Adrian Wong is a recognized expert in the energy and infrastructure sector and is currently a Partner of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP providing legal expertise in transactional, commercial, regulatory & disputes advice. He has also worked as a legal counsel with International Power/GDF Suez (now ENGIE).
Adrian has advised power generation, transmission, renewable energy, petrochemical and construction companies as well as companies in the oil and gas industry. He has provided comprehensive and integrated advice on all aspects of infrastructure project development ranging from negotiations with government authorities relating to project concessions; lenders providing project financing (and other forms of financing) to projects, EPC contractors, feedstock and utilities suppliers and potential offtakers and O&M service providers.
Some of his energy related experiences are:
- Advising Sarawak Energy Berhad in relation to a power purchase agreement entered into between Syarikat Sesco Berhad and Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd. Adviser in the development and construction of the:
- Baram 1 Hydro-Electric Power Project;
- Baleh Hydro-Electric Power Project;
- 2 x 300MW Balingian Coal Fired Power Plant Project;
- Tanjung Kidurong GT Combined-Cycle Power Plant Project;
- Packages A, B, C and 2 of the 500kV Backbone Transmission Line Project
- The Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (IIGF) on the provision of a government guarantee for the Sumsel 9 (2 x 600MW) & 10 (1 x 600MW) coal fired mine mouth power projects in Indonesia.
- Advising International Power / GDF Suez on coal and gas power projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Mongolia
- Advise the International Finance Corporation on its debt and equity investment, US$100 million financing of Power Grid Corporation of India and waste to energy power plant project in Sri Lanka
- JBIC on the financing of the Van Phong I BOT power project – one of the largest coal fired power projects in Vietnam.
- Sojitz Corporation on the development and construction of a coal and thermal power plant
- Renewable Energy Corporation on several aspects of their greenfield development of a US$2.5 billion solar manufacturing complex in Singapore
- He is qualified in both English and Singapore law.
Björn Asplind, M.Sc Naval Architect CEO and Founder, Technocean Consulting AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
After working for for large technical and R&D projects/organisations over the years, Björn founded Technocean Consulting AB in 2014. The major principal is currently Stena Rederi AB where he primarily acts as Project Manager in Scrubber Retrofit Projects. Today he is one of few independent experts in the world on exhaust gas scrubbing technology for shipboard applications.
- The assignment covers both technical, economical and contractual aspects of the project. The company has mainly taken assignments concerning exhaust gas cleaning projects, Scrubbers for Ships trading in the ECA areas.
- The assignment includes technical and contract management for the scrubber conversion on the two largest ferries in the world, Stena Hollandica and Stena Britannica.
- Björn has done all technical and economic feasibility studies for the ships being converted, as well as analysing the scrubber suitability for all relevant ships in the fleet.
Björn’s earlier work experience includes:
TTS, Göteborg, Sweden. Various positions in TTS Marine ASA, a global supplier of equipment for the Marine industry. During the years with TTS he worked both on the technical and commercial side of the business selling shipboard equipment to Shipyards and Ship Owners.
2002 – 2004
Ecoship Engineering AB, Malmö, Sweden. Björn worked as the R&D Manager with responsibility for two large R&D projects with high environmental focus. Ship design involving Diesel electric propulsion and SCR catalyst Exhaust gas cleaning.
2000 – 2002
Ocke Mannerfelt Design AB, Stockholm, Sweden. Design, Hydrodynamics and Project Management for pleasure crafts, ferries and extreme race boats.
2000 – 2001
Ecoship Engineering AB. Research on “Developable surfaces in hull design – Hydrodynamic and construction aspects”. Investigation of structural and hydrodynamic properties for the patented Ecoship hull design.
During the last few years Björn has studied the scrubber technology for ship applications in detail as well as trying to understand the principle arguments for why there is a need to reduce SOx emissions and how they influence the environment. He has been in seminars and interfaced with researchers on how scrubbers will affect the marine environment.
- He is currently engaged in a study together with IVL (Swedish Environmental Research Institute) about the effects of scrubbers. The project will study among other things how soot and particle exhaust are affected by scrubbers and try to answer the question; Which is better for the environment? Switching fuels or scrubbing?
- He has managed the procurement and installation of both open and closed loop scrubbers
Bret is an experienced management consultant with over 25 years of business strategy and operations experience. He has been working in the healthcare sector in partcular for over 15 years and has implemented projects in data analytics, mobile applications, integration of business and technology, digital strategy and operations, strategy and business planning, growth strategy and IT outsourcing.
He has led and managed numerous teams to identify, analyze and solve client’s largest challenges in healthcare -leveraging digital technology as a business enabler. He has also done extensive research in Behavioral Economics and the impact on healthcare costs.
Bret has advised both public and private organizations in the US, UK, Middle East and Asia and is a regular contributor as a Subject Matter Expert for The New York Times, Bloomberg Radio, The Washington Post and Reuters.
