Captain Eugen-Henning Adami
Owner and Managing Director of the Cyprus-based shipping company Mastermind Shipmanagement Ltd (MSM). Captain Eugen-Henning Adami founded MSM 1999 in Limassol, Cyprus and presently MSM manages an owned fleet of 12 vessels made up of dry-cargo ships.
German-born Captain Adami began his nautical career studying at Elsfleth Nautical University. In addition to his successful merchant marine career, which saw him serve as Master of the Bremen-owned cargo ship Condor P, Captain Adami has a wealth of experience as master with tall ships, spanning more than 25 years. He has sailed on and captained both the SS Thor Heyerdahl and the SS Grossherzogin-Elizabeth (formerly the SS Ariadne) and still retains an association with both sail-training vessels.
President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber
Vice President of CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association)
Director of various Cypriot Shipping Companies
Director of various Cypriot Ship-management Companies
Carol Bailey is a Director of the Eastern Rim Policy & Investment Council (ERPIC), a Cyprus based think tank with programs on Energy, Rule of Law and Regional Security.
Carol is also co-founder of Near East Energy Associates (NEEAS) Ltd, which provides consulting and advisory services on all aspects of the gas value chain to clients in Cyprus and other Eastern Mediterranean countries.
Committed to skills development, Carol heads the Oil & Gas Division of the Levantine Training Centre of ShipCon Ltd, a Cyprus based provider of internationally accredited oil & gas HSSE and professional management courses. She also lectures at the Technion University in Israel.
Before settling in Cyprus, Carol was Country Chairman of ShellIndonesia having built her career over 30 years living and working in Europe, Asia and the US.
Having studied Management Information and Technology at what is now the Glasgow Caledonian University, Carol is a General Manager specializing in strategy and new business development/turnaround in the Oil & Gas Industry.
Maurice Baker studied at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies and sailed on variety of vessels but mostly tankers. His sea career started as a deck cadet in 1980 and finished as Master in 1995. In 1995, Maurice left sea in order to take up a position as Marine Superintendent in a major U.K based shipping company. In 1997, he moved up to the position of Assistant Commercial Operations Manager within the same company 1999 saw him Joining Columbia Shipmanagement as Commercial Operations Manager. In 2006, following restructuring of the company, Maurice was moved up to take the newly introduced Marine and Operations Director's position. The responsibilities included all marine related activities, deck and cargo operations, navigation, vetting and security related policies for the Columbia Group of companies. Finally, he was appointed as Managing Director of Columbia Shipmanagement (Cyprus) at the start of 2014.
Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Member of INTERTANKO Cyprus Council.
Robert P. Burke
Mr. Burke has enjoyed a 35-year career in the maritime industry spanning ship operations, finance and ownership. He graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point NY in 1981, serving as a ship’s officer for three years aboard US-flag tankers.
Bob returned to shore in 1984 to earn his MBA from Columbia Business School, followed by stints in the commercial department at Marine Transport Lines and as a shipping banker at Bank of New York. He then joined GE Capital in the marine finance group, eventually leading the group as managing director until his departure in 1998.
In 2000 Mr. Burke co-founded Great Circle Capital, a private equity investment group backed by OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) and institutional investors to invest in ports, terminals, offshore oil support and other logistics and transportation businesses. Leaving Great Circle in 2005, Mr. Burke led attempts to acquire several shipping companies, culminating with the purchase of Chembulk, a twenty vessel fleet of stainless steel chemical tankers. Mr Burke served as CEO of Chembulk from the date of acquisition until the sale of the business in early 2008 to BLT of Indonesia.
Mr. Burke currently serves as CEO of Ridgebury Tankers, a portfolio company of the New York private equity group, Riverstone Holdings. Established in April 2013 with an initial equity commitment of $256 million. In the past year Ridgebury has acquired six MR tankers and seven Suezmax tankers. The vessels are employed in the Norient Product Pool and Heidmar’s Blue Fin Suezmax pool.
Bob lives in Ridgefield, CT with his wife Lessley and their two children, Lindsley (15) and John (12).
Sarah is a development professional who is passionate about learning and performance improvement. A leadership specialist, she believes that great leaders have both an academic understanding of leadership models and theory and the ability to breathe life into these within their organisations. Sarah believes that there are too few women in leadership roles and women who aspire to leadership positions can learn a lot form those already there. She is currently running a project to interview female leaders who are happy to share their knowledge and experience with others.
Sarah’s key skills lie in building and managing relationships with her clients and delegates. She has extensive experience in managing learning projects for large groups both in the UK and internationally. She believes that all learning should not only match the needs of the organisation but also add real value to the participants. Sarah invests time, energy and enthusiasm ensuring participants get the most from the intervention. Sarah also prefers to link all theory based learning to workplace implementation. Often Sarah links learning topics to live business projects which are relevant to the KPI’s of the organisation offering rapid payback for the learning investment.
