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Feature Expert Speakers from 2022

Steve Cameron


CMR Support 

Stephen trained at sea before joining the founding management that ran OTAL a specialist West Africa liner shipping, logistics and terminal operations company for 20 years.

He also has 20 years of experience running CMR, a specialist consultancy focused on the Maritime, Ports, Supply Chains, Trade, and African markets.

At rtiForensics he was involved in the pilot program that developed ISO 28000, 28007, the standards for the provision of armed guards on ships.

His portfolio of 150 experts provides business development, risk and safety management, technical consultancy, and expert witnesses for dispute resolution.

His recent work includes reputation, markets, and technical due diligence, for investors of terminals in China, South America, and Southern Africa. He has worked on projects in 19 African countries.

John Fossey

Consulting Editor 

WorldCargo News 

John Fossey has spent over 40 years researching, analysing and writing on developments in the container shipping, general cargo, logistics and port industries. John recently set up Five Oceans Shipping Services, a small advisory and media services company. Prior to this he worked at Moffatt & Nichol (2013-20) as a maritime transport consultant, and the informa Group as editorial director of Containerisation International (2005-12). He has also worked at Drewry Shipping Consultants and in the early part of his career he held various editorial positions at Containerisation International.

John is a regular contributor to WorldCargo News and is head of research for container equipment and leasing at Drewry.

John specialises in trade and cargo forecasts, competitor analyses, the writing of detailed market reports and advising companies, infrastructure funds and financial entities on a full range of investment, commercial and operational issues when it comes to investing in the shipping and port sectors.

Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid

Secretary General


Ms. Lamia Kerdjoudj -Belkaid is the Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals since March 2014. She holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC and Mannheim Business Schools as well as Master Degrees in Shipping, Transport and Logistics as well as in English Literature and Applied Psychology.

She has a professional experience of more than 27 years during which she held different positions within the maritime and logistics sector.

Among others, she has been for more than seven year the Public Affairs manager of the French Shipowners’ Organization. Between 2009 - 2012, she has also been appointed as a senior expert and advisor in the framework of several European projects financed by different Directorates of the European Commission.

She has also worked for private companies and corporations (among others Capmarine, Budd SA, CATRAM, EGIS) and has been in charge of consulting and business development assignments for large multinational companies. She is since 15 years a lecturer in Business schools in France and Germany in the field of stakeholders’ management and multilateral negotiations.

Antonio Barbara 



Antonio Barbara has over twenty years of international experience in the port and terminal industry. He held a variety of managerial roles and led terminals in Italy and Turkey. Antonio is a renowned expert in Mediterranean shipping and ports. He holds a degree in Economics/Business Administration from the University of Salerno.

Antonio joined HHLA PLT Italy as CEO in March 2021, transforming the greenfield project into the next stage of growth, including the terminal expansion. Prior to this appointment, Antonio was General Manager of the following terminals: Intermodal Terminal (IMT – Messina Group) in Genova (Italy - 2017), Yilport Gemlik (Yilport Holding) in Gemlik (Turkey – 2014), Gruppo Spinelli (GPT – Spinelli Group) in Genova (Italy – 2012). Prior to leading terminals, he built extensive experience in the fields of both finance and operations in Salerno Container Terminal (SCT), part of Contship, (Italy).

During his career, Antonio has had the opportunity to lead a wide variety of terminals at different stages of development, but always with a strong focus on multimodal development and terminal expansion projects. 

Matthijs van Doorn

Vice-President Commercial 

Port of Rotterdam 

Matthijs van Doorn is Vice-President Commercial at Port of Rotterdam Authority.

In this function, Matthijs is responsible for customer relations and customer development of the Port of Rotterdam.

In his previous roles he was responsible for the development of the inland of Port of Rotterdam and the Commercial Digital Portfolio. Matthijs started his career with TNT, which gives him more than 16 years of experience in logistics. Developing Port of Rotterdam into the port with the most sustainable and most efficient supply chains is what drives Matthijs. This can only be done together with our customers and stakeholders. Digital is an important enabler for that and will make our port fit for the future 

Indra Vonck

Leader Deloitte Port Advisory 


Indra Vonck leads the Deloitte Port Center of Excellence and is a key representative in the firm’s global Shipping and Ports network. He has 10 years of experience with consulting maritime stakeholders and port authorities in both the public and private sector. Indra has worked across the global Deloitte network in all geographies on a variety of strategic and financial port and maritime projects.  

Before joining Deloitte Indra worked for a specialized maritime department in the university of Antwerp where he also obtained a PHD in Maritime & transport economics from ITMMA and Solvay Business School Brussels. The topic of the PhD focused on resilience in Seaports, a subject still close to Indra’s hart, where he, still today, strivers for a maximum impact on increased resilience and sustainability in the wider maritime sector through all his engagements.

Over the course of his career Indra worked in multiple of the world’s leading maritime centers including a recent 2 year stay in London, and currently has his home base in Antwerp and Rotterdam. In addition to his day job, he is guest lecturer at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and tenured professor at the university of Brussels on European Integration.  

Peter Sand

Chief Shipping Analyst 


Peter Sand joined Xeneta in 2021, as the Chief Analyst. Heading a team that delivers expert insights on container shipping and air cargo industries - from a logistics perspective. Focus on the essential drivers, demand and supply - an obviously the freight rates that impacts us all.

Sand joined Xeneta after over a decade at BIMCO, where he was responsible for analysing commercial markets based on the global economic situation and its influence on trade. Prior to Sand’s Chief Shipping Analyst role at BIMCO, he worked with D/S NORDEN, a Danish shipping company operating in the dry cargo and tanker segments worldwide, as a Senior Analyst.

Throughout his career, Sand has been regarded for his widely read articles and industry insights, as well as his regular appearances on global news networks such as CNN, BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg. He holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

Johan-Paul Verschuure

Project Director 

Rebel Group

Johan-Paul Verschuure is a senior port & transport economist at Rebel based in Rotterdam. His primary expertise lies in market and strategy studies in the port and shipping sector, due diligence for port transactions and in the field of the energy transition/decarbonisation of the maritime industry.

He combines a technical background as a port engineer with financial economic expertise for developing business cases from a combined commercial, technical and financial point of view. The strong and important link between technical-operational, commercial and financial is central in the (financial) analyses he carries out as a consultant.

He has been with Rebel over two years where he is a director and partner. Before joining Rebel he worked as Technical Director at WSP in the Maritime group in London, United Kingdom. Prior to this position, he gained experience with Ocean Shipping Consultants/Royal HaskoningDHV for over 8 years. Combined he worked for almost 15 years exclusively on business cases in the port and shipping globally.

He has worked across sectors in the port domain with a focus on the container shipping industry. Clients include  most major global terminal operators, major infrastructure funds investing in port assets as well as some of world’s leading port authorities. He has worked on projects in especially North West Europe, Black Sea, North America, South America, South-East Asia and Africa. 

Alex Duca

Director – Head of Automation Engineering

AP Moller Maersk

Multicultured leader driving transformation and business performance at global, regional and local level. Strong stakeholder management of partners, customers and suppliers. 

More than 20+ year of deep experiences within automation technology, industrial infrastructure, transport and logistics, shipping, ports, container terminals, including business development and M&A. 

With an Engineer’s degree in Automation and Industrial Informatics, Alex managed his own startup company that delivered operations technology solutions and services for the maritime industry, collaborating with AP Møller Mærsk since 1998. 

Joining APM Terminals in 2002, he held various positions of increasing responsibility, in Romania, Oman, Jordan; Vietnam, The Netherlands, United States, and Denmark focusing on driving business value by integrating functional efficiency, operations technology solutions and container handling equipment within complex port environments.

In the current role as Director, Head of Automation Engineering, based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Alex is driving organization transformation and modernization of port, transport and logistics operations through modular solutions and global business initiatives.

Eleanor Hadland 

Senior Analyst - Ports & Terminals 


Eleanor Hadland heads up Drewry’s ports and terminals research arm, including responsibility for the company’s Annual Review of Global Container Operators and quarterly Ports & Terminals Insight reports.

She has over 25-years’ experience in the port sector, having worked initially for the UK’s largest port operator Associated British Ports.

She has subsequently held senior level consultancy roles with Drewry, Moffatt & Nichol, BMT and AECOM, where she has supported a wide range of clients in respect of port development and expansion and M&A transactions. 

Dennis Koegeboehn


HPC Hamburg Port Consulting 

Dennis Koegeboehn is a Partner at HPC, bringing 20 years of industry experience in the ports sector. He has been advising operators and the public sector alike on large scale integrated port development projects in all stages of port projects.

Specific focus areas include capacity extension and technological advancement, especially automation and digitalisation, optimisation, simulation and supply chain optimisation projects. Focussing on commercialisation, Dennis brings a rich experience in business case development from a range of due diligence, M&A and privatisations projects.

Following three years with terminal operator HHLA, he joined HPC in 2005, where he has further developed terminal planning and optimisation capabilities. With a core focus on port planning, design, development, implementation and improvement, Dennis is responsible for HPC’s business in the APAC region.

