Captain Al Ali started his career with NGSCO in 1996 as deck cadet 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 in 2013 was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations supervising the Operations of all LNG, Tanker and Dry Bulk Fleets as well as Marine personnel. Recently he assumed the role of Senior Vice President Shipping after the merger with ESNAAD and IRSHAD to supervise the Operation of all Shipping Fleet. He has been actively involved in sponsoring the energy efficiency project and maintenance optimization projects in ADNATCO-NGSCO achieving Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 and Asset Management Standard 55001. He supported the takeover of 16 new deliveries in 2011. Capt Al Ali has lead his team into achieving various Maritime awards including ADNOC HSE, Dubai Sustainability, Maritime Standard and Sea Trade awards.
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.
Abdulla Bin Damithan has been with DP World since 2001. He was appointed as Chief Commercial Officer for DP World – UAE Region in 2017. Abdulla is responsible for all revenue generation activities, products and services offered across the portfolio including Ports & Terminals, Parks & Zones and Trade Enablement solutions.
Abdulla is a recognised leader in the maritime & logistics landscape within the Middle East with commercial success across the maritime & logistics industries. His focus on innovation and customer centricity have been the core of his commercial strategy. Abdulla sits on the Board of a number of DP World Ports & Terminals globally and also is an independent director in logistics ventures.
A proud Emirati national, Abdulla has a Bachelors in Business from the United States and a Graduate Diploma in Maritime & Port Management from the National University of Singapore. He has also completed the Dubai Leaders Program and leadership courses at the London Business School.
Majored in Marine Technology at College of Oceaneering & Studied Civil Engineering at University of New Orleans, USA.
Served with the Ships Salvage Unit, Korean Navy, 1995 and Worked at Superior Offshore International for 3 years in Gulf of Mexico.
Spent most of his professional career on all type of Salvage, Demolition Work and T&I Offshore Management on Major Field.
Since 2017, working as Senior Executive Director of Oceanus Offshore Sector for ADNOC's Arzanah decommissioning project
Surendranath Dhanekula, Founder of Trans Asia Pipeline Services , has been involved as a contractor in the decommissioning of pipelines in the middle east region since the last 15 years working with both International Oil Companies (IOCs) and National Oil Companies (NOCs) . He has a Bachelors Degree in Structural Engineering from National Institute of Technology ,Nagpur. Surendra founded Trans Asia in 2003 and since then has been involved in precomissioning ,commissioning and decommissioning of pipelines throughout the middle east region.
Andrea Di Bella Middle East Area Manager of RINA Services S.p.A., was born in Genova (Italy) in 1970, and he graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Genova, Italy, in 1995.
In 1995 he was employed in Hong Kong by FINENCO ENGINEERING HK CO. LTD where he was involved in several shipbuilding projects in Vietnam and China.
In 2001 he joined RINA as project manager in the oil and gas sector:
In 2009 he was in charge for the development and implementation of rules, procedures and instruction for RINA activities in the Oil & Gas and Energy markets.
In 2011 he was appointed Middle East Area Manager and he was in charge for commercial, technical and management duties for Marine, Certification and Industrial activities.
In January 2018 He was appointed Marine Director for Middle East and Africa.
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.
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Khalid Moinuddin Hashim, CEO Precious Shipping (PSL) Bangkok, is an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University. He comes from a family engaged in shipping/trade. His father, the late Moinuddin Hashim, was the Chairman of the Indian National Shipowners Association and his greatgrandfather was a founding director of Scindia Steam Navigation Company.
In 1978, after attaining an MBA specializing in Finance, Khalid began his career with Tolani Shipping, Bombay. In 1979, he worked under the late Hon. Ali Maniku, Minister of Shipping for the Maldives Government in Singapore. In 1984, Khalid joined the GP Group and started PSL in 1989.
In September 2007 Marine Money ranked PSL as the No.1 Listed Shipping Company in the World. In April 2012, Seatrade Asia awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Khalid.
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Markus Hoffmann is Global Application Manager at Alfa Laval in Sweden and responsible for marine fuel and lube treatment systems.
Before joining Alfa Laval, Markus has held several positions in the oil and chemical industry in Germany, Sweden and the US, specialized on refining and technical marketing of naphthenic base oils.
Markus holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Oxford.
He is a member in CIMAC working groups for fuels and lubricants, and a member of ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6, working on the development of the marine fuel standard ISO 8217.