Marianna is a US and EU national with a BSc in Accounting, an MBA in Information Technology, a Juris Doctorate in International Law and an LLM in Oil and Gas. She has worked in several States in the US and in Europe as both Regulatory Affairs and Legal Director for multinationals at local, regional and European level positions. Most recently she was in Cyprus as Head of Energy for Abacus Ltd. Publications include: European Energy Journal: The Settling of the Boundaries in the Mediterranean: You may not want to play but you have to share, 2013/2 EEJ 64. Review EU Energy Law & Policy Yearbook 2012, Published January 2013 by Claeys&Casteels Publishers, ISBN: 9789081690409
Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. Mr. Chrysostomou continued his studies at the same University and he gained a Masters In business Administration (MBA).
In 1993 Mr. Chrysostomou joined the Department of Merchant Shipping, the Competent Authority for Maritime Affairs of the Government of the Republic Cyprus, as a Marine Surveyor and in 1994 he has been transferred to the Cyprus High Commission in London as the Counsellor Maritime Affairs and alternate Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the International Maritime Organisation, a position that hold for 10 Years.
In 2004 he was transferred back to the Head Quarters of the Department of Merchant Shipping. As from April 2014 he is the Acting Director of the Department.
Mr. Chrysostomou´s leadership abilities has been shown also within the International Maritime Organisation when he was elected as Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee in 1999 a position he hold till 2003 when he was elected as Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) a position he hold till 2013.
Beyond his work with the IMO he has worked with other UN agencies such as the International Mobile Satellite Organisation where he was elected Chairman of its Assembly twice consecutively.
Mr. Chrysosotmou’s work includes a number of papers presented in Conferences and Seminars around the globe, chaired a number of non government related 2 seminars and conferences such as the Green Ship Technology and further he served as member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU).
Finally as a result of Mr. Chrysostomou’s skills and integrity, he has been acknowledged by peers and has been manifested by awarding him the 2011 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping. In November 2011 he has also been presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, for his invaluable service to International Shipping and in 2013 the GST Award - Leading Shipping Personality of the Decade 2003 - 2013. Furthermore, he is currently the Immediate Past President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST).
Alexandre Eykerman, born 1972, joined Wärtsilä in 1997 and since then he has held various positions within the company mainly looking after global sales activities. After assignments in Finland, he was leading the United State sales activities of Wärtsilä Ship Power out of Houston for close to 8 years. Today, Alexandre Eykerman leads the 4-Stroke and Global LNG sales activities of Wartsila Ship Power worldwide.
Alexandre is holder of a Mechanical engineer degree from the Polytechnic of the University of Coburg, Germany. He fluently speaks several languages as French, German, English and Swedish.
Today, Wärtsilä is a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasizing technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximizes the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. Wärtsilä is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 17,000 professionals manning 160 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. During recent years the Marine industry has grown drastically and Wärtsilä has enjoyed a large part of the business.
Wärtsilä Ship Power Solutions takes a holistic approach in engineering, marketing, selling and delivering machinery installations to the marine industry. Machinery installations for LNG carriers are one of the cornerstones of Wärtsilä Ship Power Solutions.
John N. Faraclas
John N. Faraclas comes from Chios’ traditional shipping and seafaring families which are involved in the shipping adventure for almost 700 years, in Russia, Greece, the United Kingdom, Bermuda and the USA. As per the family custom he sailed onboard dry cargo ocean going ships. After graduating from the Anargyrios and Corgialenios College of Spetsae Island, a British standards public school, he studied Shipping and shipping related studies in UK and Greece. He served Greece's Armed Forces for almost three years with an involvement in Logistics et al. His first office encounter was at Christopher Margaronis’ Law Office in Pireaus. He has managed dry cargo tonnage for both his family and clients in the UK and Greece. A competitive Ships Sales and Purchase broker with Overseas Agency Ltd in the mid 70’s and then on his own has sold tonnage worth nearly US$ 250 mio; has also been teaching Shipping, Shipmanagement and shipbroking in the Piraeus College of Shipping studies for four years. He has given a great number of lectures worldwide after being invited by Universities and Professional Shipping Associations and Organisations. Moreover he has participated in more than 300 maritime exhibitions and 500 conferences. The Shipbuilding industry was and continues to be his love affair and got involved with the privatisation of Shipyards in Greece and in the UK. Currently he lives in the United Kingdom, he is also involved with shipping journalism and is the one of the founders and International editor of www.allaboutshipping.co.uk
Sofia Fürstenberg, Innovation Portfolio Manager, Maersk Maritime Technology, A.P. Møller Maersk
Sofia has a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Lund University, Sweden, with specialization in environmental chemistry and environmental management. She was previously with DNV for 6 years, and has there been workingfrom Oslo and Singapore as an advisor to the shipping industry regarding environmental technology investments and change processes for achieving competitive advantage through improved environmental performance. She is since March 2012 with Maersk Maritime Technology in Copenhagen, facilitating innovation processes and technology change for the maritime business units within Maersk. She is a board member of WISTA Denmark and currently, she is pursuing the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics, The Blue MBA, at the Copenhagen Business School.
