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Julien Dufour, CEO & EU MRV Auditor
Julien Dufour, CEO & EU MRV Auditor Julien Dufour is an environmental auditor, verifier, researcher and speaker with 20 years of experience in the transport sector and eight years of experience in carbon emissions monitoring, reporting and verification.

By invitation of the European Commission, Julien is an active member of the EU MRV group of experts on verification and accreditation under the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF). Julien is also task Leader of the Commission's Task Force on the verification of the emissions report, responsible for drafting the relevant guidance documents, and a member of the task forces on the preparation and assessment of the Monitoring Plan.
 

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Nicolas Duchêne, Technical Director & EU MRV Auditor
Nicolas Duchêne, Technical Director & EU MRV Auditor Nicolas holds a double MSc degree in Water Pollution Control Technology from Cranfield University (UK) and in Industrial Engineering (Operational Safety and Environment)  from the UTT, France. Nicolas has been working on the development of methods, tools and databases for the estimation of greenhouse gases and local air quality emissions from transport sources for the past decade. 

Nicolas is an experienced lead auditor for various carbon emissions schemes and conducted dozens of verification audits in Europe, Africa and Middle East. 
Nikolas Theodorou, Managing Director, Verifavia Shipping (Hellas)
Nikolas Theodorou, Managing Director, Verifavia Shipping (Hellas) Nikolas is a Business Strategist, holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Business Economics from the University of London – Queen Mary & Westfield College, and an M.Sc. in Int. Finance from the University of Surrey with a unique thesis in International Shipping Investments. 

His shipping expertise is manifold and includes the Asset side (S&P), the Supply side (Shell Marine Products & Royal Dutch Shell), the Investment & Finance side (Funds & IPOs) and the Human Capital side (Founder and MD of EQnomics®), and has certified a series of CRE projects within the UNFCCC JV implementation framework.

Nikolas is a member of the Training & Mentoring Team of Bluegrowth, aiming to inspire and help young entrepreneurs realize the innovative concepts relating to marine and freshwater resources.
Yuvraj Thakur, Marine Engineer, EU MRV Auditor & Commercial Head Asia-Pacific
Yuvraj Thakur, Marine Engineer, EU MRV Auditor & Commercial Head Asia-Pacific Yuvraj Thakur is a Marine Engineer who has sailed as an Engineer Officer on Tanker and container ships.He holds a B Tech Marine Engineering degree from MANET,Pune and an  MBA degree in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from SP Jain School Of Global Management (Singapore/Sydney and Dubai).His shipping expertise includes working on board for several years and then working for an IT company that provides solutions to the maritime industry.

In his current role, Yuvraj takes care of technical and commercial activities at Verifavia Shipping as Technical Expert/EU MRV Auditor and Commercial Head for Asia Pacific region.
 
Stylianos Smyrlakis, Marine Engineer, Naval Architect & EU MRV Auditor
Stylianos Smyrlakis, Marine Engineer, Naval Architect & EU MRV Auditor Stylianos Smyrlakis holds an MSc. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He has over 40 years of extensive working experience in almost all sectors of shipping. 

In particular, he worked for 22 years as Fleet Manager and Superintendent Engineer with the major Greek shipping operators Laskaridis Shipping, Tsakos Shipping and Trading, Thenamaris Maritime and TST Shipping, 8 years as Senior Principal Surveyor with the Hellenic Register of Shipping and 10 years as Engineering Manager with Eleusis Shipyards of Greece. 

Stylianos is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, a member of the Greek Society of Naval Architects, a member of the Greek Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (HIMT).

Stylianos' mother tongue is Greek, he also speaks excellent English, fluent German, and basic French and Spanish.
Steffen Kortegaard, Marine Engineer & Commercial Manager Denmark
Steffen Kortegaard, Marine Engineer & Commercial Manager Denmark Steffen joined OW Bunker in 1992 as a Superintendent, before being appointed in Wrist Shipping as Technical Director in 1995 and since in OW Bunker & Trading.  Steffen has over 30 years experience of working in the shipping industry. He began his career as a shipyard mechanic fitter before taking on a role as an assistant marine engineer.  He spent three years in an academy and graduated as a marine and electrical engineer before embarking upon a seagoing career prior to joining OW Bunker. 

Steffen is a frequent speaker at various conferences. He teaches at Lloyds Academy in fuel management and emissions, wrote numerous articles in high recognised technical magazines, and participates in a number of advisory groups e.g. IMO availability studies.
 
Vikas Sharma, Marketing Analyst & EU MRV Auditor
Vikas Sharma, Marketing Analyst & EU MRV Auditor Vikas Sharma is a business and marketing analyst, and carbon emissions verifier for maritime transport. He completed his electronics & communication engineering degree from Maharshi Dayanand University. 

Vikas speaks English and Hindi.
Alonso Benito Sanchez, Marine Engineer, Naval Architect & EU MRV AUditor
Alonso Benito Sanchez, Marine Engineer, Naval Architect & EU MRV AUditor Alonso Benito Sanchez is a naval architect and obtained his degree from ETSIN (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Navales) in Spain. He is also graduated from ENSTA (National School of Advanced Technologies) in France. At Verifavia Shipping, he is involved in all EU MRV activities. Moreover, he is researching the opportunity to develop a voluntary verification audit of sulphur emissions using information from MRV.

Alonso speaks Spanish, English and French
Nick G. Filos, Shipping Technical Expert & EU MRV Auditor
Nick G. Filos, Shipping Technical Expert & EU MRV Auditor Nick’s 18 years of multi-diverse experience in Shipping fields, includes comprehensive Ship Management, Ship repairs, Drydockings and Conversions, Newbuildings, Class & Statutory Surveys, PSC Inspections, Quality Audits (ISM & ISPS), Bunker Surveys, Claims handling and execution, Pre-purchase & Condition Inspections, Costs monitoring & Financial Estimations/Budgeting/Reporting.
 
Nick is a holder of an MSc degree in Marine Engineering  from UCL, London and a BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering from City University, London. He is also a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers (IMarE) & the Engineering Council of London, Hellenic Technical Chamber and HELMEPA.
 
Islam Achrac ABD-EL-AZIM, Marine Engineer & EU MRV Auditor
Islam Achrac ABD-EL-AZIM, Marine Engineer & EU MRV Auditor Islam Achrac ABD-EL-AZIM is a shipping technical expert and MRV auditor. He is involved in all shipping activities such as EU MRV Audits, IT System certifications, technical expertises and commercial activities. He completed his master degree in Marine engineer from ENSM (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime) in France. He also holds his Officer On Watch certificates.

He was Deck and Engine Officier onboard several type of ships, among Cruise ships, Ro-Ro ships and Container ships. Islam speaks French, English, Algerian and Egyptian.
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