THE CREW DETERMINES THE QUALITY OF THE SHIP
Our people determine WMA’s quality
What we are, are our people and our global network of partners. The quality of our people is the foundation of our ability to serve the shipping market.
We invest in exceptional people, further developing their skills, and creating an environment that fosters their growth as leaders.
Meet our Management Team
Professor Michael Roe
Professor Michael Roe is a globally recognised research leader in the area of maritime and logistics policy and governance with a particular interest in the cross-disciplinary relationship between globalisation, international governance and the maritime sector. This interest has emerged from earlier work which focused upon shipping and ports policy-making in the European Union and across the Soviet dominated Eastern Europe.
Professor Roe has close links with a number of global institutions (the United Nations, OECD and World Trade Organisation) and a range of national policy-making bodies including those in China, Greece, Hong Kong, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. Recent publications have included a major new book on maritime governance and policy-making which examines the relationship between policy failure in shipping and the role of the industry in manipulating
globalised governance inadequacies. Work continues on modelling the nature of policy-making in shipping
with a focus on moving the current framework from those dominated by structure to process-based policies.
Professor Michael RoeHead of Advisory Team
Dr. Katerina Konsta
Katerina has more than 20 years of international experience in maritime and logistics education, designing and managing undergraduate and postgraduate courses, executive education portfolios, professional development and online courses which has been delivered around the globe at the top maritime centres. Her extensive teaching experience has been gained at various organisations, associations, colleges and universities, lecturing on undergraduate courses in shipping, maritime business and related subjects. She has also developed shipping departments and faculties for Colleges and Universities. Her writing experience includes 30 distance learning books, papers in refereed journals and conferences. She has also served as a reviewer for Maritime Policy & Management Journal and she is currently a reviewer for Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering.
She is the first woman Course Director at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the first woman in Greece serving as the Head of the Shipping, Transport & Logistics Department at a College in Greece (which collaborated with a British University offering shipping and logistics undergraduate and postgraduate courses).
Katerina has obtained her Phd from the University of Plymouth, titled as Maritime Policy and The Success of Nations: The case of the Greek flagged Ocean Shipping, being supervised by Professor Michael Roe and Professor Jingjing Xu. She holds a degree in Maritime Business and Maritime Law from the University of Plymouth (UK). Prior to this she studied Business & Finance at North Hertfordshire College (UK). Her postgraduate studies include International Shipping at the University of Plymouth (UK) and Maritime Studies with International Transport at the University of Piraeus (Greece). She has also obtained University teaching qualifications.
Katerina is a member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), the Hellenic Association of Maritime Economists (HAME), International Maritime Lecturers’ Association (IMLA), the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration (PAMA), Association of Greek Women Scientists, and the Chios Marine Club. Since 2018 she is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the International WISTA.
Dr. Katerina KonstaCEO
Meet our Team of Instructors
Captain Iro Gidakou
Captain Iro Gidakou is working for the Maran Tanker company.
She has worked as a Captain on board LNG vessels. She is in the shipping Industry since 2004 and she has been working as an Officer on board vessels from 2008.
Iro, loves her job, the sea and the vessels. She is the first Cypriot female to qualify as Captain.
Captain Iro GidakouShip Knowledge
Dr. Kathryn A. O’Shaughnessy
Dr O’Shaughnessy works as an invasive species consultant for an environmental consultancy company in the UK.
Kathryn obtained her Phd from the University of Plymouth (UK) in Environmental Science in which she studied coastal ecology and ecological engineering. She also holds a MSc degree in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies from Coastal Carolina University (USA), a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (USA) and a BA in Communication from the University of Dayton (USA).
Dr. Kathryn A. O’ShaughnessyTraining the Trainer
Manikandan V comes with more than 15 years of experience in Maritime Industry which includes sea-time and donning multiple roles ashore right from a Trainer to a Manager.
His contribution to various organizations in the field of Education, Training and Development, has been well received and appreciated.
He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree from the University of Delhi (India) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Shipping and Logistics Management from Academy of Maritime Education and Training, India.
Manikandan VSoft Skills
George Laios is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Intermodal Shipbrokers. He has a long-term experience in ship financing working in top managerial positions at shipping banks, shipping companies and shipbroking houses.
