Opening ceremony

Kitack Lim

Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Kitack Lim

Is the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), he has a master’s degree in Maritime Administration with an emphasis in Navigation from the World Maritime University (UMM) in Malmö, Sweden.

He has worked as a Senior Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London. Director General of the Maritime Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST).  And, President of Busan, Korea Port Authority.

Panel 1: Impact of women on the maritime community, opportunities and challenges.

Lena Gothberg

Shipping Podcast - Panel Moderator

Lena Gothberg

A shipping businesswoman and an influencer, who has taken upon herself to get the shipping industry more visible.

Earlier in her career, Lena had the responsibility of Secretary-General of the Institute of Shipping Analysis in Gothenburg, where she is based. She has been the Host & Producer of the Shipping Podcast since 2015, inviting the world into the shipping industry, giving a voice to maritime professionals, and changing the perspective of a traditional industry.

The Shipping Podcast is downloaded in 165 countries around the world and with 113 episodes, where 52 of the interviewees are women in the maritime industry, creating a space for the female voices of the maritime industry get heard.

Birgit Sølling Olsen

Winner of the International Maritime Prize 2018"Speaker"

Birgit Sølling Olsen

Winner of the prestigious International Maritime Prize in 2018. Currently she is an external consultant for IMO assisting states on the implementation of international conventions. She is also a member of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC) Audit Body.

Master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

She has worked in the Danish Maritime Administration as Deputy Director General responsible for shipping policy, maritime law, protection of seafarers and climate change. More than 40 years of government service.

Katharina Stanzel

Managing Director of INTERTANKO "Speaker"

Katharina Stanzel

She holds postgraduate qualifications in coastal management and business administration from universities in Germany, the UK and Australia.

A marine biologist by training, she entered the world of shipping in the 1990s. Focussing on marine pollution from ships, she spent ten years as technical advisor for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) before joining the IOPC Funds.

She is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping and sits on the Marine and European Advisory Committees for Lloyd’s Register and RINA respectively. She was honoured to be named International Personality of the Year by the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International)

Quah Ley Hoon

Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore "Speaker"​

Quah Ley Hoon

MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland and Master’s Degrees in Economics from the University of Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France.

She has more than 12 years of work experience in the public sector ranging from economic policies to environmental and social policies, including the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the National Population Secretariat. She is the first woman chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). 

Special Conference

Maja Markovčić Kostelac

Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency – EMSA.

Maja Markovčić Kostelac

Lawyer from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, has a LL.M (Master of Laws) in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea from the University of Split, Croatia.

Previous to joining EMSA, Ms Maja Markovčić was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. She also worked as Head of the Department of International and Legal Affairs, Head of Maritime Security, Acting Director of the Maritime Affairs office and Head of the Maritime Navigation, International and Legal Affairs Sector of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia.

Panel 2: The Sustainable Development Goals related with the Ocean Governance from the Maritime Perspective

Eladio Peñaloza

Head of Maritime Technology Cooperation Center (MTCC) Latin America "Moderator"

Eladio Peñaloza

Ph.D. in Strategic Management and Master’s Degree in Marine Management from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He has a Master’s Degree in Maritime Safety Administration from World Maritime University (WMU), Malmö, Sweden

He has worked as a Technical Advisor in the "Integration of Maritime Affairs in Panama" project at UNDP. Senior Advisor, Director of the Nautical Academy and Permanent Representative of the IMO in the Maritime Authority of Panama.

Wendy Watson-Wright

Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) "Speaker"

Wendy Watson-Wright

Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), the new Canadian-led interdisciplinary transnational research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the world’s ocean

Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie Universit, Halifax, Canada.

Was the Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) in Paris, France.  8 years as Assistant Deputy Minister of Science. Has been on several boards and panels including the Strategic Advisory Board for the European Union’s Joint Programming Initiative on Oceans (JPI Oceans), the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Ocean Science, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X-Prize.

Jan Hoffmann

Chief of the Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). "Speaker"

Jan Hoffmann

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Previously, he spent six years with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago de Chile, and two years with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in London and in Santiago. Prior to this, he held part time positions as assistant professor, import-export agent, translator, consultant and seafarer for a family tramp shipping business.

María Belén Espiñeira

Vice - President of the Argentine subsidiary, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)."Speaker"

María Belén Espiñeira

She is a lawyer specializing in maritime law, from the Catholic University of Argentina. Master's Degree in International Maritime Law from the University of Wales, England.

She is the career director of the specialization in Management of the Protection of the Aquatic Environment, of the Higher University Institute of the Argentine Naval Prefecture. She worked in the legal department of Ultrapetrol, one of the most important shipping companies in Argentina, and in the Chami - Di Menna & Asociados studio.

In 2011 She founded his own law firm, International Transport & Logistics Legal Consultants, which provides preventive advice and in claims on navigation and transportation issues.

Carlos Fanta De La Vega

Rear Admiral (Ret). Master’s Degree in Naval and Maritime Sciences with mention in Administration and Logistics "Speaker"

Carlos Fanta De La Vega

Specialist in Mechanical Naval Engineering and sub specialist in Diving and Salvage. Post title studies in Management and Maintenance of Marine Systems at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. Postgraduate studies in Administration of Governmental Resources Management from the Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California, USA. He has served as professor of different colleges and academies

He worked as Deputy Director, Head of the Department of the General Directorate of Services and Deputy Head of the Naval Mission of Chile in London. From 2016 until the end 2018 he acts as Chairman of Tokyo MOU Committee after been Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Agreement on PSC Committee since 2013. Today he is an independent Maritime and Logistic consultant.

