Academic Keynote Speaker


                                                                                     Prof. Volker Skwarek, Professor of Embedded Systems                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hamburg University of Applied Sciences 

Prof. Volker Skwarek is Professor for Embedded Systems and head of the research and transfer center for digital business processes at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He leads the research group DLT³-Hamburg, focusing on scalable protocols and architectures for security in distributed (IoT-)systems. His previous assignments included management positions in major automotive companies, leading departments for electronics development and research & innovation. His research interests focus on ultra-low-power IoT-systems and their data security using Byzantine- and crash-fault-tolerant protocols. Apart from fundamental research topics on identities and trust in digital systems, software design patterns for legally binding smart contracts, trust transfer between blockchains and blockchain-enabled operating systems, he and his team work on practical applications for blockchain-sensor-connections in professional industrial environments. Prof. Skwarek holds multiple patents, has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored 2 books. He is part of several reviewing boards of international blockchain and distributed ledger journals. Additionally, Prof. Skwarek holds 4 national and international prizes for research and education. Additionally, he is very active in national and international standardisation of blockchain and distributed ledger systems. He holds a convenor position in ISO TC 307 for WG 3 “Smart Contracts”.

         Industry Keynote Speaker


                                                           Evelyn Eggers, Director of Business Development                                                                                                                                                                         DAKOSY Datenkommunikationssystem AG                                                                                                                                                                                    

After completing her degree in economics at the University of Hamburg, Evelyn Eggers began her career as an EDP consultant. Her first project at DAKOSY was designing a software application for Liner Agents to organise the Container Hinterland Transport. During her 30 years as part of the DAKOSY team, Ms. Eggers has gone on to be responsible for various software projects all dealing with Container Transport, Customs and/or EDI. In addition to these customer-driven projects, Ms. Eggers has also led many successful research projects funded by national initiatives and EU grants focusing on cross-border data exchange, Customs and Container Transport. Ms. Eggers has a long history with DAKOSY in analysing business processes and setting up harmonised and standardised messages. She worked on standardising messages for rail and road transport and interactions of all partners in the supply chain. From 2001 to 2015, Ms Eggers was in charge of DAKOSY’s Sales Department. Since 2015 she has been Director of Business Development for DAKOSY. Ms. Eggers represents DAKOSY at the IPCSA, the International Port Community Systems Association, as well as at several other international bodies and associations.


                                                                             Closing Keynote Speaker


                                                                            Dr. Ralf Belusa, Managing Director - Digital Business & Transformation                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hapag-Lloyd AG

Ralf is currently Managing Director at Hapag-Lloyd leading the global digital business and driving the global digital transformation and change in 125 Countries. He is Member of the Board of Directors - Supervisory Board of a Fortune Global 500 company. He was Chief Digital Officer within a Family Office. Was Senior Director at one of the largest global Online Marketing Network, was an Executive at one of the largest Online Retailers in Germany, co-founder of startups, and sits on multiple advisory boards. Learned writing code at the age of 6, and started his first software company at the age of 16. Ralf studied a year astrophysics and immunology, wrote his doctoral thesis in medicine/human cell research, master and diploma thesis in nanotechnologies and system theory and advises the German Federal Government, Daimler, Top eCommerce-, Marketing, Healthcare-, Pharma and SpaceTechnology companies, and acts as a mentor and investor at Microsoft Ventures. He is a lifetime learner, TEDx speaker, passionate about identifying new innovative business and nurturing talent, and strives to stay hungry and humble forever. And if there is some time he loves playing guitar with his friends.