SPEAKERS and MODERATORS

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

DNV, Norway

TOPIC

Batteries and Hybrids Solution for Maritime

SESSION

15

Jose Allona

Jose Allona, Naval Architect, by the “Highest Technical School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (ETSIN)”, of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (1974-1979). He has more than 40 years of professional experience in the Maritime and Offshore sector, both in the area of structural design, as well as in the inspection and project management. His present position is Business Development Manager for Spain, as Senior Principal Surveyor of DNV.

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Baleària, Spain

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 2

SESSION

23

Georges Bassoul

Bio to come.

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L.E.K., UK

TOPIC

The European Ferry Market and Prospects for Recovery

SESSION

7

Becrom Basu

Becrom Basu is a Partner in the Transport and Logistics practice at L.E.K. Consulting, based in London. He advises transport operators, governments, and investors on a broad range of commercial issues including strategic reviews, business planning, M&A, forecasting and regulatory support. Recently he has advised European ferry operators on strategic matters relating to post-pandemic planning, passenger forecasting, freight and pricing strategies and has assisted infrastructure funds to make significant investments in the ferry sector. Becrom is a graduate of University College London and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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KPFF Consulting Engineers, USA

TOPIC

Ferry Terminal Electrification Challenges

SESSION

14

Andrew Bennett

As a waterfront planner and project manager, Andy brings 34 years of experience in waterfront development, waterborne transportation planning, and integrated vessel/shore system design. His background in planning, management, design, and construction of ferry systems ranges from single vessel education/tour vessels to 15-vessel high-speed ferry systems. Responsibilities have included contract negotiation, schedule development, RFP preparation, capital and operating cost estimates, regulatory compliance, sensitivity studies, route planning, vessel acquisition, terminal planning, and system integration.

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Inmarsat, UK

TOPIC

Ferry Connectivity Study

SESSION

7

Peter Broadhurst

Peter started his career at Inmarsat in 2014 as Vice President of Service Delivery for the Maritime business unit, where he was responsible for leading the development of products and services from conception and implementation, through to launch and life cycle management. Peter was instrumental in the launch of Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband service Fleet Xpress launched in March 2016.

With over 25 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Peter began his career at sea as a Radio Officer, before running his own business and working for a maritime distributor. Peter then spent 15 years with Sea Tel Inc., / Cobham SATCOM as Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he was responsible for overseeing and managing global sales, support, marketing, training and product management.

Peter has a HND Electronics, Marine Radio General Certificate, Radar and Marine Navigation Aids accreditation from Wray Castle Merchant Navy School, and holds an Open University, BSc (Hons) First Class degree on Radio Frequency Systems.

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DFDS, Denmark

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 1

SESSION

12

Torben Carlsen

Torben Carlsen (54) was appointed President & CEO of Danish Ferry & Transport Group DFDS from 1 May 2019. He joined the company in 2009 as CFO and was, among other things, responsible for DFDS’ acquisition of Ferry and Transport Group Norfolkline in 2010 as well as other acquisitions, digitisation of DFDS and major change projects. Torben has a broad and international managerial background, with leading positions in Switzerland and the USA, primarily within the airline industry. In addition to this comes experience from private equity. He holds an MSc in Finance and various board positions in the finance and shipping industries.

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World Maritime University, Sweden

TOPIC

Human Factors Integration into Systems Design and Operations

SESSION

21

Dr. Maria Carrera

Dr. Maria Carrera works as a Research Associate at the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden. She has a background in Psychology, in both clinical and industrial fields, and works in research projects with a focus on maritime human factors, wellbeing and safety.

Dr. Carrera began her career as a researcher at the Social Psychiatry Research Unit of Cantabria (World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, Spain) working on research projects granted by different private and public research institutions for over seven years; initially as a Predoctoral Fellow and as a Postdoctoral Researcher and clinical psychologist on a later stage. She also worked at the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands) as a postdoctoral researcher carrying out research about multicultural and mental health issues, and between 2015 – 2018 as a Senior Human Factors Specialist for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in the Strategic Research and Technology Policy Group (Southampton, UK). Prior to joining the WMU she was working as a freelance consultant and a research fellow of the Schumacher Institute in the field of maritime human factors, sociotechnical systems and systems thinking. She is a chartered member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF), and member of the Women International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA).

