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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.

Susan Hawker, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Law, London Metropolitan University

Susan is a principal lecturer in International Trade and Shipping law at London Metropolitan University, and Associate Professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA). After qualifying as a barrister, Susan worked in P & I, before going into academia. She is currently also the academic consultant to the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). Susan also is visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University School of Engineering, Copenhagen Business School, and BCA Athens, teaching on postgraduate and professional shipping courses.

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 Heather Leggate-McLaughlin, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business & Management, Canterbury Christ Church University

As a Maritime consultant and researcher, Heather has worked on a numerous projects including economic and environmental impact studies, market analyses and economic modelling of risk factors.  She was Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee for Transport on the long Inquiry into the future of UK ports.  More recently she has been engaged in European Commission projects to further the use of water freight transport in the member states and create a better integration of water transport into the whole logistics and supply chain. She has published widely on a variety of maritime topics in both industrial and academic journals and has been an invited speaker at transport conferences worldwide.

As Editor- in- Chief of the leading academic maritime journal ‘Maritime Policy and Management’ she promotes maritime research worldwide and is currently working in the Faculty of Business and Management at Canterbury Christ Church University

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.

Dr Photis M. Panayides, Associate Professor in Shipping Economics,  Department of Commerce, Finance and Shipping, Cyprus University of Technology.

Photis holds a first class Honours degree and a PhD in Shipping Economics and Management (1998) from the University of Plymouth, UK. Photis held academic appointments among others at The University of Plymouth, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Copenhagen Business School, and the National University of Singapore to the level of Associate Professor.

Photis has authored three books and over 30 scientific journal papers in the fields of shipping economics, logistics and transportation. He reviews for major journals and has contributed several conference papers. Photis Panayides pioneered the development of academic and professional programmes in shipping and logistics and has also consulted for several companies. Photis is an elected member of the Board of the International Association of Maritime Economists and serves on the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Ports Authority.

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 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.

Delivered and awarded by:

Middlesex University London

In-company training


"I found the MBA course extremely relevant to the industry, the knowledge gained helped broaden my view of the industry, the organisation I work for and the diverse work force around me. The knowledge and discipline developed through the program helped sharpen skills at work and contributed to my increased effectiveness as a professional."
Asish Arul

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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