Amongst the Speakers for 2024

Hon. Chris Bonett

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Works, Malta

Dr Chris Bonett was elected in Parliament in March 2022 from the fourth district and was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds. He is currently serving the role of Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Public works.

In 2007, he graduated with a Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Malta and in 2014 he graduated with a Master of Law degree in Sports Law from De Montfort University in Leicester.

Minister Chris Bonett served as Vice President and Head of Legal and Football Governance Department of the Malta Football Association (MFA). He also served as UEFA Integrity Officer and as a member of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body.

Dr Bonett served as Mayor of Gzira between 2007 and 2012 where he led various significant projects within this locality such as the opening of a Community Centre, the Gzira Public Library, the artificial turf training pitch for Gzira United Football Club, the embellishment of the Council of Europe Gardens, and other infrastructural projects.

He is married to Dr Maxilene Bonett, and they have two children, Matteo and Luca.

H.E. Khamis Jum Buamim

Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries (DCMMIEmirates) Chairman & Group CEO of KBI-uae

H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is the Chairman & Group CEO of KBI-uae which is a conglomerate operating in several sectors including oil & gas, energy, navigation and industry. H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is a board member of Gulf Craft Inc and Asia Think Tank Group for future maritime transformation and the Global advisor for the MareForum, formerly he was Board Member and MD and Group CEO of Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC and Board Member of Drake and Scull International PJSC. H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is the Chairman of the Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMIEmirates), the specialized industry council formed to promote the interests of the offshore and maritime industry in Dubai and the UAE. He is Honorary Advisor to Hong Kong Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) and also Chairman of Arab Association for Petroleum Professionals (AAPP), for the professionals in the oil and gas industry in the Middle East and the world to connect, network and collaborate to tackle major challenges facing the industry. In addition, he is the former Chairman of the Federal Committee for the Revision and Update of the UAE Maritime Law, the committee was created to review and update the UAE Commercial Maritime Law and formulate a new & futuristic law that will propel and govern the ongoing potential growth of business and the maritime industry in the UAE and the region.
H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Drydocks world and Maritime world and Chairman of the Board of DDW-PaxOcean Asia PTE Singapore and has successfully led the organization through its restructuring during the global financial crisis. His leadership and direction have been instrumental in the company being able to acquire several pioneering projects on a global scale. This
leadership has seen the company move from close to financial failure, create major synergies, recognize potential and place the organization firmly on a path driven to sustainable profitability and growth.
H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is a Leading veteran in the oil and gas industry worked with Conoco and ConocoPhillips for 26 years and held various corporate and management positions, including vice president of Dubai oil company, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips in the United Arab Emirates. He was also the Chairman and CEO of Regional Clean Sea Organization (RECSO) the oil industry environmental arm in the Gulf region.
H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim is involved in a number of leading private & public organization, he was member of the Dubai Government Crises and Disasters Management Team, member of the Advisory board of Emirates Classification Society (Tasneef), Vice Chairman of the Federal Transportation Authority Technical Committee, Advisor to the Career Gulf Development and Senior Advisor in the Middle East and North Africa- Business strategies & International Energy.
H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim has won many Awards and life time achievements, including being recognized as the most influential maritime top 50 personalities in the world by Tanker Shipping & Trade magazine of London 2015, The Maritime Standard Hall of Fame 2016, H.H sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Business Award 2014, The Tatweej Personality Award for leadership, management and business 2014, The ``Outstanding Lifetime Achievement`` award from Lloyd's List London for his contribution to the in an exemplary & profound manner and for his distinguished service to the maritime sector in the UAE, his role in reviving the legacy shipbuilder & helping to instill new energy into the Dubai & UAE maritime scene, The year personality award in the field of marine and maritime industry by International Ships Techniques 2013, Sword of Honors from the British Safety Council “ London 2014, The International Prize in Human Resource Management, The Archimedes Achievement Award ``for excellence and exchange of knowledge`` - United States of America and many others.
H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim holds Bachelor of Business Administration and Economics - United Kingdom and the National Administration degree in Crises Management and incident Command - United States of America and the High-accreditation on international human resources management (IPM) & a Credited executive in Mergers, acquisitions and transformation including corporate restructuring, finance, and growth.

Maja Markovčić Kostelac

Executive Director, European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

Executive Director Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2019. She is responsible for the running and development of the Agency under the oversight of the Administrative Board.

