Agenda
4 October 2017, Singapore


Outline Agenda – correct as at 19 September 2017

0830 – Registration and Welcome Tea/Coffee
kindly sponsored by World-Link Communications

0915 - Introduction and Welcome from Conference Chair
Neville Smith, Director, Mariner Communications
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Neville SmithNeville Smith is a maritime media consultant with shipping industry clients across communications, navigation, IT and marine products and services. A maritime journalist for 16 years and a former deputy editor of daily maritime newspaper Lloyd's List, he works for clients on messaging, positioning and campaign delivery across print and electronic media as well as blogging at www. maritimeinsight.com on current and future trends in communications and technology.

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The Maritime Satcom Summit
Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity
The ever-growing use of onboard applications and increased data flows – such as those used for maritime safety and protection, vessel tracking and performance analysis – means that the shipping sector requires ever more reliable data communications, even in remote locations.

This opening session of the day will look at how innovation and evolution in maritime connectivity is changing the maritime landscape by improving operational agility, enhancing efficiency, creating a safer, more secure environment for passengers and crew alike, and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager.

0930 - Harnessing Maritime Digitalisation
Eric Jan Bakker, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink
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Eric Jan BakkerEric Jan Bakker is Head of Sales responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Eric Jan has over 16 years’ experience in the satellite sector, starting his career with Station 12, the former mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Eric Jan was responsible for sales of mobile satellite systems to the maritime industry in most of EMEA & Asia. Based out of The Hague and Singapore, Eric Jan helped introduce data communications technologies to the maritime industry, particularly the merchant shipping sector.

Eric Jan joined the company to head sales efforts with non-governmental organizations and United Nations accounts before moving on to become government sales director, a position he held for over two years. He accepted a role as Vice President, Sales for the Asia-Pacific region and where he has helped further establish Marlink’s reputation in this core market.

Eric Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, and integrated several commercial topics into his technical studies at the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

0955 - Maritime Satellite Communications Reinvented

  • LEO and GEO architectures: Their similarities, differences and relative benefits
  • L Band and Ka/Ku band: Similarities, differences, relative benefits
  • Pervasive networks and the connected ship
  • Onboard sensor networks and transmission over satellite
  • Crew comms revisited: Smartphones, chat and satellite networks
Will Kraus, Director, Maritime Line of Business & Product Management, Iridium
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Will KrausWill Kraus, Director, Maritime Line of Business and Product Management, holds responsibilities for market analysis, strategy and competitive research within the maritime sector. These activities support service lines strategy, new concept development, pricing and various marketing activities.

Prior to joining Iridium Satellite in 2001, Mr. Kraus worked at: Telispark, a wireless data integration firm; Iridium LLC, the predecessor of Iridium Satellite; Wirthlin Worldwide, a strategic research firm; and a small market positioning firm based in Barcelona, Spain.

Mr. Kraus received his MBA, focused on International Marketing, from the University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He is also proficient in Spanish.

1020 - The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel Discussion
Moderated by:
Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship
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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:
Sharon Ong, Sales Director Asia Pacific, Marlink
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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.

Robert Squire, Director Marketing & Maritime Iridium Certus, Thales USA Inc.
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Robert SquireRobert is the Director of Marketing & Maritime for Thales’ Iridium Certus business. Thales has recently entered into the commercial maritime communications market with our product VesseLINKTM on Iridium. This will be the first of the Thales marine satcom terminal product line operating on Iridium CertusSM broadband services. Prior to this role, Robert was Director of Strategy & M&A for Thales USA Inc. and in this capacity was active in growing the US portfolio, notably enhancing the inflight entertainment business with aviation connectivity through the acquisition of Live TV; the largest Thales Group had made for a number of years.

Before joining Thales USA inc, Robert was head of strategic planning and M&A for the Thales Air Operations division, based in France.

Robert’s career in Thales began in 2000 when he joined Racal Telecom, just prior to its acquisition by Thomson CSF. He has occupied a number of roles, notably as London Underground (LUL) account director for the £1bn Connect PFI.

Stuart Castell, Director, AST
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Stuart CastellStuart Castell has over 30 years’ satellite and radio experience in both maritime and land markets. His communications career started in the Royal Navy and on leaving ran a successful business supplying satellite and radio services before joining The AST Group in 2010. He is now a Group Board Director responsible for the global growth of The AST Group’s maritime broadband satellite and value added services.

With further panellists to be announced.

