2018 Agenda

Otesat_Maritel0830 – Registration and Welcome Refreshments
kindly sponsored by Otesat_Maritel

0900 - Opening Notes from Conference Chair
click for bioNick Lambert, Maritime Domain Expert, NLA Ltd.

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 growing potential of the blue economy concept, 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. He has a particular interest in the Polar Regions and is also engaged in a variety of situational awareness, marine autonomous systems and vessel efficiency projects.

0910 - Insight Interview with a Leading Maritime CIO
Turning Innovation into Reality – A Focus on Collaboration and Standardisation in Shipping
click for bioAndré Simha, Global Chief Information Officer, Mediterranean Shipping Company

André SimhaAndré Simha is Global Chief Information Officer of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A since 1994.

Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, he joined MSC in 1987 and has been responsible for implementing and developing the complex data flow between the company’s headquarters and its agencies worldwide.

Between 2000 and 2014, André also served as a Director of the world’s largest multi-carrier ecommerce network for the ocean shipping industry, INTTRA.

He is currently spearheading an initiative to centralize MSC’s detailed Information Systems. The OneVision program sees André leading a team of experts – based around the globe – in standardizing processes and management information.

MSC is a privately owned shipping line, founded in 1970. It is now the world's second largest container carrier and employer to more than 60,000 people.

in conversation with
click for bioGiampiero Soncini, Director, KZM Management

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.

0950 - Session 1: The Maritime Satcom Summit

Sessions to include:

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

0950 - Tips to Automate, Standardise and Secure your Network in the Digital Era
click for bioDimitris Moros, Area Sales Manager, Marlink

Dimitris MorosBiography pending.

1015 - Tech Refresh - What's Next in Satellite Innovation?

  • Digitalisation of the high seas, enhanced connectivity enabling Big Data, what are the options to consider

click for bioDan Rooney, Director, Maritime, Iridium

Dan RooneyAs the Commercial Maritime Product Director of SpeedCast, Dan Rooney is responsible for innovation and delivery of products to the commercial maritime sector. Based in Budapest, Hungary, he has been employed in the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) sector since 1999. His past experience includes working with Globe Wireless managing several product lines and as a Fleet ICT Support Manager for a large Norwegian shipping company.

1040 - Topic to be confirmed
click for bioReserved for Inmarsat

Biography pending for speaker from InmarsatBiography pending for speaker from Inmarsat

1105 - Topic to be confirmed
click for bioReserved for Intellian

Biography pending for speaker from IntellianBiography pending for speaker from Intellian

Tototheo Maritime 1130 – Morning Refreshments Break
kindly sponsored by Tototheo Maritime

1200 - The Maritime Satcom Summit Panel Session
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 bioTakis Falidouris, 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 bioDavid Tropp Hag, Sales Director EMEA, KVH

David Tropp HagFor almost two decades, David Tropp Hag has been closely engaged with KVH’s maritime customers, solving maritime IT and communications challenges. Today, in the role of Regional Sales Director, he is heading the Eastern/Southern European sales and account management team, providing daily support and finding new solutions for KVH expanding customer base in the region. With a background in electronics, and a professional degree in business administration, David sits right in the cross field between technological challenges and business requirements, allowing him to understand the customers situation from both sides.

click for bioJulian Crudge, Managing Director, Telenor Satellite

Julian CrudgeJulian Crudge joined Telenor Satellite in 1998 and is currently the Director of our Datacomms Division, responsible for VSAT services to land and maritime based customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa on C, Ku and Ka band. In particular, he is commercially responsible for Telenor’s Ka band HTS satellite, THOR 7. Prior to this, Julian held a number of finance roles within Telenor Satellite, and worked in the leasing industry for 9 years.

Julian has a BA Econs (Hons) degree and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in 1989.

click for bioNabil Ben Soussia, Managing Director, IEC Telecom Middle East

Nabil Ben Soussia Nabil Ben Soussia is the Managing Director of IEC Telecom Middle East. Armed with years of experience and a track record of proven performance, he is responsible for providing the vision, overall leadership and strategic management for the company as well as long-term relations with the key clients.

Ben Soussia is known for his global expertise in leading complex turnarounds. His industry experience spans across advanced satellite telecommunications integration and deployment. A high-performance leader with extensive MENA region experience, Ben Soussia joined IEC Telecom Group in 2008 as Director of Technologies and Operations. In 2011, Ben Soussia held the title of the Managing Director at IEC Telecom’s Abu Dhabi, where he played an instrumental role in its opening. In 2013, Ben Soussia became Managing Director of IEC Telecom Kazakhstan and was responsible for the business development in this fast-growing sector. Ben Soussia helped develop the Maritime sector in Kazakhstan contributing to the increase in business sales, which resulted in the company’s recognition as the Best Performance Maritime by Thuraya award in 2014. He was the first who introduced YahClik, a new service by Yahsat, to the group which also resulted in the receipt of the YahClik Service Partner of the Year award.

