Stamatis Bourboulis, General Manager, Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd
Stamatis Bourboulis is the General Manager of Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd. since its inception in 2005.
In 1990 he joined the Technical Department of Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd and in 2000 undertook the position of Technical Manager.
He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer and has worked in the Chemical Industry, Ship Building and Ship Repair Shipyards in Greece.
He is a member of Intertanko Safety and Technical Committee, DNVGL and RINA Greek Technical Committee.
Stephen Burak, Senior Marketing Manager, Drew Marine
Stephen Burak is the Senior Marketing Manager of Drew Marine, with a technical focus and 30+ years of experience in fuel and water chemistry management, to improve performance of boilers and diesel engines, and reduce emissions from combustion. His work included development of a heavy fuel homogenizer, for which Drew Marine was awarded a US Patent.
Prior to his current position at Drew Marine, he sailed aboard U.S. Flag vessels, and held technical positions at NRG Energy and ABB Turbocharger.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, and a Marine Engineer license from the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as, a stationary engineer license in the State of New Jersey. He is also a member of the Society of Marine Port Engineers (Port of New York).
Nancy Chrysanthopoulou, Country Manager, Pole Star Applications Ltd
Nancy Chrysanthopoulou is a solutions oriented professional with a strong sales focus and 20+ years of experience in building effective customer relationships to increase key performance metrics. Proven experience in marketing and customer care, extensive international work exposure, cultivated in both local international environments.
Possesses significant restructuring and operations expertise, well versed in people management and a strong academic record.
Actively assists the achievement of team goals as good team player while encouraging better cooperation among team members through open way two-way communication.
She holds a Master of Science (MSc) – Ergononie & Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) – Psychology.
John Cotzias, Projects & Finance, Xclusiv Shipbrokers Inc
John N. Cotzias, currently acting for third consecutive term as the President of the Hellenic Shipbrokers Association, and has 30 years of experience in Shipbroking. His family has been the oldest Shipbroking family in Greece, active in both Sale and Purchase and Chartering of ships since 1893 and John represents the 4th Generation of continuity presently enjoying 125years in Shipbroking. Presently, he is one of the co-founders of Xclusiv Shipbrokers Inc.
He is presently maritime advisor for NATO’s TGOS and AMSCC and he has been a Maritime Advisor for a number of Greek and International Shipping companies and has appeared in various forums and conferences as a panelist and guest speaker in both Greece and abroad and was the producer and co-host of first weekly Shipping Program aired live on Greek TV. Mr. Cotzias has completed a vast number of sale and purchase transactions, while he has put together many complex projects.
John N. Cotzias holds an MSc degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from City University CASS Business School (UK) and also holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Buckingham.
Stamatis Fradelos, Director, Business Development, ABS
Stamatis Fradelos is Director in ABS’ Business Development team. The Business Development team is responsible for formulating and implementing business development strategies to help ABS meet its strategic objectives and providing insight into future business initiatives and market drivers for inclusion in local and corporate business plans. Stamatis represents ABS on the IACS Environmental Panel.
Prior to joining ABS, Stamatis worked as a marine field surveyor for five years at the Hellenic Register of Shipping and spent six years at Lloyd’s Register as a Plan Approval Surveyor.
Stamatis has a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Marine Technology and Science and a M.Sc. in Engineering - Economic Systems.
Volkmar Galke, General Manager, Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
Volkmar Galke joined Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd in 2014 (General Manager, Deputy VP Sales & Marketing) before working 10 years in the 2-stroke turbocharger business of MAN Diesel & Turbo prior to that 12 years in Switzerland for ABB/ALSTOM and SIEMENS.
Volkmar holds an Executive MBA degree from European School of Management and Technology (Berlin, ESMT), a postgraduate Degree in Business Engineering (St.Gallen, Switzerland) and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Aachen, Germany).
After living in several cities in Germany, in Sydney and in Zürich he and his wife now living in Munich and Winterthur.
Volkmar’s spare time is filled with sailing (maintaining) their boat, racing and organizing sailing trips at deep sea.
