Conference chairman 

Gijsbert De Jong 

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Gijsbert will be the chairman of The international Bunker Conference 2022 and guide us through a 2 day program with interesting presentations, discussions, questions and answers summarizing the 2020 implementation and guiding the way towards future events and concerns affecting the industry.  

Gijsbert de Jong is Marine Chief Executive Nordics at Bureau Veritas. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, his main responsibilities are to drive profit and loss accountability in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Norway & Sweden), develop strategic business activities and drive operational excellence, quality and client satisfaction.

Gijsbert joined Bureau Veritas in 2001 after obtaining an MSc degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and has since held various technical and business development management positions in Paris, Rotterdam and Shanghai, covering both marine and offshore activities. In his previous role he was the director of the marine marketing and sales team based in the classification society’s head office in Paris, France.
With a strong focus on safety, environmental sustainability and technology innovation, Gijsbert is continuously striving to develop best in class services to enhance Bureau Veritas’ offering to the maritime market. He is a strong supporter of cross-industry collaboration as a cornerstone for resolving the shipping’s energy transition and digitalization challenges. He is a regular speaker and moderator at maritime conferences and frequent contributor to industry magazines. Gijsbert has published on container ships, bulk carriers, offshore service vessels, tugs, dredgers, ice classed vessels, as well as alternative fuels and power systems

Eddie Fish

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Eddie is the Market Development Advisor with ExxonMobil Marine Fuels

Eddie is a specialist in marine fuels and lubricants, and has worked at ExxonMobil for more than 25 years, with more than 18 years in marine. During this time he has held a number of sales, marketing and technical roles with key assignments including the launches of ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50(TM) and most recently EMF.5(TM). Additionally he continues to champion the wider adoption of accredited Mass Flow Metering Systems in various ports around the world.

In his current position as Market Development Advisor, Eddie is focused on helping the marine industry prepare for the challenges on the journey to – and beyond - 2020.  

Eddie graduated with an honours degree in Managerial and Administrative studies from Aston University, UK, specialising in Marketing and Operations.

Carsten Ladekjær

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 Carsten has over 25 years of experience within the industry. He is responsible for steering Glander International Bunkering into new waters and continued global success. He started his career as a bunker trader in 1995 after completing military service in the Royal Danish Guards. Carsten’s CV includes previous positions such as Managing Director, Senior Vice President and CEO of bunker trading companies before he joined as leader of Glander International Group in 2017.

Kjeld Aabo

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Kjeld holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a special diploma in marketing.
He joined MAN Diesel in the Stationary Installation Department in 1983. In 1992, he was appointed section manager in the Marine Installation Department and in 1994 he was appointed manager of the Marine Installation Department. In 2002, Kjeld Aabo took over the Engineering Services Department and was appointed Senior Manager. In 2005, he took over the Research Centre Department.
From November 2006, Kjeld Aabo was director of the department for Promotion & Customer Support and from March 2009 head of the Two-stroke Promotion department at the head office for two-stroke engines in Copenhagen, Denmark.

From 2011 to 2014, Kjeld Aabo took over a position in Brazil as head of MAN Marine and Offshore division.
After returning to Denmark in 2014 Kjeld Aabo is Director of new technologies in the Promotion and Sales department for two-stroke engines and GenSet engines.

Kjeld Aabo is Chairman of the CIMAC Heavy Fuel Working Group (WG), and member of the ISO 8217 Heavy Fuel Oil Working Group.

Erik Hjortland

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Erik was Educated at Royal Norwegian Naval Academy, Naval Officer 2000 – 2007. Erik has Worked on bunkers, energy efficiency and decarbonization in Odfjell last 15 years where he ran the Fleet Performance & Bunkering department before he became Vice President Technology in 2018.

Erik is the Lead on Odfjell`s decarbonization team, board member NCE Maritime CleanTech, member of DNV environmental committee, member of Norwegian Shipowners Association`s Climate & Environment committee

Tore Longva 

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Tore has a MSc in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2004). He has worked in DNV since 2006 on research and business development projects, and currently he is holding a position in the Regulatory Affairs department. His focus areas are innovation in maritime transport value chains; and improving environmental performance of shipping. Tore has been a key part of several forecast studies on emission reduction and cost-benefit assessments of technologies. He has been following closely the development of regulating GHG in shipping as an advisor in the Norwegian delegation to the Marine Environmental Protection Committee in the IMO.

