Speakers 2015


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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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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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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Roberto Martinoli is the Chairman and CEO of Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), leading Ferry Company in the western Mediterranean. Prior to this he was President and COO of Norwegian Cruise Line (2009-2010) as well as Advisor to Apollo Management (2008 – 2009) and prior EVP Operations at Carnival Cruise Lines (2000 – 2008) and SVP at Costa Crociere (1997 – 2000). He also owned and operated Martinoli SAM (1976 – 1997), a shipmanagement and consulting company.  Martinoli holds a master's degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Genoa and attended an Executive Advanced Program at Kellogg Northwestern University, Illinois.

He currently sits in the Boards of Directors of Silversea Cruises, Monaco; Confitarma, Rome; Yonderbound, Luxemburg; Interferry Europe, Brussels. He also chairs the Short Sea Shipping Commission in Confitarma and he is a member of the association Executive Committee. He is the Chairman of ESN (European Shortsea Network).

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Executive Vice President, DFDS Group

Peder Gellert Pedersen joined the DFDS Group in 1994 with responsibility for developing the group's Ro-Ro activities to and from the Baltic countries and Russia.

Today, as an Executive Vice President, Peder Gellert Pedersen leads the DFDS Group's Shipping Division, including Passenger Shipping and operation of Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax vessels in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Channel and in the Mediterranean Sea.

The shipping activities include both shipping routes and operations of large Ro-Ro terminals. The Shipping Division employs approximately 5,000 people and has a turnover of about DKK 8.5 billion.

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Since 2014 COO, Chief Operating Officer Stena Line Group, one of the largest ferry operators in the world with 23 routes and 39 vessels in 10 countries in Europe. Responsible for all operations of ships, ports and terminals as well as daily performance in the group with operational result responsibility.

Niclas Mårtensson (born 1971) has held a number of senior management positions at Stena Line since 2007. Prior to that Niclas Mårtensson has held management positions in other global service- and hospitality companies, active in Europe, Asia and in the Middle East.

2014 – Present COO, Stena Line Group
2012 - 2014         Route Director Region Germany and Managing Director Stena Line GmbH
2010 -2012          Route Director, Gothenburg – Kiel
2007-2010           Route Director, Karlskrona – Gdynia

MBA, University of Lund Sweden
AMP, INSEAD, Fontainebleau France
Hospitality Strategy, Cornell University NY USA

Civil status
Married with two children

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Dr. Alan Klanac is president of the management board and CEO of Jadrolinija, Croatia's ferry operator with a fleet of 50 ships, more than 1700 employees, which annually transports 10 million passengers and 2.5 million vehicles. Prior to his current position, for five years he was a general manager and a co-founder of a consultancy company.

Alan Klanac graduated in 2002 as a Master of Science in Naval Architecture from the University of Rijeka, Croatia. Thereafter he moved to Finland and obtained a doctoral degree at the Aalto University in 2011. Between 2002 and 2009 he worked there also as a researcher.

Alan is experienced in company management, project management, ship design, optimization and risk analysis. He lectures in the fields of structural optimization and ship structures. He has published over 50 papers in scientific journals and conferences and has a rich experience in EU-funded projects. He is a member of the International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) and a board member of Interferry.

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After gaining a B. Sc. in Ba and Econ at Lund University , he joined Lion Ferry AB. He was Marketing Manager and 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. 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. BOLT CONSULTING, was founded in 2002 and fully owned by Bo-Lennart. With his European senior advisory team an important management adviser to the ferry shipping industry. Bo-Lennart has experience as chairman and board member of several European shipping and travel companies. Finally, Bo-Lennart is the co- founder and owner of the annual “Ferry Shipping Conference” onboard.

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Director, Discover Ferries

From April 1994 to April 2013, William Gibbons was the Director of the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA).  During that time he actively promoted the UK cruising/ferry industry to UK holidaymakers and the travel trade through the PSA’s Association of Cruise Experts (ACE) and the Discover Cruises’ and Discover Ferries’ PR Campaigns.

In 2013, when the PSA became CLIA UK & Ireland (a cruise-only trade association), the ferry operators resigned and joined the UK Chamber of Shipping for Regulatory and Policy matters. In May 2013 William became the Director of Discover Ferries, the umbrella organisation which promotes ferry travel.

