Mohamed Abdenbi has worked for Endress+Hauser since 1997 when he joined the company in France as Product Manager. He moved in 1998 to Endress+Hauser Wetzer in Germany, before moving to Endress+Hauser in Singapore as Product Manager for Recorders, Temperature, Components and Water Samplers, responsible for the whole South East Asia Region. In 2006, he became Engineering Manager for Endress+Hauser SEA until moving in 2008 into the role as Manager of Project Business for Endress+Hauser (S.E.A.) Pte Ltd in Singapore. He is also head of Endress+Hauser (S.E.A.) Pte Ltd’s Center of Competence. He has been a member of the working group on Mass Flow Metering for bunkering since 2009.
Mohamed holds a Master’s degree in Physics measurement and control, from Paris, France and an ESV Business School Diploma. He is also a Certified Profibus PA Engineer.
Peter is a native of New Zealand and a graduate of the University of Otago where he studied Geology and Finance. He began his career with Maersk Oil Trading in 2009 after spending almost 10 years in various roles in New Zealand and Denmark within the FMCG industry.
At Maersk, Peter has looked after the Mediterranean, Russia and Northern European markets respectively as before taking over the trading activities on the Singapore desk in the middle of 2017.
Jack Brabban is Vice President, Fleet Management Control at Chembulk Tankers in Singapore. Jack is a former sea-going engineer with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University. Since coming ashore in 1994 he has worked mainly for shipowners and ship managers in the UK, Hamburg, Canada, Dubai and Singapore.
Christopher Chatterton joined the Methanol Institute (MI) in February 2015 as the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), where he is responsible for supporting the association’s CEO and for managing MI’s Asia pacific and Middle East operations. This includes government and strategic relationships, membership growth, and administration of the Singapore office.
Over the past 20 years, Christopher has worked at the executive level across the power, oil & gas, biofuel and chemical sectors, where he has been responsible for creating strategy, fundraising, restructuring, and operations for both startups and multinationals.
Previously, Christopher led several successful energy and agriculture initial public offerings (IPOs) and cross-border private placements in the European Union (EU), Asia, Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
With extensive experience in Europe and the former Soviet Union, Christopher is fluent in Russian and holds an Executive Master in Business Management Administration (EMBA) degree from HEC Paris.
Choong Zhen Mao is the Executive Director of Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd.
Incorporated in 2000, Equatorial is a reputable physical bunker supplier accredited by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Under his directorship, Equatorial currently owns and operates a fleet of thirteen fully owned bunker barges, averaging a monthly bunker delivered volume of 330,000 to 350,000MT.
Upon graduating with a BA (Hons) 2:1 in law and upon being called to the English Bar at Gray’s Inn, Danny returned to Singapore where he commenced practice with Messrs Godwin & Co., then the leading shipping & maritime law firm in Singapore before joining Messrs Khattar Wong & Partners in 1989 where he was a partner and Head of the Shipping Department.
Danny joined Joseph Tan Jude Benny in September 1999 and is a Senior Partner in the firm. He was named by Chambers Global Directory 2000 and 2001 Editions as one of the “Leaders in their Field” of Shipping Law and was also listed in the Euromoney Legal Group Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping & Maritime Lawyers. Most recently, Danny was ranked as a Leading Individual in both The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017/2018 Edition and Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2017.
Danny has served in the International Bunker Industry Association (Asia) Executive Committee since its establishment in Singapore in 2005 and latterly has been appointed as a director of IBIA (Asia).
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Timothy (37) was born in New York and grew up in Genoa, Italy, where he got his Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Business.
He spent six years working as a Manager 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 for the New Terminals Division.
In 2011, Timothy joined his family business, Fratelli Cosulich, where he sits on the Group Board of Directors and is in charge of the marine fuel business unit globally, representing 60% of the Group’s turnover.
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 shipowning, to ship agency, freight forwarding, catering, manning, yacht services, and marine fuel trading and supplying. Fratelli Cosulich has offices in 15 countries, around 1,000 employees worldwide and a yearly turnover of $1.6bn.
The Group is active in Singapore as a bunker physical supplier since more than a decade ago and operates 7 bunker barges, delivering approximately 300.000 mtons per month.
Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for over 50 years and in bunkering for over 25. He joined Shell Tankers in 1966, serving on all classes of vessel, including VLCCs and LNG tankers. In 1979 he joined the newbuilding department of Shell International Marine and later transferred to Shell’s R&D unit, specialising in control systems, fuel combustion and safety systems.
