Shaping the future of global seaborne trade

The Global Maritime Forum is an international not-for-profit foundation dedicated to unleashing the potential of the global maritime industry. It is 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:

Alastair Marsh
Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd’s Register

Alastair Marsh joined the Board of Lloyd’s Register in 2007 as CFO and was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2015. Following a period of significant growth, he has now instigated Lloyd’s Register’s digital transformation strategy.

Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register, he held senior finance positions at Superscape Group plc, Easynet Group plc, Laporte plc, and NCR Corporation. Alastair is a chartered accountant with a degree from Edinburgh University.


Claus V. Hemmingsen
Vice Chief Executive Officer, A.P. Moller-Maersk

Mr Hemmingsen has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. He joined A.P. Moller – Maersk in 1981 as a shipping trainee and after having completed his shipping education, he joined Maersk Drilling’s Human Resource Department.

After being stationed in Hong Kong for Maersk Line (1992-1997) and in Singapore (1997-2000), he returned to Hong Kong in 2000 where he as Managing Director had the overall responsibility for Maersk’s activities in the Hong Kong SAR. In 2003, he returned to Copenhagen as Senior Vice President responsible for the container activities’ Global Service Delivery. He held responsibility for APM Terminals until June 2004, before taking over responsibility for Maersk Drilling and Maersk Supply Service in 2005, for SVITZER A/S in 2008, and for Maersk Tankers in 2012. He was CEO for Maersk Drilling until October 2016.

Further, he is Chairman of DFDS A/S and Danish Chinese Business Forum, and member of Board of the Danish Shipowners’ Association and EU-Hong Kong Business Coordination Committee.

Claus V. Hemmingsen has supplemented his education with management courses at London Business School and Cornell University, and finalized an Executive MBA (honours) at IMD in November 2007.


Jan Dieleman
President, Cargill Ocean Transportation

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.


Jules Kortenhorst
Chief Executive Officer, Carbon War Room/Rocky Mountain Institute

Jules Kortenhorst has been Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute since 2013. He is a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. His background spans business, government, entrepreneurial, and non-profit leadership.

During the first 20 years of his career, Jules worked in the business world. He was the CEO for International Operations of ClientLogic Corporation, a global leader in outsourced customer relationship management (CRM) solutions. He worked for almost 10 years for Royal Dutch / Shell, among others as managing director of Shell Bulgaria, and he began his career as an analyst at McKinsey & Co. Prior to RMI, Jules was the founding CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF), the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to policy development and advocacy on climate change in Europe. Before launching ECF, he served as a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democratic Party.

Jules currently serves on the Energy Transition Commission and is the co-chair of the WEF Future Council on Energy. He also is a non-executive board member of the Energy Web Foundation, Stedin Holding NV., and of Keystone Tower Systems, and an advisory board member of Land Life Company.

Jules graduated from Harvard Business School with a master’s in business administration and from Erasmus University with a master’s in Economics.


Marcus Baker
Chairman, Global Marine Practice, Marsh

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 Hansen
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hempel

Michael Hansen has been Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Hempel A/S since May 1, 2017. He is responsible for all the commercial activities such as sales, marketing, technical services, and customer service covering more than 2,000 colleagues across 80 countries.

After 19 years in Maersk, Mr. Hansen contribute with great knowledge about the marine industry and global sales processes. He joined Hempel from Maersk, where he held the position of Vice President & Global Head of Sales in Maersk Line.

Mr Hansen has worked in Denmark, New Zealand, Spain, and Mexico with primary focus on commercial optimization, customer interaction, organizational development, and trade (P&L) responsibility.


Paddy Rodgers
Chief Executive Officer, Euronav

Patrick (known as Paddy) Rodgers became Chief Executive Officer of Euronav in 2000, and has served on Euronav’s Board of Directors since June 2003.

He joined Euronav as a member of the Executive Committee in 1995, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 1998.  Since 2011, he has served as Director and Chairman of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Fund (ITOPF).  Paddy was elected to the Executive Committee of Intertanko in May 2017.

In 1984, he joined Bentley, Stokes & Lowless as a solicitor and in 1986 he moved to Johnson, Stokes & Master in Hong Kong, where he practised until 1990. From 1990 to 1995, Paddy Rodgers worked at CMB Group as in-house Lawyer and subsequently as Shipping Executive, moving to Euronav when it became a subsidiary for tanker investments of the CMB Group.

