The MACN Board’s Role and Responsibilities
The role and responsibilities of the MACN Board include approval of annual work plans, overseeing progress against priorities, providing input and approval of the agenda for annual Member Meetings, approving admission of new members, and reviewing the annual budget and monitoring budget performance.
The MACN Board is made up of representatives from members of MACN. The MACN Board reflects the diversity of MACN members, taking into account factors such as industry segment, company size, and country of origin.
The MACN Board consists of the following MACN member representatives.
Cargill International, Global Lead Lawyer, Ocean Transportation
Chair of MACN
Ann Shazell is the Global Lead Lawyer at Ocean Transportation at Cargill International. Ann is responsible for the provision of legal services to Cargill’s Ocean Transportation business globally. She is a solicitor specializing in maritime law, shipping, and commodities trading issues, with an emphasis on dispute resolution.
Capt. Rajesh Unni
Synergy Marine Group, CEO
Vice Chair of MACN
Capt. Unni commanded tankers before returning ashore to serve with distinction in senior executive ship management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2006 he launched his own vessel ownership and management company which now holds a diverse fleet of more than 400 vessels. Driven by a firm conviction that shipping must rapidly evolve from analog to digital, Captain Unni is joint CEO of Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) which he founded in 2017. Captain Unni is a Class 1 Master Mariner graduate from Mumbai’s LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Captain Unni sits on the boards of the North P&I Association and the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee for major classification societies and is a Governor at the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli. He is a strategic thought partner with the prominent change-making network Ashoka. He was recently nominated to the board of the Gandhigram Rural Institute, a university in Tamil Nadu that forms part of Mahatma Gandhi’s progressive vision for provincial children’s education. Captain Unni is also a committed philanthropist. As well as being a trustee of the Cochin Cancer Society, he spearheads the Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust which focuses on alleviating poverty, eradicating hunger, and empowering women and local communities in their efforts to build a better future.
Capt. Brendon Hawley
Wilhemsen Ships Service (Ships Agency), Global Head of Safety & Compliance, East Hemisphere
Capt. Hawley hails from South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. A Class 1 Master Mariner with over 50 years of experience in the shipping industry.
Seagoing career, serving with both the British and South African merchant navy from Cadet to Master on general cargo, tankers, bulk and container carriers, trading worldwide.
Coming ashore Brendon has had major postings from Durban (South Africa) to Stamford (US), Montreal (Quebec), London (UK), Jakarta x 2 (Indonesia), Vancouver (Canada), Shanghai (China), and Singapore.
Postings involved Port Operations in Developing Countries such as the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, and East African & Central American Ports working alongside relevant Port Authorities.
This role takes Brendon to the forefront of Compliance, Operations, and HSE on the ground and in various countries and ports globally, dealing with a diversified cross-section of the shipping industry.
Presently with Wilhelmsen Ships Service in Singapore recently relocated to South Africa as Global Head of Safety and Compliance for the last eight years.
Brendon is an elected member of the “Baltic Expert Witness Association (BEWA)” and recently the appointed Ambassador for BEWA for Southern Africa, which falls under the umbrella of the Baltic Exchange Group.
Brendon is also an elected Executive Committee Member of the South African Society of Master Mariners.
Odfjell SE, Chief Sustainability Officer
Mr. Jensen has been an active MACN Member representative for several years and Odfjell has been a Member since 2013. Øistein is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE. In this role, Øistein has overall responsibility for sustainability, compliance, and strategic safety for the group. Øistein has been part of Executive Management in the group and was appointed to this role in August 2020 as a part of the company’s dedicated focus on sustainability. Øistein is an executive with broad experience in naval leadership, management consulting, corporate governance, and shipping. Øistein was previously a director at PwC Management Consulting for 10 years, working on strategy, ESG, and compliance. Øistein came to PwC from the Navy where he served as captain of a submarine and commander for the submarine command training.
Fleet Management – Fednav Limited, Vice President
Martin is a Master Mariner and Marine Engineer by profession and has sailed on tall ships, container vessels, and tankers. He came ashore in 2002 and joined Columbia Shipmanagement in Hamburg, Germany during an exceptional phase of growth from seven to 85 ships in full management.
As Commercial Director, Martin provided leadership and direction by putting the ship management agreements into action. Working hand in hand with the Technical Director, he was responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient, and profitable services to the clients’ and company’s satisfaction.
In 2014, Martin joined Fednav Limited, Canada’s largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group. The company is the leader in international shipping on the Great Lakes, as well as the Canadian Arctic, boasting the world’s largest fleet of ice-class bulk carriers. As Vice President, Fleet Management, Martin is responsible for the newbuilding, shipmanagement, crewing, fleet performance, and HSSQE of Fednav’s owned and operated fleet.
Martin holds an M.Sc. in Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering from HAW Hamburg, a B.BA from AKAD University Leipzig, and an LL.M. from the University of Saarland. He graduated from Harvard Business School’s General Management Program in 2020.
Hafnia, Vice President, Chief Operations & Claims
Dorte is a passionate leader with a fundamental belief that the team delivers the best results together. She strives to empower her team through delegation and challenge. She has profound knowledge within the tankers industry which arises from her international exposure and past positions in chartering, operations, and supply chain. Dorte has been a part of the management team in several global shipping companies and experienced many opportunities and challenges such as international leadership in a global organization, mergers & acquisitions, stakeholder management, and relationships across borders and cultures. She believes in structure and processes as great means to facilitate growth as well as the importance of innovation and openness to new ideas.
OMA Group, Group Sales & Commercial Director
Neale started his career as a seagoing Deck Officer for ten years. After moving ashore and working at the Newcastle P&I Club, handling a variety of incidents and claims, he joined the global shipping, logistics & marine services company GAC, based in Dubai, where he developed and managed a regional network of P&I Correspondents across the Middle East. Neale then held company management positions in Indonesia, Nigeria & Turkmenistan, before joining shipping & logistics company OMA Group West Africa, as Group Sales & Commercial Director. His current role also includes the development and management of relationships with third–party sub-agents across West Africa.
Intership Navigation Co Ltd., CEO
Dieter started his career in Chartering and Operations with reputable German and Swiss shipping companies prior to joining Intership in 1990 as Operations Manager. Dieter was promoted to Joint Managing Director in 2010 and later took over the helm as CEO in 2013. Dieter holds several professional positions including Honorary Consul in Cyprus for the Independent State of Samoa, Vice President of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber, member of the Board of Directors of North of England P&I, Norwegian Hull Club, and the Cyprus Marine Environment Protection Agency (CYMEPA). He is also a member of the Cyprus Committee of DNV and the Mediterranean Committee of the China Classification Society (CCS) and sits on the Board of Governors of the Cyprus Maritime Academy (CyMA).