In alphabetical order by surname

Eric Jan Bakker, Head of Sales Asia Pacific, Marlink

Eric Jan Bakker is Head of Sales responsible for the development of business in the Asia-Pacific region for Marlink, the global innovative provider of satellite enabled solutions.

Eric Jan has over 15 years’ experience in the satellite sector, starting his career with Station 12, the former mobile satellite operator based in The Hague, The Netherlands. During his time there, Eric Jan was responsible for sales of mobile satellite systems to the maritime industry in most of EMEA & Asia. Based out of The Hague & Singapore, Eric Jan helped introduce data communications technologies to the maritime industry, particularly the merchant shipping sector. 

Eric Jan joined the company to head sales efforts with non-governmental organizations and United Nations accounts before moving on to become government sales director, a position he held for over two years.  He accepted a role as Vice President, Sales for the Asia-Pacific region and where he has helped further establish Marlink’s reputation in this core market.

Eric Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics, and integrated several commercial topics into his technical studies at the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands).

Arthur Bowring, Managing Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Arthur Bowring has eight years seagoing experience during which time he commenced
his Degree studies.  Armed with an honours degree from UWIST Cardiff, Arthur joined Lloyds Register of Shipping as a Ship Surveyor.  While at Lloyds Register, Arthur took a three month sabbatical to upgrade and prepare a Polar Expedition ship for the three year Transglobe Expedition, led by Sir Ran Fiennes.

In 1980, Arthur joined Tradax Ocean Transportation, Geneva, which later became Cargill International SA, Geneva Branch, as Operations Superintendent.  He moved on to be Owning broker, and then a Chartering broker, handling oil and dry bulk cargo requirements for various Cargill product lines.  Arthur then took responsibility for Fleet Insurance and developed an internal consultancy role, which included the handling and resolution of various disputes arising through the oil and dry shipping activities of Cargill.

In 1994, Arthur transferred to Orient Ship Management, Hong Kong.  On the closure of the company’s business in 1995, Arthur became a Marine Consultant, handling Investigative work, Legal, Marine Claims and Project Management.  In 1997, Arthur was appointed Managing Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.  In this role, he has contributed many papers to general and industry media, regularly spoken at various conferences and championed the many issues that have given the Association a high international and regional profile.  He is a part time Arbitrator for Shipping and Commercial disputes, and a member of the Panel of Arbitrators maintained by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Arthur is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the Nautical Institute, the Royal Institute of Navigation, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and a Member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council.

Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President, Maritime Market Strategy, Inmarsat

Drew Brandy was appointed Senior Vice President Market Strategy for Inmarsat Maritime in January 2015. He is currently responsible for setting the strategy for the business unit with regards to vertical segmentation, all marketing programmes, and the development of the partner channel.

Since joining Inmarsat in 2005, Drew has held a variety of positions, principally focused on delivery of the broadband portfolio across the Enterprise verticals while rolling out new products and services to drive significant growth across the land-based business.

Previously, he gained extensive experience working in both North America and Europe, holding positions with Bell Canada, British Telecom and Cable & Wireless ranging from business development to corporate strategy.

Drew holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and communications from York University in Canada and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Capt. Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director, Quality Assurance and Training, Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd

Capt. Pradeep Chawlajoined Sea, 1974 as Deck Cadet, he sailed on various ship types and attained the rank of Master in 1986. He started in a shore job in 1992 in Anglo-Eastern Ship Management.

Capt. Chawla is presently working as Managing Director, QHSE and Training for Anglo-Eastern Univan Group. Anglo-Eastern Group manages 700 ships and employs 27,000 staff at sea and over 1,700 people ashore.

In 1992 he authored and published a bookon’Safety at Sea’ in Hindi and Tagalog.
He is serving as an invited member in the Shipping Consultative Committee to the Hong Kong Government and works as a “Competent Person” for IMO.  He is the present Chairman of Global MET Association, and Ex-Vice-Presidentand Council member of Nautical Institute, UK.

Piers Cunningham, Vice President, Maritime Services, SpeedCast

Dr Ruanthi De Silva, Founder/Director, SCM PLUS (PVT) Limited

Founder/CEO of SCM PLUS (Pvt) Limited - Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, a Company focusing on OPEX efficiency.  Ruanthi was the immediate past Group Corporate Director of Supply Chain Management at BSM Group which manages over 650 ships.

She carries over 40 years of senior management experience with international blue-chip Companies covering strategic planning, finance, business process reengineering, and operations.

Ruanthi holds a Doctorate from the University of Newcastle in Australia and an MBA from the University of Hull in UK.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK.

Ruanthi was the 2015 recipient of the Personality of the year for International Contribution to the Maritime Industry awarded by WISTA Sri Lanka Brach.

