In September 2012, Naji Abi-Aad started acting as COO to Petroleb, an oil company based in Beirut and active in petroleum exploration offshore the East Mediterranean.
Prior to his move to Lebanon, Dr Abi-Aad was serving for seven years in Qatar, first as Research Advisor for Qatar Petroleum and its Board of Directors Department, and as Media and Research Strategist in the Office of HE Qatar’s Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy & Industry, before being appointed Senior Advisor to the CEO of Qatar Petroleum International (QPI).
Dr Abi-Aad studied at the American University of Beirut before been awarded a Ph.D. degree in Energy Economics from Grenoble University in France.
Captain Al Ali started his career with NGSCO in 1996 and made his way through the ranks until he sailed as first UAE National Master on LNG carrier in 2008.
Later in 2009 he joined the head office of ADNATCO-NGSCO to serve as Operations Manager, Tanker Fleet Manager and since 2013 was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations supervising the Operations of all LNG, Tanker and Dry Bulk Fleets as well as Marine personnel.
He has been actively involved in sponsoring the energy efficiency project and maintenance optimization projects in ADNATCO-NGSCO and supported the takeover of 16 new deliveries.
He holds an Executive Master Degree in Business Administration from Zayed University and BSc degree in Maritime Business and Management from John Moores University in Liverpool.
Jamil Al Ali joined Kuwait Oil Tanker Company in 1985 on a Scholarship Program. He attended South Tyneside College as a Marine Engineering Cadet. Later, he joined the company fleet vessels in 1988 and sailed until 2002 serving in all the ranks up to Chief Engineer.
Mr Jamil had sailed onboard all classes of vessel in KOTC Fleet, Crude, Products and LPG from 1988 – 2002 and joined Kuwait Oil Tanker Company Head Office in 2002, where he worked in Fleet Engineering group until 2012 and since then heading KOTC Fleet New Building Projects Group.
Since 2006, Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi has been the CEO of Gulf Energy Maritime (GEM), considered one of the world’s most modern product and chemical tanker fleet operators. For over nine years, he has consistently and successfully steered the company into becoming a well-established and leading independent commercial product tanker operator in the Middle East.
Al Falahi represents the UAE in the council of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC). He is selected to be part of the Maritime Advisory Council established by Dubai Maritime City Authority and is also the Vice Chairman of UAE Shipping Association.
Prior to joining GEM, Al Falahi played a key management role in Etisalat, a UAE-based telecom giant, for eight years.
Mr Abdulrahman Essa Al Mannai has been the President and CEO of Milaha (formerly known as Qatar Navigation) since September 2015, and he leads all the business areas of the Milaha Group.
Prior to joining Milaha, Mr Al-Mannai led the commercial planning and allocation functions at Qatargas. Having spent his career with Qatargas, he has overseen many areas, including the commercial function of UK's South Hook LNG Terminal, which is Europe's largest LNG regasification terminal and handles a significant percentage of the UK's gas requirements.
Mr Al-Mannai's extensive experience in LNG, gas-to-liquids, condensates, shipping and commercial marketing has manifested in a strong record of success.
Mr Al-Mannai has a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Qatar Aeronautical College.
Having started his sea career in 1982, Sukerna Amirapu came ashore 8 years later. His post-sea career spans ship operations and management, business development and knowledge transfer across both hemispheres, mainly covering India, The Philippines, New Zealand and UAE.
He has been actively involved in maritime education since 1995, with particular emphasis on research involving the cultural dimension in knowledge transfer.
His involvement with the Australia, NZ and South Pacific Division of IMarEST as a vehicle to advance sea careers amongst the youth has generated considerable interest and success in the region.
Stavroula joined the Howe Robinson Partners (former ICAP Shipping) Tanker Research team in 2009 and has seven years of experience analysing the crude and product tanker markets. She heads a team of five analysts, operating from London and Singapore. She had previously worked for Lyras Maritime from 2006 and for MSC Greece S.A. from 2002. She holds a bachelor degree in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus and an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London.
Stavroula has performed over 200 Tanker Market presentations in 17 cities around the world and is regularly invited to contribute to clients’ Board and Management Meetings as an external strategy advisor. Stavroula is also a guest lecturer on the Oil and Tanker markets at Cass Business School and Henley University.
Capt Stephen Bligh is an internationally experienced professional Maritime Expert well versed in dealing with politicians and government departments. Extensive experience at sea, on a wide variety of ships, a qualified Master Mariner with command experience, followed by a successful and comprehensive career in ship management, at various levels, with an internationally recognised and respected Liner company. His present position is working for DNV GL as a Consultant in the Dubai office.