1105 – Tea/Coffee Break

1130 - Autonomous Ships, Smarter Shipping?
Lin Jiang, Operations Manager – Asia, Seatec Communications/V Ships
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Lin JiangLin Jiang began working in Marine Communication, Navigation and Electronics field in 2005, after a short sailing experience on board as 3rd Officer. He joined Seatec Communications (previously Seacom Electronics Ltd) in 2010 as Service Engineer to Technical Manager and now serves as Operations Manager for Asia. He moved from Shanghai office to Singapore in 2014.

Lin has helped Seatec Communications grow a more reputational division inside V.Group (world’s largest ship management company) and expanding the service from limited products to a more widely covered provider including Commercial Airtime (VSAT/FBB, IT/Network etc.), Traditional NavCom service/coordination (GMDSS, Gyro, Radar, VDR etc.) , ECDIS/ENC (Supply/install ECDIS also provide ENC/ADP/ENPs) and also other Emerging Solutions (Crew Internet, Cyber Security on Board, System Integration etc.). He is well aware of present ship’s digits and also a thinker for future digitalized ships.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dalian Maritime University, one of the best maritime institutes in China and major in Navigation Technology.

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1130 – Using Blockchain to Streamline Trade and Transport
Addressing the long-term advantages and opportunities, and how Blockchain will streamline trade and transport.
Every shipment must pass a barrage of scrutiny and tests before reaching its final destination. And any delays can result in reduced profits.

 The rise of digitization and the use of Blockchain can ensure faster, safer and more scalable processes for all involved, resulting in better business outcomes overall. But how will Blockchain technologies become a standard platform and be made scalable and accessible to all? 

Followed by a question and answer session.
Speakers and panellists include:
Johnson Leung, Co-Founder, 300cubits
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Johnson LeungJohnson comes from a traditional shipping background where he spent the first seven years of his career with Maersk Line in Denmark, Brazil and China before working for Hutchison Port Holdings as an Investment Manager specializing in acquiring and negotiating port concessions in the Middle East.

Johnson’s last assignment with Maersk was the eCommerce project at headquarters, where he provided business logic for the development of Maersk Line’s on-line platform, similar to our TEU Ecosystem. Moving from industry to finance, he was the regional shipping analyst at JP Morgan and then a senior shipping analyst for Tufton Oceanic, the largest shipping hedge fund, before joining Jefferies as their Head of Regional Transport and Industrials Research for the Asia Pacific region.

Johnson is a graduate of Maersk Shipping Academy and HKUST, and holds an INSEAD MBA.

Kumud R Jha, Senior Manager, Accenture Strategy
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Kumud R JhaKumud Ranjan Jha is Engagement lead with Accenture’s Strategy & Transformation Practice. He has advised global and regional oil & gas, shipping, ports, shipyards and logistics organizations on digital strategy to solve operational issues, improve processes and increase profits.

Mr Jha was also part of Accenture’s strategy design team in the development of a “connected smart ship”, which enables ship owners to better manage their fleets and achieve potential operational savings through the application of digital technologies, with Hyundai Heavy Industries.

He is a regular presenter at industry conferences and has authored research papers on maritime issues, including the Smart Procurement Initiative. Mr Jha earned his Global Masters in Business Administration (Gold Medalist) from S.P. Jain Institute of Management Research and received his Bachelor of Nautical Sciences from the University of Mumbai.

Shantanu Godbole, Leader, IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation
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Shantanu GodboleShantanu Godbole is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM Research and a Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He leads the newly launched IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation (ICBI) in Singapore. He has been with IBM Research for 11 years and has worked in research and offering development for global offerings including text, speech, and predictive analytics. He is currently interested in topics at the intersection of technology and business like Blockchain and Cognitive. He has a Ph.D. in machine learning from IIT Bombay, India. He works with small and large clients to understand real world business scenarios and helps translate them into research and development projects and solutions.

1240 – Lunch

Marlink Lunch Workshop Invitation
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Focus Session: Building Maritime Cyber Resilience
A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk
This expert led session will look at how the industry is reacting to the advent of increased cyber threats borne out of the growing use of cloud and IoT applications, the number of devices used, and larger ships but fewer crew - meaning even more reliance on automation and remote monitoring. The Forum will discuss what policies, guidelines and best practices are already in place, and how the industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk. We will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks?

1400 - Hacking and Cyber Risks in Shipping. It Just Got Real.

