The SmartShip Speaker panel 

SmartShip Exchange 2019

Chairman & Keynote Speaker

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth


Research Scientist 

Mr. Ørnulf Jan Rødseth has an MSc in cybernetics and electronic engineering from 1983. He is a well-known researcher in maritime information and communication technology and has worked in the area for more than 25 years. In the last six years, he has worked mainly with autonomous ship technology and digitalization of ship operations. He is a senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean and is the general manager in Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships. He is active in standardisation and is a member of ISO TC8 and IEC TC80. He regularly meets at IMO as observer for ISO.

Dr. George D. Pateras 

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

Chairman, Maritime Cluster of Greece

George D. Pateras, born in London, UK and the father of 3 adultchildren, 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 NewcastleUniversity, MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and aPhD from Plymouth University.He is a Board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas ShipownersAssociation, 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 ofDefense.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), OlympicAviation (1991-1993), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of GreekShipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998), the BSA representative on InternationalChamber of Shipping (2011-2015) and Managing Director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. (1981-2018)

Dr. Matthew Maheras

CIO, Metrostar Management Corp

Dr. Matthew Maheras is the CIO of Metrostar Management Corp. He holds a PhD in Operational Research from NTUA, and an MBA from Imperial College, London. Dr. Maheras has a wide experience in managing innovative IT projects in maritime, typically involving Virtualization, Cloud and IoT technologies, with a focus on Cyber Security and Data Privacy.

Kevin Forshaw

Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Plymouth 

Kevin Forshaw is Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Plymouth and has been working with shipping operators, ship builders and equipment manufacturers to build reliance against maritime cyber-attacks using world-leading thinking from the University.  Previously at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton, Kevin has always been at the interface between Industry and Academia, securing many millions of pounds of UK and EC R&D funding for collaborative research for the Maritime Sector in areas including maritime cyber, green shipping and marine autonomous systems.   Driving innovation for new product development, Kevin set up and launched many initiatives including the UK’s Marine Robotic Innovation Centre which was used as a case study by the OECD’s Ocean Economy team, the outputs from which were presented at locations including the UN, and during the key note at Ocean’s Week Canada 2018.

Costas Kontes

General Manager 

COSTAS KONTES has been working as a General Manager for V.Ships Greece Ltd. since 2016 while he has been previously serving as Business Development for VGroup since 2008. He is responsible for the office in Greece and for operating a large fleet of Dry cargo vessels.

Previously he has been working for Iberojet Cruceros. Being responsible for the Marine and Technical operations, Costas has set up the operation in Madrid for the company later on to expand from 1 to 3 ships and sold to Costa Crociere.

Other positions held previously were with Martinoli SAM in Monaco following the fleet of the Renaissance Cruises being involved on the successful initial launching of Oceania Cruises that today is the most successful company operating in the upper premium market as well as working for Festival Cruises as a junior engineer both onboard the ships and the newbuildings in France.
He has a BSc, MSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School. Later additional qualification was the attendance of Seatrade Cruise Masterclass course and the Executive Leadership Development Course designed for V.Group from Strathclyde University while holding the title of the Chartered Engineer from the British Engineering Council.

Costas has served 4 years at the International Propeller Club Port of Piraeus as a governor out of which the last two years served as Secretary General.

Inspirational Quote: ‘Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.’

Thanos Pappas


Currently he is the Technology Director of PAPPAS B.I. He is a business
consultant experienced in designing and developing information systems, business
intelligence solutions, analytics applications and optimization algorithms. Among others, he
has developed SCOP (Supply Chain Optimization Platform), Hermes (Platform for profitability
optimization through exploring multiple scenarios), NAFS automation of processes and
communication between the field of execution and the central offices. In addition, he is a
TABLEAU software and Targit business intelligence suite certified consultant as well as GDPR
ISO certified DPO (data protection officer). He holds a degree from the Department of
Informatics of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens and he is a PhD researcher at
the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA, Greece’s premier technological university)
in the sector of Algorithmic Operation Research. He has many years of teaching experience at
an undergraduate and graduate level in NTUA and in the Athens University of Economics and
Business (AUEB). Specifically, he has single-handedly organized and taught two graduate set
of lectures (a. Innovation and Entrepreneurship, b. Linear Programming). He has also
participated (to 30%) in the organization and teaching of one graduate level course (Shipping
Transportation Systems) in NTUA for 3 years.

