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In Conversation – Special Focus on the fight against maritime corruption podcast

This is a special In Conversation episode of The Maritime Podcast brought to you in collaboration with the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network and we are marking UN International Anti-corruption Day. We are speaking with two prominent industry leaders who are also committed MACN member representatives. Claudio Bozzo, Chief Operating Officer of Mediterranean Shipping Company, and Capt Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Group give their insights into the fight against corruption in the maritime industries from the perspectives of leading a shipowner and ship manager.

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Virtual Event – On Land and Sea: How Business Collectively Fight Corruption

On December 17, MACN is co-hosting a session in connection with Summit for Democracy, together with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE).

In this session, participants will hear from government, business, and civil society representatives as they discuss the importance of collective action, transparency, data driven results, government dialogue, and future of digitalization of port interactions and economic and financial systems. MACN will also present its 10-years of risk mapping – including over 45,000 anonymous incident reports of corrupt demands collected by the maritime industry – and review how that data has opened doors and built constructive dialogues between businesses and the public sector.

If you are interested in joining the session, “On Land and Sea: How Business Collectively Fight Corruption”, please register here. 

MACN Fall Meeting Public Summary

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MACN’s Fall Meeting Public Summary is now available at this link.

MACN Spring Meeting Public Summary

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MACN’s Spring Meeting Public Summary is now available at this link.

 

Collective Action Manager, South Asia Lead – Copenhagen, Denmark

Location: Copenhagen

Reports to: MACN CEO

Contract: Permanent contract

Period: 1 July – 23 September 2021

ORGANIZATION

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is a global non-for-profit business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. Established in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has grown to include over 150 companies globally, and has become one of the pre-eminent examples of Collective Action to tackle corruption.

MACN collaborates with key stakeholders, including business, governments, civil society, and international organizations to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption in the maritime sector. To meet this objective, MACN implements Collective Action projects at port level that address both the supply and demand side of corruption. Several stakeholders, including the UN, OECD, DANIDA, Siemens Integrity initiative, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Transparency International, corporate foundations and government agencies have recognized and financially supported MACN’s efforts to facilitate trade and combat corruption in the global maritime supply chain.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Collective Action Manager will work in close cooperation with Associate Director for Global Operations & Industry Engagement and Associate Director for Collective Action & Partnership Development, communication resources, and MACN local Collective Action partners. The position will be primarily responsible for project execution of MACNs work in South Asia, and will lead and oversee the MACN South Asia Collective Action initiative covering India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Responsibilities will include compliance tool development, public-private sector collaborations, and in-country project execution. The position requires up to 80 days international travel and regional travel across South Asia.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Project Implementation:

  • Lead Collective Action projects and manage a team of internal staff, project partners and external contractors
  • Lead, govern and oversee grant funded projects with established project work plans including working closely with MACN’s local partners to ensure success of the projects. This includes frequent travels to the countries in the area of responsibility and to engage with local project partners and external stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Plan and execute stakeholder engagement with the maritime industry, government representatives and civil society
  • Engage with the maritime industry beyond the MACN membership, driving and promoting MACN’s work and vision.
  • Supporting engagement and recruitment of regional companies to participate in MACN Collective Action initiatives.
  • Building a strong network of regional research-institutions and Anti-Corruption focused NGOs to promote partnerships for implementation and/or scale of MACN Collective Action projects.

Thought-leadership and External Communication

  • Report and communicate project results and impact through external communication and donor reports
  • Keep up with the latest developments in MACN’s areas of expertise and contribute to MACN’s published thought leadership.
  • Coordinate with the MACN communication lead to regularly review and suggest updates for website content on MACN as needed (homepage, events, articles, reports, etc.).
  • Act as the spokesperson for the Collective Action projects which fall under this position, speak at external events and conferences to promote MACNs work and mission.

Qualifications

  • 5-10 years of international project management and/or transport and logistics experience.
  •  Min. Bachelors degree in a relevant field such as shipping, International Development, Law, Development Economics, Transport and Maritime related fields or other relevant area
  • Experience in anti-corruption, bribery compliance, Collective Action methodologies or related fields
  • Experience from managing complex grant projects, including donor reporting, financial management, auditing and overall grant compliance
  • Experience from working in South Asia, and international field work
  • Experience from facilitating public-private sector dialogue and engagement with civil society
  • Experience from the transport and logistics sector, and in particular the maritime and port sector
  • Ability to operate effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple project deadlines.
  • High ethical standards and commitment to MACNs mission
  • Fluency in English required, and additional languages are a plus

3 June at 13:30 – 14:30 CEST – Webinar on Sanctions

In this seminar we look forward to welcoming Jeff W. Cottle back to MACN as a guest speaker to talk about the latest trends and updates on sanctions with focus on shipping and trade.