In 1986, Nigel moved to the commercial department as a bunker buyer and economics analyst, two years later becoming Head of Operational Economics, responsible for all of the fuel purchased for the Shell fleet, the operation of the risk management policy and the speed/performance of the owned fleet. In 1996, he joined the bunker department of E.A. Gibson Shipbrokers which, in 2006, merged with US-based broking house LQM Petroleum Services, where Nigel was Senior Broker and Technical Manager. He retired from LQM in July 2015.
Nigel is a founder member of IBIA, serving several times on its council of management, the board and as its Chairman. He is currently chair of the Board Development Committee. He is the author of nine books on bunkering and shipping and Director of Petrospot’s leading training events, including the Oxford Bunker Course and An Introduction to Shipping. Nigel is a member of IMarEST and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers.
Unni Einemo joined the secretariat of the International Bunker Industry Association in April 2016 after having worked for nearly 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 particular on regulatory affairs and fuel quality issues. She earned a reputation for accurate and insightful reporting, and the ability to digest and communicate complex subject matter to the public. She is well respected for her analysis and editorial skills.
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 submissions to IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee and participation in 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.
Mr Mathews George has 5 years’ experience as a Petroleum Surveyor in two other Petroleum Surveying Companies prior to joining DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS), in 1990, as a Bunker Surveyor.
Mathews was with DNVPS for the past 23 years and was heading the Operations Department since 2003. In 2006 in Oslo, Norway, Mathews completed a DNV Management Course. DNVPS was bought over by a new Owner in July 2014 and the company was renamed as Veritas Petroleum Services (Asia) Pte Ltd (VPS). Mathews continues as the Operations Manager and responsible for all the Bunker Surveys carried out in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, India and Malaysia. He has also acted as an expert witness in litigation case and provided an independent assessment on a number of bunker quantity dispute cases.
Mr George is one of the invited lecturers involved in conducting the Bunker Surveyors Course and Examination for the licensing of bunker Surveyors in the port by MPA, since the inception in the year 2000. The course is currently conducted by STET Maritime Pte Ltd – Maritime Education and Training.
Mathews was a member of the Working Group for both the past (SS600:2008) and the current (SS600:2014) – Singapore Standard for Bunkering and was appointed as a Technical Assessor for the accreditation scheme for inspection bodies under the Singapore Accreditation Council since October 2009. He was then appointed as Chairman of National Mirror Committee for ISO 13739 revision by TC for bunkering in July 2015, followed shortly by being appointed as member of the Technical Committee for Cargo Inspection by Singapore Accreditation Council in October 2015.
He presented on the Role of Surveyors in the roll out of the TR48:2015 Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering on the 16 February 2016.
Vice President, Gas Marketing, Sales & Development
Mr Goh Tiak Boon is the Head of LNG New Business and Vice President of Gas Marketing, Sales & Development in Pavilion Gas. He oversees the sales of regasified natural gas in the Singapore market and is responsible for LNG bunkering projects. Mr Goh is also Chairman of the Singapore National Technical Committee for LNG Bunkering.
Prior to this, he was Vice President – Commercial at Gas Supply Pte Ltd; Mr Goh had also previously spent 16 years with ExxonMobil in various planning, commercial and managerial positions.
Mr Goh holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Business from Australia’s Macquarie University.
Michael graduated from the University of Northumbria with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and, in November 2004, joined Lintec Testing Services as an Analytical Chemist, working between the UK head office in the Customer Services Department and the Dutch Office and laboratory in Rotterdam.
In January 2006, Michael took on a permanent role in the Customer Services Department and was promoted to the role of Customer Services Manager in December 2007, overseeing the day to day running of the department and taking a more proactive role in client relations.
In October 2009, Michael took up his current role as Intertek ShipCare’s Global Technical Manager. Within this role Michael is responsible for planning and overseeing investigative analysis and providing technical advice and support to clients. Michael is also tasked with the technical development of the Intertek ShipCare bunker fuel testing programme and promotion of new initiatives relating to analytical techniques and test methods.
Michael represents Intertek ShipCare on a number of technical committees, such as the CIMAC Working Group (WG 7) and the Intertanko Bunker Sub-committee.
In February 2014, Michael took up a position on the Board of Directors of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and was elected to take on the role Vice Chairman of IBIA as of April 2016.
As the Assistant Director of the Bunker Services Department in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Elfian leads the team that regulates and promotes Singapore’s bunkering industry.
Elfian joined the MPA in 2008. He was first posted to the Corporate Communications Department before he moved to his current department in 2012.
Elfian is the Deputy Chairman for Singapore’s National Technical Committee for Cargo Inspection and a member of the National Technical Committee for Bunkering. He also sits on the Steering Committee for the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON).
