What should you expect at the Sustainable Ocean Summit?

Key topics to include Asian port developments, shipbuilding for sustainability and women in maritime 

What should you expect at the Sustainable Ocean Summit?
The conference will bring together professionals from the ocean business community (Image: World Ocean Council)

By Rebecca Gibson |

Sustainable development in Asian ports, shipbuilding for sustainability, women in the maritime industries, and ocean and climate change will be some of the key topics at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) this November.

Organised by the World Ocean Council (WOC), the event will take place in Hong Kong from 14-16 November and will be themed ‘Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World’. Over the three days, presentations, plenaries, workshops and other sessions will see professionals from the maritime industry focusing on how they can advance action on ocean sustainable development.

Delegates will also discuss Asia and its relation to the global ocean economy, while industry CEOs will share their predictions about the region’s ocean economy port resiliency, sustainable fishing, harnessing energy from the ocean, marine biodiversity, and other topics critical to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Other sessions will explore women leaders in the maritime sector and ‘Young Ocean Professionals’.

The 2018 speakers’ line-up is headlined by Kenneth Koo, group chairman and CEO of TCC Group. Other key speakers will includeElisabeth Torstad, CEO of Digital Solutions at DNV GL; Mike Constable, CEO of Huawei Marine Networks; John Keeler, CEO of Blue Star Foods; Mohamed Razali Bin Mohamed, CEO of Aquagrow Corporation; and Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO of Tototheo Maritime, and international president of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.

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