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Carleen Lyden Walker
Chief Evolution Officer, 

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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 that position 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  Tall Ships America Foundation, Northeast Maritime Institute, and the New Era Academy (Baltimore Harbor School).  Ms. Lyden Walker is also CEO of Morgan Marketing & Communications, Co-Founder/Executive Director of NAMEPA, and 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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Christopher J. Wiernicki
Chairman, President and CEO
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

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Christopher J. Wiernicki is Chairman, President and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Chairman of the ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group).  Founded in 1862, ABS, a mission-driven global leader in classification and technical services, develops industry recognized design and construction standards for marine and offshore assets and audits against those standards to ensure regulatory, safety and environmental compliance. ABS Group is a leading risk management consulting company, and together, the ABS affiliated companies provide support for the marine, offshore, energy, and government sectors.

Prior to his current role, Wiernicki served as Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies and held senior roles at ABS, including President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Technology Officer and President and COO of ABS Europe Ltd.  Prior to joining ABS, Wiernicki was the CEO of Designers & Planners, Inc.

Wiernicki is a recognized industry thought leader in the areas of decarbonization and sustainability, digitalization and advanced technology, marine safety management and human factors, naval architecture, marine engineering, alternative fuels, carbon economics, and environmental, social and governance (ESG).

In 2021, Wiernicki was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for his innovative leadership in the design, engineering and operation of ships and offshore structures.  He is a Fellow with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and serves on numerous university boards and advisory councils.

In 2013, he was awarded the Vice Admiral Emory S. Land Medal for outstanding accomplishment in the marine field. In 2016, he earned the United Seaman’s Service Admiral of the Ocean Seas Award for outstanding contributions to the maritime industry, and he is a member of the International Maritime Hall of Fame Class of 2016. In 2017, Wiernicki was named Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Person of the Year, and in 2018, he was recognized as one of the top 50 influential people by Tanker Shipping & Trade magazine.

Wiernicki holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt and was inducted to Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from George Washington University where he was elected to the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame. Wiernicki also holds a master’s degree in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. Wiernicki also received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Maine Maritime Academy and SUNY Maritime College, and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.

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Morten Arntzen
Senior Shipping Industry Advisor, Macquarie Bank &
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors of Team Tankers International Ltd

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Morten Arntzen currently serves as Senior Shipping Industry Advisor for Macquarie Bank, assisting the bank build a world class shipping finance business.  He is also the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Team Tankers International Ltd, a major operator of chemical tankers and serves on the Board of Directors of Guardian Navigation, a dry bulk shipping company.

He has been involved in the global shipping industry continuously since 1979 in a variety of capacities: credit analyst, banker, underwriter, advisor, investor, board member,  CEO and Chairman of the Board.  He has worked for or with companies all over the globe, thru several shipping cycles and in all the major shipping segments (tankers, dry bulk, container, cruise, offshore, and gas carriers).  Has significant experience in restructuring transportation companies, both in and out of court.    He successfully built and reshaped several businesses during his banking and management career, notably The Global Transportation business of Chase Manhattan Bank, American Marine Advisors and Overseas Shipholding Group.. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of companies and institutions, including Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Chiquita Brands International, Essar Shipping, IM Skaugen, TBS Shipping and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Maritime Academy.  Mr. Arntzen received a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
Chief Executive Officer, Maritime

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Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is the CEO of DNV – Maritime and a member of the Executive Board of DNV SE. He was appointed CEO of DNV  – Maritime in August 2015 and prior to that he had been the Chief Operating Officer and President of DNV – 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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John D. “Jack” Noonan
Binnacle Maritime LLC

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John D. “Jack” Noonan is a maritime industry professional with 40+ years’ experience. He had served as President/CEO of Chembulk Tankers from 2007 until his retirement in December 2017. He subsequently formed, Binnacle Maritime LLC which provides advisory services within the shipping, ship finance and related maritime services industry.

Jack is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he earned a B.S. in Marine Transportation and a USCG Unlimited Tonnage License as 3rd Mate. Additionally he was commissioned as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, ultimately being promoted to Lieutenant. Following graduation in 1978, he sailed with the US Flag Tanker Fleet of Texaco, advancing his USCG License to Chief Mate.

From 1984 until joining Chembulk in 2007, Jack served in operations, chartering andcommercial management roles with chemical tanker owner/operators Stolt-Nielsen and Clipper Tankers USA. He also spent eight years as a shipbroker with independent brokerage firm SPI Marine USA.

Jack’s membership in professional associations includes the Connecticut Maritime Assn., the Marine Society of New York, the American Bureau of Shipping, Northeastern Chemical Association and the North American Marine Environmental Protection Assn.

Jack is serves on the Board of Directors of McAllister Towing Co., the Seamen’s Church Institute Board of Trustees and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Advisory Board.

In 2017, Jack was recognized by the Connecticut Maritime Association as Commodore for its annual shipping industry symposium. Additionally that year he was named U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumnus of the Year

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Cynthia A. Hudson

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Cynthia A. Hudson is CEO and founder of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., a global maritime risk consultancy serving the maritime transportation sector, headquartered in the Philadelphia region in the United States, and with offices across the United States and in Greece, Italy, and the United Kingdom. She is a forward-thinking leader in the industry, providing leadership on risk management challenges within the maritime transportation sector including cyber security risk management for shipping, ports, and terminals. 

In 1986, Ms. Hudson founded what became HudsonAnalytix to provide emergency response, maritime project management, and maritime consulting services to maritime transportation interests; oil and energy, vessel owners/operators and insurers for more than 100 oil and hazardous material response incidents. Ms. Hudson led the firm into maritime security for ports and vessels, providing port vulnerability security assessment work at hundreds of ports and facilities worldwide. In 2016, she expanded the HudsonAnalytix cyber security initiative to design and deliver cybersecurity and cyber risk management solutions to maritime clients and provide cybersecurity expertise to governmental agencies. She has created and spearheaded projects such as CyberLogix and PortLogix, both of which are tools providing tailored cyber threat intelligence to senior port and shipping executives around the world. 

Throughout the maritime transportation industry, she is well-known and highly regarded for her work and contributions in her field. In 2016, Ms. Hudson was honored by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Ports with the Maritime Award of the Americas: Outstanding Women in the Maritime and Port Sector. Ms. Hudson serves on a number of Industry Boards such as the American Caribbean Maritime Association and the Maritime Academy High School in Philadelphia. She is President of WISTA Delaware River & Bay Chapter and a Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). She has been a speaker, panelist, and moderator at conferences across the globe. 

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David Cummins
Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

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David Cummins is President of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Prior to his current role, Cummins worked as an executive with Shell with more than 35 years’ experience covering many locations around the world as well as many diverse businesses and skill areas.  Cummins was Shell’s Commercial and Business Development Manager for Shipping & Maritime, Americas, and before that served as Vice President of Shell Korea Limited, managing relationships with Korean shipyards and heavy industry. Cummins previously contributed to Shell’s success in technical management, global strategy development, commercial deal making, new business development, strategic customer account management, divestment and portfolio deal teams, capital project planning & execution, and change management/corporate redesign.

Cummins is a frequent speaker with various organizations on topics including Shipping Sectoral Decarbonization, Global/International Account Management, Strategy Development, Negotiation/Deal Making and Cultural Differences between Western and Asian Countries. In his personal time Cummins is an avid golfer and photographer and is also sole proprietor of a timber tract operations company in the US.

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Jan Hagen Andersen
Business Development Director

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Mr. Andersen has over 30 years of experience in the maritime industry with a focus on propulsion systems and machinery.  He has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and started his career at a marine engineering company in Seattle.

In 2005, he joined DNV Maritime Technical Advisory Group based in Norway.  Since 2010 he is based in Houston, Texas and is currently a Business Development Director for DNV Maritime, Region Americas.  In this role, he is focusing on alternative fuels, environmental compliance, energy efficiency, and novel technologies in shipping.

He is a member of the SNAME M-16 Panel on Propulsion Shafting and is on the North America Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) Board of Directors.

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Captain Anuj Chopra

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Captain Anuj Chopra is an international executive, enterprise risk manager, and big data champion who has successfully forged client relationships in the maritime industry for more than three decades. His deep experience developing ethical, customer-focused EQ & SQ cultures has led him to conclude high-value contracts with some of the largest shipping companies in the world.

Captain Chopra cofounded ESGplus LLC, an international consulting firm focused on bringing resiliency, efficiency, and independent board advisory to clients invested in the global maritime supply chain. ESGplus promotes sustainability, increased safety standards, and reducing the environmental impact of the maritime industry. Captain Chopra guides ESGplus as a diversity-focused company, providing client value by promoting exemplary, transparent customer solutions for a sustainable and resilient maritime supply chain.

Before his time at ESGplus, Captain Chopra spent nearly a decade as a Vice President of RightShip, negotiating high-level due diligence and compliance agreements in developing business across North and South America leading to over 500% growth. Prior to his time at RightShip, he served as the president of Anglo-Eastern Houston, with direct oversight of vessels visiting US ports, risk evaluation, and government relations.

Captain Chopra began his seafaring career as a deck cadet, working his way up to Captain. He has commanded large bulk carriers and tankers and holds a Commonwealth Extra Masters Certificate of Competency and Shipping Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Captain Chopra currently serves as a Fellow of The Nautical Institute (Chairperson of the U.S. Gulf Branch), an Ambassador for the Sailor Society, Advisory board member of the Houston Maritime Center and on the Board of Directors at the Houston International Seafarers Center. He was elected President of the Industry Advisory Board for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Degree at the University of Houston, and he has served as a lecturer or teacher for more than 32 years.  Captain Chopra is also a Board Member and Treasurer of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and a member of NOAA’s Federal Advisory committee titled Hydrographic Services Review Panel.

