Speakers of the Annual Executive Meeting Rescheduled to Autumn, 2020, Hotel Kämp, Helsinki

DINIS GUARDA, author, influencer, serial entrepreneuer

Dinis Guarda is an author, academic, influencer, serial entrepreneur and leader in 4IR, AI, Fintech, digital transformation and Blockchain. With over two decades of experience in international business, C level positions and digital transformation, Dinis has worked with new tech, cryptocurrencies, drive ICOs, regulation, compliance, legal international processes, and has created a bank, and been involved in the inception of some of the top 100 digital currencies.

Mr Guarda has created various companies such as Ztudium tech platform a digital and blockchain startup that created the software Blockimpact (sold to Glance Technologies Inc) and founder and publisher of intelligenthq.com, hedgethink.com, tokensdna.com and tradersdna.com. He has been working with the likes of  UN / UNITAR, UNESCO, European Space Agency, Davos WEF, Philips, Saxo Bank, Mastercard, Barclays and governments all over the world.

He has been a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Group INSEEC/Monaco University, where he coordinates executive Masters and MBAs.

MIKE STURGEON, Executive Director, ECG - the Association of European Vehicle Logistics

Mike Sturgeon has been Executive Director of ECG – the Association of European Vehicle Logistics – since March 2010. Representing nearly 130 European companies from almost 30 countries who move finished vehicles by road, river, rail and sea. For over 20 years ECG has provided a platform for the Finished Vehicle Logistics sector through a Secretariat based in Brussels.


Mr Sturgeon has more than 25 years experience in the automotive logistics sector which has included a wide variety of roles working both for an OEM (16 years with Toyota) and also for logistics suppliers (LSPs). This extensive experience in all aspects of managing the finished vehicle supply chain has provided the ideal background to effectively represent this specialised industry at European level in all respects.


Prior to joining the motor industry Mr Sturgeon had a varied career which included 8 years in the military (unusually he served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force) and a short spell as a stockbroker.


Mrs Riikka Joukio is Senior Vice President, Climate and Circular Economy at Metsä Group in Finland. Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy and circular economy, by utilising renewable wood from northern forests into first-class products.


Riikka holds a Master’s degree in technology as well as in strategic management and international marketing. She has acquired extensive work experience in global forest and packaging industries having held several business and expert organisation leader positions. Riikka also has strong engagement with several national and international organisations in the field of sustainable forest management, circular economy and industry.

DENNIS MOL, Vice President Digitalisation & Business Transformation MacGregor Group, Member Executive Team

Dennis Mol is a seasoned business executive and change leader in global operating maritime companies. Either private equity owned or publicly listed. More than 10 years he has held several P&L driven leadership positions in the merchant segment, super yachting market as well as offshore, focusing on new build projects and services execution. Besides operational COO roles, Mr Mol has lead technology developments as a CTO in SME’s, corporate and hi-tech scale-up companies. Currently he leads the global digital business transformation of MacGregor Group, being part of the Finish listed Cargotec Oyj.


In other words: deploying new digital - data enabled - technology and customer solutions just beyond cargo and load handling equipment on board. "Inspiring employees in a fast changing maritime (digital) world and providing colleagues a meaningful framework to engage, participate, accelerate & deliver, is the main challenge today".

GUNNAR MANSFELD, Executive Director, Norebo Overseas Holding

Gunnar Mansfeld has over 25 years international management experiences from across the Globe, with hands-on working experience from China, Europe, Russia, across most of Asia, Latin America, North America, Oceania and Africa.

Currently Mansfeld is the Executive Director of Norebo group, a global market leader in Seafood industry. Mr Mansfeld also serves as Director on regional and global boards, advising on growth and globalisation. Prior Mr Mansfeld was CEO of Three Towns Capital Group, Mr Mansfeld also held senior finance and general management positions for Alfa Laval AB, a Swedish MNC.

Mr Mansfeld has a degree from Linkopings University (Sweden) in Business Administration.

JOHAN ELZES, Business Unit Director of Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services

Johan Elzes is a Dutch national who has been living and working in Russia since 2011. He has a Masters degree in Russian literature and is now Business Unit Director of Ahlers’ Trade Facilitation & After Sales Services.


After his studies he decided to work and live a year in Russia to gain experience. This was in 2011 and he never left. Johan started in sales with Ahlers, selling DDP deliveries to Russia. This means that as logistics provider, Ahlers does not only do the logistics, but also takes care of the import into Russia and the further sales of the goods, on behalf of its customers. In this sense, companies can outsource the complexity of doing business in a challenging region as Russia to Ahlers and receive real value from it. As such Ahlers supports international premium brands to develop their business in Russia. Ahlers itself is a Belgian logistics company with a strong regional presence in Russia and the wider CIS region. In fact, the CIS region is the biggest region of Ahlers worldwide representing 50% of Ahlers’ total business.

JOHAN HANSTEN, Area Sales Director of Marine Business, Wärtsilä

Johan Hansten is an Area Sales Director of Marine Business in Wärtsilä. In this task he is responsible for sales activities in Europe and Africa. He joined the Company in 1996 and has held different positions within Project Management and Sales. 


Throughout the years Hansten has been working with global customers and teams, as Wärtsilä has become a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine market.


Hansten sees that future Marine market is built on sustainable innovations, data analytics and considerations of total cost of ownership for assets.

JYRKI RANKI, VP, Metsä Group

Mr Jyrki Ranki is the Vice President, Maritime Logistics of Metsä Group. He has more than 25 years experience from Scandinavian forest industry and logistics.


Mr Ranki started his logistics career already in 1993 as working for Metsä Fibre Pulp company as a Logistics Manager. His main task was to create and operated centralized maritime and port logistics solution and organization for Metsä Group Pulp Industry. 

In 2009 he was appointed as a Vice President of Metsä Fibre Logistics. Since 2010 he has also been responsible for Metsä Group´s Scandinavian land transportations and port handling as a head of these operations. Since 2015 Mr Ranki has been working as the Head of Metsä Group Maritime Category.


Mr Ranki has also other positions of trust, as he has also been a Chairman of the Board of Directors of two Finnish Stevedoring in Kemi and Kaskinen.

FRAK KHO, Senior Advisor, Kho Management

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.

Mr Kho 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, he 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.

MARKKU MYLLY, Senior Advisor, SeaFocus

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 KEINO, Owner, SeaFocus

Ms 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.

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