Below you will find a list of informative speakers that will cover the various aspects of ports and port-cities, post 2030.

The speakers list is currently under development.

PHoto: WMU

Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry

President, World Maritime University


Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D International Law) joined WMU as President in the summer of 2015. Prior to joining WMU, she served as the Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.


Dr. Doumbia-Henry began her career at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, as a lecturer in law. She later worked with the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands and then joined the ILO in 1986 where she served both as a senior lawyer of the Organization and in several management positions. She was responsible for developing ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and remained responsible for it until she joined WMU. Since the late 1990s, she has led the ILO participation in a number of IMO/ILO interagency collaborations on several issues of common interest to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and ILO, including the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Groups on Fair Treatment of Seafarers and on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers.

Peter Sand

Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO


Peter Sand is Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO. He has worked for Statistics Denmark, compiling public accounts and doing international statistical work in relation to the European Union and United Nations. He then joined D/S NORDEN and during the rise and fall of the dry bulk markets, Peter gained experience in the fields of executive assistance, caretaking of investors and the art of transforming financial data and shipping statistics into analyses, presentations and reports. Later on he worked with CSR with a focus on sustainable shipping. Peter left D/S NORDEN as Senior Analyst and member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Board and joined BIMCO in 2009. He holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Copenhagen.

By Trondheim Havn from Trondheim, Norway (Hans Kristian Haram) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hans Kristian Haram

ShortSea Promotion Center


Hans Kristian Haram holds an MSc. in Marine Engineering for NTNU Norway and a MBA from INSEAD, France. His working life has been dedicated to finding optimal logistic solutions for shippers requiring seaborne transportation. Currently he is managing the SPC of Norway.

Torben Seebold

Maritime Coordinator ver.di / ITF Germany



Carter Atkins

City of Los Angeles Harbor Department, Environmental Specialist III


B.S. Natural Resource Management, California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo – 1997

M.B.A, Pepperdine University - 2005

Geographic Information Systems Certificate, USC - 2012


Mr. Atkins has 21 years of experience with environmental planning and air quality issues. The last 10 years with the Los Angeles Harbor Department he has been focusing primarily on air quality issues regarding vessel emission reduction programs such as Environmental Ship Index, shore power, at-berth emission control of ships, low sulfur fuel incentive program, vessel speed reduction incentive program, and advanced ocean-going vessel technology projects.

Most recently, he has been managing projects involved with the demonstration of zero and near-zero emission cargo handling equipment and on-road vehicles to reduce both criteria and greenhouse gas emissions.

Sotiris Raptis

Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety, EcoPorts Coordinator


Sotiris joined ESPO last year as senior policy advisor for environment and safety. He is also the coordinator of the EcoPorts network at ESPO. Previously, Sotiris worked for 2.5 years as shipping and aviation officer at the NGO Transport & Environment having been responsible for the clean shipping campaign at IMO and EU level. He also spent 6 years at the European Parliament as MEP policy advisor on environment, transport and legal affairs.


A qualified lawyer, Sotiris speaks Greek and English. He studied at the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and the King’s College London Centre of European Law. Sotiris was awarded European Citizens’ Prize 2008 of the European Parliament as member of “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice. 


Tom Boardley

Executive Vice President, Lloyds Register


Tom Boardley was appointed Executive Vice President and Global Head of Corporate and External Affairs at Lloyd’s Register on the 14 March 2016. He is responsible for driving LR’s market influence across all of our business activities and developing a new external affairs function.


From 2009 to 2016, Tom led the LR Marine business as its Director, responsible for worldwide operations, strategy and business development. Prior to joining LR in 2009, Tom had accumulated 30 years’ experience in the container shipping, ports and logistics business.


Highly regarded within the maritime industry, Tom has featured in the Lloyds List Top 100 People in Global shipping and the Tradewinds Power 100.


Tom is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.


