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:

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.


Dr Grahaeme Henderson
Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell

Dr. Grahaeme Henderson is responsible for Shell’s international shipping and maritime activities, including ships, barges, drilling units, floating production facilities and related operations. His work spans Shell’s entire business across upstream, downstream, projects and construction. He is strongly focused on safety and the environment, improving the efficiency of shipping and maritime operations, and driving technology and innovation, including Floating LNG and LNG as a maritime fuel.

Grahaeme has been a member of the Shell Trading Executive Committee and a Director of Shell International Trading and Shipping Company since April 2011. He is active in a variety of shipping industry bodies: he was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping from 2016-2018 and Chair of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum from 2014 to 2018. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Oceans and an Adjunct Professor for Southampton University, UK. He has been appointed by Her Majesty’s Government to the Expert Panel for Maritime 2050.

Grahaeme was previously Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell’s upstream joint venture company in Brunei. His career with Shell has also included assignments in the UK, Nigeria, Syria and The Netherlands.

He has a First Class Honours BSc Degree and a PhD in mathematics of sea waves, and is a Professional Chartered Engineer.


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).


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.


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.


Palle Brødsgaard Laursen
Chief Technical Officer, Senior Vice President, Maersk

Palle Brødsgaard Laursen was appointed Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President in January 2017.

Palle joined the Maersk Group in January 1998 as Marine Engineer in the container fleet.

He was promoted to Chief Engineer in 2003, and in 2004 he shifted to the shore organization, where he took up various positions and responsibilities from 2004 to 2010, including Fleet Superintendent and Fleet Group Manager in Technical Organization; as well as Head of Technical Services and Head of Ship Engineering in Maersk Maritime Technology.

He joined Maersk Line Vessel Management as Vice President and Head of Technical Vessel Operation in April 2010 and was appointed Head of Ship Management in 2012.

Palle graduated as Marine Engineer in 1997 and has since then completed a number of career development programs, including Mastering Technology Enterprise at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Most recently, he has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.


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.


Roger Hargreaves
Director, Maritime, Department for Transport

Roger Hargreaves is Director of Maritime at the UK Government’s Department for Transport.  He has responsibility for general ports and shipping policy, clean maritime and technology, international maritime engagement, Maritime 2050, EU Exit planning, and maritime security.  He is government sponsor for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and the General Lighthouse Authorities.

Prior to taking up his current role, Roger undertook senior programme delivery roles across government on high speed rail, renewable energy and emergency services transformation. He has worked extensively on national security issues, and spent the first part of his career at HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office.  Roger has also worked for one of the world’s largest IT companies as director of public sector strategy.


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 Chien
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).