Chief Business Officer – Bulk, Port of Roenne
Maja Felicia Bendtsen is a senior business development manager with experience from many years of business and product development in different industries. She has for many years been working on transformation of the energy sector from fossil energy to renewable energy, amongst others being project manager on EcoGrid EU, which was the largest Smart Grid project in EU with participation of every 10th household on the island of Bornholm. Latest she is the creator and leader of Bornholm Bunker Hub, a project where the partners Orsted, Haldor Topsoe, Ramboll, Bunker One, Bureau Veritas, Molslinjen, Wärtsilä and Port of Roenne are working on creating Port of Roenne and Bornholm as the green gas station for the +60.000 vessels, that every year pass close by Bornholm.
Head of Energy Transition, Baleària
Javier Cervera, is the director of energy transition at Baleària shipping company, in charge of the development of decarbonization projects to move the company towards the path of zero emissions. -Experience in other areas of energy such as: vice president of the Valencian cooperative Sapiens Energía, specialized in the design and management of renewable energy communities, and vice president of the Association of Energy Engineers, Spain Chapter. He is a telecommunications engineer and has developed his professional life in the field of energy, working in commercial and innovation areas in large companies, in the development of renewable energy projects.
Technical Consultant, Lecturer and Author
Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for over 50 years and in bunkering for over 25 years. 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. In 1996, he joined E. A. Gibson Shipbrokers which, in 2006, merged with US-based broking house LQM Petroleum Services, where he 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. Nigel has written 10 books on bunkering, shipping and marine lubes published by Petrospot, and is Director of the Petrospot Academy. Nigel is a member of IMarEST and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers
Chief Operating Officer, SEA-LNG
Steve is Chief Operating Officer at SEA-LNG. Before taking up his position at SEA-LNG, Steve was Head of Energy at Xyntéo. He began his career as a Geophysicist in BP, subsequently working in a variety of business development, strategy, and analysis roles in the company’s gas, power, & renewables and energy trading businesses. Steve has also worked in the City of London, for a commodity futures market, leading the development of financial instruments for the energy sector and for management consultants Pöyry Energy and Caminus Energy, where he specialised in providing advice on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), gas and power market policy, and commodity trading and risk management.
Global Business Development Manager, Marine Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions
With a university background in Economics and Politics, Alexander Feindt has a working experience of ten years in the oil and gas industry in various business units, e.g. he was responsible for setting up the Shell 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 (“Four-stroke”) business unit. There he manages external affairs and is responsible for maritime industry partnerships. His role is to evaluate trends, developments and requirements in the space of alternative marine fuels/propulsion as well as unmanned shipping and 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 or the Hydrogen Council.
Carlos Freire Trigo
Director, Naval Division, Endurance Motive
Carlos Freire is Endurance Motive S.A Marine Division Manager. Endurance is a lithium battery manufacturer located in Valencia (Spain). He has developed his career within the technology and innovation areas related with the blue economy, industrial and the overall sustainable transport.
Carlos has an overall technical and management expertise: from the sailing yacht racing technologies bubble like the America´s Cup or Sail GP, working as systems engineer, to management roles as CEO, Operations Manager or Business and Innovation consultant within the marine, maritime and industrial fields.
He is also a serial entrepreneur continuously developing, investing and participating in different startups.
He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronics Engineering and a Master in Operations Management.
Energy & Conservation Manager, ST Fleet Support, Stolt Tankers
A senior maritime professional who combines more than 20 years of relevant experience with a great passion for the shipping industry. Jose Gonzalez career began as a seagoing engineer on board RoRos, LPG tankers and Bulk carriers prior moving ashore.
Over the last 15 years he has been working both in shipping and power generation industries, leading Environmental, Sustainability and Energy departments for different companies like Westinghouse, Cummins Engine Company and Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.
Jose is currently working for Stolt Tankers as Energy Conservation Manager, his main responsibilities are: to plan and manage energy management projects, set up long-term vision and strategy on energy conservation field and execute those programs working together with other departments/stakeholders within and outside the company.
Global Market Leader of Gas Carriers and Tankers, Bureau Veritas
Since 2012, Carlos Guerrero has been Global Market Leader of Gas Carriers and Tankers for Bureau Veritas, based in the head office in Paris. Within his main roles at BV, he closely follows innovations in all types of gas carriers.
