Navis World 2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Captain richard phillips

Hero of the High Seas & Real Life Inspiration for the Movie Captain Phillips; Captain of the Maersk Alabama, Hijacked by Somali Pirates

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Richard Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. 

To protect his crew, Captain Phillips made a conscious decision to put himself directly in harm's way, knowing full well that he might pay the ultimate price for his decision. Amid the standoff, he offered himself as a hostage.

The U.S. Navy responded to the scene, and negotiations were ongoing between the pirates and the captain of the USS Bainbridge. The standoff dragged on until Navy SEAL snipers saw one of the pirates aim his AK-47 machine gun at Capt. Richard Phillips's back and concluded he was in “imminent danger.”

Captain Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy a member of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots Union, and a licensed American merchant mariner. He became Captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009.

Book: "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea"

Steering Your Ship Through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips not only shares his compelling story - presented in his warm, highly personal style, but as a "floating CEO" in charge of the day-to-day operations of a multi-million dollar ship and the crew he managed, he also draws lessons from those dramatic events that can help you and your organization survive and thrive, even in these times when hope and support seem to be in very short supply.

In this presentation, Captain Phillips will discuss the vital importance of leadership and teamwork, combined with a belief in the power and potential of yourself and your team, as seen through the eyes of an unassuming hero who conquered an extraordinary challenge.

Guest Speakers

Christopher Surdak, JD

Technology Evangelist, Award-Winning Author, Engineer, Data Scientist, Rocket Scientist, and Global Expert in Information Governance, Analytics, Privacy Policy

Christopher Surdak is an industry-recognized expert in Mobility, Social Media and Analytics, Big Data, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, and Cloud Computing with over 20 years of experience. Mr. Surdak has held leadership roles with leading companies such as Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Siemens, Dell and Citibank.

Mr. Surdak began his career with Lockheed Martin Astrospace, where he was a spacecraft systems engineer and rocket scientist.

Books: "Jerk: Twelve Steps to Rule the World" and "Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities"

Session: Technology Disruption in Global Logistics: Leveraging Data and Digitization Across the Supply Chain

Today, customers have greater access to more of what they want or need than ever before. Using apps on their smartphones, consumers can have their needs met instantaneously, at the click of a button, perhaps with delivery by drone. This success has brought its own challenges, as many logistics companies struggle to survive increasing competition, commoditization and regulation. For some, the answer to these pressures is to leverage their information. By digitizing their value chain, logistics companies are creating entirely new products and services for entirely new customers.

In this session, Christopher Surdak will discuss how data is changing the business of global logistics and how effective management of data can radically transform a company’s business model and profitability.

Mark Coopersmith

Educator, Entrepreneur, Fortune 500 Executive and Author

Mark Coopersmith is a Senior Fellow and Faculty Director at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to current and future leaders at Cal and internationally. He has built and run global businesses for Sony and Newell Rubbermaid, has launched successful Silicon Valley startups (his ecommerce startup WebOrder is now owned by Google), and speaks often to audiences around the world.

Mark is a frequent media commentator, with insights featured in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Financial Times, Fast Company and Entrepreneur; and on media outlets from CNN to Fox News, NPR to The Huffington Post.

Book: "The Other 'F' Word" – co-authored with John Danner - helps leaders and teams put failure to work to drive innovation and growth

Session: The Silicon Valley Perspective: Acting and Succeeding Entrepreneurially Inside Your Company

What is it about Silicon Valley and its entrepreneurs that enables them to successfully launch new ventures, disrupt entire industries, develop new business models, and create exceptional value? And is it possible to succeed entrepreneurially inside a large established enterprise?

In this session, Mark Coopersmith will provide an overview of essential tools and skills, along with the mindset, of successful Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.