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Mathieu Girardin

Executive Vice President for DFDS's Ferry Division

Mathieu Girardin joined DFDS in October 2022.
And is Head of Ferry Division and member of the Executive Management Team.
Before joining DFDS, Mathieu Girardin was Senior Vice President of CMA CGM Group
and in charge of Short Sea Lines, based in Marseille, France.
During his 10 years with CMA CGM Group, he held several senior positions in France and in Singapore,
including CEO for Asia-Pacific region, Chief Trade Officer for APL, and Head of Group Operations.
Before then, Mathieu Girardin was part of Management Consulting firms Accenture,
and then Rise Conseil, based in Paris.
Mathieu Girardin is a French citizen, born 1982 and lives in Copenhagen with his family.

Mathieu Girardin

Executive Vice President for DFDS’s Ferry Division

Björn Boström

CEO at Port of Ystad

Björn Boström is since 2008 Managing Director at Port of Ystad.
He has 38 years of experience in shipping in companies like Saga Line,
DFDS, Lion Ferry, DSØ A/S (i.a. The Hydrofoils Copenhagen-Malmö),
the domestic island ferry company Ven-Trafiken AB and now Port of Ystad.
He has a broad experience of ferry operations and has worked as Sales Representative,
Sales- and Marketing Manager, Route Manager and Managing Director.
Since 2008, Port of Ystad has strengthened its position as Sweden's third largest ferry passenger port.
The volumes still increase with new records during the last years.
And the port has undergone a major development as two new ferry berths, for vessels up to 240 meters,
were built ready for service in January 2021, an investment of more than
100 million euro securing the future port operations.

Björn Boström

CEO at Port of Ystad

Matteo Della Valle

Pax Sales & Marketing Staff Director, GNV

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Matteo Della Valle

Pax Sales & Marketing Staff Director, GNV

Brian Thorsted Hansen

CEO Fjord Line

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Brian Thorsted Hansen

CEO Fjord Lines

Achille Onorato

CEO Moby Line

Mr. Achille Onorato, the eldest son of Vincenzo Onorato, represents a fifth generation ship – owner.
He graduated in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan.
Later received his Master always Bocconi in Logistics and Transport Infrastructure.
Even before his degree, he already participates actively in the business of the company,
working on board of the ship fleet of the family alternately to studies
from the age of 13 years old until the end of university, spending on board a total of more than 3 years.
He then later started to work in the commercial area of the group and then became the Hospitality
and on Board Services Director of the company Moby SpA.
On January 2012 he became the CEO of the company Toremar, first public shipping company
that was privatized in Italy, achieving a radical revolution and innovation of the company.
Mr. Achille Onorato has served as a member of the Board of Directors of
Moby and Tirrenia – CIN since 2015 and he has also served as the sole director of both companies
from its formation until its conversation into a joint stock company
and the subsequent appointment of the Board of Directors.

On July 2015 Mr. Achille Onorato has become the Vice Executive Chairman of Moby SpA
and subsequently on April, 2016 he became the Chief Executive Officer
and in the same time he still keeps the position of Vice Executive Chairman of the company.
In addition to the Ship - owner's family tradition, just like his father,
he has also the passion for sailing on regattas.

Summary of Current Position in the Company:
* Moby CEO and Vice Executive Chairman
* Member of the BoD of Tirrenia – CIN
* Executive Member of the BoD of Toremar
* BoD Member of San Cataldo
* Chairman of Agemar and Renzo Conti sr

Achille Onorato

CEO of Moby Line

Hans Björkborg

Management consulting and digitalization

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Since 2010 I have my own consultant company mainly working with IT and digital matters on leadership level. My main assignment right now is to act as Senior advisor for Ferry Systems International in Gothenburg Sweden and then focused on the reservation system Lighthouse. Other main assignments since 2010 are advisor and project manager at DFDS, Managing Director for FerryGateway Association and Facilitator for Ferry CIO Forum. Before 2010 I was IT Director at Stena Line during 13 years. The history of working with the ferry industry goes back almost 30 years.

As a person I am open, engaged and very much enthusiastic with what I am doing and simply love to meet and hang out with people.

Best regards

Hans

Hans Björkborg

Senior Advisor

hans@ferrysystems.com / +46 704 830280

Hans Björkborg

Management consulting and digitalization for Lighthouse

Alan Tofte

Managing Partner, Adaptive Recognition

Alan Tofte serves as the Managing Partner at Adaptive Recognition Nordic A/S,
where he leads the way in the company's Global SmartPort division.
Adaptive Recognition is highly regarded in the maritime industry for its cutting-edge work in designing,
developing, and producing software and hardware firmly rooted in computer image processing technology.

For more than 30 years the company has been deeply committed to research and development,
with a primary focus on optical character recognition technology (OCR) and image analytics,
technologies of utmost relevance in the maritime sector.

During the recent years Adaptive Recognition has emerged as a trailblazer in SmartPort innovation.
The company's mission is to make a tangible impact on the maritime world by harnessing the
power of artificial intelligence to enhance safety and sustainability.
Their unique expertise is strategically applied to optimize port traffic management
and elevate the precision of identity verification processes,
ultimately contributing to a maritime environment that is both safer
and more ecologically sustainable.

Alan Tofte

Managing Partner, Adaptive Recognition

Marco Pavoncelli

Chief Commercial Officer, E-DEA

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Marco Pavoncelli

Chief Commercial Officer, E-DEA

Robbie Drummond

CEO Calmac

Robbie Drummond is the Chief Executive of CalMac Ferries.
A customer focused ferry and port operation business with revenues of £300m and 1,800 employees.
CalMac Ferries run 35 ferries across the West Coast of Scotland, carrying 6 million passengers annually,
1 million cars and 1 million freight metres, and running on average 500 sailings per day.
Robbie has a keen interest in supporting local business.
He is on the Board of Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI)
and is Chair of Stramash, an outdoor nursery enterprise.
He also sits on Operator’s Committee for Interferry.