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Hornblower Group, USA

TOPIC

NYC Ferry Project

SESSION

6

Cameron Clark

A California Maritime Academy, graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon, Cameron has been involved with Hornblower’s business development and engineering projects over the past 17 years, including expansion of Hornblower’s hybrid-electric and zero emission fleet and its operations including Alcatraz Cruises, Niagara Cruises, Statue Cruises and NYC Ferry. Spearheading Hornblower’s entrance into software development Cameron assembled Hornblower Encore Studio to develop the industry’s leading SaaS tours & activities booking and operating platform. Today, as Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer Cameron works to ensure the growth and long-term success of the company and its portfolio of businesses. This includes development and expansion of our Ferry & Transit Services offerings and Land Based Experiences supporting both our existing water based and overnight cruise experiences. He and his team evaluate technological investments, diversified operations and strategic partners to build new and innovative offerings for Hornblower guests.

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BC Ferries, Canada

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 1 & Moderator Day 2

SESSION

12, 14, 15

Mark Collins

Mark Collins is a long time marine executive, having held leadership positions with
BC Ferries for 11 years before becoming President & CEO in 2017. He was BC Ferries’ Vice President, Engineering from 2004-2012 and Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement from 2014-2017. His 38 years of marine experience also includes serving as 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 on the ferry dependent island of 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. Mark’s vision is BC Ferries as a future-oriented enterprise that is trusted and valued by communities and customers. Under Mark’s leadership, BC Ferries is moving to connect communities and customers to the people and places that are important in their lives.

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Interferry, Canada

TOPIC

Opening Ceremonies, AGM, Closing Ceremonies

SESSION

1, 12, 16, 22, 23

Mike Corrigan

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.

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Wärtsilä, Italy

TOPIC

Decarbonising Maritime Will Take More Than Technology

SESSION

15

Stefano de Marco

Stefano de Marco is a MSc Electrical Automation Engineer, PMP certified, in Wärtsilä Italia since 1996. Employed in Production as 2-Stroke Process Development Manager, he continued the carrier in Production Planning Manager, then served as Marine Project Manager. In Sales business for more than a decade where he has covered the position of Country Manager Italy & Balkan Area, Global Sales Director for Pumps & Valves Business, Key Account Manager. Since July 2020 is representing Mediterranean and Atlantic Region for the Market Innovation and Globally for the Ferry Segment.

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Harter, Secrest & Emery, USA

TOPIC

Attracting Customers and Staying Safe: The Role of Intellectual Property and Data Protection

SESSION

10

Anne Downey

Anne F. Downey is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at the law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery (www.HSELaw.com). Anne represents a wide range of clients, from large multi-national companies to sole proprietors, including businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals. She assists clients with intellectual property matters and cyber issues, as well as advising business and nonprofit organizations on issues related to governance and operations. With more than 35 years of experience, and as a former business owner herself, Anne delivers thoughtful and practical legal advice in a timely, personable, and strategic manner. For many years she has authored the Cyber Law column in the Erie County Bar Association Bar Bulletin, and Anne regularly gives presentations on intellectual property and cyber issues. Anne received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University and her B.A., cum laude, from the University of California at San Diego.

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Cavotec, UK

TOPIC

Time to Take Charge: Maximising Efficiency with Automated Mooring and Charging Solutions

SESSION

15

Laurent Dupuis

Laurent Dupuis is VP Product Management ShorePower at Cavotec. In his role, Laurent, pilots the business strategy and the product roadmap for Cavotec’s ShorePower and e-vessels charging solutions.  

Laurent has over 15 years of experience in the electrical manufacturing industry with a diverse skillset in Innovation, Engineering, Marketing and Sales. He specializes in developing and delivering innovative, digital and energy efficient solutions to customers. 

