Most recently, Budha was general manager and CEO of a newly won container terminal concession in Tartous, Syria where he set up a local company, obtained all necessary Government approvals and successfully established Syria’s first specialised private sector container terminal on behalf of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI).
Budha has also worked for Associated British Ports (ABP), including being the Port Director of their South Wales Ports, Regional Manager North-West Ports and a member of the ABP Board of Directors, and Port Director of Short Sea Ports. During his tenure, Budha was responsible for a number of major developments, including setting up the P&O ferry terminal in Troon and the building of a silo complex in King’s Lynn, which is the most modern and versatile grain facility of its kind in the UK.
Dr. Khalid Bichou is a transport logistics and port consultant and is the co-founder of the Port Operations Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC) at Imperial College London.
He has over 17 years of international experience in the port, maritime, transport and logistics industries including periods in senior positions and as Consultant and Adviser to global operators, financial institutions, governments and international agencies. His expertise spans port and maritime operations, transport economics and infrastructure, freight and distribution logistics, trade facilitation and supply chain security.
Sebastian’s first management role was by his own admission, a total disaster. Thrown in at the deep end to manage a team of more experienced, more intelligent, change weary and bitterly disillusioned staff was always going to be an uphill struggle.
However, looking back Seb realises that this was the best start in management that he could have been given. As a fresh faced management graduate, he had hoped that his management books, irrefutable logic, clever PowerPoint presentations and endless theories would see him through the tough times. He learnt quickly and as manager of people for the last 15 years, he understands now that a much more practical and human approach is required.
Dr. Anthony Gallagher is a Senior Lecturer and the MSc Programme Leader for International Maritime Studies at Southampton Solent University. The University has a long-standing and international reputation in maritime industry and as Programme Leader he has coordinated the development and management of a range of MSc pathways, which are validated by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London. These include Shipping, Ports and the Environment and Marine Spatial Planning.
Chris has a wide and varied international logistics experience across a number of market segments, ranging from the oil and gas industry through to retail and distribution. His experience includes structuring and managing a number of supply chains from scratch within the E&P segment, including handling both the negotiations with suppliers and the logistical issues involved therein. Chris has delivered guest lectures at MSc level on global supply chains, as well as lecturing on logistics and supply chains to MBA students.
Jane is a Coach, facilitator, consultant and trainer who believes wholeheartedly that all people can be motivated to make a difference.
Jane is never happier than when a client asks her to undertake an “impossible” challenge. Working with both individuals and teams, Jane’s main focus is on Personal Effectiveness and Motivation. Jane had 7 years Operational Production Management experience and 5 years of Senior HR Management experience before she started her consultancy which has now been running successfully for 16 years. Her clients are both in the Private and public sector and her assignments tend to be ‘everything and anything’ to do with people.
Rodger started a career at sea in 1959, which culminated in command in 1970. His seagoing time was followed by over 26 years as a senior manager in a number of senior shore positions which were related to ship and port operations prior to joining full time education in 1996 as Director of Faculty at the National Sea Training Centre, part of North West Kent College.
Paul is Associate Director of the University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute and a lecturer in ship and port operations.
Paul has been involved in the shipping industry since 1962 when at the age of 13 he attended a merchant navy training school, HMS Conway. In 1966 he joined Alfred Holt and Company, the Blue Funnel Line as an indentured apprentice.
He served on a wide variety of company ships, including passenger and general cargo ships, RO RO ferries and the first cellular container ships employed on the Europe to Far East service. He received a BSc (Hons) degree in maritime studies from the University of Wales in 1972 and attained a Master Mariner’s Certificate of Competency in 1976.