Francesco Benevolo, Managing Director of RAM –Logistica, Infrastrutture e Trasporti S.p.a; Professor of Transport and Infrastructure Economics, European University of Rome

Economist, Director of Economic Studies at Censis – Study Centre for Public Investments and Director of Communications and Public Relations at Confitarma – Italian General Confederation of Ship Owners, Francesco Benevolo was Programming and Development Director of Italia Navigando Spa and, since July 2005, he is Managing Director of RAM –Logistica, Infrastrutture e Trasporti S.p.a., company that works, as in-house structure, to plan and coordinate measures for the development of the “Motorways of the Sea” Program as well as to support freight and logistics planning and policy-making as implementing body of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. He is Professor of Transport and Infrastructure Economics, at the European University of Rome.
Since May 2015 he was appointed as expert to the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum , set up by the European Commission.
He has published several texts and books related to the transport system and local development in collaboration with other authors (Giuseppe De Rita, Aldo Bonomi, etc.), coordinating the implementation of the First and Second Report on the Economy of the Sea (Edizioni Franco Angeli ) in collaboration with Federazione del Mare –Italian Maritime Cluster Organization.
He drew up the Plan for the Development of navigation on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. He has also worked in synergy with several institutions, including the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the CNEL and the GRTN.
He carries out cultural and dissemination activities on the issue of his competence, through lectures, publications and participation in seminars and conferences.


Vassilios Dimoulas, Technology & Innovation Manager Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Bureau Veritas

Vassilios Dimoulas is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with an experience of over 20 years in providing classification and technical consulting services to the marine and offshore industry. He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Marine Engineering from University College London. After internship periods in Hellenic Shipyards and Troodos Shipping, he has worked for ABS Consulting for 8 years. He joined Bureau Veritas in 2005, where he was in charge of the technical consulting services and subsequently of the plan approval department at the Piraeus office, responsible for the Hellenic and Black Sea region.
Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous projects including new construction and major conversion, which he has followed both at design and implementation phases.
His current position at Bureau Veritas is Technology & Innovation Manager, Greece Cyprus & Malta. His task and major focus is on assisting clients to meet the growing challenges posed by new and upcoming regulations, by applying novel and often innovative technologies with which they may not be fully familiar. To achieve this goal he is promoting the available Bureau Veritas services and solutions but also encouraging discussion and exchange of experience between vessel operators, equipment manufacturers and Class. Finally, using the vast pool of competencies and knowledge within Bureau Veritas, he is assisting owners with handling new construction projects and major modifications, especially when these involve ship types and technologies not yet familiar to them.


Stamatis Fradelos, Director Business Development, ABS

Stamatis Fradelos is Director in ABS’ Business Development team. The Business Development team is responsible for formulating and implementing business development strategies to help ABS meet its strategic objectives and providing insight into future business initiatives and market drivers for inclusion in local and corporate business plans. Stamatis represents ABS on the IACS Environmental Panel.
Prior to joining ABS, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor for five years at the Hellenic Register of Shipping and spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Surveyor.
Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science and a M.Sc. in Engineering – Economic Systems.

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Panos Kirnidis, CEO, Palau International Ship Registry

Panos Kirnidis is the Chief Executive Officer of Palau International Ship Registry with its European HQ in Piraeus in Greece. He was appointed CEO of one of the fastest growing ship registries in the world and he has a wealth of maritime and shipping experience having spent four years as Managing Director of the International Shipping Bureau.
Panos Kirnidis has been championing the drive towards smart technology in the shipping world for many years and he believes the transition from paperwork to electronic operations and management has transformed the maritime sector and shipping in general.
Among Panos Kirnidis’ core interests are marine engineering, naval architecture, strategic maritime planning, international crew welfare, smart technology and its use in the maritime world, security and anti-piracy issues, risk management in shipping, regulatory issues and safety.
Mr Kirnidis is member of the advisory board of Bluegrowth Piraeus and the YES Forum.

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Alex Kouros, General Manager, Studio Navale Maritime & Technical Ltd

Alex Kouros runs the Studio Navale national and international operations for more than 30 years! Masters from NTUA, naval architect and marine engineer, he carries a quite significant experience, starting his ships’ related carrier back in 70s, walking the line between the traditional Perama shipyards’ mode, towards the up-to-date processes of the very large and pioneering shipyards of the planet.
He has led, large shipbuilding projects, modifications and conversions of numerous types of ships, apart from tankers and bulkers, special types like tugboats, supply vessels, mega yachts and floating structures, like skid barges, platforms, crane ships and more. Among his professional services, the Country Manager position at ABS Consulting and Technical Manager of a first-class shipping company.
His primal focus nowadays, at Studio Navale, is standing with the oil and gas tank ships, their efficacious operation and repairs, as well as the way of implementation of the very demanding current legislation, fluctuating between the mooring items arrangement and strength aspects, handling of the ballast waters and manipulating the exhaust gases of the diesel engines.


