World-famous innovators, charismatic expert keynotes and compelling panels will offer high level insight and knowledge on business evolution and how to create gain from the sustainable ocean opportunities.

Thursday 3 May


Welcome day two


09:40 – 10:00
ANCHOR KEYNOTE: The UN view of the Ocean Economy
Peter Thomson, Special Envoy to the Oceans, United Nations

Peter Thomson is leading the United Nations advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the United Nations system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of the UN’s Ocean Conference are fully analysed and implemented. His work also includes engaging with the private sector, including the maritime industries, civil society, the scientific community, and other relevant stakeholders to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. In recognition of the importance of the oceans for human health and prosperity, the UN Secretary-General appointed the distinguished Fijian diplomat as his Special Envoy to the Oceans in 2017.His goals are to follow up on the outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable

10.00 – 10.20
ANCHOR KEYNOTE: The Ocean Economy in 2030 and what needs to change
Claire Jolly, Head of Unit in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

How can sustainable ocean-based value creation be better supported by the maritime industry? In-depth analysis by the OECD predicts ocean-based industries will outperform the growth of the global economy as a whole over the coming decade, doubling in value by 2030. Particularly strong growth is expected in marine aquaculture, offshore wind energy, fish processing, and shipbuilding and repair. What are the near-term developments that commercial actors can be involved in? Where are the opportunities for different parts of the existing maritime industry to add value?

10.20 – 10.40
ANCHOR KEYNOTE: The needs for collaboration
Paul Holthus, president and founder, World Ocean Council

How can the maritime sector foster the economic goals of ocean industry growth? How do other players, policy makers and partners need to step up to mark to make this happen?

10-40 – 11.00
ANCHOR KEYNOTE: Believing in sustainability and profit as partners for the future: A shipowner’s perspective


11.00 – 11.30
INSIGHT PANEL SESSIONS: Responding to the Market Need for sustainable answers

Speakers will be invited to discuss the path needed to create successful sustainable collaboration.

12. 00 – 13.00 OPPORTUNITY:
Collaboration and Profit with positive impact

Taking care of the health of our oceans is of growing priority, taking a high profile on the world stage. Are there ways for the maritime and ocean industries to better prioritize how to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and is there pathway to follow, to unlock business potential in doing so? How can the ocean industries jointly engage to unlock sustainable value creation?

Session panellists and speakers
Frank Grebstad, vessel operations, Aker BioMarine
Hege Økland, CEO, NCE Maritime Cleantech
Steffen Knodt, Wärtsilä
Olavur Gregersen, CEO, Ocean Rainforest

13.15 – 14.20 OPPORTUNITY:
Starting-up a growth culture

The voice of four start up areas. The opening ocean space is a growth opportunity for maritime. A growth culture requires innovation, ability to see new opportunity and a passion to evolve. Start-ups can provide solutions that crack open new business opportunities whilst fostering a start-up mentality within an existing corporate can bring green shoots of growth in mature markets. What is happening in the maritime start-up space? What can established companies learn? Where are there mutually beneficial collaborations.

13.15 -13.25
The role of society and the sustainable ocean alliance

Daniela Fernandez, Founder and CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

13.25 -13:35
The dynamics of an engineering start-up

Patrik Moller, Chief Executive, Corpower

13.35 – 13.45
Benefiting from the energy of the entrepreneur: Techstars energy in partnership with Statoil, Kongsberg and McKinsey

Audun Abelsnes, Managing director, Techstars Energy

13:45 – 13.55
The London based start-up Wharf. What’s different about today?

Leonardo Zangrado, manager, London start up accelerator Startup Wharf

14:00 – 14.20

The four panellists will be asked to think of ways the ocean sector can better collaborate with each other, and even with other industries to create sustainable economic value that meets the goals of society.

14:30 -15:30 OPPORTUNITY:
Commercial diversification and evolution in the ocean space

Shipowners, technology forms and other industry actors will need to be build strategies that are robust, adaptable and suitable for the new ocean space. This session examines the practical demands and challenges of diversification and change

Retaining quality in the face of diversification and evolution


Thorsten Thiele, Founder, Global Ocean Trust
Therese Jällbring, Stena Bulk

15:40 -16:30 THE NEXT STEPS:
Preparing for the decade of Transformation

Over the decade that follows the industries that are collectively the ocean space will see some radical changes. This session looks not at the blue sky thinking that often comes with discussions about the future, but the practical next steps that can be taken in the coming years. The session will attempt to distil the opening oceans conference agenda into a driven approach to help with future discussions at Nor-Shipping and other platforms for change.

Closing keynote
Bjørn Kjærand Haugland, EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, DNV GL


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