He continually mentors’ students and professionals in the maritime supply chain and is an Adjunct Professor for the Supply Chain & Logistics Technology Program at the College of Technology, University of Houston. He is the Co-Author and Assessor for NAMEPA’s ESG/CSR Maritime Sustainability Passport Program.

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Randy Giveans
Vice President, Head of Investor Relations & Business Development, 
Navigator Gas US

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Randy Giveans is the Executive Vice President of Navigator Gas US and Head of Investor Relations and Business Development in North America. Prior to joining Navigator, Randy Giveans was the Senior Analyst and Group Head of the Energy Maritime Shipping Equity Research Group and a Senior Vice President at Jefferies. He covered 32 energy maritime shipping companies that transport crude oil, refined petroleum products, LNG, LPG, dry bulk commodities, and containers. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, he was named to Institutional Investor’s (I.I.) All-America Research Team, and in 2018, he was named an Institutional Investor All-America Research “Rising Star.” In 2021, Mr. Giveans was a Top 5 stock picker across all sector analysts according to TipRanks, and in 2018, he was ranked as the #1 Stock Picker for Shipping in the Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards. Randy has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, BBC, and Yahoo Finance, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, CNN, Business Insider, and Bloomberg. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2011, Randy worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department at Continental/United Airlines. Mr. Giveans received a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Economics from Spring Hill College and an MBA in Finance with an Energy Specialization from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

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Sanjam Sahi Gupta
Sitara Shipping Ltd.

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Sanjam Sahi Gupta is Director for Sitara Shipping Ltd. She heads the NVOCC vertical which specializes in the handling of over dimensional cargo. She is a Governing council member of the Logistics Skill Council India.

She is a founder member of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) India and was a Board Member of WISTA International from 2014-2021 looking after the Asia Pacific region. She helped set up new WISTA associations in various countries such as Srilanka, Bangladesh, Georgia and Malaysia.

She’s a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the World Maritime  University based in Malmo, Sweden- the first Indian professional from the industry(non Government)  to hold this position.

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.

In 2020, the Dutch Consulate in Mumbai funded her research in India for “The Business Case for Diversity” wherein 100+ companies participated.

To further her commitment to Diversity in the maritime and Logistics industry she has launched Maritime SheEO to provide solutions to the industry.

Keegan Plaskon
Director, Business Development
American Bureau of Shipping (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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Nathalie Sykora
Chief Global Operations Officer
CSL Group

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Nathalie Sykora joined the CSL Group in 1998. Throughout her CSL career, she has held many roles, including Project Engineer during major conversions in Canada and China and Technical Director overseeing third party ship management in the USA.

 In 2014, Ms. Sykora returned to Canada where she was promoted Vice-President, Global Technical Services. In this position, she was responsible for technical services shared across CSL’s operations including vessel design and construction, and corporate safety. In 2016, she became VP of Technical operations for Canada Steamship Lines and a year later took the role of VP global fleet management.  In 2021, she was promoted to her current role.

As Chief Global Operations Officer, Ms. Sykora’s current responsibilities include development and execution of fleet management strategies that ensure a safe and efficient operation of CSL’s world-wide fleet including our fleet conversion and renewal programs.

Nathalie holds an industrial engineering degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal (1998).  She became a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) in 2004. In 2012 she completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School in Boston and became HBS Alumni in 2017.

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James Henry Bergeron
Political Advisor to the Commander, Allied Maritime Command,
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

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Jim Bergeron assumed duties as Political Advisor to the Commander, Allied Maritime Command in Northwood, United Kingdom on 1 September 2013. Previously the POLAD to Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO from July 2005 as a member of the US Government Service, he has served as foreign policy advisors to ten senior US and NATO Commanders in the fields of maritime and joint expeditionary operations.  He served as POLAD to Commander Striking Force NATO and Allied Maritime Command Northwood UK during several NATO maritime and joint-level exercises; as POLAD to the NATO Response Force exercise Steadfast Jaguar in Cape Verde and NATO Riga Summit mission in 2006; and in a national capacity as POLAD to EUCOM Commander Joint Task Force Lebanon during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah Conflict.  From March until July 2011 he served as the Political Advisor to Commander NATO Operation Unified Protector in support of UNSCR 1973 operations in Libya. He is regularly consulted on NATO maritime strategy, NATO-EU relations, and was one of the drafters of the Alliance Maritime Strategy.  Prior to his appointment in Naples, Professor Bergeron was EU/NATO Policy Advisor on the Staff of Commander, US Naval Forces Europe, London.

Professor Bergeron entered government service following a career in academia.  He holds a BA in History and English Literature from the University of the State of New York, MA in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the College of Law at Syracuse University and Master of Laws in European Union Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.  Following completion of the LL.M. in 1991, he joined the Faculty of Law at University College Dublin, Ireland, where he specialized in European Union law, European affairs, comparative antitrust, international law and jurisprudence.  From 1991-2000 he held visiting appointments at the Nicolas Copernicus University, Torun, Jageillonian University, Krakow, Riga Graduate School of Law; Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain and St. John’s University College of Law, New York.   In 1993 he developed the draft Estonian Code of Military Justice under the US European Command’s military-to-military contacts program.  Under the auspices of the European Commission he assisted in the revision of the Latvian Constitution from 1998-9 and training of Hungarian public prosecutors in EU law from 1999-2000.  He served briefly on the Forward Studies Unit of the President of the European Commission.  He has taught comparative US and EU antitrust in the University of London’s inter-collegiate LLM programme as well as the Economics Department at City University, and was a fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge University from 2002-03.  In 2020 he was made Honorary Professor of Law, Government and Criminology at the University of Plymouth.

His connections to the naval life are of long standing. Seaman Recruit Bergeron entered the United States Navy in 1976.  After two years of nuclear propulsion training, he served as a reactor operator onboard USS ULYSSES S. GRANT (SSBN 631) and USS HOUSTON (SSN 713) in Newport News, Virginia.  In July 1982 he reported to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.  Upon commissioning as an officer and completion of submarine and Poseidon missile schools, he served on USS GEORGE C. MARSHALL (SSBN 654) as Assistant Weapons Officer.  This was followed by twenty-one years in the US Navy Reserve, supporting US Naval Forces Europe, US Embassy Dublin and Allied Forces Southern Command in the areas of politico-military analysis and advice, partnership engagement and security cooperation.  Commander Bergeron retired from the Navy Reserve in October 2007.

Jim Bergeron has published seventeen articles on legal, political and international security topics, and is the editor, with Peter Fitzpatrick, of Europe’s Other: European Law from Modernity to Post-Modernity (Ashgate 1998).  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has spoken at numerous institutions, defense colleges, universities and think tanks including the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Cambridge University, the Center for Naval Analyses, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Chatham House, NATO Defense College, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, Institute for International Affairs (IAI) Rome, US National Defense University, Royal United Services Institute, Wilton Park and the Maritime Warfare School Halifax.  He has had a long involvement with the American Bar Association, and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the European Law Committee of the American Bar Association and for three years was the ABA liaison to NATO. Personal decorations include the Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, NATO Libya Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal and Golden Badge of the Ministry of Defence of Estonia.  Interests include naval history, art, early music, jurisprudence, political theory, and military strategy.

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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 40 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.

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Dr. Jason Zuidema
Executive Director,
North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA)

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Dr. Jason Zuidema is Executive Director of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA). NAMMA is an association representing seafarers’ welfare organizations in more than 50 ports around North America. The goals of the organization include professional development and networking for its members, but also providing a common voice for seafarers’ welfare to increase collaboration with ports, government, labor, and the wider maritime industry. Dr. Zuidema has been involved in the seafarers’ welfare since 1997 and previously taught at Montreal’s Concordia University. He currently serves also as General Secretary of the International Christian Maritime Association, is a trustee of ISWAN, is producer of the Ship Welfare Visitor Course online for the UK’s Merchant Navy Welfare Board, and serves as ‘voluntary association’ representative on the International Port Welfare Partnership project.

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Torsten Holst Pedersen
Chief Operating Officer,
Seaspan Corporation

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Torsten Holst Pedersen was appointed as chief operating officer in June 2020, and served as executive vice president, ship management from November 2018 to May 2020. Mr. Pedersen has over 20 years of experience in shipping, logistics and infrastructure, during which he held senior leadership roles and board positions across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. He started his career with the Maersk Group in 1996 and worked in several of the group’s business entities, holding C-level positions in Finance and HR. In 2016, Mr. Pedersen joined Inchcape Shipping Service as regional CEO for Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He then worked as head of operations for V Group, leading the transformation of the global operations organization of more than 45,000 employees. Prior to joining Seaspan, Mr. Pedersen worked as a strategy consultant, assisting companies with strategy execution and M&A due diligence in the Middle East and South Asia. He holds a Master of Economics from Aalborg University, Denmark, and a Master of International Economics (with Distinction) from University of Essex, U.K. These have been complemented by executive programs at Wharton and London Business School. 

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Kevin Humphreys
Lloyd’s Register Americas

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Kevin became the President of Lloyd’s Register Americas in May 2021.