Emanuele Gariboldi, Managing Director, Ecospray Technologies s.r.l., Carnival Corporation & plc
Emanuele Gariboldi is Director Marine Technology in the Corporate Shipbuilding Department of Carnival Corporation. Since 2017, Emanuele has been assigned as Managing Director of Ecospray Technologies S.r.l., a Carnival-controlled company, based in Italy.
Prior to joining Carnival, Emanuele worked for the A.P. Moller–Maersk Group as Chief Commercial Officer Americas for Svitzer, based in Miami, USA and as Country Manager for Svitzer Bahamas. Previously, he held the position of Executive Vice President for Quality Services Group, a EPC contractor in the energy and maritime industries in the Caribbean.
Emanuele Gariboldi holds a Master Degree (M.B.A.) from Columbia Business School in New York as well as a Bachelor (B.Sc.) in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. From 2003 until 2015 he held the position of Honorary Consul General of Italy in Bahamas.
Haris Giantzikis, Technical Manager, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd
Charalampos (Haris) Giantzikis holds a High National Diploma (HND) in naval architecture, a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from City University of New York.
He launched his career in 1979 as assistant superintendent engineer at A. Halcoussis.He worked as superintendent engineer at Tsakos Shipping, Piraeus (1987-1991) and as senior superintendent engineer at Seven Seas Maritime in London (1991-2001). He was fleet manager at Marmaras Navigation (2001-2002) and technical manager at Tsakos Shipping (2002-2005). From 2005 to date he holds the position of technical manager at Arcadia Shipmanagement.
He is member of ABS European Technical Committee, Bureau Veritas Hellenic Marine Technical Committee, DNV GL Greek Technical Committee, Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Technical Committee, Class NK Greek Technical Committee and is a member of the MARTECMA council.
Mike Guggenheimer, President & CEO, RSC Bio Solutions
Mike joined RSC 10 years ago and currently serves as president and CEO of RSC Bio Solutions and its sister company, RSC Chemical Solutions (RSC). Mike initiated RSC’s move into industrial biotechnology with a 2012 investment in Terresolve Technologies, a leading biolubricant company with a 20-year record of accomplishment. This platform has developed into a global leader in performance environmental chemicals with a unique focus on marine applications.
Prior to joining RSC, Guggenheimer was an operating partner for Blackstreet Capital Management, a private equity group that focused on control buyouts of under-performing corporate orphans. Guggenheimer was responsible for two portfolio companies: Fanfare Media Works, where he served as chairman, and Houston Harvest Gift Products, where he was vice president and vice chairman. He also held a variety of general management positions for Milliken & Company, from manufacturing management to strategic business development.
Guggenheimer holds a B.A. in psychology from Davidson College and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Beat Güttinger, Head of Tekomar, ABB Turbo Systems Ltd
Beat Güttinger joined Sulzer Brothers back in 1987 and spent all his professional live in different fields of the engine designer. R&D, Field and Technical Service, Commissioning, License and New Building support.
In 2010 he co-founded of Tekomar who developed products to optimize engine operations and consequentially contribute in saving fuel oil and cylinder lube oil cost. Since 2018 Tekomar belongs to ABB Turbo Systems.
Stavros Hatzigrigoris, Managing Director, Maran Gas Maritime; Chairman, MARTECMA
Stavros Hatzigrigoris is the current Managing Director of Maran Gas Maritime Inc., a position which he has held since 2003. For the years 1992 to 2012 he held the position of Managing Director of Maran Tankers Management Inc. Stavros joined Anangel Shipping Enterprises S.A. in 1981 as a Superintendent Engineer.
He holds a B.Sc. degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from University College London, an M.Sc. degree in Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and has studied Management of Ship Operations in the University of Strathclyde.
He is Chairman of MARTECMA, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers and has served as one of the SNAME International Vice Presidents. He is a member of the ABS Technical Committee, the Chairman of the DNV-GL Technical Committee and a member of the Greek Technical Committees of LRS, KR and CCS.
