Telenor Satellite0830 - Registration and Welcome Refreshments
kindly sponsored by Telenor Satellite

0900 - Opening Notes from Conference Chair
click for bioRear Admiral Nick Lambert, Director, NLA, Former UK National Hydrographer

Rear Admiral Nick LambertA master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution of eNavigation and GNSS vulnerability, near or real time situational awareness (especially that derived from space based assets and applications), human factors, and training and education in the maritime sector.

0915 - Welcome Address
click for bioNatasa Pilides, Deputy Minister of Shipping, Republic of Cyprus

Natasa PilidesNatasa Pilides graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree with distinction in Modern Languages and Literature (French and Italian). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

Natasa's work experience includes more than fifteen years mainly in managerial positions. She served as a Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly in South East Europe, heading the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, Administration, Operations and IT for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. For 9 years she worked at PwC, in Cyprus, Milan and London in the areas of audit and tax consulting, providing services to multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, insurance, energy, construction, shipping and FMCG.

Natasa also has wide experience in professional training and delivering courses for ICAEW, ACCA and CIMA exams in the areas of audit, tax, corporate law, ethics, financial accounting and reporting. Natasa has more than 2 years of experience in training at BPP London, one of the leading professional studies organisations in London and internationally.

She served as the Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency from April 2016 to February 2018, responsible for the design and implementation of the Organisation’s strategy in close collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Cyprus government.

Apart from her native language, Natasa is also fluent in English, French and Italian.

She has represented and promoted Cyprus as an investment destination abroad throughout her career, and has published various articles in international professional publications.

0930 - Hacking on the High Seas

  • Rogue kettles and other bizarre maritime cyber attacks
click for bioKen Munro, Security Entrepreneur & Writer, Pen Test Partners

Ken MunroKen Munro is Partner and Founder of Pen Test Partners, a firm of ethical hackers. He regularly blogs on everything from maritime security to hacking cars and the Internet of Things. This has gained him notoriety among the national press, leading to regular appearances on TV and News online as well as the broadsheet press.

He also writes for various newspapers and has contributed to maritime industry magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors. Ken has also become a voice for reform and legislative change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US government departments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils.

0955 - Digitalising Shipping Data

  • Promoting the exchange of technical and logistics data across the shipping community
click for bioCaptain Eugen H Adami, Managing Director, Mastermind Group

Captain Eugen H 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.

Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit - 
Investigating the evolution of maritime mobility and connectivity

1020 - Tips to Standardise, Automate and Secure your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioMarios Papatheodotou, Area Sales Manager, Marlink

Marios PapatheodotouMarios Papatheodotou is the Marlink Regional Sales Manager responsible for the development of business in the local market of Cyprus for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Marios Papatheodotou is well known within the local maritime IT and Satcom industry, with more than 14 years of experience in the satellite communications sector. Marios began his career as an IT Administrator with the Salamis Group, he then moved to Hanseatic Shipmanagement as Communications Administrator, supporting the management of existing vessels either remotely or with attendance on board for new satcom installations / configurations or repairs. When Schulte Group merged their companies into one group - Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement - Marios was promoted as a Supervisor on the support team at Telaccount Overseas and then to Communication Manager.

In March 2015, after spending 10 years at the Schulte Group, Wlink Communication acquired Telaccount Overseas and Marios moved with the acquisition as Sales Manager. In December 2015, Marios moved to TNL Group as Regional Manager in Cyprus and after the joint venture of TNL satcom sector with Marlink in March 2017, Marios became local Regional Manager for Marlink.

Marios has a BSc in Computer Science and Computer Information Technology from the Metropolitan State University of Colorado and several other certifications in both satcom and business management.

1045 - Space and Satcom for 5g: European Transport and Connected Mobility
click for bioPiera Di Vito, Technical Officer, European Space Agency

Piera Di VitoPiera Di Vito is currently Technical Officer at the European Space Agency. Based in ECSAT -Harwell (UK), she works for the ESA Business Applications programme, supporting industry to develop space based services in several domains such as aviation, maritime, energy etc. Previously, after having obtained the Master's Degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universita'degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata, she worked at Inmarsat (UK), IDS S.p.a (Italy) and ESTEC (ESA site in The Netherlands) mainly in the satellite communications exploitation in the maritime and aviation sectors.

EPSCO-RA1110 - Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by EPSCO-RA

EPSCO-Ra Prize held in the conference room after the break.

