ICS Insights - Speakers

23 September 2020: Plotting Recovery In The Aftermath of COVID-19 – What Should Business Expect Next?


Richard Wilding, Professor Supply Chain Strategy, Cranfield University, UK


Richard Wilding OBE is a British academic and business professional specialising in logistics, transport and supply chain management. He is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in logistics and supply chain management.

He is Immediate Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, the international professional membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. He is also Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield University.

Dimitrios Fafalios, President, Fafalios Shipping S.A., Greece


Dimitrios Fafalios serves as President/Director of Fafalios Shipping S.A. since 2008.

From 1984 to 2008, Mr Fafalios has held various positions in Fafalios Ltd. London, including Technical manager, Technical Director with responsibilities for vessel Maintenance, Newbuildings, S&P, and Technical support for Chartering, Insurance, Post-Fixture and other departments. He has worked closely with many of the major classification societies and international shipping organisations for rule development and implementation.

Mr Fafalios has been elected Chairman of Intercargo since January 2019 having been Chairman of its Technical Committee since 2009 and one of the first members of the Technical Committee since 1999.

Mr Fafalios holds senior positions on ABS, DNV-GL, HCS, ICS, INTERCARGO, LR, NK and UGS committees. Mr Fafalios has attended IMO on behalf of the Hellenic Republic.

Mr Fafalios received his BSc in Naval Architecture and Ship Building from Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1980 and a MSc in Ocean Systems Management from MIT in 1982.


Karin Orsel, CEO, MF Shipping Group


Mrs. Karin Orsel became a shipowner and maritime entrepreneur at the age of 23 in the northern town of Delfzijl in the Netherlands. She has been CEO of her ship management company MF Shipping Group since 2001. In 2004, Orsel acceded as a member to the board of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners or Koninklijke Vereniging van Nederlandse Reders (KVNR) in Dutch. In 2017 she was appointed co-president of the association.

Orsel has received prestigious awards, among which the “Industry Leader Award 2019” at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference in London and the “Personality of the Year 2019” at the WISTA International General Meeting.

In 2017, Karin Orsel received an Honorary Doctor of Public Administration Degree of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in recognition of her significant contributions to and impact on the maritime industry through her leadership, motivation and commitment to excellence as well as her active participation in numerous national and international organisations.

09 September 2020: Shipping 2020 – Analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic


Hugo De Stoop, CEO, EuroNav, Belgium


Hugo De Stoop joined Euronav in September 2004 and was appointed Deputy CFO and Head of Investor Relations and has been nominated CFO as of 1 January 2008. In May 2019, he assumed the position of CEO.

Hugo started his career with Mustad International Group, an industrial group with over 30 companies located in five continents where he worked as a Project Manager on various assignment in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, in order to integrate recently acquired subsidiaries.

He founded First Tuesday in America (the world's largest meeting place for high tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and companies), helped develop the network in the U.S. and in Latin America and was appointed member of the Board of Directors of First Tuesday International.

He then joined Davos Financial Corp. London, an external investment manager for UBS, specialized in asset management and private equity, where he became an Associate and later a Vice President. He conducted several transactions, including private placement in public equities (PIPE) and investments in real estate.

Hugo De Stoop (1973) studied in Oxford, Madrid and Brussels and graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (ULB) with a Master of Science in Engineering. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD (France and Singapore).

Gerardo A. Borromeo, CEO PTC Holdings, The Philippines


Gerardo A. Borromeo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Transmarine Carriers (PTC) Group of Companies.

Mr. Borromeo has been responsible for the development and implementation of the PTC Group’s strategic initiatives and business interests in shipping and maritime services, real estate development, energy and fuel distribution, healthcare, and aviation.

Mr. Borromeo is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a premier global shipping organization representing around 80% of the world’s merchant tonnage, where he served as a Vice-Chairman from 2009 - 2017. For two consecutive terms, Mr. Borromeo served as President of InterManager, an international trade association of global ship managers; the only Filipino to be elected to this leading post.

Mr. Borromeo is also Vice-President for External Affairs of the Filipino Shipowners Association, a private sector alternate Trustee for Overseas Shipping of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) of the Philippines and a member of the MARINA Multi-Sector Governance Council. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the PTC-CSJ Foundation and the US-Philippines Society based in Washington D.C.; a Trustee of the Santa Catalina School in California; and Chairman of the Executive Board and ex-officio member of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University in Sweden.

For his invaluable contributions to the Philippine maritime industry, Mr. Borromeo was honored by MARINA with the TIMONEL Maritime Achievement Award in 2014. In 2015, he was the first Filipino to be awarded the distinguished Seatrade Personality of the Year Award at the Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia.

Mr. Borromeo earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management. He continues to represent MIT as a Regional Chair and Educational Counselor for the Philippines and has been recognized with MIT’s George B. Morgan Award for sustained excellence in educational council activity.

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD


Esben Poulsson is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, of a fleet of large container vessels all under the Singapore Flag.  He has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.

He is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., Singapore, Nordic Shipholding A/S, Copenhagen, Batchfire Resources Pty. Ltd., Brisbane, Epic Gas Ltd., Singapore and of Finnlines PLc., Helsinki.  He is also non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd., Hong Kong, and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

He is Chair of the International Chamber of Shipping and immediate past President (2019) of the Singapore Shipping Association. He is an Advisory Panel member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation

Guy Platten, Secretary General of ICS


Guy was appointed Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) in August 2018. The ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage. The ICS represents and promotes the views and interests of its member at a variety of fora including the International Maritime Organisation, International labour Organisation and many others.

Guy has extensive experience in the maritime industry both at sea and ashore and is a qualified Master Mariner. He has held a number of senior positions including Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chief Executive of Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (a ferry and port owning company providing lifeline ferry services to communities in Scotland) and Director of Marine Operations for the Northern Lighthouse Board which is responsible for lighthouses, buoys, beacons and Aids to Navigation throughout Scotland and the Isle of Man. 

His career at sea began in 1982 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service.  He joined the RNLI in 1993 as an Inspector of Lifeboats, latterly as Inspector for Scotland training and overseeing lifeboat crews around the coast and following this he served with the MOD as a Salvage Officer and led or contributed to a number of projects including the removal of oil from a sunken World War 2 battleship, recovery of ditched aircraft and the refloating of a grounded warship.

Guy Ryder, Director-General of International Labour Organization


Guy Ryder, Director-General, International labour Organization was first elected in 2012 and started a second term of office in 2017. His vision is for an ILO that anticipates and responds effectively to 21st century realities, reaching the most vulnerable and remaining true to its social justice mandate. He has served the ILO in various capacities including as Executive Director for labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work. From 2006-10 he was General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), having led the unification of the democratic international trade union movement. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, Chief Executive Officer DNV GL -Maritime Hamburg, Germany


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 of DNV GL - Maritime in August 2015 and prior to that he had been the Chief Operating Officer and President of DNV GL – Maritime and Director of Division Europe, Africa & Americas. After joining DNV in Oslo, in 1990, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen worked in DNV’s core business areas serving the maritime and oil & gas industries. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was awarded a First Class Honour’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1990.

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