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The three-days event organized by the Grimaldi Group since 1997, aims at promoting European short sea shipping and its beneficial effects in economic, environmental and social terms.
It gathers over 700 delegates, representatives of international and national governmental bodies, top representatives of the logistics, ports, maritime and banking sectors of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

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Vice-mayor for the port, urban development, spatial planning and patrimony - City of Antwerp

President of AG VESPA

President of the Board of Directors of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Since January 2019, Annick De Ridder has been Vice-Mayor for the port, urban development, spatial planning and patrimony of the City of Antwerp. She is also a member of the Flemish Parliament, where she is a member of the Mobility and Public Works Committee. After successfully completing the merger talks between the ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp, she was appointed President of the Board of Directors of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

Annick De Ridder obtained a Master's degree in Law from the University of Antwerp, after which she worked as a lawyer at the Antwerp Bar for 9 years. After that she acted as a consultant in the green energy sector for several years. In 2013, she obtained a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance at the Catholic University of Leuven.

In her spare time, De Ridder is an avid runner and regularly participates in competitions. Her two favorites are the New York marathon and the 10 Miles in Antwerp. She calls family and friends the most important foundation in her life.

Mr. Dominguez currently serves as Director, Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), having served previously as Director, Administrative Division and Chief of Staff. Prior to coming to joining IMO in July 2017, Mr. Dominguez worked for the Panama Maritime Authority starting in 1998 as Head of the Regional Technical and Documentation Office, and as Alternate Representative and Technical Adviser of Panama to IMO from 2004 to 2014. In July 2014 he was appointed as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Panama to IMO.

From 1998 to 2017, Mr Dominguez represented Panama at IMO, as well as at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds) and the International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO). He also represented Panama at several shipping conferences, exhibitions, seminars and workshops.

Having chaired a number of meetings at international organisations, Mr. Dominguez served as Chair of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) from 2014 to 2017, having previously served as Vice-chair from 2012 to 2013. He also served as Chair of the Technical Committee at the 29th IMO Assembly in 2015, Chair of IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) Working Group on Maritime Security and Piracy from 2010 to 2014, and as Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee of Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) from 2009 to 2011.

Mr. Dominguez holds a Naval Architect degree from Veracruzana University, Mexico. He also obtained a MBA in Management at University of Hull and a Certificate of Higher Education in International Law and European Politics from Birkbeck University, both in London, England.

With over three decades of professional and academic experience, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, an international lawyer, is a global leader on maritime law, labour standards and labour law, and law of international organizations. She is a distinguished academic in the field of international law and an international advocate for sustainability and innovation.

Appointed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Doumbia-Henry became the seventh President of the World Maritime University (WMU), a university established within the framework of the IMO. She is the first woman President and the first President from a developing country. As the Chief Executive Officer of WMU, she oversees and directs the operations and administration of the University, positioning it as the global centre of excellence in maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building, taking on board the UNSDGs. Dr. Doumbia-Henry is also a Panel Member for the Rapid Response Labour Mechanism of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In 2021, Dr. Doumbia-Henry was selected for the top 100 most influential people in shipping by the Lloyd’s List.

Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Doumbia-Henry held various senior positions at the International Labour Organization (ILO), another specialized agency of the United Nations. During her tenure as Director of the International Labour Standards Department (first woman Director since the establishment of the ILO in 1919), Dr. Doumbia-Henry was responsible for the ILO’s international labour standards policy and for the ILO’s supervisory bodies and procedures governing international labour standards. She led the department to effectively assist the ILO member States on the implementation of their international obligations (more than 400 Conventions and Recommendations) including through technical assistance, advice, research and capacity building programmes. She spearheaded the development of the innovative and historic ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 which consolidated 68 international labour instruments. The MLC, 2006 as amended has been ratified to date by 97 member States to date representing 91% of the world gross tonnage of ships. Dr. Doumbia-Henry also led the ILO’s participation in a number of IMO/ILO interagency collaborations on several issues of common interest, including the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Groups on Fair Treatment of Seafarers and on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry began her career at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, as lecturer in law and later worked at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, the Netherlands and the World Bank. Dr. Doumbia-Henry has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality. Her qualifications include Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor, a PhD and LLM from the University of Geneva, and a LLM and LLB from the University of West Indies. She has published extensively on a wide range of international law subjects. Dr. Doumbia-Henry is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Emanuele Grimaldi was born in Naples (Italy) in 1956 and, after finishing the military high school of “Nunziatella”, he studied at the University of Naples obtaining the Degree in Economics and Commerce with “summa cum laude” in December 1980. He is married and has 2 sons and 1 daughter.

