2017 Agenda


As of 09 February 2017 

0915:  Opening Notes from Conference Chair

0920: Opening Keynote Address
Minister Mr Marios Demetriades, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, Republic of Cyprus
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Mr Marios DemetriadesMr Marios Demetriades assumed office as Minister of Transport, Communications and Works on 14 March 2014. Mr Demetriades was born in Pafos on 27 August 1971. Over the last six years he held a managerial position at Piraeus Bank (Cyprus). Prior to that he worked at Laiki Bank Group for approximately ten years. He studied Business, Finance and Economics in the United Kingdom (1990-93 University of East Anglia). During his studies he was the recipient of many awards.

Since 2000, he is a member of the CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst). Since 1996, he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (Chartered Accountant) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

During the period 1993-96, he worked at the international firm BDO Stoy Hayward in London as a trainee Chartered Accountant. From 1996 until 1998, he was manager of the Pafos local office of the international audit firm Ernst & Young. From July 1988 until August 1990, he served his military service at the National Guard. Mr Demetriades is married to Maria and they have two children.

0950: Welcome Address from Conference Chair
Giampiero Soncini, Director, Volaris Group
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Giampiero SonciniGiampiero Soncini started his maritime career in 1971 by joining the Italian Navy. Promoted officer in 1972, he then graduated in Electrical Engineering at Pisa University with the second ever thesis in Italy on Optical Fibers, in 1979. From 1979 to 1985 he was involved in the construction of the “Maestrale” Class Frigates, the first Navy ships in the world to have a fully computerized Machinery Control Room. He served on one of the vessels as Chief Engineer/Electrical. In 1986 he left the Italian Navy to join NATO Undersea Research Centre, dedicated to Anti-Submarine Warfare. He was involved in the construction of RV Alliance, nicknamed “the ship of silence”, at the time the most advanced and quietest ship ever built, and the first one in the world to have a commercial GPS and a fully Integrated Navigation System.

In 1989 Mr. Soncini became responsible for the technical management of the vessel, until 1998, when he resigned from NATO to become the Managing Director of SpecTec Italy. Between 1998 and 2005 he opened or managed several South European offices, as VP South Europe; he later became VP Sales worldwide. In 2005 he became CEO of the SpecTec Group. From 2005 to 2012, he managed the Group growth from 9 offices and 135 employees, to 26 offices in 19 countries and over 330 employees. In 2011 he received a Honoris Cause degree in Public Administration by the US Massachusetts Maritime University. In 2012, Volaris Group of Canada bought SpecTec Group. In 2016, Volaris decided to further invest in the Marine IT business and created a new Marine Division, with Mr. Soncini as Managing Director.

Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit
Investigating the evolution of maritime connectivity 
This opening session of the day will look at how Innovation & Evolution in Maritime Connectivity is changing the landscape by improving operational agility, creating enhanced efficiency and above all reducing costs for the ship owner and manager. 

1000: Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit - Panel
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:
Michael Owen, VP Business Capture & Development – Maritime, Marlink
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Michael OwenMichael Owen is the Head of Customer Acquisitions for Marlink.

Mr. Owen has 20 years' experience in technology sales management with companies ranging from small businesses to large multi-national corporations. The length of his career has been focused on solving problems with technical solutions ranging from software development to infrastructure solutions with a focus on business critical environments. Michael holds a M.B.A. in International Management from the University of Denver. He resides in Norway with his wife and two children.

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime
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Ronald SpithoutMr Ronald H. W. Spithout currently serves as President, Inmarsat Maritime. Spithout was appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Prior to joining the maritime business unit, he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise. In this role, held since 2012, Spithout had global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial. Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012.

From July 2006 through December 2011, Spithout was Senior Vice President, MSS Marketing and Sales, Worldwide, for Stratos Global. He held global responsibility for the MSS marketing and sales organization, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships, the company's distribution network, and the evaluation of new technologies to enhance and complement Stratos' core offerings. Prior to that, he handled Stratos MSS Sales for all countries except North America. He came to Stratos from Xantic B.V., a satellite communications company headquartered in The Netherlands, which was acquired by Stratos in early 2006. At Xantic, Spithout served as Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales and was previously responsible for Xantic's Network and Service Operations, including the Land Earth Stations and its customer service activities.

