Shipowners Forum

New York, NY / 13 February 2020

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Confirmed Speakers

Put your questions to a hand-picked panel of shipping’s most experienced and knowledgeable individuals, learn and challenge their business strategies and discover what makes them tick. More speakers to be confirmed. 

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Aziz Bamik
General Manager
GTT North America
Aziz Bamik joined GTT, the leading engineering company in the shipping and storage of LNG and other liquefied gases, in 1999 and has served as General Manager of wholly-owned subsidiary GTT North America (GTT NA) in Houston since its formation in 2013. Based in Houston, he manages all the activities in the American continents. Before assuming this position, he occupied various positions at GTT SA in France, including R&D Engineer, Project Manager, and Director of Business Development. As Project Manager, for nine years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipbuilding Yards (China, Korea, Japan) with the delivery of approximately 100 LNG carriers, including the Regas-LNGCs, Large and very Large LNGCs for Qatari Projects, etc. As Director of Business Development, for almost four years he was in charge of the relationships with Shipowners, Charterers, Gas Companies, EPCs, Engineering Companies, Classification Societies, etc. Mr. Bamik is currently a member of AAPA (American Association of Port Authorities), NAMEPA (North American Marine Environmental Protection Association), and Program Committee of the LNG X events, the largest international LNG event. He is a frequent speaker and contributor to SGMF, SIGTTO, U.S. Coast Guard Senior Executive Forums, and other prominent industry events around the world. In early 2017 Mr. Bamik was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for his advocacy of the safe, clean, and secure transport and use of liquefied gases within the maritime industry. In February 2018, Mr. Bamik has been nominated as French Foreign Trade Advisor for the French Government. Mr. Bamik received his degree in Engineering in France.
Joe Brady
Financial Reporter
Joe has been a full-time journalist with TradeWinds since 1995. He began working for TradeWinds on a freelance basis in 1990, the paper’s first year of publication. Since 2007, he has been a financial reporter. Prior to joining full time, Joe was a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Connecticut for 15 years, covering a broad range of beats. Most recently, he was city editor of the New Haven Register. Joe was educated at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
Robert Bugbee
President & Director
Scorpio Bulkers
Robert Bugbee, the Company’s co-founder, has served as our Class B Director since April 2013 and as our President since July 2013. Mr. Bugbee has more than 34 years of experience in the shipping industry. Mr. Bugbee has also served as President and Director of Scorpio Tankers Inc. since its initial public offering in April 2010 and as President and a Director of Hermitage Offshore Services Ltd. since December 2018. He joined Scorpio in March 2009 and has continued to serve there in a senior management position. Prior to joining Scorpio, Mr. Bugbee was a partner at Ospraie Management LLC between 2007 and 2008, a company which advises and invests in commodities and basic industry. From 1995 to 2007, Mr. Bugbee was employed at OMI Corporation, or OMI, a NYSE-listed tanker company sold in 2007. While at OMI, Mr. Bugbee served as President from January 2002 until the sale of the company, and before that served as Executive Vice President since January 2001, Chief Operating Officer since March 2000 and Senior Vice President from August 1995 to June 1998. Mr. Bugbee joined OMI in February 1995. Prior to this, he was employed by Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corporation since 1984. During this time, he took a two-year sabbatical from 1987 for the M.I.B. Program at the Norwegian School for Economics and Business administration in Bergen. He has a B.A. (Honors) from London University.
