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Angus Campbell
Director Energy Projects
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM)
Angus Campbell
Director- Energy Projects
Schulte Group
Conference Chairman
  

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Angus Campbell was appointed Director – Energy Projects in 2016 to support the achievement of Schulte Group’s business growth objectives in the energy sector, focusing on the development of gas and low carbon energy projects.  Previously, Angus served as Managing Director of BSM United Kingdom, appointed in 2013, and bringing extensive experience with him to the role.  Angus has been in the shipping industry for over 40 years, working at Denholm Ship Management, Seatrain Lines and for 30 years in senior positions at OSG.

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Frank J Coles
Chief Executive Officer
Wallem Group
  
 

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Frank Coles joined Wallem Group as Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. He has set an agenda of renewing the brand, and a path and vision for Wallem to be the leading provider of technology-driven maritime solutions in a customer-centric and transparent manner.  Starting off as a deck officer after 12 years at sea, Frank came ashore as a Master Mariner, received an LLM from Cardiff University, became Operations Director at Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping, CEO of Rydex, then moved to be VP of Business Development for Sperry, COO of Globe Wireless, Director of INMARSAT and CEO of Transas.

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Captain Robert Hughes
Chief Operations Officer
Genco Shipping and Trading


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Captain Robert Hughes has served as Genco’s Chief Operations Officer since January 22, 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in the shipping industry both at sea and ashore, with a focus on vessel and cargo operations, customer relations and strategic planning.  Before becoming their COO, Captain Hughes was employed by one of the largest charterers of dry bulk tonnage, Cargill Ocean Transportation, as the Americas Operations and Global Technical Manager.  He holds a Bachelor for Science degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Molloy College, and a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and actively maintains a US Coast Guard Master of unlimited tonnage any oceans license. 

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Jan-Willem Van Den Dijssel
Americas Lead Ocean Transportation
Cargill
  

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel is Americas Lead Ocean Transportation for Cargill, and is an accomplished trader and business leader with over 20 years’ experience in the maritime trading industry. In his current role, Jan-Willem is responsible for the general management of Cargill’s business across the Americas. Jan-Willem joined Cargill in 1996 as a grain trader in Santiago de Chile within the Latin America business unit. Later, he successfully held trading roles in Cargill’s global corporate headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in Miami, Florida. In 2014, he was promoted to his current role of Americas Lead. In January 2018, Jan-Willem was named as Cargill’s board representative of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association. 

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Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer
SHIPPINGInsight
  

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Carleen Lyden Walker is the Chief Evolution Officer of SHIPPINGInsight, leveraging off her experience as a marketing and communications professional in the commercial maritime industry with over 40 years of experience.  She specializes in identifying, developing and implementing strategic programs thaposition SHIPPINGInsight as the most effective forum for shipowners and solution providers to advance optimization and innovation in the maritime sphere.  In 2015, Ms. Lyden Walker was appointed a Goodwill Maritime Ambassador by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). She is a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association)the Connecticut Maritime Association, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean) and is a Past-President of the Propeller Club Chapter of the Port of NY/NJ. She was also elected to the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation, Tall Ships America Foundation, Billion Oyster Foundationand the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.  Ms. Lyden Walker is also CEO of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Co-Founder/Executive Director of NAMEPAand Founder of both CARIBMEPA and the Consortium for International Maritime Heritage.  In 2010 she was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the United States Coast Guard, and in 2014 a Public Service Commendation for her work on World Maritime Day and AMVER, respectively.  She held a USCG Captain’s license.   

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Captain Thomas W. Hudson, MNI
Operations Superintendent 
Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. 

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Captain Tom Hudson is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. After graduation, Tom sailed on US Flag tankers for over 20 years. Following retirement from the IOMM&P, Tom began working for oil companies primarily in safety and emergency response. Tom’s background includes time as a SIRE inspector and Vetting Manager. Captain Hudson joined Mitsui O.S.K Bulk Shipping in 2007 and has since represented the company’s interest at forums and with the USCG. Tom’s constant involvement with the US Coast Guard during his long career and his personal contact with the oil companies in Houston mean he can usually find a friendly contact to help solve any issue.

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Captain Joseph Gross
Manager Dry Cargo Vessel Operations
d’Amico Shipping USA
 

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Joseph Gross joined d’Amico in December 2013. A US Coast Guard licensed Master Mariner, he has nearly 30 years of experience in the maritime industry, both at sea and ashore.  Coming ashore in 1997, he spent two years working in vessel operations at Charles R. Weber Company, followed by eleven years there as a spot tanker broker.  From 2010 until 2011, he worked as a dry cargo broker at John F. Dillon & Company, and from August 2011 to December 2013 as a ship broker on the projects desk at Maersk Broker America, Inc.  Mr. Gross has been the President of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) since 2016. 

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Christopher J. Wiernicki
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
ABS
 

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Christopher J. Wiernicki is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABS and Chairman of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. He joined ABS in 1993 and has held leadership roles including President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), President and COO of ABS Europe Ltd., Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and President and COO of the ABS Group of Companies, Inc.

Before joining ABS, Wiernicki was President and CEO of Designers and Planners Inc., a leading U.S. naval architecture firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Wiernicki served as Chairman of Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) from 2015-2016. He was awarded the Vice Admiral Emory S. Land Medal in 2013 for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field, the United Seaman’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award in 2016 for outstanding contributions to the maritime industry, and is a member of the International Maritime Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

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Ramesh Bhat
Maritime Technical Director
Mangrove Partners

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Ramesh Bhat is a highly accomplished top executive in the maritime industry with over 38 years of experience specializing in shipbuilding, technical management, operations and crew management. He brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations on any role he serves, and emphasizes strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold actions. He is presently working at Mangrove Partners, as Maritime Technical Director, since October 2018. He has served as a Chief Technical Officer for a US flag owner / operator where he was the driving force behind streamlining company’s operational processes, reducing costs and negotiating contracts. In his prior experience at Eagle Shipping, he served as Technical Director where he played a critical role in transforming the company’s assets from 6 Supramax vessels to 56 vessels in a span of 10 years. He played a vital role in managing five offshore teams globally in China, Japan, Singapore, Russia and Myanmar. He was instrumental in building 39 new vessels from Japan and China where he managed and negotiated all aspects of ship building. He was instrumental in starting the company’s technical management in house and thus improving ships performance while making it cost effective. In area of crew management, he scouted for the best of the breed from Ukraine, Myanmar, India, China and the US. In the early 2000, he was instrumental in starting a US operation for Hong Kong based Jardine Ship Management where he focused not only on ship management but also marketing. Bhat holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Marine Engineering. He also holds an advanced degree of Masters in Maritime Management. He is a former board member of Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), and is a member of American Bureau of Shipping’s global technical committee and Class NK US owners committee and has been a key note speaker at various conferences. He has also involved in mentoring young maritime graduates and recruits.

Nikos Petrakakos
Nikos Petrakakos
Managing Partner
Ursus Maritime Capital 

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Nikos Petrakakos co-founded Ursus Maritime Capital, the first provider of Green Ship Retrofit financing. Nikos also brings expertise in leading lower middle market M&A and capital raising for green technologies, ship finance, maritime industrials, and infrastructure. Nikos uniquely blends 15 years of commercial and finance maritime background, with technical and operational knowhow. Prior to his current role, Nikos was Director of Investment Banking and Head of Environmental Innovation for Seabury Capital. He began his career with Oldendorff Carriers, followed by executive roles at ship managers HART Shipping. Nikos holds an MSc degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Systems Management, and a BSc in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute.

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Cynthia A. Hudson
Chief Executive Officer
HudsonAnalytix
  

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Cynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, including port and cyber security, headquartered in the Philadelphia, US and internationally from Piraeus to Jakarta.  Well-known and highly regarded throughout the maritime transportation industry for her work and contributions in her field, Ms. Hudson was most recently honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) InterAmerican Committee on Ports with the 2016 Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port.  Ms. Hudson serves on a number of industry boards and is President of WISTA Delaware River & Bay Chapter and a Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). 