Before joining BV, Carlos was largely involved in shipbuilding activities in several Spanish shipyards, working in the production department, technical office, and, ultimately, in the commercial department.
Carlos holds an M.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Oceanic Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid, finalising his thesis in March 1998. He is a member of the Spanish College of Naval Architects.
Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
Valentina is a Senior Associate in the Environment, Health & Safety team at Watson Farley & Williams, the London office. She regularly advises clients on various aspects of Net Zero, EU Green Deal, Fit for 55, EU ETS, Circular Economy and wider sustainability/climate change/decarbonisation agenda applicable to different sectors.
Valentina also has broad experience of providing stand-alone regulatory advice to international companies on environmental risk management (i.e in the fields of carbon, emissions trading, waste, chemicals, energy, water, plastics and recycling laws) and in particular on the maritime environmental compliance and ESG. On the transactional side, she has extensive experience of drafting and negotiating environmental sections of the due diligence reports. Her experience includes defending environment prosecutions and some health and safety actions.
Valentina has been named as a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 and an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers in 2022.
Marine Fuels & Oils, VPS
I know people who know people. This is a saying that is especially true for me. During my professional career, link and connect with people is of high importance. Talk and listen to people gives you the real insight how to help them and bring solutions to solve problems. With a strong technical background in analytical chemistry, instrumentation used in the lab and persistence is key for success.
Having diverse roles in technical support, sales, business development and product management I use all these experiences in the marine industry. An industry where a lot is going on, with new fuels, biofuels, reduce gas emissions & decarbonisation and overall energy transition, important work has to be done. With VPS as a global market leader in fuel - and Lube oil testing institute this is the way to go forward.
Principal Consultant, Ricardo
Graeme Maclean has over 20 years of experience developing solutions for the transport sector, now focussing on technologies and strategies for decarbonisation, particularly hydrogen. Graeme began his career in the noise and vibration team of Ricardo Automotive and Industrial. While this is a highly specialised topic, it touches many areas, leading to Graeme developing a wide range of expertise, working on projects across the globe.
Graeme undertook training with the European Energy Centre’s Renewable Energy Institute prior to joining Ricardo Energy and Environment, within the Strategic Growth and Development team. In this role, Graeme has focussed on development of new offerings in the areas of lifecycle assessment, transport decarbonisation and hydrogen and associated e-fuels. Customers have included the IMO, international NGOs, UK Department for Transport and international automotive businesses.
Director Bunkering – Port Relationships & Regulations, Yara Clean Ammonia
Tessa Major, Director Bunkering – Port Relationships & Regulations, within the Yara Clean Ammonia business unit of Yara International ASA. Tessa holds a master’s degree in Biology as well as Marine and Lacustrine Sciences. She has been active in the maritime sector (10+ years) and has a vast experience in sustainability driven projects such as the development of alternative maritime fuels and sustainable industrialization. She furthermore has a proven track record in business development as well as commercial and strategic port development (including M&A). As a Belgian, her global expertise stems from working and living abroad (formerly Brazil, currently Norway) and her involvement in international initiatives such as her tenure as Vice-President of IAPH (international Association of Ports and Harbors) responsible for Central and South America.
Within Yara Clean Ammonia she is currently responsible for Port Relationships & Regulations and business development activities across the value chain to foster clean ammonia as a fuel for shipping. Given her experience and expertise, she has the clear tendency to balance her business approach and customer relations with a sustainability mindset in a global environment.
CEO, Hazel Insight/Senior Advisor, BLUE Insight
Advancing the low-carbon economy | Clean technology strategist | Devoted to actionable, high-impact change.
Hilary McMahon puts sustainability strategies into action every day. Sustainability and the role of the private sector is the foundation of Hilary's professional life as the former Director of Intelligence at Richard Branson's Carbon War Room, and previously as an expert and as a thought leader at the World Resources Institute, the UN, WBCSD and the European Commission. From energy efficient retrofits of cargo ships to “smart island” economies, the skills that Hilary provides as a business development professional and senior strategist has made financially beneficial projects like these come to life. Creating deal flow, vetting projects, developing strategy, and empowering large teams to work together are skill sets Hilary brings to any engagement.