Mark Haslett, Director, Procurement, Wallem Group

Thomas Heide, Sales Manager Asia, Dualog

Thomas Heide has professionally been involved with developing, supporting and selling Maritime software since 2008. His experience spans from working with regulatory authorities to develop applications for mandatory reporting, to system integration with major shipping companies.

Thomas worked in several European markets before relocating to Singapore in 2011, where he held a technical position before moving into sales. He likes to see the practical impact of software, and how well-designed solutions improves the working conditions of its users.

Thomas was educated at The Arctic University of Norway, and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and Computer Science.

George J. Hoyt, FNI, IMO Maritime Ambassador

InterManager EXCOM & Vice President -Projects,
Was Chairman of InterManager's "KPI Committee".
Advisor to Board of Directors of “Seagull AS of Norway”.
Was non-executive director of Seagull AS of Norway.
Founder “Face Of Shipping” & Founder “NewsLink Services”  2009- 2012 conducted/distributed video interviews of more than 100 shipping personalities via NewsLink DVDS and Face Of Shipping web site and to seafarers on more than 8,000 ships, plus seafarer centers around the world.
2010 awarded a Fellowship by the Nautical Institute.
2011 Life Time Achievement Award recipient from Lloyds List/Informa at Asia Pacific Manning & Training Conf.
Was a Director of Seafarers Emergency Fund Foundation.

Creator “Year Of The Seafarer” mosaic that is on permanent display in IMO headquarters.
Creator of the “I Am A Seafarer” on-line, electronic, video mosaic.
Chairs, moderates and speaks at many international conferences, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and forums every year, including Digital Ship, Maritime Cyprus, Informa/Lloyds List, Connecticut Maritime Association, ACI and many other conferences and events in London, Cyprus, Athens, Oslo, Manila, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, and other locations, several times.
Was keynote speaker at the Maritime stream at Satellite 2012 & 2014 conferences in Washington DC Participated in “Maritime Piracy, Humanitarian Response to Piracy” committee.

Patron to the Nautical Institutes' "ALERT!" project.
One of the prime initiators and participated in all 3 of 2010 "Year Of The Seafarer" conferences -Manila, Poland & Delhi.
Advisor to GlobalMET's board of directors.

Member of the GlobalMET Projects Committee.

Associate member AMMITEC - Association of Maritime Managers of Information Technology and Communication.

Was founder/CEO "CP3500 International", combustion catalyst

Was non-executive director- Rydex Industries, ship-shore communications

Dr Stephen Li, Principal Surveyor, Shipping Registry and Seafarers’ Branch, Marine Department

Dr Stephen Li, currently the Principal Surveyor of the Shipping Registry and Seafarers' Branch of the Marine Department, has been working in the Marine Department for 29 years. With a wealth of experience in sailing as Deck Officer and Master, he joined the Marine Department in 1987. Through continuous working and learning, he rose through the ranks of the department after obtaining a bachelor's degree, a doctorate, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) from The University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Li has been working in various posts of the Marine Department as the examiner for Master and Mates, port state control surveyor, search and rescue coordinator and marine accident investigator.  He is presently looking after the Hong Kong Shipping Registry, being the fourth largest ship registry in the world, the Hong Kong Shipping Registry now maintains a fleet of over 2300 seagoing vessels and about 50,000 seafarers.

Christopher Lim, Senior Key Account Director Mobility, Intelsat

Chris Lim is responsible for leading the Intelsat’s mobility services in Asia Pacific.

Based in the Singapore Office, he is responsible for sales and market development of mobility services, supporting key distribution partners, in Asia Pacific. 

With more than 12 years in the mobile satellite industry, Chris has been in sales and market development roles responsible for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Intelsat, Chris was the Maritime Market Development lead in Inmarsat for Asia Pacific.  Chris also had the privilege of working for other leading satellite communications company, SingTel, Thuraya and SpeedCast with responsibilities in sales and business development in the maritime sector. 

Chris holds a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Joey Long, Maritime Market Development Manager – Asia, Thuraya

Joey Long is responsible for developing the Maritime market in Asia for Thuraya, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator. 

His role at Thuraya includes generating customer demand, identifying and cultivating new opportunities to sell Thuraya’s maritime products and services through direct engagement with end-users and service partners in Asia.

Based in Singapore, Joey brings over 8 years of experience in the maritime business with expertise in sales and business development to his role at Thuraya.

Rob O’Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

Rob 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.

Alberto Perez-Espinosa, Business Development Manager, Marine Software & Analytics and Energy Efficiency, BU Marine and Ports, ABB

Alberto Perez has been working within the ABB Marine and Ports organization since 2007. He holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. He has been involved for last five years in helping marine customers to gain efficiencies and his current position is Global Sales and Business Development Manager, Marine Software and Analytics.

Jessica Syvones, General manager, Telemar Hong Kong Ltd.

Rajan Vasudevan, CEO, OceanManager