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Portugal Shipping Week 2022




  • Dr. Jorge Antunes
  • Lesley Bankes-Hughes
  • Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes
  • Manuel Barros
  • José Luís Cacho
  • Dr. Eamonn Beirne
  • Simon Bennett
  • Susana Broco
  • António Costa Silva
  • Ruben Eiras
  • Francisco Ferreira
  • Maja Markovčić Kostelac
  • Fátima Lopes Alves
  • Miguel Marques
  • Ana Rita Martins
  • Ross Matthews
  • Ricardo Medeiros
  • José Luís Moreira da Silva
  • Ambassador Dr Martin Ney
  • Pedro Nuno Santos
  • Carla Olival
  • Jutta Paulus
  • Rodolfo Reis
  • Duarte Rodrigues
  • Isabelle Ryckbost
  • Nicolas Sartini
  • Ambassador Tove Bruvik Westberg
  • Dr. Jorge Antunes

    Dr. Jorge Antunes

    CEO, TecnoVeritas

    Dr Jorge Antunesis has held the positions of Technical Manager and CEO of TecnoVeritas - Services of Engineering & Systems Technology Ltd  - since December 1994.

    As Technical Manager, he supervises and is engaged in the company’s research and development and engineering activities.

    Dr Jorge Antunes started his career as a Maths teacher in Portugal, but soon moved into the naval industry, starting an internship at the Lisnave naval yard, in Setubal, Portugal, in 1986.

    In 1991, he graduated from the Department of Marine Technology at the University of Newcastle with a degree in Marine Engineering, specialising in Offshore Vehicle Design, Drilling Engineering and Ship Transport and Operation. He then continued his studies at the same university, completing a Master’s degree and being awarded a PhD in Marine Engineering.
    In 1992, Dr Jorge started working at Lloyd's Register of Shipping as an Engineer Surveyor.

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  • Lesley Bankes-Hughes

    Lesley Bankes-Hughes

    Publishing Director/Executive Editor
    Petrospot Ltd & ship.energy

    Lesley Bankes-Hughes is a highly experienced editor, news journalist and features writer. After a number of years as business editor of Jane’s Defence Weekly, she worked for the International Stock Exchange and Euromoney Publications. She also established a specialist newsletter covering European corporate mergers and acquisitions, and later spent several years at Christ Church, University of Oxford, with responsibility for developing educational outreach projects.

    At Petrospot, she has taken a lead on editorial projects relating to the marine fuels sector since 2007.

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  • Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes

    Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes

    Managing Director
    Petrospot Ltd 

    Llewellyn has worked in bunkering, oil and shipping since 1980, as journalist and broker, in London and New York, working for Argus, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly, Eperon Petroleum, Albion Oil and Energy Information. He joined MRC in Oxford to launch BunkerNews, before establishing Petrospot in 2003 to publish Bunkerspot magazine, news and pricing services, and highly-respected bunker and shipping books.

    He has created and run globally-recognised events in 25 countries around the world, including Maritime Week Americas, ARACON, London International Shipping Week and European Shipping Week, and runs internationally-renowned training programmes, including the Oxford Bunker Course and BunkerExperience.

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  • Manuel Barros

    Manuel Barros

    Naval Engineer, Douro Azul

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  • José Luís Cacho

    José Luís Cacho

    President, Association of Portuguese Ports (APP)

    José Luís de Azevedo Cacho was born in 1959 and graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Coimbra (1984), where he also undertook postgraduate studies in Investment Project Analysis in 2003.

    José has been Vice-President of the Academic Association of Coimbra (1982-1983) and President of the August Assembly of the Academic Association of Coimbra (1983-1984).

    He was a member of the Monitoring Committee of the Logistics Platforms National Network Plan, between 2001 and 2002. He was also a member of the Monitoring Group for the rail link to the Port of Aveiro, between 2001 and 2002, and of the Committee on Accreditation of Civil Engineering Graduation at the University of Trás-os -Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) between 2005 and 2006. From 2012 to 2015 he was a member of the Biology Department Council at the University of Aveiro, and he has been a member of the Council General of the University of Coimbra since March 2017.

    From April 2005 to March 2015, he was CEO of APA – Port of Aveiro Authority, S.A., where he had previously been a Member of the Board of Directors, from January 1999 to May 2002.

    From November 2008 to March 2015, he was CEO of APFF – Port of Figueira da Foz Authority, S.A.

    From July 2010 to November 2013, he was President of APP – Portugal Ports Association.