Dimitrios A. Heliotis, Chief Operating Officer and Technical Director, Target Group
Dimitrios A. Heliotis, is the COO and Technical Director of Piraeus-based Target Group comprising Target Marine SA and Horizon Tankers Ltd SA, a position he has held since April 2014.
He joined Target in 1999 as fleet manager and new building project manager and between then and becoming group technical director in 2005 he was responsible for projects in South Korea’s Hyundai HI, STX, SPP, Samsung HI, Sungdong, Onomichi and Tsuneishi in Japan as well as Sinopacific Shipbuilding in China.
On obtaining an MSc in Air Transport Engineering and Management at Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK) to go with a B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hull, (UK) he initially worked as an independent consultant and surveyor.
In 1993 he joined Elkco Marine Consultants, before joining marine consulting firm Marinecare Ltd and, from 1996 to joining Target, he was a superintendent engineer for Navitas Co S.A a bulk carrier operator.
Memberships include: UK Engineering Council, Chartered Engineer; Royal Institute of Naval Architects; Technical Chamber of Greece; Hellenic Technical Committees of LR, ABS and NK; is the Vice President of MARTECMA, a member of Intertanko’s Safety, Technical and Environmental committee (ISTEC), and a member of the Marshal Islands Quality Council (MIQC) and the Blue Water Vessel Advisory Group (BWVAG).
Michael Jeppesen, Promotion Manager, MAN Energy Solutions
Michael Jeppesen obtained a Master of Business degree in August 2017, “The Blue MBA” within Shipping & Logistics from Copenhagen Business School. Further, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering obtained from Copenhagen Teknikum University in 1989.
• Joined MAN Diesel's Two-Stroke Promotion & Customer Support Department in July 2010 and was appointed Promotion Manager. Presently responsible for Greece, Croatia Cyprus and Israel.
• Manager for MAN Diesel's Two-Stroke Maintenance Tools Department 2005-2010.
• Section manager for MAN Diesel's Two Stroke PrimeServ Diesel, Technical Service Department 2003-2005.
• Project manager for BWSC, dealing with diesel power plants for Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor 2001-2003.
• Superintendent engineer for MAN Diesel's Two-Stroke Operation Department, specialist within cylinder condition 1991-2001.
• Project engineer for MAN Diesel's Two Stroke Installation Department 1989-1991.
John Kokarakis, VP Technology & Business Development Hellenic – Black Sea – Middle East Zone, Bureau Veritas
Dr Kokarakis a 1979 graduate of National Technical University of Athens, holds PhD (1986) and Masters degrees in Naval Architecture (1983) and Mechanical Engineering (1984) from the University of Michigan.
He worked for over ten years as a consultant undertaking technical problems worldwide. His specialization was in the area of technical investigation of marine accidents. In his capacity as a forensic engineer he participated in the technical investigation of the Exxon Valdez grounding, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the drillship Sea-Crest capsize, the Piper Alpha fire and explosion, the Aleutian Enterprise foundering in Alaska as well as many other accidents of less notoriety.
The last twenty years he works in Greece, in the area of classification. He is today the Technical Director of Bureau Veritas in the Hellenic and Black Sea & Zone, responsible for the smooth technical operation in the Zone as well as in the harmonic cooperation with the BV offices worldwide to the benefit of the BV clients.
He is a member of SNAME since 1976 and a Fellow of the Society. He served in various capacities, being currently the Chairman of the Greek Section since 2014.
Panos Kourkountis, Technical Director, Sea Traders SA
Panos Kourkountis is the Technical Director of Sea Traders SA. He studied Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. Since 1994 he worked as Superintendent, Site manager of new building projects, Technical Manager and Technical Director of Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd. In January 2018 he joined Procopiou Group of companies as Technical Director of Sea Traders SA.
He is a member of Hellenic Technical Chamber (TEE), ABS Europe Technical Committee, Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Technical Committee, DNV Greek Technical Committee, RINA Technical Committee, Marine Technical Managers Association (MAR.TEC.MA), Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers SNAME, Naval Architects Association of Greece, Mechanical Engineers’ Association of Greece, Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (ELINT).