  • What are the practical and legal risks for shipowners and operators?
  • How to allocate risks under contracts
  • Insurance issues
  • How do you protect yourself and mitigate against cyber risks?
Scott Pilkington, Partner, HFW
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Scott PilkingtonScott is a Partner in HFW's Singapore office. He acts for clients in the maritime, offshore and commodities sectors. 

He has a broad practice in maritime and international trade disputes, and also has particular experience of the container liner supply chain, having previously worked for the UK's leading ship manager of container vessels, and also of wet and dry bulk carriers and car carriers. 

Scott has worked on numerous high profile casualties, including collisions, groundings, total losses, and fires at sea. He advises on insurance matters and has particular experience of offshore disputes, involving OSVs and PSVs and tug and tow. 

He spent time on secondment for a large insurance company in Japan. Scott's time on secondments gives him practical and commercial understanding.

Scott lectures frequently, including for leading industry groups and training providers.

Followed by a question and answer session.
Speakers and panellists include:
Scott Pilkington, Partner, HFW
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Scott PilkingtonScott is a Partner in HFW's Singapore office. He acts for clients in the maritime, offshore and commodities sectors.

He has a broad practice in maritime and international trade disputes, and also has particular experience of the container liner supply chain, having previously worked for the UK's leading ship manager of container vessels, and also of wet and dry bulk carriers and car carriers.

Scott has worked on numerous high profile casualties, including collisions, groundings, total losses, and fires at sea. He advises on insurance matters and has particular experience of offshore disputes, involving OSVs and PSVs and tug and tow.

He spent time on secondment for a large insurance company in Japan. Scott's time on secondments gives him practical and commercial understanding.

Scott lectures frequently, including for leading industry groups and training providers.

Eugene Teo, Director of Security, Ultimate Software
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Eugene TeoEugene Teo is a seasoned cyber security leader with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. Eugene is a director at Ultimate Software where he heads the regional security operations in Singapore.

Before joining this company, Eugene led the launch of Symantec's Security Response Center in Singapore. In which, he created a regional multi-functional security organization, focusing on targeted attack investigations, and network security protection.

Eugene is best known for his contributions to the security of the Linux kernel when he was at Red Hat. He was also a security officer of the upstream Linux kernel security team, having worked closely with Linus Torvalds and his lieutenants.

Eugene's experience in the field lends substantial credibility to his views on cyber security. He has interviewed with major regional media and has spoken at numerous technology conferences.

Eugene holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in Computing from the National University of Singapore. His professional certifications include CISM, RHCE, RHCA, RHCSS, RHCDS, and RHCVA. He had GCIH and GCFA.

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Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime
How big data usage and management is expanding the boundaries of smart shipping - and how can we harness this disruptive influence to build the real business
Transformation, digitalisation, disruptive influence, innovation. These are all terms being used increasingly often - not just in our sector but across industry. But what do they mean, and what can they do for us in the shipping sector? We know that the maritime sector is on the cusp of dramatic change - how can we harness all this data and information to make shipping smarter, safer, and more sustainable? What value can shipping companies take from the launch of collaborative platforms and ecosystems, and how is digital disruption changing the face of trade and transport.

1445 - Sailing the Big Data Era
Anwar Siddiqui, Advisor to the CEO,
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)
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Anwar SiddiquiAnwar Siddiqui, in his current role is the Advisor to the CEO of Bahri - The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia and is the Head of corporate performance. At Bahri, he is leading a team for Bigdata and Advanced Analytics to improve Shipping Performance across global trade and he is passionately working with many players within the Maritime Industry to create a rich ecosystem which could potentially transform the Maritime industry itself.

Anwar moved to the MEA region from Silicon valley where he led many global strategic and operating initiatives in organizations such as Yahoo!, Avaya, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs, Bell Communication Research over 19 years. He led many interesting strategic BigData and Advanced Analytics projects for Internet, Technology, Media, Telecom and IT industries across America, Europe and Asia Pacific. One notable project in his career being Yahoo!'s spinout of Hortonworks which went IPO and can be called as one of the leading Big Data technology company today.

Anwar served in the Advisory board of several Industry Forums (e.g. SIP Forum), an active contributor to Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he authored RFCs, frequently invited speaker in many organization and holds 11 patents as the lead Scientist for primary invention (US Patent). Anwar is a MSEE from the Columbia University, B.Tech from IIT-Bombay and holds Business Administration certification from University of California Berkeley.

1510 - The Human Element

  • How is all this “innovation” impacting the real “end-user” – the seafarer?
  • And what responsibilities do we have an industry towards them in this new digital era
Bob Maxwell, Managing Director,
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd
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Bob MaxwellBob has been in the shipping industry for over 35 years including 20 years at sea, 9 of which were as a Chief Engineer Officer. Since then, he has worked in ship management in Cyprus and the UK and is now managing a fleet of 100+ vessels for BSM in Singapore.

During that time Bob has moved from the out and out engineering side of the shipping industry into the multi-faceted world of total ship management. Bob has wide experience in the oil and chemical tanker, gas carrier, bulk & container sectors as well as in the development and implementation of ship management IT systems.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and the Institution of Shipbuilders and Engineers in Scotland. Bob is also a member of the IMarEST Technical Leadership Board, and of the Singapore Shipping Association, International Committee. He is also non-executive chairman of MAREST.

1535 - Panel Discussion: Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime
Moderated by:
Saurish Nandi, Founder & CEO, Proternio Consulting
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Saurish NandiSaurish is a highly-accomplished management executive with more than 13 years’ experience in global procurement, spend management, optimizing supply chain networks and e-commerce implementation. 

Saurish has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from S P Jain, Singapore and University of New South Wales, Australia, and a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, India. He also has a Diploma in Marine Purchasing and Supply Chain from IMPA (International Marine Purchasing Association) & North West Kent College UK with an achievement award of “Graduate of the Year”. In addition, he has a certificate in International Purchasing and Supply Chain from WTO, Geneva and a Diploma in Import Export from the Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce. 

Saurish speaks at various conferences globally on a wide gamut of topics pertaining to Supply Chain. He also writes quite regularly for various international trade magazines. He is a Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and has helped quite a few companies get audit certifications. 

His theory on value chain optimization in the marine procurement field is a trendsetter. His vision in bringing marine procurement and supply chain function at par with other industries like automobile and aerospace industry has led to various companies endorsing his supply chain optimizing model. 

Panellists include:
Patric Desanti, Global Head of Maintenance Management Systems,
BW Fleet Management
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Patric DesantiBiography pending.




Shen Lee Loh, Regional Manager, Vendor Management, Stolt-Nielsen Limited
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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.

Peter Schellenberger, Managing Director, OSERV Pte Ltd
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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.

With further panellists to be announced.

1620 – Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by Kinnetik Solutions

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1640 - Roundtable Sessions
These roundtables are open to all participants (end users, suppliers, sponsors etc) and will take place simultaneously – all hosted by key partners and sponsors. Each table can host up to 10 participants, and delegates will be invited to sign up on the morning of the conference (26 September) to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp. The content in these interactive Round Table sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for 1 hour in total, with the discussion itself lasting 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for a short summary from each table to the whole room.

·      Network Security and Resilience

  • How to efficiently manage the IT and network security infrastructure
  • Addressing the challenges faced by IT managers today
Hosted by Eric Jan Bakker, VP Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink
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Eric Jan BakkerEric Jan Bakker is Head of Sales responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Eric Jan has over 16 years’ experience in the satellite sector, starting his career with Station 12, the former mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Eric Jan was responsible for sales of mobile satellite systems to the maritime industry in most of EMEA & Asia. Based out of The Hague and Singapore, Eric Jan helped introduce data communications technologies to the maritime industry, particularly the merchant shipping sector.

Eric Jan joined the company to head sales efforts with non-governmental organizations and United Nations accounts before moving on to become government sales director, a position he held for over two years. He accepted a role as Vice President, Sales for the Asia-Pacific region and where he has helped further establish Marlink’s reputation in this core market.

Eric Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, and integrated several commercial topics into his technical studies at the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

·      Remote Monitoring: Hype or Future

  • Remote monitoring is currently talk of the town. When talking to ship operators about their requirements with regards to remote monitoring of their equipment, it appears that there are no clear expectations.
  • When talking to manufacturers of maritime equipment about how their equipment is prepared to provide essential status information, it appears that this functionality is still limited.
  • Is remote monitoring a hype or is reality around the corner?
Hosted by Joachim de Jenlis,
Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, Radio Holland
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Joachim de JenlisBiography pending




·      Big Data Platforms and Collaborations
·      Legal Implications of Big Data Ecosystems
·      Advances in Remote and Autonomous Ship Technology
·      Vessel Efficiency and Performance Management
·      Blockchain and Maritime Trade
·      Autonomous Shipping – Assessing the Future Legacy

1745 – Conference Close, followed by Networking Drinks Reception kindly sponsored by Marlink