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 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.

Akash Kapur

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.

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.

Chris Thorne

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 Velandia-Perico

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.

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.