Department of Industry & Economy
& Board Member
National Bank of Fujairah, UAE
• Masters Degree in Management Technology, USA, Dec. 1988
• Theses Oral Exam in Industrial Management, USA, Aug. 1988
• Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology, May, 1982
• Director General of Department of Industry & Economy – Government of Fujairah (March, 1989 – up to date)
• Member of the Board, Fujairah National Bank (up to date)
• Member of the Board, Arab Company for Poultry Production in Fujairah (2006 – up to date)
• Member of Federal Committee for Assortment and Economical Cooperation – Ministry of Economy
• Member of Federal High Committee of Contentment Protection – Ministry of Economy
• Member of Federal Committee of World Trade Organization – Ministry of Economy
• Member of Federal Committee Emergency and Natural Disaster
• Ex. Member of UAE Federal National Council - Abu Dhabi (1990 – 1998)
• Ex. Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture – Fujairah
• Ex. Member of the Board Fujairah National Insurance
• Fluent in Arabic - speaking, reading and writing
• Fluent in English – speaking, reading and writing
• Sports (Football , Tennis & Golf )
• Traveling, Fishing
• Reading different books
FUJCON Steering Committee
Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi has a Doctorate degree in Public Administration from U.S.A. He has had a distinguished career in Government of the United Arab Emirates as a Diplomat. Starting as Second Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi in 1984, Dr Al Kindi was transferred to the permanent mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, New York serving from 1986-1995. As a member of the U.A.E. Mission, he represented the United Arab Emirates at the United Nations Security Council from 1986-1987 and the U.N. General Assembly during his post. He had attended many international conferences.
Dr. Al Kindi had also served as Rapporteur of the Fourth Committee at the 45th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1988, Vice Chairman of the Fourth Committee at the 46th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1989.
After he completed his tour of duty at the U.A.E. Mission, he was appointed Charge d’Affairs of the U.A.E. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1995-1997.
Dr. Al Kindi has served as Director of Ruler’s Office, Government of Fujairah, U.A.E. from 1997-2006. At this period he was also the Member of G.C.C. Consultative Committee (Parliament). He also served in the United Arab Emirates Federal Government’s Cabinet as a Minister for Environment & Water.
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s.
Dr. Fesharaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Joined the East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 2013.
In 1989, Dr. Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
In 1995, elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr. Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and re-appointed by Secretary Moniz in April 2016. Received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, he was appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr. Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors.
Vitol Group, UK
Mike Muller joined Vitol in London this July as Director, Oil Business Development. Prior to this Mike spent 29 years at Shell where he was a member of the Global Trading & Supply Leadership team from 1999. In his last 5 years at Shell Mike led their global Crude Trading and Supply business. In the 1990s Mike was Trading and Supply Manager for Shell Australia and subsequent to this he spent six years in various business development and Trading roles in Singapore. Mike graduated from Cambridge University in 1988.
Head, Air Pollution & Energy
Efficiency, Marine Environment Division, IMO, UK
Dr. Edmund Hughes is Head, Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations specialized technical agency responsible for the regulation of international shipping.
As a member of the IMO Secretariat his responsibilities cover MARPOL Annex VI, the International Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, including regulations on controlling emissions to air, energy efficiency for ships, and IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping. As part of this role he is Secretary to the Marine Environment Protection Committee’s (MEPC) Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships, the group that prepared and finalized the Initial IMO GHG Strategy adopted by MEPC 72 in April 2018.
Port of Fujairah, UAE
Capt. Mousa Morad is a Master Mariner, with more than 38 years’ experience in marine related activities and management. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Port Operations Management from Humberside College of Higher Technology, England, UK.
Capt Mousa joined the Port of Fujairah as Assistant Harbour Master in 1981 and was appointed General Manager in 1995. During his tenure the Port of Fujairah, capitalizing on its strategic position outside the Straits of Hormuz, has undergone significant development both in berths and facilities and the range of its commercial activity.
A major part of the Port’s commercial portfolio is oil related. Capt. Mousa is also a Development Committee Member of Fujairah Oil Industry Zone (FOIZ), which oversees Tank Storage Development in the Emirate, and is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, a Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE, and Ruler of Fujairah.
The Fujairah Anchorage is internationally recognized as a major marine logistics location and Fujairah ranks with Singapore and Rotterdam in the world’s top 3 bunkering locations.
Additionally, the introduction of new and extensive on-shore storage in the Emirate, a crude oil pipe line from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah became operational in 2012, and the development of further berths and the introduction of sea terminals mark still further expansion and growth.
Fujairah is a major and pivotal location and, under Captain Mousa Morad’s leadership, will be at the forefront of the challenges and changes the Marine related oil industry will face in the years ahead.
Government of Fujairah
Dr. Salem joined Government of Fujairah as the Technical Advisor since 1979. Dr. Salem has a degree in Bachelor of Science from Egypt and holds Master of Science and Ph.D from Reading University, U.K.
In his capacity as Technical Advisor of the Government of Fujairah, Dr. Salem Khalil is:
• Member of the Executive Committee - Port of Fujairah
• Member of the Executive Committee - Fujairah Oil Industry Zone (FOIZ)
• Board Member - Fujairah Refinery Limited (FRL)
• Board Member - VTTI Fujairah Terminal Ltd (VTTI FTL)
• Board Member - VTTI Emirates Companies (VTT IEC)
• Board Member - Fujairah Oil Terminal (FOT)
• Board Member - IPTF Terminal
• Board Member - Al Fujairah National Insurance Company (ALFNIC)
• Board Member - Fujairah Rock & Aggregate Company (Fujarac)
• Secretary of the Board of National Bank of Fujairah (NBF)
• Executive Committee Member - Siji Greenhouse
• Board Member of Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation (FNRC)
• Board Member of Fujairah Transport Corporation (FTC)
• Board Member of Fujairah Education Council (FEC)
• Honorable Member of Fujairah Welfare Association
Fujairah Oil Industry Zone
• Since 2000 involved in oil and gas shipping and trade;
• Master Mariner by profession, graduated from Australian maritime college;
• Masters degree in port management from UK;
• Worked at National Gas Shipping Company at the division of fleet operations of Gas tankers, part of ADNOC group;
• Worked in TOTAL looking after the management of offshore logistics;
• Joined Port of Fujairah in 2012 as a management member of Fujairah Oil Tanker Terminals;
• Committee member of Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum;
• Committee member of Fujairah Energy Data Committee FEDCom
• Director of Fujairah Oil Industry Zone (FOIZ) since 2018
• Member of the Direct Foreign Investment Committee
Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
Founder & Chairman
& Chairman Dubai Council
for Marine & Maritime Industries
Mr. Buamim is the founder and chairman of KB investments-uae which is a conglomerate operating in several sectors including oil & gas, energy, navigation and industry.
Mr. Buamim was the former Board Member and Managing Director and Group CEO of Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC, Board Member of Drake and Scull International PJSC. Chairman of the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries, the specialized industry council formed to promote the interests of the offshore and maritime industry in Dubai and the UAE. He is also Chairman of Arab Association for Petroleum Professionals (AAPP), established to help professionals in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East and the world to connect, network and collaborate to tackle major challenges facing the industry. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Federal Committee for the Revision and Update of the UAE Maritime Law, the committee was created to review and update the UAE Commercial
Maritime Law and formulate a new & futuristic law that will propel and govern the ongoing potential growth of business and the
maritime industry in the UAE and the region.
Mr. Buamim is the former Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Drydocks world and Maritime world and Chairman of the Board of DDW-PaxOcean Asia PTE Singapore and has successfully led the organization through its restructuring during the global financial crisis. His leadership and direction have been instrumental in the company being able to acquire several pioneering projects on a global scale. This leadership has seen the company move from close to financial failure, create major synergies, recognize potential and place the organization firmly on a path driven to sustainable profitability and growth.
Mr. Buamim is a Leading veteran in the oil and gas industry worked with Conoco and ConocoPhillips for 26 years and held various corporate and management positions, including vice president of Dubai oil company, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips in the United Arab Emirates. He was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Clean Sea Organization (RECSO) the oil industry environmental arm in the Gulf region.
Mr. Buamim is involved in a number of leading private & public organization, he is member of the Dubai Government Crises and Disasters Management Team, member of the Advisory board of Emirates Classification Society (Tasneef), Vice Chairman of the Federal Transportation Authority Technical Committee, Advisor to the Career Gulf Development and Senior Advisor in the Middle East and North Africa- Business strategies & International Energy.
