In alphabetical order by surname

Ghani Behloul, CMO, Marlink

Ghani Behloul is Marlink's Chief Marketing Officer.  He oversees the product portfolio and marketing activities for the company, including new service creation for the maritime industry.  In the last three years he and his team have designed and launched a new range of maritime VSAT services/solution offerings (Sealink Allowance, Sealink+) as well as XChange smart box which is used on over a thousand ships.

Ghani has a background of 25 years’ experience in ICT and 15 years in satcomms.  He began his career in market research at TNS Sofres in the early 1990s.  He started in Computer manufacturing (Honneywell-Bull) mid-90’s before moving into the Telecom industry as marketing manager for Orange/France Telecom.  He joined the satcom business unit of France Telecom in 2000, as Global Maritime Sales manager, before evolving toward Product Management functions: designing solutions as Crew Prepaid Card and/or Skyfile/messaging service.  In 2006 he contributed to the foundation of Vizada, where he became VP Commercial Management & Planning.  He became CMO in 2011 when Astrium/Airbus Defence & Space acquired Vizada.

Ghani is a graduate in “International Trade & Economics” from Sorbonne University and in “Telecom Business Administration” from Paris Tech School.

Dr Phillip Belcher, Marine Director, INTERTANKO

Phil first went to sea in 1989 and served 10 years mostly on board tankers with BP shipping. He gained a master mariner’s certificate of competency and readfor a number of degrees at Cardiff University. Consequently he was awarded a PhD which focussed on maritime safety. Following a 5 year stint as assistant director within the Bahamas Maritime Authority he joined INTERTANKO as their marine director.

Phil’s duties now include the management of the marine section which encompasses safety, security, vetting, cargoes (oil, chemical and gas) and the human element.

Emmanouil Christofis, Cyber Defence Exercises & Training Advisor, Cyber Defence Capability Requirements & Development

Throughout his military career spanning more than two decades, Manos tried to link the Conceptual and Strategic Thinking with Technology and Innovation. After finishing his Postgraduate studies in Communications and Electronics Systems in the USA, Manos served among other posts as Director of the Communication and Information Systems (CIS) and Electronic Warfare Directorate of the Hellenic Navy Operational Command and Head of the Command and Control Systems Department in the Hellenic Navy General Staff, where he led the innovation, Information Security and Cyber Defence functions effectively and efficiently. Manos, since 2010, has been actively involved into the Cyber Defence capabilities development in an International Defence organisation. Due to his previous experience onboard ships combined with extensive knowledge on cyber capabilities Manos is able to identify the most suitable Cyber security solutions and support the Maritime domain in general.


George Efthimiou, IT Department & Security Expert, Gourdomichalis Maritime

George Efthimiou is working as an IT administrator and security expert in the shipping industry since 2010. He has delivered various projects including vessels’ server deployment and installation, ERP deployment at office headquarters and Fleet and security auditing and upgrade, also managed efficient communications with vessels, such as database and file synchronization between vessels and office headquarters. He graduated from the Piraeus University of Applied sciences as a Computer Systems engineer and since then, he tries constantly, to develop his skills in seaworthy solutions, in cyber security and network infrastructures. His target is to make seamen and colleagues to work safe, easier and together.

Walter Hannemann, Product Manager, Dualog

Walter Hannemann has professionally participated in the development of IT since the 80's, from his education in Electronics and Information Systems. His responsibilities have involved software development to solution architecture, infrastructure design and management , IT service delivery and even .com entrepreneurship. With a passion for making things work, shipping applications and all digital equipment onboard became his interest from 2008. Having headed IT departments in Maersk Tankers and Torm, has recently become Product Manager for Dualog. Based in Copenhagen, Walter enjoys finding solutions for big (and small) business problems using IT, while keeping the overview and a forward-looking approach, with deep dives in technical subjects when necessary - or possible.

Martin Jarrold, Chief, International Programme Development, Global VSAT Forum (GVF)

Martin Jarrold has worked for GVF for almost 15 years, having been appointed GVF Chief of International Programme Development in June 2001.

His particular responsibilities include outreach to the member organisations of the GVF and for the further development of the profile of the Forum within the satellite communications industry, and across the global telecommunications policy and regulatory community. This extends to the development and delivery of programmes focused on extending the understanding of, and promoting the use of, satellite-based communications in various key end-user vertical markets.

Mr. Jarrold is Chairman of the GVF Oil & Gas Communications Conference Series, the GVF Broadband Maritime Conference Series, as well as of GVF's Connectivity and HTS London events. Mr. Jarrold is also Co-Chairman of the GVF Maritime Satcom Forum. He is a frequent contributor to various telecommunications and other industry publications. In addition he regularly chairs and contributes to a wide variety of telecommunications conferences, symposia, and workshops around the world. Previously, Mr. Jarrold was Commissioning Editor and Head of Research for Space Business International magazine.

