Our keynote speakers will share their in depth knowledge of different bunker industry topics. 

Dennis Lysemose Andersen


Session Three: "Market Review: Freight Markets, Bunker Prices & Sale & Purchase"

Dennis Lysemose Andersen is Senior Oil Risk Manager in Global Risk Management. He joined the company in early 2008 and has a background within transport and finance. He specialises in uncovering the operational and financial risks facing companies in the oil and transport sector and provides solutions to mitigate such risks. Dennis graduated as an International Marketing Bachelor from Copenhagen Business College in 2005.


Dennis is a frequent speaker at various events, such as Lloyds Maritime Academy, external oil seminars as well as an Instructor at internal group training courses.


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Steve Bee


Session Six: "Blockchain: Reduce fuel Contamination and lower Credit Risk"

Steve is the Group Commercial & Business Development Director for Veritas Petroleum Services, the market leader in marine fuel testing and inspection services and is responsible for the development and implementation of VPS global commercial strategy to grow marine services within the ship owner/operator market. Steve joined VPS on 1st July 2016 with 20 years experience in international B2B technical sales and management.

Graduating from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry, Steve worked as an R&D Chemist for BNFL, ICI and Sanofi-Aventis, before joining Anachem Ltd, in a commercial role within laboratory instrumentation.

 Progressing his international commercial career, Steve moved from technical sales to Sales & Marketing Manager, before becoming the General Manager for a1-Envirotech, gaining formal business management qualifications and awards along the way.

 Steve joined Lintec Testing Services Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intertek, as Operations & Key Accounts Manager in 2007, before becoming General Manager of Lintec in 2011 then Director of Intertek ShipCare in June 2012, a role held until joining VPS in 2016.


The seagoing career started in 1971 and included several trips to Greenland and to the Antarctic. Gained a Master’s certificate in 1979 and served as deck officer in the East Asiatic Company until 1983 on containerships and con-bulkers. 

Studied naval architecture from 1983 to 1987. Worked in the Basic Design Department of Burmeister & Wain Shipyard from 1987 to 1996 and became Head of Department in 1994. During that time a large number of tankers, OBOs and bulk carriers were designed and built at the yard. 

From 1996 and onwards employed by BIMCO as technical consultant and from 2002 as Head of the Marine Department. Spent some 10 weeks annually in IMO during these years and participated in three expert groups, the last in 2007 on amendments to MARPOL Annex VI on air pollution.

From 1 March 2010 Director of Regulatory Affairs in Maersk Maritime Technology, A.P.Moller-Maersk. Chairing the Technical Committee of the Danish Shipowners’ Association. 

Niels Bjørn resigned from A.P.Moller-Maersk 1 December 2016 and is now working as independent consultant.


Niels Bjørn Mortensen



Session One: "IMO 2020 Update"

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Eelco Dekker


Session Two: "Future Proof Fuels"

Mr Eelco Dekker supports the Methanol Institute as their Chief Representative Europe since October 2014. Having worked as Chief Marketing Officer for BioMCN for the previous seven years, Mr Dekker brings extensive knowledge and experience to MI about the European opportunities regarding alternative fuel applications, renewable methanol production pathways and regulatory affairs.

Mr Dekker primarily supports MI in the fields of gasoline blending and marine fuels, as well as exploring opportunities to broaden the use of methanol as diesel substitute, and supports MI and its members in growing the production of renewable methanol.

 rior to working for BioMCN, Mr Dekker has held several marketing and commercial roles at international chemical companies like DSM and Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now BASF).

Mr Dekker holds a Masters Degree in Science of Business Administration from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Keld R. Demant


Session Five: "LEADERSHIP PANEL (POST 2020)"

Keld R. Demant is Group Chief Executive Officer of Bunker Holding Group

Demant joined Bunker Holding Group in 1998 as Sales and Marketing Director and has held several senior executive positions in the company.

Prior to being appointed CEO in 2013, Keld R. Demant was Vice CEO in 2011-2013 and COO in 2002-2011. He has been member of the Executive Board since 2004

Demant is the chairman of the board in more than 20 Bunker Holding Group companies and Board Member in 3 external companies.

Over the past 20 years the turnover in Bunker Holding Group has raised from 0.2bn USD to 8.2bn USD. In the same period Bunker Holding Group has become the world’s largest bunker company with 56 own companies in 28 countries.


Nigel Draffin


Session Seven: "Scrubbers"

NIGEL DRAFFIN served at sea with Shell from 1966, coming ashore in 1979 working in New Building, Research and Operations departments.  In 1996 he moved to Bunker broking first at Gibsons then at LQM Petroleum Services where he was Technical Manager before retiring in 2015. He has sailed on and supervised the construction and operation of bulk carriers, oil tankers and gas carriers. He has acted as a consultant on technical issues for over 22 years. He given expert opinions and is a supporting member of LMAA. A founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association, serving on its board and as Chairman in 2012. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. He is the course director of the Petrospot bunkering courses and a regular presenter at bunker conferences. He has written 12 books on Bunkering and Shipping published by Petrospot.



Casper Pasgaard Dybdal



Session Eight: "Ethics"

Casper Pasgaard Dybdal is the General Counsel in Bunker Holding A/S being overall responsible for the groups legal department.

Prior to joining the Bunker Holding Group in 2014, Casper was employed at O.W. Bunker & Trading A/S and in the Danish financial sector.