George began his career with RBS as an analyst, primarily dealing with middle office matters and having administrative duties, including amongst others loan administration and review of the bank’s mortgaged vessels’ insurance arrangements. He gradually moved to the Relationship Managers’ team and ended his career with RBS as a Senior Director, He then moved to shipowning at NH Gotlanders and now he is at Intermodal Shipbrokers.
He is a distinguished speaker and a shipping lecturer.
He obtained his BSc in Shipping Business from the University of the Aegean (Greece) and the MA in International Banking, Economics and Finance from the University of Cardiff (UK).
George LaiosShipping Finance
Mrs Yasmine Elessawy is a marine surveyor based in London.
A professional with more than 15 years of experience in the maritime industry. She obtained her B.Eng.(Hons) in Engineering from the Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture Department/Faculty of Engineering, the University of Alexandria.
Her areas of expertise are shipbuilding, ship design and marine surveying. As a skillful surveyor, she has an eye for details along with professional skills.
Yiasmine is a talented naval architect with up-to-date on design software and great knowledge in shipyard practices. Alongside her fulltime work she lectured in the Faculty of Engineering and volunteered to teach number of sessions with charities. Her teaching experience along with her hands-on experience in the maritime field, makes an excellent combination to produce a knowledge in a simple understandable way.
Yasmine is considered a role model and leader in her home country. In 2016, THE Alahram official national newspaper published an article on Yiasmine as the first Egyptian female marine surveyor.
Yiasmine ElessawyNaval Architecture
Mr. Artemios Alifragkis has obtained the MA in Shipping Business (with scholarship) and the BSc Hons in Shipping, Transport & Logistics with Operations & Management from London Metropolitan University. He has also obtained the OEEK accredited Certificate in Computerized Accounting.
Artemios has more than 20 years of working experience in the crewing and human resources department. He is working in the Human Resources Deptartment, as a HR Supervisor, in one of the biggest and well-known Greek Shipping Bulk Carriers Company, owning and managing dry bulk carrier vessels. His daily tasks mainly include the stages of screening, selection, programming and preparation of seafarers in accordance with the National Conventions and Flag Regulations (IMO, MLC & Flag State), as well as general financial units (budget units’ preparation), interview with candidates, and educational parameters.
He has attended several conferences as well as professional development seminars, expanding his cognitive and professional field.
Artemios has also participated as a speaker and panelist in many shipping and business executive forums. Since 2008, he is lecturing at shipping undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Artemios AlifragkisHR and Crewing
Captain James Foong
Captain James Foong received his ship Captain training in New Zealand Maritime School and passed the highest grade of seafarer qualification as a Master Mariner at age 28 certified by the Government of New Zealand, the youngest candidate during that year intake.
A maritime professional with high interest on shipping business and its sustainability strategies within the industry, with 15 years of working experience in maritime field, he spent most of his life at sea serving onboard vessels trading on international waters to assist in the world trade of international transport and logistics services. A member of The Nautical Institute London and NZ Company of Master Mariners. Awarded scholarship to pursue MBA in Shipping & Logistics from Middlesex University London, a program which accredited under CMI, Chartered Management Institute in United Kingdom.
Featured in “Maritime Matters” series interviewed by Jillian Jackson, the President of The Nautical Institute. An invited guest speaker by Safebridge to speak on seafarers’ point of view on the challenges at sea.
A team leader with strong communication skills; listen attentively and conveys his ideas clearly to the team. Enjoy problem-solving and working in fast-paced, collaborative environments that value individualization, teamwork and growth. Able to perform under pressure with tight deadlines, blends well in multinational culture.
Living on his own personal quote: “At the end of the day, we are all ordinary human beings, perhaps some, with extraordinary dreams.”
Captain James FoongShipping Operations and Management
Jurgen Verreet is a shipping expert with over 15 years of experience in the sector. He holds a Master in Maritime Business from the University of Ghent and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
He has worked as a contract manager at the Port of Antwerp and a shipping analyst at IHS Fairplay. His experience across the industry allows him to have a broad view of the sector and its challenges and the important features that any person aiming to work in the sector needs to understand.