In 2018 he was awarded as Commander of the Order of the Lion of Finland.

After his studies he immediately started working at the Grimaldi Group’s companies, founded by his father Guido and his uncles in the late 40’s. Throughout his professional career, he has covered various top managerial positions, both in Italy and abroad.

Within the Group’s organigram, Emanuele Grimaldi has gradually taken the helm of the Euro-Mediterranean short sea services and motorways of the sea network, thus heavily contributing to their remarkable development over the last 20 years.

Emanuele Grimaldi is currently President & Managing Director of Grimaldi Euromed SpA, Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA and Board Member of Grimaldi Deepsea SpA, Chairman of Finnlines Plc, President of Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Board Member of ACL.

He is also Chairman of ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), Past President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association) as well as Board Member and Past President of ECSA (European Community Shipowners’ Associations), Board Member of Interferry Inc. and Board Member of Rina SpA.

Guido Grimaldi was born in London in 1983, he is married to Fabia and is father of one son, Emanuele, and two daughters, Elena and Erminia.
He studied at the University of Naples Federico II obtaining a Degree in Economics in 2005 with full marks.
Furthermore, he enhanced his academic knowledge of transport and logistics matters by attending the MBA “Automotive Logistics” at the ECG Academy (European Vehicle Logistics Association).
After his studies, he started working at the Grimaldi Group, a worldwide corporation founded by his grandfather together with his brothers in the late 40’s.
Currently, Guido Grimaldi is the Corporate Commercial Director of Grimaldi Short Sea Shipping Services, Finnlines, Minoan Lines, Malta Motorways of the Sea and Trasmed GLE; President of the shipping agencies Grimaldi Sardegna and Grimaldi Catania; Member of the Board of Directors of Finnlines, Valencia Terminal Europa, Grimaldi Marangolo Terminal Catania, Grimaldi Logistica Genova, Grimaldi Maroc and Grimaldi Tunis.
He is also President of the “Logistics Association for Sustainable Intermodality” (ALIS).
His personal interests are art, reading and horses.

Other functions

President of the Technical Group on Ecological transition, naval technology, regulation, research and development at Confitarma (Italian Shipowners Association)
Member of the General Council of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners Association)
Member of the Council of “Federazione del Mare” (Italian Maritime Cluster)
Member of the Short Sea Panel at the ICS (International Chamber of Shipping)
Member of the Board of Directors at the University of Naples “Parthenope”
Member of the Board of Directors at “SIMEST”, a “Cassa Depositi e Prestiti” company
Honorary President of the Association “Un Calcio per Tutti Onlus”
Brand Ambassador of “Fierecavalli” Jumping World Cup

From 1981 until 1987 – Commercial Director and then General Manager of Alisur S.A., a shipping company based in Spain.

From 1987 until 1989 – Fast Ferry Manager of Flebasa, a shipping company based in Spain.

From 1989 until 1995 – Managing Director of all the Shipping Company within the Rodriquez Group.

From 1994 until 1997 – Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ustica Lines S.p.A., a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy.

From 1997 until 2006 – Member of the Board and Sales & Marketing Director of Rodriquez Cantieri Navali S.p.A., a shipbuilder company based in Messina, Italy.

From 1998 until 2017 – Honorary Spanish Consul for the region of Messina, Italy.

From 1999 – Co-Founder of Balearia, a shipping company bases in Denia, Spain.

From 2007 until 2011 – Director Ferry Division of Unitramp Shipbrokers based in Naples, Italy.

From 2011 until 2013 - member of the board of Hellenic Sea Ways, a shipping company based in Pireus, Greece.

From 2011 till july 2015 – Chairman and Managing Director of Tirrenia – Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione spa, a shipping company based in Naples, Italy.

From July 2015 till 2017 – Managing Director of Liberty Lines spa, a shipping company based in Trapani, Italy.

From 2015 till 2017 – Member of the Board of Confitarma, the Italian Shipowners Association.

From March 2016 till 2017, President and Managing Director of Siremar – Società Navigazione Siciliana, a shipping company based in Palermo, Italy.

From Jan 2018 till April 2020, Member of the Board and General Manager, Operations of Balearia – Eurolineas Maritimas, a shipping company based in Denia (Alicante) – Spain.

From April 2020 till present, Managing Director and founder of Malta Shipbroker International Ltd, a brokerage company based in Malta.

From May 2021 till present, Managing Director of Trasmed GLE SL, a Grimaldi Group shipping Company based in Valencia – Spain.

Morena Pivetti, born in 1958, San Prospero (Modena), professional journalist since 1984, specialized in economics, infrastructures, transport and logistics, now free lance.
As a free lance, in 2018 she started contributing articles to a number of different magazines, including Fortune Italia, Tuttoitaliano, TTS Italia, Logistica&Trasporti and to Repubblica.it for a project focused on EU structural funds.

From March 2022 she has been acting as a consultant to Italy’s Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility on the strategic Plan of Transport and Logistics and previously from September 2017 to May 2018 on a communication plan called “Connecting Italy”.   

From February 2001 to January 2018 she worked for Il Sole 24 Ore Group, the main economic publishing company in Italy (daily newspaper, newswire, radio); up to the end of 2011 she was deputy chief editor of Il Sole24Ore Trasporti e Logistica, a biweekly magazine focusing on infrastructures, transport and logistics; from 2013 she was deputy chief editor of ItalyEurope24, the digital English daily edition of Il Sole 24 Ore for foreign readers.
She acts as a consultant and as a facilitator/moderator in events, workshops and roundtables on economics, infrastructures and transport.

Guy Platten was appointed Secretary General of ICS in August 2018.

He has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited, and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Platten’s career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship.

Ms. Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up her role as Executive Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency on 1 January 2019, leading the Agency’s work and development under the oversight of the Administrative Board. Prior to joining EMSA, Ms. Markovčić Kostelac was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure. A maritime law graduate with a Master’s in Legal Science, Ms. Markovčić Kostelac has long-standing experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sector.

Mikael Mäkinen has over 40 years of experience from high-level management and leadership positions in the marine industry. Previously he has been President of Rolls Royce Marine, President of MacGregor, and President and CEO of Cargotec Corporation, and held several high-level positions at Wärtsilä as well as various board positions. He has strong leadership skills and broad experience in strategy turnarounds and mergers and acquisitions. He holds a Master of Science degree from Helsinki University of Technology as well as several executives and leadership programs from well-known universities globally.

Current Positions of Trust

Since 2022 - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Corvus Energy AS
Since 2022 - Member of the Board of Directors, SSAB
Since 2020 - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Aker Arctic Oyj
Since 2019 - Chairman of the Board of Directors, Valmet Oyj
Since 2018 - Member of the Board of Directors, Finnlines

Personal Information

  • Married since 1986, two sons (1988, 1995)
  • Military training, Finnish Navy 1981, promoted post service to Lieutenant
  • Languages: Swedish (mother tongue) Finnish (fluent) English (fluent) German (intermediate) French (basic)
  • Hobbies include literature, hunting, travel, skiing and biking

Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, specialized and working in sustainable energy systems for ships. Currently working at European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport – Maritime Transport unit. In the Commission, Ricardo is engaged in the development, negotiation and preparatory work for implementation of the FuelEU regulation, under the Fit for 55 package. In addition, In DG-MOVE, Ricardo is also the chair of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum on Sustainable Alternative Fuels & Power Systems for ships (ESSF – SAPS), an expert group assisting the Commission with all different aspects related to the development, promotion, identification of barriers and scientific discussion related to alternative fuels and power systems. At international level, Ricardo is part of the IMO working group on development of the IGF Code and associated interim guidelines for the safe use of alternative fuels.

Before joining the European Commission, Ricardo worked in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for seven years, responsible for technical and scientific support to the Commission on several topics of Ship Safety and Sustainability/Pollution Prevention.

In addition to the above, Ricardo has Classification Society experience, having worked in the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), in London, integrating the Advanced Analysis team, as well as previous experience as a Marine Engineer onboard naval ships and Naval Architect responsible for shipyard/dockyard work.

Ugo Salerno is Chairman and CEO of RINA, inspection, certification and consulting engineering multinational with more than 160 years of history.
In 2021, RINA reported net revenues of 533 million Euros and now employes over 4,600 people in 200 offices in 70 countries worldwide.
Following his honours degree from the University of Naples in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 1976, he moved to Genoa’s  in 1977 to work for Italcantieri.
In 1980, he starts working for Fermar in Ravenna, first as Superintendent and later as Technical Manager.>
In 1988, he became Fleet Manager of Bulkitalia, part of the Coeclerici Group.
With Coeclerici he held several executive positions including CEO of Coeclerici Shipping, Coeclerici Logistics since 1996 and Vice President of Coeclerici Trading.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RINA S.p.A. in 2002 and, from 2012, also Chairman. Through a complex restructuring process and relaunching of the company, he diversified the business and led RINA to internationalization.
He’s been Chairman of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) and Director of VSL Investment Fund, Fondazione Ansaldo and of Cassa di Risparmio della Spezia.
He was member of Confidustria Nazionale and Director of UCINA - Unione Nazionale dei Cantieri e delle Industrie Nautiche e Affini.
He has been a Director of ITIC P&I Club (International Transport Intermediaries Club Limited).
He is Councillor of the Galliera Hospital in Genova and Chairman of Promostudi La Spezia – Participation Foundation for the Promotion of Higher Education Studies in La Spezia.
Since 2013 he is member of the TIC Council Global Board (formerly IFIA - International Federation of Inspection Agencies).
In 2013 he was also appointed Cavaliere del Lavoro della Repubblica Italiana (the highest civil honour in Italy). Since October 2019 he is the Chairman of the Gruppo Ligure dei Cavalieri del Lavoro.

Francesco Di Sarcina held the role of Technical Manager at the Port Authority of Messina for several years and was Secretary General of the same Authority. Graduated in Civil Engineering and specialized in structural, geotechnical and infrastructural engineering, he has significant experience gained in the sectors of transport economy and of port planning. Since March 2022, Mr. Di Sarcina has been holding the role of President of the Port System Authority of Eastern Sicilian Sea.


Policy Officer
Head of Energy Saving, R&D and Ship Design
Chairperson of the Board
Managing Director
Executive Director
President of the Board
Managing Director
Secretary General
Chairman and CEO


Arrival of guests at Naples airport or train station. Transfer to the reserved hotels in Sorrento.
Dinner at the respective hotels
Conference registration at the Hilton Sorrento Palace Congress Center
Beginning of XXV Euro-Med Convention From Land to the Sea. Speeches

Auditorium Sirene
Panel Debate
Buffet Lunch
Grimaldi Agents Annual meeting
Auditorium Sirene
(for the Grimaldi Agents and staff only)
Press conference
Sala L'Affresco
(for the media only)
Grimaldi Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner. Gala Dinner
Sala L'Alba
(formal dress)
DAY 3OCTOBER 1, 2022
Day excursion
(registered guests only)
Inter-Agency meetings
Hilton Sorrento Palace Congress Center
(for the Grimaldi Agents and Staff only)
Typical buffet dinner
L'Agrumento (casual dress)
DAY 4OCTOBER 2, 2022
Transfer of guests from the hotels to Naples airport or train station.


Departure from the hotel at 09.30 am, expected return at 5.00 pm. Lunch included.
Pompeii can be considered the only archaeological site that provides a complete picture of an ancient Roman city.

Departure from the hotel at 09.00 am, expected return at 5.00 pm. Lunch included.
The most popular towns on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Amalfi and Positano have a peculiar architecture that climbs along the rock.


The XXV Euro-Med Convention will be held from 29th September to 2nd October 2022.
During the gala dinner of Friday, the winners of the 2022 Grimaldi Excellence Awards will be announced.
The typical dinner of Saturday will be animated by the live performance of the italian renowed singer Peppino di Capri.


Hilton Sorrento Palace
Via Rivolo Sant'Antonio 13, 80067 Sorrento, Italia