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Top class panel of speakers assembled at TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference

The second annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 14th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Beating the downturn; investing to be ready for the upturn.” A top class panel of speakers has been assembled to address some of the key issues facing the industry as it seeks to chart a course for long term recovery. The conference sessions will deal with a number of themes, including regional trade patterns, ship finance and ports and shipping.

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Salem Alkatheeri, Director General, Federal Transport Authority-Land & Maritime will kick start the conference with the keynote address.

Session 1 will cover the challenges and opportunities in the ever changing global politico-economic context. Speakers during this session are Capt. Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Ports; Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO, Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC); Khamis Juma Buamim, Managing Director & Group CEO, Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC; Eng. Yasser Nasr Zagholoul, CEO, National Marine Dredging Company; Eng. Rashed Al Hebsi, CEO, Emirates Classification (TASNEEF); Andrew Baird, Partner, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams and Sanjay Mehta, Chairman
S One Capital.

Session 2 will be chaired by Jesper Kjaedegaard, Partner, Mercator International, this session will cover the developing strategies-preparing for the future. Speaking at this session are Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar Ports Ltd.; Anders Kron, Commercial Manager Middle East, Sohar Port & Freezone; Thomas Kriwat, CEO, Mercmarine Group of Companies; Chris Peters, CFO, Emirates Ship Investment Company LLC; Ziad Touma, Partner, Fichte & Co.

The topic for Session 3 is developing the right financial tools for the changing market, speakers are Marcus Machin, Director, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Limited; Vasudev Amoncar, Unit Head – Int’l Lending, Corporate Banking, Burgan Bank Group; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy & Marine, National Bank of Fujairah; Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Standard Chartered and Vengopal Venkatesh, CFO, Oman Shipping Company.

Trevor Pereira, The Maritime Standard managing director, says, “We want to focus on how to turn financial theory into shipping and trade reality, and provide a high-level forum that through insightful speeches and networking opportunities generates mutual benefit to finance and shipping companies.” He adds, “This is going to be a hugely important event that will bring together some of the most influential players in shipping, finance and port operations. The world will want to hear what they have to say, and already demand for conference places is exceeding all expectations.”

Based on the very positive experience of the inaugural event, which was hailed as a major triumph, by attendees and speakers alike, the conference will be extremely high profile and informative, with extensive opportunities for networking. Spaces at the event are strictly limited, to assure yourself of a place book now here

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