Global Maritime Forum Announces New Chairman and Board Members


Published May 3, 2022 2:05 PM by The Maritime Executive

[By: Global Maritime Forum]

International not-for-profit organisation Global Maritime Forum announces the new  composition of its Board of Directors, following today’s annual general meeting. Jan Dieleman,

President, Ocean  Transportation at Cargill was elected as new Chairman of the Board of Directors, taking over the position from Peter  Stokes, former Senior Adviser and Head of Shipping at Lazard, who is retiring.  

“I am honored to accept the role as Chairman of the Global Maritime Forum. Peter has made great strides in helping  the forum become an impactful organization that not only drives change but addresses the key challenges we face  as an industry today,” said Jan Dieleman, newly announced chair of the Global Maritime Forum. “Together with my  fellow directors and the Global Maritime Forums leadership, we will build on this momentum and further strengthen  our role as a platform for collaboration ensuring the industry and its stakeholders to work together to discuss challenges and find lasting solutions.”  

Peter Stokes has served on the Global Maritime Forum’s Board of Directors since 2017, when the organization was  established.  

“I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Peter for his support and guidance during these first five years of  growth and development of the Global Maritime Forum. Right from the outset, Peter has shared our profound belief in  collaboration across the industry and collective action as the key to long-term impact and sustainable change. Peter  has been a steady hand and a source of sage advice throughout his time as Chairman,” said Johannah Christensen,  Chief Executive Officer of the Global Maritime Forum. “I look forward to working with Jan and the entire Board of  Directors on our shared vision for the future of the sector.”  

Lynn Loo, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, Semiramis Paliou, Chief  Executive Officer of Diana Shipping, and Captain Rajesh Unni, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Synergy Group  were also elected as new members of the Board of Directors of the Global Maritime Forum.  

“I am pleased that Lynn, Semiramis and Unni have accepted to join the Board of Directors. They each bring unique  and important perspectives as well as a deep understanding and appreciation for the collective challenges we face  as an industry, thus contributing to the Global Maritime Forum’s ability to bring positive change for our community,  the industry and society,“ said Jan Dieleman.  

Hereafter, the Board of Directors consists of: 
Jan Dieleman (Chairman), Randy Chen (Vice Chairman), Anthony S. Papadimitriou, Christine Loh, Claus V.  Hemmingsen, Lynn Loo, Michael Parker, Oivind Lorentzen III, Rajesh Unni, and Semiramis Paliou.  

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