Anil Saini 

Maritime Consultant(Digital Ship Management)

 Mr. Anil Saini is a Maritime Digital Consultant for management and is actively engaged in the digitalization process in maritime by consulting maritime companies in efficient effective usage of digital tools to manage organized cyber secured assets which are available round the clock digitally not only for monitoring ship management processes but also actively control them by knowing in advance by usage of Machine learning algorithms and AI tools.

Over 15 years of Maritime Career, he started off as a seafarer(Engineer) and worked his way by working in digital space for last 14 years having worked with pioneer innnoviative companies like Spectec(Italy), MESPAS(Switzerland), Danaos(Greece), MariApps(Singapore) by working as technical consultant first slowing evolving into all other aspects by being business manager as business representative taking companies to new markets. As Maritime Digital Consultant involved in Comparative Study of Maritime Software in Shipping as well as Consulting Shipowners/ Manager with smaller fleets up to 20 ships a solution best suited to their specific requirements doing Business Analysis for them along with BI scoping relevant to processes. During this period, he was also an Advisor on Policy for Cybersecurity and IT Services, hence effective to be at par with Shipping Companies having dedicated big IT Divisions,

Ralf Lehnert

Director Navigation Solutions (AFNI)

My maritime career began when I was six, as I enjoyed sailing on the river Elbe in an ꞌOptimistꞌ dinghy. My love and passion for the sea were born; as a result, after finishing school I decided to join the Navy, where I served as a seagoing Deck Officer on-board minesweepers until 1995.

I started in marine electronics in 1996, focusing on GMDSS, Radar and GPS; joining Transas Marine in 1999, I worked with ECS & ECDIS; there, I ultimately found myself deeply involved in maritime simulation. In this position I gained a deep understanding on maritime standards for training, bridge regulations and interfaces, ship handling and hydrodynamics; I also gained expertise on the requirements of digital shipping for todayꞌs seafarers and those of the future.

In 2018 I joined SevenCs / Chartworld as Director Navigation Solutions; since then, I am responsible for the companyꞌs onBoard Solutions and Chart Kernel Solutions; this gives me the platform to be a passionate driving force for safe and efficient navigation.

Stuart Castell


Today, The AST Group boasts a 140 strong workforce providing satellite communications to a wide range of global customers.  

AST is focused upon supporting their global customerbase with local sales, service and support teams based in the UK, USA, Australia, Asia and Africa.

With new and innovative products being brought onto the market, the industry is thriving and be-spoke solutions, involving integration of hardware and software for specific customer requirements, becoming more commonplace.  AST employ a host of experienced staff who are able to turn ideas into reality, and work closely with resellers to fulfil customer projects. 

AST has undertaken integrated projects such as satellite tracking services to 800+ UK fishing vessels under contract to DEFRA (UK Government) which stand as a testament to their success in this specialised area.

Dieter Gabriel

Marketing Manager EMEA, Velodyne Europe GmbH




Dieter is a graduated geo-scientist with broad experience in the Mapping, Remote Sensing and LiDAR & Navigation industries. Over the last 25 years he has held customer-oriented managerial positions at various international blue-chip conglomerates like Daimler Group or EADS. He moved to the position of European Marketing Manager for Velodyne in 2015.

Santiago Royo

Business development & founder

Santiago Royo, PhD, is currently professor at UPC and VP of Business Development of Beamagine S.L (2016, Barcelona), a company devoted to the development and commercialization of novel 3D electrooptic vision systems based on lidar imaging. He is cofounder of two more photonics-based spin-off companies: SnellOptics (2002,Terrassa, Spain), devoted to marketing quality plastic optical components; and ObsTech SpA (2012, Santiago, Chile) commercializing systems for internet-controlled telescopes. He holds 17 patents, 11 of them licensed to four different companies, and over 50 refereed publications. He has been Director of the Center for Sensor, Instruments and System Development (CD6), a research and innovation center in Optical Engineering in Greater Barcelona for the last 10 years, and has participated and led research projects involving different optical metrology techniques for the last 20 years. He is also member of the Board of Stakeholders of Photonics21, and co-secretary of the Spanish Platform for Photonics Fotónica21.

Dimitrios V. Lyridis

Associate Professor

Dimitrios V. Lyridis is an Associate Professor in the area of Maritime Transport in the School ofNaval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NA&ME) at the National Technical University of Athens(NTUA). He is currently Head of the Laboratory for Maritime Transport (LMT) of NTUA. He has aDiploma in NA&ME from NTUA, an M.S. in NA&ME (Marine Systems Management) from theUniversity of Michigan (UM), an M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) from UM, anda Ph.D. in NA&ME from UM as well. His main scientific areas of interest are maritime economics,logistics, shipping finance, maritime transportation, and energy economics. He has undertaken a largenumber of research and industrial projects in maritime transport, shipping finance, and energy(including cost benefit analyses for investment projects) and he has been involved in appliedcommercial projects in the areas of ship investment, restructuring, marketing, business andoperational planning (including feasibility studies and business plans) for Small and MediumEnterprises (SME’s) in the EU and in developing countries.

Anastasia Papadopoulou

Consultant Solicitor | Ship Finance, Maritime & International Trade

Ship finance lawyer Anastasia advises shipowners and financial institutions on term loan facilities forthe acquisition of newbuilding or second-hand ships, on debt finance restructurings, on revolvingcredit facilities and lease finance transactions. In addition, she advises private equity funds andshipowners on the acquisition of distressed shipping assets.Highly experienced in dealing with a wider range of commercial shipping matters, Anastasia isregularly instructed to provide guidance to owners on ship sale and purchase and ship registration,on bareboat charterparties and flagging, on shipbuilding contracts, on settlement agreements, onpool agreements and on ship management agreements. She also assists operators with theircommercial agreements, freight forwarding agreements and logistics contracts.Anastasia frequently advises high-net-worth individuals and finance institutions.

Dr. Serena Lim

Chief scientific officer

Dr. Serena Lim spent 10 years of learning and research in the School of Marine Science and Technology and School of Engineering at Newcastle University. Her areas of expertise are in marine hydrodynamics and marine data analytics. She has experience in coding, mathematical optimisation, and data processing. She is currently chief scientific officer for Ascenz Solutions, part of the GTT group.


Marko Höyhtyä

Team Leader, Autonomous Systems Connectivity

Marko Höyhtyä (IEEE Senior Member) obtained his M.Sc. (Tech.) degree in Information Engineering and D.Sc. (Tech.) degree on Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Oulu. From the beginning of 2005 he has been with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland where he is currently working as a team leader in the Autonomous Systems Connectivity team. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oulu. In 2007-2008 he was a visiting research scientist at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center, CA. His research interests include critical communications, hybrid satellite-terrestrial connectivity, spectrum sharing, and autonomous systems. He has received an excellent paper award in the IEEE ICTC 2017 conference for his work on autonomous ship connectivity. He is a steering group member of Research Alliance for Autonomous Systems (RAAS).

Tina Scheidweiler

Team Leader Nautical Solutions and Data Science

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Tina Scheidweiler is leading the team ‘Nautical Solutions and Data Science’ of the Department ‘Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions’ at Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML in Hamburg, Germany focusing on maritime big data analysis and forecasts as well as application of machine learning algorithms on big AIS data. At Fraunhofer CML, she was responsible for a research project for developing an AIS-based real-time maritime traffic prediction tool using machine learning. Currently Ms. Scheidweiler is active in a project aiming to establish a training course in the area of machine learning and big data analysis. In addition, she works on a variety of Projects at CML in the area of the application of machine learning methods to ship motion and environmental data, e.g. for autonomous navigation, anomaly detection or route optimization. At University of Bremen, Germany, she earned her master’s degree in mathematics with an emphasis on applied statistics.

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Robert Veal LL.B, LL.M

Barrister & lecturer in Law

Robert is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southampton and a qualified barrister in England and Wales. Robert specialises in maritime law and in particular the legal issues pertaining to the use of autonomous marine systems and shipping. He has written extensively on the subject of the regulation of unmanned shipping and related liabilities. He is a member of the Comité Maritime International Working Group on Unmanned Ships and has represented the NGO at IMO. He also advises the UK’s Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) and the European Safety and Regulation of Unmanned Maritime Systems Group (SARUMS).


Jason McFarlane 

Research and Innovation manager

Mr. Jason Andrew McFarlane holds a degree in Engineering specialising in Computer Systems and a MSc. in Information Systems Management and has over 25 years cross industry experience with more than 12 of those years being in the maritime industry. Mr. McFarlane has extensive experience in all aspects of systems design and development. He is currently a Principal Architect in Kongsberg Maritime Integrated Solutions and is responsible for high level concept development within the maritime industry especially related to autonomous transport and digitalisation. 


