Speakers

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Wajdi Abdmessih

Panellist - Session Seven: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

Wajdi Abdmessih, the founder and the President of Seahawk Services, has over 25 years’ experience in fuel oil testing and inspection.  Wajdi has held various positions in a Marine fuel inspection and testing company as a laboratory manager, branch manager, technical director,  vice president and president. He has personally analyzed hundreds of thousands of Marine fuel oil samples from across the world, work with fuel oil refinery’s as well as fuel suppliers on fuel blending and troubleshooting hundreds of fuel problems and effectively help fuel oil management/operator on navigation problematic fuels. 

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Eugenia Benavides

Marine Fuels Director, Terpel S.A., IBIA Board Member

Panellist - Session Six: Regional Supply Focus: Americas North and South and the Caribbean

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, attended Marymount College of Virginia, USA and  Universidad del Norte, Colombia  earning  a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has a post-graduate degree in International Business Management (Univ Javeriana),Maritime Transportation and Port Legislation(Pronaval),  Maritime and Port affairs(CEPAL Chile) and  Administrative Skills(Univ Sergio Arboleda)
Since 1984, Eugenia has worked with major oil company Terpel, handling various positions, such as sales assistant, marketing director, operations, sales, commercial manager, and company’s legal representative  Currently she is the Director of Marine Fuels  and  has been an active member of various professional and community organizations such as ABSA, ACSA,  Marymount School Parents Association, GranAbastos, SACSA, Promitel, Transoccidente and today in  Actuar Famiempresas, Marymount Alumni Association, WISTA Colombia and IBIA and  participates  in SPE Colombia committee.
She has been a speaker-panelist  at the Bunker News Conference, Maritime week Americas  events  worldwide, Wista conference, Exportuaria, SPE and has conducted various Basic Bunkering Courses in English and Spanish.

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Rich Byrnes

Keynote Speech

Rich Byrnes is a global executive and creative leader with a passion for improving business and developing people. Currently, he is the Chief Infrastructure Officer at Port Houston. His team supports international trade by focusing on Planning, Engineering & Construction, Asset Management, the Houston Ship Channel, Freight Mobility, Environmental Affairs, and Technical Analytics.
Rich’s career spans engineering, operations and consulting across transportation and oil & gas sectors. He started his career wintering over and managing supply chain at the South Pole, Antarctica, then became an oilfield engineer in Saudi Arabia and Syria. Later, Rich consulted on strategy, organization, and performance for corporations and governments world-wide, and led global consulting businesses with two Fortune 100 companies.
Rich holds two Master’s from MIT, in Ocean Systems Management and in Technology and Policy; a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara; an Associate’s in Mathematics from Long Beach City College; and leadership certificates from Texas A&M. He also taught Leadership at Texas A&M and Strategic Management at University of Maryland. Rich lives in the Houston area, serves on the Boards of STEM-E Youth Career Development Program, Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, and Port of the Future.

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Ross Berger

President, Point Bonita Capital, managed by Leucadia Asset Management LLC, a division of Jefferies

Panellist - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price and Interest Rate Volatility

Point Bonita actively provides alternative working capital solutions to companies across various sectors. These facilities are well-suited for companies that are pressured by customers to extend payment terms, operate businesses in transition, are fully levered in their sector/industry, have already tapped into their accordions, may be witnessing rapid revenue growth, facing liquidity drain from negative working capital. This group has worked with companies to help navigate the current inflationary environment and has provided $5+billion in funding since inception.
Prior to founding Point Bonita, Ross Berger ran the proprietary corporate investment portfolio at Wells Fargo. In this capacity, he was the portfolio manager of $10+billion, with exposures including: bonds, bank debt, leveraged loans, credit default swaps, convertible bonds, whole business and royalty securitizations, receivables, and bespoke transactions. Investment approach was rigorous fundamental credit analysis with an ultimate mandate of risk-adjusted returns.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Ross was an equity and structured debt investor at GE Capital. He originated transactions and managed the full cycle of institutional private equity and participating debt investing. Ross began his career at JMB Realty/Heitman Financial in fundamental real estate private equity investing.
Ross earned a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a double major in Finance and Marketing, and earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Cees Boon

Panellist - Session Three: Alternative Fuels
Presentation: Port preparedness for a multi fuel port

