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.

MACN Board

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.

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John Sypnowich

The CSL Group Inc.,
Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Chair of MACN

John is Chair of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of The CSL Group Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the legal, risk and compliance functions for the company and a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to joining CSL in 2008, John occupied a senior legal role with a major Canadian company and worked in private practice with a law firm in Montreal. John is a member of the Quebec bar and holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an LLB and BCL from McGill University.


Ann Shazell

Cargill International
Global Lead Lawyer, Ocean Transportation
Vice 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.


Brendon Hawley

Wilhemsen Ships Service (Ships Agency)
Global Head of Safety & Compliance
East Hemisphere

Brendon hails from South Africa and was educated in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. He has had an expansive shipping career spanning 48 years. Brendon joined Wilhelmsen Ships Service in 2013 based in Singapore, and was recently appointed as Head of Safety and Compliance.

This role takes Brendon to the forefront of Compliance, Operations and HSE on the ground and in the various countries and ports, dealing with a diversified cross-section of the shipping industry.

Brendon began his sea-going career spanning 18 years with T & J Harrison Lines based out of Liverpool, Safmarine Corporation based out of Cape Town and Unicorn Lines, Durban. Served as Master on various types of vessels trading globally.

After coming ashore, Brendon has had roles as Director P & I Associates (Richards Bay) and Gearbulk Shipping (London), where he spent 18 years in multiple senior operational positions based in Durban (South Africa) , New York (USA), Montreal (Quebec), London (UK), Jakarta (Indonesia), Vancouver (Canada), Shanghai (China), and now Singapore.

He holds a Master Mariner Foreign Going Licence (Class 1), DNV Auditor Integrated Management System to ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001, DNV Auditor ISM-ISPS-ML for Shipping Companies, DNV Auditor Ship Vetting Inspection and AMSA IMDG Code for Dangerous goods, Safe Ships LNG & Tanker Safety Training.


Kevin Leach-Smith

Taylor Maritime Ltd, Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Leach-Smith was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Taylor Maritime in January 2019. Previously he held roles as Vice President, Operations for Masterbulk Pte Ltd,  Fleet Manager at Prisco (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Marine Superintendent at Vela International Marine Ltd, UAE. He has also held positions in marine surveying and oil terminal operations, as well as in seagoing. He is a Master Mariner, holds an MBA (Shipping and Logistics) from Middlesex University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marine Law awarded by London Metropolitan University.


Dorte Rolff

J. Lauritzen
Group General Counsel, Board Member, and Corporate Secretary

Dorte Rolff is Group General Counsel, Board Member, and Corporate Secretary at J. Lauritzen. In this role she has responsibility for the legal, insurance, compliance, and strategic communications functions across the Group. A core part of this also includes general risk management and project oversight.  Additionally, she is a non-executive Director and Investment Committee member at the Danish Shipowners’ Accident Insurance Association.

Captain-Rajesh-UnniCaptain. Rajesh Unni

Synergy Marine Group

Captain 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 analogue 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 prominent changemaking network Ashoka. And he was recently nominated to the board of the Gandhigram Rural Institute, a university in Tamil Nadu which forms of 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.  


Mr. Øistein Jensen

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 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.  

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