He graduated in 1981 with an LLB in Law from University College London, and became qualified to practise in 1984 after passing law society entrance exams after studying at the College of Law, Guildford in 1982.


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.


Sergey Frank
President and Chief Executive Officer, Sovcomflot

On 4 October 2004, Mr Sergey Frank was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of PAO Sovcomflot by an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of PAO Sovcomflot.

Mr Frank serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at PAO Novoship, Member of the Board of Directors at AO United Shipbuilding Corporation, Russian Chamber of Shipping and Member of the Supervisory Council of Russian Geographic Society, amongst others. From 1998 until 2004, Mr Frank served as the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation.

In 1983, Mr Frank graduated with honors from the Admiral G.I. Nevelskoy Maritime State University in Vladivostok, specialising in Maritime Navigation. In 1995, he completed a law degree at the Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok.


Tan Chong Meng
Group Chief Executive Officer, PSA International

Tan Chong Meng is the Group Chief Executive Officer of PSA International, a leading global port group with operations in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Latin America. With over 40 port projects around the world and flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp, PSA handles 1 in 10 global container movements annually, serving all major international shipping lines and other stakeholders in the maritime supply chain.

Outside the PSA Group, Chong Meng serves as Deputy Chairman of the JTC Board, a non-Executive Director on the board of the National University Health System (NUHS) and a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore’s Public Service Division, and until recently a Director of IE Singapore. Before joining PSA, he was the Executive Vice President, Global Commercial, Shell Downstream, of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, where he led six global businesses – marketing and sale of fuels, lubricants, and specialty products to commercial customers vis-à-vis Aviation, Marine, Industrial, Land Transport, Construction, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas.


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.


Yee Yang Chen
President and Group Chief Executive Officer, MISC

Mr. Yee Yang Chien was appointed as President/Chief Executive Officer of MISC Berhad on 1 January 2015.  He holds a double-degree in Financial Accounting/Management and economics from University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

He began his career as an auditor, undertaking both external and internal audit assignments, and progressed on to equity research and investment banking work with various local and international financial institutions. He joined MISC Berhad in 2001 as Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation of the Corporate Planning and Development Unit. He subsequently joined AET Group as Group Vice President of Corporate Planning in June 2005.

Yee Yang Chien returned to MISC Berhad in April 2008 as the Vice President of Corporate Planning and Development, focusing on strategic planning, enterprise risk management, budget development, and special projects for the Group. He was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of MISC Berhad in July 2013, where he was also given oversight over Group Finance and Human Resource functions as well as the Chemical Tanker Business unit.

Yee Yang Chien is the Chairman of AET Tanker Holdings Sdn. Bhd. and the Deputy Chairman of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. He is also a Director of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad, Centralised Terminals Sdn. Bhd. and FPSO Ventures Sdn. Bhd. Additionally, Yee Yang Chien is a Director of the Members’ Committee of The United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Limited.


Peter Stokes
Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Global Maritime Forum, chairs the Advisory Council.

Peter Stokes began his career in 1971 at Lloyd’s List, and has since held positions Head of Shipping and Insurance Research at Greig Middleton, Managing Director at Maritime Consultants, Partner at Castalia Advisers and Director of Bona Shipholding, amongst others. From 1975 to 1980, he was a consultant to the Finance Committee of the International Maritime Industries Forum.

Through his work as a senior investment banker and member of several boards of directors, Peter Stokes has long-standing experience in acting as advisor to many shipping companies. He served in the Equity Research and Origination departments of Lazard Capital Markets before he moved to Lazard Brothers Corporate Finance Department in 2001. He was appointed Senior Adviser and Head of Shipping at Lazard in 2009.

Peter Stokes currently serves as a Director of Hafnia Tankers Ltd. and Caravel Shipping Ltd. and as a Non-Executive Director at Ultrabulk Shipping A/S. He is an Advisory Board member of Ultranav and a Senior Advisor to Oak Hill Advisors LLP.

Peter Stokes is the author of “Ship Finance: credit expansion and the boom/bust cycle” (1992, 1997).