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1140 - Next-Generation Satellite Services and the Future of Maritime Safety
click for bioRonald Spithout, President - Maritime, Inmarsat

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.

1205 - Tech Refresh - What's Next in Satellite Innovation?

  • Digitalization of the high seas, enhanced connectivity enabling Big Data, what are the options to consider
click for bioWouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime, Iridium

Wouter DeknopperWouter Deknopper brings 20 years of experience in the Satellite Industry to his position as Iridium's Vice-President and General Manager Maritime Business. He is responsible for bringing new services and products to the maritime market in alignment with Iridium's initiatives while attuned to the needs of the end-users in these industries.

Wouter began his career in the satellite market with SAIT Communications and then joined Marlink, previously part of Telenor, before coming to Iridium in 2005 as Director EMEA & Russia. Wouter has extensive knowledge and experience in business development, consulting, project and partner management in IoT applications, land-mobile, aviation and maritime.

Wouter holds a Master's degree in Social and Political Sciences from KU Leuven in Belgium and an Advanced Master's degree in European Law from the University Jean-Moulin III Lyon in France.

1230 - Maritime Satcom Summit Panel Discussion
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 bioRonald Spithout, President - Maritime, Inmarsat

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.

click for bioWouter Deknopper, Vice President & General Manager, Maritime, Iridium

Wouter DeknopperWouter Deknopper brings 20 years of experience in the Satellite Industry to his position as Iridium's Vice-President and General Manager Maritime Business. He is responsible for bringing new services and products to the maritime market in alignment with Iridium's initiatives while attuned to the needs of the end-users in these industries.

Wouter began his career in the satellite market with SAIT Communications and then joined Marlink, previously part of Telenor, before coming to Iridium in 2005 as Director EMEA & Russia. Wouter has extensive knowledge and experience in business development, consulting, project and partner management in IoT applications, land-mobile, aviation and maritime.

Wouter holds a Master's degree in Social and Political Sciences from KU Leuven in Belgium and an Advanced Master's degree in European Law from the University Jean-Moulin III Lyon in France.

click for bioManuel Valero, Sales Manager, Telenor Satellite

Manuel ValeroManuel Valero has a Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering and holds a Masters in Satellite Communications from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.

As Telenor Satellite Broadcasting Sales Manager for Maritime, he has been able to highly develop the TSBc customer database by closely supporting our maritime customers with their ever-increasing requirements prior to the new Thor 7 HTS ka band launch.

Prior to joining TSBc, he worked for STM (Global IP and now EMC) as a Business Development Manager in the period 2009/2012, and has more than 13 years of experience in the international satellite industry.

With the launch of THOR 7, Telenor Satellite Broadcasting is looking forward to offering Ka-band satellite capacity for offshore services in coverage areas spanning the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, the Red Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. We are already welcoming many new customers to our 1º West home and have seen incredible growth within the offshore sector for satellite broadband solutions in Europe and the Middle East.

click for bioTakis Falidouris, General Manager, Marlink

Takis FalidourisTakis Falidouris is Head of Marlink Cyprus & Greek (CG), responsible for the development of business in Greece & Cyprus for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Takis is well-respected within the maritime IT and Satcom industry, having over 21 years’ experience in the satellite sector. He began his career with Elkco Marine Consultants, a distributor of Telenor & SpecTec and then as Sales Manager of Xantic Hellas – a former ST12 mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Takis was responsible for sales of Mobile Satellite Systems to the maritime industry in Greece and Cyprus.

In 2007, Takis joined SRH Marine Electronics (Radio Holland Greece) specialised in the supply, installation and service of marine electronics and representing France Telecom, the mobile satellite operator based in France. He more recently joined as head of Marlink’s Hellas operations to enhance sales efforts within this key region.

Takis has a degree in Programming and Analysis and integrated several commercial and finance topics through various positions in his career.

click for bioAngelos Demetriou, IT Officer, Intership Navigation Co Ltd

Angelos DemetriouAfter 4 years of IT training, and experience starting at 14, Angelos received his BSc in Chartered Engineering Computer Science studies. He expanded his experience and knowledge in Shore IT Service companies for another 6 years, being responsible for large clients IT infrastructures and networks.

For the past 20 years, Angelos has moved his focus to Shipping and to Intership Navigation where he is an IT Officer, responsible for ships, shore, satellite offices’ IT and Communications.