Trevor Harrison is a full-time maritime arbitrator and mediator, with particular expertise in bunkering. He was called to the Bar over 30 years ago and was previously Head of Legal at bunker fuel supplier Tramp Oil & Marine. Earlier career experience included practice at the English Bar, working for a P&I club and a firm of marine consultants.
He is a Full Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), on the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) Panel of Arbitrators, a member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), a Centre for Dispute Resolutions (CEDR) accredited mediator, a Baltic Exchange-LMAA Mediator Panel member and a past director of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
From August 2011 until April 2013 Trevor acted as part-time Chief Executive of IBIA, whilst the association sought a permanent candidate.
Trevor speaks and writes regularly on maritime matters and dispute resolution. He is the author of Legal Issues in Bunkering, published by Petrospot. Recent masterclasses in Singapore and Hong Kong have covered arbitration, mediation, bunker disputes and marine claims.
Martin Laue Brodersen has been in the shipping industry for 18 years. He started with AP Møller Maersk as a shipping trainee, and then returned to the AP Møller Maersk head office in Denmark after two postings in West Africa.
After several years in operational management positions, he joined Maersk Oil Trading and the bunker industry in 2006.
After two years with Maersk Oil Trading, he worked for World Fuel Services Denmark for three years as a bunker trader.
Before joining TORM in 2013 as Vice President, Head of Bunkers Department and member of Torm Tankers Management Team, he worked for J. Lauritzen in Denmark as a bunker purchaser.
During his shipping career, he has participated in various internal and external management programmes.
Alan Lim is Deputy Director (Port Services) at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He spearheads MPA’s efforts in ensuring quality port services in the Port of Singapore. He oversees the Bunker Services Department and the Marine Fuel Development and Promotion Department. His previous appointments in MPA include Deputy Director (International Programmes) MPA Academy, and Deputy Director (International). He was appointed as First Secretary (Maritime) in London, United Kingdom, from 2009-2011. He was elected the Vice-Chairman of the International Oil Pollution Compensation 1992 Fund Executive Committee in 2011 and chaired the October 2011 session of the Committee.
Alan Lim is a member of the Chemical Standards Committee. He is also a member of the national Technical Committee for LNG Bunkering and Co-convenor of the Working Group on TR 48 bunker mass flow metering.
Alan Lim holds an MBA (Distinction) from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He attended the Stanford-NUS Executive Programme in International Management. He graduated with a Second Upper Class Honours in Economics from the National University of Singapore.
Alan Lim was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze).
Mike Lundberg serves as Senior Counsel-Compliance at World Fuel Services (WFS), based in Miami, Florida. In this role, he helps oversee all manner of compliance and ethics matters, including developing WFS’s global training programmes, ethics policies and technology-based solutions; handling sanctions, anti-corruption, and antitrust-related legal matters; and conducting internal investigations.
Prior to WFS, Michael spent eight years as a white collar defense attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, California, and prior to Latham spent four years as an investigator and lobbyist with Global Witness, an anti-conflict resources NGO based in London, England.
Robin Meech is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting, an independent consultancy established in 2001 focusing on the marine industry with an emphasis on the transport of energy.
He has a particular interest in the bunker sector. He advises companies on environmental issues, forming alliances, purchasing strategies, organisation, new business ventures, credit insurance, logistics, IT systems and e-business.
He has undertaken a number of assignments for the Major oil companies, suppliers, purchases and service organisations related to marine fuels as well as for the EU and IMO. He has been a director of an independent tanker company where his responsibilities included managing the purchasing of bunkers.
Robin Meech is co-author of “Outlook for Bunker Fuel Oil and Heavy Fuel Oil to 2035” a report that assesses the global supply-demand balances for low and high fuels oil over the next two decades addressing the impact of the global cap. He is co-author of the book “Bunkers – An analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues”, published in 2013 by Petrospot.
He is chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
Justin Murphy became the Chief Executive Officer of IBIA in February 2017.
He has previously served as CEO of Acuity Shipping Limited; the CEO of Brightoil Shipping Singapore (a HKSE listed Energy conglomerate); Regional Director of AET (a Petronas/MISC subsidiary); Managing Director of both Teekay UK & Singapore; and Head of Shipping and Freight at Macquarie Bank Ltd.
He has an MBA from Hull University and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
A Master Mariner who started his career as a deck cadet with Wallem Shipmanagement in 1987, Ashley joined Teekay Shipping as a Chief Officer in 2000 and commanded his first vessel in 2006. He continued to sail as a Master till 2014 and then transitioned to a shore role as an HSEQ Manager.