David Incertis Jarillo, Project Management, FEPORTS – Port Institute of Studies and Co-Operation

David Incertis is a Chemical Engineer, qualified in environmental systems and Master in Occupational Risks Prevention, qualified in Industrial Safety. At present he also holds the position of Port Security Facility Officer in two biodiesel production plants located in the ports of Castellón and Ferrol (Spain). He has more than ten years of experience managing EU projects in the fields of maritime Safety and Security, Maritime Environment Protection, Oil Pollution and for three years now, Port Cyber-security. He is currently participating in the EU financed projects Medusa and Mitigate on port and supply chain cyber-security, and coordinated one of the first projects in port cyber-security: CYSM (Collaborative cyber/physical security management system).

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH Industries, Inc.

Martin A. Kits van Heyningen is one of KVH’s founders and has led the company since 1982, now holding the positions of President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board.  During the past 30+ years he has overseen KVH’s growth from an entrepreneurial startup that began operations in the Kits van Heyningen family basement into a strong public company with over 500 employees in 14 offices around the world.  Mr Kits van Heyningen is an innovative, hands-on manager who leads the company’s development of new technologies that help KVH disrupt entrenched competitors and win leadership positions in emerging markets.  Under his leadership, KVH pioneered and then dominated the global market for mobile satellite TV reception, and over the past seven years developed the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which is now the world’s leading maritime VSAT service.  A graduate of Yale University, Mr Kits van Heyningen has been issued seven patents and is actively involved in the day-today operations of the company.  He regularly attends exhibitions and customer presentations, where he applies his skills and creativity to create innovative new approached to the complex challenges that customers face at sea, on land, and in the air.

Associate Professor Nineta Polemi (University of Piraeus, Dept. of Informatics, Director of Security Lab)

Associate Professor Nineta Polemi has obtained the Degree in Applied Mathematics from Portland State University (USA), Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (Coding Theory) from The City University of New York (Graduate Center). She held teaching positions in Queens College, Baruch College of City University of New York and the State University of New York. She acted as President of the BoD and Technical Manager in the security consultancy company, Expertnet. She is currently an Associate Professor in the University of Piraeus (Dept. of Informatics) teaching cryptography, security of ICT systems, port security and e-business & innovation.  Her current research interests are in the fields of security and collaborative, trustworthy e/m-services. She has over one hundred publications in the above areas and has organised numerous security scientific international events. She has received many research grants from various organizations such as the Danish Research Foundation, MSI Army Research Office/Cornell University, IEEE, State University of New York (SUNY), and The Graduate School of City University of New York (CUNY). She has been project manager (PM) / technical manager (TM) in security projects of various programmes such as National Security Agency (NSA), NATO, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Foundation, Greek Ministry of Defence, INFOSEC, TELEMATICS for Administrations, the last three (5th, 6th, 7th) Framework and Horizon2020 Programmes of the European Commission (E.C.) She has acted as an expert and evaluator in the E.C. and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). She is the director of the UPRC Dept. of Informatics security graduate programme and she participates in the national and European cyber security exercises in the last four years. She has many publications on maritime cyber security issues.

Themistoklis Sardis, IT Manager, Costamare Shipping Company S.A.

Themistoklis Sardis is an Electrical and Computer Engineer and the IT Manager of Costamare Shipping Company SA, a ship management company specializing in Containerships.

He received his Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He then carried his Postgraduate studies (MSc in Data Communications) as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) scholar at the University College London (UCL). In 2012 he received his MBA (Finance) from the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), graduating top of his class.

He started his career as an IT Consultant for European Dynamics, working mainly in EU funded pan-European projects aiming at the interconnection of organizations in the EU member states.

He has also worked as a Software Engineer for Commercial Bank of Greece, mainly involved in the bank's Y2K project and in the consolidation of the client database, before joining Costamare Shipping as IT Assistant Manager.

Under his present role, he has been managing the IT Department of Costamare, that comprises of four employees, and is responsible for the IT support of the company's main office, with ninety users, and the fleet that ranges between 25 and 35 Containerships. In addition, he is responsible for the support and operation of all the telecommunications, including telephones, faxes and Internet feeds of the main office and the satellite communications of the fleet.

Among other things, the department is supporting the company’s e-mail servers and the specialized ERP application, which is installed on all the company’s ships and is communicating daily with the central database in the office.

