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ICS Middle East Key Appointments 2023/26

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Mr. Krishnan Subramaniam, FICS
Head of Professional Development - Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Krishnan is a seasoned professional in the areas of Supply Chain, Logistics, and Commercial Shipping.


He heads the Logistics at Petrochem Middle East, Dubai. He is the past President of the Middle East branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers U.K. and is a member of the Global Controlling Council and Executive Council of the ICS and a member of the ICS Global Membership Committee.


Krishnan’s career spanning 33 years includes Bharat Petroleum Corporation, India, Shell Petroleum in Dubai and Singapore, Aurora Tankers / IMC Group, Singapore, and Fusion Group of companies in Dubai and India.  


He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (FICS) U.K., a trainer for ICS, NAFL Dubai, and Dubai Shipping Agents Association (DSAA), and has been an Adjunct Faculty at S.P.Jain School of Global Management, Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Dubai and NMIMS, Mumbai.

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Ms. Janani Yagnamurthy, FICS
Head of Understanding Shipping - Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers

Janani Yagnamurthy is a professional in data analytics and digitalization, holding various positions within the Marcura Group. Her central focus is on employing data-driven strategies to attract potential clients and enhance existing customer lifetime value.

She earned her Master's degree in Financial Management from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, United Kingdom, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (FICS) in the UK. Janani was the top performer in the Middle East for dry cargo chartering and Ports & Terminal Management. Janani is deeply committed to promoting maritime education, emphasizing its importance to aspiring students and supporting the professional development of her peers.

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Mr. Eshwar Padmanabhan, FICS
Head of Academic Outreach- Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
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Eshwar Padmanabhan has made significant contributions both in industry and academia, particularly within the procurement and supply chain management sector. His extensive experience and academic specialization in Supply Chain Management provide a solid foundation for mentoring future professionals and enhancing educational programs.

By focusing on bridging the gap between industry and academia through memorandum of understanding between universities and professional bodies like the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Eshwar ensures that academic programs remain relevant and aligned with current industry practices. This effort is crucial for equipping students with practical skills and knowledge that directly apply to the dynamic field of supply chain management, including its applications in the marine industry.

The marine industry, with its diverse career opportunities ranging from logistics and operations to regulatory compliance and sustainability, benefits greatly from initiatives that prepare students to meet its evolving demands. Eshwar's work not only enhances educational outcomes but also supports the industry by ensuring a pipeline of well-prepared graduates capable of making immediate contributions.

Overall, Eshwar's dual perspective—combining practical industry experience with academic rigor—provides valuable insights for preparing students to address real-world challenges effectively. This approach is instrumental in fostering a strong connection between educational institutions and the industries they serve, ultimately benefiting both students and the broader professional community.

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