Starting out as a maritime lawyer, she has since gained long-standing experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sector.

Previous to joining EMSA, Ms Maja Markovčić was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Also in this role, she led the Croatian delegation throughout a range of international forums at the UN, IMO and ILO.

While present at Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure in various capacities including Director of the Maritime Policy Directorate, she has also held the position of Director of the Croatian Shipowners’ Association (Mare Nostrum).

Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac joins EMSA having become increasingly familiar with the work of the Agency, most particularly as a member of the Administrative Board.

Sotiris Raptis

Secretary General · European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA)

Before joining ECSA in 2020, Sotiris held several positions in the European Parliament and in different stakeholder organisations, such as the European Sea Ports Organisation and the NGO Transport & Environment. During his time in T&E, he was involved in a number of campaigns such as the one to include shipping into the ETS. Sotiris is a qualified lawyer, with degrees from the University of Thessaloniki, the University of Athens and King’s College London. In 2008, he was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize of the European Parliament as member of the “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice.

Dr. Anastasia Kiritsi

Professor - Arden University

Dr. Anastasia Kiritsi Professor at Macromedia University, Professor at Arden University member of GUS global, Researcher At WMU & Sustainability Advisor at Atmiya university. Focuses in research looks into Green Shipping and Artificial intelligence use in Airports and Ports as smart multimodal hubs of the future. Dr Anastasia has been working in areas of sustainable energy management in reference to shipping and port management. A University Lecturer in Berlin, UK and visiting scholar in Greece and India, Dr,Anastasia has experience of working across industries and sectors

Andreas Chrysostomou

CSO - Tototheo Global & Executive Director Clean Shipping Alliance

Andreas Chrysostomou graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding. He continued his studies at the same University and he gained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Throughout the years he has been actively involved and has constructively contributed in all spheres of shipping, ranging from safety and security, protection of the marine environment, legal and administrative issues. He has served as Chairman of the Design and Equipment Subcommittee of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (UN Agency) and for the decade 2003-2013 has served as Chairman of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), one of the main Committees of IMO. Beyond his work with the IMO he has worked with other UN agencies such as the International Mobile Satellite Organization where he was elected Chairman of its Assembly twice consecutively. Furthermore, he served as member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) and he is one of the Past Presidents of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMAREST).
During his carrier hold a number of Diplomatic and Executive positions such as been the Director of the maritime Authority of Cyprus and Act. Secretary General of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – Europe. Since May 2018, Mr. Chrysostomou holds the position of Chief Strategy officer at Tototheo Maritime and in 2019 was also appointed as CEO of Marinefields Holding Ltd and in 2021 was also appointed Executive Director of the Clean Shipping Alliance.
Finally, Andreas Chrysostomou has been awarded in 2011 the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Shipping. In November 2011 he has also been presented with the Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, for his invaluable service to International Shipping and in 2013 the GST Award - Leading Shipping Personality of the Decade 2003 - 2013. Furthermore Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou was awarded The Lloyd’s List Greek Shipping Award - “International Personality of the Year” 2015. In 2019 was awarded the Honorary Award of Young Ship Cyprus and in 2020 the Leadership Award of Green4Sea.

Andreas Merikas

Coming Soon,

Prof. Angelos Pantouvakis

Dean of the School of Maritime and Industry

Angelos Pantouvakis is at the present the Dean of the School of Maritime and Industry and a full Professor of Shipping Operations and Management at the University of Piraeus as well as acting director and member of the Board in several maritime corporations.
He is a chartered Civil and Transport Engineer from the National Technical University of Athens, (M.Eng.) He continued his studies (Μ.Β.Α) at the Nottingham Business School, (UK) and he did his Ph.D. at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in Modeling and Measuring Quality aspects on transport companies’ performance.
He spends more than twenty-five years at the industry realm and in all levels of managerial positions –from plant supervisor to CEO and Chairman of the BoD- at the professional arena in Greece and abroad.
He has extensive experience on managing and consulting profit and non-for-profit corporations and projects and advising governmental agencies (Ministries and Governments) in Quality, Human Resource and quality issues, Business Process re-engineering, innovative methods of managing people, marketing orientation and optimal sizing etc.
He has published extensively in many outlets, identified as among the top 2% more influential scientists in the field of Transport from Stanford University/ Elsevier on 2023 while his work has been awarded and recognized many times from top Academic Editors like Elsevier, Springer and Emerald as well as Professional Bodies (Lloyds List, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Shipbrokers Associations etc) for his academic and professional rigor.

