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Nicolas Duchêne, President
Nicolas Duchêne, President Nicolas Duchêne possesses an MSc in Industrial Sciences and Sustainable Development from Université de Technologies de Troyes, France, complemented by an MSc in Water Pollution Control Technology from the prestigious Cranfield University, United Kingdom.

Nicolas embarked on his journey with Verifavia in January 2016, assuming the role of Technical Director. His exceptional leadership led to his promotion to Director General in January 2021. Displaying an unwavering commitment to the organisation, he was further appointed as President of Verifavia SAS, including its subsidiaries in India and Singapore, in June 2023.

Fluent in both English and French, Nicolas is based in Paris, where he plays a vital role in guiding Verifavia's growth and success.
Julien Dufour, Founder & Member of the Board
Julien Dufour, Founder & Member of the Board Julien Dufour is the Founder and former President of VERIFAVIA SAS, including its subsidiaries in India and Singapore, and is now Member of the Board. His strategic guidance has been instrumental in driving the company's global success and expansion.

Julien is also Director at Aviation Carbon Events where he co-organises the esteemed Aviation Carbon conferences, contributing to industry dialogues and knowledge sharing.

Julien is headquartered in Paris, a city from which he continues to foster relationships and influence aviation and sustainability sectors globally.
 

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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.
Yuvraj Thakur, Managing Director
Yuvraj Thakur, Managing Director Yuvraj Thakur is a Marine Engineer who has worked on various tanker and container ships. He holds a B Tech Marine Engineering degree from MANET, Pune, and an MBA in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Jain School of Global Management (Singapore, Sydney, and Dubai).

Yuvraj is our Commercial VP for Maritime Transport, Global Head of IHM, and Verifavia Technical Services (VTS) General Manager. Yuvraj is an EU MRV and IMO DCS auditor, and a Hazmat expert. Yuvraj speaks English and Hindi and is based in Chandigarh, India.
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