Speakers 2014


After gaining a B. Sc. in Ba and Econ at Lund University in 1972, he joined Lion Ferry AB, and was three years later promoted to Marketing Manager. In 1978, he became International Passenger Manager for Lion Ferry’s five European routes and markets. In 1981, he moved to DFDS Helsingborg as Line Manager and became after two years Managing Director of DFDS in Hamburg, Germany, where restructuring led to the company becoming profitable again. Continuing with DFDS, at HQ Copenhagen, in 1984, he became Group Director and head of DFDS Seaways’ six European routes. In the year 2000, he was appointed CEO and Managing Director of DFDS Group Executive Board, again based in Copenhagen. After seventeen years working away from his family Monday-Friday, he decided to leave DFDS and instead work as a Management Consultant based in Halmstad. BOLT CONSULTING, founded in 2002 and fully owned by Bo-Lennart is, with his European senior advisory team a major management adviser to the ferry shipping industry. Bo-Lennart has also experience as chairman and board member of several European shipping and travel companies. Finally, Bo-Lennart is the co- founder and organiser of the annual “Ferry Shipping Conference” onboard.

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Wilco van der Linden is Director of Business Development in  Wärtsilä Ship Power Solutions for the Merchant, Cruise and Ferry industry. He is involved in innovative solutions in this segment, such as LNG and hybrid-electric powering, advanced propulsion and condition-based maintenance systems. Wilco graduated as a naval architect in the Nether­lands in 1978 and held various positions in design, project engineering and sales in the Dutch shipbuilding industry.  From 1995 to 2003 he was the Commercial Director of Van der Giessen-de Noord shipyard, at which time many successful Cruise Ferries, passenger- and merchant ships were built.  Wilco is a member of the DNV Ferry Committee.  He is also chairman of the Interferry Regulatory Committee and has been a delegate at  IMO-MEPC sessions  since 2009.

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Managing Director, Port of Ystad.

Björn Boström is Managing Director at Port of Ystad. His career within shipping began when he as a 14 year young boy commenced his first summer job as docker for Scandinavian Ferry Lines route Helsingborg-Elsinore. The experience was so intensive that Björn kept on working within the shipping industry in companies like Saga Line (Helsingborg/Malmö-Travemünde), DFDS and Lion Ferry (Helsingborg-Grenå), DSØ A/S (inter alia The Hydrofoils Copenhagen-Malmö) for ten years and for 12 years Ven-Trafiken AB (domestic route Landskrona-Isle of Ven) before he took position at Port of Ystad. He has a broad experience of ferry operations and has worked as Sales Representative, Sales- and Marketing Manager, Route Manager and Managing Director. Björn has also been deputy board member in SWEREF – Swedish Ship Owners Association for smaller passenger vessels and is now member of Ports of Sweden's Branch Committee.

In 2008, at the same time Björn commenced at Port of Ystad, the economic crisis struck the world with substantial impact on the shipping business. However, Port of Ystad has regardless strengthened its position as Sweden's third largest ferry passenger port and by mid-2013 reached the position as the tenth largest port in Sweden concerning over all goods volumes. Today, Port of Ystad is market leader for daily ferry connections to Poland and the island of Bornholm.

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Director YS Comms Limited

Simon is an experienced pan-European PLC, JV, Private Company and Not-for-profit Director with proven success in balancing strategic and commercial objectives. His career has spanned Transportation, Travel & Tourism, Tour Operation, Retail, F&B and Business Support. He has over 30 years specialism in brand management, transforming customer experience, creating award winning Multi-Channel Marketing Campaigns, B2B sales, Contact Centre and Revenue Management. Having delivered the customer experience on the Spirit of Britain and France and on the North Sea and Irish Sea, he left his role as Passenger Services Director at P&O Ferries in 2013 and set up YS Comms Ltd. His new venture is a management consultancy that focuses on customer facing businesses with a particular specialism in passenger shipping. He delivers interim management and project work to help businesses manage periods of change, transformation, downsizing or cover for key management by creating and delivering strategies for growth. He is also a Board Director of the Institute of Travel & Tourism and a Travel Industry Consultant for Leeds Metropolitan University. Previous roles have been Commercial Director at London Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Passenger Shipping Association and General Manager of Stena Line Holidays.