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Graham Westgarth
Chief Executive Officer
V. Group Limited
  

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Prior to starting his career with V.Group, Graham held various senior executive roles across a career spanning five decades in the shipping industry. His executive roles saw him spend considerable career time with Maersk UK, Teekay Corporation, and GasLog Ltd. Graham also held a number of positions as Director and Chairman of a variety of committees and organisations. Prior to joining V.Group, Graham was a company Director at GasLog Ltd, while also a dedicated member of the HSSE Committee, and Chair of the Operations Executive Group. As well as being a Master Mariner, Graham has undertaken various finance and leadership courses, and is a graduate of the Columbia Senior Executive Development Programme. Graham also holds directorial positions with GasLog Ltd, Seagull AS and Gastrade, and is Chairman of the ABS UK Advisory Committee.

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Sanjam Sahi Gupta
Director 
Sitara Shipping Ltd.


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Sanjam Sahi Gupta is Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd. and an Advocate for Diversity in the Maritime Industry. She is a founder member of WISTA India and Board Member of WISTA International. She’s also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the World Maritime University Malmo, Sweden]. The Sailor Today Magazine awarded her for making WISTA India the ‘Most Promising Association in 2013′. In 2014 the International Womens’ Leadership Forum awarded her “Leading Woman in Shipping Business” and was also awarded in 2014 by SPJIMR Business school as Outstanding Family Business. As an Ambassador of Sailor Society in India she’s committed to Seafarers welfare and,she was a major force in bringing out the “Diversity Handbook” in 2018 along with ISWAN and Anglo Eastern . In May 2018, she was the recipient of the Sandvik Gender Award –for her outstanding contribution and commitment to gender equality. As part of her award she conducted India’s first survey for gathering data on women in maritime. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals awarded her “Woman of the Year 2019” in March 2019. In June 2019 she was invited as part of a High Level panel initiative by The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, comprising a group of world leaders from coastal states committed to ocean action in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. This panel will advise 14 heads of government across the world that will drive the transition to a new and sustainable economy for a healthier and weatherier planet. She has been invited by the IMO to speak at various panels and conferences. She has been acknowledged for her role as a change maker -advocating diversity and sustainable shipping. In February 2020, she has been named as one of the top 100 women in shipping by All About Shipping UK. To further her commitment to Diversity in the maritime and Logistics industry she has launched Maritime SheEO to provide D&I solutions to the industry.

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Jeffrey G. Lantz
Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards (CG-5PS)
U.S. Coast Guard
  

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Mr. Jeff Lantz is the Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards for the U.S. Coast Guard.  His responsibilities include the development of U.S. maritime safety, security and environmental protection regulations and policies as well as the U.S. merchant mariner credentialing program.  He leads for the U.S. in the development of international safety, security and environmental protection standards at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and represents the U.S. at the IMO in many capacities including as head of delegation to both the Maritime Safety Committee and Marine Environmental Protection Committee.

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Jason Kelly
Executive Vice President
Moran Shipping Agencies
  
 

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Jason Kelly serves as Executive Vice President of Moran Shipping Agencies and is a co-founder of Sea Ahead, a startup blue-tech incubator.  An active member of the maritime community, Jason volunteers with ASBA (Treasurer), the Chamber of Shipping of America, the Dean’s Advisory Council, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Chair, Providence Harbor Management Commission, and member, Mystic Aquarium President’s advisory board.  Jason holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics and a Bachelor of Business from Boston College.  Jason is a passionate advocate for commercial shipping and smart-ocean planning, strongly supporting industry best practices in safety, security, and environmental stewardship.

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Michael Parker
Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore 
Citi

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Michael Parker joined Citibank N.A. in London in September 1977.  Michael Parker was recently appointed Chairman of Citi’s Global Shipping, Logistics and Offshore business having been Global Industry Head since 1997 until now.  Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA) and Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA.

During his 36 years involvement with shipping finance Mr. Parker has been a regular conference chairman, speaker or panellist.  Under his leadership Citi receives recognised industry awards across the different areas of shipping finance and he was named Marine Money’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012.  In March 2015 in New York : Capital Link Leadership Award “in recognition of Michael Parker’s unique and extensive contribution to the shipping industry”.  Mr. Parker chaired the London Committee of Intercargo for a number of years and is involved in UK maritime matters as they pertain to finance and served on the Expert Panel advising the UK Department for Transport on the UK 2050 Maritime Strategy.  In 2015, 2017 and 2019 he served on the Advisory Board of London International Shipping Week. In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of The Global Maritime Forum.  Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Poseidon Principles launched in New York June 2019 and elected first Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association in 2020.

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James Thomas
Managing Partner
Thomas Maritime
  

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Mr. Thomas has more than 30 years of financial and investment experience across multiple sectors and geographies. Having begun his career in the fixed income group at Goldman Sachs in London during the early 1980s, he transitioned to private equity investing in 1989, joining Warburg Pincus in their New York office. Mr. Thomas was named a partner in 1995 and headed the firm’s biopharmaceutical and med-tech practice until 2000. In 2001, he co-founded, Thomas, McNerney & Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in medical technology and related sectors across all stages from venture capital to buy out and restructuring. Thomas, McNerney managed more than $600 million for public and private pension funds and university. Beginning in 2016, Mr. Thomas began to actively invest in the international shipping industry through Thomas Maritime International. His investments in the marine sector span public equities, private debt, private partnerships, FFA trading, time charter investing and direct ship ownership. He is the majority owner of Ithaca Marine which owns controlling interests in five handy size dry bulk carriers. Mr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Science from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science in Economics from The London School of Economics.

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Jeffrey D. Pribor
Chief Financial Officer 
International Seaways, Inc. 
  
 

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Jeff Pribor joined International Seaways in November 2016. Prior to International Seaways, Mr. Pribor was Global Head of Maritime Investment Banking at Jefferies & Company, Inc. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Maritime Corporation, one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, from September 2004 to February 2013. Prior to General Maritime, from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and President of DnB NOR Markets, Inc. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Group Head of Transportation Banking at ABN AMRO, Inc. and predecessor firms. Prior to that, Mr. Pribor was a mergers and acquisitions investment banker at Merrill Lynch. 

Michael Lees
Michael Lees
Chief Commercial Officer 
Ultraclean Fuel (Marine) Limited
  
 

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Michael joined Ultraclean Fuel (Marine) Limited and its associated company Ultraclean Fuel Limited as Chief Commercial Officer. Ultraclean Marine is at an advanced stage of developing a solution for the removal of Sulphur from marine fuel for compliance with IMO 2020 while Ultraclean Fuel is now commercialising its patented technology for the removal of sulphur from diesel, jet fuel and natural gas condensate.  Prior to joining the Ultraclean companies Michael advised companies that had a profile of low emission and/or renewable energy technologies. Michael has 23 years banking experience, and has a BS from University of New England and Master of Business from University of Technology.

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Sergio M. Garcia
Head of Communications for Maritime Americas
DNV GL 
  
 

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Sergio Garcia is a Naval Architect & Marine Engineer who has been working 36 years in the Maritime and Oil & Gas industries.  Mr. Garcia has worked in shipyards and classification societies in various production and managerial roles.  His career has taken him around the globe, from South America to North America to West Africa. In 2000, Mr. Garcia began working for DNV GL as a Surveyor then Operations Manager, Business Development Manager, and is presently Head of Communications for Maritime Americas.

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James R. Lawrence
Chairman
Marine Money, MTI Network (USA) Inc. 
  