Cees Boon started his career with the Port of Rotterdam Port Authority in 1983 as inspector for dangerous and noxious goods for the Division Harbour Master. He has ample experience in this field and hands-on experience. At present he is alternative fuel safety expert of the Harbourmaster Policy Department and advisor of  the (State)harbour Master of Rotterdam. 
He has been involved LNG developments in the Port of Rotterdam and is responsible for the safety framework and rules for the LNG bunkering in the port for seagoing and inland vessels. 
Nowadays Cees is involved in the Energy Transition program of the port of Rotterdam with the task to establish, in addition to LNG, an international accepted harmonized safety framework and guidelines for (STS) bunkering of all the new energy carriers like Methanol, (Liquid)Hydrogen, Ammonia and electrical power for propulsion.  
For this purpose he is working closely with other (port) authorities, international regulatory authorities, branch organizations and shipping companies. Cees is an active member of several workgroups within the IAPH/CMF, SGMF, INTERTANKO, IMO-GIA, CEN, WPCAP and the future fuels workgroup of IBIA. He is involved in many international programs to establish new fuels bunker infra structure, including pilots for bunkering for H2, NH3 and Methanol in the port of Rotterdam. 

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Constantinos Capetanakis

Bunker Director, Star Bulk, IBIA Vice Chairman

Moderator - Session Three: Alternative Fuels  

Constantinos studied Law in Greece (LLB) and England (LLM in Maritime Law – University of Southampton). He is a qualified Greek lawyer since 1997 and English solicitor since 2002.
From 1998 to 2002 he was the Legal Counsel of Excel Maritime Carriers, a Piraeus-based shipping company listed in NYSE. From 2002 to 2004 Constantinos worked as a marine litigation solicitor at Holman Fenwick & Willan, both in London and Piraeus. Between 2004-2013 he was a shareholder and Director of Quantum Shipping Ltd., a shipping company of Constantinos’ family interests, where he was responsible for the company’s investment strategy as well as for all legal, commercial and managerial issues.
In 2014 Constantinos joined Star Bulk, serving as General Manager of a number of private vessels and subsequently as Executive Vice President – Control Director of the group’s procurement arm, Ship Procurement Services SA. Since 2019 Constantinos is serving as Star Bulk’s Bunker Director, responsible for bunkering procurement / strategy and Star Bulk’s cooperation with bunker industry stakeholders.
In 2020 Constantinos was, for the first time, a candidate in IBIA’s Board elections and got elected as IBIA’s Board Member.

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Guido Cardullo

Head of Business Development, Fratelli Cosulich Spa

Panellist - Session Three: Alternative Fuels

Guido Cardullo is the Head of Business Development of Fratelli Cosulich, a world leading bunker trading company with offices in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Dubai, Athens, Genoa, Monaco, Paris and New York.
Before that, he was Managing Director of the Singapore office of Fratelli Cosulich, where they operate as a physical supplier with a fleet of 6 owned bunker barges.
Mr Cardullo joined Fratelli Cosulich in 2011.

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Richard Clark

Trader, Hartree Marine 

Panellist - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

Started in the bunker industry in 1980 with Chevron London before moving to Bunkerfuels and then Trans-Tec Services as bunker broker in the late 80’s. Moved to San Francisco with Trans-Tec in 1992 to help develop the Pacific Rim business and eventually became manager of that office for World Fuel Services. Left WFS in late 2020 and started with Hartree in January 2022 as a back-to-back trader for the Americas and based in San Francisco.

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Giulia Cosulich

ESG Corporate Director, Fratelli Cosulich 

Panellist - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

 have started my career in 2004 in MSC Cargo Division in New York City and then moved to AccountAbility, a think tank in London in the field of ESG standards’ setting. I then moved back to Italy and, in my fifteen years as a sustainability consultant, I have had the opportunity to engage Corporate professionals to design business strategies, governance systems and stakeholder engagement programs that foster social and environmental sustainability in the Italian scenario in very different sectors ranging from Banking to Utilities.
I am now both Managing Director of Link Industries, a Fratelli Cosulich family Group Company, trading in industrial and building products and I was recently appointed ESG Corporate Director in Fratelli Cosulich Group to drive all our activities towards a more sustainable future.

