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Lars completed his education in 1991 at the Fredericia-Middelfart Commercial School and completed his shipping education at Julius Mortensen Shipping A/S in Denmark. Lars is married, has three boys and enjoys travelling, sports and skiing.
VP Business Unit of DFDS Business Unit Mediterranean
Group Head of Communications at P&O Ferries
CEO of ForSea AB
SVP Corporate Communications, Landbased HR, Sustainability for Viking Line Abp
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
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.
CEO of Irish Sea operator Seatruck Ferries
He is the 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.
Being part of the passenger shipping industry as from 1996, he has a 23 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.
CEO Attica Group
He started his career in ferry shipping as a booking agent for TT Line and Euroway and Silja Line. After study time he was sales director for a leading forwarding company in the Scandinavian and Continental trade. He was over five years responsible for new business and services of the German FRS Group.
Currently Philip works additional as key account manager for intralogistic solutions and automated vehicles.
He has a bachelor in Business Adminstration and Bachelor Professional of Transport Management. He is member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Eastern Europe Committee.
Jan Philip Eckmann
Ferry Journalist and Consultant
Managing Director and Chairman of Liknoss Group
New Business Development Manager, Attica Group
Area manager Booking.com
Area Manager Partner Services Booking.com
Mr. Porfyris is a Civil Engineer in the field of design and construction of infrastructure projects, renewable energy projects and especially photovoltaic systems and sustainable development activities.
CEO of Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A.
Age: 58 years
Family: Married to Anette for thirty years. Two children, Daniel and Anna.
Leisure time: Is preferably devoted to being in Mollösund and the surrounding area, ideally on the water.
Background: Born and raisedin Mollösund on the Swedish westcoast. Went to sea at the age of 17, studied to sea captain and graduated in 1986. Worked as a mate for a number of years.
Responsible for the construction of new port facilities for Stena Line in 1994 and then responsible for all ports and terminals in Stena Line’s Scandinavian ports.
Continued as Route Director for several of Stena Line’s lines between 1998 and 2008 before becoming head of Stena Line’s Scandinavian Ship management.
In 2009 he became CEO of SOL North Europe Service and in 2014 group Managing Director of Svenska Orient Linien AB.
He has also been a member of the Swedish Shipowners’ Association’s board since 2010, and chairman from 2016 to 2019.
CEO Wallenius Sol Lines
Managing Director of the Port of Helsingborg, transforming the port to adept to digitalisation, automation and to address environmental challenges.
20 years’ experience in the port and logistics business at companies link Toyota Motor Europe, Copenhagen Malmö Port and Capespan international.
Studied Logistics at the HZ university of applied sciences and the University of Ghent.
Managing Director of the Port of Helsingborg
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. He has been consultant for the Dutch government for vari-ous ferry projects in the Netherlands. Ger sits on a range of consultive bodies on tourism and leisure at provincial and national levels he is also Secretary of the National Education Body for Ferry Crew
Ger van Langen
Managing Director Wagenborg
In his role, Nicklas is responsible for bringing the best possible solution to each application and each customer, today and in the future. Nicklas has a background in international technology companies where he has engaged with top management on their most important challenges, from strategy through product development to operations. Nicklas has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University, Sweden.
Cavotec is a global engineering group that provides solutions that connect mobile equipment – such as ships or airplanes – to fixed infrastructure and utilities. In the Ports & Maritime industry, Cavotec offers innovative automation and electrification technologies such as automated mooring, shore power, crane electrification, and connection and charging systems.
As the global leader for many solutions, Cavotec supports its customers through the full product lifecycle, from new product development through operations to end of life.
In everything it does, Cavotec works to create a cleaner, safer, and more efficient world by providing tomorrow’s solutions already today.
Product Manager for Cavotec’s MoorMaster™
The company was established in 1917, and has activities in shipbuilding, ship design, systems and services. Trond’s education is in finances and business administration.
Trond Skodjevåg Bø
Sales Manager ULSTEIN VERFT AS
Business Development Manager of Sefine Shipyard
He has held various technical positions in the navy until 2007, when he started his career in Rolls-Royce Marine as VP Business Development. From 2007 his focus has been on environmental friendly propulsion solutions. Stein Ruben started in Norwegian Electric System in 2015, and has been part of the company’s transformation towards being the world leading supplier of electric/hybrid propulsion systems.
Foto: Trude Brun Wilhelmsen
Stein Ruben Larsen
SVP Sales, Norwegian Electric Systems
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.
CEO at Port of Ystad
Finn has been stationed in numerous countries, including Spain, Singapore and Italy. After the Italian posting, Finn and a colleague started their own marine design and consultancy, Marine Technologies. In 2003, this was merged with one of the Danish marine industry’s most renowned and respected companies, 1937-founded KNUD E. HANSEN.
Finn became Managing Director of the merged group and since then the well-travelled, “old sailor” has thrived in the company's very international atmosphere.
Managing Director KNUD E. HANSEN