Speakers & Panelists of the Conference
Sofia Fürstenberg Stott
Sofia Fürstenberg Stott started FMA in 2017. A micro-consultancy, FMA develops and implements ESG strategies for smaller shipowners and adjacent stakeholders. FMA are members of Getting To Zero Coalition and advisors to the Ammonia Energy Association, and in various outfits supporting the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
Sofia has previously lead innovation programmes at Maersk, developed pioneering exhibitions and conferences for Nor-Shipping, and advised shipowners on greener solutions, with DNV. She has more than 15 years experience in the shipping industry, having worked and lived in Oslo, Singapore and Copenhagen. She co-chairs WISTA Tech & Futures Committee and is Board member of WISTA Sweden. She has a background as Chemical Engineer from Lund Institute of Technology, and is a 2015 graduate of the Blue MBA, Copenhagen Business School.
Rolf Habben Jansen
Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam.
He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG.
From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco.
Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014.
Dr. Martin Harren
Otto Schacht has over 40 years of international transportation and logistics experience. He
was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Sea Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel
International AG in September 2011 and has served as Member of its Management Board
since 2011. Mr. Schacht has global responsibility for the company’s Sea Logistics business
unit which provides innovative solutions to customers in 100 countries.
As a „climate advocate“, he is also personally strongly committed to sustainable businesses
and a driver of Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon initiatives, supporting the corporate culture
of sustainable behaviour within Kuehne+Nagel and at the same time the concept of
sustainability reflected in transport solutions, e.g. by using new digital platforms to emit
significantly less CO2.
Previous to his current role, Mr. Schacht was Senior Vice President of Global Sea Logistics at
Kuehne+Nagel Group from 1999 to 2011. He has a well-balanced perspective of the shipping
industry, having worked for Hapag-Lloyd cargo container shipping line in various positions
from 1978 to 1997, including three years as United States Posting and Trade Manager Far
Markus, born 1967 in Hamburg, 4 Children has 30 years of shipping experience. Starting as shipbroker working in London, H.K. and US, spent almost 20 years of senior management and board positions in leading ship owning, financing and ship management companies in Hamburg. With a focus on all commercial management aspects, customer relations and business development. [He has been involved in the over 100 newbuilding projects, chartering, insurance as well as shiprecycling.] Since 2020 President Lloyd’s Register EMEA in Hamburg.
Torsten Thiele focuses on ocean governance, marine conservation and sustainable finance, drawing on over 20 years experience in project and infrastructure finance with leading financial institutions. He is Founder of Global Ocean Trust, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam and Senior Advisor to the IUCN Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility and advises governments and other bodies on policy, biodiversity and innovative blue finance.
Recent publications address blue infrastructure and nature-based solutions, innovative High Seas funding mechanisms, blue bonds, deep sea governance and ocean, climate and biodiversity linkages. Torsten Thiele holds graduate degrees in law and economics from Bonn University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Tobias Haack
Jacob Dalhoff Steensen
Jacob is the co-founder and head of operations for Moonjelly, a secure funding platform for ocean conservation launching in 2022.Jacob’s mission in life is to help restore the health of the ocean. From 2010-2016 he worked as a diving instructor in Egypt, Maldives, and Thailand, where his love for life below the surface first sparked. In 2015 he experienced a devastating coral die-off in the Maldives unlike anything he had ever seen. This event filled him with anger and despair, which later turned into action and hope.
He participated in several ocean restoration projects, including deploying a small coral nursery in the Maldives. He then joined the core team at underwater camera manufacturer Paralenz, where he led the vision of “Turning Dives into Data,” linking the company to universities and conservation organizations, enabling divers to participate in data collection for the ocean.After Paralenz, Jacob embarked on a new journey with a team of ocean impact pioneers to create Moonjelly. Moonjelly’s mission is to help restore the wild, living ocean by strengthening the connection between corporate and individual funders and ocean impact projects, increasing trust, accountability, and impact tracking in the ocean conservation sector.
Co-Founder und CMO everwave
Bei everwave seit vier Jahren
Dipl. Sportwissenschaft, Medien & Kommunikation
Cleanhub exists to protect and preserve our oceans from waste. To achieve that, we are working on a future where waste will be too valuable to be thrown away. How? By building a global platform for waste management, and a global movement empowering brands and consumers to pull their plastics out of the wild.
Federica has 10 years of experience in helping companies implement social and environmental standards in the supply chain. She is a social auditor, consultant and a trainer. She worked many years for the certification and inspection company SGS in Hamburg before funding her own consulting company, Etika, in 2021.
At Etika, she supports companies complying with sustainability regulation and standards, especially when it comes to human rights due diligence laws. She has trained more than 200 company representatives on sustainability topics and worked on around 50 consulting projects.
Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Malchow
Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Subsea Solutions at the Ocean Technology Campus in Rostock. With its background and PhD in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Steffen worked over his career in various senior management roles in applied research and industry at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth, Maersk and Wärtsilä. In his recent role as Director Digital Ventures at Wärtsilä, Steffen is focussed impact entrepreneurship as a venture client, since that time supporting the SEADEVCON as a co-organiser and moderator. Steffen as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves in the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development – as well he serves a member of the board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.