In his most recent role, he supported the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers in the development and implementation of a large range of educational activities. This includes the supervision of the development of several of its books as well as the lead role in the development of its book on Shipping Economics.
Jurgen VerreetMaritime Economics
Dr Vasileios Vrysagotis
Dr Vasileios Vrysagotis
High caliber expertise in Port Management Systems and Supply Chain Management from both the business and the academic perspectives.
Dr Vrysagotis obtained his Phd entitled: «Modeling and Evaluation Policies of Stock Management in Supply Chain Networks» and the MBA in Operations Management from Aegean University, and a BSc in Maritime Studies from the University of Piraeus.
Vasileios lectured for the Department of Logistics in the Tertiary Education Technological Institution, TEI of Sterea Ellada, served as Research Associate at the University of West Attica, as External Associate in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (D.F.S.N.) of the University of Aegean and as Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Vasileios has worked in the Car Carrier Department for MEDTRANS SA. Since 2018 he works at the Greek Regulatory Authority for Ports. His aspiration is to contribute through his professional and academic expertise to the development of sophisticated innovative methodologies that are currently applicable in maritime and port organizations targeting the advancement of their Strategic and Supply Chain Management systems.
Dr Vasileios VrysagotisPort and Supply Chain Management
Nicola is fully CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualified and has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources working across various sectors (manufacturing, commercial, public and community-voluntary) always with a strong operational focus.
Her niche is working with managers to develop their people skills including coaching them through complex issues, together with a practical and commercial approach to all areas of the HR provision.
Delivering a consultancy service in HR, Nicola works with SME’s in her local area, usually directly with the Owner and leadership team in the organisation.
Nicola keeps up-to- date in the HR field by lecturing at the University of Plymouth Business School in the following areas: Strategic HR Management, Talent Management, Organisational Behaviour, Managing Change, Leadership Practice, Entrepreneurial Thought and Action and People Management.
This duel approach helps to provide a balance of both practical and theoretical knowledge when dealing with students or Managing Directors alike!
Nicola SearleHuman Resource
Dr. Evangelos Afendras
Dr Arendras holds a BA (1965), MA (1966) and PhD with unanimous distinction (1968) from the Johns Hopkins University and he is in his 6th decade of international University teaching and training, most of which have been in the Pacific and Asia. His entry into the Pacific was through Hawaii when he was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Training Fellowship, Human Geography & Anthropology by the Social Science Research Council, and appointed Senior Fellow Affiliate at the East West Centre & the Univ. of Hawaii (1970). After three years of teaching for the UH postgraduate programme (ESL) and conducting research on Pacific Sociolinguistics, he taught for one semester on World Campus Afloat, Chapman College, Orange County, California. He was a Professor – Seafarer on board the SS Universe Campus, en route around Latin America, W.Africa, the Mediterranean (1974). Subsequently, for several decades he lived and worked in Asia, taught a great variety of subjects cantering on Language-Communication, Culture and Society. He lived with people of different beliefs, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, even Animists in the Malaysian jungle, and an even greater variety of languages and cultures. Culturally, throughout this Odyssey he was exposed to a multitude of cuisines as a consumer and producer, even taught to Malaysians and more recently his Indian Institute of Management Director in the Himalayan foothills how to make Greek Moussaka! Profound intercultural insights he also gained from cross-cultural marriage, the ultimate experience in interpersonal, ‘organizational’, and indeed ‘strategic’ communication, and the tasks of negotiation.
Dr. Evangelos AfendrasCulture and Communication
Nikos has more than 20 years working experience involvement in logistics & Supply chain management projects either as Logistics Manager or as SC Consultant, SC expertise focuses in retailing , pharmaceutical & transport industries and companies both multinational & national.
As a consultant the projects he has been involved in pharma/medical device and in retailing industry. As Director in a pharmaceutical company he has led Operations in Greece and Turkey with high expertise in Home patient Deliveries.. Currently he leads as SC Infrastructure and VIP for Easter Central Europe Middle East and Africa .
Instructor and developer in SC operations and Shipping logistics. Since 1997 he has given lectures to more than 2000 managers, which in total lecturing has sum up to 1400 hrs.