Mr. Buamim has won many Awards and life time achievements, including being recognized as the most influential maritime top 50 personalities in the world by Tanker Shipping & Trade magazine of London 2015, H.H sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Business Award 2014, The Tatweej Personality Award for leadership, management and business 2014, The "Outstanding Lifetime Achievement" award from Lloyd's List London for Business 2014, The year personality award in the field of marine and maritime industry by International Ships Techniques 2013, Sword of Honors from the British Safety Council “ London 2014, The Maritime Standard Hall of Fame Award
2016, The International Prize in Human Resource Management, The Archimedes Achievement Award "for excellence and exchange of knowledge" - United States of America and many others.
Holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics - United Kingdom and the National Administration degree in Crises Management and incident Command - United States of America and the High-accreditation on international human resources management (IPM) & a Credited executive in Mergers, acquisitions and transformation including corporate restructuring, finance and growth.
Cockett Marine Oil DMCC
Cem Saral is the CEO of the Cockett Group (www.cockettgroup.com), one of the world’s leading resellers of marine and petroleum products and services, and has over 20 years of industry experience on marine fuels and fuel oil trading.
During his career Cem has been employed at various key trading and management roles by leading oil trading and marine fuel oil companies. He has a wide geographical coverage and direct working experience in Europe, Asia, US, Far East and the Middle East.
Having worked extensively at both marine fuels and fuel oil trading industries, Cem has a sound understanding of the entire fuel oil supply chain and physical trading on a global basis. As a further value-add, he has had the opportunity to employ these direct trading experiences into areas of business development, management and strategic M&A activities.
Prior to joining to Cockett, Cem was last employed as a fuel oil trader by Vitol, one of the world’s leading energy and commodity trading companies (www.vitol.com) and 50% shareholder of the Cockett Group.
Cem holds a BSc degree in Operations Research from Turkish Naval Academy and throughout his career he has attended a wide range of programs on trading, risk, finance and management.
CEO, Fratelli Cosulich
Chairman of IBIA, Asia
Timothy started his career as a Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers first in London and then in Madrid, in the Valuation & Strategy department, focusing on M&A transactions. He then got his MBA from INSEAD and later on joined the A.P. Moller Maersk Group in The Netherlands as a General Manager, focusing on New Terminals acquisition and development. In 2010 Timothy joined his family business, Fratelli Cosulich, where he sits on the Group Board of Directors and holds the role of CEO - Marine Fuel.
Fratelli Cosulich is a diversified Group founded in 1857, fully owned by the Cosulich family, now at its sixth generation. The Group is active in a number of aspects of the Shipping Industry, from ship-owning, to ship-agency, freight-forwarding, catering, manning, yacht-services, and marine fuel trading and supplying. Fratelli Cosulich has offices in 15 countries, approx. 1,000 employees worldwide and a yearly turnover of USD 1.9bn.
Timothy is also the Chairman of IBIA Asia and sits on a number of boards, including the Board of YPO Singapore, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.
Uniper Energy DMCC, UAE
Chris was appointed Managing Director of Uniper Energy DMCC in July 2018, after joining Uniper in January of the same year. He previously worked for PetroChina International in London, where he focused on growing their downstream presence in Europe and Africa. Chris spent a decade at INEOS, holding various commercial and supply chain management positions and also held commercial roles in P&O, Orica, Rio Tinto and CS Energy.
As an accomplished senior manager, Chris has experience in business management, operations, deal structuring, distribution, vendor and public relations. He has worked in Australia, South Africa, the UK and Switzerland before moving to Dubai.
Chris holds a Masters, Business and Technology (MBA) from the University of New South Wales, Australia. In between work and spending time with his wife and 3 boys, Chris clocks up the miles training for marathons around the world.
SVP Ship Management
ADNOC Logistics & Services
Captain Al Ali started his career with NGSCO in 1996 as deck cadet and made his way through the ranks until he sailed as first UAE National Master on LNG carrier in 2008. Later in 2009 he joined the head office of ADNATCO-NGSCO to serve as Operations Manager, Tanker Fleet Manager and in 2013 was appointed Senior Vice President of Operations supervising the Operations of all LNG, Tanker and Dry Bulk Fleets as well as Marine personnel. Recently he assumed the role of Senior Vice President Shipping after the merger with ESNAAD and IRSHAD to supervise the Operation of all Shipping Fleet. He has been actively involved in sponsoring the energy efficiency project and maintenance optimization projects in ADNATCO-NGSCO achieving Energy Management Standard ISO 50001 and Asset Management Standard 55001. He supported the takeover of 16 new deliveries in 2011. Capt Al Ali has led his team into achieving various Maritime awards including ADNOC HSE, Dubai Sustainability, Maritime Standard and Sea Trade awards.