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Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, celebrating its 33rd Anniversary this year, which produces, the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the bi-weekly on-line report Marine Money Asia, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the directory Official Guide to Ship Registries.  Marine Money conferences are held in every major shipping center in the world bridging capital and the international maritime industry, with 19 forums worldwide held in 2019.

Jim Lawrence is a founding Partner, along with Patrick Adamson in London, of the MTI Network, the leading global public relations firm specializing in maritime crisis communications.  The MTI Network has offices in 23 countries around the world.

MTI provides a round the clock response team to handle media relations in the event of any marine or transport related incident likely to attract unfavorable attention from the press, television, radio or online services. MTI currently provides crisis cover for over 10,000 vessels from 400 shipping companies, including tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, container, passenger ships, ports, terminals and aircraft.

Mr. Lawrence began his career in the maritime industry with Lloyd’s of London Press, managing that company’s North American business from New York City. He is on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York.

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Arlie G. Sterling
President & Co-Founder
Marsoft Inc. 
  
 

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Arlie G. Sterling, as President and co-founder of Marsoft Inc., leads the development and commercialization of Marsoft’s decision support and risk management services for the maritime industryDr. Sterling has an S.B. from MIT, an M.S. from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from MIT Sloan SchoolMarsoft prepares clients for the lending and investment decisions they face in this volatile and cyclical industry by signaling the key risks and structural changes and the potential impact of geopolitical instability. Marsoft is developing a platform aligned with the Poseidon Principles to report on the implications of climate change for earnings and values and how shipowners can best respond 

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Rich Pruitt
Vice President- Environmental Operations
Carnival Cruise Line
  

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Rich Pruitt is responsible for overseeing all onboard and shoreside environmental operations for a fleet of 26 ships deployed in North America, the Caribbean and Australasia.  Rich is the founder and Principal of RMP Sustainability LLC, providing maritime safety, environmental compliance and sustainability solutions to organizations. Rich also served as Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  Prior to joining RCL, Rich served in the United States Air Force as a Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor and in the United States Coast Guard in various national security and marine safety positions.  Rich is currently a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Circuit and is actively engaged in various industry, charitable and environmental organizations. 

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Joe Hughes
Chairman & CEO Shipowners Claims Bureau (SCB)
Chairman, NAMEPA
  

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Joe has served as Chairman and CEO of the managers of the American Club, an International Group mutual, for nearly twenty-five years. Joe also oversees the activities of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., an affiliate of SCB, which operates the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities. In addition, he is a director of American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a Cyprus-based underwriting investment of the American Club. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), and a director (and former president) of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.

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Marina Hadjipateras
Co-Founder & General Partner
Trail Mix Ventures
  

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Marina Hadjipateras is a General Partner and founder of Trail Mix Ventures: an early stage venture capital firm focussing on blue tech, sustainability, future of work and the care economy. She served as VP of Investor Relations for Dorian LPG, and was a key participant in taking her family’s 150-year-old shipping company public in 2014 (NYSE: LPG). She restructured Dorian and oversaw talent, PR, and IR, accepting the Tanker Company of the Year award. Marina has served as vice chair of the INTERTANKO Environmental Committee for the past 8 years. In 2018 Marina received the NYOT Innovators and Disruptors award for venture capital. She is a board member of Welcome Baby and in the North American Marine Environmental Protection Agency Board.

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Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
Chief Executive Officer
DNV GL – Maritime
  
 

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Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is the CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and a member of the Executive Board of DNV GL SE. He was appointed CEO of DNV GL – Maritime in August 2015 and prior to that he had been the Chief Operating Officer and President of DNV GL – Maritime and Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas. After joining DNV in Oslo, in 1990, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen worked in DNV’s core business areas serving the maritime and oil & gas industries. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990.

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Alistair Johnson
Owner/Designer
Dasivedo Design
  
 

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After completing his degree in Anthropology at University College London in 1982, Alistair Johnson did post graduate research work in an inner-city area of south east London on leisure provision for young black men. In 1986, Alistair began running, overhauling, and upgrading the family lettings business while caring for his Mother’s foster children.  In 1994, Alistair produced and directed a short film, Just Ten, for Carlton Television and The Arts Council which was broadcast in 1995.  In 2008, a discussion with a shipping lawyer about the early Tig Rig design and the key mechanical safety overrides led to nearly a decade of drawing and design.  Alistair’s hard work has been realized with a solid patented protected design which is being engineered for the prototypes to be sea trialled in the first Tig Rig installation. 

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Carl Fischer
CEO & Founder
sHYp B.V. 
  
 

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Economist by training, launched, grew and sold two Fintech startups, transitioned into Impact Investing, worked with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate M. Yunus and started sHYp in 2018.

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Parker Harrison
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Crowley Maritime Corporation
  

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Harrison joined Crowley in 2013 as director, claims, in the risk management department, where she managed claims, supported Crowley’s growing ship management business, and led the team’s risk management and mitigation efforts for the historic West Africa Ebola relief project (Operation United Assistance). In 2015, she was promoted to vice president, procurement, where she led the modernization and enhancement of the procurement function to support all lines of business. She joined Crowley’s Senior Leadership Team in 2019. Before joining Crowley, Harrison served as vice president and FD&D manager with Shipowners Claims Bureau in New York, managers of The American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, where she handled a variety of both P&I and FD&D claims and managed the Club’s overall portfolio of FD&D claims. She also practiced maritime law for several years at Chaffe McCall, LLP, in New Orleans. Harrison holds both Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Virginia, as well as a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Tulane Law School with a certificate in maritime law. She is the president of the U.S. chapter of WISTA, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association. She is also a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, as well as the 2018-19 editor-in-chief of SEALI, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. Her responsibilities include: Legal, Risk Management, Crowley Cares Foundation.

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Christopher L. Aversano
Position List Product Manager, President 
Q88, CMA
  
 

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Accomplished maritime executive with over 25 years of experience that combines practical trading experience with an understanding of how technology impacts the shipping space. Excels at cultivating strong relationships to achieve success. Deep knowledge of the markets and issues surrounding charter party contracts, energy supply/demand, vessel operational issues, sanctions, world politics, tariffs, and other external factors. Has lead multinational cross functional teams as project leader.

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Michael Webber, CFA
Co-Founder
Webber Research & Advisory
  
 

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Mike co-founded Webber Research & Advisory in 2019, and has spent the past 13 years in equity research covering Export Infrastructure, Shipping, & Transportation at Wells Fargo & Deutsche Bank. Mike has been named to Institutional Investor’s (I.I.) All-America Research Team in each of the past 5 years, finishing as the #1 ranked Shipping & LNG analyst in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, & 2015, and part of the #1 ranked Natural Gas team in 2019. He was named the sector’s best stock picker by the FT 2013, #2 in 2012, named in Business Insiders: Rising Stars Of Equity Research Under 35 in 2017, and is a NAMEPA award winner for his work in ESG. Mike graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004.

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Eric Nagel
Director Atlantic Aframax and Global Support Services
Teekay Tankers
  
 

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Graduate of Kings Point USMMA ’95 who sailed 5 years in US Merchant Marine aboard both bulk carriers as well as tankers holding 1st class pilotage for Great Lakes and connecting rivers. Eric came ashore as a civilian working for Military Sealift Command before joining ExxonMobil in 2001 where he filled various roles both in the Global Marine Optimization Team as well as a technical role in the Beaumont Refinery before joining the ship owning side of the business in 2006 first with AET Tanker serving management capacities in the US, Singapore and UK. In 2015 Eric joined Teekay Tankers as Director of Commercial for the Atlantic based in Houston. Today Eric has management oversight of Aframax fleet trade in the Atlantic Basin as well as West Coast North and South America as well as leading the company’s lightering support business in the US Gulf as well as Caribbean and Central America region in addition to oversight of all fuel procurement for Teekay’s fleet as well as additional third party customers using Teekay Fuel Services as their conduit for bunker management.
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Peter Hadjipateras
Corporate Development Manager
Dorian LPG
  

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Peter Hadjipateras is the Corporate Development Manager at Dorian LPG and has held this position since 2015. Before taking on his current role at Dorian, Hadjipateras was closely involved in the formation and growth of Dorian LPG Ltd. as a NYSE listed company (LPG) with a fleet of 22 VLGCs. He currently focuses on internal development projects for Dorian, with a current focus on fleet optimization. Hadjipateras has seagoing experience on board VLGCs, Pressure LPG vessels, Aframax Tankers and a Fully Ref Juice Carrier, and has spent months at shipyards in Japan and Korea supervising newbuilding constructions. Prior to joining Dorian, Hadjipateras held training positions at RS Platou in Singapore, Barry Rogliano Sales in Shanghai, and Pacific Cargoes Inc. in Washington DC. He has a BA Degree from Georgetown University.

