Agenda
- 10 October


Outline Agenda*

*Please note topics/timings may be subject to alteration. Draft only.

0815 - Registration Opens

0900 - Welcome from Conference Chair
click for bioNeville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications

Neville SmithBiography pending.





0915 - Opening Insight: Digital Innovation in Practice

  • Transforming the maritime landscape
  • Creating a call to action
click for bioJon Key, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Transformation, V.Group

Jon KeyBiography pending.





Session 1

The Maritime Satcom Summit
Sessions to include:

  • Standardising, securing and automating your network in the new connected era
  • Next generation satellite communications
  • Communicating change: How will satellite communications power the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • A pipeline for growth: Delivering connectivity in the Big Data era

0940 - Standardising, Securing and Automating your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioSharon Ong, Sales Director Asia Pacific, Marlink

Sharon OngSharon Ong is Marlink’s Sales Director Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime market.

Sharon has a successful academic background including a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology with a double major in Data Communications and Information Systems. Furthermore, she completed a diploma in 2002 in Internet Computing, Data Communications and Networks with a background on Cisco Networks.

Prior to joining Marlink, she started her career as an IT Consultant, where she was responsible for providing consulting services for application solutions and software.

Sharon joined Marlink in 2009. With over 9 years’ experience in the IT sector and with her strong knowledge and experience in IT and data communications, Sharon is able to offer valuable advice and support and as part of the Singapore Sales team, helps to reinforce the leadership position of Marlink in maritime satellite communications.

1005 - Next Generation Satellite Communications

  • Communicating change: How will satellite communications impact the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • Developing connectivity: Powering research and development for growth
click for bioWouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime Line of Business, Iridium

Wouter DeknopperBiography pending.





NSSLGlobal1040 - Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by NSSLGlobal

1110 - Topic to be announced
click for bioSpeaker to be announced.

Speaker to be announced.Speaker to be announced.





1135 - The Maritime Satcom Summit: Panel Discussion

  • Delivering Connectivity in the Big Data Era – Challenges and Opportunities
Moderated by:
click for bioRob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

Rob O’DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
click for bioSharon Ong, Sales Director Asia Pacific, Marlink

Sharon OngSharon Ong is Marlink’s Sales Director Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime market.

Sharon has a successful academic background including a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology with a double major in Data Communications and Information Systems. Furthermore, she completed a diploma in 2002 in Internet Computing, Data Communications and Networks with a background on Cisco Networks.

Prior to joining Marlink, she started her career as an IT Consultant, where she was responsible for providing consulting services for application solutions and software.

Sharon joined Marlink in 2009. With over 9 years’ experience in the IT sector and with her strong knowledge and experience in IT and data communications, Sharon is able to offer valuable advice and support and as part of the Singapore Sales team, helps to reinforce the leadership position of Marlink in maritime satellite communications.

click for bioNick Dukakis, Head of Business Development, Speedcast

Nick DukakisBiography pending.





With further panellists to be announced.

Marlink1230 - The Innovation and Ideas Lunch Break
kindly sponsored by Dualog
During the lunch break, and in the Exhibition Zone, we will showcase innovation in the maritime sector, with a session dedicated to start-up companies. We are looking to provide a platform for shipping companies to learn more about new entrants to the market and understand how new initiatives are changing the maritime landscape.

Following lunch, this discussion will continue in the conference room, with a panel session designed to provide start-ups with the opportunity to engage and share their plans with our audience of ship operators.

