Mr. Markku Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping 1973. He attended Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of Applied Science, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in maritime studies and qualifying as an Officer and Master Mariner in 1980. He sailed on Finnish ships until 1987 when he joined the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA), where he served in several positions until 2010. He was appointed Executive Director of EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) in 2012.
With a specialization in Strategy and innovation execution, Michael Rodey works for A.P. Moller–Maersk as their Innovation Strategy Manager. His position in Maersk’s Transportation & Logistics division covers Maersk Line, APM Terminals, Svitzer, Damco, and Maersk Container Industries. Most relevantly, Michael was the head of Maersk’s autonomous vessel program from 2015-2017 in which his team developed a remotely piloted and autonomous ready tugboat.
Prior to Maersk, Michael worked for both Saudi Aramco and Statoil as a Senior Strategist; consulted in petroleum and management in a variety of different roles globally; and had various positions outside of the petroleum and management field of which the highlight includes 4 years in the US Marine Corps as a Non-Commissioned Officer.
Ørnulf Jan Rødseth has an MSc in electronic engineering from 1983. He has worked in research organisations and private industry since 1992, mostly with maritime ICT. In later years, a main subject has been autonomous ships. He is currently a senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean. He has published many scientific and technical papers and is active in international maritime standardisation through IMO, ISO and IEC. He is the general manager for the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships.
Pierre C Sames holds the position of Group Technology and Research Director at DNV GL. He is responsible for managing the corporate strategic research and technology development projects. His previous experience includes research into hydrodynamic extreme loads, risk analysis, shipping emissions, LNG as ship fuel, rule development and regulatory affairs as well as managing maritime research for GL and DNV GL. He joined GL in 1995 after studying naval architecture in Hamburg.
- Joern Springer, Senior Director, Hapag-Lloyd