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Robert Ashdown

Secretary General, International Association of Classification Societies


/App_Data/MediaFiles/A/D/8/{AD88D715-3D2E-4CD9-AC3A-67EABD98D543}Ashdown_Headshot.jpgRobert 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.






Andrew Bardot

Executive Officer, International Group of P&I Clubs


Andrew_Bardot27 years experience as a practising maritime lawyer representing shipowner, charterer and insurer interests in all aspects of maritime activity and insurance. Former senior partner of London based international maritime law firm Bentleys, Stokes and Lowless.


Executive Officer of the International Group of P&I Clubs since Feb 2006 responsible for overseeing the co-ordination of the collective activities of the 13 Mutual Insurance Associations (Clubs) which comprise the International Group (for further details see website including the internal organisation of the Group activities, the formulation and development of Group policies, the operation of the Group large claims (US$10m to approx US$8 bn) pooling and reinsurance arrangements, and representation of the Group at government and intergovernmental level (including IMO, IOPC Funds and EU).


Member of The Baltic Exchange, the Propeller Club of the United States, the IUMI Legal and Liability Committee, the IIL Marine Committee, The British Maritime Law Association and the Royal Ocean racing Club.



James Cooper

Chief Executive and Executive Director of the Board, Associated British Ports Holdings



James Cooper became chief executive and executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings in April 2013.


Prior to this, Mr Cooper was a non-executive director of the Board of Associated British Ports Holdings Ltd from May 2007 to January 2013 and was a director of Infracapital, part of M&G Investment Management Limited. From 1998 he worked for BNP Paribas, where he was co-head of UK Corporate Finance.


Between 1992 and 1998 he worked for Hambros Bank, where he led the transport sector team and was a director. He was previously Chairman of Red Funnel Group Holdings Ltd, Alticom Holdings BV and Calvin Capital Ltd and a director of Zephyr Investments Ltd and of Kelda Group Ltd.



Angus Frew

Secretary General & CEO, BIMCO


/App_Data/MediaFiles/E/E/3/{EE3E28BE-CB02-4755-AC52-D6E9F34B9E53}Angus_Frew_web.jpgAngus Frew was appointed Secretary General & CEO of BIMCO in 2013. BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association established in 1905 with 2,200 members in over 120 countries.


Angus is also Director of Global Ship Lease Inc, a containership owning company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. He was appointed in 2008.


Angus was previously Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping in 2009 where he stabilised the finances and increased its relevance to its members.


Angus served from 2003 as President & CEO of GE SeaCo, a joint venture between General Electric and Sea Containers Ltd, and a leading international lessor of marine containers to shipping lines.


Prior to 2003, Angus held senior management positions in the international wine and spirits industry.



Costas Grammenos

Professor of Shipping, Trade & Finance, Cass Business School


Professor Costas Th Grammenos joined City, University of London in 1982 and has been Professor of Shipping, Trade and Finance at Cass Business School since 1986. In 2007 he became LRF Chair in Shipping, Trade & Finance. He established in 1984 the Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance, which, in addition to the two world class MSc programmes (MSc Shipping, Trade & Finance; Energy, Trade & Finance), carries out and publishes research through members of its staff and students in the areas of Shipping Finance, Maritime Risk Management, Commodity Trade and Finance.


In 1999 he was awarded the DSc for creating Shipping Finance as a new academic subject. In 2007, the Centre was renamed the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance.


In 1994 he was awarded by HM the Queen the OBE for his work in international shipping and finance, in 2008 the CBE for "services to teaching and research", and in 2013 made 'Commander of the Order of the Phoenix' by the Hellenic Republic.




Lars Green

CEO, 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.


John Lloyd

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.

Michael Parker

Global Industry Head for the Shipping, Logistics and Offshore industries, Citigroup


Michael_ParkerMr. 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.