Mary Brooks

Professor Emerita Rowe School of Business "Speaker"

Dra. Mary R. Brooks

Is a Professor Emerita at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and a founding editor of Research in Transportation Business & Management.

Ph.D. in Maritime Studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom, has an MBA International Business from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

She has worked as, Chair of the Navy Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She chaired Council of Canadian Academies’ assessment of The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada. She is best known for her research on competition policy in liner shipping, port strategic management and short sea shipping.

Thematic presentation

Juvenal JM Shiundu

Director, Technical Cooperation Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Juvenal JM Shiundu

Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding with Master’s Degree of Science in Maritime Safety Administration (Marine Engineering), World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden.

He worked in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as Head of the Africa section and Program Officer. At the same time he was linked for many years to African Marine & Engineering Co. Ltd as General Manager.

Represented IMO and made a presentation at the Fourth United Nations Conference for Least Developed Countries, Istanbul, Turkey. He actively participated and contributed in all the preparatory meetings leading to Rio+20 as well as in the main Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

Special Conference

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry

President of the World Maritime University (WMU)

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry

Ph.D. and Master in International Law from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.  She has an LLB and a Master in Law from the West Indies University.

With over three decades of professional and academic experience, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, an international lawyer, is a global leader on maritime law, labour standards and labour law, and law of international organizations. She is a distinguished academic in the field of international law and an international advocate for sustainability and innovation.

Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Doumbia-Henry became the seventh President and the first woman President from a developing country of the World Maritime University (WMU), a university established within the framework of the IMO.

Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Doumbia-Henry held various senior positions at the International Labour Organization (ILO), another specialized agency of the United Nations.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry began her career at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, as lecturer in law and later worked at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands and the World Bank. Dr. Doumbia-Henry has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality.

Panel 3: Maritime Industry Revolution in the Age of New Technology

Christopher O. Davis

President of the Comité Maritime International (CMI). Moderator

Christopher O. Davis

Lawyer of the Tulane University, New Orleans, United States.

Is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, where he served a three-year term on the board of directors and as chair of the International Organizations, Conventions and Standards Committee for four years. has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2007 in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law and Transportation Law, and has also been named to Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007.

He serves as an advisory board member for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and is on the Planning and Program Committees for the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute.

Anita Teo

Technical Lead in System Design - "Speaker"

Anita Teo

Anita Teo is the System Design Technical Lead responsible for the development and deployment of design framework, methods, standards and tools related to Maritime Remote and Autonomous Systems.

Engineer with Ph.D. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering as well as a Global MBA degree from the University of Manchester.

She has held various industry technical and strategic roles in her career across a number of sectors including maritime, aerospace and the energy sector. Her career history includes Technical Leader of multi-disciplinary and highly specialised Future Product Concepts Special Task Force; Integrated Project Team Leader responsible for the conceptualisation, design, development, and the delivery of complex systems and Technology Acquisition Leader responsible for the identification, integration and delivery of the complex systems technology and capability. She has system engineering, system integration and projects management experience. She frequently involved in national, regional and international external collaborative partnership including steering, leading and chairing expert group or technical committee.

She also serves as technical industrial expert adviser to various research, development and innovation working groups such as the European Sustainable Shipping Forum, the UK Marine Industries Leadership Council Technology and Innovation Group, and the UK Maritime Autonomous Systems Council to support the development of maritime technology roadmap and research agenda.

Max Mejia

Director of the PhD Program, Associate Academic Dean and Head of the Maritime Law and Policy at the World Maritime University (WMU) "Speaker"

Max Mejía

Engineer with Ph.D. in Law and Ergonomics in Maritime Security, Lund University, Sweden. Master’s Degree, Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA. He also has a Master’s Degree of Science in Maritime Safety Administration from the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden. BS United States Naval Academy.

His assignments included, inter alia, Commanding Officer of Port State Control Office Manila, Commander of Coast Guard Station Iligan, Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Maritime Development, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Navigational Safety.

Heike Deggim

Director Maritime Safety Division (MSD)."Speaker"

Heike Deggim

Director of the Maritime Safety Division (MSD) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).  She is also acting as the Secretary of the Maritime Safety Committee, IMO’s senior technical body for ship safety related matters.

Ph.D. in Fishing Technology and Master in Marine Engineering from the University of Rostock, Germany.

She also worked for some years as Senior Deputy Director in IMO’s Marine Environment Division, dealing with matters related to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, air pollution and energy efficiency of ships.

She is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).

Thematic presentation

Xiaojie Zhang

Deputy Director General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Transport

Xiaojie Zhang

Mr. Zhang has been with the Ministry of Transport of China since 1987, and is currently serving as Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of Ministry of Transport of China and the Chair of IMO Council.

He has been actively involved in the global maritime affairs either in IMO or ILO since 1995, and is a well-recognized expert in the field of IMO, ILO matters as well as public law and international affairs. He served as the Chairman of the Government Group for the High-level Tripartite Working Group on Maritime Labour Standards, the Preparatory Technical Maritime Conference, and the 94th session of the International Labour Conference, and contributed greatly to the process of developing Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006).