Spithout, who began his career in the telecommunications business in the late 80s, held various sales positions for KPN (the Royal Dutch Telecom Operator) in the Netherlands and has held numerous positions with several of KPN's JV companies including business accountabilities for KPN's Asia market out of Singapore, operations for PanTel in Hungary, and marketing and sales for Ratelindo in Indonesia.

Spithout holds a degree in electrical engineering from HTS-Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Institute for Technology. He also served in the Dutch military as a reserve Lieutenant in the Dutch Cavalry.

Adonis Violaris, Marketing Director, Interorient
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Adonis ViolarisMr. Adonis Violaris is the Chairman of the ICT Sub-Committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and until recently the Managing Director of Telaccount Overseas Ltd with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement.

Mr. Violaris holds an MBA in Business Administration from Freie Universität in Berlin. Throughout his education and professional experience, he maintains close links with the IT and Communications Industry and is one of the main speakers at various IT and Communications conferences. With regard to his service role, Mr. Violaris is involved at national and local levels in Marketing, and Information and Communication Technologies.

He serves as the Chairman of the ICT Sub-committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber for the last 15 years.

Michalis Hadjistylianou, General Manager, One Net Limited
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Michalis HadjistylianouMichalis Hadjistylianou has more than 16 years of experience in satellite communication and integration solutions in maritime and enterprise sectors. He is a co-founder of One Net and has been a member of the Board of Directors since incorporation in 1997. Currently, acting as the General Manager of One Net. The company today is specializing in MSS satellite solutions in maritime and enterprise sectors as well as marine bridge equipment and technical services. The company operates with offices in Cyprus (HO), UAE, Greece, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Kenya.

Michalis is a qualified accountant with working practice at Deloitte, previous experience from current position including project management with international utility organization (NUON) and bunkering shipping company (Island Oil Limited).

1040: Connectivity at Sea, the Opportunities and Challenges
Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime
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Ronald SpithoutMr Ronald H. W. Spithout currently serves as President, Inmarsat Maritime. Spithout was appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Prior to joining the maritime business unit, he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise. In this role, held since 2012, Spithout had global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial. Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012.

From July 2006 through December 2011, Spithout was Senior Vice President, MSS Marketing and Sales, Worldwide, for Stratos Global. He held global responsibility for the MSS marketing and sales organization, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships, the company's distribution network, and the evaluation of new technologies to enhance and complement Stratos' core offerings. Prior to that, he handled Stratos MSS Sales for all countries except North America. He came to Stratos from Xantic B.V., a satellite communications company headquartered in The Netherlands, which was acquired by Stratos in early 2006. At Xantic, Spithout served as Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales and was previously responsible for Xantic's Network and Service Operations, including the Land Earth Stations and its customer service activities.

Spithout, who began his career in the telecommunications business in the late 80s, held various sales positions for KPN (the Royal Dutch Telecom Operator) in the Netherlands and has held numerous positions with several of KPN's JV companies including business accountabilities for KPN's Asia market out of Singapore, operations for PanTel in Hungary, and marketing and sales for Ratelindo in Indonesia.

Spithout holds a degree in electrical engineering from HTS-Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Institute for Technology. He also served in the Dutch military as a reserve Lieutenant in the Dutch Cavalry.

1105: Tech Refresh? What’s Next in Satellite Innovation
Kyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium
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Kyle HurstKyle has 18 years’ experience in the maritime satellite communication sector. Before joining Iridium as Director, Maritime Business in March 2015, Kyle worked for Station711 and before that as Director of Market Development at Thuraya, and was also previously Maritime Marketing Manager for lnmarsat in London, specialising in product development and the application of satellite communications to the maritime market.

His experience extends to working as a Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) Manager for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in the Solomon Islands. A native Australian, he has also held a number of leadership positions at the Queensland Department of Primary Industries. Kyle was also a soldier in the Australian Army (Engineer Corps) and grew up working with his family in a number of commercial fisheries on the South East Coast of Australia.


1130: Tea/Coffee Break


Session 2: Managing 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. The Forum will also ask if there is a gulf between perception and reality, and what are the real business risks? 

1150: The Evolution of Cyber Crime – and Cyber Resilience
Manos Manoli, I.T Manager, Marlow Navigation Co. Ltd.
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Manos ManoliManos Manoli, Information Technology Manager of Marlow Navigation, has 19 years of experience on advance it security implementations and private networks. Specialised in Intrusion Prevention Systems IPS, cyber security  and frequent speaker on international digital security forums. Since 1999 As I.T manager of Marlow he has been managing and implementing new I.T technologies to enhance the company’s digital capabilities and strategy.

