Maikel Arts has a background in engineering and a large experience in value added systems and solutions. His career in Wärtsilä spans over 10 years where he has been working both in Services with existing fleet as in Marine Solutions working on New Building projects. Recently a new segment team dedicated for the Cruise and Ferry market has been set up where Maikel is focussing on the expedition Cruise ships.
His aim is to use the vast portfolio and integration potential that Wärtsilä has for the Marine market to create added value for our clients.
Maikel is Dutch, married and has 3 children to keep him busy outside his work.
Prior to her appointment as Vice President of the Cruise Operations of Galataport - Istanbul, Ms. Ayan was the Commercial and Marketing Director for Global Ports Holding (Kuşadası Cruise Port, Bodrum Cruise Port and for Port Akdeniz – Antalya). Ms. Ayan previously held executive positions in the tourism sector. Figen Ayan studied at, and obtained her diploma in, “Lettres Modernes” from La Sorbonne – Paris IV. Ms. Ayan has been a Ministry of Culture and Tourism professional tourist guide, licensed in the French and English languages, since 1997. From 2014, Ms. Ayan has been acting as the Board Member of the international Medcruise Association, representing hundreds of cruise ports in the Mediterranean.
After having reached a bachelor degree in Economic and a Master degree focus on development of relationship marketing, I began my career in Maconi Communication as Business Analyst where I worked for three years.
In 2003 I began my experience in Costa Crociere, where I have had many roles: Business Analyst in the Business Intelligence and Datawarehouse, Decision Making Support before Analyst and afterwards Manager in Revenue Management department. From 2013 I became Head of Itinerary Planning and in 2017 I was appointed as Director.
This is my actual role: I’m responsible for recommending the optimal fleet deployment and to design the detailed plan, to coordinate all relevant stakeholders in their participation to the process, manage itinerary changes and supervise their implementation in all Company’s systems.
Involved in the maritime and cruise industry for about 15 years, Delphine has started on the operation side before being in charge of Quality management. In 2008, she was promoted as Cruise Promotion Manager to develop the cruise activity in the whole Var Provence area (including the promotion and organization of the Var Provence Cruise Club network). Following recent internal reorganization, she has been appointed Head of Cruise Business Development for the Ports of Toulon Bay.
During all these years she has built a strong network and good knowledge about the cruise industry. Interacting with both sides, the market and the territory while taking action on both operations and marketing sides, has given her a global and interdisciplinary vision and developed her ability to understand issues and expectations of the different players of the industry.
From her native Montreal to Paris, where she joined the REED MIDEM International Sales’ team, a few years ago, Anne-Marie decided to give a new turn to her career and graduated in a Master’ degree in Tourism Economy. In 2008 she joined the Var Chamber of Commerce as Marketing Manager of the Toulon-Hyères Airport, to be appointed the same year Executive Manager of the newly launched Var Provence Cruise Club (VPCC). Since then, her involvement and main role as VPCC Manager, has led her to take part in the Cruise Industry development and growth of the Var Provence Destination ; she actively promotes the destination’s attractions as well as the existing 12 ports’ network. Instigator of the awarded “Cruise Friendly” operation, Anne Marie brought the VPCC high in the 2017 final Seatrade Cruise’ Awards, competing for the “Best Marketing Initiative of the Year”.
As part of different working groups at several levels, such as the Region Sud Intercruise Club, or on a national scale as member of CruiseLab and French Med Ports organisations, she closely works with stakeholders such as Atout France, CLIA and the French Maritime Cluster, to convey and relay both on a national and international scale, how cruise business’ activity in France is of significant importance.
Mary Bond is managing director of publishing and content at Seatrade, overseeing the company’s cruise and maritime print and online portfolio as well as playing a leading role in shaping live content at Seatrade’s global cruise events.
The editor of Seatrade Cruise News and Seatrade Cruise Review quarterly, the official magazine at Seatrade Cruise events worldwide, since both titles were launched, respectively in 1997 and 2000.
She has worked in the shipping industry for 37 years, first for Lloyd’s Register of Shipping before joining Seatrade’s editorial team in 1985.
She covers global cruise stories, as well as editing and overseeing Seatrade’s extensive team of cruise expert writers and moderates at industry events. She is also on the steering committee of CruiseBritian.
Mary had edited MedCruise News and MedCruise Yearbook since mid-2000.
Paul is Manager of Marine Operations, Ports & Itinerary Planning at Disney Cruise Line, based in London. In this role he is responsible for global itinerary planning and European ports of call. He is a member of the CLIA Europe Ports and Destination Committee.
Paul has spent his whole career in the passenger shipping industry, going to sea as a deck cadet with P&O Princess Cruises in 2000, working onboard for 11 years with P&O Cruises, Princess, Irish Ferries and Thomson Cruises. In 2011 he came ashore as Marine Operations Manager at Thomson Cruises, looking after all aspects of their marine operation before moving to his current role in 2016. Paul lives in Brixham, Devon with his husband, Andrew.
Jordi Caballé is the Secretary General of MedCruise Association. He is an economist with two master degress. Jordi is a well-recognised consultant in port management and development and has solid expertise in tax regulations and auditing. He has been involved in many seaport-industry-projects, developing knowledge and advising both private companies and public bodies such as ESPO, World Bank, and port authorities worldwide. He is also investigating port policies, port choice, and port concessions as PhD Project in Economics & Business.