Casper has a master in commercial law and has been lectured for a number of years as part time associate professor at the University of Aalborg.   


Unni Einemo


Session One: "IMO 2020 UPDATE - Compliance & Enforcement"

Unni Einemo has global responsibility for running the Association and was promoted to the position of Director, IBIA in September 2018. She joined IBIA on a permanent basis in April 2016 as its IMO Representative, Media and Communications Manager following a period of two years as a non-Executive board director.

Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries. She was a key member of the team that built up the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services, working as Managing Editor for these publications at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015. Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and IMO meetings, Unni has gained expert industry knowledge.


John N. Faraclas 


Session Four: "SHIPOWNERS' PANEL - With One Year Until 2020, What Keeps You Awake at Night?"

John N. Faraclas comes from Chios’ traditional shipping and seafaring families which are involved in the shipping adventure for almost 700 years, in Russia, Greece, the United Kingdom, Bermuda and the USA. As per the family custom he sailed onboard dry cargo ocean going ships. After graduating from the Anargyrios and Corgialenios College of Spetsae Island, a British standards public school, he studied Shipping and shipping related studies in UK and Greece. His first office encounter was at Christopher Margaronis’ Law Office in Piraeus. He has managed dry cargo tonnage for both his family and clients in the UK and Greece. A competitive Ships Sales and Purchase broker with Overseas Agency Ltd in the mid 70’s and then on his own has also been teaching Shipping, Shipmanagement and shipbroking in the Piraeus College of Shipping studies for four years. He has given a great number of lectures after being invited by Universities, Charities and Professional Shipping Associations from all over Planet Ocean. Moreover he has participated in more than 500 maritime exhibitions and 1,000 conferences. The Shipbuilding industry was and continues to be his love affair and got involved with the privatisation of Shipyards in Greece and in the UK. He lives in the United Kingdom writing his memoirs; he is also involved with shipping journalism being one of the co-founders of www.allaboutshipping.co.uk


Victor Frederic Garcia Bragado Garzo


Session Eight: "Ethics"


As Monjasa’s Head of Compliance, Victor Garcia-Bragado has played a key role in setting up their compliance department. Through this role, he has experience in building pragmatic solutions to address sanctions, bribery, price fixing, and fraud risks, as well as broader ethics challenges.

Victor has represented Monjasa in the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and in Danish Shipping, where he is a member of the Innovation Committee. He has been a part of the IBIA Ethics Working Group since December 2017 and is a key contributor to the IBIA Code of Ethics.

While having a background as a Spanish qualified lawyer, he has been working in compliance-related positions for more than five years. Having lived 4 years in Dubai, he is now based in Copenhagen; a different compliance environment altogether.


Michael Green


Session Five: "Leadership Panel (Post 2020)"

Michael graduated from the University of Northumbria with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and in November 2004 joined Lintec Testing Services as an Analytical Chemist, working between the UK head office in the Customer Services Department and the Dutch Office and Laboratory in Rotterdam

In January 2006 Michael took on a permanent role in the Customer Services Department at before being appointed Customer Services Manager in December 2007, overseeing the day to day running of the department and taking a more proactive role in client relations.

In October 2009 Michael took up his current role as Intertek ShipCare’s Global Technical Manager. Within this role Michael is responsible for planning and overseeing investigative analysis and providing technical advice and support to clients.  Michael is also tasked with the technical development of the Intertek ShipCare bunker fuel testing programme and promotion of new initiatives relating to analytical techniques and test methods.

As part of this progression, Intertek ShipCare is now represented on a number of technical committees, such as ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6, CIMAC WG 7 and the Intertanko Bunker Sub-committee. Michael is also a regular contributor at industry conferences and events


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Don Gregory

Director, EGCSA

Session Seven: Scrubbers

Don Technology & Solutions Director for Gulf Oil Marine, Managing Director of SMS (Sustainable Maritime Solutions Ltd), Managing Director of Azurtane and Director of the EGCS (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems) Association.

 Current areas of work include the development of marine lubricants, shipboard remote monitoring, marine energy efficiency and measurement of marine exhaust gas emissions. He also has interests in renewables

Don is co-chair of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems sub group (EGCS SG) and also sits on the ESSF EtoA SG. On behalf of Gulf Oil Marine, Don sits on the CIMAC & ISO marine fuels WG and CIMAC lubricants WG.

Don has 14 years seagoing experience. He is a Past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and previous Chair of the WG on IMO Guidelines for EGCS. He formed the EGCSA in 2008 has directed the organization’s development.


Frode Helland- Evebø


Session Seven: "Scrubbers"

Frode has 25 years’ experience within sales- and business management / development within the maritime market where he has held different positions within leading companies (like Honeywell, Autronica, Consilium, Zenteil and Scana) supplying environmental, safety and communication products and services to the shipping industry.

He joined Clean Marine 6 years ago and has helped the company developing from an idea to a leading global scrubber supplier, especially within the tankers segment.

Since 2015 Frode has been a Board Member of the Norwegian Maritime Exporters (NME), an organisation owned by its partners and serving as a vital link between Norwegian maritime suppliers and the global markets,

He holds a BSc in Electric Power Engineering in addition to an industrial marketing degree.



Trevor Harrison



Trevor Harrison is a full-time maritime arbitrator and mediator, with particular expertise in bunkering.  He was called to the Bar over 30 years ago and was previously Head of Legal at bunker fuel supplier Tramp Oil & Marine.  Earlier career experience included practice at the English Bar, working for a P&I club and a firm of marine consultants.

