Innovative Management: Responses to the future challenges of shipping


The maritime industry stands at a critical juncture where innovation and forward-thinking management practices are essential for sustainable growth and competitiveness. is proud to organise “Innovative Management: Responses to the future challenges of shipping”, an event aiming to explore the transformative power of innovative management strategies in reshaping the core foundations of the shipping industry.

The event, which will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 17:00-19:00 at the Posidonia Seminar Room Central (Metropolitan Expo), will feature a panel discussion where industry experts will engage in a meaningful dialogue, share best practices, and present valuable insights into the latest trends and innovations shaping the future of management in the maritime industry.

Mr Dimitris Monioudis, Managing Director at Rethymnis & Kulukundis Ltd and Executive Adviser of INTERCARGO, will be moderating the discussion.

Opening Remarks: Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Co-CEO of Tototheo Global.

During the Conference, Naftika Chronika’s research team will briefly present their research on the profile of the fleet operated by ship management companies based in Piraeus/Athens.

Conference attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Key Discussion Themes:

  1. Digitalisation and Automation: Explore how digital technologies and automation are revolutionising traditional shipping operations, enhancing efficiency, safety, and sustainability.
  2. Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance: Discuss the role of data analytics and predictive maintenance in optimising vessel performance, reducing downtime, and minimising operational costs.
  3. Sustainable Practices: Delve into innovative management approaches that promote environmental sustainability, including the adoption of alternative fuels, emission reduction strategies, and eco-friendly shipping practices.
  4. Human Capital Development: Address the importance of investing in human capital development, fostering a culture of innovation, and nurturing talent to drive organisational growth and resilience.


  • Konstantinos Economou, Deputy General Manager- Head of Shipping Finance, Pancreta Bank
  • Claus Graugaard, CTO of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Panos Koutsourakis, Vice President, Global Sustainability, ABS
  • Samantha Lourandou, Treasurer of WISTA Hellas
  • Dimitrios Patrikios, INTERTANKO, Business Advisor, V. Ships Greece Ltd
  • Georgios Poularas, CEO, ENESEL
  • Sotiris Raptis, Secretary General, ECSA
  • Chrysanthi Stefanou, Executive Director, Bright Navigation Inc.
  • Theocharis Terzis, Founder & CEO, Vsltec
  • Christophe Tytgat, SEA Europe & CESA Secretary General

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Speakers’ Bio


Konstantinos Economou
Deputy General Manager, Head of Shipping Finance, Pancreta Bank

Mr. Konstantinos Economou has a substantial and diverse experience in the Banking field with specialization in shipping / transportation finance projects for more than 23 years in the national and international environment having worked in positions of trust, in international banking institutions such as the Bank of Nova Scotia, FBBank, EFG Eurobank, Bank of Cyprus, Piraeus Bank S.A. and currently at Pancreta Bank, where the shipping Finance Division was established almost a year ago.

He holds a degree in Economics and Operations Management from Lancaster University of England, and a Master’s of science in Marine Policy (shipping & Trade) from Cardiff University of Wales. He is also a certified economist of the Finance Chamber of Greece and has served the Greek Army as a reserve officer of Finance Trops with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He is a member of the Hellenic Ship Financiers Association since 2002, he has been firstly elected in the Board of the association on May 2011 and currently holds the position of the General Secretary of the Board.

Claus Graugaard

Claus Winter Graugaard
CTO of Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping


  • 2020-24: Works closely in strategic collaboration with the Center partners, acting as key engagement manager for many our world leading partner organizations and executives.
  • 2020-24: Responsible for managing the Center’s onboard vessel solutions including technology pathways, fleet decarbonization strategies, de-risking of CAPEX intensive investments, marine fuel infrastructure systems, green corridor conceptualization, safety and regulatory advocacy.
  • 2013-2020: Headed the global technical organization and fleet management activities J.Lauritzen / Lauritzen Kosan, responsible for the gas carrier fleet of about 30 LPG carriers.
  • 2013-2024: Active member of the board of directors at Axis Offshore & Dan Swift Singapore and was Chairman of the Board in between 2018-2020. Owned by the Lauritzen Foundation. Previously in a private equity joint venture with HiTech Vision in Norway.
  • 1999-2013: Delivered leading classification support as well as technology innovation on numerous global maritime projects, whilst at DNV.

Background & Education

Since 2020, Claus has been leading the Center’s Onboard Vessel Solutions team within Research & Development. Before joining the Center, Claus was the Senior Vice President and Head of Fleet Management at J. Lauritzen / Lauritzen Kosan for seven years. Moreover, he has fulfilled several roles at Det Norske Veritas (DNV) accumulating to 14 years of experience, including: Head of Customer Service & Global Business Development, Country Management Deputy Head, Area Production Manager, Station Manager in Canada, New building Project Manager in Croatia and temporary job assignments in both Norway and Australia with ships in operation and new buildings. Additionally, Claus has two years of experience in naval architect consulting, at both Grontmij, Carl Bro and CDE Danish Marine Design.