Before his Product Manager role, Laurent served as Global Account Manager, Marine Segment Director and Technology & Innovation Director in a global and market leading electrical equipment manufacturer. 

He holds a M.Sc. degree in Innovation & Engineering from MINES ParisTech, France. 

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Rauma Marine Constructions

TOPIC

Sustainable Ferries

SESSION

9

Håkan Enlund

Håkan Enlund holds a Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics from the University of Oulu, Finland. His career started 1981 with the performance super yacht builder Baltic Yachts. Within the Hollming Group he was the key person in establishing the new Materials Technology Division, where he took on the management responsibility for the fairing hulls of the MIR I and II deep-sea submersible research vessels project.

Håkan has in his 40-year career in the Ferry and Shipbuilding Industry carried management responsibilities for car and passenger ferries as well as special vessels, front-end technology development and sales. He has dedicated a great deal of his professional time to link the Academia with the Shipbuilding and the Ferry Industry in particular.

He is one of the key executive persons in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy since the new shipbuilding company´s beginning in 2014. Håkan holds several positions of trust in the industry. He has served 12 years on the Interferry Board of Directors and is the chairman of the DNV Ferry Committee since 2003.

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ERZIA Maritime, Spain

TOPIC

ERZIA Santander Teleport

SESSION

4

Luis Garcia

Bio to come.

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

JG Maritime Solutions Ltd., UK

TOPIC

Sustainable Ferries

SESSION

20

John Garner

John has over forty-five years’ experience at sea and ashore and has spent over thirty years in the ferry industry, moving ashore in 1994 with Stena Line. John was Fleet Director of P & O Ferries Ltd, from 2004 -2019 and had full responsibility for all maritime aspects of the fleet. As founding director of JG Maritime Solutions Ltd, John has provided advice to three ferry newbuild projects, new business development projects as well as conducting the surveys of ten ferry operators for the Inmarsat report. John is a former Interferry Director, the current chair of the Interferry Regulatory Committee and provides regulatory liaison on behalf of Interferry in the LASH FIRE project. John is chair of Lloyds Register Technical Committee, a member of the Supervisory Board of the UK Chamber of Shipping, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Chartered Master Mariner, a Fellow of IMarEST and a Chartered Marine Technologist.

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Stena AB, Sweden

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 1

SESSION

13

Carl Hagman

Carl Hagman is the CEO for shipping activities within Stena AB and in this capacity serves as the chairman of Stena Line, Stena Bulk, Stena RoRo and other Stena group shipping-related companies.  Mr. Hagman (53) joined the Stena group in 2011.  He has spent his professional career in shipping, previously having held the positions of CEO in Höegh Autoliners AS in Oslo, Eukor Car Carriers Inc in Seoul and Wallenius Lines in Stockholm.  Mr. Hagman is a maritime lawyer by training with degrees from Lund and Oslo Universities.  He has spent several years as an officer in the Swedish Navy and has lived over half his life in Japan and Korea.

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Rhoé Urban Technologies, Greece

TOPIC

Current Direct Project: Battery Swapping for Ferries

SESSION

14

Yannis Kalenteridis

Yannis Kalenteridis is a Dipl. Civil Engineer committed to complex problem solving and highquality work that includes an emphasis on occupational safety, HVAC, financial engineering, and supply chain engineering. He received his education at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Diploma in Civil Engineering (M.Eng. in Civil Engineering). Throughout the university years, he immersed in obtaining further knowledge in different technology fields, economics, marketing, and management by actively participating in numerous academic and volunteering activities (e.g., BEST course on technology in Cluj-Napoca, EBEC engineering competition, volunteering in Thessaloniki’s science festival).

He is currently the Chief Finance Officer and a co-founder of Rhoé Urban Technologies. He oversees all finance operations, while constantly seeking growth prospects in the face of present technological trends and economic fluctuations. He has managed the cost estimation and impact assessment associated with numerous projects (e.g., an energy management database for the port of Thessaloniki, a cloud-hosted platform that helps municipal authorities issue and handle fines) and determined their financial viability. Moreover, he combines technical knowledge with sales skills to act as a contact for service demonstrations, client needs assessments and the development of technical specifications. Meanwhile, he is participating in cutting edge research activities regarding smoke control in atrium buildings and operation management of battery swapping systems.