Robert Burke
Ridgebury Tankers
Robert Burke is the CEO of Ridgebury Tankers. He has over 30 year career as investor, manager, financier and owner. Previously, he was the CEO of Chembulk Tankers. Education includes: Columbia University MBA, US Merchant Marine Academy and USMMA Kings Point and MBA Columbia Business School
Angela Chao
Foremost Group
Ms. Chao is Chairperson and CEO of Foremost Group, a global leader in the dry bulk shipping industry founded by her father Dr. James S.C. Chao with her mother, the late Mrs. Ruth Mulan Chu Chao, in 1964 in New York. Ms. Chao was previously Vice President of Foremost Group, concentrating on Ship Operations and Ship Management, and then promoted to Senior Vice President of the Company, adding Chartering and Sale & Purchase to her responsibilities. Prior to that, she was Assistant Vice President where she implemented Foremost Group’s Safety Management System to comply with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, a new regulation mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which came into effect for large bulk carriers in 1997, whose objective was to ensure safety, prevent human injury or loss of life and avoid damage to the environment and property as a result of various marine accidents.. She has since also implemented the fleet’s Vessel Security Plans in compliance with the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and ports, developed in response to the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
Mark Friedman
Senior Managing Director
Mark Friedman is a Senior Managing Director of the firm’s corporate advisory business. He is a well regarded and experienced advisor to companies worldwide in the transportation and shipping space, having served as an advisor for more than 15 years at Merrill Lynch & Co. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Previously, he was Head of U.S. Transportation & Infrastructure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and was Global Head of its Shipping Investment Banking business. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Friedman helped develop the firm’s Transportation & Infrastructure and Shipping Practices into the leading advisory and underwriting business among investment banks. Mr. Friedman advised on a number of major transactions for transportation and travel companies, including: the purchase of The Sabre Group by Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners; the sale of Maritrans to Overseas Shipholding Group; the sale of CHC Helicopter Corporation to First Reserve Corporation; and the injection of COSCO’s dry bulk fleet into China COSCO. Since joining Evercore in 2009, Mr Friedman has advised Overseas Shipholding Group on the restructuring of its commercial agreements with Aker Shipyards, advised Cardiff Marine on the sale of 25% of Primelead Shareholders to Dryships Inc., advised Danaos Corporation on its comprehensive restructuring, advised RBS on its strategic alternatives in respect of outstanding loan exposure to TBS Shipping, and advised Trico Marine on its restructuring alternatives, advised Golar LNG Partners on its IPO, assisted Safe Bulkers and Scorpio Tankers with add-on offerings, advised Capital Products Partners on its merger with Crude Carriers, advised DryShips on its acquisition of Oceanfreight, and TORM on its comprehensive restructuring. Mr. Friedman began his career as an Associate Attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. He holds a J.D. with Honors from the New York University, and a B.S. in Economics with Highest Honors from Rutgers University.
John Hadjipateras
President & CEO
Dorian LPG
John C. Hadjipateras serves as Chairman of the Board and as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hadjipateras has been actively involved in the management of shipping companies since 1972. From 1972 to 1992, Mr. Hadjipateras was the Managing Director of Peninsular Maritime Ltd., in London and subsequently served as President of Eagle Ocean. He has served as a member of the board of the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee, of the Council of Intertanko and has been a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1972 and of the American Bureau of Shipping since 2011. He also served on the Board of Advisors of the Faculty of Language and Linguistics of Georgetown University and is a trustee of Kidscape, a leading U.K. charity organization. He was a Director of SEACOR Holdings Inc., a global provider of marine transportation equipment and logistics services, from 2000 until 2013.
Kristin Holth
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Ocean Industries
Kristin has been with DNB since 1984 and after 6 years as Head of DNB Americas, she became Global Head of DNBs Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division in 2013. DNB is one of the worlds leading Shipping, Offshore and Logistics financial institution with clients in all major segments globally, and presence in the important maritime hubs (Oslo, Bergen, London, Athens, New York and Singapore). From 1.9.2017 Kristin she was appointed Global Head of Ocean Industries Division in DNB. This new division includes Shipping, offshore, logistics, oil & gas, oilfield services and seafood, all important industries for DNB. Prior to becoming head of DNB’s Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division, her responsibilities as head of DNB Americas included responsibilities for the Banks branches in New York and Santiago de Chile as well as Representative offices in Houston and Rio de Janeiro. Kristin has also held various management positions in DNB’s Shipping and Offshore & Logistics in Oslo, Norway and in London, UK. Kristin was examined from the Norwegian Business School (BI) in 1984.