He is a Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), on the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) Panel of Arbitrators, a member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), a Centre for Dispute Resolutions (CEDR) accredited mediator, a Baltic Exchange-LMAA Mediator Panel member and a past director of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).

From August 2011 until April 2013 Trevor acted as part-time Chief Executive of IBIA, whilst the association sought a permanent candidate.

Trevor speaks and writes regularly on maritime matters and dispute resolution. He is the author of Legal Issues in Bunkering, published by Petrospot. Recent masterclasses in Singapore and Hong Kong have covered arbitration, mediation, bunker disputes and marine claims.

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Peter Hazell



Peter is Head of FD&D (Freight, Defence & Demurrage) at Skuld P&I Club’s “Oslo 1” business unit, and a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. In addition to handling P&I and FD&D claims for various owners, charterers, traders and suppliers entered with the Club, Peter has oversight of all his team’s FD&D matters that have a significant legal costs’ exposure. He has almost 10 years’ experience handling shipping and international trade disputes, primarily in London arbitration. Prior to joining Skuld, Peter was an associate at a leading international maritime law firm.


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Ishaan Hemnani


Session Six: "Digital Technology"

Ishaan Hemnani - Founder of BunkerEx, the bunker broker that helps shipping companies optimise their bunker procurement through the use of technology. Ishaan has close to a decade of experience in the oil and shipping industry at companies such as Glencore, Noble Group and World Fuel Services.


Clea Henrichsen


Session One: "IMO 2020 UPDATE - Compliance & Enforcement"

Clea Henrichsen joined the Danish Maritime Authority in 2006, her areas of responsibility are mainly within IMO regulation: MARPOL (Oil pollution, Noxious hazardous liquids in bulk, sewage, garbage and air pollution), Ballast water, Ship Recycling, Antifouling and all other environment related issues. She is the head of delegation for the Danish delegation at the IMO sub-committee PPR (pollution preparedness and response) and participates in MEPC meetings.

Clea is leading the Danish Maritime Authorities efforts in the partnership for Green Shipping with the Ministry of Environment and Food and Danish Shipping.



Patrick Holloway



Patrick specialises in international trade, transport and insurance law, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious aspects of matters involving, among other things, sale and trade agreements, contracts of carriage, marine and non-marine insurance, arrests and attachments of ships and other property as security for maritime claims, including mortgage foreclosures, and the purchase and sale of ships, as well as dealing with ships in distress and marine casualties.  Patrick deals with cargo claims, hull claims, ship building and repair (with particular focus on motor and sailing yachts), marine casualties, places of refuge, marine pollution, salvage and towage, and bunker disputes and claims.  Patrick is the immediate past President of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa (MLA), a main board member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and the head of IBIA in Africa.  He is a member of the International Bar Association, Insurance and Transport Committee, and has represented the South African MLA at the Comité Maritime International since 2008. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to LLM students and an external examiner at the University of Cape Town.  He is also the pro bono lawyer for the National Sea Rescue Institute. He is currently recognised by Legal 500 2018 and Who’s Who Legal Transport: Shipping 2018, as well as being ranked in Chambers Global 2018.


Grant Hunter


Session Three: "Bimco/ Terms & Conditions"

Grant Hunter is BIMCO’s Head of Contracts and Clauses, responsible for overseeing the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of internationally used standard contracts and clauses. He has worked in the shipping industry for 40 years. 

Grant’s career in the shipping industry spans over 40 years beginning as a deck cadet with Scottish shipping company the Ben Line Steamers Ltd, followed by eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997. 

He has a Master’s degree in maritime policy and law from the London School of Economics.


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Daniel Kampmann


Session Six: "Digital Technology"

Daniel is the co-founder of BunkerTrust and a serial investor in tech-startups. He is also the CEO and co-owner of Alpina Chartering - a part shipowner/commercial manager of a fleet of new bulk carriers.

Being brought up in a shipping family and having an inherent interest in new technologies, Daniel is always seeking to do things smarter, more efficient and more transparent through application of new technology.

The technological void in the shipping industry is apparent to most and there is little doubt that the industry can benefit from a technological upgrade. But most entrepreneurs are faced with great barriers of entry in the shape of a very traditional industry based on personal relations, gut feelings and experience. 

Daniel intends to focus on his speech on how partnerships, openness and collaborations across the entire value chain in the bunker and shipping industry can push the technological advances.


Anne Katrine Bjerregaard


Session Six: "Digital Technology"

As head of Green Ship of the Future, ms Bjerregaard explores the road towards a more sustainable, innovative and tech-savvy maritime industry. A key part of her function is to facilitate cross industry collaboration, innovation processes and explore how technology and megatrends will drive or enable change in the maritime industry. 


Before Green Ship of the Future, ms Bjerregaard have conducted a number of projects all within the convergence of sustainability, innovation and disruptive technologies in the maritime industry. 


Ms. Bjerregaard has a masters in international business communication from Copenhagen Business School, have completed the Silicon Valley Innovation Leadership at UC Berkeley and is currently doing an executive MBA in Management of Technology at Technical University of Denmark. She is experienced in building and managing communities and networks around innovation and technology including innovation leadership and -management; Sustainability and sustainable development (incl. the UN SDGs); Strategic development; Change management and Business Development.


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Chew Siu Keong


Session Seven: "Ports: Ready for 2020?"

Mr Chew Siu Keong is the Assistant Director Bunker Services Department with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore with over 16 years of experience in conducting and leading the investigations into various types of offences under the Penal Code, Chapter 224, and corruption offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, Chapter 241.

Mr Chew had spent nine years with the Singapore Police Force and seven years with the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau where he has worked closely with the Attorney-General Chambers resulting in successful convictions of various offenders across different industries.

In his current portfolio, Mr Chew oversees the administration of bunker licences, policy review & development, as well as the implementation and enforcement of the bunkering regulatory regime in Singapore.


Claus Kesting


Session Three: "Bimco/ Terms & Conditions"

Claus Kesting is heading the J. Lauritzen Bunkers department and has been in charge of the department for 8 years. The department is handing all bunker purchasing for J. Lauritzen companies as well as external companies. The department has employees based in Copenhagen and Singapore. 

Claus’ shipping carrier started in 1988 and he has had various positions in tramp and container with several Danish shipping companies before joining J. Lauritzen in 2006.


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Steffen Volder Kortegard


Session Two: "Preparing for 2020 fuel challenges"

He joined OW Bunker in 1992 as a Superintendent, before being appointed in Wrist Shipping as Technical Director in 1995 and since in OW Bunker & Trading.  Steffen has over 30 years experience of working in the shipping industry. He began his career as a shipyard mechanic fitter before taking on a role as an assistant marine engineer.  He spent three years in an academy and graduated as a marine and electrical engineer before embarking upon a seagoing career prior to joining OW Bunker. After OW he started own consultancy and latest joint BunkerOne in a position as technical manager.

  • Shipyard fitter 1976 - 1980

  • Marine engineer 1981 – 1983

  • Electrical engineer 1983 - 1984

  • Seagoing career 1980 – 1992

  • Superintendent OW Bunker 1992 – 1995

  • Technical Director OW Bunker 1995 – 2014

  • Senior Bunker Manager at DFDS developing and introducing the BunkerCare concept 2015 – 2017

  • CEO BunkerCare 2014 -2018

  • Technical manager BunkerOne 2018 -


-Advisory board for shipping Energy and Emissions up to COP meeting.

-Technical Committee of the Danish Ship Owners Association.

-Sulphur and emission advisory group under the Danish Ship Owners Association

-Danish working group under ISO8217

 He is a frequent speaker at various conferences.

He teaches at Lloyds Academy in fuel management and emissions.

He made a bunch of articles in high recognised technical magazines

He participates in several advisory groups e.g. IMO availability and best practices studies.


Tomas Kristiansen


Session Five: "Leadership Panel (Post 2020)"

Tomas Kristiansen (54) has spearheaded the launch and global expansion of ShippingWatch, the independent on-line media which has gained an exclusive position among maritime news providers in just a few years.

With roots in the Nordic shipping industry, ShippingWatch stands out as a unique example of how independent, critical and fair coverage of maritime businesses and sectors attracts new readers and subscribers every day.

Tomas Kristiansen is a skilled journalist with a Master’s degree in Psychology of Organizations. Throughout his 28 years working at different business news media he has gathered experience from Reuters and Danish dailies Børsen and Berlingske, among other publications.

ShippingWatch is headquartered in Copenhagen with staff and correspondents in Singapore, Brussels and New York.



Deanna MacDonald


Session Six: "Blockchain: Reduce Fuel Contamination and Lower Credit Risk"

Deanna MacDonald is the co-founder and CEO of BLOC, Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration, a digital solutions provider the energy and maritime sectors with a focus on decarbonisation. She is also an Associate Partner at Dare Disrupt, a global speaker and a digital Course Leader for courses offered at MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School and Wharton. 


Madah MacLaine


Session Two: "Future Proof Fuels"

Madadh MacLaine, Business Development Manager – Maritime, ITM Power. Madadh is an adventurer, activist and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Fair Winds Trust whose objectives are sustainable development and climate change mitigation in commercial shipping. She currently has a project working with women producers in a war-torn region of West Africa while working on designs for a zero emissions multi-access cargo vessel to transport goods from remote regions. She is also a founder and executive committee member of the International Windships Association; promoting the use of wind propulsion in commercial shipping. It is this quest for zero emissions transport that lead her ship to the shores of ITM and hydrogen as a zero emissions fuel. Madadh has a background in Experimental Maritime Archaeology: Her most notable expedition being a sail from Scotland to Galatia in a 9-meter open boat made of leather.

She makes her home in Scotland, Brittany and Senegal.


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Manisha Mathur


Session Seven: "Scrubbers"

Manisha is the Head of Direct Procurement at DFDS A/S. For the last 5 years has had the primary responsibility for the purchase of bunkers for the DFDS Group. These responsibilities include ensuring that DFDS has the right fuel mix in order to secure their strategy in relation to changing bunker regulations, securing the right terms and conditions with our suppliers so that we minimize risk, working with the vessels and the superintendents to handle fuel changeovers, manage claims and provide support. Manisha graduated with a Master’s in International Business and Finance and has worked in Procurement for 13 years.


Julian Macqueen


Session Seven: "PORTS: READY FOR 2020? "

Julian Macqueen has reported on energy, shipping and business for over twenty years. 


He edited Bunkernews in the 1990s, covered ship finance for Lloyd's List in the 2000s and was markets editor for fuel oil and bunker fuel at S&P Global Platts in the 2010s.