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Vertti KIVI

CEO, dSign Vertti Kivi & Co

Interior architecture company dSign Vertti Kivi & Co was founded 1993 in Finland. The Helsinki based office has designed more than 800 projects both in Finland and overseas. The dSign clients includes for example Finnair, Wärtsilä, Aktia, Fazer, ABB, TeliaSonera, Scandic, Viking Line and Olympic Entertainment Group.

Interior architects Vertti Kivi and Samuli Hintikka with their team were also responsible for the praised interior design of M/S Viking Grace, the brand new Viking Line cruise ferry. With their design, Kivi and Hintikka secured the highly valued Shippax design award in May from the innovative interior design. Among the internationally noted merits of the cruise ferry are its dSign interiors and designed sustainability. Aava Resort & Spa in Khanom, Thailand, is another internationally acclaimed dSign Vertti Kivi & Co client. In the annual Travel Guide by Tatler magazine it was shortlisted as one of the 101 best hotels in the world.

dSign is known for its ability to create spatial experiences. When it comes to space, light, and colour, dSign combines its great knowledge of materials with visionary concepts – and sensible project managing. Space Alive is a dSign concept for dynamically changing spaces. You can make the space alive by changing its ambience, form, size, and intensity by just pushing a button. Space Alive has been used for example at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre and on Viking Line M/S Viking Grace.

dSign Vertti Kivi & Co has several on-going international projects with the Cruise Ships and Hotels. The office has specialised in large projects and total designs. Among other things, dSign is currently designing the interior of a luxury cruiser by the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This is the first time such design project is given to a Finnish design office. The strengths of dSign lie in providing powerful vision and producing design that works.

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CEO & Chairman of the Management board, Tallink Group.

For the last 16 years I have been working as a CEO and Chairman of the Management Board for Tallink Grupp. During this period the company has grown to become one of the largest private employers in Estonia. Tallink and  Silja Line have a combined fleet of 19 modern cruise ships operating in all important destinations in the region.

Formerly I worked for the Estonian Government, serving as Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance. I also represented Estonia on the Board of Directors for IMF and EBRD.

I have an extensive contact network in Estonian business and political communities.  Through my long lasting interest in tennis I have also very good contacts in sport communities in Estonia and was recently elected as President of the Estonian Tennis Association.

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General Manager, Corscia Sardinia Elba Ferries.

Pierre MATTEI was born in 1964. He holds a Masters Degree in  Econometrics  from the University of Aix-Marseille . After graduation from the ESSEC Business School (Paris) he joined Corsica-Sardinia Ferries, first as a Management Controller and then as a Financial Manager. Since 1993, he is the General Manager of Corsica Sardinia Elba Ferries.  Corsica Ferries is today the leading ferry operator on the routes linking the French mainland with  Corsica – French island - and on  Italy-Corsica routes. Sardinia Ferries/Elba ferries  is one of the leading private company operating vessels on  Italy-Sardinia and Italy Elba  routes. The company deploys a total of  12  ships. Pierre Mattei lives in Bastia (Corsica).

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Commercial Director, Adelte

Martin Westphal is Commercial Director of ADELTE (until 2013 known as "TEAM"), an engineering and service solutions company based in Barcelona, Spain. Since he joined the company in 2006, he strategically helped the company to become the leading designer and manufacturer of Passenger Boarding Bridges for the Cruise and Ferry industry around the globe. Prior to joining ADELTE, Martin was European Marketing Director for Checkpoint Systems, an American multinational and world leading supplier of Radio Frequency based retail security technology systems. Martin started to work in Marketing, Communications and Public Relations more than 19 years ago and held Marketing management positions with the various companies in the Netherlands before moving to Spain. Martin's academic background lies in History, in which he graduated. He has published several historical studies including a biography of a disputed scientist and engineer in hydraulics who became the first Inspector-General of the Dutch Ministry of Waterworks and Transportation.