Jeff is Partner at Norton Rose and focuses on all aspects of compliance program design. He has extensive experience in the compliance-related issues and is adept at devising solutions to both the strategic and tactical compliance-related issues faced by companies, especially in high-risk markets. Jeff also handles internal investigations of potential breaches of company compliance policies and/or law, as well as the defense of investigations by regulators and enforcement agencies. His practice spans the substantive areas of Anti-Corruption, trade sanctions, and export controls. Jeff has held senior positions as in-house compliance counsel at major corporations headquartered in the United States, Europe, and Australia.

The Teams’ link is in your Member Area on the Welcome page (the page you meet when you first log in)

MACN CEO Cecilia Müller Torbrand guests on The Lloyd’s List Podcast

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Shipping’s quiet corruption revolution

Despite its reputation for opaque business practice, the shipping industry has, over the past decade, been going through a quietly effective anti-corruption revolution. The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network now represents over 50% of the global fleet and commands serious leverage when tackling systemic corruption wherever it finds it. Joining the podcast this week is MACN’s chief executive Cecilia Müller Torbrand.

Read more here

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MACN Board new members – Press release

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Capt. Rajesh Unni (left) and Øistein Jensen Join the MACN Board

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Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO Synergy Marine Group and Øistein Jensen, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE have been elected to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) Board of Directors.

Cecilia Muller Torbrand, CEO of the Network said, “Captain Unni and Mr. Jensen bring valuable operational and commercial insights to the Network’s leadership team, and I would like to thank both of them for their commitment to building the capacity and reach of our organisation.”

Founded in 2011 by a small group of committed maritime companies, MACN has now grown to include over 150 member companies holding 50% of the world’s shipping tonnage. In early 2021, MACN formally become an independent stand-alone organization.

Capt. Unni commented on his appointment: “The UN SDGs provide us with an important and compelling framework of targets that I believe can help us all build a more resilient and sustainable maritime industry. Fighting against corruption is central to those aims. It is a great honour to step up our work with MACN which brings together so many people and organisations committed to the common goal of ridding our industry of corruption.”

Øistein Jensen said “I have seen MACN grow into one of the world’s leading example of an industry-lead anti-corruption initiative. We have made substantial progress in an area many thought was impossible. I am really looking forward to MACN’s next chapter and the further progress we can make as a Network.”

John Sypnowich, MACN Chair, welcomed the new appointees: “Capt. Unni will bring the voice of ship managers into the Board. He is a champion of seafarer rights, a vocal supporter of shipping’s net-zero emissions ambition by 2050 and has a vast network in the industry.  Mr. Jensen’s professional focus on sustainability is an increasingly important part of our industry and he has a long-standing commitment to MACN. Both are recognized industry leaders and will serve the Membership well.”

On 5- 6 May, MACN held its largest Members meeting to date welcoming over 300 Member representatives, guest speakers and experts. During this meeting two Board members were also re-elected: Mr. Aaron Powell, BP Shipping and Kevin Leach-Smith, Taylor Maritime Ltd.

About MACN:
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) was established in 2011 by a small group of maritime companies committed to the vision of an industry free of corruption. It has grown to include over 150 companies globally and is recognized one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.

MACN and its members work towards the elimination of all forms of maritime corruption by raising awareness of the challenges faced, implementing the MACN Anti-Corruption Principles and co-developing and sharing best practices, and collaborating with governments, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption; and creating a culture of integrity within the maritime community.

Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO 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, Chief Sustainability Officer at Odfjell SE

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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MACN Welcomes 320 Participants at the Virtual Spring Members Meeting

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MACN was delighted to welcome 320 participants to the annual Spring Members Meeting on May 5-6, 2021.

The meeting covered a mix of plenary sessions and working group activities on MACN’s tools, innovation streams, and Collective Action initiatives. The first day concluded with a General Assembly for all Members.

We also heard from expert MACN partners including Soji Apampa, The Convention on Business Integrity, Fernando Felipe Basch, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi and Mr. Artem Serhiiovych Volkov, Head of Maritime Law Practice – Law Firm «ANK», attorney-at-law, arbitrator of UMAC under the Ukrainian CCI.

Thank you to all speakers, members and observers! 

Save the Dates for 2021

MACN Fall Meeting

October 6-7, 2021 (Virtual)

Upcoming Online Spring Meeting 2021

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We look forward to welcome our members at MACN’s Virtual Spring Meeting, the 5th and 6th of May, 2021!

The meeting takes place over 2 days to cater for our members’ different time zones, May 5 will be for Asia and Europe, and May 6 will be for the Americas and Europe.

Although the meeting will take place online, we have designed an exciting agenda where you will have the opportunity to engage with peers through a new online event platform, as well as hear from some of MACN’s partners from different countries.