He is currently editor at marine fuels website Ship and Bunker.


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Robin Meech


Session Seven: "Scrubbers"

ROBIN MEECH is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting (MECL), an independent consultancy practice based in the UK focusing on the marine industry with an emphasis on the transport of energy.

He has a particular interest in the bunker sector where he has undertaken assignments for ship owners, the Majors as well as independent traders and national oil companies. He advises companies in the bunker sector on environmental issues, forming alliances, purchasing strategies, organisation, new business ventures, logistics, IT systems and e-business.

He has been at the forefront of advocating the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems advising EGCS manufactures, undertaking viability analysis for retrofitting and new build installations of exhaust gas cleaning systems as well as advising on financing EGCS. He advocates a turn key approach to installing EGCS.

The company has also undertaken numerous terminal feasibility analysis to support petroleum product trading and bunker operations. A number of these have included assessing the needs and economics of utilising bunker barges leading to negotiations with barge owner/operators as well as assessing the owners viability and competence.

Robin Meech was appointed as a director of a Norwegian privately owned tanker and marine service company.  He was responsible for developing new business ventures and assumed responsibility for the restructuring of the Group so that it was better equipped to pursue new projects.    

Robin Meech has comprehensive experience in environmental issues having been a member of IMO Steering Committee advising to the introduction of the global cap in 2020 as well as advising the EU on marine emissions issues.

 He is co-author of the book “Bunkers – An Analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues”. He is the current past chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association. 


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Jeff Mildner


Session Six: "Digital Technology"

Jeff Mildner brings 30+ years of software development experience to the bunker industry and is the co-founder of the Vortex Development Group. Vortex specializes in electronic solutions for complex paperwork and is focused on bringing the paper-intensive documentation for marine fuel deliveries into the digital age, developing Digital Bunker®.   Now available on Apple’s App Store, Digital Bunker’s Electronic Bunker Delivery Note (E-BDN®) uses iPads and email to replace ink-on-paper BDNs and the use of a bucket and rope as a delivery mechanism.  E-BDN features include: App-based 2004 API volumetric calculations, photographic capture of the Ship Stamp with GPS location tagging, signature-on-glass authentication and the ability to work without cell or WiFi service.  Bunkering stakeholders receive PDF’s and all question responses are tracked in a series of databases for analytics.


Mustafa Muhtaroglu


Session Seven: "Ports: Ready for 2020?"

Born in 1962 in Istanbul. Studied economics with PhD degree in İstanbul University. Working in bunker business since 1986, established his own physical supplier company ENERGY PETROL in 1997. Founding Chairman of Turkish Bunker Association established in 2001. Elected to IBIA council in 2003 and IBIA board in 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017. Also elected to Turkish Chamber of Shipping in 2004,2009 and 2018, serving as Chairman of Bunker Committee, Assembly Member and Reserve Board Member


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Per Funch Nielsen

Senior Associate, 20|20 MARINE ENERGY

Session Two: "Future Proof Fuels"

Per Funch-Nielsen has more than 25 years experience of the maritime and bunkering sectors, working in leadership positions and managing a diverse range of international teams within a number of key global companies. Prior to joining 20|20 Marine Energy he worked for Unioil Supply, the physical bunkering arm of Bunker Holding Group. He also spent over 10 years at OW Bunker, where he was General Manager for the company’s physical supply division. Mr. Funch-Nielsen has a vast range of experience in all aspects of the marine energy supply chain, including, most recently, working on the development of supply solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Denmark.


Garry Noonan


Session Two: "Preparing for 2020 Fuel Challenges"

Having previously spent 11 years as a Marine engineer with BP Shipping Garry joined Ardmore in 2014 as technical Superintendent progressing to Technical manager in 2016.

Garry oversees the day to day running of Ardmore’s fleet and technical management partners, focusing on vessel performance, enhanced operations and cost-saving initiatives.


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Alexander P. Panagopoulos


Session Two: "Future proof fuels"

Mr. Panagopulos is Chairman and Founder of Project Forward, a Joint Development Project to combat global ship emissions by promoting the adoption of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel which was conceived in 2013, and is funded by Arista Group.

Project Forward has evolved into Forward Ships, a company founded by Mr. Panagopulos in 2016 with the mission to build, own, and operate the cleanest, and most efficient fleet of cargo ships in the world.

Mr. Panagopulos (51) co-founded Superfast Ferries in 1993 under Attica Group, a Greek-listed entity which was controlled by the Panagopulos family. As CEO of Superfast Ferries and the Attica Group, he engaged and successfully completed the design and construction of 17 passenger ferry newbuildings in shipyards in Germany, Finland, Holland and Korea, an orderbook of over €1.5b, and led the successful expansion of Attica Group into a 25-vessel and 5-million-passenger-a-year company with routes in Greece, Italy, Finland, Germany, Scotland, and Belgium.  In 2006 he closed the sale of Attica Group’s Baltic Sea operations and in 2007, following the sale of the family's participation in Attica Group, he founded Arista Group to focus on identifying attractive investment opportunities in various sectors with emphasis on shipping.

​Alexander Panagopulos is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) Greek National Committee and the Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Advisory Committee and has also served on the Det Norske Veritas (“DNV”) Technical Ferry Committee. Mr. Panagopulos was honored to be elected and to have served for eight years in the position of Chairman of the High Level Ferry Group of ECSA (European Community Shipowners' Association based in Brussels), and on the Board and as a President of Interferry, the international association representing passenger ferry ship operators worldwide. During his presidency, Interferry advanced to Advisor Status in the International Maritime Organization (“IMO”).    


