Alex Morkin

Alex Morkin is Director of Marketing & Sales of Canada based Sii Tech Inc.SiiTech is the world’s leading developer and provider of in-house, turnkey, web-based innovative products, Web VTS and AIS Server that supplied to customers in 23 countries across the world from Malaysia and Japan to the USA and Europe. SiiTech offers fleet/port/AtoN/buoy monitoring and managing solutions that enable organizations to integrate AIS technology, nautical charts, road maps, and Web technology.

Web VTS fleet tracking solution allows two-way communication between on-shore users with ais equipped vessels through a terrestrial ais network.


Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise

Alfred Kotouczek-Zeise is CEO of the German Cooperation Weatherdock AG.
Weatherdock is one of the world leaders for Class B AIS technologies with a full range of products. They deliver to OEMs as well as to more than 50 distributors in 30 countries.
The complete product process from development over manufacturing and testing is made by Weatherdock in Germany. The company was awarded as founder of the year in 2008 in South Germany.They participate as committee members in the AIS working groups of the IEC.


Atsushi Karaki

Atsushi Karaki is Manager of IHI Corporation space development division. IHI Corporation is one of the leading companies in Japan for aero-engines & space system, industrial machines, power station plant and other facilities, bridges and other transport-related machinery. IHI established in 1853 as shipyard. IHI merged its ship building unit to JMU(Japan Marine United) in 2012,Atsushi Karaki experienced over 25 years of space development system engineering (Satellite payload, International Space Station, Rocket project). He is focusing on the SAT-AIS application and service development for the past few years.


Ayumu Hirosawa

Ayumu Hirosawa started his career in TST Corporation as a VHF radio operator in Yokohama port harbor information center, engaged in operations of radio communication with vessels and ship reporting service to port users for 2 years. Now he is in charge of ship data sales, suggesting our data services or web services to the governments, shipping companies and logistics companies etc. His wish is to integrate global ship tracking information to our local service and introduce to our maritime users in Japan.

Carsten Bullemer

Carsten is the Cofounder & CEO of vesseltracker.com, the largest private AIS Network owned by Europeans. Carsten holds a University degree in Computer Science & Logistics, for over 10 years Carsten has been working and developing maritime software solutions.

Charles Riley

Charles Riley is the founder and President of ShipTracks, LLC. Under his guidance the company has grown to be one of the top global AIS-based vessel tracking and management service providers. His background includes a 20 year history in oceanographic and environmental technology based solutions and has spent the last seven years focused on AIS development.ShipTracks is a comprehensive source of real-time and historical vessel position information that provides transparency and enhanced efficiencies to customers including international commodities companies, government agencies, and commercial maritime industry.


Egbert Schwarz

Egbert Schwarz is team leader at the Maritime Security Lab in Neustrelitz. Since 2002 he has been involved in several earth observation ground segment projects. He was acting as integration and test Engineer during the implementation of the TerraSAR-X ground segment. Since 2008 he is working on the implementation of near real time services i.e. the ship-detection service and oil spill detection.

DLR – German Aerospace Center

George T. Best

George Best has spent the last 45 years in North America where he focused his career in the world of computer networking and telecommunications. He held a number of C level executive positions in these industries operating both domestically and internationally.In his present position as Director of AIS Sales, EMEA and APAC for ORBCOMM, he brings nearly 5 years of knowledge gained through the study and application of the use of satellite AIS in government maritime agencies, national navies, vessel tracking service providers and logistic companies. He currently resides in Mallorca, Spain.


Dr. Gerd Eiden

Gerd Eiden is Head of LuxSpace Application and Service Department at LuxSpace. He graduated from the Trier University with an MSc and PhD in Applied Remote Sensing. Since 2008 he is involved in the SAT-AIS activities of LuxSpace, focusing on the SAT-AIS application and service development.