Monique Vermeire  

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Monique holds a Master Degree in Chemistry of the University of Ghent, Belgium and joined Texaco Technology in 1987, where she was responsible for the Analytical division within the Chemical and Analytical Section group. In 1998 she moved to Texaco’s Heavy Fuel Technology department where she provided technical and marketing support to Fuel and Marine Marketing. Since 2004, she has been in charge of all global technical support for marine distillate and residual fuels to Chevron’s marine and powergen business.

Monique Vermeire is member of Cimac Fuel Oil WG7, represents Chevron in industry organisations such as IPIECA and EI and since 2011 she is the Convenor of the ISO Classification and Specification of Marine Fuels Working Group. She is actively involved in many industry initiatives related to IMO 2020 and regularly attends IMO MEPC meetings.

Unni Einemo

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Unni is the Director of The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA)

Unni joined the IBIA secretariat in April 2016 as its IMO Representative, Media and Communications Manager, following a period of two years as a non-Executive board director. She was promoted to Director of IBIA in September 2018 and now serves as the global head of the Association.

Prior to joining IBIA, she worked for two decades as a journalist and analyst in the marine fuel and shipping industries in her capacity as Managing Editor for the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping specialist news services at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015. Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and IMO meetings.

Unni has gained expert knowledge, and has herself become a sought-after speaker at industry events. In 2018, she was named among the “Top 10 in regulation” in the Lloyd’s List annual most influential people in shipping series.

Charlotte Røjgaard 

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Charlotte  is the Global Head of Bureau Veritas’ marine fuel services, VeriFuel.
Charlotte has a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and began her career at MAN Energy Solutions. Following a successful 15 years with MAN, she moved to Singapore to head up the technical team at DNVPS for five years.

Charlotte joined Bureau Veritas in 2015 as Global Technical Manager for VeriFuel. In this time, she has been instrumental in strengthening the

company’s marine fuels expertise and successfully launching the VeriFuel brand.

Charlotte represents Bureau Veritas’ VeriFuel at conferences and sits on numerous key industry committees, including ISO 8217/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 and CIMAC WG7 Fuels for which she is currently the secretary.

Mark Cameron

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Mark is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ardmore Shipping. Mr. Cameron is a past Chairman of the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) and was previously an advisory Board Member to the NGO The Carbon War Room. Presently, Mr. Cameron serves on the Boards of the West Of England P&I Club as well as the joint ventures ‘e1 Marine LLC’ and ‘Anglo Ardmore Ship Management Limited’. Mr. Cameron is a member of the Lloyds Register Marine Committee and an ABS Council Member. Prior to Ardmore, Mr. Cameron served 9 years at Teekay Corporation where, from 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President, Strategy and Planning for Teekay’s internal ship management function. Mr. Cameron has also held a number of senior management roles ashore with Safmarine and AP Moller specializing in integrating acquisitions covering all facets of ship management, including sale and purchase, newbuilding supervision, personnel management, procurement, fleet management and technical supervision. Mr. Cameron spent 11 years at sea rising to the rank of Chief Engineer with Safmarine.

Dr. Elizabeth Lindstad (PhD, MSc)

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Elizabeth is Chief Scientist at SINTEF Ocean AS, has long experience in developing, initiating, and managing research and development projects with focus on sustainable shipping solutions, innovative vessel designs and supply chains. Elizabeth is co-author of EU, IMO and HLPOCC policy studies such as The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change. She is member of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF), consisting of representatives from the European shipping sector, European Commission and national representatives and has been since it was established in 2013.

Her most recent publications within assessment of Fuels and Engine technologies include (publication year in brackets): Optimal ship lifetime fuel and power system selection (2022); Reduction of Maritime GHG emissions and the potential role of E-fuels (2021); Assessment of Alternative Fuels and Engine Technologies to Reduce GHG (2021); The impact of an EU maritime emissions trading system on oil trades (2021); Decarbonizing Maritime Transport: The Importance of Engine Technology and Regulations for LNG to serve as a Transition Fuel (2020).

Sveta Ukkonen

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Sveta leads Marine Fuels and Services business at Neste.

Neste is the 3rd most sustainable company in the world, and her main focus is to create cleaner choices for the shipping community. 

Prevoiously Sveta has been responsible for Neste’s strategic accounts, where she was driving growth and deployment of commercial initiatives including Neste MY renewable diesel launch in Finland. Today Neste’s customers are widely using this solution in road transportation also outside Finland.

Sigurd Some Jenssen

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Sigurd is Director Exhaust Gas Cleaning, and oversees Wärtsilä's CCS program. Jenssen has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) and the University of California at Berkely and has worked in the Marine field since 1993. He has extensive experience from the shipbuilding industry in Asia and the challenges faced by equipment makers, shipyards and owners in applying emission abatement technologies onboard ships.