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The Lloyd’s List Editorial Board
Lloyd’s List has set up an editorial board of business leaders drawn from across the maritime industry.
Members are recognised experts who will provide feedback and guidance on all aspects of Lloyd’s List’s editorial output via regular meetings and feedback sessions. The Board’s mandate is to help guide our content and ensure that Lloyd’s List continues to answer the questions that matter most to the industry. They will also oversee a strict set of editorial guidelines that will hold our editorial operations to the highest standards of accuracy, quality and transparency.
The goal is to ensure Lloyd’s List remains the most trusted and authoritative provider of maritime news and analysis, and the principal source of market intelligence and insight for all those working in the shipping industry and related business sectors.
All board members will remain strictly neutral as far as any companies or organisations to which they are affiliated are concerned.
“Lloyd’s List is part of the shipping industry. It is a position of trust we have established over nearly 300 years and it is built on the highest standards of accuracy, quality and transparency.By establishing an independent Editorial Board of industry experts, the intention is to uphold those fundamental values while building greater and deeper connections with the industry we serve,” said Lloyd’s List editor Richard Meade.
“In doing so we can develop much more sophisticated products tailored to specific needs and ensure that we are answering the right questions with accuracy and integrity. I am extremely grateful to all the members of the board for their time and commitment to Lloyd’s List.”
The board will be chaired by Janet Porter, former executive editor of Lloyd’s List, and consists of:
Chris Welsh was appointed secretary general of the Global Shippers’ Forum, which represents 40 national and regional shippers’ associations, in 2011. From 1996-2001 Chris was secretary general of the European Shippers’ Council where he played the prominent role in deregulating EU shipping and air cargo markets, spearheading a series of successful maritime competition legal cases which culminated in the repeal of liner shipping conferences’ antitrust immunity in the European trades. In 1987 Chris set up the European Air Shippers’ Council to campaign for the liberalisation of air cargo services. Chris has held a variety of senior management roles for the UK Freight Transport Association, and is also currently director of global and European policy. In 1992 he set up the FTA’s Brussels office and in 2010 was instrumental in establishing FTA Ireland. He is also a director and board member of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association. In 2015, Chris was made a Member of The Order of the British Empire for services to shippers and the shipping industry. He announced his retirement from the FTA and GSF in March 2018.
Professor Costas Th Grammenos set up the Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School in 1983. The following year, he established the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance course which introduced a new approach in shipping and international business in general; in 1997 he established the MSc in Transport, Trade & Finance and in 2003 the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance. Since then, more than 3700 MSc students have graduated from over 150 countries. Additionally, the centre carries out and publishes research, through its staff and PhD students, in the areas of Shipping Finance, Maritime Risk Management, Commodity Trade and Finance, and Energy. In 2007, to provide a lasting legacy for his lifetime achievements the University renamed the centre the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade & Finance. Costas also established the Piraeus Meetings (1983 – 2000); the Athens Triennial Meetings (2004 – to date); and the City of London Biennial Meetings (1999 – to date). He was made OBE (Hon) by HM the Queen in 1994 for his work in international shipping and finance; in 2008 he was appointed CBE (Hon) for his contribution to teaching and research in the maritime industry; and in 2013 he was made 'Commander of the Order of the Phoenix' by the President of the Hellenic Republic. In 1999 he was awarded the DSc for creating, through his published research, Shipping Finance as a new academic subject. In 1998 he was Seatrade Personality of the Year and in 2011 was included in the Lloyd’s List Top 100 Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry.
Graham Porter is chairman of Tiger Group Investments and one of the founders of Seaspan Corp, the New York-listed company that is now the world’s largest containership tonnage provider. In addition, Graham has also been responsible for building up Greathorse, a private shipowner in China, and for developing GCI with Carlyle Group with a focus on investments in the maritime space. He sits on the board of Jaccar Group and is involved in several non-profit organisations. Graham left Seaspan in 2017 to focus on Tiger Group, and its newly-formed subsidiary RAM Financial which aims to provide finance for small and mid-sized shipping companies that have found their traditional sources of capital becoming scarce as European banks withdraw from ship lending. Graham graduated in 1992 with a degree in business from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Harry Theochari is a shipping and asset finance lawyer and global head of transport at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He is an expert in all types of financing involving ship and maritime assets including structured financings, capital market transactions, bond financing and private equity. Harry is currently the vice chairman of Maritime London, the world's largest global maritime professional body, on the board of Maritime UK, and was chairman of International Maritime Industries Forum until its recent merger with Maritime London.
