Julian Abril is the Head of Facilitation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). He joined the IMO in August 2011, and he is the secretariat of the Committee of Facilitation of the IMO. Under his current responsibilities, he has participated in different regional and national technical cooperation activities to promote the ratification of the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic, as well as to improve its effective implementation, taking due regard the need of a proper balance between measures to enhance maritime security and measures to facilitate maritime international traffic.
Prior to the joining to IMO in 2011, he had been sailing as Chief Officer and Officer in charge of navigational watch in merchant ships before he joined the Spanish Maritime Administration in 1992. He has over 25 years of experience in maritime administration on subjects related to safety, security, human factor, and facilitation, both on national and international basis. He holds a Master degree on Merchant Marine from Cadiz University, Spain.
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.
Dr Noura Al Dhaheri is the CEO of Maqta Gateway. As a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, Maqta Gateway offers the first purpose-built and most innovative Port Community System (PCS) in the UAE. Designed in line with international standards, Maqta Gateway acts as a single window provider facilitating information flow between all port stakeholders and users.
Dr Al Dhaheri has assumed leadership of Maqta Gateway from its inception in 2014. Since then, she has activated the development of the PCS system and is now spearheading its market expansion.
Dr Al Dhaheri has helped usher in a seamless transition into a totally digitalised way of conducting trade, creating a bridge between data and the port’s business operations, while aligning with the Abu Dhabi 2030 economic vision of optimising port processes.
Her innovative vision, coupled with remarkable technical and managerial skills, have been instrumental to achieving successful implementation of the most advanced and high standard port community system. Maqta Gateway will be providing efficient and modern port community solutions across the UAE which will support a sustainable and growing trade business in the Emirates.
In addition to obtaining a BSc degree in Software Engineering and an MSc in Engineering Systems and Management, Dr Noura Al Dhaheri completed her PhD at Masdar Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her studies are part of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree Program, focussing on formulating mathematical optimisation models with special applications to seaport operations, including developing a mathematical model to optimise efficiency, safety and sustainability at the container terminals at Khalifa Port by speeding up the loading and unloading of containers using quay cranes, reducing the time spent at port by container vessels.
She was recognised with numerous prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions in the field of information technology, including the “Best Pipe Inspection Robot” Award which was presented to her by Schlumberger. She has also been published in the international and highly respected Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory and Annals of Operations Research.
Another accolade has been a letter of recognition from Bill Gates who praised her innovative approach in designing a mobile learning device for which she and her team won the first prize in a regional competition – Imagine Cup 2007.
Dr Al Dhaheri is also committed to social, environmental, technological and educational programmes. She serves as Vice President of the Emirates Digital Women Association and takes a leading role in supporting women in the digital and technical sectors, both at national and regional levels.
Yaman is a Partner and heads HFW shipping and logistics team in the Middle East. He has been practicing shipping litigation throughout the gulf region for over 12 years.
Yaman is highly regarded for both his local litigation expertise and his extensive shipping experience within the gulf region. His practice focuses on regional shipping disputes and litigation, including collisions, salvage and wreck removal, cargo and agency disputes. He represents P&I Clubs, charterers and shipowners, and has successfully litigated a substantial number of shipping disputes and a number of landmark cases involving enforcement of foreign awards and limitation of liability within the Middle East.
Whilst his practice is mainly litigation focused, he also advises local port authorities on non-contentious shipping matters and regulatory issues and on a large number of non-marine related matters, including civil and commercial disputes arising out of tort and negligence, personal injuries and commercial agencies. Yaman has extensive experience of handling criminal proceedings in the UAE involving corporate fraud, and has represented banks in respect of various finance disputes related to Letters of Credit and fraud in documentary credit transactions.
Yaman is recommended in Chambers Global 2017: "Sources highlight his dynamic approach and praise his bilingualism. "Yaman has been impressive," said one client." Another client added: "He is very prompt and comes back to you very quickly, but you get attention despite the demands on his time and he doesn't overlook attention to detail."
