Jonas Ahola is the Managing Director Ahola Special | Co-Owner Ahola Group Ab.
Ian Bergström is the Project manager at OX2 Åland. He is experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Strong program and project management professional skilled in Project management, Budgeting, Leadership, Team Building, and Planning.
Peter Brüggemann is the Product Owner Strategic Purchasing IT and Head of Group Purchasing at SSB AG. He has graduated as an industrial engineer with experience in Consulting, IT management, sourcing and purchasing from various positions in large group companies in the transport and travel industry.
Jessica Cervini is a Teacher and an Ambassador of PVL (Port Virtual Lab) of Escola Europea - Intermodal Transport and ITS Academy Fondazione Caboto Academy. She specializes in Freight Forwarding and Logistics operations in International Trade and teaches in the projects "YEP MED - Youth Employment in Ports of the Mediterranean" and the new TVET training course “GLIPS” in integrated logistics and Freight Forwarding.
Before embarking on her professional career in vocational education training she worked in multinational companies operating in international transportation and logistics. She studied at the State University of Milan earning a bachelor's degree in Political science with a Sociological focus; she was certified in "Internationalization practices and techniques," promoted by the ICE Agency - SMART EXPORT in 2022.
John Dodd is currently Director of Safety Services at Inmarsat Maritime, responsible for the operation, regulatory and delivery requirements of current and future Maritime Safety Services within the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). John works closely with external authorities such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC) and Maritime Safety Information Providers (MSIPs) to ensure Inmarsat Safety Services continue to be the market leaders and pioneers in protecting and saving lives at sea.
Craig Eason has a wide experience in marine industry journalism and communication. He has been reporting on and discussing the transformation of the shipping and maritime industries for a number of years; which includes its changing regulatory framework, technological developments, and social and environmental impact. Mr Eason is a business journalist, editor, event moderator, consultant and public speaker.
Craig Eason is not only a seasoned business journalist, editor, and event moderator but also a dynamic consultant and captivating public speaker. His journey from a former seafarer to the visionary owner of Fathom Maritime Media, Fathom World and the Aronnax Podcast is a testament to his unparalleled expertise and passion for the maritime, logistics and SCM domain. Craig is also a mentor in the Intelligence Hunt projects where expertise in communication skills are required.
Jan Philip Eckmann is a Ferry Journalist and Sales and Marketing Consultant. He has over 30 years active as journalist and moderator in the European Ferry and RoRo shipping industry. Founder of RoPax magazine and in cooperation with Wilhelm Borchert GmbH organizer of RoPax workshops. Moderator for the German Ferry Shipping and Tourism Association (VFF). He started his career in ferry shipping as a booking agent for TT Line and Euroway and Silja Line. After study time he was sales director for a leading forwarding company Bruhn Spedition in the Scandinavian and Continental trade. 10 years he was marketing director for Dräger Medical in Germany. He was over five years responsible for new business and services of the German FRS Group.
Currently Philip works additional as international key account manager for intralogistic solutions and automated vehicles.
Markku Eronen is a Senior Executive with vast international experience from various B2B industries including IT, Telco and Mining / aggregates. Roles spanning from business management to operations. Currently heading logistics in Metso services business for parts and wearables.
Jukka Etelävuori is currently the Logistics Executive at the National Emergency Supply Agency. He has been working in various positions. He has done long-term work to ensure the continuity of sea transport and security of supply. At the moment, Etelävuori works as a senior preparedness specialist in the logistics team of the Security Service Center. He acts as the contact person for the Air Transport Pool, the Port Pool and the Water Transport Pool, and plans and implements the preparedness of these sectors in cooperation with the business community and other authorities.
Carla Everhardt is a German attorney-at-law by trade with 20 years of experience in international foreign trade and investment law. She specializes in the design and implementation of tailor-made legal concepts for German businesses worldwide, but also helps international investors to set-up business in Germany and the EU. At the heart of her professional practice is the reconciliation of economic success with a sustainable investment approach, as these are usually not opposites but, applied well, even complement each other.
Catarina Fant is Brand, Communications and Sustainability Director at Wasaline. She has long experience in Brand Management, Marketing, Event Management and Communications in both B-to-B and B-to-C companies.
Jacob Granqvist is a member of Gasum's management team and holds the responsibility for Gasum's Maritime business. Jacob has gained extensive experience both in the marine fuel industry and in the shipping sector. He has previously held diverse roles within various vessels and shipping companies, as well as occupied significant positions in marine fuel providers. Jacob is deeply passionate about fostering sustainability in the shipping industry through the use of renewables and e-fuels. In his leisure time, he finds joy in e.g., sailing and proudly represents Finland as a member of the national sailing team in the 49er Olympic class.