Panos Mitrou, Technology & Innovation Manager, Marine & Offshore Business Development, Lloyd’s Register

Panos Mitrou has been with LR for more than 13 years and currently holds the position of Technology & Innovation Manager for Marine & Offshore in South Europe. His primary focus is on uptake of technology, alternative fuels, forthcoming legislation, innovation and compliance and commercial challenges.
During his seven year service with Lloyd’s Register Piraeus Technical Support Office, he has dealt with series of statutory and other reviews, ranging from BWM to MARPOL and the IBC and IGC Codes. In this context he has supported and lead the implementation of several pieces of new legislation. Since 2007 he has represented Lloyd’s Register in a number of international forums, conferences and projects. He has been deeply involved in the setup and materialization of funded projects in the maritime sector, initiating this activity in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2016 he lead elemed, the first ever maritime funded project in the European Union, under the cohesion fund envelope.
Panos holds a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer Diploma from NTUA and an MBA in Shipping from ALBA Business School. He is currently a PhD candidate in Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, at University of Strathclyde.


Markus Noelke, Managing Director, Short Sea Shipping Inland Waterway Promotion Centre (SPC)

Markus Noelke (49) was born in Bremerhaven, Germany. As the son of a captain it was not a big surprise for him to choose a profession in the environment of the maritime business. After finishing his apprenticeship as a forwarding agent with the traditional international forwarding and logistics company Karl Gross in Bremen and Bremerhaven he changed to the Panalpina Group Germany in Hamburg. From 1995 to 1997 he attended the Deutsche Außenhandels und Verkehrsakademie , DAV, in Bremen, to study for industrial and business management. Following this he changed to the international Gondrand Group, worldwide transport and logistics providers. In their offices Frankfurt, Hamburg and Bremen he concentrated mainly on the overseas sector, sales ocean freight, combined with multimodal transport matters.
After about 20 years of business experience he was appointed as managing director of the German ShortSeaShipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center (spc) in Bonn. The spc is a Public-Private-Partnership to promote the potentials of shortsea and inland waterway shipping and is located in the offices of the German Ministry for Transport in Bonn.

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Angelos Phokas, Member of the Board of Directors, Multimarine Services Ltd

Angelos Phokas holds a BEng and MSc in Civil Engineering and an MBA gained from London Metropolitan University in 2001. Angelos started his career as a Civil Engineer in construction companies in London, Greece and Cyprus.
He joined Multimarine in 2008 and brings with him a wealth of experience as a Project Manager. Angelos’ current role is the management of the Civil & Mechanical Engineering onshore projects of Multimarine Services Ltd.


Alexander Prokopakis, CEO, probunkers

Alexander Prokopakis is the CEO of probunkers Holding and the architect of the probunkers project. Prior to founding probunkers, he served Mamidakis Brothers Group as a senior executive, leading all the Group’s Shipping, Bunkering and Aviation activities, through its respective companies: JetOil, JetTank and STYGA Compania Naviera. Mr Prokopakis has over 20 years of professional experience in commercial leadership positions, over which he has attained deep knowledge and expertise, mainly in the industry of shipping and bunkering. He is a Graduate of St. John’s University with MBA in Executive Management and holds a BSc Degree in Business Management from the State University of New York.


Sotiris Raptis, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment and Safety – EcoPorts Coordinator, ESPO

Sotiris Raptis joined ESPO in 2016 as senior policy advisor for environment and safety. He is also the coordinator of the EcoPorts network at ESPO. Previously, he worked as shipping and aviation officer at the NGO Transport & Environment being responsible for the clean shipping campaign at IMO and EU level and as MEP policy advisor on environment, transport and legal affairs at the European Parliament. He studied at the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and the King’s College London Centre of European Law. He was awarded European Citizens’ Prize 2008 of the European Parliament as member of “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice.


Βabis Siaflas, Logistics & Commercial Director, SARMED SA

Born in Athens in 1973. He has studied packaging in Athens and holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing and Logistics from Coventry University (UK). He is a graduate customs agent and in 2016 he obtained a postgraduate degree from the Athens Innovation University (Retail Innovation). She has been working for SARMED for almost twenty years as Logistics & Commercial Director, while he is a shareholder and a Board member in several companies. During the period 2015-2017 he was a member of the BoD at Hellenic Logistics Company (EEL) and today he holds the position of Vice President of Finance.

