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International Windship Association | June 17, 2024

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Youth Poster Contest: Select Jury

Youth Poster Contest: Select Jury


We are delighted to announce the members of our select jury for judging the poster contest. This is made up from world famous sailors, shipping industry professionals, shipping journalists, leading academics, maritime educators, youth ocean climate advocates and climate, environment and ocean NGO leaders.

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Alban Salmon, Directeur chez Lycee Professionnel Maritime Jacques Cassard

After a career in the French Navy and in the special forces, Alban Salmon joined maritime education in 2000, first in Le Havre and then at the Merchant Navy School in Nantes. Appointed deputy director of the Nantes site of the ENSM in 2014, he took over as director in 2018.

He was appointed to the management of the professional maritime school in Nantes in January 2021, a position he still holds today. Link

Apo Belokas, Managing Editor, SAFETY4SEA

Apo is the Founder & Managing Director of the SQE Group, including SQE MARINE, SQE ACADEMY, SAFETY4SEA and RISK4SEA. He is a veteran Maritime Safety, Quality & Environmental Expert, Consultant, Trainer and Project Manager with a 30-year background in shipping as Technical, Marine, Safety & Training Superintendent, Consultant and Project Manager. Link

Boris Herrmann & Team Malizia – “A Race We Must Win – Climate Action Now!”

Boris Herrmann is a professional offshore sailor of Team Malizia. In 2020 Boris became the first German to ever compete in the Vendee Globe, a solo non-stop around the world race finishing in 5th place. Boris and Team Malizia run a wide-ranging climate and ocean protection campaign around sailing sports, education and science. In 2019 the campaign gained significant attention when Boris sailed climate activist Greta Thunberg to New York. It’s a core mission of Team Malizia to inspire maritime shipping to become more sustainable and use wind propulsion to reduce its carbon footprint. Link

Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and CEO of NAMEPA

Carleen is the Co-Founder & CEO of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association) working to develop strategic alliances between industry, regulators, conservation groups and educators to “Save the Seas”.  She is also Goodwill Maritime Ambassador for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association), the Connecticut Maritime Association, the Marine Society of the City of New York, WIMAC (Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean), and Chief Evolution Officer for SHIPPINGInsight among other positions and is consistently listed among the top 100 women in maritime globally. Link

Catherine Chabaud, Sailor, Journalist & MEP

Catherine was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019 and is part of the Intergroups on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development & one on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas. Her earlier sailing career included in 1997 becoming the first woman to complete the non-stop solo circum-navigation Vendee Globe yacht race, then in 1999 becoming the only woman to have skippered a Fastnet Race winning entry. She has authored four books and founder of the Reporter Bleue Assoc. for the sustainable development of maritime activities and a founding member of the Ocean and Climate Platform among other positions. Link

Craig Eason, Owner and Editorial Director of Fathom.World

A former deep sea navigating officer who then became a broadcast journalist and maritime journalist. He is a sought after moderator and event developer, also hosting the popular Aronnax podcast and editing Fathom. World news site. Craig is a photographer, and with three young children, a keen recipient of various artwork and designs which he is often asked his opinion on.  Link

Dagmar Nelissen, Senior Researcher, CE Delft

Dagmar Nelissen is with CE Delft and for more than 15 years she has been working in the field of climate and air pollution measures for maritime shipping, including wind propulsion systems. Dagmar is also very fond of art and is looking forward to see creative ideas and the realization thereof. Link

David Bolduc, President, Green Marine

David was appointed as Green Marine’s executive director in January 2010 following his active participation in creating the environmental certification program while employed at the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council. Now as president of the organisation, he leads a team of six employees based in Quebec City, Halifax and Seattle and is Green Marine’s leading representative and outreach agent.  Link

Dmitriy Ponkratov, Technical Director at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Dmitriy is a naval architect with extensive international experience in Asia and Europe. He has served as an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and as a senior consultant in the prestigious Technical Investigation Department at Lloyd’s Register. Currently, he holds the position of Technical Director at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. And he likes sailing! Link

