Port Technology Conference

Terminal Automation & Training

C-Level Networking Conference

19 - 20 April 2017 - London, UK

Delegate Standard - £2,300 (Incl. VAT)




Terminal Automation & Training

C-Level Networking Conference

 19 - 20 April 2017     London, UK

The Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference 2017 will bring thought leaders in the automation and training sectors of the port industry to discuss best practice and drive solutions. All sessions will be truly interactive, with attendees able to put their questions to our panel digitally or personally in real time.

This year will carry over the energy of the sessions from 2016, with focused but free debate reigning between attendees and speakers. Building on the success of previous events and industry knowledge, in 2017 we will streamline speaker presentations further, and maximise audience participation, debate and real-time interactive voting. Your voice will be heard alongside the speakers on stage.



Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson has over 25 years’ experience in the port sector. He joined Drewry Maritime Research in 1997 and founded the company’s ports practice. Neil has spoken at over 80 industry conferences, seminars and private briefing sessions worldwide and regularly contributes expert insight and analysis to the trade press and British national newspapers, as well as TV and radio.

Inna Kuznetsova

Inna Kuznetsova is the President and COO at INTTRA - the world’s ocean shipping SaaS B2B e-commerce portal, information and service provider. In this role Inna provides the strategic direction and holds the full P&L responsibility for the business growth. She also serves on board of Sage PLC, as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Prior to joining INTTRA Inna was the Chief Commercial Officer and member of the Executive Board of CEVA Logistics, where she led the global sales, marketing and solution design organization in 2012-2014. Before CEVA, Inna spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different executive positions primarily in growth areas of business or turnarounds.

Rich Ceci

Uno Bryfors

Uno Bryfors, Senior Vice President of ABB Ports, is one of the most experienced professionals in the ports industry today. During his more than three decades long career at ABB and in the industry he has been a key person in driving the development of automation solutions for cargo handling starting from automatic grab ship unloader and fully automated yard operations to automatic and remotely operated STS cranes. Uno Bryfors joined ABB as a Development Engineer after graduation with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Since then he has headed the R&D department, led the Crane Systems unit in Sweden, and is now responsible for ABB Ports business - from ship to gate.

Eduardo Bustamante

Eduardo Bustamante is the CIO and COO of Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena S.A, running two container terminals (CONTECAR and SPRC) managing over 2 million containers per year. He is responsible for a 500 people team and all software, computer and telecommunication infrastructure, including design and development of the Terminal Operating System at both terminals and The Cartagena Port Community System. Mr. Bustamante is a Civil Engineer, with MSc in IT at The London School of Economics. Currently, he is also an IBM IoT Board of Advisors Member.

Olaf Merk

Olaf Merk has extensive experience in directing studies into ports, port-cities and port regulation and governance. He is the author of a number of OECD books, most notably ‘The Impact of Mega-Ships’ and ‘The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities’. He is a lecturer at the Institute for Political Science in Paris.

Francisco Grau Orbita

Francisco Grau Cavanillas is the Managing Director in charge of the Ports & Terminals division at Orbita Ingenieria.

He is an Industrial Engineer specialised in electronics and industrial automation. Over the years he has held various positions in engineering companies, yet always oriented to process automation and industrial communications. His experience and skills have been developed over more than 12 years of projects and business development in the automotive and maritime sectors. In his current role he is in charge of developing Orbita’s global business in ports and terminals.

Douglas Watson

Douglas Watson has successfully built a career spanning all major continents with postings in Europe, North America and Asia. Over the past three decades Douglas has held various senior executive positions at Inmarsat, Motorola and at Ericsson, where he is now a Director of their Global Business unit focusing on the maritime market sector.

Douglas has extensive experience in the application of new technologies in the maritime sector.  He has participated in numerous maritime focused research projects funded by industry, regional and national research councils, the European Space Agency and the European Commission.

He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of East Anglia and post graduate degrees from University of Plymouth, University of London, University of Nottingham and Queen Mary College, London.

