Conference Programme LISW21

Driving Growth in a Disrupted World
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Registration and Networking Breakfast

Building on the central themes ‘Driving Growth in a Disrupted World’ and ESG, the LISW21 Headline Conference will consider international issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, international trade, environment and the road to COP26, global economic pressures, protectionism, Brexit, finance, technology and innovation, regulations, people and skills, and the impact of these key drivers on the international maritime industry

Welcome to the LISW21 Conference
Welcome Adresses 1
John Hulmes, Chair, LISW21 Steering Group and Chairman, Mersey Maritime
Welcome Address 2
Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO
Conference Chair’s Introduction
Paddy Rodgers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich
Opening Address 1
Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London
Opening Address 2
The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience for the COP26 Presidency, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
Driving Growth in a Disrupted World

COVID-19 proved beyond any doubt that when it comes to market disruption, we can sometimes be caught off-guard. The resulting volatility, operational impacts, and general uncertainty have been significant challenges for our industry. While some continue to struggle to manage the resulting impacts on LISW’s key topics of trade, finance, people and innovation, others have profited and continue to weigh up the opportunities to redefine their roles in driving onward growth.

Decarbonisation, de-globalisation, and digitalisation are the new buzz words, and they will drive change in their own right. But how can this change be harnessed and exploited and how will it affect the way we trade and the way we ship our goods? Shipping must be agile and sustainable if it is to meet these changing demands and keep international trade moving. What does it need to do to meet the challenge?

Conference Chair’s Opening Remarks
Paddy Rodgers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich
Keynote Address
Soren Toft, CEO, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC )
Moderated Panel Discussion / Questions

Including Keynote speakers plus additional panelists.

Examining developments and changes in the maritime industry over the last 24 months. The discussion will include the impacts and changes brought about by Covid, but will also cover other real forces of change, including trade wars, sanctions etc. In the context of the UK, this will also include Brexit.

Panel includes:

The Rt Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster, DBE Arbitrator and Chair of LegalUK
Kitack Lim Secretary-General, IMO
Guy Ryder CBE Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Dr Tristan Smith Associate Professor in Energy and Transport, University College London (UCL)
Soren Toft CEO, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Rajeev Suri CEO, Inmarsat

Networking Coffee Break
How will COP26 accelerate the reduction of GHG emissions?

One of the key objectives of COP26 is ‘work together to deliver’. This panel will explore how industry stakeholders and government can share the risk of decarbonising the global shipping industry and determine what messages need to be delivered to policy makers, to ensure the sector successfully manages the resulting impact of accelerated decarbonisation commitments from nation states.

Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Tim Wilkins, Environment Director, Intertanko
Opening Remarks
Nigel Topping, UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26
Moderated Panel Discussion / Questions


Claes Berglund Director Public Affairs & Sustainability, Stena AB
Nick Brown Chief Executive, Lloyd’s Register
Jan Dieleman President, Cargill Ocean Transportation
Markos Lyras Chief Executive Officer, Lyras Maritime
Aoife O’Leary Director, International Shipping and Carbon Pricing, Environmental Defense Fund
Katharine Palmer Shipping Lead, Climate Champions

Networking Luncheon
Will Social be the game changer that surprises us all?

The past 24-months have seen sociological trends increasingly taking centre-stage in influencing the way policy makers, investors and businesses view global trade and finance. COVID-19 highlighted the critical nature of the shipping industry and the challenges facing the people that keep the industry moving, whilst also providing opportunity to drive innovation and change.

The panel will explore how the developments of the past 24-months have impacted people, trade, finance and innovation; and will consider how the wider sociological challenges facing our global community can determine the shape of growth and recovery in the markets ahead.

Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Steve Davies, CEO, Anglo International
Moderated Panel Discussion / Questions


Sabrina Chao President, BIMCO / Wah Kwong
Stephen Cotton General Secretary, International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
Cecilia Harvey Global ED&I Lead Royal HaskoningDHV
Peter Holbrook CBE Chief Executive Social Enterprise UK
Guy Platten Secretary-General, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Yee Yang Chien President & Group CEO, MISC Group

Networking Coffee Break
Is it all about the money?

Is transparency the new imperative for shipping? Without it, will investors and financiers fund the innovation shipping needs to implement the environmental and social changes demanded, or will investors look elsewhere?

Who is the arbiter of ‘better governance’ and when will poor governance no longer be accepted?

Moderator’s Opening Remarks
Lindsey Keeble, Global Maritime Sector Co-Head, Head of Assets & Structured Finance Group London, Watson Farley & Williams
Moderated Panel Discussion / Questions


Ed Buttery CEO, Taylor Maritime Investments
Tony Foster CEO/CIO, Marine Capital
Jens Martin Jensen CEO, Athenian Holdings
Michael Parker Chairman, Global Shipping Logistics & Offshore, Citi

Closing Remarks
Paddy Rodgers, Director, Royal Museums Greenwich
End of Conference Sessions / Post Conference Networking Reception
End of Formal Proceedings


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