Smart Maritime Network Dubai Conference

November 9, 2021

Our Vision

Digital innovation is now at the heart of global shipping and trade, where an historic lack of visibility within the supply chain has led to a disjointed industry with legacy costs and inefficiencies from a pre-digital era.

It is now widely recognised that data sharing and information exchange will improve business continuity, reduce risk and enhance performance. A more transparent industry will not only create inherent accountability and trust among actors but will also enable a faster response to regulatory requirements and an improved route towards the collective shipping and transport industry goal of sustainability.

This recognition and desire for greater transparency is leading to an uptake in ever smarter solutions – including initiatives to streamline and digitalise the exchange of information along the supply chain, as well as IoT innovations in tracking and tracing. All these developments require access to increasingly sophisticated digital networks which come with new sets of challenges, including legislative, policy and security issues.

In order to create a smarter maritime and logistics ecosystem, standardisation and inter-operability of systems and transport modes will be crucial. This will require the participation, and therefore the collaboration, of a whole raft of industry stakeholders – both government and private sector.

Dubai has shown itself to be pivotal to leading the way in these required platforms and alliances – with organisations such as DP World partnering with others to create new frameworks – such as by joining Tradelens, acquiring and creating the Digital Freight Alliance.

The Digital Silk Road projects are another example of Dubai’s ambitious technology plan to revolutionise global trade. Many others in the region have launched notable initiatives in these areas too.

SMN Dubai 2021 will investigate how digitalisation and innovation will help future proof the transport chain to ever more complex challenges, especially those that have arisen since Covid-19.
Conference Sponsors
Supporting collaboration in the maritime technology sector
Smart Maritime Conferences Global Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Technology Display Partner
Supporting Association

With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:

  • H. E. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman, Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries (DCMMIemirates)
  • Ibrahim Al Najjar, Director of Information Technology, DP World, UAE Region
  • Ali Shehab, Director of Maritime Advisory Services, BSICO Kuwait
  • Chakib Abi-Saab, Chief Technology Officer, Bahri
  • Christopher Kirton, Managing Director, International Tanker Management – part of V.Group
  • Emad Alhumam, Senior Vice President of Corporate Services, IMI (International Maritime Industries)
  • Chris Peters, Chief Executive Officer – Maritime Logistics, Tristar
  • Giampiero Soncini, CEO, IB-Marine
  • Jon Harrison, Vice President, Intellian Technologies
  • Kris Vedat, Head of Information Technology, P&O Maritime Logistics
  • Nick Chubb, Founder & Managing Director, Thetius
  • Petra Ahari, Project Officer, IMO (International Maritime Organization)
  • Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network
  • Sidney Nederlof, Director of Information Communication Technology, Red Sea Gateway Terminal
  • Vinay Sharma, Director Information Technology, Gulftainer

Conference Health & Safety Measures

Now that we are all slowly emerging from the restrictions necessitated by the recent COVID-19 crisis, SMN is very pleased to be returning to hosting our series of conferences to facilitate safe and conscientious in-person meetings with our partners and industry peers. To safeguard the wellbeing of all of our attendees, we will be strictly following the guidelines of the local health authorities in our host countries, as well as adopting best practices recommended by major business conference and event organiser associations, such as PCMA, UFI and AEO.*

In line with current local restrictions and guidelines, the physical event taking place in Dubai is for registered delegates only. Please note – your registration is not transferable. 

All other guests are invited to join the parallel virtual event , which is free of charge. This will enable sharing of the live and virtual presentations, as well as interaction between all participants.

We are also working very closely with our venue and suppliers to ensure the measures in place during SMN Dubai will provide a safe, pleasant and productive experience for all our guests. 

These include:

On-site & Social Distancing:

  • We are using a large space for the conference itself. Conference seating will be at round tables, with seats spaced out at measured intervals to adhere to distancing requirements. 
  • We will have designated washrooms, catering areas and relevant facilities – to ensure these are limited to our guests and event staff only.
  • Before and throughout the conference the venue will follow strict sanitisation and cleaning protocols – this includes sanitising all microphones between each use and providing sanitising gel for speakers to use prior to taking the stage.
  • We will strictly follow additional on-site audience hygiene guidelines, such as the provision of hand sanitisation stations throughout the venue for your convenience.
  • Notepads and pens will be made available, but these will be from a collection point rather than on table to prevent handling by more than one attendee.
  • We will be asking our Sponsors and Partners to limit the amount of physical materials they distribute on-site and instead provide informational resources via a designated downloads section on our website. Sponsors may also send materials to those who request them post-event.

Pre-Event and Arrival:

  • There will be a “print at home” or contactless printing badge system. Attendees are strongly encouraged to print their own badge prior to arrival to reduce the need for queuing at the event.
  • We will be encouraging and reminding all delegates of the importance of adhering to recommended personal hygiene etiquette, such as washing and disinfecting hands regularly, and wearing facemasks where appropriate.
  • Participants will be asked to wear a face mask on entry, if appropriate, in line with local government and health authority advice.
  • We will be asking any delegates with any symptoms of illness to refrain from attending the conference.

Trace & Contact:

  • It is our policy to ensure that we have full contact details of all guests who attend the event, enabling us to work with local authorities on trace & contact follow-up should that be necessary.

If you would like to discuss any of these measures, or have any questions, please contact:

Cathy Hodge, COO, Smart Maritime Network


*For more information on these guidelines please head to


Learn from our expert speakers and get up to date on the latest technology developments.


Share ideas on how to transform the shipping business using digital technologies.


Reconnect with your peers in the maritime IT sector and make new contacts to benefit your business.

Conference Agenda // NOVEMBER 9, 2021

  • Speaker to be confirmed, Inmarsat Maritime
    Speaker to be confirmed, Inmarsat Maritime 11:00 AM

    Digitalisation Uncovered

  • Speaker to be confirmed
    Speaker to be confirmed 11:30 AM

    The Role of Policy Makers in Digitising Global Trade
    Building a coherent and comprehensive policy approach to digital transformation

  • Panel Discussion: Return on Investment in Technology Projects
    Panel Discussion: Return on Investment in Technology Projects 12:00 PM

    - Calculating the value of new vs legacy systems
    - Multiplying returns through integration of different technologies
    - Buy now or wait - is it possible to future-proof your investments?

    Moderated by: Nick Chubb, Founder & Managing Director, Thetius
    Panellists include
    Chris Peters, Chief Executive Officer – Maritime Logistics, Tristar
    Sidney Nederlof, Director of Information Communication Technology, Red Sea Gateway Terminal
    Vinay Sharma, Director Information Technology, Gulftainer
    Jon Harrison, Vice President, Intellian Technologies

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Nick Chubb
Chris Peters Tristar oval
Chris Peters
Sidney Nederlof 1
Sidney Nederlof
Red Sea Gateway Terminal
Vinay Sharma 1
Vinay Sharma
Jon Harrison 1
Jon Harrison
Intellian Technologies
  • Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council - Changing Approaches to Data Sharing & Collaboration
    Panel Discussion: The Smart Maritime Council - Changing Approaches to Data Sharing & Collaboration 4:45 PM

    How standardisation and digitalisation is facilitating smart data sharing, enabling innovative and value-added services and creating value for the entire supply chain.

    Moderated by: Rob O’Dwyer, Chief Network Officer, Smart Maritime Network

    Panelists include:
    Christopher Kirton, Managing Director, International Tanker Management (V.Group)
    Giampiero Soncini, CEO, IB Marine

Rob O'Dwyer Round
Rob O'Dwyer
Smart Maritime Network
Christopher Kirton 1
Christopher Kirton,
International Tanker Management
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Giampiero Soncini,
IB Marine
  •  Conclusions, followed by the SMN Dubai Networking Reception
    Conclusions, followed by the SMN Dubai Networking Reception 6:00 PM

    Summary of conference proceedings followed by our post-event networking reception - kindly sponsored by Inmarsat.



International experts covering a range of maritime digitalisation technologies will be on hand at the Smart Maritime Network Dubai Conference, ready to discuss how your company can leverage its data to improve processes and drive efficiency in an increasingly connected market
Conference Sponsors
Supporting collaboration in the maritime technology sector
Smart Maritime Conferences Global Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
Technology Display Partner


Conrad Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road,
Trade Centre 1,

Accommodation Options

SMN has arranged a preferential rate for our delegates to the conference. 

S$290.00++ per room per night inclusive of daily breakfast for 1 adult and internet access.

