Alex started his career as a maritime lawyer with Holman Fenwick & Willan in London, Athens and Hong Kong. He then joined Freehill, Hogan & Mahar in New York, where his clients included many leading ship operators. In 2005, Alex co-founded essDOCS with the aim of eliminating the significant inefficiencies resulting from the use of paper documentation in shipping and trade. He is primarily responsible for the company’s strategic direction.
Alex holds a BSc in Chemistry and Law and a BA in Law, both from the University of Exeter, UK. He also completed the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, UK and was awarded an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Alex is admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the US Federal District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the New York State Supreme Court.
Alex is a Director of essDOCS, member of the American Bar Association, member of the Law Society of England and Wales, and member of the ICC Banking Commission Advisory Board. He was a guest lecturer at the Maritime eCommerce elective, part of City University’s MSC Maritime Operations and Management course, from 2007-2011.
Marina started her legal career as a trainee solicitor with Clifford Chance in 1998. She qualified into the Maritime and International Trade Group in March 2000. Her areas of expertise include dispute resolution (including charterparty, bills of lading and building contract disputes), commodities and international trade, and pollution regulation. Marina joined essDOCS on a part time basis in June 2006 as General Counsel and took a full time role as Head of Solution Delivery in January 2013 and was appointed COO in November 2013.
Marina obtained a 2:1 in her bachelor degree in Government and Law from the London School of Economics and completed the Legal Practice Course with Distinction. In 1997, she obtained an LLM in Maritime Law from University College London with Distinction and was awarded the Derby/Bryce Prize in Law for obtaining the highest marks in the Faculty of Laws across the University of London.
Marina is admitted to practice as a Solicitor in England and Wales.
Marina is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, and a member of the ICC Commercial Law & Practice Commission.
Nigel has served as an essDOCS Board Member since 2011, and in 2014, was appointed essDOCS Chief Financial Officer. He also serves as Trustee Board Chairman of Maersk RBS, responsible for assets of approximately £700 million and ensuring pensions of 5,000 members. Previously, he was Chief Commercial Director of Inchcape Shipping Services, the world’s largest ship agency and marine services business. Nigel also served as CEO of Container Inland Services, a division of the AP Moller–Maersk Group, one of the most highly regarded companies active in the shipping, energy and offshore markets, until 2012.
Prior to joining AP Moller–Maersk, Nigel worked for P&O Nedlloyd and P&O Containers in numerous roles including Corporate Finance Director for the group as well as Managing Director of Southern Africa. He has also served as CEO of The Maersk Company Limited (UK) and Non-Executive Chairman of INTTRA.
Nigel’s comprehensive knowledge of shipping has been gained through an extensive career working across Europe, Africa and Latin America both in financial roles and general management which has provided him with the vision, strategy and capabilities necessary to lead dynamic management teams and complex global organisations.
Nigel graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies & Finance.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (1995), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (1984-1985)
Ashley’s career in shipping started with Maersk Line at the A.P. Moller Shipping Academy in Copenhagen in 1990. Throughout the 1990s he was exclusively involved in Maersk’s containerised liner activities in the USA, Middle East and Asia in a variety of roles spanning from ship-side operations to documentation, marketing and senior line management. In 2001, Ashley was recruited by GT Nexus to establish a presence for the company in the European region and grow its shipping portal business. As Regional Director, Ashley was instrumental in promoting the portal to shippers, NVOCCs and their carriers, and converting their manual documentation processes into automated solutions.
Ashley joined essDOCS in late 2010 in order to head up the company’s Containerised Liner activities. In 2013, due to the overlap with much of the work on the liner side, Ashley also took over as Head of Bulkers. Subsequently, in 2014, he took over as Head of Trade Finance, and in January 2015, was named Head of Chemicals. In March 2016, Ashley was appointed essDOCS Chief Commercial Officer.