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Ballard Power Systems, Germany

TOPIC

The Future of Zero-emission Marine Propulsion

SESSION

15

Mark Kammerer

Mark Kammerer Directs the Business Development and Sales activities of Ballard Power Systems for non-road motive applications in the EMEA region. He brings over 20 years of experience in the hydrogen energy sector, especially focused on PEM fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies. Mark joined Hydrogenics in Toronto after its initial public offering, where he managed the Global Sales Team and coordinated the company’s expansion in Europe. Mark has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering and currently resides in Germany.

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ABB Oy, Finland

TOPIC

Future Fuel Mix for Ferries: Where Does Hydrogen Fit In?

SESSION

15

Sami Kanerva

Sami Kanerva is a Senior Principal Engineer in the technology development at ABB Marine & Ports. He received the degree of Doctor in Science from Helsinki University of Technology in 2005 and since then has intensively worked on technology concepts for renewable energy and marine technology. Sami has conducted development of marine fuel cell solutions in ABB since 2017.

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Ticknovate

TOPIC

Attracting Tomorrows Customers & Monetising the Customer Booking Journey

SESSION

19

Yiannis Maglaras

A Software Engineer by background, Yiannis has worked in several IT sectors including Telecommunications, Tourism, Marketing, and Digital Production where he was involved in the delivery of digital solutions with immediate impact to the growth and scalability of the businesses.

Yiannis founded and ran the multi award-winning mobile apps agency Ubinow, which was acquired by Havas Work Club. In 2016, Yiannis co-founded Flexy, a temporary workers marketplace, that streamlines the process of finding the most suitable talent for a wide variety of temporary work placements by utilising data and machine learning algorithms. Flexy was acquired in 2019 by Impellam, a global provider of managed services and specialist staffing.

Yiannis is now running Ticknovate, the award-winning SaaS ticketing platform. Yiannis has been with Ticknovate from the very start where in a typical startup founder fashion, Yiannis has been wearing many hats from writing code to onboarding new customers and promoting the business.

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PressReader, Canada

TOPIC

Access to Digital Content is Sustainable and Profitable

SESSION

18

Nikolay Malyarov

Nothing gets past Nikolay, and in his position at PressReader (http://about.pressreader.com), that’s a good thing. His attention to detail and knowledge of the tech, travel, and publishing industries have helped turn PressReader into a profitable global business.

Since 2003, Nikolay has led the expansion of the world’s largest all-you-can-consume global digital content platform (www.pressreader.com) providing mobile access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines to consumers and travel brands looking for new ways to build meaningful relationships with real people.

His strategic vision and insightful commentary make him a popular speaker at industry events, where he shares how consumer-focused businesses can capitalize on innovative opportunities that others don’t see.

Nikolay is the Editor-in-Chief of The Insider magazine, Industry Partner of World Travel & Tourism Council (http://wttc.org), and also serves on the Management Board of FIPP (http://fipp.com), the network for global media.

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Brittany Ferries

TOPIC

TBA

SESSION

TBA

Christophe Mathieu

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 1 University, and has completed the International Executive Program through INSEAD. Christophe has been an Interferry Board Member since 2010.

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FRS/San Juan Clipper

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 2

SESSION

22

Morgan Mooney

After seventeen years of working in the maritime industry Morgan Mooney was asked to become the CEO of CNI Newco LLC and majority owner of the M/V San Juan Clipper in May 2021. The San Juan Clipper is a US flagship providing passenger service from Seattle, WA to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. Additionally, the vessel also offers half-day and full-day sea life and whale watching tours in the Puget Sound and Salish Sea. CNI Newco LLC is a partner of FRS/Clipper. Since becoming CEO, Morgan has gained knowledge in the local environmental concerns of the Puget Sound, whale watching regulations, and other administration duties.