Bill Hemmings

Director, Aviation and Shipping, Transport & Environment


Bill leads T&E’s work on international aviation and shipping and has been with T&E since 2008. He is Australian and took science and arts degrees at the University of Tasmania before mastering in international relations at the University of Oxford. He brings business, political and negotiating experience to T&E’s international work acquired living and working on 5 continents first with the Australian Foreign Service, then with Hong Kong’s airline Cathay Pacific and in Europe with American Express Advisory Services.


Bill has spent the past 20 years working in many European countries, and apart from his native English has been heard to speak German and Spanish with a little French thrown in every now and then. Bill is a frequent key speaker at events on sustainable international transport and his hobbies and passions include his two children, music and building things.

Tristan Smith

Lecturer at UCL Energy Institute


I lead a research group of 5 Research Associates and 8 PhD students focused on studying the global shipping industry. Together we combine expertise across engineering, economics, programming and optimisation, operations research, policy, business and finance.


My personal background is degrees in engineering and a specialisation and training in naval architecture. I worked as a practising naval architect on a number of defence research, design and upkeep projects (ships and submarines), before returning to university to undertake a PhD in naval architecture. Three years ago, I changed role to apply my knowledge of the marine environment and shipping, and skills in modelling, problem solving and team working to study the subject of the CO2 emissions of the shipping industry.


I attend IMO MEPC and associated meetings as a delegate of RINA and IMarEST. On the subject of shipping efficiency and emissions, I am a contributing author to work published at the IMO, at UNEP, in the UK Committee on Climate Change and a number of academic books and papers, and have carried out consultancy work for a number of organisations including Shell and the IEA.

Peter V. Hall

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

BSocSc (Cape Town, 1989), MSc (LSE, 1995), PhD (Berkeley, 2002)


  • Professor and Director, Urban Studies Program
  • Associate Member, Department of Geography
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Transport Geography


My research program bridges the disciplines of geography, planning and economics, often combining qualitative and quantitative social research methods, to address three areas related to development at the local, urban and regional scales.

Thomas Jensen

Maersk Line & Copenhagen Business School


I am an industrial Ph.D. fellow trying to merge knowledge from industry and academia.

Maersk is the industrial company and I try to understand the challenges for information flow related to the supply chain for containerized international trade, and with knowledge about relevant research then the aim is to propose innovative solutions for electronic collaboration which potentially enables Maersk Line and other actors to freeing up trade and increasing security associated

Christopher Pålsson

Managing Director maritime-insight, Head of consultancy, Lloyd’s List Intelligence


Christopher (Chris) Pålsson is the managing director of maritime-insight. Chris has a wide experience ranging from practicing business development to transport and logistics studies for manufacturing industries, governmental agencies, ship owners and business organizations. Chris has in different functions worked with shipping and industrial market analysis since the end of the 1980’s. Chris is a natural speaker and has spoken at numerous high-level meetings and conferences through the years.


Chris has together with Niklas Bengtsson built the maritime-insight approach and the following Fleet of the World model. In the 1990’s, Chris was Managing Director of Equilibrium, a shipping consultancy firm. Chris was the Administrative Official at the Swedish Transport and Communications Research Board handling funding of research projects. He was appointed national expert of Sweden in the EU PACT program (Pilot Actions Combined Transportation). Prior to start up the Lloyd’s Register-Fairplay research unit (later IHS Fairplay), Chris was Manager for Strategic Analysis at the Institute of Shipping Analysis (SAI).

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APM Terminals


APM Terminals is a leading global port and cargo inland services provider with a presence in 69 countries providing the world’s most geographically balanced global terminal network with 73 ports, nine new ports under construction and ten facilities in expansion mode – along with an inland services network spanning 140 locations. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, the company works with shipping lines, importers/exporters, governments, business leaders and the entire global supply chain to provide solutions that help nations achieve their ambitions and businesses reach their performance goals.



Ports and Port-Cities - Post 2030 is a trendspotting conference in Malmö, Sweden, November 6-8 2017.

A collaboration between The World Maritime University (WMU), Region Skåne, The City of Malmö, Lighthouse, Resilient Region Association, Swedish Maritime Technological Forum and Ports of Sweden.


Peter Askman, Maritime Affairs

Region Skåne, Sweden

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