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Lars completed his education in 1991 at the Fredericia-Middelfart Commercial School and completed his shipping education at Julius Mortensen Shipping A/S in Denmark. Lars is married, has three boys and enjoys travelling, sports and skiing.
VP Business Unit of DFDS Business Unit Mediterranean
Finn has been stationed in numerous countries, including Spain, Singapore, and Italy. After the Italian posting, Finn and a colleague started their own marine design and consultancy, Marine Technologies.
In 2003, this was merged with one of the Danish marine industry’s most renowned and respected companies, 1937-founded KNUD E. HANSEN. Finn became Managing Director of the merged group and since then the well-travelled, “old sailor” has thrived in the company's very international atmosphere.
Managing Director KNUD E. HANSEN
A graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, then of the ‘Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées’, he joined in 2006 the Corps of Engineers of Bridges, Water and Forests.
After having been in charge of roads for 3 years at the Department of the North, he joined the Department of Vendée as Deputy Director General in charge of the Technical Pole (road and maritime infrastructure, transport, buildings and education).
In 2015, he joined the public establishment Voies Navigables de France to lead the Territorial Directorate of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, in particular to prepare the river network for the arrival of the Seine-Nord Canal.
Benoît ROCHET joined the Port Boulogne-Calais General Management team in 2017 alongside Jean-Marc PUISSESSEAU. In parallel with the adaptation of the port of Calais to the new challenges arising from Brexit, he takes an active part in the realization of the Calais port 2015 project, consisting of the construction of the new port of Calais.
Directeur Général Délégué
In co-founding Adonis, Kviteberg saw the need among maritime organizations for more efficient ways of addressing their highly specific HR and operational challenges – from managing multinational workforces to simplifying MLC compliance.
Currently serving as Adonis’s Sales Director, Kviteberg has held a variety of senior marketing and sales positions over the years, which has given him a unique perspective on industry developments, emerging trends, and the ever-changing needs of labor-intensive maritime organizations looking to leverage every edge in improving efficiencies and meeting their business goals.
Today, he’s leading Adonis’s efforts to meet growing market demand for web-based employee self service tools, allowing HR administrators and senior staff more time to attend to more strategic tasks and responsibilities.
Per Ove Kviteberg
CEO of Adonis AS
He is the Vice President of the Greek Passenger Shipping Association (SEEN) participating as an elected member of the BoD since 2009. In February 2014, he was elected as a member of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping representing the Passenger Shipping sector.
Being part of the passenger shipping industry as from 1996, he has a 23 year experience in this sector holding previously the position of Authorized Director and CEO of the well – recognized brands BLUE STAR FERRIES and SUPERFAST FERRIES respectively.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the American College of Greece and he further extended his financial educational background in London where he graduated from Cass Business School (City University) holding an MBA degree in Finance.
CEO Attica Group
Being Project Manager on a vast number of projects the core expertise lays with general ship design, hull optimisation and other means to improve ships efficiency.
Christian has been the lead designer in numerous award-winning projects e.g., for the Ro-Cons Atlantic Star, Bahri Abha, Ephesus Seaways and Eco Valencia.
Head Naval Architect Knud E. Hansen
After his studies at the University of Saarbrücken, he did his military service at the Battalion of Joinville where he joined the Team of France Espoir d'Epée.
In 1978, he created the company Tresco, specialised in the distribution of heating products for the tertiary sector, industry, construction and housing.
In 2000, Jean-Marc PUISSESSEAU is elected President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Calais. In 2001, he decided to prepare the port of Calais for the increase in traffic: project ``Calais Port 2015`` was launched.
Then, in parallel with this, he proposed to bring the CCIs of Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Dunkerque and Calais together. This lead in 2010 to the creation of the CCI Côte d'Opale.
At the end of 2011, he served as president of the new structure which, in addition to its consular missions, manages the ports of Calais and Boulogne-Sur-Mer.
In 2015, he became CEO of the Société d'Exploitation des Ports du Detroit (SEPD) of which the CCI Côte d'Opale is a majority shareholder. A call for tenders is launched by the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, which owns the ports of Calais and Boulogne, for the management of the new single port of Boulogne-Calais.
The expansion works of the port of Calais began in 2015 with the project of doubling the capacity of the current port, a project that is to date, the first major European maritime construction site of the decade.
President – Chief Executive Officer
of the Société d’Exploitation des Ports du Detroit
She is Member of the Board, Swedish Shipowners' Association, Deputy member of the Board, Finnish Shipowners’ Association, Member of the Board, Åland Chamber of Commerse, Member of the Board, Ålands Sjöfart r.f., Member, Communications Working Group of ECSA (The European Community Shipowners' Association) Member of the Communications Committee, Swedish Shipowners’ Association, Chair of the Communications Committee, Finnish Shipowners' Association.