Dr. Jan Hoffmann 

Chief of Trade Logistics Branch


Jan joined UNCTAD in 2003 and became Chief of the organization’s Trade Logistics Branch in 2016. The Branch is implementing multilateral transport and trade facilitation capacity building programmes, as well as regional and national projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Jan is co-author and coordinator of the annual UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport, created and co-edits the quarterly UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter, and initiated the UNCTAD Maritime Country Profiles and the quarterly Liner Shipping Connectivity Index.

Previously, Jan spent six years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and Santiago. Prior to this, he held part time positions as assistant professor, import-export agent, seafarer, translator, and consultant. For eight years, he also worked part time for the family tramp shipping business Hoffmann Shipping, based in Horneburg, Germany, with a tweendecker registered in St. Johns, Antigua and Barbuda.

Jan has studied in Germany, United Kingdom, and Spain, and holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His work has resulted in numerous UN and peer reviewed publications, lectures, technical missions, data bases, and electronic newsletters. Jan is member of AJSL, CPI, FFSC, IJSTL, INCU, JST, MEL, MPM, and the Propeller Club of Geneva. From 2014 to 2018, Jan was president of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME). Jan has had his hair cut in 74 countries. He has three sons and one wife.

Martin Mannion

Independent Port Consultant

Mannion Marine Limited

Martin Mannion has some 35 years maritime experience, principally in the planning and design of ports.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of The Academy of Experts, member of PIANC, as well as a member of the Independent Port Consultants industry grouping.

Martin provides technical and commercial management of and innovative solutions for port & maritime projects, master planning, port optimisation, due diligence, feasibility, design, expert witness work, and reviews for port facilities.

Examples of container terminal experience include London Gateway Design UK, TangerMed2 Due Diligence/Design Morocco, Colombo Sri Lanka North Port Study, Bayport Design/Construction Houston USA, Tema EPC Stage Ghana and Jebel Ali 25 Year Master Plan UAE, as well as other terminals including in the UK, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Belgium and Kuwait.


Annika Kroon

Head of Unit - DG MOVE - Maritime Transport & Logistics

European Commission

Annika Kroon is head of the Maritime Transport and Logistics Unit in the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission.

The unit deals with sustainable maritime policies, maritime markets and international maritime agreements, but also with digital and sustainable intermodal freight transport and logistics.

Annika is an economist with Master’s degrees in Cybernetics in Economy and International Finance. In her earlier assignments in the European Commission, she was involved in setting up the impact assessment framework, that the Commission uses for ex ante analysis of all its major policy proposal.
She has also dealt with the implementation of rail market liberalisation policies. 

Before joining the European Commission in 2008, she has worked as a financial and business analyst in banking and telecommunications.

Alexio Picco

Managing Director, Circle Group   

Technical Manager, EALING Project 

With a Degree in Transport Engineering at University of Genoa, Alexio is one of the Circle founding partner in 2012. He is now Managing Director and Member of the Board at Circle Group, President of MagellanCircle and Member of the Board at Info.era and Progetto Adele. Alexio Picco has a multi-annual experience working with politicians, policy makers, regulators, academics and third parties in passengers and freight transport innovation.

He is also currently the Director of the Connecting EU Business Unit, which supports and develops the business of public bodies and private companies through innovation projects and funding opportunities. 

Alexio Picco has a 25 years’ experience working with politicians, policy makers, regulators, academics and third parties in passengers and freight transport innovation using national and European funding.

22 years’ experience in creating, building and leading major initiatives within complex public and private organizations with a track record of successful cross-functional business development processes and large scale international consortia including EU and local institutions, EU/national/local policy-makers, industry players and a large variety of other stakeholders including non-profit groups.

15 years’ experience in supporting the European Commission in the evaluation of innovative projects, assessing their impacts in respect of the EU policies specifically in the domain of urban mobility and public transport.

Hans Rook


International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

Hans works in the transport and logistics sea trade sector for 51 years.
He started his career at a shipping agency and having gaining experience in all facets of import and export services, he was appointed to set up the ICT function in the company. He is also one of the gurus on EDI standardization – he joined UN working groups to establish UN/CEFACT EDIFACT messages for the global sea trade industry. Having been general manager ICT within the shipping agency, Hans was asked to join the Rotterdam group of experts for the set-up of the Port Community System in the Port of Rotterdam. Since then he has been working for Portbase Rotterdam until January 2019 when he retired.

The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has chalked up some remarkable achievements in the past years. Membership has increased to the point where IPCSA is now active and has members in every continent; IPCSA has continued to increase its influence at the highest levels; and IPCSA membership has expanded beyond port and cargo community systems to include Single Window operators.
All of this has been achieved under the dynamic chairmanship of Hans Rook, whose knowledge and expertise of community systems, IT and port logistics, built up over a 50-year career, is unrivalled.

Hans is quite simply one of the visionaries in the development of new services to support the simplification of trade. Hans, retired from Portbase Rotterdam as per 01-01-2019 were he was senior adviser at Portbase, the Port Community System in The Netherlands.

Ricardo Arten


Brasil Terminal Portuario (BTP)

Ricardo Arten Gorzelak, Chief Executive Officer of Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP), has more than 25 years of experience in the port sector.

He was appointed CEO of BTP in May, 2019, and in his current position for this company – a joint venture between Terminal Investment Limited (TiL)and APM Terminals – Ricardo has been successfully leading one of the largest port container terminals of South America.

He is also an active board member of ABRATEC – Brazilian Association of Container Terminals and associate member of Infrastructure Department (DEINFRA) of Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP).

Ricardo Arten previously worked in various leadership positions across port sector, including terminals of Santos, Rio de Janeiro and Itajaí, where he worked for several years had becoming a fundamental enabler of growth for APM Terminals Brazil.

Ricardo is a native of Brazil, married with Eliane and has two sons. He attained a naval engineer degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) and he also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In addition, he has attended several executive leadership programs in Brazil and abroad. 

Jeroen Kats 

Project Director - Design and Simulation Services

TBA Group 

Jeroen Kats holds a MSc degree in Operations Research and is Project Director Design and Simulation Services at TBA, a simulation consultancy company for the port, terminal and warehousing market.

His department focuses on supporting ports and terminal operators all over the world concerning terminal design and improvement process challenges.

By means of advanced dynamic tooling such as simulation and emulation, container terminals can make data-driven decisions and have a better grasp of the uncertainties.

In a span of over 15 years, he has been involved in various large, international projects ranging from process improvement, TOS go live support, terminal extensions and conversions, redesign of handling systems, to the design of greenfield terminals. 

Jorrit Harmsen

Global Senior Business Developer Green Maritime Performance 


Jorrit Harmsen MSc is a senior researcher sustainable shipping at the Dutch research institute TNO.

He focusses on technical, operational and logistics measures to enhance the environmental performance of waterborne transport and port operations.

As part of TNO’s sustainable shipping program, he is responsible for the strategic development of TNO's research portfolio. This combines research covering operational and bunkering safety, powertrain development, aftertreatment concepts, and development of sustainable fuels and accompanying scenarios.

Furthermore, Jorrit is vice-chair of the IRAG Port & Logistics of the European WATERBORNE Technology Platform.

Douwe van der Stroom 

Programme Manager - Twin Transition Green & Digital 

Port of Rotterdam

Douwe van der Stroom works as Programme Manager on the ‘twin transition’ at the Port of Rotterdam.

This concerns the area of work in which the energy transition intertwines with the digital transformation.

Within the largest port of Europe there is strong potential for digitization to accelerate the decarbonization of industry and transport.
Current initiatives include the developments in smart energy systems, raw materials passports, predictive maintenance among others.

Douwe is looking forward to connect with digital innovation frontrunners. 

Elisabeth Munck

Global Sustainability Manager 


Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld is a passionate change agent to make sustainability a true enabler for successful business.

Since 2016 she leads sustainability in Supply Chain Operations, based in Switzerland, with a strong focus on reaching ambitious climate targets for global transportation and logistics.

She holds a Master of Law from Lund University and a Master of Science in Environmental Management and Policy from the international Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University.

Throughout her professional life she has worked in the area of sustainability within different business sectors and management consultancies. 

Nick Gross

Global Containerships Segment Director

Lloyd's Register 

Biography to be uploaded soon. 

Ashley Woods

Head of Global Environmental Improvement 

A.P. Moller - Maersk 

Spending his primary school years in Australia and part of which living on a remote mine where he was schooled via CB radio, Ashley developed a fascination with the natural environmental and resources.

 Ashley completed a B.Sc and M.Sc at the University of Durham in Geosciences.  Ashley’s early career as an Environmental Consultant focused on Water Resource Management, Flood Risk and later Water Sensitive Urban Design. During this period Ashley completed an M.Res (Eng) in Urban Sustainability and Resilience at University College London, focusing on the use of mathematical decision theory for sustainable water supply capacity expansion planning.

 Moving to the Oil and Gas industry, Ashley worked as an Environmental and Social Advisor for BP on major Upstream projects in Angola and then for on- and off-shore operations in the North Sea. Following that Ashley became an Global Upstream Environmental Modelling Advisor specializing in Effluent Treatment, Oil Spill Contingency, and Air Impact assessment.

 Ashley currently holds the role of Head of Global Environmental Improvement and Capital Investments HSSE at Maersk. In this role Ashley is co-developing the new Environment and Ecosystems element of Maersk’s updated Global ESG Strategy, and is responsible for implementation across APM Terminals and Maersk Landside Logistics. The Environment and Ecosystems strategy and its implementation in Maersk’s landside businesses is designed to leverage cross-function and multi-disciplinary expertise to achieve better environmental outcomes. And then using multiplying these benefits through collaborations and partnerships with communities, stakeholders, and customers.

 Ashley is Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Hassan Abkari 

Managing Director, 

Tanger Med Port Authority

Hassan Abkari joined Tanger Med Group in 2006. 
Nowadays, he is Managing Director of Tanger Med Port Authority, and member of the board of the Special Agency Tanger Med.

Hassan Abkari is holder of a BSC in Applied Mathematics followed by a Master in Maritime Administration and ended up with a MBA from the EDHEC (France).

Hassan's first experience was in several project dredgingworks for port construction, followed by management position in the Moroccan shipping company Comanav.

Hassan is married and father of 3 children.

Ahila Karan

Decarbonisation Analyst, Marine

Lloyd's Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub

Ahila Karan is a Decarbonisation Analyst for the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonisation Hub.
She has more than 7 years' experience covering global energy markets, with a particular focus on transportation fuels and the cleaner fuels transition.

Ahila holds a Masters from the University College London in Economics, previously working at oil trading company Trafigura as the Global Distillates Analyst where she was also involved in producing analysis on shipping industry trends and fleet analysis.

Prior to this, Ahila worked as a journalist at S&P Global, reporting on major energy news and the latest environmental policy changes affecting the shipping and road fuels industries.

Andreas Slotte

Head of Sustainable Development    

Port of Helsinki

Andreas Slotte is the Head of Sustainable Development at Port of Helsinki Ltd, where he is responsible for the implementation of the port’s sustainable development strategy and activities.

Noteworthy items on the agenda are the implementation of the port’s carbon neutrality program, the expansion and adaption of used sustainability reporting metrics, as well as further development of the port’s environmental incentive program for vessels.

Andreas is a member of the European Seaport Organization’s SD-committee as well as the steering group of Carbon Neutral Helsinki 2030. Andreas is also in charge of the port’s LNG accreditation process,

Joining Port of Helsinki in 2013, Andreas worked in operations before assuming his current role. Andreas has an MBA from Aalto University, Helsinki, and is also a Master Mariner.

Christopher Stanik

Head of Maritime Applications

    NOW GmbH 

Dr. Christopher Stanik is Head of Maritime Applications within the department for Hydrogen, Alternative Fuels and Fuel Cells at NOW.
He coordinates several funding programmes for alternative fuels and energy conversion systems in martitime applications.

Mr. Stanik is holding a master’s degree in industrial engineering as well as a PhD in naval architecture and ocean engineering.

After working in strategy development for DB Schenker he worked as project manager for several R&D projects in shipbuilding and shipping industry with focus on offshore wind and maritime energy systems at Berlin Institute of Technology between 2011 and 2016. Between 2017 and 2021 he has been working as Programme Manager for the Mobility and Fuels Strategy of the German Government and as Project Manager for Gas-Fueled Ships at NOW.
Since 2021 Mr. Stanik is representing cross-technology maritime affairs at NOW as Head of Maritime Applications.

Remmelt Thijs

Senior Project Manager

TBA Group

Biography to be uploaded soon.

Berit Hinnemann

Head of Decarbonisation Business Development

A.P. Moller - Maersk

Berit Hinnemann currently works as the Head of Decarbonisation Business Development for Maersk, where she and her team develop the supply of the green fuels for Maersk’s decarbonization plans, especially the supply of green methanol for the announced container vessels going into operation from 2023 onwards.

Berit Hinnemann graduated with an M.Sc. in Physics from the University Duisburg-Essen in 2000 and with a Ph.D. in Physics (catalysis) from the Technical Denmark in 2004.

After postdoctoral positions in academic research at the Technical University of Denmark and at Princeton University, she joined Haldor Topsoe in 2006. She worked for Haldor Topsoe from 2006-2020 in roles in research and development, business development, technology scouting and the last 3 years as Head of Global Intelligence in Corporate Strategy.

In April 2020, Berit joined Maersk as Senior Innovation Project Manager within Maersk’s Future Fuels program. When Maersk established a dedicated Decarbonisation team in March 2021, Berit took up her current position as Head of Decarbonisation Business Development, developing green fuel supply and driving engagement with green fuels project developers and suppliers. 

Arjen Kersing 

Senior Maritime Expert 

McKinsey & Company

Arjen is a core member of the Transport Travel and Logistics practice and has deep experience in the maritime sector. Over the past 20 years, he has served many clients in all ports and shipping segments and along the maritime value chain.

His recent maritime experience includes

▪  Develop a growth strategy for a shipping subsidiary of a large O&G player following the merger of 4 different entities into one shipping company. This included the reorganization and restructuring of their businesses as well as setting up growth initiatives to triple their profits.

▪  Identify cost saving opportunities and digitization improvements for a tanker shipping subsidiary of an International Oil & Gas company.

▪  Develop a performance improvement program including commercial, operational and cost improvement levers for a large dry bulk shipping company based in Asia.

▪  Conducted several due diligences on dry and liquid bulk ship owner/ operators.

▪  Led a strategic fuel cost reduction program for a Japanese shipping conglomerate with over 500 ships. The team designed the fuel efficiency management system and implemented improvement levers. An online training tool was developed to roll out across the 5,000 seafarers.

▪  Improvement of capabilities of the fleet management department of a large container liner through evaluation of outsourcing and implementation of performance management solution.

▪  Arjen has been involved in many corporate strategy projects for global international shipping companies as well as ports.

▪  Led the development of a marine decarbonization model for a major industry consortium focused on decarbonizing the shipping industry

▪  Co-led a project for sustainable future fuel/ propulsion choice for a large global cruise operator

▪  Helped a team working on future fuel choices for a container carrier, make a choice between scrubber, LNG and low Sulphur fuel choice.

During 2013-2016, Arjen worked for DNVGL, a ship classification society where he led the Asian consulting department from Shanghai and later Singapore. Arjen holds a bachelors degree in business economics from Eindhoven University in the Netherlands. 

Otto Luiz Burlier

Director of Port Management & Modernization Department – National Secretary of Port & Waterway Transport

    Ministry of Infrastructure of Brazil  

Graduated in Business Administration from the University of Brasília - UnB, he holds a specialization in Public Management from the National School of Public Administration - ENAP.

He has been a civil servant in the Public Policy Specialist career at the Ministry of Economy since 2011.

During his career in public service, he has carried out several actions related to logistics projects in the Federal Government, at the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management; at the Ministry of Agriculture; and at the Secretariat of the Investment Partnerships Program of the Presidency of the Republic.

Otto is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Companhia Docas da Bahia.

Eduardo Nery

General Director

National Agency for the Water Transportation of Brazil (ANTAQ)

Eduardo Nery Machado Filho, was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, on January 28, 1971.

He graduated as a civil engineer at the State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, in 1995. Postgraduate in Public Works Audit from the University of Brasília - UnB; he also holds a post-graduate degree in Public Budget from the Serzedelho Corrêa Institute, the Center for Training and Improvement of the Brazilian National Chamber of Deputies.

He began his professional career in the private sector working as a civil engineer in large companies, where he was responsible for construction management, especially regarding urban and road infrastructure.

In 2000, Eduardo Nery began his career in Public Administration as Federal Auditor of External Control of the Federal Court of Accounts– TCU.

In the Court of Accounts, he played a leadership role in several technical units such as the Secretariat of Supervision of Construction Works, as well as integrated the technical advisory team for the ministers of the house. He also provided technical advice to Parliamentary Committees of Inquiry - CPIs, installed within the framework of the Brazilian National Congress.

Currently, Eduardo Nery serves as Director General of the Brazilian National Waterway Transportations Agency – ANTAQ. For this function, he was indicated by the Presidency on October 13, 2020, and had his nomination confirmed by the Brazilian Senate on October 20, 2020, to a term expiring on February 18, 2025. 

Ammar Kanaan



Ammar Kanaan is the CEO of Terminal Investment Limited (TiL), one of the top 10 global investors and operators in the container terminal industry.
TiL is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and is majority owned by MSC, the largest shipping line in the world, along with Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) out of New York, and GIC out of Singapore.

Ammar’s experience in the container terminal industry and in the transportation field in general dates back to 1992, where he worked as a consultant and then as an entrepreneur and investor before taking on the leadership role at TiL in 2018.

Ammar has a masters degree from MiT and an engineering degree from AUB, and is currently living with his family in Geneva. 

Christian Blauert

Global Director Port and Terminal Development

Moffatt & Nichol

Mr. Christian Blauert brings with him more than 25 years of experience within the maritime industry and serves as Moffatt & Nichol’s Global Director Port and Terminal Development.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in the leadership of greenfield terminal automation projects, such as Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) in Hamburg, and has held senior management positions for International port operators.

Christian’s expertise encompasses maritime container terminal planning, with a strong focus on port optimisation and the automation of terminal operations (Container Terminal Burchardkai in Hamburg).

During his time as a maritime consultant, he advised operators with regard to both technical and commercial areas of the industry. Projects included operational analyses, transportation and logistics, procurement, evaluation of terminal equipment and IT specifications.

Christian’s educational background is in mechanical engineering, with a specialisation in production, logistics, management and economics.

Uwe Liebschner

Consultant Customs and Foreign Trade 

DBH Logistics IT AG& Customs Lead, International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

Uwe Liebschner has several years of professional experience as an official at the German customs administration. After moving to the private sector, he has now worked for more than 20 years as a consultant for customs and foreign trade at dbh Logistics IT AG in Bremen. The company develop and operate the Port Community System for Bremen, Bremerhaven and Wilhelmshaven.

He has extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of the current developments of the Union Customs Code with regard to the implementation of IT projects and their integration into the process flows of logistics and customs clearance.

Mr. Liebschner contributes his knowledge for the design of the processes around the logistic handling in the cross-border movement of goods. Furthermore, Uwe Liebschner represents the IPCSA (International Port Community System Association) as Chairman of the IPCSA Customs Committee at various international meetings and events, such as working groups of the EU Commission (DG TAXUD) in Brussels.

Due to his experience and extensive knowledge of customs and foreign trade and the interaction of these areas with the requirements of global supply chains, Uwe Liebschner has completed numerous independent assessments of customs organisations and took part as an SME in several “Government Excellence Program” activities, especially in the UAE.

Martijn Thijsen 

Ecosystem & Platform Play Lead I Digital Strategy & Transformation I Blockchain 

Port of Rotterdam

Passionate about digitalization & transformation, driving performance and growing business through connecting and developing people. Firm believer in the power of networks, ecosystems and co-creation, using technology to optimize Supply Chains and create new business models. Martijn has a strong international track record in Operational Management, Business Development, Strategy and Business Transformations.

Within Port of Rotterdam, Martijn is responsible for setting and activating the strategic digital agenda for the commercial departments. Engaging and growing the ecosystem and thus driving the transformation of the Port Of Rotterdam to its future proof role in facilitating and accelerating Supply Chains with digital business solutions and platforms.

Sven Daniels

Partner & Product Manager for Digitalisation 

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting

Looking back at more than 30 years as a professional port and IT consultant, Sven Daniels has gained broad experience as a specialist in the fields of managing complex IT projects for the port and logistics industry.

Sven has successfully implemented IT systems in ports and terminals in numerous countries around the world. Among others, he was responsible for the digitalisation and automation of Hamburg’s largest container terminal Burchardkai, where he and his team implemented digitalised processes under full operating conditions.

Sven Daniels is partner and head of IT at HPC Hamburg Port Consulting (a 100% subsidiary of HHLA), where he leads a team of approx. 40 IT professionals. He is a respected speaker at international conferences where he gives lectures and presentations on digitalisation, process automation, and IT strategy. 

Bart Vermeer

Senior Manager Terminal Automation 

Moffatt & Nichol

Mr. Vermeer has an extensive background in project management and business consulting in the marine terminal industry. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, his expertise involves strategic terminal planning, port and terminal development, specifications and performance for automated equipment, as well as operational analysis, terminal optimization and equipment implementation. Mr. Vermeer has guided implementation teams through operational design, procurement, implementation, testing, and quality management. Mr. Vermeer’s work in the field has taken him to project sites throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle-East, Asia, and Africa.

Before joining Moffatt & Nichol, Mr. Vermeer was a project manager of operations at APM Terminals, serving on its Maasvlakte II container terminal development project. He held various positions during a seven-year tenure at European Container Terminals (ECT), including a five-year period as manager of terminal commissioning for the ECT Euromax terminal development project.

Mr. Vermeer is a graduate of the Corporate Program for Management Development at the ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona. He earned undergraduate degrees in business administration and engineering from the Agricultural University of Applied Science, Delft, the Netherlands.

Chronis Kapalidis


Information Security Forum

Chronis Kapalidis is a Principal at the Information Security Forum.

A former Navy Officer, a senior executive, researcher and experienced consultant with technical and policy-related knowledge of cybersecurity, Chronis has been addressing information security risks for more than 19 years, in complex business environments.

During his Navy career he specialised in Network, Information Security and Analysis, Threat Intelligence and Risk Assessment and Management, serving as CISO in high-risk operational environments.

Chronis stands as an Associate Lecturer and doctoral researcher at the University of Warwick, where he teaches cybersecurity, and as an Academy Associate at the International Security Department, Chatham House. He is also a board member in several academic and scientific bodies, while supporting international and regional organisations like ISO and ENISA, and several government agencies across Europe.

Matthew Wittemeier

Director Marketing and Sales – Terminal & Distribution Logistics Division


Matthew Wittemeier is Director Marketing and Sales at INFORM's Terminal & Distribution Center Logistics Division where he’s become a thought-provoking contributor to many industry publications and conferences.

He’s co-author of the multi-award winning 2038: A Smart Port Story – a novella about the future of technology and the social challenges it may bring.

In addition, he is a member and judge at The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA), as well as having been the senior producer and host of the buzzITtalk podcast and served on the board of YoungShip Rotterdam.  

Dr. Benjamin Nietsche

Senior Researcher 

Berlin University of Technology

Benjamin Nitsche currently managing of the Competence Center for International Logistics Networks at the Chair of Logistics at Berlin University of Technology.

Together with a team of researchers, he investigates current trends in international logistics involving a variety of industry partners and working groups in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and China.

He completed his PhD in 2018 on managing volatility in international logistics networks, which was awarded by the Association of German Industrial Engineers.

Prior to his studies, he worked as a strategic purchaser in the electronics industry. In addition, Mr. Nitsche is a lecturer at various universities and a consultant for industry and higher education.

Gino Schettini

Senior Professor

Association of Exporters of Peru (ADEX)

Master’s degree in international Trade and Negotiations

More than 20 years of direct work experience in global logistics and trade companies as business development manager, project manager, operations manager, and key account manager, developing, negotiating, implementing, and leading international freight forwarding, chartering, contract logistics and distribution services for different types of industries such as pharma, retail, project, cosmetics & personal care, high tech, and perishables (Kuehne + Nagel, Panalpina, Agunsa, Mitsui).

Business coach and consultant in logistics and supply chain.

University professor with more than 15 years of experience teaching courses on international business school URP (ACBSP), graduate school (UNAC), and other schools (UPC and USMP).

Senior professor / Speaker at different business schools (ADEX, CONUDFI, and SNI).

Former member of the working groups negotiating the free trade agreement with the European Union, United States of America, China, Singapore, Thailand, Chile, and Mexico.

Pascal Ollivier

President, Maritime Street 

Chairman, IAPH Data Collaboration Committee

Pascal Ollivier is President of Maritime Street, a digital trade logistics strategic advisory firm dedicated to port authorities, governments, and international financial institutions to shape the future of Trade.  

Pascal is a world-renowned PCS expert, having been the founding Chairman of IPCSA and now Chairing the IAPH Data Collaboration Committee. Pascal has engaged in work for IAPH together with member ports and the World Bank, IMO and WCO on accelerating digitalization on a wide variety of initiatives, including cybersecurity, port call, automation, innovation.

Pascal graduated from the French Institute for Higher National Defense Studies in Maritime issues and strategies, holds a MSc in Economics from Paris Dauphine University and a MBA in International Business from the European University of America, San Francisco.

Boris Wenzel 


TIC 4.0

Seasoned CEO with strong focus on strategy and change-management. Over twenty years experience in C Level positions in the port sector in Asia and Europe backed by early experience in banking and as a turn-around specialist.

Proven track record in building successful teams and creating shareholder value. Multi-industry, multi-company and multi-continent experience in diverse cultural environments and solid experience representing interests of financial institutions & PE type investors. Passionate communicator able to build trust and to convince stakeholders to envision and support important transformations of the business or of the industry.

Extensive negotiation and lobbying experience dealing at the top governmental levels in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as EU institutions.

Capt. Ben van Scherpenzeel


International Taskforce Port Call Optimisation

Ben van Scherpenzeel, director nautical developments, policy and plans Port of Rotterdam

He has spent 15 years at sea:

  • 3 years on tankers and reefer vessels as a deck officer
  • 12 years on cruise vessels as a deck officer, staff captain, and project manager of new build programs

He joined the Port of Rotterdam in 2004.

His present responsibilities are optimization of port operations, port information, including being Chairman of the International Taskforce Port Call Optimization, Chairman Shipping Advisory board North Sea, Project Officer of the International Harbour Master Association and Vice-Chair of the IMO GIA Low Carbon Shipping group – work stream Ship Port Interface.

Mees van der Wiel
Business Consultant Strategy & Innovation, Portbase
PROTECT Secretariat, International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

Mees van der Wiel is business consultant strategy & innovation at Portbase, the Netherlands, General Manager of the PROTECT secretariat at IPCSA, member of the executive committee of IPCSA and UN/CEFACT expert.

