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    • Monday | 10:00am
    • 1, 10:00am - 11:30am
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Roger Blum (Cruise & Port Advisors)
      Panelists:
      Antonella Aloschi (Aloschi Bros), Francesco Brazzini (Italian National Tourist Board), Bruce Krumrine (Princess Cruises), Robert Lepisto (SeaDream Yacht Club), Carmen Morosan (Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services)
      Sector: Destinations
      Session Type: World Cruise Tourism Summit
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Monday | 2:15pm
    • 1, 2:15pm - 3:45pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom A
      Moderator:
      Luis De Carvalho (Bermello, Ajamil & Partners Europe)
      Panelists:
      Sandra Diana Bratland (Cruise Norway AS), Nathan Dundas (Antigua & Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association), Michel Nestour (Carnival Corporation & plc), Captain Luigi Pastena (MSC Cruises), Anne Sophie Peyran (French Riveira Ports Authority), Mary Shaw-Delaney (Silversea Cruises)
      Sector: Destinations
      Session Type: World Cruise Tourism Summit
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Tuesday | 9:30am
    • 1, 9:30am - 11:30am
      Location:  Terminal 4
      Moderator:
      Susan Li (CNBC)
      Panelists:
      Frank Del Rio (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd), Arnold Donald (Carnival Corporation), Richard Fain (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), Pierfrancesco Vago (MSC Cruises)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Keynote
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Tuesday | 12:30pm
    • 1, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Carolyn Spencer Brown (Cruise Critic)
      Panelists:
      Tal Danai (ArtLink), Ido Garini (Studio Appétit), Michal Jackiewicz (Tillberg Design), Andy Yuill (SMC Design)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Bud Darr (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Speaker:
      Aziz Bamik (GTT North America)
      Panelists:
      John Grubic (Shell), Peter Keller (EVP, TOTE, Inc), Paolo Moretti (RINA Services), Tom Strang (Carnival Corporation)
      Sector: Environmental, Health & Wellness, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Tuesday | 2:00pm
    • 1, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Adam Snitzer (MSC Cruises)
      Panelists:
      Palemia Field (ABB Marine), Josh Leibowitz (Carnival), Jörgen Strandberg (Wärtsilä)
      Sector: Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      John F. Tercek (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd)
      Panelists:
      Chih-Wen Cheng (Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Co., Ltd.), Hiroshi Ishihara (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)), Eui-Keun Kim (Jeju International University), Kevin Lynskey (PortMiami), Arnt Møller (Copenhagen Malmö Port), Sacha Rougier (Cruise Gate Hamburg)
      Sector: Destinations, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 2:00pm - 2:15pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Speaker:
      Bud Darr (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Tuesday | 2:30pm
    • 1, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderator:
      John Sifling (Broad Reach Maritime, LLC)
      Panelists:
      Rob Balloch (MARSS SAM, A MARSS Group Company), Richard Garcia (Southwest Research Institute), Mark Kosloski (McRoberts Security Technologies), Jay Robinson (FLIR Systems, Inc.), Rob Sprecher PMP (MorphoTrak), Matt Winans (Surveillance International), Anthony Zagami (Security Identification Systems Corp. (aka) SISCO)
      Sector: Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations, Ship Services
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Tuesday | 3:30pm
    • 1, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom A
      Moderator:
      Elisabetta De Nardo (Ports & Destinations Committee Chair, CLIA Europe)
      Speakers:
      Patrick Clark (Avalon Waterways), David Dingle (Carnival UK), Gianluca Suprani (MSC Cruises)
      Panelists:
      Willy Hansen (Port of Skagen, Denmark), Carla Salvadó (Global Ports Holding), Monic Van der Heyden (Cruise Port of Amsterdam)
      Keynote:
      Kyriakos (Kerry) Anastassiadis (Chairman, CLIA Europe)
      Sector: Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Ship Equipment, Safety & Security
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Wednesday | 9:00am
    • 1, 9:00am - 11:00am
      Location:  Palm Ballroom A
      Moderator:
      Sarina Bratton (Deputy Chair, CLIA Australasia)
      Speakers:
      Jill Abel (Australian Cruise Association), Annie Chang (Singapore Tourism Board), Mitsuo Kubo (Ishikawa Prefectural Government), Anthony Lau (Hong Kong Tourism Board), Gavin Smith (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd), Harry Sommer (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd), Debbie Summers (Cruise New Zealand), Jan Swartz (Princess Cruises), Ketut Sediya Yasa (Cruise Asia by Destination Asia), Capt Hernan Zini (Royal Caribbean cruises Ltd)
      Sector: Destinations, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Wednesday | 9:30am
    • 1, 9:30am - 12:00pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderators:
      Darcy Noricks (VGF Security Solutions, LLC), John Sifling (Broad Reach Maritime, LLC)
      Panelists:
      Sam Harvill (Port Everglades Department, Broward County), Carmen Morosan (Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services), Paul Rosen (U.S Department of Homeland Security), CAPT Harry Schmidt (National Maritime Intelligence Office (NMIO)), Charles Sitkoff (Delta Airlines), George Taylor (iJet International), George Varghese (Rais Hassan Saadi Group, Cruise Division, UAE), David Vass, CTIE (Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management)
      Sector: Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations, Destinations, Ship Services
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Wednesday | 11:00am
    • 1, 11:00am - 12:00pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Chuck Sackermann (Digital Video Systems)
      Panelists:
      Gregory Martin (O3b Networks Ltd.), Tennyson LaJeunesse (RedCell Technologies), Reza Rasoulian (Carnival Cruise Line), Joe Spytek (ITC Global), Spencer Wang (Netflix)
      Sector: Information Technology
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 11:00am - 12:00pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Bud Darr (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Panelists:
      Ryan Allain (MSC Cruises), Henrik Badin (Scanship), Rich Pruitt (RMP Sustainability, LLC)