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Director Public Affairs and Sustainability, Stena

Claes Berglund has a Bachelor in Science and is an officer in the Royal Swedish Navy (reserve).  Previously he has been route director  and member of the executive board at  Stena Line. Before coming into the shipping world  10 years ago he had 12 years in road based transport and third party logistic services.

The Stena group is a privately owned and has activities within ferries, tankers, ports, offshore drilling, ship management and  real estate to name the biggest areas. The ferry company Stena Line is one of the world's leading ferry companies operating more than 35 ferries mainly in Northern Europe. Stena Bulk  is a global tanker operator and  provides both companies in the Stena Sphere and external customers with marketing, chartering and commercial operations services. Northern Marine Management is a Ship Management company that handles the crewing and operating of over 100 vessels for internal and external customers.  Stena group has a turnover of  3 billion€ and 12.000 employees and operates more than 150 vessels.

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Vice President, DFDS.

After graduation from business school, Anders Refsgaard commenced his career within shipping back in 1990 as trainee in DFDS Liner Agency in Aarhus. Connection with DFDS´ entrance to the Eastern European market in 1994, Anders got posted in Klaipeda as line manager for the route between Klaipeda and Fredericia/Copenhagen in 1995.

In 1997 he joined Scandlines as Business Development Manager and responsible for the sale of the many redundant vessels related to the opening of bridges and Scandlines newbuilding program. During 4 years time he managed to sell all the redundant vessel – more than 35 units. Simultaneously he was engaged within various ad hoc projects, amongst others closing down the Flying Boats operation between Copenhagen and Malmoe.

In 2003 Anders returned to DFDS as Area Manager for the commercial operations between Klaipeda and Kiel/Fredericia. In 2006 he was promoted as CEO for the stock listed subsidiary AB DFDS Lisco in Lithuania and was posted again in Klaipeda. During he stay in Klaipeda he managed to streamline the company by selling the tramp activities and reorganize the organization.

2009 he returned to the head quarter as deputy director and coordinator for the Baltic activities and in connection with the restructuring of the organization in the DFDS Group following the acquisition of Norfolk Line in 2010 Anders was promoted as Vice President and overall responsible for the entire Baltic Area.

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Dr.,Glasgow School of Art.

Bruce Peter is Reader in Design History and Theory at The Glasgow School of Art. Being half-Danish and half-Scottish, he has been travelling on passenger ships since childhood and has since made modern ship design his long-term research interest. His mission is to document the substantial but often hidden contributions made by modern ships to our experience of the contemporary world of mass production, mass distribution, mass consumerism and leisure.  He has published several substantial books on cruise and ferry design and he contributes regularly to ShipPax publications. His most recent publication ‘Dansk Linjefart’ (Nautilus Forlag, 2011), however, focuses mainly on container shipping. A graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, The Royal College of Art and the University of Glasgow, his PhD examined modern architecture and design in leisure environments. He is also a keen maritime photographer and collector of Scandinavian contemporary art and furniture.

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President of Hellenic Seaways S.A.
Piraeus ,Greece
• In 1972 he entered the family owned passenger ferry business.
• In 1976 he founded Strintzis Lines SA and started a car passenger
ferry operation in the Adriatic, between Patras - Greece and Ancona
- Italy.
• In 1994 Strintzis Lines SA was the first Passenger Shipping
company to be listed in the Athens Stock Exchange.
• In 1999 Strintzis Lines merged with Attica SA and Strintzis Lines SA
was renamed to Blue Star Ferries SA.
• In 2004 he resigned from President of Blue Star Ferries and was
appointed Managing Director in Hellenic Seaways until 2008.
• During his career he was elected in the Executive Committee of the
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and in other Shipping Committees.
He was also elected as President and Vice President of the Greek
Association of Coastal Shipowners and Vice President of
Shipowners of International Passenger Shipping.

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Born in 1959, is currently Senior Naval Architect at STX France.
Since 1990 he is responsible for sales projects in STX France commercial department. He is specialized in passenger vessels including ferries. He has been the naval architect for nine major contracts with NCL, RCCL, Celebrity, Princess Cruises, NYK, Seafrance and Brittany Ferries.
From 1985 to November 1990, Eric Chapuis was responsible of the hydrodynamic department at Chantiers de l’Atlantique.
Eric Chapuis got his engineering degree in 1984 (Centrale Nantes – Hydrodynamic and naval architecture).
Married with two children and four grandchildren. Plays ice hockey, golf. Likes fishing, sailing, diving.

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Per Stenhammar, Marine sales in North East Europe. Repr Emerson Process Management AB, based in Sweden, working in the Marine industry since 1998.
Specialized in Fuel consumption and bunkering applications, for fuels such as oil, LNG and gas.

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Erik Ringmaa has been active in maritime and shipping industry since 1994, after obtaining BA in Law at University of Tartu. In the Port of Tallinn he has worked since 2000 where he started as the Head of Legal Department. In 2008, after working in investment banking sector and doing EMBA degree at Estonian Business School he returned to the Port of Tallinn as Chief Commercial Officer.

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President, Versonix

Victor Velton co-founded Versonix with an eye toward providing leading-edge reservation services for the world's largest ferry and cruise lines, resorts and transportation companies. As its system - Versonix' Seaware - developed, Versonix pioneered the use of real-time Yield & Revenue Management capabilities to  boost revenue for its global clients. With this patented technology, Versonix became a recognized leader in the cloud based reservation system field. To this day, Versonix customers around the world report substantial improvement and operational efficiency following Seaware implementation.
Prior to co-founding the company, Victor worked as a Systems Analyst for Salomon Brothers investment bank in New York City, and then as Director of Management Information Systems for Williams-Kuebelbeck & Associates, a financial, real estate, and management consultancy in California.
With an initial background in computer science and applied mathematics, Victor went on to obtain an MBA from Santa Clara University in the heart of Silicon Valley.

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Christophe MATHIEU

  • Born in 1968 in France. Married 2 children
  • Master degree in Business Administration at University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Joined Brittany Ferries in 1992 in Plymouth (UK) under a National Service Scheme for Graduates working for French companies abroad. Various roles in UK including accounting, operations and marketing. In 1997, responsible of setting up the Revenue Management department.
  • In 1999, transfer to BF headquarters in Roscoff (France) as Group Business Controller.
  • In 2006, promoted to Strategic Planning Director.
  • In 2009, promoted to the Executive Board, as Deputy Managing Director, in charge of Strategy and Commercial Affairs.
    Responsible for Group Revenue (Pax, freight, onboard sales) ; fleet strategy and ports negotiations
  • Member of the Interferry Inc.  and Europe Boards of Directors.

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Born on 22nd April 1972 in the South of Hamburg, Roman Poersch holds a master degree (Diploma) in Economics from the University of Hamburg. He also studied at the Universities of Amsterdam Singapore. Additionally, Mr. Poersch holds a bachelor degree in Geophysics from the University of Hamburg.

Before becoming managing director/ owner of Wilhelm Borchert GmbH in May 2010, Mr. Poersch worked as senior advisor and member of the management team for the strategic transport consulting company BMT Transport Solutions (2003-2010).

Previously, he gained professional experiences throughout the freight forwarding and warehousing industry.

Since early 2000 Mr. Poersch has been engaged in a number of advisory jobs in transport and logistics. As senior consultant he was responsible for market and business development studies, forecasts, risk assessments, SWOT and other analyses. He further gained substantial experiences in project management and (public) finance/ investment support for the transport industry.

Mr. Poersch has mainly been engaged in Europe, but project works also cover the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, and the US.

Hi clientele includes port authorities, terminal operators, shipping lines, railway companies, shippers and governmental bodies as well as equity firms.

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Ole-Kristian SIVERTSEN

Ole-Kristian Sivertsen is Senior Vice President of Business Innovation, at Maritime Communications Partner (MCP), Telecom front-runner and now the #1 onboard communications provider worldwide. MCP's purpose is to enrich people's lives by providing innovative mobile solutions at sea.

An expert in onboard revenue generation, mobile technology and business innovation, Ole began his career in IT consultancy and quickly moved into IT management, sales, business development, sales management and Senior-level Executive positions. He has 20+ years of Sales and Management experience with companies such as Citrix, RES Software, Alcatel, WM-data and Sun Microsystems. Since 2004 he has also successfully headed a Management Consulting company focused on Interim Management, M&A Support, Coaching and Sales Development.

