2018 Speakers

Guest of Honour

Dr Lam Pin Min
Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health

Keynote Speakers

Matt Bergeron
Vice President, Asia Pacific Fuels Business, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants

Nicolas Sartini
Chief Executive Officer, APL


Abdes Karimi
Head of Ocean Freight Operations and Sustainability, BHP

Adrian Tolson
Senior Partner, 20l20 Marine Energy

Caroline Yang
Chairperson – Marine Fuels Committee, Singapore Shipping Association

Claus Kesting
General Manager – Bunker Procurement, J. Lauritzen

Choong Zhen Mao
Executive Director, Equatorial Marine Fuels

Darrick Pang
Member, Singapore’s Technical Committee for Bunkering.

Douglas Raitt
Global FOBAS Manager Lloyd’s Register

Rashmi Hahn
Global Head of Ocean Transport (Procurement & Operations), IKEA Group

Ben Chandler
Senior Claims Executive, The Standard Club Asia Ltd

Goh Chung Hun
Deputy Director (Shipping), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA

Adam Burks
Global Chief Operating Officer, Middle Distillates, Heavy Distillates and Marine, BP Supply & Trading

Jens Maul Jørgensen
Director of Bunkers and Risk Management, Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. Kg.

Jerome Leprince-Ringuet
Managing Director, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions

Kapil Berry
General Manager, BW Technology – Compliance & Environmental, BW Fleet

Unni Einemo
Director, International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)

Lars Malmbratt
General Manager, Head of Crude & Fuel Singapore, Stena Bulk

Lee Wai Pong
Regional Advisor, UK P&I Club

Dr. Vis
CEO, Viswa Lab

Loh Hong Leong
Group Managing Director, Global Energy International

Desmond Chong
General Manager, Sinanju Tankers

Stephane Maillard
General Manager, GTT South East Asia

Mark Bell
General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

Markku Mylly
Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

Eddie Gauci
Global Head of Marine Fuels, BP Supply & Trading, Eastern Hemisphere

Peter Beekhuis
Regional Trading Head, Asia, Middle East & Australia, Maersk Oil Trading

Frederic Vazzoler
Global Sales and Development Director, Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions

Peter Keller
Chairman, SEA\LNG and Executive Vice President, TOTE Inc

Roger Strevens
Chairman, Trident Alliance and Head of Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wong Hong Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Claritecs Pte Ltd

Seah Khen Hee
Chairman, Technical Committee for Bunkering

Sean Hutchings
Chief Technical Officer – Thome Group of Companies

Timothy Cosulich
CEO, Fratelli Cosulich Group

Shu Nishinami
Senior Vice President – Fuel, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Henry Lancaster
Head of Marine Fuels, East of Suez, Glencore

Cem Saral
Chief Executive Officer
Cockett Group

Teo Choo Wee
Executive Director (Fleet), PIL

Florence Perouas
Deputy Harbour Master, Marseille-Fos Port,France

V Bala
Partner, Shipping & International Trade, Rajah & Tann

Romi Kaushal
Managing Director, Keppel SMIT

Wu Jian
Head of Mechanical Cluster II, National Metrology Centre, A*STAR

Meeta Vouk
Director, Singapore Research Center IBM

Tim Wilkins
Regional Manager Asia-Pacific / Environment Director, INTERTANKO

Tahir Faruqui
General Manager, Shell Downstream LNG and Director, FueLNG

Will Pulsford
LNG & Natural Gas Consulting, Poten & Partners

Victor Shum
Vice President, Energy, IHS Markit

Dominik Schneiter
Vice President, Research and Development, WinGD

Robin Meech
Managing Director, Marine and Energy Consulting Limited

Capt Rahul Choudhuri
Managing Director, VPS

Eddy Van Bouwel
Chair Marine Issues Task Force, IPIECA

John Larese
Technical Liaison Manager, ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants

Deanna MacDonald
Co-Founder and CEO, BLOC

Alok Sharma
Head of Commercial, Inatech

Peter Grünwaldt
Head of Bunkers, Hafnia Group

May Chen
General Manager, Billionmiles Singapore

Grant Hunter
Head of Contracts & Clauses, BIMCO

Tan Youquan
Managing Director, China Merchants Energy Shipping (Singapore) Holdings Ltd

Pontus Berg
Senior Vice President, Technical & Operations, BW LPG Ltd

Koh Eng Kiong
Asst Centre Director, Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development, NTU

Nikhil Bhandari
Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

Capt. Ashley Noronha
Regional Commercial Operations Manager (Pacific), Teekay Tankers

Cees Boon
Senior Advisor, Harbourmaster Policy Department, Port of Rotterdam Authority, Netherlands

Ronan Chester
Manager, Strategic Environmental Initiatives, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada

Miho Kato
Deputy Director, Port Management and Operation Division, Ports and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT)

An Jeong-Min
Manager, Ulsan Port Authority, South Korea

Alan Lim
Chairman, SIBCON Steering Committee 2018, Deputy Director (Port Services), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Kenneth Foo
Team Lead, Asia LNG Pricing, S&P Global Platts

Chris Lu
Head of Marine Business, Vice President of Pavilion Gas

Michihiko Nakano
GM, Bunker Business Office, Mitsui O.S.K.Lines,Ltd

Dr Lam Pin Min has been the Senior Minister of State for Health and Transport since 1st May 2017. He was first elected as a Member of Parliament for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2006 General Elections.

He was reelected in 2011 and subsequently in the 2015 General Elections as the Member of Parliament for the Sengkang West Single Member Constituency (SMC).

Dr Lam was the Deputy Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Health from July 2006 to July 2008, before assuming the post of Chairman from May 2009 to May 2014. He was subsequently appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Health from August 2014 to April 2017.

