In alphabetical order by surname

Geoff Allsop, Sales Director, Intellian Technologies

Geoff Allsop joins the marine antenna manufacturer with immediate effect

Marine antenna manufacturer Intellian has named Geoff Allsop as its new European sales director.

Allsop, who has a wealth of experience in the maritime satellite and mobility sector, will be based at the company’s UK facility in Southampton which, together with Intellian’s European distribution centre in Rotterdam, provides the European market with products and support.

In his new role, Allsop will be responsible for enhancing the sales and marketing capabilities of Intellian’s European sales.

Andreas Chrysostomou, former Director, Department Of Merchant Shipping, Cyprus

Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. He continued his studies at the same University and he gained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). In 1993 Mr. Chrysostomou joined the Department of Merchant Shipping, the Competent Authority for Maritime Affairs of the Government of the Republic Cyprus, as a Marine Surveyor and in 1994 he has been transferred to the Cyprus High Commission in London as the Counsellor Maritime Affairs and Alternate Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the International Maritime Organization, a position he held for 10 years.

Throughout the years he has been actively involved and has constructively contributed in all spheres of shipping, ranging from safety and security, protection of the marine environment, legal and administrative issues. He has served as Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee of the IMO and for the decade 2003-2013 has served as Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), one of the main Committees of IMO.

In 2004 he was transferred back to the Head Quarters of the Department of Merchant Shipping where he is heading the Department’s division responsible for Maritime Policy, Multilateral Affairs and Standards. From April 2014 till September 2015 he served as Acting Director of the Department and as from 1st October 2015 he is the Director of the Department of Merchant Shipping.

Beyond his work with the IMO he has worked with other UN agencies such as the International Mobile Satellite Organization where he was elected Chairman of its Assembly twice consecutively. Furthermore, he served as member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) and he is one of the Past Presidents of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST).

Mr. Chrysostomou’s work includes a number of papers presented in Conferences and Seminars around the globe and chaired a number of non-government related seminars and conferences.

Finally as a result of Mr. Chrysostomou’s skills and integrity, he has been acknowledged by peers and has been manifested by awarding him the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping. In November 2011 he has also been presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, for his invaluable service to International Shipping and in 2013 the GST Award - Leading Shipping Personality of the Decade 2003 - 2013. Furthermore Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou was awarded The Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Award - “International Personality of the Year” 2015.

Andrew Faiola, Director, Mobility Solutions, Intelsat

Andrew has been leading Intelsat’s sales team in Europe since February 2014 with overall responsibility for the business across the Media, Broadband, and Mobility sectors. Prior to this, Andrew led Intelsat’s Global Accounts teams on the Mobility and Broadband side of the business, managed sales for Western Europe, and held other account management positions with Intelsat focusing on various market segment s and regions.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Andrew was European Sales Director at New Skies Satellites in the UK, and held various sales and marketing roles at ESATEL Communications, a small, independent teleport in the USA. In what seems like another life, he worked in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, and at NASA, where he conducted project development and implementation work for Latin America and the Asia-Pacific involving the provision of Internet service and remote sensing for environmental purposes.

He has also authored publications about the North American DTH market, distance learning in America, U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America, and Latin American economic development.

He received a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.


Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director, Columbia Shipmanagement


George J. Hoyt, FNI, IMO Maritime Ambassador

InterManager EXCOM & Vice President -Projects,
Was Chairman of InterManager's "KPI Committee".
Advisor to Board of Directors of “Seagull AS of Norway”.
Was non-executive director of Seagull AS of Norway.
Founder “Face Of Shipping” & Founder “NewsLink Services”  2009- 2012 conducted/distributed video interviews of more than 100 shipping personalities via NewsLink DVDS and Face Of Shipping web site and to seafarers on more than 8,000 ships, plus seafarer centers around the world.
2010 awarded a Fellowship by the Nautical Institute.
2011 Life Time Achievement Award recipient from Lloyds List/Informa at Asia Pacific Manning & Training Conf.
Was a Director of Seafarers Emergency Fund Foundation.