Ben Soussia holds a Master’s degree in Satellite Communication Systems and Telecoms and an Engineering degree in Telecommunication. He is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Russian.

click for bioReserved for Speedcast

Biography pending for speaker from SpeedcastBiography pending for speaker from Speedcast

click for bioReserved for Intellian

Biography pending for speaker from IntellianBiography pending for speaker from Intellian

1240 – Lunch & Exhibition Showcase

1340 - The Shipping Cycle – An Industry Snapshot
click for bioNiklas Carlén, Research Director, Maritime Strategies International

Niklas CarlénBiography pending.

1405 - Session 2: Blockchain in Practice – Q&A

Sessions to include:

  • Digitising the global supply chain
  • Blockchain: Benefits and the path beyond proof of concepts
  • Blockchain technology for cross-border trade operations

Moderated by:
click for bioAndrew Webster, Partner, JLT

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.

1445 - Session 3: iShipping: Harnessing Maritime’s Digital Future

Sessions to include:

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

1445 - The CIO Panel – Transitioning to a Digital Future
This panel will bring together leading maritime and transport CIOs, to look at how they are approaching digitalisation in their sector.

The panel will ask 3 core questions:

  • What are the core components for digital transformation
  • How can digital change and innovation be achieved in a more traditional environment such as maritime? What are the main obstacles to this journey?
  • What does this “digital journey” look like in 5 years from now? What have we achieved and, most importantly, where have we failed?

Panellists include:
click for bioGeorge Demetriades, Director of Information Technology, Athens International Airport

George DemetriadesBiography pending.

click for bioMatthew Maheras, CIO, Metrostar Management Corp.

Matthew MaherasBiography pending.

click for bioStelios Sabanis, Head of ICT, GasLog Ltd., AMMITEC President

Stelios SabanisBiography pending.

click for bioKaterina Raptaki, IT Manager, Navios Shipmanagement, AMMITEC B.O.D.

Katerina RaptakiKaterina Raptaki is the IT Manager of Navios Group of companies, including 4 NYSE-listed companies, with branches in cities all over the world, owning and managing more than 150 vessels. Katerina is also the former president of AMMITEC, the Association of IT Managers in Shipping. She graduated from the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in Naval / Mechanical Engineering and has 28-years’ experience in IT and Communications.

With more than 16 years of experience in Shipping, having deep knowledge in Marine Satellite systems, vast experience in shipping software and Project Management, Katerina has been holding Managerial positions in various companies allowing her to have a full understanding of technical issues and operational procedures. Her excellent people management skills include the ability to transfer her expertise in technical systems delivery, business analysis and the management of cross-functional business projects and project teams.

click for bioMichalis Moraitis, CIO, Nic. J. Theocarakis S.A. - Nissan Greece

Michalis MoraitisMr. Michalis Moraitis is a Board Member of "The European CIO Association" in Brussels, Board Member & Founding Member of the Hellenic CIO FORUM, Vice President of BOD of the Hellenic Institute of Informatics, and he is the CIO of the Theocarakis Group. He possesses more than two decades of experience in the global market as well as in the Greek environment, and has a proven ability to meet top rated targets and architect business reshapes, transformation, and optimization initiatives with the aim of turning around operationally troubled companies.

In addition he owns extensive knowledge of IT/IS and large scale projects, while he is considered one of the visionary CIO in digital transformation. He has previously held various executive positions in the consulting sector such as Andersen Consulting/ Accenture and Ernst & Young, and has also served extensively in the private sector (automotive, retail & wholesale, e-commerce, apparel, healthcare and services) with organizations such as Yokohama Greece, Deutz Fahr Greece, Hygeia Hospital, koolfly.com etc.

Furthermore he has acted in the past as academic professor at University of Indianapolis and other local and international universities and institutions, while he an ongoing Article writer to various magazines and press. He is married and has twin daughters.

1525 - The AMMITEC Panel
The AMMITEC Board will take this opportunity to share and discuss the findings of their recent members survey on Maritime Software Quality. They will present the results and invite the panel members to discuss the high – and low – lights of how software use and development is being handling by the maritime community.

15 minutes presentation delivered by:
click for bioTasos Makris, IT & Usability Consultant, Gourdomichalis Maritime

Tasos MakrisBiography pending.

JiBe1605 - Tea/Coffee break
kindly sponsored by JiBe

Marlink1620 - 1720 - Marlink Hosted Workshop
– for Shipping Companies

Cyber Security & Cloud File Sharing Workshop

Marlink will showcase their latest Cyber Guard security solutions and XChange Cloud innovation. Split demos on Cyber Guard and XChange Cloud to help shipping companies protect their businesses at a time when cyber threats are more prominent than ever.