1215: Reality of Shipping's Cyber Challenge
          -  Overview of (maritime) cyber challenges
          -  New developments in maritime cyber regulations and guidelines
          -  Practical first steps for ship owners
Michael Owen, VP Business Capture & Development – Maritime, Marlink
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Michael OwenMichael Owen is the Head of Customer Acquisitions for Marlink.

Mr. Owen has 20 years' experience in technology sales management with companies ranging from small businesses to large multi-national corporations. The length of his career has been focused on solving problems with technical solutions ranging from software development to infrastructure solutions with a focus on business critical environments. Michael holds a M.B.A. in International Management from the University of Denver. He resides in Norway with his wife and two children.

1240: Maritime Cyber Security - All Talk, No Action?
          -  InterManager's perspective on Cyber Security
          -  Will regulations & compliance keep your ship secure?
          -  Cyber Security Officers on board: putting the fox in charge of the henhouse?
          -  Life Hacking Demo: Is your company a potential victim?
          -  How to start walking the talk today!
Markus Schmitz, Executive Committee Member, InterManager
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Markus SchmitzMarkus Schmitz started his career over 18 years ago as an ERP consultant with Hewlett Packard in Germany. Specializing in Baan ERP consulting Mr. Schmitz participated in several ERP implementations in central Europe, South America and China. As the founder of SOFTimpact Ltd in Cyprus Mr. Schmitz directed his company to focus on the shipping industry, particularly ship owners and managers, and became a known vendor of Crew and Payroll modules based on the ERP software from Microsoft, called MS Dynamics Ax.

Mr Schmitz is a member of the executive committee of InterManager as well as a member of the Shipping KPI Expert Group of BIMCO.

Together with InterManager Mr Schmitz recently launched CyberSail.org, a community platform addressing Cyber Security Threats particularly in the Maritime Industry, where the industry can discuss threats, share their experience and learn from each other’s solutions.


1305: Lunch


1400: Managing Maritime Cyber Resilience Panel
Moderated by: 
Howard Hughes, CTO, Tototheo Group
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Howard HughesHoward Hughes has taken the role of Chief Technology Officer for Tototheo Group in Cyprus. Prior to working with Satellite Communication, Howard has over 12 years working in IT and Telecommunications. He has worked with diverse and leading companies, providing engineering and Project Management expertise.

Passionate about communication, it was a natural step to work with leading Satellite Communication provider, Inmarsat. During his 10-year tenure, Howard took the advantage of his knowledge to provide training, solution design, product management and service development, with the latter focussing on Inmarsat’s ground breaking Global Xpress product.

Howard now divides his time between the UK and Cyprus.

Pannelists include:
Manos Manoli, I.T Manager, Marlow Navigation Co. Ltd.
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Manos ManoliManos Manoli, Information Technology Manager of Marlow Navigation, has 19 years of experience on advance it security implementations and private networks. Specialised in Intrusion Prevention Systems IPS, cyber security  and frequent speaker on international digital security forums. Since 1999 As I.T manager of Marlow he has been managing and implementing new I.T technologies to enhance the company’s digital capabilities and strategy.

Markus Schmitz, Executive Committee Member, InterManager
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Markus SchmitzMarkus Schmitz started his career over 18 years ago as an ERP consultant with Hewlett Packard in Germany. Specializing in Baan ERP consulting Mr. Schmitz participated in several ERP implementations in central Europe, South America and China. As the founder of SOFTimpact Ltd in Cyprus Mr. Schmitz directed his company to focus on the shipping industry, particularly ship owners and managers, and became a known vendor of Crew and Payroll modules based on the ERP software from Microsoft, called MS Dynamics Ax.

Mr Schmitz is a member of the executive committee of InterManager as well as a member of the Shipping KPI Expert Group of BIMCO.

Together with InterManager Mr Schmitz recently launched CyberSail.org, a community platform addressing Cyber Security Threats particularly in the Maritime Industry, where the industry can discuss threats, share their experience and learn from each other’s solutions.

