ABOUT US

Shaping the future of global seaborne trade

The Global Maritime Forum is an international not-for-profit foundation dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry. It is committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing.

The maritime industry is the lifeblood of the global economy and it is in a unique position to demonstrate leadership by bringing about positive change, both for the industry and for society.

Who we are

The Global Maritime Forum is founded on the idea that progress happens when people from all parts of a system – in this case the global maritime industry and its stakeholders who have the will and the influence to make positive change – come together to discuss challenges and work together on finding new solutions. We believe that this will lead to a brighter future not only for the industry, but for society as a whole.

Our mission
It is our objective to shape the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing. To serve our mission, we convene key stakeholders at the Annual Summit and facilitate a wide variety of initiatives.

Annual Summit
The primary vehicle of the Global Maritime Forum is the Annual Summit which brings together high-level leaders from across the maritime industry with policymakers, NGOs, experts and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers to address global challenges that are particularly important to the maritime industry.

Our initiatives
Delivering long-term impact requires ongoing engagement throughout the year. In between the annual meetings, the Global Maritime Forum serves as a broader platform for dialogue and collaborative action. This may include working groups and exploratory workshops to address specific industry-wide issues, recommendations for action and the like.

What makes us different
Our activities build on four key elements:

  • Cross-industry and multi-stakeholder. Complex systems cannot be transformed by any one stakeholder or individual. By carefully selecting and convening high-level leaders from all parts of the maritime value chain together with stakeholders such as regulators, policy makers, NGOs, intergovernmental institutions and academia, we create new opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving to tackle the most important issues that the industry is facing.
  • Collaborative and focused on effecting change. The ambition is that discussions give birth to decisions that make a real difference. We gather key stakeholders in an environment and process that is purposefully designed to lead to breakthrough solutions to complex problems. By facilitating co-creative processes that enable deep dialogue, critical reflection and creative thinking, we create the conditions for truly new solutions to emerge and for informed, collective action.
  • Inspiring and engaging. New perspectives – particularly from outside the industry – to highlight the long-term forces and changing conditions shaping the industry.
  • Truly global. The Annual Summit is hosted in key maritime hubs around the world on a rotational basis, thus building a global community dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry.