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2019 Speakers


 Cichen shen  

Cichen Shen
China Editor, Lloyd's List

Based in Hong Kong, Cichen Shen is the China Editor for Lloyd’s List. He is responsible for covering a wide range of maritime issues, from the Cosco-China Shipping merger and the growth of Chinese lessors to the collapse of Hanjin and the integration between the Japanese carriers.

Cichen is a frequent interviewer of the top business leaders in Asian shipping.

Prior to his role at Lloyd’s List, Cichen worked as a reporter for China’s Caijing Magazine in Beijing and was a local producer for the US National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Shanghai.

 Luis Benito  

Luis Benito
Director of Innovation and Co-creation, Marine and Offshore
Lloyd's Register

Luis Benito has been the Director of Innovation and Co-creation for Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore business division since 2016, based at Southampton, UK. Marine and Offshore stakeholders need to innovate their business models and services, so they can differentiate in markets that become transformed under the industry 4.0; Luis and LR Innovation partners with those stakeholders on this journey, creating the value differentiation they require to become sustainable.

Prior to this role, Luis spent four years leading the Marketing and Strategic Marketing functions for the Marine and Offshore business on a global scale, based at Southampton and Singapore. From 2008-2012, Luis was the LR Country Manager for the Marine Business and Operations at Korea.
Luis’ comprehensive experience has been accumulated from heading the LR Marine business development team at Korea between 2006 to 2008 as well as through a variety of local office management duties, field survey and project management responsibilities at several postings based in Spain and Korea.

He joined LR in January 1992 and holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain.


Arthur Bowring

Arthur Bowring MH is presently an Arbitrator and Mediator and an Advisor and Consultant to the Maritime and Commercial industries.

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 was the Managing Director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association for almost 20 years.

Arthur is President 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.


Bjorn Hojgaard
Chief Executive Officer
Anglo-Eastern Univan Group

Bjorn Hojgaard is the CEO of Anglo-Eastern Univan Group, one of the world’s foremost ship management companies, headquartered in Hong Kong, with more than 600 vessels under full technical management, another 200+ under crew management, and some 450 supervised newbuildings and conversions to its credit.

His appointment follows the 2015 merger with Univan Ship Management, where he was also CEO. Previously, he was Managing Director at Thome Ship Management, Brigantine Group and A.P. Moller Singapore, as well as Manager of Operations, Efficiency & IT for APM Terminals.

A keen yachtsman and Master Mariner, Bjorn worked his way up through the ranks, from military service in the Royal Danish Navy to Captain of one of the largest container vessels in the A.P. Moller - Maersk merchant fleet, before moving into shore-side management.

Bjorn is the current serving Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association and a council member of INTERTANKO, in addition to holding other notable roles at various industry and professional bodies.


Shah Irani
Chief Technology Officer
Fleet Management

Shah is an IT and digital expert with over 17 years of international experience. Appointed as CTO - Fleet Management in August 2019, he is in charge of the technology roadmap and how IT can be used to help not only meet the growing demands of our business but also optimise and digitise existing processes.

One of the key focus areas for technology is in modernising our award-winning enterprise resource platform – Planning And Reporting Infrastructure for Ships (PARIS)PARIS platform. Shah is working closely with the Fleet Board to define the future roadmap for PARIS which will not only provide a better user experience for both ship and onshore users but also how we can leverage analytics to provide insights for decision-making.

Prior to joining Fleet, Shah worked as Group IT Director for Dairy Farm based in Hong Kong (part of Jardines) where he led the customer-facing technology portfolio covering areas including Loyalty, e-commerce and Point-of-Sale. Before this he was at Waitrose where he helped lead a new award-winning customer proposition “Pick Your Own” promotions. He started his IT career at the multi-national retailer Tesco where amongst many roles, he owned and led the development of the global Clubcard loyalty platform; a fully in-house developed set of products that improved digital capability internationally.

 Guy Platten  

Guy Platten
Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping

Guy was appointed Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in August 2018. The ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage. Guy has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore over the last 35 years and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of operational and management positions including most recently CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping and CEO of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (a ferry and port owning company).


Joseph Law
Senior Director
LNG Bunkering 

With a banking background, Joseph Law joined the CLP Group in 2001. He is responsible for corporate planning and strategy, tariff and regulatory management, commercial projects development as well as innovation activities of CLP Power Hong Kong Limited. Joseph holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant.

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