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:

Andreas Berger
Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Andreas Berger started his insurance career in 1995 as a leadership trainee at Gerling Group. He held several management roles there, followed by various leadership positions at The Boston Consulting Group, before returning to Gerling in 2004 as Head of Commercial Business and International Programs and Affinity Business.

When Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) was created in 2006, Andreas Berger became its Global Head of Market Management & Communication. In this newly-created position, he established an overall market management function for the corporate client segment and served as AGCS’s spokesperson. In 2009, he was appointed AGCS Chief Executive Officer, Regional Unit London. His areas of responsibility included the UK, Ireland, South Africa, the Middle East and Benelux.

In 2011 Andreas Berger joined the AGCS Board of Management as Chief Regions & Market Officer (Central & Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Africa and Asia). In addition, he assumed responsibility for the Global Broker Channel Distribution for the Allianz Group.

Andreas Berger joined Swiss Re in March 2019 as Chief Executive Officer Corporate Solutions and member of the Group Executive Committee.
Andreas Berger is member of the Executive Committee of the International Insurance Society and is appointed honorary member of the selection committee of the Collège des Ingénieurs

He holds a Master’s Degree in Law, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Université de Paris- Dauphine (IX), France/Justus Liebig University Giessen.


Carl-Johan Hagman
Chief Executive Officer, Stena Rederi, Head of Shipping and Ferries

Carl Hagman is the CEO for shipping activities within Stena AB and in this capacity serves as the chairman of Stena Line, Stena Bulk, Stena RoRo and other Stena group shipping-related companies. Mr. Hagman (53) joined the Stena group in 2011. He has spent his professional career in shipping, previously having held the positions of CEO in Höegh Autoliners AS in Oslo, Eukor Car Carriers Inc in Seoul and Wallenius Lines in Stockholm. Mr. Hagman is a maritime lawyer by training with degrees from Lund and Oslo Universities. He has spent several years as an officer in the Swedish Navy and has lived over half his life in Japan and Korea.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.

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 began his career in 1971 at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping and then became Business Editor of Lloyd’s List in 1974. He 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 consultant to the Finance Committee of the International Maritime Industries Forum.

Peter Stokes currently serves as Member of the Board of Directors of Caravel Shipping Ltd. and 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).