Speakers 2017

Mahinde Alexander ABEYNAIKE

Mr. Mahinde Alexander Abeynaike is Chief Executive Officer at Bomin Linde LNG GmbH & Co. KG, a leading provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel. The Germany based company and the group companies of its shareholder The Linde Group have access to a broad range of expertise in cryogenic engineering, logistics and fuel supply. Bomin Linde LNG covers various activities along the value-chain from LNG sourcing to delivering the fuel into the customers’ vessels in different supply modes.
Mr. Abeynaike has a long track record in finance in infrastructure based business. Prior to joining Bomin Linde LNG in 2012, he advised The Linde Group on several transactions in the gas sector. Mr. Abeynaike started his career at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and acted as Chief Strategy Officer of a major fiber network infrastructure provider. He holds a master degree in Mathematics and Informatics from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.

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Denise BAUM

Assistant Vice President, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Denise Baum joined KfW IPEX-Bank's Maritime Industries department in 2012. The department runs a portfolio of EUR 17 bn and provides financings for all maritime sectors, including ferry, cruise, shipping and offshore. Denise focuses on origination and structuring of financings for customers in Scandinavia, the Baltics, Turkey and South America. Her previous work experience includes 5 years in export and project finance at Helaba and several years in administrative positions in the automobile industry. Denise has worked and lived in Brazil and Mexico and is based in Frankfurt. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Otto-Friedrich University Bamberg.

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Björn Blomqvist was appointed CEO of the Eckerö Group in May 2004. Before joining Eckerö he worked for the airline company SAS and the industrial group Munters. Mr Blomqvist holds an MSc in Economics and Business Administration from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki. He has studied and worked in Finland, Sweden and Germany.

In addition to his work heading the Eckerö Group, Mr Blomqvist is also active in the boards of the Finnish Shipowners’ Association and the Swedish Maritime Employers’ Association as well as in the board of the marine insurer Alandia.

Mr Blomqvist lives in Mariehamn, Aaland Islands, with his wife and two children.

The Eckerö Group is active in ferry, roro and cruise shipping in the Baltic under the brands Eckerö Linjen, Eckerö Line, Eckerö Shipping and Birka Cruises. Group turnover in 2015 was 243 M€ and number of employees 1 206.

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Professional Profile and actual Occupation 1992-2017

Giuseppe is a senior Sales Manager and business developer with a solid background of 25 years of experience in Telecommunication out of which 12 years specifically in the Maritime industry, with extensive track record of successful delivery in the business development.


Key Skills and Competencies


  • Extensive Domestic and International Experience,

 Having worked over 16 years with Ericsson for ETACS/GSM products distribution development and 12 years with Seanet, WINS Ltd (subsidiary of Eutelsat) in Maritime “GSM on the Ship” projects.

  • Business Hunter, with demonstrated success in defining strategy and commercial opportunities with the best and strongest Italian actors in the “GSM on the ship” field
  • Creative Thinker with Entrepreneurial Spirit,

Continuously looking at how to best exploit current business and emerging trends into new business opportunities.

  • Passionate Approach,

With extensive experiences in business case development- partners selection and with a strong communication skill (verbal and written) including relationship/negotiation. Team leadership with a great capability in working in a multicultural environment.

Past Occupation 1967-1991

As a junior civil engineer (Palermo University), was busy in Civil-Industrial Construction, (as topography technician initially and than as Resident Manager) for Italian Construction Companies (Vianini-DiPenta-DeAngelis) and French (Bouygues) mostly in Africa – Libya –South Africa- Nigeria-Cameron-Chad.

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Matteo Catani is the CEO of GNV. Prior to this he served as Director of Sales and Business Development (2014 - 2016), leading sales, marketing and development activities, as Strategy and Business Development Manager (2011 - 2014) heading planning, forecasting, pricing and revenue management as well as Business Planning and Analysis Manager (2007 - 2010). He has previously held different business planning related positions within the Danone Group (2004 - 2007). Matteo holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Genoa and an MBA from The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, US, Illinois.

