Setting Sail for a Digital Maritime Future: Next Wave Insights

Setting Sail for a Digital Maritime Future: Next Wave Insights

Setting Sail for a Digital Maritime Future: Next Wave Insights 2560 1920 Maritime Bergen

Module 4 of Next Wave Maritime Leadership Program 2022-2023 took place at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) Bergen campus and focused on Strategic Digitalization. The module built on the previous modules were the changing maritime landscape, strategic development and the green shift. To go with the theme of this module, the title for this article was generated by Chat.gpt based of the program content.

Day One

Day one started with an introduction to technology evolution and disruption with associate Professor, Espen Andersen, BI Oslo who utilized Harvard case pedagogy and started the morning with a case discussion. Are Folkestad from Kongsberg Maritime discussed AI and machine learning in the maritime sector using relevant cases from the industry. Together with Andersen, the two shined light on technological trends, resistance to change, how to manage digitalization and various considerations in regards to data, and opportunities to utilize machine learning or predictive analysis.

The first day ended with dinner at AVO Consulting where the participants had the opportunity to reflect on the academic learnings and tie it into their own company with a sofa discussion. Afterwards, the participants were divided into groups for a hackathon and got to experience low code technology hands-on.

Day Two

Day two started with focus on cybersecurity in the maritime industry with Joel Scanlan, Associate Professor II at HVL. As digitalization increases and firms become more connected, they also become more vulnerable, making cybersecurity a top priority. Making systems secure by design and focusing on user centricity are key elements of cyber risk management. The participants also worked in groups and discussed challenges and considerations that are important in cybersecurity.

The module then dived into the realm of digital ethics with Vedrana Jez, Associate Professor at HVL. The participants also worked on a whilstleblowing and digital ethics case, where they discussed virous ethical situations.

Module 4 was rounded off by Professor Randi Lunnan from BI who connected key themes and topics with previous modules, and an opportunity for groups to work on their project cases.


Mentor Program

As part of the Next Wave Maritime Leadership Program, all participants are also participants in the WISTA Maritime Meetup Program, a mentor program where each participant is matched with a high level leader in the industry for mentorship throughout the year. Prior to module 4, participants and mentors were invited to a Midyear Meetup at Framo. The event had a mix of networking, company presentation, and discussions on personal and professional development.



One of a kind!

The Next Wave Maritime Leadership Program is a new one of a kind leadership development and mentor program that will shape the next generation leaders for the maritime industry. This program marks the first time that Norwegian Business School BI and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences HVL cooperate and is one of the only executive educational programs geared towards maritime professionals. The 2022-2023 cohort consists of 24 high level maritime professionals with an average of 16 years of experience.

Module 5

The next module will take place in Bergen in cooperation with EY and focus on Diversity on the 20th of April.

If you have candidates in your company that are interested in participating in the next cohort of Next Wave, please express your interest to

Thank you again to all of our sponsors and partners in cooperation!








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