High profile speakers from Government and industry have committed to speak at the headline conference of this year’s London International Shipping Week 2019 (9 to 13th September).
Taking a global perspective on the shipping industry, the overarching conference theme is International Trade in a Changing World. With world markets adapting to new political regimes, the opening discussion will question whether current rhetoric matches reality.
Frank Chan Fan JP, Secretary for Transport at the Government of Hong Kong will consider the role of the Far East in growing world trade, while Baroness Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, will outline how the Commonwealth is adapting to the shifting trade landscape.
The impact on trade caused by international moral and regulatory frameworks comes under the spotlight in the second session where Baroness Bryony Worthington, Executive Director, Europe, Environmental Defense Fund, joins Sarah Kenny Chief Executive of BMT and Bud Darr, European Vice President, Maritime & Policy of MSC Group, in examining how the maritime sector is responding to increasingly onerous demands.
London is at the heart of global ship finance, and in-depth scrutiny will be given to how shipping will finance sustainable growth as the trading landscape changes. Key speakers include Jane Diplock, NZ Securities Commission Director for the Singapore Exchange and Michael Parker, Global Industry Head of Shipping & Logistics for Citigroup.
Representing industry, topics such as international finance, innovation, and sustainability, will be examined by influential speakers including: Hisham Al Nughaimish, Vice President Commercial and Operations for Bahri Oil; Lindsey Keeble, Global Maritime Sector Head Partner, Asset Finance Group, Watson Farley Williams; and Andrian R Dacy, Managing Director and Global Head of Global Transport Sector for J P Morgan Asset Management – Alternatives.
Paddy Rodgers, Director of the Royal Museums Greenwich, will moderate the day-long conference, which takes place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, on Thursday 12th September.
Drawing on the sub-themes of Growing, Innovating and Partnering, the LISW19 conference will consider global issues including geopolitical conflict, global economic pressures, protectionism, technology, regulation, environment and world trade.
The conference opens with a welcome address from Harry Theochari, Chair, Maritime UK, after which Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary General, will discuss preparations for the global sulphur cap coming into force on 1 January 2020. A senior UK Government Minister will also deliver a keynote address.
The LISW19 conference will be followed on the Thursday evening by the official LISW19 Gala Dinner, also to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.