    From November 2011 to December 2013, he was President of APLOP – Association of Portuguese Speaking Ports, and he is currently a Member of the Board of this Association.

    José Luís Cacho has been CEO of APS – Ports of Sines and the Algarve Authority, S.A., since October 2016. He has also been President of APP – Portugal Ports Association since October 2019.


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  • Dr. Eamonn Beirne

    Dr. Eamonn Beirne

    Deputy Director, METI,
    Maritime Directorate
    UK Department for Transport

    Dr Eamonn Beirne has worked in the UK Department for Transport (DfT) for 20 years. Much of his time has been dedicated to the decarbonisation of the transport sector and supporting new emerging technologies, including the delivery of the UK’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, building the case for high-speed rail development, the safe growth of the unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and autonomous aircraft UK markets, R&D into low and zero emission aircraft, and the delivery of legislation for commercial spaceflight in the UK. He has also been Private Secretary to a number of previous Transport Ministers.

    Dr Eamonn Beirne is currently the Deputy Director for UK SHORE, a dedicated unit at the DfT delivering a programme of R&D, policy and regulations to decarbonise the maritime sector in the UK.

    Prior to joining the civil service, he was in academia and holds a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics.

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  • Simon Bennett

    Simon Bennett

    Deputy Secretary-General
    International Chamber of Shipping

    After graduating from Oxford University, Simon Bennett has spent over 30 years in the international shipping industry. Following short spells with the General Council of British Shipping and the International Maritime Employers’ Committee (IMEC), he was involved in maritime industrial relations. He has subsequently held various positions within the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), representing the global industry at intergovernmental bodies such as IMO, ILO, UNCTAD, WTO and OECD.

    As ICS Deputy Secretary-General, he is currently responsible for the development and representation of ICS policy, with a particular focus on decarbonisation issues.

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  • Susana Broco

    Susana Broco

    Senior Bunker Trader

    Susana Broco graduated as a marine engineer from the Escola Superior Náutica infante D. Henrique ENIDH (Portuguese Maritime College), where she also received the title of Specialist on Marine Transport with special focus on the supply of marine fuel.

    After a year at sea, Susana joined Petrogal, company of the Galp Group, where she has been a trader, trading several different distillates and residual products as well as crude oil and, for the last 18 years, working in bunkering. Susana is also a board member of the Portuguese Marine Officers Club and a board member of the ENIDH Alumni Association.

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  • António Costa Silva

    António Costa Silva

    Minister for Economy and Maritime Affairs of Portugal

    António Costa Silva was born in Angola in 1952.

    He holds a Degree in Mining Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, a Master's in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College (University of London), and a PhD in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico and Imperial College.

    He is a Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, where he did the aggregation in Planning and Integrated Management of Energy Resources.

    At the invitation of the Portuguese Government, he prepared, in 2020, the Strategic Vision for the Economic Recovery Plan of Portugal 2020-2030 and chaired the National Commission for Monitoring the Recovery and Resilience Program since May 2021.

    He was chairman of the Partex Executive Committee between 2004 and 2021.

    He was director of Reservoir and Production Engineering at Beicip-Franlab, the business branch of the French Petroleum Institute (Paris, 2001-2003) and executive director of Compagnie Géneral de Geophysique in Portugal (1998-2001). He started his professional career in 1980, at Sonangol (Angola), and from 1984 to 1997 he worked at Companhia Portuguesa de Serviços.

    Throughout his career, he was responsible for coordinating several international energy projects, in particular in the Middle East, Algeria, Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Angola.

    He was selected in 2002 by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce's International Court as an expert in charge of resolving the legal and technical dispute between two of the largest oil companies in the world, in a field off the China Sea.

    He was, as of 2018, a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Aveiro, chairman of the Fuel Council of ERSE, member of the Advisory Board of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Water Initiative of the Catholic University of Lisbon.

    He was a member of the Board of Trustees of ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and of the Advisory Board of the Gulbenkian Program for Development Assistance.

    He has participated as a guest speaker at international conferences on strategy, energy and geopolitics and is the author of several publications and articles in the fields of energy, strategy, geopolitics and international relations.

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  • Ruben Eiras

    Ruben Eiras

    Secretary General, Fórum Oceano - Blue Economy Association

    Over last year and a half, Ruben Eiras served as Coordinator for the Blue Economy, Innovation, Investment and Financing of Forum Oceano. He is the mentor of the Ocean Stream start-up program at the Canada-based Creative Destruction Lab, as well as mentor of the Sustainable Ocean Accelerator and coach of the European Commission's Blue Invest Platform.