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Antonios (Tony) Backos
COO & Co-Founder
Bluewater Acquistion Corp
  
 

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Mr. Backos has over 22 years of strategic corporate shipping transaction experience and currently serves as COO & Co-founder of Bluewater Acquisition Corp, a Canadian capital pool company listed on the TSXV. He has served since 2012 as the Executive Director of AB Management LLC, a private consulting firm providing transactional advisory services to international ultra-high net worth families and their affiliated companies in various industries, including the shipping, energy and natural resources sectors. He has assisted numerous startups located in the U.S. and Europe in connection with their formation, successful growth and fundraising efforts, including the formation, initial public offering and listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange of a tanker company. Mr. Backos was also a partner for many years at the New York, London and Athens offices of international law firms focusing on capital markets, private equity, M&A and other corporate cross-border transactions. Mr. Backos has a B.S. (Wharton) and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (M.Sc.) and the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.). He is a member of the New York Bar, the Connecticut Maritime Association and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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John Eltringham
Project Director
Schulte Group
  
 

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John Eltringham MBE CEng FRINA, MIMarEST Project Director Schulte Group Responsible existing and evolving technology including latest design LNG carriers, LNG bunker Vessels and LNG fuelled vessels. Responsible for Specification of ‘Marvel Hawk’ BS/Mitsui 174K m³ LNG Carrier and 7,500m³ LNG Bunker Vessel ‘Kairos’. Member of Schulte Group decarbonisation team specialising in future fuels and internal combustion engine technology. Previous experience Chief Engineer Babcock International, Project Manager OSG Inc, UK & Ireland Operations Manager Bureau Veritas, Sea Going Chief Engineer, Engineer Cadet P&O 1973.

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Keegan Plaskon
Business Development Director
ABS
  
 

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Keegan Plaskon serves as ABS Business Development Director. He is responsible for driving business growth in the marine and offshore industries while also assisting shipowners and operators with meeting their classification and regulatory needs. Keegan is a graduate of Kings Point and started with ABS in 2006 as a surveyor.

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Alexander Saverys
Chief Executive Officer
CMB
  

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Alexander Saverys – Chief Executive Officer at CMB was born in Ghent (Belgium) on 17 June 1978. Master in Law Koninklijke Universiteit Leuven and Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Master in Business Administration Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft Berlin. Founder of DELPHIS, a short sea container shipping company. Director of the Royal Belgian Shipowner’s Association. He has been Chief Executive Officer of CMB since 2014.
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Sotirios Mamalis
Manager of Global Sustainability – Fuels & Technology
ABS
 

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Sotirios Mamalis is the Manager of Global Sustainability – Fuels & Technology at ABS. In this role, Sotirios supports the development of products and services that promote decarbonization of marine and offshore vessels. His work on decarbonization is part of a greater ESG strategy focused on the sustainability of the maritime industry. Before joining ABS, Sotirios held academic positions performing research on internal combustion engines, alternative fuels, and emissions control technologies. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

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Amit Mehrotra
Managing Director
Deutsche Bank
  

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Amit Mehrotra, Managing Director, is Head of Deutsche Bank’s Airfreight, Surface & Maritime Transportation research group. His coverage includes trucking, logistics, airfreight, rails, and maritime shipping (tankers, LNG and dry bulk). His team is highly regarded by the world’s largest institutional investors, and he has achieved ranked positions in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 I.I. surveys – most recently with a No. 3 position in Shipping. He was also recognized by Thompson Reuters in 2018 as the No. 1 Stock Picker in the Air Freight & Logistics sector. Amit has more than 15 years of experience covering several verticals in the Industrial sector from both sell- and buy-side perspectives, including global autos & auto parts, aerospace and defense, capital goods, transportation, and shipping. He graduated with a degree in Finance and Economics from Babson College and lives in New York with his wife Tina, daughters Mia & Alia, and dog Bentley.

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Angela Chao
Chair & CEO
Foremost Group
  
 

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Angela Chao is Chair and CEO of the Foremost Group, an American shipping and transportation company headquartered in New York. Before joining Foremost Group, Angela earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Harvard College. She then worked at Smith Barney in the Mergers & Acquisitions department before returning to Harvard Business School to obtain her MBA. During her time at Harvard Business School she co-authored a paper entitled Ocean Carriers, a finance case about shipping which is now included in the required curriculum for first-year students. After graduating from Harvard Business School, Angela joined Foremost Group. An early adopter of green technology, Foremost Group has incorporated fuel-efficient designs and technology in its fleet, which are ranked among the world’s most eco-friendly bulk carriers. Angela Chao serves on numerous boards, including Bank of China, Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s International Maritime Business Department Advisory Board, the American Bureau of Shipping Council, among others.”

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Captain Anuj Chopra
Vice President
Americas, RightShip
  
 

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Anuj leads the RightShip team for the Americas region.  He began his seafaring career as a deck cadet working his way up to Captain and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency, and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 

Anuj is a Fellow of The Nautical Institute and chairperson of the US Gulf Branch, an active supporter of seafarer welfare as an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at University of Houston, and on the Board (and Treasurer) of NAMEPA – North American Marine Environment Protection Association. Anuj became a member of NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Review Panel at the beginning of 2019. 

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Admiral Thad W. Allen
U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)
 

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Admiral Thad Allen retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 as the 23rd Commandant.  He currently serves as the James Tyler Chair at the Loy Institute for Leadership at the US Coast Guard Academy.  He is also a Senior Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton and HudsonAnalytix where he supports government and commercial clients in cyber security, maritime security, navigation systems, emergency response, and crisis leadership.  He is a nationally recognized expert in disaster response and an advisor to government leaders on creating unity of effort and governing structures to address complex problems. He was the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and served as National Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  He also directed Coast Guard operations in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the Haitian Earthquake.  He serves in an advisory role with the Department of Homeland Security, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence University, NASA and the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board.   He recently co-chaired a study at the National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf Research Program addressing measures of community resilience in the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A 1971 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, Admiral Allen also holds Master Degrees from The George Washington University and MIT Sloan School.  He has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from The George Washington University, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the National Defense University, and the National Graduate School.

 

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Todd Allen
Regional Director
NAVTOR
  

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Todd Allen is the Regional Manager of NAVTOR USA Inc. NAVTOR is a company headquartered in Egersund, Norway. They are a leading force in the provision of innovative e-Navigation solutions, and a total supplier of Navigational products and services for the maritime sector. Thousands of ships and hundreds of shipping companies from all over the world use NAVTOR’s tools and services for their navigational needs. Before be appointed Regional Manager of NAVTOR USA Inc in August 2017, Todd worked for the head office in Norway. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Oregon State University. He is married with 3 children and lives in Bainbridge Island, WA.