Guy Thomas

Guy Thomas, founder C-SIGMA concept & former Science & Technology Advisor, US national Office for Global Maritime Awareness. Involved in surveillance for over 40 years, from operator to systems engineer to Test Director to inventor and developer. He conceived Satellite AIS in 2001, securing initial funding from USCG in 2004.C-SIGMA

Hakan Gezer

Hakan Gezer is a Global Marketing Representative at Caterpillar Marine Power Systems.As a graduate of Engineering & Business in Lübeck, Germany, he worked as a marketing representative and project manager in the technical industry. At Caterpillar Maritime Power Systems his responsibilities are product management and the coordination of after sales.

Caterpillar Marine


HanBin, President of Shipfinder.com. Graduated from maritime college. Followed by years of working experience in running and managing at ports and in the government, then founded Shipfinder.com, and currently Shipfinder.com has become the largest website for providing AIS services in East Asia, and it is supported by a considerable amount of customers and has a widespread effect within the industry.

Jason Tieman

Jason has a diverse maritime background serving on tankers, supply vessels and research vessels as well as operating harbor tugs along the Texas Gulf Coast.His maritime knowledge and experience has been critical in the development and implementation of PortVision, a maritime software product of AIRSIS. PortVision has been adopted by major oil companies, vessel operators, agents, lawyers, marine service providers, and government entities as a premier platform to view real –time and historical vessel position data and unprecedented maritime business analytics.


John Allan

With over 25 years experience in the Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS industries, John Allan has a proven record of building and leading successful sales and marketing organisations in technically demanding markets. John gained extensive international experience working for companies such as DigitalGlobe, BAE Systems, Leica Geosystems and ERDAS. In his current role as Vice President he is responsible for exactEarth’s global sales and marketing strategy and for establishing them as the world leader in the supply of Satellite AIS based data services.

Logo exactEarth

John Paskin

John Paskin is the CEO of Commodity Flow, a technology company which specialises in energy trading and commodities applications, using a variety of different AIS vendors, and selling to some of the largest financial institutions in the world.
Commodity Flows

Jürgen Wehnert (chair)

Jürgen is a consultant with a focus on the application of IT systems for transport, logistics and transport security in the maritime and the road sector. Jürgen has gained significant experience with a number of internet applications for the logistics industry. For the second time he will be the moderator of the AIS SUMMIT in Hamburg.

Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen

Dr Jukka-Pekka Jalkanen is responsible for Ship Traffic Emission Assessment Model (STEAM) development at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He is one of the key experts concerning annual ship emission reporting in the Baltic Sea area. Dr Jalkanen is also involved in the national task force regarding maritime policy and has had a contribution to NOx Emission Control Area application preparation of both the North Sea and the Baltic Sea countries.

Finnish Meteorological Institute
Air Quality Research

Julian Longson

Julian is the Director – Business Development of Pole Star Global. He graduated from the UK’s Cranfield Institute of Technology with an MSc in Applied Remote Sensing. Julian’s career to-date has consisted of 26 years in the geospatial business with a range of international organisations and private firms based in Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

He has been with Pole Star since the company’s formation in 1998 and was formative in the commercial shipping sector’s adoption of ship tracking as a common technology service. At the international regulatory level, Julian has for the last 11 years provided key expert industry support during the IMO’s development of the Ship Security Alert System and Long Range Identification and Tracking regulations.

Pole Star

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is Business Development Manager at BlueFinger. With more than 15 years’ experience in senior sales positions within the telematics industry, Kevin has gained a thorough knowledge of all aspects of telematics, tracking and positioning solutions and has built up a wealth of contacts industry-wide. He has global experience of B2G and large B2B sales; but more recently has concentrated on selling SaaS solutions to the maritime and vehicle telematics industries.


Lennart Cedereberg

Lennart is an expert in marine meteorology for worldwide shipping with more than 20 years’ experience in various positions including several years as the Operational Manager of the SMHI Weather Routing team at the Swedish Meteorological Institute. He is now the Global Product Manager at the GAC SMHI Weather Solutions. He is completely devoted in synchronizing the shipping business with the weather and ship´s performance in various atmospherical and oceanographical environments. He is an enthusiastic presenter for everybody who´s interested to see the benefits of how to integrate modern visualisation technique with empirical science and common sense.

