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Judges 2018

Rashpal Bhatti

Vice President, Marketing Freight, BHP

Rashpal BhattiBHP is a leading global resources company whose purpose is to create long term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources essential to world growth and development.
In his capacity as Vice President, Marketing Freight, Rashpal is accountable for BHP’s marine freight requirements which in aggregate make them one of the largest bulk charters in the world.

Rashpal holds a non-executive Director position on the RightShip Board and is a key proponent of raising performance and safety standards in the bulk marine industry. As a member of Singapore’s International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, Rashpal contributes to the future of the maritime industry through advice on technological disruption and sustainability.


Maite Bolivar Klarup
General Manager, BIMCO South East Asia.


Maite joined BIMCO in 2016 and her main role is to provide information and advice to members on a variety of key issues- from piracy to bunker quality and navigational safety. Maite is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant maritime governmental and inter-governmental authorities in the region and to create awareness of all of BIMCO’s activities and benefits for potential members. She has more than 17 years of international maritime experience from Southeast Asia, Europe, North and Latin America. She holds an Executive Master of International Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics from Copenhagen Business School.



Kenneth Chia
Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Foundation

Mr Kenneth Chia is the Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), a private-led organisation that works in partnership with the industry and government to develop Singapore as a leading International Maritime Centre.  

Kenneth has spent close to three decades with Neptune Orient Lines (NOL/APL) and started as a Management Trainee upon graduation from Washington State University in 1989 with a Degree in Business Administration. He held various key roles across the trade and commercial teams, and was previously appointed as the Managing Director for APL Singapore, Malaysia & Myanmar. Following the merger with APL in 1998, he was stationed in Rotterdam for two years as Director of Global Sales, servicing key global customers in the Europe region. Prior to joining SMF, Kenneth was the Head of Global Key Account Management for APL (part of CMA-CGM group).

From 2011-2013, Kenneth served on the Board of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council as Honorary Treasurer and is currently a Board Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).



Mike Gallacher
CEO, Ports Australia

Following an intensive and varied 16 year career as a Police Officer, Mike Gallacher was appointed to the NSW Legislative Council in 1996. 

He has performed the Shadow Ministerial role across a variety of portfolios including Ports, Industrial Relations, Transport and Police.

Winning government in 2011, Mike was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter and later the further role of Minister for Industrial Relations.

Mike is widely recognised for his robust approach to policy development and his preparedness to strongly advocate the need for reform. As Minister he led on behalf of Government the public debate on issues such as measures to reduce alcohol related violence, rampant gang/gun related crime and introduced initiatives to change driver behavior.

Leaving Parliament in 2017 he has now taken the role as CEO of Ports Australia, the peak industry body for the Ports industry. Mike is already well underway in lifting the awareness of the Port sector and the important role it plays in Australia’s future.



Bill Guo 
Executive Director, Shipping, ICBC Financial Leasing

Bill Fangmeng Guo, the Executive Director of Shipping Division at ICBC Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. Mr. Guo joined ICBC Leasing in 2013 and now oversees the dry bulk, special-purpose vessels projects, and other traditional shipping business. Meantime, he is working with the management team to develop shipping leasing to become the core and specialized business of ICBCL. Before joining in ICBCL, Mr. Guo had been working for Maersk Group for about 12 years, in the different management roles in overseas.

Mr. Guo has about 20 years solid experience in shipping and shipping finance areas. He has led several significant shipping projects by winning the best deal awards. He has gotten EMBA master degree from INSEAD, Tsinghua University.


Teresa Lloyd
Chief Executive Officer, Maritime Industry Australia

Teresa Lloyd150x150Teresa joined MIAL in 2003 on a variety of issues including shipping policy, employment and training, environment, health and safety, and vessel operations.

She holds a degree in Naval Architecture from the Australian Maritime College and a master’s degree in Business Administration. Teresa is a member of a diverse range of industry advisory and management committees.

Internationally Teresa was the Australian shipowner (employer) representative at the United Nations International Labour Organisation during the MLC adoption; regularly attended the UN International Maritime Organisation meetings as an industry adviser to the Australian delegation; and chaired the International Chamber of Shipping, Environment Sub-Committee from 2006 - 2013. Teresa is the Secretary General, Australia, of the Asian Shipowners Forum.

Prior to joining MIAL Teresa worked as the Manager Technical Services for the Port Hedland Port Authority; managed a project on the management of ships’ ballast water for the Victorian Environment Protection Authority; and worked as a consultant developing underkeel clearance management systems.



Gina Lee-Wan
Partner, Allen & Gledhill

Gina_Lee_Wan150x150Gina Lee-Wan co-heads Allen & Gledhill’s Maritime & Aviation practice and specialises in contentious and non-contentious shipping, aviation and offshore matters.