In October 1985 he joined Citibank’s Shipping Division in London with specific responsibility for remedial management and in early 1989 he took over as Head of Northern Europe Shipping. In January 1997 he was appointed Global Industry Head with responsibility for Citibank’s business world-wide. During his 31 years involvement with shipping finance Mr. Parker has been a regular conference chairman, speaker or panellist. Under his leadership Citi receives recognised industry awards across the different areas of shipping finance and he was named Marine Money’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012. March 2015  New York : Capital Link Leadership Award “in recognition of Michael Parker’s unique and extensive contribution to the shipping industry”.


Mr. Parker chaired the London Committee of Intercargo for a number of years and is involved in UK maritime matters as they pertain to finance.



Guy Platten

Chief Executive, UK Chamber of Shipping



Guy Platten is a master mariner with a long background in the marine industry.


He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the UK Chamber of Shipping in January 2014. 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.


Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) Ltd. Establishing CMAL and building it into a respected company delivering vital transport infrastructure. He oversaw construction and delivery of two innovative hybrid ferries along with a number of significant harbour developments.


Before joining CMAL, Guy was Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board and was responsible for the NLB fleet, Oban port facility, 24 hour monitor centre and providing navigational advice regarding the provision of Aids to Navigation around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man.


His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service. Joining the RNLI as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland. He served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer.




Katharina Stanzel

Managing Director, INTERTANKO


kathi_stanzelKatharina Stanzel was elected Managing Director of INTERTANKO in 2012. The fifth MD in the Association’s 45 year history, she is the first to bring an environmental background to the position. As well as benefitting from scientific training in Germany and Australia, she holds postgraduate qualifications in coastal management and business administration from universities in the UK.


A marine biologist by training, she entered the world of shipping in the 1990’s. Focussing on marine pollution from ships, she spent ten years as technical advisor for the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) before joining the IOPC Funds, a UN body tasked with administering several crucial compensation conventions for oil pollution from tankers.


She is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping and sits on the Marine and European Advisory Committees for Lloyd’s Register and RINA respectively. She also served as non-executive director on the Board of SeaAlarm, a Belgian foundation that brings together NGOs, government agencies and industry to enhance oiled wildlife response.


In 2012, she was honoured to be named WISTA International Personality of the Year by the Women in Shipping Trade Association.




Patrick Verhoeven

Secretary General, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)


Patrick_VerhoevenPatrick Verhoeven is Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). Based in Brussels, the organisation represents the national shipowner associations of the EU and Norway.


Prior to joining ECSA in August 2013, Patrick served thirteen years as Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and seven years representing the interests of terminal operators, ship agents and silo companies at EU level.


He started his career working for the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Patrick holds a PhD in applied economics and a bachelor in law from the University of Antwerp. In 2015 he joined the university's Centre for Maritime and Air Transport Management (C-MAT) where he is assistant professor in port economics and business. Patrick lives in Antwerp with his wife and three children.





Chris Welsh, MBE

Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum


/App_Data/MediaFiles/D/9/E/{D9EB59FB-3083-4E51-8A55-DCF5C1C166B1}Chris_Welsh_web.jpgChris Welsh was appointed Secretary General of the Global Shippers’ Forum in July 2011. Since its incorporation in 2011, the GSF has expanded to represent over 23 national and regional shippers’ associations in every major region of the world. The GSF represents shippers’ interests in the main international UN based transport and inter-governmental organisations, such as the IMO, WCO, ILO, UNECE, UNCTAD, ICAO, APEC, ITF/OECD and the EU.


From 1996-2002 Chris was Secretary General of the European Shippers’ Council (ESC) where he played the prominent role in deregulating EU shipping and air cargo markets, spear-heading a series of successful maritime anti-trust legal cases culminating in the repeal of anti-trust immunity for liner shipping conferences in trades to and from Europe in 2006.


Chris has held a variety of senior management roles for the UK Freight Transport Association, and is currently Director of Global and European Policy. In 1992 he establishing FTA’s Brussels operations and in 2010 set up FTA Ireland a new independent multimodal logistics trade association for Irish shippers and logistics interests.


In June 2015, Her Majesty The Queen appointed Chris a Member of The Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to shippers and the shipping industry.



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