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Speakers 2019

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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Alexander BARD

Cyberphilosopher, music producer, television star, writer and lecturer

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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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Hans-Jürgen BREITZ

Sales Consultant Sternenfrucht


Commercial Apprenticeship at Banking Institute in Hamburg and following employment.


In employment with Lykes Pasco Packing Company, Dade City / Florida, USA – Producer of deep frozen citrus-concentrates and manufacturer of the Vitality Beverage-System. Last four years General Manager of Lykes Beverage Systems, Hamburg/Germany. 


Freelance Consultant at Wolfgang Jobmann GmbH, Hamburg. Manufacturer of the ORANKA Beverage System and Producer of ORANKA fruit juice concentrates.

2009 until today

Freelance Consultant and distributor of Hartung Nahrungsmittel, Haverlah, Germany. Manufacturer of STERNENFRUCHT  Beverage System and Producer of STERNENFRUCHT fruit juice concentrates.

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President and Chief Executive Officer BC Ferries

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.

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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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Former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Deputy Secretary-General of the UN

Mr. Jan Eliasson has served as appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior to this, Mr. Eliasson had a distinguished career in the Swedish foreign service, including postings as Sweden's Ambassador to the UN and the United States, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Minister of Sweden. 

Mr. Eliasson has also held several key positions within the United Nations, notably serving as the UN's first Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, as well as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Darfur and President of the UN General Assembly. 

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson also served as Chair of Water Aid/Sweden and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He is a graduate from the School of Economics in Gothenburg, educated at the Swedish naval college and has an honorary doctorate from the American University, Washington, D.C., Uppsala University and Göteborg University, Sweden, and Bethany College, Kansas.

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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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Alastair FLEMING

General Manager Northern Marine Management 

Alastair Fleming is a former sea going Master with over a decade of onshore shipping experience in both chartering, post fixture commercial operations and technical ship management.

As a General Manager at Stena’s ship management subsidiary, Northern Marine Management; Alastair has a breadth of experience in managing fleets of globally-trading vessels.

Conversant with national and international marine legislation and industry standards, Alastair is fully familiar with multi-cultural, cross-functional global corporate business environments.

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Chairman Red Funnel

Kevin George joined Red Funnel on 2nd January, 2014.

Kevin has over 30 years experience in the transport sector having held senior management positions in a number of companies including British Airways and Monarch Airlines.

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

Kevin is a keen sailor and lives on the Isle of Wight.

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Media and Communications Officer Northern Marine Group

As Media and Communications Officer for Stena Subsidiary, Northern Marine Group; Andrew Gibson works in internal and external communications for a global ship management and marine services provider.

A former journalist, Andrew facilitates areas of communication between onshore operations and offshore personnel, whilst also managing an internal communication platform for an internationally-spread onshore workforce.

Andrew originates from the rural shipping community of Wigtownshire, home to the busy passenger ferry route between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Business Unit Manager ACTEMIUM

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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Senior Consultant & Partner with Marine Profile

May 2012–


Selection and management development for the maritime industry.

Previous experiences include; Consultant at Profil Schager & Co AB, Psychologist at Region Skåne, Organizational consultant HMA Konsult. Mr. Hedman holds a Master degree in Psychology from Lund University

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Project Coordinator ELLEN E-ferry Project 

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Vice President of Global Sales ABB Marine & Ports

Marcus Högblom is heading the Passenger ship segment 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.

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President Cruise Division and Managing Director Evac

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CEO/Chairman of the Management Board TS Laevad OÜ

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Managing Director Marine and Energy Consulting

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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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CEO Tallink Grupp

Chairman of the Management Board since 01.05.2018, Chief Executive Officer.
Secretary-General, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia, from 2013 to 2018. General Manager of Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia from 2007 to 2012. Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of the Art Museum of Estonia, the Estonian Film Institute, Estonian Drama Theatre and Vanemuine Theatre. Member of the Supervisory Boards of Estonian Public Broadcasting, Estonian National Opera, the Gambling Tax Council. Graduated from the University of Tartu, Estonia, in 2012 with a degree in Journalism and Communications.

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Alessandro ONORATO

Vice President Onorato Armatori

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Edwin PANG

Senior Naval Architect Leadship

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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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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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Carl-Ulfert STEGMANN

CEO AG Reederei Norden-Frisia

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Per Edvin TANDE

Design & Engineering Manager Fosen Ulstein Design & Engineering AS

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Commercial Manager at Redwise

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Managing Director Stena RoRo

Per Westling has been employed by Stena since 1985. In addition to a M.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture from Chalmers Technical University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Per is trained as an Engineer within the Royal Swedish Navy. Within the Stena group he has been project manager for several newbuildings and major conversion projects but also served for five years within the Stena Line Shipmanagement division. In 2001 he moved to Stena RoRo as Conversion Manager, took on the role of Deputy Managing Director in 2008 and subsequently Managing Director in 2011.

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Chief Commercial Officer OSK-ShipTech

One of the leading marine consultancy companies in Denmark specialising in ferry design and interiors, maritime risk assessment, the Polar Code and green propulsion technologies.

In 2010 elected Secretary General of Danish Society for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and recently recommended as fellow of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London.

He holds a number of positions on international boards and committees, e.g. a member of DNV GL Ferry Committee and board member of Interferry, where he is active in the World Ferry Safety Committee and represents the organisation at IMO in London.

Anders Ørgård holds a master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

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