Nikos KoliniatisLogistics and Supply Chain Management
Silvina Bakardzhieva is a maritime lawyer with expertise in EU Law, International Maritime Law and Port policies. Since 2008 she has been working as Senior Legal Adviser at Bulgarian Maritime Administration.
Silvina has obtained her LLM/LLB from the Technical University, Varna (Bulgaria), Master 1 – Qualification Juriste from Université d’Artois (France), LLM in International Maritime Law from the IMLI – IMO (Malta). She has also participated in a number of sessions and updates for her profession at different parts of the world.
Silvina is a member of the Seafarers’ Trade Union (ITF) in Varna, the External Experts Database of Frontex, IAPH, IHMA, BIILC, ESIL, ASIL, WISTA, WIOMSA, WMUWA, IMarEST, CAS, ICCA, the Russian Arbitration Association, the International Association of the Law of the Sea, EAPIL, AWIMA, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology as well as Working Groups at EU level.
Silvina BakardzhievaMaritime Law
Mrs Grigoriou is the Managing Director of the Ocean Ship Supply Agency.
Katerina considers herself fortunate to be able to combine her long work experience in the industry of telecommunications and customer service, with her passion for sea and shipping.
As a Ship Supply Agent, her main concern is the appropriate supply of the ship with goods and technical stores, ensuring the obligated quality and timing of the supplies according to the requirements and focusing on the crew satisfaction.
She is an active member of WISTA Hellas.
Katerina GrigoriouAgency and Shipping Procurement
Captain Socratis Tigkos
Mr Tigkos has graduated from Hydra’s Marine Academy (Captain B Class) and currrently follows postgraduate studies in International Trade and Shipping Management. One of his passions is authoring and currently articles he has written can be found at the the Greek magazine ‘EFOPLISTIS’. Mr Tigkos has been working in the Maritime Sector for more than 10 years. His current assignment is as Crew Manager / Marine Manager.
Captain Socratis TigkosShipping Operations and Crewing
Ana has graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College,and holds both a Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and a Master of Science in International Transportation Management. She sailed for several years aboard tugs as the Second Mate before coming ashore. She has worked as a Ship’s Agent, Container Terminal Operations Manager, Stevedore and a Navigation Instructor at SUNY Maritime College onboard their Training Ship Empire State. She is currently assigned the position of Operations Supervisor at Port Everglades.
Dr. Christos Patsiouras
Dr. Christos Patsiouras holds a PhD in Shipping from the University of Piraeus, department of Maritime Studies. He received an MSc degree in Economic and Business Strategy from the same University and a BSc degree in Management from the University of Ioannina.
He has taught Shipping Management, Shipping Marketing, Strategic Management and Marketing, Research for Business, Services Marketing in private colleges and public Universities.
Dr. Patsiouras has published articles in international scientific journals and in international conferences.
His research interests include Shipping Management, Shipping Marketing, and Strategy
Dr. Christos PatsiourasShipping Marketing & Management
Ms. Vasiliki Kalemi was born in Marathon, Attica and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from NTUA, MSc in Marine Engineering Management.
she has worked for the Hellenic Registrar at she Quality Assurance Department. She is a certified Inspector of Quality Management Systems (EN ISO 9001: 2000, TUV AUSTRIA).
In 2013, TEKDOTIKI – SELKA 4M published the book entitled “Passenger Fire Safety” and since then she has been active as a seminar presenter on ship crews on “Prevention and suppression of fire on board”.
At the same time, she works as a freelance engineer, in studies and supervision of Fire and Distribution facilities in Public and Private projects.
She has also worked for a European Program Development and Implementation Consulting Company where she was responsible for implementing and implementing a Trans-European Program (Ireland, Italy, Spain & Greece) on industrial production planning (MRP / ERP). The program was implemented in a large Greek Industrial Unit to produce printed material and packaging materials. She is a certified European Program Management Consultant (IEKEM / TEE).
She has also worked in large Technical Companies that are active in the field of Fire and Distribution (study, supply, installation and supervision) in Public and Private projects as well as in heavy industry (refineries, power plants (PPC). ).
She has participated in conferences and seminars abroad and in Greece on Fire Safety and Shipping.
She speaks English and French.
