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Bharat Hora
Chief Engineer

Bharat has more than 30 years maritime experience. He started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India as a junior engineer in 1980, after graduating from the Directorate of Marine Engineering Training. He continued to rise in ranks, sailing as Chief Engineer for three years with Univan Ship Management, before taking a job ashore as a marine engineering trainer. Since then, he has lived in various countries such as Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia and India, working in senior management positions for a shipyard, a large ship management company, a marine consultancy and a ship services company.

Presently Mr. Hora is working independently as a vessel auditor, maritime trainer and new building consultant. He is a Member of IMarEST and Supply Chain Management Association of Canada and a Life Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India) and Institution of Naval Architects (India).

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Katerina Konsta

Katerina was working for a number of years in shipping and currently she is working as Director of SeaWorks Training & Consulting Ltd.

She was in the position of the Head of the Shipping, Transport & Logistics Department for a College in Greece which collaborates with London Metropolitan University in the UK offering the latter’s shipping courses. Her extensive teaching experience has been gained at various colleges and universities, lecturing on undergraduate courses in shipping, maritime business and related subjects

Katerina holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth (UK). Prior to this she studied Business & Finance at North Hertfordshire College (UK). Her postgraduate studies include International Shipping at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Maritime Studies with International Transport at the University of Piraeus (Greece). She is currently working on her PhD at Plymouth University.

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams is the founder and managing director of Shipping Strategy Ltd, a maritime consultancy and training company based in Cambridge, UK. A well-regarded shipping industry personality and ambassador, Mark is a top 50 tanker industry leader, often quoted in the press, with BBC news appearances and many articles published. He has held management positions since 2000 and P&L responsibility since 2012.

Mark has 23 years’ experience across shipping markets, developing and managing commercial relationships with ship owners, charterers and the wider shipping industry, having worked for companies such Informa Plc, HSBC, Braemar Shipping Services PLC and Affinity (Shipping) LLP. 

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Michael Quain

For over fourteen years, Michael has been involved in the operation and maintenance of a wide range of seagoing tankers and dry cargo ships including the development and monitoring of maintenance systems, dry-docking and carrying out afloat repairs to a variety of vessels at various locations around the world.

Michael has conducted in-house investigation of numerous engineering incidents on-board vessels. 

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Mike Wall
Marine Consultant, Trainer & Author

Mike's experience has spanned most areas of shipping including seagoing service, teaching, ship management and marine surveying/consultancy.

Having been a teacher for more than 40 years, Mike writes training modules for various shipping related diplomas and continues to give training seminars for shipping related organisations.

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Dr Simon Norton
Lecturer at Cardiff Business School

Dr. Norton holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law, and a Doctorate in Shipping Finance. He is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and bank regulation at Cardiff Business School. He previously worked in a Japanese finance house in London in the capital markets, specialising in swaps and new bond issues.

Dr. Norton has also worked for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers for over five years where he was a tutor in marine insurance. He also prepared the syllabus and wrote the course book for Shipping Finance for the Institute. For several years he was also the Appeals Officer at the Institute.

For the past few years Dr. Norton has lectured extensively as a guest lecturer in the West Indies in the fields of maritime law, ports policy, and shipping finance.

Dr. Norton is a trustee with a well-established London museum-art gallery, and takes an active role in London life. He is also a Friend of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He has published many academic articles in national and international journals in the fields of corporate governance and taxation. He has also supervised dozens of masters dissertations, and supervised a good number of students through to successful completion of their doctorates.

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Dr Theodosis Mourouzis

Dr Theodosis (Theo) Mourouzis is a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) and the Managing Director of Electi Consulting, a boutique consulting specialising in niche technologies such as AI and Blockchain/DLT.

He has extensive experience in the Shipping Analytics sector and has been working with Lloyd's Maritime Academy on big data shipping analytics education. He has PhD in Computer Science from University College London (Information Security Group), a MSc in Advanced Studies in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and a BA/MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge.

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Tony Browne MNI

Tony has been involved in the maritime industry for many years in various capacities as a lecturer, consultant and curriculum leader and has built an outstanding reputation as a Maritime Education Trainer in the superyacht industry. He sits on the Scottish Qualifications Agency panel of external verifiers to maritime training establishments and for new course approvals.

Tony is an Orals trainer, consistently obtaining outstanding results. Between 2001 and 2011 he was a maritime lecturer, curriculum manager for STCW and GMDSS courses and curriculum manager for Masters and Chief Mate unlimited at Fleetwood Nautical Campus int he UK. Prior to this he spent 17 years in the Police and 10 years in the merchant navy as a deck officer. Tony has a MBA and Diploma Management Studies, an MSc in Maritime Operations, BA (Hons) Humanities and History, a Class II Chief Mate, PGC Education and an HND Maritime Operations.

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Torsten Schuhardt

Torsten has over 15 years’ experience of helping business leaders at all levels deal with challenges associated with Leadership and Talent Management, Strategic Learning & Development, Performance Management, Culture and Organizational Change, Personal & Team Effectiveness, Recruitment & Interviewing and personal coaching. He has extensive experience in working with a wide range of public and private sector organizations mainly in Europe, and partly in North America and the Middle East.

This follows a successful career in senior, line management and sales positions in Logistics (TNT Express), and Shipping (APL and NOL). He has also been the lead design and delivery expert for various Leadership and Customer Service Development programs and management trainee assessment centers in the shipping and logistics environment.

His experience includes the creation of tailor-made learning programs for companies and associations in Public Transport, IT, Manufacturing, Sports and Publishing. Furthermore, he has delivered more than 1500 leadership, communication, sales, team and change management workshops in 18 countries.

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Christopher Lennon
Stone Falcon Corporate and Legal Consulting Ltd

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.

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René Franz Henschel
Professor at Department of Law, Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark.

René's areas of research comprises contract law, contract management and proactive management and proactive law. He has authored chapters in The International Contract Manual (Thomson Westlaw, 2013) and the IACCM Contract and Commercial Management – The Operational Guide (2011) as well as numerous other articles and books.

His professional experience includes having worked in the Danish Ministry of Business and Economic Affairs and in Law Firms. At the moment, he acts as an arbitrator and as a consultant to companies and public procurement organizations on how to implement best practice contract and commercial management.