Seatrade Europe Announces Conference Speakers, Including AETHOS’ Thomas Mielke

May, 2019 - Seatrade Europe (September 11-13, 2019) is the leading trade event of the European cruise and river cruise industry, organised by Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, in partnership with Seatrade (Informa Markets). It is held in Hamburg, Germany’s famous seaport on the Elbe River. Industry decision-makers and professionals will meet to exchange ideas, set new trends and expand their business networks. Exhibitors include shipyards, ship chandlers, food and beverage suppliers, classification societies, cruise ports and shipbrokers and many other industry stakeholders. At the conference, held in parallel with the exhibition, high-level experts will discuss current industry topics. 

Mr Michael Thamm, CLIA Europe Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer at Costa Group and Carnival Asia, has been confirmed as the figurehead for the keynote session during the opening day of Seatrade Europe . He will discuss his views on the significant role Europe’s integrated cruise community is playing in the industry and how it can continue to drive across multiple platforms whilst facing the demands of changing legislation and other global and localised challenges. Thamm will then be joined on stage by a strong panel of industry personalities that include: Capt. Michael McCarthy, Chairman, Cruise Europe; Wybcke Meier, Chief Executive Officer, TUI Cruises GmbH; Gianni Onorato, CEO, MSC Cruises; Karl J. Pojer, Chief Executive Officer, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; and Gavin Smith, SVP of International, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Also participating in the Seatrade Europe conference programme is Figan Ayan, Vice President – Cruise Operation, Galataport Istanbul; Claus Bodker, Director, Cruise Baltic; Luis De Carvalho, CEO, Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe; Arantxa Garcia, Head of Sustainability, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services; Mark Ittel, Sr. VP Ports and Maritime, Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe; Esther Mallach, Partner, Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein; and Thomas Mielke, MD, AETHOS Consulting Group.