Lawyer by profession, he obtained his bachelor's degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, being part of the Honor chapter, Sigma Lambda; He holds a Master's Degree in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration, as well as a Post-Graduate Degree in Alternative Methods of Conflict Resolution, both obtained from the Latin American University of Science and Technology, where he received the Suma Cum Laude honor degree.
Currently, he is a distinguished member of the Pan-American Institute of Maritime Law, the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law, the National Bar Association and the Mare Nostrum Maritime Law Association.
Founder and lawyer of the renowned firm Barakat-Pitty & Associates, specialized in Maritime, Commercial and Civil Law.
He also held the position of court clerk (with an interim assignment) as Chief Clerk III and Scribe III in the Maritime Court of Panama. Likewise, he was an advisor on legal and consular aspects of the Embassy of Panama, in Canada.
He served as deputy administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority.
Currently, he is the administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority, where he seeks to maintain the leadership of the country in registering ships, promoting a culture of transparency in the entity under his charge; in order to offer an efficient service in harmony with the needs of the national and international maritime-port market.
George D Pateras, born in London UK and the father of 3 adult children, is the Managing Director of Aegeus Shipping S.A. and, since 2016, the Chairman of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.
He Studied Engineering and Economics and holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, MS in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from MIT and a PhD from Plymouth University.
He is a Board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association and the Bahamas Shipowners Association, Chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., Vice Chairman, NATO, PBOS now TG(OS) (2000-) and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defense.
Dr Pateras has also served as the Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners’ Association (2011-2015) and as a Board member of the Hellenic Seamen’s Pension Fund (1984- 1993), Olympic Aiviation (1991-1993), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping (1986-2015), the Union of Greek Shipowners (1983-2004), HELMEPA (1996-1998) and BSA representative on International Chamber of Shipping (2011-2015).
Esben Poulsson is Chairman of The International Chamber of Shipping, the London based Association representing approximately 80% of the world fleet. He is also President of the Singapore Shipping Association.
Mr Poulsson is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based commercial management and ship owning entity, managing 14 modern container vessels. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.
He is a Board member of:
X-Press Feeders Ltd., Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd., Avra International Pte. Ltd., Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd., Nordic Ship Holding A/S and the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
Aaron Heslehurst is one of the main faces on BBC World News TV. He’s been a high profile BBC business news presenter since February 2002.
In May of 2017 he launched his own named show "Talking Business with Aaron Heslehurst" A daily half hour global show that's dynamic, exciting and very energized. Aaron delivers the big stories with his usual enthusiasm and excitement and cuts through the jargon with live top CEO interviews and brings you the latest innovations in technology. (Mon-Fri 14.30BST)
Aaron regularly covers the big stories that matter, to consumers. From global food prices to the fast-changing face of technology and the devices we use today.
From the plane-makers to the car-makers, from leading international corporate news to global finance, Aaron breaks the stories down by asking the right questions. Aaron has also interviewed some of the world's biggest corporate leaders and leaders, from the World Bank, the IMF, the European Union and the World Trade Organisation. His passion and specialty lies in the global aviation industry. Aaron has interviewed the heads of most of the world’s largest and leading airlines.
In 2009 Aaron won "Best Industry Commentator of the Year" - voted by the British Public in the Daily Telegraph Wealth Management Awards.
Over the past 16 years Aaron has presented across all of the BBC television channels, including the 24 hour News Channel, the BBC Travel Show and as part of the presenter team on BBC Breakfast, the acclaimed morning program on BBC One.
Prior to joining BBC World News, Aaron was a Senior News Anchor with CNBC Nordic, a branch of NBC America, based in Copenhagen, Denmark. And he was the European Bureau Chief for Paramount Pictures and Real TV News in the USA and later in London. Aaron is a native of Sydney, Australia
Ralph Leszczynski is in charge of the research and consultancy department at banchero costa, the Italian shipbroking and shipping services group.
Born in Gdynia, Poland, he grew up in Italy and then in Britain. Following his A-Level studies in London, he graduated in Economics and Statistics from University College London, in the UK. He also holds a Masters degree in Financial Management from ESC Rouen, France.
In 2001, Ralph joined banchero costa's ship finance department in Genoa, Italy. There he offered clients advise on financial structures and solutions, whilst also working on shipping market analysis and forecasting.
Since 2004 he helped develop the research activities of the group.
In 2008 he moved to banchero costa's Beijing office, so to be at the core of the increasingly important Asian market. In the 7 years he was based there, he traveled extensively throughout China and elsewhere in Asia, and occasionally tried to work on his Chinese language skills.
Since May 2014 he is based in Singapore.
Ralph's work focuses primarily on dry bulk, tanker and gas shipping.
Khalid Moinuddin Hashim, CEO Precious Shipping (PSL) Bangkok, is an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University. He comes from a family engaged in shipping/trade. His father, the late Moinuddin Hashim, was the Chairman of the Indian National Shipowners Association and his greatgrandfather was a founding director of Scindia Steam Navigation Company.
In 1978, after attaining an MBA specializing in Finance, Khalid began his career with Tolani Shipping, Bombay. In 1979, he worked under the late Hon. Ali Maniku, Minister of Shipping for the Maldives Government in Singapore. In 1984, Khalid joined the GP Group and started PSL in 1989.
In September 2007 Marine Money ranked PSL as the No.1 Listed Shipping Company in the World. In April 2012, Seatrade Asia awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Khalid.
Tim Power, Managing Director at Drewry, has worked for over 30 years in the maritime sector. With P&O Containers he had roles in container logistics, trade lane management, supply chain management, and forwarding. In 1998 he joined International Asset Systems as one of the start-up team that developed and launched InterBox a B2B exchange for container interchange. In 2001 he set up his own company, specialising in e-business, supply chain engineering and container logistics. He joined Drewry as Head of Consulting in November 2004 and has worked in assignments across all maritime sectors on government policy, port development strategy, corporate strategy, and due diligence. Tim has a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University, and an MBA from Warwick Business School.