He holds an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration from Zayed University and BSc degree in Maritime Business and Management from John Moores University in Liverpool.
Marine Transport Expert
Federal Transport Authority, UAE
Services LLC, UAE
Zarir Irani is a committee member of the International Chartered Ship Brokers (Middle East Branch) elected in November 2016.
A Master Mariner with command experience. COC issued by MCA-UK valid until 2022 (FG Unlimited). Captain Zarir Irani with over 27 years of Maritime & Independent consultancy experience in the Shipping and Oil & Gas industry. He presently chairs the board of an International Marine Consultancy firm M/s. Constellation Marine Services LLC, which has its headquarters in London and is managed by an independent Board of Directors based in UK, advising oil, chemical & gas tanker owners and charterers on a regular basis with branch offices in UAE & Singapore.
Zarir holds an MBA specializing in Marketing from one of the top ten (10) global MBA programs, as per Forbes listings.
Expert witness to Abu Dhabi Federal Court of Appeal and to DIFC courts & Emirates Arbitration Center.
LNG Marine Fuel Institute
Mr. Keller is Chairman of SEA/LNG, a London based organization that is committed to furthering the use of LNG as an important, environmentally superior maritime fuel.
Most recently, Mr. Keller served as Executive Vice President of TOTE Inc. He was the Executive leader of all of TOTE’s groundbreaking LNG initiatives including the development of the world’s first LNG powered, dual fuel container vessels.
He started his career in 1968 at Sea-Land Service and served in many capacities. From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc. At NYK he was also a member of the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo for a number of years.
He is the Principal of Peter I Keller & Associates and has acted as a Consultant to many leading Container Carriers as well as Ports, Terminal Operators and Intermodal service providers. He has served on many Industry Boards and was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006.
He was recently featured in Dynasties of the Sea written by Lori Ann LaRocco and published in 2018 by Marine Money.
VP, Supply Chain Division
ADNOC Refining, UAE
VICE PRESIDENT (SUPPLY CHAIN DIVISION)
Accomplished, profit-oriented Vice President with almost 24 years of diversified experience in both manufacturing and engineering domains; with demonstrated success in achieving “Excellence” in Supply Chain Management and Refinery Margin Optimization (RMO) by a smooth integration into the economic performance of the refineries, pipelines and terminals; managing the entire Supply Chain Processes from Planning through Refinery Economics & Scheduling to Supply & Distribution; increasing revenues by implementing profit improvement opportunities and finished products inventory management and achieving Operations Excellence and continuous improvements. Reputation as a strategic change agent and a corporate representative for major events of national and international significance. Outstanding communication talents with proven ability to build and lead highly efficient teams to deliver consistently under the umbrella of ADNOC’s four pillars.
Areas of Expertise
• Supply Chain Management
• Profitability Maximization
• Revenue and Profit improvement opportunities
• Pipelines and Terminal Management
• Economics enhancement and Planning
• Process Engineering
• Cost control and Budget regulations
• Downstream Oil & Gas Management
• Operations Excellence
• Strategic Studies and business development
• Refinery Operations
• Energy Management/ HAZOP
• Performance Metrics definition
• Strategic visionary leadership
• Refinery Margin Optimization (RMO)
• Human Capital Development
Naval Architect sand Mechanical Engineer
Ship building 1980 – 1983
Ship Design & Research 1983 – 1989, including towing tank testing
INTERTANKO - Since September 1990
Position: Technical Director since 2000
Office Oslo (1990 – 2001); Washington D.C: (2002-2004); Oslo since January 2005.
Responsibilities: Coordination of all technical & engineering matters; representing INTERTANKO at the International Maritime Organisation’ relevant Committees and Sub-Committees
• Det Norske Veritas Nordic Committee for Safety at Sea
• Korean Register European Committee
• NACE Coating Council
• US Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)
• Participant on the US National Research Council/Marine Board Committee on Evaluating Alternative Tanker Designs
• Participant in the SNAME Ad-Hoc Panels on Tanker Stability, Environmental Performance of Tankers, Structural Design and Response in Collision and Grounding, Protection of Bunker Tanks, etc.
