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.
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.
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.
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.