He holds a Master of Business Administration in Strategy and Finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an Electrical Engineering Degree from Montana State University.
Bret is presently a Partner and US Healthcare Growth Strategy Lead for PA Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm and he works with healthcare companies in the US, UK, Nordics and Middle East.
Byron Xavier is the Managing Director of Xavier & Associates LLC, a corporate/commercial, IT and IP practice that provides legal support for its clients, which range from fintech start-ups and SMEs to MNCs. Leveraging on his experience as regional in-house counsel at an MNC and as a practicing lawyer, Byron handles a wide range of legal matters, including drafting and negotiating contracts across multiple jurisdictions, managing civil and criminal litigation, directing intellectual property registration and enforcement strategies and overseeing other general corporate matters. Having experience as both counsel and a client, Byron translates his knowledge into providing practical, workable solutions that take into account his clients’ commercial objectives and assists them with developing legal strategies.
Byron graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1998 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1999. Before going in-house, he worked as an associate in a well-known Singapore law firm, where he specialized in intellectual property enforcement and litigation, and also handled commercial IP and technology transactions. Byron returned to private practice in 2014, starting Xavier & Associates LLC in order to try and provide corporate and commercial legal services to an underserved SME and start-up market.
Throughout his time in practice and as in-house counsel, Byron has had extensive experience in dealing with a variety of contracts for a wide range of transactions from channel and logistics agreements and intellectual property licenses to shareholders’ agreement and corporate finance contracts.
Chetan has more than 12 years of experience in servicing large national and multinational clients in the areas of Assurance, Indian GAAP, US GAAP and IFRS technical accounting advisory, specifically in the areas of financial instruments, leases, consolidation, revenue recognition and business combinations.
Chetan has extensive international experience on advising clients on IFRS and US GAAP in India, United Kingdom and United States. Chetan has expertise in:
- Advising on technical accounting under IFRS and US GAAP;
- Conduct IFRS and technical accounting trainings for finance teams of clients and workshops on IFRS in Singapore, India and Nepal;
- Experience of various technical topics like leasing, revenue recognition, embedded derivatives, consolidation, joint ventures, service concession arrangements;
- Diverse industry and international experience including working with and within teams from India, United States, United Kingdom, Middle East, Romania, Singapore.
- Chetan has also worked with Accounting Advisory team of another large global accounting firm’s and Technical Accounting Group of a major US based financial institution.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK)
- Chartered Financial Analyst (US)
- Com (Hons), University of Delhi
Christopher Lennon is the Director of Stone Falcon Corporate and Legal Consulting Ltd – a company that provides consultancy, professional training and academic teaching within the area of Project Management, where he specializes within the ‘Special Projects’ domain. He has more than 25 years of experience across various market segments, including maritime and power industries, retail, logistics, distribution and the oil & gas industry. He has set up distribution networks supporting the North Sea E&P industry within Aberdeen and managed a variety of ‘special projects’ internationally – normally strategic or change management focused.
Chris has over 17 years teaching experience at several universities across a wide range of subjects. These include delivering MSc. level courses in Project Management at the Robert Gordon University and the University of Aberdeen as well as the International Oil and Gas MBA programme for Middlesex University. He holds an MBA and LLB from the University of Aberdeen, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
Derrick is the co-founder and principal for FYT Consulting with extensive experience in analytics and consulting with top management consulting firms, multinational corporations and government agencies.
Prior to establishing FYT Consulting, he was responsible for co-leading the formation and establishment of the People Analytics Centre of Excellence (COE) for a multinational healthcare company with US$ 30 Billion revenue. Derrick also has extensive experience in corporate strategy and process improvement having led such functions in large multinational corporates in the FMCG and aviation sectors.
Derrick is an associate trainer with the Civil Service College, PSA Academy, HR Academy and Management Development Institute of Singapore where he develops and delivers data analytics, decision-making and analytics culture programs. He also develops and deliver customized analytics workshops and programmes for many organizations across the region spanning multiple sectors and functions; including maritime, aviation, FMCG, F&B and education to name a few.
Derrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the National University of Singapore as well as an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Gerald is a partner with Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore. His portfolio of contentious shipping work includes admiralty enforcement, drafting Bunker Trading and Supply including Commodity Swap Agreements, oil and gas disputes for well-known oil majors, marine insurance and P&L matters. He has experience in conducting and instructing arbitration proceedings in London, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.
On the non-contentious front, Gerald handles ship finance, ship sales and purchases, registration and change of flag matters, review and advice of charterparties, ship management and manning agreements.
Some of Gerald’s past notable cases and experiences include:
- Reviewing and providing advice for Regulation and Compliance in IPO prospectus for IMO, Shipping and other maritime related regulations and conventions
- Advising and drafting of charterparties (bareboat and long term time CPs) and additional/rider clauses and financial leasing arrangements.
