OUR CORE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Alexander Panagopulos
Founder & CEO
  • Founder and Chairman of Project Forward

  • Founder and Chairman of Arista Group and Arista Shipping

  • Co-Founder of Superfast Ferries, President & CEO 1993-2007

  • CEO, Vice Chairman of listed Attica Group 1993-2007

  • Vice-Chairman of Blue Star Ferries 1999-2007

  • Vice-Chairman of Magna Marine Inc. and the Panagopulos Group, 1992 - 2007

  • American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) Greek National Committee

  • Lloyd’s Register Hellenic Advisory Committee

  • An avid skipper, "APP" as he is known, developed his passion for ships and the sea with the San Francisco-based Royal Cruise Line, the cruise company founded by his father Pericles in 1972
  • Pursues innovation in the fields of shipbuilding and environmental technology and has sponsored a number of philanthropic events, including donations for natural disasters and conservation of wildlife

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Mark Long
Chief Financial Officer
  • Over 30 years of investment banking experience, primarily focused on shipping, transportation and services.

  • MD and business head at HSBC where he worked for almost 11 years in London and Hong Kong including as Global Head of Transport, Shipping, Services and Offshore

  • Extensive experience in M&A, equity raising and all forms of debt raising

  • Qualified Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse

  • Law degree from Oxford University

  • When not working, Mark enjoys hiking, golf and watching rugby

Alan Reid
Advisor, Americas
  • President and CEO of Gordon Getty controlled entities for almost 20 years

  • Investment Company Institute Board of Governors

  • The Forward Funds Board of Trustees

  • The Legato Board of Directors

  • The FOLIOfn Board of Directors

  • Influential in creating awareness for mutual fund market timing and mutual fund liquidity leading the industry to Liquid Alternatives

  • Director of Business Development at Morgan Stanley

  • Advisory board for FinTech Studios

  • Alan lives in Wyoming and enjoys trekking and the outdoors

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Arjan Stavast
Advisor, LNG Bunkering
  • Over 15 years experience in the energy markets

  • Former head of Shell’s LNG bunkering business in Europe and the Middle East (until Oct 2020)

  • Lead negotiator in all Shell’s major LNG bunkering contracts, creating a portfolio of 400 ktpa of LNG with major counter parts (e.g. Hapag Lloyd, Carnival and Teekay)

  • Responsible for Shell global strategy for partnering and network development

  • Established a joint venture with QP for LNG Bunkering

  • Keynote speaker at numerous industry conferences

  • Independent executive advisor on LNG bunkering to major shipping companies