Director of Publishing/ Executive Editor, Petrospot
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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Technical Consultant Fuel Specialist and Surveyor, Exponent
Mr. Banning is a Chartered Marine Engineer with 17 years’ experience working within the marine industry. His sea-going career spanned both the Royal Navy and Merchant fleets, having sailed on a variety of vessels including Warships, Very Large Crude Carriers, Product Tankers, General Cargo vessels and Ro-Ro ferries.
Since coming ashore Mr. Banning has worked for a fuel additive manufacturer, where he held the position of Marine Technical Service Manager and specialised in the application of residual fuels both onboard ships and ashore in diesel electric power plants, with a focus on fuel stability and risk mitigation.
Over the last six years Mr. Banning has advanced his specialist knowledge of marine fuels, becoming an active member of ISO TC28/SC4/WG6 Classification and Specification of Marine Fuels amongst other technical committees. Mr. Banning has assisted the industry with the aim of improving overall fuel quality to mitigate risks onboard, and was involved in the 2017 revision of ISO 8217 and PAS 23263 in the run up to 2020. He has continued his committee work and has a renewed focus on 2030 and 2050 CO2 reduction targets, having been involved in setting up the framework for the inclusion of Biofuels and Alternative Fuels onboard marine vessels.
Mr. Banning’s experience includes fuel analysis, product formulation and development, failure analysis, incident investigation, standardisation and specification, energy efficiency management, project management and consultancy.
Christoffer Berg Lassen
Chief Commercial Officer, Bunker Holding A/S
Christoffer joined Dan-Bunkering in August 2004 as a Bunker Trader at the office in Middelfart, Denmark.
In January 2008, he moved to Dubai, where he held the position as International Sales Manager in Glander International Bunkering. After 5 years, he took up the job as CEO and became responsible for the overall management of all international business units, including driving and formulating the business strategy in Glander International Bunkering.
In May 2017, Christoffer had already created strong track record of more than 15 years at Bunker Holding Group, which brought him to the position of CEO for Dan-Bunkering. This meant taking the reins in one of the oldest and leading bunker businesses in the world.
After ten years in Dubai, he moved back to Denmark, where a new role in Bunker Holding Group was waiting. In March 2018, he joined the Executive Management Team in Bunker Holding as Chief Commercial Officer. He is now responsible for developing and supporting the entire Group as well as its subsidiaries in growing its commercial business opportunities
The same year, 2018, Christoffer Berg Lassen was also pointed as Chairman of the Board at VODA A/S. VODA services and supports energy producing power plants.
Over the years, Christoffer has gained a wealth of insight about the oil industry as well as the shipping industry.
The bunker industry is looking into a future with a new energy transition towards low- and eventually zero-carbon shipping. This is still a new way to do business, and as the industry leader, Bunker Holding Group must stay on top of things to guide our customers. Here, Christoffer Berg Lassen, is a central force. He has put together a strong team that will closely follow the green transition to ensure that Bunker Holding Group keeps attentive to what is perception and what is the reality in the market.
Technical Manager, Marine Engine Oils, Lubrizol
A mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the lubricant additives business. For the last 8 years he has held the position of Technical Manager within the Large Engines business unit responsible for OEM and Ship Owner relationships and customer support. He is a member of CIMAC Lubricants Working Group.
Technology Manager, Marine Engine Oils, Lubrizol
Harriet began her career in the lubricant additives industry over 10 years ago as a Research Chemist developing new additive chemistries. Her current role as Technology Manager for Lubrizol’s large engine business involves directing research and formulation activities to bring new lubricant solutions to the market to meet the unique operating conditions of marine engines.
VP Technical, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore
Since 2020, Olivier has been Vice President Technical within Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. He started his career in 2003 at Bureau Veritas Marine Division as a structural engineer. In 2014, he became the Head of the Oil & Gas department within the Offshore Technical Department. In 2017, Olivier was promoted as Director of the Design Assessment Department (DA) in the Marine Technical Management. Olivier Cartier graduated from Ecole Centrale de Marseille.
Commercial Manager, Proman Shipping
Matthias Classen is Commercial Manager at Proman Shipping.
He has worked for the Proman family of companies since 2015. In his current role, he oversees Proman’s Shipping’s logistical operations, including chartering, vessel operations, scheduling, as well as supply-chain planning for methanol and UAN deliveries around the globe. Matthias is also closely involved in a range of Methanol as Marine fuel projects and played a key role in developing Proman’s joint venture with Stena Bulk.
