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At Informa Connect Academy, we take immense pride in our exceptional training faculty.
Our Subject Matter Experts
Comprising industry experts and seasoned professionals, our faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience to every training session. Possessing a deep understanding of the latest trends, techniques, and best practices in their respective fields, our trainers ensure that our participants receive the most relevant and up-to-date training.
Our faculty members' expertise and dedication create a dynamic and engaging learning environment where participants can acquire practical skills and valuable insights empowering individuals and organisations to excel in their respective industries.
Afroditi's extensive senior management experience spans GCC and European government-owned enterprises.
Audit, Risk & Governance
Expert in accounting, finance & taxation, Ahmed worked in managerial roles at top firms.
For over 20 years, Alan blended management training and consultancy, leading 300+ programs worldwide, with GCC emphasis. For over 20 years, Alan blended management training and consultancy, leading 300+ programs worldwide, with GCC emphasis.
Alex McIntosh is a member of the shipping group at Penningtons Manches Cooper, and advises on disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading, shipbuilding and restructuring contracts, as well as salvage work, including casualties and LOF.
Chartered Engineer and Chartered Marine Engineer with over thirty years of marine industry experience. Allan is registered with FEANI, The Engineering Council, RINA, IMarEST and the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ships Surveyors. Allan is also currently President of the Society of Consulting Marine Engineers & Ship Surveyors (SCMS).
Andrew is a Business and Financial Consultant currently working as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Member for five businesses and has been based in the United Arab Emirates since 1995.
Anne has had a successful 35-year career as a global talent leader. Her specialisms include Leadership Development, Talent Management, L&D, Performance Management, Diversity, Project Management, Coaching, Facilitation and Organisation Change.
With over 25 years of experience in organisational development and training, Anne has broad experience working with many different nationalities across banking and telecoms industries through to the oil and gas companies of the Middle East, Africa and China.
Anthony has a technical background in marine and maritime science and management. A large focus of his work has been with regard to the management of anthropogenic impacts in the environment, quantifying and characterising risks, as well as identifying and developing a range of interventions and mitigation strategies.
Ayman is an experienced marine engineer with 16 years in the industry. Most recently, he has been working in the field of maritime education at State University New York as lecturer for U.S.C.G-approved courses for professional mariners.
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Prof. Arif is a Chartered Accountant and MBA (Finance) and a Doctorate in Finance. He has 25 years of experience in the area of finance and risk management and is one of the most sought-after speakers for his inimitable style of blending concepts with application in industry.
Bas H has been an advisor for corporates in the technology, professional services, energy and financial services sectors. He has also written several books on how technology is changing the “World of Work”.
Offers personalised attention, tackles challenges, and empowers participants to emerge confident with a fresh outlook.
Bharat has more than 30 years maritime experience. He started his career with the Shipping Corporation of India as a junior engineer in 1980, after graduating from the Directorate of Marine Engineering Training. Presently Mr. Hora is working independently as a vessel auditor, maritime trainer and new building consultant.
Bruno is passionate about raising the level of competency in event safety and event management. He’s been training and consulting with event professionals for over 2 decades. With this experience, he has developed and delivered trainings for government entities, event management companies and industry associations.
Christian is a digital marketing pioneer who specialised in digital strategy, SEM/PPC, display advertising, mobile marketing and web analytics.
Captain Cliff Brand started his career in the British Merchant Navy before joining the UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch as a Nautical Inspector. His career has spanned national organisations and private companies, and he has worked across Europe and the Middle East. He is currently the CEO for Ras Al Khaimah Ports in the United Arab Emirates and holds an MBA from Middlesex University in Shipping & Logistics.
Director of Seafarer Learning and Ofsted Inspector. Darrell began his maritime career with the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd at the age of 16 and completed a four year deck officer cadetship, studying at the College of Nautical Studies in Warsash. He obtained his Class 3 Certificate of Competency and HNC in Nautical Science and served as third officer aboard general cargo vessels trading worldwide.
20 years of brand marketing expertise spanning EU, ME, SE Asia & Japan. He helps brands remain relevant via their brand experiences.
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David is a seasoned Supply Chain Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology (IT), Operations Management, Consultancy and Training fields.
David’s style of presentation is to demystify the areas of finance and to explain the concepts in a stimulating and interesting way. He encourages participation and discussion and has the advantage of having been there and done it, and so can approach issues from a practical viewpoint drawing on his experience.
David is a digital workplace consultant focussed on supporting you and your teams to develop your levels of Virtual Fluency - the ability to successfully connect, communicate and collaborate virtually.
Derek is communication and mind expert. He is the international multiple best-selling author of five books including “Public Speaking How to Speak Effectively Without Fear". He has over 30 years of experience and has worked with some of the world's largest companies including JP Morgan, Fidelity and Aviva.
Eddy has over 20 years of strategy and business transformation experience acquired through various engagements in Middle East, and Europe. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Balanced Scorecard Master Professional, and Certified E-business Consultant.