Yaman also receives great praise in Legal 500 EMEA 2017 - UAE Shipping: "The team is now led by Yaman Al Hawamdeh, whom some clients regard as being arguably ‘the best shipping lawyer in Dubai’."
With more than three decades of port operations and management experience, Mohammed Al Muallem, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DP World – UAE Region, has led the growth and development of the region's most important port through a period of major expansions, defining and driving its strategic vision.
Jebel Ali Port, the flagship of DP World has developed rapidly under his guidance and counts itself today amongst the top 10 ports in the world. In the last decade, the container throughput in the UAE Region has doubled from 7.6 million TEUs in 2005 to 15.2 million in 2014.
In 2003, Al Muallem inspired port operations in the region, when he employed the use of the Quad Lift Gantry, a gantry crane capable of lifting four 20 feet containers or two 40 feet containers in one single lift, a concept never before seen in the world.
Al Muallem joined Port Rashid in 1983 and moved rapidly through various operational and management roles, before overseeing the UAE Region of DP World in September 2005. Al Muallem was appointed Chairman of the Executive Merging Team of Dubai Ports Authority, Dubai Customs and the Free Zone in 2000 and in May 2004, Executive Coordinator for the Terminal 2 development at Jebel Ali Port.
Mohammed Al Muallem holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. and has completed extensive training in U.K. at the University of Cranfield College, Manchester.
Mr Al Muallem assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for DP World, UAE Region in January 2017 to explore a new world of opportunity of global supply chain & trade corridors and is responsible for UAE Region's Ports, Parks and Free Zones, Logistics, Dubai Trade and World Security.
Maha Al Qattan is responsible for leading our People department across DP World’s global trade portfolio consisting of over 36,000 people from 103 countries, in six continents. Maha’s role is integral to contributing to the growth and sustainability of DP World through its people. She works closely with all business functions to ensure global and local People teams develop and implement smart, strategic and operational solutions in areas including leadership growth, reward, organisation effectiveness, culture, diversity and inclusion, learning and development. Prior to joining DP World, Maha worked at General Electric (GE), where she was the Regional HR Business Partner and Alstom Integration Leader for the Power Services Business, covering Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining GE, she worked at Nakheel and United Holdings in various HR leadership roles. Maha has completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and a Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations from Cornell University, USA.
Spending her summer visits to the UAE as a child wandering around the Gulf Craft factory and playing in the showrooms cemented Abeer Alshaali’s commitment to the company. Mrs. Alshaali was raised and educated in the United States of America. She always yearned to work in the family business, but after completing her Bachelor’s degree at Rice University in Houston, Texas, she joined HSBC to gain an initial experience.
After her professional years, Mrs. Alshaali took time off work to raise her own family. She also spent those years actively involved in the Parent Teacher Association of Dar Al Marefa School in Dubai, handling all finances for the association. Later she joined the Gulf Craft organization working in the Executive Office handling the management of the company alongside her father. She has successfully overseen the implementation of new processes to make the company more efficient and has been instrumental in improving the structure of the company.
Mrs. Alshaali believes in a continuous learning and improving work ethic and to that end is currently pursuing her MBA. She encourages a cooperative work environment and sees industrial development fundamental to the economic growth of the UAE. She encourages more involvement between the private and public sector as she believes that there are many common goals that can be achieved together.
Nearly 12 years experience sailing on variety ships and other self propelled vessels, such as LNG ships, Container and Bulk Carrier ships worldwide, including a period as port captain on LNG Terminal, holding unlimited merchant navy Master Licence.
Captain Taleb has joined Port of Fujairah as a marine pilot in 2014, in 2016; he took a senior position in the PoF as Deputy Harbour Master and Head of Marine Traffic & Safety, after he has been awarded the Degree of Master of Science in Port Management by Liverpool John Moores University.
