Outline Agenda

*Please note topics/timings may be subject to alteration.

0845 - Registration Opens

0930 - Welcome from the conference chair
click for bioWayne Zhuang, Regional Manager of Asia, BIMCO

Wayne ZhuangWei Zhuang is the China Liaison Officer at BIMCO as well as the General Manager of BIMCO, Shanghai office. Wei started his BIMCO career with the legal & contractual affairs department where he worked on a wide range of BIMCO’s standard contracts and clauses projects, including project development, revision and promotion.

His current role is focusing on BIMCO, based in the Shanghai Centre, where he is committed to keeping a constructive relationship with regional regulators and industry stakeholders and, most importantly, to provide BIMCO services to members and potential members in the greater China region.

Wei’s previous positions include eight years as a maritime lawyer and Senior Fellow at University. He has a master’s degree in maritime law and a PhD in international law.

Session 1: The iShipping Revolution

Sessions to include:

  • Autonomous shipping and the digital twin: Evolution or revolution?
  • Collaboration in the Big Data Era
  • Putting digitalisation on the business agenda: Capitalising on digital innovation and leadership
  • Trends and outlook: Transitioning to a digital future

1000 - How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will Transform Work, Business and Life
click for bioBen Zhang, Executive Chairman, Maritime and Finance Excellence Center (MFE Center)

Ben ZhangBiography pending.




1030 - Industry Insight: AI in Costa
click for bioMichael Chen, Head of IT, Costa Asia

Michael Chen•Working experience in global largest Healthcare company, top 1 Cruise Group

• Energetic and passionate leader who builds strong teams and relationships to deliver the IT solutions to enable business

• 10+ years of IT experience, 9 years in IT solutions and 4 years in consulting

• Solid technical background of infrastructure, architecture, portfolio management and business partnering

• IT strategy development and global organization (EU, NA) management experience

• Effective leadership, negotiation, influencing, motivational, coordination, and communication skills across a diverse global organization

1100 - Tea/Coffee Break

1140 - The Impact of IoT in Shipping

  • Inmarsat 2018 research results
click for bioShengwei Qian, VP Sales Asia, Inmarsat Maritime

Shengwei QianShengwei Qian is Vice President of Sales, Asia Pacific of Inmarsat Maritime. Shengwei has over 20 years’ experience in maritime Satellite communication, starting his Satellite communication work in Station 12, KPN Telecom in the Netherlands and mainly focusing on the communication solution for the merchant shipping industry.

He has been working in the same area for the last 20 years, following the company merge and acquisition: Station 12, Xantic, Stratos and now with Inmarsat, and involved in all technology development and solution in the area: from Telex, Fax, Email now to full internet service for both business applications and crew communications on vessels by using Inmarsat Fleet Xpress service.

Shengwei has an MBA degree from Nyenrode University, the Netherlands Business School and Master of Material Science from Chinese Academy of Science.

1210 - The iShipping Panel – Transitioning to a Digital Future
This panel will bring together leading maritime and transport CIOs, to look at how they are approaching digitalisation in their sector.
The panel will ask 3 core questions:

  • What are the core components for digital transformation?
  • How can digital change and innovation be achieved in a more traditional environment such as maritime? What are the main obstacles to this journey?
  • What does this “digital journey” look like in 5 years from now? What have we achieved and, most importantly, where have we failed?
Moderated by:
click for bioCathy Hodge, Director, Digital Ship

Cathy HodgeCathy has been involved in the maritime and transport sector since 2000 when she joined Lloyds List/Informa to work across their events portfolio – which included launching brands such as CITIS (Communications & IT in Shipping), Manning & Training, and more. Having previously worked for some of the world's largest publishing and conference groups, including EMAP, IBC and IIR, she joined Digital Ship as Conference Director in 2006 and co-launched Port Finance International in 2009, which she sold in 2017.

Cathy's role has spanned the full spectrum of the shipping, trade, transport and logistics sectors. She has travelled extensively to prepare market leading events and training programmes that meet the needs of a global industry and continues to explore new avenues and ideas for creating programmes that connect experts and leaders in the maritime and transport infrastructure and innovation fields. Cathy has a particular drive to create platforms to enable collaboration and knowledge sharing in the industry.

She is a graduate of UCL (University College London) and has also undertaken business, leadership and communications courses with the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) and Advanced Business Management from Cranfield School of Management.

