Friday 28 Apr 2023

9.30am - 12.45pm

In Person
Marina Bay Sands Singapore

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Talent development is one of the significant highlights during Singapore Maritime Week 2023. The Maritime Manpower Forum brings together thought leaders to discuss the emergence and transformation of future maritime jobs.

The pivotal areas of conversations include understanding the future manpower needs for talent attraction and retention, with a strong focus on essential emerging skills in future jobs in maritime. Experts from the Maritime Just Transition Taskforce, DNV and Ernst & Young will discuss the key considerations to achieve workforce readines in sustainable shipping and what companies can do to better support this transition towards a sustainable career path. This forum also aims to give a voice to the youths, who will be the future leaders and talents within maritime, on their aspirations and hopes.

9.30amOpening Address by
  • Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance & Ministry of Transport
9.45amEmerging Skills and Future Jobs within the Maritime Industry
  • Addressing challenges and opportunities in digitalisation and decarbonisation.
  • Upskilling for electrification, automation, cyber security, sustainability.
  • Attracting, retaining, and equipping the maritime workforce with emerging skills.

Nick Potter, Board Member, Singapore Maritime Foundation,  General Manager, Shipping & Maritime for Asia Pacific and the Middle East, Shell

Nicholas Bizic, Vice President, Talent Management & Learning, American Bureau of Shipping
Richard Koh, Chief Technology Officer & Customer Success Lead, Microsoft
Mary Liew, General Secretary, Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union
Caroline Yang, President, Singapore Shipping Association
Praveen Shukla, Director, Crewing (Marine HR, Marine Talent Development),
Wallem Group

10.45amCoffee/Tea Break
11.00amPreparing the Maritime Workforce for the Decade of Transformation

  • How can shipowners, operators and managers better prepare their workforce to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and handle new fuels?
  • What transition and future skills are vital to this transformation?
  • What can companies do to give their workforce an attractive and sustainable career path amid change?

Hor Weng Yew, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Carriers Limited

Bjorn Hojgaard, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Anglo Eastern
Dr. Shahrin Osman, Regional Head of Maritime Advisory, Director, Maritime Decarbonisation & Autonomy Centre of Excellence, DNV
Jia Yong Goh, Partner, People Advisory Services – Workforce Advisory, Ernst & Young Advisory

Zhang Xiaojie, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, International Maritime Organisation 
Martha Selwyn, Manager, United Nations Global Compact

12.00pmFuture Talents of Maritime – Conversations Between Youths and Industry

  • Exploring the multiple career pathways in maritime.
  • Expounding on the aspirations and hopes of our youth.
  • What does the future hold for youths in maritime.

Akanksha Batura Pai, Chairman, YEG committee, Singapore Shipping Association, Head of Strategy & Growth, Sinoda Shipping Agency Pte Ltd, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador

Aaron Chan, Chief Officer, CMA CGM
Punit Oza, Vice Chairman, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Singapore BranchLu Hui Ting, MaritimeSG Youth Ambassador
Dr. Kenneth Low, Associate Professor and Cluster Director in Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University

12.45pmEnd of Maritime Manpower Forum


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