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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.


Delivered and awarded by:

Middlesex University London

In-company training


"I was excited when I saw this MBA programme and the distance learning aspect of it. I hope to gain a broad understanding of the maritime and shipping industry as well as gain new tools that will enhance my business skill set."
Colin O’Leary
HSEQ CoordinatorSPT Inc.

Participants represent just some of the following organisations

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

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