- Advising and drafting Bunker Trading and Supply including Commodity Swap Agreements
- Conversant with Ship Arrests matters. Have also instructed foreign counsel on matters related to carriage of goods by sea and air in Malaysia, Indonesia,Vietnam, Greece, Turkey, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus and Lagos, Nigeria
- Portfolio includes handling and dealing with commercial advice and claims for several well-known multi-national oil and gas companies; and several Protection & Indemnity Clubs for Owners and Charterers of vessels
- Instructed in matters to act for a variety of clients, who are Oil Majors, Ship Owners, Charterers, Shipyards and Banks, including ExxonMobil, Chevron Texaco, UNIPEC, SINOCHEM Oil, International Far Eastern Leasing Co. (part of the Sinochem Group), ABN AMRO BANK NV, Bank of Communication, Rongsheng Heavy Industries and Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard
Prior to joining Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore, Gerald was at a Singapore law firm where he led the Admiralty and Shipping group.
Dr. Giovanna Fenster
Dr. Giovanna Fenster has a PhD from the Victoria University, Wellington. This follows her attaining a BA, LLB degree from Wits and an LLM (cum laude) from RAU. She also has a second LLM in advanced contract law from Wits and an MA from the Victoria University, Wellington. She has completed the Association of Arbitrators’ specialisation in construction law and the Higher Diploma in Arbitration and was tutor for the Association’s well respected courses.
Gigi has taught law for more than twenty years and has written training courses, manuals and seminar notes for the construction and other industries. She has lectured law both to lay people and law students and has conducted numerous training seminars for the construction industry. She provides ongoing consulting services to private firms and government.
Gigi has a particular interest in standard construction contracts, and the FIDIC Contracts in particular. She has provided training on FIDIC in Africa, the Pacific, and Australasia. In her more than 20 years working in the industry, Gigi has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of construction delegates.
Jeff has significant experience working with the public and private sectors, through a combination of statutory audit assignments, mergers and acquisitions advice, financial advisory assignments, and the provision of accounting advice.
Jeff has acted as the lead audit partner for numerous multi-national companies and Australian entities with offshore activities.
Jeff is also actively involved in professional development activities as a speaker for organizations including the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) – University of WA
- Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
- Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Registered Public Accountant Singapore
Presentations and publications
Jeff is a regular presenter/panellist on technical and other financial issues to professional accounting and director bodies including AICD, CAANZ and ACCA. He also regularly presents at regional and international conferences of Grant Thornton International member firms.
Judith Ganes-Chase is a world-renowned soft commodities and futures analyst with over 30 years’ experience in the food and agricultural industries. Judy is well-known for her unique ability to not only gather, synthesize and interpret data in both an historical and present-day context, but also for the way she clearly and concisely articulates her findings and insightful opinions.
Prior to starting her independent commodities research and consulting services company, J. Ganes Consulting, Judy was Director of News and Research at InterCommerical Markets. She also spent most of her career on Wall Street working for major brokerage houses Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America) and Shearson Lehman (now Morgan Stanley) as a Senior Softs Analysts for their many institutional and retail clients.
Judy also conducts educational seminars on structured trade finance, and has been interviewed and quoted countless times in the major print, online and broadcast media outlets worldwide including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Barron’s, Bloomberg.com, Financial Times, Futures Industry Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Economist, Fox News and NBC’s Today Show.
Dr John Massey
Dr Massey has over 25 years of commercial experience in industry research, analysis, business intelligence and training.
Following ten-years as a Research Director at Informa – a $5bn FTSE-quoted business intelligence leader – he has since worked as an independent energy market analyst and trainer, most recently under his “Grey Cells Energy” brand.
During this time, he has focused on new technology disruption and its market deployment, in particular integrating the analysis of economic, competitive and practical, “on-the-ground” factors. He delivers these insights through internal corporate strategy advice, face-to-face training, online coaching and a variety of written content.
He has helped senior business-people in over twenty-five countries across five continents, representing a wide variety of organisations from start-ups to the world’s biggest corporations. They’ve been from across the value-chain; from finance & policy to manufacturing, operations & project development; all seeking to navigate opportunities and threats during the transition to cleaner, “smarter” power systems.
He has a 1st Class Master’s degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD in Earth Sciences and a Diploma in Economics & Sustainability from the Open University, UK.
James Gardiner has over 25 years’ experience in the LNG marine sector. He advises multinational companies on LNG STS, and from a Marine Engineering and Surveying perspective, he has worked aboard a variety of LNG vessel classes including LNG Carriers, Multi-Purpose Self-loaders, Offshore Anchor Handling Vessels, Offshore Supply Vessels and Heavy Lift Ships.
He has been heavily engaged as an expert regarding LNG vessel and offshore platforms, STS – ports and harbor infrastructure, machinery failure, investigation and safety, LNG propulsion and vessel component integrity and failure. He is an independent expert in the Marine Engineering field dominating matters involving the Oil and LNG – Gas sector.
