The programme for the TMS Ship Finance and Trade Conference, which takes place in Abu Dhabi on November 6th, at the Sheraton Hotel and Resort, is now finalised and all sessions are packed with expert speakers. The overall theme of the event, ‘Converting greater optimism into sustainable trade growth’ is highly topical and its relevance is reflected in the high number of advanced bookings to attend what is sure to be a highly stimulating and informative day.
Session 2 is sure to be a big draw, as it focuses on the future of ship finance and the implications for shipping in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. Chaired by one of the best known names in the local market, Jesper Kjaedegaard, partner, Mercator International, this will be a packed programme featuring presentations by Bobby Varghese, Vice President- Financial Strategy, Abu Dhabi Ports; Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO, KOTC; Andrew Simmons, CEO, Global Marine Transport; Jacob Berman, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Transportation, Standard Chartered; Marcus Machin, Director, Tufton Oceanic; and Tien Tai, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan. A recently added speaker, Michael Savva, partner, Watson Farley Williams, will look specifically at the financing of exhaust gas scrubber systems, a highly topical issue for all owners and operators.
Clive Woodbridge, Conference editor, says, “These speakers come from different sectors of the industry, and all have huge amounts of expertise and experience. One of the aims of the conference is to bring leading players from the worlds of shipping and from finance together to mutual benefit. This session encapsulates that objective.”
The third and final session is certain to keep delegates in their seats right to the end, with a series of varied presentations assessing how investment in services, technology and infrastructure, coupled with the right financing options, can support regional trade development. Speakers confirmed for this part of the conference include Captain S.R Patnaik, CEO, International Shipping & Logistics; Bora Bariman, Head of Energy and Marine, National Bank of Fujairah; Waleed Altamimi, General Manager, Tasneef; and Giovanni Moscatelli, Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group, Middle East.
Clive Woodbridge adds, “These speakers have very different backgrounds and fields of expertise. But the common theme running through Session 3 will be the importance of having a comprehensive maritime offer, spanning shipping, finance, technical services and ports, to encourage trade development in the region.”