Shipowners Forum

Hamburg / 4 September 2018

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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.  Among the speakers, you will hear from:

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Nils Aden
ZEABORN Ship Management
As chief executive officer of ZEABORN Ship Management, Nils Aden is responsible for the shipping activities of the company with a particular focus in the areas of Special Projects, Marine & Quality, Customer Relations and Corporate Communications. After studying business economics at the Wirtschaftsakademie Hamburg and the Nordakademie, Nils Aden began his career in the controlling and strategic distribution management department of Vereins- und Westbank AG in Hamburg. In 2001, he then transferred to Harren & Partner, a shipping company in Bremen. In 2004, Nils Aden joined the E.R. Group of entrepreneur Erck Rickmers, where he has held various management positions, most recently as head of customer relations. He was appointed to the management board of E.R. Schiffahrt in 2013 and has served as CEO of E.R. Schiffahrt since February 2015. After the acquisition by Bremen-based ZEABORN Group and the merger with Rickmers Shipmanagement in 2018, the company has been operating under the new brand ZEABORN Ship Management since 10 August 2018. Nils Aden continues to hold responsibility as CEO of ZEABORN Ship Management.
Arnd Becker
HSM Hanse Ship Management AG
Before joining the family company in 2005, the graduate engineer Arnd Becker acquired extensive experience on board internationally operating maritime vessels. Between 1998 and 2002, he studied at the Hamburg Institute of Ship Operation, Sea Transport and Simulation (ISSUS) and then deepened his knowledge as a ship operations officer and technical officer by serving on container ships. Since 2005, he has helped steer the affairs of the Bernd Becker Shipmanagement GmbH & Co. KG. In November 2013, he also took on the challenge of working as the Chairmen of the Executive Board of the HSM Hanse Ship Management AG. In 2015 Jebsen Shipping Partners was founded by four families to bundle their future activities in the marine industry. As director in charge for the technical management and for business development Arnd Becker joined the management team. Today the company is in charge for 15 container- and multipurpose vessels.
Nicolaus Bunnemann
Managing Director
Atlantic Lloyd
Mr. Nicolaus Bunnemann has been with the family business since 2008. He started his maritime career with the German Navy. The military service was followed by an apprenticeship with the shipping company Hamburg Süd both in their liner and tramp division. He later joined a KG-fund issuing house in Hamburg. Nicolaus spent his “traditional time at sea” on different container vessels and shipyards. He then graduated with a degree in MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from the CASS Business School, London in 2006. Before returning to the family business he served as Project Manager for an owner in Singapore in the preparation and execution of an IPO. Nicolaus is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London and a member of the German committee of DNV GL.
Stephen Gordon
Managing Director
Clarksons Research
Stephen Gordon is Managing Director of Clarkson Research, a leading provider of authoritative data and intelligence on shipping and trade and part of the Clarksons Group, the world’s largest shipbroker and leading provider of integrated shipping services. Stephen graduated from Oxford and joined Clarksons as a shipbuilding analyst in 1999, later becoming manager of Clarkson Research’s consultancy, retainer and valuation team. Stephen was closely involved in the Clarkson Research acquisition of Oilfield Publications Limited (OPL) and in the subsequent development of a comprehensive offshore and energy database and range of intelligence reports. Over the past 15 years, Stephen has been involved in over 150 IPO and Bond projects, in addition to securitisations and major consultancy reports. From 2005, Stephen had responsibilities for growing the Clarksons Valuation business at Clarksons into its market leading position, working closely with a wide range of major ship finance institutions. In 2014 and 2016, Stephen has lead the re-launch of Clarksons market leading digital products, Shipping Intelligence Network and World Fleet Register. In May 2012, Stephen was appointed Managing Director of Clarksons Research. He is also a Director of Clarksons Valuations Limited.
Rolf Habben Jansen
Rolf Habben Jansen was born on 27 August 1966 in Spijkenisse near Rotterdam. He graduated in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991. In the same year, he embarked on his career as a trainee at the former Dutch shipping company Royal Nedlloyd. He held a number of different positions both there and at the Swiss logistics firm Danzas, before the latter merged with DHL, the subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG. From 2001, he was responsible at DHL for contract logistics for large parts of Europe, and from 2006 he was in charge of the services group’s 100 most important customers as Head of Global Customer Solutions. As Chief Executive Officer from 2009, he spent five years heading up the global logistics company Damco. Rolf Habben Jansen was appointed member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014. Alongside his native language, Rolf Habben Jansen speaks German and English fluently.
Jan Hagemann
Five Oceans
Jan Hagemann (48) is the sole owner of Five Oceans, a Hamburg-based specialized ship finance boutique founded in 2010. He has a lifelong family shipping background and after an early career with Oldendorff Carriers rising to Co-CEO he spent the latter half of the first decade in the German KG-fund industry with top positions at Lloyd Fonds and Woelbern Shipping. Today, through his unrivaled network and intricate knowledge of ship owning and ship finance he renders advisory and asset management services to private and institutional shipping capital providers. He holds a BA (Hons) in European Business from the University of Portsmouth (UK) and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Munster, Germany.
George Hulse
Managing Partner
Howe Robinson
George Hulse joined Howe Robinson in 1989 and has 29 years’ experience in Containership and Newbuilding Sales and Purchase Broking and shipping finance. George established the Howe Robinson Hamburg business in 2005, and is Joint Chairman of Howe Robinson Group.
Jon Key
Director, Strategy, Innovation and Transformation
