THOMAS DEWOLF - International Business, Market Development and Project Management
Thomas DeWolf is a retired Canadian senior executive with over 39 years of public and private management experience in a variety of sectors and markets; all related to international trade, commerce and business development.
In 1981, he was accepted into the Department of External Affairs and spent 9 years in diplomacy work at the Canadian Embassy in The Hague, the Commission for Canada in Hong Kong and the Canadian High Commission in Singapore. In 1990 Thomas DeWolf started to work as a senior business development professional for a private consulting firm in Hong Kong, developing projects between Europe and Asia. This work then took him to Paris, France in 1994 and then to Huizen in Holland in 1996 with the same firm managing project and business development supporting exports from French and Dutch firms to their clients in China and Hong Kong. In 2000, Thomas returned to Canada and joined the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) as Director, Business and Market Opportunities Development. The CCC is the Government of Canada’s contracting agency with the mandate to develop, sign and execute international government to government procurement projects and contracts; supporting the mission and objectives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and international Trade.
He retired in 2017 and has spent some of his time volunteering on the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and looks forward to mentoring the next wave of entrepreneurs, project managers and business development and sales professionals.
FRANK KHO - Container Logistics and Terminal Industry
Frank Kho´s career includes more than 30-year experience in the container logistics and terminal industry.
He had several senior management positions in Asia and Europe with PSA and HPH, 2 of the leading global terminal operators. And prior to become an advisor, Frank also has been a member of the global leadership team of Kalmar for 6+ years. Kalmar is a leading global supplier of equipment and automation solution for the terminal industry.
Frank has an excellent track record in terminal management and has managed several container terminals across the globe. He has built and lead successful teams; execute many operational improvements, terminal design and process development projects. He has also done several organizational and operational due diligence projects as part of terminal acquisitions.
Within Kalmar, Frank has led the discussion regarding strategy and vision on automation in the container industry and was also responsible for account management and offering development of new solutions.
Frank is an ICF-trained Professional Coach. He also has a Master degree in Control Engineering/ Avionics. He believes that in this period of change and transformation, a learning mindset is a critical success factor. Therefor his motto is: ”Life is a continuous learning opportunity, especially in this period of transformation”
ULLA KEINO - Presentation Skills
Ulla Keino has a variable career over 30 years in supply chain management and logistics, and her knowledge of global value chains covers all product types from lipsticks to car tyres, from Masters’ paintings to copy machines, from tractors to laptops. Ms Keino is specialized in turning challenges into opportunities, seeing problems as reasons to stop, think and to find a solution.
SeaFocus represents all that Ms Keino believes in. Dynamic group of entrepreneurs and partners, looking for win win – better maritime for the future to serve all parties in the value chain. She is the majority shareholder of SeaFocus and currently works as a Commercial Director of Ahlers Business Unit Trade Facilitation and After Sales Support. She is the CEO of SeaFocus as well as the majority shareholder. She holds a MSc.Techn. degree from the University of Technology Helsinki from 1990, and an MBA from Brunel University from 1993 and is highly motivated to encourage young people and the business professionals to further studies.
ESKO MUSTAMÄKI - Shipping and Shipbuilding
Esko Mustamäki has graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1984 with MSc in Engineering and Shipbuilding and he has held several management level positions within the maritime sector.
He was employed by Wärtsilä Marine in 1980 and after that he has been employed by F-G Shipping Inc., Finnlines Plc, Finstaship and SET-Group Ltd. Mr Mustamäki worked as a Managing Director for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard 4/2011 - 12/2018. Arctech Helsinki Shipyard was founded in 2010 specialized in building icebreakers and other Arctic offshore and special vessels.
PAULA MIETTINEN - Digitalization
Paula Miettinen is B2b marketing professional with wide experience and key competencies in branding, customer experience, and online business. She has among others worked as Director for DNA and Telia.
She has a passion for data driven business, continuous development, and rethinking. Paula is a true visionary with broad knowledge on digitalization and ICT industry. She has been involved in projects on service design and customer journey mapping, developing agile working methods as well as product development and implementation.
