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World Economic Forum, UN, political and business leaders unite at Opening Oceans Conference in quest for sustainable business growth

Key political and business leaders are converging at Nor-Shipping’s Opening Oceans Conference with a mission to highlight, discuss and enable new business opportunities for the maritime and ocean industries.

Openig Oceans today revealed that Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray, the World Economic Forum’s Head of Public-Private Partnership, and Stefaan Depypere, Director for International Ocean Governance, European Union, are the latest additions to a high-profile speaker line-up focused on responsible, healthy and sustainable commercial growth in the ocean space.

They join the likes of Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Oceans, Daniela Fernandez, Sustainable Ocean Alliance CEO, and Esben Lunde Larsen, Denmark’s Minister of the Environment and Food.

Huge business potential in the ocean space
“Opening Oceans Conference (OOC) has been conceived with a clear mission,” states Nor-Shipping’s Sofia Furstenberg Stott, Strategic Lead OOC.

“It aims to take advantage of the huge business potential associated with the development of ocean activities, connecting maritime players with partners who will benefit from their assets, infrastructure and unique expertise. The idea is to create a platform that facilitates growth and emphasizes commercial solutions to environmental and societal needs and challenges. As such, these latest names are key pieces of the development puzzle.”

She explains: “We already have high-level commercial and public/organisational players involved, with the likes of OECD’s Claire Jolly, Sturla Henriksen of UN Global Compact, Bjørn Otto Sverdrup from Statoil, and Maersk’s Claus V. Hemmingsen, to name a few. The addition of figures such as Dominic, the man driving WEF’s efforts to facilitate private and public sector collaboration, and Peter and Esben, who are committed to responsible development that benefits both the environment and society, including businesses, gives us a full picture understanding of the challenges and solutions industry faces.”

Experience presentations, panel discussions and collaborative working spaces
Timed to coincide with Danish Maritime Days, and supported by both the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and Danish Shipping, OOC will focus on the four themes of logistics, data value, food, and energy and minerals, amongst other key business issues.

C-level delegates from Europe and beyond will experience presentations, panel discussions and collaborative working spaces, all of which are tailored to deliver the tools and potential partners needed to equip businesses for the way ahead.

Insight and contacts
“We now have key stakeholders and decision makers from a broad spectrum of interests, all of whom are uniting to unlock lasting, sustainable value from the oceans,” Furstenberg Stott concludes. “We are all interested in accessing new opportunities and OOC will give delegates the insight, ammunition and contacts to do just that. It’s an ambitious mission, but the level of interest we’re attracting demonstrates the faith of important actors that believe ‘yes, this can, and must, be done’. OOC is where that development takes shape.”

Further confirmed speaker names include Christopher Rex, Head of Research, Danish Ship Finance, Patrik Möller, CEO, CorPower, Cilia Holmes Indahl, Sustainability Director, Aker Biomarine, and Oliver Steeds, Founder of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute.

Nor-Shipping 2019, which will also focus on increasing ocean business potential, takes place across a series of venues in Lillestrøm and Oslo, Norway, between 04-07 June 2019.

Opening Oceans Conference, Copenhagen on 2 and 3 May

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