Staffan Herlin is the Head of Group Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Finnlines Plc.
As the Managing Director of Scandinavian Auto Logistics AS, Henrik Otto Jensen has established the company as a key player in the logistics and shipping sector. Since its formation in 1999 as a partner with Grimaldi Group, Italy, Scandinavian Auto Logistics has been at the forefront of providing efficient and reliable automotive logistics solutions.
Under Henrik's leadership, Scandinavian Auto Logistics has built strong partnerships and gained a reputation for excellence in the industry. Furthermore, Henrik Otto Jensen also owns Niels Winther Group, serving as commercial agents to RoRo shipping. His extensive knowledge and experience in the logistics field make him a highly sought-after speaker.
In addition to his industry roles, Henrik holds a board position at The Danish Shipping & Port Operators and serves as a member of the advisory board to the Port of Esbjerg. These positions further demonstrate his commitment to driving positive changes in the maritime industry.
Ville Haapasaari is the CEO of the Port of Helsinki. Earlierin 2012–2018 he worked at Finavia as Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Manager and in 2005–2012.at Finnlines in the positions of business and sales management
Ville Haapasaari is the Chairman of the board of Loviisan Satama Oy and chairman of the board of Etelä-Suomen Satamapalvelu Oy. Chairman of the board of the Port Association, member of the BPO board. Vice-chairman of the Board of Employers in the Service Sectors. Member of the board of the Confederation of Finnish Business. Member of the Port and Logistics Committee of the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce and the Transport Committee of the Central Chamber of Commerce.
Annette Höglund-Dönnes has her passion in accelerating industry transformation using virtual twin technology towards global sustainability. She is the Head of Business Area Infrastructure, Energy & Materials at the Dassault Systémes (3DS). She has been recognized for being an inspirational team manager, skillful sales director, marketing and events coordinator, and business strategy creator. Commercial business experience ranges from software platforms and enterprise IT solutions, to technology innovation partnerships in various commercial and academic research organizations and high performance component manufacturing.
Esa Kallio is an accomplished Development manager with expertise in the field of Autonomous Maritime Operations and Future VTS. With a strong background in seafaring and a Master's degree in Engineering, Esa brings a unique blend of practical knowledge and technical proficiency to his role at Fintraffic VTS.
Merja Kallio-Mannila is the Deputy Head of Group Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, and as Head of Sales & Customer Service Finland at Finnlines.
Ulla Keino has a variable career over 30 years in supply chain management and logistics, and her knowledge of global value chains covers all product types from lipsticks to car tyres, from Masters’ paintings to copy machines, from tractors to laptops. SeaFocus represents all that Ms Keino believes in. Dynamic group of entrepreneurs and partners, looking for win win – better maritime for the future to serve all parties in the value chain. She is the Owner of SeaFocus. She is highly motivated to encourage young people and the business professionals to further studies.
Lamia Kerdjoudj is the Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals. She has a deep reservoir of knowledge and experience. As the Secretary General of FEPORT, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals, she has demonstrated expertise in the maritime and logistics sector. With an Executive MBA from ESSEC and Mannheim Business Schools, as well as Master´s Degrees in Shipping, Transport and Logistics, English Literature and Applied Psychology, she is well-equipped to contribute with valuable insights.
Frank Kho is an independent advisor active in the container logistic and terminal industry since 2018. He has more than 30 years’ experience in this industry across the globe. His career includes 20+ year in several senior management positions in Asia and Europe with PSA and HPH, 2 of the leading global terminal operators. Recently he has been appointed as the CEO of the new TIC 4.0 Association (Terminal Industry Committee 4.0), supported by FEPORT and PEMA, developing standards for the terminal industry. Mr Kho has an excellent track record in managing and leading several container terminals across the globe, including HIT in Hongkong and PSA Antwerp. He has a Master degree in Control Engineering/Avionics and is also an ICF-trained Professional Coach (certification is pending).
Tero Kosonen is the CEO of Oy M. Rauanheimo Ab and a Member ofof the Management Team at KWH Logistics. He is enthusiast for development and progress. Logistics and especially railways are my passion. Seen Finnish railway system from all the angles. Always had the ability to form visions and seen many of them come to reality. His motto is: Think big, Act and let results do the talking.