Hilary has a particular interest in the role of technology and new business models in solving social and environmental challenges. As such she has been instrumental in many important projects e.g. as a Judge for the MIT Co-Lab, Echoing Green Fellowship and Yale Low Carbon Case competition, as a reviewer for the World Energy Outlook, a selection committee member for Bloomberg NEF and a nominee for the C3E Energy Award. Communicating on energy and sustainability comes naturally to Hilary, and provides a global perspective as a result of her experience working all around the World and with a multitude of change makers. Hilary is the Managing Director of Hazel, an Advisory Service for investors looking to have positive impact in the world. She is also a member of the Board at CLASP, a Senior Advisory to Blue insight and CUBE Low Carbon fund and Columbia University Advisory Council on Sustainable Finance.
Head of Alternative Fuels & Sustainability, Peninsula
Nacho de Miguel is Head of Sustainability at Peninsula, where he is responsible for Leading Peninsula’s future into sustainable energy. He has a special focus in creating and managing Peninsula’s LNG bunkering business with the aim to provide cleaner marine energy to its customers worldwide.
Nacho has more than 23 years of experience in the energy business, he started in the industry as Bunker Trader at the Spanish oil company CEPSA, moving then to the role of Fuels and Distillates Manager for Power Generation business at Union Fenosa (now integrated in Naturgy). In 2004 he joined Union Fenosa Gas where he held successive positions that included Head of natural gas and LNG contracts, Head of LNG shipping and Director for Business Development.
In 2020 he moved to Peninsula to be responsible for implementing the Company’s Sustainability strategy and its transition to cleaner fuels.
He holds a bachelor degree in Economics & Business Administration from the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain); a Master in Energy Business from CEE and has a diploma in business administration from IESE business school.
Head of Bunkering, Naturgy
Antonio Miranda has been working for 20 years in the energy industry, at the utility company Gas Natural Fenosa, which became Naturgy in June 2018.
During all this time, he has developed his career in different areas of the company, from international operations, going through the electricity and gas market in the retail market first and in large accounts later, to his current position as Head of Bunkering.
He is Vice-president of EVO´s M&V Training Committee, President of Bunkering WG at SEDIGAS, President of Rugby Club Valencia and Past President of the Association of Energy Engineers Spain Chapter.
Elisabeth Fauvelle Munck af Rosenschöld
Global Sustainability Manager, IKEA Transport & Logistics
Innovation Promotion & Environmental Sustainability Director, Fundación Valenciaport
Eva María Pérez started her career at the Birmingham Business School (University of Birmingham), where she carried out projects in the field of industrial economics. From 2000 to 2004 she worked as Project Manager at the Institute of International Economics of the University of Valencia and in April 2004 she was hired as project manager by Fundación Valenciaport.
She has worked for 20 years as researcher and manager of R&D&I projects in the fields of environmental sustainability of ports and shipping, net-zero strategic planning for ports, alternative fuels in the port-maritime-logistics sector, motorways of the sea, and feasibility analyses of transport infrastructure and service projects. She is the Innovation Promotion and Environmental Sustainability Director of the Fundación Valenciaport.
She holds a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Granada (Spain) and has a Masters of Science in Business Research from the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham (UK).
She has good command of methods to carry out strategic plans, financial feasibility analyses, cost-benefit analyses, forecasting techniques, econometrics and good analyst skills. She has good communication skills acquired through her 15-year experience as a lecturer, participating in congresses, communicating with clients and presenting project results. She is currently coordinating the EU co-funded Green-C-Ports project integrating 12 partners in the consortium and aiming at providing a set of digitalisation tools, technologies and emission measurement sensors to support port environmental sustainability and performance of port operations in the TEN-T Core Network.
Head of Innovation and Information Systems, Ports of Sines and Algarve
Postgraduate in Business Engineering from IST - Instituto Superior Técnico and Master in Organizational Information Systems from IPS - Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal. Heads the Port of Sines and Algarve Information Systems Unit and the Innovation and Digitization Agenda, while coordinating the implementation of the JUL – Logistic Single Window, a national project under the responsibility of APP – Portugal Ports Association. Collaborates with the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, as Invited Assistant, in the Logistics course. Represents the APS and APP in national and international forums and work groups in the sector.