Maria Kyratsoudi, Senior FOBAS Specialist / Team Leader, Lloyd’s Register
Maria Kyratsoudi joined Lloyd’s Register in 2009 and work as Regional FOBAS Business Development Manager for South Europe. Her primary responsibility is to look after and expand the FOBAS service in the South Europe region as well as to provide specialist technical advice on fuel quality and on-board fuel management.
Prior to joining Lloyd’s Register, Maria worked as a plan approval engineer at Germanischer Lloyd.
Maria Kyratsoudi holds an MSc in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the National technical University of Athens.
Manos Migadis, Newbuilding Manager, Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd
Manos Migadis is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer graduated from National Technology University of Athens (NTUA) in 1985. From 1986 to 1993 he dealt with newbuilding projects in Greece including a Hydrographic & Research Vessel for the Hellenic Center of Marine Research (HCMR), a Hydrographic & Ocean Research Vessel for Hellenic Navy, a Passenger ship, two Mega Yachts etc.
In 1994 he joined Dynacom Tankers Management as a Superintendent Engineer and Fleet Engineer. Since 2000 he has been Dynacom TM’s Newbuilding Project Manager. In 2004 has been appointed as Newbuilding PM of Dynagas Ltd. He was responsible for the construction of newbuilding Bulkers for Sea Traders SA from 2008 till 2013.
He is member of Technical Committee of American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Lloyds Register of Shipping and Chinese Classification Society. He is a member of Hellenic Dipl. Naval Architects Association (ΣΔΝΜΕ) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
Alexander (Alex) P. Panagopulos, Chairman, Arista Group; Chairman, Project Forward; Founder & CEO, Forward Ships
Alexander Panagopulos is Chairman and Founder of Project Forward, a Joint Development Project to combat global ship emissions by promoting the adoption of liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel which was conceived in 2013, and is funded by Arista Group.
Project Forward has evolved into Forward Ships, a company founded by Mr. Panagopulos in 2016 with the mission to build, own, and operate the cleanest, and most efficient fleet of cargo ships in the world.
Mr. Panagopulos (51) co-founded Superfast Ferries in 1993 under Attica Group, a Greek-listed entity which was controlled by the Panagopulos family. As CEO of Superfast Ferries and the Attica Group, he engaged and successfully completed the design and construction of 17 passenger ferry newbuildings in shipyards in Germany, Finland, Holland and Korea, an orderbook of over €1.5b, and led the successful expansion of Attica Group into a 25-vessel and 5-million-passenger-a-year company with routes in Greece, Italy, Finland, Germany, Scotland, and Belgium. In 2006 he closed the sale of Attica Group’s Baltic Sea operations and in 2007, following the sale of the family's participation in Attica Group, he founded Arista Group to focus on identifying attractive investment opportunities in various sectors with emphasis on shipping.
Alexander Panagopulos is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) Greek National Committee and the Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Advisory Committee and has also served on the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Technical Ferry Committee. Mr. Panagopulos was honored to be elected and to have served for eight years in the position of Chairman of the High Level Ferry Group of ECSA (European Community Shipowners' Association based in Brussels), and on the Board and as a President of Interferry, the international association representing passenger ferry ship operators worldwide. During his presidency, Interferry advanced to Advisor Status in the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
An avid skipper himself, Mr. Panagopulos developed his passion for ships and the sea with the California-based Royal Cruise Line, the cruise company founded by his father Pericles in 1972.
Mr. Panagopulos has pursued innovation in the fields of shipbuilding and environmental technology and has sponsored a number of philanthropic events, including donations for natural disasters and conservation of wildlife.
Bill Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, Bureau Veritas VeriFuel
Bill Stamatopoulos holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and an MBA wit specialization in Total Quality Management from the University of Leicester.
He joined Det Norske Veritas (DNV) in 1991 and in 2010 Bill became the Regional Manager of DNV Petroleum Services for Europe, responsible for sales, lab operations, technical, surveys and consultancy.