Creator “Year Of The Seafarer” mosaic that is on permanent display in IMO headquarters.
Creator of the “I Am A Seafarer” on-line, electronic, video mosaic.
Chairs, moderates and speaks at many international conferences, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and forums every year, including Digital Ship, Maritime Cyprus, Informa/Lloyds List, Connecticut Maritime Association, ACI and many other conferences and events in London, Cyprus, Athens, Oslo, Manila, New Delhi, Mumbai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, and other locations, several times.
Was keynote speaker at the Maritime stream at Satellite 2012 & 2014 conferences in Washington DC Participated in “Maritime Piracy, Humanitarian Response to Piracy” committee.

Patron to the Nautical Institutes' "ALERT!" project.
One of the prime initiators and participated in all 3 of 2010 "Year Of The Seafarer" conferences -Manila, Poland & Delhi.
Advisor to GlobalMET's board of directors.

Member of the GlobalMET Projects Committee.

Associate member AMMITEC - Association of Maritime Managers of Information Technology and Communication.

Was founder/CEO "CP3500 International", combustion catalyst

Was non-executive director- Rydex Industries, ship-shore communications

Chris Insall, Senior Principal Product Manager, Maritime Services, Intelsat

At Intelsat and in various previous roles Chris Insall has been associating with The Digital Ship since its inception, focusing on maritime satellite communications and IT solutions.

From 2011 to 2014, Chris worked as Commercial Programmes Manager for Cobham SATCOM, incorporating maritime antenna brands Sea Tel and Sailor.

Prior to Cobham, Chris was at Inmarsat for 11 years with roles encompassing maritime business and product management – major responsibilities included deployment of Inmarsat’s flagship Fleet and FleetBroadband product portfolios.

Chris holds an MSc degree in Software Engineering and a BA degree in business and foreign languages, and is based in London, UK.

Rob O'Dwyer, Editor, Digital Ship

Rob O'Dwyer, Editor of Digital Ship, has been a maritime IT journalist since 2005. He has a Master's degree in business and law from University College Dublin and was previously a commercial writing consultant in Seoul, South Korea. Rob was also previously Editor of Port Finance International.

Håkan Olsson, Vice President of Maritime, Kymeta Corporation

Kymeta is commercializing a new, innovative software-controlled metamaterials-based flat panel antenna for satellite communications enabling easy-to-install and low-cost solutions for satellite connectivity on any moving platforms.

Håkan joined Kymeta just before it was founded in August 2012. As Vice President of Maritime he sets the vision and strategy for Kymeta’s efforts in Maritime, and defines the business model and strategic partner alliances. His role also include defining the business- and market requirements for flat panel satellite antenna solutions that Kymeta develop, including managing the internal teams on point for developing these solutions.

Before Kymeta, Håkan worked at Microsoft for 17 years where he gained in depth experience working in the Windows, XBOX and OEM divisions taking new software solutions to markets worldwide through OEM and Retail partners.

Håkan holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Physics and Electromechanical Engineering from Linköping University in Sweden. He also has a Marketing Professionals degree from Kellogg University in Chicago. Håkan was born and raised in Sweden and moved to Seattle in 1998.

Claude Rousseau, Research Director, Northern Sky Research (NSR)

Claude Rousseau is Research Director for NSR. Based in Strasbourg, France, he serves as regional and applications expert and directs both multi-client research reports and consulting projects. He oversees and conducts research products in the mobile satellite services (MSS), government and military, Earth Observation and satellite manufacturing and launch services markets. He has more than 20 years of experience in the space sector for organizations such as the Canadian Space Agency, and the International Space University and Futuraspace. He is a graduate of University of Calgary (Canada) and the International Space University (France).

Adonis Violaris, Marketing Director, Interorient Shipmanagement

Mr. Adonis Violaris is the Chairman of the ICT Sub-Committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and until recently the Managing Director of Telaccount Overseas Ltd with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. Mr. Violaris holds an MBA in Business Administration from Freie Universität in Berlin. Throughout his education and professional experience, he maintains close links with the IT and Communications Industry and is one of the main speakers at various IT and Communications conferences. With regard to his service role, Mr. Violaris is involved at national and local levels in Marketing, and Information and Communication Technologies. He serves as the Chairman of the ICT Sub-committee of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber for the last 15 years.