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Aziz Bamik
General Manager
GTT North America
  
 

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Aziz Bamik joined GTT, the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 1999 and has served as General Manager of wholly-owned subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) in Houston since its formation in 2013. Based in Houston, he manages all the activities in the American continents. Before assuming this position, he occupied various positions at GTT SA in France, including R&D Engineer, Project Manager, and Director of Business Development. As Project Manager, for nine years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipbuilding Yards (China, Korea, Japan) with the delivery of approximately 100 LNG carriers, including the Regas-LNGCs, Large and very Large LNGCs for Qatari Projects, etc. As Director of Business Development, for almost four years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipowners, Charterers, Gas Companies, EPCs, Engineering Companies, Classification Societies, etc. Mr. Bamik is currently a member of AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), NAMEPA (North American Marine Environmental Protection Association), and Program Committee of the LNG X events, the largest international LNG event. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to SGMF, SIGTTO, U.S. Coast Guard Senior Executive Forums, and other prominent industry events around the world. In early 2017 Mr. Bamik was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his advocacy of the safe, clean, and secure transport and use of liquefied gases within the maritime industry. In February 2018, Mr. Bamik has been nominated as French Foreign Trade Advisor for the French Government. Mr. Bamik received his degree in Engineering in France.

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Max Bobys
Vice President and Practice Leader
HudsonCyber
  
 

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Max Bobys is the practice leader of HudsonCyber. In his current role he led the development of the award-winning HACyberLogix program, the commercial shipping industry’s first cybersecurity assessment/program management platform. He is an advisor to the European Union’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Committee on Ports (OAS) on matters of maritime cyber risk management strategy, policy development and training. He also serves on the Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee’s Sub-Committee on Cybersecurity and is a founding member of the Maritime Technology Society’s Maritime Cyber Infrastructure and Security Committee.

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Laurie Eve
Director, Retail
Inmarsat
 

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As Director Retail, Laurie is responsible for supporting the business growth of the Inmarsat Maritime Business Unit. He plays an integral role in developing the retail channel distribution strategy, driving and defining the right internal and external circumstances for effective and successful retail sales. He is also responsible for managing the quality and effectiveness of the retail sales organization.

Laurie began his career in 2001 as an officer in the Royal Marines, where he led teams in challenging environments worldwide and on active operations.  Later he worked as a Maritime Security Consultant for merchant shipping and offshore installations in the Middle East and West Africa, providing security to vessels transiting high-risk areas, and coordinating maritime counter- piracy operations.

Laurie graduated with first class honours in Oceanography and Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Bangor, and has recently completed an MBA from Cranfield University

 

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Captain Steve Bomgardner
Regional Director Americas & Global Business Development Director
Bahamas Maritime Authority
  

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Captain Stephen Bomgardner’s role at The BMA involves leading the Americas and Global Commercial Development for the registry. Prior to joining the BMA, he worked for another leading ship registry where he helped to create and oversee its Offshore Division. His specific knowledge and understanding helped lead to a significant growth for its offshore market segment. Captain Steve spent the first 15 years of his career managing operations in the Offshore Drilling Industry, during which time he worked all over the world conducting Onshore and Offshore operations.  He was one of the youngest in the industry to sail and have full oversight as Master/Offshore Installation Manager of a 7th Generation Drillship having led the operational project management of the vessel build.  He has worked on some of the most technologically advanced MODUS in the world in both project and operational phases.

Captain Steve holds a B.S. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University and holds an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

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Tobias Gröger
Team Leader Sales Shipping, North & South America
StormGeo
  
 

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Tobias Gröger, now working for StormGeo, is leading the shipping sales team for the area North and South America whereas also being responsible for all Fleet Performance Management activities for same area. Before the Fleet Performance team was transferred from DNVGL to StormGeo in March 2019, forming a ‘Fleet Performance Powerhouse, he held several positions in DNVGL where he joined in 2009. Tobias Gröger started to work in the maritime industry in 2007, holds a university degree in ‘Maritime Economics and Port Management’ and has sailing experience onboard container vessels.

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River Bennett
Nuclear Policy Analyst
Nuclear Innovation Alliance
  
 

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River Bennett is a Nuclear Policy Analyst at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance where he focuses on topics related to global clean energy development and stakeholder engagement. He is also a lead organizer and past participant of the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp. Prior to these roles he worked in both edtech and international development with a focus on water and sanitation access. River studied energy policy at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a BA in Political and Social Thought. In January 2021 he will begin an MS in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Deacon Paul Rosenblum
President
NAMMA
 

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Deacon Paul Rosenblum began his work in seafarers’ ministry as a volunteer with the Charleston Port and Seafarers’ Society in 2004 and currently serves on their Board of Directors. In October 2015 the Bishop of Charleston, SC, Robert Guglilemone, appointed him as the Stella Maris Ministry Port Minister for the Diocese of Charleston. Following his retirement from the faculty of The Citadel in May 2017 he took on the Port Minister position on a full-time basis. In June 2018 Deacon Paul was appointed as the Stella Maris Ministry Regional Coordinator for North America and the Caribbean. He has been a member of NAMMA since 2013 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2017. He served as Chair of the Program Committee for the 2018 and 2109 Annual Conferences. In June 2020 he was elected to serve as NAMMA President and Board Chair.
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Elizabeth Jackson
CMO and Sr. Vice President Strategy
KVH
  

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Elizabeth Jackson serves as Chief Marketing Officer and SVP for Strategy and has been instrumental in advancing KVH’s position as the leader in global maritime connectivity. She is part of a team within KVH spearheading initiatives for smart data tools, IoT solutions, and other value-added services to enable connectivity subscribers to realize the potential of maritime digitalization. Prior to joining KVH, Ms. Jackson held CMO positions with innovative startups in health tech and ad tech as well as senior marketing positions in large consumer companies. Ms. Jackson received a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.

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Tom Jenkins
Deputy Director, Head of Casualty and Investigations
  
 

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Tom Jenkins has over 20 years of experience in the maritime sector, both at sea and ashore. He has served as the Head of Casualty and Investigations for The Bahamas Maritime Authority since January 2017 where he has led many major investigations, a number of which have driven change within the industry to reduce reoccurrence and improve safety. Prior to his current role, Tom represented The Bahamas at the International Maritime Organization, championing maritime safety and environmental protection, developing technical policies and maritime legislation. His seagoing experience was gained through 14 years in the Royal Navy, leading and managing specialist teams in challenging operational environments across the globe. He represented UK defence engagement working with UN, EU and NATO allies in operations in the Middle East and Africa to strengthen maritime trade, security, aid and safety within the region. During his time in the Royal Navy he had the greatest honour of command at sea as Master of two Royal Navy warships.

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Deepanker Mahajan
CEO
Spoolify
  
 

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Deepanker has more than 17 years of experience in working with various technology firms and building his own firm in Singapore. Deepanker co-founded a technology firm in Singapore in 2010 called “COMM-IT Integrators” and successfully built it to 73+ enterprise customers across ASEAN with 60+ employees and annual revenue of USD 5 million dollars. He was the youngest product manager for a Boston based company, Worktech, where he successfully revived the product with 2 years CAGR of 30% by driving deeper engagements in the market through direct and indirect touchpoints, effective support management & financing options. He also conducted various workshops on contract management throughout the USA. He is also well versed with AI and Data Warehouse technologies as he developed the data warehouse solutions for one of the banks in Amsterdam through Infosys, achieving the savings of 320 man-hours per month. Deepanker’s key skills are in Finance, Technology, Operations Management & Business Development.

