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Wayne Kijiner

Wayne Kijiner

Designation: Alternative Energy Specialist, Marshall Energy Company

Alternative Energy Specialist, Marshall Energy Company

 

 


Dr Tristan Smith

Dr Tristan Smith

Designation: Assistant Professor, University College of London Energy Institute, Director - UMAS

Tristan leads a research group of 5 Research Associates and 8 PhD students focused on studying the global shipping industry. Together we combine expertise across engineering, economics, programming and optimisation, operations research, policy, business and finance.

My personal background is degrees in engineering and a specialisation and training in naval architecture. I worked as a practising naval architect on a number of defence research, design and upkeep projects (ships and submarines), before returning to university to undertake a PhD in naval architecture. Three years ago, I changed role to apply my knowledge of the marine environment and shipping, and skills in modelling, problem solving and team working to study the subject of the CO2 emissions of the shipping industry.

I attend IMO MEPC and associated meetings as a delegate of RINA and IMarEST. On the subject of shipping efficiency and emissions, I am a contributing author to work published at the IMO, at UNEP, in the UK Committee on Climate Change and a number of academic books and papers, and have carried out consultancy work for a number of organisations including Shell and the IEA.


Capt. Professor Michael Vahs

Capt. Professor Michael Vahs

Designation: Professor, Hochschule Emden-Leer, University of Applied Sciences

Michael Vahs, since 2000 appointed professor for ship operation and simulation at "Hochschule Emden-Leer" (University of Applied Sciences) has graduated in Maritime Transport from "Hamburg Polytechnical Institute" in 1989 and then undergone a career in the merchant marine on various types of ships up to the Captain's position. After 3 years of studying “Maritime Education and Training” he was appointed as Maritime Lecturer and qualified for Professor’s appointment in 2000. At university his field of research has been strongly related to green shipping, in particular the development and operation of sail systems for cargo ships. Since 2021 Michael is co-chair of the new Fraunhofer research unit “Sustainable Maritime Mobility” at Fraunhofer IWES Bremerhaven and Hochschule Emden/Leer, Germany.

Motto: It is easy to motivate oneself and navigate the right course when seeing a good purpose and being part of a community that is sharing a common vision.


Dr Aly Shaw

Dr Aly Shaw

Designation: Research Fellow in Energy and Transport Policy, University College London 

Research Fellow in Energy and Transport Policy, University College London

 

 


Christiaan De Beukelaer

Christiaan De Beukelaer

Designation: Senior Lecturer in Culture & Climate, University of Melbourne

Christiaan De Beukelaer is a Senior Lecturer in Culture & Climate at the University of Melbourne and Marie Skłodowska-Curie - FIAS-FP COFUND Fellow in Necessary Utopias at Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study at Aix-Marseille Université.

Throughout his career as an anthropologist of policy, Christiaan has tried to understand how power and ideology influence governance and regulation. After working on cultural policy for a decade, he changed tack to help address the climate crisis and rethink the future of maritime transport by focusing on climate policy instead. The constant throughout his research is an attempt to understand how the United Nations can be simultaneously a dysfunctional group of agencies and an organisation vital to a flourishing environment and human dignity in the face of an existential planetary climate crisis.

His current research projects include Shipping in the Oceanic Commons: Regulation and Prefiguration (ClimateWorks Foundation) and UNESCO and the Making of Global Cultural Policy (Australian Research Council). His most recent book Trade Winds: A Voyage to a Sustainable Future for Shipping, published by Manchester University Press, is also available in French translation as Cargo à Voile: Une Aventure Militante pour un Transport Maritime Durable, published by Éditions Apogée. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Read more of his work at AnthropoSea on Substack.


Gavin Allwright

Gavin Allwright

Designation: Secretary General, International Windship Association (IWSA)

Gavin has been Secretary General of the International Windship Association (IWSA) since it was established in 2014. This not-for-profit grouping of maritime wind propulsion companies and projects supported by academia & NGO’s is working to promote and facilitate the uptake of wind propulsion solutions in commercial shipping. He sits on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCC) stakeholder’s advisory committee and is a non-executive board member of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

Gavin has presented and chaired numerous international fora including the Royal Institute of Naval Architect’s (RINA) Shipping Efficiency & Wind Propulsion conferences and led the team that organised the ground-breaking Ambition 1.5C: Global Shipping’s Action Plan summit at COP23 in Bonn, Germany

He is an advisor on a number of EU and international research projects, including: WASP, WiSP, VTAS and Decarbonising UK Freight. Gavin holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, specialising in small scale sustainable shipping and logistics in developing countries and has contributed to numerous studies on alternative propulsion solutions and most recently contributed as an expert reviewer to the IPCC Special Report on 1.5C Global Warming.


Dr Hyeon-Ju Kim

Dr Hyeon-Ju Kim

Designation: Principal Researcher, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering
Profile: https://www.intechopen.com/profiles/204519

Dr. Kim is the Principal Researcher, Offshore Plant, and Marine Energy Research Division, Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) and Project Manager of the Korean OTEC program. He received his Ph.D. at the Dept. of Ocean Engineering, Pukyong National University. His fields of specialization are Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion system technology, Seawater Desalination, and Mineral Extraction system technology, Deep Ocean Water Application technology for Food, Energy and Water. He is Vice Chairman of the Korean Society for Power System Engineering and a Member of the board of directors of the Korean Society for Marine Environment and Energy, The Korean Society of Ocean Engineering, etc.


Alison Newell

Alison-Newell

Designation: Advisor, MCST

Alison has been involved in sustainable sea transport for much of her professional career. She has lived on board a wooden sailing boat with her family for over 20 years, 15 spent in the Pacific Islands, and worked on commercial sailing vessels before that. Alison was one of the original Sustainable Sea Transport Research Programme team and has been involved in research and education in the Pacific for over a decade. Having worked as a commercial captain on wind-powered vessels in the Pacific, and now based on her boat in Aotearoa, she has many sea miles under her belt.

As a core team member of MCST in the past, Alison now provides support to the team when required. She's published and presented widely on shipping decarbonisation and has been heavily involved in the IMO facing GHG emissions reduction work. Alison has also undertaken research and analysis of Pacific domestic shipping, including maritime data collection, GHG emissions mitigation analyses, NDC investment roadmaps for maritime transport, and priority project pipelines and concepts. She has also secured financial support for MCST and Pacific Island governments for both domestic and international facing projects and programmes, including the Low Carbon Sea Transport project and IMO GHG emissions reduction work.