A former seafarer, Captain Maktoum Al Houqani assumed different roles aboard seagoing vessels, mainly oil tankers and LNG carriers. He then worked in petroleum ports, first as tug master then later as pilot, steering various types of vessels.
Throughout his experience in the maritime industry, he also supervised a major reclamation project for artificial islands constructed for the ADNOC group of companies. This involvement has profoundly enriched his experience in the offshore industry.
In 2009, Captain Al Houqani obtained his master degree in maritime studies from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong. After his graduation, he was appointed as Manager of the off-shore petroleum ports.
He later became the Senior Vice President for the Operations in IRSHAD from 2011 and until 2015.
In Sep 2015, Captain Al Houqani joined Abu Dhabi Ports as Chief Marine Services Officer, and became in charge of the newly formed subsidiary Abu Dhabi Marine Services Company (SAFEEN).
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.
Bora Bariman is Segment Head responsible for National Bank of Fujairah’s Energy & Marine sector coverage – focused on arranging finance for energy infrastructure, oil trading and bunkering, energy-related marine assets. Previously he was an oil and gas banker in London with Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland-active in arranging project finance, reserve based lending, and structured commodity finance. He started his career in finance with natural gas production and distribution companies in the US. Mr Bariman received a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where his work focused on development and regulation of large scale infrastructure.
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.
Paul lived and worked in Dubai and the UAE in the mid 1970s, and in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s selling air conditioning hardware. He trained for the Anglican priesthood in the early 1980s and served as a parish priest in Scotland and then Bahrain.
From 2000 – 2012 he was a chaplain and teacher in Cambridge and Winchester. He joined Mission to Seafarers as Regional Director for the Gulf and South Asia in 2012.
Miriam, his wife, is from Chennai, and he has hundreds of Indian relatives!
Sunil Chaudhary MNI,Master Mariner, based out of UAE, Founder and Managing Director of CSO group of companies, with nearly 30 years of experience in Marine, Oil & Gas Industry with an in depth knowledge of offshore assets and markets. Has performed diverse management roles prior founding CS Group. Holds professional membership of Member Nautical Institute (UK) and Member International Tug & Salvage.
Additionally serves on Board of MDPL Group of Companies, based in Singapore, a premier offshore marine service company extending its services to operators in the energy exploration and production domain globally.”
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.
Eng. Ibrahim Fahmy has been Marine Advisor for Offshore Projects of ZADCO, ADNOC Group since March 2012. He served within the group for three years, with ADMA-OPCO as Marine Safety and Diving Technical Authority from 2009 to 2011. Before that, he served eight years between 2001 and 2009 with International Marine Giants, Oil& Gas EPC Contractors, which includes (Timsah-Suez Canal Authority, Petrojet, Saipem-Eni, Subsea7 UK and NPCC).
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.
Ahmed Ghowel has more than ten years of experience in the field of new building and dry docking projects. During his successful career in dry-docking, he was awarded from major shipping companies like, Maersk Line, KOTC and Boskalis etc. In addition to a special award from US navy for exceptionally managing an emergency dry-docking.
His significant experience in the dry-docking projects allows him to publish different papers in worldwide conferences. Currently he is preparing his PhD research, after the completion of his Master degree from the UK, focusing on the Shipyard technology through Lean Sigma.
Recently he has been involved in one of the Kuwait Oil Company millstone projects that includes establishing KOC- Shipyard to serve their new fleet and the expansion of their maintenance and dry-docking activities.
Gunnar Haug is Managing Director of Ulstein Asia, a subsidiary of Norwegian Ulstein Group. Gunnar is a Master Mariner and has always been in the marine business, starting in the Royal Norwegian Navy, later in companies like Leif Hoegh, Jahre and Rasmussen Offshore, on various vessels such as cargo liners, container vessels/bulkers and semi-sub platforms.
After going ashore, he has been working with cutting-edge marine technology, and held Managing Director positions in companies like Consilium Norway, Goltens Dubai, and senior positions in Kongsberg Maritime.