Panos G. Moraitis, CEO, Aspida
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Panos G. MoraitisHolding 20 years of experience in the Shipping Industry, and with extensive experience in introducing new technologies and solutions, Panos G. Moraitis created Aspida in 2010, one of the first PMSC companies in Greece and a leader in the Greek market ever since. Panos leads a risk management company that keeps evolving, now offering a diverse spectrum of services such as Cyber Security, Land Security, Specialised Training and Underwater Services, while he strongly believes that giving back to the community is essential: he serves as an ambassador of Sailors’ Society, sponsors an Olympic-winning athlete, and is the founder of Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a Greek non-profit organisation that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in life threatening environments, in order to address the refugee crisis in Greece by providing its assets for Search and Rescue operations in the Aegean, helping 45,000 people reach safety so far.

Session 3: Connect@Sea
Reviewing crew communications, training and welfare 
Shipowners are well aware of the benefits of offering crew connectivity – with a recent study suggesting that 73% of those surveyed cite connectivity as a key influencer when choosing their employer. So how are users and providers alike reacting to this, and ensuring that their services and offerings meet the demands of these vital people? 

And what else should we as an industry be considering? How can training influence both the seafarers’ competence and thus the shipping companies bottom line? And how do increased data collection requirements impact their role and training requirements.

1440: Marine Training –  An Innovative New Approach in Cyprus
Captain Andreas Constantinou, Lecturer, Frederick University
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Captain Andreas ConstantinouCaptain Andreas Constantinou has an MSC degree in Maritime Safety Administration. He served as Officer and Master Mariner in the Greek Merchant Marine for over 10 years. Also, as Senior Surveyor of the Cyprus Merchant Shipping Department for over 30 years.

Captain Constantinou graduated from the Marine Academy of Syros and then served as Officer and Master Mariner on Greek flag vessels for a ten year period, while he studied at the World Maritime University (MSc in Maritime Safety Administration).

He joined the (Cyprus) Government Service and served at different posts (Maritime Consular Officer at Piraeus, Permanent Mission of Cyprus at the UN). He retired in May 2010 with the rank of Senior Marine Surveyor and he was appointed as General Secretary of the Cyprus Union of Ship Owners in June 2010. During his long Government service he was entrusted important tasks and missions by the Government, the International Maritime Organization and the European Union. (Head of the Cyprus Delegation at numerous International Conferences, Rapporteur of the EU High Level Group on Transport, Chairman of IMO Panels, Evaluator of EU funded research projects, Member of the EU Transport Advisory Group). He served as General Secretary and President of the Cyprus Master Mariners Association. He is a Member of the DNV (Cyprus) Technical Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of the (Cyprus) Mission to Seafarers.

1505: Connect@Sea Panel
Moderated by:
Kyriakos Papapolydorou, General Manager Cyprus, World-Link Communications
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Kyriakos PapapolydorouKyriakos Papapolydorou is the General Manager at World-Link Communications. Kyriakos has been in the Shipping Industry for the past 12 years, since he has joined World-Link Communications. Kyriakos started as a Sales/Account manager and hold that position for 5 years. For the past 7 years he has been working as General Manager with the responsibilities to expand the company and at the same time to maintain the high standards set by the customers. He always strives for perfection and he expects the same from his colleagues and partners.

Panellists include:
Captain Rohit Tandon, Head of Operations/DPA, FML Ship Management Limited
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Captain Rohit TandonCaptain Rohit Tandon currently holds the post of Head of Operations and DPA at FML Ship Management Ltd. Cyprus. With its head office in Hong Kong, FML holds a place among top 3, third party ship management companies of the world.

His association with ships dates back to 1994, when he took on the life of a seafarer. During his years of sailing at sea, he has served on a wide range of vessels including Tankers, Bulk Carriers and Reefers. He joined the office of FML in year 2007 and since then has been handling the quality and operations department of the company.

Captain Rohit also holds a Master degree in International trade and Management and is a member of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 2004. He is also an active member of Toastmasters International, a non-profit organization that deals with soft skills development and training.

Captain Kyriakos Orros, HSSE Superintendent, SCF Group
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Captain Kyriakos OrrosCaptain Kyriakos Orros is a Master Mariner and has held positions including Ship Operator, Marine Superintendent, Marine & Safety Superintendent and HSSE Superintendent for SCF Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd - Ex Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd.