Adrian Pask


Session Four: "Shipowners Panel"

Adrian heads BP Marine’s European Team based in Canary Wharf, London covering the full breadth of BP Marine’s offer, across geographies and all sectors of the shipping industry.  Formerly an officer in the British Army, Adrian joined BP 5 years ago and was the Key Account Manager for Europe before taking up his current role.  He leads on engagement with BP’s extensive 2020 Project.


Adrian has MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from London Business School, where he majored in strategy.


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Henriette Brent-Petersen


Session Three: "Market Review: Freight Markets, Bunker Prices & Sale & Purchase"

Henriette Brent-Petersen, has recently joined Danish Ship Finance as Head of Research. Before joining Danish Ship Finance she was heading DVB Bank’s Shipping and Offshore Research and Technical Department for 5 years where she was also a member of the bank’s new deal committee, credit committee, restructuring committee and investment banking panel. The Research Department within DVB was responsible for providing fundamental research and deal specific analysis in all shipping and offshore sectors as basis for internal decision making, portfolio management as well as external advisory. Prior to joining DVB Bank, Henriette Brent-Petersen was heading the Maersk Broker Research Department for almost a decade. Maersk Broker Research provided shipping research on all segments of the maritime shipping industry for international shipping companies, banks and other stakeholders as a consultancy service. Furthermore, Henriette has a strong financial background from Citibank where she started as a Management Associate and worked for several years as a relationship manager before joining Maersk Broker in 2003. Henriette started her working life as a country and bank analyst covering Eastern Europe and CIS with the Danish ECA, Eksport Kredit Fonden. Henriette holds a master degree in economic science from the Copenhagen University and worked as an external teacher, lecturer and examiner for almost a decade with the Copenhagen Business School – initially in the field of financial statement analysis and marketing


Christian Plum


Session Six: "Digital Technology"

Christian Plum, is Co-Founder of BunkerMetric, which provides state-of-the-art Analytical IT tools for the Bunkering Industry. Our tools give decision support for bunker buyers / sellers / traders and brokers by giving overview of supply, demand and costs in their markets.

Our first tool bunkermetric.com provides overview of bunker barge activities in a given market: who does the barge deliver too, how much, idling time, etc.

Our next tool BunkerPlanner will aid bunker buyers in choosing the right port, volume and grade for their vessels journey, to minimize costs. While respecting all operational, commercial and regulatory constraints.

Christian has a master’s in computer science and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Technical University of Denmark, focusing on Algorithms for design of containership ship networks. He is (Co-)author of numerous peer reviewed articles in top scientific journals on bunker purchasing and design of maritime transportation networks.

He has worked 8 years in the Maersk Group, starting at Maersk Oil Trading in 2007 developing a decision support tools for bunker purchasing, followed by various positions at Maersk Line developing customized analytical tools.

He co-founded Opsiana, a maritime focused analytical consultancy in 2016, which have provided analytical investigations for various clients in the maritime industry.



Charlotte Røjgaard


Session Two: "Preparing for 2020 Fuel Challenges"

Charlotte Røjgaard has an MSc in Chemical Engineering and is the Global Technical Manager for Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services.

Charlotte joined Bureau Veritas in 2015 and has been instrumental in strengthening the company’s expertise in accurate testing and inspection of marine fuels and bringing VeriFuel - the new Fuel Testing Program - to market. VeriFuel is designed for today’s marine industry and sets the standard in marine fuel testing. Developed by a team of industry experts on both the user and vendor side of the submitted sample market, the program has been designed to meet the challenges faced by vessel operators in today’s complex and busy environment.

Charlotte also represents Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services at conferences and key industry committees, such as ISO 8217/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 and CIMAC WG7 Fuels for which she is currently the secretary.

Charlotte began her career at MAN Diesel & Turbo where she spent 14 years. In 2010 she joined DNVPS in Singapore, eventually rising to the position of Group Technical Director.


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Alok Sharma


Session Six: "Blockchain: Reduce Fuel Contamination and Lower Credit Risk"

Based at the company’s UK headquarters, Alok Sharma is responsible for the global business development of Inatech’s portfolio products for the Oil Trading and Marine Industries 

During his career he has also headed global purchasing and commercial departments within Marine, Express and Logistics industries. He has been responsible for energy procurement/trading and risk management in various capacities. He frequently contributes to the “industry debate” through articles, webinars to assist in Shipping and Bunkering industries work together as strategic partners. 

Alok has experience in implementing large strategic projects including IT, Commercial, Supply Chain and M&A. Prior to joining Inatech, he worked in senior positions for the Royal Mail, Quantum and the CSAV Group. He also has worldwide sailing experience on cargo ships.  

Alok Sharma is a Master Mariner, and has an MBA from the London Business School.


J. Stephen Simms


Session Six: "Blockchain: Reduce Fuel Contamination and Lower Credit Risk"

Session Eight: "Ethics"

J. Stephen (“Steve”) Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP.  He serves as Chair of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is an immediate past member of IBIA’s Board.

 Simms Showers is one of the most active United States firms working in the area of bunker trader, broker and supplier representation, vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. The Firm has to date recovered over U.S. $700 million for its clients as the result of successful vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.