Emma is a highly experienced Learning & Development professional and a recognised Thought Leader in Cultural Intelligence. With over 15 years of expertise in designing, developing, and implementing learning programs.
Fred is an international authority in the field of IT and consults with clients for practical IT improvement on a daily basis. He has written thought-provoking publications on the subject and has lectured on nearly all the continents, sharing his experiences with IT Directors, CIOs and other board members.
Frederik is a Human Capital & Organisational Transformation author, keynote speaker and executive with a focus on Organisation Design (OD), Design Thinking, Employee Experience, digital transformation, innovation, and disruption.
Giuseppe is an APICS Master Instructor since 2011 and SME, CPIM-F, CSCP-F, CLTD-F, SCOR-P by APICS, PMP by PMI. He has a hands-on global experience in Operations and Supply Chain Management in international industrial corporations.
With over two decades of global professional experience, Hans stands out as an expert in Leadership, Personal Development and Career Development.
Herbert is an American lawyer and arbitrator who has more than 25 years of experience in the UAE and neighbouring countries. He has provided expert testimony in US courts on commercial disputes governed under the UAE, Saudi Arabian and Egyptian legal systems.
Hossam is an international consultant, instructor, and speaker for the program, project management, and business transformation. He is the founder of Strategic Management Experts
With more than 30 years’ experience in senior management positions, Ian set up and developed a highly profitable group companies and has specific experience in all areas of business management.
Illiana is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in maritime and EU law. She has been a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) since 1995 and is currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training (with Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and an international ship classification society).
Isobel is an experienced trainer with over 30 years’ experience of designing and delivering training in the corporate sector, on a variety of topics. She has extensive experience in helping participants to improve their customer service and communication skills. She is passionate about working with companies to improve the employee experience and to increase productivity by helping teams develop social capital – the capacity for individuals to work well together.
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From an old real estate family in the UK, Dr Julian has worked in the public service, as an economist, as a partner in a real estate development company, and in real estate and agricultural derivatives, before launching his own consultancy advising government, IGOs and the private sector. He has published a number of books on real estate and agribusiness, and has presented a range of real estate courses and agribusiness courses internationally for the past twenty years.
With a background in psychology and education, Jacqueline has held executive management roles with international organisations and has worked across different cultural ethics, political and business attitudes and business methodologies.
James is the HR Director of Synergy Group an author, international speaker, trainer, coach, facilitator, management consultant, accountant, and conference presenter, who has a diverse range of expertise.
Janine has a MBA from Henley Business School, UK. Her final dissertation focussed on creating a high performance workplace. She received first class passes from the Institute of Marketing Management for Marketing Management and Industrial Marketing.
Expert in designing/executing management development programs/seminars for senior/middle management.
Katerina is currently working as a shipping consultant. She was for a number of years the Head of the Shipping, Transport & Logistics Department at BCA College of Athens (Greece) which collaborates with London Metropolitan University (UK). Her extensive teaching experience has been gained at various colleges and universities, lecturing on undergraduate courses in shipping, maritime business and related subjects.
Kevin has over 40 years operational experience in the marine industry both ashore and afloat. As Chief Harbour Master, Kevin was responsible for all areas of marine compliance, including safety of navigation, port security and the management of the marine environment. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a past President of the UK Harbour Masters’ Association and a current Vice President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association. He is also a member of the UKTI Port Advisory Group - a government-sponsored focus group supporting the UK’s ports industry.
Linda is a is a multi-award-winning Learning and Development Specialist with over 25 years’ practical experience in Management and Leadership Coaching, Training, Mentoring and Career Development.
Experienced consultant and lecturer with a background in project management and business development, having worked globally.
Mahmoud is a trainer with more than 20 years of experience in the field of project management contracts, procurement management and compliance.
Miles is a consultant with over 25 years of experience in creating strategy, executing marketing plans and designing organisations and building capabilities.
Michael Quain has over 50 years experience of working in the shipping industry, almost all of it either serving on board tankers or in and around the management of tankers. Mike has an Unlimited Master Mariner Certificate of Competency; he is a Younger Brother of Trinity House; a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Mohamad is a graduate from California State University from SUSI Program (The Study of The United States Institutes) and from Harvard Graduate School of Education as a MEPLI Program Fellow (Middle East Professional Learning Initiative). Over the course of two decades, he has successfully trained over 10,000 individuals across three sectors: Education, Business, and Civil Society.
An expert in areas of institutional development and capacity building, both in the public and private sectors, public sector reform, licensing streamlining, industrial operations and management as well as development projects management.
Mostafa is an HR thought leader, consultant, and writer with 27 years of experience in global HR and L&D. He is an expert in HR analytics, digital HR, talent management, and strategic HR.
Mozon is a Saudi licensed lawyer, bringing 10+ years of extensive legal experience. Her specialisations include labor law, corporate governance, shareholders & board advisory, Dispute resolution and challenging negotiations among the various stakeholders.
Dr. Neysha R
Neysha is a dynamic international trainer driven by her keen interest in people development and combines her extensive academic qualifications with practical know-how. Neysha is an accredited evaluator and assessor by different leading internal associations.