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George Teriakidis, Regional Business Development Manager, DNV GL

George Teriakidis is a naval architect and currently holds the position of Regional Business Development Manager in DNV GL Greece.
He studied in the university of Newcastle Upon Tyne in UK, naval architecture (B.Eng.) and continued his studies with a master degree (M.Sc.) on Ship Production Technology in the university of Strathclyde, in Glasgow.
Upon completing his studies he started working for the classification society DNV as a trainee surveyor in Dubai, U.A.E.. Till 2008 he became a senior surveyor and got specialised in the surveys of various ship types. He also became responsible for the CAP service in Middle East and India as well as a deputy manager for the DNV Maritime Service Centre of Dubai. During August 2008 he moved to Greece and started dealing with business development and customer service management for shipping as well as oil & gas. Since the merger of DNV and GL (2013) he has been working as the Regional Business Development Manager, responsible for the region of east Mediterranean, black and Caspian Sea. He has delivered various presentations and participated in various conferences.
He is married and has one daughter. Beyond his family, he loves music, movies and photography.


Maria Tzoumanika, Advisor, European Investment Bank

Maria Tzoumanika is an Advisor at the European Investment Bank (EIB), based at the Athens office, covering, among other things, the transportation sector. She joined EIB in 2017 and has 9 years of blended experience in financial services including banking and financial consulting. Maria holds a M.Sc. in Finance & Accounting from London School of Economics and a B.Sc in Banking and Finance from University of Piraeus. Maria is a CFA charterholder.

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Dr. George Vaggelas, Lecturer, Department of Shipping, Trade & Transport, University of the Aegean

Dr. George Vaggelas is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport of the University of the Aegean and partner and Managing Director of Ports & Shipping (P&S) Advisory, an innovative consultancy company. George has spent four years as an advisor to the President and CEO of Thessaloniki Port Authority (ThPA) SA dealing, among others, with the strategic planning of the port. During 2014-2016 he served as BoD member of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Ports, until 2016, when he resigned in order to devote more time in consultancy and research of ports and maritime transportation systems.

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Charlotte Ørgård Vinding, Project Manager, Maritime Develpment Centre/GO LNG

Ms Charlotte Ørgård Viding is Project Manager in Maritime Development Centre (MDC). The management team is responsible for both national and international projects, mainly within the area of Clean Shipping in the Baltic Sea Region and in particular in regard to LNG. Prior to joining MDC, Charlotte worked as a Project Manager at London International Bank Ltd.
She is an experienced Project Manager with a demonstrated working history within the maritime industry and investment banking. Skilled in Project management, Operations Management, Sales and Negotiations.
Multi lingual (Fluent Danish, English and French), Masters from Copenhagen University and PRINCE 2 certified project manager.

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Dr. Capt. Ahmed Youssef, Director, International Forum for Maritime Transport, Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport

Dr. Capt. Ahmed Youssef is the Director of the International Forum for Maritime Transport in AASTMT (Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport). Moreover, Ahmed is a Master Mariner that worked onboard different types of vessels. He obtained his Ph.D. form Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. While, Master Degree in Quality Management and Productivity, Post Graduate Diploma and B.Sc (Hons), from the AASTMT, Egypt.
Since 2003, he has been a Faculty in AASTMT of Maritime Transport topics and Management. He also taught as a visiting professor in Maine Maritime Academy, United States of America.
During his career, he participated as a Guest Speaker in many International conferences. Ahmed has also published papers pertaining to the field of Educational Technology, Maritime H.R and methods of maintaining a sustainable development of the Maritime caliber. He introduced the intelligent/interactive Maritime education and training application (iMET) that is beyond e-Learning concept, as he holds the intellectual copyrights property certificate of this application.
He is currently involved in strategic planning and business development to develop the cooperation of the AASTMT and the maritime stakeholders at regional and international level.
Ahmed’s experience includes management, business development, strategic planning, maritime education management and educational technology.


Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd

Panos Zachariadis is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc) and Naval Architect (MSE) from the University of Michigan with a 35-year experience in shipping, having served for years as Marine Superintendent in New York, after periods of shipbuilding supervision in Japan and sea service in bulk carriers and oil tankers.
He is Technical Director of Atlantic Bulk Carriers since 1997 and a member of the Greek Delegation to IMO since 2004, having contributed to the development of several well-known regulations (e.g. GBS, PSPC, FSA) and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). In cooperation with major Korean shipyards he has applied numerous energy saving ideas, some of which have become industry standards.
He is a member of Technical Committees of several classification societies, UGS and Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO Marine Committee, BoD HELMEPA and MARTECMA.
He has been honored with the 2011 Efkranti award for his contribution to Greek shipping, the Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association 2017 Maritime Personality award, the 2017 Lloyd’s List «Achievement in Safety or Environmental Protection» award and the 2019 Green4Sea «Personality» award.

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Dimitris Alexandros Zisimopoulos, Marine Southern Europe & Africa Area Business Development Manager, RINA Hellas Ltd

Dimitris-Alexandros Zisimopoulos is a Mechanical Engineer and obtained a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science from NTUA. After internship periods in Asprofos Engineering S.A. and INSB Class, he has worked for MAN Energy Solutions for 6 years in the After Sales Service.
Presently holds the position of Business Development Manager at RINA Hellas Ltd. He joined RINA early 2019, where he is in charge of the Marine Digital Solutions responsible for Southern Europe & Africa Area.