Kevin previously held numerous roles at Wartsila, Inc. and was most recently the General manager of Market Innovation. Prior to Wartsila Kevin was an executive with several private equity backed startups in the tech arena. Before entering the private sector, Kevin was a Special Agent with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, sailed as a licensed Chief Engineer in the merchant marines, and served as an officer in the US Naval Reserve.

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Semiramis Paliou
Chief Executive Officer,
Diana Shipping Inc.

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Semiramis Paliouserves as Chief Executive Officer of Diana Shipping Inc. since March 1, 2021. Ms. Paliou was appointed Chairperson of HELMEPA in June 2020 and Vice-President of INTERMEPA in June 2021. She has over 20 years of experience in shipping operations, technical management and crewing. She obtained her BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College, London and her MSc in Naval Architecture from University College, London. She completed courses in Finance for Senior Executives and in Authentic Leader Development at Harvard Business School. She completed courses in “Finance for Senior Executives”, in “Authentic Leader Development” and a certificate program on “Sustainable Business Strategy” all at Harvard Business School. She is also the Vice-President of the Greek committee of DNV and member of the Greek Committee of NKK and BV. Since November 2020 she is a member of the Board of Directors of the UK P&I Club. Since March 2018, Ms. Paliou has served on the board of directors of the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and serves as the Chairperson since June 2020. As of June 2021, she serves as Vice-Chairperson of INTERMEPA. Since November 2020, as of February 2022 member of the Union of Greek Shipowners and as of April 2022 member of the Global Maritime Forum. 

Jeffrey G. Lantz
Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards,
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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Captain Thomas Hudson
US Tanker Representative,
Mitsui OSK Bulk Shipping

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Captain Thomas W. Hudson sailed for twenty years on tankers and chemical carriers after he graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy. In 1990, Tom came ashore to work in maritime training for three years. He then returned to Houston and found work in the maritime industry.  

Tom has been actively involved with the petrochemical industry, the Nautical Institute and his alumni group since that time. He maintains close relationships with the USCG and interfaces regularly with the local Sector. Tom actively participates in the local harbor safety committee, representing tanker owners and in workgroups that support efforts to improve safety and efficiency for the industry. For the last 14 years, Tom has represented MOL tankers in the US. Part of his mission is to ensure MOL complies with recommendations and regulations to maintain its sterling image. 

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Marina Hadjipateras
General Partner & Co-Founder

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Marina Hadjipateras is a General Partner and co-founder of TMV: an early stage venture capital firm focussing on supply chain, logistics, shipping, sustainability, future of work, financial inclusion and care.

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Peter Southgate
Regional Director, Americas
Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands

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Peter is a shipbuilder, naval architect and marine surveyor with nearly 40 years in the maritime industry and is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Starting his career at UK shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft as an apprentice shipwright/metalworker and later as a naval architect in the ship design department. 

After a period with Lloyd’s Register specializing in yachts and passenger ships, Peter worked with the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency where he was involved in the implementation and expansion of the large yacht code and directly responsible for the development of LY2. He joined the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry as a marine surveyor where he was instrumental in developing the Register as the world leader in large yacht registration and more recently has played a lead role in the development of the REG Passenger Yacht Code, first published in November 2011. 

Peter is a regular panelist at innumerous maritime events and regularly contributes to articles on regulatory matters in industry publications. He is a well-respected authority on matters related to the construction and regulation of ships and large yachts. 


Peter has a Law Degree from the University of London and completed the LPC with the University of Law and has subsequently been involved in the development of legislation and providing advice on international maritime regulatory matters. 

Peter founded Southgate Maritime Inc in 2018 and is currently serving as Regional Director, Americas for the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands and is responsible for the Authority’s technical operations in the region. 

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Jones Alexandre Barros Soares
Senior Advisor,

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  • Senior Adviser  of Directorate of Marine and Terrestrial Engineering and Technology in Petrobras Transportes – Transpetro;
  • Executive Manager of Petrobras Transportes – Transpetro Ship`s Fleet;
  • 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 Maritime Law Association.
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Lee Kindberg
Head of Environment and Sustainability, North America

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Lee Kindberg is Head of Environment and Sustainability for Maersk in North America, responsible for vessel compliance and initiatives, stakeholder outreach and customer support on supply chain sustainability in North America.

Dr. Kindberg currently serves on the Marine Board of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Marine Environment. She served on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and Mobile Source Technical Review Subcommittee and co-chaired the EPA Ports Workgroup from 2014-2016. She is also active in the Clean Cargo initiative, a global group dedicated to assessing and improving the environmental impact of shipping.

Dr. Kindberg received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama and a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. She completed the Competent Boards Certificate program and was granted their Global Competent Board Designation (GCB.D) in January 2020. ( She has an extensive background in the chemical industry, where she was Director of Government Relations & Environmental Science for the Hoechst Celanese Fibers & Specialty Chemicals Groups. She was active in national and state industry groups and served on the Boards of several state chemical and industry associations. She joined Maersk in 2005.

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel
Americas Lead,
Cargill Ocean Transportation

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Jan-Willem van den Dijssel is an accomplished trader and business leader with over 25 years’ experience in the grain and maritime trading industry.  In his current role, Jan-Willem is responsible for Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business across the Americas.  

Jan-Willem joined Cargill in 1996 as a grain trader in Chile.  He successfully held grain trading roles in Cargill’s corporate headquarters in Minneapolis and in Miami.  In 2004, Jan-Willem moved to the Panamax desk of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business in Geneva, Switzerland before he became manager of the Americas Handy desk.  In 2011, Jan-Willem joined the New Jersey office as Americas Commercial Manager.  He was promoted to his current role of Americas Lead in 2014.  He completed moving the Ocean Transportation team from New Jersey to Cargill’s offices in Miami in 2021.   

In January 2018, Jan-Willem was named as Cargill’s board representative of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association. 

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Raymond Peter
Managing Director,
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement

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Raymond is vastly experienced in the management of oil and chemical tankers, bulk, container, gas and offshore vessels. Raymond has been in the shipping industry for over 32 years, including 13 years at sea. He served on board NOL (Neptune Orient Lines) and exited as Master Mariner for AET (American Eagle Tankers). Having gained experience both in ship owning and ship management after moving to shore, he was also provided the opportunity to work with Class ABS.  

Raymond is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb), Nautical Institute of Malaysia and Singapore. He is a part of the DNV-GL, ABS, Lloyd’s Register Technical Committees, Korean Register Southeast Asia Committee, Shell Focus Group for the Asian Pacific Region, Heads up the Container Committee and Intertanko Gas Committee for Asia Pacific. Raymond is an alumni of NUS Singapore, Cambridge University and Malmo University of Sweden.  

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Simon Mockler
Regional Director of Decarbonization,
Maritime Americas, DNV

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Simon Mockler, Regional Director of Decarbonization, Maritime Americas. Simon has a decade of marine consulting experience with DNV providing safety, technical and risk management services to shipowners across a wide range of fleet segments and other maritime stakeholders. He is currently focused on supporting DNV’s maritime customers in the Americas as they address the challenge of maritime decarbonization, meeting ESG expectations and leveraging the benefits of emerging technology and digitalization. Simon holds an MEng in Ship Science and Naval Architecture from the University of Southampton and before joining DNV worked in small craft regulatory compliance. 

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Sahil Andrews Chand
Founder, CEO

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Sahil Andrews Chand is an experienced entrepreneur with demonstrated skill in bootstrapping and scaling enterprise SaaS business and product(s) for shipping industry. With experience of almost 12 years developing web products and services. He developed ShipSafe which is a suite of Network Operations Center (NOC) tools specifically designed to consider bandwidth limitations on-board vessels. He heads ShipSafe Maritime Technologies Inc. which is a Vancouver, Canada based maritime technology start-up which recently inked deal with one of the largest maritime software technology companies with 9000 vessel strong clientele to develop next generation cutting edge inspections platform using AI/AR. 

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John Nadeau
Senior Advisor, Maritime Consultant

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An accomplished senior leader and veteran, John was entrusted with positions of increasing levels of responsibility and complexity during his 32 years of Coast Guard service, which culminated in the rank of Rear Admiral.  

As Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, he was responsible for all USCG operations across 26 states, the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Mexico, the outer continental shelf, Houston, Corpus Christi, Lake Charles and other gulf coast ports.   

As the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, he was the USCG’s Senior Executive for all policy, regulations, and programs to promote marine safety and security. He was responsible for oversight and management for all vessel regulations, inspections, port state control, casualty investigations, port safety and security, and waterways management.   

John has testified before Congressional committees to inform national legislation and, as Head of the US delegation to IMO, advanced the US position on updates to SOLAS & MARPOL and challenges impacting the maritime community, including “IMO 2020,” cyber risk, ballast water treatment, and the IGF Code.  

He now serves as a senior advisor and maritime consultant to owners and operators of commercial vessels, facilities, and other maritime stakeholders. John applies his extensive experience, expertise, and networks to help his clients tackle their biggest challenges and achieve success.

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Lois Zabrocky
President, CEO, Director
International Seaways 

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Lois K. Zabrocky is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of International Seaways, Inc. (NYSE: INSW), one of the largest tanker companies worldwide that owns and operates a fleet of 78 vessels including VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Aframaxes/LR2s, LR1s, and MRs.  In her five years as CEO, Lois has transformed INSW from a spin-off tanker company that had a conventional fleet capacity of 5.6 million dwt, an average age of 12 years and a $400 million market cap to one of the largest publicly listed tanker companies with capacity of over 9 million dwt, an average age of about 9 years and a market cap of about $1.5 billion.   