Captain Orros has a Diploma in Ship Management from North West Kent University, London, a UK Pilotage Certificate and a Captain Class A Diploma from National Merchant Marine Academy & Merchant Marine Centre of Further Education – Hellenic Republic.

Sotos Voskarides, Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology
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Sotos VoskaridesSotos Voskarides possesses a PhD in Telemedicine (Brunel University, London), a BSc (Hons) Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (University of Westminster, London) and a Diploma of Technician Engineer in Electrical Engineering (Higher Technical Institute, Cyprus).

He worked in Cyprus for many years as a lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunications (Frederick Polytechnic, 1979-86, Intercollege, 1987 and Higher Technical Institute since 2007). During the period 1987-97 he was the Director of Voskarides Institute of Telecommunications. His research interests are mainly telemedicine, tele-robotics, wired and wireless networks, satellite communications and distributed sensors. He developed the Tele-Ortho-Paidics System (TOP) and he is one of the two coordinators of the French-Cyprus Research Project MARTE (Tele-ultrasound examination using robotics).

Captain Andreas Constantinou, Lecturer, Frederick University
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Captain Andreas ConstantinouCaptain Andreas Constantinou has an MSC degree in Maritime Safety Administration. He served as Officer and Master Mariner in the Greek Merchant Marine for over 10 years. Also, as Senior Surveyor of the Cyprus Merchant Shipping Department for over 30 years.

Captain Constantinou graduated from the Marine Academy of Syros and then served as Officer and Master Mariner on Greek flag vessels for a ten year period, while he studied at the World Maritime University (MSc in Maritime Safety Administration).

He joined the (Cyprus) Government Service and served at different posts (Maritime Consular Officer at Piraeus, Permanent Mission of Cyprus at the UN). He retired in May 2010 with the rank of Senior Marine Surveyor and he was appointed as General Secretary of the Cyprus Union of Ship Owners in June 2010. During his long Government service he was entrusted important tasks and missions by the Government, the International Maritime Organization and the European Union. (Head of the Cyprus Delegation at numerous International Conferences, Rapporteur of the EU High Level Group on Transport, Chairman of IMO Panels, Evaluator of EU funded research projects, Member of the EU Transport Advisory Group). He served as General Secretary and President of the Cyprus Master Mariners Association. He is a Member of the DNV (Cyprus) Technical Committee and Member of the Board of Directors of the (Cyprus) Mission to Seafarers.

Thomas Heide, Sales Manager International, Dualog
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Thomas HeideThomas Heide is Sales Manager Asia for Dualog Singapore and is central in establishing Dualog in the Asian market. Thomas has been in the Maritime IT industry for 5 years, and has served Dualog both in technical and commercial positions. Before moving to Singapore in 2011, he was based in Spain responsible for Dualog’s implementation of electronic logbooks for the EU fleet.

Thomas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Marketing and Language from the University of Tromsø, Norway in addition to several programmes in computer science. Thomas has also been a professional soccer player for more than 10 years.


1545: Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by Kinnetic Solutions


Session 4: The iShipping Revolution
How big data, IoT and analytics are bringing about a shift in smart shipping – and how can we harness disruptive influence to deliver innovation and opportunity:
Transformation, digitalization, disruptive influence, innovation. We know that the maritime sector is on the cusp of dramatic change – how can we harness all this date and all information to build our own businesses and make them smarter, safer, and more sustainable?

1605: Big Data – How do we Reap the Benefits 
Petter Brandt, Consultant, Metapharos AB
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Petter BrandtPetter Brandt is the owner of the consultancy company Metapharos AB. He began his career at sea on board traditional sail training vessels in the late 1980’s. Following studies at Kalmar Maritime Academy (Sjöfartshögskolan) in Sweden he served on board but eventually returned as lecturer and instructor at KMA after which he spent a decade at Stolt Tankers as Navigation Superintendent.

1630: The STM Concept – the MONALISA 2.0 outcomes and the Validation Project
Sotos Voskarides, Assistant Professor, Cyprus University of Technology
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Sotos VoskaridesSotos Voskarides possesses a PhD in Telemedicine (Brunel University, London), a BSc (Hons) Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (University of Westminster, London) and a Diploma of Technician Engineer in Electrical Engineering (Higher Technical Institute, Cyprus).