Dorothea Ioannou
Chief Commercial Officer
American Club
Dorothea holds a JD from St. John's University School of Law in New York and a BA from the City University of New York. Dorothea’s career now spans over 27 years and began in the early 90’s initially working in medical insurance and in law firms involved in commercial as well as maritime law. In January of 1998, Dorothea entered the marine insurance industry joining Allied Insurance Brokers Ltd. to manage the Marine Insurance Claims Department. In 2005, Dorothea joined SCB (Hellas) Inc., the Piraeus Claims Liaison Office for the Managers of the American P&I Club, (Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., NY) as a Claims Executive. In 2009 she took on the claims as well as general management of the office. In 2010 she became the first woman to be appointed to the Executive Committee of Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc. NY. In 2013 she became the Regional Business Development Director for Europe Middle East and Africa and in June 2015, was promoted to Global Business Development Director. Dorothea now serves as Chief Commercial Officer making her the first woman to occupy a top level global executive position in the history of the American Club and its managers. Dorothea is active in the shipping industry, a frequent speaker at events, a known mentor for young professionals and in 2017 Dorothea was awarded with the Next Generation Shipping Award for 2017 at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards in London. She served on the Board of WISTA Hellas for four years as Vice President, currently serves as a board member of the Piraeus Marine Club and represents the Club as a member of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Propeller Club of Piraeus. Dorothea is also a board member of the American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company, Ltd., a wholly owned hull insurance subsidiary of the American P&I Club.
Jerry Kalogiratos
Capital Product Partners
Mr. Kalogiratos was appointed as the Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of our General Partner on June 12, 2015 and remained as Chief Financial Officer until February 28, 2018, when he was succeeded by Mr. Nikolaos Kalapotharakos. He joined our board of directors in December 2014. Mr. Kalogiratos joined Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. in 2005 and was part of the team that completed the IPO of Capital Product Partners L.P. in 2007. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer and director of NYSE-listed Crude Carriers Corp. before its merger with us in September 2011. He has over 11 years of experience in the shipping and finance industries, specializing in vessel acquisition and projects and shipping finance. Before he joined Capital Maritime, he worked in equity sales in Greece. He completed his MA in European Economics and Politics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and holds a B.A. degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and an Executive Finance degree from the London Business School.
Nick Makar
Senior Vice President, Maritime Administration / Regulatory Affairs
International Registries
Mr. Makar joined IRI in 2004 as Vice President, Technical / Investigations. In 2009, he was appointed to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. He took sabbatical from IRI from 2014-2017 where he worked for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as a Principal Engineer assisting in developing regulatory policies and training materials and supported the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) delegation at the IMO. He rejoined IRI in September 2017 and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Maritime Administration / Regulatory Affairs in June 2019. He has extensive experience representing the RMI at various IMO and ILO meetings, actively participating in the development of numerous MARPOL and SOLAS amendments and codes. Mr. Makar earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College in 1996, and holds a Chief Engineer’s license for Steam and Gas Turbine Vessels of Any Horsepower after working at sea as an engineering officer on US flag commercial vessels prior to joining IRI. He is a past Chairman of the New York Metropolitan Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and is presently on the Executive Board for the New York Society of Marine Port Engineers (SMPE). He is also an active member of the Marine Society of the City of New York and is an honorary member of the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum (MAIIF).
Eric Martin
News Editor
Eric Martin is news editor at TradeWinds, the shipping business news organization where he has worked since 2007 in various capacities, including US bureau chief and editor of the LNG Unlimited spinoff publication. A native of California who learned that a “face for radio” is not enough for a career in radio, he has worked at newspapers in the US Midwest and Santiago, Chile. He has won a variety of journalism awards, including the Society of Business Editors and Writers’ award for investigative journalism.
Julia Mason
Vice President of Client Success
Nautilus Labs
Julia is Vice President of Client Success at Nautilus Labs, the technology firm advancing ocean commerce through artificial intelligence. Her teams are responsible for the complete client experience—from hardware and software integration—to actionable and meaningful insights based on outcomes that are critical to shipping owner/operators and the planet's health. Her background includes deep, International experience in cross-vertical SaaS technologies, cybersecurity, and emerging solutions like blockchain—coupled with a pragmatic approach for client businesses around the world. She holds two Masters of Science degrees from Aalborg University and Télécom SudParis, and currently lives in New York City.
Hamish Norton
Star Bulk Carriers Corp.