Noah brings multi-functional expertise spanning from strategy, finance, internal governance, marketing, pricing, organisational development and culture, performance management, business improvements, and international business.
Octai graduated from the University “Dunarea De Jos” Galati in 1984. He started his career in a joint venture of the shipyards Constanta and Mangalia working in various positions in the design department. He also spent several years as a trainer and supervisor and in various project management positions, contributing to the design or execution of train ferries, tankers, and bulk carriers.
Paul completed a traditional cadetship with Cunard Shipping Services. During his career as a ship’s engineer, he served on all types of vessels from passenger ships to super tankers. His sea service also included medium-speed engines powering small tankers, slow-speed engines driving bulk carriers and steam plant providing power for the first container ships.
Phil is a Chartered Accountant, an Associate of the Institute of Internal Auditors and has over 30 years’ experience in Internal Audit, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, and Fraud Prevention.
Dr Peter is a senior oil and gas executive and has over 40 years of industry experience in large operating companies, including ExxonMobil and Woodside Petroleum Ltd. For the last 10 years he has provided executive education in Australia and internationally while serving as a Non-Executive Director for several large energy companies.
Rami's expertise includes strategy formulation and execution (using the Balanced Scorecard framework), organisational design, business process optimisation and workflow, manpower optimisation, as well as developing and implementing policies and procedures relating to human resources, and finance and accounting.
Ravi is a highly effective change leader, ERP/SCM/business process guru, and Supple Chain Master Instructor.
Robert was awarded the “Global HR Leadership Award” in 2017 by the World HR Congress to recognise his iconic contribution to the global C&B community over the past decade. He is truly one of the leading HR trainers in the world today, and he is currently in the “Global Guru #500 List” (covering all subjects, not just HR).
Winner of the UK National Training Awards 2009 for achieving a high return on investment from training. Founder and Principal at The Real Potential, Sanjeev’s knowledge and inspirational approach has helped thousands of managers and professionals to capitalise on their talents and achieve the best of self and business performance, from blue chips to SMEs.
Seema is an international speaker, master trainer, executive coach, and learning specialist with 18+ years of experience. She's the head of CALM Worldwide, focusing on effective leadership and L&D practices.
Sean is a leading procurement expert, with 25 years of experience in training, speaking, and leading international teams.
Shad is a passionate talent development specialist and coach who, over 20 years working has developed a keen understanding of what it takes for individuals to succeed in today’s environment.
Dr. Simon holds a Master's Degree in Maritime Law, and a Doctorate in Shipping Finance. He is currently a lecturer in constitutional law and bank regulation at Cardiff Business School. He previously worked in a Japanese finance house in London in the capital markets, specialising in swaps and new bond issues. For the past few years Dr. Norton has lectured extensively as a guest lecturer in the West Indies in the fields of maritime law, ports policy, and shipping finance.
Simon Williams is an expert on issues surrounding the maritime regulatory environment. He is a Director of a consultancy, specialising in ship management solutions, naval intelligence and maritime security.
Also a regular contributor on the maritime industry to leading publications such as the Maritime Executive, Lloyd's List, Naval Technology amongst others; Simon has a wealth of experience and a respected industry voice perfect to lead you through your Certificate.
Steven is a managing partner of a law firm operating in Bahrain and Kuwait, with expertise in banking and finance, corporate restructuring, and employment law. He has conducted academic and business training and has extensive experience in settlement and litigation of employment matters.
Steve is an international trainer, author, consultant and coach who has over 50 years of experience in information technologies working as a business analyst, system analyst, information security analyst, quality assurance analyst, programmer, project manager, and general manager.
Dr Theodosis (Theo) Mourouzis is a Research Fellow at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies (UCL CBT) and the Managing Director of Electi Consulting, a boutique consulting specialising in niche technologies such as AI and Blockchain/DLT. He has PhD in Computer Science from University College London (Information Security Group), a MSc in Advanced Studies in Mathematics from University of Cambridge and a BA/MA in Mathematics from University of Cambridge.
Tim is a highly respected and sought-after trainer. He has developed and led training courses (face-to-face and online) in the UK and abroad for individuals right through to very well-known global corporations.
Tim is a speaker, author, and HR advisor with 30+ years of experience at Accenture, IBM, and SAP. He authored "Solving the Productivity Puzzle".
A career rank-holder, Prof. Veena focuses on the areas of finance and their interface with information technology as her specialisation. Delegates gain from her insight into the working of finance and its integration with IT.
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Dr. Vijay is a highly skilled information management practitioner and trainer with over 20 years’ worth of experience in Electronic Data Management (EDM), Enterprise Content/ Resource Management (ECM/ERM), eForms, workflow and business systems integration in the UK and overseas.
Zyad is a seasoned senior executive with a track record spanning more than a decade, encompassing the proficient oversight of extensive projects and programs across a diverse range of sectors. His expertise includes orchestrating the design and execution of transformational initiatives, orchestrating the successful introduction of products and services, proficiently managing quality and business processes, and demonstrating adeptness in project management.