Conference chairman 

James J. Corbett, P.E. Ph.D. University of Delaware


James will be the chairman of The international Bunker Conference 2020 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 affecting the industry.  

James conducts technology-policy research related to transportation, including groundbreaking research on air emissions from maritime transport, energy and environmental impacts of freight transportation, and assessment of technological and policy strategies for improving goods movement.
James received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned M.S. degrees in the departments of EPP and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Corbett's international research produces scholarly and applied resources that: i) improve collaboration among industry, universities, and agencies across jurisdictions; and ii) build interdisciplinary capacity to evaluate benefits of alternative ideas for sustainable goods movement.
James was a lead author of seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in use of technology to meet stewardship goals. Among more than 175 publications, Dr. Corbett coauthored the 2000 IMO Study on Greenhouse Gases from Ships, the Second IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2009, and the IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014.

Key Note Speaker
Peter Economides

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Peter Economides is a highly experienced global marketing and communications specialist, former EVP and Worldwide Director of Client Services at McCann-Erickson, and former Head of Global Clients at TBWA\Worldwide. He has worked on some of the world’s leading brands including Absolut, Apple, Beiersdorf, Chivas Regal, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Gillette, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Sony and Unilever. Peter founded Felix BNI in 2003. He started in Johannesburg as Advertising and Promotions Manager for Pepsi-Cola Africa.

A short while later he joined McCann-Erickson South Africa. His first assignment outside South Africa was at McCann-Erickson Hong Kong as Regional Account Director for South East Asia. Two years later he moved to Greece as CEO of McCann-Erickson Athens.

In 1992 Peter was appointed CEO of McCann-Erickson Mexico, one of the largest operating units within the McCann-Erickson Worldwide network.

In 1996 he moved to McCann-Erickson Worldwide in New York as Executive Vice President/Worldwide Director of Client Services. A key role was the management of the $1,8 billion Coca-Cola global advertising account.

A few years later Peter moved to TBWA\Worldwide as Head of Global Clients.That’s where he worked with Steve Jobs when the global relaunch of Apple was assigned to TBWA.

Peter has served as the voluntary Board Chair of leading global charity, Make-A-Wish International, based in Phoenix Arizona. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival and the OXI Day Foundation in Washington DC. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the SAHETI School in Johannesburg.

Peter has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hellenic Council of America.
His work has been recognised by the US Congress. Early in 2018, the International Propeller Club of the United States honoured him with a Members’ Award of Excellence.

Peter is a frequent speaker at global shipping events, urging the industry to engage with society.

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.

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.

Steve Bee

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Steve is the Group Commercial & Business Development Director for    Veritas Petroleum Services, responsible for the development and implementation of VPS global commercial strategy, since joining the company in July 2016.

Graduating from Northumbria University with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry, Steve worked as an R&D Chemist for BNFL, ICI and Sanofi-Aventis, before joining Anachem Ltd, in a commercial role within laboratory instrumentation in 1997.

Progressing his international commercial career, Steve moved from technical sales to Sales & Marketing Manager, before becoming the General Manager for a1-Envirotech, gaining formal business management qualifications and awards along the way.

Steve joined Lintec Testing Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Intertek, as Operations & Key Accounts Manager in 2007, before becoming General Manager of Lintec in 2011, then Director of Intertek ShipCare in June 2012, a role held until joining VPS.

Claudia Beumer  

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Claudia is the Sales & Marketing Manager, Marine Solutions, Gas Solutions at Wärtsila.

From education Claudia has a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and after extensive experience in gas and water analysis in different industries, she switched to the maritime industry, 10 years ago. As Sales and Marketing Manager within Wärtsila, Claudia’s main focus is on LNG Bunkering and BioLNG applications. This fits perfect within her background and interest. Previously, she also took part in the first workgroup Quantity and Quality of LNG at SGMF.

Considering the current LNG Infrastructure Developments and the need for decarbonization, the background knowledge for measurement technologies go hand in hand with Wärtsila's offering, enabling her to fully support customers worldwide on the energy transition.

Nils Otto Bjørhovde  

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Nils Otto is the Head of Technical at Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS

Nils Otto holds a marine engineering degree, and started the career at sea as a motorman on a product tanker before joining first Royal Viking Line fitter, and later Wilhelmsen Lines as 4th, 3rd and 2nd engineer.