Vasiliki KalemiMechanical Engineering and Firefighting
Maria is the Head of Hull & Machinery Underwriting and has more than 20 years of experience in the marine insurance sector. She started her career as the Deputy Underwriter with the Hellenic Hull Mutual Association (HMA), later as Marine Insurance Broker and Head of the H&M Underwriting Department of Trinity Marine Services Ltd.
She holds a MSc in Education Graduate from the University of Edinburgh.
Maria AlexandrakiMarine Insurance
Mrs Kalfa is a Marine Insurance executive specializing in H&M, IV, War Risks, Kidnap & Ransom and ancillary (LOH, MII, CII etc.) covers. She is the head of the H&M department of Aries Marine Insurance Brokers and was part of the executive team who started with the company in 2009.
She was fortunate to combine her academic studies with work experience and has now been in the marine insurance business for almost 20 years working with well-established insurance companies and brokers internationally.
She has gained first-class experience in all aspects of Marine insurance working as Documentation Technician, Underwriting Assistant and Account Executive.
She was also one of the first professionals in the industry to gain insight into maritime security in conjunction with associated Marine Insurance, and an expert in the management of contract, insurance and legal related compliance issues.
Despina KalfaMarine Insurance
Mrs Topaloglou is the founder and CEO of Orion International Brokers and Consultants. Ioanna Topaloglou is Greek but was born in Ankara, Turkey in 1951, and grew up in Iran. She returned to Greece at the age of 12 where she completed her education.
She started her career in the Marine sector in 1970 and viewed shipping from the insurance side, the ship-owning side, and the broking side. She has served as a General Manager of Allied Insurance Brokers in Piraeus for almost 20 years and in 2009 she established the Orion International Brokers and Consultants. Orion deals with Marine Insurance and collaborates with all major international insurance markets worldwide.
Mrs Topaloglou is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London, holding the title of Chartered Insurance Practitioner, a member of the Marine Insurance Brokers Association in Greece, a Member of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce, and a Member of the Board of WISTA Hellas.
Ioanna TopaloglouMarine Insurance
Dr. Paraskevi Papaleonida
Dr Paraskevi Papaleonida has been teaching Maritime English since 1995. She was trained in the IMO World Maritime University, where she attended a professional development course and gained expertise in assisting seafarers achieve communicative competence in Maritime English, as per STCW.
Paraskevi specializes in Maritime English teaching material development. She is the author of five Maritime English course books, based on IMO requirements, which are taught in state Merchant Marine Academies.
Paraskevi was awarded with distinction her PhD in English Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She also holds an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of York, UK. She worked as an adjunct lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and as an English for Specific Purposes Teacher in vocational training institutes. She works as an Oral Examiner in English Language Competence Examinations. She is also involved in editing technical English textbooks in marine engineering.
Dr. Paraskevi PapaleonidaMaritime English
Elli Xenitidou has been teaching Maritime English at the Academy of Merchant Marine of Macedonia. She has also taught at different educational institutions.
She holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and one in Creative Writing. She has worked as oral Examiner for Michigan University, London University and Palso.
Elli XenitidouMaritime English
Michael started his career at sea within the fishing industry based in Cape Town South Africa, once he decided to turn his sights onto the merchant fleet he completed his Maritime studies and started his cadet ship on Tankers where he sailed as cadet and then junior officer. He then joined the offshore towage and Salvage sector as Chief Officer and then Master. He continued his journey by sailing on the Ocean towage and salvage tug as well as offshore AHTS vessel. He had the privilege to have been involved in many of the large salvage operations both ashore and at sea. He decided a change was required and joined an Offshore Mining company where he sailed as chief officer to further develop his knowledge and growth. He then stepped a shore and have been the project lead for the review and rewrite of Safety management systems in compliance with the ISM code. For the past few years he has been actively involved in leadership training and research in alignment with obtaining additional academic qualifications.
Michael FowkesSoft Skills
Mr Georgios Kiourktsoglou is senior lecturer in the field of Strategy and Management at University of Greenwich. He has had substantial, hands-on experience (13 years) in down-stream oil (particularly in H.S.S.E.) negotiations, corporate strategy and retail sales. He is currently member in the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (Imarest), (U.K.), Chartered Management Institute (CMI), (U.K.), Technical Chamber of Greece (T.E.E.), American Nuclear Society (U.S.A.).