Shaping the future of global seaborne trade

The Global Maritime Forum is an international not-for-profit organization committed to shaping the future of global seaborne trade to increase sustainable long-term economic development and human wellbeing.

The Advisory Council comprises of senior stakeholders and leading experts. It advises the Board of Directors and the Management on the Foundation’s strategic direction, activities, topics, and outcomes and heightens its profile and resources.

Advisory Council

The Advisory Council consists of:

Hugo De Stoop
Chief Executive Officer, Euronav

Hugo De Stoop joined Euronav in September 2004 and was appointed Deputy CFO and Head of Investor Relations and has been nominated CFO as of 1 January 2008. In May 2019, he assumed the position of CEO.

Hugo started his career with Mustad International Group, where he worked as a Project Manager on various assignment in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, in order to integrate recently acquired subsidiaries. He founded First Tuesday in America, helped develop the network in the U.S. and in Latin America and was appointed member of the Board of Directors of First Tuesday International.

He then joined Davos Financial Corp. London, where he became an Associate and later a Vice President. He conducted several transactions, including private placement in public equities (PIPE) and investments in real estate.

Hugo De Stoop (1973) studied in Oxford, Madrid and Brussels and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (ULB) with a Master of Science in Engineering. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore).


Marcus Baker
Global Head Marine and Cargo, Marsh JLT Specialty

Marcus Baker serves as the Chairman of the Global Marine Insurance Practice at Marsh. Mr Baker is a graduate from Hertfordshire University, where he obtained his degree in Business Studies.

Marcus Baker remains one of the world’s most influential marine brokers. One of his key focuses this year has been disruptive technology and the impact that the use of data can have on Insurance product development, including the potential efficiency that the use of blockchain can bring for the processing of cargo shipments.


Michael J. Kasbar
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Fuel Services

Michael Kasbar is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of World Fuel Services Corporation and a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Kasbar assumed his current role in 2012. Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for driving the expansion in the marine and aviation industries and subsequently entering the ground fuel logistics, financial technology, software, natural gas, power and sustainability businesses.

Mr. Kasbar received a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He currently serves as a member of the Business Roundtable.


Nick Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register

Nick joined LR in 1996. Throughout an extensive career with LR he has worked as a ship surveyor in Bahrain, Dubai, Finland and Germany before moving to China to spend seven years leading LR’s activities in the country.

He has since been Director for Business Development and Innovation, Marine Chief Operating Officer and most recently in 2016 he was appointed Marine and Offshore Director.

Nick’s focus as CEO will be on leading LR to meet the technical and commercial challenges facing industry today by providing the support, services and innovation needed to meet ever increasing safety, environmental and efficiency goals.

He is a graduate of Nottingham University, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a Member of both the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.


Patrizia Kern
Marine Head, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Patrizia Kern is an innovative leader in the use of technology and risk intelligence to drive the global marine insurance industry towards sustainability.

Her career spans +20 years, during which she has managed marine insurance teams across Europe. Since 2012, she has been leading Swiss Re’s global marine business for Corporate Solutions, with responsibility for the unit’s cargo and hull business. During this time, she helped grow Corporate Solutions’ marine business, managing a large global matrix organization and business with a footprint across North America, Latin America, EMEA & APAC.

She chairs the Poseidon Principles for Insurance (PPMI), the “Big-Data and Digitalization Forum” and the “Nominating Committee” of the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).

Patrizia is Advisory Board member of the Lloyd’s Register and of the Global Maritime Forum (GMF), working on the “Getting to Zero Coalition”.


Peter Livanos
Chairman, GasLog

Peter Livanos chairman and a member of the Board of Directors at GasLog, founded the subsidiary GasLog LNG Services in 2001, and has been a Director of GasLog Partners LP since the closing of its initial public offering in May 2014.

He served as Chairman since the Company was incorporated in July 2003, and held the role of Chief Executive Officer from January 2012 until January 2013. In 1989, Mr. Livanos formed Seachem Tankers Ltd., which combined with Odfjell ASA in 2000 (later renamed Odfjell SE). He served on the board of directors of Odfjell SE until 2008.

Mr. Livanos is the Chairman and sole shareholder of Ceres Shipping, an international shipping group. He also serves as Chairman of several of Ceres Shipping’s subsidiaries, including DryLog Ltd., a company engaged in dry bulk shipping investments. In 2003, TankLog, the Ceres investment vehicle for crude oil tankers, was acquired by Euronav, a Belgian public company controlled by the Saverys family. The transaction resulted in Ceres becoming the second largest shareholder in Euronav. Mr Livanos was the company’s Vice-Chairman until he resigned in 2015.

Mr. Livanos is a graduate of Columbia University.


Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam
President & Group CEO, MISC Group

Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam assumed his role as the President & Group CEO of MISC Group on 1 October 2022. He is also the President & CEO of AET.

With a career spanning more than four decades across the maritime industry, Captain Rajalingam began his professional career at sea in 1983 and came ashore in 1996. He has since held various leadership roles within the MISC Group before being appointed as the President & CEO of AET in 2016 and Chief Operating Officer of MISC Group in February 2022. Captain Rajalingam is a Board Member of several subsidiaries and joint venture companies within the Group.

Beyond his leadership roles in the MISC Group, Captain Rajalingam is committed to advancing the progress and sustainability of the global maritime industry in various capacities including as a Board Member for Gard P&I and an Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO).


Dr Tristan Smith
Reader in Energy and Shipping, University College London

Dr Tristan Smith, Reader at UCL, has led over multiple research projects into shipping’s decarbonization, and has grown a substantial shipping emissions research group. He holds a PhD and training in naval architecture. His primary interests of research are low carbon shipping, the development and implementation of technologies, and operational practices for the reduction of CO2 emissions from shipping. He attends IMO MEPC and associated meetings as a delegate of RINA and IMarEST. He led the Third IMO GHG study, is a lead author of ISO 19030, is a contributing author to work published at the IMO, at UNEP, in the UK Committee on Climate Change, IMF, as well as a number of academic books and papers. He helped found and is a Director of UMAS, through which he has led consultancy work for a number of organizations including Shell, IEA, INTERTANKO. He is a co-chair of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition’s maritime activity and serves on several shipping industry advisory boards.


Jan Dieleman
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Maritime Forum, chairs the Advisory Council.

Jan Dieleman is the president of Cargill’s ocean transportation business based in Geneva, Switzerland. During his 18-year career with the company, Jan has successfully managed businesses in the U.S. and Europe.

Jan Dieleman joined Cargill in 1999 working as a management trainee in Amsterdam. During the next decade, Jan gained considerable experience as a trading manager across freight, grain, and energy markets. He was appointed the head of Cargill’s coal trading business in 2012, and subsequently led Cargill’s North America power and gas unit.

Jan is seeking to drive progress across the maritime industry as well. In 2016, he became a non-executive director of the Carbon War Room, an organization that focuses on the decarbonization of maritime transportation. He has advocated publicly for higher standards and transformation across the industry as shipping plays an increasingly important role in a sustainable global economy. Further to his nomination as President of Cargills Ocean Transportation, he immediately identified sustainable shipping as a foremost priority within the ocean transportation strategy. He is currently leading his team to realize tangible progress under the United Nations framework for sustainable development.

A native of the Netherlands, Jan graduated from the University of Maastricht with a master’s degree in economics, marketing, and organization.