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2019 Speakers


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Mikko Lepistö
Senior vice president, Digital Solutions, ABB Marine & Ports


Mikko Lepistö is globally responsible for the software and automation business at ABB’s Marine & Ports business line. Lepistö has held several global management positions within ABB in service, automation and software businesses. With background in software, automation and system technology and experience from the marine industry, his role is to develop the next generation digital solutions and services to support the transition towards shipping’s electric, digital and connected future. Lepistö holds M.Sc in Automation and Control Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology.



Ari Marjamaa

Chief executive officer, Raa Labs

Ari has broad experience from management, strategy as well as technology driven business development. Prior to his current role, Ari was Chief Transformation Officer in Wallenius Wilhelmsen. He also has experience from technology investing with a venture capital company, academia and management consulting. Ari holds a MSc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).


Chistian Oldendorff   

Christian Oldendorff

Owner and founder, Amplifier

Amplifier approaches the supply chain as an interconnected ecosystem, investing from deep ocean to last mile into disruptive maritime, logistics and mobility tech. Integrated with industry leaders and partners, identifying innovation trends and validating new technology.


Christopher Rex

Head of innovation & finance, Danish Ship Finance


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 Ronald Spithout  

Ronald Spithout

President, Inmarsat

Ronald Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012. In this role, held since 2012, Spithout has global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial. 

 Pierre Sames  


Pierre Sames

Group technology & researcher director, DNV GL

Pierre C Sames is the Group Technology and Research Director at DNV GL. He is responsible for managing the corporate strategic research and technology development projects. His previous experience includes research into hydrodynamic extreme loads, risk analysis, shipping emissions, LNG as ship fuel, rule development and regulatory affairs as well as managing maritime research for GL and DNV GL. He joined GL in 1995 after studying naval architecture in Hamburg.

 Chris Palsson  

Christopher Palsson

Head of consulting and managing director of maritime-insight, Lloyd’s List Consulting

Chris has a wide experience ranging from practising business development to transport and logistics studies for manufacturing industries, governmental agencies, shipowners and business organisations. Chris has in different functions worked with shipping and industrial market analysis since the end of the 1980s. Chris has spoken at numerous high-level meetings and conferences through the years. Chris has been Chairman of the International Maritime Statistics Forum since 2012 and was chosen as shipping profile of the year by the Göta Älvklubben (Sweden) in 2015. 





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