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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 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.


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Middlesex University London

In-company training


"I have found this MBA to be challenging and brain racking. This is the first full time course which I’m doing while engaged in full time work and I have found it to be very hands-on. My work as an operations executive in a shipping company is very hectic and on top of it I had the weekly MBA activities which to speak the truth I was not able to give complete justice in terms of the quality of work. Overall the study materials and the activities involved were of challenging standard. The modules involved such as marketing, leadership and business strategies made me understand the overall nutshell of business management. Being a man of shipping the first module of shipping and shipping law was very interesting and improved and solidified my shipping knowledge. The various discussion modules and the interaction with tutors were good platforms for sharing our individual views and opinion and for clarification of my many doubts and getting expert opinion on the topics from well experienced tutors. I have enjoyed being part of this MBA program from Middlesex University."
Amal Itty
Operations Executive- US NavyGulf Agency Co.(Bahrain)

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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