Danish-born Helle Gleie has since 1977 been deeply involved in many segments of the shipping industry.
Helle Gleie is CEO of Denmark based ITOLEAD Consulting Group, offering general maritime consultancy but also specializing in modern cross-organisational and cross-cultural leadership. She is the only one outside Norway offering the 2014 awarded “Result Assurance Management” and her company is the only one certified by the KPI Association to assist maritime companies with their Shipping KPI work.
She has a long and diverse background in commercial and operational maritime areas and has latest functioned as the first Director for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) and Executive Director of the KPI Association (IOM).
Before that Helle has functioned as head of EMS Crew Management, Head of Global Crew Operation at Maersk Supply Service, worked on the road for BIMCO for several years, has been at sea, is a certified IT network consultant and has studied at CBS, Copenhagen Business School (Executive Blue MBA) and much more.
The expertise and specialist understanding of varied issues in the industry garnered from these positions has given Helle, a firm footing to inspire and to drive results to the maritime tables.
Helle is also a member of the CMI (Comité Maritime International), board member of WISTA Denmark (Women in Shipping and Trading Association) and other relevant maritime associations.
2011 - Founder, Owner, CEO and working consultant, ITOLEAD Consultancy Group
2013 - 2014 Director, SSI
2013 - 2014 Executive Director of the KPI Association
2010 - 2011 Maersk Supply Service A/S – Head of Crew Operation (Global)
(12 countries, 57 vessels, 2,000 seafarers)
2008 – 2010 Head of EMS Ship Management A/S ( VP EMS SM)
2008 – 2008 EMS Crew Management A/S
2003 – 2008 BIMCO Informatique A/S
1977 – 2003 Copenhagen Tankers A/S, Unik System Design A/S, T.K. Boesen A/S, H. Folmer & Co, SAS A/S, Pepnautica ApS, Alfragt A/S (EAC), At sea, University
Kathleen C. Haines
Kathleen C. Haines (Kathy) is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Heidmar Inc. and is responsible for the financial management and reporting for Heidmar Inc. and subsidiaries and for Heidmar International Pools Inc. and subsidiaries.
Kathy has over 20 years of Financial and Accounting experience within the maritime industry. Prior to joining Heidmar in 2012, she was a principal of Holbridge Capital Advisors, a financial consulting firm specializing in the maritime industry.
From 1989 - 2008, Kathy worked at OMI Corporation, a $2.2 billion (assets) U.S.-based international shipping company, becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2007. Kathy was instrumental in defining the Company's growth strategy and led numerous capital market transactions, including equity issuances and raising high-yield debt, secured and unsecured bank financings. She managed treasury, financial reporting, investor relations, risk management and human resources and was responsible for OMI's overseas joint venture and commercial pool partner relationships. As Chief Financial Officer, she handled the transition company created following the sale of OMI Corporation (May 2007 to May 2008).
She also sat on the Board of OSG America L.P. and served as the Chairman of its Audit Committee.
Kathy is a CPA and graduated with a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a controllership graduate from the University of Wisconsin, School of Bank Administration. She is a active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is the Treasurer of Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA). She is also the Treasurer of the New York Maritime Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Seamen's Church Institute as Treasurer and as a member of its Finance and Endowment Committee as well as its Strategic Planning Committee.
Joseph E. M. Hughes
Chairman & CEO
Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc., Managers of the American P&I Club; and Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., Managers of the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America insurance facilities
Joe has overall management responsibility for the American P&I Club where he has served as its managers’ Chairman and CEO for nearly eighteen years.
He is also Chairman and CEO of Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc. which provides management services to the Eagle Ocean Marine and Eagle Ocean America marine insurance facilities on behalf of underwriting principals at Lloyd’s and elsewhere.
Before he came to the United States (in 1995), Joe held senior positions in other P&I clubs in the United Kingdom and Norway, latterly serving as Chairman of the global marine practice of a leading Lloyd’s broker in London.
Joe is a former Chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, 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 serves on the Classification Committee of the American Bureau of Shipping, and the US Advisory Committees of Lloyd’s Register and Germanischer Lloyd. He is a 2011 inductee of the International Maritime Hall of Fame.
