The MACN Secretariat

The MACN secretariat is responsible for progressing with MACN’s strategic workplans (including MACN’s strategy), ensuring good governance, and managing MACN’s day-to-day work, including with its members, third parties, and funders.

Meet The Secretariat Team

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Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
Vester Voldgade 8, 2
1552 Copenhagen V,

Cecilia Müller Torbrand

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Cecilia leads Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network working toward the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption that enables fair trade to the benefit of society at large. She was one of the front drivers for MACN establishment in 2011. MACN has under Cecilia’s leadership grown significantly, won multiple awards, and is considered to be one of the pre-eminent examples of collective action to tackle corruption.

Cecilia is an experienced anti-corruption specialist with more than ten years of expertise in the compliance field. She has multinational experience within shipping and trade and has been responsible for anti-corruption efforts globally; trained management and Captains worldwide; implemented whistle blowing systems; rolled out country-specific anti-corruption campaigns, and conducted risk assessments, audits, and misconduct investigations. She has led and initiated public private partnerships to tackle corruption globally incl Nigeria, Egypt, Ukraine, India and Argentina. In 2015 she was awarded “Compliance Officer of the Year” by the C5 Women in Compliance Awards.

Cecilia is a member of the B20 Task Force for Integrity and Compliance and is a member of WEF’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative. She is a guest lecturer at the World Maritime University.

Martin Benderson

Associate Director, Collective Action & Partnership Development


As Associate Director for Collective Action and Partnership Development, Martin is responsible for scaling MACN´s Collective Action initiatives and for stewarding MACN’s partnerships with international donor organizations. Martin joined the MACN secretariat in 2014 and has since catalyzed and led Collective Action initiatives and Public Private Partnerships to tackle corruption in the port and maritime sector in various countries. He manages MACN’s Collective Action initiatives in e.g., Argentina, Indonesia, and MACN’s Collective Action initiative in Nigeria funded by the Siemens Integrity Initiative. Martin also provides oversight and ensures good governance of MACN’s grant portfolio.

Prior to joining the MACN Secretariat, Martin worked as a sustainability consultant, advising corporate clients, international organizations and donor agencies. Martin holds a MSc in International Economics and a BA in International Relations.

Vivek Menon

Associate Director, Global Operations & Industry Engagement


Vivek is responsible for engaging the maritime industry towards MACN’s vision, executing MACN ́s collective action projects, lead and oversee MACNs operational tools & services, and co-lead private public partnerships in combating corruption in the port and maritime sector.

Prior to joining MACN, Vivek was the head of the maritime occupational safety and health department at Sea Health and Welfare, a Danish non-profit private consultancy and service organization for Danish Shipping. Vivek is a master mariner with more than 20 years of experience in the maritime industry, including sailing as senior officer aboard merchant ships worldwide. He holds a Master’s degree in maritime affairs with a specialty in maritime law and policy from the World Maritime University, where he is also a guest lecturer.

Emily Meyer

Student Assistant, MACN


As a student assistant, Emily supports the team, research projects, and collective action efforts.

Emily is currently studying for a M.Sc. in Security Risk Management at the University of Copenhagen, focusing on intelligence and international security.

Emily previously worked as a MACN student intern, moving to the position of student assistant in January 2021. Prior to joining MACN, she attained a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in global politics at the California Polytechnic State University in the United States. While studying for her B.A., she published a paper in a political science journal on developmental aid in Africa.

Flora Caia

Student Intern


As a student intern Flora supports with MACN’s incident reporting system and collective action efforts.

Flora speaks English, French and Spanish and is currently studying an M.Sc. in Security Risk Management at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a B.Sc. in International Relations and Business Management from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

BSR team continues to provide operational support to the new MACN team as part of its transition.

Anna De Vries

BSR Support Team | Coordinator and Member Recruitment


Anna provides operational support for MACN. This includes arranging working group calls and meetings, following up on MACN activities, and supporting and leading recruitment efforts. Anna is also the lead organizer for MACN’s biannual meetings.

Before joining BSR, Anna worked at MADE-BY, a European nonprofit organization with a mission to make sustainable fashion common practice. At MADE-BY, Anna managed both the Amsterdam office and partner brand relations. She also facilitated workshops and events and developed sustainability strategies and policies.

Laura Marie Uhlmann

BSR Support Team | Collective Action & Incident Reporting


Laura supports MACN’s collective action efforts in countries including Argentina and Indonesia. She also manages the annual member self-assessment, and provides oversight and contributes to data analysis of incident reporting.

Prior to joining BSR, Laura was the director of the Copenhagen branch of a global social impact consultancy advising startup companies and social enterprises on fundraising and communications strategies as well as social impact creation and measurement. She also held an internship position at a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to strenghtening the rights of women journalists. Laura speaks German, English, and Spanish.

Laura holds an M.Sc. in Business and Development Studies with a Minor in Sustainable Business and Entrepreneurship and a B.Sc. in Business, Language, and Culture, both from Copenhagen Business School.

Cecilie Jørgensen

BSR Support Team | MACN e-Learning  


Cecilie has supported MACN since 2018 on various tasks, including the recent transition, and now leads the roll-out and development on the MACN E-learning “Stand Your Ground Be A Leader”.

Prior to joining BSR as an Associate, Cecilie interned at BSR and supported the work of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, among other collaborative initiatives, as well as BSR’s general consulting services. Cecilie was also the chairman of CBS Sport, one of Copenhagen’s largest sports organizations with the mission of promoting healthy living and creating better sporting alternatives for students and youth all over Copenhagen. She also facilitated workshops and events and developed organizational strategies.

Cecilie holds an M.Sc. in BLC Diversity and Change Management and a B.Sc. in Business, Language and Culture, both from Copenhagen Business School. She speaks Danish, English, and Spanish.

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