Martin Stopford

Dr Stopford is currently non-executive President of Clarkson Research Services Limited (CRSL) and Director of MarEcon Ltd. He is visiting Professor at Cass Business School, Dalian Maritime University and Newcastle University and has an Honorary Doctorate from Solent University. His publications include “Maritime Economics” 3rd Ed, the widely-used shipping textbook (2009), now translated into Japanese, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean and Turkish. Also, many papers on shipping economics and ship finance.

Awards: Lloyds List Lifetime Achievement Award 2010; Seatrade Global Shipping Personality of the Year 2013; Onassis Prize for Shipping 2015; Capital Link Shipping Leadership Award 2016.


Alf Kåre Ådnanes heads ABB Marine & Ports’ Product group Electric Solutions, and is Manager for the hub business line (HBL) Marine and Ports in Shanghai, China.

He started in ABB in 1991, and among previous positions in ABB, he has worked within Corporate Research, and various positions within Marine, including delivery projects, engineering, and in product management and development, and technology management for the global marine business unit for Marine & Ports. Before taking the position in China, he was HBL Manager for Marine & Ports in Singapore.

Alf Kåre holds MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Mr Li Xin is Director of Smart Ship Department of Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI). Focusing on the development of smart ships, smart systems and the integrated solutions, he developed the “Great Intelligence”, the first smart ship classified by class in the world, and 400k dwt VLOC, the biggest smart ship in the world.

Awards: Tech. Innovation by the governments; Outstanding Contribution Award for Tech. Innovation by CSSC in 2018.


Chris Chung is the Director of Digital Innovation & Strategic Projects at the Wartsila Acceleration Centre.

Chris and his team have worked on autonomous level 2 to level 4 projects including the IntelliTug, in collaboration with PSA Marine, Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore, Lloyd’s Register and Tech Centre for Offshore & Marine Singapore.

Before joining Wartsila, Chris held a number of leadership roles in Lloyd's Register, British Gas and Telstra. He is currently serving in the Technology Advisory Board of Singapore Maritime Institute and Digital Transformation Committee of the Singapore Shipping Association.