Speakers

Marika Calfas

Marika Calfas

Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports

Biography

Marika Calfas is the Chief Executive Officer of NSW Ports, the private sector organisation responsible for managing Port Botany and Port Kembla and the intermodal terminals at Cooks River and Enfield in New South Wales, Australia. Marika has over 20 years’ experience in the port sector across a range of portfolio areas including port planning and development, infrastructure management, strategy, sustainability and environment. Marika represents the sector advising government on industry reform agendas including the Federal Government’s Simplified Trade System Industry Advisory Committee. She is also a Director of TT Club, an international insurer for the transport and logistics industry, Deputy Chair of Ports Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia and Council member of the Australian Logistics Council. Marika was a PIANC Australia Board member from 2012 to 2018 and Australia’s representative to PIANC’s Environmental Commission from 2012 to 2023. Marika holds an Engineering Degree (Environmental), Masters of Engineering Management and Masters of Environmental Law.

Eranda Kotelawala

Eranda Kotelawala

Chief Executive Officer Solomon Islands Ports Authority

Biography

Eranda Kotelawala was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Islands Ports Authority in February 2017. Prior to that, he was the COO of Fiji Ports Corporation Limited managing five major ports of entry into Fiji. Eranda brings 25 years of management experience predominantly in shipping and several other industry verticals from Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, South Africa, Sultanate of Oman, and Singapore. He has consulted on Business Process Re-engineering Projects in major Port projects in the South Pacific, the Gulf Region and South Africa. Eranda holds a master’s degree in management from Aberdeen Business School and further specialized in Business Process Re-Engineering and Franchise Business in Entrepreneurship. He is a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, Fellow of Chartered Management Institute UK, Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute UK, He is also a full member of Institute of Management Consultants Australia. Eranda is also the current IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors) Vice President for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Professor Richard de Grijs

Professor Richard de Grijs

National Maritime Museum

Biography

Representing the Australian National Maritime Museum, Richard de Grijs is a prolific public speaker with in-depth knowledge of maritime history. Richard holds professional appointments as both professor of astrophysics at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) and Executive Director of the International Space Science Institute–Beijing, a 25% secondment. He recently published the first detailed biography of William Dawes, the astronomer assigned to the “First Fleet” from England to Australia (1787–1788), his second history of science book following the the publication of Time and Time Again: Determination of Longitude at Sea in the 17th Century (2017). Richard spends his weekends as volunteer guide on the Maritime Museum’s historical (replica) tall ships. In addition to numerous academic accolades, in 2022 he was awarded the Blacktown Mayoral History Prize (Sydney). That year, he also received the Hella Mannheimer Award from the Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities (Chicago, USA).

(Captain) Philip Holliday

(Captain) Philip Holliday

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Port Authority of New South Wales

Biography

As a qualified Master Mariner, Philip has spent his entire career in the maritime industry both in the UK and Australia. Philip worked as the Southampton and then Sydney Harbour Master until, in 2019, he was appointed as the CEO and Director of Port Authority of New South Wales.

In his roles Philip has overseen significant growth in vessel size and number and he continues to work towards maximising the safety, efficiency, utilisation and understanding of all port operations throughout NSW.

Philip is also committed to providing for long-term sustainable port operations as he works to deliver the first shore power enabled cruise terminal in the southern hemisphere and the first shore power enabled bulk precinct in the world.

Philip is a Director of Ports Australia, Australia’s peak body representing the port sector and is also Chair of the Australian Cruise Association.

Mike Gallacher

Mike Gallacher

CEO, Ports Australia

Biography

Mike Gallacher started his working life as a police officer at the age 19. He worked in various areas of the force during his 16-year career including internal investigations, criminal investigations and special operations.

During his time as an officer Mike also became involved in the local Liberal Party Branch. He eventually ran for a seat in the NSW Legislative Council in 2003 and won. In 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Police in the New South Wales Shadow Cabinet and was appointed the portfolio of Shadow Minister for the Hunter in April 2007.

Winning government in 2011, Mike was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

Leaving Parliament in 2017 he has now taken the role as CEO of Ports Australia, the peak industry body for the Australian Ports sector. Over the past five years Mike has been a strong and successful advocate for the port industry.

Dr Tomoya Shibayama

Dr Tomoya Shibayama

Institute Professor of Coastal Engineering, Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan

Biography

Dr. Tomoya Shibayama is an Institute Professor of Coastal Engineering at the Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a professor emeritus at Waseda University and Yokohama National University. He is one of Japan’s leaders in disaster risk mitigation, particularly regarding tsunamis, storm surges and high wind waves, including the influence of global warming on coastal disasters and coastal erosions. He uses a wide range of methodologies, including hydraulic laboratory experiments, field surveys and numerical simulations. He has led survey teams for all significant tsunami and storm surge events since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. In 2019, he won the Hamaguchi International Award for Enhancement of Tsunami/Coastal Disaster Resilience.

Videlina Georgieva

Videlina Georgieva

Managing Director, Svitzer Australia

Biography

Videlina Georgieva is Managing Director for Svitzer Australia, member of Svitzer’s global leadership team and a demonstrated leader in the maritime sector globally and in Australia. Prior to commencing as MD for Svitzer in 2023, she held the role of Global Chief Commercial Officer, heading Svitzer’s global commercial strategy and engagement, delivering year on year sustainable growth and increasing customer satisfaction results. Recognised as a transformational leader, she has also held Global and Regional Strategy and Business Development leadership roles with Svitzer, as well as experience with Maersk shipping. Videlina is a graduate of the Stanford Business School Executive Leadership Program.

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