SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS

 

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Markku Mylly • European Maritime Safety Agency

Mr. Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping 1973. He attended Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of Applied Science, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in maritime studies and qualifying as an Officer and Master Mariner in 1980. He sailed on Finnish ships until 1987 when he joined the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA).

Mr Mylly held various positions in the FMA between 1987 and 2009. He started as a pilot and then became project manager for vessel traffic service development in the Archipelago Sea. In 1993, he became director of the Bothnian Gulf Maritime District and he moved in 1999 to the FMA headquarters and became head of the traffic department, before becoming Director General in April 2004. He served in this position until the end of 2009 when a merger of Finnish transport agencies took place.

From 2010 to 2012 Mr Mylly acted as a Managing Director and CEO of the Finnish Port Association and in this capacity he represented Finnish Ports in various ESPO committees.
 
Mr Mylly gained significant experience in cooperation projects in various European countries. He was responsible manager in several EU twinning projects assisting beneficiary countries to develop modern and efficient maritime administration and preparation maritime legislation to meet the EU requirements. He acted as project leader in a number of VTMIS and environmental projects in Bulgaria, Croatia and Estonia from 2003 to 2010.
 
He was appointed to the position of Executive Director of EMSA in 2012.

 

 

 

Brent Perry • Plan B Energy Storage

Brent Perry is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the marine industry in regards to practical use of energy storage in commercial applications. His 30-year history in shipbuilding and deep knowledge of large-scale energy systems give him a unique perspective on the industry. An accomplished, engaging and passionate speaker, Mr. Perry resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoys sailing with his wife and three children.

Mr. Perry was recently appointed Special Adviser to the Chinese Government for Energy Policy.

 

 

David Rowan • WIRED UK

David Rowan is Editor-at-large and founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED's UK edition. He's taken 120 flights in the past year to investigate the companies and entrepreneurs changing our world, recently spending time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other disruptive startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen. His recent keynote talks have included events for banks, governments and Fortune 100 companies, and recent stage interviews have ranged from will.i.am to James Murdoch and David Cameron.

David has been a columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Guardian. At WIRED he has extended the brand into conferences, apps, and a consulting business. He is co-founder of FlowJourneys.com, taking amazing people for weekend adventures in the world's most extraordinary locations. And he is still searching for the future.

 

 

John Wright • WrightWay

John is the Managing Director of WrightWay, which has delivered training and consultancy services worldwide since 1996. Clients are mainly from the marine and oil & gas industries but the company has also worked for organisations in the pharmaceutical and construction sectors. John and his team's specialist areas are human element, leadership & management (HELM) training, workforce involvement, safety and business culture change, risk assessment and accident investigation. These skills are used to support organisations in their quest for safe, accident free working environments and the pursuit of business excellence, these two aims being seamlessly joined.

 

 

 

SPEAKERS and MODERATORS

 

Neil Baird • Baird Maritime, Australia

Neil Baird worked in commercial fishing in Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania then security analysis, financial journalism and public relations. In 1978, with his wife and business partner Rose, he launched the maritime publishing business Baird Publications.

Simultaneously with creating, raising and educating three sons, the business was expanded globally to encompass as many as six monthly magazines, numerous books and regular trade exhibitions and conferences held in eight countries. Neil served as an office bearer in a number of maritime industry associations and marine environmental organisations. He is currently chairman of the World Ocean Council.

Neil semi-retired in 2013 and commenced doctoral study in 2015.

 

Matteo Catani • GNV, Italy

Matteo Catani is the Chief Executive Officer of GNV, a leading Ferry Company in the western Mediterranean Sea.

Prior to this he served as Director of Sales and Business Development (2014 - 2016), leading sales, marketing and development activities, as Strategy and Business Development Manager (2011 - 2014) heading planning, forecasting, pricing and revenue management as well as Business Planning and Analysis Manager (2007 - 2010). He had previously held different business planning related positions within the Danone Group (2004 - 2007) a multinational company leader in the food-and-beverage Industry.

Matteo holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Genoa and an MBA from The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, US, Illinois.

 

Bob Clifford • Incat, Australia

Robert Clifford is Chairman of Incat Tasmania. As a young man Robert took up fishing before developing a river cruise business which suddenly became Hobart's commuter service carrying millions of passengers following the Tasman bridge collapse. Five decades later the Incat Tasmania shipbuilding facilities cater for larger and faster vessels. Early production was a range of small passenger craft, later vehicle carrying wave piercing catamarans, and now Incat vessels operate around the world in commercial and military service.

For greater economy today Incat puts the low displacement of light weight ships to good use by installing less power while still achieving high speeds. The latest delivery is an 85 metre passenger and vehicle ferry for service with Sado Kisen in Japan. Late in 2014 a 70 metre fast crew boat was delivered to Caspian Marine Services to ferry workers to the oil and gas fields, replacing helicopter transfers. In 2013 Incat delivered the world's first dual fuel fast Ro-Ro, powered by LNG as its primary fuel for service between Argentina and Uruguay. Often dubbed the pioneer of the high speed industry, Robert Clifford holds an honorary doctorate in Engineering.

