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Lloyd’s List Americas Awards are judged by an independent panel of industry experts & thought-leaders – the 2018 panel will include:


Niels Aalund
Senior Vice-President, West Gulf Maritime Association 


Niels Aalund serves as an Officer and Senior Vice President, West Gulf Maritime Association, advocating on behalf of member companies (owners, steamship agents, industry stakeholders, labour and stevedores) with local, state and federal agencies. He has extensive strategic planning experience in both operations and commercial maritime activities including management positions overseeing liner, break-bulk and stevedoring groups. He serves on 14 regional and/or national committees and boards and has provided leadership for a variety of maritime related positions.




Michael Broad
President, Shipping Federation of Canada 


Michael Broad has been president of the Shipping Federation of Canada since 2004. The Shipping Federation of Canada acts as the pre-eminent voice of shipowners, operators and agents involved in Canada’s world trade. Its main areas of activity are advocacy, education, compliance, information and operational assistance and the organization maintains offices in Montreal and Vancouver. Prior to that position, Michael was president of B & K Shipping Agency Ltd., a maritime agency with offices in Toronto & Montreal. He is a board member of several community and industry organisations, including Mariners House of Montreal.  




Jorge Duran
Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Organization of American States (OAS) 

 Jorge_DuranFor close to 30 years, Jorge Duran has worked with the governments and private sector of the Americas in the design and implementation of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Since 2003 Mr. Duran has served at the Organization of American States (OAS) as Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Senior Manager for Municipal Development and Capacity Building, in 2012 as Chief of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation and, since 2013, as Chief of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI).

Previously, Mr. Duran was Director of Regional Cooperation (1995-2000) and then Vice-President of International Affairs (2000-2002) at the Latin American Institute of Educational Communication (ILCE) in Mexico City.  Other positions include Advisor in Science and Technology Policy for the Presidency of Mexico (1990-1992) and Special Assistant to the Mexican Ambassador at the U.N. (1994). 


Jeanne Grasso
Partner, Blank Rome 



Kathy Metcalf
President and CEO, The Chamber of Shipping of America 


Kathy Metcalf was appointed president and CEO of the CSA in 2015 after 18 years as the chamber’s director of Maritime Affairs. The CSA represents a significant number of US based companies that own, operate or charter oceangoing tankers, container ships and other merchant vessels and represents maritime interests before Congress, federal/state agencies and in international fora. After graduating the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kathy found her way to the CSA via a varied career that included deck officer on large tankers and roles in corporate and governmental regulatory and compliance.  






Our judging process:

One of the pillars upon which Lloyd’s List has proudly stood since its founding in 1734 is its integrity, without fear or favour. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Lloyd’s List awards that promote and celebrate excellence in shipping. Our commitment to awards entrants and attendees is bound up in the selection and rotation of judges who volunteer their time, experience and consideration of the hundreds of annual entries to our global and regional awards programme.

The judges, invited from all core sectors of the maritime industry which Lloyd’s List serves, engage in lengthy face to face deliberation – under Lloyd’s List chairmanship – at all times combining their industry knowledge with entry criteria, to debate and, ultimately, decide on winners.

Without judges’ depth of knowledge, mutual respect for fellow judges’ views, a passion for supporting the maritime industry and their open willingness to recuse themselves in the unlikely events of a category conflict, the Lloyd’s List awards would not be possible. We take this opportunity to thank all our judges for their role in helping Lloyd’s List continue to deliver its 280-year-old promise of integrity, earning Lloyd’s List its reputation as the trusted global name in giving industry recognition through awards.   


Our awards series

Global Freight Awards
Insurance Day Awards