Renee is an oil and gas executive with broad knowledge of the global energy business. Her experience spans oil, gas, utilities and mining. Renee was most recently with BG Group where she was President, Global Shipping. BG is a leader in LNG and has one of the largest LNG shipping fleets in the world. Before joining BG Group, Renee was Chief Procurement Officer for BHP Billiton in Singapore. Prior to that she was President, Gas Marketing, for BHP Billiton where she led all of the gas and LNG sales, monetization of gas resources and the commercial evaluation of exploration opportunities. This included leading BHP’s interest in the Australian North West Shelf venture and the commercial aspects on large LNG projects such as Scarborough and Browse. Before joining BHP Billiton, she was General Manager of gas and electricity retailing in Melbourne, Australia; first with Ikon Energy and then with TXU Australia. She began her career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, where she spent 14 years in a number of areas across the downstream sector of the company, including senior commercial and marketing roles. With deep experience to offer the market, Renee founded The Jarrah Group to consult on oil and gas infrastructure investments, shipping and marketing. Renee holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and a Master’s of Business Administration degree, both from Louisiana State University.
Catherine Lapointe has worked for CSL since 2008, holding both seagoing and shore positions. Prior to her current role, she has served as Superintendent, Marine, Safety and Quality and as Deck Officer onboard various vessels.
Ms Lapointe sits on the Marine Operation Committee of the Canadian Shipowners Association and is a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).
A graduate of Institut Maritime du Québec a Rimouski, Ms Lapointe holds a diploma in Marine Navigation as well as a Transport Canada Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner.
James R. Lawrence
Jim Lawrence is a founding Partner, along with Patrick Adamson in London, of the MTI Network, the leading global public relations firm specializing in maritime crisis communications. The MTI Network has offices in 16 countries around the world.
MTI provides a round the clock response team to handle media relations in the event of any marine or transport related incident likely to attract unfavorable attention from the press, television, radio or online services. MTI currently provides crisis cover for over 6,000 vessels, including tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, container and passenger ships and has in recent years assisted with many of the high-profile marine emergencies in Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe.
Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, which produces, the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the bi-weekly on-line report Marine Money Asia, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the directory Official Guide to Ship Registries. Marine Money conferences are held in every major shipping center in the world bridging capital and the international maritime industry.
He is also Chairman of International Marketing Strategies, Inc. a US based sales and marketing company providing non-US based maritime focused companies, governments and associations with sophisticated entry to North American markets. International Marketing Strategies is partner with the Connecticut Maritime Association annual conference and tradeshow which is the largest international shipping event in the US each year and which Jim Lawrence co-launched with the Association almost 30 years ago.
Mr. Lawrence began his career in the maritime industry with Lloyd’s of London Press, managing that company’s North American business from New York City. He is on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York. He is a long standing supporter of the Connecticut Maritime Association, its conference and Trade show, its intern and job assistance programs. He is married with two daughters.
David is a Partner in the dispute resolution group at Clyde & Co. He specialises in all aspects of energy law, with particular expertise in oil & gas law and regulatory law.
David has acted in a wide range of cases involving international disputes and has represented clients in the UK courts at all levels, in mediations and in international arbitrations, including ICC and LCIA. He has also defended oil & gas companies in numerous criminal and civil cases involving health, safety and environmental incidents.
David was formerly Europe/Africa Legal Counsel for Schlumberger, based in Paris, where he gained a wide range of experience in the oil & gas sector. He was until recently on the Board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, as Europe/Africa Director.
David is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers Legal Directories as a leading expert in dispute resolution. He is a contributor to Butterworth’s Corporate Liability (Oil & gas Chapter). As a dual-qualified lawyer, he practices in the courts in England, Wales and Scotland.
Nigel Lowryis Athens correspondent for Lloyd’s List, www.lloydslist.com, the leading shipping information provider since 1734. His remit for Lloyd’s List includes directing the annual Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Awards, www.greekshippingawards.com, a major event in the maritime calendar.
In the past he held senior editorial positions with the Greek Business Review, Naftiliaki magazine and Newsfront, the Greek Shipping Intelligence newsletter, as well as The Athenian magazine. He has been a correspondent for The European Times, De Lloyd/Lloyd Anversois and Media International.
Nigel wrote the book ‘Onassis and his Legacy’, published by the Onassis Foundation in 2003, reprinted from a serialisation in Lloyd’s List.
He has participated in numerous maritime industry events and broadcast programmes as chairman, moderator or guest speaker.