      Sector: Environmental, Health & Wellness, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Wednesday | 12:30pm
    • 1, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Paul Brady (Conde Nast Traveler)
      Panelists:
      Gordon Ho (Princess Cruises), Michael Klein (Adobe), Barbara Muckermann (Silversea Cruises), Ole Kristian Sivertsen (Global Eagle)
      Sector: Hotel Operations, Information Technology
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Wednesday | 1:00pm
    • 1, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderator:
      Rob Griffiths (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Panelists:
      Brandi Baldwin (U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters), Marco Bognolo (Fincantieri S.p.A.), Niels Fraende (Viking Lifesaving Equipment A/S), Peter Hatecke (Hatecke GmbH), Captain Antonio Prestigiacomo (Lloyd's Register North America, Inc, Lloyd's Register Marine & Offshore)
      Sector: Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Wednesday | 2:00pm
    • 1, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Liz Gammon (Access Cruise)
      Panelists:
      David Vass, CTIE (Abercrombie & Kent Destination Management), Paul Brady (Conde Nast Traveler), Amy Agramonte, Valérie Conan (.), Glen Gardner (.), Charlette Seidel (.)
      Sector: Destinations
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Tony Peisley (Author, End of the Beginning for Cruising)
      Panelists:
      Maurizio Cergol (FINCANTIERI S.p.A.), Ramon De Lara (Navantia), Peter Fetten (Carnival Corporation & plc), Karl J. Pojer (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises), Lawrence Zammit (FINCANTIERI S.p.A.)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Wednesday | 3:00pm
    • 1, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderator:
      Mike Inman (Maritime, Environmental & Regulatory Operations Support and Consulting)
      Panelists:
      Helge Hermundsgard (DNV-GL - Maritime), Joe Westbrook (Proton360 Communications), Captain Bill Wright
      Sector: Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations, Ship Services
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Wednesday | 3:30pm
    • 1, 3:30pm - 5:30pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom A
      Moderator:
      Anne Kalosh (Seatrade Cruise Review/Seatrade Cruise News)
      Speakers:
      José R. Izquierdo II (Puerto Rico Tourism Company), Sebastián Montero (Andes Consultants), Carmen Ortega (Port of Vancouver), Amy Powers (CruiseMaine USA)
      Panelists:
      Charlie Ball (Holland America Group), Mark Conroy (Silversea Cruises), Claudius Docekal (Crystal Cruises), Christine Duffy (Carnival Cruise Line), Roberto Fusaro (MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.), Camille Olivere (Norwegian Cruise Line), Andy Stuart (Norwegian Cruise Line)
      Keynote:
      Michele Paige (FCCA)
      Sector: Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Thursday | 9:00am
    • 1, 9:00am - 11:30am
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderator:
      Bud Darr (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Panelists:
      John Bos (Cybrex, LLC), Eric Freeburg (GE/Wurldtech), Howard Fireman (American Bureau of Shipping), Captain Verne Gifford (U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters), Austin Murphy (CrowdStrike, Inc.), Giles Noakes (Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO)), Paul Rosen (U.S Department of Homeland Security), Alex Soukhanov (United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC)), Steve Orrin (Intel Corp.)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Ship Services
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Thursday | 9:30am
    • 1, 9:30am - 11:00am
      Location:  Palm Ballroom A
      Moderator:
      Captain Ben Lyons (Expedition Voyage Consultants)
      Speaker:
      Sven Lindblad (Lindblad Expeditions)
      Panelists:
      Markus Aarnio (Foreship), Navin Sawhney (PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions), Daniel Skjeldam (Hurtigruten)
      Sector: Destinations, Ship Equipment, Environmental, Health & Wellness
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Thursday | 11:00am
    • 1, 11:00am - 12:00pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Donald Brown (Cruise Lines International Association)
      Panelists:
      Dr. Robert Bargatze (Site Head Takeda Vaccines Inc.), Mel Skipp (Carnival Corporation & plc), CDR Aimee Treffiletti (USPHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Sector: Environmental, Health & Wellness
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 11:00am - 12:00pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Adam Snitzer (MSC Cruises)
      Panelists:
      Van Anderson (Avoya Travel), Michael Klein (Adobe), Troy Martin (Miami Air International)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
    • Thursday | 12:00pm
    • 1, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
      Location:  Floridian Ballroom
      Moderator:
      Kierstin Del Valle (Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA))
      Panelists:
      Drummond Fraser, CAPT Ben Hawkins (U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters), Captain Ben Lyons (Expedition Voyage Consultants, Ltd.), Captain Christopher Hearn (The Marine Institute), Captain David (Duke) Snider (Martech Polar Consulting, Ltd.), Trond Spande (Safe Yards)
      Sector: Safety & Security, Ship Equipment, Information Technology, Hotel Operations, Destinations, Ship Services
      Session Type: Safety & Security Symposium
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass, Exhibitor Pass, Show Floor Only Pass, Travel Agent Pass
    • Thursday | 1:00pm
    • 1, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
      Location:  Palm Ballroom B
      Moderator:
      Hannah Sampson (Skift)
      Panelists:
      Bonnie Levengood (MSC Cruises), Caroline Lombardi (Carnival)
      Sector: Design & Ship Interiors, Destinations, Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Ship Equipment
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
      1, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
      Location:  222/223
      Moderator:
      Jacqueline Gifford (Travel & Leisure)
      Speaker:
      Ashish Pandaya (Art of Living)
      Panelists:
      Sandra Foyil (Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea), Antony Papageorgiou (PURE Marine Solutions), James Rodriguez (Oceana Cruises), Cody Patrick (Sunset Harbor Innovative Fitness Training)
      Sector: Environmental, Health & Wellness, Hotel Operations
      Session Type: Conference Session
      Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass
  • George VargheseGeneral Manager - CommercialRais Hassan Saadi Group, Cruise Division, UAE