It is in 1991 that Laurence Cananzi freshly graduated in a master's degree in private law and a master in real estate, gets naturally on a new adventure in the tourism field ; at that time, she starts running a hotel on the stunning island of Porquerolles. Since then, giving Tourism the importance it deserves, and promoting it, has been a major concern to her. For the past 20 years, the path led her to the Var CCI (Chamber of Trade and Industry) and to the Region CCI (Chamber of Trade and Industry), achieving several mandates and building connections with official tourist organizations such as the ADT (Agency for Tourism Development) and the CRT (Committee for Regional Tourism).
Well versed on the matter, she can go on and on when touching on the Tourism field. Today as the Cruise Industry undergoes a major development in Europe and notably on the Region Sud, its related issues and future are main topics on Laurence’s agenda. An action plan that aims towards a sustainable development respectful of the environment, promoting the territory, emphasizing the quality of services and bringing hospitality to the higher standards are new challenges that demand full attention.
Telecom engineer by training, Grégoire Chailleux has been evolving in the world of digital and innovation for 15 years. Since 2009, he is CEO of 9b+, an agency specialized in strategic design, a reference in innovation for the tourism, cultural and digital sectors.
At the crossroads of consulting and design, the agency supports museums, local authorities, cultural organisations, industrial sites, private operators, etc. to develop and enhance their cultural capital and heritage. Bridging the gap between architecture, interactive design and interpretation, 9b+ has developed unique expertise in designing memorable user experiences "In Real Life" (UX IRL), the agency's signature.
In 2017, 9b+ broke new grounds with "Archistoire", a unique solution delivering an enhanced smartphone tourism experience, selected to exhibit among the world's most innovative companies at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
Laura has a Diploma in European Legal Studies of the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, where she had the opportunity to widen her language skills and her knowledge in International business transactions and live a great experience meeting people from different Countries and cultures.
She graduated in Shipping law at the University of Bologna In 2000, and after that she worked, as legal consultant, for a private company involved in the building of the Evergreen Container Terminal in Taranto.
In 2007, she entered in the Port Authority of Brindisi for the contracts and tender position. Since 2011 she has also been in charge of the Cruise Business Development and marketing of Brindisi Port Authority.
Her main tasks have been:
- Definition and consolidation of the identity of Brindisi and Salento area through analysis of key characteristics and their potential to attract investments and boost the touristic appeal
- Information, communication and awareness programs aimed at informing potential investors about opportunities available within the area
- Networking within the Local Government in the Puglia Region and Municipalities in order to create and increase the destination’ awareness and touristic appeal.
In October 2017, she was elected in the Board of Directors of MedCruise, the Association of Mediterranean Cruise Ports becoming Junior Vice President, under the Presidency of Mr. Airam Diaz Pastor.
In the BoD she’s been assigned the task regarding Ports, Cities & Destination aiming to search and promote new forms of collaboration between Ports and Cities/Destination in order to increase the cruise awareness and the value of this growing business.
An experienced global maritime leader in the areas of policy, government, and related law, Bud Darr is Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group.
Having served in the US Navy, US Merchant Marine, and US Coast Guard, as well as being an accomplished ocean yacht racer, Bud’s longstanding connection with the sea and ships that sail upon it is both personal and professional.
Bud began his education with the US Navy in Submarine Nuclear Engineering and later furthered his formal education at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he was trained as a Deck Officer and received his undergraduate degree. Later, during his service with the US Coast Guard, he studied law at the George Washington University Law School.
In 2010, he retired from his government career to join the Cruise Lines International Association, where as its Global Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, he led the cruise industry’s efforts in a broad range of maritime subject areas, including countless international treaty negotiations, sector-wide policy development, and engagement with government bodies around the world.
He has conducted work in more than fifty countries throughout his career and consistently served in leadership roles for more than three decades.
Today, Bud is engaged across MSC’s divisions in applying his skills toward establishing and developing a central Government Affairs function, based at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva.
Bud was announced as Executive Vice President of Maritime Policy and Government Affairs of MSC Group in May 2017.
Luis de Carvalho is the CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe (B&A), the #1 Port & Destination Development firm responsible for 75% of all cruise & maritime projects worldwide.
B&A is currently active in the USA, Caribbean, Canada, Central and South America, Northern Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands, Indian Ocean, Asia and Africa
Luis started his career in 1986 with Premier Cruise Lines and RCCL in Miami. He then spent 12 years with Crystal Cruises, mainly as Global Port Coordinator overseeing shore side operations worldwide and inspecting new ports and destinations.
Other positions include National Director Cruise, TUI Spain; Director Cruise Operations Europe, Tumlare; Director Cruise Operations Scandinavia, Kuoni and CEO of Consult DC.
Since September 2018, Elisabetta De Nardo works for MSC Cruises as Vice President, Port Development.
In her new role, Elisabetta reports to Gianluca Suprani, Head of Global Port Development and Shore Side Activities, supporting the establishment and development of strategic partnerships with the global cruise port community.
Elisabetta joined the cruise industry in 2007, having first worked in the cargo shipping business, where she reached the level of Director, Operations. Ever since, she has worked for Costa Crociere and then for Silversea Cruises, where she was appointed Vice President, Port & Destinations Operations.
In January 2017 Elisabetta was appointed Chairman of CLIA Europe’s Port & Destination Subcommittee. In this position, she overlooks and supports CLIA’s work in terms of ports and destinations.
