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Captain Saleem Alavi
LNG Supply and Logistic Consultant


Saleem_AlaviCaptain 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.


Alastair Evitt
Group Managing Director, Ship Management (East), V.Group


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.


Marcus Machin

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

Tamer_masoudCaptain Tamer Masoud is a member of Port of Fujairah Developing team. He is a Holder of BSc Naval Science, Master Mariner and Nautical Surveyor Certificate; he has more than 40 years of marine experience. He started his career in 1969, serving 12 years in Egyptian Navy followed by 10 years as Marine Pilot in Suez Canal and PoF. He joined Port of Fujairah as a Marine Pilot in April 1988 and became PoF Harbour Master in October 1992 with responsibilities for the Port of Fujairah and Dibba Sea Port. Beside the duties of Harbour Master, he was PoF Oil Terminal Manager from January 2002 till August 2011.


He is the key essential player behind the restructuring of Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area, making it one of world bunkering hub, Oil trading and Maritime Logistics.


He is a member of the Nautical Institute, Arab Institute of Navigation, the Society of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineers, International Harbour Masters Association (Founding Member in 1992, and Council Member from 2000 till 2014), Lloyd’s Register’s Middle East and Africa Advisory Technical Committees, Advisory Board for Emirates Classification Society and DNV GL Middle East Technical Committee.


He is registered as a Marine Expert in the Egyptian Insurance Supervisory Authority, Abu Dhabi and in GCC Arbitration Centers.


He is also a Member of Several National and Regional working groups in the field of Port Safety and Environmental Protection.


In Dec. 2005 he was nominated as “Man of the Year of Arab Maritime Excellence"


In May 2017 he was awarded the “Life Time Achievement Award for Maritime Services”


In November 2017 he was awarded the “Outstanding Achievement Award” in the Lloyd’s List South Asia, Middle East & Africa Awards”

Kyriacos Panayides
Managing Director, AAL

Kyriacos_WEBKyriacos 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.

Jens Poulsen
Founder & Group CEO, Marcura

Jens_poulsenJens 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-sharmaDr. 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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