0830 - Registration and Welcome Refreshments

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.

0910 - Welcome Address
click for bioTBA

TBABiography pending.




0925 - Icebreaker Presentation: How to Hack a Kettle!
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.

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

0950 - 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.

1015 - Tech Refresh - What's Next in Satellite Innovation
click for bioKyle Hurst, Director Maritime Business, Iridium

Kyle HurstKyle has 19 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.

1040 - 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.

1105 - Tea/Coffee Break

1130 - Subject TBA
click for bioGerbrand Schalkwijk, Deputy President & COO, Inmarsat Maritime

Gerbrand SchalkwijkGerbrand Schalkwijk joined Inmarsat in 1996, and is currently Deputy President & COO.

Gerbrand has a long track record of commercial and management roles within the global mobile and fixed satellite communications industry. He holds an MSc degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from The University of Twente in the Netherlands and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

1155 - 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 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.

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

1240 - Building Cyber Resilience in Practice
click for bioYiannos Lakkotrypis, CEO, Vassiliko Terminal Services Group

Yiannos LakkotrypisBiography pending.




1305 - Case Study: Defining and Managing Cyber Surveillance in Practice
click for bioStein Are Hansen, Intelligence & Operations Centre (IOC),
Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Associatio

Stein Are HansenStein Are Hansen is working for DNKs Intelligence and Operations Centre.

DNK (Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association) is the world’s largest War Marine Insurance company with over 3400 insured vessels/rigs/units. The Insurance policy delivered by DNK also covers cyber-attacks/incidents.

Mr. Hansen has an extensive background from the Norwegian Navy and Royal Navy, having worked “front line” on vessels and attack helicopters before joining Marine Insurance in 2006.

Mr. Hansen is leading DNKs Cyber work with respect to interaction with shipping companies regarding Loss Prevention and Emergency Response.

1330 - Lunch

1430 - 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.

1455 - Subject TBA
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.

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

1520 - Thinking Outside the Box

  • Creating a more efficient way to manage the supply chain lifecycle
click for bioPeter Ludvigsen, CEO & Founder, Blockshipping

Peter LudvigsenBiography pending.




1545 - The Blockchain Revolution: Insights from Top-Management
click for bioChrysostomos Filippou, Operations Manager,
Cyprus Blockchain Technologies Center

Chrysostomos FilippouChrys has a passion for technology and the ability to get people excited about new technologies and solutions, especially within the fast paced, energetic start up ecosystem as well as professional and financial services industry.

He enjoys evaluating and analysing data, creating solutions, communicating with a variety of people and having a good grasp of information technology. Chrys has had the opportunity to lead projects for clients in Europe, USA and Africa.

Chrys completed his MBA from Cyprus International Institute of Management with Distinction - Thesis: "Exploring Blockchain’s Revolutionary Potential - Gaining insights on top-management perception", and holds a BSc - Digital Systems (Major: Communication Systems & Networks) from the University of Piraeus, Greece, as well as an MSc - Advanced Computer Science & IT Management from The University of Manchester, UK.

1610 - Tea/Coffee Break

Session 4: The iShipping Revolution - 
Redefining Digitalisation in Maritime

1635 - Promoting Innovation and Sustainability in Maritime
click for bioZacharias Siokouros, President, Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean

Zacharias SiokourosZacharias Siokouros is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer and graduate of the National Technical University of Athens. He has work experience of over 20 years in the Shipping Industry having worked for many years as a Safety Manager and Technical Director for a major Cruise Line. He has also been the President of the Cyprus Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Association for over 10 years.

In 2010, he was among the founding members of the "Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean" and currently holds the position of President. The Institute is a novel, non-profit organization aiming to promote Research, Technology, Innovation, Education and Training within and for the Maritime Industry. The Institute acts as a Forum and a Think-tank but also as an Incubator of Business Opportunities; on Maritime Affairs; encouraging and facilitating Dialogue, Networking and Cooperation among the sector's stakeholders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in line with the European Union's "Integrated Maritime Policy" and the “Limassol Declaration on a Marine and Maritime Agenda for Growth and Jobs”.

1700 - Closing Keynote: What Next in the iShipping Revolution?

marlink1730 - Conclusions and Closing Notes, Followed by Networking Reception Kindly Sponsored by Marlink