Dhia Hussain offering more than 35 years of experience in the area of Technical management, Project Management, Vessel building, contract management, strategic planning & knowledge management within the shipping industry. Strong back ground with certified credential in Marine Engineering and professional certifications from leading institution across the world. In addition to Technical & operational management Mr. Hussain other core competence is organizational excellence, performance maximization and efficiency planning. He is well conversant with major oil and shipping companies in GCC and MENA regions through his work with AMPTC, ADNATCO, NGSCO, ADNOC and others.
Nikeel Idnani (FIMarEST, CEng, CMarEng, MBA) is the Business Development Director for Radio Holland Middle East. He sailed as a Chief Engineer before being employed by multinational corporations in Dubai. He held regional responsibilities of business development and marketing, working successively for Service companies, Ship Repair/Building, Ship designers and most recently as Principal Consultant/Business Development Leader for a major classification society.
Since 2012, Nikeel volunteers as the Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE Branch, hosting conferences to update the regional maritime fraternity with technical challenges, legalities and industry developments.
Nikeel hails from a family of Indian seafarers and being one himself, believes people are the crucial link between ship & shore and the catalyst for maritime safety, security and environmental protection.
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Mr. René Kofod-Olsen has over 18 years of experience in the marine industry, having worked in the AP Moller-Maersk Group and as CEO of Svitzer Asia, Middle East & Africa. He has held several leadership roles across a variety of multi-cultural organisations and countries. He has also completed an advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
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Carl Martin Faannessen started his maritime career as a trainee in Maersk in 1994. Following several expatriations throughout Asia, he left Maersk in 2008 to join a Norwegian hydropower developer in Nepal.
In 2013 he returned to the maritime sector, when he took the helm of Odfjell's - the Norwegian chemical tanker company - operations in the Philippines. In 2015 he joined Abojeb, one of the most merited and best-performing maritime companies in the Philippines, as Managing Director.
Carl graduated from the Norwegian School of Business with a BSc in Business Administration. To this has been added an MS in Global Finance from NYU Stern plus executive education from IMD, Switzerland. He lives with his wife, two kids and a beagle in Manila.
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Peter is the Senior Vice President and Head of Asia Pacific (APAC) of Kalmar, part of Cargotec, a global leader in cargo handling solution.
Peter holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Queensland. With over 30 years of global strategic operational experience in engineering and industrial equipment industry, Peter has served on Boards and in Executive Management positions in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific region. He currently sits in the Kalmar Global Management Team and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) as well as the Non-Executive Director in the European Australian Business Council (EABC).
John graduated from the Merchant Navy college 1979 and began his first career as a Marine Engineering Office in the Merchant Navy and later entered the oil and gas Industry with Shell in 1989 in their Well Services department in the North Sea. Since then he has worked with National and International Operating companies and 2 of the major service providers in various engineering, operations and leadership roles. John has been in the Middle East region since 2000 and has held a number of consultancy and staff positions in the Well Intervention and Well Integrity arenas and he recently joined Lloyds Register as the Global Well Integrity Manager to drive the Well Integrity business line forward.
Karen comes from a diversified background in the maritime industry with experience spanning in Crew and Ship Management within the offshore, harbor/towages services, and container sectors across Africa, Middle East and Asia.
Karen holds a Bachelors in Biochemistry, a graduate Diploma, and an MBA in Ship Management. She is currently pursuing an LLM in Maritime Law at the University of London. Some of her hobbies are traveling, cooking, and music, with a keen interest in research, history and culture.
Karen currently works as Director of Crew Management & Training, and is mainly focused on managing functions of the fleet personnel department to drive operational excellence, employee engagement, and safety.
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Mr. Ali Shehab Ahmad is the Deputy CEO of Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), the maritime transportation arm of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC). In his current role, he oversees KOTC’s fleet operations, New Building Projects, Marine Agency Branch and the LPG Filling Branch that supplies LPG to the whole of Kuwait.
Prior to assuming the Dty. CEO role in mid-2013, Mr. Ali Shehab successfully managed KOTC’s multi-billion dollar Fleet New Building Program that aims to expand KOTC’s tanker fleet to match KPC’s 2030 Strategic vision of 4 million barrels per day and also induct modern environment-friendly technologies on board all the KOTC vessels.
