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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


"India is rapidly emerging as a global economic power, hence a MBA of such reputation would be of a great help and a stepping stone towards a career ashore."
Capt Xerxes Mistry
M/S Fleet Management HK Ltd

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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