Morgan gained her maritime experience at her family’s business, Fire Island Ferries, Inc. In addition to her CEO responsibilities for CNI Newco, she currently manages Fire Island Ferries’ various social media platforms as the Media Director, oversees insurance claims and policies, and is an active captain aboard the fleet’s passenger ferries.

She started at Fire Island Ferries as a seasonal, summer employee at age sixteen in 2004. After graduating from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in English Education in 2010, she worked for the company as an extended seasonal employee as she interviewed for other career opportunities. After Super Storm Sandy, in October 2012, Morgan became a full-time employee and an active member in the maritime industry through various associations (Passenger Vessel Association, Canadian Ferry Association and Interferry). Thanks to her Millennial presentation at the 2017 Maritrends conference, Morgan gained the experience and the personal connections that led to her newest position as CNI Newco CEO.

She is the acting co-chairperson of the Emerging Leaders Committee within the Passenger Vessel Association since 2019.

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Trasmed, Spain

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 2

SESSION

22

Ettore Morace

Ettore has a long history in the maritime shipping industry. He received his education at the Maritime College of Naples and he began his career with Alisur S.A., a shipping company based in Spain. Among other positions, he has also worked as Fast Ferry Manager of Flebasa, was Managing Director of all the shipping companies within the Rodriquez Group and in 1999 he co-founded Balearia, a shipping company based in Denia, Spain where he was Member of the Board and General Manager of Operations from January 2018 to April 2020.

He is currently the Managing Director of Trasmed GLE SL, a shipping company within the Grimaldi Group that is based in Valencia, Spain. He is also Managing Director and founder of Malta Shipbroker International Ltd, a brokerage company based in Malta.

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Condor Ferries

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 2

SESSION

22

John Napton

John Napton appointed CEO of Condor Ferries on 1 July 2021. Previously being with Brittany Ferries since 1990 in various roles including Finance and Operations, latterly being Director of Brittany Ferries UK & Ireland.

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Cavotec, Italy

TOPIC

Time to Take Charge: Maximising Efficiency with Automated Mooring and Charging Solutions

SESSION

14

Filippo Ninotti

Filippo Ninotti is the Product Manager for Cavotec’s Connection Technology. In his role, Filippo oversees ShorePower and charging solutions, as well as cranes electrification. He has over 10 years’ experience working hand in hand with ports and container terminals to develop innovative electrification & automation technologies that reduce emissions while improving their operational efficiency. He has strong engineering experience in mechanical, electrical and automation systems. Before his Product Manager role, Filippo served as Sales Manager, Sales Engineer and Project Engineer in various global industrial companies. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Milan, Italy.

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COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Steen Friis Design

TOPIC

Responsible Cabin Designs

SESSION

17

Anders Ørgård

Anders Ørgård is Chief Commercial Officer of OSK Group comprising OSK-ShipTech A/S and Steen Friis Design A/S, a leading Danish marine consultancy group specializing in innovative ferry designs and ship interiors.

He spends the majority of his time advising shipowners on Fleet Strategy, Concept Development and Technical Advisory on tender processes and negotiation of newbuilding projects.

Anders holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and is a specialist in the field of RoRo and RoPax ferries, innovative concept designs, passenger flow, and on-board experience economy.

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Ultramar, Mexico

TOPIC

Ferry Leaders Panel 2

SESSION

23

Mauricio Orozco

Mauricio Orozco, born 1963, is President of the Ultramar / Aquaworld Group in the state of Quintana Roo, México.

Upon graduation from Texas A&M University in 1986, as a Mechanical Engineer, he joined General Electric, where he specialized in the propulsion end of ships and submarines. Shortly after by mid 1989 he joined his brother Germán to be part of Aquaworld, where he become Vice President and was responsible for maintenance and operations of their fleet.