He has worked with various communication software and hardware from Inmarsat A to FX, and is responsible for rolling out solutions and optimising the use of Ships’ IT and communications onboard. Angelos is a Member of the CSC E-Navigation working group, and speaker and panellist on Digital Ship conferences on Communication.

click for bioGeorge Venianakis, Director of Network Operations, SpeedCast

George VenianakisGeorge Venianakis is Director of Network Operations for MSS Services at Speedcast. George sees his goal as a leader to generate value and solve business problems by mentoring, leading, designing and directing teams in SATCOM and Enterprise Technologies.

He is a highly skilled and certified professional, with more than 20 years’ experience in the ICT and telecommunications industry and seven years in electronics manufacturing/engineering industry. He has held several leadership and management positions and is continuously looking for new ways technology can advance the Speedcast customer experience.

1330 - Lunch

Session 2: Harnessing Cyber Resilience and Managing Risk - 
A look at maritime cyber security, safety and risk.

1430 - Building Cyber Resilience in Practice
click for bioYiannos Lakkotrypis, CEO, Vassiliko Terminal Services Group

Yiannos LakkotrypisHaving worked at Cyprus Ports Authority between 2007 – 2017 as Head of the Information Technology Department and as the Manager of Larnaca Port, Mr. Yiannos Lakkotrypis is currently the CEO of Vasiliko Terminal Services Group of Companies.

He received his BSc in Computer Science and Management Science from University of Keele, UK and his first Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK. He also has an MSc in Information Security from the University of London, UK. Mr. Lakkotrypis has been certified in 2010 as Chartered Engineer (CEng) by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) of UK. He represented the Republic of Cyprus in the High Level Steering Group for the implementation of SafeSeaNet as well as the Expert Group for the Implementation of Directive 2010/65 in the European Union. He has also lead the implementation of the National Ports Community System in Cyprus.

1455 - Turning Cyber Guidance into Cyber Competence

  • Cyber hygiene and awareness on a practical level
click for bioCapt. Rohit Tandon, Head of Operations/DPA, FML Ship Management Limited

Capt. 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.

1520 - Hacking and Cyber Risks in Shipping. It Just Got Real.

  • What are the practical and legal risks for ship-owners and operators?
  • How to allocate risks under contracts
  • GDPR and its impact on shipping and cyber security
click for bioMichael Harakis, Consultant, HFW

Michael HarakisMichael J Harakis is an English lawyer, operating from Cyprus as a Consultant to the international law firm of HFW, having previously worked for that firm for a number of years from its Piraeus office.

Michael's current practice is mainly in shipping litigation, but in addition he has a substantial caseload in the fields of international trade, insurance, finance and general commercial litigation. In an earlier part of Michael's career he worked as a Legal Adviser in the Government of the United Kingdom, where his main responsibilities were in EU and international law. He has appeared as an advocate in both arbitrations and in the Commercial Court. He has also taken lead roles for the government of the UK in ad hoc arbitration in the Hague and several times in references to the European Court of Justice. He has advised Secretaries of State and Ministers for Transport on a wide variety of transport law issues where EU and international law was involved on matters concerning rail security to satellite navigation.

He has also worked for the Law Commission of England and Wales where he was tasked with reform of the law of insurance contracts. Some of this work has found itself in present statutes on the subject.

In the past 3 years he has provided extensive expert evidence on English law to Courts in Malta, Greece, and New York.

His personal interests are his family (one wife, one son, one dog), riding horses, and he knows nothing at all about football.

1545 - Managing Maritime Cyber Security and Liability - Mitigating Risk

  • How the industry can identify, quantify and mitigate cyber risk
  • Insurance – risk transfer
click for bioAndrew Webster, Partner, JLT Specialty

Andrew WebsterAndrew is responsible for business development focused in and around the marine liability sector. He is primarily responsible for Ports & Terminals. After a degree in Geography, Andrew began his career as a shipbroker in London concentrating on towage and salvage. After obtaining membership of the institute of chartered shipbrokers he then worked overseas, based in Geneva and Singapore, as a trader for CRC Cargo Recovery Consultants, specialised in damaged commodities.