    He has served as Director-General of Maritime Policy of the Ministry of the Sea of Portugal, promoting an innovative and sustainable blue economy and as Advisor for Industry, Innovation and Energy of the Minister of the Sea of Portugal.

    Prior to his career in the sphere of the blue economy, he was a Science and Technology Manager at Galp Energia and Director of the Energy Security Program of the Luso-American Foundation for Development.

    He holds a PhD in Energy Security Policy in the area of History, Defence and International Relations from the Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and the Military Academy. He also holds the Executive Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the MIT-Portugal Program.

    He was a member of the Natural Gas Expert Group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the SAS Working Group on Energy Security of the NATO Science and Technology Organization.

    Forum Oceano is a collective public utility that manages the Cluster of the Portuguese Sea, a cluster of competitiveness recognised by the Government of Portugal. Its maritime activities are dynamic and focus on generating value and creating employment, contributing to the strengthening of Portugal's position in the global economy.

    Forum Oceano’s mission is to strengthen strategic cooperation between actors - companies, RT&D centres, higher education institutions, public administration bodies - and to promote the competitiveness of the main value chains that use the sea and marine resources as central elements of their activity in order to contribute sustainably to economic growth, exports and employment.

    Forum Oceano represents 50% of the Blue GDP in Portugal, with 125 associates from the various sectors of the sea economy, as well as consolidated activities such as Fisheries and Aquaculture, Conservation, Fish Processing and Commercialisation, Marine Industries, Ports, Maritime Transport and Logistics and Nautical Tourism, as well as emerging activities such as Ocean Renewable Energies, Marine Biotechnologies and Ocean Technologies.

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  • Francisco Ferreira

    Francisco Ferreira

    ZERO - Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System 

    Francisco Ferreira is an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering of the NOVA School of Science and Technology and a researcher at CENSE – the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research. He holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from FCT NOVA, a Master's degree from Virginia Tech in the US and a PhD from NOVA Lisboa.

    He has been working in the areas of air pollution, climate change, and sustainable development. He is also the President of the national environmental non-governmental organisation ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System.

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  • Maja Markovčić Kostelac

    Maja Markovčić Kostelac

    Executive Director, European Marine Safety Authority (EMSA)

    Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up the position of Executive Director at EMSA on 1 January 2019. She is responsible for the running and development of the Agency under the oversight of the Administrative Board.

    Starting out as a maritime lawyer, she has since gained extensive experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sectors.

    Before joining EMSA, Maja Markovčić Kostelac was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Also in this role, she led the Croatian delegation throughout a range of international forums at the UN, IMO and ILO.

    While at Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure in various capacities, including as Director of the Maritime Policy Directorate, she also held the position of Director of the Croatian Shipowners’ Association (Mare Nostrum).

    Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac joined EMSA after having become increasingly familiar with the work of the Agency, most particularly as a member of the Administrative Board.

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  • Fátima Lopes Alves

    Fátima Lopes Alves

    CEO / President of the Board
    Porto de Aveiro

    Fátima Lopes Alves is currently CEO of the Port of Aveiro and Figueira da Foz (Portugal).

    She has a PhD in Sciences Applied to the Environment and she is professor with habilitation in the Department of Environment and Planning at the University of Aveiro and a researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM). With more than 26 years of professional experience, her main fields of expertise are Coastal and Marine Planning and Governance. She is participating/has participated in national and international research projects on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Environment and Socioeconomic Assessment.

    Fátima Lopes Alves is a member of the coordination team of the Portuguese Maritime Spatial Planning and Coastal Zone Management Plans in the Portuguese mainland and the Azores islands. She was the national coordinator of Strategic Environmental Assessment studies for Portuguese Maritime Spatial Planning. She is the editor of five books, co-author of six book chapters and author of 38 papers in leading international journals in the area of Coastal and Marine Management and Planning.

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  • Miguel Marques

    Miguel Marques

    International Advisor, Blue Economy

    Miguel Marques founded the Skipper & Wool consultancy and its international thought leadership project, Blue Info, which aims to make relevant contributions to the various pieces missing in the complex ‘blue puzzle’ of sustainable development of the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes, as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation. At the core of the activity of Blue Info is the analysis of blue big data.

    Before Blue Info, Miguel Marques was a PwC Partner, and established and led for over a decade (2010-2020) PwC’s Blue Economy Global Centre of Excellence, which was focused on blue growth, the promotion of economic development, the creation of new jobs and the protection of the environment, through aquaculture, blue biotechnology, shipping, ports, shipbuilding and other ocean-related industry sectors. 