Nigel is also founder and director of the Greek Shipping Hall of Fame. Established as an independent organisation to recognise outstanding individuals in Greek shipping’s history and to being an important source of information on the industry for new generations, it can be visited at www.greekshippinghalloffame.org
Finn Amund Norbye
Finn Amund Norbye has a long and international career within shipping and finance. Mr. Norbye held the position as CFO in Deep Sea Supply for 4 years before taking the position as CEO in 2010. From 2001-2006 he was CFO of Bergshav Management AS and from 1999-2001 he was Director and Head of Fortis Bank's Shipping Division in Rotterdam. Prior to that, he worked 12 years with Christiania Bank's Shipping department in Singapore, London and Oslo. Mr. Norbye holds a Masters degree (Siviløkonom) from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and Stockholm School of Economics.
Karin Orsel (43) has been working in the maritime Industry since she started her career at the age of 18. When she was 23 she became one of the shareholders of the Management Facilities Group (MFG). Her present position, which she holds since 2001, after a management buy-out, is CEO and majority shareholder of the international shipping company MFG
The MF Shipping Group partly owns and manages a fleet of 57 vessels. Product Oil / Chemical tankers and general dry cargo vessels. MF Shipping Group employs approx. 1000 seafarers and 52 office staff employees.
I hope to motivate more woman and men to start working in the maritime industry, one of the most fascinating industries I know. From the first moment I started working in this industry - which was in 1988 I got infected with the "maritime virus". I started my own company in 1994 and this year Management Facilities Group is looking ahead with great expectations for precisely 20 years. If you want to make a difference in the world or within our industry you have to be active yourselves.
This pro- active role has lead to becoming Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, Board member of the Dutch Ship Owners Association, President of WISTA International and board member in a number of other associations or companies.
I am a strong believer that working together and strengthening forces will have more impact than trying to "fight" for a good cause as an individual.
Memberships in professional organizations:
• Board member of the Royal Dutch Ship Owners Association (KVNR)
•Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee (KVNR)
• Vice-chairmen of the Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Shipping Federation (ISF)
• President WISTA International
• Board member VNO-NCW Groningen North (Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers)
•Member of The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) organization
•Member of ECSA – European Community Ship-owners Associations
•Member of Board of Directors Thun Tankers BV (Lidköping, Sweden)
• Member of Board of Directors K&T Shipping Company (Hamburg, Germany)
Mark T. O'Neil
Mark is a partner in the General Shipping Group working principally for Owners and Charterers, P&I Clubs, Management Companies, Brokers and Ship Finance Banks. Whereas Mark has very extensive experience in complex charterparty, bills of lading/cargo and MOA disputes, be they by way of Commercial Court, arbitration (London or International) or mediation, he has established particular expertise in the areas of Shipbuilding, Off-shore/Oil/Gas (primarily FPSO Production and Services Contracts, Drilling Contracts, Supply Contracts negotiation and complex dispute litigation) and Financial Restructurings for Ship Finance Banks, advising on a very wide range of both contentious and non-contentious issues in these three areas.
Mark focuses on the German, Scandinavian, Cypriot, Greek and South American markets.
Born in 1974, Themis Papadopoulos graduated from the University of Warwick before joining Interorient Navigation Co Ltd in 1997.
He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2004, a position which he holds within the Group today.
He is a director of numerous companies including Tufton Oceanic Finance Group and CDB Bank.
He is also a Vice Chairman of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Association.
Philippos Philis is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd (Lemissoler, Group). Lemissoler is a diversified shipping group established in 1996 with many years of expertise in shipowning, shipmanagement and liner services. The Group specializes in the formation and management of investment funds that invest in various sectors of the shipping industry. The Group’s headquarter is based in Limassol, Cyprus and is represented by a global network of offices located in countries of strategic significance to the shipping industry.
In early 1997 he started IMCL Inter Marine Container Lines, one of the most successful container feeder operators in the Baltic Sea, which was merged with Unifeeder at the end of 2009 creating the largest short sea and container feeder operator in Europe.
Philippos graduated from RWTH Aachen with the title of Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical Engineering. He is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) and has been appointed as Vice-President of the Chamber. He acts as Chairman of the Chamber’s Marine Committee and represents the Chamber at the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) on short sea shipping matters. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of USB Bank.
George Papanastasiou worked 25 years for BP in Cyprus, United Kingdom, and other countries, having held various managerial positions within the company including the position of the Head of Country in Cyprus.
He is a mechanical engineer by profession with a HND in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus, a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the City University London and an MSc in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning from Kings College London.
During his career he gained a wide breath of experience in the oil industry and specifically in the fields of Supply & Logistics, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, Operations & Engineering, Sales & Marketing, Company Governance and Compliance.