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Timothy Cosulich

CEO Fratelli Cosulich, IBIA Chairman

Welcome Address

Timothy started his career as a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers first in London and then in Madrid, in the Valuation & Strategy department, focusing on M&A transactions. He then got his MBA from INSEAD and later on joined the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in The Netherlands as a General Manager, focusing on New Terminals acquisition and development. In 2010 Timothy joined his family business, Fratelli Cosulich, where he sits on the Group Board of Directors and holds the role of CEO - Marine Fuels.
Fratelli Cosulich is a diversified Group founded in 1857, fully owned by the Cosulich family, now at its sixth generation. The Group is active in a number of aspects of the Shipping Industry, from ship-owning, to ship-agency, freight-forwarding, catering, manning, yacht-services, and marine fuel trading and supplying. Fratelli Cosulich has offices in 15 countries, approx. 1,000 employees worldwide and a yearly turnover of USD 1.9bn.
Timothy is also the Chairman of IBIA Asia and sits on a number of boards, including IBIA, YPO Singapore, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.

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Frank Dahan

Director Transport Services and Global Fuel Strategy, CSL Group Inc, IBIA Americas Board Member

Panellist - Session Five: Buyers’ panel: Coping with the present, planning for the future

Frank is the Director of Transport Services and Global Fuel Strategy for Montreal based worldwide shipowner Canada Steamship Lines, also known as CSL Group. 
With offices in Canada, USA, Australia, London, and Asia, he heads all commercial operations for the Canadian Fleet. Frank also leads the Global fuel desk and elaborates the fuel procurement strategy.
He has over 25 years of experience in oil and energy industry and Bunker Procurement strategy activities. Frank Dahan also supports all sustainable alternative fuel initiatives at Group CSL Inc, such as the Biofuel Fuel Testing program, which was launched in 2019 and is to date one of the largest ongoing B100 Biodiesel trial on marine engines in the world.
Prior to joining CSL Group, Frank was head of bunker trading at a Montreal based bunker trading firm. Frank Dahan graduated John Molson school of business with a Finance major and minor in economics.

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Roger Alexander Dekkers

Group Trade Finance Director, Monjasa

Panellist - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price and Interest Rate Volatility

Roger has been with Monjasa for 4.5 years primarily responsible for the group’s financing needs. Roger recently moved to Houston to become General Manager at Monjasa for North America. Roger is an experienced global trade finance professional working in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. He spent 13 years with ABN AMRO in the commodity trade finance team, starting in 2005 in Rotterdam and eventually became regional head of trade commodity finance with ABN AMRO Bank prior to joining Monjasa.

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Casper Pasgaard Dybdal

General Counsel, Group Legal, Bunker Holding Group

Panellist - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

Casper Pasgaard Dybdal is the General Counsel in the Bunker Holding Group being overall responsible for the groups legal and compliance department. Prior to joining the Bunker Holding Group in 2014, Casper has past experience from another marine fuel industry leader, the financial industry, and has for a number of years been lecturing as part-time associate professor at a university in Denmark. In Bunker Holding compliance is seen as a license to operate and is an important element in enabling responsible decision-making across the Bunker Holding Group. The Bunker Holding Groups compliance program is led by Casper together with the Global Head of Compliance, with day-to-day operations being carried out by a global team of 11 experienced compliance professionals in Denmark, Singapore, Dubai, and the US. Casper and the team aim for a compliance program where “compliance” is more than just a program to follow rules, regulations, and requirements. Their ambition is to make sure “compliance” is founded in the Bunker Holding Groups corporate values to be decent in managing the business.

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Unni Einemo

IBIA Director, IMO Representative

Welcome Address
Presentation -   IMO and EU Regulations impacting the marine fuels sector
Moderator -   Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

Unni Einemo joined the IBIA secretariat in April 2016 as its IMO Representative, Media and Communications Manager after two years as a non-Executive board director. She was promoted to Director in order to serve as the global head of the Association in September 2018 following a unanimous decision by the board of IBIA.
Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst in the marine fuel and shipping industries in her capacity as Managing Editor for the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping specialist news services at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015. She has gained expert knowledge through engaging with industry, attending numerous maritime and energy conferences, and regularly attending IMO meetings, and has herself become a sought-after speaker at industry events.
Lloyd’s List named her as one of ‘Ten women influencing shipping in 2019’ ahead of the publication’s annual Top 100 most influential people in shipping series, and among the “Top 10 in regulation” in 2018.
Unni is a Masters Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, with a major in Contemporary Politics of the Middle East.