James lectures in the field of marine survey engineering, LNG auditing and safety throughout South East Asia, the United Kingdom, NZ, Australia and the United States of America [Gulf]. This includes developing and providing expert training in LNG vessel and offshore platform HSE/NEBOSH/SIMOP/LNG/IMO and ILO.
He advises multinational participants in the oil and LNG/STS, and the geotechnical LNG drilling sector in areas regarding offshore LNG and oil platform installations in Australia, USA and throughout South East Asia. From a Marine Engineering and Surveying perspective, he has worked aboard a variety of LNG vessel classes including; LNG Oil/Carriers, Multi-Purpose Self-loaders, Offshore Anchor Handling Vessels, Offshore Supply Vessels – Oil and LNG, Combo – Heavy Lift Ships – Class LNG.
He is an independent Navy and Government advisor; former fleet manager, Class Surveyor and technical superintendent in the LNG Sector. This includes oversight of STS HSE in the North West Shelf [USD $54 Billion Chevron – Gorgon Project on Offshore LNG].
James has previously also been engaged as a qualified Court Litigation Expert, advisor and ‘in house’ independent consultant to various multinationals within Australia, Europe and South East Asia in LNG Occupational Health and Safety [OH&S]. He also investigated catastrophic (fatal) engineering incident (s) that have occurred at sea, within these ports and ashore on behalf of numerous worldwide Government Agencies in the USA and Australia.
His experience includes LNG/ STS training, research and technical diagnostic experience in the fields of LNG and Offshore Installations and marine engineering. Some of the projects he was involved in are listed below:
- LNG Carrier and Oil Exploration Ships and Offshore Support Vessel Class – Woodside Pty. Ltd North West Shelf (Australia)
- LNG – CHEVRON GORGON Independent Technical Expert – $54 Billion USD Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] – Project – [OMSA Offshore Marine Service Alliance]
- Barrow Island (Western Australia) Marine Engineering and Safety Compliance – LNG/SIMOP/HSE/IMO/ILO
- Port Infrastructure and Safety. LNG – Chevron Gorgon STS Facility and Heavy Lift Loading Facility – Henderson, Western Australia. Stevedoring and Safety Compliance – SIMOP/LNG -HSE/IMO/ILO
- Marine Engineering Surveyor and LNG/STS technical Expert Shipping and transport logistics. LNG – Turbine and Gas Platform infrastructure installation and mobilization
- Technical Independent Expert: Royal New Zealand Navy WARSHIP – RNZS Combat Supply and Multi Role War Ship – HMNZS War Ship ‘Canterbury’.
James Booker is President Director of PT JBCS Indonesia, a consulting company which provides advisory services to clients in the energy, mining and construction sectors. He has 36 years experience in North America, South America and throughout Asia. Since establishing PT JBCS Indonesia in mid-2009, James has been retained as advisor to a number of clients developing captive or IPP power projects in Indonesia, ranging in size from 2 x 60 MW to 2 x 1,000 MW. He is now advising several clients engaged in major power development projects in the region.
Prior to forming his own consulting company, he was Senior Vice President with PT Paiton Energy, a developer of major IPP projects. During his time with PT Paiton Energy, James was a lead team member on the re-negotiation of the PPA for a 1,230MW coal-fired power project, and later headed their development team for a 815 MW expansion project for which he led the PPA negotiations with PLN, the state utility off-taker.
James is a Chartered Engineer, and has an MBA from NUS, an MSc in Construction Law and Arbitration from King’s College, London University, a postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, and an LLM in International Legal Practice from the College of Law of England and Wales.
Jeff Martin [Phd related to strategic management in container logistics and BSs (Hons) in Maritime Economics] is Visiting Professor of International Logistics at Chung Ang University (Seoul, South Korea) and Director of J and S Maritime. He has extensive experience over the past 30 years in international container transport having spent 5 years managing container shipments, 5 years designing shipping line software systems and ten years involved in the development of new container terminals. Since 2005 he has provided management and executive training to terminal operators, shipping lines, logistics service providers and technology companies in thecontainer sector. Jeff has acted as port expert to the International Labour Organization (ILO) providing expertise in port operations to the highly successful Portworker Development Programme (PDP) which provides training to operators in the container sector. Currently he is developing a series short online short courses covering operational and market aspects of the container sector. Jeff is a recognised expert in the development and implementation of computer systems and has providedbusiness expertise and consultancy services on a range of software projects to shipping lines and terminal operators. Leveraging this knowledge, he provides culture change training to support the adoption of innovation and automation by portworkers and frontline managers. During his career he has worked in over thirty countries and had the opportunity to live in North America, Eastern Europe and the Far East. He currently delivers training courses each year in Europe, Asia and North America.
Jeffrey Blum’s involvement in shipping and trading spans over 45 years. He is the fourth generation of a shipping family, has been an active member of the Baltic Exchange since 1976 and has worked with a Lloyd’s underwriter and as a shipbroker, ship owner and operator, gasoil futures broker, charterer and commodities trader in London and abroad.