Panellists include:

click for bioShawhua Ger, CTO/Vice President, Qingdao International Shipping Exchange

Shawhua Ger Focus on Shipping Industry Digitization, Autonomous Vessels, Vessels Blockchain, Shipping Bigdata, ShipFinance.



click for bioTina Liu, Vice President, Elane Inc.

Tina LiuTina is the Vice Precedence of Elane Inc. in charge of Big Data Product. Elane Inc. is a Chinese technology and information provider for Shipping, Supply Chain, Commodity Trading industries. Prior joining Elane, Tina has worked in Drewry Shipping Consultant in London, Singapore and Shanghai. She established and managed Drewry China operation.

Tina is the managing committee member of Young Professionals in Shipping PRC, a not for profit organisation to bring young talent in the shipping community together and become the next generation leaders. She is the China Liaison Director for World Ocean Council. She has received the founding awards for Professional achievement of British Alumni from British Council.

Tina holds a Ph.D. degree from University College London in Transportation Studies, and her Bachelor Degrees from Beijing University of Technology in Transportation Engineering. She also had further continuous education in London Business School and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

click for bioGary Chen, Managing Director, Xinde Marine

Gary Chen Xinde Marine News is the leading marine news provider in China with more than 170,000 readers and subscribers. As an independent online media with the mission to provide independent, credible, critical and topical information, analysis, opinions, research and advisories to the maritime and shipping industry with a clear focus on “Markets, Vessels, Ports, Shipbuilding, Authorities, Enterprises and Seafarers”.

Gary Chen graduated from Dalian Maritime University in 2001 with a major in marine engineering. He has operated the international dry bulk fleet in 2011-2014.

click for bioBob Li, General Manager, SeaHow Marine/Offshore Consulting (SHMO)

Bob Li Mr. Bob Li , Currently as the General Manager of Seahow Consulting and Editor-in-Chief of Int'l Ship & Offshore Media based in Shanghai. When graduated in 1988, Bob Li had been dispatched into Jiangsu Province Governmental Bureau of Complete Plant, Transportation Department,taking the roles of assistant engineer, engineer and project manager.

After his whole family moved to Shanghai in 1997, he had worked respectively in the management position of American, German, Danish, Japanese, Singaporean, Korean and Chinese-State-owned companies.

Bob Li is also leading a team to compile Annual Report on China’s Shipbuilding and Offshore Marine Industries both in Chinese and English

1250 – Lunch

1400 - Application and Development of Blockchain in the Chinese Shipping Industry.
click for bioMatthew Qi, Founder and CEO, MarineX

Matthew QiBiography pending.




1430 - Making Sense of an Ocean of Data
click for bioTina Liu, Vice President, Elane Inc.

Tina LiuTina is the Vice Precedence of Elane Inc. in charge of Big Data Product. Elane Inc. is a Chinese technology and information provider for Shipping, Supply Chain, Commodity Trading industries. Prior joining Elane, Tina has worked in Drewry Shipping Consultant in London, Singapore and Shanghai. She established and managed Drewry China operation.

Tina is the managing committee member of Young Professionals in Shipping PRC, a not for profit organisation to bring young talent in the shipping community together and become the next generation leaders. She is the China Liaison Director for World Ocean Council. She has received the founding awards for Professional achievement of British Alumni from British Council.

Tina holds a Ph.D. degree from University College London in Transportation Studies, and her Bachelor Degrees from Beijing University of Technology in Transportation Engineering. She also had further continuous education in London Business School and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Session 2: The Maritime Satcom Summit

Sessions to include:

  • Standardising, securing and automating your network in the new connected era
  • Next generation satellite communications
  • Communicating change: How will satellite communications power the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • A pipeline for growth: Delivering connectivity in the Big Data era

1500 - Standardising, Securing and Automating your Network in the New Connected Era
click for bioKevin Chen, General Manager, Marlink China

Kevin ChenKevin Chen is the General Manager of Marlink China. He is responsible for the development of business and company operations in the China region for Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime market.

Kevin has a successful academic background with a major in marine radio communication. Furthermore, he received an MBA degree in 2002 specialising in international business at Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.

He started his career as a Radio Officer on board a vessel at SOA China. Prior to joining Marlink, Kevin worked at Jason Electronics for 16 years in a variety of roles including Service Engineer, Sales Manager and Sales & Operations Manager. He has also spent three years of his career at Cobham Satcom as a Senior Sales Manager of Great China, Maritime.