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Matias Engel

Bunkers, Hafnia

Panellist -Session Five: Buyers’ panel: Coping with the present, planning for the future

Combined 9 years of experience in the bunker industry from both the trading and most recently the buying side with Hafnia and our bunker alliance. I believe in close strategic supplier-buyer relationships, unity, and transparency to support long-term mutual goals to better prepare for the green transition on potential net-zero emission goals all across the supply chain.

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Sandra Ennor

President, Transparensea Fuels, LLC

Moderator - Session Five: Buyers’ panel: Coping with the present, planning for the future

Sandra Ennor is the President and CEO of Transparensea Fuels, LLC which she founded in June 2017.
Sandra and her growing Connecticut-based team have a breadth experience across the bunker landscape as brokers, traders, buyers and on the physical supply side. Transparensea Fuels is a 100% independent global brokerage only company focused on bringing clarity, professionalism, ethics, and expertise to marine fuels procurement Sandra is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to entering into bunkering, she served over 9 years as a U.S. Navy combat helicopter pilot and is a decorated combat veteran for her work during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sandra is currently serving as the President of the Connecticut Maritime Association and is an active WISTA and IBIA member.  
Transparensea Fuels is a US certified woman- and veteran-owned small business.

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Eric Evans

President, EVANS Advisory LLC,

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Panellist - Session Five: Buyers’ panel: Coping with the present, planning for the future

Eric is a seasoned Executive with over 40 years of leadership experience and expertise in finance operations, global sourcing and fuel management of marine fuels, sales and marketing of global fuel supply, marine transportation and infrastructure management, development of alternative fuels, and managing environmental compliance and sustainability projects.
Eric is President of EVANS Advisory LLC, specializing as an Energy Consultant-Strategic Advisor for Marine Fuels, LNG, and Sustainability. He is supporting and engaged with various clients, shipowners, and asset management companies in the marine fuels, finance, petroleum, and oil infrastructure operations. During his career he has worked for large NYSE traded companies Carnival Corporation, El Paso/ Coastal Refining and Marketing and ICON International. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of WEST Indies Petroleum, Serves as strategic advisor to K2 Capital and Florida Solar Partners.  Eric supports various non-profit organizations and community interests.
Eric’s experience includes working on various projects including Carnival Corporation’s Exhaust Gas Cleaning Project with the USCG and EPA, and the development and implementation of bulk marine LNG as an alternative fuel. Leadership responsibilities also include lobbying and government affairs, international sales and marketing, asset management, human resources, and business development. He has experience in creative cost management of billion dollars spend through innovative strategies and market driven negotiations.
Eric is a founding and two-time Board Member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), served as an oil industry liaison on the Florida Department of Natural Resource Oil Spill Council following the enactment of OPA 90, and universally recognized petroleum expert supporting the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA). He has extensive public speaking experience at many industry conferences and symposiums.

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Sofia Fürstenberg Stott

Partner, Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory,

and Maritime Director, Ammonia Energy Association 

Panellist - Session Three: Alternative Fuels Panel

Sofia, Partner at Fürstenberg Maritime Advisory (FMA), is a transition agent, helping maritime stakeholders progressing the energy shift, and developing ESG strategies for mutual value creation and risk sharing. FMA are Maritime Directors to the Ammonia Energy Association, where they facilitate knowledge sharing and connection between maritime and ammonia industries. FMA are members of the Getting To Zero Coalition and in various outfits support the UN Ocean Decade. Sofia was previously Innovation Portfolio Manager at Maersk, Business Development Manager for Nor-Shipping, and Senior Consultant at DNV. In the industry since 2006, she has worked in Oslo, Singapore and Copenhagen. Based in Sweden, she is a Board Member of WISTA International and leads its Tech and Futures Committee. She has a MSc in Chem. Eng. from Lund University, DNV’s Top Tech Diploma from Haas Business School, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Blue MBA, Copenhagen Business School.

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Rolando Garzaro

CEO, GTGlobal Group / GTBunkers,

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Moderator - Session Five: Buyers’ panel: Coping with the present, planning for the future

Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala in April 1970.
Happily married for 33 years. Blessed father of two and grandfather of one. Joined ExxonMobil in 1990 as Operations Trainee. Performed different supervisory and managerial position in aviation, lubricants, chemicals, marine terminal operations and marine fuels. Last position performed was Central America Marine Fuels Manager.
Left ExxonMobil in 2008 for founding GT Global Group; a group of companies dedicated to the distribution of aviation, marine and land fuels and lubricants in the Caribbean, Central and South America under the brands GTBunkers, PetroSolutions, and PetroMarine.
Actually, working on the development of new infrastructure and the logistic chain to provide solutions for the Emissions Control initiatives in the region, supplying Aqueous Urea and Caustic Soda solution for the marine market.
Member of different business organizations such as IBIA, AmCham Guatemala and Chamber of Commerce Guatemala.