Since then he has worked in various roles in Teekay which include Marine Operations and Vetting Manager, Marine HR Manager, before moving to his present role as Regional Commercial Operations Manager for the Asia Pacific region.
With over 30 years’ experience in the maritime sector, John is a well-known expert in the industry and will focus on areas such as credit management (focused on bunker business), credit insurance and bunker business development.
Before joining Gulf Petrochem, he held the role of Global Head of Credit and Director at Soyuz Bunkering Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd, handling customer selection and promotion as well as liaising with legal departments and insurers on ship arrests and insurance claims. Prior to this, John worked for Chemoil Energy Ltd, where he was responsible for the creation, implementation and management of global credit and counter party risk policy.
John is a graduate in Maritime Business with Maritime Law and completed his MSc in Port Management at University of Plymouth, UK in 2002. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, a chartered member of the Institute of Logistics & Transport, and a Member of the Institute of Petroleum, IBIA and IECA.
Esben Poulsson is President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Chairman of the London based International Chamber of Shipping.
He is also Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, comprising 14 large modern container vessels. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years and has held a variety of senior positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.
Aside from Enesel Pte. Ltd., he is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., of Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd. of Avra International Pte. Ltd. and is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. He is Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd. and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore.
He is an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation and a Council Member of the Baltic Exchange.
Aaron Powell is a Steering Committee Member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network – a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption. Aaron is currently managing the Ethics and Integrity programs for Rio Tinto’s Sales, Marketing and Marine businesses. Prior to joining Rio Tinto’s Marine business, Aaron was based in Mongolia and responsible for the development, design and implementation of the Ethics and Integrity program for Oyu Tolgoi LLC – Rio Tinto’s joint venture with the Government of Mongolia. Aaron also holds a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment.
Captain Walter P. Purio is the Chief Executive Officer at LNG Marine Fuel Institute and he serves as a non-executive director to Pelican Clean Energy Pty Ltd which provides marine expertise, insight and advice to government, resource, and oil and gas companies as they explore the potential to develop LNG as a marine fuel industry in the Southern Hemisphere.
Captain Purio is a seasoned maritime industry executive who has worked across several marine disciplines including commercial shipping, marine finance, marine compliance, naval operations, offshoring, mining and support to the oil and gas industry.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Merchant Marine Academy and MBAs from the University of Chicago and the Katholieke Universitat in Leuven, Belgium, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
J. Stephen (“Steve”) Simms is a Principal of Simms Showers LLP.
He serves as Chair of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Legal Working Group and is an immediate past member of IBIA’s Board.
Simms Showers is one of the most active United States firms working in the area of vessel arrest, maritime attachment, and related maritime remedies for creditors. The Firm has to date recovered over $500 million for its clients in vessel arrest and maritime attachment proceedings throughout the world.
Based in Singapore, Carlos Torres is the Global Head of BP Marine Fuels where he oversees the entire marine fuels business, including the global marine team covering multiple geographies.
Prior to this role, Carlos was the global chartering manager based in London where he managed the chartering business for BP globally.
Carlos’ career with BP expands for close to 20 years. After working at Motorola he joined Amoco in 1998 prior to the merger with BP. He has held a very diverse portfolio of roles within BP which included roles within Chemicals, Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Integrated Supply & Trading.
Additionally, Carlos held roles of Regional Marine Manager for Marine Fuels in the Eastern Hemisphere where he also managed the supply and sales team covering the Middle East, and Asia Pacific regions. As well as the role of Marine Manager for the Americas covering supply and sales in the region.
Carlos holds a Bachelor in Physics and Mathematics from the University of San Luis, Mexico and an Executive Masters Degree from the Kellogg School Of Management.
Sean Warr joined BW Group in 2015 and is currently in charge of Bunker procurement for the MR, LR, Dry and LNG segment. He also handles bunker claims, fuel quality testing and bunker hedges. He has worked in a bunker trading firm and bunker supply firm.
Sean currently is a an exco member for IBIA(Asia).
He holds a degree in International Business from the University of Birmingham.
Iain White has over 35 years’ experience within the marine industry, beginning his career as an Engineer Officer in 1979 with the Cunard Steamship Company. During the 12 years Iain served at sea, he sailed on various vessels developing experience in both steam and motor propulsion, and gained a steam and motor chief engineer’s certificate.
Iain joined ExxonMobil in 1991, working in various global roles including sales and trading, technical support and business development within the marine fuels and lubricants department.
In his current role, Iain is responsible for the long-term strategic development of the global organisation’s marine fuels and lubricants brands.