Meet the 2018 judging panel.
Captain Saleem Alavi
LNG Supply and Logistic Consultant
Captain Alavi is currently consulting for various maritime administrations on streamlining their operations to international standards and enhancing their revenue generation capabilities. He has served as the Maritime Advisor and Director of the UAE Ship Registry, reporting directly to the Director General of the National Transport Authority (NTA), the maritime administration of UAE based in Abu Dhabi.
Prior to joining the NTA, Captain Alavi was head of Business Development & Research for the Department of Transport (Maritime Sector) for Abu Dhabi. From 2006 to 2008, he was Director of Business Development for Dubai Maritime City, joining DMC from DVB Bank AG in Rotterdam, where he was a Senior Vice President/Senior Business Analyst for its Research & Strategic Planning Department.
Captain Alavi has over 44 years of all round Maritime Industry Experience. He served as the President at Sea Commerce America in Houston, served as Managing Director of Project Asia Line and has also worked with other Shipowners, Charterers and Traders in Europe and USA. He sailed as Master for two years before taking shore assignments, and has sea-going experience on nearly all types of vessels including Bulk Carriers, Tankers, MPP/Container, cattle carrier, reefer and passenger vessels.
Captain Vivek Anand
Director, NYK Line India
Capt. Vivek Singh Anand, in his current role as President, MANSA, Director, with NYK Line (India) & Heads All India Operations for Container, Car Carrier & Break Bulk.
His current portfolio also includes setting up the Energy Division in India, which is involved in LPG, LNG and Crude Oil business. He also leads the Multi Biz Projects Team for identifying investment in ICD's / CFS's, besides representing NYK Bulk & Projects, a Group Company, for all Sales & Operational activities in India. As an added responsibility, his team is also participating in Sale for Demolition.
In addition to above, he is also serving as a Director, Tata Martrade International Logistics Limited (TMILL), a joint venture company of Tata Steel Limited, NYK Holding (Europe) BV and IQ Martrade. The company has a consolidated presence all across the supply chain and provides one stop solution to the customers to manage their own supply chain needs.
He was the Winner of All India - “Dynamic Logistics Professional of the Year, 2014” – an Award for Excellence in Maritime & Logistics Sector.
He has been representing the Shipping & Logistics fraternity on Eight National Forums for several years, and is therefore, actively involved in contributing towards policy making and resolving bureaucratic tangles, on behalf of the Shipping fraternity in India.
He has almost 4 decades of Sea going and onshore work experience, in the Shipping and Logistics arena, having extensively worked with Multinational Corporations and has visited over 500 Ports & cities across the globe, whilst circumventing the Earth 14 times.
He is a Masters in Mariner and has commanded some of the largest ships in the world during his career of 24 years at sea.
Managing Director, Clarksons Platou DMCC
Essam Bella was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He graduated from Cairo University on 1987 holding a degree in Accountancy. After graduating from Cairo University, he moved to London and was hired by Khedivial Mai line Agency limited in London as a Shipbroker from 1988 to 1996. He was promoted as a Chartering Manager from 1996 to 2000. He has then set up Khedivial UK and been Managing Director. In 2005 Clarksons London hired him to set up Clarksons Dubai as Managing Director till date. He is also the Chairman of Clarksons Egypt. For his 30 years’ experience in dry cargo he has spanned all sizes of dry cargo chartering and broking.
Khamis Juma Buamin
CEO, Gulf Navigation
Mr. Buamim is the board member and managing director and group ceo of Gulf Navigation Holding, he was appointed in April 2016.
Mr. Buamim is the Chairman of the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (Dcmmiemirates), the specialized industry council (non-profit trade and industry) and it was formed to promote the interests of the offshore and maritime industry in Dubai and the UAE.
He is also the Chairman of the Federal Committee for the Revision and Update of the UAE Maritime Law; the committee was created to review and update the UAE Commercial Maritime Law and formulate a new & futuristic law that will propel and govern the ongoing potential growth of business and the maritime industry in the UAE and the region.
Mr. Buamim is the former Chairman and Group Chief Executive officer of Drydocks world and Maritime world and Chairman of the Board of DDW-PaxOcean Asia pte – Singapore and has successfully led the organization through its restructuring during the global financial crisis. His leadership and direction have been instrumental in the company being able to acquire several pioneering projects on a global scale. This leadership has seen the company move from close to financial failure, create major synergies, recognize potential and place the organization firmly on a path driven to sustainable profitability and growth.
Group Managing Director, Ship Management East
Alastair was appointed Group Director, Ship Management East in July 2017.