Born and raised in the middle of the Port of Rotterdam, he always had a huge interest in maritime transport and port operations. He has been working in the domain of information exchange in transport & logistics since 2005 in several companies and in different positions, but always focused on improving information flows in supply chains.

His main focus at Portbase is on policy, legislative and standardization changes on EU and national level, such as the European Maritime Single Window Environment (EMSWe), ICS2, BREXIT and several digitalisation projects with the Port of Rotterdam and the Dutch government.  Next to this, Mees manages the PROTECT Secretariat.

PROTECT supports the electronic reporting required by authorities for vessels entering or leaving a port or port area. The PROTECT Group has established a harmonised worldwide recognised EDI standard.



Henning Schleyerbach


Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA)

As the COO of DCSA, Henning is responsible for the development and adoption of technology standards that enable digital transformation in container shipping.

Prior to joining DCSA, Henning led various international projects and strategic initiatives at HapagLloyd for more than 20 years. His achievements included transformation of their global e-business, sales and customer service platforms, as well as process and operations standardisation. Most recently, Henning held the position of Senior Director for Customer Relationship Management at Hapag-Lloyd.

With broad industry experience, Henning has in-depth knowledge and a passion for shaping the future of digital shipping.

Henning holds a degree in Physics from the University of Berlin.

Gerben Nummerdor

Head of BD and Cyber Security Development for Terminals


Gerben Nummerdor working for Siemens Nederland NV for over 20 years, from which 16 years in Cranes Project House.

Starting off as ‘Cranes’ software and commissioning engineer he gained the mandatory hands-on experience in container cranes technique. In combination with the earlier gained degree in Logistic Management he developed a strong understanding of the dynamics a container terminal. 

The last decade Gerben has developed himself within the Siemens Cranes Project House sales team with a current position as Team Manager of that sales team.

The Siemens Cranes Project House has always been at the front line of change and promoting innovation at Container Ports. 
Converting ideas into solutions. Developing sketches to practical implementations is where the team suits best. 

Several topics such as full automation, remote control, predictive maintenance and Cybersecurity keep him and his team sharp.

Gerben likes in depth discussions on bits and bytes, nuts and bolts but the bird’s eye view has his preference. Preferably these conversations are accompanied by a good glass of Whisky or Mezcal but any invitation with coffee is accepted too!

Sahar Lemanczyk

Managing Partner


Sahar Lemanczyk is managing partner at bloog. She believes that the digital transformation will shape the future of the port industry and that the people in the industry are the key to its success.

Sahar is an expert consultant for digitalisation and collaboration. She has used her industry insights and the trust of her clients to create innovations for port and terminal operations. Her projects have not only transformed organisations and the ecosystem around them, they have significantly reduced GHG emissions and made operations more efficient.

Sahar studied mathematics and philosophy and has worked in the maritime industry for 6 years.

Sander Rotmensen

Head of Wireless Solutions


Sander Rotmensen is Director of Industrial Wireless Communication at Siemens AG in Nuremberg, Germany. His responsibility covers the product portfolio for Industrial 5G, Industrial Wireless LAN, industrial routers and the SINEMA Remote Connect management platform for remote access.

Sander started his career in Siemens Nederland N.V. in 2005. He worked as a Technical Consultant for industrial automation networks with a focus on Wireless LAN. In 2008 he moved to Germany and joined Siemens AG in Nuremberg where he became a Technical Consultant with focus on Industrial Wireless Communication. After that he worked as Product Manager for SCALANCE W, the Industrial Wireless LAN portfolio from Siemens. From 2014 to 2018 Sander joined Siemens Canada Ltd.

His responsibility included Marketing and Product Management for the RUGGEDCOM network components that are used in harsh industrial environments like electric power and transportation networks.

Thor Thorup

CCO & Founder


Thor Thorup is Co-Founder and CCO at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading digital transformations for shipping and logistics clients.

Portchain is a Copenhagen-based software company that optimizes schedule alignment and berth planning for carriers and terminals to maximize asset utilization.

Thor has an MSc in mechanical engineering (Hons) from the Technical University of Denmark

Jussi Poikonen

VP of AI and DataAnalytics


Jussi Poikonen, D.Sc.(Tech.), is a co-founder and vice president of AI and analytics at Awake.AI, where his team develops predictive analytics, machine learning models, and optimization algorithms for the Awake.AI smart port platform. Dr. Poikonen is also an adjunct professor of microelectronics at University of Turku, Finland.

Before his current position at Awake.AI, Dr. Poikonen was an AI development lead at Rolls-Royce Marine, focusing on development of autonomous and remote controlled vessels. Also, Dr. Poikonen has over 10 years of experience as senior research fellow and lecturer at University of Turku and Aalto University, Finland. He has published over 80 research articles on telecommunications, emerging technologies, and neuromorphic computing.

Lasse Eriksson

VP Technology


Dr. Lasse Eriksson is heading the Technology function at Kalmar, part of Cargotec. He is responsible for the
technology strategy and development, with a specific focus on the strategic technology areas of automation, electrification and digitalisation.
He is a member of the Kalmar Mobile Solutions business unit leadership team.

Lasse Eriksson joined Cargotec in 2015 as Vice President, Digitalisation, and moved to Kalmar business area in 2017 to lead Service business concept development. He has been in the current role as VP Technology since 2019.

Before Cargotec, Dr. Eriksson has worked for Konecranes and Aalto University in Finland, in various research and development positions related to Industrial IoT and automation.

Gerald Spence

Sales and Marketing Manager 

GullsEye Logistics Technologies

Gerald Spence is a Sales and Marketing Manager with extensive experience in supply chain and logistics. 

With over twenty years of sales and marketing experience, his primary goal is to help his clients be successful.  Gerald has bought his expertise to GullsEye to help terminal operators and port authorities improve their productivity with its world-class terminal operating system.  

GullsEye has spent the last 10 years talking to terminal operators, governments and port authorities and understanding the challenges they face. GullsEye has taken that time to develop their multi-cargo terminal operating system which addresses the challenges they have raised. Over the last few years, GullsEye has gone to market and deployed to 23 terminals. 

Our focus is to help our clients significantly lower operations costs, decrease vessel turnaround times, improve berth utilisation, decrease cargo movements and through the power of micro algorithms, do more with less.   

Guillermo Massot

Managing Partner


Guillermo Massot is a ports and shipping specialist with 19 years of M&A, operations and product management experience.  

He has held senior advisory and management positions at DP World (Business Planning and Development Manager for Europe & Russia), Terminal Investment Limited (Terminal Efficiency Manager), Maersk (Global Head of Supply Chain Management Partnerships and Acquisitions), Arup (Transaction Associate Director) and the European Commission (Independent advisor).

At present he runs his own management consultancy business, -Althium-, operating across the Infrastructure and Supply Chain Management spaces, with most recent credentials including due diligence and M&A advice in the acquisition of container terminals and logistics businesses globally.

Troy Collard

General Manager - Sales


Biography to be uploaded soon. 

Sahar Rashidbeigi

Head of Decarbonisation

APM Terminals

Sahar is Head of Decarbonisation at APM Terminals. She leads APMT’s ambitious program to achieve NetZero by 2040 across all terminals through a broad range of solutions that will fundamentally change the asset and energy consumption footprint of the terminal operator over the next 2 decades.

Sahar holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a background in engineering and experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she was co-founder and co-lead of McKinsey Sustainability Insights and advised countries and corporates on navigating energy transition. 

Christopher Saavedra

Manager - Terminal Design Services 


Christopher Saavedra is a professional in the area of container terminal automation with more than 10 years of experience in port operations and management.

His experience begins as a military naval officer and then in the management of conventional and automated terminal operations, where he was very involved in the implementation and testing of new technologies.
Before joining the Terminal Design Services team, Christopher held various positions at container terminals.
In the last position, he led the improvement and optimization of processes, connecting operational processes with personnel, IT, customs, and customers.

Shekhar Kubal 

Global Head of Marine & Electrification 

Danfoss Drives AS

Shekhar Kubal  is working with Danfoss  as Global Head of Marine and Electrification.

Shekhar is with  28+ years of experience & his past experience comes mainly from ABB in India, Global roles in VACON which later became part of  Danfoss in Finland since 2014.

He has been in several global roles in leading teams from Product Management to Sales & Marketing.
During his early career, Shekhar has experience from power electronics in the field of AC Drives.

In the last decade, with the rise of Electrification as a part of energy transition, Shekhar is engaged in applying power converters in Hybrid & Full Electric applications  from Marine & Offshore as well as Onshore, like Shaft Generators & other Hybrid, renewable energy sources in Marine Vessels Shore Power Supplies for decarbonisation of Ports. Energy Storage in industrial applications for multiple use cases like grid stability, Frequency Regulation of  renewable power generation, Peak Shaving, Industrial Power Back Ups, Fast DC Charging for Electric Vessels & Vehicles on & off-Highway Electrolysers for production of green Hydrogen.

Shekhar has a degree in Physics and Post-graduate degree in Power Electronics, and is eager to contribute in all activities towards better sustainable world for future generations, developing teams, attitude & enjoy to building & mentoring careers.