Stephen has 46 years’ experience in shipping. Prior to joining DNV GL, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, reporting directly to the Secretary of State for Transport. At the MCA he was accountable for all maritime matters within UK territorial waters.
A Marine Chief Engineer, Anil completed about 15 years of sea service before coming ashore. His sailing experience varied from Tankers, OBOs, General Cargo to Sheep & Orange Juice Carriers. He joined ITM in 1997 after having been a Superintendent for 3 years with other companies. Having completed 4 decades in this profession, his biggest motivator today is interacting with young officers and making them see the joys of working onboard ships. Post-retirement few years down the line, he would like to train youngsters in basic Finance & Man Management - Life skills he feels should be imparted to all school going children irrespective of the courses they choose to study. Anil is currently the GM of International Tanker Management.
Captain Lee Chee Seong joined UASC in 2015 bringing more than 30 years of extensive knowledge and technical expertise in the shipping industry.
Captain Lee is leading UASC’s Network Operations Department, with overall responsibility for more than 33 container vessels ranging from 4,000 TEU to the world’s greenest ultra-large 18,800 TEU container vessels.
Beginning his career at sea in 1980 as a Deck Cadet, Captain Lee quickly moved up the ranks to Master. He has held several key positions across the maritime industry, holding concurrent roles as Managing Director and Director, Fleet Personnel Department at NSSPL and later becoming Vice President & Head, Global Marine Operations at APL.
While serving as MD and Crewing Director, he formulated the long term crewing strategy for APL, achieving one of the lowest crewing cost with highest retention rate of seafarers in the Annual Containership Benchmarking Index by BCG for 2011, 2012, 2013.
Petroleum Policy Intelligence (PPI) founder and CEO Bill Farren-Price has 20 years experience in the energy industry, working both as a consultant and industry journalist focused on MENA energy and politics. Before establishing PPI, he led oil research at New York-based Medley Global Advisors. A former industry journalist, he held senior correspondent and editor posts with international news wires and edited the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES). Bill is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.
Currently CEO of Synergy Offshore, a Dubai based energy consultancy firm, Fazel Fazelbhoy was previously the CEO of Topaz Energy and Marine.
Fazel has more than 30 years of experience in the oil field services, marine and the energy sectors in multicultural and dynamic organisations. He has a proven track record of leadership and entrepreneurial growth, with a “hands-on” approach to team building and operations that spanned the Middle East, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Brazil and West Africa.
His significant exposure to M&A, turnarounds, business restructures, start-ups and the development of new markets in frontier territories allows him to provide a high calibre consultancy service to both trade and the financial sector that needs an in-depth industry perspective.
Capt Fekry is a Master Mariner and has 40 years of experience in the shipping industry. He was appointed CEO and Member of The Board of Directors after having served 3 years as Managing Director of Red Sea Marine Management, Dubai, one of Bihar International Co.’s companies, formerly Bakri Group of Companies.
Gamal was formerly Manager, Vetting and Clearance at BP Shipping in London where he served for 11 years. He was Regional Manager ME for Marine Assurance and seconded to The Supreme Petroleum Council of Abu Dhabi as a Marine Manager, where he set up ADNOC’s Vetting Department. He was also with Kuwait Oil Tanker Company for 24 years progressing from Cadet to Fleet Manager for the LPG and Products Fleet.
Capt Tony Field has 22 years in shipping, which includes eight years as Master serving on a wide range of different types of vessels (container ships, multi-purpose, Ro-Ro, car carriers, bulk carriers, general cargo, offshore and hovercraft).
Between 1996 & 2000 he operated his own Consultancy Company in the US Gulf specialising in supervising cargo operations on board/ashore, damage/condition surveys & incident investigation. Between 1994-1995 he spent 9 months as the Merchant Navy Liaison to the Royal Navy at Greenwich.
Capt Field joined Lloyd’s Register in 1994 as Surveyor/MMS auditor, managed the MMS for the EMEA between 1998 & 2008. In addition he specialised in accident investigation, risk assessment of vessels, companies and port/harbour operations, human factors in shipping plus the re-structuring of shipping related companies. Today he is responsible for all Commercial and Naval Business / Operational aspects of the Middle East & Africa Region.
With over 20 years of international experience in the financial markets, Tim Fox has been serving as Chief Economist of Emirates NBD in Dubai since November 2008.
In this capacity, he and his team support all the functions of the Bank. Tim is responsible for the development, coordination, and production of economic and financial analysis and reports, with a focus on global and regional economies and financial markets.
Prior to joining Emirates NBD, Tim worked at a number of investment banks in London and New York, where his focus ranged from the foreign exchange markets to G10 and emerging market economies.