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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 extensive executive experience in the ferry industry, most recently as the CEO of BC Ferries, one of the world’s largest ferry operators. Before joining BC Ferries, he held various senior management roles at WestCoast Energy’s operations across Canada. Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Victoria where he was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for the business school.

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Koninklijke N.V. Texels Eigen Stoomboot Onderneming (TESO)

Cees de Waal has been managing director of TESO since 2008. This organization operates the ferry service between Den Helder and the island of Texel in the Netherlands. TESO is unique in that most of its 3,138 shareholders are Texel residents. Profits made are invested in quality and affordability, always focusing on the traveller’s interests. Due to increasing demand for crossings, the ferries have gradually become larger and more modern over the years. TESO has always been closely involved in the design process to ensure their vessels incorporate the best possible solutions, environmental sustainability and reliability are key. The design process for the sustainable ferry Texelstroom involved wide consultation and studies to ensure that all technical solutions were considered from an environmental as well as economic perspective.

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R&D Manager Deltamarin

Mia has over 15 years of experience with various ship energy efficiency and machinery design related tasks. Mia Elg’s current role as R&D manager is related to leading the development of Deltamarin’s products and services. Mia's areas of expertise include: Thermal engineering, product development and productization of different energy- and environmental services, energy balance calculation, energy flow simulation and environmental impact assessment. In addition to this, she has led the development of zero emission ship machinery in several projects. Mia has a Master’s degree in Thermodynamics. At the side of the work at Deltamarin Mia is also committing doctoral studies at Aalto University in the field of energy efficiency in marine applications. As a "high level task" both at Deltamarin and in the studies, Mia develops an advanced energy efficiency analysis method, suitable for maritime and offshore domain.

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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 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 more than DKK 9 billion.

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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. In addition, he is an active consultant in the cruise sector.
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 most recently took
place in March 2016. Discover Ferries has 12 Ferry members and 20 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 Dorset bench sitting as Chairman in Weymouth and

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Director Netherlands and Nordic countries IESE Business School
Executive Education | International Open Programs
IESE Business School | Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, New York, Sao Paulo

Koert Grever joined IESE Business School to foster the strong relations with the business community in the Netherlands and Nordic countries. IESE Business school strives to develop people to become better leaders with a positive impact on their teams, organizations and society. He is a graduate from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and has been working many years for Oracle implementing Enterprise Software and heading the development of cloud computing solutions across EMEA since 1999. In 2010 he graduated from the IESE Global Exec MBA program engaging with more strategic and M&A type of consulting. Now working for IESE he happily combines the privilege to live in Barcelona and to help shape the future of Executive Education.

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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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Callenberg Technology Group
Director, Energy Management Technology / HVAC Marine conversions
Marine engineer with 20 years’ experience from HVAC, Automation & Energy conservation onboard passenger ships.

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Morten Haure-Petersen joined the Scandlines management team in 2011 as Chief Customer Officer (CCO). Based in Copenhagen, Morten is responsible for all revenue streams of the company, procurement, supply chain, sales and marketing, retail and catering operations.

Morten came from a position as Co-CEO for apetito catering Europe BV and member of the apetito Group Executive Board. In the six years with apetito, he modernised and expanded the business significantly resulting in increased turnover and profits.

Prior to that, Morten held various senior executive positions with GATE GOURMET INTERNATIONAL, YUM! BRANDS INC and CHOICE HOTELS EUROPE Plc.

He is of Danish nationality and holds an MBA from Scandinavian International Management Institute (SIMI) in Copenhagen.

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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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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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Part Owner of 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, including Private Yachts, Ferries, Explorer Ships and Ocean Liners.