Prior to his appointment to his role as Commercial Manager, Matthias held the role of Commercial Planner at Proman Shipping, as well as a range of logistics and coordination roles in the energy sector, including roles at Proman Germany, and Eurotecnica, a leading technology provider which is also a member of the Proman family of companies.
Mr Classen holds a BA in business administration and logistics from FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management.
Global Business Development Manager, Marine Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions
Alexander has a working background of ten years in Shell in various business units, amongst other things he was responsible for setting up the Marine LNG business in the D-A-CH countries and chairing the German Maritime LNG advocacy platform.
Since 2019 he is the Global Business Development Manager at MAN Energy Solutions for the Medium Speed Marine (4-stroke) business. He manages external maritime stakeholders and looks for trends, developments and requirements in the space of alternative marine fuels/propulsion as well as unmanned shipping and helps shaping those into products/services for the future. He also represents MAN ES at various industry bodies such as Getting to Zero coalition and SeaEurope / Waterborne.
Manager of Business Development, Eagle LNG
Matthew Fisher is a Manager of Business Development at Eagle LNG Partners. In his current role, he oversees the financial modeling for the project development teams, project financing and structuring for Eagle LNG’s infrastructure projects, and evaluates the economic feasibility for small scale LNG delivery models. Prior to joining Eagle LNG, Matt worked for Black & Veatch Management Consulting assessing North America natural gas market fundamentals. In his prior roles, he consulted on the commercial development of several large-scale US LNG exports projects and led analysis on pipeline cost of service and rate design studies before State and Federal regulatory agencies.
Vice President, KfW IPEX-Bank
Financial solutions for future proof technologies. Constantin Geyer is Vice President at KfW IPEX-Bank, Maritime Industries Department, Frankfurt. Born in Stuttgart Southern part of Germany and home town of Mercedes Benz, he learned in the late 80ies already, that there is a sustainable propulsion vision: hydrogen. Being interested in green, economic viable solutions, he graduated at University of Hohenheim as Agricultural Engineer by writing his Master Thesis in Economics at Kyushu University Fukuoka, Japan. Strongly committed to sustainable innovation based on proper technical solutions, he is an active member of IPEX`s Green Shipping Task Force covering propulsion systems, especially hydrogen. As member of the German Search & Rescue, he clearly understands, what climate change in consequence means
Group Digital Transformation Manager, Cavotec
Lorène Grandidier is Group Digital Transformation Manager at Cavotec, a leading cleantech company that designs and delivers connection and electrification solutions to enable the decarbonization of ports and industrial applications.
As part of the Commercial Excellence department, Lorène is driving projects and initiatives to leverage Sales & Marketing efficiency. In particular, she is managing marketing activities related to ShorePower.
Lorene was previously Group Marketing and Business Development Manager at Cavotec, leading external and internal communication activities. Prior to joining Cavotec, Lorène worked at Schneider Electric, where she had several roles in marketing, institutional relationships and business development within the ports and marine segment. She has also been Vice-Chair of the Environmental Committee within the Port Equipment Manufacturer Association and Co-Chairwoman of the port Task Force within Transport & Distribution Europe association in 2015.
Lorène holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Grenoble Business School, France.
CEO, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Brian graduated in chemical engineering at Cambridge University and worked at Imperial Chemical Industries for 15 years doing research work, technology development, site production management and business restructuring leadership. Whilst working in Louisiana (USA) in the early ‘90s, he led the design and commissioning of the world’s first industrial scale plant making ozone friendly refrigerants.
After a short spell at Tate and Lyle, he moved to Remploy for 4 years, a company employing 6,000 disabled people in its extensive manufacturing activities around 80 UK sites, where he was Operations Director. The introduction of intensive personal learning activity and full engagement of factory teams in improvement work created productivity gains of up to 60% and gave many of the employees the confidence to find employment outside Remploy.
He moved to the affordable housing sector where he was CEO of 3 companies over 13 years. Most recently of Metropolitan. Over 5 years, he led a team that turned around Metropolitan from near collapse to a sector high performer - substantially increasing its annual profits from a break-even position, re-establishing a large new build programme, and making significant, lasting improvement to the personal resilience of 17,000 customers per year.
Brian joined the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as Chief Executive in October 2018.
Brian is married with two daughters – both at university. He enjoys sailing the gaff cutter that he built several years ago in the Solent.
Principal of Peter I. Keller and Associates, a consulting and advisory practice serving the International Maritime Industry, Mr. Keller is also Chairman of the SEA-LNG, organization committed to furthering the use of LNG as an important, environmentally superior maritime fuel.