He is given responsibility in monitoring and management of moorage area and harbour facilities, operations and maintenance of harbour facilities and equipments with Familiarity with all applicable local marine ordinances, performing nautical investigations, furthermore, his given the ability to enforce local marine ordinances.
He is also serves a member of the national Executive Team for Logistics Performance indicator.
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.
Dr Rashid Mohamed Al-Kiyumi is the Director General of Maritime Affairs at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Oman and has assumed the role since 2009. He is responsible for the planning, supervision and follow-up work assigned to the directorate including but not limited to ship registration, PSC, seafarer’s certification, maritime legislations, and relations with IMO.
Prior to the current designation, Dr Rashid has worked in the Civil Aviation Authority in Oman, last holding the position of Assistant Director General of Civil Aviation & Meteorology for Civil Aviation Affairs.
Dr Rashid received his Doctorate in private law from Tanger University in Morocco. He also has a Master of Science in Air Transport Management from the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield University, UK.
Vast and varied experience in Shipping. After completion of engineering and Training from DMET sailed on board different types of tanker vessels, thereafter joined ship management as Technical Superintendent in July of 1998. In 21 years ashore have carried out many dry docking, emergency dockings, new buildings, SNP, negotiated CP of tankers. Represented ADNOC as member for the Technical Working Group of the LNG ships (NGSCO) of the parent company ADNOC 2002 to 2005. Heads the Technical Committee of UAE Shipping Association.
Hands on experience of handling hull and machinery & P&I claims, has successfully settled several difficult cases that includes technical breakdowns, explosion, vessel grounding, cargo contamination claims and insurance.
Qualification: Bachelor of Marine Engineering (DMET Calcutta), Chief Engineers License (MMD India) and PGBM (Post graduate in business management from IIM Calcutta). Sailed from 1989 to 1998, Chief Engineer from 1994 to 1998, from 1998 associated with shore management. Had worked with well-known companies like Essar International, ADNATCO-NGSCO, V-Ships, Teekay located in Mumbai, Philadelphia, Abu Dhabi, Glasgow and currently associated with D&K in Dubai.
A passionate wildlife photographer, who enjoys trekking in wilderness.
Drew Brandy was appointed Senior Vice President Market Strategy for Inmarsat Maritime in January 2015. He is currently responsible for setting the strategy for the business unit with regards to vertical segmentation, all marketing programmes, and the development of the partner channel.
Since joining Inmarsat in 2005, Drew has held a variety of positions, principally focused on delivery of the broadband portfolio across the Enterprise verticals while rolling out new products and services to drive significant growth across the land-based business.
Previously, he gained extensive experience working in both North America and Europe, holding positions with Bell Canada, British Telecom and Cable & Wireless ranging from business development to corporate strategy.
Drew holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and communications from York University in Canada and an MBA from Henley Management College and is an ambassador for the Sailors’ Society.
Casper Broustbo is the Product Manager of BIMCO. Casper is educated Cand. Merc. in Economics and Marketing from Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He has worked with BIMCO’s previous charter party editor IDEA for 5 years, since joining BIMCO in 2013. Today Casper’s main priority is to make sure that the new charter party editor SmartCon can take over from IDEA.
Capt Anwar Buftain is a Master Mariner with 24 Yrs of experience in the shipping industry. He graduated from South Tyneside College (Marine College) in The United Kingdom and is also an IRCA Certified Lead Auditor ISO standards 9001, 14001, 18001, 9001:2014 and ISM. He joined KOTC as a Deck Cadet and rose to the rank of Master on board.
In his current role, he leads the team of Fleet Personnel for manning KOTC Fleet Vessels. Prior to resuming the leading role in Fleet Personnel, he was a member of the team for re-writing the Integrated Management System – QMHSSE Group covering KOTC’s HSE Management System.
He then spent 6 years with Fleet New Building and was a part of the team that built 8VLCC’s, 3 Aframax, 4 MR Tankers and 2 Crew Boats.