    George Varghese is General Manager of the Cruise Division of the Rais Hassan Saadi Group, headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His responsibility encompasses the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea ports. This translates on an average to over 100 calls during the 5 month plus Cruise season.

    George is also a qualified lawyer from the University of Madras, India and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute to Logistics and Transport –UK .

    With a career span over 35 years, George has been involved in all facets of Commercial shipping, including Port agency services, Stevedoring, Forwarding and Chartering. During the early part of his career in India, he supported numerous shipping lines including P&O, Bank line, Ellermans and Lloyd Triestino.

    In 1977, George was part of a P&O sponsored project team studying the introduction of Container ships to the Indian sub-continent. In 1982, he set up the Sealand Agency office in Madras. There, he developed Sealand's container service network up to Visakpatnam port and pioneered rail links to Container Freight stations in Bangalore, Guntur, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

    While in Madras, George got his first exposure to the Cruise line business, supporting calls by Cunard, P&O, and Hapag Lloyd's Cruise vessels. Relocating to Dubai in 1989, George was key member of the Dubai team, tasked with developing Cruise Ship calls to the city and the region. In 2006, the all-round efforts, saw George pioneering the "home porting " concept that has grown today to a very successful seasonal activity for the region. He managed to persuade many boutique and expedition type vessels to dock or anchor at unique ports and anchorages in the region including Kish Island and Bandar Abbas in Iran, Khasab, Sur and Masirah Island in Oman, Kuwait, Sir Baniyas Island and RAK Khor in UAE and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

    Throughout his career, George used his practical field experience & his legal background, to ensure that the interpretation of charter party or local regulations, at no time worked against his associates, be it a Cruise line or a port trying to build on the Cruise business in his region.


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