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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


"For me, the Lloyd`s Maritime Academy and Middlesex University Business School - MBA Shipping & Logistics programme is beyond my expectations. I warmly recommend this MBA to all maritime specialists who want to improve their skills, knowledge and understanding of the shipping businesses."
Catalin-Valerica Ancau
Head Office - Water Transportation for Import Shipping & LogisticsArcelorMittal Steel Galati S.A.

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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