Tim graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1985, and he is a frequent commentator on global and regional business events
Nikeel Idnani plays the pivotal role in promoting IMarEST activities by developing links with various stakeholders at regional level.
Nikeel is a Principal Consultant at DNV GL Middle East. During the past 12 years in Dubai, he has been marketing the maritime technical services and products for various international organisations. During this period he gained a MBA, whilst gathering commercial experience in the maritime business. Prior to migrating to Dubai, Nikeel was sailing as a Chief Engineer.
Ever since he was the honoured recipient of the IMarEST prize for graduate achieving best overall performance during the Advance Diploma of Marine Engineering (Chief Engineer) course at the Australian Maritime College, Nikeel has been motivated to make a difference within the maritime fraternity.
Gwynne Lewis is a naval architect by training, a graduate from Southampton University’s Ship Science course. He has broad experience in mathematical modelling, analytics, finance, planning and business operations.
Gwynne started his career within the Shipping Industry developing mathematical modelling technicques and real time simulation models. He then worked for IBM in a variety of roles including that of Business Analyst and Finance and Planning Manager; leaving IBM to join BMT SeaTech a small start up Naval Architecture consultancy firm. At BMT SeaTech he facilitated the development of a number of software-based tools for the simulation of vessel responses and analysis of hull stress and performance monitoring data becoming Managing Director, a position he held for 4 years. In 2009 Gwynne re-joined Lloyd’s Register and lead their Marine Product Development functiuon, becoming Global Head of Marine Consultancy in 2013 and Head of Data, Digital and Software in July 2016.
Gwynne is a Non Executive Director of LR Martec (a consultancy business in Canada) and of LR GMT Ltd (a fuel testing and analysis business based in the UK but with representatives worldwide).
Marcus Machin is a Law graduate of Cambridge University with senior shipping and project finance banking experience in London and Switzerland.
Resident in Dubai for 20 years, initially as the Finance Director for a major regional participant in the oil services and vessel owning sectors, prior to establishing arabCapital in 2000 and partnering with London based Tufton Oceanic Finance Group (‘TOFG’) in shipping and offshore sector finance and investment assignments.
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited (‘TOME’) a DIFC registered DFSA regulated asset manager, was established in 2006. TOME manages conventional and Shariah compliant funds invested in the marine sector on behalf of a number of GCC and international institutions. To date investments exceeding US$1,300.0m have been made by TOME whilst in aggregate TOFG manages in excess of US$2.0bn of assets, all invested in the international marine and offshore sectors.
I am a British/Canadian qualified lawyer practicing law since 2008. Before joining Fichte & Co, I spent over four years in Iran, establishing my international legal practice where I gained hands-on experience with the Iranian market, Iranian laws, and a well-established network of private and public sectors.
I run a two-fold practice at Fichte & Co. I advise my clients interested in entering Iran's emerging market with international compliance, due diligence, sanctions-related matters, and the Iranian rules and regulations including the steps towards demonstrating a presence in Iran, whether physical or contractual, and the necessary protections needed to be established successfully.
Additionally, living in Iran has given me the opportunity to develop strong connections with different industries, influential individuals and organizations. I assist my clients by introducing and matching them with the right entities in Iran. I accompany my clients through the steps so they can conduct business in the safest and most efficient way.
- Commander in Chief of Egyptian Navy from 2/9/2007 to 12/8/2012
- Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Navy from 1/2/2005 to 1/9/2007
- Chief of Naval Operations Department.
- Chief of Naval Training Department.
- Assistant to Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Navy.
- Commanding Officer of Alexandria Naval Base.
- Commanding Officer of Mattrouh Naval Base.
- Chief of Staff of Alexandria Naval Base.
- Chief of Staff of Mattrouh Naval Base.
- Commanding Officer of submarine Brigade.
Military Degrees :
- Advanced Senior Officers Course, 2000.
- Degree of Fellowship, Nasser Military Academy, 1993.
- Master Degree, Naval Science and Staff Collage, 1986.
- B. SC in Naval Studies, 1971.
- Various Courses and Scholarships in foreign countries.
- Logistics and Port Management Diploma from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport.
Patrick Murphy is a Partner, based in the Dubai office, specialising in International Trade Disputes and Sanctions.
With trade sanctions in the region developing at an ever increasing pace, Patrick regularly advises on the application of sanctions to domestic and international traders and businesses in the Middle East, including the application of UAE and EU sanctions against Iran and Syria.
He has advised clients on the implications and compliance with, sanctions across a variety of industries including the shipping, commodity trading, insurance, construction and energy industries and works regularly with Clyde & Co's US offices on the implication of US sanctions against Iran for clients in the region.
Patrick is also regularly quoted in the media in relation to sanctions issues and has been interviewed on CNN and BBC on the implications of sanctions for the business community in the Middle East.
Tim Power, Managing Director at Drewry, has worked for 33 years in the maritime sector.
With P&O Containers he had roles in container logistics and trade lane management, and supply chain management, project cargo, airfreight and consolidation services. In 1998 he joined International Asset Systems as one of the start-up team that developed and launched InterBox, a B2B exchange for container interchange.
In 2001 he set up his own company, specialising in e-business, supply chain engineering and container logistics. He joined Drewry as Head of Consulting in November 2004 and has worked on government policy, port development strategy, corporate strategy, and due diligence.
Tim has a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Mr Ali Shehab Ahmad is the Deputy CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC). In his current role, he oversees KOTC’s fleet operations, New Building Projects, Marine Agency Branch and the two LPG Filling Branches that supply LPG to the whole of Kuwait.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr Ali Shehab, a graduate of South Tyneside Marine College in the United Kingdom, successfully managed KOTC’s multi-billion dollar Fleet New Building Program to expand KOTC’s tanker fleet and induct modern environment-friendly technologies on board all the KOTC vessels.
He is a passionate champion of Sustainability initiatives in KOTC, and is also the Honorary Chairman of the DNV-GL Middle East Technical Committee since 2015.
Dr Asif Shuja is an Iran Analyst currently affiliated to the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA), New Delhi as a Research Fellow. He has over a decade of research experience on issues pertaining to Iran and has authored his forthcoming book, ‘India-Iran Relations under Nuclear Sanctions.’
Dr Shuja has done his Ph.D. on Iran’s Domestic Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has published several papers on the Iranian Nuclear Issue and Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal. He is currently involved in research and consultancy activities relating to the new opportunities and risks/challenges in doing business with Iran in the post-nuclear deal scenario. He regularly appears on the national and international television channels as discussant on Iran.
Katharina Stanzel was elected Managing Director of INTERTANKO in 2012. The fifth MD in the Association’s 45 year history, she is the first to bring an environmental background to the position. As well as benefiting from scientific training in Germany and Australia, she holds postgraduate qualifications in coastal management and business administration from universities in the UK.
A marine biologist by training, she entered the world of shipping in the 1990’s. Focussing on marine pollution from ships, she spent ten years as technical advisor for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) before joining the IOPC Funds, a UN body tasked with administering several crucial compensation conventions for oil pollution from tankers.
She is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping and sits on the Marine and European Advisory Committees for Lloyd’s Register and RINA respectively. She also serves as non-executive director on the Board of SeaAlarm, a Belgian foundation that brings together NGOs, government agencies and industry to enhance oiled wildlife response.
In 2012, she was honoured to be named WISTA International Personality of the Year by the Women in Shipping Trade Association.
- COO, Oman Ship Management
- OSMC fleet=15 VLCC, 4 VLOC, 6 LNG/C + 10MR2 Tankers NB.
- 40 years in shipping industry
- Senior positions in 2 American Shipping companies.
- Sailed on 500,000dwt Sea World & 457,000dwt Stena King & Queen. Master at 30.
- HMS Conway as a cadet for 3 years
Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah has served as a Director and Vice Chairman of the Company since 30 May 2007. He joined Dubai Ports in 1981 and, from 2001, led Dubai Ports Authority. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Etihad Rail (Abu Dhabi) and was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Emaar Properties PJSC on 23 April 2012. He previously served as a Director of Port & Free Zone World FZE and he remains one of the two representatives of DP World’s majority shareholder on the Board of DP World. A citizen of the United Arab Emirates, he is 56 years old. Committees: Member of the Nominations and Governance Committee
Eithne Treanor runs a specialist media consultancy company based in Dubai. She is a professional conference moderator and facilitator and an expert media and communications trainer as well as a seasoned energy industry commentator.
Eithne acts as OPEC’s official on-air conference and webcast moderator. She has moderated at a large number of other conferences including the International Energy Forum, ADIPEC, World Energy Forum, the Africa Global Business Forum and the Excellence in Energy Awards. She is CNBC Arabia’s Special Consultant and she has worked as an international television journalist for ABC News, Sky News, BBC World, Bloomberg Television and CNBC Europe. She has interviewed thousands of leading politicians, dignitaries, energy ministers and high-ranking business people around the world. She is a guest presenter on Dubai Eye radio on the award winning Business Breakfast show and she regularly comments on energy matters.