SVP Corporate Communications, Landbased HR, Sustainability for Viking Line Abp
CEO Logos Payment Solutions A/S
Since 2019 she has been working as an Area Manager for the commercial accommodation department and is now overseeing the business and local teams in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Area Manager, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Faroe Islands & Greenland
Mr. Porfyris is a Civil Engineer in the field of design and construction of infrastructure projects, renewable energy projects and especially photovoltaic systems and sustainable development activities.
CEO of Igoumenitsa Port Authority S.A.
She started in Germany, relocated in 2012 to Asia where she opened offices in Vietnam, Cambodia and later managed 2 Japan offices. Since the end of 2015 she is back in Europe and now responsible for the commercial teams in the Nordics, Baltics, Poland and BeNeLux.
Regional Manager, Nordics, BeneLux, Baltics & Poland
CEO Liknoss Group
New Business Development Manager, Attica Group
Anette came from a position as Commercial and Communication Manager for A.P. Moller – Maersk being responsible for developing and driving the global communication strategy and KPI process, global/local communication plans and performance management.
Prior to this, Anette held various positions in the United Kingdom and Germany. Anette has extensive experiences with internal and external communications as well as with crisis communications to always stay in control and own the story and defend the positive company brand and its values for example as pioneer within green ferry operation.
Anette Ustrup Svendsen was born in 1968, married with one child. She is of Danish nationality and holds two master’s degrees in International Trade and
Business Communication from Copenhagen Business School.
Anette Ustrup Svendsen
Head of Corporate Communications Scandlines
Age: 58 years
Family: Married to Anette for thirty years. Two children, Daniel and Anna.
Leisure time: Is preferably devoted to being in Mollösund and the surrounding area, ideally on the water.
Background: Born and raisedin Mollösund on the Swedish westcoast. Went to sea at the age of 17, studied to sea captain and graduated in 1986. Worked as a mate for a number of years.
Responsible for the construction of new port facilities for Stena Line in 1994 and then responsible for all ports and terminals in Stena Line’s Scandinavian ports.
Continued as Route Director for several of Stena Line’s lines between 1998 and 2008 before becoming head of Stena Line’s Scandinavian Ship management.
In 2009 he became CEO of SOL North Europe Service and in 2014 group Managing Director of Svenska Orient Linien AB.
He has also been a member of the Swedish Shipowners’ Association’s board since 2010, and chairman from 2016 to 2019.
CEO Wallenius Sol Lines
Vikesh has a Master of Science in engineering at the Technical University of Delft.
Regional Product Manager EMEA – MoorMaster
He entered the Grimaldi Group in 1995 by covering the position of Commercial Executive at the Group’s offices in London.
In 1997 he was transferred to the Group’s Headquarters in Naples as Area Manager for Greece and Cyprus. Since 2000 he also holds the position of External Relations Manager.
From 2005 to 2010 he was Managing Director of Grimaldi & Louis Dreyfus Lines which run a freight & passenger service between Civitavecchia (Italy) and Toulon (France).
He is a Board Member of various companies of the Grimaldi Group among which Scandinavian Auto Logistics (1999-2000), Grimaldi Belgium, Antwerp Euroterminal and Minoan Lines.
Paul Kyprianou represents the Grimaldi Group at various associations such as ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Interferry and he is at the Advisory Board of the Italian-Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.
Board Member of various companies of the Grimaldi Group
In her session ``Successful marketing on LinkedIn. How to do
it?`` she'll share her 4 step process of how ferry professionals can get more reach, sell and recruit using LinkedIn.
Brian Thorsted Hansen
CEO Fjord Lines
1999 – 2001 Technical Director Doeksen Transport Group
2001 – 2020 Managing Director BV Rederij G. Doeksen en Zn.
2021 – present Technical Director Koninklijke Doeksen BV
Paul Melles graduated in 1980 in marine engineering from Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, the largest of the Dutch Maritime Universities of Applied Sciences. After several years at sea working on board merchant vessels as a marine engineer he switched to a shore based career in 1987.
In 1987 he joined Rederij Doeksen as Head Technical Department and later on in 1999 as Technical Director with the holding company Doeksen Transport Group. In this capacity he was responsible for the technical and operational management of the group activities and supervised the construction and refits of numerous vessels as senior project manager.
Already in 2000 he looked into the possibilities of using LNG as propulsion fuel for future ferry designs. Something for which he remained committed to when he became Managing Director of Rederij Doeksen in 2001. As a Managing Director he was responsible for securing a 15 year public service contract and he introduced several new efficient catamaran ferry designs including the latest innovative single fuel LNG RoPax catamarans.
