The Maritime Lectures is a subsidiary of Marecon Ltd, an organisation founded in 1997 by Dr Martin Stopford to provide a vehicle for his work in Maritime education. The Maritime lectures website was developed to provide support for anyone involved in running academic courses relating to the Maritime industry, or training staff to work in the industry. Using Martin Stopford's textbook "Maritime Economics" as a framework, the website has been developed to provide an easily accessible "third dimensional" Maritime education. Its aim is to provide "blended learning" support to teachers and trainers, in the form of short videos; graphic material; Web links and simple tests to help make the basic learning process more efficient.
The following short video (to be added later) summarises the background and approach to developing the Maritime lectures.
Martin Stopford is an economist and has had careers as a teacher, writer, information provider and business manager. He received a Lloyd's List Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He is a director of Clarksons plc, the world's largest shipbroker.
Ken Flanagan is an Innovation Strategist and Creative Development Producer specialising in multi-media factual content provision.
He is an experienced award-winning media professional, and his work utilises a range of new technologies within digital production and social media.
His background is as a documentarian, and he continues to work strategically and creatively, focusing particularly on trans-media production and e-learning. He has a broad range of experience in developing innovative new learning programmes through brand communications agency Brandlove. As a mentor with Mediatrust, a charitable media organisation proving opportunities within media for disadvantaged young people, he continues to lead training and development programs.
Colin Hume has been a freelance programmer and lecturer for many years, and has had a long association with Clarkson Research Studies and Martin Stopford.
He also writes plays and musicals, and is best known as as a writer and caller of English Folk Dances. He has taught dances in England, Canada, the USA, The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
Siri Pettersen Strandenes has been a professor at Norges Handelshøyskole in Norway since 2002. She received her MSc from NHH in 1978.
Strandenes' main research areas are Maritime Economics, Economics of Air Transport, International Economics and Industrial Organization. She has published a number of articles in these areas.
Strandenes is Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School and Visiting Professor at the University of Antwerp. She has served on a number of Boards in public and private institutions, among them DNB, Norges Bank, Bergshav Shipholding, Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits (GIEK), Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) and currently is member in the Board in Norwegian Hull Club, and in the Corporate Assembly in Telenor ASA.
Roar Ådland joined the Norwegian School of Economics as a professor in 2012. He is the holder of the Bergen Shipowners' Association Chair in shipping economics at the Center for Shipping and Logistics. He holds a Master of Science degree in marine technology from NTNU, a M.Phil in Business Economics from NHH and a Master of Science in Ocean Systems Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Ådland received his Ph.D. in Ocean Systems Management from MIT in 2003.
Before becoming an academic, Roar Ådland had a career in the shipping industry, first as an analyst with Clarkson Research Ltd. in London and since 2006 as a trader and portfolio manager of freight derivatives (FFAs) at Clarkson Fund Management Ltd., a shipping-focused hedge fund.
Roar Ådland's research focuses on freight derivative pricing and trading, applications of AIS data, vessel valuation, shipping risk management and bulk freight market modelling.