Since 1998, Charles B. Anderson has been the head of Skuld North America Inc., New York based representatives of the Skuld P&I Club. Previously he was a partner in Holland & Knight, where he practiced in all areas of maritime law, including marine casualties, carriage of goods and charterparty disputes. He was educated at Columbia College and received a Master’s degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, and is a co-author of Shipping and the Environment (Informa), now in its second edition, and a professor of law at Columbia and New York Universities, where he teaches admiralty and marine environmental law. He is also a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International and a member of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators in New York. In June 2010 he testified on behalf of the International Group of P&I Clubs before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on liability and financial responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A maritime lawyer by profession with a Masters in Maritime Law from Kings College, University of London, Kaity has over 17 years of experience in the global shipping industry. Kaity has worked for various international firms including Gard Ltd., the National Oil Refineries of Greece, Teekay Shipping, Seaspan Ship Management and the International Ship Owners Alliance of Canada as the President and Secretary-General.
Kaity has been an industry advisor and expert to Transport Canada and Environment Canada as well as the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada.
Kaity has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal by the Governor General of Canada and received Honourary Membership of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada.
President of the LMAA 2014-2017.
Studied law at Cambridge University and qualified as a barrister in England.
Employed by a leading International Group P&I Club in 1979 and in charge of their Freight, Demurrage and Defence Club from 1980-88.
Subsequently ran his own consultancy practice before becoming an arbitrator.
He is a Panel member of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).
Regular speaker and available for hearings in Asia Pacific region.
In addition to his role as Co-Chief Executive and Registrar General of the DIFC Courts, Mark is a Judge of the Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal, a Member of the Rules Subcommittee and Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World. In 2010 Mark was appointed for a year's term as a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the International Legal System and he remains a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network for Justice. Mark is also the President-Elect of the International Association for Court Administration and a member of The International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Under Mark's direction, the Courts have secured a reputation as one of the most efficient and advanced commercial courts in the world. He has overseen the launch of various firsts for the Middle East, including a Code of Professional Conduct, a Pro Bono programme, a common law training academy and a Wills and Probate Registry. He has played a key role in the development of the Courts’ many formalised relationships with partner judicial systems and was involved in negotiating the memoranda signed with courts in New York, England & Wales, Shanghai, South Korea, Singapore, Kenya and Australia. He has also been at the forefront of the Courts’ commitment to service excellence, with the DIFC Courts becoming the first court in the world to receive accreditation pursuant to The International Standards for Service Excellence, and the first non-Federal entity to receive 5 Stars under the UAE's Government Service Rating Scheme.
Mark was instrumental in the creation of the DIFC's Dispute Resolution Authority, which hosts the DIFC Courts, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry and the DIFC Academy of Law. The Authority was established in 2014 and shortly after its creation Mark was appointed Chief Executive.
Mark joined the DIFC Courts after five years working at MasterCard Worldwide in Dubai where he served as the company’s Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across the same region. Previously, Mark worked in the corporate finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in private practice both in the UK and the UAE.
Beer has twice been named in the 'Top 50 most influential Brits in the UAE' by ArabianBusiness.com. He is also listed as one of the 100 most influential people in Dubai. He has twice been shortlisted by the Law Society of England and Wales as the UK's Solicitor of the Year - In-House and became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for outstanding work in strengthening relations between the UK and the UAE.
Todd Benjamin is well known to television audiences across the globe. For 26 years he worked as an anchor, correspondent, and financial editor for CNN. During that time he was based in Washington DC, New York, Tokyo, and London.
An award winning journalist, Todd has interviewed everyone from Bill Clinton to Mikhail Gorbachev, Alan Greenspan to Jean Claude Trichet, Nobel prize winning economists, as well as several of the world’s most admired CEOs.
Todd now devotes much of his time to speaking and moderating conferences and events for businesses and organisations around the world, including major shipping events.
Todd continues to appear on CNN as an independent analyst to provide live commentary and analysis where his views on the economy, financial markets, energy and other issues are widely followed.
Jacob joined Standard Chartered Bank in May 2012 and is currently based in Dubai, covering transportation clients across Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was with Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong focusing on Transportation and Diversified Industrials.
He has over 16 years of investment banking experience in Europe, Middle East and Asia including stints with Merrill Lynch , Morgan Stanley, ABG Sundal Collier and Lehman Brothers. Jacob has a Master of Science – Majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Stockholm School of Economics.