 Simms Showers or its principals have been involved in every major United States and international maritime bankruptcy since 1985, including Hanjin, OW, Cho Yang, Korea Lines, OSG, Genmar, Eastwind (Probulk), and Trailer Bridge.

 Mr. Simms was selected for the United States Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and served as a federal prosecutor  before entering private practice.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago) where he was Editor‑in‑Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. He holds an M.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University.

 He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuits; United States District Courts for the District of Maryland (Trial Bar), District of Columbia, Northern District of Illinois, the states of Maryland and the District of Columbia, the United States Court of International Trade, and through special admission practices in other federal and state courts throughout the United States.

 He is the Husband of his wife of 29 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison, Epidemiologist at Stanford University, son John, Fellow in the Portland, Oregon Leadership Project, and of West Highland White Terrier Barrett, who enjoys chasing squirrels with the same enthusiasm that Mr. Simms has for chasing ships.





Session One: "IMO 2020 UPDATE - Compliance & Enforcement"

Maria Skipper Schwenn joined the Danish Shipping in 2009 and represents the political interests of the Danish ship owners at national and international level. Maria heads the department of Security, Environment and Maritime Research, which is responsible for technical, nautical and political aspects of security, environment and maritime research. Piracy, safety, security, climate and environmental regulation - including ship recycling, occupational health and corporate social responsibility (CSR) are among the topics covered the department.

One of Maria’s key strengths is cooperation and dialogue across key stakeholders in Denmark within the field of environment. Maria has lead Danish Shipping’s efforts in entering into a partnership for Green Shipping with the Ministry of Environment and Food and the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.

The partnership is responsible for Danish interests and puts forward proposals in IMO to help maximize the environmental benefits within a tightening regulatory framework while ensuring a level playing field for the shipping industry. The partnerships efforts in the sulphur area focus on effective implementation.

Before 2009, Maria worked as political advisor to a member of the European Parliament.

Maria holds a master’s degree in Political Science from University of Southern Denmark as well as a master’s degree in European Politics and Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium.


Mark J Smith


Session Four: "SHIPOWNERS' PANEL - With One Year Until 2020, What Keeps You Awake at Night?"

Mark Smith is the Director of Heidmar Bunker Services (HBS). Mark’s role at Heidmar includes managing the day to day bunker procurement for the Heidmar commercial pools and its partners, while in addition to strategically navigating the changing regulatory landscape for bunker fuels in 2020, and beyond.

Mark has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, as well as a decade of bunker procurement and management experience between NSI Ltd. and Teekay Shipping. Mark’s acute attention to detail provides him with a sophisticated appreciation of the commercial importance of bunkering as it relates to operational logistics, and the nuances of the spot market as it relates to working with owners to manage their most significant voyage expense. Outside of his profession, Mark is a huge participant and fan of sport. 


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Vivek Srivastava



Vivek Srivastava joined Heidmar UK Ltd earlier this year in a Business Development, Strategy and Analytics role.

 Vivek has a wealth of projects, research and analytics experience, previously having worked as Director, Tanker Research at SSY London, Svelland Capital as economist and strategist for their fund, Tufton Oceanic and MSI.

 Vivek graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE), and earned his MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance (STF) at Cass Business School, City University London.


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Klaus S. Stamp


Session Four: "Shipowner's Panel: With one year until 2020, what keeps you awake at night?"

Klaus Stamp has since 2005 been Head of Bunkers in Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S located in Copenhagen being responsible for

The Bunker Purchase, Hedging and other bunker related issues with the Group.

 With a Shipping background in The East Asiatic Company A/S he was for a few year thereafter working for Chemoil Corp. in Copenhagen

as bunker trader. From 1987 to 2000 he was Head of MARAG/ OW Bunker Copenhagen and from 2000 – 2005 he was working out of

Aalborg as Sales Director in O.W.Bunker & Trading A/S responsible for the Worldwide Trading. He resigned from O.W. Bunker & Trading A/S, Aalborg

In 2005 to start up a Bunker Department in Dampskibsselsskabet Norden A/S.

For a number of years he has be active in the Bunker Sub-Committee in  INTERTANKO  and for the last 4 years he has been Chairman for The Bunker Sub-committee.

Klaus Stamp has a Graduate Diploma in International Business.


Mathias Steinø


Session Three: "Bimco/ Terms & Conditions"

Mathias Steinø is a partner of Hafnia Law Firm - a leading specialist shipping law firm in Copenhagen. Mathias has extensive experience working with banks, shipowners and suppliers in connection to financing, S&P, ship arrest, distressed companies, forced sales and pursuit of claims worldwide. He is on the board of the Danish Maritime Law Association and among the youngest Danish attorneys admitted to the Danish Supreme Court where he has successfully appeared on several shipping related cases. Mathias is regularly appointed as arbitrator and has experience as counsel in ICC and LMAA arbitrations as well as ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations under the rules of the Danish Institute of Arbitration. 

Mathias has been lecturing at the University of Copenhagen and at Copenhagen Business School for a number of years and was past lecturer of the year at University of Copenhagen. Mathias is a frequent speaker in various international fora particularly on items of worldwide debt collection and ship arrest. 


