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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 course content has been very well prepared by experienced professors and the guidance given by module tutors has been very helpful. In addition I have had the opportunity to make friends across the globe, each an expert in his chosen field."
Capt. Balajee Jayaraman
Master Mariner

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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