Mr. Krishna Prasad, FICS

Krishna Prasad, Kaypee as he is known in the industry circles, has more than three decades of experience in various segments of the shipping industry: ship-owning, ship-operation, ship-broking, and Liner trades. He is presently the Managing Director of Aster Marine Cargo based in Dubai. He holds a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and is a Post Graduate in Management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Kolkatta, India. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers since 1996 and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

He is the founder Secretary of the East India Branch of the ICS and had initiated the Lecture Series for ICS students in Chennai. He was also instrumental in starting the student lecture series in Dubai. He is passionate about education and is involved in education and training for over two decades. He has presented papers at many international conferences.

He is currently a member of the Controlling Council of the Institute. He was also a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Institute globally.



Mr. Ravi Shankar, FICS

General Secretary

He has over 2 decades of experience in Ship Sale & Purchase, New Building, Demolition, and Chartering. He is a Member of ICS since 2011 and elected as Fellow of ICS in 2017.  He is Director of Eastgate Shipping LLC, Dubai, and helps his clients with Buying and Selling of Ships (New Building, Second-hand Ships, Demolition). He is also actively involved in Chartering.

He extensively works with Shipowners, Investors, Traders, Demolition Cash Buyers, Charterers, Fund Houses, Banks, Shipyards, etc. He also supports them with Market Research and Analysis, Financial modeling, Ship valuations, Feasibility studies, Consultancy.  He is active in Tankers, Bulkers, Container, LPG Tankers, Offshore vessels. 

He helps the ICS students in the tutorship Programme and teaches them Ship Sale and Purchase and Ship Finance. Before entering the Shipping industry, he qualified as Mechanical Engineer and MBA from premier institutes of India.

Mr. Ali Canani, FICS


Ali Canani is the youngest member on the team based on age and experience but has many accolades to his name already. He won the president's prize award (with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers) in 2014. He leads two companies actively; Al Canani Foodstuff Traders LLC (selling over 80,000 MT of dates per year) since 2003 and Red Pearl Logistics (which offers customs clearance and manages 13 trucks for transportation) since 2007.

He joined the ICS in 2014 after passing all 7 exams in 1 sitting and was awarded Fellowship in 2015. As a curious learner, he is passionate about learning through sharing. He has been a tutor of the branch since the day he passed the exams. He has served as the treasurer between 2017 and 2020. He was re-elected to the same post. As the current treasurer, Ali strives to create economic value for the organization over the term 2020-2023.

Mr. Dinesh Lobo, FICS

Team Lead - Education

Dinesh is a Fellow of the ICS, a postgraduate in Economics and holds an MBA degree from Leicester University. His career in shipping has spanned 26 years starting in 1994 in Bombay port with one of India's leading agencies during which he handled a variety of ships including vegoil parcel tankers, LPG tankers, general cargo, bulk, cruise and oilfield support vessels. Since 1997 he has lived in Dubai with 11 years in ship operating and 12 years leading National Shipping Services LLC, a shipping agency company involved with varied ship types, feeders, mainline container, and iso tank line agency, and activities in projects, forwarding, and logistics. His interests include music, sports, hiking, and long-distance adventure driving in other countries.

Mr. Sudesh Chaturvedi, FICS

Team Lead - Events

Working with GAC Dubai – Manager – Projects, Energy & Special Services; 28 years of Shipping & Logistics experience covering Commercial, Operations, Quality Systems (ISO9001:2015 / BSC / CRM), Regulatory Compliance (AEO). Specialist on Ocean and Road Freight with focus on Oil & Gas, High & Heavy, ODC, Break-Bulk, RORO, Live Events, Military Cargoes, Ship-spares (un-manifested), PO Management, Customs Brokerage, CFS (Freight Centre).

Actively associated with Industry bodies namely; 

  • NAFL -Member of the Executive Board; General Secretary & Chairman of Training Sub-committee.

  • DSAA -Member of the Executive Board and DSAA Legal & Technical Committee (Dubai Shipping Agents Association).

  • ICS UAE -Ex Member of Executive Committee, Ex. Secretary Finance, Ex. Training Sub-committee Head.


Team Lead - Membership

Shalini has over two decades of experience in various sectors of the shipping industry: Dry Bulk Chartering, Port Agency, Ship Operations, and Freight Forwarding. Presently she is working as Commercial Manager for the Al-Rashed  Group of companies. She is a prize winner in Port Agency in the ICS Branch student awards. Since becoming a member she has been active in the Branch education team. In 2020 she was elected to the Branch Committee and handles Membership.


Team Lead - Business

Abdul is a qualified lawyer having 24 years of industry exposure and is a Marine legal, claims & Insurance expert.  He is retainer counsel for various forwarding companies and is also a tutor for DSAA, NAFL, ICS and Shipping Academies.  He loves travelling, sports and reading; and is also involved in charity activities.