Based in Brussels, the organisation represents the national shipowner associations of the EU and Norway. Prior to joining ECSA in August 2013, Patrick served 13 years as Secretary General of the European Sea Ports Organisation and seven years representing the interests of terminal operators,ship agents and silo companies at EU level.
He started his career working for the Antwerp-based ship agent Grisar & Velge. Patrick holds a Masters in applied economics and a Bachelor-in-Law from the University of Antwerp, where he further specialised in maritime economics and maritime law.
He is also a guest professor at the University of Ghent.
Violeta Bulc is a Slovenian entrepreneur and politician who has served as European Commissioner for Transport since 1 November 2014. She served as a Minister without Portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion from 19 September 2014 until 1 November 2014 in the centre-left Cabinet of Miro Cerar. On 10 October 2014, the Slovenian government announced she would be Slovenia’s nominee for Commissioner on the Juncker Commission, replacing Alenka Bratušek.
After a successful confirmation hearing in front of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism, she was assigned with the European union transport portfolio.
Violeta Bulc is a telecoms entrepreneur known for her varying interests including basketball, tae kwon do and her training as a shaman. She is also known for practising fire-walking, a subject that came up during the hearings to which she responded in her closing remarks to MEPs, saying: “You learned I walk on fire. There were some moments that I thought I would get burnt, but that did not happen.”
Matthias Groote has been a member of the SPD since 1996 and a Member of the European Parliament since 2005. He was the chair of the Committee on the Environment,Public Health and Food Safety from January 2012 until 2014.
In July 2014 he became the S&D Coordinator of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
Since November 2014 he also is the contact person to the European Medicine Agency.
João is in charge of developing transport policies for the European Union. Before taking up his current position, Mr Aguiar Machado was Deputy Director General at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade.
He was responsible for bilateral trade relations with Asia, Latin America and Africa, including many of the EU’s free trade negotiations, and for trade in services, investment, intellectual property and public procurement. Mr Aguiar Machado studied economics both in Lisbon and at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Educated at the Faculty of Law, Turiba University and at the University of Latvia, Mr Ozoliņš is currently State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia.
He is also a Member of the Board of Ventspils Freeport Authority. He was head of the European Affairs Department at the Justice Ministry from 1999 to 2003.
He went on to head Valmiera City Council’s Legal Affairs Department in 2003, and became the transport minister’s advisor in December 2011.
From March 2012 to March 2013, Mr Ozoliņš worked on the Riga International Airport’s board.
He has worked as an economist and chief economist for KBC Bank, ABN AMRO and Petercam.
He is a guest lecturer at Antwerp Management School and Erasmus University Rotterdam as well as a regular speaker at various financial and economic forums.
Peter De Keyzer maintains his own blog and twitter accounts where he comments on economic and monetary affairs as well as European policymaking.
He is equally a regular guest commentator in the Belgian and international press with an outspoken view on the European economy.
Tor E. Svensen is CEO of DNV GL Maritime. Prior to that, Mr Svensen was the President of DNV Maritime, Oil and Gas. Tor Svensen joined DNV in1993 as Head of Section for Environmental Loads.
In 1996 he became a Regional Manager, based in Singapore and responsible for all DNV activities in South East Asia. In 2000 he was appointed Technical Director and over the period 2003 to 2010 was Chief Operating Officer of DNV Maritime with responsibility for Classification and all other DNV maritime activities worldwide. From 2010 to2012, he was President and Deputy CEO of DNV.
From April 2012, following the re-organisation of DNV into three separate operational companies, he became President of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas. In the period 2007-2008, he was also Chairman of IACS, the International Association of Classification Societies.
Geoff Meade, of Meade Davis Communications, was for 35 years the Brussels-based Europe Editor of the Press Association, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, reporting one very aspect of the EU’s activities.
He is also a well-known columnist who has featured in The Bulletin, European Voice, E!Sharp, a European Correspondent for Deutsche Welle World Television, and a regular speaker and moderator at conferences and seminars on EU affairs.
Jos is a Director of Transport & Environment, the Brussels-based federation of around 45 environmental organisations in 24 countries campaigning for more sustainable transport. He joined T&E in 2004.
He leads a team focusing on EU policies for cleaner vehicles and transport energy, strengthening economic incentives for sustainable transport, greening the EU’s transport investments and policies for sustainable aviation and shipping.
Maersk MaritimeTechnology (MMT) is a knowledge and competence centre for maritime technology within the Maersk group. MMT contributes to competitiveness of Maersk business units through sustainable and cost effective solutions within areas of new buildings, optimization, operational support, innovation,supplier management and regulatory affairs.
MMT works with a wide range of existing technologies as well as development of future technologies for both new buildings and existing fleet by working closely with manufacturers in the marine industry. Main focus areas are optimization of vessels to achieve high standards as regards energy consumption, environmental performance and safety.
Markku 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. Mr Mylly held various positions in the FMA between 1987 and 2009.