Arthur Bowring MH is Senior Consultant to the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, and a Maritime Arbitrator and Mediator.
Arthur has a broad shipping and commercial background, which includes several years at sea as a deck officer, working as a ship surveyor for Lloyds Register, acting as an oil and dry cargo chartering and owning broker and freight trader for a major international trading house, handling marine insurance placing and claims and working as a consultant, handling investigative work, and claims and project management.
He is Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Convenor of the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group, and Fellow of several professional institutions.
Arthur has been honoured by several industry awards. In addition, he has been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government and conferred an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.
Simon Chattrabhuti is a main board Director and the Head of Tanker Market Analysis at Clarksons Platou shipbrokers in London. Simon originally joined Clarksons in 1999 before leaving in 2003 for spells with Shell, Galbraith's Shipbrokers and ICAP, before returning to Clarksons in October 2011.
Simon holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters' degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Durham. Simon is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Marc Gijsbrechts, born in 1955, is a seasoned Shipping veteran with over 30 years of service.
Marc’s shipping career started in 1980 with Cast in Antwerp. In 1983 he moved to Sealand where he held various management positions. He joined Maersk in 2000 in Rotterdam and has worked in Antwerp, Bremen (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Dubai and Italy.
He was based in Dubai from 2005 – 2008 as the Area Manager for the Middle East and returned to Dubai in May 2014 as the CEO (Regional Manager) for West and Central Asia Region (Maersk Line and Safmarine).
Marc holds a Degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Brunel University in London.
A banking and finance expert in the Dubai office with a particular focus on asset and structured finance, Nijoe is well known for using his broad experience of complex, cross-border transactions and developing
innovative structures specialising in the maritime and aviation sectors. Clients value his highly commercial and pragmatic approach.
Nijoe's experience in the Middle East consists of portfolio (maritime and aviation) acquisitions and disposals, complex loan (bilateral and syndicated) financings, Islamic financings, operating and financing leasing transactions. He advises all major national and international lenders, investors, lessors and operators around the world on financing structures involving the maritime and aviation industries.
He has worked on path breaking aviation matters involving reputed names from the domestic and international aviation industries. He is reputed in the market for his work involving complex multijurisdictional security structures for aircraft components and spare parts - leasing and financing.
Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, Nijoe was the legal advisor to the maritime department of Department of Transport for the Government of Abu Dhabi. He is also a frequent guest lecturer to
the Hamburg School of Business Maritime, teaching students business related issues regarding Islamic finance and the shipping industry.
Mr Al Jourani runs the Dubai Maritime Cluster Office (DMCO), which is established in response to the Dubai government’s efforts to transform the local maritime sector into one of the world’s most comprehensive and competitive maritime clusters. Mr Al Jourani leads DMCO to maintain the leadership position Dubai enjoys in the region as the number one maritime destination, and create a strong competitive edge to Dubai maritime product offering in its various forms.
Prior to joining Dubai World as Chief Marketing Officer for Dubai Maritime City in 2007, and since 2009 as Director of Communications for Dubai Maritime City Authority, Al Jourani was the head of marketing and communications for the Al-Futtaim Group, the leading UAE business conglomerate. Prior to Al-Futtaim, Mr. Al Jourani was also in Dubai World, heading the marketing operations for its Middle East’s leading online marketplace Tejari.com.Mr Al Jourani was a director in the Dubai based Wallis Marketing consultancy, one of Dubai’s most successful business focused PR and communications agencies. Prior to his tenure at WMC, he was the communications manager at Sakhr Software, where he managed all related marketing communications activities for the world’s leader in Arabic IT solutions. Before Sakhr Software, he was the technology and business editor of Arabia.com.Mr Al Jourani has also been an editor/translator with BYTE Middle East magazine, as well as a visiting lecturer at the University of Baghdad.
Mr Al Jourani has earned a bachelor degree in English language and literature, a master’s degree in English applied linguistics, and is currently working on his PhD in business management. He has translated, from English to Arabic, six books for MacGraw-Hill publishing.
Dipak has 22 years of banking experience of which c17 years were in ship finance with The Royal Bank of Scotland. He worked directly with over 50 private and publically listed shipping companies with loan facilities provided totalling cUS$4.3bn. Dipak worked in Dubai, UAE during 2008 and 2010 as Head of Turkey, Middle East and India.
