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Claudio Chistè

Board Member: SPNI President (since 2018) - Past Chairman SPNL (2011-2018)
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Claudio is currently with Investec Bank in the Shipping & Marine Finance team. Investec is a dual-listed (London Stock Exchange, FTSE 100) specialist bank and asset management group.

Hongbeom Park

Board Member: Representing: South Korea, SPNI Deputy President, SPNL Deputy Chairman (2017-2018)
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Park is an Analyst & Business Development Korea for VesselsValue; the leading online valuation and market intelligence provider in the shipping and offshore sectors.

Manas Vaid

Board Member: Representing Mumbai (India), SPNM Chairman, SPNL Associate Board Member (2010-2011)

Manas’ international career started working ashore with Jayesh Shipping Pvt Ltd, Mumbai in 2004.

Isabel Dressel-Hortsch

Board Member: Representing: Hamburg (Germany), SPNH Chair
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Isabel works as Manager Energy & Fuel at Carnival Maritime. She has more than 13 years of experience in the shipping industry.

Gustav Ellingsen

Board Member: Representing: Zurich (Switzerland), ZSN Board Member, SPNL Chairman (2007-2011)

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Position: Board Member

Gustav has worked in the shipping industry for over 10 years. Originally from Norway he started working for Gearbulk in 2007 and moved with them to Switzerland in 2015. He is currently Head of Treasury and based in Pfäffikon, Sz. Gustav also took the initiative to found the Shipping Professional Network in London in 2007 and remained chairman there until 2011.

Melina Baltatzi

Board Member: Representing: South West England, SPNSW Board Member
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Melina is currently a Maritime Business and Maritime Law undergraduate at Plymouth University, graduating 2018. She has been exposed to the shipping industry from an early age due to her father’s shipping company that she admires and gets her inspiration from.

Robert Kerss

Board Member: Representing: London (UK), SPNL Deputy Chair and Company Secretary (2018-2019) and SPNI Company Secretary
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Rob is a partner with Saville & Co Notaries, one of the leading firm of shipping notaries in the city of London.

Gina Panayiotou

Board Member: Representing: Cyprus, SPNC Board Member & SPNI Honorary Legal Counsel
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Gina Panayiotou, is Global Head of Shipping & Energy, at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC the 4th largest law firm in Cyprus, with international presence in nine cities worldwide.


Board Member: SPNSW Board Member

Katerina is currently studying Maritime Business and Maritime Law in University of Plymouth, graduating in 2019. Due to her father’s career in the shipping industry she was inspired to follow his steps.