In the present, dynamics of market change Shekhar with his team working on constantly building strategy while implementing it, promoting people to take risks without fear of failure to stretch boundaries. 

Marco Fehmer



Marco Fehmer is Civil Chartered Engineer with a specialization in transportation and logistics.

He joined DSP in 2007 and since 2017 has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. DSP is one of the most recognized and valuable TOS implementation and optimization service and products partner.

Since 2020 Marco is President of DSP LAB Pvt, India, since 2021 Director of DSP TALUMIS BV, The Netherlands and since 2022, CEO of DSP AMERICA Inc.

Marco served as officer in the Italian Navy and then joined the port industry and container terminal operations at the Contship Italia Group, gradually focusing on TOS management.

He was project manager and business process advisor of distinct Container Terminals and Ports worldwide, with hands on experience on process optimization and automation. In 2007 he was ICT Project Manager for the construction of new Eurogate Tangier Terminal in Morocco.

Strong believer in innovation and new technologies, in 2004 Marco was project manager for the implementation of the first worldwide Prime Route for Trucks Terminal and in 2010 Marco started process automation projects introducing the concept of automated truck job stepping. Today is the project sponsor and functional design advisor of the GEMINI terminal digital twin project within DSP.

Paul Avery

Editorial Director

WorldCargo News

Paul Avery is the Editor at WorldCargo News.

Paul has been in the industry since 1999, and at WorldCargo News since 2001, becoming Editor in 2014.

Miguel Soler Jaufer


Paceco Momentum S.L.

With a deep technical background and extensive international experience, Miguel Soler Jaufer holds a degree in Applied Classical Physics and Higher Aeronautical Engineering, being immersed in the port sector since 1998.

His long career has allowed him to know several perspectives within the container handling industry: that of OEM and crane design, manufacturing and services during his time at PACECO ESPAÑA, S.A., that of Consultancy and development of terminal and port projects during his time at Maritime Consulting & Management (MCM) and that of the terminal world during his time as head of Terminal Maintenance and Implementation of New Technologies at OPCSA (Operaciones Portuarias Canarias).

As a result, the extensive experience gained in the management of maintenance projects, the integral management of services and guarantees and the development of IIOT (Industrial Internet of Things) methodologies and technologies of Business Intelligence for terminals and their equipment from the perspective of a machinery manufacturer is combined with deep knowledge in the technical management of Maintenance and the implementation of new technologies in Container Terminals.

In his role as Managing Director of PACECO MOMENTUM ADVANCED PORT SERVICES, S.L. since 2018, business management, business development and development of new IIoT technologies expands his previous experience in the container handling industry.

Jesús Medina

Chief of Technological Development

Algeciras Bay Port Authority

Jesús Medina is a Telecommunication Engineer from the University of Seville, holds an MBA with a specialty in Logistics and Transportation from the IMF Business School and has a proven track record with more than 15 years of experience in the field of consulting, technology, digital transformation, and innovation, mainly focused on the logistics-port sector. He completes his training with many certifications such as Prince2 Practitioner and ITIL Intermediate.

He is currently Chief Information & Innovation Officer at Algeciras Port Authority where he joined in 2.018. He is in charge of leading the digital transformation and fostering the innovation culture at Algeciras Port Authority. He is focused on the integration of business, technology and innovation to improve the port´s competitiveness and offer superior quality of service.

Previously (2006 - 2018) he worked in the engineering and architecture company IDOM where he played the role of IT Project Manager, becoming a partner of the company. During this stage, he carried out mainly consulting and management of tech projects for different public administrations, mainly in the logistics-port sector but also for regional governments and universities.

Carles Rua

Head of Innovation

Port of Barcelona

Carles Rúa Costa is an Industrial Engineer by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech).
He is the Head of Innovation at the Port Authority of Barcelona (Port de Barcelona). He is also director of the Master Executive in Lean Supply Chain Management (BarcelonaTech), teacher at the Escola Europea of Intermodal Transport and co-editor of the port focused innovation blog PierNext.

His professional activity has been developed in the fields of strategy logistics, quality and management information systems, where he has acted as a free-lance engineer and for consultancy companies. In the university field he has been professor at the Department of Business Organization at BarcelonaTech for more than 25 years.

He also teaches logistics and port management in some masters in Spain and South America. 

Óscar Pernia

Founder & Technical Lead


Biography to be uploaded soon. 

Paolo Dazi 

Senior Vice President 

Konecranes Port Services

Paolo Dazi has over 25 years’ executive management experience at some of the world’s largest lifting equipment manufacturers, beginning with 14 years spent at Fantuzzi developing their global marketing and sales operations.
Following a successful three-year sojourn with Sany Europe, where he was responsible for establishing the European headquarters for the Chinese giant, Paolo returned to Italy to become head of lift truck sales and global distribution at Terex. The acquisition of Terex by Konecranes in 2017 led to his current role as SVP of the Konecranes Port Services business unit.

Over his many years in ports Paolo developed a deep conviction that port equipment manufacturers must evolve their operating and business models, while simultaneously adding enormous customer value, by adopting IIOT technologies at scale. Konecranes has consistently invested in connected fleets and the power of equipment data for many years, committing both human and financial resources to developing some of the sector’s first-to-market technologies such as TRUCONNECT®.

Paolo’s Port Services team now offers port customers a personalized ecosystem of outcome-based services that lower the risks of equipment ownership, streamline maintenance costs and deliver operational insight.

Vincent Champion

Consulting Editor

WorldCargo News

Vincent Champion has been writing about the ports and intermodal industries for almost 30 years.

He was Editor of Cargo Systems International, part of the organisation that founded TOC in the 1970s, from 1990 to 1994, when he became a co-founder and Editorial Director of a new and independent publication, WorldCargo News.  
Since 2010 he has worked as an independent editorial consultant and journalist.

In the past few years he has written extensively on emissions limits for off-road mobile machinery and on the introduction of hybrid drives, battery-electric drives and emerging hybrid drives based on fuel cells, as well as direct hydrogen injection instead of diesel or HVO.
He has also written extensively on modal shift, rail/road transfer and ro-ro shipping technologies.

His educational background is probably entirely unsuited to this work. He studied history and politics at Manchester University, where he was awarded a BA Hons degree and later a MA degree with distinction in the 1970s.

Sebastian Simon

Product Manager Port Equipment


For six years, Mr. Sebastian Simon has been part of the product management team at Liebherr-MCCtec in Rostock with the main responsibility for the mobile harbour crane product line.
His position combines the view from the market, engineering and economy of maritime products. Thus, Mr. Simon is experienced in the field of specialized market and product studies as well as in business data analysis.

An important aspect of his daily work is the contact to the customer in order to grasp the actual pulse of the market. All this information is bundled and discussed with specialist teams of Liebherr-MCCtec in order to launch innovative, market-driven products that generate real benefits for customers.

Coming from the automotive sector, Mr. Simon brings the view from an industry that is already undergoing drastic transformation in terms of digitalisation, sustainability and automation, for decades.
Already during his mechanical engineering studies, he deepened his knowledge in alternative drives and energy sources. Throughout his activities in the worldwide engineering competition Formula Student, he also gained a lot of experience in developing unconventional, efficient and new solutions in order to achieve the best results with the least amount of resources. This experience developed into a passion, which is now the basis of his work at the Liebherr Group.

Dr Jörg Müller

Director Technology BU Mobile Harbor Cranes


Jörg Müller, born in 1969, is a graduate mechanical engineer with a Ph.D. in mechatronics.
He was a research assistant at the University of Duisburg-Essen for five years, working on simulation and control of walking robots, before joining the legacy company Gottwald in 2001 which is now part of Konecranes.

After gaining experience in different management roles in project engineering as well as in the design of harbor cranes and automated port products, he was promoted to the position of Director of Technology for the Konecranes Mobile Harbor Cranes Business Unit in 2016.

Mariette Koekoek

Project Manager Automation

TBA Group

Mariette Koekoek has worked as a senior project manager for port automation projects for over 5 years with the TBA Group and has worked with some of the most automated container terminals in the world.

In recent years her focus has shifted towards working with many (potential) clients on defining the port automation projects in both greenfield and brownfield transitions in an early stage by developing a standardized project approach. This entails working with clients in pre-engineering the future operations from an automation perspective, and charting the automation impact on the current system landscape towards the future system landscape, standardizing the project rollout and considering the impact on the daily procedures in the operational organization.
This results in jointly defining a fitting automation system landscape which suits the strategic terminal business goals in the long term. It also ensures a predictable stage gated project planning towards execution.

She works as an automation consultant and business developer, with an emphasis on equipment control systems and automated equipment integration. Together with our clients she is designing the port automation standard for the future, while increasing predictability and decreasing risks in project execution. 

Jelle van der Waal

Country Director - Benelux


Jelle van der Waal is responsible for the frontline sales units in The Netherlands and Belgium within Kalmar Mobile Solutions.

Together with his team Jelle directly interacts with customers about sales of mobile equipment and service concepts. Kalmar’s aim to develop safer, more sustainable and more productive solutions fits well into the ambition of Kalmar customers across his clustered countries the Netherlands and Belgium.