Sifis Papageorgiou 

Project Officer

Sifis graduated from the faculty of naval architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2008. Shortly after, he started working for DNV in Høvik, Norway as a plan approval engineer. In 2010 he moved to the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) where he was initially positioned as an inspector of recognised organisations of the EU.  In 2011 he moved internally to the ship safety sector where he works ever since.

His first big project in the ship safety sector was related to the damage stability of passenger ships for which EMSA commissioned a number of studies and for which the agency actively contributed to the discussions at IMO by preparing submissions and information papers. These resulted to an increase in safety by the adoption of a stricter damage stability standard within SOLAS in 2017.

Following the Norman Atlantic accident in 2015 he also led an initiative for EMSA on the issue of fires on ro-ro decks. This initiative has now resulted to an active agenda item at IMO and at the same time to EMSA commissioning a second research study on this subject, FIRESAFE II which was just finalised.

In 2018 it was also decided in EMSA to focus on the issue of autonomous ships and Sifis started participating and contributing in the Regulatory Scoping Exercise of IMO on behalf of the European Commission, while the agency has started to actively work on this issue.

Hans-Christoph Burmeister

Group Manager of ‘Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions

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Hans-Christoph Burmeister is Group Manager of ‘Sea Traffic and Nautical Solutions’ at Fraunhofer-Center for Maritime Logistics and Services CML in Hamburg, Germany. Fraunhofer CML conducts professional contract research for private and public sector clients in the maritime industry, including ports, terminal operators, shipping companies and logistics service providers and his group is focused on evaluating and optimizing safety and efficiency of sea traffic as well as developing innovative ship navigation solutions. Besides his activities in industrial research projects, Hans-Christoph Burmeister coordinated the European research project MUNIN on unmanned vessels and is now technical coordinator of the European Maritime Simulator Network EMSN within the European STM Validation Project. His background is industrial engineering, where he holds a diploma from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg. He wrote his diploma thesis in the area of Operations Research about “pick-up and delivery problems with time windows”.

JC Quintanilla
Project Manager and Researcher Kockumation AB

With his roots on Engineering and the sight placed in the
future of automation.
JC started his career in Norway, developing seismographic
equipment for the Offshore industry. Now, after 10 years
working as a hands-on Engineer, he is managing a successful
team of innovators and developers in Sweden, shaping the
future of the marine industry to the challenges coming

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Jukka Merenluoto

Ecosystem Lead


Jukka Merenluoto is Ecosystem Lead for One Sea, a high-profile business alliance leading the way towards an autonomous maritime ecosystem in the by 2025. He has a lengthy background in ICT and digitalization. He has held director positions and headed strategically important change initiatives in several companies in various industries including maritime, manufacturing, and telecom. He holds a master’s degree in Computer Science. He is also MBA graduate from Henley Business School.


Established in 2016, the One Sea ecosystem, global leaders in their industries, work closely together to promote their common goal of self-guiding shipping. Members include: ABB, Cargotec, Ericsson, Inmarsat, Kongsberg Maritime, MTI, Tieto, Wärtsilä and Finnpilot Pilotage. Other partners include RINA, Finnish Marine Industries, Shipbrokers Finland, Finnish Port Assoctiation and Finnish Shipowners’ Association. One Sea is an open ecosystem that can be joined by anyone who intends to do business in autonomous shipping. Financing is provided by participating companies and Business Finland. One Sea ecosystem is led by DIMECC, and Jukka Merenluoto with his colleague Mrs. Haikkola, Ecosystem Lead, form the leadership team of the ecosystem.

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Ole Dreyer

PhD research fellow at the department of maritime studies at the Western Norway University of Applied Science

Ole Dreyer is a PhD research fellow at the department of maritime studies at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. His current research project is titled “Maritime Autonomy – Investigation of Suitable Safety Management Measures”.

Ole believes that autonomy does not necessarily equate to unmanned, and that in order to make smart ships a reality in the future the maritime industry must adopt a new approach to safety management.

Prior to becoming a PhD student, Ole has worked as a deck officer on board LPG tankers on international trades for almost five years. Ole holds an M.Sc. in international maritime management from the Jade University of Applied Sciences and is in possession of a Master Unlimited Ocean license.

Eva Szewczyk

Northumbria University - Newcastle 


Having worked in legal and insurance roles for almost a decade, Eva has attained an MSc in Marine Transport (with Distinction) from Newcastle University where she researched legal and insurance aspects of autonomous shipping with particular focus on engagement with the industry stakeholders. She was awarded the North of England P&I Club Award for her work and now continues to pursue this research at doctoral level at Northumbria University.

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