The Ocean
Thought Leaders

The Ocean Thought Leaders is a series of articles with the very best minds, from the very best companies, who know our ocean better than almost anyone else.
Our ocean thought leaders are CEO’s, chairpeople and business heads that, for the most part, have built their expertise in maritime and are now looking to how they can use their firm’s unique competency, experience, infrastructure and networks to drive future success in both shipping and the ocean space.

Oslo tops chart for shipping listings

Øivind Amundsen, CEO of the Oslo Børs, the Norwegian Stock Exchange, part of the Euronext Group, ‘shares’ his thoughts on why Norway offers an unmatched infrastructure for raising capital amid a market uptick in new listing sectors like containers and car carriers.

Funding ambitions

Jan Ole Huseby, EVP Global Head of Ocean Industries, DNB, assesses how the financial sector can help shipping and ocean businesses meet sustainable objectives, while offering expert analysis of today’s, and tomorrow’s, key challenges and opportunities.

Transitioning with confidence

Håkan Agnevall, CEO at Wärtsilä, wants to position the marine and energy giant as the natural partner for an industry, and society, looking to translate climate ambition to reality. His vision is clear and, he argues ahead of Nor-Shipping 2022, real change is already tantalisingly close at hand.

Sustainability: from outer space to the ocean space

KONGSBERG CEO Geir Håøy is focused on harnessing the diverse technology, skills and knowledge of the group to play a crucial role in supporting industry’s energy transition. Here he explains, ahead of Nor-Shipping 2022, how the firm can deliver a full spectrum of lifecycle support in the drive for a more sustainable tomorrow.

The true fuel of the future

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO Maritime, DNV says we can’t rise to our greatest challenge alone, either as individuals or an industry. We need to work together. He believes his company, and platforms like Nor-Shipping, can be crucial in enabling the collaboration a carbon neutral future demands.

Unique approach

Jotun, the world’s leading supplier of marine coatings, isn’t scared to create waves in the quest for better solutions, results and environmental performance. Here CEO Morten Fon explains how a little disruption can go a long way – for the firm, its customers and wider society.

marius Hermansen astrup

Next Generation Ambition

Marius Hermansen, the new CEO at Astrup Fearnley, is focused on helping the 150-year-old business transition for a new age of prosperity – with fresh talent, smarter ways of working, and a burning desire to modernize shipbroking services to deliver added value for clients.

Policy for progress

Ståle Hansen, President and CEO of Skuld, discusses how personal relationships, expert insight and an open approach to risk can unlock the action needed for sustainable success in the ocean space. Together, he argues, we can super-charge a post-pandemic transformation.

Even better times ahead

Even Matre Ellingsen, Group CEO of Astrup Fearnley, may be new in the ‘hot seat’, but he already has calm, clear and ambitious visions for a company that is just about to celebrate a major milestone.

Leading from the front

The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) is working to position itself as a leader for not just Norwegian flagged vessels, but for the entire global shipping industry. Here Acting Director General Lars Alvestad outlines how innovative technology, bold ambition and a committed environmental focus are converging with truly ground-breaking results.

The future, covered

How can marine insurance play an active role in helping industry and society meet future challenges and opportunities? Skuld CEO Ståle Hansen knows he doesn’t have all the answers, but he’s committed to contributing towards both commercial and environmental sustainability in any way he, and his company, can.

Bold ambition

Kongsberg Group’s acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine sent shockwaves through the industry. From seemingly out of nowhere they acquired one of the biggest names in ship design, deck and rotating machinery. Geir Håøy, President & CEO KONGSBERG, explains both the rationale behind the purchase and what lies ahead.

Trust in transparency

Inchcape Shipping Services is determined to shine a light on the traditionally shadowy world of ships agencies, combining its global presence with the power of digital technology to position itself as a trusted partner for maritime leaders. CEO Frank Olsen believes change is on its way.

One vision, countless opportunities

Kristin Holth is focused on the big picture. The Head of DNB’s Ocean Industries division believes long-term value, for the bank and its customers, can be unlocked by viewing the ocean as a single arena, rather than standalone segments. Here she explains why DNB has dived into a new way of working.

The art of leadership

Jotun has maintained its number one position in marine coatings despite the “horrific” market conditions of the past few years: adapting, evolving and building to stay ahead. Now, says CEO Morten Fon, the company is well positioned to consolidate that leadership.

A touch of class

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL CEO Maritime, maps out how class can help maritime navigate the new digital reality.

Why do we need the maritime press?

“All of humanity is in shipping. The tragedies, the triumphs, the highs, the lows, the love, the loss, and, of course, the wrecks – financial or otherwise.” TradeWinds Editor-in-Chief Julian Bray tells the story of his industry.

Shaping the future

Thomas Wilhelmsen isn’t shy about stepping forward. The Wilhelmsen CEO wants his group to lead maritime from the front, utilizing a blend of the traditional and the transformational to steer the business, and the entire industry, on a value added voyage into the future.