Heli Koukkula-Teixeira has over 25 years of experience in international project co-ordination, event management and organising international events, seminars and conferences from the idea to the implementation and co-operation with corporate and institutional bodies and communications. Furthermore, she is specialised in marketing and communication. Earlier she worked several years for the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland as well as for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland as an important member of the coordinating groups of international development programmes related to Russian markets. She is one of the founders of the SeaFocus, and currently acts as a Chief Marketing Officer
Johanna Luoma is the Environment and Sustainability Specialist
Ship Management at Finnlines Plc. She has 20 years’ extensive background experience in shipping; onboard ships in various deck officer positions and ashore in maritime education and environmental fields. Having graduated as Master in Maritime Management from South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences and Environmental Science B.S. in University of Eastern Finland, she is in her present role able to use her knowledge and experience to further enhance the environmental friendliness of Finnlines’ services. She is excited to be part of the transition towards more energy efficient and eventually carbon neutral shipping.
Miika Mandel is the CEO of South Finland Port Service Ltd.
Maija Mattila is director for labour market and legal at the Finnish Shipowners´ Association. Finnish Shipowners´ Association represents Finnish vessels in international traffic and some special purpose vessels in domestic traffic. Maija has worked within shipping since 2002. She has worked within maritime law and maritime labour law since 2007 as an in-house lawyer for a passenger vessel company and as a partner in a law firm. Maija negotiates Collective Bargaining Agreements for Finnish vessels in international traffic. In her work she pays a lot of attention on to how to improve the working conditions to guarantee that seafarer work remains as an attractive alternative, and that youth seeks to the maritime industry. She also puts her focus on improving good leadership onboard vessels.
Marco Muci is the Country Manager Italy and international relations responsible for Escola Europea – Intermodal Transport. He is responsible for international projects, the office, and activities in Italy.
International relations expert with experience in the MENA area. He is the Head of the Italian branch of the EEIT at the Port Authority of Centre-North Tyrrhenian Sea, Civitavecchia, Italy, and responsible for the WP 5 institutional and international relations of the ENI CBC MED projects "YEP MED - Youth Employment in Ports of the Mediterranean" and for the "Techlog - Technological Transfer for Logistics Innovation in Mediterranean area". Co-Founder & Coordinator of the new TVET training course “GLIPS” in integrated logistics and freight forwarding. Partnership & Cooperation Committee Member at the MEDports Association.
Dr. Professor Pino Musolino, President and CEO of the North Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority and President of the Ports of Rome, MedPorts Association will also join the Summit. Pino Musolino graduated in 2006 with a Law degree from the University of Bologna and completed an LLM in "International Commercial and Maritime Law" at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2010. Pino Musolino is currently also a Professor at the university of Tuscia (Lazio Region, in italy) teaching “Sustainable Economics - History and Development. From March 2017 to December 2020, Pino Musolino served as the President and CEO of the North Adriatic Sea Port Authority – Ports of Venice and since then as a President and CEO of the North Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port Authority – Ports of Rome. In February 2023 Pino Musolino started as a President of the MEDPorts Association.
Esko Mustamäki has over 30 years extensive experience in shipping and shipbuilding industries in Finland. He is today a Member of the Board of Directors at Helsinki Shipyard. His previous experience includes executive positions in a leading Finnish RoRo/RoPax operator, an Icebreaker/offshore vessel operator, and a leading Finnish shipyard. During his career, he has worked on several restructuring and business development projects. In 1984, Mr. Mustamäki graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology with a Master's degree in Engineering (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering).
Markku Mylly has been working on maritime and shipping sector for 50 years in Finland and abroad. He has a vast and comprehensive experience of the shipping and maritime sector on both, public and commercial sides. He has been involved in developing national and international VTS-systems, icebreaking fleet and operations, maritime safety, maritime security, and environmental protection related topics and international collaboration. He also has gained experience in maritime and shipping regulatory framework in relation to safety, security, environmental protection and maritime emissions. His experience is focused also on the port sector, port technological development, digitalization, logistics and markets.
Dr Rolf Neise has a long career in SCM, both in senior line management in some global FMCG companies in different countries around the world as well as in various consultancies. Amongst others, he was working as the Global Head of Logistics Operations at BAT (British American Tobacco plc), in charge of defining and implementing BAT’s logistics strategy in the e2e supply chain. Currently he is Member of the Intelligence Hunt Team, where he drives the international Supply Chain focus forward. As a Senior Advisor he also supports multinational companies to optimize their SCM and logistics structures, and gives lectures at the International School of Management (ISM). Mr. Neise is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at supply chain conferences around the world.
Petteri Nurmi has been in the logistics business for more than 25 years and has a lisence to drive a truck. He has previously held several executive positions in land transport within DB Schenker Finland, including the position of CEO of Suomen Kiitoautot Oy in 2012–2014. His wide knowhow of the branch has lead him to steer the wheel of Schenker Finland as the CEO since 2018. This year he acts as the Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association, alongside several other positions of trust, and took over the position of CEO, Cluster Nordics at Schenker on April, 1st.