During his time at the PSA, William’s principle achievements were raising the profile of the cruise and ferry sectors, taking the initiative to set up the European Cruise Council (ECC) based in Brussels in 2003, the creation of the PSA and ECC’s Associate Membership Schemes in 2004 and the revitalisation of Cruise Britain under the wing of the PSA in 2009. He acted as a high profile spokesperson for the Passenger Shipping sector and dealt effectively with the immediate aftermath of the Costa Concordia incident in January 2012. William has excellent senior level contacts within the cruise/ferry industry.

Discover Ferries was set up in May 2013 as an independent organisation which works towards the promotion of ferry travel within and from the UK and notably orchestrates the annual integrated PR consumer campaign, National Ferry Fortnight, which took place 15-29 March 2014.  Discover Ferries has 12 Ferry members and 7 Associate Members.

From 1990 to 1994 William was a management consultant, working primarily in the ferry industry, whilst also studying for an MBA degree and serving as a non executive director of the Isle of Wight Health Authority.  William previously held the post of general manager of Sealink Isle of Wight ferry services (now Wightlink), prior to which he was the service manager and then ferry line manager for the Harwich Hook of Holland ferry route.

William was previously assistant shipping and port manager for the Port of Harwich and worked on the Channel Island services from Portsmouth.

William, who lives in Dorchester, Dorset, is married and has two children. He is also a Justice of the Peace (J.P) on the West Dorset bench sitting in Weymouth.

Mobile:  07801 948409

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Janette BELL

Janette Bell – Commercial Director of P&O Ferries

Janette leads our marketing, sales, supply chain and new business development functions and was appointed in April 2012.

Janette is an extremely experienced board director having had broad exposure to a range of industries and high profile brands.

She was previously Sales and Marketing Director for Hammerson plc, the British property development and investment company and also worked in senior strategy and marketing positions at Centrica, where she became Director of Sales and 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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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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Part Owner, Senior Architect and Chairman of the Board at Tillberg Design of Sweden. During his 20 years in the company, he has managed some of the most creative and prestigious marine projects in recent years, spanning from Private Yachts to Ocean Liners.

As the company’s Art Director, he currently looks after several high-ranking newbuild and refurbishment projects, as well as a major part of the company's international contacts and client relations.

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Global Sales Director, Hull Vane BV

Bruno Bouckaert studied Naval Architecture(MSc) at the University of Ghent (Belgium), where he graduated in 1999. After several years working as a class surveyor in Finland, he settled in the Netherlands in 2004, working as an independent naval architect in the Dutch superyacht industry.  For the past 10 years, Bruno has also worked as a freelance editor of a shipbuilding magazine. He has a keen interest in marine innovations, particularly those improving the fuel economy of ships, but he is critical of greenwashing, the overhyping of untested ideas, and the benchmarking against outdated technology.

When he was asked in 2014 to become the commercial director of Hull Vane BV, the decision was easy. The Hull Vane is a fuel saving device, which has been proven in model tests, in CFD calculations and in full-scale sea trials. It consists of a submerged hydrofoil which generates forward thrust out of the upward flow under the aft ship and which reduces the stern wave. It also reduces pitching and therefore the added resistance in waves. The Hull Vane is suitable for displacement vessels sailing at relatively high speeds, such as ferries, RORO vessels, container vessels, offshore supply vessels, naval vessels, patrol boats and superyachts.

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Dr. Carsten Wiebers heads the Maritime Industries department of KfW IPEX-Bank. The department provides financings for all maritime assets in cruise, offshore and shipping sectors. With its loan portfolio of USD 18.3 bln IPEX-Bank is one of the leading financing institutions in the maritime sector.
Carsten Wiebers joined KfW in 1992 as project manager for KfW's international development finance. He joined the shipping department in 1998. His previous work experience includes international finance institutions, agencies and European corporations with project work in the Americas, Asia and Africa. He completed his doctoral thesis in Agricultural Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree from the Technical University of Berlin.

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Giorgio Oreste ARENA

63 years old, naval architect and mechanical engineer, started his activity in the design department, at the naval division of FINCANTIERI in Genoa, and was appointed Program Manager four years later.

In 1986 he moved to Trieste as Assistant Manager of the Commercial Corporate Director of the same company.

Three years later, again in Genoa as Director of Auxiliary Vessels, he started the lucky activity of the fast ferries with the “53 knots Destriero”, followed by ten mono-hull units.

