The Board consists of members representing the international maritime industry, including both public and private interests. The Board manages the Green Award Foundation as laid down in the Foundation’s articles.
CEO Arcadia Ship Management
Dimitrios Mattheou is the CEO and Managing Director of Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd and Aegean Bulk Co Inc, highly recognized for his contribution as an active member of international organizations. Next to chairman of the Green Award Foundation, Mr. Mattheou is vice chairman of the Hellenic Mediterranean Panel of Intertanko, governor of the International Propeller Club of the United States, and executive committee member in Norwegian Hull Club, Intercargo, Helmepa and ALBA Graduate Business School.
Dimitrios is an inspiring leader, committed to his job tasks, innovative in his roles and loyal to the corporate spirit. Through his actions he has earned the respect of the maritime community and has been awarded three times as a Best Manager and as an Exceptional Personality (Best Manager award / Efkranti Awards, Personality award / GREEN4SEA Awards, Personal award / Masters & Mates Union of Greek Merchant Marine).
As an experienced sailor, he has never neglected the new generation of the seafarers. Therefore, he provides frequent industry-based tuitions for post-graduate students as a guest lecturer at various academic institutions for maritime studies, such as the Piraeus Maritime University, the ALBA Graduate Business School, the Metropolitan College, the New York College and the Mediterranean College.
Inspirational personal quote: ‘Leading through Vision. Inspiring through Actions’
Peter W. Mollema is a representative of International Association of Ports and Harbors….
In 1988 he graduated from Delft University of Technology as Master of Science in civil engineering. After two years of military service he joined the Port Maintenance department at the Municipality of Rotterdam. In 1994 he transferred to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, where he held various management positions in the field of port infrastructure, security, transport- and maritime policies. In 2008, Mr. Mollema was appointed Director Environmental Management, where he was responsible for the port’s environmental affairs, spatial planning and sustainable development. Since September 2015 he acts as Strategic Advisor focusing on climate action, energy transition and international cooperation.
He is currently also vice-president Europe for the International Association of Ports and Harbors and vice-chairman of the Green Award Foundation.
Mr Ashdown is the Secretary General of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) whose twelve Member Societies class more than 90% of the world’s cargo carrying tonnage. After an initial period with Fujitsu, he started his shipping career with the UK Chamber of Shipping where he held several positions, the last being ‘Head of Technical’. During that period he was also the Director of the British Rig Owners’ Association (BROA). In 2010, Mr Ashdown joined the European Cruise Council in Brussels as Technical Director and then, following a merger with the US based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), became Secretary General of CLIA Europe before leaving to join IACS in May 2015.
Andrew Clifton is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of SIGTTO (The Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators Ltd), he has over 30 years experience in the liquefied gas shipping industry. This includes 19 years at sea, three years as master, mainly on liquefied gas carriers, a first class honours degree in shipping operations and shore managerial experience over the last 12 years. The latter includes three years working at the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), marine superintendent with Golar LNG, almost two years in the SIGTTO Secretariat as a Technical Adviser and over five years in Indonesia with BP as LNG Shipping manager for the Tangguh LNG project.
Andrew was also the SIGTTO Panel chairman from October 2008 until becoming GM.
Andrew Clifton is the eighth SIGTTO General Manager. He is also the youngest General Manager and the first General Manager who was formerly a Technical Adviser at the Society.
Hester Duursema is former Secretary General of the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO) and former managing Director of Royal BLN-Schuttevaer, the Dutch inland shipping organisation. In these roles, she represented the interests of the inland shipping entrepreneurs.
She has a profound insight in the inland shipping industry as well as related government policy at various levels (European, national and regional). Her primary aim is to make the inland shipping industry more future-proof, aligning ecology (societal interests) and (business) economics (entrepreneurial interests).
Hester is an experienced strategy & leadership consultant, guiding management teams in formulating & implementing their strategy and conducting strategic change programs. She holds a PhD in strategic leadership, aligning human capacity development with organisational development.
Hester has a broad, multidisciplinary and international background, living in Singapore, Indonesia, France, the UK and the Netherlands and working n Canada, Belgium, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia and the Netherlands.
Dr Kostas G. GKONIS is the Secretary General of INTERCARGO. The Association was established in 1980 representing the interests of quality dry bulk cargo shipowners and it has been participating with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 1993. INTERCARGO provides the forum where dry bulk shipowners, managers and operators are informed about, discuss and share concerns on key topics and regulatory challenges, especially in relation to safety, the environment and operational excellence.
Dr Gkonis’ career has been devoted to the sustainable evolution of the shipping industry in the face of its current and future challenges. He holds a PhD in Maritime Transport from the National Technical University of Athens – NTUA (Laboratory for Maritime Transport, School of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering), a M.Sc. in International Business (Manchester School of Management, UMIST) and a M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in energy (NTUA).
Lars Lange, is a qualified maritime lawyer graduated from Göttingen University in 1995. Mr. Lange started his professional career as a maritime lawyer with the law firm Blaum Dettmers Rabstein in Bremen. From 1999 onwards he dedicated his professional life to marine insurance: first as head of the marine insurance department with C. Wm. König GmbH & Co. KG based in Bremen. In October 2008 Mr. Lange took over the position as head of the marine and aviation insurance department at the German Insurance Association (GDV) in Berlin.
In January 2013 he moved to his present position when he took over the office as Secretary General of the International Union of Marine Insurance e.V. (IUMI). In his capacity, Mr. Lange holds a number of honorary posts in the maritime environment, for example as member of the Advisory Committee to the IACS QSCS and as technical expert to the BIMCO Marine Committee.
Education: Naval Architect and Mechanical Engineer.
Position: Technical Director since 2000 with activities out of INTERTANKO Oslo office except period of 2002 – 2005 when operated from the INTERTANKO Office in Washington D.C.
Member in various bodies: DNV GL Nordic Safety Committee, USCG Ship Structure Committee, US Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), the NACE Coatings Council.
Dr Peter M Swift is a non-executive Director of Ardmore Shipping Corporation, a leading tanker company. He is a Vice-Chairman of the Sailors’ Society, an international charity caring for seafarers at sea, in port and at home, and a Trustee of ISWAN (the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network). He is a Director of the Maritime Industry Foundation, a member of the American Bureau of Shipping, Chairman of the Korean Register’s European Committee and a representative of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects at the IMO. In 2001 he was appointed to the Committee of the Green Award Foundation and since 2015 serves on the Advisory Board.
From 2001 to 2010 he was the Managing Director of INTERTANKO and a Director of Seascope Shipping Limited from 1999 to 2001, having previously been employed by Royal Dutch Shell for 24 years in a range of senior, international, commercial and technical positions.