Meet the 2023 Heavy Lift Awards judging panel, without whom the awards would not be possible.
Justin Archard has been commercially involved in the breakbulk and heavy lift industry for more than 23 years, working for Jumbo Shipping and SAL Heavy Lift in a variety of roles from chartering manager through to corporate commercial director.
He formed the independent shipbroking firm specialising in breakbulk, MPP and heavy lift chartering One World Shipbrokers in 2021; creates and manages The Market Sentiment Index for the MPP industry; and is a feature writer for HLPFI profiling leaders and characters from the heavy transport logistics sector.
Marc Cowie has been with Trans Global Projects for over 20 years. During that time, he successfully managed a plethora of major projects across a range of worldwide locations, most notably in countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia, the North Sea, New Caledonia, Australia and Iraq.
Marc has a UK degree in Maritime Law and is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. He is presently the Group COO and based in the UK.
Ruediger Fromm has held various management positions in heavy haulage and project logistics.
Before joining Siemens in 2008, he was managing director of Felbermayr Deutschland. At Siemens, he was responsible for project logistics in the power generation, wind power and energy management divisions.
Since October 2022, he has been responsible for global project logistics in the newly formed project entity of Siemens Energy Global which executes all complex projects of the company.
Dominik Keller started his career in freight forwarding back in 1989 at Switzerland’s Natural, which later became Agility and now DSV.
He went on to serve at several logistics companies around the world, before becoming head of global development at the Fracht Group in 2014.
He is responsible for the supervision, support, management and development of the global office network of the Fracht Group.
Formerly the global project director at Pentagon Freight Services, Chris Kent has been at the vanguard of the industry for five decades.
He joined the project forwarding industry in 1972 where he started with Kuehne & Nagel before relocating around the world to work at some of the sector's leading companies, including Panprojects and deugro.
In 2022, Chris was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Heavy Lift Awards.
UTC’s COO of global projects, Mirko Knezevic, has spent his 30-year career in logistics and freight forwarding, mentoring and motivating staff to become leaders in project management.
Experienced with start-ups, he has learned to think entrepreneurially and to always consider the bottom line.
With a focus on projects that are complex, he provides specialized knowledge on varying types of cargo shipping to remote and challenging locations. Many of Mirko’s clients have been doing business with him for over 25 years, a testament to his work and the loyal relationships he has built.
Engin Kuzucu graduated from Bosphorus University, Istanbul as an Industrial Engineer. He started his career in STFA Construction Co. where he held import/ export manager and managing director roles at the company.
In 2001, he joined Hareket Heavy Lifting and Project Transportation Co. For 19 years he worked as managing director at Hareket. Since 2020, he continues his duty as board member at the Turkish engineered transport and heavy lift specialist.
Abir Leheta has served as CEO of Egytrans since 2015. She also serves as a non-executive board member of Alexandria Container and Cargo Handling (ACCH); vice chair of the transport committee at the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA); co-chair of the transport committee at the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham); chair of the African Women’s Committee of the Egyptian African Businessmen’s Association (EABA); and board treasurer of the Global Compact Network Egypt.
Abir has been recognised twice by Forbes as one of the Middle East’s 100 most powerful businesswomen.
Anders Maul is Blue Water Shipping’s regional director Europe & Africa – Energy, Ports and Projects based at the company’s HQ.
He is a specialist with 20 years of experience in all aspects of the shipping and logistics industry.
Over the years, he has occupied various senior positions and developed planning and project management skills and expertise in the execution of large and complex capital projects.
Anders’ other business experience includes consultancy services, providing great understanding of and insight into the complex logistics tasks of the EPCs and oil and gas companies as well as renewables.
Aditya Menon joined the project freight business in the UK, where he focused on pricing and tender management for EPC and oil and gas projects throughout West Africa and the CIS, before moving to Western Australia, where he shifted focus to servicing large-scale mining and LNG industries.
Aditya then relocated to Dubai to become the second generation in the project forwarding family business Blue Bell Shipping, where he now focuses primarily on EPC and oil and gas projects in the Middle East and CIS.
Dennis Mottola is a self-employed global logistics consultant providing customised supply chain/logistics
assessment and oversight support services that assist client shippers, LSPs, or other related entities in
endeavouring to be the best at what they do.
Dennis’ career in supply chain and global logistics leadership spans experience in both shipper logistics
management and as a provider of logistics services. He was most recently employed full-time by Bechtel
Corporation where he performed a variety of roles and responsibilities over his 21 years with the
company, including corporate process owner of logistics, expediting, and supplier quality, general manager of Bechtel Global Logistics, and was instrumental in establishing and building Bechtel’s export/import compliance program.
Susan Oatway joined the Journal of Commerce by S&P Global in January 2023 as a research analyst for multipurpose and project shipping. Her focus is on the multipurpose, breakbulk, project cargo, and related shipping markets, including ro-ro and refrigerated shipping.
Susan began her career with P&O Bulk Shipping in 1989 and progressed through a variety of senior planning and commercial roles before joining Drewry Shipping Consultants' dry bulk shipping team in 1997. In addition to serving as Drewry's principal breakbulk and multipurpose analyst since 2004, she co-authored Drewry’s regular reefer shipping report and also worked as a maritime consultant, providing analysis for shipping companies, financial institutions, and other institutional clients during her career in the maritime industry.
Kyriacos Panayides has served the shipping industry for over 30 years. He graduated with a degree in business administration, a post-graduate degree in shipping studies and thereafter becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. A staunch advocate for sustainable growth, he combines extensive experience in management and widespread projects across a variety of shipping segments - shipowning, shipmanagement, tanker operations, multipurpose and project heavy lift, container feeder operations and shipping agency.
Kyriacos also sits on the boards of several other shipping companies within the Schoeller Group and has participated on numerous shipping industry committees, as well as non-shipping related bodies.
Runfola is a passionate professional logistician that has over 17 years of combined experience in the construction, transportation, and logistics arenas with a primary focus in super heavy lift, transport, and international shipping. Runfola started her career at Praxair in Buffalo and has held various roles of increased responsibility, including construction superintendent and project controls engineer.
Prior to coming to Air Liquide, Runfola was a project manager for Barnhart Crane and Rigging. Having experience on both the shipper’s side and the carrier’s side of the business has allowed Runfola to find cost savings solutions and mitigate risk on complex project cargo shipments.
Stijn Sarens is a fourth-generation member of the family owning and running Sarens.
Stijn joined the company in 2007 and has since then taken several positions in operations, sales, and management. Today, he is the group’s global key account manager, responsible for the sales in the power segment (wind, nuclear, coal, etc.).
Besides his function within Sarens, Stijn is also the president of VBKV (Belgian National Crane Federation) and a member of the board of directors of ESTA (European Association of Abnormal Road Transport and Mobile Cranes).
Bernd Schwengsbier formerly served as the managing director of equipment manufacturer TII Group. He has 45 years of knowledge in the worldwide heavy transport sector, 15 years of which in management positions. Throughout his career, Bernd gained extensive experience servicing the oil and gas, shipyards, steel mills, wind energy (on and offshore), special transport, space and aviation industries.
Thomas Skellingsted has more than 30 years of experience within transport and logistics—starting in the transport industry as a freight forwarder trainee in 1988 in Denmark and since then holding various management roles, including several years at ABB. With a proven track record of both theoretical and practical experience, he joined 4D Supply Chain Consulting in 2021, serving as president of the company based out of London and Houston.
Robert Steinhauser, graduated from the University of Applied Sciences with a degree in general electrical engineering. At FAIST Anlagenbau he gained worldwide experience in sales, service and contract manufacturing. At ABB Automation, Robert was the local business unit manager for sales and service, controlling, commercial order processing as well as strategic business development and change management with a focus on life-cycle service.
In 2018, he moved to Goldhofer Transport Technology, where he took over sales management for Europe and North Africa. Since 2022, he has served as vice president sales and service.
Riccardo Tippman has worked in the heavy transport, heavy lifting and project forwarding industry for more than 40 years.
He joined Italy’s Fagioli Group as business development manager in 1985 and during his 33 years with the company overlooked the management of many international projects and built up the international network of the group, setting up strategic alliances and international JV’s.
Since 2019, he operates as a professional advisor from Milan, through his own firm, RTC.
Andy Tite has over a decade of experience in the industry, from both an asset owner (land and marine based) and project freight forwarding perspective. He has held various roles within all the main functional phases of project logistics from explorations or conception, pre-feed, tendering and execution followed by MRO engagement and contract management for operational facilities.
He currently serves as vice president, global business development and commercial director of industrial projects at DHL Global Forwarding.
Cyril Varghese leads the portfolio of global logistics at Fluor, and is responsible for the strategy, commercial and operations aspects at the group level.
He holds a bachelor's degree in naval architecture and shipbuilding, with an MBA in marketing and human resources. Prior to joining Fluor, Cyril had an illustrious career in the project freight forwarding industry, where he was able to work on the business development side as well as operational side of logistics for large industrial projects.
He is passionate about the optimisation of logistics processes, guiding the next generation of project logistics leaders, as well as bringing transparency and digitalisation to the supply chain.