Robbie Drummond

CEO of Calmac Ferries Limited

Kyprianou Paul

External relations manager of Grimaldi group

Paul Kyprianou has studied economics at the L.U.I.S.S. Guido Carlo University (Rome)
and holds a Master’s degree in Shipping, Trade & Finance (City University, London).
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.

Paul Kyprianou

External relations manager of Grimaldi group

Morten Larsen

Echandia

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Morten Larsen

Echandia

Christer Bruzelius

Senior Partner & Project Owner Gotland Tech Development AB

Gotland Tech Development AB
+46 72 509 18 10
christer.bruzelius@gotlandtechdevelopment.se

“As a senior partner with Gotland Tech Development.
Christer drives innovation in shipping, enabling the industry to become
more sustainable by advancing the technical solutions of tomorrow.
Gotland Tech Development was launched in 2021 by Rederi Gotland to drive technical development
by building partnerships with leading maritime companies.
Christer Bruzelius has more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions,
as CEO and MD, for shipping companies in Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.
For 9 years, Christer was the CEO of Destination Gotland (part of the Rederi Gotland Group),
which operates the RoPax ferry traffic between the island Gotland and mainland Sweden.
During his time as a CEO, Christer led several initiatives
to place the company at the forefront in sustainability,
including adding two RoPax-ferries powered by natural gas and biogas to the fleet.”

Christer Bruzelius

Senior Partner & Project Owner Gotland Tech development

Panagiotis Anastasopouios

CEO - Port of Patras

With a distinguished career and educational background,
Panagiotis G. Anastassopoulos seamlessly blends technological expertise with strategic leadership.
As CEO OLPA, he oversees overall strategic management, implementing innovative approaches
to enhance port services and fortify the port's position at the national and international levels.
He has spearheaded initiatives for the development and enhancement of port infrastructure,
elevating the efficiency and competitiveness of Organization.
Actively seeking and promoting strategic collaborations with other ports, businesses, and agencies,
he strengthens the position of OLPA in blue economy.
Panagiotis G. Anastassopoulos boasts a BA in Mathematics from the University of Patras
and an MBA from the Hellenic Open University and several IT accreditations.
Furthermore, he holds specialized knowledge in the development of IT systems,
particularly in WEB2.0 applications.
With over 25 years of experience, he possesses excellent expertise in
innovative business models and digital transformation.

Panagiotis Anastasopouios CEO

CEO – Port of Patras

Elizabeth Hemmens

CEO - Ferryhawk

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Elizabeth Hemmens

CEO – Ferryhawk

Dr. GEORGE D. PATERAS

Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc. President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

George D. Pateras, born in London, UK and the father of 3 adult children,
is the Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc.
and since 2016 the Chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.
He Studied Engineering and Economics and holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University,
MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and a PhD from Plymouth University.
He is a Board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas Shipowners Association,
Chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., Vice Chairman, NATO,
PBOS now TG(OS) (2000-) and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense.

Dr. Pateras has also served as the Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (2011-2015)
and as a Board member of the Hellenic Seamen’s Pension Fund (1984- 1993), Olympic Aviation (1991-1993),
the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of Greek Shipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998),
the BSA representative on International Chamber of Shipping (2011-2015)
and Managing Director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. (1981-2018)

Dr. George D. Pateras

Deputy Chairman, Contships Management Inc.
President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

Theodora Riga

Chief Commercial Officer & Director of Strategic Communications of ThPA S.A.

Theodora Riga is the Chief Commercial Officer & Director of Strategic Communications
of ThPA S.A., a Member of the Board of Directors of MedCruise (Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports).
Member of the Board of Directors of Thessaloniki Tourism Organization and the
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping Representative on the Hellenic Government’s National Cruise Committee.

Born in 1973 in the USA, she holds an MBA in Business Administration.
Has held senior managerial positions in port, shipping and financial services companies over the last 20 years.
She is member of the National Cruise Committee and a Board Member of a
shipping company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.
As Commercial Director and as Management Consultant on Strategic Development, Sales,
Marketing and Communication in the largest shipping companies in Greece.
Providing communication support to the Association of Shipping Companies.

Theodora Riga

Chief Commercial Officer & Director of Strategic Communications
ThPA S.A. – Port of Thessaloniki

Brian Madsen

Head of Machinery and systems, Knud E. Hansen

As Head of Machinery and systems, Brian Bender Madsen is together with his colleagues
developing new Ship designs and conversions at KNUD E HANSEN A/S.
Brian also responsible for coordinating overall development and design within
Ships machinery and electrical systems, from environmental performance to the cost-efficient
solutions and helping the Shipping companies to determine and deliver on future fuel strategies.
This includes our successful integration of the new fuels such
Methanol, Ammonia, LNG etc. in the KNUD E HANSEN ship designs.

Brian is educated Mechanical engineer at the University of Southern Denmark
and started his career as a Project Engineer at MAN B&W and moved on to
MAERSK SHIP DESIGN working with technical part of specifying,
negotiating, test, approving and delivery of ships for the shipping companies
within A. P. Moller-Maersk.

Brian Madsen

Head of Machinery and systems, Knud E. Hansen

Karsten Borneman Sørensen

Head of Sales, Propeller & Aft Ship

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Karsten Borneman Sørensen

Head of Sales, Propeller & Aft Ship – MAN Energy Solutions