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Past Board

Past Chairmen:

Gustav Ellingsen

Position: Past Chairman (2007-2011)

After completing his MBA at London Business School in 2007, Gustav started working in the Finance department of Gearbulk (UK) Ltd, specialising in investment analysis, S&P execution, management of the company’s loan portfolio and cashflow forecasting.

Past Deputy Chairmen:

Magda Garcia

Position: Deputy Chairman (2007-2015)
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Magda is a well established Sale and Purchase Shipbroker and, Managing Director at Oceanvs Shipbrokers.
In her previous role, she was London Representative for Frank Shipbokers, a 28 year old firm headquartered in Rio de Janeiro,

Lorenzo Casarosa

Position: Past Deputy Chairman (2007-2011)

Lorenzo is a Chartered Engineer with more than 22 years’ business experience gained by working in various leadership roles in the Public Sector, in the Defence, Renewable Energy, Maritime and Oil&Gas industries and in Academia.
Prior to joining DNV GL in early 2008, he has been an Officer

Past Treasurers:

Marc Pauchet

Position: Past Treasurer (2011-2015)
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Marc currently works at ACM Shipping, one of the world’s leading shipbrokers providing services for the seaborne transportation of oil, refined products, liquid petroleum gas and dry bulk commodities. Marc is involved in the research capacity

Ilias Angelidis

Position: Past Treasurer (2007-2012)

Ilias Angelidis is currently employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. As a Manager, Ilias is specialising in treasury advisory services and transformation projects in the insurance and asset management industries. He previously worked for World Fuel Services and Gearbulk where he was active in the areas

Past Membership & Event:

Valentina Nikiforova

Position: Board Member - Membership

Valentina currently works in the Finance Group at Stephenson Harwood in London. She is a Russian qualified lawyer and studied Maritime Law at the University of Oslo. She is currently undertaking the GDL at the College of Law in London. Outside of work Valentina is a keen snowboarder.

Ioanna Kafka

Position: Associate Board Member - Membership & Sponsorship
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Ioanna is a Consultant Naval Architect at London Offshore Consultants (LOC). LOC is a marine and engineering consultancy firm for the shipping and energy industries worldwide.

Nick Chapman

Position: Associate - Membership & Sponsorship (2016-2017)
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Dr Nick Chapman is a cargo risk engineer at insurers FM Global. He is the cargo specialist for EMEA, working with clients to identify, understand and mitigate risk across their supply chains.

Aleksandra Czerlonek

Position: Past Membership 2IC (2014-2015)
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Aleksandra is an HR Operations Manager at UnitedLex – a global leader in legal services Outsourcing and data solutions.
Aleksandra graduated from the Polish Naval Academy with an MA in International Relations majoring in Maritime State Security

Nikolai Jorgensen

Position: Past Membership 2IC (2013-2014)
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Business Research Analyst at The Superyacht Group

Marina Burima

Position: Past Membership 2IC (2012-2013)

Marina is currently working with AET Tankers, previously with Morgan Stanley. She completed her MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Enone Cao-Frago

Position: Past Membership 2IC (2012-2014)

Enone currently works as a Marine Engineer for Global Maritime Consultancy at the Dynamic Positioning department in London in the Offshore oil and gas industry.

Manas Vaid

Position: Associate Board Member (2010-2011)

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

Barnabas Finnigan

Position: Associate Board Member (2010-2011)

Barnabas is a solicitor and currently works in the Asset Finance team at Norton Rose LLP in London where he specialises in Shipping Finance (although his practice also includes Offshore Projects and Aircraft Engine Leasing).

Past Sponsorship:

Simon Spells

Position: Past Sponsorship Exec (2011-2014)
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Simon is an Associate in the Asset Finance Department of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP who advises financiers, owners and operators on a range of domestic and international asset and structured finance transactions in respect

Rahul Khanna

Position: Associate Board Member (2011-2015)
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Rahul is a Master mariner presently working as Senior Risk Consultant – Marine at Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality.

Ted Zaimis

Position: Associate Board Member (2011-2012)
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After 5 years military service and 4 years academic study, Ted joined the insurance industry where he has worked for the past five years.

Past Company Secretaries:

Lisa Howie

Position: Company Secretary & SPN Head of Secretariat (2015-2017)
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Asset finance lawyer specialising in shipping and aviation finance.Advising financial institutions and borrowers operating in the UK and internationally on a wide range of ship finance, security and chartering arrangements.

Bridget Sands-Chigbo

Position: Past Company Secretary (2011-2013)

Bridget currently works at the Bahamas Maritime Authority in London, United Kingdom where she is attached to the Registration Department as Registration Officer. She is also an appointed Registrar of Bahamian Ships under which she is statutorily authorised to sign registration-related documents.
Previously, Bridget worked in the Financial Services

Past PRO & Social Media:

Nicola Eyles

Position: PR & Media Associate (2015-2017)
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Nicola is currently the Head of Communications for JLA Media, a media and communications consultancy serving the global maritime and energy industries.

Nancy Drakou

Position: Associate Board Member (2013-2016)
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Nancy Drakou obtained her B.Sc in education, with specialization in Language and History, in 2005 from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece.