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Leading maritime MBA delivered by distance learning

Programme Faculty - MBA in Shipping & Logistics

Programme Leader

Dr Stephane Bignoux

Dr Stephane Bignoux
Senior Lecturer in Business and Management
Middlesex University Business School

Stephane is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Middlesex University. He is responsible for teaching and administering three modules taught both nationally and internationally (Dubai). He teaches Contemporary Issues in Business at Middlesex University (Hendon Campus) and is currently the module leader for the strategy module within the MBA Shipping & Logistics as well as the Programme Leader.

Stephane’s main research focus has been on the management of inter-firm relationships. More specifically he studies the management of cooperative buyer-supplier partnerships and the formulation and implementation of supplier strategies.

Stephane has been published in a number of journals, including Management Decision, the International Journal of Business and Management and the Journal of Applied Business Research. He regularly presents his work at the Academy of Management Conference, British Academy of Management, and other conferences around the world.

Stephane holds an MBA in Marketing Management (University of Western Sydney), an M.A. in Knowledge Management (University of Technology Sydney) and a Ph.D. in Business (Macquarie University).

Authors and Module Leaders

John Astbury CBE, CMarTech, FIMarEST, FRIN International Consultant

John is an independent maritime policy adviser and formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Prior to becoming CEO, John was UK Chief Coastguard (the first from the ranks in the Coastguard’s 184 year history) and Director of Maritime Operations. He has over 33 years experience in maritime emergencies and resilience operations. He has taken lead responsibility in many major maritime interventions reporting directly to the Secretary of State for Transport and is an expert in his field.

He has lectured extensively throughout the world on maritime emergencies and policy and has chaired many high level national and international committees. John was a visiting lecturer on the Greenwich University Maritime Policy MSc for over a decade and is currently working with Lloyd's Maritime Academy. He has worked closely with government ministers on the review of maritime policy and has been responsible for the review of a wide range of organisational maritime issues and major changes within the sector.

Dr Ioannis Bournakis, BA, M.A, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Middlesex University Business School

Ioannis is a Lecturer in Economics at Middlesex Business School. He was awarded a PhD in Economics from the University of Kent in 2008 and he also holds an MA in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester.

Ioannis’ teaching interests mainly lie within the areas of International trade, Macroeconomics and Applied Economics. Prior to Middlesex University, he has held lectureship positions at the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich. He has also published a book on Trade and Competitiveness (VDM Verlag) and a number of academic articles that appear in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals. Ioannis has also contributed studies and chapters in edited volumes.

Dr Robert  Jenefsky, International Consultant and Director, Swisstocks SA

U.S.-born, Switzerland-based Dr. Robert Jenefsky began his career as a physicist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, after which he held a succession of international managerial positions in marketing and R&D in the information technology and systems industries for many years.  From 1998 to 2008 he was professor of marketing and management at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, teaching in the undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs.  His current activities focus on consulting, writing and executive education.  He holds a doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne and is fluent in English, French, German and Italian.    In 2004, he received an award for outstanding service from the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management.

Anna Kyprianou, BA MSc Chartered FCIPD, Dean, Middlesex University Business School

Anna is currently Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University Business School.  She has worked with the strategic development of organisations and their management teams for more than twenty-five years. Her areas of specialism are organisational behaviour, managing people and learning and development with a particular emphasis on managing and developing people in the virtual organisation.  She has extensive research experience in survey design and data analysis at organisational, national and international levels.

Anna has been instrumental in the design of a range of in-company programmes for organisations such as Coca-Cola Eastern Europe, NHS, Metropolitan Police, Hewlett Packard, and the Royal Mail.

Dr Evangelos Moustakas, Senior Lecturer at the Business School of Middlesex University in London

Evangelos is an e-Marketing specialist and has developed a large number of social media strategies for organisations internationally. He holds a Doctorate in e-marketing from Middlesex University (School of Science and Technology), a Master of Science in e-Commerce and two Undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He has authored a large number of research publications and presented his work at International Conferences in Europe, US and the Middle East. He is a regular, invited columnist to several practitioner IT and Digital Technology magazines and keynote speaker in Exhibitions and Training Events.