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

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Oscar a native Swedish, he was educated in France, Wales, and Sweden, and holds an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Product Development from the University of Linko¨ping. After joining Rolls-Royce in 2003 as an Application Engineer in the Water Jet Department, Oscar has progressed through the company in various positions within Project, Contract, and Sales Management. Over the years he has covered the full range of Rolls-Royce products and has spent 4 years in Korea for Rolls-Royce building up the Contract and Project Management team.

In addition, he managed the project that delivered Fjord Line’s – and the world’s first - LNG Single Fuel Ropax Ferries Stavangerfjord and Bergensfjord in 2013.

Now responsible for LNG Systems – Business Development and Sales - Oscar combines his technical skills and knowledge with his commercial and business experience to provide Rolls-Royce customers with the LNG systems that match their needs.

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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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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).

He entered the Grimaldi Group in 1995 by covering the position of Commercial Executive at the Group’s offices in London.

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

From 2005 to 2010 he was Managing Director of Grimaldi & Louis Dreyfus Lines which run a freight & passenger service between Civitavecchia (Italy) and Toulon (France).

He is a Board Member of various companies of the Grimaldi Group among which Scandinavian Auto Logistics (1999-2000), Grimaldi Belgium, Antwerp Euroterminal  and Minoan Lines.

Paul Kyprianou represents the Grimaldi Group at various associations such as ECSA and Interferry.

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Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Fjord Line Group and Managing Director (MD) Fjord Line Denmark ltd.
Master mariner with 30+ years onboard and onshore operational experience mainly from the Ro/Pax, Ro/Ro and High Speed Craft shipping segments.
Part of the executive management team in Fjord Line since 2008.
Project management during the construction and implementation of the LNG powered Cruise ferries MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord.
Today CTO with responsibility for the Fjord Line Fleet Management, Harbor interfaces and fleet project activities plus the Danish daughter company.
Has always had a passion for shipping and technicalities and especially for the ferries.

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Christophe MATHIEU

CEO Brittany Ferries

  • Born in 1968 in France. Married 2 children
  • Master degree in Business Administration at University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

International Executive Program INSEAD Fontainebleau 2005

  • Joined Brittany Ferries in 1992 in Plymouth (UK). 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 CEO, in charge of Strategic and Commercial Affairs.

Responsible for Group Revenue (Pax, freight, onboard sales), fleet strategy and port negotiations.

  • Since April 2016  : Chief Executive Officer
  • Chairman of Interferry since October 2020

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Jon Roger NESJE

John Roger Nesje has a wide experience in senior management and marine industry, with electric power systems as a specialty.  
His early experience was in the Vik-Sandvik Group (Ship Design) working with power system design and project management. He subsequently joined the company Scandinavian Electric Systems, as a co-owner, and was a key in developing diesel-electric propulsion systems and to build up the company, organization and technology from a handful of people to a significant global player. This company was acquired by Rolls-Royce Marine in 2008. He has been with Rolls-Royce since then. He has held various positions including VP Contract and Projects, VP Engineering and Technology and VP Customer Management within Rolls-Royce Marine Power Electric Systems

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Jan Erik NORLI

Chief Marketing Officer, 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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Carsten Ortloff – Naval Architect / Ferry Concept Design:
Carsten Ortloff joined Flensburger's project team in 2000. Right from the start he got involved in the basic design of Smyril Line's NORRÖNA, with main responsibilities in damage stability and other safety related topics.
Later on he became the responsible Naval Architect for some of Flensburger's ro-ro projects as well as all of the yard's ro-pax projects, including four newbuildings for BC-Ferries, one for Caledonian MacBrayne and, most recently, the ro-pax newbuilding for Irish Ferries.
During his years in concept design work, his main focus has always been on design optimisation and deep understanding of customer needs. Most recently, he started to give more and more thoughts to process optimization in the development of new ferries.

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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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Chief Executive

Guy Platten is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry – including serving as a deck officer in the Merchant Navy, an Inspector of Lifeboats for the RNLI, Salvage and Mooring Officer with the Ministry of Defence and as Director of Marine Operations with the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Guy Platten was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping in January 2014. His role includes responsibility for the UK shipping industry’s relations with government and other relevant bodies (national and international) on all fiscal, economic, employment, safety and environment, security and other issues.

