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LISW17 publishes speaker line-up for fragship conference

Posted on: 9 June 2017

The programme for the flagship London International Shipping Week 2017 (LISW17) conference to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, on Thursday 14th September has been published on the official LISW17 website (

To be moderated by Emily Maitlis, Broadcaster, Journalist and Presenter of BBC Newsnight, the conference brings together thought leaders from the world of government, finance, international trade, shipowning and insurance as well as artificial intelligence innovation and technology.

The internationally-acclaimed journalist and broadcaster will bring her forthright and engaging style to the industry-leading conference. With a career spanning almost three decades, Emily began as a documentary maker in Cambodia and China, before developing her career as a journalist with the BBC, NBC Asia, Channel 4 News and Sky. She is a regular presenter of Newsnight.

Following an opening Welcome Session, discussion during Session Two of the conference, held under the opening theme of ‘Tomorrow’s Maritime World’, will focus on the emotive issues of shifting trade patterns, new technologies and disruption to business models.

Kitack Lim, International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General, will underline the role of the IMO in the free flow of trade while Willem Buiter, Chief Economist at Citi, will ask: “What are the forecasts for new potentially disruptive technologies; what are the future funding models and what impact might they have on shipping? Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group, will outline what the maritime industry needs to do to respond to future trends before Dr Martin Stopford, President of Clarkson Research, looks at how shipping will alter in the future.

Major UK and international political speakers will also contribute to what will be a highly stimulating opening session.

Session Three, entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Needs’, will concentrate on the changing business environment and what this means for skills and people. Sarah Kenny, Managing Director – Maritime, Qinetiq, will question why autonomy is a good thing for society and for business, while Inga Beale, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s of London, will discuss how risk can be managed and responsibility attributed in a dramatically changing safety environment.

Legal commentator and honorary QC Joshua Rozenberg, will talk about the long-term evolution of the legal environment in response to rapid changes in technologies (eg automated, driverless ships), changing environmental legislation and evolving consumer expectations, before handing over to Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNV GL and incoming Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), who will ask whether regulations can be adapted quickly enough in the face of disruptive change.

The session would not be complete without drawing on the views of the world’s ship owners and employees, provided by Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, and Mark Dickinson, Board Advisor, ITF.

Session Four of the conference will look at ‘Tomorrow’s Business Solutions’ and ask pertinent questions about how an efficient and innovative maritime business sector will solve tomorrow’s known and unknown challenges. Speakers will include Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Inmarsat; Niclas Mårtensson, Chief Executive Officer, Stena Line; and Mikael Mäkinen, President – Marine, Rolls Royce.

The LISW17 conference will be followed on the Thursday evening by the official LISW17 Gala Dinner, also to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Taking place from September 11 to 15, LISW17 will be the must-attend event of the global maritime calendar with more than 140 industry functions and unique networking opportunities. The events will be organised either by the industry at large through the various LISW17 Supporting Organisations or by Sponsoring Companies of LISW17.

Further information about LISW17 can be found on the dedicated event website: or follow us on Twitter @LISW17. To find out how to register, please visit or download the LISW17 app by searching for LISW at the Google Play Store or London International Shipping Week at the App Store.

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