Speakers 2018

Philippe HOLTHOF

Lead moderator and Senior Advisor & Editor-in-Chief Shippax

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.


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Frederik ERDMANN

Co-moderator and contributing correspondent Shippax

Frederik Erdmann has been a correspondent to Shippax since 1996 and professionally been involved with shipping since 1999 when he joined the German port agency network, Sartori & Berger, for a vocational training programme. After his graduation as Shipbroker & Liner Agent and subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik held various positions with Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working for the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the German coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei, in January 2015. Alongside this position, he continues contributing to shipping publications in the UK, Sweden, Greece and Germany as a correspondent, and he also teaches prospective nautical officers as visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences.

As his hobbies, Frederik lists his membership in the voluntary fire service of his home village, along with gardening and motorcycling. Additionally, he also privately has a great passion for ferry shipping, in particular for the history of Greek operators and their ships between the 1960s and 1990s. Frederik is married and lives in Rügge near Flensburg (Germany).

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Director of Vessels Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited

Jim was appointed Director of Vessels in April 2016. Jim has over 30 years’ experience in the maritime industry; working in senior management roles for shipbuilders, ship owners, design consultants and for a ship management company.

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CEO European Seaways

Ioannis (John) Arkoumanis is currently the CEO of European Seaways.

John Graduated from Leicester University (MBA in Maritime Management) and is a Member of ICS (London).

Being a family business gave the opportunity to John to obtain experience both onboard the ferries but also on all the departments of the Company before obtaining the current position.

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Managing Director Eniram

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Janette BELL

CEO P&O Ferries

Janette was appointed as CEO of P&O Ferries in January 2018, one year after she became the Managing Director of P&O Ferries. Janette joined the business five years ago as the Commercial Director responsible for the freight, tourist, and on-board business streams. Janette also has responsibility for strategy and new business development.

Janette is an extremely experienced Board Director, having had broad exposure to a range of industries and high profile brands.

Previously Janette was Sales & Marketing Director for Hammerson plc, the British property development and investment company.  Janette has also worked in senior strategy and marketing positions at Centrica, where she became Director of Sales & Growth for British Gas Retail. She was Principal Associate in the marketing and customer management practice of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and began her career as a graduate trainee at Tesco, rising to become a Senior Buying Controller in their grocery division.

Janette has a degree in Biochemistry and an MBA.

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Anders BORG

Former Swedish minister of finance and member of the board Stena International

Leading economic policy maker as long-serving Minister of Finance in Sweden and president of the Ecofin Council. Former advisor to the Finnish Government, the Governor of the Riksbank and to the then Prime Minister Carl Bildt.

Serving as a Member of the Board of Directors at Stena International and as advisor to a number of Swedish companies. Participating in International expert panel for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Senior advisor to IPsoft, a US Tech-company, delivering cutting edge AI-solutions.

Experience from the board of directors of a number of companies, including Kinnevik, Millicom and Bima.

Experience from senior positions in investment banking from Citi Group, SEB, ABN Amro, Alfred Berg and as Chair of the Global Financial System Initiative at the World Economic Forum.

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CEO Interferry

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.      

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Bernard DWYER

CEO Spirit of Tasmania

Bernard Dwyer is currently the CEO of Spirit of Tasmania and was appointed to the position in November 2014. He has been a director of TT-Line since 2010 when he was appointed as a non-executive director. He i 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 this tenure at Federal Group, Bernard oversaw the development of the Saffire property on the east coast and assisted in developing the Federal Groups's tourism portfolio under the nationally awarded Pure Tasmania brand. He held positions at Federal Group, KPMG, Trust Bank Tasmania and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he developed his extensive expertise in tourism, finance, information technology and marketing.