Prior to this, from 2007 Guy was Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) Ltd, which is responsible for the provision of ships and port infrastructure delivering lifeline services – alongside harbour authority responsibilities – at 24 locations in Scotland.

Guy established CMAL and built it to be a respected company delivering on vital transport infrastructure.  He oversaw the construction and delivery of two innovative hybrid ferries along with a number of significant harbour developments. 

Before joining CMAL, Guy was Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board and was responsible for the NLB fleet, Oban port facility, 24 hour monitor centre and providing navigational advice regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Guy started his career at sea in the Merchant Navy in 1982 serving with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.  After gaining his Master Mariner Certificate he moved to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland.  He also served three years with the Ministry of Defence as a Salvage Officer, when he was closely involved in the project to remove oil from the sunken battleship HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow as well as undertaking routing salvage operations including the refloating of a grounded type 23 Frigate in Oslo Fjord..

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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 and 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, where he was member of the management team (2003-2010).

Since the early 2000s, Mr. Poersch has been engaged in a number of consultancy jobs in the wider transport and logistics industry. As a senior consultant he has been responsible for market and business development studies, traffic, turnover and revenue forecasts, risk assessments, SWOT, socio-economic CBA and other analyses. He gained substantial experiences in project management and (public) finance/ investment support for the transport service and infrastructure sector.

Mr. Poersch is mainly engaged throughout Europe, but has worked on projects covering the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, South Africa and the US.

His clientele includes port authorities and terminal operators, shipping lines, ship owners and managers, railway and intermodal transport companies, shippers and governmental bodies as well as equity/ investment firms.

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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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CEO, HH Ferries Group

Henrik Rørbæk has more than 20 years of experience in leadership positions in international ferry businesses. He is responsible for operating an infrastructure solution in a local, regional and international corridor with a view to providing customers with an efficient crossing, offering flexibility, accessibility, capacity and regularity.

HH Ferries Group operates the Scandlines Helsingborg-Helsingör route transporting up to 50,000 passengers and 9,000 cars across Öresund on a daily basis with departures every fifteen minutes. Henrik will discuss the rationale behind the current battery conversion project which is the largest single investment project in the company’s history with an estimated cost of nearly SEK 300 million. INEA, the EU’s executive agency for innovation and network, has chosen to support the project with approximately SEK 120 million.

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Ole-Kristian SIVERTSEN

Ole-Kristian Sivertsen represent EMC as Vice President of Strategic Business Development. He has 25 years of experience from the ITC industry, the last 15 years within Sales, Business Development and Senior Executive positions.
Ole served as SVP of Business Development and Sales at MCP (Telenor Group) from 2011 to 2015, whereafter he moved on as Head of Sales for EVRY, a company partly owned by Telenor, and the leading Nordic IT services provider and champion in driving corporate Digital Transformation.
Through his tenure with MCP, Sivertsen gained significant knowledge in areas of onboard revenue generation, onboard experience, mobile technology and business innovation for the Maritime segments. His additional experience from IT companies such as Alcatel, Citrix, EVRY, RES Software, Sun Microsystems and WM-data has provided a solid foundation for understanding the business potential of technologies and innovations such as Cloud Computing, SoLoMo, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, AI, Internet of Things and various "as a service" business models.
Bringing this knowledge to the Cruise and Ferry market in efforts to help customers not only solving the challenges of connectivity and Quality of Experience for Internet Services at sea, but also helping them navigate unchartered waters and unleashing the potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution - "The Internet of Everything" is a great passion for Ole.
As a Corporate Evangelist, Sivertsen also enjoys offering his vision, knowledge and strategies as an accomplished and dynamic speaker at cruise, ferry and maritime events and conferences. In his presentations, Ole shares real-life examples bringing ideas to life, delivering take-aways that immediately translate into action and powerful results.