Elisabetta has a University degree in Shipping & Maritime Economics and a Master in Cargo Marine Surveying (London).
President of MedCruise and Commercial Director of Tenerife Ports managing 5 cruise ports. He joined the Port Authority after his position as Commercial Executive of Grimaldi Group, Rome Interport Logistic Platform warehouse in Civitavecchia for cruise lines and other positions in different maritime companies. He has a MsD in Law and Maritime Business by the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a BSc, International Trade and Marketing by the University of Wales, Seatrade Cruise Masterclass performed in Cambridge University… His wide range of responsibilities in the Port Authority are related to different business areas. Active member of IAPH and ESPO.
David Dingle was appointed Chairman of Carnival UK in October 2014, having previously held the position of CEO from June 2007 with full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises and Cunard. He entered the shipping industry in 1978 when he joined P&O’s Passenger Division.
David is Chairman of Maritime UK, a Director and Past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and a Board member of the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA). He is Interim Chairman of CLIA Europe (formerly the European Cruise Council of which his is a past President), and is a member of the CLIA Europe Taxation Committee. David is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Plymouth University.
David lives in Kent with his wife and two children.
Henriette has been involved in Alta’s cruise project since its beginning in 2003, and was instrumental in bringing together the suppliers, the port, cruise companies and the local government to build Alta into a successful cruise destination. As the general manager for North Adventure and the Midnight Sun Tourist companies, she works on developing new cruise markets in arctic Norway, oversees shore agency and dispatch services in Alta and Lakselv, and works with cruise companies and shipping agents as a regional excursion expert to develop high quality tours and shore activities for ports of call here in the north.
Mário Ferreira is the Chairman of Mystic Invest SGPS, a financial holding with a diversified portfolio mainly focused in the tourism sector. A consummated entrepreneur, Mário Ferreira launched its first river cruise company at age 25, transforming DouroAzul in one of the leading river cruise companies in the Europe. In 2015, Mr. Ferreira bought Germany-based Company Nicko Cruises, transforming it into one of the fastest growing river cruise companies in the World. Combined, DouroAzul and Nicko offer river cruises across Europe, Africa and Asia. 2018 will mark the launch of Mystic Cruises dedicated to expeditionary ocean cruises in locations such as Antarctica or the Norwegian Fjords. Mr. Ferreira is also a business angel having invested in dozens of startups.
Mr. Ferreira is the General Manager of LCP since June 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Ferreira worked as Hotel & Resort Operations Manager (Deputy GM) at Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, from November 2013 until June 2014, and Operations Director/Project Manager for resort development of Sonae Turismo, Troiaresort, between September 2006 and October 2013. During his professional activity, he also developed international projects in the United Kingdom and South East Asia. Mr. Ferreira has received PAG Advanced Management Program by Nova School of Business & Economics in 2018, a PGG in General Management Program from the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics in 2011, a degree in Corporate Sciences from Universidade Fernando Pessoa in 2009 and Hotel Management and Food Service Production by EHTC in 2003 and 2000, respectively.
Emilio Freeman currently serves as the Vice President, Destinations and Revenue Management for SeaDream Yacht Club, with responsibility for the development of company’s itineraries, land adventures port operations and revenue plans.
His professional background includes managerial positions in marketing and sales, operations and finance with luxury, mass market and expeditionary cruise operators in both the US and Europe. He has global destination planning experience and has travelled to over 250 ports and over 80 countries around the world.
Prior to joining SeaDream this year, Emilio held itinerary planning positions for Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection and Hurtigruten. He also served as Director, Shore Excursions and Destination Delivery for Royal Caribbean’s Global Tour Operations team. In this role, he managed the shore excursion teams onboard all Royal, Celebrity and Azamara cruise fleets. Emilio was also the principal architect who developed Azamara’s night touring efforts including the brand’s exclusive destination events called “AzAmazing Evenings”.
Emilio was part of the initial management team which launched The World Residences at Sea. In his twelve years there, he served as the
Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Destinations, and was responsible for all land-based operations and support for The World, including Tours, Purchasing, Port Agency relationships and Itinerary Planning.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Emilio earned a BA in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Master of International Business degree from Florida International University. He is a former Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida, was a member of the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City and served on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.
Liz Gammon is the newly appointed general manager at TVG Travel in Iceland where she is currently in the early stages of creating an exciting new travel brand under the TVG Zimsen umbrella.
TVG Travel‘s initial focus will be on crafting sustainable, innovative land programmes for small to mid-size vessels including the expedition and luxury yacht sector. A task that Liz is delighted to be assigned, so stand back and get ready for a totally new Icelandic tour product, folks!
Liz's past lives include a stint on the beauty counters of South Wales as a senior sales consultant, a decade spent travelling the world as a solo piano bar entertainer, time spent as popular licensed tour guide and eight years as manager of a busy shore excursions department serving 13 ports in Iceland. Her passion for the cruise industry, in particular shore excursions, has earned her global recognition for creative marketing achievements and innovative product development.
He has been Chairman of the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands since 14 August 2015. Born in Palma de Majorca in 1956, he was a member of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2013 representing the Majorca Chamber of Commerce. He has had close ties with the Chamber over the past two decades and was its Chairman from 2006 to 2013.
On the business front, he founded MENU Mallorca and was the firm’s Managing Director from 1979 to 2014.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Majorcan Economic Society, which he promoted and of which he was Deputy Chairman, and is a member of the Economic and Social Council of the University of the Balearic Islands, a position he has held since 2006.