R&D – Energy Transition, Fundación Valenciaport
Josep Sanz started his professional career at the University of Castilla-La Mancha as researcher and lecturer in the Fuel and Engines Group. From May 2014 he is part of the R&D team in the Fundación Valenciaport working on initiatives to improve the sustainability of port operations in topics such as energy efficiency, renewable sources of energy and alternative fuels.
Commercial Director Marine, Titan LNG B.V
Michael Schaap is the Commercial Director Marine at Titan LNG B.V. and in that capacity responsible for the development of the marine and bunkering proposition for Titan LNG.
In the past Michael has had various roles in the bunker industry, mainly involved on the commercial & trading activities for physical suppliers such as Shell Marine Products and Argos bunkering.
Actual bunkering experience has proven to be helpful to translate the needs of vessel owners and operators to a LNG bunkering supply proposition, resulting in several milestone projects and deliveries of LNG as a marine fuel.
Michael has a degree from Nyenrode Business University.
Director of Marine Fuels, Proman
Peter Schild is Proman’s Director of Marine Fuels.
In his current role, Peter leads Proman’s work along the full length of the clean shipping supply chain.
Peter has worked for the Proman family of companies since 1992. As a mechanical engineer and Project Manager, he has overseen a number of Proman’s world-scale methanol and ammonia plants, including the construction and commissioning of the then world’s largest methanol plant, M5000 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Prior to taking up his current role, Peter was Project Management Director in Proman’s Dusseldorf office, responsible for acquisition and project development work for Proman projects around the world.
Peter holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Hochschule Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences.
National Director – Spain, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
Alfredo Serrano, who obtained the degree of Industrial Engineering by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and holds an MBA from INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), has a broad professional experience in the cruising industry, since 2002, when he left the industrial sector after having worked in different multinational companies.
Alfredo held the position of Managing Director at the Spanish cruise line IberojetCruceros, a division of the Iberostar Group. In 2007 Carnival Corporation & PLC acquired Iberojet and rebranded it to Iberocruceros, where Serrano remained as the Managing Director.
He was responsible for launching the company as a key player in the Spanish travel market by diversifying its customer base and stablishing it in South America.
In 2014, Serrano founded VARUNA CONSULTING S.L, a private consultancy company based in Madrid and specialising in the cruise industry. That same year, and to date, Alfredo was appointed National Director for Spain at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Senior Advisor Maritime and Shipping, The Bellona Foundation
Runa A. Skarbø is a senior advisor on maritime and shipping issues in the environmental NGO the Bellona Foundation. She holds an MSc in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In Bellona, she works with environmental issues related to the maritime sector and the Arctic, with specific focus on biofouling and hull cleaning as a solution. She has previous experience from areas such as maritime risk and safety, arctic shipping and technology and maritime systems design and logistics.
UK Marine Commercial Director, RINA
Fiorenzo Spadoni holds the current position of UK Marine Commercial Director and global yachting commercial coordinator for RINA Services.
He graduated in mechanical engineering from the University of Genova in 2001.
He joined RINA in 2005 and till 2012 strengthened his experience in the marine sector as a surveyor in Turkey, Netherlands and France.
From 2012 to 2017, based in Genoa, he has been in charge of the yachting sector taking care of the Italian operational network and all commercial activities relevant to mega yachts and recreational crafts. He has been responsible for the developing of new services with special commitment in environmental and sustainability field. From 2018 he has been managing the commercial activity in UK and Ireland for the marine sector with special focus on the cruise market and ships in service classification. He retains the position of worldwide yachting coordinator leading global projects, innovative services and digital solutions for RINA clients.
General Manager, Sales, Large Projects, Wärtsilä
Toni Stojcevski is a professional within the area of marine engineering and business development. He has been working in various positions in Wärtsilä for 22 years and gained a broad experience in the marine industry, especially within the field of medium speed combustion engines and alternative fuels. In 2013 Toni graduated from the Executive MBA on the University of Gothenburg. After, in 2014-2016 Toni was responsible for the “Methanol development project” comprising of new product development, application and its market strategy, and the delivery and conversion of the four main engines onboard Stena Germanica which was the first ship in the world operating on methanol as a fuel and a starting point for the change in the marine industry while still leaving a trace of sustainability to the society in whole.
Currently Toni is working as General Manager Large Projects and is accountable for business development with focus on large projects in the marine industry in North Europe.