MARKKU MYLLY - Master Mariner, Senior Advisor, Safety
Markku Mylly has a long experience in the maritime sector since 1973. He was sailing in Finnish merchants ships until 1987, when he joined Finnish Maritime Administration. He worked in FMA until 2010 and he was the 10th and last Director General of FMA. In 2010 he moved to Finnish Port Association and worked there as a CEO until joined EMSA in 2012 September.
He was the Executive Director of European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon, Portugal 2012-2018.
Markku Mylly collaborated a lot at international level ever since he joined FMA and he was responsible for many EU Twinning projects during years 2002 – 2010 in Estonia, Croatia and Bulgaria. He also participated the work of IMO (International Maritime organization) IALA (International Association of Lighthouse Authorities) and ESPO (European Seaports Organization)
ULLA VON WEISSENBERG - International Maritime and Transport Law
Ulla von Weissenberg advises on all aspects of international maritime and transport law and various insurance issues as well on wide range of issues relating to international trade – including extensive trade compliance and sanctions advice.
She is also experienced in issues related to shipbuilding and ship purchases. Due to the long experience with insurance issues, clients also rely on Ulla’s advice on “non-marine” insurance matters. Ulla frequently litigates before courts and arbitral tribunal, and is regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes.
Dr. ROLF NEISE - Supply Chain Management
Dr Rolf Neise is currently working as a freelance consultant supporting multinational companies to optimize their supply chain management and logistics structures and as a lecturer at the International School of Management (ISM). He has just written a book for a well-known international publisher on integrating container logistics into the shippers’ supply chain. It is the first book on the market looking at container logistics from a shipper’s perspective.
Prior to that Rolf was working as the Global Head of Logistics Operations at BAT (British American Tobacco plc.), in charge of defining BAT’s Logistics Strategy in the End-to-End Supply Chain. He held a number of operational and strategic roles across the BAT group in Germany and in the UK and was an essential member of the first truly global organisational set up in BAT, the Global Leaf Pool.
Rolf majored in economic engineering at the Technical University Berlin and wrote his doctoral thesis on transport logistics at the University of Stuttgart.
Rolf believes in the value add of cross-functional collaboration and in the strength of diversity.
His motto is “You never fail until you stop trying” (Albert Einstein)
MIKAEL SIMELIUS - Business & Brand Strategy
Mikael Simelius recently moved back to Helsinki from Shanghai, where he spent almost 5 years as Global VP Marketing at Wärtsilä Corporation, Marine Solutions.
He has over 25 years of extensive experience in branding, marketing and sales, spanning from running businesses to leading global organizations. Prior to working at Wärtsilä, he held managerial positions with Stora Enso Oyj, Satama Interactive Oyj and AGO Ab.
He is a graduate of the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, with an MSc in Economics.
He believes in co-operation and co-creation, and he hopes to leave this planet someday in better condition than it was when he arrived. His motto is: “If the car seems to be under control, it’s not going fast enough
LEENA VEDENPÄÄ - Shipping, Shipbuilding and Business Strategy
Leena Vedenpää has broad experience from the maritime industry: from shipyard, design office and maritime authorities.
She is currently back in the academic life, finalizing her business studies at Aalto University, specializing in Management and Strategy. Lately she has been conducting research on women leaders in the maritime sector in Finland.
She is also the president of Wista Finland ry, an organization for women in shipping and logistics.
CHRISTER ANTSON - Investments
Christer Antosn is Partner and Member of the Board in Nexia Oy, which is a member of Nexia International, a leading worldwide network of independent accounting firms. Furthermore, he is also acting as an Industry Advisor in the field of transport and logistics for NewCorp Corporate Finance, Member of the Board in Norsepower Oy Ltd, which is a start-up: energy saving solutions for vessels and as an Advisor in a regional LNG-project at the Baltic Sea area. Christer is also a Member of the Board at The Shipowner´s Foundation in Finland (Varustamosäätiö) and acted as Chairman of this fund between 2008 – 2013.
Mr Antson has a long experience from management positions in the transport and logistics sectors. Until 2009 he was the CEO of Finnlines, and he also held various other senior management positions within Finnlines over 10 years.