Gunnar is a Norwegian national, 56 years old and has been living overseas in Dubai and Singapore for the last 10 years.
Nikeel has been the Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE branch, which is based in Dubai, since September 2012. He has invested unstinting efforts to revive the dormant branch by organizing technical activities through meetings and conferences. He fosters links between IMarEST members, other professional bodies, government, schools and industries at the regional level, leveraging on the reputation the IMarEST UAE Branch has built as one of the foremost marine technical organisations in the Middle East. Since his election as Honorary Secretary, the IMarEST UAE Branch has attracted new members from a broad spectrum of marine areas such as shipping, ports, energy, manufacturing, ship repair, surveying and classification. This is commensurate with the IMarEST’s determination to reinforce its presence in the region. Regular technical and social events of the IMarEST UAE Branch are now very well attended and provide the basis of information exchange, social and business networking. The IMarEST has established itself as an impartial platform to disseminate world-leading research undertaken by the institute, together with the technical knowledge of companies at the forefront of marine technology.
Nikeel’s selfless contribution, diligence and dedication as a voluntary member enables the UAE Branch to remain steadfast in the IMarEST’s commitment to work with regional marine communities, augmenting the development of marine engineering, science and technology.
Nikeel was awarded the worldwide ‘Marine Ambassador’ for 2017 by the IMarEST. This honour is bestowed on that individual who has made a significant contribution to advocacy, communication, outreach and/or public service in the marine sector. In 2016, Nikeel received the IMarEST President’s Commendation Award for exceptional service to the organisation.
Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi is the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, the owner, operator, developer and regulator of Abu Dhabi’s maritime infrastructure and Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD).
As CEO, he develops and directs the strategy and operations of Abu Dhabi Ports’ portfolio of assets and activities, and has successfully driven the transition from a project-focused organisation to fully operational, customer focused ports and industrial zones business (KIZAD).
A strong, determined and entrepreneurial leader, he leads Abu Dhabi Ports’ role in the government objective of diversifying the non-oil and gas economy while fulfilling the national goal of empowering Emirati talent.
Al Shamisi is an experienced maritime executive with more than 19 years of industry experience, demonstrating industry leadership regionally and internationally. He joined Abu Dhabi Ports in 2008 and has held key leadership positions including Executive Vice President for the company’s Ports Unit, where he was instrumental in restructuring this unit and rationalising its assets. He oversaw the completion and commissioning of the first phase of Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship port, Khalifa Port and of its adjacent Khalifa Industrial Zone.
Al Shamisi was recently appointed as a Board Member of Abu Dhabi Marine Operations & Services Company (ADMOS), Etihad Rail DB, the Federal Transport Authority - Land & Maritime and a member of the Board of Trustees to the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre. He is currently the Chairman of KIZAD Board of Directors. He served as a Board Member and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Terminals and as a Board Member of Etihad Airways.
Al Shamisi holds an MBA and Graduate Certificate of Management from the University of Tasmania, Australia and was recently awarded the Australian Maritime College’s (AMC) Peter Morris Prize for his significant contributions to the maritime industry.
He also holds an advanced Diploma of Applied Science (shipmaster) and has earned the AMC Baird Publication Prize for Best Performance in Navigation studies as well as the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence. In 2012, Al Shamisi was awarded Young Personality of the Year at the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards.
Johnny Kackur is Business Development Manager for Merchant Vessels, working for Wärtsilä in Turku, Finland. Johnny holds a MSc in Process Engineering from Abo Akademi University in Finland and joined Wärtsilä in 2002. He has worked with Wärtsilä since in sales positions in Switzerland, Singapore and Finland.
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.
