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April 2nd to April 4th, 2024
Hilton University of Houston
Houston, TX

Board of Advisors and Staff

Marco Ayala

Marco Ayala

Director ICS Security
1898 & Co., Burns & McDonnell

Meredith Austin

Meredith Austin, RADM (USGC, RETIRED)

President
Mer Crisis Advisors, LLC.

Rich Byrnes

Rich Byrnes

Chief Infrastructure Officer
Port Houston

Jeffrey DeCoux

Jeffrey DeCoux

Chairman
Autonomy Institute

Marco Ayala

Col. Michael Fossum USAFR (RET.)

Chief Operating Officer
Texas A&M University at Galveston

Robert Hawn

Robert Hawn

Vice President, Maritime Affairs
West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA)

Brian P. Hill

Brian P. Hill

Director, Western Gulf Gateway
U.S. Maritime Administration Dept. of Transportation

Geir-Eilif Kalhagen

Geir-Eilif Kalhagen

Director of Maritime Texas Dept. of Transportation

Vesa Koivumaa

Vesa Koivumaa

Head of Growth, Americas
Wärtsilä Voyage

Jeffrey DeCoux

Brian A. Shajari

Principal Consultant
ABS Global Government Services

Kevin Pollari

Kevin Pollari

Principal
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Darren Shelton

Darren Shelton

Chief Product Officer
FuelTrust

Jennifer States

Jennifer States

Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Elliott Vera

Elliott Vera

Americas Technology Project Manager Shell Shipping and Maritime

Program Staff

Elliott Vera

Kevin M. Clement

Executive Director, 2023
Port of the Future Conference
Division of Technology
University of Houston