GAC SMHI Weather Solutions

Mark Deverill

Mark has 19 years experience of maritime intelligence and 23 years experience of Information technology specialising in database and internet systems. Mark has been Head of Data Projects for Lloyds List Intelligence since 2003 and, among other projects, leads the development of the Lloyd’s List Intelligence global AIS network. Mark’s focus is on capturing, processing and providing maritime data services to both web sites and clients wishing to integrate Lloyd’s List Intelligence data into their own enterprise. In particular he designs and builds systems to correlate AIS reports with the data from maritime registers and class lists.
Data Projects Lloydlist Group

Michael Eldred

Michael Eldred has had a varied career in highly technical fields. Starting with 12.5 years of experience operating and repairing Nuclear Propulsion Plants on Submarines and Air Craft Carriers in the U.S. Navy. He continued outside of the Navy as a field engineer installing and programming GaN Compound Semi-conductor machines. For the past 8 years I have been working in the marine industry at both a Caterpillar dealership in the U.S. and the Marine headquarters for Caterpillar in Hamburg Germany. In Hamburg I am responsible for Global Product Support Marketing for Caterpillar Marine Power Systems.

Caterpillar Marine

Peter Stoyanov

Peter Stoyanov is the managing director and owner of Astra Paging Ltd. He established Astra Paging Ltd in 1997. The company has started development of software for the maritime industry in 2004 and developed the national AIS server and VTS database for Bulgarian Maritime Administration, the VTMIS monitoring systems in Bulgaria and the Netherlands, the implementation of AIS in the Naval and Coastguard surveillance systems. Astra Paging Ltd has started developping of its own AIS network and the provision of VT Explorer vessel tracking service in 2006. Since 2009 Astra Paging hosts the volunteer AIS sharing center AISHub.


Peter Svensson

Peter Svensson is CEO and founder of Baltic Spot AB, est. in Stockholm 2001. Responding to shipowners’, managers’ and brokers’ challenge of handling an increased load of information, Baltic Spot AB provides services that significantly improve the overview and control of available business opportunities. Used by the chartering staff at main players and smaller outlets alike, the Inbox by Baltic Spot service automatically analyses and structures companies’ incoming e-mails, and thus enables users to instantly search, find and compare business options. Baltic Spot World, our second service, is a unique tool for shipbrokers and owners to share orders and positions and to expand their network of trusted professionals.

Baltic Spot

Simon Tucker

Simon Tucker is CEO of UK based SRT Marine Technology Limited who are the world’s leading developer and provider of AIS transceiver technologies and products. SRT has been developing AIS technologies and products since 1999 and developed the world’s first Class B in 2006. Today SRT provides over 110 customers worldwide with a wide variety of AIS module and white label product solutions from Class A and Class B to advanced receivers, Aids to Navigation and specialist custom devices such as the Identifier. Customers include authorities, governments and leading marine electronics companies seeking low cost, high quality, reliable AIS technology and product solutions. With over 90% of all AIS products worldwide reliant on SRT derived technology, SRT plays an important role in the development and evolution of the AIS standards.

Suetsugu Shinohara

JAXA – Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Taro Yoshikawa

Taro Yosikawa is an educated Electrical Engineer. He started his career at the General Consulate of Japan in Atlanta, USA. Since then he applied several positions in Japan and abroad with a strong focus on consulting of IT projects and on intercultural collaboration between organisations.Besides this he is strongly interessted in amateur radio and is an offically qualified radio operator. He combines this interesst with his second passion, the yachting sport. In the past years he has started to set up an network of AIS antennas in Japan and is experimenting in using AIS technology for live tracking of offshore sailing regattas.

Vesseltracker Japan