In 1993, he became director of the Bothnian Gulf Maritime District and moved in 1999 to the FMA headquarters and became head of the traffic department, before becoming Director General in April 2004.
During histime at the FMA, Mr Mylly was appointed as the Finnish representative to EMSA’s Administrative Board and held this position from 2005 to 2009. He was nominated to the position of Executive.
His areas of responsibility include the Ship Power division’s strategy and business planning, working with the division’s eight business lines and sales function.
He heads the division’s business intelligence, M&A, strategic partnerships and business development,as well as technology strategy. Mr Hansson is based in Helsinki, Finland, and works with Wärtsilä Ship Power’s organization globally.
Before joining Wärtsilä in 2002, Per Hansson worked for McKinsey & Company out of its Helsinki and San Francisco offices, leading engagements also in the UK, Benelux, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia.
Adam Goldstein is President & COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises and currently serves as Chair of Board of Directors of Cruise Lines International Association.
He is a past National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders.
John C. Lyras is a principal of Paralos Maritime Corporation S.A., and has been involved in shipping since 1975.
He has served as President and Vice President of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) and has been a member of the Board since 1979. He is Chairman of the UGS Foreign Affairs Committee. He has been President and Vice President of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and has been involved with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) since 1984 and currently serves as Vice-Chairman.
Rose George is the author of Ninety Percent of Everything/Deep Sea and Foreign Going, on modern shipping, which was published in 2013. The book, a Radio 4 book of the week, was awarded the Mountbatten Prize for literature in 2013.
Rose speaks and writes frequently about shipping, and particularly the issue of seafarer welfare.
John Richardson spent four years as an economist with Unilever, before joining the European Commission to work on environmental policy in 1973.
From 1978 to 1996 he occupied various posts in the External Relations part of the European Commission, including EU negotiator for trade in services during the Uruguay Round of GATT talks. He left the European Commission after 35 years service in July 2008 but has retained a keen interest and an extensive network in international affairs.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Sail Training International, and is a Senior Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
In 1974, after having acquired a shipping experience in London and Oslo, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus joined Banque Louis Dreyfus where he created a specialised shipping finance department.
In 1986, he left his family group to go and work with Banque Pallas France, in charge of the business and corporate division. In 1996, he returned to his family business to take the responsibility of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, of which, together with his children, he finally took over 100 % control.
He is member of the board of Bureau Veritas, of BIMCO, ofthe French Foreign Trade Council and of the French International Business Confederation (Medef International) of which he is also Vice President.
In 1972 Dan joined the family-owned business founded by his father Sten Allan Olsson and is today both CEO of the Stena Sphere and its major shareholder, as well as chairman of most Stena Sphere companies.
Operations are split among three main entities: Stena AB with ferry lines, tanker operation, offshore drilling, real estate and financial interests; Stena Metall AB, active in recycling, trade and related finance; and Stena Sessan AB handling shipping, real estate and investments. A community leader, mentor and philanthropist, Dan generously shares his expertise through his role as Chairman of the Swedish Shipowners’Association and as member of the Alliance for Global Sustainability.
Pia attained a Master of Law at the University of Copenhagen and was admitted to the Danish High Court in 1992.
She is Chair of the Social Affairs Committee at ECSA and is on the Hytec A/S Board.
She is a member of the Danish Association for labour and employment law; Danish Association for Employment Lawyers; WISTA Denmark; and the Association of Copenhagen lawyers.
Mark was elected General Secretary of Nautilus International in May 2009 upon the merger of Nautilus UK (NUMAST)and Nautilus NL (FWZ)– creating the world’s first trans-boundary trade union representing professionals in the British and Dutch maritime and inland transport industries.
In 2011 he oversaw thecreation of a Swiss branch.Mark was re-elected in April 2013 for a further four years. Mark is the elected spokesperson for European seafarers on the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Maritime Transport.
After studies at university worked at sea 1974-1992, mostly in the passenger ferry sector. Became international secretary of the Swedish Seafarers’ Union in 1994 and ITF Coordinator of Sweden the same year.
When the seafarers’ union merged with SEKO in 1996, he became the chairman of SEKO seafarers’ branch and 2002 vice president of SEKO. Between 2012-2014 he was Acting Maritime Coordinator of the ITF, and is 1st vice chair of the ITF seafarers’section and chairs the ETF MTS EU Committee.
At present he is Chair ofthe EU Social DialogueCommittee in MaritimeTransport, member of the ECOSOC.
Tineke Netelenbos has been the Task Force for the Maritime Labour Market’ President and on 11 June 2008 was appointed as President of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners’.
She is member of the Board of ECSA and member of the Board of the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of MARIN, President IT platform (ECP), President ProSea, President Advisory Council ports of Wadden Islands, Member Cyber Security Council and Member of the High Level Consultation Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Detlef Eckert joined the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission in January 2013. As Director for Europe 2020 & Employment Policies he is responsible for coordinating the DG’s input to the European Semester process, as well as a wide range of policies including: Employment Services & EURES, Skills, Youth, Restructuring and Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining DG Employment, he served as Director for Policy Coordination & Strategy and Director for Media and Content in Directorate General CONNNECT (former Information Society – INFSO). In both his functions, he was responsible for designing and developing policies, notably with respect to the Lisbon Strategy.