Christophe Bourillon

CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA)

Christophe Bourillon, with 30 years of experience in senior management, public affairs, and crisis communication at the national and international levels, has founded and led various industry associations, such as Wind Europe. He has also driven other organisations through major transformations, including the World Nuclear Association, the European Biofuels Association and the World Federation of Science Journalists.
He has managed government relations campaigns for the oil and gas, nuclear, and other industries. As an accredited expert to the United Nations, he participated in the negotiations of the UN Convention on Climate Change for more than 15 years. Currently, Christophe serves as the CEO of the Professional Yachting Association (PYA).

Christos Sigalas

Associate Professor at Deree-The American College of Greece

Dr. Christos Sigalas has approximately 20 years of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in the academic fields of strategic and financial management at various state and non-state Greek Universities. Currently holds the position of Associate Professor at Deree-The American College of Greece. His main research interests include strategic management, corporate finance, management accounting and maritime financial management, with more than 20 manuscripts published in academic journals, journals for practitioners, book chapters, conferences proceedings and economic press. He received the 2014 Highly Commended Paper Award by Emerald Publishing, for publishing in the Journal of Strategy and Management. He also received the IAME 2019 – Best Paper Award for the special session ‘Financial Risk Management and Investments in Maritime Transportation’ at 27th Annual Conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists. In addition, two of his publications are mentioned in two articles published by TradeWinds, one paper is included in the World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Database, and one paper is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Dr. Christos Sigalas was also a business executive with more than 20 years of management, finance and accounting working experience in maritime shipping, investment banking, telecommunication, and management consulting industries. He has significant experience in public equity offerings on U.S. capital markets, debt financings, debt restructurings as well shipping investments. For 14 years he had served as Finance Executive at Seanergy Maritime Holding Corp. (Seanergy), a maritime shipping holdings company listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market. During his employment at Seanergy he had served as member of the Board of Directors in 44 ship-owning companies, ship-management companies, and shipbroking companies, which were subsidiaries of Seanergy.

Foteini Dimopoulou

Managing Partner - Mylonopoulos Law Firm

Coming soon.

Enrico Molisani

Managing Partner at Wegal - Shipping and Insurance Division

Enrico Molisani graduated in 2002 at the University of Genoa with a dissertation on maritime law and multimodal transport with specific reference to insurance issues and liabilities regime.
After having obtained a diploma in 2004 at the post graduate Law School M. De André, Genoa, he has spent a trainee period in a London international shipping law firm.
In 2010 he has got a second degree (J.D.) at UCAM – Universidad Catolica San Antonio de Murcia and, in the same year, has been admitted at the Bar of Barcelona (ICAB).
In 2011 Enrico Molisani has been awarded a diploma by the Institute of Maritime Law at the University o Southampton.
Admitted at the Bar of Malta in 2015.
Founding partner of M&C Studio Legale Internazionale in 2008 and, when such firm merged with Riccomagno Lawfirm, co-founder of MR InternationalLawyers (2016). To date Managing Partner at WEGAL Law Firm and Legal and Credit Risk Manager at Rudder SAM.
Wide experience both in domestic and international litigation as well as in advisory work in the matters of insurance, maritime and transport law, logistics with particular concern to shippers and carrier’s liability, cargo loss or damage, average adjustments, air, land and maritime claims, insurance, arrests of ships, liens of cargoes and interim orders in general.
The work is often extended to the connected issues regarding private international law, conflicts of jurisdiction and insolvency law.
The customary clients of Enrico Molisani are cargo and H&M insurers, P&I Clubs, Shipowners, charterers, MTOs, freight forwarders, terminal operators and ship agents.
He deals also with company law issues in the marine and non-marine sector and sits in some supervisory bodies set up in compliance with the Italian Legislative Decree n. 231/2001 disciplining the corporate legal liability.