Back to Trieste as Director of Merchant Ships Business Unit, he signed 26 new building contracts in 26 months, of bulk-carrier, ro-ro, container, reefer vessels, etcetera.

Purchasing Director for five years with a purchase portfolio of 1,2 billion Euro/year, for to the building activities of cruise and ro-pax vessels in six shipyards. Since 2004 Executive Vice President of the Merchant Shipbuilding Business unit, he is presently leading the commercial activity of FINCANTIERI ferries.

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Hans Anton TVETE

Job title: Senior Researcher, Maritime Transport

Organisation: DNV GL - Strategic Research & Innovation


Hans Anton Tvete is since 2013 employed as Senior Researcher in the Maritime Transport Programme in DNV GL Strategic Research & Innovation. His current position includes work related to energy efficiency, alternative fuels for shipping, concept studies and project management. Prior to joining DNV GL, Hans Anton was employed by the Oslo-based shipping company Hoegh Autoliners for 6 years. Here he started as trainee through the Norwegian Ship Owners Association trainee program "Maritime Trainee". In addition, he has held technical positions such as performance analyst and Global Vessel Operator. Hans Anton holds a master’s degree in naval architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 2007.

ReVolt – the unmanned, zero emission, short sea ship of the future:

With the innovative new ship concept called ReVolt, DNV GL aims to provoke discussions regarding new logistics chains, extreme energy efficiency and autonomous operation within the short sea shipping segment. The presentation will detail the different design features like; the battery powered propulsion system, autonomous operation and touch on the barriers to implementation.

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Mr. Dimitrios I. Dimitriadis holds a BSc in Business Administration- Finance from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, an MSc in International Transport form Cardiff University of Wales, an MSc in Economics & Political Economy from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Post graduate Diploma in Conflict Crisis Management Resolution from the University of Aberdeen.

In 2001, he worked in the Council of the European Union in the Directorate- General Transport Policy primarily involved in Maritime & Aviation Regulations & Directives.

Between 2002 and 2004 he was Advisor of the Chairman & CEO of Piraeus Port Authority S.A. responsible, among other, company’s financial re-engineering, IPO Listing, Container & Car Terminal operations management, ISPS Code and security measures during the Olympic Games of 2004, cost- allocation strategies and capital budgeting.  

In June 2004, he joined the Ministry for Rural Development & Food as an Advisor of the Minister for the revision of the Common Agricultural Policy in EU level, the coordination of the 3rd Community Support Framework Programs and the implementation of the bio-fuels EU directive.

In December 2006 he joined XRTC Business Consultants and currently holds the position of Director in Investment Banking and Advisory services. He is responsible for portfolio management, deal origination and underwriting, structured finance, project financing as well as private- public partnerships strategy development.

Moreover, he has extensive experience in distressed assets restructuring, evaluation and management, corporate workouts and restructuring experience for equity and debt facilities as well as M&As and LBOs deals structuring and development as well as advisory Services.

From March 2011 to January 2014 was appointed as Executive Director in the Board of Corinth Canal Co (AEDIK). He has a strong academic record and he is member of various professional groups.

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Jan Erik NORLI

Jan Erik Norli, B.Sc Mechatronics

CSO Cruise & Ferry , Maritime Communications Partner, MCP
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 6 years with MCP, and contributed substantially to build MCP to become the largest onboard connectivity provider for the Cruise & Ferry industry world wide.

Current position is to oversee and being responsible for all MCP's sales and marketing activities towards the cruise & ferry market world wide.

MCP's  recent innovation, enabling the smart ship,  ensures wireless connectivity  and  cutting edge technological combinations unprecedented to the industry. Providing your passengers, guests and crew with mobile connection,
superior wireless services and instant access onboard.

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Mr. Giuseppe Tringali (Giuseppe) is Senior Naval Architect and General Manager for the Danish Design and Consulting firm, Knud E. Hansen A/S.

From research at the Ship Stability Research Centre in Glasgow, Giuseppe moved to London and the marine consulting business, which has involved numerous design projects covering a wide range of vessels and industries; these include Passenger ships (Cruisers, Ferries, Megayachts), Cargo vessels (Containers, Ro-Ro, Tankers) and Offshore Wind projects.

