ZESTAs board of directors
Jogchum Bruinsma is Chief Commercial Officer at Nedstack.
Jogchum holds a Masters degree in Control Systems Engineering and a Bachelors in Industrial Automation of the HAN University of Applied Science. He is co-author of articles on the application of fuel cells and driving cycle characterization.
Jogchum Bruinsma has worked in several senior engineering and management positions at Boskalis and Huisman Etech Experts, where he was in involved in many innovative and challenging projects.
He is actively involved in the Hydrogen Europe Maritime workgroup and contributed to the IEA-HIA task 39 expert group.
Business manager at PowerCell Sweden AB
Johan is working on a day-to-day basis with business development in the maritime industry where he implements true zero emission technologies. With a broad maritime experience and knowledge ranging from energy transition to clean technology Johan is contributing to the work of ZESTAs at all levels. Further, he believes in though leadership and tangible actions and measures to create disruption in the established marine industry.
Ben Medland is the founder and CEO of DRIFT Energy Ltd, which is creating a new class of renewable energy. He has 17 years of experience working at C-suite levels as a management consultant at Accenture, holds a Masters in Systems Engineering from Loughborough University and Applied Analytics from Northwestern University. His business, DRIFT, is aiming to be better than Zero Emissions. Harnessing the power of the Oceans to create renewable energy and deliver it to ports anywhere in the globe. He is an advocate of renewable energy, clean marine and moving fast to make a meaningful contribution to the energy transition.
Sarah Arntz is the COO of Wattlab. Wattlab creates solar energy systems for marine and road transport applications, including solarhatch covers for inland vessels. Sarah studied Industrial Design Engingeering at the Delft University of Technology. There, she advocated for a greater focus on social and sustainable business in the educational curriculum, resulting in a new course running since. Wattlab aims to use the sun’s energy to lower emissions throughout the logistic chain, and use generated energy directly where it is needed. Within Wattlab, Sarah also engages in new developments, such as solar for convoys in Latin America, and sea-going vessels.
President & Founder Shift Clean Energy
Paul Hughes has extensive expertise in the energy storage, marine, and renewable energy sectors. He has worked for over 10 years in marine energy storage and has some three decades of experience in renewable energy and utility companies, including successfully taking European and North American companies from start-up to IPO. His career includes senior executive roles in both established energy companies and start-ups, and he has made his mark in the sector by improving operations of marine companies by combining use of energy technology with financing solutions.
Partner, Kennedys Law LLP
Eric specialises in all aspects of shipping and commercial dispute resolution. Eric handles disputes in relation to the full spectrum of shipping contracts including charterparties, contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, letters of indemnity, bank guarantees, MOAs, shipbuilding agreements as well as contracts for the sale and purchase of energy. Eric handles an increasing number of ESG related issues for clients. More recently such issues have included charterparty decarbonisation endeavour in view of the IMO’s EEXI.
Stuart MacDonald’s interest in zero emissions shipping stems from moderating a panel, about mobilising finance to support new technologies, at the 2021 ZESTA conference in Glasgow. He is Managing Partner at Bride Valley Partners, a corporate finance firm focussed on alternative investments and bankable technologies. He is also Chairman of Aaro Capital, a DLT/ Cryptoassets investment firm and Planit Holdings, a UK financial services acquisition vehicle. With over 30 years’ experience of working across the world, his special expertise is in capital raising, corporate strategy and truly innovative thinking. Previously, he was Director of Hedge Funds at Henderson Global Investors and worked in a senior capacity at firms like Aquila Capital, West Merchant Bank and Buchanan Partners, winning several industry awards. He often Chairs leading investment conferences and presents the award-winning alternative investments and technology radio show, the Naked Short Club on London’s Resonance FM, on which ZESTA has featured. For many years, Stuart was a Visiting Lecturer at London University and he serves on the Trustee or Advisory Boards of several Charities, Community and Arts organisations.
Jennie Folkunger works as the Environmental Manager at the Port of Trelleborg, Sweden, one of Sweden’s largest ports with high environmental ambitions across the board but especially when it comes to emissions reductions.
Jennie holds a Masters of Laws specializing in environmental law and has also studied biology, ecology, ecotoxicology and chemistry. Jennie has over ten years experience from local and regional governance in Sweden with a focus on marine environmental and port related issues. During her time at the World Maritime University Jennie conducted research within the field of international maritime environmental law especially relating to ballast water and invasive species in the Arctic.
Frank Nieuwenhuis studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Delft with a master on measurement and control techniques.
He worked in several companies in the medical field, rehabilitation and physiotherapy in R&D, sales, production and general management. In 2005 he did a MBO and continued as entrepreneur in treadmills for rehabilitation.
After selling the company in 2015, he started Econowind together with Conoship International to support decarbonization of the maritime sector through wind-assisted ship propulsion.
Project Manager and Innovator mainly in maritime sector:
11 years with TRACTEBEL (nuclear power plants, waste treatment).
25 years with EXMAR (shipping and offshore, LNG STS).
5 years with GTT (LNG as fuel, LNG bunkering).
Started working on wind propulsion in 2008, founded the company PROPELWIND S.A.S. in 2011.
Co-founder of IWSA in 2012.
Since 2019 focus on various SDG concepts including Shipping Decarbonizing, WASP and wind.
Maria Brandsøy has been part of ZESTAs advisory board since its foundation. She is a Business Developer in Ocean Hyway Cluster, a maritime cluster based in Norway focusing on hydrogen-based fuels. She believes that sharing knowledge about markets, players and technology provides new insights, and that collaboration across sectors and businesses breaks down barriers and stimulates innovation.
Before joining the cluster, Maria worked in FMC Technologies (now TechnipFMC). She holds a master’s degree from Newcastle University in International Business Management and a bachelor’s degree in PR, Media and Communication from Volda University College.
Founder and Secretary General
Madadh is a visionary social entrepreneur leading the drive towards zero emission (ZE) shipping. Her extensive network includes thousands of connections engaged in the energy transition across the maritime sector.
Her background in ZE shipping began in 1999 with designs for a ZE multi access cargo vessel for Fair Winds Trading Company’s sustainable development project in West Africa.
She began working in the wider industry as co-founder of the International Windship Association.
Madadh has a strong background in hydrogen, having represented PEM electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power in Shipping and Maritime. She is also the founder and CEO of ZEM Tech ltd, an innovative system design, engineering and project management consultancy focused on ZE ship design and ZE marine fuel infrastructure and supply chains.
Policy & Research
David joined ZESTAs in August 2020 after graduating from the MESPOM (Master’s of Environmental Science, Policy and Management) program at Lund University, Sweden. Building on his thesis experience in zero emissions wind-assisted propulsion technology and policies, David researches international regulatory information and policies concerning ZESTAs member technologies, writes educational technical content for the website and facilitates new member research and recruitment.
A marketing and communications professional, with a digital background, Charlie’s agency experience has seen him work across a wide range of sectors in the UK and internationally. From working with the likes of Estée Lauder and the UK Home Office, he has proven himself able to look at the bigger picture while remaining detail-oriented – an important trait for a ZESTAs team member.
Tristan has a broad experience in media production having worked internationally in film and television as a documentary film cinematographer. He became interested in innovative solutions for sustainable shipping as a sailor and leader of expeditions in experimental maritime archaeology. In 2005, he Co-founder EcoNav, a French national network of “eco-navigation” and “sustainable sailing”. He has organised educational events and conferences involving a wide cross section of the maritime industry. He is also a highly skilled photographer and graphic artist. His main role in ZESTAs is to manage the website as well as providing layout and graphics for ZESTAs media content.