Evangelos Chatzigiannis

Senior Trader, GMS

Vagelis Chatzigiannis joined GMS in 2012, which is the World's Largest Buyer of Ships & Offshore Assets. He originally worked in the operations department of the company, and he soon transitioned to the Sale & Purchase team, primarily focusing on the European market and promoting environmentally responsible ship recycling solutions. Currently, Vagelis is acting as Senior Trader on behalf of GMS, handling commercial/trading matters and overseeing projects in various global business operations, particularly in the Shipping and the Offshore sectors. He obtained a BSc degree in Shipping Trade and Transport from the University of the Aegean in Greece, and he also holds an MSc degree in Marine Policy from Cardiff University in the UK.

Francesco Lauro

Managing Partner of Studio Legale Lauro

Francesco S. Lauro acts as a lawyer for and advises some of the largest Shipowners and Logistics Companies in the world. Francesco graduated in Law at the Federico II University in Naples, with the highest honors, and then studied at the University College in London. He founded Studio Legale Lauro in 1993 and since then is its managing partner. He was President of the Port Authority of Naples (1996-2000). He is, or has been, Chairman and Board Member of important shipping and State owner companies in Italy, Greece and Malta Francesco deals with all the aspects related to the shipping industry, assisting Owners, Charterers, P&I Clubs, Marine Underwriters, Banks and Financial institutions in various fields: Arrest of Ship, Charter Parties and Bills of Lading disputes, Shipbuilding Contracts, Collisions, Salvage, Marine Pollution, International Trade, Cross-Border Transactions, Loan Agreements, International Shipping and M&A Arbitrations, LLMA Arbitrations. He is admitted to appear before the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation.

Studio Legale Lauro has hosted many of the world major shipping sector players at ``Shipping & the Law``, www.shippingandthelaw.org, the yearly conference held in Naples since 2010, in which are discussed the current hottest shipping international trade topics.

Dr Gavin Gulia


Dr Gavin Gulia was educated at De la Salle College, Cottonera Malta and the University of Malta at the Faculty of Laws. He graduated Doctor of Laws 1988.

He is a practising lawyer for the last 32 years specialising in private law, civil law, real estate law and tourism law.

He was a Local Councillor at Haz-Zebbug, his hometown in 1993 - 1995.

He was then elected to the Malta House of Representatives in 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2021.

In 1996 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Self-Employed and then Minister of Justice in 1998. Post 1998 he served as Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, Shadow Minister for the Economy and Shadow Minister for Tourism.

During his tenure as Chairman of the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) since May 2013, a position he still holds today, Dr Gulia assumed various other positions within MTA including that of Executive Chairman of the MTA from 2018 to 2020.
Dr Gulia is the Honarary President of the St Philip Band Club at his hometown Zebbug, and Honorary President of the Zebbug Rangers Football Club.

George M. Chalos

Principal & Founding Member of Chalos & Co, P.C.

George M. Chalos is the principal and founding member of CHALOS & Co, P.C. and has been engaged in the practice of maritime, admiralty and insurance law for more than twenty-five (25) years. He has earned the high distinction of being recognized as a Proctor in Admiralty by fellow members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is recognized as a leading advocate in high profile marine casualty and pollution cases, including the defense of Marpol & Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (“APPS”) investigations and prosecutions, Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (``OPA '90``) claims, Ports & Waterways Safety Act (“PWSA”), Clean ·Water Act (``CWA``), and VGP enforcement matters, as well as US sanction compliance, cross-border investigations and enforcement. Mr. Chalos has been counsel of record in well over two thousand (2,000) civil and criminal maritime matters, in over twenty (20) different U.S. District, State and Appellate Courts. He also has extensive experience arbitrating matters before tribunals of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (``SMA``) in New York; has conducted countless court-ordered and private mediations; and has assisted in presenting claims before the London High Court of Justice.

He is a former Director of the New York Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Admiralty Section; past President of the Propeller Club of NY/NJ; a member of the Board of the International Propeller Club; and a Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States; the Connecticut Maritime Association; New York State Bar Association; American Bar Association; Houston Mariner's Club; and the North American Maritime Ministry Association's (NAMMA). In addition, Mr. Chalos has authored numerous scholarly articles, is a contributing member and author for the Shiparrested.com network, an international network of lawyers who specialize in handling ship arrests and attachments around the world, and is regularly called upon to speak at industry events and conferences throughout the world.

