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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


"I actually changed my job thanks to this MBA!!"
Marco Baccarini
Logistics DepartmentMediterranean Shipping Company S.A

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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