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Julien Dufour, Chief Executive Officer
Julien Dufour, Chief Executive Officer Julien Dufour is Founder and CEO at VERIFAVIA SARL and VERIFAVIA (UK) LTD




 

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Nicolas Duchêne, Chief Operating Officer & VP Technical
Nicolas Duchêne, Chief Operating Officer & VP Technical Nicolas Duchêne holds an MSc in Industrial Sciences and Sustainable Development from the Université de Technologies de Troyes, France, and an MSc in Water Pollution Control Technology from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Nicolas is our Chief Operating Officer (COO) and leads our technical team as VP Technical. Nicolas speaks English and French, and is based in Paris.
Yuvraj Thakur, Marine Engineer, Commercial Director Asia-Pacific, General Manager, Verifavia Technical Services
Yuvraj Thakur, Marine Engineer, Commercial Director Asia-Pacific, General Manager, Verifavia Technical Services 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).

Yuvraj is Commercial Director for the Asia-Pacific region, and the General Manager of Verifavia Technical Services. Yuvraj is also an EU MRV, IMO DCS, CSI and CCWG auditor. Yuvraj speaks English and Hindi, and is based in Chandigarh, India.
Maxime Wets, Marine Engineer, Shipping Manager, EU MRV / IMO DCS / CSI / CCWG Auditor
Maxime Wets, Marine Engineer, Shipping Manager, EU MRV / IMO DCS / CSI / CCWG Auditor Maxime Wets holds a Postgraduate degree in the Merchant Navy and Master’s degree in Engineering (M2) from ENSM in Le Havre, France. Maxime started his maritime career as an Officer Cadet in the Merchant Navy with Louis Dreyfus Armateurs.

Maxime is our Shipping Manager, and is an EU MRV, IMO DCS, CSI and CCWG auditor. Maxime speaks English and French, and is based in Paris.
Stylianos Smyrlakis, Marine Engineer & Naval Architect, EU MRV / IMO DCS / CSI / CCWG Auditor
Stylianos Smyrlakis, Marine Engineer & Naval Architect, EU MRV / IMO DCS / CSI / CCWG 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 is an EU MRV, IMO DCS, CSI and CCWG auditor. Stylianos speaks English, German and Greek, and is based in Athens.
Steffen Kortegaard, Marine Engineer, Commercial Manager Scandinavia, CSI Auditor
Steffen Kortegaard, Marine Engineer, Commercial Manager Scandinavia, CSI Auditor Steffen Kortegaard 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 in 1992 as a Superintendent. He was then appointed in Wrist Shipping as Technical Director in 1995 and since in OW Bunker & Trading.

Overall, Steffen has 30+ years of experience working in the shipping industry. He also teaches at Lloyds Academy in fuel management and emissions, writes articles in technical magazines, frequently speaks at conferences, and participates in a number of advisory groups e.g. IMO availability studies.

Steffen is our Commercial Manager for Scandinavia, and is also a CSI auditor. Steffen speaks Danish and English, and is based in Aalborg.
 
Sharad Gupta, Commercial Manager Hong Kong, CSI Auditor
Sharad Gupta, Commercial Manager Hong Kong, CSI Auditor Sharad Gupta holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Engineering. He started his sea career in 1995 with Chevron Shipping and has worked with MSC (Chief Engineer), with MSC Hong Kong (Technical Superintendent) and with Misuga Kaiun HK (Technical Manager / Superintendent). In January 2017, he established Sygnus Marine, a consultancy and surveying firm in Hong Kong.

A certified ISM Internal Auditor and a trainer Nautical Assessor, Sharad is also a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineers (India), Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Marine Technologists and a Fellow of the Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers (London).

Sharad is our Commercial Manager for Hong Kong. Sharad speaks English and Hindi, and is based in Hong Kong.
Beata Kusova, EU MRV / IMO DCS Auditor
Beata Kusova, EU MRV / IMO DCS Auditor Beata Kusova holds a master degree in International Air Transport Operations Management from ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile, France). 

Beata is our Director for Aviation & Airports, and is also an EU MRV auditor. Beata speaks Czech, English and French, and is based in Paris.
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