Mr. Chalos is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the following U.S. Federal District courts: the Southern District of New York; the Eastern District of New York; the Northern District of New York; the District of Connecticut; the Southern District of Texas; the Eastern District of Texas; the Central District of Illinois; the District of Columbia, the Central District of Utah; and the Northern District of Florida. In addition, he is a member of the Bar of the States of New York, Texas, and Utah, and is admitted to practice law before all trial and appellate courts sitting in the States of New York, Texas, and Utah.

Prof. George Theocharidis

Professor of Maritime Law & Policy

Professor of Maritime Law & Policy at the World Maritime University. Member of the Piraeus Law Bar and a qualified advocate before Areios Pagos (Supreme Court) with litigation practice. Full member of the Hellenic Maritime Law Association since 2000, Supporting Member of the London Maritime Association of Arbitrators (LMAA) since 2004 and Member of the IMO Roaster of Experts. He is also Member of the Working Group of the Legal Committee of IMO pertaining to “Measures to Prevent Unlawful Practices Associated with Fraudulent Registration and Fraudulent Registries of Ships” and Joint Rapporteur of the International Working Group of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) on “Liability for the Wrongful Arrest of Ships”.
Author of books and articles in various fields of law (e.g. Ship Security Rights, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Law of the Sea, Marine Insurance, Conflict of Laws), invited lecturer at Universities and speaker in international conferences. His published research work in international referred periodicals has received numerous citations from courts and legal theory (Heidelberg Report).
He is holder of an LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Ph.D. from Aristotle University (Greece).

Prof. GianEnzo Duci

Professor - Department of Economics of the University of Genoa

48 years old, from Genoa, with a Degree in Maritime and Transport Economics, he has been a Professor since 2001 at the Department of Economics of the University of Genoa where he holds the contract course ``Ship Agency and Management``. Author of several publications, he has been a speaker at national and international conferences; he is the editor and co-author of the “New Manual of Maritime Traffic”, since 2012, the best-selling text in the sector. He is Managing Director of ESA Group, a leading Italian operator in the sector of third party ship management and shipbuilding services. He is Vice President of Conftrasporto. From 2016 to 2020 he was president of Federagenti, the national federation of maritime agents and brokers, after having held the presidency of the related Genoese Association (Assagenti) from 2012 to 2016. Since 2016 he has been a member of the Board of FONASBA, the World Federation of Shipping Agents and Brokers. Since 2015 he has been a Director of the Regency of the Bank of Italy. He was vice president of Confetra from 2016 to 2019, coordinator of Confmare (group of the Blue Economy of Confcommercio) from 2018 to 2019 and President of the RINA Technical Committee from 2016 to 2019. Former President of the Youth Groups of Assagenti (Genoa), Federagenti (Italy) and ECASBA (Europe), was one of the founders of the Giovani Riuniti Group of Genoa; during his mandate Assagenti conceived and organized the first two editions of the “Genoa Shipping Week”. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Port Committee of Genoa. In 2011 he was awarded the Italian Shipping Award by the Lloyd's List in the ``New Generation`` category. He is vice president of the International Propeller Club of Genoa.
Sailor, he has 5 world medals and an Italian championship in the 470 master class. For several years he was National Councilor of the Olympic Class 470.
From 2016 to 2019 he was President of the Teatro Stabile di Genova, which during his tenure became the National Theater. Married to Agnese, he is the father of Giovanni and Margherita aged 7 and 5.

Greg Evans

Global Director – Safety & Compliance

Greg Evans has held the position of Director – Global Safety and Compliance since 2009. He is responsible for the daily operations of Safety and Compliance throughout the MACI/CISR global network of offices/representatives.

He joined the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR), forerunner to the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI), in March 2003 as a Marine Surveyor. In January 2004 he was promoted to Senior Marine Surveyor and in July 2005 became Deputy Director - Safety, Survey and Inspection, based at the European Regional Headquarters in Southampton, U.K. In May 2006, he became Divisional Director - Safety Survey and Inspection.

Mr. Evans was educated in the United Kingdom and upon leaving secondary education served an engineering apprenticeship. He later joined Cunard Line in 1987 and sailed on their fleet of passenger ships before joining Stena Line UK in 1995 where he sailed on ro-ro passenger vessels as a Senior Marine Engineering and Chief Engineer Officer.