He achieved Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers by examination in 1979 and since 1983 has served on the ICS International Controlling Council, the International Membership Committee and the UK & Ireland Zone Committee. He was on the London & South East Branch Committee from 1983 until 2017, including its Education Officer 2000 – 2015, Chairman 2005-2007 and Vice Chairman 2015-2017. Jeffrey has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1997 (Associate since 1979), is an active Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and has been an arbitrator (both sole and tribunal) since 1994 and an expert witness since 1983. He has been on the controlling council of the International Commodity and Shipping Arbitration Service (ICSAS) since its creation in 2005.
Since 1984 he has been lecturing on maritime commercial subjects and law at universities and colleges throughout the UK. Since 2002 he is the founder director and principal lecturer of METL (Maritime Education & Training Ltd), a college in central London which prepares examinees for the ICS worldwide exams in eight core subjects. Since 2007 he is a Visiting Professor at the UN IMO’s World Maritime University in Malmo and at the Shanghai Maritime University and is a frequent presenter at conferences and masterclass workshops worldwide. For many years he has contributed to trade magazines and books and is currently editing the 12th edition of a long-established textbook on Chartering. Jeffrey provides maritime and commodities commercial claims consultancy and training through Interlink International Trading (UK) Ltd which he founded in 1994. His clients include oil majors, commodity traders, shipowners, P&I Clubs, shipbrokers, law firms, banks, governments and international shipping organisations.
Jolanda ter Maten
Jolanda ter Maten has more than 25 years of experience in educating innovation and new technology to a broad audience. As a very early adapter she started her career implementing and teaching computer automation in the late 1980’s in Central America.
Back in the Netherlands Jolanda has worked for corporates and government,
advising on innovation, change management and technical and management development programs. Covering a broad field of ICT-, HR and management positions, she clearly understands the needs of professionals of different levels and fields of expertise.
She has a Master of Science Degree from the Technical University Twente in the field of Human Resource Development, and a post-doctoral education in Strategic HR-Business Management.
She is currently working on projects for different organisations as a Blockchain Expert:
- for the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, researching and developing educational programs to prepare the Dutch business and society for Blockchain technology;
- for Xurux Blockchain Training and Consultancy as a project manager to initiate new Blockchain Education initiatives and Blockchain use case implementation and documentation;
- as well as developing and providing Blockchain training for entrepreneurs, IT-auditors, business architects, and a variety of other professionals.
- Member of Use Cases and Transitions Working Group for the Blockchain Observatory & Forum, EU Commission
- Expert at Dutch Blockchain Coalition / Dutch Digital Delta workgroup Human Capital Agenda, researching and developing educational programs to prepare the Dutch educational institutes, businesses and society for Blockchain technology
- Field Labs Blockchain: expert Use Cases in corporates and industries, with a focus on Rotterdam Harbour Logistics and Supply Chain Finance
- Member of ISO TC307/SG2 Study Group Use Cases: Advisor and Linking Pin Use Cases for ISO and NEN on Blockchain and DLT standardization
Jolanda has a clear view on innovation, change management processes and the ‘human’ factor within organisations. She is an enthusiastic and versatile professional with a strong strategic vision. As a fast and analytic thinker she connects (technological) innovations with today’s and tomorrow’s practical use. As no other she is able to translate complex information into understandable material and helps professionals to map this across to their own situation. \
Her focus is on Blockchain technology and its impact on business and society.
Lars Jensen has 17 years of experience from inside the shipping industry. This covers a combined period of 8 years as Director of driving and developing market intelligence & analysis for Maersk Line, Maersk Logistics and The Containership Company. Additionally Lars Jensen has for 2 years been CEO of the purely online container carrier Youship, as well as in charge of developing and implementing eCommerce strategy in Maersk Line.
Since 2011, Lars Jensen has acted as an independent strategic analyst, advisor and thought leader in the container shipping industry with customers including container lines, ports and terminals, universities as
well as innovative digital and IT companies in the shipping sector. Lars Jensen is CEO and Partner of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which is focused on providing expert assistance in strategic decision making, analysis, process improvement and revenue management in the shipping sector. Additionally, Lars Jensen is the co-founder of SeaIntel Maritime Analysis which was founded in 2011 and focused on providing impartial as well as actionable market intelligence for the container shipping industry. The information is often used by all market participants from carriers and shippers to ports and financial institutions.
Lars Jensen is also the CEO and founder of CyberKeel, focusing on cybersecurity in the maritime industry, providing cyber security assessments onshore and on vessels as well as assist in improving cyber security readiness. In 2016 Lars Jensen co-founded LinerGrid providing advanced tools to optimize network design for container carriers and also joined the board of the New York Shipping Exchange.
Prior to entering the shipping industry, Lars Jensen completed a Ph.D. on complex mathematical analysis in physics, as well as worked with technological innovation and modelling in the Oil&Gas industry.
