Who is coming to the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit 2018?

The global maritime industry is facing a defining moment. Emerging digital technologies, new environmental demands and erosion of the global order stand to have a profound impact on seaborne trade in the coming decade. The decisions that leaders make now will have significant and longstanding implications for the industry and for society.

August 29 2018

Under the theme Breaking New Ground, the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit will convene a select group of industry leaders with policymakers, experts, NGOs and other influential decision-makers and opinion shapers from around the world in Hong Kong on 3-4 October 2018. They will work together on exploring possible responses and uncovering new opportunities to shape the future of global seaborne trade:

-Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam will discuss lessons learned from region’s success as a global trade hub

-Secretary-General of UNCTAD Dr Mukhisa Kituyi will take a long view on seaborne trade and its role as an engine for inclusive and sustainable growth and development

-Dr Victor K. Fung Group Chairman of Fung Group and Honorary Chairman of Li & Fung Limited about the future developments of the global economy, changes in global value chains and the increasing role of Asia in driving economic growth

Meredith Sumpter, Head of Research Strategy and Operations at Eurasia Group on today’s key global geopolitical and economic risks

-Bestselling author Steven Johnson on how we make the decisions that matter

-Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO, will present his vision for the global maritime industry in 2050

It is a cornerstone of the Global Maritime Forum to provide new perspectives from inside and outside the industry to better understand the long-term forces shaping the industry’s decision-making. Leading experts from around the world will share their latest insights, research, ideas and practices and how they will impact the future of the global maritime industry.

  • Alicia Garcia-Herrero, Chief Economist, NATIXIS, discusses China’s One Belt One Road initiative and its impact on global trade
  • Ian Parry, Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, unpacks the options for carbon pricing in maritime transport
  • Andy Chun, Regional Director – Technology Innovation, Prudential Corporation Asia, how artificial intelligence will shape future maritime operations
  • Nia Joynson-Romanzina, Director and Founder, iCubed, on how to attract talent in the 21st century and what is important for tomorrow’s employees
  • Ruben Morales, General Manager, Corporate Safety, Hong Kong Airlines, shares critical learning points for the maritime industry
  • Christopher Rex, Head of Innovation, Danish Ship Finance, discusses what is next for the digital revolution and how it will impact the maritime industry
  • Nalân Koç, Research Director, Norwegian Polar Institute, outlines the opportunities and challenges of new artic routes

Shaping the future of global seaborne trade will require engagement from all parts of the maritime value chain. Thus the Summit will convene more than 200 key stakeholders from around the world. Together, they have the breadth and quality of engagement to represent with authority the views and interests of the entire maritime spectrum.

Participants include: Jan Dieleman, President, Cargill Ocean Transportation; Claus Hemmingsen, Vice CEO, A.P. Moller-Maersk; Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President Shipping & Maritime, Shell; Graham Westgarth, Member of the Board of Directors, GasLog; John Hadjipateras, Chairman and CEO, Dorian LPG; Nicolas Saverys, CEO, Exmar; Soren Toft, EVP, COO and Executive Board Member, A. P. Moller Maersk; Captain Temi Okesanjo, Managing Director and CEO, NLNG Ship Management Limited; Mats Henrik Berglund, CEO, Pacific Basin Shipping; Eric Ip, Group Managing Director, Hutchison Ports; Jorge L. Quijano, Administrator and CEO, Panama Canal Authority; Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman and CEO, Suez Canal Authority; Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority, Singapore; Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist and Adjunct Professor, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Bjorn Vang Jensen, Vice President, Global Logistics, Electrolux; Timothy Jones, Chairman, Barry Rogliano Salles; Alastair Marsh, CEO, Lloyd’s Register; Peter Cremers, Executive Chairman, Anglo-Eastern; Ian El-Mokadem, CEO, V.Group; Andrian Dacy, CIO, Head of Global Maritime, JP Morgan; Kristin H. Holth, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Industries, DNB; Nigel Thomas, Chairman, Watson Farley & Williams; Faz Peermohamed, Global Head of Shipping, Ince & Co; Marcus Baker, Chairman, Marsh Global Marine Practice, Marsh; Jeremy Grose, CEO, The Standard Club; and Gordon Downes, CEO, New York Shipping Exchange.

This cross-industry and multi-stakeholder approach aims to challenge the traditional silos within the global maritime industry to strengthen collaboration between all stakeholders and to identify new strategies for tackling long-term challenges and creating new opportunities. The ambition is that the discussions at the Annual Summit will give birth to decisions that make a real difference, not only for the industry, but for society as well.

Participation in the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit is by invitation only.

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