Tuesday 14 September 2021, 09.30am - 17:00pm


The role of technology in a disrupted world

A packed full-day agenda dedicated to the role of technology in a disrupted world. 

Listen to fresh findings from our latest digital research, sessions on autonomous ships and a transformation session and shipowner panel hosted by the Smart Maritime Network. 

World-leading Futurist Gerd Leonhard also returns to Inmarsat headquarters to offer his latest insights on disruptive thinking for the digital maritime era. 













09:15 - 09:30



Moderator:  Rob O'Dwyer, Chief Network Officer | Smart Maritime Network

09:30 - 10:30


Digitalisation trends and insights

Hosted by: Nick Chubb, CEO | Thetius

What impact has Covid-19 had on maritime digitalisation? Get a real insight into the latest trends and findings from Inmarsat's new digital research, updates on the UK’s progress towards the Maritime 2050 strategy and discover more about the leading tech trends and who’s leading the innovation race in 2021.

Moderator:  Rob O'Dwyer, Chief Network Officer | Smart Maritime Network

Panel contributors include:

  • Mike Tinmouth, Managing Director | Acua Ocean
  • Niklas Koerner, Investment Manager | Innoport
  • Clara Wahnich, Digital Innovation Partnerships Lead | Inmarsat
  • Mark Darley, Director of Marine & Offshore | Lloyd's Register
  • Dan White, CEO & Founder | Signol


11:00 - 12:30


Digital transformation maritime leaders panel

Hosted by: Smart Maritime Network

During this panel some of the industry’s most pioneering companies will be asked how they have approached digital transformation within their organisations. We will look at how diverse companies can scale their own innovation roadmaps and will discuss shared challenges. There will be a focus on the benefits of enhanced integration, data sharing, and collaboration between technology companies and users.  

Panel contributors include:

  • Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer | Smart Maritime Network (moderator)
  • Beatriz Moore, Head of IT Strategy & Architecture | ABP (Associated British Ports)
  • Himanshu Chopra, Managing Director | Anglo-Eastern (UK) Ltd
  • Ronald Spithout, President | Inmarsat Maritime
  • Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain | Thome Group


13:30 - 15:00


Keynote: Gerd Leonhard, World-leading Futurist

The next 10 years: Digitalisation, Decarbonisation, Reformation - and what it all means for Shipping and Maritime

Gerd Leonhard returns to Inmarsat’s event for the third time, to offer his latest insights on disruptive thinking for the digital maritime era.   Want to learn more from Gerd prior to our event? Click here.



15:30 - 17:00


Autonomous & Remote Operated Tech

Moderated by One Sea – Autonomous maritime ecosystem

Autonomous and remote-operated technologies have been the source of a lot of discussion in the maritime industry in recent years. New commercial solutions have entered the market, demonstrations of these technologies in use have been published and the IMO has started a review of their current regulations with regards to these technologies. Autonomous and related technologies are also seen as a tool in reducing the CO2 emissions of maritime logistics. 

Join this lively panel debate with thought leaders from some of the leading businesses, as they demonstrate the current status of the technologies, and discuss crucial issues for the adaptation of the technologies; such as connectivity, the environmental impact, the need and the status of international regulation and other topics.

Panel contributors include:

  • Päivi Haikkola, Senior Ecosystem Lead | One Sea Ecosystem (moderator)
  • Vegard Saterlid, Global Product Manager Bridge Solution | ABB
  • Peter Broadhurst | Inmarsat Maritime
  • Jon Bernhard Høstmark, Principal Engineer, Next Generation Shipping | Kongsberg
  • Ashley Skett, Director of Operations | Sea-Kit
  • Clayton Van Welter, Director Rapid Innovation | Wärtsilä