You will find below the presentations given at the ESPO Conference 2022, which took place in Valencia. Click on the name of the speaker to see his/her presentation. 

Day 1: 2 June

Moderator of the morning: Isabelle RYCKBOST, Secretary General, ESPO

9.30: Welcome by Aurelio Martínez Estévez, CEO Port Authority of Valencia

Annaleena Mäkilä, ESPO Chair

Opening address
9.50: Rebeca Mariola TORRÓ SOLER, Regional Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility (on behalf of the Regional Government)
Álvaro RODRÍGUEZ DAPENA President of Puertos del Estado

10.00: Macro-Economic Outlook for Europe

Tim POWER, Managing Director of Drewry

10.30: Energy Transition in an age of fundamental geopolitical change. Ports as energy hubs of the future

Dr. David CRIEKEMANS, Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Antwerp and teaching global politics and diplomacy at KU Leuven (Belgium), international security at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg (NL), and geopolitics at the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies (Switzerland)

11.30: What is currently happening in the supply chain: what is to be expected, where are the problems and what are the solutions?

David DIERKER, Engagement Manager McKinsey

Managing supply chain risks in a disruptive economic, societal, and geopolitical environment

Dorota JILLI, Senior Underwriter - Mediterranean & C.Europe, TT Club

12.20: Trends in port governance 2022: Presentation of the new ESPO fact-finding study

Anne-Rieke STUHLMANN, Senior Advisor, ESPO

Followed by a reflection on the results with the ports, moderated by Victor SCHOENMAKERS

Algis LATAKAS, CEO Port of Klaipeda

Lieselot MARINUS, Public Affairs Advisor EU, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Koen OVERTOOM, CEO Port of Amsterdam

Afternoon sessions moderator by Richard BALLANTYNE, Chief Executive British Port Association

14.30: China's new era: Decoupling, dual circulation, and the reshuffling of global supply chains

Jacob GUNTER, Senior Analyst, Merics

15.00: Looking at new horizons

Prospects for Europe's ports in Sub-Saharan Africa

Yann ALIX, General Delegate of the SEFACIL Foundation

Prospects for Europe's ports in Latin-America

Jonas MENDES CONSTANTE, Senior Consultant for the Valenciaport Foundation

16.10: Debate with the ports: China, South America, Africa? Business partners, cooperation partners, or competitors?

Juan Manuel DÍEZ OREJAS, Head of Strategic Planning & Innovation, Port of Valencia

Paolo Emilio SIGNORINI, President of the Port Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea

Steven BOUCKAERT, General Manager at DEME Concessions

Day 2: 3 June - Valencia

Moderator of the day: Rob Heirbaut, EU Correspondent, VRT

09.00: The new energy landscape: Impact and implication for Europe's ports

Presentation of the ESPO-EFIP study

Michiel NIJBOER, Senior Investment Consultant, Royal Haskoning

Perspective of an energy company

Rasmus Nikolaj Due SKOV, Sr. Director, Global Public Affairs & Sustainability Solutions, Ørsted

Perspective of a port

Discussion with Zeno D’AGOSTINO, President of the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea

Mark DIJK, Manager External Affairs, Port of Rotterdam

Jesper BANK, CCO Port of Esjberg

10.20: Greening supply chains: coalitions of the willing as the way forward

Presentation on the launch of a first Green Corridor

Johan Byskov SVENDSENProgram Manager: Enabling First Movers, Fonden Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

followed by a discussion with

Edvard MOLITOR, Head of Sustainability Port of Gothenburg

11.15: Reconciling the climate ambition and a strong European economy

Mark VANHEUKELEN, 'Hors Classe' Adviser and Ambassador at Large for Climate Diplomacy at the European Commission

11.45: How to empower Europe's ports: closing debate with the ports

Gerardo LANDALUCE CALLEJA, Chairman of the Port of Algeciras

Cédric VIRCIGLIO. Strategic Planning Director, HAROPA

Daan SCHALCK, CEO North Sea Port

Ansis ZELTINŠ, CEO Port of Riga

12.15: How to implement Europe's ambitions in a disruptive environment? Closing debate with EU policymakers



Jorgen WARBORN, MEP, rapporteur on FuelEU Maritime (online)

Daniel MES, member of the cabinet of European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans

Prof. Kurt BODEWIG, European Coordinator for the TEN-T Motorways of the Sea

13.00: Closing of the ESPO Conference 2022

Annaleena MÄKILÄ, Chair, ESPO

13.10: Announcement ESPO Conference 2023

Robert HOWE, CEO of BremenPorts