He also chaired the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) from 2009 to 2014. He has served in a number of posts at the Higher Council of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce, where he chaired the Tourism Committee, and at the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Nicky has been in the tourism and hospitality industry for over 30 years. He is Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Tourist Board and a member of the Board of Directors of MedCruise with responsibility for Events and Partnerships.
Lucy Hockings is a presenter on BBC World News. She anchors its daily flagship programme GMT, bringing audiences coverage of breaking news and events from across the globe and interviews with opinion leaders and influencers.
Lucy has covered many of the major news events of the past decade – from the Asian tsunami in 2004 to the 2014 Gaza conflict and the ebola crisis.
Over the years Lucy has interviewed numerous high-profile figures, from presidents and prime ministers to film stars and decision makers. She has anchored major European events on location, bringing live and breaking news from the very heart of the story.
In March 2010, Lucy was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum .
Prior to working at the BBC, Lucy was a reporter in her native New Zealand working for TVNZ. She has a degree in journalism from Auckland University.
Lucy loves to travel. One of her greatest adventures was a year-long working trip around Asia, visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Her other passions include family, food, literature and as many walks on the beach as she can manage while living in London.
Russ originates from England and first joined the global charity, Mercy Ships in Nov 1993 and served as a
volunteer crew member onboard two of the Mercy Ships for over 8 years.
Russ has held senior positions within the organization both onboard our hospital ships and more recently at
the International Support Centre (ISC) based in Texas, USA. He has gained extensive experience and
knowledge in the fields of global procurement, supply chain and corporate development He and his team have
built some of the most unique and impactful win/win partnerships working with some of the largest
multinational corporations to help them achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) goals.
Russ is married to his South African sweetheart, Carrie, whom he met onboard a Mercy Ship and they have
two teenage girls.
Highlights of his career include:
- Managed an internationally based procurement team that met the product needs of the world’s largest charitable hospital ship based in Africa.
- Developed and managed a global supply chain to support programs in Africa.
- Developed a corporate engagement program based on shared values that included employee engagement, product donations, foundational support and cobranding/cause marketing opportunities.
- Engages African based corporations to leverage support for programs within their continent.
- Provides voice talent for National and International TV and Radio programs.
- Works with Boards of Directors and volunteers to leverage and maximize skills, passions and abilities to reach goals.
- Develops, manages and balances annual fundraising budgets.
- Strategic, long-term planning.
Ramon leads the central team that oversees international operations and delivery standards for Intercruises’ Turnarounds, Shore Excursions, Port Agency and Hotel Program services. He joined Intercruises in 2008 leading all activities in Barcelona, having previously held senior positions for two major ground handlers. In addition to over 20 years in the travel industry, Ramon holds a diploma in Business and Tourism from the Superior School of Tourism in Barcelona.
Felix Leinemann is Head of Unit for Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning. He has worked for the European Commission since 2003 in various fields including fisheries and maritime policy, shipping, aviation and urban transport, as well as the EU's global navigation satellite system Galileo. Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as Transport Counselor in the EU Delegation in Washington, DC. Before that, he was a member of the private office of European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, after having been Assistant to the Director General for Mobility and Transport since 2010. Mr Leinemann holds a PhD from the University of Freiburg, Germany, following law studies in Germany and Italy. Before joining the Commission, he worked as a lawyer and advocacy officer in Germany, France and Belgium.
Stuart Leven is Vice President EMEA of RCL Cruises Ltd., an $8.8 billion global cruise holiday company that owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. RCL Cruises Ltd. is at the forefront of travel innovation - operating a combined total of 50 ships with an additional eleven on order.
An expert in change management, Stuart’s leadership approach has seen recurrent success in business development, brand positioning and sales strategy and implementation.
From Scottish travel agent to European cruise line leader, Stuart has a 22 year track record of delivering sustainable profit growth across the European leisure and hospitality industry. Key highlights of his career include VP and Directorships across three PLC travel businesses, former President of CLIA, board member of ABTA and the launch of the two largest cruise ships in the world, Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.
William advises a wide variety of companies and financial institutions on a range of transactional shipping matters. He has particular expertise in cruise and passenger shipping, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding, ship repair and ship recycling and spent some eight months seconded to a leading European shipbuilder.
William is actively involved on behalf of HFW in the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) and Interferry. William is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.
William also has considerable experience of advising those operating in complex security environments on, amongst other things, contractual and licensing issues. William acts for a number of private security companies and logistic providers.
Marketing Manager – ADSP “Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare di Sardegna”( Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea)
Valeria started her professional career in Port of Cagliari in 2002 and first was a lawyer in legal office in Milan. She involved in the cruise industry in 2004. She holds a degree in law from the Catholic University of Milan Italy. she became a lawyer in 1992 in the Court of Appeal of Milan. She attended a master in common law at London school of economic London. UK.
She was a vice president of MEDCRUISE, the Association of the Mediterranean Cruise ports between 2005 and 2008. and she was in a board of MEDCRUISE like a director of environment from 2008- 2011. From 2013 she has a delegate for environment from MEDCRUISE. From October 2017 she is the Director sustainability/ environmental issue of the Board of MEDCRUISE.