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Mark Woodhead
Executive Vice President
KVH
 

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Mark Woodhead has served as our executive vice president, mobile connectivity since November 2018. From March 2017 to November 2018, he served as our senior vice president, EMEA, overseeing sales activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for our mobile connectivity business. In these positions, Mr. Woodhead also had global responsibility for KVH Videotel, our former maritime training business. Mr. Woodhead previously served as our senior vice president for training and content, having joined KVH through our acquisition of Headland Media, Ltd. in May 2013. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Woodhead served as managing director of Headland Media, Ltd., a UK-based company that provided television shows, premium movies, sports, news channels, and music for exhibition in commercial locations, including ships at sea. Mr. Woodhead has a strong background in sales, having focused primarily on content licensing and syndication since earning a B.Sc. in politics and economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1993.
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RADM Kevin Cook, USCG (Ret)
Executive Advisor
GTT North America
  

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Rear Admiral Kevin Cook retired in 2015 after a wide-ranging career in the U.S. Coast Guard. He is working to bring his expertise to the private sector through Cook Maritime Solutions, LLC, a consultant company established to focus on maritime safety, security and environmental issues. Since January of 2016, RADM Cook has been supporting GTT North America as Executive Advisor. During his career, RADM Cook continually advanced through escalating levels of responsibilities within the Coast Guard’s national and regional headquarters, and in shipboard and maritime safety assignments culminating with command of the Eighth District, a 26 state region, headquartered in New Orleans, LA. There, he regulated maritime industries and facilitated maritime commerce within the nation’s most intense region for shipping, petrochemical production and offshore exploration and production. RADM Cook previously served as the Coast Guard’s national Director of Prevention (Marine Safety) Policy, responsible for many of the international and domestic regulations in support of safety, security, environmental protection, mariner licensing, and waterways management. In an earlier assignment, he served as the Chief of the Hazardous Materials Division where he specialized in mitigating the risks of shipping oils, chemicals, and liquefied gases; including lead for delegations to the International Maritime Organization. In the field, he held a variety of positions including Captain of the Port for the Houston-Galveston area of operations. Additionally, he served as the National Incident Commander’s senior representative to BP headquarters for oversight of well containment activities in the Deepwater Horizon response. RADM Cook has six years of shipboard experience onboard three Coast Guard cutters: CGC MADRONA
as a deck watch officer; CGC BITTERSWEET as the Executive Officer; and CGC COWSLIP as the Commanding Officer. A native of Freehold, NJ, he is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. RADM Cook also earned a Master of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, and later served a one-year appointment as the Coast Guard Fellow to Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. Additionally, he has been recognized by the National Propeller Club as the Port of Houston Maritime Person of the Year, and by the Seamen’s Church Institute for Career Distinguished Service. After 12 military moves, RADM Cook and his wife, Kris, have chosen to reside in Virginia Beach, VA. He serves locally as a board member for the Mayor’s Military Economic Development Council.

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Sven Brooks
Director, Business Development
KVH
  
 

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Sven-Eric Brooks is senior director of business development IoT for global VSAT provider KVH, with a primary focus on the KVH Watch suite of maritime IoT solutions. Mr. Brooks has nearly 20 years of experience in the maritime industry with expertise in integrated bridge systems, smart and connected vessels, ship operations, and fleet management solutions. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Brooks worked for Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine for 13 years in a variety of roles culminating as business development director responsible for Sperry Marine’s key accounts. In prior roles with Sperry Marine, Mr. Brooks was a sales manager, global logistics manager, and regional director for Asia. He has held positions in London, Rotterdam, and Hong Kong. Mr. Brooks has an EMBA in Shipping & Logistics from the Copenhagen Business School and a business degree from FH Nordakademie in Elmshorn, Germany. He is based in Hamburg, Germany.

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Kirsi Tikki
Independent Director
Ardmore Shipping & Pacific Basin Shipping
  
 

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Dr. Kirsi Tikka is Independent Non-executive Director of Ardmore Shipping and Pacific Basin Shipping. She chairs a Committee on Oil in the Sea IV for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Dr. Tikka has over 30 years of shipping experience having retired from American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) in July 2019. She joined ABS in 2001 and held various global leadership positions based in Europe and in the US. Her most recent ABS role was as Executive Vice President, Senior Maritime Advisor with a focus on shipping sustainability. Before joining ABS, Dr. Tikka was professor of Naval Architecture at Webb Institute in New York. Prior to that Dr. Tikka worked for Chevron Shipping in San Francisco and Wärtsilä Shipyards in Finland.

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Brent Perry
CEO
SPBES
 

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Brent Perry is a global operating and management executive with proven success in building high-performance teams in the energy storage sector. Brent is one of the most knowledgeable people on the planet in regards to lithium energy storage in marine applications. His 30-year history in commercial shipbuilding and deep knowledge of energy systems gives him a unique perspective on the hybrid and electric marine industry. Brent has personally been involved in 90% of all large hybrid and electric ferry projects on the water today. From Ampere in Norway to Scandlines Benedikte and the ForSea ferries Aurora and Tycho Brahe, he has unsurpassed experience in the sector. Brent is an experienced, engaging and impassioned speaker, with hundreds of presentations completed, including a presentation about the future of low emissions commercial shipping at the UN Conference on Climate Change, COP21 in Paris and COP23 in Bonn.Mr. Perry resides in Vancouver, British Columbia and enjoys sailing with his wife and three children.
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Jones A. B. Soares
Executive Manager
Transpetro
  

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Executive Manager of Petrobras Transportes – Transpetro; MSc in Management; Master Mariner; Associate Fellow of Nautical Institute of London . Member of IFSMA (International Federation of Shipmaster Association). Member of Brazilian Captains Association. Member of the Brazilian Association of Maritime Law.

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Sherice Arman
Partner, Head of Shipping
Maples and Calder’s Finance Team
  
 

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Sherice is a partner of Maples and Calder’s Finance team and head of Shipping in the Maples Group’s Cayman Islands office. She specialises in financing transactions, including banking and asset finance, fund and corporate finance and is recognised as an industry leader in asset finance, in particular for ship and aircraft finance. Sherice also has significant experience in the field of regulated M&A transactions and regulatory advice. Sherice has been ranked in a number of legal directories, including Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500 (who have recognised her as a “leader in her field”), IFLR1000 (who ranks her as a leading lawyer and a “rising star”) and Chambers Global (who have praised for her” excellent client service and in-depth knowledge of banking and finance, especially asset finance”).

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Karrie Trauth
Head of Shipping and Maritime, Americas
Shell 
  
 

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As the General Manager of Shipping and Maritime for the Americas, Karrie leads a community of maritime and commercial professionals that provide operational and technical maritime solutions across Shell’s businesses in North and South America.  Her organization is responsible for a wide range of activities including chartering of ships and barges, providing operational support in terminals and refineries, emergency response services and operational and behavioral safety.  Karrie and her team also develop new business opportunities and help design new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units.

Karrie began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, serving in both Deck and Engineering billets.  After completing her naval service, she joined Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans as the Engineering Manager for R&D, beginning a career in ship design and construction and ultimately had responsibility for running a shipyard that built Destroyers for the US Navy.  She joined Shell in 2012, spending two years as a project manager followed by a role as manager and General Manager of Shell’s Shipping & Maritime Technology and Innovation group globally before assuming her current position.

Karrie holds bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees from MIT and an MBA from Georgetown University.  She has recently relocated to Houston from London with her wife Angela and their two cats.  Karrie is most proud of the emerging leaders she’s developed and high-performing teams she’s built through the years. She considers herself humbled to be part of a team which is becoming the world leader in delivering more and cleaner energy solutions to society.

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Chris Watson
Senior Director of Marketing
KVH
  

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Chris Watson, senior director of marketing for KVH Industries, Inc., is an award-winning writer and 20+ year veteran of the maritime connectivity industry. While at KVH, he has focused on communications, go to market strategy, investor and media relations, and strategic marketing for global VSAT services, regional satellite TV, and IoT connectivity solutions for the commercial and leisure marine markets.
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Alexis Lemon-Zakou
Operations Manager
Genco Shipping and Trading LLC
  

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Alexis Lemon-Zakou has been an operations manager at Genco Shipping and Trading LLC for 10 years, managing vessels in size from handy to cape on both time charter and voyage business. Prior to joining Genco, she was an operator at NYK Bulkship Atlantic. She has been a longtime member of Young Shipping Professionals of NY (served as President for several years) and also of WISTA NY chapter. She graduated from NYU with an MA in Near Eastern Studies and from SUN Y Buffalo with a BA in International Relations and French Literature. She was a Fulbright Scholar from 2002-2003.