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Marc Refsoe Holm

Panellist - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price 
and Interest Rate Volatility

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Tammi Ingannamorte

Panellist - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation 

Based in New York, Tammi is the Vice President of Sales  - America for ZeroNorth. Following ZeroNorth’s acquisition of ClearLynx, Tammi focuses on business development and sales of the ZN Bunker solutions, as well as the expansion of ZeroNorth’s offices, teams, and optimization products in the Americas region. With a firm commitment to ZeroNorth’s mission to make global trade green, Tammi understands the holistic approach of connecting the dots across global trade and combining voyage, vessel, and bunker to cut emissions and deliver savings from today. 
Tammi started her career in maritime as a bunker broker with LQM Petroleum in the 90’s fresh out of school. She became a partner in 1992 while serving as Vice President of Marketing and Sales, managing 17 brokers in five offices and LQM became the largest international pure bunker brokerage company. Simultaneously, she began working with a team to develop ClearLynx, which became the leading bunker procurement system. 
In 2015, LQM Petroleum was sold and Tammi decided she would but all her focus into developing and growing the technology spin-off, ClearLynx which she continues to do today with ZeroNorth.

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Rasmus Jacobsen

Managing Director, Americas Monjasa,

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Panellists - Session Six: Regional Supply Focus: Americas North and South and the Caribbean

Relocating from Denmark to Stamford, US in 2011 to set up Monjasa’s first presence in the Americas, Rasmus Jacobsen has developed in-depth knowledge of the global oil and shipping industries for more than a decade.
Coming from an internal position as Bunker Trader and General Manager, Rasmus Jacobsen was appointed Managing Director for Monjasa Americas in 2016. Since his accession to the Monjasa Group top management, Rasmus has contributed significantly to the strategic, organisational and commercial development of the Monjasa Group.
Today, Rasmus Jacobsen is located at Monjasa Americas’ headquarters in Panama City from where he oversees Monjasa’s maritime operations in Houston, Panama, Colombia and Brazil. Overall, Monjasa Americas employs 60 maritime specialists located in Stamford, Houston, Panama City and Rio de Janeiro and supplies around 2.5m tonnes of marine fuels years.  
Educated as Sergeant First Class, Rasmus started his professional career in the Danish Army, which included secondments with NATO forces in Kosovo in 2005 and the coalition forces in Iraq in 2007. In addition, Rasmus Jacobsen holds experience from the LEGO Group in Denmark, where he worked with supply chain management from 2009-2011.

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Jack Jordan

Managing Editor, Ship & Bunker

Moderator - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price
and Interest Rate Volatility

Jack Jordan is an experienced financial editor and reporter with a degree in Arabic and Russian, a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism and several years’ history of covering the oil and shipping industries and capital markets. His career has included appointments with Bloomberg, Argus Media, and S&P Global Platts. Jack is based in London, UK.

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Mikkel Kannegaard

Panellist - Session Three:  Alternative Fuels Panel  

Mikkel Kannegaard is the CEO of Maersk Oil Trading and has more than 20 years of experience in shipping, logistics and the oil industry and has worked in various countries across four different continents.
During his career, he has held a wide array of leadership and project management positions spanning over P&L responsibility to functional roles working in both business units and at corporate levels.
He has solid insight in the bunker industry, both from a commercial as well as a procurement angle, including the risk management aspects of oil transactions.
More recently Mikkel been involved in green fuels and the transition of the marine industry from a fossil based fuel to a carbon neutral fuel.

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Georgia Kounalakis

Managing Director, Bunker One USA Inc.