Captain Koh Chen Tien, Chairman of Makamin Offshore Saudi, has over 30 years of experience in the global Oil & Gas, offshore and marine industry. Prior to founding of Makamin Offshore Saudi Ltd, Captain Koh served as Executive Director of UMW Oil & Gas, responsible for international joint ventures and operations, where he was instrumental in spearheading the growth of UMW Oil & Gas into one of Asia’s most successful oilfield services company in Asia, with market presence in China, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and Thailand.
Captain Koh has previously served in a government capacity as the Market Linker of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), where the objective is to increase participation and exports of Malaysian Oil & Gas companies in GCC.
Captain Koh is an entrepreneur and investor and he holds directorship positions in several other Oil & Gas services companies in South East Asia and Middle East.
Captain Koh holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from Hartfield University, UK.
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.’ also is Vice-President, COO of GenOil USA. ‘J.R.’ has attended and lectured at multiple industry conventions globally over his tenure in the oil industry. His areas of expertise involve the topics he will discuss today, the desulfurization of bunker fuels utilizing the GenOil GHU.
‘J.R.’ is a residual fuels trader with Warner Petroleum Corporation out of Clare, Michigan. Warner Petroleum Corporation has been in the petroleum business since 1976. Warner Petroleum Corporation is a regional wholesale marketer of commercial, marine, and, industrial fuel products and services. Warner has achieved successful growth and loyal customers by providing value, integrity, and innovation in the products and services it delivers.
‘J.R.’ has more than thirty-four (37) years of hands-on oil industry experience as a blender, consultant, global sourcing advisor, loss control specialist, terminal manager and trader.
Prior to his present positions, ‘J.R.’ has worked with John W Stone Oil Distributors LLC, 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.’ was raised in West Seneca, NY, a suburb of Buffalo, NY. He currently resides in the Lake Placid, NY, located in the Adirondack Mountains with his wife Susan. He is a member of the 1974 class from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Since 1968, ‘J.R’ has also been a professional entertainer under the name of MR DJ.
A marine engineer and degree in engineering by background, the ALBWARDY DAMEN Managing Director has had a varied career including spells working for shipping lines, at power plants. The majority of his career he spend with tug and off shore company Svitzer. Clearly as happy in coveralls and a hard hat as he is in a tailored suit. He has been 7 years in the UAE and the Dane took over the helm at ALBWARDY DAMEN Dubai in January 2013.
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).
Sanaz Taransari is the Commercial Manager of Seaport International Shipping, which operates a fleet of 20 OSV’s in the region. Seaport International has been a leading provider of OSV services in the region for over 23 years. Sanaz has been responsible for the commercial activities of the company, including chartering, sales and purchase as well as management for over 7 years. Previously, Sanaz was in international banking.
William Tobin is Underwriting Manager of the Offshore Syndicate for Shipowners P&I Club. Shipowners is the world’s leading liability insurer for small and specialist vessels – insuring in excess of 30,000 vessels worldwide.
William is responsible for the development of the offshore portfolio for the Club. Offshore membership accounts for 25% of the Club’s income. The focus of the Syndicate is the Offshore Support Vessel sector which includes PSV’S, seismic, pipe/cable laying, construction as well as other support vessels.
Willliam has over 30 years experience working in the London Marine Market. Before joining Shipowners he managed a composite marine portfolio comprising hull, cargo, energy and war business in the Lloyds Market.
He has had a number of articles published in maritime trade publications, and has been a guest speaker at a number of offshore vessel conferences in London, Middle East, Singapore and the US.
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.
She studied Politics and Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and has a degree in Broadcast Communications from Columbia College in Chicago and a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Anthony Weller is Managing Director of Seacor Offshore Dubai LLC. The company manages and operates the International Offshore Support vessel fleet of Seacor Marine. Seacor Marine Holdings Inc is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Anthony has a lifelong career in shipping, is a Master Mariner and has a BSc in Nautical Studies from Southampton University.
He has seen, been a party to and dealt with various cycles in the shipping industry as well as those in the Oil & Gas industry. He has been involved in the growth of companies and the expansion of their activities as well as in the management of companies where contraction and survival has been a necessity.