Mrs. Zabrocky leads the company with an emphasis on integrity, mutual respect, and a commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance best practices and advocacy.  Over her nearly 30 years in the company and its predecessor, she has demonstrated strong leadership at all levels in the organization, beginning at the Chartering desk and culminating with her role as CEO and Director. 

Mrs. Zabrocky currently serves on the Boards of Tidewater Inc., BIMCO, and ITOPF Limited, a leading industry based, not-for-profit ship pollution response adviser and has recently been elected to the Board of Gard P.&I. (Bermuda) Ltd.  She began her maritime career sailing as third mate aboard a U.S. flag chemical tanker. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, holds a Third Mate’s license and has completed Harvard Business School Strategic Negotiations and Finance for Senior Executives. 

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Michael Parker
Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore

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Michael Parker was born in Scotland in 1956 and has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University, graduating in 1977.  In 1996 he attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Palo Alto.

Michael joined Citibank N.A. in London in September 1977.  In August 2019, he was appointed Chairman of Citi’s Global Shipping, Logistics and Offshore business having been Global Industry Head since 1997.  He is also Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA) and Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA.   

During his 37 years involvement with shipping finance he 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”.  He 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.  He has served on the Board of Advisors for London International Shipping in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.  In 2017 he was appointed to the Board of The Global Maritime Forum.  He was Chairman of the drafting Committee of the Poseidon Principles launched in New York June 2019 and elected first Chairman of the Poseidon Principles Association in 2020 and re-elected for a second 2 year term in April 2022.  Serves currently on the LISW 2023 Advisory Board.

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Joe Hughes
Shipowners Claims Bureau

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Joseph E.M. (Joe) Hughes: Chairman of Shipowners Claims Bureau (SCB), and affiliated companies. Founding Principal, Eagle Ocean Management, LLC. 

Joe has served as Chairman of the managers of the American P&I Club, an International Group mutual, for over twenty-seven 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 the American P&I Club itself and its Cyprus-based European subsidiary. 

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Joe is Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, (NAMEPA), President of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey and a Director of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR).  He also sits on the Classification Committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, the North American Advisory Committee of Lloyd’s Register, and is a member of the National Cargo Bureau. 

An Oxford-educated British barrister by training, Joe spent the first half of his career in the United Kingdom and Norway.  Prior to arriving in the United States in 1995 to lead SCB, he served as Chairman of the global marine practice of JIB International Ltd., a prominent insurance brokerage owned by the Jardine Matheson Group operating at Lloyd’s of London and across the globe. A 2011 inductee into the International Maritime Hall of Fame, Joe was also named as a top ten global marine insurance personality in the Lloyd’s List One Hundred for 2015/16. 

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Jess Hurwitz
Founder, CEO, & Chief Strategist
dX9 Global

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Jess Hurwitz is the Founder, CEO, & Chief Strategist for dX9 – a global consulting, advisory, strategy, and venture firm. dX9 works with a wide assortment of clients, including companies (SMB to Global Enterprise), projects, startups, and investors. dX9 specializes in blockchain (crypto/digital assets, NFTs, industry/enterprise, DeFi & asset tokenization), digital innovation and transformation, maritime/shipping, tech/fintech, B2B SaaS, metaverse, Web3, strategic business, sales, financing, and technology strategy, global commercialization, security & compliance, API first strategy, early and mid-stage startups, scale-ups, turnarounds, flips, M&A, and rapid growth initiatives. 

Jess helps companies of all sizes grow, scale, and expand by optimizing strategy, data, and technology and aligning people, products, and processes for maximum results. Jess often focuses on moving companies from data to decisions and using highly optimized technology to drive revenue-focused execution with increased business velocity.  

 Jess is a longtime and active member of the global maritime community, a proud member of WISTA, and a recent past 4-year board member of the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA). 

Recently, Jess served as the COO for ShelterZoom, developers of DocuWalk, 1REport, and Document GPS. Before founding dX9, Jess was a Technology & Risk Advisory Consulting Director at Citrin Cooperman, a top 25 U.S. accounting and consulting firm. For 12 years prior, Jess was the EVP of Global Sales & Marketing and CTO for Accuritas Global Solutions and FleetWeather Ocean Services, which provided business intelligence (BI), analytics, meteorology, and data management services worldwide (60+ countries) for ship owners, fleet operators, charterers, and pool managers.  

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Natasha Brown
Head of Public Information Services
International Maritime Organization

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Natasha Brown is Head of the IMO media and communications team (Public Information Services) since 2022. Previously she was Acting Head since 2020. She joined the IMO public information services team in 1997 and has extensive knowledge of all IMO-related matters.  

Prior to joining IMO, Natasha was a journalist for five years with Reuters news agency, covering news and feature stories in London, Lisbon and Moscow.  

Natasha has a BA (Hons) in Applied Language Studies (French, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese) and is currently completing a Masters degree (part-time) in Media, Campaigning and Social Change at the University of Westminster, London.  

Tobias Gröger
Director of Sales, Americas

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Tobias has more than 15 years of experience in the marine industry, providing guidance and consultancy around fleet efficiency and decarbonization to a wide range of fleet segments and other industry stakeholders. 

In his current role Tobias is leading the StormGeo sales team for North-, Central- and South America with a strong focus on decarbonization and fleet optimization by providing data smart solutions to our partners. Tobias started his career as a deck cadet for a major container liner, moved to shore some time later, worked for AIDA Cruises and held various positions with Germanischer Lloyd/DNV. Ever since 2019, when DNV and StormGeo merged their fleet performance business, Tobias is with StormGeo now. Tobias holds a university degree in Maritime Economics and Port Management and is an active member of the voluntary fire fighters in his hometown. 

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Tammi Ingannamorte
VP Sales America

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Based in New York, Tammi is the Vice President of Sales – America for ZeroNorth. Following ZeroNorth’s acquisition of ClearLynx, Tammi focuses on business development and sales of the ZN Bunker solutions internationally, as well as the expansion of ZeroNorth’s office, team, and optimization products in the Americas. With a firm commitment to ZeroNorth’s mission to make global trade green, Tammi understands the holistic approach of connecting the dots across global trade and combining voyage, vessel, and bunker to cut emissions and deliver savings from today.  

Tammi started her career in maritime as a bunker broker with LQM Petroleum in the 90’s. She became a partner at LQM in 1992, while serving as Vice President of Marketing and Sales, managing 17 brokers in five offices at this time LQM became the largest international pure bunker brokerage company. Simultaneously, she began working with a team to develop ClearLynx, which became the leading bunker procurement and analytics system.   

In 2015, LQM Petroleum was sold and Tammi decided she would put all her focus into developing and growing the technology startup, ClearLynx which she continues to do today within ZeroNorth. 

Tammi is married, lives in New Jersey with three children and a dog. 

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Sam Davin
Senior Specialist in Marine Conservation and Shipping
World Wildlife Fund Canada

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Dr. Davin works for World Wildlife Fund Canada as a Senior Specialist in Marine Conservation and Shipping where he leads on work related to ship-source pollution, voyage planning, and decarbonization. He is WWF’s head of delegation to the International Maritime Organization, holds a doctorate in Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, and resides in Ottawa.

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Dan Holmes
Business Development Manager, North America
Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

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Dan holds degrees in Naval Architecture, and Engineering Research from Southampton in the United Kingdom and a Post-graduate diploma in engineering management, also from University of Southampton. Dan has worked for nearly 25 years in such roles as research and development, ship inspections, maritime risk and human element, and strategic advisory. In his current role as Business Development Manager for North America at Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. Dan is responsible for promoting holistic decarbonisation strategies within the marine and offshore sector and is involved with new technology and life extension solutions to support owners in their goals to decarbonise in a cost effective manner. 

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Giorgos Kyriazis
P Ship Systems Ltd. 

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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. 

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 2022…  

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…  

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 2021 (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…  

Fully complying and over-exceeding industry regulations, we work with ship owners and operators, specializing in the water treatment vessel area.  

P Ship Systems designs, develops, builds, updates, distributes and fully long-term supports shipping companies with branded and field-tested drinking water vessel systems, following standardization standards and industry certifications based on the EU Directive 98/83 EC. We deliver on-board cost-effective systems, treating and constantly producing fresh and excellent cooking and drinking water, at different treatment/production capacities and water temperatures. 

With >2.200 systems in place, Best Practise for Drinking Water by 3 Oil Majors and Distribution centres in key shipping locations. 

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Beau Campfield
EAE Americas

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Beau has spent his 25 year career as a valued solution provider in a variety of B2B verticals with deep expertise in global shipping, maritime and media technology. Before joining SEDNA as EAE/Americas in 2022, Beau spent 3 years in Energy Tech with ERP start-up Powwr. Prior to this Beau was Sales Director for Europe and the Americas at Q88 LLC from 2013-2018. He was key participant in the successful launch of both the Q88 Position list and Q88VMS platform. Beau’s initial introduction to Global Shipping and Maritime was spent selling ECDIS and Computer Based navigation systems for Landfall Navigation as well as a 4 year stint in the early 2000’s leading the growth of TradeWinds commercial division in the Americas and launch of the global TW website. 