 

 

Mark Collins • BC Ferries, Canada

Mark Collins is a senior marine executive, having held leadership positions with BC Ferries for 11 years before becoming President & CEO. He was BC Ferries' Vice President, Engineering from 2004-2012 and Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement from 2014-2017. His 35 years of marine experience also includes being President of Rolls Royce Marine Brazil and Rolls Royce Marine Italy, as well as several years in marine engineering on oil tankers, bulk carriers and container vessels. He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Transport and Logistics from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Marine Geography from Saint Mary's University and a Diploma of Mechanical (Marine) Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Born in Newfoundland, Mark understands the importance of a reliable ferry service to people's lives, and to the social and economic health of B.C.'s coastal communities.

 

Sean Collins • MBNA Thames Clipper, UK

Collins has been at the helm of MBNA Thames Clippers (MBNA TC) since the inception of the business in 1999. At that time they operated one boat with a capacity of just 62, served three piers and employed two crew.

Today they have an annual turnover of over £20 million and employ almost 340 people. The business operates 19 vessels – including Mercury and Jupiter that entered service in the summer. With a capacity of 2,801 MBNA TC carries over four million people each year. The business is the leading force behind delivering the Mayor of London's River Action Plan to achieve 12 million journeys on the River Thames by 2020. As well as commuter and visitor services throughout London, MBNA TC also offers corporate hire and express services.

Under Collins' leadership, the business has attracted external investment including AEG whoacquired a majority shareholding in 2006, and a commercial partnership with MBNA in 2014. With a keen focus on training and development, Collins has instilled a people-first vision. The majority of Captains have worked their way up through the business. As a result, MBNA TC is multiaward winning including recognised as Best Marine Business to Work For (2015) and Best Training and Development (2014) by the British Marine Federation, Ferry Operator of the Year (2016) at the National Transport Awards and Employer of the Year (2017) at the London Transport Awards.

Collins began his career aged 16 in 1984 when he was apprenticed to the Company of Watermen and Lighterman and is a third-generation Waterman. This includes serving as a Waterman to HM The Queen since 2008. During his career on the Thames Collins has worked as a Captain on passenger vessels and tugs.

Collins also serves on the board of Interferry.

 

Mike Corrigan • Interferry, Canada

Mike Corrigan is CEO of Interferry, the trade association that represents the worldwide ferry industry. Mike's focus leading Interferry is to ensure that it continues to be the voice of the worldwide ferry industry in matters of safety and operational best practices, is the industry's voice with regulatory agencies such as IMO, and that the trade association's value continues to grow for existing and new members.

Mike brings to his position of CEO of Interferry extensive executive experience in the ferry industry, most recently as the CEO of BC Ferries, one of the world's largest ferry operators. During Mike's tenure with BC Ferries, the company became recognized as a world leader in safety and operational excellence, set record earnings levels, invested $2 Billion in ships and terminals, and established itself as an employee-centric company earning top employer recognition.

Mike has an MBA from the University of Victoria. Prior to his business career, he played professional hockey in the Detroit Red Wings organization. He resides in Victoria, Canada with his wife Shari.

 

Helen Cripps • Edith Cowan University, Australia

Dr. Helen Cripps' primary passion is for industry based research across multiple sectors including maritime, retail, electronic health, print media, tourism and more recently, social media. . Helen has had a long association with the marine industry dating back to 2005 as part of her doctoral research. Her research has focused on the marine and defence sectors in Western Australia. She has also conducted marine related research in Croatia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA, completing a number of research projects for government and industry clients. Her research sits at the nexus of online media, technology adoption and innovation, as she draws on her large network of government, industry and academic contacts, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Cripps' current research is focused on the impact of word of mouth through social media on brands. Using text mining, sentiment analysis and image analysis she is investigating the impact of online conversations on brand value and customer perceptions. Her industry insights have are valued and make her a sought after speaker outside of academia, both nationally and internationally. Prior to academia Helen undertook economic analysis and policy development for the Western Australian Government, coordinated Community Development for the City of Vincent and managed Business Relationships for Edith Cowan University. When she is not using social media to "eavesdrop" on customer conversations online Helen can be found riding her mountain bike in picturesque locations in Europe and Australia.

 

Martin Dorchester • David MacBrayne Ltd., UK

Martin Dorchester is the Group Chief Executive of David MacBrayne Ltd. which incorporates: CalMac Ferries, Argyll Ferries and the joint venture company Solent Gateway Ltd. Prior to Martin taking up this role, he ran his own consultancy business with clients ranging from large private sector businesses to smaller third sector organisations. He has operated as Managing Director and CEO for a number of companies including Dixons B2B business, which he managed through a major refinancing and the market collapse in 2008. Martin is a supporter of social and community business and chaired Firstport Ltd, a start-up funding organisation for social enterprises and entrepreneurs. Martin is also a non-executive director at Traveline Scotland and The Sailor's Orphan Society of Scotland. Martin is a keen academic and believer in lifelong learning. He was a visiting lecturer at Kingston University, Greenwich University and the University of East London.

 

Bernard Dwyer • Spirit of Tasmania, Australia

Bernard has been a Director with the Tourism Industry Council since April 2007. He is currently the CEO of Spirit of Tasmania and was appointed to the position in November 2014. Bernard has been a director of TT-Line since 2010 when he was appointed as a non-executive director. He is also a director of the Brand Tasmania Council.

Bernard has significant experience in the Tasmanian tourism sector, working for the previous 14 years in various senior management positions with the Federal Group, including nearly nine years as its Director of Tourism. During his tenure at Federal Group, Bernard oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Group's tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand.

His extensive expertise, particularly in the areas of tourism, finance, information technology and marketing, was achieved and enhanced via positions he held at Federal Group, KPMG, Trust Bank Tasmania and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 

Petri Ebeling • Carus, Finland

Petri joined Carus in 2015 as the Chief Technology Officer. Petri is responsible for Carus Products, Technology and the Project Management Office.

Prior to Carus Petri has a long career in developing business critical IT systems for energy market operators in the international energy market touching all aspects of the market from market facilitating clearing, settlement and spot market operations to the customer centric processes of sales, marketing, customer service and invoicing.

Petri has extensive experience in both the strategic and operational roles of a software company. His passion is to combine deep understanding of the customer's business domain with software and technology. He holds a Masterís degree in Information and Computer Science.

 

 

Kevin George • Red Funnel, UK

Kevin George joined Red Funnel in January 2014. Red Funnel has provided an essential lifeline ferry link between the U.K. Mainland and the Isle of Wight for over 156 years. Today the service is operated by 3 roll on-roll off vehicle ferries and three high speed passenger catamarans. In 2016 Red Funnel carried over 870,000 vehicles and 3.4m passenger.

Prior to joining Red Funnel, Kevin held senior executive management positions in the airline industry including British Airways and as the CEO of Monarch Airlines.

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

In December 2015, Kevin was appointed Chairman of Discover Ferries, the industry body that promotes ferry travel for all the UK operators, who collectively carry over 39m passengers a year across 75 routes. He is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, a Business Director of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair of Governors of the Isle of Wight Studio School.

 

Mike Grainger • Liferaft Systems Australia, Australia

Mike Grainger was appointed Chairman of Interferry in October 2012.

Mike is Chairman of the Board of TT-Line Company. TT-Line is the Tasmanian Government owned operator of the "Spirit of Tasmania" passenger, vehicle and freight vessel ferry service between Tasmania and mainland Australia. Mike was appointed to the TT-Line Company Board of Directors in 2005 and elected Chairman in February 2012. He is also Chairman of the Vessel Replacement and Procurement Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.

He is the Managing Director of Liferaft Systems Australia (LSA). LSA is a privately owned company established in 1993 and is recognized as one of the world leaders in the supply of Marine Evacuation Systems (MES) and large capacity liferafts. LSA provide MES, technical and regulatory assistance to the majority of international passenger and vehicle ferry operators and is also a supplier of MES to various global defence forces including the USA, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, French, Singapore and New Zealand Navies. LSA have dedicated technical and sales offices in North America and Europe, along with affiliated service facilities in 26 countries. Global exports make up for 95% of turnover.

In 2002 Mike was elected a member of the Det Norske Veritas International Ferry Committee. This committee is active in improving and implementing regulations, in particular for ferry safety, working with various marine organisations including ferry organization Interferry and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the aim to enhance international safety standards.

 

Paul Griffin • Marine Atlantic Inc., Canada

Paul Griffin is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Atlantic Inc, a Canadian Government owned ferry Corporation connecting the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador with mainland Canada. Marine Atlantic operates a fleet of four large ice class ferries from three ports and has approximately 1,400 employees. The Corporation annually transports approximately 325,000 passengers, 125,000 passenger vehicles and 100,000 commercial units.

In 2009, Paul joined Marine Atlantic in a newly created position as Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Affairs to help strengthen the strategic decision-making function of the Corporation's service. He was promoted to President and CEO in December 2011.

Paul has over 20 years of progressive management experience in small, medium and large organizations in the technology and transportation sectors. Prior to joining Marine Atlantic, he was President of Rutter Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Canadian publicly traded company.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a member of the Operators Policy Committee of Interferry and the Industry Advisory Committee of Memorial University's Marine Institute. He has been an active member of several industry associations including holding board positions with the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and the Newfoundland Aerospace and Defence Association. 

