latin America’s largest online fashion destination) and a Consultant at global management consulting firm Bain & Company.

Luca holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Luca Marini

Commercial Director, Direct Ferries

Pierre-Antoine Villanova

Managing director of CORSICA linea

Pierre-Antoine Villanova began his career as engineer at Puritek A/S in 1993.
He then occupied several functions in the domains of the environment and the recycling, by evolving in particular at Suez Environnement, where he managed several subsidiaries on various continents. He is Managing director of CORSICA linea since 2016.

Pierre-Antoine Villanova

Managing director of CORSICA linea

Achille Onorato

CEO Moby Line

Mr. Achille Onorato, the eldest son of Vincenzo Onorato, represents a fifth generation ship – owner. He graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan. He later received his Master always Bocconi in Logistics and Transport Infrastructure. Even before his degree, he already participates actively in the business of the company, working on board of the ship fleet of the family alternately to studies from the age of 13 years old until the end of university, spending on board a total of more than 3 years. He then later started to work in the commercial area of the group and then became the Hospitality and on Board Services Director of the company Moby SpA.
On January 2012 he became the CEO of the company Toremar, first public shipping company that was privatized in Italy, achieving a radical revolution and innovation of the company. Mr. Achille Onorato has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Moby and Tirrenia – CIN since 2015 and he has also served as the sole director of both companies from its formation until its conversation into a joint stock company and the subsequent appointment of the Board of Directors.

On July 2015 Mr. Achille Onorato has become the Vice Executive Chairman of Moby SpA and subsequently on April, 2016 he became the Chief Executive Officer and in the same time he still keeps the position of Vice Executive Chairman of the company. In addition to the Ship - owner's family tradition, just like his father, he has also the passion for sailing on regattas.

Summary of Current Position in the Company:
* Moby CEO and Vice Executive Chairman
* Member of the BoD of Tirrenia – CIN
* Executive Member of the BoD of Toremar
* BoD Member of San Cataldo
* Chairman of Agemar and Renzo Conti sr

Achille Onorato

CEO of Moby Line

Dietmar Zutt, Head of Sales MAN Energy Solutions.

Head of Sales MAN Energy Solutions.

Biography coming soon!

Dietmar Zutt

Head of Sales MAN Energy Solutions.

Cor Radings

Director MTI Network

Former journalist Cor Radings (1963) is a senior partner in MTI Network, the largest crisis media management network committed to serving the shipping, energy, offshore and transportation industries. After a career in news media Radings worked as a director of communications in the maritime industry before joining MTI Network in 2001. As a senior partner in the worldwide Network he provides reputation protection services advising clients in the field of strategic media management during many high-profile emergencies in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Apart from providing the 24/7 media response services Radings is a senior trainer in the MTI Network program conducting training for all levels of management from entry level media awareness training to advanced television courses.

Cor Radings

Director and senior partner MTI Networks. Media training international.