Dr Simon Davies
Simon is the co-founder of UMAS, he is also the managing director of UMAS International Ltd. Simon has over twenty years’ experience in climate change & sustainability management and advisory services. He has held leadership positions in major corporations including the Centrica Group of companies as Head of Environment and leading KPMG’s Climate Change and Carbon team in the UK, focusing particularly on the international shipping sector. Simon has extensive overseas working experience particularly across the EU, S.E Asia, Africa and North America.
Dr Tristan Smith
Tristan is Associate Professor in Energy and Transport at UCL and co-founder of UMAS. He is the Principal Investigator of the Decarbonising UK Freight Network Plus project. Since 2010 he has grown a substantial group focused on modelling and analysis of shipping’s efficiency and emissions. He was PI of the RCUK funded Shipping in Changing Climates project, led the 3rd IMO GHG Study, is an author in the 4th IMO GHG Study, is lead author of ISO 19030, co-chair of World Bank’s CPLC Maritime Thread, and has been involved in numerous projects across the academic, industry and policy domains.
Dr Domagoj Baresic
Domagoj is a Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. He uses mixed research methods to pursue research into the nature of fuel transition pathways necessary to reach a low carbon shipping future. His research interests span policy, political economy, and socio-technical transitions. He has recently completed his PhD in Energy and Transport (Sustainability transitions in the maritime transport industry: The case of LNG in northern Europe) from UCL in 2020. Domagoj also has an MPhil in Environmental Policy and BA in Natural Sciences, both from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining UCL and UMAS, Domagoj worked for several years in the financial sector as an analyst covering natural gas, renewables and emission trading markets.
Dr Jean-Marc Bonello
Jean-Marc is a Principal Consultant at UMAS International. He leads the group’s work on customer/charterers. He is the lead author of the Sea Cargo Charter and a co-author of the Fourth IMO GHG Study. His doctoral research at the UCL Energy Institute investigates information and data use in decision-making related to chartering and owner-charterer relationships the uptake of energy efficiency technologies in shipping towards emission reduction. He has an MSc in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the University of Southampton and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malta. His work experience includes design and consultancy in mechanical building services as well as naval architecture EPC consultancy in the oil and gas industry.
Alexis is a research administrator at the UCL Energy Institute. He is currently the network administrator for the Decarbonising UK Freight Transport network, which is a network of over 40 stakeholders from industry and academia. He has worked as an administrator in the Higher Education sector for over 8 years. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.
Marie is a PhD student at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute and a consultant at UMAS. She holds an MSc in Urban Policy from the University Sciences Po Paris and an MSc in Local Economic Development in the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). She has previously worked as a consultant in transport planning for Atkins-SNC Lavallin. At UMAS she has worked for the World Bank on the reports “Charting a Course for Decarbonizing Maritime Transport” and “The Role of LNG in the Transition Toward Low- and Zero-Carbon Shipping”. Her interests and areas of expertise include the production of alternative fuels and shipping and freight finance. Her PhD focuses on the stranded assets in the shipping industry.
Connor is a Consultant at UMAS International. He specialises in data science and market analysis to help drive decarbonisation in the maritime industry. He has a wide range of experience delivering technical projects to clients including BAE Systems, the World Bank, and the UK DfT, recently leading a major international government initiative for port emissions inventory development and maritime profiling. Connor read energy and aeronautical engineering at the University of Cambridge, before moving to postgraduate research in machine learning and electricity market modelling at the UCL Energy Institute.
Akash is a Consultant at UMAS International. He has an MSc in Environment and Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT). At The LSE, he was awarded with distinction for his dissertation, titled: Evaluating Energy Storage Options for Renewable Energy Integrated Urban Community Microgrid Systems. Prior to UMAS, he has worked on various business, technical, and construction projects in high-pressure client facing roles. His experience includes working as a data analyst, business analyst, and sustainability consultant for various Fortune 500 companies, government organisations, and NGOs across Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Joe works with the shipping transport team at the UCL Energy Institute where he is currently working towards a PhD on Arctic shipping and which alternative technologies can be a commercially viable substitute to more conventional fuels or technologies such as HFO. He has experience in using programs such as MATLAB, and other specialist packages like ANSYS or Abaqus to analyse core engineering problems. Through studying accounting and economics modules at the LSE he has developed an understanding of how businesses can use financial and managerial accounting to aid in decision making. He has an MEng degree from UCL in Engineering with Business Finance.
Gerrard is the Portfolio Manager at UMAS International. He has been involved in independent project assurance on over sixty capital intensive projects, ranging in costs from £100,000 to > £1 Billion. These Projects were primarily planned and executed in the offshore and onshore petroleum energy sector and involved extensive stakeholder engagement with both private and public sector clients delivered across the EMEA region. He has worked as a Geologist for a National Oil Company and possesses an analytical mindset and a deep understanding spanning across all the key People, Projects, Programmes and Portfolio facets. His professional qualifications include an MBA (HR) and a MSc in Geology, certified PRINCE2 Practioner and is also a registered member of Project Management Institute UK Chapter.
Dr Eoin O’Keeffe
Eoin is an Associate at UMAS International. He is the modelling lead at UMAS International. He has extensive experience in techno-economic modelling of international shipping and emissions inventory modelling. He gained his PhD in simulation modelling of the dry bulk shipping sector. Before joining UMAS, he worked as a data engineer productionising AI/ML pipelines on cloud based systems.
Dr Sophie Parker
Sophie is Principal Consultant at UMAS International. She is the group’s finance lead. She is an applied economist and her research focuses on the economic aspects of decarbonising the shipping sector. Before joining UMAS, she worked as an economic consultant at KPMG and a regional economist at IHS. While at KPMG, she helped develop the methodology for HSBC’s IFRS9 macroeconomic models and provided economic advice on competition law cases. She has a PhD in Energy and Economics and an MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics at UCL. Her PhD examined the economic determinants of freight prices and ship movements in the tanker market.