Lars Jensen is a recognized thought leader on strategic developments in the liner shipping industry, and is often used as a speaker at international shipping conferences. Additionally, Lars has experience in designing and executing training courses for the Maersk Line Shipping Education as well as tailor-made training courses for individual companies and is acting as both teacher and coach at the maritime MBA at Copenhagen Business School. He is the cofounder of LinerGame which is focused on providing innovative training and teambuilding in the liner shipping industry.
He is also the author of the book “Culture Shock in Maersk Line” outlining the changes in the world’s largest container line over the past 15 years and “Liner Shipping 2025” focusing on the changes to come in the industry and how carriers, terminals, shippers and forwards should navigate to be successful.
Law Peng Keat
Law Peng Keat, PPA is the founding Director of Asia Ports & Terminals Consultants Pte. Ltd. (AP&TC), which provides consultancy services for the port and liquid bulk terminal industries. Prior to establishing the consulting firm, he has had over 30 years of hands-on experience in the management of ports. He graduated with the Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree and obtained post-graduate qualifications in General Management and Marketing Management.
He received training in Port & Harbour Management from the Ministry of Transport, Japan. In addition, he is full Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Singapore Institute of Directors.
His entire career centred mainly on ports and terminals. In his early career, he worked for Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) for 16 years managing an offshore supply base and the industrial port, Jurong Port, which was then a gateway of the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). Whilst serving at Jurong Port, he was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) by the then President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr. Wee Kim Wee.
Subsequently, he worked for 10 years at GATX Terminals Pte. Ltd., a joint venture between GATX Terminals Corporation (GTC), USA, PSA and JTC, as its Senior Vice President. Concurrently, he served as an alternate Director for 15 years representing JTC and then GTC. GATX Terminals Pte. Ltd. was then one of the largest petrochemical terminals in South East Asia with two joint venture terminals in Malaysia and China.
Prior to establishing AP&TC, he rejoined Jurong Port Pte. Ltd. as its Senior Consultant. In that role he was involved in managing the shift of Pasir Panjang Terminal’s conventional operations to Jurong Port, securing the Offshore Marine Centre O&M tender, logistics shipping contract for coal and biomass and the proposed development of a new liquid bulk terminal.
In addition to his consulting work, Peng Keat also serves as a guest lecturer appointed by the Nanyang Technological University, School of Maritime Studies, for the Maritime Port Leaders’ Programme hosted by the Maritime Port Authority, Singapore.
Malcolm has had a career in the financial services industry and financial training for over 40 years.
Malcolm started his career with National Westminster Bank (now part of RBS) before moving to Mellon Bank NA, a major regional US bank (now part of Bank of New York Mellon). At Mellon Bank, Malcolm held several credit analysis and account management positions in London, focusing on large UK corporates and UK subsidiaries of US corporations. After 11 years at Mellon Bank, Malcolm joined Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in London.
Since 1992 Malcolm has been primarily focussed on training in the areas of Corporate Credit Analysis, Financial Restructuring, Project, Infrastructure and Structured Debt Finance, such as Real Estate Finance and Asset Securitisation. He has designed and delivered tailored and public courses in more than 60 countries. In these areas, he has worked with a wide range of corporate and investment banking firms; Development Finance Institutions; public sector organisations; Export Credit Agencies; and several major corporations. Participants on courses run by Malcolm range from recent graduates to experienced line managers, and in areas as diverse as bond sales and trading to credit research and Relationship Management positions in financial institutions, as well as project engineers and professional advisers and public sector employees in Project Finance.
In Project Finance, Malcolm has run numerous public training programmes on a global basis. He has also provided tailored Project Finance training programmes for a range of financial institutions including Development Finance Institutions covering Project Finance in general as well as specific areas such as PPP and Infrastructure Finance and Renewable Energy.
Malcolm is the co-author of “Financial Products: A Survival Guide” published by Euromoney Publications in 1996.
Manish Chawda, Partner in Pragma Singapore, has over 24 years of experience at multi-national companies, and extensive experience developing innovative technical solutions to address complex business issues. Before Pragma, Manish was with Grant Thornton and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he led the Technology Risk practices.
Manish is responsible for advising clients on strategic and tactical solutions for technology regulation, information security, cybersecurity, governance, risk, and compliance. Manish also assists government agencies, international law enforcement agencies and Maritime Authorities on cybersecurity matters.
Manish recently launched the Seawall product; SEAWALL is the first integrated risk management solution for the global shipping community. This solution aims to address the escalating cyber-attack incidents in the recent years by providing technical, operational, IT backup, legal and media crisis management. Major projects Manish has been working on the following projects:
- Security testing onboard and offshore of 200 vessels in Asia
- Investigation of cyber-attacks in shipping companies, where the criminals used social engineering and email spoofing to compromise companies
- Assessment and remediation of technology issues found by assessing banks against the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Technology Risk Management guidelines
Manish holds the following memberships ISACA, ISC2, BCS and certifications; CISM, CRISC, CISSP, Check Point Security Expert CCSE, Actividentity CMS, IBM Tivoli, LogLogic, and RSA SecurID. As part of my experience, I have trained with US ex-blackhat hackers to obtain a greater understanding of the hacker’s mind-set.