Dr Jyoti Navare, Reader in Finance and Economics, Middlesex University Business School

Jyoti is Reader in Finance and Economics at Middlesex University Business School. She is a Doctor of Philosophy in Risk Management (Southampton University), MBA, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has a number of years experience as an International Risk Manager and Underwriter based in London and Sweden and working closely with Financial Services organisations and governments internationally. She has been a non executive director (portfolio - risk management and performance) of a UK Housing Association until 2009 (now ex officio) and on the Professional Standards and Ethics Board of the Chartered Insurance Institute in London. She is also a Governor of Kingsbury High School Brent. Jyoti has also held international visiting professorships in Germany, Poland and Iceland. Her key research activities are in the areas of Risk Management, Financial Institutions and Regulations, Innovation, Marketing and Business Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Professional Education.

Kirit Patel, Lecturer, Middlesex University Business School

Kirit has been teaching operations management for a number of years at Middlesex University, prior to coming to Middlesex he was a management consultant.  He also teaches project management and business planning as well as being the Module leader for all the Project Management modules within the business school. He was the programme leader for the executive and full-time MBA programmes after which he took over the MA Management. He was one of the first lecturers to develop and make full use the online systems to deliver modules for teaching and assessments. His research interests are mainly based around project management methodologies.

Dr Efthimios Poulis, Executive Director of Corporate Strategy at ELVICTOR GROUP

Dr Efthimios Poulis holds a Bachelor (B.B.A.) and a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece and a Ph.D. in Strategy from Manchester Business School in the UK. He has taught at several Universities in the UK, Greece, Russia and Ireland and worked for multinationals like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and shipping multinationals in Greece and in The Philippines as well. Efthimios is also sitting at the Board of Directors and offering his knowledge, experience and expertise as a consultant to several shipping organisations.

Muhammad Rizwan, Middlesex University Business School

Muhammad Rizwan is working with Middlesex University Business School in 2010. He specialises in the area of Business and Logistics. He received his M.Sc. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from University College Molde, Norway. Currently he is a candidate of PhD in Middlesex University.

Dr Merv Rowlinson, Consultant and Visiting Lecturer

Merv has served in towage and merchant shipping and has nearly 30 years teaching experience in shipping and logistics at the Merchant Navy College, Warsash School of Navigation (Southampton) and London Metropolitan University.  He currently divides his time between Copenhagen Business School, Hamburg School of Shipping & Transportation, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and the European College of Business Management (London & Aachen). Additionally, he is currently External Examiner at Southampton Solent University and the University of Plymouth. His research interests are inter-modal transport, and logistics particularly shortsea shipping and its potential for delivering sustainable transport.

Lakshmi Narasimhan Vedanthachari, Middlesex University Business School

Chari is a Chemical Engineering graduate with a PhD on the benefits of Enterprise Systems on Mid-Sized Manufacturing Businesses. He teaches Project
Management, Sourcing and Procurement, and Services Operations Management. Prior to joining Middlesex University, he worked at the University of Bolton and was actively involved in the research, enterprise and teaching activities. He has delivered various regional development projects aimed at supporting small and medium sized businesses in improving business performance. He has lectured globally on supply chains, procurement, operations management and enterprise systems to supply chain professionals from a diverse range of industries.

Delivered and awarded by:

Middlesex University London

In-company training


"The course content has been very well prepared by experienced professors and the guidance given by module tutors has been very helpful. In addition I have had the opportunity to make friends across the globe, each an expert in his chosen field."
Capt. Balajee Jayaraman
Master Mariner