Mr. Papanastasiou was appointed as Managing Director and General Manager of VTT Vasiliko Ltd, a subsidiary of VTTI B.V., on the 1st of October 2011 and leads a versatile team of professionals with the aim of constructing and operating the oil storage terminal of the company at Vasilikos area, the biggest foreign investment currently in Cyprus .
After graduation from the Far Eastern Higher Engineering Marine School in Vladivostok in 1984, Sergey started his seagoing career as AB onboard of chemical tankers latter as Chief Officer on Chemical and Product Tankers, advancing his Certificate of Competency to an unlimited tonnage Master. Additionally, he was commissioned as Lieutenant in the Russian Naval Reserve, ultimately achieving the rank of Senior Lieutenant.
In June 1995 he joined as Chartering Manager the company Sinchart Shipping Pte Ltd., Singapore (Subsidiary of Prisco). End of 1997 he returned to Russia to join Primorsk Shipping Corporation as Chief Chartering Manager and rising to the position as CEO of the company. Beginning 2005 he joins Sovcomflot Russia as Senior Vice President (COO) and soon after in addition takes over the position as Managing Director of Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd. in Limassol.
At the helm of Unicom he ensures the safe and efficient operation of the fleet as well as its offices in Russia and Singapore – under consideration that all necessary Safety and Environmental Protection Policies are implemented always focussing on the highest technical standards and future targets of the company.
During his maritime career Sergey further pursued his studies in the sector achieving the M.Sc in Technical Management of Shipping Companies at the World Maritime University, Malmo and “President” Programme of the Academy of National Economy in Moscow and the Doctor of Business Administration at the Academy of National Economy Moscow and latter Doctor of Business Administration Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland.
Mr. Sergey Popravko holds the fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the SCF Group and SCF Swire, - of Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Gjensidig), - of ITOPF (THE INTERNATIONAL TANKER OWNERS POLLUTION FEDERATION LIMITED) and of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber.
DIETER ROHDENBURG is the CEO of Intership Navigation Co Ltd., a Cyprus-based ship owning and management company presently managing approximately 80 vessels. Mr Rohdenburg holds a Master Degree and Shipping and Logistics, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Mr Rohdenburg is Vice President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, and member of the Board of Directors of BIMCO. Furthermore he sits on the boards of the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Agency (CYMEPA), Norwegian Hull Club, and the North of England PandI Association. He is a member of the Cyprus committee of DNV GL.
Mr Rohdenburg is the Honorary Consul of the Independent State of Samoa in Cyprus.
Zacharias Siokouros is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer graduate of the National Technical University of Athens. The last three years he works at DNV-GL’s Limassol Office. He has a working experience of more than 20 years in the Shipping Industry, having worked for many years as Safety Manager and Technical Director for a major Cruise Line. He has also been the President for more than 10 years of the Cyprus Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Association.
In 2010, he was among the founding members of the "Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean" and he is currently its President. The Institute is a novel, non-profit, Organization, aiming to promote Research, Technology, Innovation, Education and Training within and for the Maritime Industry. The Institute also act as a Forum and a Think-tank but also as an Incubator of Business Opportunities; on Maritime Affairs; encouraging and facilitating Dialogue, Networking and Cooperation among the sector's stakeholders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in line with the European Union's "Integrated Maritime Policy" and the “Limassol Declaration on a Marine and Maritime Agenda for Growth and Jobs”.
The Limassol Declaration – was adopted 2 years ago - on 8 October 2012 by European Ministers for maritime policy and the European Commission at a conference in Limassol organised by the Cypriot Presidency of the European Council. The Declaration reaffirmed that a dynamic and coordinated approach to maritime affairs enhances the development of the EU's 'Blue Economy' while ensuring the health of seas and oceans.
Zacharias Siokouros has recently also been the initiator of an Innovative Project called Lynceus which is currently being funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and is to be completed by 2015. The Lynceus aims at developing a distributed wireless sensor network system that will enable the ship command on Passenger Ships to monitor the location of each passenger during an evacuation. The LYNCEUS project has been presented last May during the meeting of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee while it has also been featured in the programme “Futuris” of EuroNews. It has also been shortlisted for Lloyd’s List Global Awards 2014 in the “Innovation Award” category
Katharina Stanzel is a marine ecologist by training and worked on fisheries, marine park and environmental impact assessment projects in the Indian Ocean, Asia and Australasia, before entering the world of shipping in the late 90ies. She spent 10 years as Technical Advisor for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), providing on site assistance during ship-source pollution incidents involving oil and other hazardous and noxious substances. In addition to giving technical advice, she was engaged in the training and guidance of specialist responders, experts and scientists worldwide. Kathi then joined the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC) where she provided technical and scientific expertise to the Director and was deputy Head of the Claims Department. In late 2010, she joined INTERTANKO, taking on the responsibility for strategic work and external advocacy plans, budgeting and the day to day financial management of the Association, as well as liaison with members, governments and administrations. She was elected as the Association’s Managing Director in the summer of 2012.