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Sam Sall
Enterprise Account Executive

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An entrepreneur since the young age of 8, Sam has always had a keen interest in business and sales. Sam is passionate about being more efficient and constantly growing. Since joining SEDNA, Sam has utilized her background in marketing & sales (in finance, technology, and sports apparel) to better understand her clients to deliver the best possible experience. Sam has experienced the opportunity costs and time lost to conventional email when staff could be responding to mission critical events. She is excited to show the world how antiquated email can be fixed by using SEDNA to save 2 hours per day (per employee!) in pursuit of SEDNA’s mission to save 1 Billion hours! Time is precious – let’s use it on what matters most! 

Roy Bleiberg
VP of Business Development, North America
American Bureau of Shipping

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Roy Bleiberg, currently the Vice President of Business Development for North America for the American Bureau of Shipping, has over 30 years of global marine and offshore experience with ABS.  He is responsible for business development and account management for all North American marine markets.  He has in-depth knowledge of class and regulatory requirements and has held various leadership positions with ABS, including most recently Vice President of Engineering and Director of Global Gas Solutions.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering Systems. 


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Leiv Kallestad

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Leiv Kallestad is an experienced business executive who joined Optimarin in 2019 from TTS Group (now a part of MacGregor), and is a board member of Eksfin (The Norwegian Export Finance Agency).  

Kallestad build his experience and track record as an international executive within the marine, oil & gas, oil service, manufacturing, and corporate finance businesses, both in and outside Norway.  

He has worked in executive and/or senior positions for companies such as Exxon Mobil, Conoco Phillips, TTS Group, Palfinger Marine, Roxar, Kverneland Group, TORP LNG, and SR-Bank Markets. 

He holds an MBA equivalent in Business from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, and a degree in Operations Management from Stavanger University, Norway. 

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Stergios Stamopoulos
Manager ABS Houston Sustainability Center

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Stergios Stamopoulos is an experienced professional in the maritime industry with an in-depth knowledge relating to ship structures, statutory requirements, human factors, and energy efficiency of ships.   

He joined ABS in 2007 as an engineer, and has worked in Greece, South Korea, and the USA on a variety of different roles including engineering approval, human factors, and sustainability.  

He was recently promoted to Manager of the ABS Houston Sustainability Center leading the efforts in the USA related to sustainability related activities.  

Prior to joining ABS, he was worked for another Classification Society as well as a Ship Design firm.  

Stergios graduated from the University of Glasgow in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Marine Engineering and a Master of Philosophy degree in Marine Technology from the University of Newcastle in the UK. 

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Ali Riaz

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Ali Riaz is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Orbit MI, helping lead the corporate spinoff of the Orbit platform from Stena Bulk in 2019.  He has extensive experience propelling early-stage companies into large, corporate leaders including at Attivio, a leading unified information access platform and at Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a global enterprise search company.  In 2008, Microsoft Corporation acquired FAST for $1.2 billion. Riaz has held executive positions at Novartis (Switzerland) and CSC (England).

John Llewellyn
Senior Broker
Transparensea Fuels

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John Llewellyn is a highly trained fuel broker with over 10 year’s experience in finance, shipping and commodities, having joined Transparensea Fuels in November 2018. John focuses on customer development, advancing credit strategies for clients, supplier relationship development, and offers his advice and insight into the ever changing landscape of marine fuels and oil markets. John has his MS in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College and has a degree in economics from Manhattan College.

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José Luis Duarte
Marine Business Development Manager, North America
Thordon Bearings

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Mr José Luis Duarte started his maritime career with the Argentinian Navy and has sailed onboard Navy ships as a Chief Engineer. He has an M. Eng degree specializing in Marine Propulsion Systems as well as a B. Admin. degree in Naval Resources. Among other companies, José has worked with MAN in Argentina and then in various positions with MAN in Canada for 10 years. He has a vast knowledge of marine propulsion products, primarily for navy and merchant fleet ship owners. José is a firm believer that the world’s shipping fleet can eliminate oil discharges forever from propeller shaftlines below the waterline, while saving money for the ship owners and managers. 

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Dr. Sara Rezaee
R&D Manager
Viswa Group

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Sara Rezaee is currently a R&D Manager at Viswa Group. She received her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Rice University in 2019, where she studied the fundamentals of crude oil fractionation, asphaltene characterization, and enhanced oil recovery.  Her current research focuses on analyzing and developing new methods for marine fuel characterization and problem-solving in the marine fuel industry. She has been involved in investigating the characteristics of future fuels and exploring new techniques to reduce Carbon emission.   

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Jack Grogan
Senior Sales Manager
Veritas Petroleum Services

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Jack is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy with a degree in Marine Engineering Systems and a US Coast Guard license as a Third Assistant Engineer.  He also served in the US Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant.  After a brief stint in the aerospace industry, he worked as a Technical Coordinator for the largest, privately owned shipping company in the world.  In 1993, Jack entered the bunker industry full time as a Technical Coordinator for Coastal Corporation, a diversified energy and petroleum products company in the Fortune 500.  He later became a marine sales representative and then Bunkering Manager.  He joined Shell Marine Products in Houston in 2004 where he directed Shell’s bunkering activities in the Americas region.   

Jack joined Veritas Petroleum Services in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Sales Manager.  He has more than 25 years of dedicated experience in the bunker industry. 

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Captain Óli Olsen
Deputy Director, Seafarers & Manning Department
Bahamas Maritime Authority

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Capt Óli Olsen manages The BMA’s Seafarers and Manning Department and is responsible for ensuring that all seafarers on Bahamas registered vessels hold valid STCW certificates as required by the Minimum Safe Manning Document and that all are trained according to the STCW convention. He ensures that all Bahamas vessels comply with the Maritime Labour Convention, including the areas of financial security and repatriation of crew. Prior to his work in Maritime Administration for the past 20 years, Oli’s experience encompassed being a ship’s Master, Marine Superintendent and OIM on oil rigs. 

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Thanasis Sourlagkas
Comercial Director
METIS Cyberspace Technology

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Thanasis serves as Commercial Director at METIS Cyberspace Technology. He is responsible for global Sales & Business Development and for driving the commercial growth of the company.  He is one of the founders of METIS and brings with him an experience of 12 years in leading business growth in the Maritime Industry.  Thanasis is an Electrical Engineer and a graduate of the Imperial College in London.   

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Captain Steve Bomgardner
Head of Business Development

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Captain Steve Bomgardner’s role at SailPlan involves leading the global commercial development and sales strategy for the company.  

  He previously worked for two leading ship registries (BMA and LISCR) where he over saw the Americas and helped to create and oversee a new Offshore and LNG division for the other.   

  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. 

  Throughout his career Captain Steve has been concerned with the environmental impact of the decisions he has taken. He believes that our oceans are the lifeblood of the world and we all must play our part in preserving them for generations to come and it is only through the collaboration of the entire maritime community that real progress can be made.  He is also on the Board of Directors of Eyesea, a nonprofit organization with a mission to map global pollution and maritime hazards.  Spends his time mentoring and advising multiple start-ups in the maritime green technology space. 

 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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Simon Whitford

Chief Executive
GreenSteam, i4 Insight

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Simon former CEO of the recently acquired AI technology business, GreenSteam is now a key member of the i4 Insight Executive Leadership Team.  

Simon has decades of maritime and engineering experience but in recent times has become an expert speaker in the application of AI technology and machine learning within the maritime sector.    

Simon works with some of the world’s largest and most successful shipping organizations, supporting their commercial and decarbonization strategies with AI led technology. Simon’s particular blend of commercial, operational, and scientific knowledge enables him to both understand and articulate the intricacies of this new innovative era of vessel optimization.   

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Kelly Baughman
Director, Environment
Crowley Shipping Marine Management

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Kelly Baughman is based in Jacksonville, FL.  She is a maritime professional with 15 years sea-going engineering experience on tank, container, bulk, and survey vessels.  She transitioned into a shoreside support role with SeaRiver Maritime in 2015 as the Environmental Advisor to the fleet.  In 2018 Kelly transitioned to Crowley as the Manager, Environment for Crowley Shipping Marine Management; she was promoted to Director, Environment in 2021 where she continues to support fleet and shoreside personnel in matters related to environmental regulatory compliance, emergency preparedness and response, decarbonization planning, and overall sustainability related topics.  Kelly is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Class of 2000; B.S. in Marine Engineering Systems Design). 

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David Levy

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David Levy is the Chief Marketing Officer at OrbitMI.  He joined the firm in 2019 after the company’s spinoff from Stena Bulk. David focuses on go-to-market activities, partner relations and customer success management.  In addition, he has been instrumental in advancing OrbitMI’s innovations related to sustainability and the reduction of carbon emissions.

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Dr. Arthur Diskin
Global Medical Director
Future Care

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Dr. Diskin serves in a consulting role as Global Medical Director for Future Care, providing case management and other consultative services to the maritime industries. Quality Medical Marine Management provides focused and complex project-oriented consultations engaging whatever additional expertise may be needed for the cruise and commercial maritime sectors.

Dr. Diskin attended college and medical school at the University of Miami. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County Medical Center/University of Southern California. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Diskin is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP), Past President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians (FCEP), former Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH), in Miami, Florida, an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and past Chair of the Section on Cruise Ship and Maritime Medicine of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is on the Board of the Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation. Dr. Diskin is currently on clinical staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital and participates as faculty in theEmergency Medicine residency training program. He owned and managed a group of 60 physicians staffing 7 hospital emergency departments in South Florida, including Mount Sinai Medical Center where he was Chairman, from 1985 –2005.

