All speakers at IBC 2024 will be announced soon. Confirmed speakers may be found at our program page.  

Conference chairman 

Gijsbert De Jong 

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Gijsbert will be the chairman of The international Bunker Conference also in 2023 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

IBC Guest of Honor

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ROBIN MEECH is Managing Director of Marine and Energy Consulting (MECL), an independent consultancy practice based in the UK focusing on the marine industry with an emphasis on the transport of energy. He has a particular interest in the bunker sector where he has undertaken assignments for ship owners, the Majors as well as independent traders and national oil companies. He advises companies in the bunker sector on environmental issues, forming alliances, purchasing strategies, organisation, new business ventures, logistics, IT systems and e-business.

He has been at the forefront of advocating the use of exhaust gas cleaning systems advising EGCS manufactures, undertaking viability analysis for retrofitting and new build installations of exhaust gas cleaning systems as well as advising on financing EGCS. He advocates a turn key approach to installing EGCS. MECL is assisting owners in preparing for 2020 including formulating Ship Implementation Plans. The company has also undertaken numerous terminal feasibility analysis to support petroleum product trading and bunker operations. A number of these have included assessing the needs and economics of utilising bunker barges leading to negotiations with barge owner/operators as well as assessing the owners viability and competence. Robin Meech was appointed as a director of a Norwegian privately owned tanker and marine service company. He was responsible for developing new business ventures and assumed responsibility for the restructuring of the Group so that it was better equipped to pursue new projects. Robin Meech has comprehensive experience in environmental issues including having been a member of IMO Steering Committee advising to the introduction of the global cap in 2020 as well as advising the EU on marine emissions issues.

He is co-author of the book “Bunkers – An Analysis of the Technical and Environmental Issues”. He is the current past chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association.


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Unni Einemo joined the IBIA secretariat in April 2016 as its IMO Representative, Media and Communications Manager after two years as a non-Executive board director. She was promoted to Director to serve as the global head of the Association in September 2018.
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. She has gained expert knowledge through engaging with industry, attending numerous maritime and energy conferences, and regularly attending IMO meetings.
Lloyd’s List named her as one of ‘Ten women influencing shipping in 2019’ and among the “Top 10 in regulation” in 2018 in connection with its annual Top 100 most influential people in shipping series. 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.

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Rasmus Holm Bidstrup work as a Technical Promotion Manager in the two-stroke business of MAN Energy Solutions. Navigating the future-fuel outlook for large merchant marine vessels is a complex matter and require technical, and commercial awareness for the right decision making. As a promotion manager he engage with ship owners, charterers, financial institutes and other parties who are engaged in newbuilding activities of large merchant marine vessels. Rasmus started his career as a Marine Engineer at sea for a number of years, before pursuing at career ashore.  

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Arne Lohmann Rasmussen is Chief Analyst and Head of Research at Global Risk Management and covers a wide range of energy products like oil, oil products, natural gas, power, coal, and emission.
Arne has 23 years of experience in the research department at Danske Bank – a leading Nordic retail and investment bank. Arne has covered a wide range of products and areas like FX, rates, fixed income, commodities, and macro and has advised both institutional and corporate clients across Europe and the US.
Arne has an in-depth knowledge of ESG seen from a financial market perspective and holds a Certificate in ESG Investing from CFA UK.
Arne has held various managerial positions during his carrier, holds a Master of Economics degree from the University of South Denmark, and is regularly quoted in local and international financial media.

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Steffen Kortegård Technical Manager

He joined the bunker industry in 1992 as Superintendent in OW Bunker, before being appointed in Wrist Shipping as Technical Director in 1995 and since in OW Bunker & Trading. Steffen has over 30 years experience of working in the shipping and oil industry. He began his career as a shipyard mechanic fitter before taking on a role as an assistant marine engineer. He spent three years in an academy and graduated as a marine and electrical engineer before embarking upon a seagoing career prior to joining OW Bunker. After OW he started own consultancy and latest in 2018 joint BunkerOne in a position as technical manager.

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Torbjørn Lie – Business Development Manager, Thome Group

Torbjørn has worked in different positions linked to international shipping for more than 40 years. He is educated Marine Engineer and has several years international sailing experience in major shipping companies. Torbjørn have been employed in technical and commercial positions for several multinational companies like Aker Yards, bp marine, Chevron, DNV, Wärtsilä and now the Thome Group. Through these positions he has obtained broad experience and knowledge on operational challenges, sustainability and necessary preventive measures needed in the shipping industry. Torbjørn have also worked in the environmental sector with oil spill response.