 

Marcus Högblom • ABB, Finland

Marcus Högblom is heading the Passenger ship segment of ABB Marine & Ports, the leading supplier of electric propulsion systems for merchant vessels. Joining ABB Propulsion product business unit in 2009, Mr Högblom has been working with building ABB successful track record for electrical propulsion starting with Azipod propulsion but now also extending to cover next generation integrated solutions for power convection, automatization, digitalization, energy storage and service offering.

An experienced marine professional with a long experience in management, business development, project management, sales and marketing and. Mr Högblom holds a degree of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Helsinki Institute of applied sciences.
Prior to joining ABB Marcus had a 14 year long carrier in the field of fire safety with Marioff Corporation and United Technologies where he held various positions the most recent as General Manager for the Marine and Offshore unit.

 

Philippe Holthof • Shippax, Belgium

Philippe was born the son of a master mariner who commanded ferries of the Ostend-Dover Line. This accounting for an early interest in the maritime industry in general and ferries in particular, Philippe soon started to collect data and with his first pocket money took up travelling on ferries all over Europe to study the ships, their operators and ports.
After completing an education in (maritime) logistics management, he embarked on a career as a freelance author and started to write for Shippax in the mid-nineties. The work for Shippax has seen Philippe travelling on a wide variety of ferries and interviewing many decision makers in the industry. This culminated in Philippe being appointed senior advisor at Shippax and, more recently, also taking up the position of editor-in-chief.

A member of the DNV GL Ferry Committee, Philippe is also a guest lecturer at the Thomas More Institute in Mechelen, Belgium, for a bachelor's degree course in tourism.

 

Simon Johnson • Shipshape Consulting, UK

Simon is a senior executive with extensive international experience acquired primarily in the Travel & Tourism and Shipping sectors in public and private ownership. He left his role as Passenger Services Director at P&O Ferries in 2013, established YS Comms Ltd and created Shipshape Consulting, a boutique executive consultancy network focusing on customer facing businesses with a specialism in travel, tourism, retailing and passenger shipping.

He is a subject matter expert in brand development, customer management, omni-channel marketing, onboard retailing and the development of yield & pricing architecture.
He has a successful track record in leading and managing change through people in highly competitive markets where the battle for customer attention impacts on every aspect of the business and has extensive experience in business transformation. He is well versed in representing business externally with Government and other sector institutions.

Simon is a Director of the Institute of Travel & Tourism and past Chairman of the UK Passenger Shipping Association, Marketing Director of London Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of Stena Line Holidays.

 

Alan Klanac • Jadrolinija, Croatia

Alan Klanac is president of the management board and CEO of Jadrolinija, largest Croatian ferry operator with a fleet of 50 ships, more than 1700 employees, which annually transports 11 million passengers and 2.6 million vehicles. Prior to his current position, for five years he was a general manager and a co-founder of a consultancy company.

Alan Klanac graduated in 2002 as a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from the University of Rijeka, Croatia. Thereafter he moved to Finland and obtained a doctoral degree at the Aalto University in 2011. Between 2002 and 2009 he worked there also as a researcher.

Alan is experienced in company management, project management, ship design, optimization and risk analysis. He lectures in the fields of structural optimization and ship structures. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and conferences and has a rich experience in EU-funded projects. He is a member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) and a board member of Interferry.

 

Suzanne MacKillop • Pressreader, Canada

As the Director, Global Business Development at PressReader, Susanne MacKillop is an expert in digital publishing and distribution.

Technology has changed how we live, and how we engage with each other. Susanne sees the industry as a whole and believes in building strategic partnerships to improve it. She collaborated with the cruise industry to lead the development of PressReader's satellite-enabled offline service, giving passengers access to digital content at sea. Now she helps drive the publishing industry forward by merging it with new technology and introducing it to new audiences.

 

Antonios Maniadakis • Minoan Lines, Greece

Mr Antonios Maniadakis is a Senior Shipping Executive, Managing Director of Minoan Lines S.A. & executive member of the company's BoD.

Following his Higher National Diploma as Master of First Class from the Hellenic Merchant Marine Academy, he graduated from the University of Plymouth (UK) with a Master of Science (MSc) in International Shipping.

He was also the Head for the new ship-buildings which commenced in the middle of the 1990s, an enormous investment amounted to 900 million USD. He had the responsibility, together with a competent team, of the planning, supervision and construction of ten, modern and luxurious high-speed vessels, including among others H/S/Fs Knossos Palace, Festos Palace, Olympia Palace and Europa Palace of the group's fleet.

He has been characterized as the "Modernizer of the Greek Coastal Shipping" and he has been voted "Top Manager of the year in the field of Greek Coastal Shipping" for 2006 and 2007 by distinguished Greek shipping portals, while he was among the "Top Leaders in Greece" for 2011 according to the prestigious newspaper "TA NEA".