Claus has studied at the Technical University of Denmark, from which he holds a B.Sc. In Naval Architecture. During his studies, Claus spent 6 months as a trainee in a Danish shipyard and additionally completed an exchange program at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland for a year, Moreover, he has attended IESE Business School in Spain, where Claus took an executive education in the Advanced management Program AMP.

Panos Koutsourakis

Panos Koutsourakis
Vice President, Global Sustainability, ABS

Panos Koutsourakis serves as ABS Vice President of Global Sustainability, responsible for driving the ABS sustainability strategy and assisting ship owners and operators with achieving their sustainability goals through industry-leading support and digital solutions. He leads the ABS Global Sustainability Centers of Excellence, the Global Gas Solutions and the Digital Sustainability Team strategically placed around the globe to align with major shipping and offshore hubs.

Koutsourakis has spent two decades in the shipping industry, in a number of roles spanning shipping companies to classification services. Previous roles include serving as Global Technology Leader for a classification society and Innovation, Technology and Projects Leader for GasLog.

Koutsourakis holds an MEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens.


Samantha Lourandou
Treasurer of WISTA Hellas

Born in June 14, 1977, married with 2 children, with a hard working confident attitude. Having excellent communication skills and rigorously ensuring that all statutory and corporate obligations are met.

Purchasing Manager – Member of the ESG Committee (S responsibility)
With a team of 4 people, we are procuring and Organizing Deliveries of Provisions, Stores, Spares, Paints, Lubricants & Freight Forwarding for a fleet of 21 bulk carriers.
Working in a fast-paced business environment and monitoring the fleets budget on the above-mentioned departments in combination with proper and timely reporting of the changes occurring to a volatile business.

05/2012 – 12/2016 STAR TRADING COMPANY LIMITED – Kifissia
Purchasing & Forwarding Agent
Initially for Industrial Spare Parts for food-oriented production plants in Nigeria & Gradually for Raw Materials i.e. Plastics, Food additives, ingredients, and seasonings. Tasks requiring extra attention to contracts details, consolidation of shipments and advanced negotiation skills.

Purchasing Agent for ship stores and spares
Initially operating a fleet of 3 vessels and gradually a fleet of 8 vessels plus handling projects such as Drydocks & New Building Supplies.

10/2001 – 09/2007 SIRIOS SHIPMANAGEMENT SA – Chalkis, Greece
Administration Assistant

2024: LSE online Masterclass: ETHICS OF AI
2024: Helmepa Training Center: ESG MasterClass & Abc’s to SDGs
2023- present Management & Leadership in Shipping Lloyd’s Maritime Academy
2023- present Maritime Insurance & Shipping Law Lloyd’s Maritime Academy
2022 Lloyds Maritime Academy Certification on ESG in Shipping
2021 Alba – Women In Leadership Certification
09/2002 – 09/2004 London Metropolitan University (BCA College), London/Athens, Greece, Master of Science in International Trade & Transport

09/1996 – 09/2001 University of Piraeus – Athens, Greece, Bachelor of Science in Maritime Studies

Languages: Greek (native), English (proficient), Italian (very good), French (comprehend)
Technical: Microsoft Office, Danaos ERP, Thesis ERP
Memberships: Wista Greece, LeanIn Maritime and Shipping

Reading, Tennis, Traveling.
Supporter of Continuous Learning Process.
Actively volunteering work and fund raising (e.g. WeCare about our Neighborhood program – solely designed & lead by ABCMLs volunteers’ team (Dream Team) in collaboration with NGOs),
Co-founder of an under-construction organization to be named “I have an Idea” aiming in organizing leadership and life skills development events for teenagers.
Member of Wista Hellas.
Facilitator of LeanIn Girls I – LeanIn Network Greece.


Dimitrios Patrikios
INTERTANKO, Business Advisor, V. Ships Greece Ltd

Serves the industry with 36 years of ship management experience, the last 15 years in senior positions.

• Ex-Member of INTERTANKO Executive Committee and presently Chairman of Hellenic-Med Panel
• Intercargo ExCom Member
• Member of the Classification Societies Greek Committee; DNV, NK, ABS and BV
• Fellow Member of ICS (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers)
• Ex-Vice President of Propeller Club of Piraeus

He was born and raised in Athens. He holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Athens, a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus, a MSc in Management Science from the Imperial College. Tanker Chartering and Shipping Finance / Cambridge Academy of Transport.

Inspirational Quote: ‘Be flexible to new ideas, follow your instinct and be resilient to changes’


Georgios Poularas

With 29 years of experience in the international maritime industry, I am honored to be leading the ship-management division of ENESEL Group and set one of the highest examples for excellence in the industry. My journey began in Greece, where I was born and raised in a family with a long legacy as seafarers. From my great-grandfather down through the generations, we have made a living on the sea as captains of vessels. I was quickly introduced to the industry and embraced the calling as a career.