1330 - Innovation and Ideas Panel Discussion
click for bioWalter Hannemann, Product Manager, Dualog

Walter HannemannWith a “can do” attitude, bridging business and IT is my passion. I have a clear focus on solving business problems with use of IT – be that due to innovation, crisis, growth or change - better yet if together. With an unparalleled capacity of zooming-in into critical areas while not losing the overview and the overall goal, I can lead and engage to deliver results. As a person, I am: - Curious. As a kid, I often got in trouble for always taking stuff apart to see how it worked. I've been the one always asking "Why? Why? Why?" Well, I'm still the one always asking "Why? Why? Why?"
- Empathetic. I understand what people need, sometimes even when they themselves don't or can't find the right words.
- Creative. Not "artsy-creative" like with pencils and paint - but "problem-solver creative", able to combine concepts and ideas to create new approaches and solutions.
- I like people. I get along with people but I am also not afraid to challenge (and clever enough to do so without getting into a fist-fight) - and technology on itself is never the ultimate goal.
- A doer. Constantly refining the balance of "perfection is the enemy of done". And good at doing un-fun work to push a project to completion.

Session 2

Cyber Risk & Resilience
Sessions to include:

  • Safeguarding cyber security in an increasingly automated world
  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
  • Real world maritime cyber threats and how to avoid them

1415 - Future Proofing against Maritime Cyber Threats

  • Identifying, determining, analysing and protecting
click for bioSteven Sim, Lead - Group IT Security Centre of Expertise, PSA International

Steven SimSteven Sim, a Senior Manager in PSA Singapore’s InfoComm & Technology Division, is the go-to for queries on Cyber Security. As part of his portfolio, he drove information security initiatives, developed security standards, risk managed security threats, performed vulnerability research, promoted security awareness and also led PSA Group's IT Security Centre of Expertise to franchise best practices to other PSA terminals around the globe.

He holds a Masters in Computing and is a certified CCISO, CGEIT, CRISC, CISM, CISA and CISSP. He also held SANS GIAC GICSP certification in industrial control security, malware analysis, incident handling, perimeter protection and audit.

During his career, he developed a strategy for inexpensive automated containment of infected/vulnerable systems presented at FIRST conference aiding an NIQC gold win. Steven has also undertaken roles with various security associations including ISACA and SCS. At one point, he directed the setup of the largest honeynet project outside US. He was a finalist for the Leaders category in the Inaugural The Cybersecurity Awards 2018 held in Singapore and a runner up for the 30th run of the Honeynet Alliance Scan of the Month challenge.

1440 - Q&A Session: Safeguarding Cyber and Security in an Increasingly Automated World

  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
  • Developing cyber competence and skills
Hosted by:
click for bioTan Peng Wei, Chief, Information & Technology Strategy & Management, Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore

Tan Peng WeiBiography pending.





Panellists include:
click for bioPeter Schellenberger, Managing Director OSERV Pte Ltd, Supply Chain and Services, OSM Maritime Group

Peter SchellenbergerPeter who hails from Germany has had regional management appointments in Asia for the past 28 years. His foray into shipping started with 8 years in Shipsupply in Singapore, after which he was called to look after Supply Chain, Marcas Procurement Pool and Global Agency Business for the V.Group out of Singapore. New appointment is to be MD of OSERV which provides Supply Chain and Maritime Services to OSM Group vessels and third parties out of Singapore.

Session 3

The iShipping Revolution
Sessions to include:

  • Autonomous shipping and the digital twin: Evolution or revolution?
  • Collaboration in the Big Data Era
  • Harmonising digitalisation after e-Navigation
  • Putting digitalisation on the business agenda: Capitalising on digital innovation and leadership
  • Trends and outlook: Transitioning to a digital future

1510 - Putting Digitalisation on the Business Agenda

  • Capitalising on digital innovation and leadership
click for bioOyvind Stordal, Head of Digital, Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Oyvind StordalHead of Digital in Wilhelmsen Ship Management. Oyvind Stordal is responsible for delivering effective digital proposition and strategies to support WSM’s goal to bring ship management into digital evolution.


1535 - Tea/Coffee Break

1600 - Intuit Technology – The Way Forward

  • Defining the impact technology is having in improving the ship management processes and advantages towards safer and more efficient operations
click for bioVinay Gupta, Managing Director, UMMS Singapore

Vinay GuptaBiography pending.





1625 - Blockchain in Commodity Trading and Transportation

  • Blockchain will transform and fundamentally change the whole transport industry, by making it transparent, decentralised and more efficient. It offers the ability to solve multiple tasks simultaneously and handle multiple industry challenges, such as corruption, lack of transparency, human errors, complex calculations and high operating costs
click for bioAlexander Varvarenko, Managing Director, Varamar Group and founder, Shipnext

Speaker to be announced.Born in Ventspils (Latvia) in 1980, Alexander Varvarenko spent most of his life living between Belgium and Ukraine, where he both studied and worked. He attended Odessa National Maritime University from 1998 to 2003 and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (UK) from 2002 to 2005. His working career began in 2001, when he joined Belgo-Ruys, and later Belgo-Iberian, working as a Shipping line representative for ESCO, Estonian Shipping Company, SAMSKIP and VOCs (Van-Omeren Clipper Steel Line).

Alexander Varvarenko undertook the task of executing a plan of automating and digitalising the Shipping and Transport industry in 2015 which resulted in a new product being built with the help of Mathematicians and Analytics, Software developers and Shipping Professionals called SHIPNEXT. SHIPNEXT became the first digital shipping Marketplace which includes artificial intelligence, big-data analysis, SaaS and other technological elements.

1650 - The Future of Maritime Operations; Big Data Management, Digital Supply Networks and Blockchain
Presented and Moderated by:
click for bioSteve Dyson, Partner, Deloitte Consulting

Steve DysonBiography pending.





1715 - Closing Session and Panel Discussion: Transitioning to a Digital Future
Moderated by:
click for bioYariv Zghoul, Founder, JiBe

Yariv ZghoulBiography pending.





Panellists include:
click for bioShen Lee Loh, Regional Manager, Vendor Management, Stolt Nielsen

Shen Lee LohMr Loh Shen Lee has significant years of experience, knowledge and skills in global operations, supply chain, logistics, strategic sourcing, procurement gained through operational, management, consulting and leadership roles in companies like ExxonMobil, SABIC, Saudi Aramco, Shell-Sumitomo JV, Neptune Orient Lines, Stolt, Noble.

He is an APICS Certified Trainer & Lecturer, SIM Global Education/Singapore Logistics Association/Singapore Manufacturing Federation and has an MBA in International Business with Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Train the Trainer, Learning Dynamics for Instructors from APICS, The Association for Operations Management, USA. He is well versed with Asia Pacific, Middle East/Africa, Europe, Americas.

click for bioNinad Mhatre, Deputy Managing Director, Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Ninad MhatreCapt. Ninad Sharad Mhatre is a Master Mariner by profession, having started his maritime career in 1979 and then served in ascending ranks on merchant vessels until receiving comm and as Master on board. He has worked on a wide variety of vessels, including bulk carriers, tankers, container vessels, dry reefer vessels, and specialized trade vessels. He served at sea for 20 years, before taking on shore responsibilities in Singapore based ship-owning companies, in 2000. During his shore tenure, he has worked in various roles including shipboard safety auditing, supervision and take-over of new-buildings (in Japan), and working in Marine Safety & Quality, Chartering & Operations departments.

Capt. Mhatre is currently Senior Vice President (Commercial & Operations) with Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, which is part of the Rickmers Group based in Hamburg. His main responsibilities include shipboard operations, customer management (Charterers and Owners), commercial contracts management and marine insurance management. Capt. Mhatre has been actively involved in the project to equip Rickmers fleet vessel with satellite communicatians facilities to improve operational efficiency as well as provide crew with internet access on board. He has also been actively involved with Rickmers projects involving adoption of digitalization in shipboard documentation and processes, through active collaboration with industry partners.

click for bioSteve Dyson, Partner, Deloitte Consulting

Steve DysonBiography pending.





With further panellists to be announced.

Marlink1800 - Conclusions, Followed by Networking Drinks Reception until 1900 Kindly Sponsored by Marlink

*Please note topics and titles may be subject to amend. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to this agenda without notice or penalty.

For more information on speakers and agenda please contact cathy@thedigitalship.com