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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.

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 was excited when I saw this MBA programme and the distance learning aspect of it. I hope to gain a broad understanding of the maritime and shipping industry as well as gain new tools that will enhance my business skill set."
Colin O’Leary
HSEQ CoordinatorSPT Inc.

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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