She collaborated with The Maritime Economists (MEMag). It is a scientific magazine by IAME (International Association Maritime Economists), that is the owner and publisher see http://www.mar-economists.org/MEMag/index.htm). She wrote an article entitled "European Environmental Laws: Some Considerations for Mediterranean Cruise Ports published on The Maritime Economist"
She has participated in many international environmental conferences as speaker and in particular in the last Green Port events as delegated of Medcruise ( 2014-2015-2016-2017).
She was speaker ( 7-8 June 2017) at the event “European Environmental ports Conference 2017” in Antwerp.
Valeria is in charge of the Port Network Authority of the Sardinian sea she is marketing manager she is responsible for leading the marketing activities of the Sardinian Ports while giving support to the expansion of . Port Network Authority of the Sardinian Sea
From the 2013 she is a member of the board of the Bank of Italy
Javier Marín joined Pullmantur Cruceros in 2011 to head up the Corporate Strategy area and the Transformation Office. He currently manages the Dir. Itinerary Planning, Charter Flights & Full Charter department and is responsible for overseeing the strategy, development and improvement of the product portfolio. He also undertakes work to represent the Company in many international fora.
Before joining Pullmantur Cruceros, Marín has furthered his career in strategic consulting, and was linked to companies such as Deloitte and Accenture, where he was the founding member of the Practice of Tourism, as well as in the company M&A, Ambers & Co., currently integrated in Ernst&Young.
Passionate about tourism and strategy, he is a graduate in Business Administration from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and has an MBA from IESIDE.
With a degree on Law and a master on constitutional law, Ricardo Medeiros is a Member of the Board of the Port of Lisbon.
For more than a decade, he worked on the issue of Port/City relations from the perspective of riverside municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
For the last years, he has been leading the cruise and yachting department, alongside with the relation between the Port of Lisbon and the 11 municipalities whose territories confine with the port.
Ricardo Medeiros integrates the Board aiming for port and city driven solutions regarding the main issues of city/port relations, LNG supply and social diversification of cruise tourists, setting the grounds for the present and future growth of cruise activity in the Port of Lisbon.
Craig Milan is a travel industry veteran with over 37 years of experience. He started his career in the airline business having worked for Pan Am, Continental Airlines and Eastern Airlines in a variety of roles. He left the airline business in the late 1980's to work with some of the largest tour operators in the U.S.. He was President of San Jose, Ca. based SunTrips before joining Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in 2000 as President of Royal Celebrity Tours, the land tour division of the cruise line. He was also SVP of Land Operations at RCL responsible for Guest Services, Port Operations, Government Relations, Private Destinations, Commercial Development and Shore Excursions. Craig left the cruise business in 2012 and worked as the COO for a new privately held railroad company called Brightline. Craig returned to the cruise industry in 2016 and is now the VP of Itinerary & Destination Development for Virgin Voyages.
Ken is Partner and Founder of Pen Test Partners, a firm of ethical hackers. He blogs on everything from maritime security to the Internet of Things. This has led to regular appearances on BBC TV and BBC News online as well as the broadsheet press. He also writes for newspapers and magazines in an effort to get beyond the unhelpful scaremongering put about by many security vendors. Ken is a voice for reform and change in the largely unregulated IoT, briefing UK and US governments as well as being involved with various EU consumer councils. He has also spoken about satellite communication security at various maritime events such as Digital Ship Rotterdam/Oslo/Limassol, GibCyber, Maritime Cyber Security Summit, and CMA Shipping.
Michel Nestour, Vice President, Global Port and Destination Development EuroMed joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2012.
He is also the Managing Director of Barcelona Cruise Terminal SLU, Carnival Corporation and Plc subsidiary, which oversees the operations of its two cruise terminals in Barcelona.
He is based in Southampton (UK) and is responsible for strategic corporate port and destination development initiatives within the EuroMed area.
Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he spent over fifteen years working in London for Ernst & Young LLP, Corus Group plc, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specialized in M&A and fund raising in the infrastructure sector, with particular focus on metals and mining.
He is also a member of the governance committee of Carnival UK DC pension scheme since 2015.
Of French nationality, Mr Nestour earned degrees in Economics and Spanish at the universities of Nantes in France and Valencia in Spain, respectively, as well as a Master of Arts in banking and finance from the University of Wales. He is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
Mr Nestour also qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 2000.
Tine Oelmann has worked in the shipping business for more than 25 years. Starting working for ferry lines she changed to the German premium cruise line Peter Deilmann in 1993. After 10 years work experience in Sales & Shore Excursion department she changed to the German port agency Sartori & Berger. As Manager Groundhandling & Shore Excursions she developed and expanded the business continuously in 4 years handling nearly all cruise lines calling Germany. In April 2008 she joined the start up of the new branch TUI Cruises from the very beginning and is now Director Port Operations, Shore Excursions & Ground Operations.
As CEO, Gianni Onorato oversees MSC Cruises’ business from its Geneva-based headquarters, reporting to the Company’s Board of Directors and to its Executive Chairman.
With over 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry, Mr Onorato has a finely developed understanding of the cruise business and extensive experience in senior executive leadership, having served as President of Costa Cruises from 2004 to 2013.
Born in Italy, Mr Onorato graduated from Naples’ Istituto Orientale with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in 1983, and then specialized at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Mr Onorato began his career in 1986 at Costa Cruises as Food and Beverage Manager before becoming Cruise Product Director. From 1997 he served as Vice President & Cruise Operations Director and was responsible for logistics and provisioning, as well as all activities relating to calls, excursions and hotel operations.