Previously Jelle held the position of Director, Crane Upgrades in North Europe at Kalmar. In this position, he was responsible for the development and execution of service projects, like crane heightening and crane relocations in Northern Europe. Jelle rejoined Kalmar in 2021 after a 5 year break at Peinemann Port Services. Before that Jelle worked for Kalmar Netherlands in different positions within sales and services from 2007 until 2016.  

Ronald van der Meer

Boxbay Director, Global Engineering

DP World

Ronald J. van der Meer was the Project Director for the High Bay Store (HBS) proof of concept at DP World UAE T4. He has been involved in the HBS developments from the initial studies, the creation of the BoxBay JV and the realization of the first running facility.

He joined DP World head office in 2016.

Prior to this, Ronald was working as Project Director for Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) the first fully automated container terminal in the world. Ronald involved in the RWG project from the early design stage until the final hand-over the operational organization.

Ronald started his shipping career in 1989 when he joined Europe Container Terminals in Rotterdam. During he was closely involved with the development and start-up operations of the Sea-Land Delta Terminal Project, the first semi-automated container terminal in the Ports Industry. This was followed by assignments for ECT (later part of Hutchinson) in different jobs from Terminal Manager via IT Manager to Manager Technic & Engineering.

Tero Jaakkola

Product Manager - ASC Systems


Tero Jaakkola is a Product Manager at Konecranes for Automated Stacking Cranes.

He has over 10 years of experience at Konecranes in the product management of automated cranes, the productization of port cranes, and the automation of industrial process cranes.

He holds an M.Sc. in Machine Design and is passionate about increasing the benefits of automation and digitalization in customer operations. 

Ilse Houting


Ops Factor

Ilse Houting is director of Ops Factor. As Human Factors Consultant Ilse is integrating the operations factor in automation projects to bring synergy between operations and technique.

Over the years Ilse specialised in control room design and operator performance in a broad range of branches.
Ilse makes the difference by facilitating a human centred design approach to connect technology, organization and people at the start of automation projects.  Managing to translate ergonomic- and ISO standards into practical design tools which offer project teams clear goals and defined steps, realizing a control room where operators can work at their best and perform a safe, efficient and effective job.

Ilse completed a M.Sc. and a postdoc Human Factors engineering at the VU Amsterdam. Before Ops Factor Ilse participated as independent Human Factors consultant in a wide variety of  international projects. Some references are: Shell International, BP, Dutch Pilot organization, Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam, APMT, Marine Department Hong Kong, Schiphol Airport.

Dr. Mathias Dobner



Current position: CEO and Chairman of BOXBAY FZCO, Dubai and Vice President Container Handling Systems of SMS group, Germany.

After receiving his doctorate in mech. engineering Mathias left his position as research associate at the RWTH University Aachen, Germany and spent his entire professional life as executive manager in the field of container handling systems.

Clear goal of all of Mathias activities has always been to develop customer-orientated solutions by examining the possibility to transfer industrial technologies and trends to port technology applications.

He has a deep understanding of the variety of interfaces, environmental influences and material flow requirements in container terminals and sees a holistic system solution approach as crucial for the development of successful, efficient and effective handling systems.

Alexis Pangalos

Managing Partner


Alexis Pangalos is managing partner at bloog. He wants to help shape the digital transformation so that people really benefit from it.

Alexis has advised on numerous automation projects in the transport industry in Europe and the US, being an expert consultant on automation and system integration. Automation creates a shift of responsibilities from humans to machines. Its success depends heavily on trust: the trust of people towards technology but also the trust among the involved stakeholders. Alexis’ talent to connect with people and his knowledge of operations and technology is a key component for the success of automation projects.

Alexis studied mathematics and computer science and he has a PhD in mathematics. He has been working in the maritime industry for more than 14 years.

Kelsey Lyons

Customer Success Manager

Tideworks Technology 

Biography to be uploaded soon. 

Uwe Pietryga

Solution Sales Director KAS


Uwe Pietryga joined Kalmar in 2019. In his position as Director Solution Sales for Kalmar Automation Solutions, he is responsible for the Central European business.

He has worked for nearly 30 years continuously in this industry. His advanced knowledge and well-proven expertise is based on the experiences made through various technical positions in R&D, engineering, and sales as well as Managing Director for a crane manufacturer.

He maintains a considerable business network and has a good understanding and knowledge of real customer needs.
He is passionate about sustainability and the implementation of terminal automation.

Christopher Cavanagh

Program Lead: Business Transformation

Freightliner Limited. Genesee & Wyoming UK/Europe

Christopher Cavanagh has been working in the intermodal rail sector for nearly two decades with Freightliner Limited covering a variety of operational and commercial roles, before moving into rail terminal transformation projects.

Christopher was a senior member of the team when Freightliner adopted the Spinnaker suite of Terminal Operating Systems from Tideworks Technology, before becoming the product owner and working with Tideworks directly to continue to enhance the product for mutual benefit.
Christopher then became a Program Lead when Freightliner, now owned by Genesee & Wyoming, entered into a multi-million pound Business Transformation Project that had technology at its heart.
Christopher played a critical role in this project, leading his team in specifying, designing and rolling out the integrated solution for Freightliner/G&W with Tideworks Intermodal PRO TOS, Advent’s E-Modal VBS Booking System and CAMCO’s Automated Gate Solution.
Christopher’s role in the designing of the future state for Freightliner will  help shape the intermodal rail terminal industry in the years to come.

The project’s success and exciting next phase developments  will be the focus of Case Study discussion at the Tech TOC this year where Christopher is keen to share the experience from the customer perspective.

Rafael Velasquez

Director Optimisation and Integration


Rafael Velasquez is Director Optimization and Integration at INFORM’s Terminal & Distribution Center Logistics Division.

He has worked in optimization projects over the last 17 years within the Research and IT sector. He joined INFORM in 2008 with a focus on advancing optimization solutions in the container terminal industry in which time he has headed multiple notable international projects with customers such as GCT, DP World, and TraPac.

He is a frequent specialist speaker at industrial and academic conferences where he promotes the real-world opportunities that Operations Research and AI open.

Rafael holds a PhD in Mathematical Optimization from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and is known for daily rolling the dice in a game of Backgammon.

Peter Fielder

Projects Director

Patrick Stevedores

Mr Fielder has over 35 years’ experience in the engineering, ports and logistics industries. He is the founder and CEO of Fielder Engineers, a mid-sized multidisciplinary engineering firm, that has been recognised for infrastructure project design and delivery across the port and logistics sector over the past three decades.

Mr Fielder joined Patrick in 2017 as Projects Director with responsibilities for automation and infrastructure maintenance and development. He is currently the Project Director responsible for the design and delivery of the $190 million Patrick Sydney AutoRail Terminal, a global first fully automated rail terminal that directly interfaces with the Patrick Terminals – Sydney AutoStrad operations.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Technology (Sydney) and a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Mr Fielder was nominated as a fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australian for his achievements in the port and harbour sector.

Martin Mannion

Independent Port Consultant

Mannion Marine Limited

Martin Mannion has some 35 years maritime experience, principally in the planning and design of ports.

He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Member of The Academy of Experts, member of PIANC, as well as a member of the Independent Port Consultants industry grouping.

Martin provides technical and commercial management of and innovative solutions for port & maritime projects, master planning, port optimisation, due diligence, feasibility, design, expert witness work, and reviews for port facilities.

Examples of container terminal experience include London Gateway Design UK, TangerMed2 Due Diligence/Design Morocco, Colombo Sri Lanka North Port Study, Bayport Design/Construction Houston USA, Tema EPC Stage Ghana and Jebel Ali 25 Year Master Plan UAE, as well as other terminals including in the UK, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ireland, Belgium and Kuwait.

Simon Harper

Group Learning & Development Manager

Port of Tilbury

Simon Harper is Forth Ports’ Group Learning & Development Manager, with responsibility for the L&D teams across the Group which operates eight ports in Scotland and The Port of Tilbury on the Thames.  

His focus is on development and deployment of a digitally enabled Group L&D strategy that increases technology applications of Artificial Intelligence in the context of simulators and virtual reality, to future-proof Forth Ports’ employees’ skills and capabilities, and rise to the challenges of a more technology-focused post BREXIT/COVID world.

Simon has worked with Forth Ports for 15 years in previous L&D roles in Tilbury, leading award-winning teams providing a consultancy service, advising and ensuring that processes and programmes are in place to address the development of people, performance and leadership talent across a multi-site ports & logistics operation.

Simon Harper’s teams have been awarded for their dedication in promoting career choices for young people, outstanding commitment to transport training and development, international Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), lifelong trainee learning, and training support for the local community.

Mike Yarwood

Managing Director Loss Prevention

TT Club

Mike is the Managing Director for TT Club’s Loss Prevention department.

Mike joined TT Club in 2010 as a Claims Executive providing advice to transport operator Members globally, having previously held operation management roles within the logistics industry for 13 years.
Previous roles incorporated full responsibility in terms of budget, legislative, operational and health and safety compliance, including being the nominated dangerous goods safety advisor.

