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First speakers announced for LISW23 Headline Conference

Diversity will be a core element of this year’s London International Shipping Week Headline Conference

Diversity will be a core element of this year’s London International Shipping Week Headline Conference when a healthy balance of global leaders come together to debate crucial industry issues at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organization on 13 September.

LISW23 Conference Working Group Chair, Jos Standerwick, Chief Executive of Maritime London, said: “As the speaker line-up takes shape, we are on track to have the most diverse conference to date, with leading thinkers from outside the industry, and as always the most influential stakeholders from the market.”

Entitled ‘Reframing Risk in a Complex Market’, the LISW23 Headline Conference, will bring together highest-level speakers from across the world to scrutinise the business of shipping from three key perspectives: external factors; internal factors; and opportunities and solutions.

The Conference is chaired by shipping industry veteran Paddy Rodgers, Director of the Royal Museums, Greenwich (pictured), and the moderators for the three sessions are Steve Davies, CEO, Anglo International; Martin Crawford-Brunt, Director, Baltic Exchange; and Siiri Duddington, Partner and Deputy Head of London Office, Hill Dickinson LLP.

Aligned with the conference’s commitment to diversity, speakers include Elisabeth Fauvelle Munck af Rosenschöld, Global Sustainability Manager for IKEA Transport & Logistics; Poonam Melwani KC, Head of Chambers, Quadrant; and Martha Selwyn, Manager for Ocean and Climate, United Nations Global Compact. Further announcements will soon follow.

Jos Standerwick said: “This year’s conference will focus on the current macroeconomic / geopolitical landscape, and what the implications are for the shipping industry. External stakeholders’ expectations on the industry’s decarbonisation targets and how they intersect with the internal regulatory regime. How the contractual and risk-sharing agenda can be evolved to ensure closer cooperation between counterparties in shipping’s value chain. And, lastly, what technological and business innovations are required to successfully manage the increasingly complex risks the industry is facing.”