Taking the lead

The Global Maritime Forum’s 2019 Annual Summit took place in Singapore on 30-31 October. The meeting convened the leaders from across the maritime spectrum who have the will to address the burning issues facing the maritime industry.

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Tuesday, 29 October

17:30 PM – 21:00 PM

One Raffles Place
Stellar Restaurant at 1-Altitude
1 Raffles Place, Floor 62
Singapore 048616

Welcome reception

Kindly hosted by the Singapore Shipping Association. Dress code is business attire.

Welcoming remarks by

Peter Stokes
Senior Adviser and Head of Shipping, Lazard, United Kingdom; Chairman, Global Maritime Forum

Caroline Yang
President, Singapore Shipping Association

Lam Pin Min
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Flower Dome
Gardens by the Bay
Entrance A
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953

Registration and networking

9:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Opening plenary

Taking the lead

Setting the scene for the 2019 Global Maritime Forum Annual Summit by outlining key issues and choices ahead for the global maritime industry.

Welcome remarks by

Peter Stokes
Senior Adviser and Head of Shipping, Lazard, United Kingdom; Chairman, Global Maritime Forum

Guest of Honour, Heng Swee Keat
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Singapore

10:10 AM - 11:25 AM

Plenary session

The power of collaboration

Presenting the results of the collaborative work of turning the ideas generated at the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit in Hong Kong in 2018 into tangible action.


Together in Safety

Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President Shipping and Maritime, Shell, United Kingdom
Graham Westgarth, Chief Executive Officer, V.Group, United Kingdom

Future Maritime Leaders

A dialogue on the future of the maritime industry with the winners of the Global Maritime Forum’s Future Maritime Leaders essay competition and the chair of the selection committee.

Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong; Chair of the Future Maritime Leaders essay competition selection committee
Simon Tersoo Iorliam, Maritime Safety Officer, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Nigeria (link to essay)
Line Fryd Hofmansen, Management Consultant, PA Consulting Groups, Denmark (link to essay)
Yiqi Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China (link to essay)

Poseidon Principles

Michael A.J. Parker, Chairman, Global Shipping Logistics & Offshore, Citi, United Kingdom
Paul Taylor, Global Head of Shipping, Société Générale CIB, United Kingdom
Kristin Holth, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Industries, DNB, Norway

Getting to Zero Coalition

Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Denmark
Jan Dieleman, President, Cargill Ocean Transportation, Switzerland
Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
Bryony Worthington, Executive Director, Europe, Environmental Defense Fund, United Kingdom

Moderated by

Meredith Sumpter, Head of Research Strategy and Operations, Eurasia Group, USA

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

Plenary session

Framing our journey

Introduction to the framing device and outlining of the Think Tanks

Meredith Sumpter
Head of Research Strategy and Operations, Eurasia Group, USA

11:50 AM - 13:00 PM

Expert presentations

(in two parallel rounds)

Think tanks

Experts and thought leaders provide insights and new perspectives on major opportunities and challenges facing the maritime industry today.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

How new technologies are impacting society and businesses.
Nicholas Davis, Co-Author of Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Professor of Practice at Thunderbird School of Global Management
Moderated by Oivind Lorentzen III, Director, SEACOR Holdings, USA

Unlocking value through digital and collaboration

How businesses can use data collaboration to improve their potential.
Sanjaya Mohottala, Managing Director and Partner, BCG, Singapore
Moderated by Patrizia Kern-Ferretti, Head of Marine, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Switzerland

Merging the physical and the digital

How beneficial digital technologies and physical technologies can be merged and implemented through broad collaboration.
Deanna MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, BLOC, Denmark
Moderated by Peter Stokes, Senior Advisor, Lazard, UK; Chairman, Global Maritime Forum

Who will drive your company transformation if you can’t attract the right talent?

