Shipowners Forum 2017

Returning on June 14th, 2017, the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum takes place at the Onassis Cultural Centre and debates - are fewer short-term opportunists and more industrialists needed to get shipping back into profit? 

With rates for panamax and capesize bulkers still hovering around double digits, hope for the market is emerging in the form of a new round of Chinese infrastructure development. Speculation-fuelled optimism in dry bulk is feeding a frenzy on the secondhand market for ships, stoking talk of more asset price rises and fears of a fresh rush for newbuildings. With heavy bulker scrapping having helped rebalance the market, banks and shipyards are getting hungry for deals. Despite promising fundamentals, will a relatively low entry barrier to the bulk market mean ship owners and their investors are walking back into the casino?

Tanker owners are relishing start of a ‘more serious’ tonne-mile trend as China’s strategy to secure crude supplies from distant sources takes effect. Experts agree that the OPEC production cut has generated ‘short-term noise’ amid robust demand especially and a likely boom in exports from the US. But as rumours of large orders unsettle the market, will the tanker market live up to its promise?

Find out for yourself what the smart players are doing - how they are emerging from the crisis in a stronger position.

Plan now to engage in the largest, most interactive shipping discussion in the world. More than 500 guests and delegates packed the event in 2015 - register early to make sure of your place this year.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Dr Anthony Papadimitriou, President, The Onassis Foundation
Lou Kollakis, Chairman, Chartworld Shipping
John Michael Radziwill, CEO, CTM
Milena Pappas, Commercial Director, Star Bulk Carriers Corp
Harry Vafias, President & CEO, StealthGas
Anastasios V. Papagiannopoulos, Principal, Common Progress & BIMCO President Designate
Apostolos Poulovassilis, CEO, Aegean Shipping Management
George Karageorgiou, President & CEO, Olympic Shipping & Management
Jerry Kalogiratos, CEO, Capital Product Partners 
Leon Patitsas, Founder & CEO, Atlas Maritime
Markus Wenker, Manager Ship Finance Unit, Hellenic Bank
Mark Richardson, Chairman, Simpson Spence Young
Nicos Ritsos, Managing Partner, BRS Group
George Paleokrassas, Partner, Head of Athens Office, Watson Farley & Williams
Stephen Fewster, Global Head Transportation Finance, ING Bank
Dimitris Koukas, Managing Director, Optima Shipbrokers
Kjartan Bru, Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics, DNB Bank
Angelica Kemene, Head of Market Analysis & Intelligence, Optima Shipbrokers

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

For more information contact or call +44 207 645 2312





  • Dr Anthony Papadimitriou

    Dr Anthony Papadimitriou


    The Onassis Foundation

  • Lou Kollakis

    Lou Kollakis


    Chartworld Shipping Corporation

    50 years in shipping. Been involved is all aspects of shipping Tankers, small Chemical Vessels up to VLCC, Gas Carriers, Reefers, Bulkers, Containers, Cruise Ships.

    Board Member / Director of various P+I Clubs (North of England / Hellenic War Risks / Union of Greek Shipowners).

    Chairman of Liverpool and London. Involved in various Charities and Associations.

  • John Michael Radziwill

    John Michael Radziwill



    John Michael Radziwill serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CTM since 2010. Mr. Radziwill also serves as an advisor of SCP Clover Maritime, a company that manages assets and investments for the Radziwill family. In 2002, he served as Administrative Officer at Ceres Hellenic Enterprise’s New Building Site Office in Koje, South Korea. In 2003, he joined Ceres Hellenic’s Insurance and Claims Department in Piraeus, Greece. In 2006, after working at H. Clarkson & Co. Ltd and Seascope Insurance Services Ltd both in London, England, he joined the Commercial Department of C Transport Maritime S.A.M. in Monaco, first as Capesize freight trader then moving to head the Sale and Purchase division. He served as a Director of Euronav NV since May 8, 2013 until May 20, 2016. He is a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Baltic Exchange. He graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a BA in Economics.

  • Anastasios Papa- giannopoulos

    Anastasios Papa- giannopoulos


    Common Progress

    Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been a principal of Common Progress since its establishment in 1984 and has more than 37 years of experience in shipping.

    Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been elected since 1996 on the Board of Directors of the Union of Greek Shipowners and since 2006 in the Executive Committee of the Union including Committee Chairman of the Seaman’s Social Security and Labour Issues. He is currently President Designate and an elected member of the Executive Committee of BIMCO where he had served since 1998 as an elected member of the Documentary Committee. Since 2004 he has also been an elected member in the Greek Committee of Det Norske Veritas (D.N.V.). Mr. Papagiannopoulos has been elected (2006) in the Executive Committee of International Chamber of Shipping, (I.C.S.)

    Mr. Papagiannopoulos holds a BA in Law from the National University of Athens, an MSc in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, an MA in European Integration from University of Reading and a PhD in Economics from Queen Mary College, University of London.

  • Apostolos Poulovassilis

    Apostolos Poulovassilis


    Aegean Shipping Management

    Mr Poulovassilis joined Aegean Shipping Management (ASM) in Piraeus, Greece in January 2017 and in his role as Chief Executive Officer is effectively leading all the activities of the Company to ensure safe, clean and efficient operations with optimal return on investment and long- and short-term growth.
    Before joining ASM, Mr Poulovassilis spent 2 years at Eletson Corporation as Chief Operating Officer, with operational responsibility for the fleet of managed oil/products tankers and LPG carriers.
    Prior to this, Mr. Poulovassilis was the Regional Marine Manager of Lloyd’s Register for Europe, Middle East and Africa, a position he held from January 2009, with full responsibility for operations, service delivery and business development in the Region.

    Mr. Poulovassilis first joined Lloyd’s Register in the UK in 1989 and worked as a marine surveyor in a number of key locations until 1996, when he took over responsibility for development of Lloyd’s Register’s management systems business in Greece. He has also been responsible for development and management of the International Safety Management (ISM) centre in Piraeus. In 2003, he was appointed as Area Manager for East Mediterranean and Black Sea Lloyd’s Register’s operations and, in 2007, he also became Managing Director of Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A.

    Mr. Poulovassilis obtained a BEng from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, UK and an MSc in Marine engineering from University College London.

  • George Karageorgiou

    George Karageorgiou

    President & CEO

    Olympic Shipping & Management

  • Milena Pappas

    Milena Pappas

    Commercial Director

    Star Bulk Carriers Corp

    Milena is a Commercial Director of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. under her capacity she is responsible for S&P, for Commercial Projects and for Investor Relations. She also serves as a consultant of Interchart Shipping Inc., the exclusive Chartering Broker of Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

    Between October 2009 and August 2014 Milena served as a Director of the Board of Star Bulk Carriers Corp., and between 2008 and 2010 she worked as a Chartering Broker for the company.
    Since 2006 and until the end of 2007, Milena worked in the Finance Department of Oceanbulk Maritime S.A. prior to that, she was trained at Merrill Lynch in the Private Wealth Department and thereafter at the CoeClerici Group in the Risk Management Department. In 2004, whilst at Merrill Lynch, she assisted in founding the “Women’s Milestones” program.

    Milena holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Cornell University, N.Y, where she graduated with honours and an M.Sc. in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass University, London.

  • Harry Vafias

    Harry Vafias

    President & CEO


    Mr. Vafias has been actively involved in the tanker and gas shipping industry since 1999. After graduating from City University Business School in the City of London in 1999 with a B.A. in Management Science and from Metropolitan University in 2000 with a Masters degree in Shipping, Trade and Transport, he commenced working at Seascope, a leading ship brokering firm specializing in sale and purchase of vessels and chartering of oil tankers. Mr. Vafias also worked at Braemar, a leading ship brokering firm, where he gained extensive experience in tanker and dry cargo chartering. Seascope and Braemar merged in 2001 to form Braemar Seascope Group plc, a public company quoted on the London Stock Exchange and one of the world's largest ship brokering and shipping service groups. From 2000 until 2004, he worked at Brave Maritime and Stealth Maritime, companies providing comprehensive ship management services, where Mr. Vafias headed the operations and chartering departments of Stealth Maritime and served as manager for the sale and purchase departments of both Brave Maritime and Stealth Maritime.

    In 2008 Harry Vafias was awarded by the NASDAQ for being the youngest CEO of a listed shipping company worldwide.

    In 2010 Harry Vafias was elected vice chairman of the INTERTANKO meditteranean panel. In the same year Harry Vafias was awarded the SEATRADE young person in shipping award.