After leaving RBS in 2015, as Head of Shipping Coverage, America’s, Turkey, Middle East and Asia, Dipak had been providing advisory services to private equity, family offices, ship owners and operators through his own consultancy company. This has included raising and structuring debt and equity for a variety of maritime projects, reviewing loan portfolios and loan asset buy back purchases. In 2016 he set up Galbraith’s Financial where he serves as Head of Financial Advisory & Capital.
René Kofod-Olsen has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Topaz since 2012. Prior to joining Topaz, René’s career spanned 18 years in the marine industry with the AP Moller-Maersk Group and previously served as CEO of SVITZER Asia, Middle East & Africa where he was responsible for a fleet of 130 vessels operating in 17 countries. René has significant leadership experience in several multi-cultural organizations and countries. He pursued an advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
Oskar Levander joined Rolls-Royce in 2012 as VP Innovation, Engineering & Technology, Marine and is today SVP Concepts & Innovation in the Digital & Systems value stream. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career at Wärtsilä where he held various roles including Director, Concept Design, Marine Lifecycle Solutions. He graduated with honours from Helsinki University of Technology in 2000, with an MSc in Naval Architecture.
Oskar has worked mostly in the development of new ship designs, machinery and propulsion concepts for various ship types and emerging marine technologies. In 2011 he was included in “Lloyd’s List 2011 One Hundred Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry”. Today, Oskar drives the development of ship intelligence concepts and the introduction of remote & autonomous ships.
Gwynne Lewis is a naval architect by training, a graduate from Southampton University’s Ship Science course. He has broad experience in mathematical modelling, analytics, finance, planning and business operations.
Gwynne started his career within the Shipping Industry developing mathematical modelling technicques and real time simulation models. He then worked for IBM in a variety of roles including that of Business Analyst and Finance and Planning Manager; leaving IBM to join BMT SeaTech a small start up Naval Architecture consultancy firm. At BMT SeaTech he facilitated the development of a number of software-based tools for the simulation of vessel responses and analysis of hull stress and performance monitoring data becoming Managing Director, a position he held for 4 years. In 2009 Gwynne re-joined Lloyd’s Register and lead their Marine Product Development functiuon, becoming Global Head of Marine Consultancy in 2013 and Head of Data, Digital and Software in July 2016.
Gwynne is a Non Executive Director of LR Martec (a consultancy business in Canada) and of LR GMT Ltd (a fuel testing and analysis business based in the UK but with representatives worldwide).
Marcus Machin is a Law graduate of Cambridge University with senior shipping and project finance banking experience in London and Switzerland.
Resident in Dubai for 20 years, initially as the Finance Director for a major regional participant in the oil services and vessel owning sectors, prior to establishing arab Capital in 2000 and partnering with London based Tufton Oceanic Finance Group (‘TOFG’) in shipping and offshore sector finance and investment assignments.
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited (‘TOME’) a DIFC registered DFSA regulated asset manager, was established in 2006. TOME manages conventional and Shariah compliant funds invested in the marine sector on behalf of a number of GCC and international institutions. To date investments exceeding US$1,300.0m have been made by TOME whilst in aggregate TOFG manages in excess of US$1.5bn of assets, all invested in the international marine and offshore sectors.
Holding 20 years of experience in the Shipping Industry, Panos G. Moraitis created Aspida in 2010, a pioneer in the Maritime Security sector, now an organisation managing risk in a broad variety of markets. Being genuinely interested in technology and computer science, Panos acknowledged the cyber risks that Maritime Industry could face early enough and created Aspida’s Cyber Security division to explore and address cyber threats at sea. While leading a company that keeps evolving, Panos strongly believes that giving back to the community is essential: he serves as an ambassador of Sailors Society, sponsors an Olympic-winning athlete, and is the founder of Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a Greek nonprofit organisation that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis.
Edward Newitt’s practice is dispute resolution orientated, split between the maritime and insurance industries and general commercial problem solving. Considered one of the world’s top maritime lawyers, he has multi-jurisdictional experience in collision, salvage and casualty investigations, disputes from contracts of carriage and marine insurance coverage issues. He is also an experienced casualty investigator and crisis manager, dealing with marine and energy incidents, including seafarer criminalisation and piracy issues.
In the Middle East, Edward has been involved in a broad range of commercial disputes across the GCC, including shareholder/joint venture and agency disputes, criminal, defamation and fraud. He is regularly instructed in insurance disputes arising from C.A.R., fire and other liability policies, and has extensive experience dealing with police and government institutions in the context of major incidents resulting in loss of life and third party damage. His regional experience involves court proceedings across GCC jurisdictions, as well as disputes before regional and international arbitration centres.