Shell LNG Marketing & Trading
Shell International BV
President and CEO
Refinery Automation Institute, LLC
Ara Barsamian is the president and CEO of Refinery Automation Institute LLC (RAI), and has over 48 years of experience in bunker, gasoline, diesel, and biofuel blending operations and technology. Among his first experiences at Exxon was computerized bunker blending in an Aruba refinery. Lately he has spearheaded development and testing of IMO 2020-compatible bunker blends, recipes, and updating ISO 8217 specs. Earlier in his career, he was a group head with Exxon Research & Engineering Co., President of 3X Corp., and Vice-President of ABB Simcon, all in the area of fuels blending.
Mr. Barsamian is a senior member of AIChE, ASTM, ILTA and IBIA. He is on the board of directors of AIChE, and a professor (adjunct) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from City University of New York.
William Tan is trained in Environmental Engineering and has a Masters’ Degree in International Business. He has more than 23 years in the marine industry. He joined DNV Petroleum Services in 1994 till 1999 as the Assistant Sales Manager marketing fuel testing and bunker services to the Japanese, Korean and South East Asian Market. He founded Marine Fuel Consultants International Pte Ltd in the year 2000 with a group of marine engineers, fuel consultants and claim specialists, providing services of fuel quality management and claims handling. In 2002, he joined Miyabi Industries Pte Ltd as Vice-President and its Principal Consultant. The company is an Engineering and Consultancy firm specializing in fuel, lubricants, risk assessments, loss control and claims recovery to the bunkering and shipping community. He is also the program leader and course lecturer to the largely successful Bunkering Disputes course since 2002 with more than 500 participants to date.
William is well known within the bunkering industry from Europe, to Middle East, to Asia. His expertise is much sought after by the industry as an expert witness, technical consultant, mediator and arbitrator on bunker dispute cases.
Global Head BP Marine
In December 2017 Eddie Gauci was appointed Global Head BP Marine Fuels based in Melbourne, after managing the Marine Fuels Business in Australia and New Zealand since 2009.
BP Marine is the commercial face of BP to the shipping industry and we work closely with the Fuel Oil and Distillate trading books to provide a competitive offer to our customers in an increasingly commoditized market.
Eddie joined BP Australia in 1986 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Chemicals and Marine businesses over more than 20 years.
After managing the Automotive Chemical sales and distribution activities for BP Chemicals in Australia, Eddie took on the role of National Sales Manager for BP Marine in Australia managing all domestic customers in the region and the interface into the wider global sales team.
In 2006, he was appointed Regional Sales Manager Eastern Hemisphere. In this role, he was responsible for the sales of all Marine Fuel products globally, for the customers based in the Eastern Hemisphere.
From 2009-2017, Eddie was Regional Marine Manager for the Australian & New Zealand Market, with responsibility for the supply, storage, distribution, logistics, sales and business development for BP Marine in the region.
Eddie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Law and Sociology from La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia.
Manager Fujairah Oil Tanker
Terminals, Port of Fujairah, UAE
William began his professional career with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) working in the Plastics & Film Research and Development Department before transferring to the company’s North Tees Refinery where he held the position of Operations Manager for a period of 10 years. In 1998 William joined Royal Vopak where he held various senior positions, his first appointment was Maintenance / Technical Manager for the new $80mil Vopak / Sabic Terminal Services (SABTANK) Joint Venture project in Yanbu Saudi Arabia. William remained with JV in the position of Maintenance Manager until 2004 when he was transferred to the Vopak / National Petrochemical Company of Iran (NPCI) Joint Venture project based in Tehran where he held the position of Technical Manager until the JV was dissolved in 2005. William successfully managed a multi-discipline Joint Venture Consortium project team commissioned by Qatar Petroleum (QP) and its various foreign Joint Venture partners (Oil Majors Shell, Exxon, Total and Sasol etc.) to formulate a single operator entity for the Ras Laffan Petro-Chemical Complex Qatar. In 2006 William was appointed Terminal Manager of Vopak’s 1.5mil/cbm (9.5mil/bbls) Petroleum Product Hub Terminal in Fujairah UAE, successfully expanding the terminals business portfolio and profitability prior to his appointment as Terminal Manager BORCO / Vopak Terminal Bahamas in November 2009. Upon the successful sale of BORCO in 2011 for a figure in excess of USD 1.5 Billion, William was assigned to the Vopak / Chevron Bahia Las Minas Project in Panama where he held the position of Interim Managing Director / Transition Manager until 2012. William’s next assignment was Terminal Manager of Vopak's largest Chemical Terminal in Deer Park Texas. In addition to the roles described above, William has been a leading figure in many of Vopak’s initiatives such as: One of 7 Vopak specialists responsible for developing the company’s Repeatability Formula, Overseas Specialist for Operational Efficiency Initiative (OEI) globally and assisted in developing some of the Vopak Minimum Standards. William resigned from Vopak in 2016 to return to Fujairah to take up the position of Operations Director at Fujairah Oil Tanker Terminal located within the Port of Fujairah where he is currently employed.