    In 2012 Harry Vafias was awarded by Lloyds list newspaper for being ‘newsmaker of the year for 2012’

    In 2013 Harry Vafias and StealthGas was awarded by Lloyds list newspaper for ‘best tanker company of the year for 2013’

    In 2016 was elected vice president of the consular corps in Greece

    Mr Vafias is also a member of the ABS classification society committee, of the NK classification society committee, of the KR classification society committee, member of the board of the BSA (Bahamas shipowners association) and also a member of the board of BCA (business school of Athens).

  • Jerry Kalogiratos

    Jerry Kalogiratos


    Capital Product Partners

    Mr. Jerry Kalogiratos, the Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership, was part of the team that completed the IPO of Capital Product Partners L.P. in 2007. He has also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Partnership between December 2014 and June 2015. Mr. Kalogiratos joined Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. in 2005. Mr. Kalogiratos has also served as Chief Financial Officer and director of NYSE listed Crude Carriers Corp before its merger with the Partnership in September 2011. He has over 12 years of experience in the shipping and finance industries, specializing in vessel acquisition and projects and shipping finance. Before he joined Capital Maritime, he worked in equity sales in Greece. Mr. Kalogiratos holds an Executive Finance degree from the London Business School, an MA in ‘European Economics and Politics’ from the Humboldt University in Berlin and a B.A. degree in ‘Politics, Philosophy and Economics’ from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

  • Leon Patitsas

    Leon Patitsas

    Founder & CEO

    Atlas Maritime

    Leon Patitsas has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Maritime, since he founded the company in 2004. Leon Patitsas built the company from the ground up, and successfully bought, operated and sold dry bulk, gas carriers and tankers. Under his leadership the company navigated through the rough seas of the global recession and never hesitated to take on the toughest challenges. Leon formulates the strategic direction of the company and oversees its successful implementation. He is actively involved in business development, nurturing new and existing relationships and expanding into new fields. Leon has over 15 years of experience in Shipping and prior to heading Atlas he gained valuable experience in sale and purchase, chartering and corporate finance positions. Leon has established a company with a transparent corporate identity and has promoted a corporate culture based on teamwork, loyalty and hard work. In the 90’s Leon worked for a bank in New York as a member of the team that invested in hedge funds. Starting from the bottom as an engineer on board a ship he gained valuable hands on experience, offering him a thorough knowledge and understanding of all the facets of shipmanagement, engineering and operations. Mr. Patitsas has a Master of Science from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He is a member of the committee of Skuld P&I Club (Norwegian Insurance organization).

  • Markus Wenker

    Markus Wenker

    Manager Ship Finance Unit

    Hellenic Bank

    Markus Wenker is the Manager of the Ship Finance Unit of Hellenic Bank, leading the ship finance activities of Hellenic Bank. Prior to joining Hellenic Bank in Cyprus in 2016, Mr. Wenker worked for HSH Nordbank in Hamburg/Germany, most recently as a Senior Restructuring Manager. In this role, he managed a portfolio of non-performing loans to international shipping companies and represented the bank in some of the largest and most complex financial restructurings in the maritime industry world-wide. Prior to his focus on restructuring, Mr. Wenker was a Credit Analyst and, before that, a Credit Manager in the Greek clients desk of the Shipping Division of HSH Nordbank.

    Mr. Wenker has a total of c.15 years of experience in banking and is active in the field of ship finance since 2005. He is a trained banker and holds degrees in banking and business administration.

  • Mark Richardson

    Mark Richardson


    Simpson Spence Young

    Mark Richardson is Chairman of Simpson Spence Young and Head of SSY Futures, the derivative arm of Simpson Spence Young, of one of the world's largest ship broking organisations. Mark's dry bulk and freight experience spans 27 years, including seven spent in Hong Kong.

    Mark started as a broker for Mercury Shipbrokers specialising in Soviet barter deals. In 1991, Mark moved to Hong Kong with Clarkson’s as a panamax dry cargo broker concentrating on the Chinese iron ore business. After an internal transfer back to the UK, he moved into Freight Futures at the inception of the business, serving as Chairman of the FFABA (Forward Freight Agreement Brokers Association) in 2002. In December of that year, Mark joined Simpson Spence Young as the head of futures, progressing to become a partner of the business in Jan 2004. He has led broking teams in physical shipping, Forward Freight Agreements (FFAs), Iron Ore, Coking Coal and Steels as well as specialising in options.

  • Nicos Ritsos

    Nicos Ritsos

    Managing Partner

    BRS Group

    Is a Managing Partner of BRS (Barry Rogliano Salles) an international Shipbroking firm based in Paris, France having joined the Assets department (Newbuilding – Sale & Purchase) in 1999. Prior to that he was a partner in Marbrokers SA, Greece (1994-1999) and before that he started his shipbroking career as a trainee and later on as a partner with United Shipbroking Ltd (1987-1994) , Greece.

    Nicos, holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture and an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering both from Strathclyde University in the U.K.

    He is a member of the “Hellenic Shipbrokers Association”, the “Chambre Syndicale des Courtiers d’Affretement Maritime & de Vente de Navires de France” (the “French Shipbrokers Association”, the “Hellenic Maritime Museum”& the “Jeu de Paume” (Squash Club) Paris

  • George Paleokrassas

    George Paleokrassas

    Partner, Head of Athens Office

    Watson Farley & Williams

    George Paleokrassas is a partner in the Asset Finance Group of Watson Farley & Williams and head of the firm’s Greek office. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the maritime sector (having worked in the London, Athens and New York offices of WFW) acting for major shipping lenders and shipowners, and has been involved in a number of key projects such as major restructurings of loan transactions, the sale, transfer or acquisition of shipping loan portfolios and transactions involving the disposal or acquisition of distressed assets. George has also worked for owners, operators and investors in shipbuilding projects, long-term charter arrangements, leasing transactions, joint ventures and in other general corporate matters involving shipowning groups.

  • Stephen Fewster

    Stephen Fewster

    Global Head, Transportation Finance

    ING Bank

    Stephen is Global Head of ING’s Transportation Finance Group. He has over 30 years banking experience and for most of his career has been arranging and providing finance for the shipping industry. He has structured and negotiated a large number of transactions, in the dry bulk, container and tanker sectors, many of which were highly structured and incorporated the use of tax capacity and financial derivatives.

    Before joining ING, Stephen was based in Hong Kong where he was responsible for the Asian ship finance business of Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG and prior to this Hill Samuel Bank. Stephen has during his career also covered the Scandinavian and CIS markets and consequently has a broad knowledge of the shipping industry.

    Stephen is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

  • Dimitris Koukas

    Dimitris Koukas


    Optima Shipbrokers

    Dimitrios Koukas is CEO of Optima Shipbrokers Ltd with offices in Athens/Shanghai/Dubai/Istanbul. He has 25 years experience in the industry, global awareness and a strong track record in New Buildings, Second hand sales and Demolition. Mr. Koukas studied Marine Engineering and Naval architecture in UK and continued with Post Graduate studies in International Shipping. He is also co founder and elected as Vice President in the Greek Shipping-Shipbroking Companies Association and has been invited and acting as Panelist Broker for the Baltic Exchange for the past 15 years.

  • Kjartan Bru

    Kjartan Bru

    Head of Shipping, Offshore & Logistics

    DNB Bank

    KJARTAN BRU has 16 years of experience from banking in Paris, Oslo and London, the last 11 years in DNB, a global leader within the shipping and offshore industries. Kjartan Bru was previously heading DNB’s shipping, offshore and logistics activities in Oslo and is now heading the same activities in London covering Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. Kjartan Bru studied economy at the University of Toulouse before graduating from ESCP Europe, a Paris based French business school.

  • Angelica Kemene

    Angelica Kemene

    Head of Market Analysis & Intelligence

    Optima Shipbrokers

    Angelica Kemene is leading the Research department of Optima Shipbrokers covering dry cargo, oil and gas tankers, container shipping and shipbuilding. Angelica advises clients around the world on shipping and financial markets developments, assisting them with shipping investment and chartering decisions. During her professional experience, she has been involved in analyzing various traded commodity (mining, energy and agri sectors) movements and their future performance related to the Shipping Industry in ICAP Plc, London. Before joining ICAP plc she worked for Baltic Exchange Derivatives Trading Ltd, a subsidiary of the Baltic Exchange, in the Market Surveillance team. She also gained experience as a Commercial Shipping Analyst with Trafigura Beheer B.V.. Following a degree in Shipping, she went on to earn an MSc in Mathematical Trading and Finance from CASS Business School in London and she is currently working on a Msc’s degree in Data Science. Angelica is also a member of IMSF – International Maritime Statistics Forum.”

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