Jesper Kjaedegaard is an independent board member of several maritime related companies and a partner at Mercator International, an international consulting firm offering advisory services to the maritime sector, including investors with an interest in ports, vessels and other maritime related assets. Jesper had a long and distinguished career with the AP Moller-Maersk Group where he served as a member of the group’s executive board for all container related business, whilst also heading up the company's global liner company, known then as Maersk-Sealand. He was also involved involved in developing the group's container terminal activities, which became APM Terminals. In 2005, he relocated to the UK where he was chief executive of The Maersk Company Ltd, until 2009. Jesper currently serves as a non-executive board director for a number of both listed and privately owned maritime and transport related companies in Europe, Middle East and South America. This includes V-Group, Hafnia Tankers and BIMCO. He is also past President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and former chairman of Maritime UK.
Dr Karen Purnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with a PhD in chemical physics from Bristol. She joined ITOPF as a technical adviser in 1994 and, having found the perfect environment in which to combine her strong principles of science-based decision making, objectivity and service to the maritime community, she moved through the ranks, becoming managing director in 2009. During her career with ITOPF, Karen has attended several major oil spill incidents in many different countries including Sea Empress in the UK in 1996, Prestige in Spain in 2002 and Tasman Spirit in Pakistan in 2003. She has contributed to several environmental damage assessment processes, including the Cosco Busan incident in the US. Prominent amongst her achievements is the expansion of ITOPF's capability to respond to spills of Hazardous & Noxious Substances. In her role as managing director, her focus is to ensure that ITOPF is recognised as the leading provider of objective technical advice on accidental ship-source pollution through delivery of its five key services. She is also a non-executive director on the board of the Harwich Haven Authority.
Lars Green is partner and chief executive of Green Consulting Group, which focuses on management consultancy and competence development. Lars has a long career in shipping and logistics, including 33 years with the Japanese logistics giant NYK Group in Scandinavia, London and New York. In addition to his consultancy business, Lars is a senior tutor at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. His book “ATTACC© - a leadership philosophy” was published in 2016. Lars holds a MBA from Stockholm School of Economics.
Martin Stopford is non-executive president of Clarkson Research Services and Director of MarEcon, an e-learning business. He is a graduate of Oxford University and has a PhD in International Economics from London University. During his 47 years in the maritime Industry, he has held positions as director of business development at British Shipbuilders; global shipping economist with Chase Manhattan Bank. chief executive of Lloyd’s Maritime Information Services, and executive director of Clarksons and currently Non Executive President of Clarkson Research. He is also visiting professor at Cass Business School, Dalian Maritime University and Newcastle University, and has an Honorary Doctorate from Solent University. Martin’s publications include Maritime Economics, the widely-used shipping text book first that has been translated into Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish and Chinese. He has also written many papers on shipping economics and ship finance. He was presented with the Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award 2010; Seatrade Global Shipping Personality of the Year 2013; Onassis Prize for Shipping 2015; and Capital Link Shipping Leadership Award 2016.
Michael Parker is the global Industry head for the shipping, logistics and offshore industries at Citigroup, a position he has held since 1997. He has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University, graduating in 1977. In 1996 he attended the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University Palo Alto. Michael is vice chairman of corporate & Investment Banking (Europe. Middle Esst and Asia), co-head of the CIB Industrials sector in EMEA. In 2016, he was appointed chairman Corporate Banking EMEA. Between 1977 and 1985 he looked after clients’ international business in the UK construction industry and Citi’s relationships with a number of large international oil and mining companies. In October 1985 he joined Citibank’s shipping division in London with specific responsibility for remedial management, and in early 1989 he took over as head of Northern Europe Shipping. In January 1997 he was appointed Global Industry Head with responsibility for Citibank’s business world-wide. During his 32 years involvement with shipping finance, Michael has been a regular conference chairman, speaker or panellist. Under his leadership Citi receives recognised industry awards across the different areas of shipping finance and he was named Marine Money’s Dealmaker of the Year in 2012. Michael chaired the London Committee of Intercargo for a number of years and is involved in UK maritime matters as they pertain to finance. In 2017 was appointed to the board of the Global Maritime Forum.