Kevin has around 30 years’ experience in maritime communication and navigation, plus over 15 years’ experience in sales/operations. He has built up a strong knowledge of maritime and data communications. Kevin and his team are able to offer valuable advice and support to customers in the China region.

1530 - Tea/Coffee Break

1600 - The Maritime Satcom Summit: Panel Discussion

  • Delivering Connectivity in the Big Data Era – Challenges and Opportunities
Moderated by:
click for bioRob O’Dwyer, Editor, The Digital Ship

Rob O’DwyerRob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea.

Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Panellists include:
click for bioSharon Ong, Sales Director, Asia Pacific, Marlink.

Sharon OngSharon Ong is Marlink’s Sales Director Asia Pacific. She is responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the largest technology-independent satellite communication and digital solutions provider serving the maritime market.

Sharon has a successful academic background including a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Queensland University of Technology with a double major in Data Communications and Information Systems. Furthermore, she completed a diploma in 2002 in Internet Computing, Data Communications and Networks with a background on Cisco Networks.

Prior to joining Marlink, she started her career as an IT Consultant, where she was responsible for providing consulting services for application solutions and software.

Sharon joined Marlink in 2009. With over 9 years’ experience in the IT sector and with her strong knowledge and experience in IT and data communications, Sharon is able to offer valuable advice and support and as part of the Singapore Sales team, helps to reinforce the leadership position of Marlink in maritime satellite communications.

click for bioWill Kraus, Director, Marketing and Strategy Development, Iridium

Will KrausWill Kraus, Director, Maritime Line of Business and Product Management, holds responsibilities for market analysis, strategy and competitive research within the maritime sector. These activities support service lines strategy, new concept development, pricing and various marketing activities.

Prior to joining Iridium Satellite in 2001, Mr. Kraus worked at: Telispark, a wireless data integration firm; Iridium LLC, the predecessor of Iridium Satellite; Wirthlin Worldwide, a strategic research firm; and a small market positioning firm based in Barcelona, Spain.

Mr. Kraus received his MBA, focused on International Marketing, from the University of California at Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He is also proficient in Spanish.

click for bioMohammed Ali, Regional Sales Manager – APAC, GTMaritime

Mohammed AliExperienced Sales Account Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the Maritime industry.



Session 3: Cyber Risk & Resilience

Sessions to include:

  • Safeguarding cyber security in an increasingly automated world
  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
  • Real world maritime cyber threats and how to avoid them

1645 - Q&A Session: Safeguarding Cyber and Security in an Increasingly Automated World

  • Incorporating cyber awareness into daily operations and procedures
  • Building a consistent cyber security response plan
  • Developing cyber competence and skills
Hosted by:
click for bioChris Henny, Senior Project Manager, Vertical Markets Management - Maritime, Airbus Defense & Space

Chris HennyDr Henny runs his own consulting company, Maxess SPRL, based in Brussels, Belgium. His career spans 30 years in innovation, business development, sales management, and the marketing of high tech products and services for Philips, Sony, SAIT, Telenor, Marlink and Airbus.

He launched the first CD ROM, developed an advanced tape drive, implemented a low-cost GSM system for ships, developed one of the first maritime communications online billing systems, inventing a prepaid cards and dialers system, and a telemedicine system for ships.

He has worked extensively in the maritime regulatory environment, and product managed a maritime satellite e-mail hub. He is also a long-time member or CIRM and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

Dr Henny is currently project managing a cyber support tool for the maritime community in a partnership between CSO Alliance and Airbus.

Joining Chris for a discussion about building cyber awareness are:
click for bioCapt. Ozgur Dogan Gunes, Marine Training Manager, Singhai Marine Services (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Columbia Shipmanagement (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Capt. Ozgur Dogan GunesCapt. Ozgur has over a decade of experience in both at sea and onshore including first decisional level and had a varied time at sea witnessing but also contributing the technological evolution of maritime industry. He holds a BSc in Maritime Studies and Unlimited Master Mariner competency and continues to push at the forefront of maritime practices on safety, quality, security and technological developments.

click for bioMark Sutcliffe, Director, CSO Alliance

Mark Sutcliffe Mark has spent 25 years working with blue chip shipping companies, in the ship owning and port agency disciplines.



Marlink1730 - Conclusions, Followed by Networking Drinks Reception until 1900
Kindly Sponsored by Marlink

Drop your business card to win Sony Wireless Stereo Headset at Marlink stand

*Please note topics and times may be subject to change. For more details please contact cathy@thedigitalship.com