His shoreside carreer startet with McGregor as a service manager in 2000, and further on to work in Dubai between 2003 and 2006 as a Technical Manager for ship repair company.

Nils Otto returned to Norway in 2006 and joined  Hoegh Fleet Services as asuperintendent where he was promoted to Head of Section in the same company in 2008.

From 2010 I have worked for Saga Shipholding (Norway) AS as a Technical Manager stationed in Hong Kong overlooking and optimizing the operation of the technical management of our fleet, before moving back to Norway in 2018 to take up the position as Head of Technical.

Naeem Javaid

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Naeem is the Global Operations Manager- FOBAS  Lloyd’s Register EMEA

Naeem is a BSc, MBA, MIMarEST, IEng, IMarEng, and also a Member of CMI, and APMP. He joined Fuel Oil Bunker Advisory Service (FOBAS), part of LR marine consulting in 2007 as marine fuel consultant. His present role focus on FOBAS Operations globally. Key account management, training, consultancy on environmental legislations, fuel management, techno – economic assessment of energy choices for ships are key aspects of his present role.

He also represent Lloyd’s Register FOBAS on different Industry forums such as Energy institute Joint sampling working group, ISO Working group on LNG as marine fuel and Intertanko Bunkering Sub-committee.

Naeem is a graduate marine engineer and have also served on board different type of vessels for a substantial period before joining shore based power generation managing maintenance work and providing technical support to the operations of land based power plant.

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.

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.

Hédi Grati

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Hédi Grati, Director Refining & Marketing, IHS Markit, works in the European downstream consulting practice based in London, and carried out numerous tailored consulting assignments for national and international oil companies, traders, logistics providers, and financial institutions, providing market studies, strategic advice and recommendations.

Mr. Grati specializes in the refinery’s heavy fractions and the marine bunker market. Since joining IHS Markit in 2014, he conducted various client assignments related to the supply, demand, and price impact of the upcoming 2020 bunker specification change. He headed the supply/demand section of the multi-client study “Navigating Choppy Waters” about the topic of the bunker fuel transition. Most recently, he was in charge of the shipping policy section of the latest multi-client study “Reinventing the Airplane and the Ship” about decarbonization in aviation and shipping.

Before joining IHS Markit, Mr. Grati worked for ExxonMobil, most recently as Heavy Feedstocks & Fuel Oil Optimizer for Europe, where he helped prepare the company for the 2015 bunker specification change in the Emission Control Areas, and the launch of a new compliant fuel. He also worked at two of ExxonMobil’s refineries where he held various technical, operational, economic and supervisory roles. He holds an MSc in Engineering from Ghent University and an Executive MBA from Antwerp Management School in Belgium.

Donald Gregory

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Don is the Director of the EGCSA (Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association).

Don has 14 years seagoing experience. He is a Past Chairman of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), previous Chair of the WG on IMO Guidelines for EGCS and co-Chair of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum sub group on Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems. During the Chairmanship of IBIA he introduced the first trials of mass flow metering in Singapore and the on-line measurement of fuel Sulphur during bunker deliveries. He developed BP’s strategic pathway with respect to residue fuel oils and the consequent global adoption of wet scrubbers to reduce Sulphur emissions.

Current areas of focus include the development of new marine lubricants, providing energy efficiency management for ship-owners, on-line measurement of marine exhaust gas emissions, trials of novel fuels and the future implementation of ultra-clean marine exhaust gases.

Don sits on the CIMAC & ISO marine fuels WG, the CIMAC lubricants WG and the British Standards Institute.

Trond Baardsen 

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Trond  is the Senior Vice President Operations & QA at Saga Welco

Trond holds A Master Mariners License and started his career at sea as a navigation officer on RORO vessels before joining Norwegian Cruise Line in 1988. After serving as Staff Captain with NCL, Trond joined Crystal Crusies as a Vice Captain before he stepped ashore and assumed a position as Maritime Superintendent with the same company. 

After a short stop as Martime Manager at Geco Pracla Trond was hired as an underwriter at Skuld where he stayed until 2007, whereof he started his current job as SVP operations & QA with Saga Welco in Tønsberg Norway operating a fleet of 53 vessels world wide. 

Trond has a vast operational knowledge with a high focus on quality operations, and takes great pride in recognizing the human factor both ashore and afloat. The operational preparations towards 2020 has been high on the agenda for Saga Welco and he is looking forward to share their experiences with IBC.