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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.

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 Mark McPherson, Associate Professor, Middlesex University Business School
Mark has been teaching Strategic Marketing, as well as, Marketing Management for a number of years in undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs – MBA and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He holds a Doctorate in Ethnic Entrepreneurship, MA in Marketing Management, MBA in Corporate Strategy, Undergraduate Degree, and a PGCFE. Mark is a Chartered Marketer with the CIM, and holds Member status with both the CIM and Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM). In addition to his teaching career, Mark has a number of years experience within various service sectors and has consulted to a number of ethnic SMEs.  His research interests are Ethnic and Islamic Marketing, Services Marketing, and Marketing Strategy. He has research published in journals, and presented at UK and International conferences.

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 MBA programme has been very learning and informative experience. It has given me a direction for the way I run things and confidence booster. The willingness of tutors to guide and help was exemplary."
Rahul Sharma
Master Mariner

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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