Ralston MacDonnell

Ralston E. MacDonnell, M.ENG, P.ENG, FEIC, Fellow Engineers Canada is the President of MacDonnell Group, a Canadian company with interests in engineering, management, and innovative technologies. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, he has been a relentless proponent of technology transfer and innovation as instruments of economic growth and has been involved in cutting edge infrastructure design and management since the early 1980s. Over the last decade Mr MacDonnell has become increasingly committed to helping industry improve competitiveness and prepare for a transformation in the workforce by creating MacDonnell programs like the CPE Certified Port Executive Program, online PORTSTAR training, and the creation of the Port Management Network. Mr MacDonnell is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Banff Centre, and a past governor of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the NSCAD University, among others. Mr MacDonnell holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Mary’s University and Bachelor and Masters of Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Michael Geiger

Dr. Yvo Saanen

Dr. Saanen is Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA, a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in The Netherlands. He is currently in charge of business development and all commercial activities within the company.

Dr. Saanen holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a PhD on the design and simulation of robotized container terminals, both from Delft University of Technology. He is a professor at the Rotterdam School of Management teaching Maritime Economics and Logistics and, in various bodies, lectures about terminal design by means of simulation, and publishes regularly about his work in scientific magazines as well as business magazines.

Dr. Eva Savelsberg

Speeding-up and optimizing the decision-making processes in terminal operations is the focus of Dr. Eva Savelsberg. As Senior Vice President of INFORM’s Logistics Division, she specialises in Agile Optimization Software which renders a wide range of business processes more productive, agile and reliable, including processes for maritime and inland ports as well as distribution centers.  

Besides her role at INFORM, Eva is also lecturer at the University of Aachen (RWTH), where she received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. Eva has published four books and over 30 papers on innovation in freight transportation.

Michael Bouari

Michael Bouari, a B2B process automation expert and CEO of 1-Stop Connections — an Information Communications Technology (ICT) solution provider connecting and automating the Port Community.

He has over 19 years’ experience in B2B technology solutions for the supply chain, freight and logistics industry.

His career has included innovation giant 3M, Sun Microsystems and collaborations with organisations such as Samsung, Sony and Fedex in automating and streamline the supply of products to the end consumer.

Bouari worked for P&O Nedloyd on port related technology projects in the Asia Pacific region before joining 1-Stop. He was instrumental addressing supply chain complexities through developing 1-Stop’s Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for the port community.

Dr. Oscar Pernia

During his time with Navis, Dr. Oscar Pernia has had an intense focus on analysing industry driving forces regarding operational efficiency. He then developed innovative and effective operational input to the Navis and XVELA Roadmap. Prior to this, Dr. Pernia focused on primarily on terminal automation, being part of the core team that designed, tested and deployed the new N4 3.0 platform. Dr. Pernia is now responsible for ATOM, an operational innovation laboratory.

Richard Hepworth

Richard Hepworth is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, having studied for his degree at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. Since 2012, he has held the position of Business Unit President for Trelleborg Marine Systems, based in Dubai. Richard has over 20 years’ experience working in the offshore and marine construction industry and has held a number of roles both within Trelleborg and other large engineering companies in this sector, covering engineering, project management, sales, business development and general management for organisations such as CRP Group, Dresser-Rand and Weir Pumps.

Partners & Sponsors

The Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference offers a selection of high-impact, dynamic commercial opportunities, tailored to meet your company’s specific needs.

Customised partner and sponsorship packages are available to meet your business objectives and budgets - including pre-conference marketing and onsite branding - ensuring you command greater attention and visibility.

To find out more, please contact James AA Khan on +44 (0)20 7871 0123 or email jkhan@porttechnology.org.

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Ask your questions and walk away with the knowledge, road map and sustainable transformation to a competitive future

All C-Level delegates are able to submit two questions at the time of registration. The most pertinent of these questions will be selected to be put to our dynamic speakers during the expert panel sessions

Finally you will network with industry ‘gurus’ who have been successful in all port and terminal environments. Find the best solutions and get introduced to our expert guest speakers and solution providers

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Interested in becoming a Media Partner? Contact Bee Cansick on +44 (0)20 7871 0123 or email bee@porttechnology.org.

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Bee Cansick
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2016 Conference

Launched in 2016, the inaugural one day Terminal Automation & Training C-Level Networking Conference brought together industry leading CEO’s and speakers to discuss terminal automation and the implications this has on port staff training.


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