Upon leaving Stena Line in 1997, he took up the position of Engineer Surveyor with Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in the Edinburgh office and later transferred to the Passenger Ship Safety Section. In 2001, he was promoted to Senior Marine Surveyor and worked as a Passenger Ship Safety Specialist, project managing all safety aspects of newly built passenger ships at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone and Marghera Shipyards in Italy.

In 2001, Mr. Evans obtained the status of Chartered Marine Engineer from Liverpool John Moores University.

He is a member of the MACI Executive Management Group, the MACI Management Committee, an ex-officio participant of the Cayman Islands Shipowners’ Advisory Committee and a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

Jim Lawrence

Chairman - Marine Money

Mr. Lawrence is Chairman of the publishing company Marine Money, celebrating its 37th Anniversary this year, which produces, the monthly magazine Marine Money, the weekly on-line report Freshly Minted, the newsletter International Ship Registry Review, and the directory Official Guide to Ship Registries. Marine Money conferences are held in every major shipping center in the world bridging capital and the international maritime industry, with 18+ forums worldwide held each year.
Jim Lawrence is a founding Partner, along with Patrick Adamson in London, of the MTI Network, the leading global public relations firm specializing in maritime crisis communications. The MTI Network has offices in 23 countries around the world.
MTI provides a round the clock response team to handle media relations in the event of any marine or transport related incident likely to attract unfavorable attention from the press, television, radio or online services. MTI currently provides crisis cover for over 10,000 vessels from 400 shipping companies, including tankers, gas carriers, bulkers, container, passenger ships, ports, terminals and aircraft.
Mr. Lawrence began his career in the maritime industry with Lloyd’s of London Press, managing that company’s North American business from New York City. He is on the Board of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York. He is a long-standing supporter of the Connecticut Maritime Association, its Conference and Trade show, its intern and job assistance programs and is a Board Member of the CMA Education Foundation. He is married with two daughters and now has four grandchildren.

Joel Walton

Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI)

Since May 2004, A. Joel Walton has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI), which also owns and operates the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry. He obtained a Bachelor of Administration (Hons) degree with a specialisation in Finance from Brock University, Canada, in 1983 and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning from the University of Windsor,Canada, in 1988.
Mr. Walton formerly served in the Cayman Islands Civil Service, which he joined in 1983. He held several posts, including that of Deputy Financial Secretary of the Cayman Islands, which he held for 11 years, until May 2004.
Mr. Walton has held appointments on a number of boards and committees in the Cayman Islands public and private sectors including: Chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority Board, Cayman Company Sector Consultative Committee, Cayman Turtle Farm Board and Cayman Brac Economic Development Committee; and Deputy Chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Board, Cayman Islands Public Service Pensions Board and Cayman Islands Stock Exchange Authority Board.
Mr. Walton has also held other board appointments, including with the Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company, and with the Caribbean Development Bank.
He is currently Chairman of the MACI Executive Management Committee and the Maritime Sector Consultative Committee.

Namrata Nadkarni

CEO and Founder - Intent Communications

Namrata Nadkarni is the CEO and Founder of Intent Communications. An award winning jouralist with two decades of experience in the maritime industry, she was the receipent of AIG Media's Content Ceo of the Year (2023) award and also named Personality of the Year (2023) at the Seahorse Freight Association Journalist Awards.

A skilled speaker and moderator, Namrata is known for her high energy and ability to cross polinate information from different sectors and deliver unique insights at confernces and roundtables. She currently chairs the Alternative Fuels Working Group for the World Ports Climate Action Programme (WPCAP), is a communications consultant for the International Maritime Organisation's IMO CARES project and is on the steering group for ISWAN's Personal safety of women seafarers campaign.

She has previously worked as part of the IMO's media team, been a Non Executive Director at Shoreham port (feeding in to the Business Risk and Sustainability committees) and has contributed content to the International Chamber of Shipping's Leadership Insights Newsletter, CEDA's monthly newsletter, Safety at Sea, Fairplay, The Marine Professional, Lloyd’s List, Seatrade magazine, Seatrade Cruise Review, Dredging and Port Construction, Ports and Harbors, and Marine Engineer’s Review.