Effective February 1st, 2015, Neil Palomba has been appointed President of Costa Cruises. In this position, Neil has been guiding the organization to secure a profitable future through the delivery of innovative and customer oriented solutions with passion, style and quality.
Palomba, Italian, 37 years old, joined Costa Cruises as Senior Vice President Hotel Operations & Guest Experience at the beginning of January 2014. Under Neil’s guidance, Costa achieved many improvements for Guests experience onboard. He substantially contributed to the success of the new flagship Costa Diadema which entered into service at the end of October 2014. Moreover he played a key role in developing the new Costa positioning “Italy’s finest”.
Over the past months, Neil and his team’s contribution included a strong boost to Costa’s positioning, through the announcement of the order to build two next-generation cruise ships powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).
Before Costa, Neil gained tremendous experience in the cruise industry. He was project manager with MSC Cruises new builds department in 2001, in charge of coordinating all the departments involved in the new shipbuilding projects. In 2006 Neil was appointed Chief Operating Officer of MSC Sales and Marketing office based in Fort Lauderdale, overseeing USA, Canada, Caribbean and Mexico. In 2010 he was appointed Corporate Operating Officer based in Geneva. From 2010 to 2013 he was also Chairman of the Ports and Infrastructure Sub-Committee of European Cruise Council, representing the main European cruise lines (now CLIA Europe).
Since May 2017 he is Member of the Executive Committee CLIA Europe.
Grethe Parker has worked as cruise coordinator for the Port of Narvik since 2011. Her background is from the service industry both in England and Norway with a university degree in Management Science and a Master in Logistics. Grethe has since 2007 run her own company which has given her invaluable experience both nationally and internationally. She has many years’ experience in planning and organisation and has put that to work in building up Narvik as a cruise destination.
After working for a French Business School, Anne-Sophie PEYRAN became, the marketing, sales and communication manager of the French Riviera Ports, namely Nice-Villefranche, Cannes, Golfe-Juan and Antibes.
Her main challenges in this position are to develop the traffic and services of these ports around tourism-oriented activities like ferry vessels, yachting and cruise, drive the communication strategy (operational, social network, press, media), ensure efficient use of CRM tools and lead economic impact and market studies.
Anne-Sophie PEYRAN launched the French Rivera Cruise Club in 2007, a very successful autonomous entity federating the port-cities, tourism boards and cruise professionals on the “Côte d’Azur”.
She has shown her involvement in MedCruise by actively participating as Professional Development Director within the previous BoD.
Nathan Philpot is the Travel Director at National Geographic Expeditions and is responsible for building their luxury adventure travel business across Europe & Africa including Private Tours, Small Group Tours, Private Jet Adventures and Small Ship Expeditions. He has worked with Lindblad Expeditions and recently launched a major new expedition cruise partnerships with PONANT. He is a former Director of one of the most loved cruise brands in the UK, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and was also a Director and on the Board of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in the UK. He is the founder and owner of cruise comparison site – www.thecruisechecker.com.
He has been responsible for Brand Development, Direct and Digital Marketing and Travel Agent relations at some of the UK's biggest travel companies including Kuoni, Thomas Cook, P&O, and Eurotunnel.
Nathan is married, lives in the UK and has travelled all around the world on land and at sea including Australia; North and South Africa; India and the Far East; North, Central and South America; and of course Europe.
Olga has over 25 years of experience in aviation and port operations, joining British Airways in 1987 as an Operations Agent. During her thirteen year career with British Airways, Olga held the roles Duty Manager and Customer Service Manager at Barcelona airport, becoming responsible for all operations and direct revenue. In 2000 Olga joined Eurohandling UTE BCN, a start-up ground handling company, coaching and leading a team of 150 staff during a year-long project. In 2003 Olga joined Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services as Operations Director, responsible for international operations worldwide, encompassing over 60 countries and 300 ports. In 2016 Olga became Intercruises Managing Director and now leads the business. Olga has a Certificate in Management from Oxford Brooks University, an International MBA from La Salle, Manhattan College and has completed numerous business and operations training courses.
Douglas Prothero serves as the CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. In this role, Prothero oversees all operations and strategic growth of the company. As a Founding Partner of the venture, Prothero is also responsible for relations to and with Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
Prothero was educated in Maritime Studies and has been a ship master since 1989. He has over 35 years of professional experience in the hospitality and maritime industry, including running all facets of maritime businesses involving both commercial vessels and private yachts. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Prothero has founded numerous enterprises with lead responsibility for product development, sales, ship design, ship construction and marine operations. While Partner of a boutique investment bank, Prothero established an extensive professional network through his work advising ship owners on finance sourcing.
Prothero serves as past Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize-nominated charity Sail Training International and the organization’s for-profit trading companies. Activities included significant industry relations with the International Maritime Organization, Nautical Institute, the International Chamber of Shipping and ports worldwide.
Mark Robinson was appointed Chief Commercial Officer, effective February 2018. Prior to joining the Company, he held a similar role at PortAventura World Parks & Resorts. He was instrumental in creating the commercial strategy implementation while leading all key corporate development initiatives for international growth. Prior to this, in 2003, he established Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services as a start-up within the TUI Travel & Hotelbeds Group. Over 13 years he created a successful global business , growing from a one-port operation into the world’s number one global shoreside & port services company with a turnover of over €350m euros & EBITDA of 14m euros. Prior to Intercruises he was Senior VP, On-board Revenues & Land Programmes at Festival Cruises in Athens, Greece. He also held early roles with First Choice and Thomson Holidays.