On returning to London in 1995, Andrew joined UK P&I Club dealing with Russian and Romanian owners' claims. 1996 saw a transfer to ITIC where he became an account executive dealing with Members in the Middle East and South America. At the end of 1999 he transferred to the TT Club, where he went to Dubai in 2000 to take over as general manager at TTMS (Gulf) dealing with TT and ITIC Members in the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent. In 2002 he returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Prevention director – a role that he held prior to making the move to UKTI on secondment as the International Business specialist – ports working with the International Sector team in the London headquarters. Secondment ended in June 2008 and a position with Savi Performance Logistics (a Lockheed Martin company) became open. Inchcape Shipping Services beckoned at the end of 2008 and waved goodbye at the end of 2009. A brief spell of independent consulting gave way to Jardine Lloyd Thompson.

speedcast1610 - Tea/Coffee Break
kindly sponsored by speedcast

Session 3: Blockchain and its Impact on the Maritime Industry - 
How will Blockchain streamline trade and transport?

1640 - Blockchain Demystified

  • Blockchain was first introduced in the seminal paper "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System" by Satoshi Nakatomo (nickname) as a distributed public ledger used to store transactions in a more transparent and secure e-cash system.
  • Since then, the benefits of using Blockchain have been recognised and it is currently being investigated to be deployed in problems related to transactions, transfer of value, supply chain, identify management and many others.
  • In this talk, we will discuss the fundamentals behind Blockchain and smart contracts and we will analyse use-cases in several sectors.
  • We will also introduce the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies centre - the first organised and supported Blockchain technology hub in Cyprus.
click for bioChrysostomos Filippou, IT Strategist at Moebius Ltd, Operations Manager at Cyprus Blockchain Technologies

Chrysostomos FilippouChrysostomos Filippou is a technology professional with strong business acumen. He is active in the areas of IT governance and management, bridging the gap between the IT department and business units. His career accomplishments consist of more than 8 years of experience eliciting systems requirements and implementing complex, technology projects internationally (Europe, South Africa and USA). In addition, he is a certified ISO 27001 Lead Implementer specialising in the implementation and maintenance of information security management systems (ISMS) based on the ISO/IEC 27001 standard.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Systems from the University of Piraeus, an MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Cyprus International Institute of Management. With regard to Blockchain technology, he has published the results of his MBA thesis titled “The Blockchain Revolution: Insights from top-management” and has written a number of articles related to Blockchain’s use-cases.

click for bioDr Theodosis Mourouzis, Programme Director of MSc in Business Intelligence & Data Analytics at CIIM, Research Fellow at UCL CBT, Managing Director of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies and

Dr Theodosis MourouzisDr Theodosis (Theo) Mourouzis is a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) and Programme Director of the MSc in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM). He is also a visiting professor at the Innopolis University (Russia Federation) and the Managing Director of Cyprus Blockchain Technologies LTD, a non-profit organisation founded by CIIM, UCL CBT, Oracle and major banks in Cyprus with the aim to promote Blockchain technology.

Theo received his PhD in Computer Science (with specialisation in symmetric cryptanalysis) from University College London (Information Security Group). He was a member of the UCL Information Security Group that in 2013 was awarded the 1st award in the 4-month UK Cyber Cipher Security Challenge among UK universities, organised by GCHQ and PwC. He also holds a MRes in Security Science from UCL, a MSc in Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Number Theory Group) from University of Cambridge and a BA/MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge. He was a member of the Mathematics National Team of Cyprus for 4 consecutive times (Cyprus 2001 – BMO, Turkey 2002 – BMO, Albania 2003 – BMO, Mexico 2005 – IMO).

Additionally, he is an advisor/consultant in the areas of information security, ISO27001 best practices, cryptography, Blockchain, ICO crowdfunding and data analytics. During his career, he was employed as specialist and consultant to both private and governmental organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group, Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE).

Session 4: The iShipping Revolution - 
Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime

1705 - Promoting Innovation and Sustainability in Maritime
click for bioIonas Koulendros, Senior Researcher, Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean

Ionas KoulendrosIonas Koulendros, Senior Researcher, studied Marine Engineering at Higher Technical Institute (H.T.I). He has extensive experience on board as 3rd, 2nd and Chief Engineer as well as ashore as Technical Superintendent.

In 2010, he was among the founding members of the "Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean’ and he participated as a volunteer on various projects of Mar.In.E.M such as "Lambousa" and Mazotos Wreck. In his position as Senior Researcher, he is also participating in the "LYNCEUS 2 MARKET" Project as well as in “MaRITeC-X”.

marlink1730 - Conclusions and Closing Notes, Followed by Networking Reception
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