Captain Gürkan Büyüktelli is the Marine Superintendent at Mercan Group, a maritime shipping company with oil and chemical tanker operations.
In this role, he is responsible for the daily monitoring of vessel movements and operations and ship’s performance from a mechanical and technical perspective. Büyüktelli ensures ship’s staff compliance with management policies, international, state or local maritime regulations. He works closely with operators and provides technical advice to the HSEQ and Operations Departments.
Büyüktelli has eight years of on-board experience of navigation, international shipping and maritime operations, ship and cargo handling including loading, discharging and stowing, chemical tanker operations and documentation readiness.
Prior to joining MRC Shipping, Captain Büyüktelli has worked for Columbia Ship Management in Hamburg and Cyprus, as well as for Chemmariner Shipping.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sea Transportation and Management Engineering from Istanbul Technical University and enjoys travelling and music in his free time.
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
Gold Medalist: pre-sea at National Institute of Port Management, India. Commenced sailing career in 1995, with command in 2005. After Commanding over 9 vessels ranging from 2,500 to 4,500 TEU container vessels shifted ashore as Training Superintendent with Pacific International Lines, Singapore. After almost 1.5 years with PIL, shifted as DPA / CSO with an American Ship Owning company, SeaChange-Maritime for 4 years. Presently employed with Simatech Shipping & Forwarding LLC. Pursuing Doctorate in Ship Crew Management with YSU, USA.
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.
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.
Anders Fagerberg is IT Director at BIMCO. Educated from the University of Copenhagen with a exam.scient. data science degree in 1986. During education he joined BIMCO on a project basis until formalized in 1988 with the inauguration of BIMCO Informatique A/S in 1988, where he as co-founder has been a director during two periods 1988-1999 and again from 2008 until now. During the period between 2000-2008 he joined Maersk IT A/S under the Maersk Data group as technical project lead for 4 years followed by a hire with Danish engineering company, Dynatest A/S as Vice President.
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 207, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 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, former Chair of the Dubai Maritime Advisory Council, which advises the Dubai government on improving the city’s shipping framework, an editorial board member of shipping magazine MARASI and sits on many advisory boards.
Howard Fireman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at ABS leading a global team of experts across the organization, comprising data analytics, innovative inspection technologies, mobile technologies and cybersecurity, as well as continuing to drive the development of industry-leading software, including ABS Nautical Systems® solutions.
Since joining ABS in 2013, Fireman has served as President of ABS Nautical Systems software overseeing significant advancements and achieved growth in every sector. More recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) responsible for leveraging the latest technology advancements to drive the development of innovative products and services promoting safety and improving the delivery of class services in
the marine and offshore industries.
Fireman came to ABS from the U.S. Navy, where, for more than 35 years, he was recognized
as a distinguished leader in naval ship design, hull form optimization, total ownership cost, total ship systems engineering, design integration, research and development and fleet operational support.
Fireman is recipient of multiple industry awards, including the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Admiral Taylor Medal, American Society of Naval Engineers Gold Medal and University of Michigan College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering).
Fireman holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan. He also received a master’s degree in technical management from Johns Hopkins University.
Steve is responsible for leading and developing Lloyd’s Registers decommissioning services to the global Oil &Gas, Marine and Nuclear sectors; from late life asset management to decommissioning planning, execution, monitoring and regulatory compliance.
Steve has over 25 years Oil & Gas experience with major international operators and contractors including more than 10 years in Senior Management positions. He has extensive exposure and knowledge of global projects having managed engineering, operational and commercial teams along with involvement in high-level acquisitions. From an engineering perspective,
Steve has conducted exploration and development work including HPHT, high H2S, multi-lateral, deep water and subsea operations amongst others and has extensive practical experience and is well acquainted with all types of offshore installations. Steve is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines and is a member of both the SPE and the PESGB.
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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Chris is a serial innovator with 30 Years experience at managing VAS projects, and is a PRINCE 2 Certifies Practitioner. He is project manager for the joint CSO Alliance /Airbus Maritime Cyber Alliance.