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Johannes Schürmann started his carrier in 2019 in the early stages of GoodFuels after obtaining his master’s degree in Energy Science at Utrecht University. Over the last few years, Johannes was mainly involved in the technical side of the company. He was strongly involved in the development and rollout of the new biofuels in the GoodFuels portfolio and became one of the industry experts on Sustainable Marine Fuels. Since the beginning of this year, Johannes was appointed as Sales Director where he will make an impact on the commercial side of the company as well.

GoodFuels is a global pioneer in sustainable marine fuels, with offices in Europe and Singapore. The Netherlands-headquartered company has created a one-stop-shop for marine industry customers, integrating the entire supply chain for sustainable marine biofuels.


James J. Corbett, P.E., Ph.D. joined WSC in 2021 and brings 25 years of expertise in technology-policy to his WSC role as Environmental Director, Europe. Dr. Corbett's previous research on freight sustainability includes ground-breaking research on air emissions from maritime transport and environmental impacts of freight transportation, and assessment of technological and policy strategies for improving goods movement. During his university career, he authored seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in use of technology to meet environmental and climate goals. Dr. Corbett was a lead author of three IMO studies of Greenhouse Gases from ships (2000, 2009, 2014), and served on IMO expert steering committees. Dr. Corbett received a B.S. in Marine Engineering Technology from the California Maritime Academy. At Carnegie Mellon University he earned both a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy.

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Agathe Rialland Researcher Scientist at SINTEF Ocean AS,

Agathe has 15 years of experience from applied research for the maritime industry, dedicated to energy efficiency and emission reductions from ships and shipping operations. Her work includes techno-economic feasibility studies, development of decision-support systems and contribution to policy development. She has co-authored several publications on measures and pathways towards shipping decarbonization.

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Samir Fernandez is a Master Mariner with over 20 years’ experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore.
I have a proven track record of leading global teams specialising in the management of cargo operations, bunker sales and procurement, marine fuel blending and quality claims as well as fuel efficiency and sustainability for commercial shipping.
I am also a budding "geek" dabbling in the development of bespoke software solutions to improve commercial and operational efficiency within the shipping industry. Professionally, I contribute to the industry by actively engaging in shipping committee's as the vice chairman of the Singapore Shipping Association's marine fuel committee and chairman of the mass flow meter sub committee.
I have also been a working group member for the Singapore Standards committee's on quality management for bunkering standards and the initiative to digitalise bunkering in Singapore. On the personal front, I am a proud father and in my free time, I am a passionate (sometimes struggling) golfer.
I am confident that the varied experience gained during my maritime career holds me in good stead to solve problems in a creative manner and help contribute effectively to the profitability, growth and success of any Maritime organization.

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Franciska Kjellström started at Alfa Laval in 2015 and is today driving process optimization and new technology solutions for fuel cleaning and treatment as well as various business development projects within the Marine Separation product portfolio. She represents Alfa Laval in maritime conferences and is engaged in key industry committees such as the committee reviewing the ISO 8217 marine fuel standard and CIMAC WG7 Fuels

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Timothy Wilson CEng CMarEng MIMarEST,

Principal Specialist Fuels, Lloyd’s Register FOBAS

Timothy’s marine engineering began with 20 years at sea on a variety of ship types and since 1995 has worked for Lloyd’s Register as a consultant on marine fuels and exhaust emissions with specific emphasis on the changes being brought on the marine industry through the implementation of the MARPOL Annex VI Regulations.

Timothy is a member of the CIMAC Fuels WG7 and the ISO TC 28/SC 4/WG 6 where he has actively contributed to the development of the 2010/12 and latest publication of the 2017 ISO 8217 marine fuel standard. The focus is now on the implementation of the 2020 outside ECA-SOx limit of 0.50%.  From 2013 he has actively been involved in the European Shipping Sustainability Forum (ESSF) sub group for the Implementation of the European Sulphur Directive Implementation Decision and more recently selected to be the rapporteur for the ESSF SG for Air Emission from Ships. His consultancy work covers all matters related to effective on board fuel management from the bunker manifold to the exhaust stack evaluating the best approaches to optimising fuel efficiency and assessing alternative compliance options to exhaust emission environmental legislation.


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