    Miguel is particularly focused on family businesses related to sea activities, as they have the perfect ‘patient capital’ profile to invest in blue businesses that develop sustainably over a longer period of time and have the awareness to support the implementation of ESG and SDGs in their business models.

    A subject matter expert on the blue economy, Miguel Marques is the author of several books and more than 100 blue economy reports and studies all around the world. He regularly speaks at conferences (including the UN, EU and World Bank) and other events, attends meetings with shareholders, boards of directors and senior management around the world, sharing insights and best practices. He is regularly invited as keynote speaker in relevant international blue economy forums and has also been featured in a number of reputable journals and newspapers.

    Miguel Marques has a degree in Economics from Porto University (Portugal) and postgraduate qualifications in Real Estate Management from Porto Business School (Portugal). He has undertaken an executive course in Leadership at Lisbon Catholic University (Portugal), executive courses in family business from INSEAD (France) and from Kellogg Northwestern University (USA). He is a Portuguese Chartered Accountant and a member of several advisory boards of entities related to the blue economy.

    Miguel has visited and interviewed blue economy leaders in more than 50 coastal countries around the world in order to better understand regional as well as global best practices in the blue economy. 

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  • Ana Rita Martins

    Ana Rita Martins

    Port of Sines & Algarve

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  • Ross Matthews

    Ross Matthews

    Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to Portugal

    Ross Matthews is the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Lisbon since May 2018.

    Before coming to Portugal, he was Head of the NATO Section at the Foreign Office. Previous postings overseas include as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Argentina and as Second Secretary at the British High Commission in Cameroon (covering Chad and Central African Republic).

    Ross Matthews has a degree in French and Economics (BA Honours) from the University of Lancaster. He is married with two daughters.

    The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.


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  • Ricardo Medeiros

    Ricardo Medeiros

    Administrator, Board Member, Port of Lisbon

    Ricardo Medeiros was born in Lisbon in 1976, and since 2016 he has been a member of the board of the ports of Lisbon, Setúbal and Sesimbra.

    He is the first member of the board appointed by the Metropolitan Council of Lisbon Metropolitan Area, signalling the proximity and growing interaction between the ports and surrounding urban areas.

    With a degree in law and a Master’s degree in constitutional law, over the past six years he has been responsible for the areas of city-port relations, maritime tourism, territorial development, and historical heritage.

    Previously, he acted as a lawyer and was director of finance, public acquisitions, and human resources at Barreiro Municipality.

    In recent years he has been working directly with the 16 municipalities around the Tagus and Sado rivers, promoting solutions regarding sustainable land use and the implementation of green driven strategies focused on port activities.

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  • José Luís Moreira da Silva

    José Luís Moreira da Silva

    Partner & Head of Transport and Shipping, Coordinator of SRS Advogados, APLOP

    As the Partner responsible for the Administrative & Environment and Transport & Infrastructure Departments, José Luís Moreira da Silva has advised on several complex projects for public and private companies, both multinationals and Portuguese. He is also responsible for the Mozambique Desk of SRS Advogados.

    Since 2003, he has been Partner at Simmons & Simmons Rebelo de Sousa, currently SRS Advogados, being responsible for the Departments of Public Law & Environment.

    In 2004, he was designated Specialist lawyer in Administrative Law by the Bar Association.

    Since 1990, José Luís Moreira da Silva  has been Assistant Professor at the Lisbon University Faculty of Law, teaching administrative, constitutional, international law and law of the sea. He is currently a member of the FDUL Institute of Legal and Political Sciences, of which he is a member of the Supervisory Board, and usually teaches on postgraduate courses.

    From 2004 to 2009, he was a Member of the Superior Council of Administrative and Fiscal Courts and of the Superior Council of the Magistracy, elected by the Parliament

    From 1993 to 1999, he acted as legal advisory to the investment banking department of Caixa Geral de Depósitos.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, he was Deputy to the Government in the area of road and port infrastructure and Member of Parliament.

    He has been a lawyer and member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 1986.

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  • Ambassador Dr Martin Ney

    Ambassador Dr Martin Ney

    Ambassador of Germany to Portugal

    Ambassador Dr Martin Ney is a career diplomat. He holds a doctoral degree in public international law from Wuerzburg University as well as an M.A. in politics and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He started his diplomatic career in the Legal Department. From his posting in Thailand, he was called back for the negotiations on the external aspects of German unification (the so-called ‘2+4-Negotiations’), where he acted as legal advisor and chair of the legal committee in the final round. After serving as Executive Assistant to the State Secretary of the Foreign Office he was posted to Washington as Counsellor for Politico-Military Affairs in 1993 before moving on to Tokyo in 1997.

    From 2001 to 2005 he was the European Correspondent of the Foreign Office coordinating the German input to the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. In 2005 he was appointed Ambassador and Senior Deputy High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo. From 2007 until 2010 he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York. He served as the Legal Adviser of the Foreign Office before being appointed Ambassador to India in 2015. Since 2019 he has been Ambassador of Germany to Portugal.

    Dr Ney has been a member of the Toenissteiner Kreis since 1984; he is a former Young Leader of the Atlantik-Bruecke / American Council on Germany, and a member of the Atlantik-Bruecke e.V. Since 2015 he has been on the Advisory Council of Bucerius USA. In 2018 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford.

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  • Pedro Nuno Santos

    Pedro Nuno Santos

    Minister for Infrastructure and
    Housing of Portugal

    Pedro Nuno Santos was born in São João da Madeira, Aveiro, on 13 April 1977.

    He holds a degree in Economics from ISEG-UTL, an institution within which he was chairman of the RGA Bureau and member of the Senate of the Technical University of Lisbon.

    He began to participate in the Socialist Youth at the age of 14 and from 2004 to 2008 he was its Secretary-General. During this time, he fought vigorously for the legalisation of the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy and helped to launch the public debate over the issue of same-sex marriage. He is now the President of the Socialist district federation of Aveiro.

    He entered the Portuguese Parliament in 2005, being a member of the X and XII Legislature. He was vice-president of the Socialist Party Parliamentary Group and coordinator of the socialists in the Commission of Economy and in the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry on the Banco Espírito Santo's resolution.

    He defines himself as a Social Democrat and a staunch supporter of understanding among the parties of the Portuguese left. He was the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the XXI Portuguese Government (2015-2019), whose main function was to manage the link between the Executive and the leftist parties that support the majority in the Parliament.

    He was Minister of Infrastructure and Housing (2019) during the XXI Portuguese Government.

    He lives in Lisbon with his wife and has a son, Sebastião.

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  • Carla Olival

    Carla Olival

    Executive Director Greece and Middle East, Euromar Registry
    President, Wista Portugal 

    Carla Olival is Executive Director of the Greek branch of ‘Euromar’ with headquarters in Piraeus, acting on behalf of international shipowners for matters related to the International Shipping Register of Madeira (MAR), and she is Legal Counsel of European Mar II Lda. & Comandita. 

    She is Managing Director of Marítimos Manning Portugal, a company that provides industry-leading manning services to shipowners and ship managers.

    Carla Olival is Founder and President of WISTA Portugal, an Association affiliated with WISTA International that aims to promote gender equality and the sustainable development of the national maritime cluster and Portugal’s’ Blue Economy through a network of professionals at a national and international level.

    She is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the European International Shipowners Association of Portugal, which represents almost 100% of the shipowners with vessels registered under the Portuguese Flag.

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  • Jutta Paulus

    Jutta Paulus

    Member of the European Parliament (Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance)

    Jutta Paulus has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Greens/EFA group since 2019. She is a member of the committees on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Transport (TRAN). She is the European Parliament's rapporteur for the revision of the EU MRV regulation.

    Jutta Paulus started her career as a pharmacist, co-founded an independent laboratory for the examination of chemical hazards, and worked in quality management. From 2017 to 2019, she was the regional co-president of the Rhineland-Palatinate Greens.

    Jutta Paulus has dedicated her political work to climate, energy and environmental challenges. She aims to ensure that the European Union takes effective action against climate change and that human beings, animals and nature are protected from destruction, pollution and poisoning.

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  • Rodolfo Reis

    Rodolfo Reis

    Technical Manager, Portline Bulk International S.A.

    Rodolfo Reis holds an MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisbon, and a postgraduate diploma in ship superintendency, with a specialisation in marine engineering.

    He joined Portline group in 2003, working as a technical superintendent for 10 years, handling all technical matters of the assigned vessels.

    In 2009 he was appointed as deputy technical manager of Portline Bulk International, still carrying out the tasks of technical superintendent with the additional responsibility of coordinating the team of superintendents.

    Appointed as technical manager in 2012, he is responsible for the technical areas of the company, including superintendency, crewing, and safety/security (ISM).