Professor Martin Davies
Professor Martin Davies is an Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Maritime Law Center, Tulane University Law School, USA; Consultant to Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan (USA), Blake Dawson (Australia) and Navin & Co (Singapore).
Martin Davies is author (and co-author) of text books on maritime law, international trade law, conflict of laws, and the law of torts. He has taught maritime law at universities in the United States, Australia, Singapore and Italy. He frequently speaks at conferences and seminars around the world. He also has extensive practical experience as a consultant in maritime matters and general international litigation and arbitration.
Martin has advised on cargo claims, arrest and admiralty matters, drafting bills of lading, sea waybills and charterparties, collisions and limitation of liability, oil pollution, salvage, marine insurance, maritime arbitrations and international sale of goods. He has published many books and articles about all aspects of maritime law, including marine insurance.
Dr Malcolm Ross
Dr Malcolm Ross, President, Generapharm. Dr. Ross has over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, the last 20 being at corporate level. He qualified in the UK with a degree in Pharmacy and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. In his academic career he was a lecturer at the Welsh School of Pharmacy and later a Senior Lecturer in the Chemistry Department of Bar Ilan University.
Technically, Malcolm specialized in development, both of formulations and analytical methodologies and holds a number of patents for novel formulations. He has set up R&D departments from scratch and has upgraded existing departments to European standards. Experienced in GMP and QA issues Malcolm has carried out many audits in different companies around the world, both for API and Finished dosage forms.
He has been intimately involved in strategic planning, pipeline management and related activities. His early industrial experience with Teva and Taro were directed primarily to the US markets but later as Presiden
t of IPR, a company jointly owned by PAR and Merck Generics his role expanded to include development for both US and European markets and the European experience continued with his appointment to Polpharma the largest Pharmaceutical Company in Poland.
In 2006 Malcolm moved to Basel in Switzerland and established Generapharm, a specialist training and consultancy company. Since that time he has consulted for a major pharma company in Basel, numerous generic companies and several start-ups.
He is a frequent presenter at international conferences on a range of topics, from strategic matters, quality issues and project management through to technical subjects including formulation development and analytical procedures and has run internal and public training courses for a wide range of companies around the world.
Peter Motteram is Director of P.A.S.M. Limited with offices in both London, UK and Boston, US. He has had 18 years advising companies on their clinical trials strategy, project management and CRO outsourcing. He has a wide range of experience with different types of clients operating in territories around the world, including India and Singapore.
He originally trained in biochemistry at the Universities of Birmingham and London, and after working in a London teaching hospital, he started his pharmaceutical work at Sterling Research Group as GCP Quality Assurance auditor.
He moved to Quintiles, first founding their Quality Assurance department and then leading and developing their Business Development group outside US. As General Manager of Clinical Trials Research, Peter had responsibility for offices in the non-Americas regions.
Prior to founding PASM, Peter was General Manager of ClinTrials Research for all non-Americas offices. ClinTrials Research was at that time the third largest global clinical trials CRO and was the first to do an IPO. A significant component of Peter’s work is in running training courses, both public and tailored to inhouse needs.
Neil has been involved with the Maritime and Shipping industry for over 34 years where his foundation was built with Shell from Cadetship to Master.
With 23 years at sea, he completed numerous STS transfers for Crude Oil on VLCCs in the Gulf of Mexico and he performed weekly STS operations from 30,000 tons Product Carriers to small coasters in the Gulf of Thailand.
He was deeply engaged on trade in the Far East, Australia and Japan when he became Master on LNG carriers.
More recently Neil has carried out training and attended a number of LNG STS operations for Ship Management Companies in South America.
Aside from Shell, he has also worked for 12 years in shore side roles for global maritime companies such as K Line Shipping UK Limited, MOL LNG Transport Europe Ltd and BG Global LNG Shipping, where he has held HSSE Manager and operations roles.
Neil also has experience in accident and incident investigation and expert witness roles in numerous cases while working for marine consultancies, including collisions, groundings, unsafe ports, cargo loss and damage claims.
He has been a Speaker in various industry seminars and conferences for the Oil, Gas and Off-shore Renewables industry as well as organising in-house conferences for Ship Managers.
Some of his roster of clients includes Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, British Wind Energy Association (UK), MOL Commercial (London), CNOOC, PSA Marine Pte Ltd, Pavilion Gas, V-Ships Greece. BP Shipping (Singapore), Marshall Islands Flag Administration, Conrad LNG and the USCG.
Peter Wittner, B.Sc., is an independent consultant specialising in the commercial aspects of generics with nearly 40 years’ pharmaceutical experience. The major part of this has been spent in the generic industry. He was Managing Director for the UK subsidiary of the Indian generic leader Ranbaxy, having joined them to set up the business before returning to consultancy work.