Previously VP Business Development, & Marketing Manager at Marlink, Telenor Satellite Services, and SAIT Communications.
His experience includes Satellite communications, Surveillance, and Cyber security for maritime, and he has designed the first maritime on-line Billing presentation system, and managed a maritime satellite e-mail hub.
Before that he was with AT&T, Lucent technologies, Philips TDS, Marantz Hi-Fi, SPG and Cosma International. He works in Regulatory at the IMO, CEPT, ITU, IALA, and in ETSI and is a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and CIRM.
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.
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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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Jesper Kjaedegaard is an independent Board member and an advisor to several investment funds with an interest in logistics, ports, vessels and other maritime related assets.
Mr Kjaedegaard had a long and distinguished career with the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group where he served as a member of the A.P.Moller Group’s Executive Board for all Container related Business, whilst also heading up the company's global liner division, known then as Maersk-Sealand. He also spent some years as head of all APMM’s activities in the region spanning between Singapore and the Mediterranean. This included the development of terminals in Salalah, Mumbai, Pipavav and Aqaba.
Mr Kjaedegaard currently serves as a Non-Executive Board Director/Advisor for a number of both listed and privately owned maritime/ transport related companies in Europe and the Middle East. This includes the world’s largest ship management company; V-Group, Hafnia Tankers, Red Sea Gateway Terminals, Seatruck Ferries, and BIMCO.
He is also past President of the British Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of Maritime UK.
Etienne KLEIN works for AIRBUS DEFENSE AND SPACE in the Maritime Intelligence Team and has the responsibility of the maritime sales for the commercial market and also the Maritime Marketing defining and structuring the maritime solution. Etienne was previously with CLS where he has held various positions in the maritime domain. He was successively responsible for the sales teams in the maritime security and in the fishing domains as well as marketing manager for Maritme IoT solutions. Etienne is also a confirmed sailor and instructor, running transatlantic race and national competitions.
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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Oskar Levander joined Rolls-Royce in 2012 and is today SVP Concepts & Innovation, for the Marine business. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career at Wärtsilä. He graduated with honours from Helsinki University of Technology in 2000, with an MSc in Naval Architecture.
Oskar has been driving the development of novel ship designs, machinery and propulsion concepts and has pioneered many emerging marine technologies, such as LNG. Today, he spearheads the development of ship intelligence concepts and the introduction of remote & autonomous ships. In 2017 Oskar Levander was nominated as the #1 Technology Leader by Lloyds List.
Lars hold an MSc (Physics), an Executive MBA and seafaring UK MCA Deck Certificates of Competency. His professional career stretches across the telecommunications sector, where he was an expert in the early adoption of Voice over IP, a career at sea and a shore based career covering various roles in the maritime industry including Maritime Training and Education.
Lars joined the senior management of Warsash Maritime Academy in 2012. In his current role he is heading up the commercial operations for the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, part of Solent University, which incorporates the world-renowned education for seafarers as well as academic programmes for shore based roles in shipping.
Tom Mellor is the Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards at the UKHO. He is responsible for the UKHO technical programme, providing consultancy to ECDIS OEMs and third party developers who use ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions in their applications.
He is also heavily involved with the development and maintenance of International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. In addition to this, Tom is the Chairman of the IHO Electronic Navigational Chart Working Group (ENC WG), leading on all aspects of ENC and ECDIS standards.
Tom has a vast amount of expertise and knowledge of emerging IHO standards S-100 and S-101, and took responsibility for drafting the first product specification of S-101. After a three-year period working offshore in the oil and gas sector he joined the UKHO as an ENC complier in 2003.