Ole offers his deep knowledge of business and the onboard communications industry as an accomplished and dynamic speaker at cruise, ferry, offshore and maritime events and conferences. In his presentations, Ole shares real-life examples that bring ideas to life, delivering take-aways that immediately translate into action and powerful results.

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Serge BUY

Serge Buy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA), the organization representing ferry operators across Canada.

As its CEO, Serge is CFOA's representative to the government (legislators and public service), the media and stakeholders.

Serge worked for Members of Parliament in the House of Commons and Senate of Canada from 1993 to 1999 and was active in politics.  He then founded and still owns consulting companies involved in government and public relations.  He is as a lobbyist for various sectors.

Since becoming CEO of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association, Serge has helped raised the profile of the Association and its members by direct lobbying of government officials.  He has led efforts to develop position papers on various ferry related issues (such as safety and tariffs), started a consultation process with stakeholders to deal with human resources issues and led other efforts to increase the visibility of the ferry sector as a integral part of Canada's transportation infrastructure.

While one of his summer jobs at 17 years of age was on board of a small ferry line across the Ottawa river, Serge is relatively new to the ferry sector (CEO since 2012) and brings a fresh outlook to the world of government and public relations.

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Sales Manager, TTS Port Equipment AB joined the company when the affiliated firm was established in 2005 as a part of the TTS Group ASA. The company is delivering tailor made Linkspans, Passenger Gangways and Automatic Mooring Systems for RoRo-, ferry- and cruise ports and also supplying horizontal handling equipment for goods in the container terminals.

Håkan Jönsson has been working in the industry related to RoRo equipment since 1993 with different work tasks within project development, design, contract management and sales.  He started at Norent AB, a former supplier of shore based equipment for the RoRo industry with automatic mooring system as one of the pioneer specialties. He was also one of the founders of the consultancy enterprice NavCiv Engineering AB.

Before entering the RoRo business he has been working in Japan for the Swedish organization  Sveriges Tekniska Attachéer informing of technological developments and started his carrier as consultant in Civil Engineering industry with worldwide assignment.

He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and an additional course on the Master’s level in Project Management.

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Assistant Vice President

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
Maritime Industries / X2a

Born 16 August 1978, married, one child

2002 Apprenticeship at a german Savings bank

2006 Economics / Business Administration Diploma of
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany with stay at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, USA

2006 Trainee Corporate Finance at a german Landesbank with stay in Dublin
and afterwards Analyst for International Aircraft and Ship Finance

2009 KfW Bakengruppe, Senior Project Manager
KfW Sonderprogramm, Support Programme for the German Economy which
was established during the early days of the financial / economic crisis in 2009.
This programme was open to all german medium sized enterprises. Part of a
team which was focussing on german shipping companies.

2012 KfW IPEX-Bank (100% affiliate of KfW Bankengruppe), Assistant Vice President
Responsible for Execution and Portfolio Managment of transactions with danish customers
in the Maritime Industry. Additinonal special tasks: Ferries / Green Shipping / Sinosure

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Jan-Erik Rasanen is business manager for energy efficiency at ABB Marine. He received his B.Sc. degree 1994. He has held several management positions in Process Industry area. Since 2009, he has been with ABB Marine.

Since 2011, Jan-Erik has global responsibility for all energy efficiency related business at ABB Marine Service. Focus area is on improving efficiency on vessels in operation, introducing technology solutions within the area of electric and hybrid propulsion as well as operational advises.

