Metin Kalkavan's picture
Istanbul and Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Metin KALKAVAN was born in Rize, Turkey in 1959.

He graduated from the Management Section of the Administrative Sciences of the Boğaziçi University in 1982 and completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Plymouth in England, in 1986.

Presently, he is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Turkon Holding A.Ş. and founding member of Turkon Group Companies;

  • Turkon Container and Shipping Company
  • Turkon Land Transportation Company
  • Turkon Railway Transportation Company

He is also CEO of Sedef Shipyard and Anadolu Tourism Investment Company other Turkon Group Companies.

As from 2002, he is the Chairman of the board of Turkish Chamber of Shipping.

He is also the President of the Council of Arbitrators of TOBB (The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey).

Mr. Kalkavan is a Member of The Council of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye (TOBB) and Vice President of the Board of Administrators of the University of Piri Reis.

He is the President of the Executive Committee of Turkish Maritime Education Foundation (TÜDEV )and a Member of the Executive Committee of TURMEPA (Turkish Marine Environment Protection Association).

Mr. Kalkavan is married and has four doughters.

Since 28 January 2009 he has become the Chairman of the Çaykur Rize Sports Club.

In social life, he carries out activities as Members of Cercle d’Orient, The Association of the Graduates of Boğaziçi University (BÜMED).

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Head of Shipping and Ferries, Stena AB
Stena AB Group

Carl Hagman is the CEO for shipping, drilling and ferries within Stena AB and in this capacity serves as the chairman of Stena Line, Stena Bulk, Stena RoRo and other Stena group shipping-related companies.  Mr. Hagman (46) joined the Stena group in 2011.  

He has spent his professional career in shipping, previously having held the positions of CEO in Höegh Autoliners AS in Oslo, Eukor Car Carriers Inc in Seoul and Wallenius Lines in Stockholm. Mr. Hagman is a maritime lawyer by training with degrees from Lund and Oslo Universities.  He has spent several years as an officer in the Swedish Navy and has lived over half his life in Japan and Korea.

Tom Sundell's picture
Senior Vice President
NAPA Group

Mr. Tom Sundell, 50, is presently working as Senior Vice President of Napa Ltd. In his current role as Chief Portfolio Officer he is responsible for strategic planning and day to day management of Napa’s offering. The offering ranges from software solutions for ship design to solutions supporting safe and efficient operation of ships. 

Prior to his current position he worked for several years heading the software development of Napa. During this time the organization grew from on small team to a global development organization reaching from Finland to Romania and India.

Prior to Napa Tom Sundell worked at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland where he focused on developing novel software tools used in ship hull form optimization.

Tom Sundell has a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture from Technical University of Helsinki and holds a MBA from Aalto University.

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Jan Otto
de Kat
Director of Energy Efficiency and Vessel Performance
Global Maritime Division, ABS

Jan Otto de Kat has worked since December 2012 for ABS in Copenhagen as Director of Energy Efficiency and Vessel Performance in the Global Marine division. He has worked as Senior Director and Head of Innovation in the Maersk Maritime Technology division of A.P. Moller-Maersk between 2007 and 2012, where he coordinated new development projects aimed at reducing fuel consumption and environmental impact of the fleet.

From 1989 through 2006 he worked at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), the last 7 years as Director of Research and Development during which he was responsible for research related to ship propulsion, manoeuvring, seakeeping and offshore mechanics, instrumentation development and joint industry projects. He was chairman of the Cooperative Research Ships forum and the of the Cooperative Research Navies Dynamic Stability forum. At IMO he chaired the working group tasked with revision of the 1988 Load Line Convention.

He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in naval architecture and offshore engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and his B.Eng. degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

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Hermann J.
COO of CPO Holding (GmbH & Co.) KG
German Society for Maritime Technology

Dr. Hermann J. Klein (59) studied shipbuilding and mechanical engineering at the University of Hanover, Germany, and business studies at the FernUniversität in Hagen. He spent many years working as a scientist and engineer at several leading German shipbuilding and engine research institutes in various departments. In 1992, he received his doctorate in engineering from the Hamburg University of Technology.

In 1992, Dr. Klein was appointed head of design as part of the management team at the Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard, which is specialised in many types of naval and merchant vessels, including luxury mega yachts.

