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Seatrade #20under40 winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Seatrade Maritime #20under40 Awards - held as part of Seatrade Maritime Middle East (SMME), taking place during UAE Maritime Week 2021 under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure - have been announced.

The #20under40 Awards, which are supported by YoungShip Dubai, recognise the top 20 maritime industry professionals under the age of 40 in the region and their contributions to the sector. The awards celebrate the achievements of young industry professionals who have paved the way for change in the industry and continue to play a crucial role in securing its future success.

Presenting the awards, Emma Howell, Director of Digital & Commercial Content, Informa Markets Maritime, said: “We launched the 20under40 initiative following extensive feedback from the industry that more should be done to recognise how the achievements of young industry professionals are contributing to the successful development of maritime markets, particularly against the backdrop of major environmental pressures; regulation reform and industry-wide digitalization.”

“As young people are the custodians of tomorrow, we hope the awards empower them further and give them the stimulus to think unconventionally, creating a better future for the generations to come.”

The maritime sector in the Middle East continues to thrive, despite the challenges of the past two years. Currently the contribution of the sector to the UAE’s GDP is estimated at AED 91 billion annually, with efforts being made to double this figure within the next few years.

To ensure this growth, the contribution from young industry professionals is integral, especially as the industry is constantly witnessing new disruptions and seeking innovative solutions

 With a greater focus on environmental challenges, innovation and digital growth, for the value and contributions of the next generation is more crucial than ever before.Initiatives like 20 under 40 help companies and the wider industry to acknowledge the wealth of skills of the younger workforce and identify the leaders of tomorrow.

Emma added: “We opened entries back in September and genuinely were not sure what to expect…but myself and the other judges were taken aback with not only the quantity but quality of the entries.  Trying to whittle this down to 20…was not an easy exercise and each winner should be incredibly proud that they are in the 20under40 at the end of this process.”

H.E. Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister for Maritime Transport, Affairs, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and the first Regional Ambassador of the Global Maritime Club, said, “Over the past year, we have faced unprecedented challenges that have disrupted various sectors across the globe, including the maritime and shipping industries. During the past year, the sector has stood the test of time, however, we were quickly able to overcome the challenges by demonstrating resilience. Tackling the adverse effects of the pandemic would not have been possible without the support of industry players who have elevated the sector to new heights. Seatrade Maritime #20under40 Awards is a great platform that recognises the commendable work of young industry professionals. As young people are the custodians of tomorrow, we hope the awards empower them and give them the stimulus to think unconventionally, creating a better future for the generations to come.”

Individuals whose scope of work directly impacts the shipping and maritime markets in the Middle East were eligible and encouraged to apply. After registering their interest on the website, applicants underwent a highly selective process, where the judging panel considered each participant’s achievements that demonstrated their leadership qualities, skills and ambitions. Winners will now be invited to collaborate on research, briefings and other exciting opportunities with Seatrade Maritime.

The winners include:

  • Adil Al Kharusi, Oman Shipping company S.A.O.C. / Asyad Shipping, Senior Commercial Manager – Tankers 
  • Anan Abdullatif, Oman Shipping Company, Senior Commercial Manager LNG 
  • Anastasiia Golovko, Fichte & Co Legal, Senior Associate  
  • Anna Mkrtchyan, Fichte & Co Legal, Legal Associate 
  • Capt. Ala'a Aziz, Asyad Shipping Operations Superintendent. 
  • Capt. Mohit Sabharwal, Chord X, COO / Head of Operations & Solution Delivery 
  • Christopher Greenwood, The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) , Regional Director of Business Development, Middle East & Africa 
  • Danial Kaabi, Sea & Vessel Offshore Marine Services Co.LLC, Chief Executive Officer 
  • FIDA HUSAIN, Qatar Navigation QPSC (Milaha), Vice President - Legal Affairs 
  • Mark Lakin, Stephenson Harwood LLP, Partner 
  • Marwan Jumaa Mubarak, Mubarak Marine, Chartering & Business Development 
  • Michael Savva, Watson Farley & Williams (Middle East) LLP, Partner 
  • Ms. Sibel Almobideen, Global Feeder Shipping , Group General Counsel 
  • Muhammad Humayun Shaikh, Seamax Marine Services, Chief Operating Officer 
  • Natalie Jensen - Ince, Partner
  • Nataraj Iyer, Qatar Airways, Vice President Business Travel 
  • Nicholas Browne, Ince, Partner  
  • Paul Katsouris, Ince, Managing Associate  
  • Shehab Mamdouh, Fichte & Co Legal, Senior Associate  
  • Siddharth Vidhani - Cybernetico, Chief Technical Officer. COO of Cybernetico, Arvind Ahuja, accepting on his behalf
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