Michelle Wiese Bockmann is a maritime journalist and oil industry analyst, covering the international shipping and dry bulk and energy commodities sectors for more than 25 years from the US, Asia and Europe. From 2007 until 2011 she worked as Lloyd's List markets editor. She is now a senior analyst with ClipperData, with expertise in energy shipping cargo flows, and a special focus on middle distillates and US crude exports. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from the University of South Australia and is based in London.
Peter Hinchliffe is secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, whose membership comprises the key national shipowners’ associations from around the world and represents 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage. The principal role of ICS is to co-ordinate the representation of the global shipping industry at the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, and at other intergovernmental bodies which impact on the interests, well-being and commercial viability of international shipping. Peter started his career in the British Royal Navy, which included over 20 years at sea and five years in seagoing command. He joined the ICS in 2001 and for several years led its representation on maritime safety, security and environmental issues at the IMO and in other fora. He was appointed secretary general of ICS in July 2010 and today focuses on enabling the ICS team to optimise its effectiveness on behalf of international shipping through lobbying, representation and intervention. Peter is due to retire from the ICS this summer.
Peter Shaerf is managing director of AMA Capital Partners, New York, having joined in 2002. Peter started in the industry over 43 years ago and worked for many years as a shipbroker for container and dry cargo vessels through a company he founded, The Commonwealth Group. He also operated a small Caribbean liner service while working for a firm of British shipowners. Immediately prior to joining AMA he was a co-founder of Poseidon Capital, a specialist maritime “boutique.” At AMA he has continued developing relationships in the capital markets where he has worked primarily advising hedge funds and investors on a variety of maritime investments in both equity and distressed debt and is actively involved in transaction origination. He has extensive experience in vessel valuations and has performed such work for financial institutions and government clients. He has been active most recently in the small cruise ship sector and in the container feedership space where he manages the firm's investment in modern eco feederships. He served as a board member and deputy chairman at publicly-listed Seaspan (NYSE) from 2005-2018 and has also served as an independent director (non-executive) of five other publicly traded maritime companies . Peter also currently sits on the board of dry cargo ship owner Interlink Maritime . Having served five years as chairman, is currently Chairman Emeritus of New York Maritime Association, a leading not-for-profit trade association and he is also a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and on the shipbuilding/finance committee of the US government's Marine Transport National Advisory Council.
Rod Riseborough is chief executive of Container Trades Statistics, which he set up in 2008, and which manages a global database covering container volumes and prices. Born in South Africa, Rod attended both Natal University and the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He joined Safmarine in Durban in 1977, and subsequently held a number of management roles in the US. In 1988 he moved to London, and joined SafBank, originally as commercial manager and then as managing director. In 1995 he moved to SAECS, first as commercial manager, and then as chief executive. Rod was appointed managing director of Safmarine UK in 2000. The following year he joined the Far Eastern Freight Conference as secretary, and as chief executive of Conference Administration Services, until the EU abolished the conference system in 2008.
Shicheng Yang, known as Simon Young, is acting vice president of Cosco Shipping Energy Transportation Co, and responsible for the strategic development of the oil tanker and gas shipping business. He ran Cosco’s diversified business in the UK from 2009 for more than seven years. Prior to that, Simon was the head of Cosco Research for seven years. and set up the World Shipping (China) Summit in 2004 with Drewry Shipping Consultants and the Journal of Commerce. Simon started his career with Cosco Qingdao and has a strong dry bulk shipping background. When he worked in in Cosco’s head office, he was responsible for port/terminal development for China’s largest shipping line.
Tom Behrens-Sorensen is board member and advisor to a number of Asian and Western companies. He is a seasoned and versatile business leader with rich international experience and in depth understanding of Asia. During a long career with AP Moller-Maersk Group from 1979 to 2009, he led the group’s expansion in Asia. His core strengths are in maritime, transportation, infrastructure and consumer retail. A China insider with deep insights into evolving industry landscapes, he has relationships with both government officials and business leaders. Since 2009, Tom has developed a portfolio of board directorships at family owned, public listed and private equity firms, notably at China Merchants Group of Hong Kong and Singapore line NOL between 2013 and 2016. Tom is an accomplished and sought after China advisor, having been associated with China since 1981.
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