Dr Lam was trained as an Aviation Medicine Specialist and had obtained his postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians (London) in 1997. He served as a Flight Surgeon with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) from 1995 to 2003.

He also holds a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmology) from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). As a trained surgeon and specialist in paediatric ophthalmology, he worked at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 2005 to 2013, before going into private practice in 2014. He is currently a Visiting Senior Consultant at the Singapore National Eye Centre.

Dr Lam is married with two daughters.

Matt Bergeron is vice president, Asia Pacific Fuels Business, for ExxonMobil’s Fuels & Lubricants Company. In his current capacity, Matt is responsible for the performance and profitability of the fuels value chain, from crude to customer, across the region.

Matt is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College in Connecticut and an MBA from Drexel University.
Matt joined Mobil as a territory manager in Retail Fuels Marketing in Boston in 1989. He progressed through a variety of sales, marketing and staff positions across several markets within the company’s U.S. Downstream business.

Following the Exxon and Mobil merger, he joined Fuels Marketing Global Planning in 2001; and moved to Miami as the retail support manager for the Americas South Zone in 2003. In 2005, he began an expatriate assignment in Melbourne, Australia as the retail fuels manager.

Matt returned to the United States in 2007 to take on the position of North America convenience retailing manager. In 2008, he became the global business analysis and reporting manager responsible for the financial reporting and performance analysis of ExxonMobil’s Downstream business.

In 2010, Matt was appointed vice president of planning for the Fuels Marketing Company. A year later, he was appointed director of ExxonMobil’s Aviation Global Business Unit. In this role, he had responsibility for worldwide sales and operations of ExxonMobil’s aviation fuels and lubricants business. In 2013, Matt was appointed as director of marketing for the global retail fuels business; and later appointed vice president of marketing for ExxonMobil’s global fuels and lubricants business in 2015.

Matt currently resides in Singapore with his wife, Andrea, and has two daughters attending school in the United States.

Nicolas Sartini is the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the NOL Board. He oversees the global container shipping business of the NOL Group. Prior to joining NOL, Mr Sartini has been CMA CGM Group’s Senior Vice President of Asia-Europe and Asia Mediterranean Lines since 2008, and was also responsible for ANL and Cheng Lie Navigation. He oversaw Asia-Europe trades since 1999 after previously serving as Vice President of the Mediterranean Express line beginning in 1993. He has been with CMA CGM for 25 years. Before joining CMA S.A., he worked with Delmas from 1985 to 1990, first as a line manager of its subsidiary, Octomar, then as director of African Island Shipping and finally as a manager in charge of the Indian Ocean line. Mr Sartini graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales business school in 1983.

Abdes Karimi joined BHP in 2008 and worked in different roles in Technology and Marketing. Most recently as Head of Ocean Freight Operations and Sustainability. In this role he specifically focussed on reducing green house gas emissions from the shipping activities. This included introducing policies on selecting cleaner vessels and designing or piloting new fuels, i.e. biofuel and LNG.

Adrian Tolson is 20|20 Marine Energy’s Senior Partner and one of the shipping industry’s leading marine energy experts. With more than 30 years of experience he has both detailed knowledge and insight into the supply and demand side of marine fuel, and into bunkering infrastructure development.

Since founding 20|20 in 2015, Adrian has led numerous global business development projects across the supply chain. Over the last four years Adrian’s work has included assisting in suppliers raising capital, providing port authorities with marine fuel consultancy, advising the investment community of the disruptive impacts of the 2020 global sulphur cap, and delivering solutions-driven marine fuel consultancy for shipowners and fuel purchasers.

Adrian’s experience spans leadership roles with some of the industry’s largest marine fuel suppliers, including Chemoil Energy, where he was responsible for successfully driving the company through to IPO; and as Vice President and General Manager of OW Bunker where he established its physical supply operation in the USA.

To read more of Adrian’s marine fuels insights, please click here.

Choong Zhen Mao is the Executive Director of Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd. Incorporated in 2000, Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd is a reputable physical bunker supplier accredited by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Under his directorship, Equatorial currently owns and operates a fleet of thirteen fully owned bunker barges, averaging a monthly bunker delivered volume of 330,000 to 350,000MT.

Over 30 years of marine fuel experience in refinery and oil industry, Darrick has built expertise in tanker and Mass Flow Meter Measuring System Integration in the last 8 years. Was the pioneer in introducing Mass Flow Meter and high viscosity products (500cst) into Singapore.

Founded Metcore International Pte Ltd in Y2014 to provide independent and trusted expertise in fuel measurement solutions for the bunkering industry. Has been working with numerous bunker tanker owners from Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Fujairah in achieving TR 48 requirements.

Worked with ExxonMobil for 30 years as Regional Supply Chain, Technical and Operations Manager (Asia Pacific).

Awarded the President’s Spirit of Excellence Award by ExxonMobil for the recognition of his outstanding achievements in Y2012. He also held a Minister’s Innovation Award (Distinguished Award) by the Ministry of Transport for the recognition of his contributions towards the project “Use of Mass Flow Metering For Bunker Delivery in Singapore” in Y2012.

An active member in various marine and bunker industry associations: –

  • Chairman of National Mirror Committee members for OIMLR117 and ISO21562
  • Committee member for National Mirror Committee for ISO 22192
  • Technical Committee Member for Bunkering
  • Working Group Committee Member for Bunkering MFM System
  • Lead for Task Group for MFM System Integrity

Rashmi Hahn is the Ocean and Air Category Manager for IKEA Transport and Logistics with the global responsibility of Ocean Transport sourcing and operations.

Rashmi has over 20 years of supply chain experience in various industries.  Prior to joining IKEA, she was the Global Transportation Manager with Triumph International for five years. Prior to that she held various global/regional supply chain related roles with General Electric Healthcare (10 years) and Hewlett Packard (3 years).

Rashmi holds a Bachelor of Engineering from National University of Singapore and a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

  • Graduated from University of Durham, England in 2008 with BA (Hons) English Literature
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales in September 2012
  • Trained and practised at two City law firms in London between 2010 and 2013, specialising in shipping litigation following qualification
  • Between September 2013 and June 2015, worked for another International Group P&I Club in Hong Kong
  • Joined The Standard Club in July 2015
  • Works in the club’s Singapore office as a Senior Claims Executive, assisting on a full range of P&I, FD&D and sanctions-related queries

Chung Hun was an ex-seafarer, sailing as an Engine Cadet to Chief Engineer on crude oil tankers. After his sea-faring days, Chung Hun started off his career ashore as a technical superintendent for a few years before joining Lloyd’s Register where he spent 8 years from being a marine class surveyor to being the Marine Operations Manager for LR in Singapore. That was followed by a chapter in the offshore marine industry where Chung Hun spent about 5 years managing the technical, operations and commercial aspect of running a fleet of OSVs. Chung Hun joined MPA Singapore in early 2017 and is presently the Deputy Director in the Shipping Division of Singapore MPA, overseeing the portfolio of FSC, PSC, Investigation and Shipping Rules Development departments.

Adam Burks is the Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BP Middle Distillates, Heavy Distillates and BP Marine global businesses. He is based in BP’s supply & trading headquarters in London, from where he oversees a team of 200 people in his organisation.

Middle and Heavy Distillates is one of the largest and fastest growing global businesses in BP.

BP Marine remains one of the largest marine fuel suppliers in the Singapore bunker market, delivering integrated solutions to ship owners and operators here as well as many other ports in Asia and across the globe.

Adam also leads BP’s response to MARPOL 2020 and has been directing the plans and engagements to prepare BP globally for the forthcoming regulatory change. His long experience and in-depth knowledge of commodity, marine and trading businesses has been instrumental in ensuring that BP and its customers and partners are well prepared for this significant industry change.

Prior to his current role, Adam held several successful global leadership roles within BP’s supply and trading businesses. He spent six years in Singapore leading BP’s structured products business through a period of growth and expansion as well as the gasoline trading business. He has also had successful appointments as Head of BP’s supply and trading Executive Office in London, and global leadership roles in Light ends and Residuals businesses.

In his current role as the Global COO of overall Middle Distillates and Heavy Distillates business in BP,

Adam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Languages from Cornell University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Jens attended business school from 1989 – 1990 and started in Shipping August 1990, 28 years ago.

Jens has worked with forwarding agency, Port Agency, Vessel Operations and chartering, Jens Maul started working for MARAG A/S (Maritime Agency Bunkers A/S) part of the O.W. Group, until 2003.

For the next 4 years Jens became a Bunker Manager for The ARMADAGROUP, moving on to this current position as the Director of the Bunker department at Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG.

Jens become Board member in IBIA and since 2014 he was The Chairman of IBIA for 2 years until he stepped down in 2016.

Jens has been a regular speaker on the event circuit, particularly at SIBCON and IBIA conferences.

Jens is presently operating and buying bunkers for a fleet over 700 vessels and buying annually about 3.6 millions tons of bunkers and managing 3 depts / teams which also incl 15 bunker superintendents.

Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, born in 1973, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées, and also holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

He joined Total in 1997 as research engineer, specializing in extra-heavy oil upgrading and bottom-of-the barrel processes. Between 2000 and 2006, he held various positions in Refining, first as Normandy Refinery optimization manager, then as Head of Donges Refinery production planning team.

In 2006, he was appointed to the Research Division of Total Refining Marketing, where he conducted programs related to crude oil processing, fuels and base oils manufacturing, and refinery modeling and optimization.

In 2009, he joined the Strategy Division of Total Refining Marketing, in charge of the strategic and financial planning, as well as prospective studies on oil markets.

In 2013, he was appointed as Head of Supply and Refining for Africa/Middle-East Division in Total Marketing & Services.

In April 2017, he became Strategy / Global Cap implementation Director for Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) and in September 2018 he was appointed Managing Director of TMFGS.

Unni Einemo has global responsibility for running the Association and was promoted to the position of Director, IBIA in September 2018. She joined IBIA on a permanent basis in April 2016 as its IMO Representative and Communications Manager following a period of two years as a non-Executive board director.

Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries. She was a key member of the team that built up the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services, working as Managing Editor for these publications at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015.

Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and meetings at the International Maritime Organization, Unni has gained expert industry knowledge, in particular on regulatory affairs and fuel quality issues. She earned a reputation for accurate and insightful reporting, and the ability to digest and communicate complex subject matter to the public.

In 2014, she became the first ever journalist to be elected to the board of IBIA, where she contributed to the Association’s activities, including writing IMO proposals and participating in IMO correspondence groups on fuel-related matters.

Prior to joining Petromedia, she worked with an international market intelligence dept. of the Financial Times Group in London. Unni is a Masters Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, with a major in Contemporary Politics of the Middle East.

Lars Malmbratt is General Manager of Stena Bulk in Singapore. Before this role Lars held a management position at Stena Bulks Gothenburg office. His career in Stena started 1996 when he joined Stena Oil as logistical and sales manager. Over the years Lars held various positions within Stena Oil including Managing Director. Holds a MBA from University of Gothenburg, School of Business Economics and Law.

Dr. Vis, also known as the “Bunker Guru”, has a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering, a Masters in Internal Combustion Engineering and a Bachelors in Marine Engineering.

Dr. Vis, as a Marine Engineer sailing on ships and during his work at ABS, got to experience firsthand the problems caused by poor quality fuels on ships. This led him to pursue his lifelong vision of Viswa Lab, ensuring and enabling the highest quality energy solutions for the Marine Industry.

Dr. Vis is on the Roster of Experts of International Maritime Organization (IMO). He is a consultant to the Department of Transportation (Maritime Administration-Federal Govt. of USA) and a member of CIMAC heavy fuels and ASTM D2 Committees.

Dr. Vis’s vision has led to Viswa Group being what it is now. Viswa Group consists of Viswa Lab, Viswa Scrubbers, VEEMS and VTIC.

  • Founding Member and Managing Director of Global Energy Group since 1992
  • A Master Mariner with 8 years of sea faring experience.
  • Has more than 30 years of experience in the Marine and Oil Industry since 1986.

Graduated in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering in 2006, he joined Gaztransport & Technigaz as R&D Engineer. He has firstly been involved in sloshing calculations for the design of membrane-type LNG carriers and offshore units.

He joined the Commercial Division early 2010 to be in charge of Business Development and relationship with the stakeholders of the LNG industry. He focused his activities on South East Asia, Korea and Japan. He was also the Product Line manager for offshore applications.

In 2015, he was promoted General Manager of the newly established GTT subsidiary in Singapore, covering commercial activities in South East Asia, Japan and Australasia.

Mr. Mylly started his maritime career in the Finnish Merchant Shipping 1973. He attended Rauma Maritime College of the Satakunta University of Applied Science, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in maritime studies and qualifying as an Officer and Master Mariner in 1980. He sailed on Finnish ships until 1987 when he joined the Finnish Maritime Administration (FMA), where he served in several positions until 2010. He was appointed Executive Director of EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) in 2012.

In December 2017 Eddie Gauci was appointed Global Head BP Marine Fuels based in Melbourne, after managing the Marine Fuels Business in Australia and New Zealand since 2009.

BP Marine is the commercial face of BP to the shipping industry and we work closely with the Fuel Oil and Distillate trading books to provide a competitive offer to our customers in an increasingly commoditized market.

Eddie joined BP Australia in 1986 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles in the Chemicals and Marine businesses over more than 20 years.

After managing the Automotive Chemical sales and distribution  activities for BP Chemicals in Australia, Eddie took on the role of National Sales Manager for BP Marine in Australia managing all domestic customers in the region and the interface into the wider global sales team.

In 2006, he was appointed Regional Sales Manager Easter Hemisphere, in this role, he was responsible for the sales of all Marine Fuels products globally for the customers based in the Eastern Hemisphere.

From 2009-2017, Eddie was Regional Marine Manager for the Australian & New Zealand Market, with responsibility for the supply, storage, distribution, logistics, sales and business development for BP Marine in the region.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Law and Sociology from La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia.

Frederic VAZZOLER has been the Global Sales & Development Director of Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions since 2009 and VP for the French Maritime Cluster for Singapore as a volunteer.

Holding a Master degree in Management & Economics (I.A.E Poitiers University, France), Frederic has more than 20 years of experience in Energy and International Business. This includes 14 years of experience in Liquid Petroleum Gas trading, Transport and Storage management, Supply, Shipping and Risk Management as well as 9 years of experience in the Bunker Industry (Sales and Trading).

Keller joined TOTE in February of 2012 as President of Sea Star Line (now TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico) and has been leading the conversion of the company’s fleet to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).  He has also been accountable for the fuel acquisition and logistics activities associated with the conversion to LNG.  Mr. Keller also serves as Chairman of SEA/LNG, an International organization committed to accelerating the adaption of LNG as a maritime fuel.

Keller has extensive experience in Port and Terminal development, Liner Industry activities, Labor relations, Intermodal operations and Supply Chain economics and strategies.

From 2000 until 2010, Mr. Keller was EVP and Chief Operating Officer of NYK Group Americas, Inc. and a member of the Governing Board of NYK in Tokyo.  He started his transportation career at SEA-Land and later went on to lead the CAST Group.

Mr. Keller was a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), the Pacific Maritime Shipping Association and the United States Maritime Exchange (USMX). He served for many years as Chairman of OCEMA, the Ocean Carriers Equipment and Maintenance Association.

He was a founder of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), now an Industry wide organization committed to environmentally responsible practices across the supply chain.

Mr. Keller was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame in 2006.

As Global Head of Sustainability for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Roger works with a wide array of corporate activities ranging from regulatory affairs to innovation and new business development.  In addition, the role serves the increasing Environmental, Social and Governance interests and expectations of customers, investors and other stakeholders.

Roger is also the founder and Chairman of the Trident Alliance, a group of shipping companies campaigning for robust and effective enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation for the mutual benefit of the environment, health and fair competition.

Before starting his current role in 2017, Roger spent two years as VP, Global Head of Key and Liner Accounts at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), a commercial assignment with a significant marketing and communications aspect that spanned the automobile, heavy equipment and breakbulk segments.  Prior to that he was WWL’s VP, Head of Environment for three years. Roger holds an engineering degree from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

Wong Hong Lee is the Managing Director of Sovereign Shipping Global Pte Ltd. The company’s primary focus is on Sales and Purchase (SNP) shipbroking and projects in South East Asia, with specialist expertise in bunker tankers.

He has more than 25 years of experience in the shipping industry of which the last 15 years in SNP. He started his career as a Marine Engineer and surveyor before moving into the shipbroking field. He has worked for and held management positions at some of Singapore’s leading companies, including Island Shipbrokers and Simpson Spence and Young. His technical skills and commercial experience provides him the prowess to offer high standards of shipbroking services to his clients. Hong Lee holds a first class honours degree in Marine Engineering from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.

Besides SNP, Hong Lee is an active community leader in Singapore. He is also an experienced entrepreneur with several businesses in Cambodia in the areas of micro financing and home building development.

His latest foray is in a Singapore-based tech start-up specialising in solutions for the maritime industry – as Founder and CEO of Claritecs Pte Ltd.

He was PSA Bunkering Services Manager (1988-1996). In that role, he promoted and developed Singapore as the world’s top bunker port. He organised the first SIBCON in 1988 and continued to do so annually till 1995. During that period, he formulated and implemented policies in Singapore that:

  • established the regulatory and licensing framework,
  • developed bunkering standards,
  • enhanced efficiencies of bunker tankers and services.

As TC Chairman, he led development of bunkering standards SS CP60(1993), SS CP77(1999), TR8(2003), SS524(2006), SS600(2008) and TR48(2015).

In 2009, he initiated the Bunker Mass Flow Metering project. He led the TC-appointed Working Group to establish the principles, requirements, methodologies and procedures of TR48.

He represents Singapore on ISO 21562 Working Group and leads the ISO Project Group on ISO 22192, both based on TR48.

Sean Hutchings is the Chief Technical Officer for Thome Group based in Singapore and is responsible for the company’s Fleet Support & Innovation Division.  He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and has executive education from IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland).  He is also a Member of Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Sean has over 35 years’ experience working in the maritime industry, of which the last 22 years have been working in various countries throughout Asia.  Before joining Thome he worked 23 years at Classification Society, DNV GL, where he held various positions in the Asia Pacific region.

Started carrier at NYK LINE in 1992 with various field experiences, VLCC, HR, Project Carriers and Container. Joined ONE project in 2017. ONE SVP of FUEL and EQC/MNR since 2018. Bachelor of Economics, Hitotsubashi University. MBA, Washington University in St.Louis.

Henry Lancaster has worked in the bunker industry for 15 years in roles covering broking, trading and physical supply.  After a degree in Chemistry from Durham he moved to the UAE in 2003, witnessing the extraordinary growth in the Fujairah oil markets first hand and helping implement one of the first MFM systems outside of Singapore. In April 2018 Henry moved to Singapore to head Glencore’s bunker team East of Suez and is a key member of Glencore’s IMO 2020 implementation team.

Glencore is one of the world’s leading marketers of physical commodities, sourcing commodities and products from a global supplier base and selling them to customers all over the world.

Glencore transports commodities by sea, rail and truck, storing them, processing them, and delivering them to the customers.  Glencore has a substantial shipping portfolio and access to a range of logistics, storage and investment capabilities.

Glencore has an extensive marine fuels supply network, servicing multiple bunkering hubs around the world.

Cem Saral is the Chief Executive Officer for the Cockett Group.

Cem’s experience covers two decades of global fuel oil trading and marine fuels. During his career Cem has been employed at various key trading and management roles by leading oil trading and marine fuel oil companies. He has a wide geographical coverage and direct working experience in Europe, Asia, U.S. and the Middle East. Prior to joining the Cockett Group, Cem was last employed as a member of the fuel oil trading team at Vitol, one of the world’s leading energy and commodity trading companies and 50% shareholder of Cockett Group.

Having worked extensively at both marine fuels and fuel oil trading industries, Cem has a sound understanding of the entire fuel oil supply chain and physical trading on a global basis. As a further value-add, he has had opportunities to employ these direct trading experiences into areas of business development, executive management and strategic investment and M&A activities.

Cem holds a BSc degree in Operations Research from the Turkish Naval Academy and throughout his career he has attended a wide range of programs on trading, risk, finance and management.

  • Joined PIL in 2002
  • Joined the PIL Board in 2010
  • Over 15 years of experience in shipping industry, oversees the Fleet Division and is responsible for crew management, bunkering, marine insurance, purchasing / supply
  • Structured Financing for vessels and new buildings
  • CEO of PST Management
  • Board Member of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
  • Graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde

As a trained marine engineer with sailing experience, V Bala is regularly instructed by leading shipping companies and terminals as Counsel in a wide range of matters. His contentious practice has seen him appear before all levels of the Singapore courts and arbitral tribunals on a wide range of commercial disputes, with particular focus on shipping, energy and offshore and international trade / commodities sectors. Being adept in dealing with engineering disputes and matters of a technical nature, he has acted
for ship builders, repairers and equipment suppliers.

V Bala also has a strong non-contentious practice advising and drafting of documents pertaining to ship finance, ship sale and purchase, charterparties, contracts of affreightment, pooling arrangements, tankage, pilotage bunkering, trade finance and port documentation. Given the breadth of his practice and experience, he is consistently invited to speak in conferences and seminar around the world on cross-border litigation, arbitration and transactions.

Romi Kaushal was appointed the Managing Director of Keppel Smit Towage for Asia in February 2018. He holds a Master class 1 Certificate of Competency and Business Qualification in Shipping from Australia.  With his early career spent at sea, his shore based career extends over two decades.  Romi has held senior executive assignments in Europe, Middle East, the Americas and over a decade of leadership experience in Asia Pacific. As a seasoned veteran, Romi’s global experience encompasses commercial, operations, yield management, business expansion, outsourcing, operational excellence, optimisation and providing strategic direction for growth and profitability.

Meeta Vouk, Phd, is the Director of the Singapore Research Center, and is responsible for establishing and executing on the technical agenda of the IBM research center in Singapore. Previous to that she was the Chief Data Officer for Blockchain Technologies at IBM. Meeta led the data group for blockchain and was responsible for managing the business unit’s Global data and establishing data governance policies, operationalizing IBM’s Blockchain offerings, understanding market insights, developing customer engagement strategy, and creating business value from data. As a product officer, Meeta led the delivery of industry leading IBM Blockchain Platform to the market (Gartner). Her work on Blockchain earned her a spot in the top 5 data officers of 2016 by Innovation Enterprise Magazine. Previously, Meeta was the Chief Technology Officer of Innovation for IBM Middleware where she led the Emerging Technology Institute. Her work involved incubating business ideas, working on business acquisitions and delivering innovative technology MVPs internally and to customers (Enterprise IoT, High Performance Messaging Appliances, Business Hub, Blockchain). Meeta is the founder of Garage Inc., an idea incubator geared towards teaching kids to be social entrepreneurs. Meeta is an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University and has been teaching advanced graduate computer chip design courses for 12 years. Her course has been adopted by 27 universities across the world and her students are leading hardware verification and design at many of the technology fortune 100 companies.

Tim Wilkins manages INTERTANKO’s Asia representative office in Singapore. He is also responsible for the Association’s major issues in the region, as well as specific key issues worldwide.

As Regional Manager Asia-Pacific, Tim’s role is to liaise directly with the Association’s regional members, providing them with the latest information, and obtaining their feedback, on key issues being covered by the Association at an international level. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Asian Panel, which brings regional members together twice a year, Tim manages the regional matters impacting the tanker industry which have been raised by members located and operating from within the region, from piracy and armed robbery to bunker quality and safety of navigation, bringing these issues to the attention of members worldwide. Tim is also responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with all relevant Governmental and inter-Governmental authorities as well as industry bodies in Asia.

As Environmental Director, Tim has been responsible for coordinating and managing INTERTANKO’s global environmental agenda for over 18 years. His expertise in this area derives from his Honours Degree in Marine Biology as well as a post graduate Masters in Marine Resource Management. He heads up INTERTANKO’s strategy and projects on key tanker industry issues including ballast water management, waste management, antifouling, biofouling and ship recycling. As Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Environmental Committee he is tasked with representing the tanker industry in its liaison with environmental organisations, national governmental organisations and international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

Tim joined INTERTANKO in early 1999 in London, where he gained considerable technical and political experience representing the tanker industry at the IMO and within the EU in Brussels. He has held a wide range of positions within the Association including Regional Manager for Greece, Italy and Cyprus; Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Executive Committee; and, Secretary to INTERTANKO’s Hellenic Mediterranean Panel.

Tim moved to Asia for INTERTANKO in 2006. He currently resides in Singapore with his wife and two young sons.

Will Pulsford provides asset development advice in Poten and Partners’ Asia Pacific practice based in Perth Western Australia. Will has over 25 years of industry experience in major operating companies and consultancy roles including upstream and LNG project development with Shell, Woodside, Chevron and Buru Energy.

As a consultant he has led an integrated consulting practice providing due diligence and advisory services to equity participants, governments, banks, utilities, tax and legal firms. Will’s role with Poten and Partners covers asset development through the LNG value chain. This spans gas monetization, LNG transport and receiving terminals with an increasing emphasis on mid to small scale applications.

Will holds a master’s degree in engineering science from Oxford University, is a chartered engineer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr. Victor Shum, vice president of the Energy group at IHS Markit, leads the oil market and downstream energy consulting practice in Asia.

Print and TV media frequently interview Dr. Shum for his views on oil industry issues. His experience includes working with senior management teams on strategy, growth, acquisitions and operational solutions. He has extensive on-the-ground project experience in China, India, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. Dr. Shum has more than 30 years of commercial and management experience in the consulting and oil industries. He has led numerous client engagements for Fortune 500 companies, national oil companies and government agencies in the energy sector in Asia. Originally from Hong Kong, he relocated to Singapore from Houston in 1999. Dr. Shum holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, US, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, US, in Chemical Engineering.​

Dominik has a Masters of International Management and Affairs and a BEng in Mechatronics. He has over 26 years of international experience in developing, validating, building, commission and troubleshooting maritime engine applications. Dominik joined New Sulzer Diesel (NSD) in 1992 and has continued with the company through its evolution to Wärtsilä-NSD, Wärtsilä Switzerland and finally now Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD).

Dominik presently oversees the largest team at WinGD, the Research and Development Team. The activities of the department are focused on the development of leading technologies for application on a new generation of low-speed engines. In addressing the future challenges of tightening emission regulations and requirements for alternative fuels, Dominik guides WinGD’s R&D pursuit of achieving the best possible economic and environmental performance for its customers.

Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting, an independent consultancy practice focusing on the transport of energy and with a particular interest in the bunker sector

His experience in environmental issues includes the preparation of a detailed impact statements on the changing sulphur legislation for private and government clients. He has assisted the Canadian Government in its consideration of introducing a Emission Control Area on the West Coast and was a member of the IMO correspondence group on air pollution, drafting MARPOL Annex VI.  Prior to joining the board he was a member of the IBIA Council and has been associated with the organisation since its inception.

Much of his career, prior to establishing Marine and Energy Consulting in 2001 was spent with Arthur D Little, the international technical and management consultancy where he coordinated the energy logistics practice. He spent two years as director of a Norwegian tanker operator where his responsibilities included the purchase of bunkers as well as the commercial and technical operation of a pool of tankers.

Robin has a real ambition to increase the managerial skills in the bunker industry through the introduction of internationally recognised qualifications.

He is based in the UK.

Eddy started his career with Exxon Chemical as a Process Design Engineer within the Regional Engineering office in Brussels. He then served in various technical, supervisory and managerial positions in operations, engineering, project execution, technology and the safety, health and environmental function at different locations within ExxonMobil’s Downstream and Chemical Businesses. In his current role he is building on many years of experience with regulatory developments in the environmental and fuels areas at the European and broader international level. Eddy assumed his current position as Policy Planning Senior Advisor, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, in 2013. At the international level he has been working with IPIECA on MARPOL Annex VI since 2005 and is currently serving as Chair of IPIECA’s Marine Issues Task Force.

Eddy holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Ghent and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. He is an alumnus of the Fulbright program and an honorary CRB fellow. He has been awarded with the Order of the Crown in Belgium.

