PTI Conference: Speakers You Need to Meet (Part 1)


At Port Technology’s upcoming Container Terminal Automation Conference you will get the chance to meet a vast array of speakers.

Held in London this month from April 19-20, the event’s focus will be on the automation and training sectors of the port industry.

Over 30 leading industry professionals will be sharing their knowledge and expertise on best practice and the best methods to develop terminal automation.

We've picked ten speakers that have shared their time with the journal on many occasions through interviews and technical papers so you can get a taste of what's to come!

PTI Conference: Speakers You Need to Meet (Part 2)



1. Neil Davidson

Davidson has over 25 years’ experience in the port sector.

He joined Drewry Maritime Research in 1997 and founded the company’s ports practice and 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.

Neil Davidson E-Technical Papers 



2. Inna Kuznetsova

Kuznetsova is the President and COO at INTTRA – the world’s ocean shipping SaaS B2B e-commerce portal, information and service provider. She provides the strategic direction and holds the full P&L responsibility for the business growth, also serving on board of Sage PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director. 

Kuznetsova previously spent 19 years at IBM, where she held a number of different executive positions primarily in growth areas of business or turnarounds and was profiled by Forbes in Russia as the first VP of Russian origin in IBM headquarters.

Videos –  PTI Event 2017: INTTRA's Inna Kuznetsova on InnovationPTI Exclusive: INTTRA Discusses eVGMPTI Exclusive: INTTRA on Automation and Shipping Market.



3. Uno Bryfors

The Senior Vice President of ABB 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.

He joined ABB as a Development Engineer after graduating with a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and has since then headed the R&D department, led the Crane Systems unit in Sweden, and is now responsible for ABB business – from ship to gate.

E-Technical Papers – Experience, the key to the development of a comprehensive ASC standard, Embracing automation

Videos – ABB – PTI Interview at TOC Europe, ABB's Automation Insight



4. Olaf Merk

Merk has extensive experience in directing studies into ports, port-cities and port regulation and governance. He is a lecturer at the Institute for Political Science in Paris.

He is the author of a number of OECD books, most notably ‘The Impact of Mega-Ships’ and ‘The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities’.

Merk's E-Technical Papers (total of 12)

Videos – How to Reverse the Overcapacity CrunchOlaf Merk (OECD): quick comments on logistics and Ports of the futureOlaf Merk what can ports do to better collaborate with local communities.



5. Francisco Grau Cavanillas

The Managing Director in charge of the Ports & Terminals division at Orbita Ingenieria 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 in 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.

The Factory automation division in Orbita works mainly in the automotive sector and has among their clients companies like Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen and Seat.

E-Technical Papers – Ready for Automated Inspection



6. Michael Geiger

The Director Sales and Marketing at Hans Kuenz GmbH has a 20 years’ experience in the sector materials handling equipment.

During his employment at Kuenz as a Sales Director, he has been essentially involved in the optimization of the international distribution channel and after sales services.

Major projects, such as automated stacking cranes for customers like APM Terminals (Maasvlakte II and Tangier, Morocco), and Container Terminal Burchardkai, Hamburg, as well as numerous crane installations for CSX, one of the leading transportation suppliers in North America, were realized. Moreover, other Automated Process Equipment in the raw Material sector or in the Hydro Power Industry has been implemented.

Videos – Kuenz – Exclusive PTI Interview at TOC Europe



7. Dr. Yvo Saanen

The Commercial Director and Founder (1996) of TBA, a leading terminal design, simulation and software company in the Netherlands, 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.

E-Technical Papers – Total of 18.

Videos – TBA – Exclusive PTI Interview at TOC Europe3 Ways to Optimise your Port



8. Michael Bouari

The B2B process automation expert and CEO of 1-Stop Connections — an Information Communications Technology (ICT) solution provider connecting and automating the Port Community — 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 he has 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.

Collaborations with organisations such as Samsung, Sony and FedEx in automating and streamlining the supply of products to the end consumer.

E-Technical Papers – New eBook: Cutting-Edge Automation, Productivity Through Decision Making



9. Richard Hepworth

Since 2012, Hepworth has held the position of Business Unit President for Trelleborg Marine Systems (TMS), based in Dubai.

Hepworth 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.

Hepworth's E-Technical Papers – Total of 8

Videos – Trelleborg Insight #2: The Importance of AutomationTrelleborg Insight #3: How to Address Issues and Improve



10. Thomas Gylling 

Gylling, who continues to bring energy, insight and vision to the drive for automation in the container handling industry, has risen up through Konecranes to Head of Global Automation Sales and Port Solutions Marketing.

During this time, his focus in different managerial roles have covered automation business, automation R&D, productising and launching, project delivery as well as sales and marketing.

His preceding 13 years at the company saw him embrace a variety of positions focusing on the container-handling industry.

He has also displayed a strong level of commitment to the company’s first automated RTG (ARTG) delivery project, which has recently been offered for commercial operations.



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PTI has also produced a video articulating the vision for the event

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