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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


"After retiring from the navy, I decided to enrol onto this MBA programme in order to acquire all the necessary tools that would allow me to pursue a job of high standards in the maritime industry."
Theodore Grammenos
Naval Officer

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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