Mike is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Technical Specialist Member of the Institute of Risk Management and a Member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Mike continues to develop strategic relationships with key trade organisations including being a co-opted Member of FIATA’s advisory body legal matters group.

David Clark

Senior Product Marketing Manager

CM Labs

David Clark is CM Labs Simulations' Senior Product Marketing Manager, and is a skilled interviewer with over 2 decades of experience in the hi-tech industry as a solution marketer and client advocate. 

Richard Steele


ICHCA International

Richard Steele is Chief Executive Officer at the International Cargo handling and Coordination Association – ICHCA. 

Reporting directly to the Board, Richard leads the organisation which provides a focal point to improve cargo handling throughout international supply chains.  ICHCA also represents members, and the cargo handling industry, as a recognised non-government organisation at international bodies such as the International Maritime Organisation and UNECE and other agencies and regulatory bodies.

Richard is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in Training and Development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. 

Prior to ICHCA he was Chief Executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he led for 11 years.  Port Skills and Safety is the UK ports organisation with a remit to share best practice, develop safety guidance and standards and produce qualification frameworks. 

Before PSS, Richard was the senior Learning and Development Manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years. 
Prior to ports, he worked in the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.

Stephan Trauth

Managing Director

Yardeye GmbH

Stephan Trauth is the Managing Director of Yardeye GmbH, a German based supplier for safety-oriented automation technology in Intermodal terminals.

Stephan has over 15 years of experience in sales and project management with focus on complex industrial technology.

In his past years he has managed various terminal projects around the world ranging from business development to product management for hardware and software solutions.

Stephan’s academic background combines a degree in engineering and a master’s degree in business administration.

Laurence Jones

Director of Global Risk Assessment

TT Club

Laurence Jones is a qualified engineer with over 40 years experience. His skill areas include general management, operations, maintenance, design, construction, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, industrial relations, safety, environment, risk assessment and auditing.

His industry experience includes bulk materials handling (terminals, open cut mines and underground mines), container terminals, logistics (rail and road), manufacturing (steel) and insurance.

He worked 26 years for BHP Billiton in the steel, open cut and underground mining industries, and engineering design and construction. The last 15 years with BHP was in bulk materials terminals. He then spent 8 years in container terminals with P&O Ports and attained the role of General Manager Global Engineering and Asset Management.

After assisting with the integration of P&O Ports and DP World, he joined the TT Club in December 2006 as Director Global Risk Assessment.
His role in the TT Club covers internal advice and support in underwriting decisions and claims assessment, and externally he works proactively with clients and industry to identify areas where risks may be reduced.

He is Director of Thomas Miller (Australasia), Deputy Chair of ICHCA International and an Alternate Director of ICHCA Australia.
He is a member of ICHCA’s ITP (Technical Experts Panel), a member of the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) Safety & Environment Committee, Automation & Control Technology Committee and the Equipment Design & Infrastructure Committee.
He is also a member of the International Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Safety, Environment, Security and Legal Committee.. 

Fredrik Johanson

Head of Sales


Fredrik Johanson, the Head of Sales at ABB Ports, joined ABB in the mid-80s as a systems design engineer.

Over the years he has gained a long and versatile experience on crane systems and automation of container terminals by working in various roles in sales and project execution organizations.

Fredrik has a Bachelor of Science degree in Energy Engineering from Mälardalen University in Västerås, Sweden and an MBA in Project Management from Linköping University of Technology in Linköping, Sweden.

Dave Walraven

Chief Commercial Officer

CERTUS Automation 

Dave Walraven leads the Sales & Marketing division of CERTUS Automation and is a key representative in the firm’s global operations. He has over 15 years of experience in ports business.

Dave has represented CERTUS for over 8 years in a sales position, covering the key accounts over various continents, after which he become part of the management team over the recent 4 years.

Before joining CERTUS, Dave has worked for the biggest terminal operator in Europe, located in the port of Rotterdam where automation and terminal operations became his passion.

Streamlining terminal operations, digitizing transactions and making terminals more efficient is what drives Dave. Identification technology is an important enabler for that and will make any operator fit for the future.

John Lund

Global Sales and Marketing Director

Visy Oy

John Lund has more than 15-years of experience helping marine and intermodal terminals achieve their operational objectives with technology.

He has worked on a wide range of projects in Europe, Africa and the Americas involving OCR, RFID, DGPS, and other process automation tools.

His career motivation is rooted in knowing that the systems he provides improve safety, efficiency, and profitability for his customers.

John holds an MBA and law degree. A Boston, USA native, John has lived in various parts of Europe and the US, and now resides in Tampere, Finland.

In his free time, he is active in the sport of wife carrying (a Finnish pastime) and enjoys film production. 

Capt. Fulvio Pellegrotti



Born in 1953, Master Mariner, with 20 years of command experience in the Military & Merchant Navy, management of land logistics and shipping.

Further 30 years in the management of Terminal Containers Port in Europe and the Middle East of Eurogate and DP World in which he has held positions as Functional Analyst, Operations and Commercial Manager.

Since 2018 co-founder, Chairman and CEO of S-Cube Srl and ARMS Srl

Jeroen van Meel

Program Manager

Port of Rotterdam

Jeroen van Meel; 30 years of working experience in the port of Rotterdam.

Various projects and implementations, both in terms of civil works, business development, ICT mission critical systems as well as real estate.

For the TOC, Jeroen van Meel will give a short introduction on the developments on the City Terminal, the Rotterdam Short Sea hub which has been redeveloped by the Port of Rotterdam.
Special attention will be paid to the entrance and gate systems of the City, which are multi-user and give entrance to various container enterprises via a state of the art gate in the most efficient way. In this way, major congestion in this crowded area is prevented. The gate has been developed with various companies (Kramer, MRS, RST) ass well as the supplier Certus.

The Port of Rotterdam was the main developer here. Mister van Meel has been involved in this project as area/business developer as well as project manager and intermediar between users and (ICT) technique.
After renovation, the gate was able to handle about 2.000 to 4.000 trucks a day. Lessons learned will be shared. 

Yannick Lieder

Product Manager Asset Management Excellence

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting

Before joining the maritime industry, Yannick Lieder worked as a business analyst and project manager in the Procurement Competence Centre at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, Germany.

His key responsibilities were the management of international IT projects and the implementation of enhancements and process automation. For example, he introduced an early warning system for operational purchasing to monitor prioritised and delayed parts and take proactive measures.

Since 2022, he has been responsible for the Asset Management Excellence Cluster at HPC. As a product manager, he pursues to develop the best products with the highest quality to serve the customer needs. A tailor-made maintenance strategy for the equipment to ensure smooth operations is one example where Yannick Lieder sets focus on.

Kunal Singh

Sales Engineer & Solutions Architect


Kunal Singh is a Sales Engineer and Solutions Architect at Navis, a provider of operational technologies and services across the cargo supply chain. 

He has over a decade of experience implementing and supporting Navis TOS deployments around Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Kunal holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK

Vikesh Dhanpat

Regional Product Manager - EMEA MoorMaster


Vikesh Dhanpat is a experienced professional with a decade of history working in the maritime industry.

He has worked on various innovation and technical projects at container terminals ranging from the Americas, Middle East, Europe and Asia.
In addition, he has worked for Maersk Line, the largest container shipping company, combining his in-depth knowledge of terminals to help improve the supply chain for global customers.

He is now the Regional Product Manager EMEA for MoorMaster at Cavotec, supporting various terminals to automate the mooring process at their facilities.

Vikesh has a Master of Science in engineering at the Technical University of Delft

Venkatesh Ramakrishnan

Head of Maratime - Logistics and Retail Verticals


Venky Ramakrishnan heads the Global Maritime, Logistics and Retail Verticals within Nokia Enterprise.

His work includes consulting and helping enterprises with their supply chain digitization/automation vision, rolling out dedicated LTE/5G networks and deploying use cases with strong business benefits for end customers.

He is based out of Munich, Germany and comes with experience in retail and supply-chain.

Lucas Jackson

Product Manager, Automation & Projects Division


Lucas holds a Bachelor of Mechatronics and a Master of Project Management from the University of Sydney. For the past 15 years he has been developing automated container handling products and managing product development projects and customer deliveries.

He has a broad experience with terminal equipment ranging from hands-on fault finding with live equipment to managing large and complex product development projects.  His most recent experiences include development of navigation systems, safety positioning, automatic truck handling and automatic rail handling solutions for both Kalmar AutoStrads and Automatic Stacking Cranes.

Lucas is currently employed with Kalmar as a Product Manager for the KalmarOne automation product family. His work is spread across Product Roadmapping and Development, R&D and product delivery. He has leveraged his broad range of skills and experience in order to find practical solutions to complex problems and has a track record of generating value for customers. 

When not working, Lucas enjoys spending time with his family in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales, Australia.

Dr Stefan Wiech

Managing Partner


Biography to be uploaded soon. 

Jan Bossens



Jan Bossens is the founder and CEO of Camco Technologies.

Jan created Camco Technologies in 1999 and has developed the company into the global leader in the automation of the container handover processes.