About us

TradeWinds Events is the conference arm of shipping news provider TradeWinds (www.tradewindsnews.com). We help move business forward through information exchange, stimulating fresh thinking and professional networking. We produce lively, independent and interactive conferences covering a wide range of maritime sectors, including ship building, ship recycling, marine insurance, maritime security, offshore shipping and technology, and vessel chartering. Each conference agenda is carefully designed to tackle the most topical and often controversial subjects.

Production team

  • Jon Chaplin

    Jon Chaplin


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    After a largely misspent youth at Marlborough College, Jon studied business at University and then joined Business Meetings Ltd in London, owners and organisers of a portfolio of conferences and exhibitions including Gastech, MariChem, RoRo and Cruise +Ferry. Later, as Project Manager, he helped launch two new events, SuperFerry and Ship Repair & Conversion.

    Moving on and after a period as Director of Events at the Business Design Centre in London, he joined TradeWinds in 1995 as Sales Manager, to open and develop a commerical presence for the paper in London, taking over as Commercial Director in 1996. Having successfully launched TradeWinds first conference, Shipping China in 2004, he went on to establish TradeWinds Events in May 2006 and joined the TradeWinds' Board of Directors in the same year.

    Jon completed the 2011 London Marathon, running for the Mission to Seafarers and takes his trainers on business trips, although they mostly just stay in the case.

  • Nicola Tippetts

    Nicola Tippetts

    Conference Manager

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    Having gained a bi-lingual secretarial diploma at the City of London Polytechnic in London, Nicola started her career in 1984 as a conference administrator at Gastech Ltd , organisers of conferences and exhibitions, whose events included Gastech, RoRo, Cruise +Ferry, SuperFerry and Ship Repair & Conversion. In 1994 Nicola became a Director of GasTrade Ltd, owners and organizers of the GasTrade conferences which were held in Hong Kong in 1994 and 1995. In 1999 she joined TradeLink Solutions Ltd as PA to the Managing Director and was actively involved in investigating renewal energy projects including many site visits to renewal projects in Wales and Scotland. In 2002 Nicola joined TradeWinds as a Credit Control Manager, and went onto become the company's Customer Service Manager, dealing directly with subscribers and advertisers. In 2007 Nicola joined TradeWinds' sister company TradeWinds Events as Conference Manager, taking responsibility for the operational side of the conferences, including liaising with the venues, speakers and delegates. Nicola enjoys a love of the countryside, as well as the excitement of exploring new cities around the world.

  • Eric Martin

    Eric Martin

    US bureau chief

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Commercial team

Regional contacts

  • Eva Hessen

    Eva Hessen

    Sales Manager – Europe

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  • Pranjal Borkotoky

    Pranjal Borkotoky

    General Manager – Asia & Middle East

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    Fresh out of Delhi University, Pranjal started his career in 1995 in a leading media company in New Delhi, India. He went on to work with several senior sales leadership roles with some reputable media brands in India and with a successful dotcom project before joining NHST Group (owner of TradeWinds) in 2005. NHST hired him to explore the untapped market opportunities of the South Asian region and he was instrumental in setting up the first NHST’s office in India in end 2005. In India, he worked in circulation and advertising development for 2 world class media titles of NHST – TradeWinds and Upstream. In 2007, he moved to Singapore and undertook the role of an Advertising Sales Manager for TradeWinds and successfully led a team of Advertising Account Managers. He became General Manager Sales - Asia with TradeWinds in 2010 and now is responsible to lead a talented sales team to achieve desired commercial results for TradeWinds from Asia and the Middle East. Pranjal holds a post graduate management degree from India and attended several leadership courses in Singapore with various reputable institutes/ universities. He loves to spend with his family and explore new countries on self-drive holidays. His new found love is golf though he is still to manage a near decent handicap.

  • Lee Denslow

    Lee Denslow

    VP – the Americas

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    Lee E. Denslow joined TradeWinds in 2004 as an account executive becoming Vice President in 2011. Lee currently oversees the commercial operations of the TradeWinds Stamford, Connecticut office. Lee is actively involved with the following maritime organizations: Virginia’s House of Hope; New York Maritime Inc; Young Shipping Professionals of New York and the Connecticut Maritime Association.

    Lee played an instrumental role in organizing TradeWinds Events first U.S. based forum: Jones Act Shipping 2013.

    Lee holds a degree in Liberal Arts from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.

  • Lucas Guo

    Lucas Guo

    Conference Producer - Asia

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  • Sally Yip

    Sally Yip

    Account Manager Advertising

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What do our clients think?

“This was in my opinion one of the best conferences I personally have ever attended, all of the guest speakers and delegates were of very high quality and their respective presentations extremely informative and illuminating. I learn a lot and this gave me the ideal opportunity to get to understand a very complex but interesting subject. I was particularly encouraged by the open –frank debating sessions and the willingness of all concerned to improve this key industry under common international guidelines and control. Many thanks to TradeWinds Events for putting on a great conference and to the sponsors for their wonderful hospitality at the various venues.” 
Werner Taylor Project Manager & Coordinator Crescent Petroleum Co Inc for Ship Recycling Forum 2009

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience as well as being it extremely beneficial from a business standpoint. Congratulations to TradeWinds Events on having organised such a successful conference.” Martin Rowe, Managing Director, Clarkson China for Shipping China 2010