Marco Palmu is the Head of Passenger Services at Finnlines. He is also a Member of Finnlines Group’s Board of Management. Earlier he worked for Tallink Silja Oy, where he served as a Commercial Director. He has an extensive background from shipping and passenger business.
Dennis Jul Pedersen has an extensive career with executive roles within shipping, oil and gas services and offshore wind before his current role as Chief Executive Officer for Port Esbjerg. Mr Pedersen has been residing in Norway, Scotland, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore before returning to Esbjerg, Denmark. Mr Pedersen commenced his career as an officer in the Merchant Marine and Lieutenant in the Royal Danish Navy before taking on roles in the offshore industry as Towmaster, Marine Manager and Operations Director before embarking on general management and executive positions for the last decade. Mr Pedersen is a master mariner and holds a Master of Business Administration from Aberdeen Business School and A Doctoral of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool.
Tom Pippingsköld has worked at Finnlines for ten years. He started as CEO last year. Before his appointment as CEO, Pippingsköld served as the company's Deputy CEO
Marcus Puffer, the VP & Head of Loyalty Management Solutions at IBS Software. Marcus Puffer brings a wealth of expertise to the table. Prior to his current role at IBS Software, he served as the General Manager of Topbonus, the Frequent Flyer Program of AirBerlin, and played a pivotal role in its success. Additionally, he made remarkable contributions during his tenure at Star Alliance, where he led the development and implementation of an unprecedented growth strategy. Marcus Puffer holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Vienna and resides in Graz, Austria, with his family. We are eager to hear his valuable insights from Marcus Puffer and other esteemed industry leaders!
Jyrki Ranki has more than 25 years experience from Scandinavian forest industry and logistics. Mr Ranki started his logistics career already in 1993 as working for Metsä Fibre Pulp company as a Logistics Manager. His main task was to create and operated centralised maritime and port logistics solution and organisation for Metsä Group Pulp Industry. In 2009 he was appointed as a Vice President of Metsä Fibre Logistics. Since 2010 he has also been responsible for Metsä Group´s Scandinavian land transportations and port handling as a head of these operations. Since 2015 Mr Ranki has been working as the Head of Metsä Group Maritime Category. Mr Ranki has also other positions of trust, as he has also been a Chairman of the Board of Directors of two Finnish Stevedoring in Kemi and Kaskinen..
Tomi Rautio is the CEO of C&C Port Agency Finland since 1st August 2023. Rautio comes from Steveco Group, where he has acted as the CEO of Oy Saimaa Terminals Ab and Senior Vice President of Steveco’s Port Terminals.
Lena Ridström is the Managing Director for Columbus Sweden, globally responsible for Data&AI and a member of the group management. Columbus is an IT services company listed on NASDAQ Copenhagen with 1600 employees in 10 countries.As CEO in tech companies, management consulting- and logistics companies she has a long experience from digital transformation of businesses based on ERP- and SupplyChain-solutions together with advanced analytics implementations. Moreover, Lena has experience as a board member and investor from startups to listed companies. Existing board assignments in 4CStrategies AB and IMI AB, during 2016-2023 a board member of Oriola Oyj. Lena has a MBA from Linköping University.
Irene Rosberg commands enormous respect in the maritime and logistics sectors for her work in executive education, research on future industry challenges, and building global relationships. With her extensive international network and experience she gives her valuable advice and insights to the talent teams. She has played major roles in various maritime-related activities and is a sought-after speaker at prominent maritime events. Currently serving as the Programme Director for the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA) and the Blue Board Leadership Programme at the Copenhagen Business School, Irene Rosberg is actively shaping the future of the maritime industry.
Ida Saavalainen is the President and CEO of the Ahola Group, After her studies, Hanken alumna Saavalainen worked for a few years at ABB in Helsinki before moving to Kokkola to work at the transport and logistics company Ahola Group in late 2009. Saavalainen has been head of the third-generation family business since September 2022.
Margus Schults is international CEO passionate about future customer experience. Currently CEO of TallinkSilja Oy in Finland, has also worked in different leading positions in the banking. Member of the Board of Directors in DNA Oyj. He is a Member of the Management Board since 29.04.2021
He has been working for the Group since 2008, and has held position of Chief Executive Officer of Tallink Silja Oy since 2009, including the roles of a member of the Supervisory Board of Sally AB and Managing Director of Tallink Silja GmbH. Margus holds a PhD degree from TalTech (Tallinn Technical University) in Technology, Electronics.