Capt Jitendra Misra, Managing Director, Emarat Maritime LLC, Dubai has devoted 47 years of his life to the Maritime Industry. The start of his distinguished career was as a Deck Cadet with India Steamship Co. in 1971 and he steadily ascended the ranks to become one of the youngest Masters’ in the Indian Merchant Shipping Fleet. After over eight years in command of general cargo ships, container vessels, panamax and capsize bulk carriers, he left the sea in 1988 to take up commercial challenges ashore with a firm in UK. As a lead up to a shore based assignment, he completed the final examinations of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London in 1988 and came 3rd on the International Merit List.
A call from the Middle East brought him to Dubai in February 1990, when he was involved in the set up and commencement of the ship-owning division of the Sharaf Group. His experience, qualifications and hard work enabled him to quickly ascend the corporate ladder. Since 1997, he has been the Managing Director of Emarat Maritime Ltd.
Capt. Jitendra Misra is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London and is the Founding Chairman of the UAE Branch of the Institute, which was set up in 1995. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, London. After being the Honorary Corresponding Member for a number of years, he took the initiative to set up the UAE Section and was elected as the first Secretary General. In 2009 he was elected Director of the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and in 2013, became a member of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee. In June 2015 he was elected Chairman of BIMCO’s Marine Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Capt. Misra was also instrumental in setting up of the UAE Ship Owners Association in 2005 – now renamed the UAE Shipping Association (UAESA) and served as its first Secretary General. He continues as a Board Member of the UAESA. In 2016 he was nominated by Royal Decree as member of the first Board of Trustees of Emirates Maritime Arbitration Center.
His contributions to the Industry have been widely recognized by a number of organizations. In order to benefit from his rich experience, Class NK set up their Middle East Technical Committee with Capt. Misra as the Chairman, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping also elected him as a member of their Middle East Technical Committee and American Bureau of Shipping have elected him as a Member of the Society for a 5 year term. In 2009, SEATRADE awarded him with the “Outstanding Achievement Award” and the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) honoured him with the “Life Time Achievement Award” at the inaugural IBJ Bulk Awards ceremony, held in Amsterdam. In 2014, The Institute of Economic Studies, Delhi, awarded him with the Pravasi Bharti Shiromani Puraskar at the “International Global Meet” and he was also awarded with Asian Leadership Global Indian award by Stars of the Industry Group with CMO Asia, CHRO Asia and World CSR Day as strategic partners.
Despite a very hectic and challenging work, he remains, at heart, a seafarer and is always looking for innovations in ships and shipping. He has been instrumental and very deeply involved with a leading Japanese Shipbuilder in the design and development of the world’s first Ultra Super Handymax (ULTRAMAX) bulk carrier of 60,341 DWT. The vessel, m/v DUBAI SUN, delivered to Emarat Maritime in 2010, won two ‘Ship of the Year’ awards in that year. This has been a tremendous contribution to dry-bulk shipping, as the ULTRAMAX is now the design of choice for shipowners contracting geared dry bulk carrier newbuildings.
A keen sportsman, he enjoys playing golf whenever he gets the opportunity.
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.
Tom Perlich has more than 35 years of diversified experience managing engineers in Fortune 500 companies in industrial/municipal water treatment applications, with fourteen years directly involved in ballast water treatment. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Ecochlor and in 2004, secured international and United Stated patents in Chlorine Dioxide BWTS. Mr Perlich is regarded as a leading authority on ballast water treatment with articles that have been published by some of the most prominent maritime magazines; he is asked to speak at conferences around the world on this topic.
Prior to Ecochlor, Mr Perlich served as Corporate Sales Manager for Vulcan Performance Chemicals, a leading provider of process and functional chemicals. He was also a Regional Sales Manager for Exxon Chemicals and a field sales engineer for Nalco Chemical, a global leader in water treatment applications. Mr Perlich possesses an in-depth understanding of water treatment technologies and methodologies for industrial and municipal applications. Mr Perlich holds a BSIE from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Pradeep Pillai, 55 years old, married with two children. Bachelor of Science (Chemistry major) and Bachelor of Technology with specialisation in Paints . My entire career of 32 years has been in the paint industry starting with Asian Paints Ltd, Sherwin Williams KSA and then in Sigma Paints.