Mr. Robinson holds a degree in International Travel & Tourism from the University of Manchester, UK, he has attended various and management & leadership course at INSEAD Paris Fontainebleau and other reputable business schools.
Nick is responsible for RCL’s corporate environmental programs both shore side and shipboard. This includes shipboard environmental compliance for over 50 cruise ships across six brands operating world-wide itineraries. Additionally he is responsible for setting and implementing the corporate regulatory strategy, and its corporate strategic sustainability plan and initiatives. Nick also serves as the Chairman of CLIA Global Environmental Sub-committee.
Nick joined Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd in 2005 after earning a B.S. in Environmental Science. He served as an Environmental Officer onboard the company’s Royal Caribbean International brand until 2008 when he accepted a Senior Environmental Auditor position. He then transitioned into Sr. Analyst, Environmental Compliance and was responsible for the company’s incident prevention, response and compliance efforts. Most recently, Nick held the position of Environmental Regulatory and Sustainability Manager where he successfully managed our regulatory outlook program, our external work with CLIA and IMO and some very ambitious sustainability projects that are still in progress.
Helena started working at Tillberg Design 23 years ago mainly with the concept design and eventually became more as a mentor or Project Director for our growing concept team. Earlier education in textile and pattern constructor including a business school, she used to work in the fashion industry as a Buyer.
Susana has a degree in English Philology and used to be a private high school teacher. After a couple of years, she received her Master degree in Business Administration where she discovered her new passion in maritime transportation. In 1999 she started working at the Port Authority of Castellón. She then continued to enhance her expertise for the international commercial environment by acquiring another Master degree in Law and Transport Management, which helped her to progress and become the Business Development Manager in 2004.
Ten years ago, when Castellón destination decided to invest in the development of the cruise business in the region, Susane was named ‘Castellón Cruise Coordinator’ and has been assigned the task to establish the necessary links between the industry and the different local authorities.
Tom Strang is Senior Vice President Maritime Affairs for Carnival Corporation and plc, responsible for developing a group wide strategy for the supply of LNG for the next generation of cruise ships under order. He also provides representation for the Carnival group at various maritime authorities in Europe and other regions relating to marine and technical regulatory activities.
Tom began his career as a Naval Architect with Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd and then moved to Lloyds Register where he rose to the level of senior passenger ship specialist before joining Carnival’s Corporate Shipbuilding team in 2000. Since then Tom has been involved in various areas of the business including Maritime Development and Compliance, HESS and Corporate Maritime Policy. Prior to taking up his current role, Tom was SVP Marine Operations at Costa with responsibility for marine and technical operations, manning and newbuilding for the Costa fleet.
Tom is currently chair of the ICS Passenger Ship Panel, the UK Chamber of Shipping Safety & Environment Committee, the CLIA EU Environmental, Safety and Security Sub-Committee and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Environmental Committee.
Married with 3 children his hobbies outside of work include sailing and walking.
Graduated from the French Maritime Academy (ENSM), Jean-François Suhas was elected President of the Marseille Provence Cruise Club in January, 9th 2015. During his career, he travelled all around the world onboard Paquet and Club Med cruise ships. In 1999, he joins Marseille-Fos Pilot Station of which he was General Secretary from 2011 to 2015. Elected at Marseille Provence Chamber of Commerce, he contributes to the promotion of Marseille Port Authority’s operations.
He aims at creating a beacon of excellence « made in Marseille » thanks to the great development of maritime and river cruises, with ship buildings, operations, and ship repair of the world largest cruise ships. Suhas is one of the local experts on the energy transition matter, especially in the maritime sector. He is strongly engaged and participates to all of the projects and meetings regarding this strategic issue to ensure Marseille Provence’s competitiveness and the port is still on the companies’ routes in the next decades, no matter what is their source of energy.
Gianluca Suprani is MSC Cruises’ Head of Global Port Development & Shore Activities, as well as member of the CLIA Global Port & Destinations Committee. Mr Suprani leads MSC Cruises’ strategic engagement through the establishment of shore excursions, shore activities and port development initiatives, while heading over 200 employees ashore and on-board.
His cruising career took off at Costa Cruises in 1994 where he began in Italy, then worked in Miami, the Caribbean and finally settled as a Costa representative in Havana, Cuba. After leaving Costa Cruises in 1998, he remained in Cuba as Managing Director of Silares Terminales Caribe, operator of the cruise terminal in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Following this, his professional experience continued in Madrid with tour operator Pullmantur, where he worked as Director of Port Operations, Shore Excursions and Bunker. As a member of Pullmantur’s Executive Committee, Mr Suprani was involved in several innovative South American itinerary projects. In 2010, he joined MSC Cruises as Corporate Shore Excursion Manager.
At MSC Cruises, he is spear-heading the development of the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. He has also led major customer research initiatives and continues to establish efficient ground operations. He aims to continue growing MSC’s leadership for all shore operations.
Upon graduating from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia, Ms. Tepsic was awarded the title of professor of the Spanish language, literature and comparative literature. Her work experience began with the resort Dubrovnik Sun Gardens and Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. She was an external associate for several national and local media. In 2003, she was the manager of public relations and special events for the Babin Kuk resort complex. From 2008 to 2012, she was the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, after which she took charge of the Department of Communication Tactics for the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. Presently, she is appointed honorary consul to the Kingdom of Spain, as of 2013.Presently, she is the Deputy Mayor for the City of Dubrovnik.