Johannes Sommer is the Sales Director at LKW WALTER for Nordic countries, working in the company for 24 yrs. Responsible for our Sales Team and our major customers in Nordic countries (Finland: eg. Metsä Group, SSAB, Kotkamills). I am located in our HQ in Wiener Neudorf (suburb of Vienna), Austria.
Kim Sveholm is the Design Engineer at Langh Tech.
Erik Söderholm is the CEO of the Port of Turku. Before joining the Port of Turku, Erik Söderholm has had a long career in management positions in both domestic and international logistics companies. Right after his studies, his path took him to the shipping department of the forestry company Enso-Gutzeit, or today's Stora Enso, where he was responsible for export shipping to, for example, German-speaking Europe and Arab countries.
Ulla Tapaninen has over 25 years’ experience in logistics and maritime transport research and development work. She received her PhD in 1997 in logistics modelling. She has worked for 10 years as a Development and Environmental Manager at Finnlines Plc. Between 2006–2012 she worked as a professor of maritime logistics in the University of Turku specializing in maritime and port operations and their IT; and maritime safety. Thereafter she served as Senior Specialist and Head of Unit for the City of Helsinki in port and cross-border transport development projects. She started as Associate Professor of Maritime Transport in Estonian Maritime Academy in Tallinn University of Technology in 2021, focusing on sustainable shipping.
Jonas Teir is a Technology Director at Wasaline. He was the Project Manager for the newbuilding of the ferry Aurora Botnia. Jonas has been at sea since 2003, when he started the deck and machine repairman degree at Ålands Seamans school. Later he has studied in Turku, Finland, to get a bachelor’s degree in Machine engineering. Jonas started at Wasaline in 2016, working on board Wasa Express. He has a lot of technical skills about the machinery.
Jordi Torrent, an industry leader and a prominent figure in the global supply chain. With his extensive experience Jordi Torrent brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. His visionary approach and strategic insights have been instrumental in driving positive changes in the maritime industry. He has developed the Port's IV Strategic Plan, adapting its strategy and objectives to the latest global and regional trade and logistics trends. He is particularly involved in the intermodal sector and has spearheaded initiatives such as the development of PPP projects of inland terminals and rail services in Spain and France. With over 10 years of experience in the Port, logistics, and rail sectors, Jordi Torrent offers invaluable perspectives on the evolving trade patterns and its influences. He brings not only his extensive knowledge and expertise but also insights from the thriving Port of Barcelona and as a General Secretary of The MEDports Association, the Mediterranean Ports Association, also the insights from the Mediterranean.
Sveta Ukkonen is Leading Global Marine Fuels & Services at Neste. She is working on creating responsible choices for shipping community. She is passionate about driving new growth and creating innovative solutions that help customers to achieve their targets. In my experience the best results are gained when combining outside-in thinking with company internal competences. As a leader she focuses on team empowerment to foster autonomous leadership. At the same time I am willing to invest time into team development in order to increase both team engagement and motivation.
Teemu Vaahtera is the CEO of the Port of Uusikaupunki.
Per Wagnås is the Managing Director Wenaas Sweden. He has over 15 years experience of PPE and specialist within norms and standards for protective Wear. He has been working as MD in different companies and long experience of production in Asia for both fashion and workwear.
Yrjö Vainiala is the Port Director and COO of the Port of Naantali. He holds a master's degree in engineering. Earlier he worked at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences as a Senior Lecturer in Logistics. In the 1990s, Vainiala worked as a Logistics Manager at Oy JIT-Trans Ltd. Rautaruukki's subsidiary.
Clas-Johann Westén is the Technical Superintendent at Tallink Silja Oy. He is a Naval Architect, B. Sc. He graduated from Arcada Polytechnics and has been working in the shipping industry for almost 20 years in various positions.
Anders Wiklund is the Island Ambassador, and County Manager of Åland OX2 Ab. He is also the Chairman of the Network for Sustainable Large Companies on the Åland Islands. Earlier Anders acted as the CEO of Optinova Group, world leader in manufactoring of advanced tubing for high demanding industries.
Poul Woodall has more than 45 years experience in the maritime world with a passion for climate and environmental issues. Educated as a Maersk management trainee, he has spent 17 years working aboard in Asia, Middle East and Europe. More recently he has been active on the shipping climate and environmental agenda working with -and for -a number of interests organizations including Danish Shipping, UK Chamber of Shipping and Interferry. On the marine policy front, Mr. Woodall has represented shipping interests at IMO and EU, latter through the ESSF network for a number of years.