He worked in Cyprus for many years as a lecturer of Electronics and Telecommunications (Frederick Polytechnic, 1979-86, Intercollege, 1987 and Higher Technical Institute since 2007). During the period 1987-97 he was the Director of Voskarides Institute of Telecommunications. His research interests are mainly telemedicine, tele-robotics, wired and wireless networks, satellite communications and distributed sensors. He developed the Tele-Ortho-Paidics System (TOP) and he is one of the two coordinators of the French-Cyprus Research Project MARTE (Tele-ultrasound examination using robotics).

1655: The iShipping Revolution Panel
Moderated by:
Petter Brandt, Consultant, Metapharos AB
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Petter BrandtPetter Brandt is the owner of the consultancy company Metapharos AB. He began his career at sea on board traditional sail training vessels in the late 1980’s. Following studies at Kalmar Maritime Academy (Sjöfartshögskolan) in Sweden he served on board but eventually returned as lecturer and instructor at KMA after which he spent a decade at Stolt Tankers as Navigation Superintendent.

Panellists include:
Captain Eugen-Henning Adami, Managing Director, Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd.
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Captain Eugen-Henning AdamiCaptain Adami is the Owner of Mastermind Group Ltd, a shipowning / shipmanagement company which currently fully owns, manages and operates 16 vessels worldwide.

German-born, Captain Adami began his nautical career studying at Elsfleth Nautical University. In addition to his successful merchant marine career, which saw him serve as Master of the Bremen-owned cargo ship Condor P, Captain Adami has a wealth of experience as master with tall ships, spanning more than 25 years. He has sailed on and captained both the SS Thor Heyerdahl and the SS Grossherzogin-Elizabeth (formerly the SS Ariadne) and still retains an association with both sail-training vessels.

Giampiero Soncini, Director, Volaris Group
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Giampiero SonciniGiampiero Soncini started his maritime career in 1971 by joining the Italian Navy. Promoted officer in 1972, he then graduated in Electrical Engineering at Pisa University with the second ever thesis in Italy on Optical Fibers, in 1979. From 1979 to 1985 he was involved in the construction of the “Maestrale” Class Frigates, the first Navy ships in the world to have a fully computerized Machinery Control Room. He served on one of the vessels as Chief Engineer/Electrical. In 1986 he left the Italian Navy to join NATO Undersea Research Centre, dedicated to Anti-Submarine Warfare. He was involved in the construction of RV Alliance, nicknamed “the ship of silence”, at the time the most advanced and quietest ship ever built, and the first one in the world to have a commercial GPS and a fully Integrated Navigation System.

In 1989 Mr. Soncini became responsible for the technical management of the vessel, until 1998, when he resigned from NATO to become the Managing Director of SpecTec Italy. Between 1998 and 2005 he opened or managed several South European offices, as VP South Europe; he later became VP Sales worldwide. In 2005 he became CEO of the SpecTec Group. From 2005 to 2012, he managed the Group growth from 9 offices and 135 employees, to 26 offices in 19 countries and over 330 employees. In 2011 he received a Honoris Cause degree in Public Administration by the US Massachusetts Maritime University. In 2012, Volaris Group of Canada bought SpecTec Group. In 2016, Volaris decided to further invest in the Marine IT business and created a new Marine Division, with Mr. Soncini as Managing Director.

George Nanos, Regional Sales Manager, Maritime Software Solutions, DNV GL
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George NanosMr. George Nanos is the Regional Sales Manager of DNV GL’s Maritime Software Solutions, with responsibility for the markets in Southern Europe and Africa.

Since 2014 he has successfully consulted and implemented software projects within the shipping sector with numerous clients, providing solutions to improve the processes of Technical Management, Procurement, QHSE, Risk Management, Crewing, Dry Docking, Hull Maintenance, Port Clearance and Work & Rest Hours Reporting as well as Performance Management and MRV compliance.

In addition to his knowledge in Maritime Software from his current role, he has also international experience and record of completed engagements and projects as Internal Auditor and Consultant of ThyssenKrupp AG and Project Engineer for electrical and electronic systems for ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for naval vessels.

He is an Electrical Engineer with completed studies at RWTH Aachen Germany, specialized in information and communications technology and he holds an MBA degree from FOM University in Hamburg, with focus on Marketing Strategies as well as Sales & Customer Relations Management.


1735: Conference Conclusions and Summary by Conference Chair,
followed by Networking Drinks until 1930,
kindly sponsored by Marlink