Panellist - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price and Interest Rate Volatility

Georgia is a highly skilled and accomplished marine fuels executive serving in various leadership roles for for leading both private and publicaly-traded Independent physical supply bunkering companies. She is experienced in the development and implementation of corporate strategic plans in the marine fuels sector and brings almost twenty years’ of experience in bunker fuel trading, business development, logistics, and M&A.
In addition, she has led new business start-ups, expanded businesses into new markets, and taken a lead role in capital raising efforts. Her accomplishments are many and include successful conclusion of multiple acquisitions, various structured transactions involving investment in existing bunkering markets as well as non traditional locations. Georgia’s success is rooted in her ability to use market, industry, competitor and economic analysis to identify and capitalize on business growth opportunities. She uses her in depth market knowledge and understanding of the North American Marine fuels business and shipping markets to take a proactive response to risks and opportunities, and as a baseline for continuous quality improvement in logistics and product quality control. Georgia has been selected by CEOs as well as several executive management teams to serve as a member of a strategic task force focusing on global business growth planning. Georgia is a well known figure in the marine fuels industry with extensive relationships in the maritime arena, refineries, and the finance community.

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Ian Mathew

Senior Legal Counsel, Peninsula

Panellist - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

Ian Mathew is Senior Legal Counsel at Peninsula, the global marine energy company. An English qualified solicitor based in London, Ian advises primarily on Peninsula’s marine fuel supply operations, its shipping arm and sustainability initiatives. Ian also oversees Peninsula’s sanctions compliance framework. He was a shipping and commodities litigator in private practice who also has experience working for a P&I Club. Ian is graduate of Manchester University and the London School of Economics.  

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Jeff Mildner

Panellist - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation   

Jeff brings 30+ years of software experience to the bunker industry and is at the helm of Vortex Development Group. The company is laser focused on guiding marine fuel delivery paperwork into the digital age.  We’ve been working to transform an industry reliant on rubber stamps, inkpads, and pens by ushering in 21st century technology. 
It was obvious from our humble beginnings in 2015 that handwritten, pen-on-paper delivery receipts for high-value cargo were destined to be replaced with a digital equivalency; we formed Vortex to be at the forefront of that effort. With boots-on-the-ground experience conducting deliveries, we saw that it’s about legibility, accuracy, record keeping, ease of use, and a sign-on-glass experience. 
Digital Bunker® from Vortex (available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play) delivers secure Marpol Annex XI compliant Electronic Bunker Delivery Notes (E-BDN’s®) and ISGOTT / Coast Guard compliant E-Ship Safety® (Declaration of Inspection) reports.  Designed with an easy-to-use interface for deliveries made via Ex-pipe, Truck or Barge, the software automates 2004 API Volumetric calculations, and provides digital vessel Ship Stamps tagged with GPS location data.  All stakeholders receive emailed PDFs and back-office accounting data is sent electronically to CRM systems for invoicing and archiving instead of being re-typed. 

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Jason Miles

Panellist - Session Three: Alternative Fuels

Jason spent the first twelve years of his career developing oil-in-water emulsified fuel projects as a Process Engineer for BP, and subsequently for PDVSA as Business Development Manager where he implemented numerous Orimulsion® power projects globally. Jason joined Quadrise in 2006 and now has some 30 years’ technical and commercial experience in the emulsion fuels industry. He launched the marine fuel and biofuel projects for Quadrise, involving Maersk Line, Wartsila, MAN Diesel and most recently MSC. Jason is a chartered Chemical Engineer, studied Chemical Engineering (Hons) at Loughborough University, and has an Executive MBA from the Bayes Business School in London (formerly Cass).

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Christian Plum Ph.D.

Head of Bunker Products, StormGeo,

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Panellist - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation  

Christian is Head of s-Bunker product at StormGeo. He has worked with digitization of the bunkering industry since 2007 when he started at Maersk Oil Trading. He has achieved a PHD degree in algorithms and has published several articles on algorithms for container network design and bunker purchasing.
In 2018, he co-founded BunkerMetric, who built decision support tools for the bunkering industry, in particular BunkerPlanner, now s-Bunker, which supports bunker buyers in choosing the right Port, Volume and grade, to satisfy all operational and environmental rules, while minimizing costs.

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Frank Ray

Bunker Sales Specialist, GCC Supply & Trading

Panellist - Session Six: Regional Supply Focus: Americas North and South and the Caribbean

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Flavio Ribeiro

CEO, Bunker One (Brazil),

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Panellist - Session Six: Regional Supply Focus: Americas North and South and the Caribbean

Flavio Ribeiro has been an active member of the bunkering industry for over 20 years. During his career, he has held positions as trader, business development manager and Managing Director of leading companies in the industry. Since 2014, he is in charge of Danish group Bunker Holding A/S’ subsidiaries in Brazil (Bunker One). His strong commitments to the development of the sector in Brazil prompted the initiative to create ABRABUNKER - Brazilian Bunkering Association, where he is the president, and which has played an important role in the discussions with local regulators and stakeholders, aiming for a well-structured business environment. 