Edward is also a member of the Topics & Agenda Committee for the International Congress for Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA XX) which will take place in September 2017.
Domenik Nizet is a multi-faceted maritime banker who started his banking career in 1992 with HSH Nordbank, covering shipping clients based in Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the US. From 2005 he was responsible for the Shipyard Consulting business at UniCredit advising public authorities, ship owners and investors in evaluating opportunities and solving challenges related to the shipbuilding industry in Europe and Asia. He is a former lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
He joined DVB Bank SE in 2008 and since 2010 he is based in Singapore covering DVB’s shipping finance activities and advising clients on the wide-ranging platform of maritime finance services and products. DVB’s Shipping & Offshore Finance loan portfolio amounts to EUR 14.3 billion / FY 2016.
Stephan Piworus joined Identec Solutions in June 2016 as Senior Vice President and is in charge of global sales activities for the business division Ports & Terminals. He holds an MBA from the University of Hamburg with a focus on logistics, economics and transport science.
Prior to joining Identec Stephan amassed many years of varied experience by working in a range roles in both the industry (e.g. Eurogate, Airbus, Alfred C. Toepfer) and the public sector (e.g. Maritime Cluster Northern Germany). He was also the architect behind the establishment of a maritime cluster in Hamburg, which is today a thriving and well-renowned organisation.
Stephan is today also a member of the board at MCN (Maritime Cluster Northern Germany) and DEMAKO (German Association of Maritime Communication).
Sergey Popravko is Managing Director of SCF Management Services - Member of the SCF Group.
In 1984 he joined PRISCO as Able Seaman and grew through the ranks to the Master. 1997 he moved a shore as Chartering Manager and rose to become CEO of the company. At the beginning of 2005, he joined Sovcomflot, Russia as Senior Vice President (COO) and subsequently added the role of Managing Director of Unicom.
Sergey’s many achievements include completing an MSc in Technical Management of Shipping Companies at the World Maritime University, Malmo and becoming a Doctor of Business Administration at the Swiss Business School.
Sergey is a member of the Executive Board of PAO Sovcomflot, SKULD, ITOPF.
Anwar Siddiqui, in his current role as the President of the Bahri Data at The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri). At Bahri, he is leading a team for Bigdata and Advanced Analytics to improve Shipping Performance and the maritime industry to create a rich ecosystem which could potentially transform the Maritime industry itself. He led many global strategic and operating initiatives in organisations such as Yahoo!, Avaya, Lucent Technologies, Bell Labs, Bell Communication Research over 19 years.
Anwar served in the Advisory board of several Industry Forums (e.g. SIP Forum), an active contributor to Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he authored RFCs, frequently invited speaker in many organization and holds 11 patents as the lead Scientist for primary invention (US Patent). Anwar is a MSEE from the Columbia University, B.Tech from IIT-Bombay and holds Business Administration certification from University of California Berkeley.
Jos began his career working in Uganda as General Manager of an industrial generator business, primarily working in the burgeoning mobile telecoms market. Returning to the UK in 2005, Jos read Politics at University of Southampton. Since leaving University in 2008 Jos has worked in the maritime sector.
Before joining Maritime London as Chief Executive in July 2017, Jos was Director of Development & External Affairs at global maritime charity The Mission to Seafarers, where he had overall responsibility for communications, industry engagement and income generation.
Jos's primary role at Maritime London is to ensure that the United Kingdom and London remain at the heart of the global maritime business.
Mark Williams established Affinity Research in February 2015 as part of the Affinity (Shipping) partnership. Affinity Research uses the latest technology to provide better insights more quickly and more frequently to the shipping industry and associated finance and services.
During 20 years in shipping, Mark has led numerous advisory projects on the dry bulk, tanker, container, gas, offshore, Ro-Ro, multi-purpose, shipbuilding and ship recycling sectors. Clients have included banks and investors, class societies and trade organisations, regulators and insurers, ship owners and charterers, governments and state owned enterprises.
Previously working with Braemar Shipping Services Plc, HSBC, Maritime Strategies International and Infoma PLC, Mark is a regular speaker at international shipping industry conferences. He is a published author of articles on shipping and operational research.
Mark has Masters’ degrees from Oxford and Buckinghamshire New University. He lectures at Cass Business School (City of London University), Plymouth University and Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.
Mark appears in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Tanker Shipping and Trade Industry Leaders reports.