In 2001 Germán and Mauricio, wanted to expand their recreational water sports business Aquaworld, and in 2003 they started Ultramar, a passenger ferry corporation. Since then, Mauricio´s been a hands on person and has been involved in the design, construction and operation of their vessels. The fleet has grown from one monohull with a 350 passenger capacity to a fleet of 23 monohulls and catamarans all together, capable of transporting more than 7523 passengers in one seating

With more experience under their belts, Germán and Mauricio, in 2018, formed UltraCarga, an Ultramar subsidiary, which owns and operates RoRo Ferries, and currently provide service to two runs in the Yucatan Peninsula of México.

At the end of 2021, Mauricio, his nephews and nieces will start construction of Puerto Cancun Marina, which will host slips for approximately 120 vessels ranging from 45 to 130 feet, a fuel station, a convenience store, a restaurant and many amenities to the boat owners and crew. Additionally a dry stack marina will be built, which will be host for approximately 380 boats ranging from small personal water crafts to 40 ft vessels.

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City of Santander

TOPIC

Opening Ceremonies

SESSION

1

Gema Igual Ortiz

Gema Igual Ortiz is the Mayoress of Santander. She worked in private companies and was manager of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of Cantabria until her incorporation as councillor of Santander City Council in the areas of Tourism and Festivities in 2003.

She was Councillor for Tourism and Institutional Relations from 2007 until November 2016, when she became Mayor of Santander, becoming the first woman to hold this position, which she retained after winning the May 2019 elections.

Since December 2016 she has been a member of the Governing Board of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) and in September 2019 she was appointed deputy spokesperson of the Grupo Popular party in this body. She has held the vice-presidency of the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI) since February 2020.

She is a member of the Plenary of the National Commission of Local Administration (CNAL) and is the vice-president for Spain of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC). In December 2020 she was appointed representative of the Federation of Municipalities and Provinces in the Local Forum for the Spanish Urban Agenda.

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Attica Group

TOPIC

CEO Panel Day 2

SESSION

22

Spiros Paschalis

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 32 vessels in the Greek domestic market and on the Greece-Italy routes through the brands of SUPERFAST FERRIES, BLUE STAR FERRIES and HELLENIC SEAWAYS. He is also the General Manager of AFRICA MOROCCO LINK (AML) operating since June 2016 connecting Morocco and Spain. He is the VP of the Greek Passenger Shipping Association (SEEN) participating as an elected member of the board of directors since 2009. He is a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping representing the Passenger Shipping sector. He has 23 years of experience in the passenger shipping sector holding previously the position of Authorized Director and CEO of the well-recognized brands BLUE STAR FERRIES and SUPERFAST FERRIES respectively.

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Archipelago Philippine Ferries, Philippines

TOPIC

Human Factors Integration into Systems Design and Operations

SESSION

21

Mary Ann Pastrana

Mary Ann Ibuna Pastrana is the EVP-Treasurer of APFC, owner and operator of the Fastcat fleet and CAPP Industries Inc., a bulk material trader. She is also the President of Archipelago Philippine Seafarers Training Institute, a maritime training center to educate, train and upgrade the skills of seafarers, Scorpio Transport and Manning Services, an overseas manning agency, By The Sea Hotels, a chain of budget rooms/dormtel, I Want Clean Inc., a cleaning company and Victoria Nature Park, an agri-eco farm with a farmers field school.

Ms. Pastrana has a post-graduate diploma in Executive Maritime Management from the World Maritime University, is currently enrolled in Masters in Maritime Education & Training at the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy of the Philippines, Vice President of Women In Maritime Philippines, wife of a Board Member of Interferry, Board Member of Entrepreneurs Organization Philippines. Sits in the advisory council of Philippine National Police Maritime Group and the World Ferry Safety Association. She serves her parish as lector and commentator. An avid traveller, reader, wife to Christopher Pastrana, mother to four adult children and a new Grandma.

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Austal, UK

TOPIC

Greener Solutions for High Speed Ferries

SESSION

8

Luke Pretlove

Luke Pretlove (Austal) is a naval architect with over 16 years’ experience in high speed ferry design and aluminium shipbuilding. He is based in the UK, and is a senior member of Austal’s R&D department, which is focused on decarbonisation, advanced hull forms, motion control, manufacturing efficiency, autonomy and data science.