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Charlotte Røjgaard, M.Sc.

Global Technical Manager Bureau Veritas, VeriFuel

Panellist - Session Seven: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

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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Daniel Rose

CEO, Shipergy

Panellist - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation

Daniel is a Marine Fuels Executive with over 20 years of experience in commodities and shipping.   He is the former CEO of the well known bunker group LQM where he launched ‘LEAF’ - the shipping industry’s first alternative fuels database in 2020. Additionally, Daniel was CCO of OceanConnect Marine and was a Director of Integr8 Fuels under the Navig8 group.  Starting his career as a marine credit analyst Daniel has occupied senior roles within both credit and commercial verticals.  Most recently, Daniel was employed by the prestigious ‘Signal Group’ to build a new bunkering business that leverages fleet volume and best in class technology.  This business was launched under the Shipergy brand in 2020 with Daniel as CEO.

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Darren Shelton

Co- Founder, FuelTrust

Panellist - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation   

Darren Shelton is a 26-year veteran of the maritime industry having managed multiple shipping agencies, serving as lead auditor in ISO quality management systems and most recently being tasked with driving their digital initiatives for a premier global maritime agency. In 2018 he envisioned a blockchain startup for the downstream energy sector which led to his co-founding FuelTrust, a data science company with Greentech SaaS solutions. Darren studied at Stephen F. Austin State University and Hope International University, has received honorary degrees from Alvin Community College and presently serves on the Board of Regents at ACC. He is Chairman of both the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee and the Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on the boards of several other community organizations. He and his family reside in the Houston suburb of Alvin TX.

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Jason Silber

Panellist - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

Jason is Lead Analyst and Head of Business Development at Infospectrum Ltd, the premier maritime, energy and commodities due diligence and credit information provider in the world.

Jason began his career in 1995 at MRC (the stone-age era predecessor to Lloyds Intelligence), soon becoming team leader of their US office. Following years in the finance sector, Jason established the business development team of Peninsula Petroleum Ltd in 2012, headed Platts Ocean Intelligence from 2016 to 2019 and briefly ran a boutique consultancy, before joining Infospectrum in 2022.

Jason has been a ubiquitous presence in the maritime and bunker sectors, authoring numerous articles, hosting podcasts and videos, and presenting at conferences worldwide.

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Steve Simms

Moderator - Session Eight:  Licensing transparency and ethics in the Bunker industry

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, a member of IBIA’s Board and the Legal Advisor to SEA/LNG, the industry group promoting LNG as a vessel fuel.

Simms Showers is one of the world’s most active law 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 $700 million for its clients as the result of vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.

 Mr. Simms was selected for the United States Department of Justice, Honor Law Graduates Program and served as a federal prosecutor.  He was Editor‑in‑Chief of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business at Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago),  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 the Husband of his wife of 32 years, Denise, and Dad of daughter Alison and son John, and of Benson the Coton de Tulear (the royal dog of Madagascar, somewhat removed from actual royalty).

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Tom Sosnowski

 Associate Director, Global Marine Fuels, Opis

Panellist - Session Two: Coping in a World of Extreme Price and Interest Rate Volatility

Tom Sosnowski is Associate Director, Global Marine fuels for OPIS, A Dow Jones Company. Tom has more than 15 years of experience in the heavy fuels markets and currently oversees bulk and bunker fuel pricing for the Americas. In the past, Tom has been certified in ship chartering by the Law Society of England and Wales. Tom is a graduate of Gettysburg College, where he earned a BA in Communications.

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Ananth Srinivasan

Vice President, V-TIC Services

Panellist - Session Seven: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

Ananth currently serves as the Vice President at V-TIC Services. V-TIC Services focuses on the Supply side of the Fuel supply chain and is intimately involved in supporting suppliers across their business. From helping suppliers develop fuels for the future, to helping them develop the basis of design of their refineries, the V-TIC Services team was developed to be at the cutting edge of our customer's next challenge.

Ananth Srinivasan has over eighteen years of experience working at Baker Hughes and in a startup, in a variety of roles including P&L Management, Sales, Operations, Engineering, Product Development, and Project Management. His breadth of experience spans the Oil and Gas sector from Upstream operations to the Marine Shipping business.

He has an Executive MBA from Texas A&M and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines helping combine technical knowledge with commercial acumen to help clients succeed.