Jon was appointed Director of Strategy, Innovation and Transformation of V.Group in November 2017. Before joining V.Group, Jon was Director of Strategy and Transformation at Royal Mail Group and, before that, he was Group Business Enhancement Director, Babcock International plc, where he reported to the CEO. Jon's earlier career included positions with the global management consultancies Mars & Co and Bain and Company. Jon has a Masters in Engineering from Cambridge University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Design, Manufacturing and Management, also from Cambridge University.
Kitack Lim
International Maritime Organisation
Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for an international shipping company. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998. Mr. Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986 and he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chair of IMO's Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI - now III) in 2001 and of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004. In 2006, Mr. Lim was appointed Director General of the Maritime Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and then as a Senior Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as an Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009. Following that, he was re-appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau (MLTM). In March 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST). In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO.
Alexander Oetker
Founder & CEO
A.O. Shipping
Mr. Alexander Oetker is a Shareholder of the Oetker Group with interests in food, beer, hotels, banking and chemical companies. Besides that he is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of A. O. Shipping GmbH, a bulk shipping company based in Hamburg, Germany. Before founding A. O. Shipping in 2003, Mr. Oetker was employed as chartering manager of Hamburg Sued and by Hutchison Port Holdings in Hong Kong. Furthermore he is a Director of Navigator Holdings Ltd.
Christian Oldendorff
Oldendorff Overseas Investments
Christian is the owner and founder of Oldendorff Overseas Investments, structuring entity aiming at attracting capital from institutional investors to the shipping space; close affiliation to Reederei Nord. Currently managing two products with a total volume of USD 122 mill. He is also the owner and founder of Amplifier, a visionary company that supports creative entrepreneurs as well as builds their own projects, applying contemporary technology to the shipping space. Since 2009, Christian Oldendorff made over 20 investments in Start-ups and celebrated a number of successful Exits.
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen
DNV GL - Maritime
Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen is the CEO of DNV GL – Maritime and a member of the Executive Board of DNV GL SE. He was appointed CEO in August 2015 and prior to that had been the Chief Operating Officer and President of DNV GL – Maritime. From July 2017 to June 2018, Ørbeck-Nilssen also served as the Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). After joining DNV in Oslo, in 1990, as a structural engineer, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen worked in DNV’s core business areas serving the maritime and oil & gas industries. He undertook many roles in the organization, including project management, across a wide range of technical disciplines and also held a number of management positions. He was also based in Japan for two years. In September 2013, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen was appointed as Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas in DNV GL – Maritime, one of two geographic divisions responsible for DNV GL’s core maritime and offshore classification business of DNV GL. For a period, he held both the position of President of DNV GL – Maritime as well as Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990. In his final year, he was awarded the Watt Club Medal, Heriot-Watt University’s premier award for undergraduate students. He also received an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Oslo Polytechnic in 1987.
Isabelle Rickmers
Managing Director
ZEABORN Ship Management
As managing director of ZEABORN Ship Management and member of the management board Isabelle Rickmers is responsible for the business development, key account management and strategic purchasing divisions. She studied international business administration in Vienna, London, Madrid and Paris, and gained her early practical experience with international companies, including in Shanghai, London and Madrid. In 2010, she began a trainee programme with the E.R. Group of entrepreneur Erck Rickmers and passed through various roles at investment firm Nordcapital and shipbroker Harper Petersen. Isabelle Rickmers subsequently moved to the shipping company E.R. Schiffahrt, where she started out in the customer relations department. She assumed management of this department in 2014. In January 2015, she was appointed to the management board of E.R. Schiffahrt. After the acquisition by Bremen-based ZEABORN Group and the merger with Rickmers Shipmanagement in 2018, the company has been operating under the new brand ZEABORN Ship Management since 10 August 2018, with Isabelle Rickmers remaining MD for the business development, key account management and strategic purchasing activities.
Alexandre Tavazzi
Global Strategist
Pictet Wealth Management
Alexandre joined Pictet & Cie in 1997 as a senior equity analyst covering the Japanese market and comanaging the bank'sJapanese Equity Fund. After heading Pictet's Buy Side Research, Alexandre brought the Advisory Products & Research team to maturity before returning to co-head Portfolio Management & Equity Research. He has been a member of the Wealth Management Investment Committee from 2004 to 2014. From January 2017, Alexandre is Global Strategist. Prior to joining Pictet, Alexandre worked at Wako Finance, Lehman Brothers and spent three years with Ferrier Lullin as a senior equity analyst and fund manager on the Japanese market. Alexandre holds a CFPI diploma and studied literature at the University of Lausanne.
Philipp Wünschmann
Head of Shipping
Philipp Wünschmann is Head of Shipping in the Corporate Banking division at Berenberg. Philipp Wünschmann has around 16 years of experience in the industry, of which 6 years at Deutsche Schiffsbank, where he was responsible for a shipping loan portfolio of up to roughly USD 9.0 billion. Before joining Berenberg he was managing director at Erck Rickmers shipping group and responsible for business development, among others. In this role he initiated and structured various shipping projects, arranged the debt and equity financing, and assisted with their asset management as managing director following successful realisation of the projects.