Meet our expert panel of judges
Secretary General, International Association of Classification Societies
Robert Ashdown served as Secretary General of Cruise Lines International Association (Europe) before joining IACS as Secretary General on 5 May 2015.
Previously, he also held senior positions with the UK Chamber of Shipping, British Rig Owners Association and European Cruise Council.
Chief Executive Officer, Green Consulting Group
Lars Green is owner and CEO of Green Consulting Group AB that focus on competence development and releasing hidden potential of individuals and Corporations. Lars has a long career in Shipping and Logistics as a Managing Director for 21 years. The longest period of his career, 33 years, was with the Japanese logistical giant NYK Group where he was based in Scandinavia, London and New York.
He was during several years NYK´s Senior Executive Officer in London with Trade responsibility for all Trades including Asia – Europe Trade.
In addition to his consultancy business Lars is a Board member of Swedish Maritime Forum and is a Senior Tutor at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. His book “ATTACC© - a leadership philosophy” was released in 2016.
Lars holds a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.
SVP Concepts & Innovation, Digital & Systems, Rolls Royce
Oskar Levander joined Rolls-Royce in 2012 and is today SVP Concepts & Innovation, for the Marine business. Prior to this, he spent the majority of his career at Wärtsilä. He graduated with honours from Helsinki University of Technology in 2000, with an MSc in Naval Architecture.
Oskar has been driving the development of novel ship designs, machinery and propulsion concepts and has pioneered many emerging marine technologies, such as LNG. Today, he spearheads the development of ship intelligence concepts and the introduction of remote & autonomous ships. In 2017 Oskar Levander was nominated as the #1 Technology Leader by Lloyds List.
Chief Executive Officer, The Nautical Institute
Captain John Lloyd was appointed Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute in May 2017. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Operating Officer since November 2015 where he was responsible for the Certification and Accreditation services including the Dynamic Positioning scheme and Oil Spill Response training programmes.
Previously he was Professor, Maritime Training at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) responsible for the international pathways for students and for delivery of Advanced level maritime simulation courses. In 2014 he inaugurated a new maritime college in Angola following a two-year development programme.
Prior to this he held appointments as: Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Maritime College in Santo, Vanuatu; and senior posts at Flagship Training Limited and Warsash Maritime Centre.
John is a Master Mariner and served as a Marine Pilot in Namibia from 1994 – 1995. He is a Master of Business Administration and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Tasmania.
Global Industry Head for the Shipping, Logistics and Offshore industries, Citigroup
Mr. Michael Parker has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University, graduating in 1977. In 1996 he attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Palo Alto. Michael Parker is the Global Industry Head for the Shipping, Logistics and Offshore industries of Citigroup (since 1997), Vice Chairman of Corporate & Investment Banking (EMEA), co-head of the CIB Industrials sector in EMEA and in April 2016 Michael was also appointed Chairman Corporate Banking EMEA. He joined Citibank in 1977. Between 1977 and 1985 he looked after clients’ international business in the U.K. construction industry and Citi’s relationships with a number of large international oil and mining companies.
Lars Robert Pedersen
Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO
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Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping
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Chief Executive Officer, UK Chamber of Shipping
Bob Sanguinetti was born and raised in Gibraltar. After graduating from Oxford University, he served in the Royal Navy for almost three decades, rising to the rank of Commodore. The former mariner served at sea and commanded several Royal Navy warships and a multinational coalition Task Group before working at the Ministry of Defence in a number of strategic roles. His last job in the military was as Head of Intelligence at the UK’s National Operations Headquarters in North London.
Bob Sanguinetti was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping in July 2018. His role includes responsibility for the UK shipping industry’s relations with government and other relevant bodies (national and international) on all fiscal, economic, employment, safety and environment, security and other issues.
He assumed the role of CEO of the Gibraltar Port Authority in May 2014. During his tenure, the Port of Gibraltar saw a reversal of a downward trend in vessel traffic and activity in most sectors ( -8% (2013/4) to +17% (2016/7)) through a series of initiatives aimed at improving efficiency, strengthening relationships with the local port community, and driving through a robust marketing and engagement plan with international ship owners and operators. He was elected to the board of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) in 2016.
Most recently (Oct 17), and in recognition of his successful track record at the port, he was seconded to the Office of the Chief Minister to carry out a maritime strategic review, and to lead on wider, Brexit related contingency planning.
Bob is a Younger Brother of Trinity House, a Yachtmaster Offshore and a recipient of the French OBE equivalent (Croix de la Valeur Militaire). Married to Sylvia, they have three grown up daughters and a very energetic springer spaniel (Tinto).
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