Session I:

Desulphurisation: IMO 2020 and early problems encountered


Bob Jaques

Bob Jaques

Editor, Seatrade Maritime Review

Bob Jaques is the editor of Seatrade Maritime Review with over 20 years' experience as a maritime journalist and moderator of shipping conferences.

Before that he was based in Geneva and wrote for a number of international business and consumer titles, in the fields of aerospace, media and travel.

Christos Chryssakis

Christos Chryssakis

Business Development Manager, DNV GL – Maritime

Christos Chryssakis is a Business Development Manager at DNV GL – Maritime. He has worked for seven years at DNV GL Group Technology & Research focusing on energy efficiency and marine fuels. Before joining DNV GL he worked as a researcher at the National Technical University of Athens, and for the Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP), in Paris, France. He has more than 10 years of research experience in internal combustion engines for automotive, off-road and marine applications, with particular focus on emissions reduction. He has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a MSc and PhD degree from the University of Michigan.

Heidi Paulsrud

Director Sales & Marketing,
Exhaust Gas Cleaning, Wärtsilä Moss AS

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with specialization in both Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering. She started her career at the Tumor Biological department at the Norwegian Radiation Hospital, and then worked as sales executive for a chemical company in Norway. In 2006 she joined the marine segment. The last 10 years she has been working with Exhaust Gas Treatment Technology.

Nadine Paschen

Nadine Paschen

Managing Director,
TX Marine Messysteme GmbH and Board Member, WISTA Germany

After her graduation (Bachelor of Engineering and Business Administration), Nadine Paschen started in 2009 as a project manager in the company EVOmare GmbH. There she was project engineer for the new development of Thrust and torque measurement system. In 2011, after the end of the project, Nadine started work at TX Marine Hamburg (founded by her father Kay Paschen) and renamed in 2013 to TX Marine Messsysteme GmbH. Currently she works with father at the Business Succession.

Wolfram Guntermann

Wolfram Guntermann

Director, Environmental Fleet Management,
Hapag-Lloyd AG

Captain Wolfram Guntermann graduated with his Masters Licence at the Marine Polytechnic Elfleth/Germany in combination with a scholarship at the Plymouth Polytechnic of Marine Science. He also received his Engineers Licence at the Hamburg Polytechnic in order to serve as Ship Operation Officer holding a dual licence.

After having set his feet for the first time on deck a vessel in 1979 he went through the ranks receiving his first command as Master in 1996. He also took various assignments ashore as Trio Tonnage Center London and Director Marine Operations in the Hapag-Lloyd America Office in Piscataway/New Jersey for almost nine years. Upon repatriation to the Hamburg based Headquarters he worked as Director Projects ( Passenger Vessel MV Europa 2 ).

With the current function as Director Environmental Management a lot of challenging opportunities are emerging in light of new environmental legislation and initiatives

Session II:

Decarbonisation: Towards 2050 and the search for alternative fuels


Christoph Rofka

Christoph Rofka

Head of Technology, ABB Turbo Systems Ltd and Chair, CIMAC Strategy Group on GHG and alternative fuels

Christoph Rofka is Head of Technology at ABB Turbo Systems Ltd. in Baden, Switzerland. He is responsible for advanced technology development, turbocharger core component development, testing and validation as well as R&D turbocharging in the global business line turbocharging.

Christoph has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany. He began his professional career 1995 as a turbine development engineer at ABB Turbo Systems Ltd. In 1999, he joined the company’s two-stroke application engineering team, where he spent two years at ABB’s joint-venture company in Japan, Turbo Systems United. Shortly after his return to Switzerland, he became head of application engineering before taking over the newly established sales segment for medium-speed applications followed by heading the entire new business within the Marketing and Sales organization.

Hansjörg Kunze

Hansjörg Kunze

VP Communication & Sustainability,
AIDA Cruises

As Vice President Communication & Sustainability, Hansjörg Kunze (60) is responsible for the corporate communication as well as the sustainability and reputation management of AIDA Cruises, the leading German cruise company.

Hansjörg Kunze has been with AIDA Cruises since September 1, 2004, and therefore brings along more than 15 years of experience in the cruise industry.

Before joining AIDA Cruises, Kunze worked in the media sector for 12 years with the radio station Antenne Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and RTL television, among others.

