Speakers and Moderators

Speakers and Moderators 2018-05-17T18:06:26+00:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM)

TOPIC

NATO operations, security priorities and concerns

SESSION

TBD

Commander (sg) Ben Lofstad, RNoN

Born in 1960 Commander Lofstad grew up outside Oslo, Norway where the proximity of the Oslo Fjord from early on pointed him towards a maritime profession. He graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1988 and embarked on a career as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer . He has a total of 10 years at-sea service in Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) Fast Patrol Boats, Frigates and Coast Guard Cutters. Operations areas primarily the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, Barents Sea and North Atlantic.

Following and in-between sea-duty CDR Lofstad spent a period in the RNoN Training Establishment as an instructor, before moving on to the Navy Staff where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Norwegian Task Group operational concept. This included periods embarked in RNoN and Allied command ships as Chief of Staff. CDR Lofstad also spent two years as a project officer supporting the RNoN Logistic Service in the procurement of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. In 2012 he moved on to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for to the naval contribution to the 2016 Defence White Paper.

CDR Lofstad completed the Defence Staff College in 2003 and the Defence Staff College Executive Course in 2013.

CDR Lofstad has since 2016 had the position as Director of the NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood HQ outside London. He resides there with his spouse and grown-up children commuting to and from Norway.

During his contribution as keynote speaker at the 2018 Interferry Conference CDR Lofstad intends to touch upon following topics:

  • MARCOM and the NATO Shipping Centre mission and functionality
  • The Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Doctrine
  • NATO/MARCOM Security Priorities and Concerns
  • NATO Operation Sea Guardian as an example of a Maritime Security Operation.

Speaker Details

POSITION

President and CEO

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

TOPIC

World-class Environmental Stewardship

SESSION

TBD

Robin Silvester

Mr. Silvester was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2009, bringing to the position extensive international experience in both the port and property sectors. Prior to joining the port authority, Mr. Silvester served as Chief Executive for the property and facilities management business, United Group Services ANZ in Australia.

Mr. Silvester spent a significant portion of his career serving in senior roles internationally with P&O Ports. As Chief Development Officer, Mr. Silvester led the company’s strategy and global acquisition program, including the businesses that became P&O Ports Canada. Having completed that acquisition, in 2003 Mr. Silvester was appointed the first President and Chief Executive Officer of P&O Ports Canada, based in Vancouver.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

CSO Alliance – Maritime

TOPIC

Global Maritime Security

SESSION

TBD

Mark Sutcliffe

After six years in the British Army with the Royal Hussars (PWO), Mr. Sutcliffe spent two years working on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol starting off as a tally clerk. He spent the next 22 years evenly spread working between blue chip companies, Gearbulk, GAC and Wilh Wilhelmsen where he was invited to join the board of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carries in Southampton.

CSO Alliance was formed to support Company Security Officers facing the dynamic and global threats from piracy and maritime crime. This inspired Airbus to sponsor the development of the Maritime Cyber Alliance (MCA) with it anonymous crime reporting tools. The MCA is now partnering with the industry supported Maritime CERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team) in Singapore. This is designed to support Maritime Company Information Security Officers and their management deal with the global and rapidly evolving cyber threats. Our industry has to learn to report all crime, in real time and work as one, with result that this drives ‘Security though Community’.