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Business Leader with extensive Executive and Non-Executive experience in international shipping with an in-depth knowledge of dry bulk and product tankers in particular.
Comprehensive shipping network in Europe, especially Scandinavia and a respected senior figure in the Asian shipping community. Significant contributor to positioning Singapore as a world class maritime centre, both through the commercial engagement and in an advisory capacity to trade associations and the Singapore government.
|Enesel Pte. Ltd. – Chairman||January 2013 - date|
|Singapore based ship owning / ship management company handling the administration of a fleet of ship owning entities.|
|Torm||1990 - 2010|
|Torm Singapore Pte Ltd – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer||2004 – 2010|
|Torm A/S, Copenhagen – Executive Vice President||2001 – 2004|
Rodskog Shipbrokers Ltd., Hong Kong – Managing Director
|1983 – 1996|
|(Rodskog Shipbrokers Ltd. was a 100% subsidiary of Kleinworth Benson from 1983 – 1990 when it was acquired by Torm. In 1996, Torm in turn sold the company to Fearnley A/S, Oslo.)|
|Kleinwort Benson (H.K.) Ltd., Hong Kong – Director||1979 – 1990|
Early career included roles in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore (1971 – 1977) with the Wallem Group and with Galbraith Wrightson Ltd., London (1977 – 1979)
|Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. – Non-Executive Chairman||2015 – date|
|The Company is a leading insurance broking and consulting service provider of Hull & Machinery, shipyard and yacht insurance and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Genoa based Cambiaso Risso Group.|
|Tamar Ship Management Ltd. – Non-Executive Chairman||2018 - date|
|Hong Kong based Ship Management company focused on managing vessels in the dry bulk segment.|
|BW Epic Kosan Ltd. – Board Member||2019 - date|
|Singapore headquartered, the Company owns and operates a substantial fleet of fully pressurized and other petrochemical gas carriers, providing seaborne transportation in this segment.|
|Finnlines PLc – Board member||2020-date|
|The company is a leading owner/operator of modern ro-ro and ro-pax vessels trading in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Bay of Biscay and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Grimaldi Group, Naples.|
|Abu Dhabi Ports Group - Maritime Cluster - Board member||2022 - date|
|The Maritime Cluster includes the SAFEEN Group, Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, Abu Dhabi Maritime and SAFEEN Feeders and Offshore Logistics.|
|Keppel Smit Towage Pte. Ltd. - Board member (Chairman designate)||2022 - date|
|The Company is a leading provider of tugs and offshore support vessels in Singapore and southeast Asia and was recently acquired by the leading Italian tug owner/operator Rimorchiatori Group.|
|Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – Board Member||2015 - date|
|X-Press Feeders Ltd. / Sea Consortium Pte. Ltd. – Senior Advisor to the Chairman||2021 - date|
|Enesel Bulk Logistics DMCC, Dubai - Board member||2022 - date|
|The Company was established in October, 2021 and is a dry bulk operator and logistics company.|
|Singapore Maritime Foundation – Advisory Panel Member||2012 - date|
|SMF was established in 2004 to provide a forum in the private sector for generating ideas and proposals to turn Singapore into a major International Maritime Centre and to act as a catalyst in fostering mutual cooperation among the various sectors of the maritime industry.|
Previous board positions, advisory roles & honours
Nordic Shipholding A/S (Resigned 2022)
Immediate past Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (2022)
Batchfire Resources Pty Ltd. (Resigned as a Board Member in 2021)
X-Press Feeders Ltd. / Sea Consortium Pte. Ltd. (Resigned January 2021)
Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd., Senior Advisor (Resigned 2019 after merger with BW Tankers)
Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd. (Resigned as a Board Member in 2019 after the merger with BW Tankers)
Immediate past President – Singapore Shipping Association (2019)
FSL Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (Resigned as a Board Member in 2016)
Pacific Shipping Trust Pte. Ltd. (Privatised in 2011)
Past President – Danish Business Association of Singapore
Awarded the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Star) by the President of Singapore in the 2019 Singapore National Day Honours
Awarded the Seatrade Awards, in association with Lloyd's List, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021
General Professional and Academic Information
Fluent in English, Danish and Norwegian
Dual nationality: Danish / U.K.
Diploma in Business Administration – British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver, Canada
Advanced Management Program INSEAD, Fountainebleau, France 1993
Esben Poulsson is the Chairman of International Chamber of Shipping and the Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, of a fleet of large container vessels all under the Singapore Flag. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.
He is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., of Epic Gas Ltd., of Nordic Shipholding A/S and of Batchfire Resources Pty. Ltd. He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd. He also serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
He is immediate past President of the Singapore Shipping Association and is an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.
John D. McCown is the co-founder and former Chairman & CEO of U.S. flag container carrier Trailer Bridge, Inc. Mr. McCown has been involved with shipping since getting his MBA from Harvard four decades ago. His mentor was Malcom McLean, the transportation pioneer who invented container shipping. More recently, Mr. McCown's focus on the industry has been from an investment perspective, including several years as the transport sector head at a $20 billion hedge fund. He is now focused on various entrepreneurial projects in the maritime space.
Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman
Tsavliris Cultural Foundation
Principal - Tsavliris Salvage Group