The MACN Secretariat
The MACN secretariat is responsible for progressing 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.
The MACN secretariat office is situated metres from the historic Nyhavn harbour and overlooking the main industrial harbour, on Havnegade in Central Copenhagen.
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network
MACN Secretariat, London Spring Conference 2022: left to right; Silvia Grandi, Marlene Wegener, Martin Benderson, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, Flora Caia, Vivek Menon, Mathias Bak, Jonas Søberg Erlandsen.
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.
Tel: +46 702 43 83 50
Cecilia guesting on the Democracy that Delivers Podcast
Cecilia guesting on the Lloyd’s List Podcast
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.
Tel: +45 2120 4643
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.
Tel: +45 2183 6906
Vivek interviewed on the Even Keel podcast
Jonas Søberg Erlandsen
Senior Lead South Asia
Jonas leads the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network’s efforts in South Asia. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction and fostering collaboration between all involved partner organizations and stakeholders in the region.
Jonas has more than 10 years of international experience in the Maritime industry. He has worked for port agencies in West Africa and shipbuilding companies in East and Central Africa. Jonas stems from 5 years of military background.
Jonas is attending the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (The Blue MBA) at Copenhagen Business School (Class of 2023), where he is elected Student President.
Tel: +45 23 65 83 36
Anna de Vries
Manager Member Relations
As Manager Member Relations, Anna is leading on member engagement, recruitment, managing MACN’s member system and all member-related meetings, as well as providing support on grant governance and project execution. Prior to joining the MACN Secretariat, Anna worked at BSR where she supported the Collaborative Initiatives Portfolio.
Anna holds a MA in Fashion Strategy from ArtEZ Fashion Masters Arnhem, the Netherlands and a Bachelor of Commerce – Marketing from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
Collective Action and Member relations Coordinator
Silvia is MACN’s Collective Action and Member relations Coordinator, working on both Members management and project execution.
Her background is characterized by working mostly in the non-profit organization sector, building experience in project and event management, fundraising, non-formal education and training, and community building.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Human Rights from Padova University, and a master’s degree in Social Services and Policies from Torino University, Italy.
Mathias is an Associate at MACN where he assists in managing MACN’s regional Collective Action project in South Asia and in developing and implementing compliance and capacity building tools.
Mathias holds an MSc in Global Development from Copenhagen University. Prior to joining the MACN, he worked as a consultant, supporting donors and civil society organizations in the fight against corruption and organized crime.
As a Junior Associate Flora supports with MACN’s anonymous incident reporting tool, data analysis 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.
As Junior Associate Marlene assists the staff in their projects and supports MACN in its goals to achieve Collective Action in tackling maritime corruption.
Marlene speaks English, German and Dutch and is currently completing her M.Sc. in Security Risk Management at the University of Copenhagen. She graduated from Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands with a joint B.A. degree in International Relations and Political Science.