Dr. Diskin was VP and Global Chief Medical Officer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines from 2008-16. In this role, he was responsible for recruiting, retaining and reviewing the credentials of the ship’s physicians and nurses (300+ personnel), new build medical center design, determining which medications and equipment to stock, developing medical evacuation and disaster management policies and advising the ships’ physicians as needed, including continuing education forums. He was also responsible for the clinical management of crew medical care on the ships and in their home countries, developing worldwide networks for the delivery of medical care, the management of the CareTeam, the Crew Wellness program, and all Public Health related issues including Norovirus and Legionella prevention and mitigation.He was previously Medical Director for Carnival Cruise Lines from 1990-2008.

In his current role with Quality Medical Risk Management, he provides risk and claims management services to over 1000 emergency physicians and providers across the United States. He provides expert witness evaluations in the emergency medical and cruise medicine sectors.

He maintains homes in Utah and Florida and is father to a17-year-old son.He is on the Board of Directors of Make-A-Wish South Florida.

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Charlotte Runzel
Policy Manager

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Charlotte is an experienced policy professional with expertise in maritime and environmental policy. She is currently a Policy Manager at SailPlan, previously advised Senator Blumenthal’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee work, and was a Policy Analyst for the National Audubon Society’s coastal conservation program. Charlotte is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University. 

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Jonathan Chia
SVP, Incident Response & Risk Management
MTI Network

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Jonathan Chia has spent the past 15 years consulting corporations on strategy and communications. Advising on situations that span from surviving corporate scandals to navigating the tricky waters of innovation vs. intrusion of privacy. Jonathan has consulted companies the likes of GE, Google, Microsoft, NewsCorp and many more blue-chip companies on technology communications. 

 In the maritime industry, Jonathan has responded and advised clients on some of the largest incidents to happen on U.S shores. As well as advising clients during an incident, Jonathan helps prepare clients with training, scenario planning and drills with the entire incident response chain. 

  Jonathan also leads the technology team at Crisis Pigeon to ensure that the platform is utilizing the best tools and tech available today. 

Prior to joining MTI Network, Jonathan headed up growth at the startup DRL, and prior to that was lead strategist at the management consultant Co:collective. 

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Campbell Houston
MTI Network

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Campbell Houston joined MTI Network, the leading crisis communications and reputation management firm for the maritime industry, in 2012. In this capacity, he has responded to major marine casualties throughout North America.  

He also conducts media awareness training for staff and seafarers and advanced training for management.  

In addition, Campbell provides market intelligence, reporting, and analysis on maritime finance for the publication Marine Money.  

Prior to joining MTI Network, Campbell worked in market research and consulting for the specialty chemicals industry.  

Campbell holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from the University of South Carolina and a certification in Ship Broking and Vessel Operations from the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents. 

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Captain Jennifer Norwood
Head of Operations & Customer Success

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Captain Jennifer Norwood is a graduate of Texas A&M Galveston, Maritime Academy, and graduating in 1998 with a BS in Marine Transportation. In 2018, Captain Norwood completed her Master’s degree from Maine Maritime in International Logistics Management.  Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at the University of Southern Maine.  She began her career offshore in 1999 with Global Marine, joining as a Ballast Control Operator onboard the moored semi-submersible GSF Arctic I and held the following positions:  Master/Offshore Installation Manager, Chief Mate, Second Mate, and Ballast Control Operator.  Captain Norwood encompasses 15 years of experience both in maritime operations, seagoing and offshore, including dynamic positioning, shipyard experience, and new build start-up.  Serving as Master and Offshore Installation Manager of both Dynamic Positioned Semi-submersible and Drillships. Captain Norwood has managed both the safety and regulatory aspects in her roles as Master/Offshore Installation Manager offshore and as a Director of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment ashore.  In 2005, at the age of 31, she became the first female Master/Offshore Installation Manager for Global Marine taking command of the Dynamically Positioned Drillship GSF CR Luigs.  Retiring in 2012 as Master/Offshore Installation Manager.  Before joining Maine Maritime Academy, she was doing Technical Writing consulting work for the Oil and Gas industry. She currently holds a USCG Unlimited Oceans Master License.  She joined Maine Maritime in January of 2016 as a Lab Tech/Teaching Assistant and Instructor of the Engineering Department of Maine Maritime Academy.  Captain Norwood was an Associate Professor in Marine Transportation at Maine Maritime.  Teaching topics included Marine Systems, Electronic Navigation, Offshore Technology, and Safety Culture.  Captain Norwood’s research area is in Autonomous Vessel Technology and Shore Control Center development.  Working in a collaboration with Sea Machines Robotics, US Maritime Administration, and SailPlan, Inc.  In January 2022, Captain Norwood joined SailPlan as Head of Customer Success delivering real-time emissions monitoring onboard vessels and in ports.   

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Richard Pruitt
VP, Environmental Operations
Carnival Cruise Line

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In his current role, Rich is responsible for overseeing all onboard and shoreside environmental operations for a fleet of 24 (27 by the end of 2024) ships deployed in North America, Europe, Caribbean and Australasia. He also evaluates new technologies, establishes newbuilding specifications, develops company vision, strategic initiatives and sets policy for all sustainability and environmental stewardship activities.

Rich Pruitt also served as Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He was responsible for evaluating new technologies, establishing newbuilding specifications, developing corporate vision and strategic initiatives and setting policy for all sustainability, environmental stewardship, situation/crisis management, injury prevention, maritime safety, and management systems programs for the corporation. He also served in various other roles at RCL during his tenure from May 2003 until November 2016, including Director, Public Health and leading RCL’s humanitarian relief efforts following the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Rich served in the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard. From 1980 to 1990, Rich was an Air Force airborne Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor, assigned to various units and the National Security Agency. He also served in various national security and marine safety positions with the United States Coast Guard from 1990 to 2003.

He has earned an Environmental Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from National Louis University and an Associate’s degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the United States Air Force. Rich is currently a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Circuit and is actively engaged in various industry, charitable and environmental organizations.

Robert Walker
CEO & Founder
Surveys & Forecasts, LLC

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Rob is an expert in marketing analytics and research methods for maritime. He has an extensive skill set that ranges from analytic and statistical expertise, to market segmentation, communications, product optimization, and strategy.

In this next decade, the maritime industry is extremely well-positioned to take advantage of data-driven insights to help shape business investment, deliver a better overall experience to customers and constituents, improve human performance, and guide CAPEX. The key concepts behind “customer satisfaction” and “continuous improvement” are readily transferable to – and leverageable in – the maritime industry. Companies that embrace a learning culture using research as a “north star” will thrive; others will lag behind.

For over 30 years, Rob’s mission has been to identify the critical pieces of information needed to make actionable and economically sound marketing decisions, and help guide clients to smart, profitable decisions. He is applying this business acumen to the maritime industry by demonstrating how research insights can drive better decision-making, most notably in helping companies continuously improve their marketing and communications, and optimize product offerings. 

Because of his vast experience, Rob also provides strategic consulting services to management consulting firms who do not have internal research expertise. Rob frequently speaks at marketing research conferences and is a thought leader on marketing and research industry issues and is actively involved in leveraging blockchain technology for research, and building personal data ecosystems for the research industry. 

He is highly committed to research data quality, communications and positioning, and promoting research as a tool for change. Noteworthy publications include: 

“Pocket Guide to Basic Research Marketing Tools”. Advertising Research Foundation, April 2018   

“Leadership Lab in Research Methods”.  Advertising Research Foundation, October 2016  

“You Can’t Put a Price Tag on A Survey Participant’s Enjoyment”. Journal of Advertising Research, September 2013 

“The Foundations of Quality Initiative”. Journal of Advertising Research, December 2009   

 Rob received a BA in experimental psychology from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA in marketing from the Whittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire.

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Ravi Singh
Chief Technical Officer
Northern Shipping Funds

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Ravi Singh has served as Chief Technical Officer of Northern Shipping Funds since December 2012.  Prior to joining Northern Shipping Funds, Mr. Singh headed the Marine Risk Management group at Liberty Mutual between 2009 and 2012.  From 2007 to 2009 Mr. Singh served as Head of Technical Operations for American Commercial Lines.  From 2005 to 2007 Mr. Singh led Americas Marine Management Consulting group at DNV and from 1996 until 2005 he served as Head of US Operations for ABB Marine & Turbocharging.  Mr. Singh was a Fleet Manager at Sea-Land from 1990 to 1996.   He began his career at sea and sailed for 7 years on several different vessel types.  Mr. Singh graduated with a degree in marine engineering from the Indian Merchant Marine Academy in 1978, earned a Chief Engineer’s license from the U.K. in 1983, a Bachelor of Science & Engineering in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Rutgers University in 2000. 

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Captain Mohan Muppidi
Senior VP
Fleet Management

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 Captain Mohan Muppidi is a Master Mariner who started his sea career with Shipping Corporation of India in 1974.  Captain Muppidi got his command in 1984 and sailed on various types of vessels, tankers, bulkers, and container vessels. He joined OMI in 1988 and sailed till 1992, having had the privilege of being in command of OMI’s ULCC, TT Settebello.  Captain Muppidi moved to the US in 1994 as Port Captain with OMI and reached the position of Vice President Safety and Quality in 2004.  He joined TORM Tankers in 2007 when OMI was sold and subsequently worked with Heidmar.  Since 2012, Captain Muppidi has been with Fleet Management and is currently working as Senior Vice President in Connecticut. 