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Minister of Transport, Latvia

Name, surname: Anrijs Matiss
Date of birth: September 13, 1973, Riga

1994 -1996 Riga Technical University, Master of Engineering
1991 -1994 Riga Technical University, Bachelor of Engineering
1991 Riga State Gymnasium No 1, secondary education

Work experience
March 2013 – present day: Minister for Transport
December 2009 – February 2013: State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport
July 2012 – present day: Ventspils Freeport Board Member
April 2010 – present day: Member of the Board of Liepaja Special Economic Zone
January 2008 – December 2009: State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics
June 2003 – January 2008: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Deputy State Secretary Responsible for Industry, Business and Domestic Market Affairs
August 2006 – January 2008: "Latvian National Meteorology Centre" Ltd, Member of the Board
March 2006 – April 2006: Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Acting Director
March 2004 – March 2006: Norway – Latvia Business Development Fund, representative of the holder of state capital shares
October 2003 – December 2004: Rezekne Special Economic Zone, Council Member
1999 -2003: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Director of the Quality Structural Policy and Domestic Market Department
1999 -2002: State non-profit limited liability company "Latvian National Meteorology Centre", state trustee
1997 - 1999: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Deputy Director of the Quality Structural Policy and Domestic Market Department
1994 - 1997: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Head of the Quality Systems and Certification Department
1993 -1994: Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, Standardisation and Certification Division, chief specialist
1989 (2 months); 1999 (2 months): Institute of Polymer Mechanics of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, technician

Latvian: native
English: oral, written – excellent
Russian: oral – excellent; written – good

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Johan ROOS

Director of Regulatory Affairs, Interferry

Johan Roos is the Director of Regulatory Affairs for the trade association Interferry. He holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Between 2011 and 2019 he ran the Interferry Brussels office and currently oversees all of Interferry’s involvement with the International Maritime Organization and the European Union. Johan works in close relation with the European Community Shipowners Association, the International Chamber of Shipping and other maritime interest groups.

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Johan Snellman, born 1954, is a graduate in Naval Architecture from the Technical University in Helsinki.. In 1981 he started as a project engineer at the Rauma-Repola shipyard in Rauma, which over the years also has worked under the names Rauma Yards, Finnyards, Aker Finnyards and Aker Yards.  In the years 1988-91 he worked as R&D manager at the yard and since 1992 in the sales department, presently as Vice President, STX Finland responsible for the ferry segment. During the years he has also worked as project manager for several vessels, including M/S ULYSSES, one of the largest ferries in the world.

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Spiros Paschalis is the CEO of ATTICA GROUP, a leading maritime group based in Greece that operates 13 vessels in Adriatic Sea and Greek domestic market.

He is also an Executive member of the Board of Directors of ATTICA GROUP and since February 2009, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Greek Passenger Shipping Companies (SEEN). On February 2014, he was elected as a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping representing the Passenger Shipping sector.

He entered the shipping industry in 1996 and pretty soon he managed to become one of the leading members of the other company-member of the Group, holding for almost 10 years the position of Authorized Director of BLUE STAR FERRIES MARITIME S.A.

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.

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Anders Rundberg is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Carus PBS Ab Ltd, one of the leading providers of software and services for booking, check-in, port automation and onboard systems. Before founding Carus Anders worked more than a decade for the major Baltic Cruiseferry operator Viking Line. He has been involved in the ferry industry from early childhood and has hands-on experience from ferry operations as well as the information technology industry.
Anders is Partner of and Chairman of the board of Celeste Ab, a Travel Agency focusing on destination sales, and Cainby Ab, specialized in traditional and digital onboard information and security signage.
He is a Master of Business Economics from the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

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Carl Dahlberg has a degree in Naval Architecture from Chalmers in Sweden and also a master of science in economics. He has been involved in Green Tech Marine since it started and prior to that he worked at Marine Global, the mother company in the group where he was responsible for marketing and sales.
Carl has experience both from ship design, sale and purchase ship broking and marine equipment sales in terms of selling marine heating systems. Carl lives in Sweden but has previously lived in both France and Italy.

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Managing Director, WE Tech Solutions

Mr. Mårten Storbacka is a business developer and solution finder with a solid background in engineering and automation technology. With a Bachelor’s degree in Automation and a Master’s degree in management he already made a career in the marine business before spinning off and founded WE Tech Solutions Oy. As the Managing Director of WE Tech he pursues a vision to increase the energy efficiency of the global shipping industry by 30 percent. He believes in teamwork and is convinced that when working together the expectations will be exceeded. His motto is: “WE have a mission!”

