Our jury

Adri Wischmann from IoT The Netherlands is an innovator, inventor, Internet-of-Things expert and Blockchainexpert with a passion for sharing his knowledge with students. As an entrepreneur he started his business in 1985 (a softwarehouse for financial software) but the last 7 years he switched to Internet-of-Things, Smart City applications and Blockchain. 

Adri is a big science fiction fan and thinks technology is the answer to 95% of the problems we as a society face. 

His favorite quote (by Arthur C. Clarke): “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”.




Averil Macdonald is Emeritus Professor of Science Engagement (University of Reading) and is currently Professor of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Birmingham. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list (2015) for services to women in science and engaging the public with science.  Averil is currently Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers in London, presiding over the Company’s charitable work alongside HRH the Earl of Wessex, The Company’s Royal Master, focusing on raising aspirations amongst young people from groups under-represented in STEM.

Jan Horck is Assistant Professor (retd) at World Maritime University with teaching experience since 1980. He is also visiting professor at IMO’s the International Maritime Safety Security Environement Academy(IMSSEA).  Jan have 15 years work experience on board ocean-going ships with an ethnic mixture from all parts of the world. His specialties are: Maritime education and training, human element in shipping, port performance indicators, quality assurance benchmarks, environmental awareness,port reception facilities, cargo handling. His most recent study is related to qualitative research in the maritime cluster.

Sabine’s work is related to the  Bonn Office of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) which is the major funding agency in Japan. At the JSPS Bonn Office she was in charge of alumni activities, edition of JSPS newsletter and organisation of scientific meetings and promotion events. Sabine has knowledge of the research landscape in Japan and Korea and takes care of the organization and coordination of intercultural events, managing an extensive network of contacts.


Prof. Dr. Jinchul Choi has a PhD in Intercultural Communication and expertise in Intercultural Communication, Diversity Management, Intercultural Management, Organizational Anthropology and Cultural Difference. He is the Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs, Division of Global Maritime Studies, College of Maritime Sciences from Korea Maritime & Ocean University in Busan, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Jason Zuidema is General Secretary of the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) and Executive Director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). These organizations help coordinate port-based seafarers’ welfare in ports around the world. Zuidema produced the Ship Welfare Visitor Course online for the UK’s Merchant Navy Welfare Board and serves as ‘voluntary association’ representative on the International Port Welfare Partnership project. Zuidema’s office is in Montreal, Canada.

Kristina Kjersem is a research scientist at Møreforsking institute in Norway and she holds a PhD in planning complex projects. Her main research interests include lean, project management, lean construction, as well as logistics and supply chain management. Her research is carried out in cooperation with leading companies and draws on empirical methods such as action research, case studies and design science. She is currently leading several research projects where solutions based augmented reality technology are developed and tested in managing and planning complex shipbuilding projects. Kristina teaches courses like “Logistics for additive manufacturing” and “Lean project planning and control” at Molde University College, Norway.

Marzia Cescon is EU Project Manager and Researcher at Smart Venice since 2018. She was previously Junior EU Project Officer at the Veneto Regional Administration for three years and she has contributed to a wide array of EU funded projects mainly focused on SMEs and sustainable development.

She run the implementation of the Gender4STEM and she was engaged in the coordination of the City Labs piloting activities in the frame of the Families_Share project. She also contributed in the elaboration of the contents for the DOCC in the frame of the GE Academy project. Currently she is working on the H2020 CALIPER project supporting Universities and Research Institutes in the design and implementation of Gender Equality Plans and institutional change processes. She is also in charge of financial reporting of EU projects.

In 2019 she has attended a course for trainers in “Gender, Women, Peace and Security” organized by the Human Rights Center of the University of Padua in collaboration with UNESCO, while in March 2021 she was part of the team of trainers attending the Train the Trainers program of the GE Academy project.


Mohamad is the Regional Manager of the Islamic P&I Club since 2008 and assists the Club in terms of the underwriting and the marketing prospective with his experience in the shipping industry mainly within the Islamic countries. At the same time, due to his knowledge background and lots of studies in the field of marine insurance, he became the perfect choice for managing the clients requirements in terms of the tailormade insurance policies. His extensive familiarity with the region, recently nominated him as the Club Regional Manager to further expand IPIC relations with the market. He has a Master of Science in Maritime Affairs (Shipping Management) at World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Customs and Financial Studies, Beirut Arab University.

Dr Joseph Yui-yip Lau is Lecturer at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) – Hong Kong Community College, Division of Business and Hospitality Management. He is an executive committee member of the Institute of Seatransport, an organising committee member of Wofoo Social Enterprises, Chairman of the Young Members Committee of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong. Dr Lau worked in the transport and logistics industry. His experience covers freight forwarding, third party logistics provider and air cargo terminal.