In 1995, he transferred as managing director to the MWB shipyard, a position he held for five years before becoming Chairman of the Board of the company.

In September 2003, Dr. Klein was appointed as a member of the Executive Board of Germanischer Lloyd AG. In December 2010, he left the Executive Board and was appointed to the Supervisory Board in 2011.

Dr. Klein joined the shipping company E.R. Schiffahrt in April 2012 as managing director of E.R. Schiffahrt. Since July 2012 until Feb. 2015 he was the CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt and Blue Star Holding. In April 2015, Dr. Klein took over his new position as Managing Director of CPO Holding and Chief Operating Officer of the OFFEN GROUP. Dr. Klein was a private lecturer at various German universities between 1990 and 2003. Since 2005, he has been Chairman of the Board for the Schiffbautechnische Gesellschaft (STG German Society for Maritime Technology). In addition to these positions, he also serves on various advisory and supervisory boards of companies and institutions in the maritime industry.

Katharina Stanzel's picture
Managing Director
Katharina Stanzel was elected Managing Director of INTERTANKO in 2012. The fifth MD in the Association’s 45 year history, she is the first to bring an environmental background to the position. As well as benefitting from scientific training in Germany and Australia, she holds postgraduate qualifications in coastal management and business administration from universities in the UK.
A marine biologist by training, she entered the world of shipping in the 1990ies. Focussing on marine pollution from ships, she spent ten years as technical advisor for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) before joining the IOPC Funds, a UN body tasked with administering several crucial compensation conventions for oil pollution from tankers.
She is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping and sits on the Marine and European Advisory Committees for Lloyd’s Register and RINA respectively. She also serves as non-executive director on the Board of SeaAlarm, a Belgian foundation that brings together NGOs, government agencies and industry to enhance oiled wildlife response.
In 2012, she was honoured to be named WISTA International Personality of the Year by the Women in Shipping Trade Association.
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Minister for Infrastructure
The Swedish Government


Swedish Social Democratic Party

Areas of responsibility
• Infrastructure

Educational background

1995–1996 Municipal adult education, social sciences and economics orientation

Posts and assignments

2014– Minister for Infrastructure
2013–2014 Areas of responsibility: preschool-compulsory school, children and young people, recreational and club-related issues
2012–2014 Board member, Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre
2011– Alternate member, National Board of the Swedish Social Democratic Party
2011–2014 Board chair, Got Event
2011–2014 Chair, sports and clubs council
2011–2014 Board member, Chalmers University of Technology
2011–2013 Areas of responsibility: elderly people, children and young people, recreational and club-related issues
2009–2014 Deputy municipal commissioner, Gothenburg
2009–2010 Areas of responsibility: urban development and integration, national minorities, SDN coordination
2007–2011 Chair, Bostadsbolaget 2003–2009 Chair, district council (SDN) Bergsjön
2003–2009 Information and opinion formation ombudsman at the Swedish Trade Union Confederation in Gothenburg
1999–2014 Board member, Bostadsbolaget
1998–2014 Municipal council member
1997–2002 Project staff/project manager in various labour market-related projects run by the Swedish Trade Union Confederation


Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Visitors’ address: Mäster Samuelsgatan 70, Stockholm, Sweden
Postal address: Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, SE-103 33 Stockholm, Sweden
Email: naringsdepartementet.registrator@gov.se
Phone, switchboard: +46 8 405 10 00


More information about the Government and the work of the Government Offices at www.government.se 

Johan Röstin's picture
Copenhagen Malmö Port

Johan Röstin, CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP), has been at its helm since 2009. He is specialized in port management and operations, as well as port development and concessions. Prior to joining CMP, he worked for Schenker AB as Division Director for Air and Ocean, Scandinavia. Johan served in many capacities with SAS Cargo from 1998 to 2004, last of which was as Sales Director for Scandinavia/Nordics. Between 1990 and 1998, he worked in managerial and sales positions for Air Express International AB and Air Cargo Express AB.

Johan currently holds various board membership positions, including as Chairman/President of the General Stevedoring Council, Vice Chairman of the Swedish Ports Association, and as Board Member of the Swedish Confederation of Transport Enterprises.