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Dr. Ram Vis
Director
Viswa Lab
  

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Dr. R. Vis, whose name VISWA LAB carries, is first a Marine Engineer and has a Doctorate in Metallurgical Engineering, a Masters in Internal Combustion. He is on the Roster of Experts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a Consultant to the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration – Federal Government of USA), and a member of CIMAC Working Group for Heavy Fuels and Lube Oils and ASTM D2 Committees. Dr. Vis has personally inspected over 4,000 ships as a Classification Surveyor, has had many publications in highly regarded journals, and is globally referred to as the “bunker guru”. After his career with American Bureau of Shipping, he worked as a scientist with NASA for 6 years before starting the lab. Viswa Lab is the second biggest lab in Bunker Fuel Testing in terms of the samples tested. Viswa Lab is also involved with Energy Efficiency, Emission Reduction, Scrubbers, EEOI and instrumentation for all these.

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Peter Gianopulos
President
American Ship Repair Co.
  
 

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Peter began his career at ASR immediately after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1986. Founded in 1951, ASR proudly represents a global portfolio of principals and serves the shipping industry with technical and environmental solutions.  The second generation of his founding family’s ownership of the company, Peter has been instrumental in establishing international partnerships for ASR, and for tailoring the scope of the company to the changing challenges of its customers. Peter is a member of ABS, ASNE, SMPE, and SNAME.

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Chronis Kapalidis
Integrated Security Practice Leader
HudsonAnalytix
  
 

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Chronis Kapalidis is the Integrated Security Practice Leader for HudsonAnalytix in Europe, promoting the company’s synergies on issues related to security, both physical and cyber. Chronis is also an Academy Associate at the International Security Department, Chatham House and a Course Leader for Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. Before joining HudsonAnalytix, Chronis was a Navy Officer at the Hellenic Navy for 15 years, specialising on Network, Information Security and Analysis, Threat Intelligence and Maritime Operations. He stands as Visiting Research Fellow at the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy at Plymouth University, and as a board member in several academic and scientific bodies. He is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Warwick where he also teaches cybersecurity.

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Peter Lindsey
VP Marine
Purify Fuel
  
 

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35-year maritime professional including shipboard and shoreside experience. Ship management Logistics and 3PL Marine Energy Trading

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Steve Benwell
Global Fuels Key Account Business Manager
Infineum USA LP
  
 

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Steve has worked in the additives business for more than 30 years, first with Shell and then with Infineum since its start-up more than 20 years ago.  During this time, he has had extensive experience in both fuel and lubricating oil additives.  Steve has had jobs in a wide range of functions including R&D, Technical Support, Industry Liaison, New Business Development & Sales and more recently in Sales and Business Management for Infineum’s key global fuel additive accounts. Steve is also leading Infineum’s global team developing and marketing fuel additives for Marine fuel applications, particularly the new fuels required to meet the recent Marpol 2020 sulphur reduction requirements.  Steve is currently based in Houston, TX in the US but has also worked in the UK and has broad experience across many global markets.

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Giles Candy
Executive Business Development – Ballast Water
Scienco/FAST, a subsidiary of BioMicrobics, Inc.
  
 

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Currently Consulting; ballast water management, industrial and marine air emissions, industrial water treatment and vapor control industries.  Specializing in Ballast Water Treatment and Ballast Water Management – Type Approval, Technical and Regulatory Compliance, BWTS Selection/Installation/Integration and Business Development. Recently working with Sumitomo Electric Inc, Envirocleanse LLC and Ballast Water Containers Ltd on innovative BWT/BWM solutions.

Previously Giles more than a decade working at the forefront of the ballast water treatment industry with N.E.I. Treatment Systems, helping to develop the VOS Ballast Water Treatment System from 2002 – before the IMO Convention was finalized in 2004. Contributing to taking VOS from a fish tank pilot test in a warehouse to working with Hyundai Samho Shipyard to install the first BWTS aboard a VLCC.

  • Completed the first Type Approval Documentation for a BWTS – Venturi Oxygen Stripping (VOS}.
  • Receiving the first Type Approval Certificate for a BWTS – VOS in 2007
  • By 2012 had received Type Approvals from Flags representing over 45% of world tonnage
  • Issued both USCG Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) and Alternative Management System (AMS) for VOS.
  • Completed tanker and bulk carrier new build installations – coasters to VLCC’s
  • Completed container vessel retro-fit
  • As Director of Global Sales. Managed a worldwide network of VOS agents growing commercially and increasing the technical and regulatory knowledge base.

Before ballast treatment Giles managed industrial waste water treatment and vapor control projects. Mobilizing modular treatment equipment to industrial waste streams. Many different types of treatment were utilized in different treatment “trains” up to 7 or 8 stages on occasion. Treating hazardous liquids, sludge or gasses onsite with permitted processes allowed on-site non-hazardous (monitored) sewer or atmospheric discharge stopping the transport of thousands of tons of hazardous materials. Projects were completed throughout the U.S. always requiring rigorous operational and compliance management.

In the years immediately after graduating from Lancaster University (U.K.), with a Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Environmental Sciences, Giles worked for environmental consultancies completing; urban atmospheric monitoring – running the London Wide NOX monitoring network, dispersion modeling for transportation corridors and industrial facilities, and Health Risk Assessments for industrial and commercial facilities.

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Guy Platten
Security General
International Chamber of Shipping
  
 

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Guy was appointed Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in August 2018. The ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. The ICS represents and promotes the views and interests of its member at a variety of fora including the International Maritime Organisation, International labour Organisation and many others.

Guy has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (a ferry and port owning company providing lifeline ferry services to communities in Scotland) and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board which is responsible for lighthouses, buoys, beacons and Aids to Navigation throughout Scotland and the Isle of Man.

His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.  He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship.

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Captain Matt Edwards
Chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance
USCG
  
 

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Captain Matt Edwards currently serves as the Chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. He leads a staff that administers the  commercial vessel safety, security, and environmental protection compliance programs, develops and maintains policy in support of these programs, and provides guidance to operational field units. His previous operational assignments include Prevention Department Head in Seattle, WA, Marine Safety Detachment Supervisor in Massena, NY, Chief of the Small Passenger Vessel Branch in Baltimore, MD, and Assistant Engineer Officer of a Medium Endurance Cutter in Cape May, NJ. His staff tours include Executive Officer of the Marine Safety Center, Section Chief of the Mechanical Engineering Major at the U.S.
Coast Guard Academy, and staff/salvage engineer at the Marine Safety Center. Captain Edwards graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. He subsequently earned a Master of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering in 1999 from the University of Michigan as well as a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in
2011.

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Dr. Aparna Bala
Director
Viswa Group
  
 

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Dr. Aparna Bala is a Director at the Viswa Group. She is a radiologist who was Associate Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center and specialized in pancreatic imaging. She has written over 40 papers and book chapters. She spent a 1-year sabbatical at The Viswa Group and became fascinated by shipping, the opportunities and the challenges. She has always been driven by the “Why” and her strong desire to help people. She feels that both Medicine and Maritime industries may appear different but are very similar at the core. Both industries are served by brave, selfless people driven by their commitment to help others. The Viswa Group is known for its expertise in the Maritime industry and focuses on Energy, Efficiency monitoring systems and emissions.

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Päivi Brunou
General Manager, Cyber Security
Wärtsilä
  
 

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Päivi is a curious sense maker with holistic approach to cybersecurity, security engineering and product quality.