He is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Association of Maritime Managers of Information Technology and Communications (AMMITEC), the Alumni of National Technical University of Athens, University College London and the Athens University of Economics and Business.

He is married and is the proud father of two boys.

Ronald Spithout, President, Inmarsat Maritime

Mr Ronald H. W. Spithout currently serves as President, Inmarsat Maritime. Spithout was appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Prior to joining the maritime business unit, he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise.  In this role, held since 2012, Spithout had global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial.  Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012.

From July 2006 through December 2011, Spithout was Senior Vice President, MSS Marketing and Sales, Worldwide, for Stratos Global. He held global responsibility for the MSS marketing and sales organization, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships, the company's distribution network, and the evaluation of new technologies to enhance and complement Stratos' core offerings.  Prior to that, he handled Stratos MSS Sales for all countries except North America. He came to Stratos from Xantic B.V., a satellite communications company headquartered in The Netherlands, which was acquired by Stratos in early 2006. At Xantic, Spithout served as Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales and was previously responsible for Xantic's Network and Service Operations, including the Land Earth Stations and its customer service activities.

Spithout, who began his career in the telecommunications business in the late 80s, held various sales positions for KPN (the Royal Dutch Telecom Operator) in the Netherlands and has held numerous positions with several of KPN's JV companies including business accountabilities for KPN's Asia market out of Singapore, operations for PanTel in Hungary, and marketing and sales for Ratelindo in Indonesia.

Spithout holds a degree in electrical engineering from HTS-Rotterdam, the Rotterdam Institute for Technology. He also served in the Dutch military as a reserve Lieutenant in the Dutch Cavalry.

Phil Tinsley, Maritime Security Manager, BIMCO

Prior to pursuing a career in maritime security Phil was an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, attaining the rank of Major after 31 years military service.  His military career included littoral operations on a global scale, warfighting and specialization in cold weather warfare.

Since leaving in 2010, Phil has managed offshore security in the Indian Ocean High Risk Area in support of seismic operations, which included 2 Somali pirate attacks at sea. He went on to establish and coordinate anti-piracy transit operations for a respected PMSC based in Dubai. Phil has a thorough understanding of port operations, personnel training requirements, compliance and management systems.

Phil joined BIMCO in 2015 and his primary role is to assist members with all aspects of maritime security; including piracy, drug smuggling, stowaways, mixed mass migration and cyber security.

Currently based in Denmark near BIMCO House, Phil maintains his hobby as a cyclist and is always happy to take any queries members may have on any relevant maritime issue.

Asterios (Stan) Voulanas, Partner, PwC

Asterios has over 20 years of assurance and consulting experience specialising in the areas of audit, IT governance, risk, security and compliance across many industry sectors including telecommunications, banking, technology, gaming, shipping and other highly technology dependent sectors.   

He has held various roles at PwC over the last 10 years, including leading the Risk Assurance, Cyber and Forensics Technology practices in Greece.  In this capacity, Asterios has led numerous complex IT risk and security management assignments for large private and public sector organisations within Greece and internationally. He has helped many clients assess and develop security and control frameworks to address emerging and changing financial, operating and technology risks based on best practice or compliance driven governance models and strategies. In addition, Asterios has supported a number of fraud and bribery related forensic investigations using advanced forensic capture and analysis tools and techniques.

He holds an MSc in Audit Management & Consulting from Birmingham City University (UK).  He also is a qualified Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Chartered Accountant (CA).

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

Andrew is responsible for business development focused in and around the marine liability sector. He is primarily responsible for Ports & Terminals. After a degree in Geography, Andrew began his career as a shipbroker in London concentrating on towage and salvage. After obtaining membership of the institute of chartered shipbrokers he then worked overseas, based in Geneva and Singapore, as a trader for CRC Cargo Recovery Consultants, specialised in damaged commodities. On returning to London in 1995 Andrew joined UK P&I Club dealing with Russian and Romanian owners' claims. 1996 saw a transfer to ITIC where he became an account executive dealing with Members in the Middle East and South America. At the end of 1999 he transferred to the TT Club, where he went to Dubai in 2000 to take over as general manager at TTMS (Gulf) dealing with TT and ITIC Members in the Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent. In 2002 he returned to London to take up the role of TT Clubs Loss Prevention director – a role that he held prior to making the move to UKTI on secondment as the International Business specialist – ports working with the International Sector team in the London headquarters. Secondment ended in June 2008 and a position with Savi Performance Logistics (a Lockheed Martin company) became open. Inchcape Shipping Services beckoned at the end of 2008 and waved goodbye at the end of 2009. A brief spell of independent consulting gave way to Jardine Lloyd Thompson.