Sarah Engerer

GM Corporate & Fiduciary Services Ltd. - Barrister-at-law

Sarah Engerer is the Head of Legal of GM Corporate and Fiduciary Services Limited.
She graduated from the University of Malta, the University of Westminster and the University of Law, London and was called to the utter Bar of England and Wales in October 2008.
She is an experienced regulatory, compliance and commercial lawyer having held the position of Head of Legal and Compliance for several financial institutions in Malta.
In 2016, she was accredited by the Uruguayan Government as its Honorary Consul in Malta.

Spyridon Zolotas

RINA Marine Southern Europe & Africa Area Senior Director

Spyros Zolotas is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, graduate of the National Technical University of Athens.
After some post-graduate academic experiences in Greece and abroad, as well as a period of employment with a major engine manufacturer, back in 1996 he joined RINA classification society as exclusive marine surveyor. At this position and after a training period at RINA Head Office in Genoa, Italy, he followed various projects of ships in service, as well as newbuildings in Greece and worldwide.
Later he served in various positions within RINA, as Technical Manager of Piraeus Marine, Country Manager for Greece, Area Manager for Greece, Cyprus & Black Sea, up to current role of Marine Senior Director for Southern Europe & Africa, an area with center of gravity in Piraeus but extending from Spain and Portugal to the Black Sea, Greece, Cyprus and the whole Africa. Zolotas is the author of two technical books and regular writer of articles, Member of the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Chartered Engineer, as well as European Engineer with FEANI.
In 2017 he was elected as Honorary Secretary in the Board of Directors of the Hellenic Joint Branch of RINA/IMAREST.
In 2019 and in 2021 he was elected in the Board of Directors of the Greek Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members.
In 2020, Spyros Zolotas has been elected as Board Member of the Hellenic Institute of
Marine Technology (ELINT), which is an institution with long history in Greece. From 2022 he is serving as Vice Chairman of the Institute.
He is also member of the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus and the Nautical Museum of Greece, as well as other associations.
Spyros Zolotas is married and father of two sons.

Stephen Xuereb

COO - Global Ports Holding

Mr. Xuereb was appointed COO of Global Ports Holding in 2016. He has served as the CEO of Valletta Cruise Port since 2014 and has been employed by the company since its inception in 2002, and was appointed as Group Chief Finance Officer in 2009. He was responsible for the setting up of the finance and administration function, overseeing the financing of the €37million capital-intensive project, as well as playing an active role in developing the cruise line business in Malta and ancillary support services. Stephen Xuereb has over 20 years senior management experience, 13 of which in the Cruise Industry. Previous to that he occupied posts in the audit and financial advisory sectors as well in the retail, property and hospitality industries. Mr. Xuereb is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants and a Henley MBA graduate.

Theodoros Kontes

Director - Majestic International Cruises

Mr. Kontes is also the Director of Majestic International Cruises, responsible of the operation entirely including Marine, Technical, Hotel ops, with up to three vessels’ in operation
Studied Naval Architect and Marine Engineering in Greece, U.K. and U.S.A. with Master’s Degree. Performed duties in various positions, as:
• President of Union of Cruise Ship Owners & Associated Members (EEKFN), supports the cruise industry entirely in Greece.
• Phoenix S.A.: Managing Director.
• Festival Cruises: Managing Director, Vice President of operation and new buildings / developing programs.
• Director of Operation in Majestic International Cruises.
He is a member of various committees technical as well as shipping in general.
Member of the Steering Committee for a post graduate course in the Technical University of Athens in “Ports Management”, including lectures for cruising subject and tourist ports.
Member of the National Cruise Board Committee controlling cruise industry operation
Member of International Propeller Club USA (Previously General Secretary).
He has received various awards in shipping during his career.

Uday Yellapurkar

Director/Chairman - Elegant Exit Company (EEC)

Uday Yellapurkar, Chairman, Founder, and Director of the Elegant Exit Company (EEC), has navigated various roles from cadet to captain on diverse ships. Over decades, he has overseen shore-based shipping operations, including shipbuilding, trading, and logistics. With a portfolio spanning dredging, container shipping, and logistics ventures, Uday now leads EEC in its mission to establish sustainable ship recycling as the industry standard. Central to this vision is embedding sustainability throughout the company's operations, starting with adherence to rigorous recycling standards. EEC aims to catalyze industry-wide change by bridging ship owners, recycling yards, and steel mills, thereby creating a seamless supply chain from ship to steel. By leveraging these industrial opportunities, EEC seeks to reduce costs and enhance the sustainability of the recycling process.