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Brent Perry
Shift Clean Energy

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Brent Perry is the CEO of Shift Clean Energy and a marine battery industry pioneer. Perry defined an industry when he oversaw development of the world’s first battery for marine propulsion. Energy storage systems are now a major – and increasingly important – player on the global marine energy scene. In the years since that first battery, he has become a world expert on 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. 

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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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Sami Sarosh
VP, Americas & Europe
Viswa Group

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Sami Sarosh is a qualified Marine Chief Engineer with MBA. He had sailed on ocean going vessels since 1982. He moved ashore & joined Sembawang Shipyard Singapore in 1998 and managed Tanker Conversion Projects, he later joined DNV Petroleum Services (VPS) Singapore in 1999 as Technical Manager. He was transferred to DNV Petroleum Services (VPS) Houston in 2005 as Technical & Operations Manager for Americas and managed Technical & Bunker Survey Operations. In 2016, he accepted a senior position in The Viswa Group as Vice President and currently heading the Bunker Quality & Quantity Survey & Power Plant Operations for Americas & Europe. 

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Peter Shaerf
Managing Director
AMA Capital Partners 

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Peter joined AMA in 2002. He became a partner in 2005. Peter started in the industry over 47 years ago and worked for many years as a shipbroker for container and dry cargo vessels through a company he founded, The Commonwealth Group. He also operated a small Caribbean liner service while working for a firm of British shipowners. 
Immediately prior to joining AMA he was a co-founder of Poseidon Capital, a specialist maritime “boutique.” At AMA he has continued developing relationships in the capital markets where he has worked primarily advising hedge funds and investors on a variety of maritime investments in both equity and distressed debt and is actively involved in transaction origination. He has extensive experience in vessel valuations and has performed such work for financial institutions and Government clients. He has been active most recently in the dry bulk market, the small cruise ship sector and in the container feedership space.  
He served as Deputy Chairman at publicly listed Seaspan (NYSE) and has previously served as an independent Director (non-executive) of five other publicly traded maritime companies and several private shipping companies. Peter is Chairman of Delta Corp Holdings UK, an asset light shipping/logistics company with interests in bulk and oil transportation and in bunker supply and storage that is slated to be listed on the NASDAQ exchange by the first quarter of 2023. He currently sits on the board of dry cargo ship owner Interlink Maritime and Harbor Harvest Navigation who operate an innovative short sea service in the North East corridor. He is Chairman of the Canadian CPC , Kalon Acquisition Corp, and a director of Mayfair Acquisition Corp, both listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange. Following service for five years as Chairman, he is currently Chairman Emeritus of New York Maritime Association ( “NYMAR”) a leading trade association and he is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and on the shipbuilding/finance committee of the U.S. Government’s Marine Transport National Advisory Council and on the editorial board of Lloyd’s List, the world’s leading maritime publication. 

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Captain Satinder Baveja
VP Operations
Zenith Shipping Group

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Working with Owners, Zenith Shipping of New York as Vice President Operations since 2016 and prior to that has worked as Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Safety & Quality Manager with V Ships USA since 1997.

Has been in shipping industry for about 48 years in various capacities including Master Mariner for about 10 years. Having good experience working with various types of vessels i.e. Bulk Carriers, General cargo, Containers, Tankers, Chemical Tankers and Passenger vessels

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Aviv Melman
Co-Founder & CEO
NakAI Robotics

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Aviv Melman is the Co-Founder and CEO of NakAI Robotics, an Israeli-based company focused on improving our oceans health while saving immense operational costs for the shipping and supply-chain industries. The NakAI Robotics’ team of 8 is developing and testing a Fully-Autonomous hull cleaning and inspection system. Rapidly installed on cargo vessels, the NakAI Robot and Docking-station always travel with the ship and perform proactive cleaning sessions of the hull while in-transit. The gentle grooming of Slime and Biofouling early formations’ dramatically lowers the overall surface resistance and energy required to maintain speed, so that NakAI immediately saves vessel Owners and Operators significant costs in fuel and off-hire time. 

NakAI also assists in a better compliance to the evolving maritime regulatory framework, by generating predictive maintenance reports, by decreasing air and water pollutants and by eliminating the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species, all derived from dirty ship hulls.  

Aviv is an ocean and climate advocate, multilingual tour-guide, diver and musician. He is lucky to combine his greatest passions and previous accomplishments with NakAI  – Technical team building, Sales management and the ongoing creation of impactful nature-driven technologies aimed at reducing our global footprint and improving life on earth. 

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Len Quist
Sr. VP & General Manager

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Len Quist joined VIKAND in 2015 as Director of Operations. Prior to formally joining VIKAND, he had worked with them in a consulting capacity performing business and financial planning.  As VIKAND has grown Len has assumed several different leadership roles, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of VIKAND Solutions.   

He has more than 30 years of experience driving and managing businesses for both multinational and emerging companies in general management, marketing and sales. Len is a founding board member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach and previously served as their President. Len is originally from Kungsbacka, Sweden.  He received his undergraduate degree from University of Washington and his MBA from Columbia Business School in Finance and Marketing.  

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Max Bobys
VP & Practice Leader

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Mr. Bobys leads HudsonCyber, a division of HudsonAnalytix, Inc., which specializes in cybersecurity strategy advisory, planning, assessment, risk management, tailored threat intelligence, and training solutions tailored to the global maritime industry. He draws on over 25 years of experience in enterprise risk management, business transformation, and new product development, spanning cybersecurity and integrated physical/electronic security systems. He designed and currently leads the delivery of HudsonCyber’s award-winning CyberLogix decision-support platforms.  Prior to joining Hudson Mr. Bobys served in a variety of executive positions at Civitas Strategy Group, BAE Systems, Stanley, and Ciber, among others.  He has supported numerous organizations including various US Government agencies, the International Maritime Organization, the World Bank, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Nautical Institute, Chatham House, and NATO.  He currently serves on the International Association of Ports and Harbors Data Collaboration and Risk and Resilience Committees, and the Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee’s Cybersecurity Sub-Committee. Mr. Bobys has published numerous articles on maritime cybersecurity and co-authored the World Bank’s Accelerating Digitalization Across the Maritime Supply Chain(2021), ENISA’s Cyber Risk Management for Ports – Guidelines for Cybersecurity in the Maritime Domain (2020), and the OAS’ Maritime Cybersecurity in the Western Hemisphere (2021). 

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Eva Lianne Veldkamp
IMO Policy Coordinator representing the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Registry
International Maritime Organization

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Presently Ms Eva Lianne Veldkamp serves as an IMO Policy Coordinator representing the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Registry at the International Maritime Organization. Ms Veldkamp believes that mariners and seafarers are the real assets of our industry and will always stand tall in support of the human element.

Ms. Veldkamp leads a working group for the Center for Ocean Policy and Economics – COPE° on Psychological Safety and Sexual Assault and Harassment in the Maritime Sector. Translating talk into action addressing the psychological welfare and safety of today’s mariner.

In addition Ms. Veldkamp is connecting maritime professionals globally, in order for them to benefit from the online learning simulators, training, examination and certification platforms NEMO° and HALO° developed by Northeast Maritime Institute.

Serving as dual-licensed maritime officer, Eva Lianne Veldkamp started her career by crossing the many oceans of our globe on large container vessels.

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Longji Yiljep
Corporate Development Analyst
Dorian LPG (USA) LLC.

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Senior Analyst, Corporate Development, Research and Analytics

Dorian LPG (USA) LLC.

Longji Yiljep is the Senior Analyst Corporate Development, Research and Analytics.

Joined Dorian LPG in 2015 as a Corporate Development Analyst, focusing on business and financial analysis.

Also focused on internal development, commercial performance, and fleet optimization projects.

Holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, and an MSc in Finance from Goldey-Beacom College.

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Lourdes Evans
Digital Services Sales Manager
Kongsberg Digital

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Lourdes Evans is the Digital Services Sales Manager- Maritime Simulation at Kongsberg Digital.  Based in Connecticut, USA.  Lourdes brings over 20 years’ experience in maritime and software solutions.  Today, she leads the Digital Services sales team promoting our K-Sim Connect digital platform and our cloud-based simulation solutions that improve maritime training and seafarers competencies and enhance safety and efficiency in operations at sea.  Lourdes is also a CMA member and the Co-President of the WISTA-CT Chapter.

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James Watson
RADM (ret)

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James Watson is currently and independent consultant providing business development services to maritime clients. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President of American Bureau of Shipping Global Government Services, where he was responsible for the government market sector across the four ABS divisions and technology.  Before becoming Senior VP of Global Government Services, Watson was President and COO for the Americas Division where he was responsible for all operations of the American Bureau of Shipping in the Western Hemisphere.

Prior to joining ABS, Watson served as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at the US Department of Interior. In this role he provided regulatory oversight for energy exploration and production on the US Outer Continental Shelf. Before becoming BSEE Director, Watson served as the US Coast Guard’s Director of Prevention Policy for Marine Safety, Security and Stewardship, where his responsibilities included commercial vessel safety and security, ports and cargo safety and security and maritime investigations. He was also designated as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the government-wide response to the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watson earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Engineering from USCGA in 1978. He received his Master of Science in Naval Architecture and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985. Watson earned an additional Master of Science in Strategic Studies at the National Defense University in 2001.

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Deepak Tyagi

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Founder of MetaNoun | Digital product & engineering director @fortune 500

MetaNoun has built a carbon platform to help protect & improve a ship’s commercial employability & earnings.