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

  • Roymar Shipmanagement Inc. NY
  • Mitsui OSK Lines
  • Linetrale Oil Supply & Trading Company
  • Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd
  • Smit International N.V
  • Torm A/S
  • NIG Maritime Admin & Safety Ag.
  • Container Ship Management
  • U.S. Army National Guard, Active Duty
  • Anglo-Eastern Shipmanagement Ltd.
  • Newalta Corporation
  • Canarship SL - Grupo Romeu
  • Softship AG
  • ESNAAD Company
  • NLNG/Shell Ship Management Ltd
  • Tidewater Marine Internationa Inc
  • Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG
  • RASGAS Company Ltd
  • Hapag-Lloyd Asia
  • LLC Rosshipcom (Russia)
  • A.E.T Shipping Jeddah
  • The Society for Sea Rescue
  • UAB "Euroga"
  • ALSS (Angola LNG Supply Services)
  • LBH Australia
  • Navig8 Asia Pte Ltd
  • MOL Europe BV
  • Rickmers Reederei GmbH & Cie. KG
  • E.R Schiffahrt GmbH & Cie.KG
  • Seaspan Ship Management Ltd
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Hellespont Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG
  • National Maritime Shipping Company Kazmortransflot
  • Malta Maritime Authority
  • Norton Lilly International
  • Belize Port Authority
  • STC-Group
  • Kuehne+Nagel
  • Euroship Services Ltd
  • Maritime New Zealand
  • Kapital Leading Transport Srl
  • ArcelorMittal Galati SA
  • TMBC Logistics Ltd
  • Ejix Maritime Ltd
  • AgipkCo
  • Trans Ocean Lines Ltd
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company Greece S.A
  • Landfill Transport & Towage Nigeria Ltd
  • Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd.
  • Raffles Shipmanagement Services Pte.Ltd
  • Maersk Supply Service
  • Teekay Shipping Glasgow Ltd
  • Triple Point Technology Inc
  • Sasol Group Services
  • Matthewsdaniel International (Hong Kong) Ltd
  • Sea Truck Group Nigeria Ltd
  • Nigeria LNG Ltd
  • Atlantic Container Line
  • Ifchor SA
  • Namibia Port Authority pty Ltd
  • Swedish Maritime Administration
  • Intertek Calebbrett
  • JSC Belarusian Potash Company
  • Gearbulk Shipowning Ltd
  • PacMarine Services (HK) Ltd
  • ECM Terminal Ltd
  • Port of Port-of-Spain
  • Samoa Shipping Corporation Ltd
  • Scandlines GmbH
  • Moran Shipping
  • Sunrio Corporation Europe
  • ASP Tanker Management (Singapore) Pvt Ltd
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Topaz Marine MENA
  • e- Software Solution
  • Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd
  • Rosshipcom Marine Ltd (RSCM)
  • Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd
  • Gard AS
  • MUR Shipping RSA(Pty) Ltd
  • Princess Cruises
  • A.P. Moller Maersk A/S
  • Railway Logistics Service Ltd
  • Gearbulk Maritima Ltda
  • Germanischer Lloyd AG
  • United Shipping Company
  • Qatar Shipping Company
  • APM-Maersk
  • St Shipping and Transport Pte Ltd
  • White Sea Star Shipping Services Co Ltd
  • Hua Dao Shipping (Far East) Ltd
  • Wartsila, Switzerland
  • Jordan National Shipping Lines PLC
  • Arabian Maritime and Navigation Aid Services
  • BP Angola B.V
  • Sanko Ship Management
  • Namsov Fishing Enterprises(Pty)Ltd
  • Prisco (Singapore) PTE Ltd
  • DND Shipping PVT Ltd
  • United States Navy
  • Transport Canada Marine Safety
  • Via Cecconi 6
  • Multiterminais
  • PSI Co Ltd
  • Noble Chartering Ltd
  • Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd
  • Northern Confluence Ship Management Inc
  • MISC BHD. (Subsidiary of PETRONAS). Maersk LNG.
  • Kazmortransflot UK LTD
  • Interorient Marine Services
  • SPT Inc
  • Astroships
  • United Nations Worlds Food Programme
  • General Maritime Directorate
  • MSC Ship Management (HK) Ltd
  • Harwich Haven Authority
  • Shank International Pte Ltd
  • AET Inc Ltd
  • Maritime Tankers and Shipping Company
  • Petro-Canada
  • Threeways Shipping Services (Group) Ltd
  • Hyproc Shipping Company
  • Shell International Trading & Shipping Company
  • Tuscor Lloyds UK Ltd
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • Braemar Seascope
  • Billo Gain Enterprise Pte Ltd
  • GTZ German Technical Cooperation
  • A.A. Turki Group
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Petrobras America (Shuttle Tanker consultants)
  • Angola American
  • DRI Shipping & Storing Consultancy Ltd
  • Little Violet Ltd
  • Vships Pvt Ltd
  • Cargotec
  • Qatar Gas Transport Co. Ltd
  • Jeddah Express
  • Gander and White Shipping Ltd
  • K Line (Urkanie) LLC
  • Swire Shipping Ltd
  • Affinity Management Services Ltd
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Bernhard Schulte Ship Management Ltd
  • CMA CGM Philippines
  • P&O Ferries Ltd, UK
  • Seacor Marine International Ltd
  • King Fahd Industrial Port
  • Skaugen PetroTrans
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Siem Car Carriers
  • Amercian Wagle Tankers
  • Benelux Overseas Inc
  • Sonangol E.P.
  • Walsh Group/Matthew Consultants
  • UIC Marine Services, LLC
  • Da-Desk FZE