John LaRese is the Technical Advisor for ExxonMobil Marine Fuels.  He has been with ExxonMobil for over 39 years.

Most of his career was spent onboard affiliate Tankers as a Chief Engineer, sailing onboard affiliate VLCCs, Product and Chemical Tankers.  Since coming onshore, he has had a number of other assignments such as an Energy Conservation Specialist, Contract Negotiator, Ships Superintendent, Fleet Operations Support Manager, auditor and trainer of senior officers specializing in vessel management and safety.  He has been ExxonMobil’s Marine Fuels Technical Manager since 2009.  A large portion of his current position focuses on the development of 0.5% Sulphur Compliant Marine Fuels.

Mr. LaRese graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1979 with a B.S. in Marine Engineering

Alok Sharma is head of Global Sales at Inatech.

He is a Master Mariner with worldwide sailing experience and has worked in Marine, Logistics and Express segments both as a Senior Consultant and a Director. Prior to joining Inatech in 2012, he worked as Head of Commercial Transformation for Royal Mail and before that Head of Sales, EMEA for Quantum, a Marine ERP solutions and consultancy provider. Previously he was Regional Manager of Commercial Operations for the CSAV Group in Germany and Hong Kong. Alok studied for his Nautical Sciences degree at South Tyneside University and has graduated from London Business School MBA programme.

Peter Grünwaldt is Head of Bunkers in the Hafnia Group. Located in Copenhagen he is responsible for bunker related issues within the group.

In the early stages of his career Peter spend 10 years with AP Møller, setting up their Singapore bunker office back in 2001. In 2006 Peter joined Glencore in London and held a number of positions in that Group, amongst them as Head of Global Sales in Chemoil. Other than that Peter has worked in trading as well, and at one point set up a bunker company for a Russian investor.

Back in Denmark for the last 2 years he has built the bunker desk in Hafnia, which currently purchase bunkers for more than 220 vessels world wide.

Peter is also a Board Member in Auramarine, part of the Hollming Group in Finland. The company delivers solutions and services to marine fuel systems and power plants

May Chen graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics in 2004.  She joined Billion Miles in 2016 as General Manager. Established in 1987, Billion Miles holds interests in shipbuilding, chemical trading as well as alternative fuel engine development.  Our R&D team comprises of pioneers in the development of methanol engines, CNG/LNG engines and various dual fuel engines for land and marine applications.

Prior to joining Billion Miles, May was a Capital Markets banker for over a decade, helping companies of all sectors to raise funds across loan, equity and bond markets.  Financial institutions she served include Deutsche Bank, UBS and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.

Grant Hunter is BIMCO’s Head of Contracts and Clauses, responsible for overseeing the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of internationally used standard contracts and clauses. He has worked in the shipping industry for 40 years.

Grant began his shipping career in 1978 as a deck cadet with Scottish shipping company the Ben Line Steamers Ltd, followed by eight years working ashore in the commercial and operations department of P&O Bulk Shipping in London. He has worked for BIMCO since 1997.

He has a Master’s degree in maritime policy and law from the London School of Economics.

Tan Youquan works in Singapore as Managing Director both for China Merchants Energy Trading(Singapore) Pte Ltd, business in Bunker/Lubricant, Crude Oil/Product Oil, LPG/LNG, Petro-chemical and Chartering, and Managing Director of Ming Wah (Singapore) Agency Pte Ltd, a ship service company(Agency, Repair and inspection, store, provision and bonded store supply, logistic and marine products trading). Previously in Hongkong, as the assistant president for China Merchants Energy Shipping Co.,Ltd, General Manager of supply department, in charge of purchasing  for newbuilding equipments, spare parts, store, chemical, lub. Oil, paint, both for Associated Maritime Hong Kong) Co.,Ltd and Hongkong Ming Wah Shipping Co.,Ltd. He joined Hongkong Ming Wah Shipping Co.,Ltd. as the engineer superintendent.

Prior to that, he worked with China Shipping Shanghai “Changle” Ship first as the engineer onboard and then Repair super intendent with Shanghai Lifeng shipyard.

Youquan holds a bachelor’s degree in Ship Machinery repair and construction from Wuhan Maritime University and an MBA from University of Wales, Newport.

Pontus Berg, born 1976, is Senior Vice President, Technical and Operations of BW LPG. He has over 20 years of shipping experience of which his past eight have been in senior technical managerial positions in Ship Operating and Technical Management companies. Mr Berg has worked in all ranks in engineering, up to and as Chief Engineer.

Previously, Mr Berg was General Manager and Director General of Greenship Gas France, a Jaccar Group Company. There he headed a fleet of Ethylene carriers and a series of Multigas dual-fuelled new buildings.  Prior to this he worked as Technical Manager in Evergas A/S and in Eitzen Gas. Mr Berg holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from Kalmar Merchant Marine University and is a member of the DNV-GL and Lloyd’s Registers Southeast Asia Technical Committee.

Eng Kiong is Assistant Centre Director at Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development (MESD) Centre of Excellence and Senior Scientist assisting centre director in overall operation and research projects. A passionate manager with 18 years of experience in business development and account management of research, product development and technology business. Koh’s background is in environmental engineering and has had a variety of assignments spanning industries from electronic speciality chemical, environmental and maritime clean energy. He has intimate knowledge of the working of R&D business to commercialisation and has the unique working experience in industry, government and academic institutions. His last appointment at NTU was programme director of the maritime clean energy program (MCERP) & special projects at ERI@N which he led for 7 years.