Katerina has a total working experience of 32 years of which 28 years have been in managerial positions in the fields of Shipping and Banking. She is a multi-tasking, results oriented professional, with strong organizational, networking and negotiating skills.
Katerina started her career in shipping in 1986 as Assistant CFO for Athenian Sea Carriers, one of the traditional and prestigious Greek shipping Groups, and continued into Banking in 1992 as Head of Shipping Finance for two Greek private Banks, responsible for setting up and developing their shipping loan portfolios. She was also a Credit Committee member of these banks.
Since 2000, Katerina holds the position of VP, Senior Manager of Investments & Finance Ltd.; a shipping financial advisory firm in Piraeus. As VP, her responsibility is to lead multiple consulting engagements to assist clients in boosting company value. Further responsibilities also include structuring of public and private bank debt financings and restructurings, financial engineering, equity raising (private and public), and M&A transactions on behalf of clients.
She is an Executive Committee Member of WISTA International since 2012 and a member of WISTA Hellas since 1997. She is also a member of the Greek Shipping Bankers Association and a Mentor for iforU, a non-profit organization for the empowerment and support of young women entrepreneurs through Mentoring & Networking. Katerina is also a lecturer on Shipping Finance at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Katerina has organised and conducted Shipping Finance Seminars for the Masters Program of the Piraeus University and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. She has participated in various Shipping Conferences in Greece and abroad as Speaker and Moderator in discussions held among prominent Shipowners, Bankers and other International Institutions and Associations.
She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from the University of Maryland, USA. She is fluent in Greek and English, with basic knowledge of French.
Capt. Kuba Szymanski
Captain Kuba Szymanski started his sea carrier in 1985. Graduated from the Maritime University of Szczecin with Master Degree and started his deck officer carrier with then Dorchester Maritime Limited Isle of Man. Sailed Gas / Chemical and Product tankers, reaching his first command as a Master in 1999.
In 2001 commenced shore assignment as a Marine Superintendent in the parent Dorchester Maritime Ltd IOM, and was promoted to Marine Manager, DPA in 2004.
In 2007 joined MOLTANK Ship Management in London as a General Manager.
In 2009 awarded Fellowship of the Nautical Institute
In 2010 joined InterManager as Secretary General.
In 2011 joined Seafarers Right International Board as a Director
In 2011 joined Shipping KPI System Board of Directors as an InterManager representative
In 2012 elected Member of the Nautical Institute Executive Board
In 2012 joined TK Foundation as a Board Director
Captain Szymanski was among very first Lloyds Academy students on the Ship Superintendency course in 2003-2004.
In order to broaden his Managerial horizons studied Executive MBA with International Business School Isle of Man / John Moore Liverpool.
Captain Szymanski lectures Risk Management, Information Management, Management of Change in International Business School Isle of Man on the Superintendency Courses.
Keen competitive yacht racer – SIGMA 33 OOD
Antonis is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. degree in Accounting. He trained and qualified in the United Kingdom. Antonis is the author of various articles on national and international taxation and regular speaker in conferences and seminars. He was actively assisting the University of Vienna team which advised the Cyprus government on the major tax reform which harmonised Cyprus tax system to the EU law and the OECD requirements. He is an IFA member, member of the Cyprus Institute of Certified Public Accountants Tax Committee and correspondent of the IBFD for Cyprus.
Before joining Deloitte as a tax partner he worked for the Cyprus Inland Revenue as a Principal Assessor where he received extensive experience in both national and international taxation. He is now providing tax compliance and tax advisory services to various clients and is acting as a tax consultant to the Cyprus Shipping Council.
Dimitris Theodorou joined Wijsmuller in 1990.
He has been Commercial Director of the Greek office since 1995.
Mr. Theodorou is a naval architect and marine engineer and has studied in the USA and England.
He has worked as project manager on several shipyards (Gdansk, Bremen, HSY) for the construction of new building vessels in the period 1986-1990.
Since 2013 Dimitris is Head of Emergency Response for Svitzer Salvage.
Socrates Theodossiou graduated from Middlesex University and joined the Tototheo Group in 2001. He is currently its Managing Director.
The Group specializes in the fields of satellite and radio communication, automation and navigation systems.
Socrates is involved in various projects and at the moment he is the Co-Ordinator of the E-Navigation working group of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber. In the past he took part in the French-Cyprus Research Project MARTE (Tele-ultrasound examination using robotics).
John Tomich currently serves as Country Manager for Noble Energy in Cyprus. Prior to that, he served as Country Manager for Noble Energy in Ecuador and Nicaragua; and before that, in Vietnam.