Presentations and live demos will cover:

  • 24/7 network protection and support
  • Cyber competence expertise
  • Secure digital file sharing
  • Automated system communication
  • Protecting the confidentiality and continuity of your business operations


1620-1720: Innovation & Ideas Session, kindly sponsored by Dualog

In parallel to this, there will be an “Innovation & Ideas” Demo Showcase taking place in the Exhibition Area. This will provide a platform for new entrants to the market to demonstrate how they are going to drive change and development in the maritime sector and to receive feedback on their products.

1730 - The AMMITEC General Assembly – For AMMITEC Members Only

For more information, please contact Katerina Raptaki at kraptaki@navios.com

1730 - Drinks Reception

1845 - Depart for Dinner

Marlink1900 – Gala Dinner
kindly Sponsored by Marlink

0845 - Registration and Welcome Coffee

0915 - Session 4: Managing Cyber Resilience Workshop, followed by Mini-Hackathon

Sessions to include:

  • Panel discussion – Safeguarding cyber and security in an increasingly automated world
    • The end-user perspective
  • Cyber-crime case experience
  • Scenario planning and objective setting “hackathon”
  • Solutions and conclusions

Opening notes from Conference Chair:
click for bioEmmanouil (Manos) Christofis, Cyber Defense Training and Exercises Advisor, Cyber Defence Capability Requirements and Development

Emmanouil (Manos) ChristofisBiography pending.

Speakers include:
0930 – 0955:
click for bioChronis Kapalidis, Academy Fellow, Chatham House

Chronis KapalidisChronis is a Research Fellow at the International Security Department, Chatham House and an Academy Stavros Niarchos Foundation Fellow at the Queen Elisabeth II Leadership Academy. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy, Plymouth University. Chronis is also a certified Maritime Trainer by the UK DfT and teaches extensively on Maritime Safety and Security, Risk Assessment, Cyber Security at KCL Maritime Training Centre, Piraeus and several military institutions.

He has over 13 years of professional experience as a Navy Warfare Officer in NATO, EU and UN operations. His research interests include cybersecurity, defence studies, international and maritime security. Drawing from his combined professional, academic and policy-making experience Chronis leads a research project at Chatham House on Maritime Cybersecurity.

He has published widely at Chatham House, International Affairs, Foreign Affairs and the Academy for Strategic Analyses and has participated in several Maritime related conferences.

0955 – 1020:
click for bioDr. Athanasios Drougkas, Officer in NIS, European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)

Dr. Athanasios DrougkasDr. Athanasios Drougkas is an Officer in Network and Information Security at the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

His domains of activity in ENISA currently include the Digital Single Market and NIS industry, cybersecurity in eHealth, Cyber-insurance and security in the Finance sector. In the past, he has held various positions within the ICT industry in cross-functional domains, including Project Management, Presales, R&D and Technical Consulting.

Dr. Drougkas holds a BSc./MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications from the National Technical University of Athens.

1020 - 1045
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1045 - 1200: Mini Hackathon

This platform has been designed to promote greater collaboration and to foster new ideas. We will bring together our audience of technologists, industry experts, and practitioners to investigate the potential disruption and practical application of emerging technologies. We will challenge current thinking by assigning each table with a practical “problem” and ask them to identify current solutions and “hack” these, by providing innovative ways to approach this same issue.

The Hackathon judge(s) will award the table with the most innovative, and viable, solution as Digital Ship Athens 2018 Hackathon Winner.

MacGregor 1145 – Morning Refreshments Break
kindly sponsored byMacGregor

Marlink1215 - 1315 - Marlink Hosted Workshop
– for Shipping Companies

Fully Managed IT Workshop

A more intimate workshop designed to offer information about KeepUp@SEA, powered by Palantir, to provide effective operation of IT services across the fleet.

Presentations and live demos will cover:

  • 24/7 network protection and support
  • Standardising, simplifying and automating your vessel IT environment
  • Proactive safeguarding of all vulnerable data and recovery procedures
  • Health status for critical components onboard

1315 - Lunch

1415 - Session 5: Roundtables

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 throughout the first day of the conference to the roundtable they wish to attend, via our interactive WebApp.

The content in these interactive Roundtable sessions will be focused on solutions and business strategy and they will last for 2 hours in total, with the discussion itself lasting 1 hour, followed by a short summary from every table.

A maximum of 6 Tables to be hosted, with topics covering:

Marlink Today’s Satellite Constellation Landscape and how it will Impact the Maritime Industry
Hosted by Marlink

Examining the True Business Impact of Maritime VSAT

Big Data Platforms and Collaborations

Blockchain Technologies: Opportunities for Application in Maritime?

Vessel Performance Optimisation

The Business Case for Investment in Digitalisation

The Autonomous Shipping Outlook

1600 – Conference Close