 

 

Jamie Marshall • BC Ferries, Canada

Captain Jamie Marshall is Vice President, Fleet Operations BC Ferries, responsible for the leadership and management of 35 vessels and fleet personnel on 25 routes throughout coastal British Columbia. Jamie's responsibilities also encompass the Safety & Health department; Training department; and the Operations & Security Centre.

Prior to joining BC Ferries in 1990, Jamie served nine years as an Officer with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served as Chief Officer and Master on various routes and vessels in the BC Ferries fleet before proceeding ashore as Operational Safety Superintendent; Marine Superintendent of the South Coast region; and Vice President, Safety, Security & Environment. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters Certificate of Competency. Jamie serves on several Boards including as Chair of the Canadian Ferry Association; Canadian Coast Guard's Pacific Marine Advisory Board; and the Chamber of Shipping's Western Marine Community Coalition.

 

Christophe Mathieu • Brittany Ferries, France

Christophe Mathieu was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brittany Ferries in April 2016. He has worked with Brittany Ferries since 1992 in various roles including work in the Finance, Operation, Marketing and Revenue Management Departments, Group Business Controller, Strategic Development Director, Group Strategy & Commercial Director and Member of the Executive Board.

Christophe has a Master in Management Science from Paris I University, and has completed the International Executive Program through INSEAD.

Christophe has been an Interferry Board Member since 2010. His is married with two children. His interests include digital transformation, ferries, motorbikes, jogging and Roger Federer.

 

 

Paul Melles • Rederij Doeksen, Netherlands

Paul Melles graduated in 1980 in marine engineering from Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, the largest of the Dutch Maritime Universities of Applied Sciences. After several years at sea working on board merchant vessels as a marine engineer he switched to a shore based career in 1987.

In 1987 he joined Rederij Doeksen as Head Technical Department and later on in 1999 as Technical Director with the holding company Doeksen Transport Group. In this capacity he was responsible for the technical and operational management and supervised the construction and refits of numerous vessels as senior project manager.

Already in 2000 he looked into the possibilities of using LNG as propulsion fuel for future ferry designs. Something for which he remained committed to when he became Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen in 2001. As a Managing Director he introduced several new efficient catamaran ferry designs and was responsible for securing a 15 year public service contract after a period of severe competition.

Rederij Doeksen is a part of the holding company Royal Doeksen BV. Rederij Doeksen has approx. 145 employees (115 fte) and catering company TSM Horeca BV has 55 employees (42 fte), distributed over the locations Terschelling, Vlieland and Harlingen. Annually the company transports approx. 736,000 passengers across the Wadden Sea on their fleet of car ferries, fast catamarans and one cargo catamaran. In 2014 a public service contract was granted to Doeksen for 15 years by the ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

 

Panos Mitrou • Lloyd's Register, Greece

Panos Mitrou is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer NTUA, holding an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Business School. He is currently employed as a Technology & Innovation Manager for Lloyd's Register Marine & Offshore, South Europe. He focuses  on uptake of technology, forthcoming legislation, innovation and compliance challenges. During his seven year service with Lloyd's Register Piraeus Technical Support Office, he had been dealing with series of statutory and other reviews.

He has supported and lead the implementation of several pieces of new legislation ranging from Ballast Water management to the latest Energy management related requirements. He has also been deeply involved in MARPOL and the Chemical codes matters. He has represented Lloyd's Register in a number of international forums, research and other projects developed within the TEN-T and other EU frameworks. He is currently involved in the roll out and materialisation of special projects like Poseidon Med and elemed.

 

 

Morgan Mooney • Fire Island Ferries, US

As the third female captain at my family's company, Fire Island Ferries, I assist in providing safe passage to over one million passengers annually. This year was my fourteenth summer as a crewmember, seventh as a captain, and third as the Social Media Director for both ferries and water taxis. This past January I presented at the Passenger Vessel Association's Conference to dispel the myths associated with my generation, the millennials, and explain how the maritime industry can involve the next generation.

 

Tim Mooney • Fire Island Ferries, US

Moderator

Tim Mooney is president of Fire Island Ferries, Fire Island Water Taxi and Fire Island Terminal, responsible for providing ferry, water taxi, freight and parking services originating from their Long Island, New York facility and servicing the communities of Fire Island, a 32 mile-long barrier beach. With a fleet of 25 vessels they provide transportation and related services to over 1 million passengers a year. Tim has a BS/BA from Nichols College in economics and computer science and started his career in the computer industry. He spent 25 years working with IBM, Wang Laboratories and Parametric Technology Corporation. In 2003 Tim left the computer industry to join his father to help run Fire Island Ferries. Since joining his father, he and his staff have worked to implement many new systems in support of websites, ticketing, freight billing, parking and advertising creating numerous incremental ridership and revenue opportunities for the organization.

 

 

Paolo Moretti • ACR/RINA, Italy

Paolo Moretti holds the current position of Chief Commercial Officer of the Marine & Transport Business Solution. He is responsible, among other, for the cruise ships, yachting and naval sectors and in charge of the marine research and development activities.

