Smart Maritime Network is returning to Singapore on 26 January 2022 for the 3rd annual SMN Singapore forum.
The maritime sector is a very exciting place to be right now. Innovation is at an all-time high and the speed and adoption of digital technologies in the industry has only been accelerated by the situation over the past 18 months.
Indeed, in recent times, the importance placed on transporting cargo by sea has meant that there are more eyes than ever on our industry – and that includes far reaching and public issues such as investment and ROI.
Alongside this is the global call for a more sustainable future – with shipping being tasked with the need to harness technologies to create an even more efficient industry, which is reshaping maritime operations and investments in an unprecedented way.
So how does an historically volatile and unpredictable industry transform, especially in a time of uncertainty? At SMN Singapore we will delve into this question and look at how digitalisation is paving the way for a more efficient, more sustainable, and better-connected maritime supply chain.
With an expert line up ready to share their knowledge and experience:
- Antoine Cadoux, CEO, Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex)
- Anurag Mathur, Managing Director, V. Ships Asia Group
- Bertrand Chen, CEO, Global Shipping Business Network
- Claus Nehmzow, Innovation Special Advisor, Eastern Pacific Shipping
- Dhritiman Hui, Managing Director, Techstars
- Dr Sanjay C Kuttan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
- Ho Vee Leung, Head of Infocomm Technology & Data, PSA Singapore
- Joshua Kroeker, Chief Product Officer, Contour
- Marc Dragon, Managing Director, Reefknot Investments
- Nakul Malhotra, Vice President Open Innovation, Wilhelmsen Group
- Ng Yi Han, Director (Innovation, Technology and Talent Development), MPA
- Oswald Kuyler, Managing Director DSI, International Chamber of Commerce
- Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain, Thome Group
- S.K. Lim, Managing Director, Pacific, G2 Ocean
- Thomas Christensen, Secretary General, Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium
- And more
Conference Health & Safety Measures
To safeguard the health and safety of all attendees at the Smart Maritime Network Singapore Conference the following measures and guides are being taken.
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 Singapore is currently limited to invited guests, speakers and SMN sponsors only. Please note – your invitation 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 Singapore will provide a safe, pleasant and productive experience for all our guests.
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 any other facilities – to ensure these are limited to our guests and event staff only.
- Tea/coffee, lunch and end of day networking drinks will be served at your table by the hotels own staff only and at strict distancing.
- 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, as well as temperature checking upon arrival at
- We will be asking our Sponsors and Partners to limit the amount of physical materials they distribute on-site.
Pre-Event and Arrival:
- 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
Conference Agenda // January 26, 2022
- Registration and Refreshments 8:15 AM
- Introduction & Welcome from Smart Maritime Network 9:00 AM
Cathy Hodge, Chief Operating Officer, Smart Maritime Network
- Opening Notes from Conference Chair 9:05 AM
Welcome to the day's events
Claus Nehmzow, Innovation Special Advisor, Eastern Pacific Shipping
- Ng Yi Han, Director (Innovation, Technology and Talent Development), MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) 9:30 AM
Keynote Address: Exploring Initiatives for the Future of Shipping – Singapore’s Advances in Maritime Sustainability and Digitalisation
- Panel Discussion: The Role of Leaders and Policy Makers in Digital Transformation 9:55 AM
• Building a coherent and comprehensive approach to digital transformation
• Leveraging return on investment
• The importance of purpose in a digital transformation strategy
S.K. Lim, Managing Director, Pacific, G2 Ocean
Anurag Mathur, Managing Director, V. Ships Asia Group
With further panellists to be announced
- Panel Discussion: Leveraging Investment to Power Digitalisation and Innovation in Shipping 11:45 AM
Moderated by: Marc Dragon, Managing Director, Reefknot Investments
Nakul Malhotra, Vice President Open Innovation, Wilhelmsen Group
Dhritiman Hui, Managing Director, Techstars
With further panellists to be announced
- Lunch Break/Visit our Partners’ Zone 12:45 PM
- SESSION 2: Digitalisation Fuelling Global Trade
- Thomas Christensen, Secretary General, Maritime Connectivity Platform Consortium 2:00 PM
Maritime Connectivity Platform - A Communication Framework Enabling Seamless Exchange of Maritime Digital Information
- Bertrand Chen, CEO, Global Shipping Business Network 2:25 PM
Reimagining Global Trade
• Unlocking business value through digital transformation
• How the pandemic has shifted approaches to digitalisation
• Collaboration as a catalyst for growth
- Panel Discussion: Enabling a Frictionless Global Trade Ecosystem 2:50 PM
• Exploring the technical, legal, and regulatory frameworks needed to break the siloes between the global supply chain and financial institutions
• Collaboration to harness digital solutions - such as electronic Bills of Lading and other supply chain data for global trade efficiency
• How has the pandemic impacted the digital transformation of global trade, and how the use of blockchain can help ease logjams.
Antoine Cadoux, CEO, Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex)
Joshua Kroeker, Chief Product Officer, Contour
Oswald Kuyler, Managing Director DSI, International Chamber of Commerce
Further panellists to be invited
- Tea/Coffee Break/Visit our Partners’ Zone 3:35 PM
- Ho Vee Leung, Head of Infocomm Technology & Data, PSA Singapore 4:00 PM
Driving Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions through Digitalisation
- Panel Discussion: Where Digitalisation and Decarbonisation Meet 4:25 PM
• What role does technology have in the race towards decarbonisation?
• Discussing smart and sustainable solutions
• Using data to accelerate ESG strategies
• How can digitalisation help us to de-risk or monetise decarbonisation?
Dr Sanjay C Kuttan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Peter Schellenberger, Vice President Supply Chain, Thome Group
With further panellists to be announced.
- Networking Drinks & Roundtable Discussion Groups – Hosted by our Partners 5:10 PM
To round the day off, we will serve refreshments directly to the tables, to facilitate further informal networking and discussion between participants.
Each table will focus on a unique topic centred around the Smart Maritime Network goal of establishing better collaboration and standardisation in maritime technology. The roundtable discussions will take place simultaneously with each table host then asked to summarise their discussions for the whole room, to ensure that all participants get the most from their attendance. There will be a total of 10 table discussions to choose from. Delegates are sent the list in advance and invited to choose the table they would most like to join
MARITIME DIGITALISATION ADVISORS
International experts covering a range of maritime digitalisation technologies will be on hand at the Smart Maritime Network Singapore Conference, ready to discuss how your company can leverage its data to improve processes and drive efficiency in an increasingly connected market
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'.
Founder & Managing Director,
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.
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 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.
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer,
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
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.
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 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.
In line with current guidelines issued by the authorities in Singapore we are only able to host 100 delegates in person. SMN Singapore is therefore currently an invitation only event.
If the restrictions should change and we are permitted to increase the number of participants, we will extend the invitations further. To join the waitlist for one of these places, please fill in the form below with your details.
*Please note: Delegates from shipping companies (owners, managers, ports, terminals, yards) will be invited to join free of charge. Delegates working in technology/software/service/equipment/manufacturing/consultancies will be charged a fee of €675 – you will be asked if you accept these conditions before your place is confirmed. Your company details will also be checked for compliance with delegate policies. If you have any questions about this, please contact email@example.com
Delegates are reminded that it is their own responsibility to consider any visa, travel or health restrictions. Please check with the Singapore authorities and the authorities in your own country before traveling. SMN bears no liability for travel, accommodation, visa, quarantine, or any other costs associated with your participation at SMN Singapore.
Online access to the conference via our virtual platform will be made available for free to all participants – to sign up for an online-only event ticket please also use this form below.
If you have any questions about this please do get in touch with: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*SMN Events Registration Statement:
Smart Maritime Network is committed to holding our events in full compliance with all health and safety protocols as advised by our venues, suppliers and host authorities. We are aiming to hold the conferences with a live audience, synchronised with a virtual broadcast and audience where necessary (when on-site attendance numbers are limited).
The number of “live” (physical) delegates will be dependent upon the in-country restrictions at the time. For this reason, registrations are by invitation only. Requests to join the waiting list for an invitation are accepted via this form only, with any available in-person registrations allocated on a first come first served basis as local restrictions permit.
Please note, for both free attendance and in-person attendance, priority will be given first to SMN Sponsors and Speakers, then to end users**, followed by Smart Maritime Council Members.
All other applicants may join SMN conferences by purchasing a delegate ticket. This is €675.00. You may register for your in-person delegate ticket by contacting us using the above form. We will contact you prior to the conference to collect payment. Please note: Any tickets that remain unpaid will not be given access to the conference.
In the event that we are not able to offer you a physical delegate place you may be offered either a free virtual place or a credit to a future SMN conference.
We hope you will understand that in the current climate we need to be resilient and able to react to any changing circumstances, especially those that are outside our control. There may be changes to conference dates, locations, agendas and attendance numbers. We will always do our best to minimise any disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused. We cannot accept any responsibility for any travel, accommodation or other costs that may be incurred as a result of changes to event programmes. We advise you to book flexible tickets/accommodation where possible. All participants attend an SMN conference at their own risk.
**For SMN conferences “end users” refers to ship owners/managers, ports and terminal owners/operators, BCOs and other targeted operators as defined by the organisers. If you are not sure whether you qualify for free registration, or if you would like to discuss becoming an SMN Sponsor, please contact email@example.com
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
- Delegate pass for admission to all conference sessions, and the evening Networking Party. (*Early Bird discount expires October 24, 2021. Discounts are available for multiple delegate bookings)