Hansjörg Kunze was a competitive athlete for many years and crowned his sporting career in 1988 by winning the bronze medal in the 5000 meter race at the Olympic Games in Seoul.

Kash Mahmood

Kash Mahmood

Senior Vice President, Digital Solutions, ABS

Kash Mahmood is the ABS Senior Vice President for Digital Solutions, based at ABS Corporate Headquarters in Houston, Texas. In his current position, Mahmood is responsible for the development and deployment of digital tools and products that enhance class services.

Prior to his current role, Mahmood served as ABS Vice President for Strategic Projects where he focused on streamlining the delivery of IT projects and developing business intelligence capabilities that improved business and operational decisions.

Before joining ABS, Mahmood worked for a number of organizations including NOV, Accenture and Kinder Morgan where he was responsible for a broad range of projects involving software development, data analytics, digital innovation, automation and asset management strategies.

Mahmood graduated from the University of Houston, with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems. He received a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the University of Texas and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive General Management program.

Session III:

NGOs and shipping


Craig Eason

Craig Eason

Editorial Director,
Fathom World and former Deputy Editor, Lloyd’s List

Craig Eason is a business journalist, editor, photographer, event moderator and public speaker.

He has been reporting on the transformation of the shipping industry for a number of years, and covering the regulatory framework, technological developments and social and environmental impact of shipping for 15 years.

Craig is editorial director of Fathom World, a leading provider of news and information relating to the changes in the maritime sector.

He is one of the leading and highly respected journalists in the global maritime industries and has achieved exceptional engagement with his breadth and depth of understanding with a particular focus on the operational, technical, human element, and regulatory trends that are driving change.

Formerly Deputy Editor of Lloyd’s List, Craig started his career at sea serving as a navigation officer for 10 years, working on a range of vessel types, though mostly oil tankers and gas carriers. During this time he also went to university, trained and subsequently worked as a BBC broadcast journalist and news reader in the UK.

He currently resides in Sweden.

Arnaud Boehmann

FridaysForFuture Hamburg

Arnaud Boehmann, 24, majored in Chinese Studies and Sociology at Hamburg University. He joined the Fridays For Future – Movement in early 2019.

Currently working as spokesperson for Fridays For Future – Hamburg and cooperation manager with a special focus on sustainable shipping, port infrastructure, E-fuels as well as climate justice and security issues.

Bud Darr

Bud Darr

Executive Vice President,
Policy & Government Affairs, MSC Group

An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group which operates in 155 countries.

Having served in the US Navy, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard, as well as being an accomplished ocean yacht racer, Bud’s longstanding connection with the sea and ships is both personal and professional.

Bud began his education in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later obtained his formal undergraduate education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer. During his service with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School. He most recently led the Maritime Policy efforts of the Cruise Lines International Association prior to joining the MSC Group in 2017.

Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s Cargo and Passenger divisions, developing the company’s central Government Affairs function, based at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva. He is closely involved in MSC’s response to developments in environmental public policy and regulation and other industry-wide issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, maritime security, safety at sea, and international shipping policy. He serves on the Boards for the UK Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, Liberian Shipowners’ Council, and Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.

Lars Robert Pedersen

Lars Robert Pedersen

Deputy Secretary General,

Lars Robert Pedersen has over 30 years’ experience in the shipping industry, which combined with his insight into IMO makes him a respected authority on technical and regulatory issues.

In early 2010, Robert was appointed Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO, which is the world’s largest international shipping association providing a wide range of services to over 2,200 members globally.

Robert leads a team of experts responsible for BIMCO's technical, security and operational activities. This includes direct membership services and active involvement in regulatory developments related to ship operation at international and regional levels. BIMCO promotes fair business practices, free trade and open access to markets and advocates for the harmonisation and standardisation of all shipping related activity.

Before joining BIMCO, he had a career at A.P. Moller-Maersk handling regulatory affairs and technical management of the Maersk fleet of container ships after having spent 7 years as a seagoing officer. Robert holds an unlimited Chief Engineer’s licence.

Sonke Diesener

Sönke Diesener

Transport Policy Officer,
NABU – Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union

Sönke Diesener since 2014 works for NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) headquarters in Berlin. As Transport Policy Officer he works on air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions, especially from shipping and port industries. He works in air pollution measurement and awareness rising campaigns as well as in international, EU and national shipping policy. For NABU's local office in Hamburg he works on sustainable urban development, air quality and as expert for port city relations.