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CrewConnect Global 2023


Mintra will be exhibiting and speaking at the leading maritime industry conference at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines from 21-23 November 2023. Meet the team at stand 10&11 or take the opportunity to hear Mintra’s CTO Siren Berge discuss the 4th industrial revolution in maritime and Innovation Director Valentinos Steliou present on how to deliver for the seafarer of tomorrow.

Mintra’s CTO Siren Berge will be speaking as part of a panel on how big data, automation, remote operations and efficiency are all terms which have moved beyond hype and are the centre of future strategies, as well as the key to operational performance at all levels. Siren will discuss how technology has transformed the way learning is consumed with new ecosystems, self-directed and Learning in the flow of work changing the landscape.

Innovation Director Valentinos Steliou will look into the future learning requirements of seafarers and the role data will play in preparing global crews for the everchanging competency landscape. He will focus on the importance of availability of tools for the upskilling and reskilling the next generation of seafarers.

Mintra is a Platinum Sponsor for this year’s event and the team will be demonstrating a range of products and services including the industry-leading learning management system Trainingportal, OCS HR crew management and payroll system as well as the latest Virtual Reality (VR) and Extended Reality (XR) technologies.

CrewConnect Global brings together organisations from across maritime to discuss the key themes and difficulties currently faced by the industry.

Big Industry Issues: Future proofing crew for the 4th industrial revolution

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 09:25 - 10:15 (SGT)

Siren Berge, CTO, Mintra

Big data, optimization, automation, remote operations, efficiency are all terms which have moved beyond hype and are the centre of all future strategies, as well as the key to performance at all levels of an operation. Technology has transformed our society, economy and our psyches in deep and irreversible ways and the process will only continue.

With this in mind, and given that technology is the backbone of the mechanism which will eventually lead the industry to achieving its goals, we turn our attention to:

  • New Learning Ecosystem
  • Supporting Self-directed Learning
  • Learning in the Flow of Work

Siren was appointed CTO in 2019, after serving several years as COO of Mintra. Siren has extensive experience in leading international operations, strategic decision-making, business development for specialist ERP software organisations, pioneering strategic business initiatives, leading specialist teams and providing technical thought leadership to drive forward sales growth. Over the past 30 years, Siren has held a number of senior management positions, CEO of Emisoft AS, Product and Project Director in Emisoft AS, Director of manufacturing and industry solutions in Hands ASA, and Partner and CEO of Emma EDB.

Industry Keynote: Delivering for the Seafarer of tomorrow

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 16:00 - 16:15 (SGT)

Valentinos Steliou, Innovation Director (MD Cyprus), Mintra

  • Developing maritime crew through innovative learning solutions
  • Utilising the right data at the right time to prepare the crew for the future
  • Remaining proactive, driving growth in an ever-changing competency landscape
  • Upskilling and reskilling for the future

Valentinos was appointed as Innovation Director for Mintra following the acquisition of Safebridge GmbH in 2021, leading the company’s Human Resource Management software. He has a diverse background in business and product development, project management, and finance, supporting the operations and strategic positioning of organisations for over 15 years.

Valentinos has great experience and a successful track record in strategy design, product release, and positioning principles, within the maritime industry. Before joining Safebridge in 2016, Valentinos provided business development services for start-ups and held senior management positions in the construction and automotive industries.

Meet the team

Kevin Short

Chief Executive Officer


Kjetil Flood
Chief Commercial Officer


Siren Berge
Chief Technology Officer


Frank Furnari
CEO & Founder


Gisa Paredes
Chief Strategy & Commercial Officer


Emmanolia Kolias

Channel Director


Tomas Lindberg

Head of Global Sales & Support


Valentinos Steliou
Innovation Director
(MD Cyprus)