Eng Kiong’s research interests include energy and emission management for maritime & small-scale power plants, clean technology for ports, microgrid for remote application, urban renewable art and technology commercialization. He was in-charge of the successful Maritime Clean Energy Research Program (over 28 industry partner projects) and the main driver for the Maritime Energy Testbed (METB) Initiative supported by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and NTU. He was also the initiator and startup team of the Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator Singapore (REIDS) Initiative. Both are major projects carried out under Singapore National R&D efforts.

Eng Kiong participated in the Next Generation Container Port Challenges 2013 by the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore and SMI, initiated and co-led a consortium of five partners (APL, VTT, Fraunhofer and CargoTec) to Commendation Prize. He was also the technical writer for both “Energy Storage” and “Solar Energy” Technology Primers commissioned by the National Climate Change Secretariat and National Research Foundation in 2011.

Eng Kiong graduated from NUS with B.Eng (Env), Hons in 2001. He obtained his MBA from BI Norwegian School of Management and Fudan University at Shanghai in 2007, with a best in class award.

Nikhil Bhandari, an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in Singapore, heads up the Asia Pacific Refining and Chemical research team. Previously, Nikhil covered ASEAN Commodities and Energy sectors for 7 years. Nikhil joined Goldman Sachs in the Bangalore office, before moving to Singapore in 2008. Nikhil graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Ronan Chester is Manager, Strategic Environmental Initiatives, with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (dba Port of Vancouver), responsible for leading a portfolio of initiatives that advance the Port of Vancouver’s sustainability leadership with a focus on air emissions, energy management and sustainability strategy.

Ronan is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Envision Infrastructure Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability.

Ronan has led a variety of innovative initiatives including an extensive consultation and engagement process that developed the port’s sustainability framework and laid the groundwork for the port’s vision – To be the world’s most sustainable port. He also led the development of the port’s sustainability reporting program, the port’s world class emissions inventory program, the 2015 Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy, the EcoAction incentive program for ships, the Energy Action Initiative, the Non Road Diesel Emissions Initiative, the Climate Smart Initiative, and the introduction of shore power to container terminals. Currently, Ronan is leading the port authority’s efforts to facilitate the use of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel.

She holds a Master of International Relations from Tufts University, and a Master of Law (LLM) from Northwestern University.  She joined the Ministry of Finance (MOF), Customs and Tariff Bureau in 2004, and after her career as Deputy Director to the Counselor in the Cabinet Secretariat, and Deputy Director for International Cooperation in Customs and Tariff Bureau, MOF, she was appointed as the head of Kisarazu branch office of Yokohama Customs, prior to her current appointment in MLIT.

In her current capacity as Deputy Director for Port Management and Operation, she coordinates hub port policies, including LNG bunkering.

Jeong min An graduated from Kyungpook National University with dual degree in English Literature & Language, and Business administration in 2012.

Jeong Min An started her maritime career in Ulsan Port Authority 2012. She worked in Port marketing and analyzing port statistics until 2017. Now she works for managing entrepreneur performance(KPI) in Planning & Coordination department.

She holds certificates of English of Commerce, Distribution manager, and Logistics manager. She has been studying for master’s degree of Business analytics in Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology since 2018.

Alan Lim is Deputy Director (Port Services) at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). He spearheads MPA’s efforts in ensuring quality port services in the Port of Singapore. He oversees the Bunker Services Department and the Marine Fuel Development and Promotion Department. His previous appointments in MPA include Deputy Director (International Programmes), MPA Academy and Deputy Director (International). He was appointed as First Secretary (Maritime) in London, United Kingdom, from 2009 – 2011. He was elected the Vice-Chairman of the International Oil Pollution Compensation 1992 Fund Executive Committee in 2011 and chaired the October 2011 session of the Committee.

Alan Lim is a member of the Chemical Standards Committee. He is also a member of the national Technical Committee for LNG Bunkering and Co-convener of the Working group on TR 48 bunker mass flow metering.

Alan Lim holds an MBA (Distinction) from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He attended the Stanford-NUS Executive Programme in International Management. He graduated with a Second Upper Class Honours in Economics from the National University of Singapore.

Alan Lim was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze).

Kenneth is currently the Singapore-based Team Leader for Asia LNG price assessments. He is responsible for directing Platts’ pricing coverage of regional LNG markets, in particular the Platts JKM™ benchmark and the DES West India assessment. Between 2013-2016, Kenneth developed pricing and news analyses of the coking coal, metallurgical coke and steel markets in Asia. He is a frequent speaker at LNG conferences in Singapore, UK, Australia and China.

Chris is currently holding the title of Head of Marine Business, Vice President of Pavilion Gas. Having served in the oil and gas industry for more than 16 years in both Asia Pacific region and the USA Chris’ experience is across multiple functions such as project consulting, risk management, marketing, supply and trading etc. Prior to joining Pavilion Gas Chris has been with BP for 11 years, and the latest role with BP was the Regional Head of BP Marine who was responsible for both marketing and supply and trading activities in the East Hemisphere.

Chris holds an MBA from the Southern Methodist University in Texas, USA and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute.”

Michihiko Nakano has worked for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (“MOL”) for over 30 years.  For more than 15 years, he was involved in various LNG projects in Japan, Indonesia, Algeria, Qatar, Oman and India including overseas assignments in Houston and London in MOL.  He has also worked for in Liner Division, Corporate Planning Division, Dry Bulk Carrier Division and Research Department.  Nakano began serving as General Manager, Bunker Business Division April 2017.  He is responsible for purchasing activity of fuel oil and lubricant oil, day-to-day bunkering operation and establishing mid- and long-term policies towards IMO 2020 Global Sulphur Cap and other air pollution prevention act.  Business development in relation to alternative marine fuels such as LNG, LPG, methanol etc. is also his mission.  He is a board member of SGMF or society for Gas as a Marine Fuel.  He graduated from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo Japan in 1988 with BE of mechanical engineering (fluid dynamics).