With strong focus on innovation activities, Giuseppe's role has progressively widened to incorporate business development and the application of new technologies within the maritime industry. In recent years, in order to capitalise on opportunities created by the recent economic crisis, Giuseppe has been actively developing a new approach to energy within Knud E. Hansen, in an otherwise "conservative" industry.

He has also carried out comprehensive transportation studies for customers, worldwide, including fleet renewal studies analysing the total transportation matrix, with a focus on the Through Life Cost of projects from construction, through operation, to de-commissioning.

Giuseppe is a member of various professional and international associations such as American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Italian Association of Naval Architects (ATENA). He has also been an advisor with the Danish delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for Intact and Damage Stability Groups.


Giuseppe holds a Masters Degree (MEng) in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering form the Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde in Scotland. For the last three years he has been a visiting lecturer at ESCP Europe Business School, teaching shipping energy related matters at the Executive Masters in Energy Management (EMEM).

Contact Details

Telephone: +30 210 429 5192
Email: gtr@knudehansen.com

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Sales Manager, Propulsion Products

As a sales manager for ABB´s business unit Marine and Ports, Matti Nuuttila is responsible for sales and account management of the Compact Azipod propulsion system. Nuuttila has been involved with the Compact Azipod product already from the implementation project and holds a strong knowledge of the system. Besides several positions inside ABB in Finland and Switzerland, his experience in the marine industry also includes a role of Business Development Manager at Germanischer Lloyd. Nuuttila holds an M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology.

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Marketing and Sales Support Manager

Robin Mérus is the Marketing Manager at the Marine division of Marioff Corporation and has been involved in sales and marketing for the past 16 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 beginning of 2014 took the role as the marketing manager in the Marioff Marine department and is also responsible for the sales support activities.  

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Lars-Fredrik FORBERG

Concept Manager, Glamox in Oslo

Lars-Fredrik Forberg is a lighting expert working for Glamox, a group of companies that develops, manufactures and distributes professional lighting solutions for the global market. Trained as a designer, engineer and manager he leads innovation projects introducing new lighting technologies. His current main project is creating biologically efficient light for human beings. Light is Lars-Fredrik's passion and he goes to work every day to make better workspaces for all.

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John’s passionate interest in leadership and organisational development, dynamic marketing and personal continuous learning has benefited his track record of building award winning brands and teams.

Over 30 years of senior executive experience and knowledge has been gained working with major brands like DFDS Seaways, Rank Group, Butlins, WHSmith plus SMEs ranging from 2 to 100+ employees. He has undertaken a range of executive and non-executive director roles across private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
John’s career has spanned Transportation, Travel & Tourism, Retail and Business Support.  After leaving his role as North Sea Passenger Director for DFDS Seaways in 2013, he set up Plain Blue Sailing Ltd which focuses on delivering tailor-made Business Consulting & Coaching solutions.  His mission is “to inspire leaders to unlock the ‘hidden’ potential that grows organisational success”.
John has a degree in Economics and an MBA.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism and a past Chairman of the Passenger Shipping association.  Living in Hastings on England’s sunny south coast, time is taken to indulge golfing, cycling and walking interests.
Mobile: +447860311066

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Philippe HOLTHOF

Philippe Holthof (Belgium), Shippax, Sweden

Philippe was born in 1969, the son of a master mariner who commanded ferries of the Ostend-Dover Line. This background ignited his early interest in ferries. Philippe soon started collecting data and, using his first pocket money, travelling on ferries all over Europe to study the ships, their operators and ports.

His high school studies in economics were followed by a further education in logistics.

As a freelance author, Philippe has worked for a variety of publications. He started writing for the Swedish publishing house, Shippax, almost twenty years ago. The work for Shippax has seen Philippe travelling on a wide variety of ferries and interviewing many decision makers in the industry.

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. He occasionally carries out consultancy work for ferry operators.

Philippe lives in Antwerp, Belgium, and is married with three children.


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Ronald PAUL

Title, First Name, Surname: Mr. Ronald Paul
Company: Port of Rotterdam
Job Title: Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Address: P.O. Box 6622, 3002 AP Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch

Ronald Paul has been working at the Port of Rotterdam since 1985.

He held various management positionswithin the Commercial Department. He was responsible for land leases, real estate, contract management and the harbour dues policy.

As of 2012 he is COO and Senior Executive Vice President of the Port of Rotterdam.

His former position was Managing Director Project organization Maasvlakte 2.

Paul has a broad experience in process and project management of large complex infrastructure projects.

He received the title "Havenman 2010". Paul was selected by an independent press association "Kyoto", this association consists of all maritime journalists in Rotterdam.

Ronald Paul studied Civil Engineering, Higher Economic and Financial Administration, various Corporate Management Courses and an Executive programme at Nyenrode Universiteit and INSEAD.

Recently he published the book Strategic Stakeholder Management.

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Born in Sweden 1969, Jonny Alexandersson holds a Master of Science degree (Diploma) in applied physics from the University of Linköping. Additionally, Mr. Alexandersson have been involved in PMI as a certified Project manager since 2009.

Since the beginning of 2000, Mr. Alexandersson has been engaged in several large cruise ships automation projects in the new build and retrofit segment. His experience includes, but not limited to, construction of QM2, several Aida vessels, Stena worlds largest Ropax, and upgrades of the CCL fantasy class ships.

Before becoming sales responsible for the Callenberg Energy management Technology (EMT) world-wide he also gained experience as responsible for operations as Director of Technical operations from 2010 to 2013 in Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions.

Callenberg has supplied electrical and automation systems for newbuilds and retrofits for many decades. We design, produce, install, commission and service our solutions worldwide. We supply the best available technologies for onboard electrical energy optimization, so you can operate economically and reliably.

The combination of energy savings with short pay back and the positive impact on the environment makes the EMT business a true win win story.

Jonny, is living together with his twin sons and girlfriend in Gothenburg Sweden.

Callenberg Technology Group is wholly owned by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services, a Wilh. Wilhelmsen Group company.

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Managing Director, C-Job Naval Architects (The Netherlands)

Job Volwater (35) studied Naval Architecture and decided, together with 2 fellow students, to make a difference in Ship Design and Engineering by founding C-Job Naval Architects. Now, Mr. Volwater is Managing Director of the nr. 1 naval architecture and engineering partner in the Netherlands. In his spare time, Mr. Volwater likes to sail. In the winter he likes to sail on his Ice-sailer. During summer he sails in his Sharpie, resulting in a European Championship in 2000. Furthermore he reached the top 5 of the Fastnet Race in 2003 and 2009.

C-Job Naval Architects is active in the Offshore, Dredging, Mega-yachts and Ferry industry.  At the moment there are 40 engineers working every day on innovative ship designs and sustainable engineering solutions.

Next to Concept, Basic and Detail Design, C-Job engineers are very capable of Feasibility Studies and have experience with multiple (ferry) conversions & modifications. Recently, C-Job Naval Architects has successfully designed a complete double ended RoRo sustainable ferry for a Dutch locally owned company (TESO). At C-Job, we have a passion for everything afloat. In everything we do, we offer a high quality, innovative and sustainable service based on the needs of our clients.

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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.
He is a Master of Business Economics from the Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland.

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General Manager Marine Service Agreements at Wärtsilä

Tage is, in his role in developing marine agreements, focusing on finding the right solutions for the customers to enable their installations to operate at optimal efficiency throughout their lifecycle and meet the safety and legal requirements. During over his 30 years at Wärtsilä he has held various positions ranging from sales to management, many of them in South America.
He has wide experience in improving shipping efficiency and optimising ship’s operations, auxiliary system’s operation and influence as well as maintenance management with condition monitoring systems and dynamic maintenance scheduling.

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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), Vice President
Responsible for Execution and Portfolio Managment of transactions with danish customers
in the Maritime Industry. Additinonal special tasks: Ferries / Green Shipping

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Annika HULT

Since 2014 Annika Hult is the Route Manager for Stena Line’s Business Region North Sea and the Managing Director of Stena Line BV. Stena Line is one of the largest ferry operators in the world with 23 routes and 42 vessels in Europe. Annika is commercially and operationally responsible for the company’s business on the North Sea, with 4 routes between the Netherlands and the UK with 7 vessels, 2 ports and a specialized tour operator, Buro Scanbrit. She has built her carrier over the past 16 years within the Stena AB Group, starting off as a financial controller directly after she finished university at the Gothenburg School of Economics. She actually started at Stena already while still studying, back in 1996, as an intern at various departments including Stena RoRo. Annika has since held various positions throughout the Group.  She worked for example for 5 years within the offshore division, for Stena Drilling in Aberdeen. Prior to joining Stena Line, she served as the Managing Director of Stena International Sarl, the international holding company of the Stena AB Group, focusing in particular on business development including acquisitions.