Giuseppe Tringali is a Senior Naval Architect and the Director of Leadship Ltd., an Engineering & Consulting services company, with offices in Greece & the UK.
He graduated in 2004, obtaining a Master of Engineering Degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from the Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities in Scotland. After spending time as a Researcher at the Ship Stability Research Centre in Glasgow, he moved to London, in order to get involved in the marine consulting business. Since then he has managed numerous design projects and has had a broad exposure to a range of vessels & industries, working for several leading northern European design companies.
He has a keen interest in marine innovations, particularly those set in creating an environmentally efficient ship design with the application of new technologies within the marine industry. In recent years, in order to capitalise on opportunities created by the recent economic crisis, he has been actively sustaining a reformed way from stakeholders to deal with decision making on energy matters.
In 2017, he co-founded with fellow Senior Naval Architect, Mirco Zoia, Leadship Ltd., a company that wishes to go beyond design, offering total support to its clients while bringing their concept to fruition. By combining the innate sense of Italian style with the efficiency, expertise and stability of northern European design, Leadship Ltd. is hoping to leave its mark, with designs that will move forward an otherwise "conservative" industry.
Member of various professional and international associations such as American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) and the Italian Association of Naval Architects (ATENA), he has also been an advisor with the Danish delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for Intact and Damage Stability Groups and a visiting lecturer at ESCP Europe Business School, teaching shipping energy related matters at the Executive Masters in Energy Management (EMEM).
George Tziallas holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering (University of Patras, Greece) and a Master's Degree (M.Sc.) in Urban and Regional Planning (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA). He has a twenty-five year professional experience in management consulting, specializing in the fields of local and regional development, tourism development and planning, as well as in the management, monitoring and evaluation of EU Programmes and projects, in Greece and abroad.
George has worked in senior positions in management consulting firms for more than twenty years, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Firms (SESMA). He has been the project manager of large-scale technical assistance projects at national and EU level and has an excellent knowledge of the Greek public administration procedures, as well as of the EU Structural Funds context.
Richard J. Vogel’s professional career is strongly linked to the tourism sector, particularly the cruise industry, which has led him from AIDA Cruises and TUI Cruises to Grupo Pullmantur, therefore demonstrating great knowledge of the sector and its major players.
As Managing Director and Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales at AIDA Cruises, he played a significant role in developing and establishing the brand.
Richard J. Vogel, as Chairman & CEO of TUI Cruises since its founding in 2008 and until the end of 2014, led the Company to become a leader in the cruise sector in Europe.
In July 2016, he was appointed President & CEO of Pullmantur Cruceros, a cruise line company focused on the Spanish and Latin American markets.
He also supported Saga Cruises, as Non-Executive Director of its board from May 2016 to March 2018.
Andrew joined UBM in January 2014 in preparation for the acquisition of Seatrade, which took place at the end of July 2014. Andrew is responsible for, along with the senior management team, the day-to-day management and strategic development of the Seatrade Cruise and Maritime events and more recently the Aviation portfolio (Routes and ASM) of UBM`s businesses.
Andrew has a background in events, having been Managing Director of the UK`s National Boat Shows who organise two of Europe’s largest consumer boat shows. Prior to that, Andrew worked at many well-known international organisations including UK Managing Director at MGM Films and Nintendo UK, as well as senior management positions for over ten years within The Walt Disney Company.
He originates from Wales and is a devoted follower of his nation’s rugby team.
Geographer and Engineer in Air Transportation by training, Romain WINO has been working for 14 years for Marseille Provence airport. Previously in charge of the Network Development, he is now responsible for Inbound Traffic Development (tourists, river and Mediterranean cruise passengers) and airport ground accessibility. Romain works closely with the territory (port, cruise terminal, cruise club, Provence brand) and airlines to develop a win-win strategy. Its goal: raising Provence as an Iconic destination and an essential gateway for starting a cruise on the Rhône river and on the Med.
With over 29 years in the travel business and experience in tour operations and hotel & cruise sales with a focus on French products, Stephen Winter joined Ponant in 2008 with the arrival of the first of their 4 sister ships the Boreal. His objective was to internationalize sales for Ponant. He has participated directly in opening business for Ponant in such diverse markets as the US, Australia, Japan, Brazil, the United Kingdom & others. He has firsthand knowledge of the challenges of selling a luxury product to various nationalities with different expectations & practices. Originally from New York, he has lived in Paris with his wife and two children since 2006 and is fluent in French
Stephen Xuereb, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants and a Henley MBA graduate, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Global Ports Holding in August 2016. He has been involved in the Cruise Industry since 2002, serving as Group’s Chief Finance Officer of Valletta Cruise Port plc between 2002 and 2014, and later appointed as Chief Executive Officer in 2014, a position he occupies till to-date. During his time with Valletta Cruise Port he was responsible for the setting up of the finance and administration function, overseeing the financing of the €37million capital-intensive project, as well as playing an active role in developing the cruise line business in Malta, which saw the traffic increase from 260k to over 700k passengers.
In his role as Chief Operating Officer of the largest independent cruise port operator worldwide, Global Ports Holding plc, Xuereb is responsible for the overall performance of the 15 cruise ports falling under the GPH portfolio.