He also serves as the Chairman of KOTC’s Risk Operating Committee that oversees the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) implementation Program across the company, and as a distinguished Chairman and Board Member in KOTC’s subsidiary Shipping companies. He is also the Honorary Chairman of the DNV-GL Middle East Technical Committee since 2015.
Mr. Ali Shehab is a graduate from South Tyneside College (Marine College) in United Kingdom. As a KOTC Sea Cadet, he spent considerable time on board KOTC Vessels and sailed as a Marine Chief Engineer as well. His experience at sea, saw him lead the Fleet Personnel Group before taking over the critical New Building Projects.
He is also quite well-known for his passionate championing of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in KOTC. As a leader, he has always placed great trust and faith in the inherent capabilities of his colleagues, and has always encouraged them to explore and develop and reach to their maximum potential.
Ronald Spithout currently serves as President, Inmarsat Maritime. Spithout was appointed in October 2014 to oversee global maritime activities for Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Prior to joining the maritime business unit, he served as President, Inmarsat Enterprise. In this role, held since 2012, Spithout had global responsibility for sales, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships for enterprise markets, including Energy, Media and Commercial. Spithout came to Inmarsat from Stratos Global, which had been acquired by Inmarsat in April 2009 and then restructured under the Inmarsat brand in January 2012.
From July 2006 through December 2011, Spithout was Senior Vice President, MSS Marketing and Sales, Worldwide, for Stratos Global. He held global responsibility for the MSS marketing and sales organization, including accountability for P&L, strategic direction and partnerships, the company's distribution network, and the evaluation of new technologies to enhance and complement Stratos' core offerings. Prior to that, he handled Stratos MSS Sales for all countries except North America. He came to Stratos from Xantic B.V., a satellite communications company headquartered in The Netherlands, which was acquired by Stratos in early 2006. At Xantic, Spithout served as Executive Vice President Marketing and Sales and was previously responsible for Xantic's Network and Service Operations, including the Land Earth Stations and its customer service activities.
Jason Stefanatos is a senior Research Engineer in DNV GL R&D and Advisory department in Piraeus Greece. He holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and his field of expertise includes digital services, Cyber Security, machinery systems and fleet performance assessment, design and operation optimisation, hybrid-electric propulsion systems, and energy efficiency. He has 13 scientific and industrial publications. The past 2 years has been actively involved in many digitalization projects of DNV GL both (research and applications). Currently he is regional responsible for the following lines of services: Cyber Security, Environmental compliance (EU MRV, IMO DCS, CAP 2020, Scrubbers), Performance (performance needs mapping, Vendors selection advise, ECO Insight, energy efficiency).
Captain David Stockley is a veteran of over 45 years in the Maritime profession. He started off his sea life at the age of 13 at that famous sea training school HMS Conway. At 16 he left home to embark on an extremely varied and successful career. As an Officer and Master he sailed on all types of vessels up to and including being Master of 500K dwt ULCC’s. He has had his own marine consultancy company and held numerous senior management roles ashore. For the last 15 years he has worked as Chief Operating Officer of two listed shipping companies and presently has held this role for 7 years with Oman Shipping Company where he has overseen the growth of the technical management from 6 vessels to approximately 40. He has a keen interest in the training of Omani sea staff and is a member of the board of IMCO College in Sohar.
Jörgen Strandberg is General Manager Advanced Technology at Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions. He joined the company in September 2016 after having previously served in various ship management positions, most recently with AIDA and Costa Cruises. Born in 1967, he studied mechanical engineering but because of his love of the sea, he joined the merchant navy and then studied to become a Captain. He subsequently served again at sea as an officer and eventually earned his captain’s license. Following his marriage, he became a lecturer at Kalmar Maritime Academy, specialising in instrumentation and navigational systems before going off to international companies.
Following a 19 year sea career as a marine engineer, Timothy has specialised in marine fuel oil consultancy since 1995 with LR FOBAS and is the technical authority on marine fuel oil quality and exhaust emissions for Lloyd’s Register.
A member of the ISO TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 and CIMAC Fuels WG7 working groups since 2006 and involved with the revisions of the 2010/12 and 2017 ISO 8217 marine fuel oil specifications and today in developing the ISO Publically Available Specification for 2020 including involvement in the IMO MEPC and PPR proceedings for the development of consistent implementation guidelines for Annex Vi Reg. 14.1.3. He is also engaged as an expert advisor to the European Shipping Sustainability Forums from 2013.