He graduated in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Genova in 1996 and joined the Classification Department of RINA in 1997.

From 1999 to 2006 he was assigned to the supervision of several cargo vessels and cruise ships in Far East and Europe, gaining a significant on field experience in the marine sector.

Head of the Pleasure Craft Product Line from 2006 to 2011, he was in charge of all the operational and technical activities relevant to mega yachts and recreational crafts.

 

 

Stefan Mueller • MTU, Germany

Stefan Mueller studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and graduated as Dipl. Ing. He joined MTU Friedrichshafen in November 1989 starting as a numerical engineer developing mechanical simulation software and using it for calculation of the dynamic behaviour of propulsion plants under various load cases. In 1996 he was made responsible for a team of engineers dealing with "vibrations of drive-trains".

In April of 2002 he took the responsibility of the department of "New Technologies / Design Studies". Since April of 2006 he is Director of the "Application Center Marine & Offshore" at MTU Friedrichshafen.

 

 

Germán Orozco • Ultramar, Mexico

Germán Orozco Sarro is originally from Mexico City and has been devoted to Cancun, Mexico for more than 30 years. He has built Ultramar, the largest passenger ferry company in Mexico, and Aquaworld, the best water sports marina of its kind in the world.

He is a graduate in business administration with a specialty in marketing and sales from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

German arrived in Cancun, Quintana Roo in 1985, where on waking up the day after his arrival and opening the curtains of his room, he fell in love with the turquoise blue of the sea, a blue color that can only be found in the Mexican Caribbean and it was at that moment when he decided to do something great in that paradise.

German has learned in my life is that "…vision without execution, is an illusion. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

 

 

Spiros Paschalis • Attica Group, Greece

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.

 

Jan Helge Pile • Colorline, Norway

Jan Helge Pile has been with Color Line since February 2007. Jan Helge is managing director of Color Line Marine A/S, which is Color Line's marine & technical division. His area of responsibility includes marine operations for the Color Line fleet as well as projects and new-building management for the group.

His professional background includes 5 years as Technical Director for Norwegian ferry operator Tide Sjø A/S, as well nearly 15 years with Royal Caribbean International in miscellaneous shore based and seagoing positions. Among these he was an Assistant Project Director for newbuilding projects in Europe, and he served in seagoing positions such as Chief Officer and Staff Captain on their vessels.

 

Johan Roos • Interferry, Belgium

Johan Roos is the Executive Director of EU and IMO Affairs for Interferry based in Brussels. Previously he was Director of Sustainability with Stena Rederi AB. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In the year 2000, Johan left DNV to join Stena Line, the ferry operator, to develop environmental management systems internally. From 2006-2011 he was in charge of sustainability issues for all of Stena's shipping activities. Johan works in close relation with the European Community Shipowners Association and the International Chamber of Shipping and represents INTERFERRY at the International Maritime Organization.

 

Patrick Rossi • DNVGL, Germany

Patrick Rossi is currently the Maritime Cyber Security Service Manager for DNV GL Maritime. He is responsible for product development strategy for cyber security, including e-learning solutions for staff and crew as well as cyber security apps for management. Prior to DNV GL, he served in various roles in aerospace and software quality assurance, including Technical Director for the development of software solutions used in measuring and controlling the quality of software manufacturing.

Patrick is the main author of the latest recommended practice DNVGL-RP-0496 "Cyber security resilience management for ships and mobile offshore units in operation" Patrick Rossi is also a senior Integrated Software Dependent Systems (ISDS) approval engineer and part of the DNV GL team that has developed ISDS and has published a paper on the consideration of software alongside of hardware failure modes to help the industry perform more holistic system FMECAs. Patrick received his Engineering degree in Automated production engineering in the Montreal ETS Engineering school and his Masters in Cybernetics from the Paris EPF Engineering school.

 

Marco Ryan • Wärtsilä, Finland

Marco Ryan is an experienced digital transformation leader, that joined Wärtsilä as Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Board in Q4/2016. He has a solid international track record in creating and implementing digital transformation strategies in both consumer and B-2-B businesses, with work experience in the UK, USA, Middle East, Asia and Europe. Prior to Wärtsilä, his career has included positions as Chief Digital Officer at Thomas Cook Group plc in Europe, Partner & Managing Director at Accenture Interactive (ASEAN) in Singapore, and Senior Vice President, Group Head of eCommerce and Innovation at Premier Farnell Plc in the UK. He writes, lectures and mentors on Digital Transformation, as well as being a published author, writing on both digital transformation, and his other passion, photography.