Ashley graduated from the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore in 1990 before starting his two-year apprenticeship at the A.P. Moller Shipping Academy. As part of his shipping education there, he passed external exams at the Niels Brock Business College in Copenhagen, and in 1993 completed a further course in International Business Law at the University of California in Berkeley.
Originally hailing from Tasmania, Mitch has been involved in Full Stack Software development in excess of 15 years across multiple sectors including Government, eCommerce and Shipping.
He joined the essDOCS London Office in 2008 and has since taken on roles in Solution Architecture, DBA and Software Migration, responsible for expertly managing the maintenance of legacy systems while concurrently upgrading software products to meet the latest industry standards.
Mitch has also been instrumental in moving essDOCS to an Agile methodology, enhancing and merging both business and technical processes across the company. His vast experience in mentoring and training facilitates a highly efficient development team to produce output of the utmost quality.
Mitch was named essDOCS Chief Technology Officer in December 2016, following his previous role as VP Engineering.
BSc in Computer Science and Chemistry, with Honours in Software Engineering from the University of Tasmania.
Jacco possesses over 30 years’ experience in the International Trade and Commodity Finance Banking space, having worked both for and with numerous major Trade Banks over the past three decades. With his vast wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of Trade and Finance processes both from a Bank and Corporate perspective, Jacco serves as a trusted advisor to numerous Corporates and Financial Institutions across the globe.
In his role as Managing Director, essDOCS Consulting, Jacco provides customers with pragmatic, expert support and advice in their transition towards adopting/embedding trade digitisation into their business. As a SWIFT-certified Trade & Supply Chain Finance consultant, Jacco frequently moderates, speaks and participates in panels at international Trade and Supply Chain Finance events organized by institutions such as SIBOS, ICC, FIBA, SWIFT and more.
Cynthia began her career as a management consultant, working globally for Arthur Andersen. As an ERP analyst, she gained significant experience in business analysis, product development, and the delivery lifecycle. In 2001 she joined Intercontinental Exchange, the leading global exchange operator and OTC energy marketplace, in Atlanta. With ICE, her primary responsibilities were product development and sales of electronic trade services, and her clients included the leading oil majors, investment banks and trading houses across the US. Between 2005 until 2008, Cynthia was expatriated to ICE UK to head sales and marketing for Europe & Asia.
Since joining essDOCS in 2008, Cynthia has focused on identifying and coordinating strategic opportunities for the company. She works closely with the CEO to define new initiatives and develop relationships that expand essDOCS’ market presence. She took over as Head of Energy in January 2013 to ensure that CargoDocs reached critical mass in the tanker and barge markets, and in January 2015 became the company’s first Head of Agriculture. In January 2017, Cynthia was appointed SVP Europe.
Cynthia holds a Bachelor degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with concentrations in business policy analysis and financial economics.
Cynthia is a member of several International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) committees, including the ISDA Energy Committee, the ISDA FpML Working Group and the ISDA Commodity Operations Group. She also serves on various Leadership for Energy Automated Processing (LEAP) committees and is a regular speaker at LEAP, ISDA and other industry conferences.
Bevan began his career with essDOCS in 2008 in the Project Delivery Team. He was responsible for delivering critical company projects, including the first operational use of electronic Bills of Lading in the wet and dry bulk markets in Europe and the Americas. In June 2012, he was tasked with opening the essDOCS North American office, where his responsibilities included expanding the business in the Americas and managing regional essDOCS operations.
In February 2014, Bevan took on the role of VP Asia Pacific, heading Operational / Business Development in the APAC region. The following year, he became essDOCS’ first Head of Metals and in March 2016, was appointed SVP Asia Pacific.
Bevan holds a BA Honours Degree in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Birmingham
Katerina started her career as an auditor at Ernst & Young’s Athens headquarters. She then joined Eurobank EFG, where she served as Project Supervisor & Business Analyst, tasked with executing strategies relevant to the bank’s Cards division, followed by a position at Medbrands S.A., a Greek retail distributor, where she headed New Business Development.