As EVP of TOTE Inc. he oversaw development of the world’s first LNG-powered container vessels. From 2012 until 2014 Mr. Keller was President of Sea Star and from 2000 until 2010, was EVP/COO of NYK Group Americas, including serval years serving on the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo. His maritime career started in 1968 at Sea-Land, later leading the CAST Group.
Mr. Keller has acted as a consultant to leading Container Carriers, Ports, Terminal Operators and Intermodal service providers, was a Past Member of “The Box Club” and served on Industry and Labor Relations Boards.
Mr. Keller was inducted into the UN International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006.
Commercial Director, e1 Marine
Maite Klarup is currently the Commercial Director of global renewable energy company, e1 Marine. Klarup holds over 20 years of leadership experience from her time at BIMCO, Thome Group, Nordana, and WISTA across shipping markets in North and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Klarup holds an Executive MBA degree in Shipping and Logistics from Copenhagen Business School, and has been a board member of WISTA Singapore, committee member of The Mission to Seafarers Singapore, and a Member of the Technical Committee for Bunkering on the Singapore Standards Council.
Harri K. Kytomaa
Group Vice President & Principal Engineer, Exponent
Dr. Kytömaa specializes in mechanical engineering and the analysis of thermal and flow processes. He applies his expertise to the investigation and prevention of failures in mechanical systems. He also investigates fires and explosions and their origin and cause. He consults in the utilities, oil and gas, and chemical industries. Dr. Kytömaa's project experience includes consumer products, intellectual property matters, automobiles, aircraft, turbines, compressors, boilers, steam generators, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, instrumentation, nuclear waste management, heat transfer systems, fuel distribution, delivery and storage systems, including LNG facilities.
Dr. Kytömaa has decades of experience in the area of dynamics and thermal hydraulics of piping systems, valves and pipelines. He has developed flow modeling tools for such systems and their components and has applied these to drilling and downhole applications. He pioneered the modeling of the acoustics of drilling fluid piping systems for acoustic telemetry and Measurement-While-Drilling
(MWD), which was one of the enabling technologies for directional drilling. Dr. Kytömaa has also developed ultrasonic techniques for both medical and engineering applications, including instrumentation for flow measurement and the characterization of dense suspensions.
Dr. Kytömaa was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was head of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory. He has also held positions as Visiting Professor at the Helsinki University of Technology and at the DOE Pacific Northwest Laboratory in Washington and served as Lecturer at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Kytömaa consulted for Teleco Oil Field Services, Inc., developing MWD technology and other downhole applications.
CEO and Founder, Powerzeek AS
Dag is a long-time entrepreneur, having founded several companies within the area of energy, shipping and technology. Since entering the uncertain world of entrepreneurship in 2005, Dag has helped numerous shipping and industry companies all over the world source and use cleaner energy. Through Powerzeek, a platform company Dag founded in 2017, he is now digitizing and disrupting his own previous job as an LNG broker. Through the Powerzeek Fuel Platform, Dag and his team makes it easier for shipping and transport companies to find, buy and use cleaner fuel.
Dag holds a Bachelor degree in business administration from the University of British Columbia in Canada and a Master of Science degree in shipping from City University in the UK. Dag is also a certified gas designer and gas technician.
Group CEO, Unitrove
Steven is a passionate clean-tech entrepreneur with a personal mission to “create a virtuous world for the next thousand generations”. He graduated from Oxford University in 2008 with a Masters in “Engineering, Economics and Management” and shortly founded Unitrove following his work as an investment analyst in the City of London.
As a member of the British Standards Institution (BSI), he regularly contributes to the development of various international standards including those governed by ISO/TC 197 on “Hydrogen technologies” and ISO/TC 220 on “Cryogenic vessels”. His key interests include robotics, safety-critical software, and advanced industrial control systems.
Commercial Director, Greenheart Management Company Ltd
Brian Nixon is the Commercial Director of Greenheart which is the shipping arm of Hayfin. Formerly Managing Director, Lavinia Bulk London managing the Laskaridis Dry Fleet. Executive Director Morgan Stanley London responsible for the physical vessels, freight derivative trading and the risk management of the freight trading business. Dry Freight Trader in physical shipping markets and FFA trading for Cargill in Geneva and Singapore. BSc in Maritime Business from University of Plymouth and MSc in International Shipping, Trade and Finance from City University.