In her daily work she heads the cybersecurity activities in maritime realms at Wärtsilä coaching people, adjusting tools, processes and methods for context fit solutions. Wärtsilä is on a mission to lead the maritime industry’s transformation towards a Smart Marine Ecosystem in which high levels of connectivity, digitalisation and data exchange create greater levels of efficiency, safety and environmental performance.

When out of office Päivi spends her time outdoors with family and is determined learn something new every day.

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John F. Hatley PE
Americas VP Marine Solutions
Wärtsilä
  
 

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John F. Hatley PE, Americas VP Marine Solutions Wartsila North America, has over 40 years of combined marine experience spanning business development, project management of domestic and overseas vessel construction, advisor pension fund shipping assets, ship operations, and vessel design.   Positions of industry trust as Board Member SGMF, Commercial Governor Gastech, SEALNG Chairman Investment Committee, Advisory Board University Michigan, and Board Member at Puget LNG.  He is a Fellow of RINA and SNAME. Awards include, 2016 Recipient Rosenblatt Michigan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Marine Engineering, 2014 featured employee Wartsila Annual Report, and 2008 Admiral McCready Award for Outstanding Achievement in Marine Engineering. BS Kings Point Dual License USMMA, MSE UM; MBA UW.

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Alexander N. Soukhanov
Master Mariner, Managing Director
Moran Cyber, Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
  
 

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As a Master Mariner, an unrestricted state marine pilot in Massachusetts, and a Captain in the US Navy Reserve, Alex brings over 27 years of maritime operations expertise and national security experience and leadership to the team to help vessel and marine terminal owners defend against cyber threats through simplified approaches and solutions.  His study and work in maritime cybersecurity is a component of his professional desire and commitment to understand all risks and hazards to safeguard navigation and maritime operations of which he has sworn responsibilities.  Since 2014, he has led and built teams with the field expertise to assist and inform stakeholders with protecting their assets and businesses, with an emphasis on safety.  Alex also represents Moran in contributing authorship to the industry Guidelines on Cybersecurity Onboard Ships, alongside shipping’s largest stakeholder associations.

Alex is a 1993 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and will complete his master’s degree studies in June 2021 from the US Naval War College.  He is also a member of the Boston Marine Society, the Marine Society of New York, and various supply chain and cargo security organizations.  He represents Moran on the Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee and is a member of the USCG Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey’s Cyber Advisory Committee.

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David Dolan
VP of Shipping Management and Compliance
Bold Ocean LLC
  
 

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David Dolan is Bold Ocean’s VP of Ship Management & HSQE. He is responsible for directing company-wide HSQE Management System activities. Prior to his current role, David served over the past twenty years as HSQE Director for TBS Shipping Service, TYCO Cable Ship Company and Vice-President of Marine Investigations, Marshall Island Administration. David earned a BA (History) from University of Toronto and a MS in International Trade & Transportation from SUNY Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler. David is certified as an ISO 9001 and 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor.

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Giorgos Kyriazis
Associate
P Ship Systems
  
 

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The world is going nuts with the adverse effects of plastic on the environment and the sea. Toxins, chemicals, …, you name it!

Not to mention the damage caused to earth’s living souls’ health…

On top, there are two things that drive me crazy: in the year of 2020… (1) Vessels’ members who devote their lives to not leave half the world starved and the other half freezing to not have access to constantly fresh drinking/cooking potable water…

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(2) Shipping companies that on one hand thrive to cover 90% of the world’s trade by sea, yet with their total operating expenses expected to rise in 2020 (including regulatory compliance costs) to not have the means to not only eliminate plastic bottled water for their vessels but to on top pay crazy money to have both still and plastic bottled water on board their vessels…

I am passionate about protecting the sea, seafarers and the environment through the latest environmental, health and safety initiatives, ensuring compliance with all industry regulations. I am a problem and cost solver, goal-driven international executive, with a can-do attitude.

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Philip Eastell
Founder
CSSS
  
 

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Philip has been working in the Container Shipping Industry since 1979 and held a number of senior positions in both container fleet management, technical , M&R , Reefer and for the last 8 years as Deputy Head of Global Marketing for Chugoku Marine Paints, Container Division.

Philip is also the founder of the voluntary working group, Container Shipping Supporting Seafarers – CSSS – which aims to highlight and raise awareness of the current issues effecting seafarers globally and gain corporate support to both address these issues and implement changes that will improve seafarers lives at sea.

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Sara Shipman Myers
Managing Director
Bunker One
  
 

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Sara is the Managing Director at Bunker One (USA) Inc. With a business finance degree from Central Michigan University and over 12 years of experience in physical operations under her belt, she has used her dedication, drive, and ability to thrive in chaos to elevate the company into a key player in the industry. Sara started her career at Northern Trust where she was first exposed to commodity trading in lumber and iron ore.

She and her team impressively expanded from just one location in Mobile, AL to another in Houston, TX in just two years, and together they look forward to even more exciting development opportunities on the horizon.

Aside from her esteemed professional status, Sara is also touted as a trusted advisor to not only her team, but her family and friends. She believes that genuinely caring about others and encouraging her employees to become the best versions of themselves is the key to success.

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Valerie Cannon
Maritime Environmental Regulatory Specialist
Ocean Guardian
  
 

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David Dolan is Bold Ocean’s VP of Ship Management & HSQE. He is responsible for directing company-wide HSQE Management System activities. Prior to his current role, David served over the past twenty years as HSQE Director for TBS Shipping Service, TYCO Cable Ship Company and Vice-President of Marine Investigations, Marshall Island Administration. David earned a BA (History) from University of Toronto and a MS in International Trade & Transportation from SUNY Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler. David is certified as an ISO 9001 and 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor.

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Dr. Efi Tsolaki, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
ERMA FIRST
  
 

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Efi started her journey in Environmental Engineering in 1998. Wastewater treatment and management “enslave” her interests. Through her PhD back in 2005 in Technical University Of Crete, Greece, she was introduced to the problem of Invasive Species and ballast water. She is the first academic in Greece with specialization in Ballast Water and joined ERMA FIRST in early 2010. From the beginning of her career in the marine industry she was focused on Research and Development, certification of the systems and environmental policies. She acts as the Chief Scientific Officer of ERMA FIRST with main responsibility of the certification process, applying all relevant international regulations, business development worldwide and environmental compliance, safety, marine preservation, and sustainability . Her latest project is the USCG Type Approval Certificate and the IMO new G8. She is the President of BEMA (Ballast Water Manufacturers Association), Part of Greek Delegation on IMO Committees MEPC and PPR as Technical Advisor,  Ballast water Expert in IMAREST and WISTA Hellas.​

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Boriana Farrar
Vice President, Senior Claims Executive and Counsel
American P&I Club
  
 

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Boriana Farrar is a Vice President, Senior Claims Executive and Counsel at the American P&I Club in New York.  She handles a variety of P& I and FD&D Claims with focus on personal injury crew and passenger claims, casualties, charter party and contract disputes.  Boriana also serves as a Business Development of the Americas for is responsible for marketing and production in this region.

Previously, Ms. Farrar was working at a leading New York maritime law firm Hill Betts & Nash LLP. There, as a partner in its maritime practice, she had responsibility for conducting a broad range of litigation in the area of maritime disputes in both federal and state court, including matters involving: personal injury, maritime casualties, breach of contract and various other insurance defense disputes.

Ms. Farrar holds a Master’s Degree in Admiralty & Maritime Law from Tulane Law School where she was a part of Tulane Maritime Law Journal and Tulane Moot Court team. Ms. Farrar holds another Master’s Degree in International Law from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has a thorough international background, having pursued her legal studies not only in the U.S. but also in her native Bulgaria, the U.K. and the Netherlands. In addition to her native language, she is fluent in English, Russian and German.

Ms. Farrar is Board Member of Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) and Marine Insurance and Claims Association (MICA).

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