Deputy Harbour Master
Port of Fujairah, UAE
After a career in the Merchant Navy for a period of 9 years, and a period ashore in Flag State and Port State Control at the National Transport Authority, Captain Mayed Alameiry joined Port of Fujairah as a marine pilot in 2012.
In 2013, he took up the post of Assistant Harbour Master, culminating in the position of Deputy Harbour Master in December 2014. He is responsible for operational and navigational matters affecting the port, including pilotage and towage planning and performance management, vessel traffic management, aids to navigation management, marine casualty investigations as well as Port security. During his time at Fujairah, he obtained a MSc in Ship and Shipping Management.
He serves as a member of the Maritime Transport Technical Council chaired by the Federal Transport Authority and sits on the maritime commercial law review & update committee. He is also a member of the local emergency response team of the National Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Management Authority.
Business Development Manager
Port of Fujairah, UAE
Fujairah Oil Terminal FZC
Mamdouh Malek Azizeh earned his MBA from Southampton Solent University, U.K., with a special focus on the development of oil & gas midstream and downstream projects. His career in the Oil & Gas industry includes roles with the Fujairah Refinery, as well as, his previous role at the Dutch oil storage major Royal Vopak where he worked as a Senior Regional Development Manager for the Middle East and North & East Africa. The aforementioned roles have provided Mr. Azizeh with extensive experience in the global hydrocarbon storage industry. In 2014, he was appointed as the Commercial Director of Fujairah’s most prominent and first independent third-party crude oil terminal, known as Fujairah Oil Terminal FZC (FOT) which is a JV between the Chinese oil major “Sinopec Kantons”, Australian based Infrastructure Fund “Prostar Capital” and the Government of Fujairah. Mr. Azizeh’s record of latest project achievements include his integral role in the latest acquisition of Prostar Capital’s majority stake of Socar Aurora Terminal (SAFT FZC) that has been renamed after the takeover as Global Terminal Investment Fujairah (GTIF). Global Terminal Investment is the oil and gas storage terminals arm of Prostar Capital.
Currently, Mr. Azizeh is occupied with the expansion of FOT’s footprint in the crude storage domain in Fujairah to benefit from the VLCC jetty infrastructure installed by the Port Authority and the additional strategic crude storage capacity that is currently being developed by ADNOC over the next couple of years.
Director & IMO Representative
Industry Association (IBIA)
Unni Einemo has global responsibility for running the Association and was promoted to the position of Director, IBIA in September 2018. She joined IBIA on a permanent basis in April 2016 as its IMO Representative and Communications Manager following a period of two years as a non-Executive board director.
Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries. She was a key member of the team that built up the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services, working as Managing Editor for these publications at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015.
Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and meetings at the International Maritime Organization, Unni has gained expert industry knowledge. In 2014, she became the first ever journalist to be elected to the board of IBIA, where she contributed to the Association’s activities, including writing IMO proposals and participating in IMO correspondence groups on fuel-related matters.
Prior to joining Petromedia, she worked with an international market intelligence dept. of the Financial Times Group in London. Unni is a Masters Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, with a major in Contemporary Politics of the Middle East.
Resource Law LLC, Singapore
Bernard was admitted to the Singapore bar as an advocate and solicitor in 2001.
He is an experienced Singapore litigator and dispute resolution practitioner, regularly appearing as counsel before courts and arbitral tribunals in Singapore on a wide range of contentious matters. These range from commercial disputes, such as individual and corporate insolvency actions (including cross border insolvency actions), to disputes involving specialist areas of law, such as admiralty and maritime, transportation, insurance (marine and non-marine), energy and international trade. Bernard also frequently participates in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Bernard’s shipping clients include P&I clubs, H&M underwriters, insurance brokers, shipowners and ship managers, chandlers and bunker suppliers; his other clients include multi-national companies such as commodity trading houses and global telecommunications service providers. Bernard can also count many local small and medium enterprises among his clients.
Bernard is a Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is a member of the Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act to inquire into professional complaints, as well as a committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore. He is also a Notary Public and Commissioner for Oaths.