My experience in paint industry has been wide, but mainly focussed in R &D. I have worked in India, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and China and have worked with people from many countries in the world. Currently I am working as Technical Manager in Sigma Paints Saudi Arabia Ltd.
Alexander has a broad corporate and commercial practice, with a particular focus on energy and resources, transport and technology. He has worked on a number of significant cross-border transactions across a range of sectors, including share and asset acquisitions, funds structuring, divestments, joint ventures, public and private fundraisings, restructurings and reorganisations. Alexander also advises on project development and commercial contracts, as well as on matters of general company law and corporate governance.
Prior to joining HFW, Alexander was with a leading US firm in London and he is qualified in England and Wales.
Alexander's experience includes advising:
- An NYSE-listed international drilling contractor on its acquisition of a worldwide drilling services group for a total consideration of US$125milllion.
- Investors on the establishment of UK funds to invest in chemical tankers and other vessels.
- One of the world's largest oil field services companies on its acquisition of a UK-based seismic software company.
- A North American private equity fund on its acquisition of a project development company incorporated to develop an offshore LNG terminal off the North-East coast of England.
- The founder shareholders on the disposal of a leading Russian pharmaceutical producer to a private equity investor.
- A major international oil company on the disposal of a fleet of land drilling rigs to an NYSE-listed oilfield services company, in a deal worth in excess of US$1.25 billion, and the award of certain offshore drilling contracts.
- On cross-border joint venture arrangements for the ownership and chartering of LNG supply vessels.
- A major international bank on its debt and equity investment in a biomass fuel supply company.
- An LSE-listed international business support service company on the reorganisation and sale of its worldwide cash systems business for £360 million.
Richard Richards has more than nineteen years of experience in technical and project management in the offshore oil and gas industry. Executing a variety of heavy-lift, pipe-lay, diving and ROV installation and decommissioning/removal projects. Experience in heavy-lift derrick operations of large decks and jackets in both installation and decommissioning work scopes. Starting work as a commercial diver and working up to Project manager on a variety of subsea projects: subsea structures; plugging and abandonment work; subsea inspections; pipeline installations; subsea structure and pipeline repairs around the world. As a Project Manager Richards projects help Global Industries win the 2009 NOIA Safety-in-Seas Award for the post Rita and Katrina hurricane subsea decommissioning work scopes.
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.
Nabil Ben Soussia is the Managing Director of IEC Telecom Middle East. Armed with years of experience and a track record of proven performance, he is responsible for providing the vision, overall leadership and strategic management for the company as well as long-term relations with the key clients.
Ben Soussia is known for his global expertise in leading complex turnarounds. His industry experience spans across advanced satellite telecommunications integration and deployment.
A high-performance leader with extensive MENA region experience, Ben Soussia joined IEC Telecom Group in 2008 as Director of Technologies and Operations. In 2011, Ben Soussia held the title of the Managing Director at IEC Telecom’s Abu Dhabi, where he played an instrumental role in its opening. In 2013, Ben Soussia became Managing Director of IEC Telecom Kazakhstan and was responsible for the business development in this fast-growing sector. Ben Soussia helped develop the Maritime sector in Kazakhstan contributing to the increase in business sales, which resulted in the company’s recognition as the Best Performance Maritime by Thuraya award in 2014. He was the first who introduced YahClik, a new service by Yahsat, to the group which also resulted in the receipt of the YahClik Service Partner of the Year award.
Ben Soussia holds a Master’s degree in Satellite Communication Systems and Telecoms and an Engineering degree in Telecommunication. He is fluent in English, Arabic, French, and Russian.
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.
Richard is a Partner in the shipping department in Dubai and also leads the HFW Middle East commodities practice.
Richard advises clients in all aspects of shipping and the carriage of goods by sea, with particular emphasis on disputes arising out of charterparties and bills of lading, as well as collisions, groundings and maritime casualties. He also regularly advises clients in relation to ship sale and ship building disputes.
