Blue MBA - Class of 2013

ShippingWatch follows seven students of the Copenhagen Business School's Executive MBA in Business & Logistics, also called the Blue MBA. Until they graduate in the summer 2013. Below you will find a brief introduction of the seven students. 

Michail Anninos - Site Manager, EURONAV Ship Management Hellas Ltd, South Korea.


He currently holds the position of Site Manager, for the Newbuilding project of EURONAV in Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea. He is responsible for the construction of 5 Suezmax and 1 VLCC vessel, ascertaining that the vessels are in compliance with all applicable international rules, flag state requirements, quality standards and signed specification, while at the same time monitoring and controlling the budget of the project. He has previously worked as a Marine Surveyor for Germanischer Lloyds in Denmark as well as a Ship repair Manager and Project manager for Drydocks World – Dubai in U.A.E., where he was in charge of numerous repairs of a variety of vessels and a VLCC to FPSO conversion. He holds a Meng Hons in Marine Engineering degree from Newcastle University Upon Tyne in the U.K.

Christian Boas Holm - Managing Director, Hull Blyth Nigeria Ltd., Nigeria.


He currently holds the position of Managing Director of Hull Blyth Nigeria Ltd., the Nigerian arm of the British owned Hull Blyth Group and the leading independent liner agency in West Africa. Specializing in the Nigerian market, he has over 20 years experience with liner & tramp shipping in West Africa. He has held various management positions for renowned companies. Initially for Steamship Company TORM as an Owners Representative in both Nigeria and USA, while in the past decade for Hull Blyth Group in Nigeria, where as a general agency manager, he developed and managed large new liner agency representations, and since 2007 was appointed managing director, and entrusted with the executive management of all the Group's interests in Nigeria, both shipping agency related as well as the development of inland container depots. He holds positions on various executive and consultative boards in the Nigerian port and shipping sector.

Birgitte Wendelbo Johansen - CFO of Norwegian stocklisted Reach Subsea ASA.


She currently holds the position as CFO of Norwegian stocklisted Reach Subsea ASA. Before she was Vice President of the Energy & Maritime dept. in SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, a position she has had since 2005. She was the Relationship Manager for the banks' clients in the region within the maritime sector, including shipyards, shipowners, shipbrokers, suppliers etc. In addition to that she handled many of the banks networking and social arrangements for the maritime clients as well as participating in international and national shipping conferences etc. Prior to SR-Bank she has experience from BNP Paribas and Fred. Olsen as well as summer traineeships with the family business while studying. She studied Finance at Handelshøyskolen BI in Sandvika, Norway and holds a Master in Economics (siviløkonom) degree. She lives in Haugesund, Norway, married with two children.

Sageed M. Kunhiraman - SHEQ Mgr. Smit HT Division, The Netherlands.


Sageed M.Kunhiraman sailed for 14 years as a deck officer with Neptune Orient Lines. He joined SMIT Singapore in December 1996 as a safety officer, where his focus was on operational level safety and quality management. In November 2002, he was seconded to The Netherlands as a Divisional SHEQ Manager. In June 2008, he was appointed head of the Corporate SHEQ Department. Currently he is responsible for SHEQ in their Habour Towage Division. In mid 2010, SMIT was bought by Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and he became a member of their corporate SHEQ department. Prior to his maritime career, Sageed served in the Singapore Armed Forces for 2.5 years. He holds a Master Foreign Going License and an Advanced Diploma in Safety Management from the Singapore Polytechnic. He also holds a Master of SHE Management from the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands). He is concerned about the piracy situation and has spoken at the Netherlands Institute of Defense and Safety in July 2009 and at the Combating Piracy Conference in Singapore in January 2011. Sageed is of Indian origin, born and schooled in Singapore. He is married to Sanila and they have a teenage son, Sathyajith. They are  permanent residents of the Netherlands. His hobbies include watching television, reading and outings with family and friends.

Saunak Rai - Vice President (Operations) with Norgas Carriers.


Saunak presently holds a position as Vice President (Operations) with Norgas Carriers. Until 2012 managed the post-fixture operations of Maersk LNG vessels. Apart from that he was also responsible for assisting in negotiations of short term and long term LNG charter parties. Saunak represents A.P. Moller Maersk in OCIMF , and also represented OCIMF at the IMO in the NAV sub-committee. Saunak graduated in Nautical Science from Mumbai University, with President’s Gold Medal. He has certificate of competency as a Master Mariner. Saunak has also completed the Professional Qualifying Exams from Institute of Chartered Ship Brokers, UK and is the founder member of the Danish chapter of ICS. He began his career at sea as a Junior Officer when he was 20 years old. His motivation was to enjoy the adventurous life at sea and to be able to see and explore the world while working. He has experience in serving on all kinds of merchant vessels such as Tankers, Bulk Carriers , LNG vessels, and container carriers as a deck officer. Saunak passed his master mariner exam in Dec 2006. During the same time he was selected for the MAESTRO program, which is a talent development program for high performing seafarers in Maersk. Thus he started working on shore as a Marine Superintendent in A.P. Moller Maersk, being in charge of the LNG and LPG vessels.  During the course of the MAESTRO program, Saunak gained a good insight into the commercial environment of shipping and decided to change over to the commercial operations for Maersk LNG Vessels.

Matthias Reinarz - CEO, Ultratug, Chile.


As per January 1 2013, CEO at Ultratug Chile. Before that he was regional manager encompassing the commercial activities of the Ultramar Shipping Agency Network in Latin America. The Ultramar Group of companies was founded by the late Capt. Albert von Appen almost 60 years ago as agency of the Hamburg Amerika Linie and Norddeutscher Lloyd (today Hapag-Lloyd) and is currently the leading maritime services group in Latin America. It operates close to 200 ships, including CPP and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, gas carriers, and some feeders, over 60 harbor tugs, anchor handlers and PSV's, and owns and operates several ports and container terminals as well as inland warehouses and logistic services. It is the largest agency network in South America, with more than 65 port offices in 9 countries serving the liner, tramp and oil & gas industries. Matthias Reinarz has been with the company for over 25 years, starting as a salesman, becoming sales manager and holding various management positions at the head office in Santiago as well as agency manager at the ports of Antofagasta and Valparaiso. From 2002 to 2005 he headed the Evergreen agency in Chile and from 2007 to 2010 he was the representative of the Ultramar Group and Director for Agency Services in Uruguay. Matthias was born in South Chile from a family of German immigrants, he is 44 years old, married 17 years to Diva and they have 4 children.

Giulio Tirelli - Director Business Development, Wärtsilä, Switzerland


Giulio Tirelli achieved a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture at the “Università degli Studi di Trieste”, in Trieste – Italy, after having spent his University career both in Italy and in Spain.  After an internship in Wärtsilä Italia where he worked with vibration engineering, he moved to Wärtsilä Finland in 2006, joining the Solutions team as Sales Engineer. In Finland he was part of the big success that Wärtsilä Dual-Fuel engines had in the LNG Carriers sector. In 2008 he joined Wärtsilä Switzerland with the position of Application Development Manager.  In his current role, he works with the integration and optimization of marine propulsive solutions, mainly related to Merchant vessels. Natural gas-based applications are one of his strongest focuses.



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