Hamish Norton is president of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Until Dec. 31, 2012, he was Managing Director and Global Head of the Maritime group at Jefferies & Company Inc. He is known for creating Nordic American Tanker Shipping and Knightsbridge Tankers, the first two high dividend yield shipping companies. He advised Arlington Tankers in the merger with General Maritime and has been an advisor to U.S. Shipping Partners. He also advised New Mountain Capital on its investment in Intermarine. In the 1990s, he advised Frontline on the acquisition of London and Overseas Freighters and arranged the sale of Pacific Basin Bulk Shipping. Prior to joining Jefferies in 2007, Mr. Norton ran the shipping practice at Bear Stearns since 2000. From 1984-1999 he worked at Lazard Frères & Co., from 1995 onward as general partner and head of shipping. In addition to his role at Star Bulk, he is also an executive of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. and is Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Development of Oceanbulk's joint ventures with Oaktree Distress Opportunities Funds and with Monarch Alternative Capital. Mr. Norton is a director of Neptune Lines and the Safariland Group. Mr. Norton received an AB in Physics from Harvard and a Ph. D. in Physics from University of Chicago.
Jason P. Klopfer
Managing Director
Navig8 America LLC
Mr. Klopfer is the Managing Director of Navig8 Americas and oversees Navig8 Group’s operations in the United States. In addition to his responsibilities in his current position, Mr. Klopfer played a leadership role in extending Navig8’s global commercial platform and sector expertise to form Navig8 Product Tankers (N-OTC: EIGHT), Navig8 Chemical Tankers (N-OTC: CHEMS), and Navig8 Crude Tankers, a predecessor to Gener8 Maritime (NYSE: GNRT). Mr. Klopfer was named Chief Operating Officer of Navig8 Product Tankers in 2014. Prior to joining Navig8 Group in 2012, Mr. Klopfer served as the Managing Director of the Spot Tanker Division of Poten & Partners, Inc., the world’s largest privately held ship brokerage company. At Poten, he developed a brokerage strategy that more than doubled the division’s market share during his tenure. Prior to Poten, Mr. Klopfer was a Vice President at Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG), where he oversaw the commercial management of the Aframax International pool, a fleet exceeding 50 vessels. He also served as Vice President of Tankers International’s VLCC/ULCC pool while at OSG. Mr. Klopfer began his career with McQuilling Brokerage Partners, Inc., as a Shipbroker. Mr. Klopfer holds a Juris Doctorate from the Hofstra University School of Law (New York), a Masters of Business/Finance from Hofstra University (New York) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University (Maryland). He remains a registered Attorney in the State of New York.
John P. McDonald
Senior Vice President
John McDonald is Senior Vice President, Global Business Development and Global Marine market sector for ABS, responsible for client relationship management and business solution development across the ABS operational hemispheres. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere Survey Operations for ABS. Previously, McDonald served as ABS Pacific Division President, responsible for Division operations across 15 countries in Asia. He also served as Regional Vice President of the Central Region for ABS Americas with responsibility for survey operations and client services. Prior to that, McDonald was Vice President of Occupational Health and Safety for ABS Bureau and Group; President and COO of the ABS Europe Division; and Regional Vice President of the ABS Northern Europe and Africa Region. McDonald graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Maine Maritime Academy and holds an MBA from Texas A&M University.
David Pascoe
Senior Vice President
Liberian Registry
Jeffrey Pribor
Senior Vice President & CFO
International Seaways
Jeff Pribor joined International Seaways in November 2016. Prior to International Seaways, Mr. Pribor was Global Head of Maritime Investment Banking at Jefferies & Company, Inc. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of General Maritime Corporation, one of the world's leading tanker shipping companies, from September 2004 to February 2013. Prior to General Maritime, from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and President of DnB NOR Markets, Inc. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Group Head of Transportation Banking at ABN AMRO, Inc. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Pribor was Managing Director and Sector Head of Transportation and Logistics investment banking for ING Barings.
Charlotte Røjgaard
Global Head
Charlotte Røjgaard 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.
Michael Webber
Managing Partner
Webber Research & Advisory
Mike co-founded Webber Research & Advisory in 2019 and has spent the past 13 years in equity research covering Export Infrastructure, Shipping, & Transportation at Wells Fargo & Deutsche Bank. Mike has been named to Institutional Investor’s (I.I.) All-America Research Team in each of the past 5 years, finishing as the #1 ranked Shipping & LNG analyst in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, & 2015, and part of the #1 ranked Natural Gas team in 2019. He was named the sector’s best stock picker by the FT 2013, #2 in 2012, named in Business Insiders: Rising Stars Of Equity Research Under 35 in 2017, and is a NAMEPA award winner for his work in ESG. Mike graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004.