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EVP, Sales and Marketing Rauma Marine Constructions

Håkan Enlund graduated as M.Sc. (Applied Mechanics) from the University of Oulu, Faculty of Technology. His career started 1981 with the performance 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. Mr. Enlund has in his 35 year carrier in the Shipbuilding Industry, carried management responsibilities for car and passenger ferries as well as special vessel technology development and sales.  He is one of the key executive persons in Rauma Marine Constructions Oy since the new shipbuilding company’s beginning in 2014. Mr Enlund holds positions of trust as board member of Interferry, chairman of the DNV-GL Ferry Committee and advisory board member of the Aalto University, Research Centre of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations.

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Surveyor, ISM; MarSec & MLC Auditor Machinery Systems & Marine Products DNV GL SE.

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President and CEO Marine Atlantic Inc

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. In 2009, Paul joined Marine Atlantic in a newly created position as Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Affairs. 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 transportations sectors. 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.

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Dr. Emanuele GRIMALDI

Grimaldi Group

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CEO Processkontroll

Born in a shipyard on the Swedish island Orust, Ingemar Gustavsson is brought up within spitting distance of the sea. Therefore it is not surprising that he is interested in the shipyard and shipping industry. 

Ingemar Gustavsson has been the CEO of Processkontroll Elektriska since it was founded in 2001. In 2012 it was acquired by the VINCI group, the biggest construction company in the world, and the company is today often seen under the VINCI brand name Actemium, well-known all over Europe. Starting in January 2017 Actemium will have a brand new business unit under the name Actemium OPS.

In his speech Ingemar Gustavsson will tell the story of how the company became the leader in Scandinavia when it comes to shore connections. He will specifically focus on the latest invention - all-in-one solution where a HVSC or LVSC plant is put in a movable container that can be used in any port. The advantages are obvious: less noise, less pollution and - not the least - less costs.

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Kristian Eikeland HOLMEFJORD

Technical Specialist - Product Introduction Rolls-Royce Marine

Kristian Eikeland Holmefjord has a Master’s degree in Electrical and Environmental Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with a specialization in power conversion. He is currently the Technical Specialist in Product Introduction for the Product Systems department in Rolls-Royce Marine, where he focuses on delivering the most efficient power and propulsion designs unified with the innovations in digital operation products. He has previous experience within ship designs and power converter development.

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Vice President of Global Sales ABB Marine & Ports
Marcus Högblom is Vice President of Global Sales in ABB Marine & Ports. In his current position Marcus leads Passenger and Ice business segment.
Through his carrier Marcus has held various positions in Sales Business development and Project Management. Before joining ABB in 2009 Marcus worked for Marioff Corp succeeding in fire safety industry.
Marcus holds MSc degree in Naval Architect, Machine & Automation.

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Managing Director / CEO Multi Maritime

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Pirate hunter, Swedish Air Force helicopter pilot, Nordic Noir novelist

Lt. Colonel Robert Karjel brings a highly unusual skill set to the podium—pirate hunter, Swedish Air Force helicopter pilot, and successful Nordic Noir novelist.
Using his exceptional storytelling abilities, Robert Karjel inspires organizations to conquer new tasks, despite external and internal problems and individual self-doubt or even fear. He shows how the "impossible" can be broken down into manageable parts, to keep high-stakes projects on track and on time.
In 2010, Lt. Col. Karjel commanded a helicopter squadron fighting pirates off the coast of Somalia. Skeptics said he would never succeed, given low morale after a series of deadly helicopter accidents. Karjel’s mission achieved a complete turnaround. His naval task force averted more than one hundred pirate attacks, while escorting critical UN deliveries of food and medicine to millions of Somalis.

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President and CEO Color Line

Mr Kleivdal held a number of executive positions in Color Line AS and was appointed President & CEO in 2001. His previous experience includes senior management positions within Kværner AS, Swede Ship AB and as shipbroker at P.F.Bassøe AS. Mr. Kleivdal has attended the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (OMA3) and has a business degree (siviløkonom/Msc) from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). In addition to a number of board positions within the Color family of companies Mr. Kleivdal was the President of the Norwegian Shipowners Association during 2012-2014.