Richard also advises commodity traders and producers on all aspects of their business, including in particular physical sale/purchase and transportation. He assists and represents clients in dispute resolution in commodities and freight related matters. He specialises in particular in energy and bulk commodities.
Richard's clients include ship owners and operators, charterers, P&I Clubs and underwriters as well as cargo owners and traders. He also regularly lectures on shipping and trade issues and was the co-author of HFW's quarterly case law update.
Described as "likeable and easy to deal with" (Legal 500, 2015), Richard represents clients in Court and arbitration proceedings in London and the Middle East.
Ashik started his career in the design department of Corporate Shipyard, Calcutta, after graduating in Naval Architecture and Ship Building from Cochin University in 1994. Later in 1997, he joined Alan R Conroy & Partners, a distinguished marine and Oil & Gas consultant in Dubai. In 2005 he joined BCTQ consultants and became the General Manager, looking after their business in the Middle East Region.
He became Managing Director of Great Waters Maritime, another UAE based maritime, offshore, oil and gas consultancy during 2012. Great Waters now operate from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Baku, Mumbai & Glasgow.
Ashik is Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA), a Fellow of Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and a Member of International Institute of Marine Surveyors.
Ashik has vast experience in design and project management of offshore structures, mobile offshore drilling units, jack-ups barges, crane vessels, FSOs, FPSOs, Tankers and various ship types. Ashik is also a technical committee member of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Middle East and South East Asia.
After six years in the British Army, Mark has worked for 25 years in the maritime industry spanning roles on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol to senior positions with Gearbulk, Gulf Agency Company and Wilhelmsen Ships Service and was privileged to be invited to a directorship of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carriers in Southampton.
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.
Kris is a senior maritime IT specialist with extensive knowledge of ERP systems, infrastructure, cloud technologies and business process management. With 18 years’ experience in the Maritime sector and a successful track record of implementing systems and automating processes, he is a leader in the field.
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.
In 2017, Offshore Support Journal Conference 2017 as Keynote Speaker
In 2017, Offshore Jack Up Middle East Officer 2017 as Keynote Speaker
In 2018, Offshore Jack Up Middle East Officer 2017 as Keynote Speaker
In 2018, International Franchise Expo in Abu Dhabi as Keynote Speaker
In 2017, Marasi News - The UAE Specialized Maritime Magazine, Expert view: Do the UAE and Norway have common trend in developing the maritime industry?
In 2018, Marasi News - The UAE Specialized Maritime Magazine, Expert view: Arctics: is it a future transport route?
In 2018, Marasi News – UAE maintains a competitive position in ship repairing industry
Also in last year participation in round table of High Speed Boat Operations Forum.
And many other events in which Ksenia was the Keynote speaker on the galas.
The extensive knowledge of the maritime defence, oil and gas fields, great international experience and knowledge of the way to spread and populate the UAE in the world gave it positions to develop great opportunities.
Dr Ksenia created from Emirates Zone a significant platform for international investors to build value business and a tool to increase their return on investment in the economically promising United Arab Emirates (UAE) market.
With 20 years’ experience in strategy consultancy and transformation management, Pieter is currently regional director for Orange Business Services’ digital transformation program for Middle East & Africa, driving strategic co-innovation with technology partners, Orange Labs and customers. He is actively engaged in advising various regional customers on their digital transformation strategies.
Pieter has extensive experience in working with CEO’s and CIO’s within the transportation industry in the design, build and run of their digital transformation programs. As a principle consultant he has worked on IT strategy and enterprise architecture programs in over 20 countries on 4 continents. He was previously working as a principle strategy consultant for Orange Business Consultants in AsiaPac & Australia, and worked as Head of Strategic Programs & Integration for SITA AsiaPac, and Director of Capgemini’s Mobile Technology Lab for Northern Europe & AsiaPac.
Pieter is originally from the Netherlands and based in Dubai.