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James Stapleton

Vice President, Global Marine at Parkland Marine,

IBIA Americas Regional Board Member

Panellist - Session Six: Regional Supply Focus: Americas North and South and the Caribbean

James Stapleton is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science, Marine Transportation and a USCG Third Mate License.  His sailing experience includes time onboard product tankers, break bulk vessels, container ships, military pre-positioning vessels and bulk coal carriers. Mr. Stapleton has 25 years of professional Maritime and International Business experience that include vessel scheduling, operations, operations management, fuel buying, fuel treatment, fuel sales and sales management.  Mr. Stapleton joined Tropic Oil company in 2015 where he managed both commercial and marine sales of fuels and lubricants as the Vice President of Sales.  Parkland USA acquired Tropic Oil in 2019 and restructured the management team placing Mr. Stapleton in the role of Director, Marine Sales where he successfully managed the integration of the bunker teams of Tropic Oil and Sol (Caribbean) providing a platform for bunker sales extending from multiple markets in Florida to 17 markets throughout the Caribbean.  Mr. Stapleton was appointed to his current role as Vice President, Global Marine in April of 2022 and has been tasked with creating a “One Face to Market” strategy for all of Parkland’s marine business.  Parkland Marine was created shortly thereafter and is currently in the process of building the infrastructure and management team in order to be prepared for full operations and offerings in 2023.

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Adrian Tolson

Moderator - Session Four: The role of Digitalisation

Adrian Tolson is the Director and Lead for BLUE’s Insight practice, and one of the shipping industry’s leading marine energy experts. With more than 30 years of experience he has both detailed knowledge and insight into the supply and demand side of marine fuel, and into bunkering infrastructure development.
In 2015, Adrian founded maritime consultancy 20|20, which was acquired by business, brand and communications consultancy, BLUE, in 2019.  Adrian leads BLUE’s Insight practice, which provides commercial advisory, research and intelligence services across the key areas of transformation within the maritime industry.  This includes the changing marine energy supply chain, digitalisation and the drive for decarbonisation and sustainability.
Adrian leads numerous global business development projects across the marine supply chain.  This includes assisting ship owners and suppliers on fuel procurement and supply strategies in a post 2020 world; the development of bunkering infrastructure projects for clean and new fuels; as well as working with the financial and investment community on the opportunities of the future marine energy landscape.
Adrian’s experience spans leadership roles with some of the industry’s largest marine fuel suppliers, including Chemoil Energy, where he was responsible for successfully driving the company through to IPO; and as Vice President and General Manager of OW Bunker where he established its physical supply operation in the USA.

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Hauk Larsen Wahl

Business Development Manager, Intertek Lintec

Panellist - Session Seven: Bunker Quality - How is it evolving?

Hauk Larsen Wahl is the Business Development Manager for Intertek Lintec, responsible for the Americas and Scandinavian markets.

Prior to joining Intertek Lintec, Hauk spent 21 years in the Fuel Quality Testing and Bunker Quantity Survey business, holding positions in Sales and Management in Oslo, Fujairah and Houston.

Early in his career, Hauk sailed onboard container vessels and then later worked with sales of EPIRBs, AIS systems, Marine VHF Radios and Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (Scrubbers).

Hauk holds a Bachelors Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters Degree in Management from BI Norwegian Business School.

Hauk currently resides in Houston, and holds dual Norwegian/American citizenships.

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Stefka Wechsler

Marine fuel and fuel oil price analyst, Argus Media

Panellist - Session Three: Alternative Fuels Panel
Presentation: Alternative fuels – how are they priced? 

Stefka Wechsler joined Argus in 2012 as an editor and marine fuel analyst contributing to the daily price and news report Argus Marine Fuels. She created and maintains a marine exhaust scrubber database and an alternative marine fuels-powered vessels database. In addition to conventional bunkers, she tracks prices of alternative marine fuels (ammonia, LNG, methanol, biofuels, etc.). Formerly a residual fuel oil consultant with Poten & Partners (2006-2012), where she focused on market analysis for fuel oil production, consumption and regulations. She contributed to the monthly Fuel Oil in World Markets and Fuel Oil Opinion reports and co-authored the study Marine Fuel Regulations 2010-2025, among others. Stefka has an extensive network of marine fuel suppliers, traders, brokers and shipowners in all major ports in North America and Latin America. She has an MBA from Fordham University.