Dr Nishatabbas Rehmatulla
Nishat is a Principal Research Fellow at the University College London (UCL) Energy Institute, where he has established and leads the social sciences research component of the world-leading multi-disciplinary shipping research group focused on the decarbonisation of shipping. His research focusses on the understanding of barriers to decarbonisation in the shipping sector and exploring solutions, both public and private, to accelerate transitions to a low carbon industry. He co-leads the group in terms of it’s research direction and strategically, overseeing a portfolio of grant funded research and consultancy projects. He gained his PhD in Energy and Transport (Market failures and barriers affecting energy efficient operations in shipping) from UCL in 2014, has an MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance and BSc in Management, both from Cass Business School, City University.
Colin is a Doctoral Researcher of maritime operations and technology within the UCL Energy Institute. His PhD research is concerned with the transition pathways that are associated with the adoption of hydrogen based synthetic fuels within the maritime industry. He has substantial experience within industry and has held positions involved in the design, construction, survey and technical operation of various vessel types and associated systems. Colin holds an MSc in Marine and Offshore Power Systems and a BEng (Hons) in Marine Technology, awarded by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, in addition to industry specific operational certification, issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
Isabelle is a Principal Consultant at UMAS International. She leads the group’s work on maritime GHG policies and governance and she has advised, inter alia, the International Maritime Organization, the World Bank and governments. Isabelle also pursuing a doctoral degree at the UCL Energy Institute for which she investigates how to access climate finance for the decarbonization of the shipping industry. Before joining UMAS, she was a Senior Research & Editorial Executive at Fathom Maritime Intelligence, writing publications on environmental regulations and energy efficiency in the maritime industry, and has previously worked in the Energy & Environment Department at Ecorys in the Netherlands. Isabelle has a BA in Political and Economic Sciences from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Management from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Aideé is a Research Assistant at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. Her work is focused on multilateralism, global climate governance and international cooperation. She is currently working on projects regarding climate and energy policies in the maritime sector. She has an MSc degree in Political Analysis at ITESM (2012-2013). She has been a delegate to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), among other international organizations. She was awarded a Fellowship from the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme in 2016 to study South-South Cooperation.
Wendela Schim van der Loeff
Wendela is a Doctoral Researcher within the shipping transport team at the UCL Energy Institute. Her background is in mathematics, in which she is particularly interested in the dynamics of complex systems and collective behaviour. She attained a master’s degree in economics and policy of energy and the environment at UCL prior to starting her PhD. Within the shipping team at UCL, her focus is on applying complex network analyses to the shipping transport system to analyse the relationships between shipping’s economic features, such as trade and transport cost, and the sector’s environmental constraints.
Dr Santiago Suarez De La Fuente
Santiago is a Lecturer in Energy and Transport at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. He leads the research group’s engineering research component. His research focuses on marine energy-efficient technologies in particular waste energy recovery systems (WERS), holistic modelling approaches for the maritime sector, performance data analytics and decarbonisation pathways. He is deputy director for the UCL Energy Institute’s Energy Systems and Data Analytics MSc and teaches topics intersecting between energy and spatial analysis. He has won numerous grants and awards for his research. He has an MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and has five years of experience in the metal mechanic and electrical industry.
Dr Alison Shaw
Aly is a Research Fellow at University College London (UCL) Energy Institute. Her work focuses on policy, carbon pricing, fuel transitions, infrastructure and investment. She holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews which focused on the development of regulations to reduce CO2 emissions from shipping. She is currently working on a variety of decarbonization projects, both national and international, in the UMAS group. Prior to joining UMAS/UCL, she spent 18 months working in Deloitte in Financial Services Audit and Assurance. She also holds a Masters in Technical Ship Management from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters in International Business from the University of Edinburgh.
Joseph Taylor is a Research Assistant at University College London (UCL). He holds a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering, where his master’s thesis focused on accelerating the development of renewable hydrogen production technologies. His work has concentrated on analysing the market development of novel technologies and potential fuels that construct the decarbonisation debate in the shipping sector. Using his knowledge of technology and fuels, Joseph has been involved in defining technical assumptions, in partnership with the Getting to Zero (GtZ) coalition and Department for Transport (DfT), for current and future transitional models. He has since led a fuels and pathways study for international clients, Ocean Conservancy, and delivered analysis on other technical consultancy projects for National Oceanography and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Chris is the director of strategy and operations at UMAS. He has extensive experience in successfully delivering large scale collaborative programmes and high-value projects gained during his tenures at Caterpillar and the Energy Technologies Institute. Over the past 20 years, Chris has worked in a range of project management, programme management and senior leadership roles. During this time, Chris has led or managed over 40 complex projects using a range of project management tools and approaches. These projects have focussed on emissions reduction and decarbonisation across both heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels. For example, in a previous role, Chris was responsible for delivering the Energy Technologies Institute’s £40M Heavy-Duty Vehicle programme.
Camilo is a Consultant at UMAS International. He uses data science to interpret green technology trends, GHG emissions and possible decarbonising routes in the maritime sector. He was a co-author of the IMO 4th GHG study and technical feasibility transition paths for the European Investment Bank and the UK Space Agency (UKSA). Currently he is involved in several decarbonization initiatives for the coordination of immediate energy transition measures such as the “Getting to Zero Coalition -GtZ” and the “Mission Possible Partnership -MPP”. He has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Surrey and an MSc in Energy Systems and Data Analysis from the UCL Energy Institute.
Dr June Williams
June is the Director at UMAS International.