Johan studied Business and Sociology at the University of Lund from 1985 to 1990. In 2014, he received the distinction “Economist of the Year” from the Skåne Economic Forum, which was established in 1935 to promote a greater understanding of and interest in business relations and economic policy. The justification for the award reads:

“Johan Röstin is an economist with the whole world as his playing field. Under Johan’s leadership, Copenhagen Malmö Port (CMP) reaches new record highs in a highly competitive industry. CMP’s prospects are bright and the future includes plans to expand, it is a brilliant example of successful collaboration between partners in the strait. Johan’s leadership makes him a fine ambassador for the Öresund region, where he has managed to develop a world-class company in an environment of two different business cultures. A challenge that many others have not been successful at.”

Paul Thomas's picture
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy
U.S. Coast Guard

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include: waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.

A specialist in Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection, he has served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, DC; Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay, CA; Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral, FL; and Marine Safety Office Jacksonville, FL. He has also served as Commanding Officer of Marine Safety Unit Galveston, TX;  Commander of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, FL, and as the Director of Inspections and Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters.

His other tours include Fifth Coast Guard District Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship; Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; Commanding Officer of USCGC CAPE ROMAIN and Operations Officer of USCGC BLACKHAW.

Rear Admiral Thomas is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2005 he completed a National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and in 2010 he served as a Senior Fellow to the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group (SSG XXIX).

His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Transportation 9/11 Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Mehmet Atlar's picture
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Professor Atlar obtained BSc/MSc degrees in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul, after which he completed a PhD in ocean engineering in Glasgow University. He then worked in British Maritime Technology Ltd as a senior/principal researcher for almost five years before joining in Newcastle University in 1994, where he held a personal chair in Ship Hydrodynamics and also directed the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel in the School of Marine Science and Technology. In May 2016 he moved to the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering in Strathclyde University of Glasgow to take a post a research professor where he is also the director of research.

Prof Atlar is a member of the current ITTC Advisory Council and served in the last 5 ITTC committees in the capacity of chair, secretary and technical committee member. His main interest lies in the field of naval hydrodynamics with specific emphasis on the powering of ships including fouling and antifouling coating performance. He was also the champion of the recent Research Vessel Replacement Project and designer of the current research catamaran of Newcastle University, “The Princess Royal”.

Craig Eason's picture
(Moderator MARENER 2017), Maritime Journalist, Writer and Photographer
Lloyd’s List
Lloyd’s List is the oldest shipping trade news source in the world. It has been at the forefront of maritime journalism, reporting the trends, news and risks in merchant shipping since 1734. Craig Eason is a former ship navigating officer with sea time on a number of different vessel types. He left the sea and became a qualified journalist in 1996, working on British radio and television before being engaged by business communication companies to help establish offices in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Canada. In 2004 he began working for Informa, the parent group owning Lloyd’s List, and in 2007 was appointed marine technology editor for the newspaper, where he has been covering the developing challenges facing the shipping industry, one of which is environmental compliance. In recent years Craig has also been back onboard vessels as a journalist and writer, submitting his experiences in a series of blogs, highlighting life onboard from a real seafarer’s point of view and observing the developments of a range of new technologies the industry has the challenge of adapting to. In 2014 Craig was appointed deputy editor with a remit to help build up Lloyd’s List as a dynamic media platform for the industry.
Edmund Hughes's picture
Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency
International Maritime Organization

Dr. Edmund Hughes is Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping.  As a member of the IMO Secretariat his responsibilities cover MARPOL Annex VI, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, including regulations on energy efficiency for ships, and IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping.  He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), a Chartered Engineer, and has a doctorate from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. 

James Donegan's picture
Director of European Operations and Lead Electrical Engineer
Ocean Renewable Power Company

James Donegan is Director of European Operations and Lead Electrical Engineer for Ocean Renewable Power Company, an international industry leading developer of technology and project solutions that generate clean, predictable power from ocean and river currents.

Based at ORPC Ireland in Dublin, James leads teams designing and manufacturing ORPC permanent magnet generators, electrical control and health monitoring systems and instrumentation. He is project manager for the 3-year TAOIDE Project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Program, and oversees research and development of ORPC technology and operations of its systems in Europe. With ORPC since 2012, James is a graduate of University College Cork with a bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering.