Dr Khaled Al Mazrouei has held a number of high profile roles and driven sustainable business expansion across the Emirates’ transport sector.
Before joining ADSB in 2013, he served as the General Manager of Fujairah International Airport for more than ten years and Chairman of the Gulf Airport Services Association. He was also the Founding President of the Green Aviation and Logistics Group, an environmental body aimed at driving green initiatives across the aviation industry.
Since Dr Al Mazrouei took over ADSB, the shipyard has become profitable within a short period of time in spite of the down turn in the global economy.
For his outstanding achievements and contribution to the maritime industry, he was ranked 14th among the top 100 CEOs of publicly listed companies in the GCC region at the ‘Top CEO Conference and Awards’, organised by TRENDS magazine and INSEAD business school, on 5 April 2016. He was the only CEO in the maritime industry to receive this recognition. He has also received ‘CEO of the year’ award at Shiptek 2016 and ‘Personality of the year’ at Seatrade Maritime Awards 2016.
Dr Al Mazrouei’s achievements in various industries, ranging from aeronautics to the maritime industry are a clear demonstration of his excellent leadership attributes to sustain businesses in volatile and dynamic business environments.
Dr Al Mazrouei graduated from St Louis University (Missouri, USA) with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics. He also earned two masters degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Florida, USA) in business administration in aviation and aeronautical science. He received his doctorate in marketing management from the University of Lincoln, UK.
He has lectured at different universities across the UAE, in Marketing, Business Management, Aviation Management and Aeronautic Engineering, and he often speaks at several local, regional and international conferences.
Jessica Brewer is a Principal Analyst within upstream research with a specific focus on the Middle East. She has acted as Iraq country expert on several consultancy projects, covering upstream strategy and opportunity screening studies. She joined the company in 2012 and is based in Dubai. As well as writing topical analysis, she has presented at conferences and appeared on TV and radio, providing insight on the region’s oil and gas sector.
Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, she worked as a Well Services engineer with Schlumberger, located in Western Siberia, Sakhalin and the US Gulf of Mexico. She holds a MEng Mechanical Engineering degree and MSc Sustainable Energy degree both from Imperial College London and a MSc Energy, Trade and Finance degree from Cass Business School.
Peter Broadhurst is Senior Vice President of Safety and Security at Inmarsat Maritime, responsible for the development of the company’s safety and security services. Peter will define the strategy, development and evolution of Inmarsat’s satellite communication services for maritime safety, navigation, safety of life at sea and data security.
Peter started his career at Inmarsat in 2014 as Vice President of Service Delivery for the Maritime business unit, where he was responsible for leading the development of products and services from conception and implementation, through to launch and life cycle management. Peter was instrumental in the launch of Inmarsat’s high-speed broadband service Fleet Xpress launched in March 2016.
With over 25 years’ experience in the maritime industry, Peter began his career at sea as a Radio Officer, before running his own business and working for a maritime distributor. Peter then spent 15 years with Sea Tel Inc., / Cobham SATCOM as Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he was responsible for overseeing and managing global sales, support, marketing, training and product management.
Peter has a HND Electronics, Marine Radio General Certificate, Radar and Marine Navigation Aids accreditation from Wray Castle Merchant Navy School, and holds an Open University, BSc (Hons) First Class degree on Radio Frequency Systems.
Effective 1 April 2016 Captain Michael P. Elwert is the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Elektrans Group. Michael P. Elwert has worked within global shipping his entire working life and has over two decades of international management experience within the international maritime industry.
He got his education with Maersk Group in Copenhagen and has gained his global shipping acumen & exposure working from Denmark, Norway, South Africa, USA as several countries in Asia.
In 2009, he was requested to join the Executive Management Team in the Thome Group of Companies based in their HQ Singapore, where he was appointed Group Director responsible for “Strategy, People and Systems”. During the seven years in this role the Thome Group tripled its scope of fleet and people.
As part of his ambition to strengthen his global shipping cluster reach and competence, he was assigned 2 years with the Danish Shipowners’ Association followed by an Executive role as Chief Commercial Officer with BIMCO.
Mr Elwert has enjoyed an 18 year career within the Maersk Group during which he held a wide range of management level positions within HR, Chartering, Tramp Operations, Business Development, Crewing, HSSEQ as PR & Communication.
The practical work within shipping has been supplemented with various management programmes within Maersk Group, BIMCO, Svitzer, Thome Group as an Executive MBA in Shipping from the Copenhagen Business University.
Mr Elwert is a founding member of the Global HR Maritime Forum, ex-Executive Committee member of the Singapore Maritime Employers Federation, acting as Chairman for the ‘SMEF’ Strategy working Group as well as chairman for the Singapore Industry Working Group. He remains a keen ambassador for both the Singapore Shipping Association, its global shipping hub cluster as for the Danish Maritime Cluster enlarge.
He has held various Board Directorships within the Global shipping fraternity. Mr Elwert is a recognised and much used chairman, lecture and speaker at international shipping conferences world-wide.
Currently CEO of Synergy Offshore, a Dubai based energy consultancy firm, Fazel 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 organizations. 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 caliber consultancy service to both trade and the financial sector that needs an in-depth industry perspective.
One of the region’s most experienced legal experts, Jasamin Fichte founded Fichte & Co in Dubai in 2005. It has since grown into one of the Middle East’s most influential law firms, achieving numerous landmark judgments that have revolutionised legal practice in the UAE. It has been awarded a raft of prestigious regional and international accolades, including Shipping Law Firm of the Year 2015 in the UAE, and Best Maritime Law Firm of the Year 2015 and 2016.
As part of her ongoing mission to improve awareness and interest in the region’s maritime sector, Fichte is the Founder and President of the UAE chapter of WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, Chair of the Dubai Maritime Advisory Council, which advises the Dubai government on improving the city’s shipping framework, and an editorial board member of shipping magazine MARASI.
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.
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.
René Kofod-Olsen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Topaz Energy and Marine since 2012. He has 21 years of experience in the marine industry with the AP Moller-Maersk Group and previously served as CEO of Svitzer Asia, Middle East & Africa. Mr. Kofod-Olsen has significant leadership experience in several multicultural organizations and countries. He pursued an advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
Oskar Levander joined Rolls-Royce in 2012 as VP Innovation, Engineering & Technology, Marine and is today SVP Concepts & Innovation in the Digital & Systems value stream. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career at Wärtsilä where he held various roles including Director, Concept Design, Marine Lifecycle Solutions. He graduated with honours from Helsinki University of Technology in 2000, with an MSc in Naval Architecture.
Oskar has worked mostly in the development of new ship designs, machinery and propulsion concepts for various ship types and emerging marine technologies. In 2011 he was included in “Lloyd’s List 2011 One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry”. Today, Oskar drives the development of ship intelligence concepts and the introduction of remote and autonomous ships.
Captain John Lloyd was appointed as Chief Executive Officer at The Nautical Institute in May 2017. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Operating Officer since joining the NI in November 2015. In this role he was responsible for the Certification and Accreditation services including the Dynamic Positioning scheme and Oil Spill Response training programmes.
Previously he was Professor, Maritime Training at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) responsible for the international pathways for students and for delivery of Advanced level maritime simulation courses. In 2014 he inaugurated a new maritime college in Angola following a two-year development programme.
Prior to this he held appointments as: Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Maritime College in Santo, Vanuatu; and senior posts at Flagship Training Limited and Warsash Maritime Centre.
John is a Master Mariner and served as a Marine Pilot in Namibia from 1994 – 1995. He is a Master of Business Administration and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tasmania.
David is part of the global team of data specialists at Petrodata. He specialises in covering the Middle East and the Caspian Sea markets for MarineBase. A journalist by qualification and profession, David had reported and written for reputed oil and gas trade publications over the last 15 years. He joined IHS Petrodata in 2012 as part of a growing team of market data transformation specialists based in Singapore, Aberdeen, Houston and Rio. He regularly provides monthly market commentary and forecast analysis for various IHS Markit publications.
Knut has more than 20 years’ experience from international shipping / offshore finance with SCB (Dubai), Natixis (Paris) and DNB (Oslo / London). Knut has been based in Dubai since 2010 and prior to joining NorthCape in 2016, he was regional head of shipping finance (Middle East and Africa) for Standard Chartered Bank. Knut has also worked for Ugland International Plc (London) and a London based shipping fund gaining valuable "hands on" operational experience.
Knut is educated at BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo) and also holds a Msc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School (London).
Alexander Nürnberg has been the Managing Director of HATLAPA Uetersener Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG since 1996, which has been renamed in MacGregor Hatlapa GmbH & Co. KG since it‘s sales to MacGregor Netherlands B.V. The company offers world-leading engineering solutions and services for sea cargo and offshore load handling. Since 2016 Nürnberg has also been responsible for research and development in the MacGregor Group. Since 1998, he has been a member of the board of the German Shipbuilding and Offshore Supplier Industry Association of German Engineers (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbauer - VDMA), since 2003 as chairman.
James Richard ‘J.R.’ Owens is President of Cat Bottoms Fuel FS INC. J.R. has more than thirty-four years of oil industry experience as a consultant, global sourcing advisor, loss control specialist, terminal manager and trader.
J.R. Owens has provided consultant services to Canadian transloading companies, and John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC. Prior to his present position, J.R. has worked with J.P. Morgan Venture Energy Corp., RPG Industries, Phillips Carbon Black Division, Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon Division, Griffith Energy, Oil Chem Trading, Ag-Chem Commission Co., Towing Charters Inc. and National Petroleum Sales Inc.
J.R. has attended multiple industry conventions globally over his tenure in the oil industry. His areas of expertise involve, asphalt, carbon black oil, crude oils, needle coke feedstock oil, residual fuel oil, slurry oils and vacuum gas oils.
Tien is a banking and finance lawyer specialising in international ship finance and has been based in the UAE for over ten years. Tien acts for financial institutions (including commercial and development banks), international corporations and shipping/energy companies in relation to the financing, chartering, newbuilding and sale and purchase of ships including Islamic finance techniques.
Tien has been involved in a number of domestic and cross border trade finance and project finance matters and has been the lead lawyer in some of the largest regional transportation financings such as Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal financing (2011) and Doha Metro Red Line financing (2013). His experience also includes the US$1.2 billion restructuring of a major UAE based oil trader/shipowner (2012).