In January 2011, Katerina took on the role of Strategic Project Manager at essDOCS. Based in Athens, she headed the opening of the company’s Greek office in the same year. In 2013, she became Sales & Network Development Manager, after which she took on the role of Network Development Team Lead. In January 2015, she became essDOCS’ first VP Global Rollouts, responsible for managing and executing strategic customer rollouts across the globe.
In September 2016, Katerina took on the role of SVP Customer Success, and is since heading the company’s Customer Success Team – dedicated to maximizing essDOCS customers’ ROI by enabling them to achieve their goals.
Katerina holds a Bachelors in Political Science & History from Panteion University, Athens, where she attained First Class Honours. She has completed intensive Executive Training Programmes (ETP) at Waseda University in Tokyo, SDA Bocconi in Milan, SOAS in London, and Sciences Po in Paris.
Katerina is a member of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
Nicholas began his career in advertising, working as an agency-side market researcher for Dazed Digital in London and McCann Erickson in Cyprus. In 2006, he co-founded TVeez-Odysii, a SaaS Marketing Technology company specializing in intelligent, rule-based advertising solutions for the retail banking sector, serving as Managing Director of the firm for 8 years.
In February 2014, Nicholas joined essDOCS as VP Marketing, where he now manages and executes the company’s global marketing strategy with a strong emphasis on digital (web/viral/social) and inbound, content-driven conversion.
In September 2016, Nicholas was named SVP Marketing.
Nicholas holds a BA (First-Class Honours) in Media & Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Andrew possesses 20 years’ experience in IT Project management, with wide-reaching expertise spanning across the full systems life-cycle, backed by a strong understanding of business and operational requirements.
He joined the essDOCS London Office in 2012, taking on the role of Team Lead Project Management & Delivery – responsible for ensuring smooth onboarding of all user types to essDOCS solutions, successful project delivery for new customers, and managing projects for key accounts. In September 2016, he became essDOCS’ first VP Product & Projects, overseeing all company Product Owners & Project Managers, in addition to managing essDOCS software releases and end-to-end live testing projects.
Prior to joining essDOCS, Andrew worked as a systems administrator in the telecommunications industry, after which he joined a major Maritime Software & Shipping ERP vendor in London serving as Project Manager/IT Consultant for 13 years.
Andrew holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from the University Of Westminster, London.
PRINCE2 Foundation (2010) / PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner
Marisa began her maritime career with KPI Bridge Oil, working for the firm in both Chile and New York as a Bunker Broker. In her role there, she was responsible for negotiating fuel and lubricant contracts for a diverse portfolio of global customers in the dry bulk, tanker, barge and liner segments, gaining significant industry knowledge and expertise in the process.
Since joining essDOCS in 2014, Marisa is focused on maintaining relationships with existing Americas-based customers and developing new opportunities for essDOCS throughout the region.
Marisa graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Business Administration, specialising in Finance and Accounting
Marisa is a member of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), Young Shipping Professionals NYC (YSP) and the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA)
As an experienced Solution Architect with over 22 years experience in meeting critical software engineering challenges, Paul has an excellent history of leading the turnaround of underperforming IT projects and strategies by driving organisation change with the adoption of standardised practices.
Using a Customer-Centric and Results-Driven work ethic, Paul delivers consistent high-quality results and improved business value by using collaboration between business stakeholders through facilitation. Paul fosters increased communication at all levels of an organization while leading and building teams of skilled consultants to transform business processes and to implement enterprise solutions.
B.Sc Mathematics & Computer Science, The University of Adelaide
Shaun joined the eCertify team in September 2015, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in international sales. He has held senior management and sales management positions with large multinational companies such as Thermo Fisher Scientific and ABB, and is currently responsible for sales and business development at eCertify.
Shaun holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology from Vaal University of Technology, South Africa, and a Masters in Business Administration from The Australian Institute of Business.