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Interferry, Sweden

TOPIC

Regulatory Update

SESSION

13

Johan Roos

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.

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Washington State Ferries, USA

TOPIC

CEO Panel – Day 1

SESSION

12

Patty Rubstello

Patty Rubstello serves as the head of the largest ferry system in North America. With 30 years at the Washington State Department of Transportation, Patty oversees a fleet of 21 vessels and ten routes which normally serve around 24-million customers a year. Commuters in the Seattle area and tourists and locals in isolated island communities all depend on the economic lifeline the system provides. Patty’s experience in design, construction, planning, traffic operations and tolling help ensure this critical marine highway continues to serve the people of Washington State. Patty is also a licensed civil engineer, and a member of Women in Transportation (WTS).

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Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE), Spain

TOPIC

Spanish Ferry Market

SESSION

13

Elena Seco

Mrs. Elena Seco joined the Spanish Shipowners’ Association (ANAVE) in 1996 and has taken different positions on the Association until her nomination as Director General in August 2020. Mrs. Seco holds a M.Sc. (1995) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Advanced Studies.

Currently she is also Assistant Professor of Shipping Economics and Shipping Law at Madrid Polytechnic University.

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Jadrolinija, Croatia

TOPIC

CEO Panel Day 1

SESSION

12

David Sopta

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 and has finished Postgraduate study from the Faculty of Economics and Business. Prior to Jadrolinija, he was Manager of International Affairs at international marketing agency. During his professional career David was Deputy Minister in Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was also Board Member of the 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.

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Shortsea Promotion Centre Spain (SPC Spain), Spain

TOPIC

Shortsea Shipping

SESSION

13

Pilar Tejo

Pilar has been Technical Director for SPC-S since 2011. She is a Naval Architect from UPM and Master in Shipping from l.M.E.-UPC. She has developed her professional career in the field of transport and logistics, carrying out various management positions both in the field of public administration and in the prívate sphere. As expert in port areas, logistics and maritime transport, Pilar has led many projects on port strategies, development of Port Logistic Activity Zones, analysis and strategies in intermodal and maritime transport, especially in Short Sea Shipping lines.

Pilar teaches postgraduate courses, is a speaker at various forums, and is a member of several professional groups in the field of transportation and engineering.

Speaker Details

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Regent, USA

TOPIC

Seagliders – Battery Powered Flying Ferries

SESSION

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Billy Thalheimer

Billy founded REGENT after years spent as an aerospace program manager, business development leader, and multidisciplinary aerospace engineer. During his time at Aurora Flight Sciences, Billy was responsible for developing new programs in vehicle design and technology maturation to support Boeing’s portfolio of future air mobility solutions. He additionally led technical program execution, financial management, and strategy for electric aircraft programs; and worked as an air vehicle conceptual design engineer, leading design and performance modeling for Boeing’s electric air taxi vehicle.

Billy holds a BS and MS from MIT’s aerospace engineering program where he satisfied his passion for the water as a varsity sailor. Today, Billy spends his free time competing as an aerobatic pilot and participating in student STEM outreach events.

Speaker Details

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

HFW, UK

TOPIC

Compliance: Mitigating Exposure to the Rise in Cybercrime Events

SESSION

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Claire Womersley

Claire is a leading practitioner in crisis management response and is currently managing high profile and complex litigation on a number of matters for the travel and container shipping sectors that have attracted significant media attention and associated reputational risks. As a Master Mariner who spent nine years at sea navigating large passenger vessels and ro-ro ferries, Claire brings a wealth of insight, knowledge and ‘hands on’ experience to the cases she has the conduct of.

In addition to her case work, Claire is an active participant in various industry forums supporting the travel industries such as Interferry, CLIA, the UK Chamber of Shipping and the Mission to Seafarers, she is also a champion for diversity and inclusion including most recently supporting the Aspiring Solicitors Group in their International Women’s Day event.