Gina is consistently ranked in the top tier of leading individuals in Shipping by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and is frequently cited as an expert in shipping. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the top 10 maritime lawyers globally by Lloyd’s List.

She also serves as an independent director on the boards of Sembcorp Marine Ltd and Jurong Port Pte. Ltd. and is a council member and chairperson of the Singapo
re Shipping Association’s Legal and Insurance Committee.



Nitin Mathur
Managing Director, Wallem Group

Nitin MathurNitin has more than 20 years' experience in shipping. He is a Master Mariner and holds an MBA specialising in maritime business and logistics management. Nitin is currently the Managing Director of Wallem Group Singapore providing maritime solutions to clients such as ship management, ship agency and commercial services.

Prior to this role, Nitin was Managing Director, Wallem Commercial Services which provides asset management, commercial management, cargo management and maritime investment solutions. Nitin is well experienced in chartering and operations of gas tankers, oil tankers, product tankers, cement carriers and bulk carriers and in charter party dispute resolution and management of operational risks.



Henry Mytton-Mills
Managing Director A R I E S  Singapore


Esben Poulsson

Esben Poulsson150x150Esben Poulsson is Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, comprising 14 large modern container vessels. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years and has held a variety of senior positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.

He is also Chairman of The International Chamber of Shipping, the London based Association representing approximately 80% of the world fleet. The Organization consists of 35 National Shipping Association members and 11 Associate Members.

Aside from Enesel Pte. Ltd., he is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., of Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd. of Avra International Pte. Ltd. and is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. He is Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd. and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore.

He is President of the Singapore Shipping Association, an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation and a Council Member of the Baltic Exchange.

Marlon Rono

President, Magsaysay Group of Companies



Rono is the President and CEO of Magsaysay People Resources Corporation, the holding company of the Magsaysay Human Resource Group which employs over 45,000 professionals in the industries of Shipping, Cruise, Hospitality, Engineering, Healthcare and Information Technology.

Rono is actively involved in the Philippine Maritime Industry, currently the President of Filipino Association for Mariners Employment (FAME), the largest maritime employment association in the Philippines and Director of the Joint Maritime Group (JMG), an Industry wide non-government organization.

Rono is involved in Community and Social Development advocacies as the President of Homer Foundation Inc. involved in community development and outreach and Chairman of the largest Seafarers’ Cooperative in the Philippines, the Magcoop.


David Roberts

Managing Director, The Standard P&I Club


David Roberts

David Roberts graduated in law from the University of Exeter, UK, in 1987 and then the University of Western Australia Law School in 1989. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of The Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1991 and as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 1992. David joined Charles Taylor, mangers of the Standard P&I Club, in 1992. In 2003 he was appointed Director of the Mediterranean & Middle East Division and then Director of the UK & Americas Division in 2012. In 2013, David took up the position of Managing Director Charles Taylor Mutual Management (Asia) Pte. Ltd, managers of The Standard Club Asia Ltd, Singapore.



Tan Beng Tee

Assistant Chief Executive (Development), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Ms Tan is the Assistant Chief Executive (Development) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) who oversees developmental matters pertaining to Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC), MPA’s international ties and linkages, port policies and organisation-wide plans.

She holds a degree in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Diploma in Shipping from the Norad Fellowship in Oslo, Norway. Ms Tan was previously Director (Corporate Group) in International Enterprise Singapore.

In 2008, Ms Tan received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lloyd’s List Asia Awards for her work in the development of Singapore as an IMC. She was also awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1997 for her contributions to the development of the transport and logistics industry in Singapore. In August 2012, she attained the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Bar) in recognition of her continued contribution in developing Singapore as IMC.

Lee Wai Pong
Executive Director Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration

Lee_Wai_Pong Wai Pong is the founder of LWP.Sg Consultants and concurrently serves as:

-Regional Advisor to Thomas Miller, the managers of various mutual insurances such as UK P&I Club (world’s 2nd largest), Defence Club and War Risks Club.
-Consultant to the Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) to spearhead their initiative to promote usage and awareness of mediation in the maritime /oil&gas sector.

On 31st Mar 2016, he stepped down as the Executive Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) where he led its overall development for over 5 years and raising the Chamber’s profile to it’s current international status of recognition. Wai Pong also pioneered an industry ground breaking procedure for resolution of disputes arising from ship collisions (SEADOCC) using arbitration and completed a full revision of the previous SCMA Rules Version 2009 in 2015. 


Tim Wilkins
Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, Intertanko


Tim Wilkins manages INTERTANKO’s Asia representative office in Singapore. He is also responsible for the Association’s major issues in the region, as well as specific key issues worldwide.
Tim joined INTERTANKO in early 1999 in London, where he gained considerable technical and political experience representing the tanker industry at the IMO and within the EU in Brussels. He has held a wide range of positions within the Association including Regional Manager for Greece, Italy and Cyprus; Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee; and, Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel.


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