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Partner Propel AS

Morten Kristmoen is a partner and Co-founder of Propel AS, an Oslo-based consultancy company serving the maritime industry. In Propel, Morten has participated in several multidiscipline projects for ship owners, regulators and charterers?. His main focus has been on projects related to safety and safety culture, and he has been the project manager for a number of safety cultural change projects with major shipping clients, among them several cruise companies.

Morten has been working in shipping for the last 17 years, and started this career as a shipbroker in A.P. Møller – Maersk, chartering container vessels for the Mærsk Line network. He moved on to take a position as a sale and purchase broker with R.S Platou Shipbrokers (now Platou-Clarksons) in Oslo, primarily focusing on sale and purchase of container and dry cargo vessels. Morten also spent 1 year as a consultant with DNV prior to starting up Propel AS in 2010 together with 4 colleagues.

Morten holds a MSc in Business Administration (Diplom- Kaufmann) from the University of Mannheim, Germany?, where he graduated in 1998.

In his spare time, Morten enjoys skiing during the winter, and motorcycling in the summertime. Morten is a Norwegian citizen, and lives outside of Oslo together with his wife and two children.

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CEO Sea Lines

Sea Lines operates one of the largest ferry routes in the Black Sea providing both freight and passenger services between Turkey and Ukraine. Since 2014 they have gained a market leader position by operating on a fixed and frequent schedule whereon their service has developed to the backbone of the trucking companies active in the region.

Until April 2017, Lindblom served as General Manager and member of the board of Stena SeaLines, a joint-venture between Sea Lines and Stena Ab. Before that, Lindblom served as Operations Manager of Stena SeaLines. Lindblom has also served as one of the members of Stena Line Freight Group Management between 2013-2017.

Before joining the Stena SeaLines management team in August 2012, Lindblom served as CEO/Co-owner of a Finnish retail group. Joe Lindblom performed studies at School of Business, Economics and
Law at the University of Gothenburg with the major Logistics.

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Commercial Director at Direct Ferries

Direct Ferries is the world’s largest ferry OTA with >120 million website visits last year. Based in London, Direct Ferries today partners with over 300 ferry operators across the globe to support their growth and help them achieve their strategic objectives.

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

Luca holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Vice President Business Development and Innovation BC Ferries

Captain Jamie Marshall is responsible for identifying and developing strategic business opportunities for BC Ferries to grow and diversify our revenue. In this role, he seeks new and innovative ways for BC Ferries to use its expertise to strengthen our service to our customers and our position in the industry. 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; Vice President, Safety, Security & Environment and Vice President, Fleet Operations. 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.

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Senior Manager, Sales Marioff

Robin Mérus is head of the Sales department at the Marine division of Marioff Corporation and has been involved in sales and marketing for the past 18 years. Robin graduated in year 2000 and holds a Bachelor degree in mechanical automation. Before Robin joined Marioff he was working at Phoenix Contact, an OEM in the field of electrical engineering and automation. Robin started at Marioff Corporation Oy in year 2007 as a project manager in the marine department taking care of delivery projects for ship newbuilds in Europe, where after he moved to sales of HI-FOG® systems for the maritime industry. In his position as area sales manager he gained experience from working with ship owners, shipyards, classification societies and contractors from all over the world and from all business segments. Since April 2017 took the role as the Senior Manager, Sales and is also responsible for the marketing activities within the Marine division.

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Jan Erik NORLI

CSO Marcom, Telenor Maritime

B.Sc Mechatronics
Mr. Norli’s positions has covered sales and management roles in an international environment throughout his career,
focusing on international sales over the last 20 years, primarily supplying products and services into the shipping industry.
Mr. Norli has been 8  years with Telenor Maritime, and contributed substantially to build Telenor Maritime to become the largest onboard connectivity provider for the Cruise & Ferry industry world wide.
Current position is to oversee and being responsible for all Telenor Maritime’s sales and marketing activities towards the Cruise & Ferry market world wide.
Telenor Maritime’s  recent innovation, enabling the smart ship, followed by unprecedented VSAT bandwidth supply per vessel,  ensures wireless connectivity  and  cutting edge technological combinations  to the industry. Providing your passengers, guests and crew with mobile connection,  superior wireless services and instant access onboard.