What the global maritime industry can learn from public-private collaboration in Singapore.
Annie Koh, V3 Group Professor of Family Entrepreneurship; Finance Professor; Vice President, Business Development; Academic Director, Business Families Institute and International Trading Institute, Singapore Management University
Kenneth Lim, Senior Director, Innovation, Technology and Talent Development; Chief Technology Officer, Singapore Maritime Port Authority

HiLo: progressing towards a zero-incident industry

How the maritime industry can use digital platforms to improve safety at sea.
Manit Chander, Chief Executive Officer, HiLo Maritime Risk Management, United Kingdom

Seafarer wellbeing and mental health

Why wellbeing and mental health is one of the most important safety factors for the maritime industry.
Sarah Waite, Strategy and Performance Excellence Manager, Shell, United Kingdom
Moderated by Mick Kinley, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australia

Simplifying global trade

How the maritime industry can boost trade and support the Sustainable Development Goals.
Philippe Isler, Director, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, Switzerland

A carbon levy for shipping

Exploring the evidence base, competitiveness concerns and lessons learned from other sectors and jurisdictions.
Ian Parry, Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, IMF, USA
Moderated by Lasse Kristoffersen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Torvald Klaveness, Norway

Zero emission fuels for shipping

How to power global trade in a decarbonized world.
John Kornerup Bang, Head of Sustainability Strategy; Chief Advisor on Climate Change, A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Denmark
Nick Brown, Director, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register, United Kingdom

Navigating the way to a renewable future: solutions to decarbonise shipping

What are the viable pathways towards the decarbonisation of shipping.
Roland Roesch, Deputy Director, Innovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Moderated by Bryony Worthington, Executive Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Increasing societal demands for sustainability

How the maritime sector can support sustainable and inclusive growth.
Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
Frida Youssef, Chief, Transport Section of Trade and Logistics Branch, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland
Moderated by Claes Berglund, Director, Public Affairs and Sustainability, Stena AB, Sweden

See you in court

Environmental law activism and what it means for the maritime industry.
Stephanie Morton, Climate Finance Lawyer, Client Earth, United Kingdom
Moderated by Peter Appel, Chairman, Gorrissen Federspiel, Denmark


13:00 PM - 14:00 PM

Networking lunch

14:00 PM - 17:00 PM

Working session

Framing the possibilities
Visiting all four issue areas, participants discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing the maritime industry and potential ways to address them through collective industry action and leadership. The issue areas are:

Decarbonizing shipping – what actions should be taken to achieve the IMO GHG strategy’s target of reducing emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 in a commercially viable manner?

Improving efficiency through collaboration – how can collaboration, data sharing and digital technologies be leveraged to improve the efficiency of the global maritime logistics chain?

Together in Safety – what can the maritime industry do to improve its performance in providing a safe working environment?

Attracting the right talent – what talent will be needed in a more digital future, how do we attract the right people and is there value in bridging the gender and diversity gap?

17:00 PM - 17:45 PM

Keynote presentation

The Future is Asian
Keynote on the global socio-economic trends that effect the maritime industry and the importance of globalisation, technology and connectivity with a special emphasis on the growing importance of Asia.

Keynote by

Parag Khanna
Author of “The Future is Asian” and “Connectography” and founder and CEO of Future Map, Singapore

17:45 PM - 18:00 PM

Plenary session

Choosing our destination
Participants choose their working groups for day 2 and Meredith Sumpter provides closing logistical information.

19:30 - 22:30

Andaz Singapore
Glasshouse Ballroom
5 Fraser Street
Singapore 189354

Summit dinner

Kindly hosted by the Baltic Exchange.

Thursday, 31 October

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Flower Dome
Gardens by the Bay
Entrance A
18 Marina Gardens Drive
Singapore 018953

Arrival and networking

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Plenary session

What kept me awake last night
Industry leaders share their personal thoughts on what makes them excited and apprehensive about the future of the maritime industry.

Moderated by

Meredith Sumpter
Head of Research Strategy and Operations, Eurasia Group, USA

9:40 AM - 11:00 AM

Working session

Charting our course
In working groups participants develop actionable ideas to address key challenges and opportunities for the maritime industry building on the discussions on the first day of the Summit.

11:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Working session

Pulling together
Participants present and discuss the different action opportunities being developed by each working group in order to evaluate and contribute to each other’s work.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Working session

Arriving at the waypoint
Groups incorporate input from other participants and finalize their work including commitments and tangible next steps.

12:30 PM - 13:30 PM

Networking lunch

13:30 PM - 15:00 PM

Closing plenary

Leading the way
Participants share the outcomes of the group work and discuss the role of individual and collective industry leadership in shaping the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing.

Moderated by

Meredith Sumpter
Head of Research Strategy and Operations, Eurasia Group, USA

Closing remarks by

Peter Stokes
Senior Adviser and Head of Shipping, Lazard, United Kingdom; Chairman, Global Maritime Forum

The programme for the Annual Summit may be subject to change.