CEO, Baltic Ports Organization
The founder, co-owner and CEO of Actia Forum Ltd established in 2000. Since July 2006 Secretary General of the Baltic Ports Organization. In years 2003 - 1996 he worked as at various positions in the Port of Gdańsk Authority Co. including chairmanship of the Environment Committee of the Baltic Ports Organization. Involved in work of several international transport related organizations: e.g. European Sea Ports Organization, International Maritime Organization. Organizer, chairman and speakers at international conferences.
Graduated in 1993 from University of Gdansk, Faculty of Physical Oceanography. Also graduated from Law and Management post-graduate studies at Gdańsk University of Technology. Participated in professional trainings on management, transport, environment, international relation affairs.
He is member of business and industry advisory and expert bodies, among others member of European Ports Forum.
Arlie G. Sterling, as President and co-founder of Marsoft Inc., leads the development and commercialization of Marsoft’s decision support and risk management services for the maritime industry. Dr. Sterling has an S.B. from MIT, an M.S. from Northwestern and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from MIT Sloan School. Marsoft prepares clients for the lending and investment decisions they face in this volatile and cyclical industry by signaling the key risks and structural changes and the potential impact of geopolitical instability.
Marsoft’s GreenScreen™ program is the latest addition to the Marsoft line of services, inspired by the need for the industry to decarbonize. Marsoft’s collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on retrofitting ships for reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions helps Marsoft’s owner clients open the door to carbon credit revenues.
Managing Editor, Bunkerspot
Ian Taylor began his publishing career in 1987 with Bofoers Publishing in London, leaving in 1990 to become editor at VNU Publications. From 1992-1994, he worked as an Information Officer at the UK Government’s Overseas Development Administration.
In 1994, Ian joined Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes as Features Editor of BunkerNews, then the world’s leading marine fuels magazine, at MRC Business Information Group in Oxford. Ian left in 1998 to work as a consultant at international PR company Countrywide Porter-Novelli in Banbury, before returning to BunkerNews.
By 1999, BunkerNews and MRC had been acquired by the Informa Group plc. Ian became Publishing Manager, specifically of BunkerNews, Lloyd’s List Energy Dayand a range of sister publications. In May 2003, Ian left Informa to join Petrospot Limited to become Director of Publishing and Editor of both leading magazine and website titles, Cargo Security International and Bunkerspot.
In June 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, Ian was awarded the coveted International Cargo Security Council International Media Leadership Award.
Ian has a degree in English and Latin from the University of Edinburgh.
Market Specialist Marine - EMEA, Innospec Fuel Specialties
10 years serving as a marine engineering officer in the merchant navy across multiple sectors including Bulk, Offshore, Oil, and LNG.
Currently the Marine Market specialist and Key Account Manager at Innospec, the largest fuel specialists in the world supplying technology to improve fuel efficiency operability and environmental impact.
COO, Wallenius Marine and future Managing Director, AlfaWall Oceanbird
Per Tunell is a Naval Architect with more than 25 years in the shipping industry, the last 15 years with Wallenius Marine, now their Chief Operating Officer (COO) and future CEO of AlfaWall Oceanbird. AlfaWall Oceanbird is a 50/50 joint venture between Alfa Laval and Wallenius with the missions to supply wind propulsion solutions to the shipping industry.
Per, and AlfaWall Oceanbird, are dedicated to drive change in the shipping sector and creating sustainable solutions, all in line with the vision “Leading the way towards truly sustainable shipping”.
Managing Director, Shipping Strategy Ltd
- Maritime analyst and consultant for 23 years
- Has advised major ship owners, charterers, investors, banks, ports, insurers and regulators
- Has built several successful research and consultancy teams
- Founder and Managing Director of Shipping Strategy, a boutique maritime strategy consultancy and training business
- Regular speaker at international shipping conferences and in the wider media
- Published author of dozens of articles on shipping and Operational Research
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
- 2018- now: Managing Director, Shipping Strategy Ltd, Cambridge
- 2015-2018: Managing Partner, Affinity Research LLP, London
- 2010-2015: Group Head of Research, Business Development Director, Braemar Shipping Services Plc, London
- 2009-2010: Director of Consultancy, Maritime Strategies International Ltd, London
- 2002-2009: Research Consultant to Divisional Director, HSBC Shipping Services, London
- 1996-2002: Business Analyst to Head of Operational Research, MRC Business Information Group Ltd, Oxford
- Market forecasting
- Strategy consulting
- Presentations/public speaking
Key areas of expertise:
- Sector forecasting
- Bunkers and terminals