Meet our 2017 judging panel
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.
President and CEO, Capital Link
Since 1996, Nicolas is the founder, President and CEO of Capital Link, Inc., an international investor relations and financial advisory group. It assists listed companies and capital markets related organizations to develop and maintain access to European and North American investors. Capital Link has a presence in New York, London, Athens and Oslo and is a leader in investor relations for listed shipping companies, U.S. Closed-End Funds and ETFs and international companies accessing the U.S. and European markets. Capital Link is also known for the organization of large scale investment and industry forums in major centers around the world. Nicolas has 35 years of experience in the US financial and capital markets and has received several industry recognitions for his work in the maritime space.
President, Shipping Federation of Canada
Michael Broad has been president of the Shipping Federation of Canada since 2004. The statutory 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, information and operations. 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 organisations, including Mariners House of Montreal.
Charles (Bud) V. Darr
Senior Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Cruise Lines International Association
Charles Darr’s role at non-profit CLIA is responsible for the cruise industry’s interests in shipboard operations, safety, security, environmental stewardship, emergency response planning and exercises, medical facilities, public health matters both in the US and internationally. He also coordinates and represents the industry with regard to regulatory and legislative matters. A 17 year veteran of the USCG, Bud has also represented the US as an IMO delegate. Bud is a former licensed deck officer and a US Navy submarine nuclear propulsion supervisor.
Senior Advisor in Technology for Development, Organization of American States (OAS)
Jorge Duran has spent three decades in design and implementation of development programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jorge was a policy adviser to the Presidency of Mexico (1990-92) and Special Assistant to Mexico’s UN Ambassador (1994) before he began serving the OAS in various roles embracing maritime, science, technology and municipal developments. Since 2013, Jorge has been chief of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI), under OAS auspices.
Europe Editor-in-Chief, Lloyd’s List
Helen maintains operational control over all Lloyd’s List editorial products, manages a global team of journalists and editors and co-ordinates all incoming content.
She also plays an integral role in helping develop new products and content encompassing the Lloyd’s List portfolio and is engaged in integration with other Informa Business Intelligence titles such as Informa Law and Insurance Day.
Helen joined Informa after work with broadcast and print journalism at a number of UK and US media outlets and publicly represents Lloyd’s List in media, panels and presentations.
Managing Partner, International Registries LLC
Clay Maitland has worked in shipping since graduating law school in 1968. He was admitted to the NY Bar in 1969 and became associated with admiralty law firm Burlingham Underwood & Lord, where he worked until 1974. Clay has been with International Registries, Inc. for 37 years and is now a managing partner and an owner of the company which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry. Clay is involved with numerous philanthropic and professional associations connected with the industry and has been a delegate to international maritime conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and at the IMO.
President, Merchant Shipping Association
John McLaurin has been President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association for the past 19 years.
He was the 2013 Containerization and Intermodal Institute Connie Award recipient which recognises significant influence on containerization in world trade and transportation as well as the recipient’s innovative spirit in their careers and at their respective companies.
Mr McLaurin is a member of the St. Mary’s College Board of Regents, a Member of the Seamen’s Church Institute, Development Committee; Board member, PMSA Foundation; member of the Oil Spill Advisory Task Force; Former member East Bay Autism Regional Task Force and a former member of the San Ramon Unified School District Advisory Committee on Special Education.
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.
President Emeritus, Intercargo
Nicky Pappadakis is chairman of the Malta International Shipping Council (Shipowners’ Association under Malta flag) in addition to holding many other positions, among them board director of the Cayman Islands Maritime Authority and member of Hellenic committees of LR, DNV GL and ABS. After graduating, Nicky joined family firm A.G. PAPPADAKIS & CO LTD in London as a trainee, progressing to eventually head chartering and operations of the company and fleet. Ultimately he took charge of the family maritime and aviation interests. A Life Member of NAMEPA, Nicky remains committed to care of the sea, seafarers and environment.
Principal, bdp1 Consulting Ltd.
Barry Parker is a New York native with four decades of experience in the international shipping business as a charter broker, freight trader, ship financier, company/ deal analyst and writer. Working through bdp1 Consulting, Barry also provides operational, analytical and strategic expertise to maritime clients. Well known as a writer on maritime subjects, Barry’s incisive articles and views on shipping and financial dealings have appeared in many publications, including Lloyd's List.
Executive Director , Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
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Senior Vice President, Carrix
Carlos Urriola has been a hands-on and energetic maritime manager since graduating in Mexico in industrial and systems engineering. He held various directorial positions with Panama’s National Port Authority 1979-1993, before consulting and becoming MIT Panama’s gm in 2003. Carlos is prominent in regional maritime, having been Caribbean Shipping Association president 2009-2012 and svp at MIT’s parent, Carrix, since 2011.
Partner, at Seward and Kissel
Gary Wolfe specialises in corporate securities and capital markets transactions. He has acted as counsel to issuers and underwriters in innovative offerings by international transportation companies involving structured transactions, equity offerings, debt placements, cross-border mergers, global listings, master limited partnerships and establishment and termination of American Depositary Receipt programs. Gary was named one of the 10 most influential lawyers in the shipping industry, the only American on the Lloyd’s List 2010 Top 100. He has published numerous papers on industry transactions and US pollution laws.