David is a former President of The UK Chamber of Shipping and the European Cruise Council (now CLIA Europe) and continues to serve on the boards of both groups.
In 2009, he joined the board of the European Community Shipowners Association. He has previously served as a director of the Association of British Travel Agents and The UK Passenger Shipping Association.
Julian Bray is one of the most innovative and successful maritime affairs journalists of his generation.
After studying at Manchester University, he started a career in journalism initially through an interest in politics, before later focusing on business and trade.
Julian has worked for a range of newspapers, magazines and publishers, including Reuters news agency and eight years as editor of Lloyds List. In 2008 he returned to lead TradeWinds, the high-profile shipping publication he helped launch in 1990. He has won a number of prizes for his work.
Emanuele was born in Naples, Italy, in 1956 and studied at the University of Naples obtaining the Degree in Economics and Commerce.
He has covered various positions within the Grimaldi Group, being currently Chairman of Grimaldi Euromed Spa, Managing Director of Grimaldi Group SpA and Grimaldi Deepsea SpA, President and CEO of Finnlines Plc, President of Minoan Lines and Malta Motorways of the Sea and Board Member of ACL. He is also President of Confitarma (Italian Shipowners’ Association) as well as Board Member and Past President of ECSA and Board Member of Rina SpA.
Alfred is the President of the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) and member of the Advisory Committees of NORD/LB and classification society DNV GL.
Alfred Hartmann is also Honorary Senator of the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, member of the Strategic Council “Maritime Industry of the Weser-Ems Region” and Chairman of the Hospice Foundation Leer.
Gerd was recently elected as president of the German Maritime Shippers Council, the platform of the German economy in matters of maritime economic and transport policy,representing the interests of the export and import industry and a partner in the maritime transport chain.
His early career brought him from Bayer to the LANXESS group, leader in speciality chemicals and operating in all important global markets, where he is active as Vice President/Head of Global Logistics Management within the group, with global responsibility for transport procurement & logistics.
Esben Poulsson has held a variety of roles in shipping in a career spanning more than 40 years. He joined Avra International Pte. Ltd.,a commodity and shipping business established in 2011 where he is currently Chairman.
Additionally, he is Chairman of Enesel Pte. Ltd., a ship owning entity. Esben is also anon-executive director of Sea Consortium Pte. Ltd. and of First Ship Lease Trust Management Pte. Ltd. and acts as Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd.
He is an Advisory Council member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Honorary Secretary and a Council member of the Singapore Shipping Association,and was elected as a Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping in London,representing the SSA in 2013.
DG MOVE is responsible for the development and follow-up of the implementation of Maritime transport policy, maritime safety,environmental protection,as well as logistics, land transport and passenger rights.
Mr Karamitsos has been with the European Commission for over 30 years, where he has worked on various Transport issues, as well on Telecommunications, Information society, Environment, Tourism and Research and Development.
Mr Sammut has 14 years’ experience in the international maritime industry and graduated with a Master of Science degree in International Maritime Studies from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
He is also Malta’s representative on the Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) and Malta’s head of delegation at a number of meetings of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). He is also a member of the National Integrated Maritime Policy Committee.
Nikolas P. Tsakos, Chairman of INTERTANKO, is the Founder, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Limited, a pioneering company which is the longest established Greek shipping public listing.
TEN was firstly quoted on the Oslo Bors in 1993 and in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbol: TNP) since March 2002. Nikolas P. Tsakos comes from a traditional Chios seafaring family. He has been involved in the maritime industry since 1981 and has spent a total of two years at sea.
From 1982 to 1985, he was Shipping and Operations Manager of Tsakos Shipping and Trading Ltd in the USA with a focus on the off-shore energy sector in central America and the U.S. Gulf.
Mr Rehder is Managing Partner of the family company Carsten Rehder (GmbH & Co) where is also responsible for the shipowning side of the business.
Carsten Rehder currently operates 23 containerships up to 3,800 TEU and five handysize and supramax bulk carriers.
Antonio is Executive Director of AGEPOR (Portuguese Shipping Agents Association); Vice-President and Executive Director of APTMCD (Shortsea Promotion Centre – Portugal).
He is also member of the Board of FONASBA as well as being a teacher at the European Short Sea Shipping School.
Niels has been President and CEO of DFDS A/S since 2007. He holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration.
Danish Shipowners´ Association, ECSA (European Community Shipowners´ Associations), Interferry Europe, Denmark-America Foundation, Danske Bank Advisory Board, The Bikuben Foundation, TT Club, Vestergaard A/S
Peter is also managing Director of URS, Belgium and General Manager of SMIT Towage North West Europe.
He also holds the position of Managing Director of Boskalis Offshore Transport Services and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Chamber of Shipping.