 

Patti Schom-Moffatt • PSM Ventures, Canada

Patti Schom-Moffatt is the Principal and Chief Strategist of PSM Ventures, an independent communications, marketing and reputation management consultancy. Patti returned to independent consulting in June 2015, following a 33-year career as owner and operator of the largest Public Relations firm in British Columbia, and the acquisition of her company by Edelman, the largest PR firm in the world. Patti is currently the communications consultant for Interferry, provides communications support to BC Ferries, and works with major brands in energy and transportation infrastructure projects in British Columbia, where she currently resides. Patti holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and her ICD.D designation.

Patti uses her communications skills and experience to help clients understand the need to link their communications tactics to an overall strategy designed to build the reputation of their company, and to match the way they communicate to the way their audience receives information. With two-thirds of adults getting their news on social media, and social media now equivalent to a customer service hotline, Patti works with clients to develop content strategies to position their organization or project on social media and build trust in their brand.

 

Steve Scraper • Speedcast, USA

For over 25 years, Steve Scraper has developed and launched new products and services for the maritime industry, driving revenue and enhancing the experiences of passengers and crew. These innovative services take advantage of reliable satellite connectivity to increase the capabilities of an always on, always connected service. Steve started at Norwegian Cruise Line, where he was the Director of Onboard Revenue, followed by 12 years at Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN) as the VP of Business and Product Development. There, his team built and launched many new services, including capabilities such as: voice calling services, internet cafes, cellular service, IPTV and Special Events, Live TV, direct deposit for crew payroll, onboard ATM service, casino cash advances, streaming content to personal devices, and other services that have directly affected and improved ship operations, revenue and satisfaction.

In March, Steve began working at Speedcast as Product Director for Cruise and Ferry and is collaborating with other leaders within the company to bring new and exciting services to Cruise, Ferry and the greater maritime industry.

Steve has an MBA from the University of South Carolina and resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with his wife Janet.

 

Juan Sieiro • Ultramar, Mexico

Juan Manuel Sieiro Feraud is Ship Consultant with Ultramar Ferry.

He is also a marine and shipbuilding consultant, advising shipowners and operators on new vessel design, construction, project managment and procurement of materials. He also involved with strategic planning, bench marking and development of new routes and model business as well as advisories on life cycle calculations, cost of ownership, performance prediction and selection of the complete power train components such as engines, gears and propulsion systems.

Previously he worked with Panama Canal Authority (former Panama Canal Comission) for 14 years starting as a Marine machinist. Prior to that he worked with TESA (Transporte y Equipo SA) as Product Support Manager for Marine applications, Service Manager, Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Dealer Developer and eventually Commercial Vice President.

Juan graduated from Panama Canal Colleague & Panama Canal Apprentice School with an Associate's degree in Technology/Marine Machinist, Marine. He is a member of the Panama Canal Ship Yard Safety Council Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá.

 

Ole Siversten • Global Eagle, USA

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.

 

David Sopta • Jadrolinija, Croatia

David Sopta is president of the management board of Jadrolinija, Croatia's largest passenger shipping company with a 100 year long tradition. He graduated as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rijeka, Croatia and has finished Postgraduate study from the Faculty of Economics and Business Zagreb, Croatia. Prior to Jadrolinija, he was Manager of International Affairs at Real Group. During his professional career David was Deputy Minister in Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Board Member inside "Croatia osiguranje" group, Croatian largest insurance company. Through his career he gained experience in management of foreign investments and capital projects. Furthermore, David has a large experience in business development and corporate management with high sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.

 


Andrew Steele • SilverRail, UK

Andrew Steele is Director of Corporate Strategy at SilverRail and has 20 years experience working as an expert in digital technology and the passenger transport ticketing industry. Back in 1999 he was a member of the engineering team who built thetrainline.com whilst working at Capgemini, where he worked as a consultant technologist in software engineering roles throughout the software development lifecycle. He has worked on passenger information, journey planning and mobility retail solutions with a long list of customers including National Rail Enquiries, C2C, Traveline, and cities including Manchester, Perth, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

At SilverRail he has focused on Product Management and Strategy to help customers use software to improve the traveller's customer experience, of planning, searching, shopping, buying and travelling on public transport. Recently, he has helped Expedia sell their first rail ticket, helped Transport for West Midlands role out their mobility-as-a-service pilot and helped Chiltern Railways to pilot seamless mobility through Ticket Free travel. He tweets at @SilverRailJP.

 

Sokrates Tolgos • MAN, Germany

Born in 1966 in Greece, Sokrates Tolgos received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1993. Having specialized during his studies in the field of aircraft propulsion and turbomachinery he started his professional career at BMW Rolls-Royce AeroEngines as an R&D engineer in gasturbine aerodynamics. There he took part in the development of the BR710 and BR715 aircraft engines.

From 1998 he worked with the Sulzer Group in various positions as a contract manager for industrial turbomachinery projects and as a marine sales engineer. In 2003 he joined MAN B&W Diesel AG (today MAN Diesel & Turbo SE), where he developed the company's new market segment of gas-burning marine propulsion engines for application in liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. Since 2009 he has been assigned worldwide sales responsibility for all passenger vessel applications (Cruise & Ferry business).

 

Mike Wake • Austal, Australia

Mike Wake studied Naval Architecture, qualifying in 1975 form the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked intially with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the time when they were making the transition from building tankers (slipway-launched 250,000 tonners) to the "through-deck cruisers" Illustrius and Ark Royal (politically they were not allowed to be called aircraft carriers). This was followed by a time as a writer with "The Motor Ship" magazine before becoming editor of the journals of the Royal Intitution of Naval Architects, including "The Naval Architect", "Warship Technology", "Small Craft", "Ship and Boat" and "Shiprepair and Conversion Technology".

Mike started working with Austal in 1994 at the time when the company was planning to enter the fast car ferry market. He has worked on numerous fast ferry projects ranging from small 20m catamarans to 128m trimarans. He is a shareholder in the company and is a roaming international representative.

 

Alan Warburton • Pharos Data, UK

Alan co-founded Pharos in 1992 and has since been dedicated to applying Information Technology (IT) to the travel industry and passenger ferry sector.

As Managing Director, he established Pharos as a provider of B2B reservations and distribution services with a focus in the early years on the Western European ferry and rail sectors. Within these sectors, he has actively promoted and contributed to the development of online trading networks utilising internet technology, collaborating with ferry operators, ferry agents and the TTI.

As leader of Pharos he has proved innovative in services and products for ecommerce distribution.
Under his guidance, recent activities in multimodal travel have shown how ferry reservations may be combined with flight or rail on a regional and global scale by taking advantage of travel networks. In addition Pharos became a consortium partner in a European Union H2020 research project in multimodal travel, the results of which will soon be made available for commercial exploitation.

Alan represents Pharos at the UK Discover Ferries Association and Travel Technology Initiative (TTI).
He is a Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (IoD). He also represents Pharos as an associate member of the German International Ferry Association (Verband der Fährschifffahrt und Fährtouristik e.V. – VFF)

Prior to Pharos, his career consisted of regional and international marketing management in various IT organisations, notably with Logica in the Nordic area and a division of Control Data in the Mediterranean.

 

 

Roberta Weisbrod • Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, US

Roberta Weisbrod, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association, an outgrowth of the Interferry-IMO Ferry Safety project. She is also the Principal of Sustainable Ports, consultancy engaged in ferry transport planning. Dr. Weisbrod has been chair of the U.S. TRB Ferry Committee as well as chair of the U.S. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Ferry and Marine Highway panel, and guest edited the organization's mt (marine technology) magazine issue about ferries (The Changing Ferry: Accelerating Innovation).

The Worldwide Ferry Safety Association (WFSA) which Roberta Weisbrod leads with Len Roueche, Stuart Ballantyne, Tom Fox, John Waterhouse and Nurur Rahman, sponsors an international student design competition now in its fifth iteration and convenes the Ferry Safety and Technology conference, with the fourth annual conference currently in planning. WFSA also commissions research on emerging issues – such as the role of insurance in spurring ferry safety. In addition WFSA catalyzes special projects such as mobile e-learning and 3 D printed ferry monitors. Dr. Weisbrod is author or co-author of many relevant published papers on ferry safety and technology.1

Roberta Weisbrod was awarded lifetime membership in Interferry for her efficacious efforts in the Interferry IMO Ferry Safety project.

 

Andreas Witschel • Schottel, Germany

Andreas Witschel is a dedicated sales expert who is characterized by his extensive experience and enormous knowledge of the propulsion market. In recent years, he has held several management positions within the SCHOTTEL sales organization. The SCHOTTEL Group, with its headquarter in Spay/Germany, productions sites in Dörth/Germany, Wismar/Germany and Suzhou/China, a world-wide network of own service and sales subsidiaries is one of the world's leading manufacturers of propulsion and steering systems for ships and offshore applications. Andreas Witschel was heading the sales department for thrusters up to 1,000hp, the SCHOTTEL Application Center and later on the Sales Competence Center. Most recently, he was appointed Sales Director of the newly installed segment "Cruise, Ferry & Yachts".

After having graduated in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on turbo machinery and prior to joining SCHOTTEL in 2000, Andreas Witschel held various sales manager positions in internationally operating companies in machinery and plant engineering.

 

Marija Zaputovic • Jadrolinija, Croatia

Marija Zaputovic is communications manager and spokesperson of Jadrolinija, Croatia's ferry operator with a fleet of 50 ships, more than 1700 employees, which annually transports 11 million passengers and 3 million vehicles. Prior to this position, for six years she worked as communications manager both in corporative and agency sector. This professional experience enabled her to acquire knowledge in public relations in different industries, from pharmaceutical, oil&gas, fashion, sports to shipping industry. Marija has extensive experience in development and implementation of communication plans, strategic communication, media relations and event organization. Marija completed her MSc in business and later a postgraduate specialist program in marketing management at the University of Rijeka.