To obtain this rate please contact: and quote “SMN Singapore Delegates 2019″

Keynote speakers

Kenneth Lim,
Chief Technology Officer,
MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore)

Kenneth Lim is the Chief Technology Officer of the MPA, seconded from the Government Technology Agency (GovTech), where he held the role of Cluster Director of the Finance, National Development and Transport clusters. Mr Lim has previously also worked at PSA and CrimsonLogic before joining the public sector in 2011.

Chakib Abi Saab,
Chief Technology Officer,
OSM Maritime Group

Chakib Abi Saab joined OSM in 2017 as Program Director of New Technologies (NEXT) for the Technical Management department, becoming group CTO in July 2018. He has previously held technology leadership roles in North and South America, Asia and The Middle East with Baker Hughes Inc, and was global Chief Digital Officer for Bumi Armada Berhad.

Loh Sin Yong,
Director of Trade, Trade & Connectivity Cluster, IMDA

At IMDA Loh Sin Yong is responsible for supporting trade sectors (Wholesale Trade, Trade Finance, and Logistics) in using ICM technologies to enhance their competitiveness. He has more than 25 years of experience in Trade Facilitation, Logistics, and Maritime domains, working in the China, South East Asia and South Asia markets.

Dr Okan Duru,
Director, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Maritime Studies),
Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Duru is a scholar in the shipping business, forecasting and decision-making fields. Dr Duru completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, with a dissertation titled 'Economic Analysis on the Long term assessment of Dry Bulk Shipping'.

Ronny Waage,
Founder & Managing Director,
Heron Advisory

Ronny has spent more than a decade working in the maritime industry in Europe and Asia, in areas such as shipowning, chartering, and marine services, as well as startup companies and consulting services. He holds a Double Masters degree in International Business and International Management.

Dr. Annie Koh,
Vice President, Office of Business Development, Academic Director,
International Trading Institute

Dr Annie Koh is Academic Director for the International Trading Institute. Her previous portfolios at Singapore Management University included positions as Associate Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business and Dean, Office of Executive & Professional Education.

Punit Oza,
Vice President, Head of Processes, Systems & Competence,
Klaveness Asia Pte Ltd

Punit Oza has more than 26 years of experience in Dry Bulk Shipping, having begun his career with Precious Shipping. He has also worked with companies such as Noble Chartering, Astra Shipping and Aries Shipbroking, and has been with Torvald Klaveness since 2007.

Kenny Rogers,
Former Head,
Aurora Tankers

Kenny Rogers left his role as head of Aurora Tankers 2019. He is a career shipping executive with over 30 years of experience in management roles at companies such as OMI Corp, Carnival Corporation, Seabulk International, SEACOR and privately held Asian company IMC, with particular expertise in the tanker sector.

Kelvin Tan,
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer,
GTR Ventures

Passionate about co-creating new ventures and innovating new business models with founders, owners and corporates. Laser focused on building for commercial profitability.
Proven areas of competencies include: infrastructure, venture capital, trade & trade finance, economic development

Kris Kosmala,
Click & Connect

Kris Kosmala is a Partner at Click & Connect, having previously worked as General Manager Asia Pacific at Quintiq. Kris has international experience across North and South America and Asia Pacific, using innovative technologies to improve shipping and logistics efficiency, improve net margin contributions from operations, and reduce environmental impact.

Andy Hamflett,
NLA International Ltd.

Supporting the growth and take-up of innovative technologies in the Blue Economy.
Specialities: Market research. Fundraising. Business Growth. Strategic communications. Consortium, stakeholder and community engagement. Utilising Big Data and technology for social impact. Policy development. Organisational development.

Andy Lane,
CTI Consultancy

Andy Lane is an expert in the Containerised Transportation industry, with experience in Liner Shipping & Container Terminal Operations, specialising in the interface between these two areas. He has worked on process improvements, integrations and cost efficiency initiatives, often focusing on annual spends in excess of US$500 million.


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Shipping Company VIP Pass

  • Free conference registration for qualifying vessel operators (includes ship owners, ship managers, ship builders, ports & terminals, and other selected industry stakeholders - subject to confirmation by the organisers).

Conference Delegate Pass

575 Until October 9, 2021
  • Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and the evening Networking Party. (*Early Bird discount expires October 9, 2021. Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)

With thanks to the Smart Maritime Council

Smart Maritime Network Singapore - Event Partners