Isabelle Rojon, Maritime Transport Specialist, World Bank

Isabelle is a Maritime Transport Specialist at the World Bank where she works on national and regional maritime decarbonisation projects while also participating in the IMO’s climate negotiations. Before joining the World Bank, she spent six years at UMAS International, leading the group’s work on maritime climate policy. Link

H.E. Kitlang Kabua, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Hon. Ms. Kitlang Kabua assumed her post as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Republic of the Marshall Islands in June 2022. Minister Kabua was first elected to the Legislature of the Marshall Islands (Nitijeļā) representing Kwajalein Municipality in the 2019 Marshallese general election. She was 28 at the time of her election, making her the youngest person ever elected to the Nitijeļā. In addition to this, Minister Kitlang is also the first female senator representing Kwajalein Municipality. In 2020, Minister Kabua was appointed as the Minister of Education, Sports and Training—one of ten elected Ministers in the Presidential Cabinet. From 2020-2022 she also served as the Chairperson for the Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport. Read more…

Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General, BIMCO

Lars Robert is responsible for BIMCO’s technical and operational activities involving all technical and nautical issues within the area of marine environment, ship safety and maritime security. Lars Robert is furthermore responsible BIMCO’s activity related to regulatory developments relevant for shipping at international, regional and national levels. He joined BIMCO in early 2010 after a long career at A.P. Moller-Maersk (APMM). For more than 25 years he was involved in regulatory affairs at IMO level, technical management of the Maersk fleet of container ships and prior to that as seagoing engineer officer. He holds an unlimited Chief Engineers license. Link

Lesley Bankes-Hughes, Director of Publishing at Petrospot

Lesley is an experienced editor and business journalist. She has also worked at Christ Church, University of Oxford developing educational outreach projects. At Petrospot, she is the editorial lead on coverage of the marine fuels sector and in 2020 she launched, an online platform focusing on shipping’s decarbonisation. Link

Lydia Ngugi, Maritime Lawyer & Head of MTCC- Africa

Lydia is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an International Maritime Lawyer. She holds specialization in the field of Evidence in Public Policy from Oxford University UK. With keen insights on low-carbon economy financing models, Marine Environmental Law, Shipping/Climate Finance and Energy Efficiency. She has worked for the international shipping line (WecLines International, Kenya Branch) and the largest shipbuilding/owning company in East Africa (Seco/Alpha Logistics Kenya). Lydia is currently the Head of MTCC-Africa, part of the IMO/EU backed Global MTCC Network (GMN) whose mandate is to “Build Capacity for Climate Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry.” Link

Marin Lesage, « Children for the Oceans » Ambassador 

Marin is 16 years old and an ambassador of the NGO « Children for the Oceans ». Children for the Oceans was created in June 2018 to increase the level of awareness of the children on the necessity to protect the oceans. In parallel of his studies, Marin works within the NGO which aims at organizing awareness sessions in school. To date, CFTO has provided sessions to more than 3000 kids worldwide and has a network of 25 ambassadors located in 4 continents. Link  

Michael Razack, Project Manager at Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre – Caribbean

Michael is the Project Manager, TEST BioFouling, at the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for the Caribbean. Michael is also engaged through the GMN Project and assisting with the implementation of IMO CARES Project in the Caribbean Region, with the overall aim of Maritime Climate Action in the Caribbean Region. Link

Sage Belgrave, Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme Alumni
Graduate student in environmental chemistry, Sage has represented Barbados in a Model United Nations Moot focusing on climate change. Sage has volunteered with Future Centre Trust, a non-profit which organizes beach clean ups and marine restoration projects. Sage currently lives in Japan on a cultural exchange programme. Link

Simon Bullock, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Manchester University

Dr Simon Bullock is a climate change researcher at the Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester. His research looks at how quickly the shipping industry needs to cut its use of fossil fuels, and how this can be done, with a focus on ships using clean electricity while in port. Link

Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)

Stefan Gsänger has managed WWEA since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA attained Special Consultative Status at the UN. He holds various other positions, including co-chair of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform as well as a member of the managing committee of the REN Alliance. He chairs the IRENA Coalition for Action Community Energy Group and is adviser to governments and international organisations. Link

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