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George A. Tsavliris


Session Five "Leadership Panel (Post2020)"

Mr. George A. Tsavliris was born in London. He graduated from Athens College in 1968 and having acquired professional qualifications in Shipping (F.I.C.S., ACI.Arb), he concluded his graduate and post graduate studies in Shipping Law at University College London in 1973, with an L.L.M. degree. In 2009 he was qualified as a Mediator at the ADR Group London and in 2014 was certified as a Mediator by the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights.

He familiarized himself with the shipping and salvage sectors from a very early age by being engaged in the family business. George is a Principal at “Tsavliris Salvage Group” and represents the business on both a commercial and environmental basis internationally. He holds the position of past Chairman of INTERMEPA (International Marine Environment Protection Association), Chairman of CYMEPA (Cyprus Marine Environmental Protection Association), which received the “Cyprus Maritime Prize 2007”, as well as member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Union of Shipowners and Honorary Chairman of the Tsavliris Cultural Foundation. 

Furthermore, Mr. George Tsavlidis was awarded the 2016 Capital Link Greek Shipping Leadership Award, in recognition of his unique and extensive contribution to Shipping and Greece and for his overall outstanding service to the shipping industry made by him individually, as a family and by his company as a Group

George is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at numerous maritime related conferences. He is an avid supporter of various charities, an art and music enthusiast and has completed ten London marathons. He is a father of six children.



Cecilia Muller Torbrand


Session Eight: "Ethics"

Cecilia is Program Director for the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) and was one of the front drivers for its establishment in 2011. Cecilia has served as chair of the network and as collective action lead in the MACN Steering committee. Prior to joining BSR in leading MACN, Cecilia built more than eight years of compliance and shipping experience by working in-house as senior compliance officer. She has been responsible for anti-corruption efforts globally; trained management and staff worldwide; implemented whistle blowing systems; rolled out country-specific anti-corruption campaigns; and conducted risk assessments, audits, and misconduct investigations. In 2015 she was awarded Compliance Officer of the Year by C5 Women in Compliance Awards.


Tracy Vowel


Session Three: "Market Review: Freight Marketis, Bunker Prices & Sale & Purchase"

Tracy has extensive experience in the energy industry in both commercial and technical roles.  She joined Argus in 2017 in a business development role after spending 8 years with globalCOAL in general management and business development.  She concentrates on the refined oil products markets for Argus.  Tracy began her career as a refining process engineer in the US before shifting to oil products trading.  Currently residing in London, Tracy also has experience working in the US and Norway.  She hold a bachelor’s degree from Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from London Business School.   


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Nicolas Vukelja Duque


Session Seven: "Ports: Ready for 2020?"

Nick (Nico, Nicolas, Vukelja) got his start in maritime business in the early 2000’s. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with an MBA in Maritime Business and PD in Bunkering.  Nick also has degrees in Superior Education, and in Culinary Arts.

Nick is the CEO of Terramar Oil & Service, a family-owned barge service company with 15 years of experience in the Panama market.  Terramar is a barge owner-operator company, and serves as a physical Bunker supplier by trading, Ship to Ship (lightering), Agency, Launch Services, Marpol II, IV, V and other services.

Since 2013 has served on The Board of Directors of the Panama Maritime Chamber and as Vice President in 3 terms, and President of the Bunker Committee, initiating the Panama Bunkering Procedure and President of The Panama Bunkering Conference for 3 years, with more than 300 delegates in attendance.

Nick joined the IBIA (International Bunker Industry Association) in 2011, and he participated in his first event at the Annual Conference of IBIA at Barcelona, Spain.  In 2015 he starts an International Bunker and Shipping Speaker for IBIA and several venues:  Index (Dubai), Vostok (Russia), Maritime Weeks America, Argus Media (New York), Wisdom Events (Los Angeles), Petrospot (London), Platts (Houston), Mare Forum (Greece) and other local and international conferences. 

In 2017 Nick ran as a candidate for the Board of Directors of IBIA and was elected as a Director of the Board in 2018.

Nick began a second project as Director of Universal Xpress Financial Services, a company within the financial sector, offering long and short terms loans, leasing, lines of credit and other financial services.

Active in various associations including the Panama Maritime Chamber, Chamber of Commerce, Panama Financial Association, Panama Construction Chamber, Panama Association of Executives and others.

 “Panama is the world's leading flag registry with 8,000 ships, representing 18% the global fleet and is an important country on votes for IMO decisions and implementations. The Panama Canal Expansion made a game change in the Bunkering Business."


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Tomas Washington


Session Three: "Market Review: Freight Markets, Bunker Prices & Sale & Purchase"

Tom is an experienced commodities journalist, with a background in upstream and downstream hydrocarbons in the EMEA region. He spent three years covering Russian oil and gas, focusing on issues including the tussle for control of gas transit across Ukraine, the demise of TNK-BP and the emergence of Rosneft as a gas producer. At Platts he has covered petrochemicals markets, focusing on the chlorvinyls chain, the Russian domestic market and bunker fuel. He speaks Russian and French.  


Henrik Zederkof


Welcome Address


Started as Bunker Trader in Dan-Bunkering in 1990

Promoted to Team Leader in 1998

Promoted to Sales Manager for the Middelfart office in 2006

Promoted CEO for Dan-Bunkering Group in 2009

Senior Director in Bunker Holding A/S in 2017

Completed the INSEAD Executive Management Programme in 2012

Elected Board Member of IBIA in 2016

Representing IBIA in the BIMCO  Bunker Contract Comittee

Elected Vice Chairman in the IBIA Board of Directors in 2018