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Chairman of the Management Board of AS Tallink Grupp since 2015

Member of the Management Board since 2009, Chief Financial Officer
Has been with the Group since 1999 in the positions of Financial Advisor, Treasurer and Financial Director

Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, International University “LEX”, Estonia, in 1999

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Present employment
• Danske Færger A/S and Bornholmstrafikken Holding A/S (since October 2010)

Former employment
• CEO and Geschäftsfu¨hrer, Scandlines AG Rostock (2006-10)
• Line Manager Scandlines, Baltic Sea, (1996-06)
• CEO, Europa Linien A/S (1995-96)
• CEO, Lion Ferry AB, Sverige (1991-95)

• Commercial highscool (1974-78)

Other positions
• Chairman, Danish Car Ferry Association- since 2008
• Board member, Interferry- since 2008
• Board member, The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail- since 2016

Former positions
• Board member, Sydfynske A/S (2010-11), Chairman (2007-08)
• Board member, Euro-Port A/S (1986-95)
• Chairman, HH Ferries I/S (2009-10)
• Board member, Mols-linien A/S (2005-07)

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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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Wärtsilä Norway

Harald Tillung is working as Business Development Manager at Wärtsilä Norway. With his background in electro and automation, he has been working for many years with electrical solutions for several vessel types and have a wide knowledge about complete system design from engines to propulsion. The last years he have had a main responsibility for battery assisted systems and have been working with the new generation of electrical/battery ferries in Wärtsilä. Harald came into Wärtsilä in 2006 when Aker Kvaerner Power & Automation was acquired by Wärtsilä and have been working within international sales since then.

Harald’s education is as automation engineer, graduated in 1985, and an engine/machine education back in 1977. He is living at Stord, Norway, together with his wife Inger Kristin and their 16 years old twins Amalie and Martine. They also have an older daughter who has made them to grandparents for a boy and two girls.

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Tarvi-Carlos TUULIK

CEO HT Shipmanagement at AS Tallink Grupp

Master mariner, Project Manager of the ro-pax SUPERSTAR newbuilding 2006-2008.

He has been with the Group since 2000 as a Chief Officer and since 2004 as a Captain on board passenger ferries

Captain Tuulik holds a Master's degree in Naval Science and Operational Studies from St. Petersburg Maritime Academy, 1994

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International Representative Austal

Mike Wake studied Naval Architecture, qualifying in 1975 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He worked intially with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at the time when they were making the transition from building tankers to the “through-deck cruisers” Illustrius and Ark Royal (politically they were not allowed to be called aircraft carriers). This was followed by a time as a writer with “The Motor Ship” magazine before becoming editor of the journals of the Royal Intitution of Naval Architects, including “The Naval Architect”, “Warship Technology”, “Small Craft”, “Ship and Boat” and “Shiprepair and Conversion Technology”. He started working with Austal in 1994 at the time when the company was planning to enter the fast car ferry market. He has worked on numerous fast ferry projects ranging from small 20m catamarans to 128m trimarans. He is a shareholder in the company and is a roaming international representative.

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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. Mr Westling is since 2013 a board member of Interferry Inc.

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Managing Director KNUD E. HANSEN

Finn Wollesen has salt water in his veins. He started sailing on J. Lauritzen Reefer vessels and on the Nella Dan, sailing expedition voyages in Antarctica. Finn then trained as a mechanical engineer in Denmark, which led to a design position with the HVAC equipment supplier Novenco, working on projects for the international maritime market.

Finn has been stationed in numerous countries, including Spain, Singapore and Italy. After the Italian posting, Finn and a colleague started their own marine design and consultancy; Marine Technologies. Which, in 2003, was merged into one of the Danish marine industry's most renowned and respected companies KNUD E. HANSEN, founded in 1937.

Finn became CEO of the merged group and the old sailor and travelled CEO thrives in a very international atmosphere. 

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