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Edvard Thonstad Sandvik is the team leader of the ferry team at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. The three most important part of his job today is; competitive tendering of ferry lines, environmental issues and ferry management for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. He holds a Masters Degree in Transport Economics from the University of Leeds, UK. He has earlier been a research Economist at Molde Research institute were his field were transport, and thereby also ferry operations. In the 90`s he worked in local Friends of the Earth groups with costal transport.

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Joachim Rønnevik is a senior advisor in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and works with procurement of ferry services on the main road network in Norway. He has a central role in work on the strategic level related to procurement of ferry services. He is in charge of the contract template being used on ferry tenders on the main road network, and secures that the tenders are in compliance with guidelines given in the National Transport Plan and other strategies. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics.

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Esa Nettamo is a creative & studio director at Ixonos, where he leads a multidisciplinary design team tasked to help companies to succeed in digital transformation. Lately Esa and his team have focused on digitalising cruise experiences for leading cruise line companies. Their approach combines consumer and business intelligence resulting experiences that help companies to better serve their customers and improve their core business and generate new revenue streams. 

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Tuomas RISKI

Tuomas Riski is the CEO of Norsepower. Norsepower has developed and brought to market the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution, with which ferries can significantly reduce fuel consumption and related emissions. When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Tuomas Riski holds a M.Sc. in Technology from Helsinki University of Technology and a M.Sc. in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

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Finn Arne Rognstad, Head of Nordic region, Rolls-Royce Marine

Finn Arne Rognstad graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in Bergen 1986 as a Master Mariner. After serving several years at sea as navigator and warfare officer in the Royal Norwegian and other Nato navies, he joined Norwegian Cruise Line as 1st officer in 1993.

In 1996 he moved to the equipment supply side, and embarked on an international career covering shipbuilding, sales and support services that spanned a 9-year period with residence in Malta, Houston and Miami employed by  Ulstein and later Rolls-Royce. A further valuable experience with shipbuilding was gained working with the great team of Aker Yards for a few years. Since 2008 he has focused on environmental technologies and is a strong advocate for the increasing adoption of LNG as an alternative marine fuel. His current role within the Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine organization is focused on the Nordic countries, but he also keeps an eye on the international cruise and ferry segment.

He is based in Oslo, Norway where he lives with his wife and 3 children.

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Has studied international trade and economy at International University of Social Sciences in Tallinn. 1994-1997 worked in Ministry of Finance in Estonia, heading the government borrowings and external debt service. 1997-1999 portfolio manager, broker and CEO at an equity brokerage company. Career in passenger ferry company Tallink Grupp started in 1999. Initially in finance department in various positions, then Finance Director. From 2009 Board member, CFO being responsible for travel & duty free operations, Tallink Hotels, IT and finance. From the beginning of 2015 Chairman of the Management Board, CEO of AS Tallink Grupp.

Janek has been involved in many of the developments during his employment in Tallink. Implementation of group wide online reservation system in 2001-2003. Managing the Tallink Grupp international IPO of EUR 165m and the listing process in 2005. Acquisition of Silja Line in 2006. Financing arrangements for all Tallink Grupp investments of nearly EUR 1.5 billion. Renewal of onboard sales strategy and initiation of related developments (organisational changes, public areas upgrades on ships, 2014 renovated Silja Symphony and Silja Serenade). Initiating, planning and contracting the new EUR 230 million LNG ferry newbuilding for 2017

Interests in new retail trends, consumer focused e-commerce innovations, Big Data and digital marketing developments. LNG market and infrastructure developments.
Private interests include travelling, fishing, playing tennis, cars and autosport, electronics, consumer gadgets, start-ups.                    

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Interior Designer AIA Architectes

Date of birth : 1st  April 1963
Married - 3 children                                                                                                    

-    1983     4-year design degree : top school ‘’école supérieure BOULLE’’ diploma
-    1985     2-year technical and design degree : top school ‘’école supérieure BOULLE’’ diploma

-    From 2000                AIA Architectes Company
                                     Interior Designer
                                     Naval Project Manager
-   From 1987 to 2000     Pierre-Yves ROCHON Company
                                     Interior Designer
                                     Export Project Manager

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