Bernard is fluent in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.
Professional Admissions / Qualifications
• Fellow of The Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
• Associate Mediator, Maritime Panel, Singapore Mediation Centre
• Member of the Inquiry Panel constituted under the Legal Profession Act
• Committee member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore
• The Law Society of Singapore
Regional Marine Manager
BP Marine Middle East
In January 2019 Rohit Tuli was appointed as the Regional Manager Middle East for BP Marine Fuels based in Dubai, after working as the trading compliance tag for the fuel oil business since 2014.
BP Marine is the commercial face of BP to the shipping industry and works closely with the Fuel Oil and Distillate trading books to provide a competitive offer to its customers in an increasingly commoditized market.
A master mariner by qualification and having sailed on oil / chemical tankers, Rohit came ashore in 2007 and has held various roles in the maritime industry and joined BP Shipping in 2012 prior to moving to the Integrated Supply and Trading business in 2014.
In his current role, Rohit is the Regional Marine Manager for the Middle East market, with responsibility for the supply, storage, distribution, logistics, sales and business development for BP Marine in the region.
Rohit holds a Bachelor of Nautical Science Degree from the Mumbai University and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst.
Head of Marine Fuels
East of Suez, Glencore
Henry Lancaster has worked in the bunker industry for 15 years in roles covering broking, trading and physical supply. After a degree in Chemistry from Durham he moved to the UAE in 2003, witnessing the extraordinary growth in the Fujairah oil markets first hand and helping implement one of the first MFM systems outside of Singapore. In April 2018 Henry moved to Singapore to head Glencore’s bunker team East of Suez and is a key member of Glencore’s IMO 2020 implementation team.
Glencore is one of the world’s leading marketers of physical commodities, sourcing commodities and products from a global supplier base and selling them to customers all over the world.
Glencore transports commodities by sea, rail and truck, storing them, processing them, and delivering them to the customers. Glencore has a substantial shipping portfolio and access to a range of logistics, storage and investment capabilities.
Glencore has an extensive marine fuels supply network, servicing multiple bunkering hubs around the world.
Legal and Contractual Affairs
Grant Hunter is BIMCO’s Head of Contracts and Clauses, responsible for overseeing the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of internationally used standard contracts and clauses. He has worked in the shipping industry for 40 years.
Grant began his shipping career in 1978 as a deck cadet with Scottish shipping company the Ben Line Steamers Ltd, followed by eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997.
He has a Master’s degree in maritime policy and law from the London School of Economics.
Global Operations Manager FOBAS
Lloyds Register EMEA, UK
After graduation in marine engineering, Naeem started his career as a sea going engineer and qualified as chief engineer. He joined Fuel Oil Bunker Advisory Service (FOBAS), part of LR marine consulting in 2007 as marine fuel consultant. His present role focuses on FOBAS Operations globally. Key account management, conducting training seminars and training courses, raising awareness between our clients for the environmental legislations, providing expertise on the fuel management issues & management of bunker disputes and working closely with clients for technically robust solutions for managing fuels onboard are the key aspects of his present role.
He is also a member of Intertanko committee on marine bunkers, Energy Institute Joint sampling working group and represents UK on ISO meetings regarding marine fuel standards.
Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register he also worked as Maintenance Manager responsible for managing maintenance work and providing technical support to the operations of a land based power plant.
Global Head of Commodities Pricing
S&P Global Platts, UK
Dave Ernsberger is Global Head of Energy Pricing and Co-Head of Content for S&P Global Platts. Based in London, Dave took on overall responsibility for Platts pricing across oil, freight, generating fuels and petrochemicals in November 2016, and is a member of the Platts Executive Committee. Dave has been with Platts for more than 20 years, and in that time has worked in London, Singapore and Houston, variously as head of oil content, editorial director for Asia, and in a variety of roles covering metals, natural gas and electricity markets.
Fichte & Co, UAE
Hadef & Partners LLC
Global Shipping & Freight
S&P Global Platts, UK
Peter leads the global Platts shipping team, which covers news and pricing across all the main commercial shipping sectors. Peter joined Platts in 2013 having served in a variety of roles providing research and reporting on freight markets since 1998. Prior to joining Platts, Peter was Research Director for Freight Investor Services between 2010 and 2013, where he was responsible for providing market intelligence for FIS's clients and its brokers. Peter covered dry bulk markets as a Director at SSY Consultancy & Research from 2002 to 2010, and covered freight markets for Informa Maritime & Transport and Baltic Publishing in 1998-2002. Peter has a degree in English Language & Literature from Christ Church, at the University of Oxford.