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Ivonne Auerbach
Client Director, Vessel Insight Customer Success
Kongsberg Digital

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Ivonne Auerbach is a Client Director, for Vessel Insight, at Kongsberg Digital. She is passionate about Customer Success and Service and has held various related roles, within the Maritime and Software industry, during the last 8 years. With the current role as a Client Director, she is able to direct the Customer Success business methodology for Vessel Insight to secure the successful digital journey of the customers using the product.

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Vivek Barve
Area Director – Vessel Insight
Kongsberg Digital

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Vivek Barve is the Area Director – Vessel Insight, for Kongsberg Digital in the Americas. Working in close collaboration with Kongsberg’s Maritime business unit, he serves as the interface between sales, partners, technology, and customers in the region. Vivek is a subject matter expert on digitalization and drives the promotion and implementation of Kongsberg’s digitalization strategy pertaining to connected vessels, sustainable operations, advanced analytics, and operational advisory services. He has over 10 years of experience in marine control systems supporting projects from the commissioning phase to aftermarket service. Amongst other roles, he has served as the Group Manager for Offshore Automation and Manager of Digital Performance with Kongsberg Maritime as well as Senior Field Engineer with Schlumberger Technology Corporation. Vivek holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Michele Sancricca
Co-Founder & CEO

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Michele is the co-founder and CEO of Secro. Previously, he worked with Amazon Web Services as Worldwide Head of Technology for Supply Chain and Logistics. He also held the role of Head of Transportation Product at Amazon Global Mile. Formerly, Michele worked in the capacity of Director Business Transformation at Mediterranean Shipping Company. A retired Lieutenant Commander of the Italian Navy and HBS alumnus, Michele also holds an MBA in Shipping and Logistics and a MS in Maritime Science.

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Amit Shalev
VP Strategy & Business Development
ShipIn Systems

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Amit is an accomplished business and technology leader with 15 years of experience spanning IoT, SaaS and insurance startups with a strong focus on  business development, sales and marketing. Amit holds a BA Business & LLB (Law) from Reichman University.

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Ryan Dooley
Chief Commerical Officer

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Ryan joined OrbitMI in 2022 as the chief commercial officer. Ryan oversees the sales, partnerships, and business development operations for the organization.  Over the course of 15 years Ryan has worked extensively with port operations, shipping lines, and maritime data providers. Most recently Ryan moved into the SaaS space to support the digitalization of the life blood of world’s economy.

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Dr. Plinio Marie Nastari

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Dr. Nastari´s career is intimately associated with the development of biofuels in Brazil, the US, and countries in Latin America and Asia. Since 1978 he has been involved in energy planning at the National Energy Commission, Commission for Reexam of the Energy Matrix, and Civil Society Representative at Brazil´s National Council on Energy Policy. He fostered the connection between renewable fuels and automakers as Executive Director and President of the Board of the Brazilian Association of Automotive Engineers, and was involved in various trade negotiations and trade disputes at US-ITC and WTO. Professor of micro and macroeconomics for 21 years at Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo. President of the Brazilian Institute of Bioenergy and Bioeconomy, since 1984 leads Datagro Group with over 170 professionals serving clients in 41 countries.

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Olmedo Farfán
Sales Projects

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Olmedo is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He also holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with Purdue University.  With over 18 years of experience in the commercial marine industry, Olmedo specializes in propulsion integration, engine performance, and lately in decarbonization technology. Olmedo also has extensive experience in global sales and leadership development across a variety of industries from Fortune 500 companies, shipyards, and private equity firms. In his current role as Sales Manager at Wartsila, Olmedo leads the decarbonization efforts with marine customers as well as the implementation of propulsion solutions for more efficient and profitable customer operations.

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Darren Shelton
CPO & Co-Founder

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Darren Shelton is a 26-year veteran of the maritime industry having managed multiple shipping agencies, serving as lead auditor in ISO quality management systems and most recently being tasked with driving their digital initiatives for a premier global maritime agency. In 2018 he envisioned a blockchain startup for the downstream energy sector which led to his co-founding FuelTrust, a data science company with Greentech SaaS solutions. Darren studied at Stephen F. Austin State University and Hope International University, has received honorary degrees from Alvin Community College and presently serves on the Board of Regents at ACC. He is Chairman of both the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee and the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on the boards of several other community organizations. He and his family reside in the Houston suburb of Alvin TX.

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Hugo De Stoop

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Hugo De Stoop joined Euronav in September 2004 and was appointed Deputy CFO and Head of Investor Relations and has been nominated CFO as of 1 January 2008. In May 2019, he assumed the position of CEO.

Hugo started his career with Mustad International Group, an industrial group with over 30 companies located in five continents where he worked as a Project Manager on various assignment in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, in order to integrate recently acquired subsidiaries.

He founded First Tuesday in America (the world’s largest meeting place for high tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and companies), helped develop the network in the U.S. and in Latin America and was appointed member of the Board of Directors of First Tuesday International.

He then joined Davos Financial Corp. London, an external investment manager for UBS, specialized in asset management and private equity, where he became an Associate and later a Vice President. He conducted several transactions, including private placement in public equities (PIPE) and investments in real estate.

Hugo De Stoop (1973) studied in Oxford, Madrid and Brussels and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (ULB) with a Master of Science in Engineering. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore).

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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 and Board Chair of Sea Ahead, a Boston based bluetech  startup  venture platform and 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 innovation in commercial shipping and smart-ocean planning, strongly supporting industry best practices in safety, security, and environmental stewardship.

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Luis Alcala
Americas Shipping Growth Manager, Marine & Offshore
Lloyd’s Register

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Luis Alcala is a Naval Architect and works as the Americas Shipping Growth Manager at Lloyd’s Register, based in New York, providing added value solutions to maritime projects across the Americas.

Alcala has accumulated 11 years of international experience in the maritime industry, with a primary focus on ships and offshore platforms. His work at present ranges from providing assurance services, as well as regulatory compliance and technical advisory solutions. He is a collaborator with a wide range of stakeholders to enable the decarbonization and digitalization of the shipping sector.

Alcala holds a bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture from the Universidad Veracruzana and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Renewably Energy at The European Postgraduate Center. Alcala is also a member of the IPIN (Pan-American Institute of Naval Engineering), the SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers) and the AMIN (Mexican Association of Naval Architects).

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Peter Gianopulos

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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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Stacy Louizos
Partner and Co-Chair, Investment Management Group
Blank Rome LLP

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Stacy Louizos is a Partner in the Corporate, M&A and Securities Practice Group of Blank Rome and serves as Co-Chair of its Investment Management Group and Co-Leader of the Firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) team.  She is based in the Firm’s New York office.

Over the past 25 years, Stacy has represented registered investment companies and their independent directors and investment advisers– counselling them on a broad range of matters relating to the operation of investment companies under the federal securities laws. Stacy regularly counsels on topics such as compliance, risk management oversight, regulatory developments and industry and governance best practices.

Stacy has extensive fund formation experience and has worked with a wide variety of registered fund products, including ESG, socially responsible and impact funds. She is also known and has been recognized nationally for counseling fund boards.  She regularly works on matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as counseling with respect to mutual fund litigation.

Stacy has been recognized nationally in the area of mutual/registered fund law including by The Legal 500 United States and Chambers USA and was also named a “2019 Notable Woman in Law” by Crain’s New York Business. She is a member of the Advisory Panel for Fund Directions and was named by Fund Board Views as one of the “10 Women Leading the ’40 Act Legal Space.” Stacy is a regular speaker and writer, and is frequently quoted, on topics such as ESG, board governance, fund best practices and cybersecurity.

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James Rhodes
CEO & Co-Founder
Magnuss Corp

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Mr. Rhodes is a veteran executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in maritime shipping, renewable energy, investment banking and management consulting.  He is CEO and Co-Founder of Magnuss, a maritime tech firm that has developed and patented a wind-based propulsion system called the Magnuss VOSS (or Vertically-variable Ocean Sail System), for which he is the co-inventor.  He is also Executive Committee Member of the International Windship Association, a joint industry consortium that promotes wind propulsion for commercial shipping and dedicated to the decarbonization of the shipping worldwide.  Mr. Rhodes is a frequent speaker at industry events and authored numerous articles on clean shipping tech and environmental finance.  Formerly, he was COO of GE/AES GHG Services, a renewable energy development firm and JV between GE and AES. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for twelve years, after a decade at Goldman Sachs and Booz Allen.  Mr. Rhodes has an MBA from Columbia University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.

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Ted Tregurtha
Vice-Chairman & Founding Director
Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

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Ted Tregurtha is the Vice-Chairman and a founding director of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Ted is the President and CEO of Moran Holdings, a diverse North American maritime and environmental services firm.  In the maritime sector Moran is focused on harbor ship assist services and marine transportation of bulk products via a fleet of tugs and barges.  In the environmental business Moran is focused on providing mission critical, cleaning, remediation, construction, and emergency response services to both maritime and shoreside sectors.

Ted began his business career in commercial banking and technology.  Over the past 30 years, Ted has held various positions in international shipping and at Moran where he has been President for the past 20 years.  Ted has been an active participant and supporter of numerous industry organizations during his career including American Waterways Operators (AWO) where he is a former chairman.  AWO both advocates for the tug barge industry and facilitates strategic advances for the industry in areas such as safety and sustainability.  Ted is also a long-time supporter of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and currently serves on the board of trustees.  Woods Hole is a leading science and education institution focused on fundamental scientific and engineering research into all aspects of the global marine environment.

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