    With a 20-year career in ship management, Rodolfo Reis also has extensive experience in newbuilding projects, drydocking, ship sale/purchase and the modernisation/upgrade of the managed fleet for compliance with new rules and regulations.

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  • Duarte Rodrigues

    Duarte Rodrigues

    Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Grupo Sousa

    Duarte Rodrigues has been Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Grupo Sousa since 2003.

    Since June 2019, he has been a Member of the Board of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and, since 2010, a Member of the Board of the Shipowners' Association of Portugal (AAMC)

    Between 2009 - 2013, he was President of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACIF-CCIM) and the Commercial and Industrial Association of Funchal - Funchal, Portugal

    Between 2006 – 2009, Duarte Rodrigues was Vice-President of the Madeira Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACIF-CCIM) and the Commercial and Industrial Association of Funchal - Funchal, Portugal.

    From 1999 to 2012, he was Managing Director of Porto Santo Line - Transportes Marítimos, Lda - Funchal, Portugal

    From 1997 – 2012, he was Managing Director of Hotel Torre Praia, Hotel Praia Dourada and Aparthotel Luamar - Porto Santo, Portugal

    From1997 – 2009, he was Managing Director of Empresa de Navegação Madeirense, Lda (ENM) - Funchal, Portugal

    From 1993 – 1995, he was Financial Director of Porto Santo Line - Transportes Marítimos, Lda - Funchal, Portugal

    Between 1990 and 1995, he was Financial Director of Empresa de Navegação Madeirense, Lda (ENM) - Funchal, Portugal

    In 1990, he was appointed Technician at ‘Banco de Fomento Nacional’ - Lisbon, Portugal

    In 1989, he was Advisor to H.E. the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade (Desp.1374/89 DR II Série n.º 267 de 20/11/89) - Lisbon, Portugal

    In September 1988, he was appointed Technical Economist of the Financial Services Directorate at ‘Banco de Fomento Nacional’ (initially with a role in the Capital Market and later in the Treasury and Money Markets Department)

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  • Isabelle Ryckbost

    Isabelle Ryckbost

    Secretary General, European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

    Isabelle Ryckbost has held the position of Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) since 1 August 2013. Before taking up this role, she worked as Director of the European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) and Senior Advisor of ESPO for four years.

    She studied Law at the University of Namur and KULeuven) and European Law at UCL Louvain). Before joining EFIP, she worked in EU Public Affairs for almost 20 years. After a short period at the European Commission (DG Agriculture), she worked in an EU Public Affairs consultancy. In 1994 she started working in the European Parliament, as a political assistant and between 1999 and 2009 she was the political assistant of Dirk Sterckx, where she was mainly active in transport and port-related fields.

    She is co-author of the handbook ‘Zo Werkt Europa’ (1st edition 2007, 2nd edition 2010, 3rd edition 2015).

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  • Nicolas Sartini

    Nicolas Sartini

    Yilport Holding

    Nicolas Sartini received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Paris, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in 1983. He started his career in 1985 at Delmas Vieljeux in Paris and before joining CMA CGM Group in 1989, he worked as the owner’s representative in Durban, South Africa from 1986 to 1988.

    During his tenure at CMA CGM, he held various executive positions in the company, as well as acting as Board Member for Australian National Line (ANL), and Cheng Lie Navigation Company (CNC). In 1993 he was appointed as Vice President in charge of Asia-Mediterranean Trades, and in 1997 as Senior Vice President in charge of Asia-Europe Trades. He was named Executive Vice President in 2002 in charge of Asia Trades.

    In 2016, Nicolas Sartini was appointed as CEO of American President Lines (APL), and appointed as CEO of CEVA Logistics in 2019, both subsidiaries of CMA CGM Group.

    Before joining YILPORT Holding in 2021 as co-CEO, he worked as an Executive Vice President for Ports and Terminals at CMA CGM Group from 2020.

    Nicolas Sartini has in-depth knowledge of terminal operations and more than 30 years of executive experience in the shipping industry. He speaks English fluently and his native language is French.

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  • Ambassador Tove Bruvik Westberg

    Ambassador Tove Bruvik Westberg

    Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal

    Ms Westberg joined the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1990. From October 2020 she has been the Norwegian Ambassador to Portugal as well as the non-resident Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde.

    Between 2008 and 2013 she served as Ambassador to Mozambique and was also accredited to Mauritius and Swaziland.

    From 2013 to 2017 she was Ambassador to Romania, accredited also to the Republic of Moldova and to Bulgaria.

    My twitter account is: @NorwayAmbPT

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