Mr. Tomich has over 40 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry in a variety of technical, commercial, and executive roles. Among thosewere General Manager for Europe/Africa for Conoco in London; Vice President of International Exploration for Kerr-McGee (now Anadarko); and President and Chief Operating Officer of Globex Energy, a privately-held international company with producing assets in Equatorial Guinea and on the Northwest Shelf of Australia.
Mr. Tomich has Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Philosophy from Rice University in Houston, Texas.
George A. Tsavliris
Mr. George A. Tsavliris was born in London. He graduated from Athens College in 1968 and having acquired professional qualifications in Shipping (F.I.C.S., ACI.Arb), he concluded his graduate and post graduate studies in Shipping Law at University College London in 1973, with an L.L.M. degree. In 2009 he was qualified as a Mediator at the ADR Group London.
He familiarized himself with the shipping and salvage sectors from a very early age by being engaged in the family business. George is a Principal at “Tsavliris Salvage Group” and represents the business on both a commercial and environmental basis internationally. He holds the position of elected Chairman of INTERMEPA (International Marine Environment Protection Association), Chairman of CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environmental Protection Association), which received the “Cyprus Maritime Prize 2007”, as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. George is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at numerous maritime related conferences. He is an avid supporter of various charities, an art and music enthusiast and has completed nine London marathons. He is a father of five children.
Since the beginning of the year, Christine, as Liaison Director for the WOC (the international, multi-industry leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”) develops new sustainable member acquisitions and supports the development and implementation of the WOC in Europe.
The WOC brings together oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables, mining, cable, technology and other industries to collaborate on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship. The growing membership in the unprecedented WOC ocean business community includes over 70 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries.
The WOC network includes over 34,000 ocean industry stakeholders around the world
Christine has more than 25 years of senior positions (international business development, strategy, CFO ) in multicultural contexts in S&P 500 companies and smaller management owned businesses.
More specifically since 2002, she has worked in sustainability and environmental consulting, engineering and services firms designing environmentally friendly and climate change adapted solutions.
Christine has degrees in philosophy, literature, political science and business from the Sorbonne, Sciences Po and Harvard Business School. She is also the treasurer of the Professional Women’s Network in Paris and a member of WISTA.
Simon Ward has over 24 years experience in the shipping industry, and is a well-respected Ship Sale and Purchase broker, having worked out of London and Athens.
Having worked for HSBC Shipping Services Ltd for over 12 years, including setting up and running their Greek office, he recently moved back to Greece to set up a new S&P business in partnership with friends in the industry. Apart from his commercial activities, he is active in professional education, lecturing at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in Greece and the University of Piraeus.
Jessica Wassmann (35), Senior Director, Head of Ship Finance Hamburg Office of Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Hannover (NORD/LB)
Jessica joined NORD/LB as Senior Relationship Manager Ship Finance in June 2011 and was appointed Head of NORD/LB’s ship finance team in Hamburg in May 2013. Her more than 19 years of banking and financing activities in different banks include a broad range of commercial and investment banking know-how and experience with particular emphasis on mid to large cap corporates, real estate financing, restructuring of corporate and shipping clients and ship financing in general.
After an apprenticeship and first steps in dealing with credit clients Jessica started her career in corporate banking in 1999 with Dresdner Bank AG in Hamburg as specialist for credit financing and afterwards for subsidized loan schemes and was active as real estate expert in Hamburg and Frankfurt. In 2007 she took over responsibility for national as well as international clients in the ship finance sector team of Dresdner Kleinwort (Dresdner Bank’s investment division) where she became a registered manager. Subsequent to the merger of Commerzbank AG with Dresdner Bank AG and Deutsche Schiffsbank AG Jessica collaborated in joining the banks‘ ship finance interests, from 2010 as intensive care officer.
Jessica holds diplomas as Manager Ship Financing, Real Estate Expert and Business Economist from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
Clive Wilson is a board director at Primeast, a UK-based consultancy that has facilitated purposeful leadership, organisational effectiveness and high-performance teamwork since 1987. Primeast works internationally with a focus on the oil and gas, power, pharmaceutical and technology sectors as well as with change agents and social entrepreneurs. Clive is a Fellow and Tutor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow and Ambassador for the Chartered Management Institute. In recent years, with his passion for purposeful change, he has facilitated workshops on strategic alignment and talent leadership in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Australia.
Clive has just finished writing "Designing the Purposeful Organization: How to inspire business performance beyond boundaries" which will be published by Kogan Page in 2015. WISTA has secured launch day copies of the book for all delegates at this conference and Clive has assured us that he will give us some pre-launch insights from the book at the conference.