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Professor of Design History at the Glasgow School of Art

Bruce Peter is Professor of Design History at the Glasgow School of Art. He has a life-long interest in merchant ship design and passenger shipping operation and has written extensively on these subjects. His latest maritime publications are a history of the Danish liner, ferry and logistics company, DFDS, and a history of Tor Line, which DFDS purchased in 1981. He is also currently working with colleagues in Finland on a history of Finnish shipbuilding, has written for the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) a book about the design of the Kappel propeller and is assisting the Victoria & Albert Museum in London to curate an exhibition about ocean liner travel.

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Jan Helge PILE

SVP Marine & Technical Operations Color Line

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.

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Frédéric POUGET

Fleet, maritime and port operations Director Brittany Ferries

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Roberto PREVER

President at Naos Ship and Boat Design srl

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Jose Rodríguez (La Coruña, Spain - 1969)
CEO - The Maritime Consulting Group

Jose Rodríguez has over 25 years experience in the Transportation sector, having held Senior Management positions in transport and shipping corporations in Spain (since 1987) and Latin America (1997-2001). Jose has been a Founder, Managing Director and Board Member of several companies specialising in the transportation of passengers and freight. 

His extensive experience has spanned many disciplines including a Shipowner, Ship Agent, Freight Forwarder and a Shipping Broker. Jose has hands-on experience of the supply chain, warehousing and distribution, surface transportation; and of the Tourism sector, he has founded metropolitan lines and touristic shipping lines, and managed the acquisition and merger of travel agencies groups. And currently is also dedicated to the Technology sector providing leading and innovative IT and Business Intelligence solutions to the Passenger Vessel Industry.

Jose also created his own Strategic Consulting Business which specialised in the approach and implementation of Strategic Management Processes (SMP), definition and restructuring of Strategic Business Units (SBU), and is Managing Director, Project Manager, and Chief Global Strategist - CGS for the maritime sector.

Carus Roles:
Carus Spain & Iberia Representative.
Carus Executive Consulting -appointed as Spain, Western Med and Latin America Representative & Senior Consultant for a new service that will deliver c-level consultancy services globally.

Areas of Expertise:
Maritime CEO & Senior Partner, Chairman
Chief Global Strategist - CGS
Chief Strategy Officer - CSO
Transport Advisor & Shipping Consultant
Managing Director
Interim & Project Management
Business Coaching & Mentoring


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Ole-Kristian SIVERTSEN

Senior Vice President Global Eagle

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.

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Managing Director Wasaline

Peter Ståhlberg is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry. He graduated from Maritime School in 1986, combining his studies in Merchant School and got his Maritime Officers licence and Diploma in Business and Administration the same year.

Peter Ståhlberg was appointed as Fleet Manager at NLC Ferry in April 2013 and became Managing Director in December 2014.

Prior to becoming a landlubber in 2013, Peter sailed 22 years as Captain in all waters on Passenger and Cruise ships, with the speciality of the Captaincy in Polar waters with 5 seasons in Antarctica, and a few seasons in the Arctic and Alaska. Peter has also been involved in many new projects with new shipping lines and commencement of new routes, combined with rebuilding and newbuilding projects in the Cruise Industry.

Peter lives in Vaasa, Finland, and is now back in his hometown after many years abroad. Now acting as Managing Director on the same route between Vaasa – Umeå as he started as a deck boy in 1980. Peter has a great passion to develop the traffic and concept to an own niche in the market and to lead the team ashore and on board with the say  – “talent is something – attitude is everything”.

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International Representative Austal

Mike Wake studied Naval Architecture, qualifying in 1975 from 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 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”. He 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.


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