Senior Advisor to the CEO
Hambantota International Port Group
Mr. Wickramasuriya joined the upstream oil and gas industry in 1984, working for Schlumberger, the worlds largest petroleum services company. Following 20 years in oil and gas exploration and production worldwide, he returned to Sri Lanka in 2004, when he was appointed Chairman/Director General of the Sri Lanka Board of Investment.
Thereafter, he was appointed Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority in April 2006, in which capacity he negotiated and constructed the Colombo Port Expansion,
Hambantota Port Phase 1, and Oluvil Port projects. He retired from Government service in June 2017 after spending the previous 6 years as the Director General of the
Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat, an institution tasked with developing the country’s emerging oil and gas industry.
Mr Wickramasuriya is currently Senior Advisor to the CEO of HIPG, the JV between the Government of Sri Lanka and the China Merchants Ports group that operates the port of Hambantota. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce National Agenda Committee on Energy, a policy advisory role linking private and public energy sector stakeholders.
Mr. Wickramasuriya holds a BSc. (Hons.) Degree in Engineering Physics from Loughborough University UK, and through his various assignments, possesses
extensive experience in a spectrum of technical and marketing disciplines as well as areas of strategy and national policy development.
VTTI Fujairah Terminals Ltd Fzc
Business Development Manager
Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT)
Graduated in 2007 from Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas as a Master of Gas Processing Engineering, Natalia started her career as an approval engineer in DNV head office in Oslo and worked on large size projects for major Clients, performing the plan approval work of marine and process systems for classification of mobile offshore units. During 2.5 years, she had the opportunity to work closely with main offshore safety and process regulations.
From 2009 to October 2011, she worked at Moss Maritime in Oslo as a process engineer, where she participated in different FPSO, LNGC, FSRU and liquefaction units projects on Moss spherical tanks.
In October 2011 she moved to France and joined the GTT engineering team as a lead process engineer. In this position she mastered all kinds of LNG installations LNGC, FLNG, FSRU, GST with GTT membrane tanks. Five years later, she was promoted to Business Development Manager with special focus on land storage infrastructures and business development & sales of GTT membrane tanks (offshore and onshore) in Russia.
Glander International Bunkering, UAE
Sean Burgin has 14 years’ experience in the Shipping and Marine Fuel industry. The various roles across Europe include operations, trading and physical supply within organisations such as Maersk Oil Trading and GP Global.
The latter focusing on a new physical supply setup in ARA and expansion of the back to back trading desks.
Most recently Sean has been instrumental in the early growth for one of the largest buyers in the Fujairah market where he is now based in the Dubai headquarters for Glander International Bunkering.
The desk is covering all aspects of the sourcing, risk management, claims handling and 2020 preparation for the group.
Marine Sales Manager
(Middle East) Co. Ltd., UAE
After 15 years in the bunker trading community, Robert Braithwaite joined Singapore Petroleum Co Ltd in 1998, which became part of Petrochina in 2009.
He has been based in the Dubai office of Petrochina since 2015.
Head of MENA
Business Development Manager
Gunnar Kjeldsen began his working career in DNV Petroleum Services where he spent 16 years in different key positions. His last position in DNV Petroleum Services was Regional Manager for the Middle East and Africa.
Gunnar’s extensive knowledge on marine fuels has helped shipping companies mitigate operational and financial risks as well as cost reduction with regards to fuel management.
Since April 2014, Gunnar has been with Bureau Veritas’ Marine Fuel Services and has helped BV build a Fuel Quality Testing program that is modern and easy to use and understand for their customers.
At FGE, Thomas leads coverage of the upcoming IMO sulphur specification change, providing key insights and analysis across the refining, trading and shipping sectors.
Both upstream, midstream and downstream project work; focus on liquid bulk port economics, freight economics studies, pipeline economics, offshore drilling activity, shipping outlook as well as broader feasibility/due diligence work.
Thomas has an M.Sc. in Management from Imperial College London, a BA in History, Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Nottingham, and also attended the International Management Programme at Fundacao Getúlio Vargas EAE-SP in Sao Paulo.
Prior to FGE Thomas worked as an equity analyst at the Private Bank, Kleinwort Benson, focusing on the UK Oil & Gas Sector.
Deputy General Manager
Fujairah National Insurance Company