With 41 years of experience in the marine sector he joined the Koninklijke Doeksen team in Rotterdam as Technical Director since 2021. In his new role he is responsible, among other things, for making all shipping company activities of the Doeksen group more sustainable in line with the climate objectives.
Paul J.M. Melles
Technical Director Koninklijke Doeksen BV g
Business Development Manager of Sefine Shipyard
The Port of Kristiansand is Norway’s second largest ferry port, and offers 5 sailings per day to the Port of Hirtshals in Denmark. Bernander has been in charge of the new strategy plan for the port setting out an ambition to be Norway most modern and environmental friendly ferry port.
Bernander has also been a member of the Agder county council transport committee, deputy member of the Norwegian Parliament, board member of the regional public transportation company, AKT and member of the North Sea Commission transportation group. Today he holds elected positions as the chair of the committee for industry, climate and environment in the Agder country council, member of the European Policy Forum for the Norwegian government and as a delegate for the North Sea Commission general council.
Chief Marketing Officer Port of Kristiansand
External Relations Manager
He worked in several companies in the medical field, rehabilitation and physiotherapy in R&D, sales, production and general management.
In 2005 he did a MBO and continued as entrepreneur in treadmills for rehabilitation.
After selling the company in 2015, he started Econowind together with Conoship International, trying to support decarbonization.
Management board Dir. Tallink
A new Annex 13 of the CSS code: A level playing field for Weather Dependent Lashing in to RoPax / RoRo industry
Albert was born in a seafaring family and spend much of his holidays on board his father’s coaster on NW European trades
He attended the Nautical College and served as deck officer with Shell Tankers, Safmarine and Smit Lloyd
After his promotion to Master he served on Anchor Handling Tug /Suppliers and Diving support / Crane vessels in the offshore industry
In 1990 Albert started to work as Project Manager for Rockwater in Norway, a major Offshore Construction company and worked a variety of Marine Projects in the North Sea
A major project was the installation of the Snorre TLP in 300 meters waterdepth, offshore Norway in 1992
After this Albert worked for 8 years in the shipbuilding industry in the north of Holland as yard manager
In 2003 he founded his own company: Siri Marine.
The focus was all about monitoring vessel motions and cargo safety at sea
Since 2003 numerous project were carried out on board vessels and Weather Dependent Lashing on RoPax / RoRo vessels has become one of the main trademarks of Siri Marine
At present more than 90 RoPax / RoRo vessels are fitted out with Siri’s motion monitoring systems and WDL procedures
Most WDL projects have been in the NW European waters (from Portugal/Spain to Norway / Sweden) Expansion into the Mediterranean area is now in progress with a major Italian RoPax operator as the starting client
Since January 1 of this year Siri Marine has been handed over to the next generation, but Albert is still around for some years to come in an advisory and consultancy role
Capt. Albert Lanting
WDL Expert, Siri Marine
KfW is wholly owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. KfW IPEX-Bank is a 100% subsidiary and one of the largest financiers of the Maritime Sector, with a current portfolio of ca. EUR 14bn. As one of the most experienced supporters of the maritime industry worldwide, the Maritime Industries department of KfW IPEX Bank provides financing for European vessel owners, newbuildings from European shipyards and vessels with a substantial part of European content - always with a focus on sustainable ship financing. Contributing to the development of transport infrastructure, KfW IPEX-Bank is also engaged in financings for seaports around the world.
Previously working in the business sectors Shipping, Ports and PPPs, Tanja joined the Maritime Industries department in 2010. In her many years of experience in ship financing, Tanja has been responsible for the customer relationships to numerous ferry companies around the globe. She is currently part of the acquisition and structuring team covering customers from Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Tanja holds a degree in economics from the Universities of Marburg and Giessen.
VP Maritime Industries, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Frankfurt
Build on the foundation of 20 years of line management experience in various companies, ranging from service companies, food processing, aqua culture, logistics, ware housing and search & selection Bent entered the consultancy world in 2000. First four years with an US based global consultancy firm focusing on operational excellence.
Having worked within management consultancy for more than 20 years – 15 of those with multiple assignments within the maritime business, Bent has developed a very broad network amongst top executives, as well as board members, in Northern Europe. This network combined with a relentless delivery of successful implementation programs in large and medium sized companies, is the foundation for the continued development of Mantec.
Partner & EVP Sales at
Mantec International AB
Before joining ForSea Ferries in 2020 as CEO, Kristian has worked in executive general management positions in the Swissair Group, the Lufthansa Group, Rentokil Initial, Group 4 Securicor and Copenhagen Airports.
He is and internationally experienced executive who have worked and lived in several countries, among others Schwitzerland, Germany and Denmark, while managing operations across Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.
• Master’s degree economics Turku
• Managing director Godby Shipping since year 2000
• Chairman local football club IFK Mariehamn