Since 2004 he is appointed at the Hellenic Organization for Standardization, Committee 66 for Petroleum Products, by the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.
Bill is a co-Author of 'Marine Fuels', a specialized book in shipping, published in June 2008 and the main author of the new edition published in 2018.
During the last 15 years, Bill has given several presentations and training courses on all fuel- related issues and has also been involved in major bunker claims as a fuel expert.
From October 1st, 2015, Bill joined Bureau Veritas as Business Development Manager for the newly established department of VeriFuel - Marine Fuel Services.
Miltiadis Synefias, Technical Director, Pleiades Shipping Agents SA
Miltiadis Synefias graduated from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne where he obtained from his BSc degree in Marine Engineering in 1980 and his MSc degree in Marine Technology in 1981.
He commenced his career in the Passenger Cruise industry by joining Royal Cruise Line as Sup’t Engineer from 1984 to 1989, and Chandris / Celebrity Cruises from 1989 to 1995. During this period he was extensively involved in passenger cruise vessel new buildings, conversion and repairs.
In 1996 he was appointed Technical Director of Chandris Hellas, owners / managers of a mixed fleet of VLCC / aframax / panamax tankers and panamax bulk carriers, until 2002.
From 2002 to date he is the Technical Director of Pleiades Shipping, owners / managers of a fleet of LR1, LR2 and MR tankers. In this period he has experienced new building deliveries from S. Korea and Japan, and very lately the SOx scrubber solution as being applied to some of the new buildings in South Korea.
He has been one of the founding members of MARTECMA and now member of the council. He participates in the Technical Committees of three major Class Societies.
Maro Varvate, Business Development Manager, RINA Hellas Ltd
Maro Varvate has a 17 years experience in shipping with focus in business development, strategy and planning. She is currently Business Development Manager in RINA. She holds a MEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from National Technical University of Athens, an MSc in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi, Italy and an MBA from Athens University of Economics and Business.
Maro has worked as LNG Shipping Specialist in Qatargas where she was in charge of the chartering desk and advised on a number of LNG optimization projects. She held the Director of Trade and Finance position within the Naftorade Group and led the company’s expansion into a global specialized cement trader, shipowner and operator.
Maro is a member of various professional communities. She is married and mother of two children.
Kostas Vlachos, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Marine Management Inc
Kostas Vlachos is Mechanical / Electrical Engineer graduated from Technical University of Athens.
For 15 years he worked as a representative member for the Hellenic Flag Administration in IMO and EU in Safety and Environmental committees.
He is currently the COO of Latsco Shipping Ltd and the Managing Director of the subsidiary company the Consolidated Marine Management Inc. having full control and responsibilities on technical and operational matters of the vessels belonging to the corporate company
• Member of ABS, DNV-GL, LRS, National and technical committees • Ex chairman of Intertanko Hellenic Mediterranean Panel and a Council representative of Greece member • Member of the ExCom of Intertanko • Member of Intertanko Safety, Technical and Environmental Committee (ISTEC) and of Intertanko Gas Committee • Member of General Purpose Committee of SIGTO.
Speaker in various fora related to Safety, Environmental and Technological developments, such as Intertanko, Mare Forum, Newsfront, Capital link, Lloyds Gas Forum, DNV-GL safety forum, Safety4Sea and others.
David Watts, Global Commercial Manager, Pole Star Space Applications Ltd
David Watts has been involved in the financial markets for over 30 years, specialising in the commodity and energy sectors. He started out as a trader of base and precious metals, moving to the energy, agricultural and other exchange-based and OTC markets over time. He then moved to Reuters/Thomson Reuters, spending 25 years in a number of global leadership roles before joining the Intercontinental Exchange following their acquisition of Interactive Data. In 2016, David created his own consulting practice where he helped define and support Pole Star through a significant restructuring programme.
David formally joined Pole Star as Commercial Manager in January 2018 and is responsible for all sales and marketing activity while directing the product roadmap to ensure Pole Star meets the needs of their global customer base.