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Erik Chilò is Regional Manager North Europe at Cavotec SA. His background experience include automation and robotics, telecommunications, intermodal transport and bulk handling. He works today at Cavotec with focus on airports, ports and maritime terminals, mining and tunneling equipment and general industrial automation. Mr. Chilò has in the last 9 years been deeply involved in the electrical shore connection (AMP) implementation in different ports in North Sea and Baltic Sea. He holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering from Linköping Institute of Technology.

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Andreas Malmkvist  is the commercial product manager for the Rolls Royce integrated propeller rudders system PROMAS. He has a master degree from Chalmers University of technology in Gothenburg Sweden. Currently positioned in Kristinehamn, Sweden Andreas joined Rolls Royce in 2006 and has worked with calculations analysis, project management and technical support with the Kamewa products before joining the sales team, and the position as commercial product manager.

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Andreas REMMER

Andreas Remmer joined Viking Line in 2013 as its Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Executive Vice President and Deputy CEO in March 2014. Remmer is a trained lawyer, specializing in Shipping Law, but has for the past 15 years, prior to joining Viking Line, worked as an investment/merchant banker, specializing in shipping and offshore structured finance transactions. Remmer has held senior positions with DVB Group Merchant Bank, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank and Nordea Bank Shipping and Oil Services. He has worked and lived in Stockholm, Oslo, Hong Kong and Singapore and is currently based in Mariehamn, Aaland Islands.

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Guido Grimaldi was born in London on the 26th of August 1983.

He is Corporate Truck and Trailer Commercial Director of his family company, Grimaldi Group, managing Mediterranean, Baltic and  Adriatic sea connections.  Guido joined his family company in 2005 following his graduation in Economics.

Guido is member of the Commission for Short Sea Line of Confitarma.

Furthermore he joined the Aspen Junior Fellow in July 2013.

In 2012, since  the constitution of Grimaldi Tunis, Guido has been nominated member of the Board of Directors; previously  in 2011 he was appointed member of Board of Directors of Grimaldi Maroc, Grimaldi Logistica Genova and, since  September, he was part of the Executive Council of the “Libyan – Italian Friendship and Cooperation”.

From 2008 to 2012, Guido was Commercial Manager of Grimaldi Short Sea lines and, under his supervision, Grimaldi Short Sea network has been expanding  thanks to the launch of new lines in Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea.

Meanwhile he could enlarge his professional background in transport and logistics field by attending the MBA Master “Automotive Logistics” of ECG Academy (European Vehicle Logistics Association).

When he was 22, Guido got Degree in Economics with “ cum Laude” at the University Federico II.

During his studies he has cultivated his passion for horses becoming in 2001 Italian Champion of Show Jumping.

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Per Edvin TANDE

Design & Engineering Manager Fosen Ulstein Design & Engineering AS

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Paul Kyprianou has studied economics at L.U.I.S.S. University (Rome) and holds a Master’s degree in Shipping Trade & Finance (City University - London).

In 1995-1996 he was appointed as Commercial Executive at Associated Oceanic Agencies Ltd, the commercial offices of the Grimaldi Group in London.

In 1997 he was transferred to the Grimaldi Group’s Headquarters in Naples as Area Manager for Greece and Cyprus, a position that he still holds. Since 2000 he also holds the position of External Relations Manager.

He has been a Board Member of various companies of the Grimaldi Group among which Scandinavian Auto Logistics (1999-2000), a logistics company based in Esbjerg (Denmark), Grimaldi Belgium (since 2000), of Antwerp Euroterminal (since 2000), the ro/ro multipurpose terminal run by the Group in the port of Antwerp, and Minoan Lines, a shipping company part of the Group.

Since 1998 he represents the Group at the European RoRo Carriers’ Action Group, special committee of ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations). He has been Chairman of the Group from 2003 to 2009.

From 2005 to 2010 he was also Managing Director of Grimaldi & Louis Dreyfus Lines, a joint venture between the Grimaldi Group and Louis Dreyfus Armateurs which run a maritime service for freight and passengers between Civitavecchia (Italy) and Toulon (France).

Since January 2012 he is alternate Board Member of the association Interferry Europe.

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