A Master Mariner, Alastair has spent 42 years in the Marine industry, including 15 years at sea before coming ashore to work in ship management in 1990. Joining V.Group in 2001 when V.Ships acquired Acomarit, Alastair left in 2004 and re-joined the Group in 2013. Prior to taking up his new role, he was based in Greece for five years and latterly was Regional Director, V.Ships Europe.
Alastair presently sits on the Executive Committee of InterManager (President from 2010-2012) and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute.
Director, Middle East, Tufton Oceanic
Marcus Machin is a Law graduate of Cambridge University with senior shipping and project finance banking experience in London and Switzerland.
Resident in Dubai for 20 years, initially as the Finance Director for a major regional participant in the oil services and vessel owning sectors, prior to establishing arabCapital in 2000 and partnering with London based Tufton Oceanic Finance Group (‘TOFG’) in shipping and offshore sector finance and investment assignments.
Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited (‘TOME’) a DIFC registered DFSA regulated asset manager, was established in 2006. TOME manages conventional and Shariah compliant funds invested in the marine sector on behalf of a number of GCC and international institutions. To date investments exceeding US$1,300.0m have been made by TOME whilst in aggregate TOFG manages in excess of US$1.5bn of assets, all invested in the international marine and offshore sectors.
Captain Tamer Masoud
Harbour Master, Port of Fujairah
Bio coming soon...
Managing Director, AAL
Kyriacos Panayides has served the shipping industry for 26 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, graduating with a degree in Business Administration and post-graduate degree in Shipping Studies. An advocate for growth, he has extensive experience in management and investment projects within multiple segments: shipowning, ship financing; newbuilding; Shipmanagement; commercial operations; tanker and container feeder operations; shipping agencies and MPV liner and tramp operations. In 2015, he was appointed Managing Director of AAL which, within a short period, has grown into a global and award-winning MPV and project heavy lift carrier, ranked amongst the sector’s top five operators by size and with an outstanding reputation for service.
Kyriacos sits on the boards of numerous other shipping companies and has been active too in various social, sports and professional bodies.
Founder & Group CEO, Marcura
Jens Lorens Poulsen is Co-Founder & CEO of The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies with a mission to raise the standards in the maritime industry in collaboration with various stakeholders.
In 2001, he co-founded the flagship of the Group, DA-Desk, and as Group CEO, he now focuses on providing the industry with other wide-scale business utility solutions focused on platform-enabled processes, data analytics and financial services that are based on the principles of independence, transparency and compliance.
Previously, Jens founded and ran Reconnect A/S, which was the Scandinavian partner of Computer Intelligence, and was Senior Partner at Cultivator A/S, consulting for engineering, software and pharmaceutical companies. He served as CFO at Uniras A/S, an innovative scientific software company where he was involved in scaling its operations and establishing subsidiaries in France, Italy and the US, and also held a senior role at Hafnia, a major Scandinavian insurance group. He started his career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture)
Dr Anil Sharma
Founder, President and CEO of GMS
Dr. Anil Sharma is the Founder, President and CEO of GMS, the world’s Largest Buyer of ships and floating offshore assets sold for recycling.
Originally from India, Dr. Sharma moved to U.S.A. where he earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) & a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Prior to establishing GMS (Global Marketing Systems), Dr. Sharma spent the first ten years of his career in Academia, as a Professor and the Chairman of the Business Department at a State University in the U.S. Dr. Sharma moved to Dubai in 2008 after spending about 27 years studying, teaching, working and establishing GMS in USA.
Since its formation in 1992, GMS has steadily grown to become the world leader in the industry. In 1992 the company started by buying obsolete vessels from US Maritime Administration (MARAD) and immediately became the largest buyer of MARAD vessels. In 1993 the Russian government invited Dr. Sharma to buy obsolete Russian vessels. In 1994 GMS became the largest buyer of Russian Naval vessels. Interestingly, these achievements came even while Dr. Sharma was holding two jobs; teaching and working from his home.
In 1996, Dr. Sharma resigned from academia to focus full time on the expanding operations of GMS. The company started to gain strong reputation in the maritime world and grew rapidly.
Today the company handles about 30% of the total volume of ships recycled in the Indian sub-continent about 20% more than the nearest competitor. So far, more than 3,100 ships have been negotiated. As the company continues to grow, GMS has increased its' footprint beyond buying ships for recycling, to ship ownership, ship financing and investments in shipping companies and offshore maritime assets. GMS has a global presence with offices in U.S.A, Germany, Greece, Dubai, Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan and representative offices in India and Bangladesh.
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