My formal education was completed at the University of Newcastle in northern England, where I received my bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and my master’s degree in marine technology. I have further my advanced education with a master’s degree in Change Leadership from HEC Paris/Said Business School Oxford.

I began my professional career working in the industry from the ground up. I have worked in many positions, both at sea and onshore related to the industry. This gives me keen insights into the challenges faced on a day-to-day basis by my organization. Some of my higher-level positions of experience include technical superintendent, fleet management superintendent, manager of tanker chartering & operations, managing director, and COO. I have enjoyed being affiliated with some of the finest organizations in the industry, such as N.S. Lemos, Schulte Group, and of course, ENESEL Group.

Whether it’s promoting safety, environmental excellence or driving business results, it is my passion to make a difference every day and find success in every way possible. I also believe in the power of diversity, and that innovation begins with people.


Sotiris Raptis
Secretary General, ECSA

Sotiris Raptis has been Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) since 2022. He worked previously as Director for Environment in ECSA and as Senior Advisor in European Sea Ports Organisation. Sotiris was responsible for the clean shipping campaign of the NGO Transport & Environment and worked as MEP policy advisor on environment, transport and legal affairs at the European Parliament. He studied law at the University of Thessaloniki, University of Athens and King’s College London. Sotiris was awarded European Citizens’ Prize 2008 of the European Parliament as member of “G700” blog for promoting intergenerational justice.


Chrysanthi Stefanou
Executive Director, Bright Navigation Inc.

Chrysanthi Stefanou has roots from the island of Andros and was born in Athens. She has been involved in Shipping since 2008 working in various companies of her family’s Shipping Group. Shipping has always been her big passion and during these 15 years she has gained vast experience holding various positions within the Stefanou Shipping Group. Today Chrysanthi serves as MD of: Bright Maritime Corp, Bright Navigation Inc, Sea Gate Navigation Inc and Golden Star Ferries.

Her dynamic personality and passion for entrepreneurship push her daily to pursue not only the development of her existing family businesses but also the creation of new ventures in and out of shipping. She participates in maritime forums and conferences following all the new developments and trends while attending courses in various business schools. The great love she has for the island of Andros, always activates the sensitive side of her character, participating and helping whenever she is needed in the local community of the island and not only.


Theocharis Terzis
Founder & CEO, Vsltec

Theocharis Terzis is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in Chemical Engineering and further educational background in economics and management. Early in his career, he joined the family business Queensway Navigation Co. Ltd, where he is now part of the top management. In 2022, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to found Vsltec, an innovative digital platform that revolutionizes technical service management in the maritime industry, seamlessly connecting ship managers and service providers.

Christophe Tytgat

Christophe Tytgat
SEA Europe & CESA Secretary General

On 1 March 2016, Christophe Tytgat was appointed as Secretary General, both of SEA Europe – the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe – and CESA.

SEA Europe defends the interests of the shipyards and maritime equipment industries from Europe, Norway, and Turkey in the European Union and internationally. CESA defends these interests at the IMO.

As Secretary General, Christophe has been a board member of the research association “Vessels for the Future” and the “Waterborne Technology Platform”.
Since 1 January 2021, he is a delegate in the “Consultative Commission on Industrial Change” of the European Economic and Social Committee. Before joining SEA Europe/CESA, Christophe has worked for about 15 years in various positions in the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and, before that, he has worked for about three years in the Belgian federal administration, first with the Foreign Affairs Office and then with the Maritime Transport Administration. Christophe holds degrees in Law, International Relations, and East-European Studies from the University of Leuven and in International and European Law from the University of Brussels.

He has also followed various management courses. Christophe is a Belgian citizen. He speaks Dutch, French and English and has knowledge of German, Italian and Russian. He is married with two daughters.

Dimitris Monioudis
Managing Director Rethymnis & Kulukundis Ltd.
Executive Adviser INTERCARGO
President Hellenic Engineers Society of Great Britain

Dimitris graduated from Athens College, Greece and went on to undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Marine Engineering and Marine Technology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

He has over 35 years of experience in shipping, having dealt with a multitude of technical, purchasing, crewing, financial, operational and legal aspects as well as repairs, acquisitions and newbuilding projects in Japan, South Korea and China.

He works for one of the oldest London-Greek shipping companies which has operated geared bulk carriers, product oil tankers and combination ore/oil carriers over recent years.

Dimitris is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.

He presently sits on various industry bodies including the Council of the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee, DNV West Europe Owners’ Committee, Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland Committee and Technical Committees of Lloyds Register (Global) and ABS (Europe). He is also Deputy Chairman of the Technical Committee of Intercargo and a member of the Marshall Islands Quality Council, the Marine Technical Managers Association of Greece and the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commercial Crime Services Advisory Board.


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