These are focused roundtable discussions on a specific theme. Each session is 90 minutes in length and structured to deliver clear outcomes.


13.30 – 15.00
THINK 1: Start-Up Opportunity
With a growing number of innovative entrepreneurs entering the various ocean industries this NTT asks how the accelerators/incubators and innovation centres around the world can and should collaborate. How good is the investor appetite?
How can start-ups in the Nordic region benefit? How can the Nordics benefit from the start-up incubation? What is happening in the maritime start-up world? How can we accelerate the development of a sustainable ocean industry?

Moderator: Steffen Knodt, Director Digital Ventures, Wärtsilä

Session thinkers:
Daniela Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Chris Clott, Head Suny Maritime’s Global Maritime Technology Innovation Centre
Leonardo Zangrando, Manager, Startup Wharf
Audun Abelsnes, Managing Director, Techstars Energy, Oslo
Nir Gartzman, CEO, The Dock
Carsten Bullemer, CEO, Maritime Data Systems
Nicklas Viby Fursund, Partner & MD, Rainmaking Transport
Martin Styrmoe Moen, CFO, X Four 10 / REV
Michael Prehn, Deputy Director, Danish Maritime

15.30 – 17.00
THINK 2: Resource management and spatial planning

The OECD has a conservative estimate that the ocean economies will grow to $3trillion by 2030 as the seas become a source of energy, materials and food. This think tank examines how these industries can expand and grow sustainably, and in harmony. Marine spatial planning has already been identified as an issue today, but how will this impact the incumbent and new ocean economies of today and in the future.

Moderator: Sofia Fürstenberg Stott, Business Development Manager, Nor-Shipping

Session thinkers:
Patrik Möller, CEO, CorPower Ocean AB
Javier Sanz, Renewable Energies Thematic Leader, InnoEnergy
Henk Van Muijen, Managing Director, IHC Mining
Jesper Bank, CCO, Port of Esbjerg
Funmi Foluronso, Secretary-General, African Shipowners Association
Sondre Henningsgård, Managing Director, Maritime Battery Forum



10.30 – 12.00
THINK 3: Ocean Mariculture and Logistics
Recent development in deep water aquaculture hints to this could be the first of the new ocean industries to emerge and mature. The Nordic regions are already leaders in this field, but how can this be further expanded? What opportunities are there for maritime to work with mariculture, from e.g. a sourcing, service, supply or construction point of view. What are the needs for mariculture in the oceans and how will incumbent industries be increasingly involved? What opportunities are there for new companies and established ones in the different solutions that are emerging? How will the structures for ocean logistics be impacted?

Moderator: Øyvind Michael Olsen, Senior communications adviser / partner, Doxacom

Session thinkers:
Frank Grebstad, SVP Vessel Operations, Aker BioMarine
• Olavur Gregersen, CEO, Ocean Rainforest
• Brian Takeda, CEO, Urchinomics
• Camiel Derichs, Regional Director Europe, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Paul Van Aalst, Blue Economy Investment Platform
Steven Rafferty, Director of Aquaculture, Global Maritime AS
• Gregor Paterson-Jones, Blue Economy Investment Platform


12.30 – 14.00

THINK 4: Data Value Creation

Data is currency in today’s world; data for performance, communication, environmental and meteorological data and not least commercial transactions. World leading research, projects and companies are all based in the Nordic region. The data needs of the oceans and the huge increase in asset types is set to increase exponentially. How will these needs be met and what can industry look for with regards data? How can collaborative business models support sharing of data for mutual value creation? What governance, policy and regulatory issues need to be considered in various sectors and how will data resilience be maintained? Environmental data, meteorological, economic data, performance data, as part of an increased asset base.

ModeratorMagnus Lande, Commercial Director Maritime, Veracity DNV GL – Digital Solutions

Session thinkers:
Oliver Steeds, Founder and CEO, Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute
Martin Styrmoe Moen, CFO, X Four-10 / REV
Cajsa Jersler Fransen, Swedish Maritime Authority / STM Validation Project
Emelie Persson Tingström, Communications Manager, Sea Traffic Management Validation Project, Swedish Maritime Administration
Steven Adler, Chairman, Ocean Data Alliance


14.30 – 16.00
THINK 5: Innovation networks for the Oceans (powered by WISTA)

The ocean opportunities require collaborative business models and innovation to ensure the sustainable development of our oceans, and secure new income for the maritime industry. What is the role of national and international industry networks in the transition from oil economies to ocean economies? How can existing relationships be a launch-pad for exploring new business opportunities on the ocean horizon?

Moderator: Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO Tototheo Maritime & President WISTA International

Session thinkers:
Steven Adler, Chairman, Ocean Data Alliance
Cajsa Jersler Fransen, Swedish Maritime Authority / STM Validation Project
• Ronald Spithout, President Maritime, Inmarsat
Lena Göthberg, Owner, Shipping Podcast
Bjørg Ekornrud, WISTA President, Norway


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