1st Arab-Hellenic Maritime Conference: Speakers’ Presentations

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Wednesday, 5 July 2023 

First Session: North African Arab Countries and Greece

Part A: Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia, and Greece

Moderator: Christos Vardikos, Attorney at Law and the Consul a.h. for the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Hellenic Republic, Greece


  • Adra Benboudiaf, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Economic and Commercial Attaché, Algerian Embassy, Greece
  • Mohamed Abdellahi Yaha, Owner & CEO, Maurilog, Mauritania
  • Nektarios Mitsokapas, Marine and Infrastructure Director, Archirodon NV, Greece
  • Mohamed Najib Berriche, Chartering & Operations Manager, Africa Marine Company (AMC), Tunisia


Part B: Egypt, Libya, and Greece

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Khaled Hanafy, Secretary General, Union of Arab Chambers, Lebanon & Board Member, AHCCD, Greece

Keynote Speaker:

Admiral Ossama Rabiee, Chairman & Managing Director, Suez Canal Authority, Egypt


  • Mohamed Sherine El Naggar, Group Chairman, A. K. Naggar & Co., Egypt
  • Anastasios Vourgas, CEO of Antipollution Egypt, V Group, Greece
  • Mohamed Ali Hmidan, Chairman, Libyan Ports Company.
  • Nicolas A. Vernicos, Shipowner, President of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Member of the Board of Directors (BOD) of Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, Greece
  • Ibrahim Taher Arebi, General Manager, Manarat Almadina Shipping Co., Libya


Second Session: North Mashriq Arab Countries (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria) and Greece

Moderator: Dr. Saleh Jallad, Publisher of Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) & Board Member of AHCCD, Greece


  • Leonidas Dimitriadis-Evgenidis, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador in Greece
  • Captain Moh’d Eldalabieh, General Secretary, Jordan Shipping Association, Jordan
  • Omar Abdel Karim Itani, President Director General, Port of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Dr. Salman Ahmad Raya, President, Syrian Chamber of Shipping

Special presentations


Thursday, 6 July 2023

Third Session: GCC Countries and Greece

Part A: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Greece

Moderator: George Laios, Deputy CEO, Intermodal Shipbrokers Co, Greece

Keynote Speakers:

  • Sulaiman M. Ababtain, SVP & CEO, Sofon Holding, Saudi Arabia
  • Panagiotis Tsonis, Deputy CEO, Piraeus Port Authority S.A., Greece


  • Aisha Moubarek Al-Ajami, Supervisor of Economic Plans and Studies, General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Kuwait
  • Rayan Al Bakri, President Advisor, Saudi Ports Authority- MAWANI, Saudi Arabia
  • Michael Fan, Chief Technical & Innovation Officer, Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Ltd, Greece


Part B: Oman, and Greece

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Orestis Schinas, Permanent Representative to the IMO-Union of Comoros and Associate Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Evangelos Kyriazopoulos, Secretary General, Ministry of Shipping & Islands Policy, Greece


  • Bader Saif Al-Ofi, Economic Advisor, Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Oman
  • Sotirios Theofanis, Executive Director, MARLOGMIND PC, Thessaloniki and Professor of Practice, CITY College, University of York Europe Campus, Greece
  • Antonis Stelliatos, President, Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association, Greece


Fourth Session: Comoros, Somalia, Yemen, and Greece


Rashad Mabger, Secretary General, Arab-Hellenic Chamber, Greece


  • Dr. Orestis Schinas, Permanent Representative to the IMO-Union of Comoros and Associate Professor, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Ismail Warsame, Senior Risk Analyst, Port of Portland, USA, Somalia
  • Basam Soleiman Alsandi, CEO, Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation, Yemen
  • Nicholas Gerassimou, Lawyer LL.M (Soton) and Vice President of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Law, Greece