Before that, Peter had headed the European Sales & Marketing department of the UK generics companies Evans Medical and H.N. Norton, which later became part of IVAX and then Teva.
In the field of generics, Interpharm works with new market entrants on developing commercial strategies, compiling competitor intelligence, assisting in business development and gaining EU-GMP approval for companies outside the EU that are trying to enter the market. Peter has also assisted in generic product in- and out-licensing negotiations both in the EU and US markets. Recently, he has become increasingly involved in the field of biosimilars.
On the other side of the equation, Interpharm has also worked with originator companies that are looking at ways of defending their major brands from generic incursion or are themselves considering entry in to the field of generics.
Peter is a regular speaker at generic and biosimilars conferences, and runs workshops on generic and Biosimilars topics for various organisations as well as conducting training seminars. He has written a number of reports on generics industry topics and a series of reports for Decision Resources and other publishers. Originally based in north London, Peter has now relocated to Israel.
Capt. Robert Gordon
Capt. Robert Gordon, LLB, LLM, Master Mariner & Solicitor (England & Wales) Managing Director, SeaProf Executive Education Former MD and Chairman, SEAsia P&I Services
Capt. Gordon spent 20 years at sea as a deck officer, shipmaster and pilot before coming ashore to study maritime law at the University of Southampton. He then qualified as a Solicitor and practiced as a partner with admiralty law firm, Thomas Cooper in London. Capt. Gordon founded SEAsia P&I Services, which specialises in marine casualty investigation and P&I correspondent defence work. SEAsia then expanded rapidly by creating a unique franchised network of 20 P&I correspondent offices throughout Asia. The network continues to operate successfully, providing high profile P&I claims investigation and resolution as well as loss prevention services to both International Group P&I Clubs and the fixed premium P&I insurance market.
Capt. Gordon has a special interest in sharing knowledge with the next generation of maritime industry professionals. He has been engaged for many years as an Adjunct Lecturer and Professor by the BI Norwegian School of Business in providing lecture modules on marine insurance, ship management and maritime law for NTU’s highly regarded MSc in Shipping programme.
Capt. Gordon, as MD of SeaProf Executive Education, also collaborates with BI and the Hamburg Business School (HSBA) in the production and presentation of maritime executive education short courses in Singapore and the Asian region.
DI Dr. Salma Michor
Salma Michor is founder and CEO of Michor Consulting and Trade Services GmbH, serving such clients as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Pfizer and Shire. Previously, Michor worked for Chiesi-Torrex, Wyeth Whitehall Export Croma Pharma GmbH.
Prior to this she was the Director of Global Supporting Operations– Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals (Ophthalmology & Orthopedics). At Croma Pharma GmbH, she was incharge of technical and human resource leadership and supervision of four departments including Regulatory Affairs and compliance department, Medical and Vigilance department, Change Control and life cycle management department and Packaging and pharmaceutical editing department. Duties included management of human resources, budgeting and strategic planning, liaison with external contractors, doctors and customers in 60 countries worldwide. Here she also got first hand experience with submission of clinical trials phases: I-III as well as turnaround management of post- Mergers and Acquisitions integration operations.
Examples of Projects undertaken at Michor Consulting
- Post-acquisition phase-out and closedown after an acquisition
- Managing a DCP registration in Europe
- Consolidation of Multilanguage labeling texts for a medical device for the EMEA region
- Registration of the H1N1 Vaccine in Germany (rolling submission)
- Authoring CMC sections for drug products
- Authoring CMC sections for drug/device combination products
- Forming a registration strategy for drug/device combination products
- Managing variations and ensuring Quality assurance of documents
- Setting up and managing a change control and QA system
- Labeling compliance for a food supplement
- Compliance of drug registrations in EMEA region for a large multinational
- Introducing various food supplements and novel foods in the EU.
- Preparing a small medical device company for an internal and FDA audit (ISO 13458,
- Training on Medical device EU regulations for marketing staff
- Training staff (in-house) for RAC certification
- Forming a registration strategy for a combination product for Centralized registration
with the European Medicines Agency
- Managing a large company wide compliance project for a pharmaceutical company
- Forming a clinical and registration strategy for drug/device combination products –
- Forming a clinical and registration strategy for drug/device combination products –
dialyse adsorber (EMA)
- Managing a large company wide project for an acquisition of a food supplement
- Managing a renewal in Turkey of a borderline product
- Forming a clinical and registration strategy for a drug monitoring system consisting of
an asthma product and various software and medical apps (EU/USA).
- Classification of a drug/device borderline product
- Internal audits to ISO 13485 ISO 9001 and GMP
- Preparing a medium sized company in a 3rd country for EMA, MHRA and AGES
inspections and managing the whole biotech registration and clinical testing in the EU.
- Managing Clinical trial applications for a medical device implant in several EU
countries and the US.
- CE marking several class I devices and acting as European Authorized Representative.
- Leading a large company wide compliance project for a large Multinational Company:
CAPA and quality assurance.
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