Senior Consultants & Director

Professor Proshanto K. Mukherjee


Professor at Dalian Maritime University (China);  Emeritus Professor at World Maritime Univesity (WMU) 

He holds a Honorary Doctor of Laws (juris dr. honoris causa) from Lund University. He was recently awarded the Xinhai Award from the Municipal Government of Dalian, China in recognition of his social, economic and educational service to the City.  

Professor Minghua Zhao


Minghua is an established maritime sociologist with excellent international reputation in specialist research on maritime policy especially policies concerning human factors in shipping and fisheries, in particular on issues concerning gender and China.  

Having studied in the UK (PhD, Bristol), the US (MSc, Connecticut) and China (MA & BA, Henan)

Judge F. Chen


Director of Consultancy   

Mr Chen has practised law in different legal professions in the UK, US and China. He has  abundant experience in cross-border trade, E-commerce and international  business.     Served as a Judge in China for over five years, Mr Chen had handled  hundreds of cases involving commercial dispute and intellectual property infringement. He has been invited by China National Radio and other leading media in China to deliver talks to professionals and the public for approximately 30 times.    Recently, Mr Chen has worked as a Senior Legal Manager in Alibaba. Fa Chen took charge of securing international partership and researching cross-border  E-commerce.    Moreover, Mr Chen has close connection with the British Embassy in  Beijing. Due to his influence in China, Fa Chen was invited by  Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, Lord Keen (the spokesman of British Justice Ministry), and Dame Barbara Woodward (the British Ambassador in Beijing) to attend many events.  

Mr Richard Scott


Senior Consultant; Founder and managing director, Bulk Shipping Analysis; MA Maritime History 

Mr Scott is a shipping market consultant. Previously analyst at  shipbroking company; shipping equities analyst at stockbroking firm; dry  cargo shipbroker negotiating bulk carrier charters. Qualified as  Member, Chartered Institute of Transport; Fellow, Institute of Chartered  Shipbrokers (currently member of London Branch committee).   

Associate,  China Maritime Centre, Solent University. Visiting lecturer, global  shipping markets, London universities: City, Middlesex, Queen Mary,  Westminster. 

Previously visiting lecturer, shipping economics and markets, Greenwich Maritime Institute. 

Awarded MA in maritime history, GMI.    

  • Recent articles of Richard Scott: Collapsing orders for new ships set to hasten market rebalancing, Hellenic Shipping News, 15 February 2017 
  • A bulk carrier market revival beginning?, Dry Cargo International, January 2017 

Professor Yash Tandon


Prof Tandon is an economist and lawyer. He took part in many lawmaking and negotiating process of WTO trade treaties. He also has rich experience in providing training for governmental officers, NGO and professionals. 

 He worked at many different levels as an academic, a teacher, a political  thinker, a rural development worker, a civil society activist, and an  institution builder.  

Prof. Avv. Stefano Zunarelli


Professor (with tenure) of Maritime and Transportation in the University of Bologna since 1995

Prof Zunarelli was Visiting professor and gave lectures in a number of foreign universities.

He is the author of many books and articles in Italian and international reviews in the area of maritime, port, aviation, airport and land carriage activities regulation. He is Director of “Il Diritto Marittimo” (first issue in 1899) and member of the board of the reviews ‘The Journal of international maritime law’, “Anuario de Derecho Maritimo”, “European Journal of Commercial Contract Law”, “Revista de Derecho del Transporte”, ‘Diritto dei trasporti’, “Diritto del Turismo” “Rivista di Diritto della Navigazione”.
He represented the Italian Government in the Juridical Committee of IMO and in Diplomatic Conferences where International Conventions have been adopted on : The nationality of ships (1986), Salvage (1989), Carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea (1990), Carriage of hazardous and noxious substances by sea (1996), Maritime liens and mortgages (1996); Carriage of goods by sea – Rotterdam Rules (2009).
He is the consultant of the Italian Government; and of a number of Regional and Local Governments, of Port and Airport Authorities and of private companies for legal problems concerning the transport activities.
He is Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) and Vice-President of the Italian Maritime Law Association

Senior member 资深会员

Dr Tobias Eckardt


Tobias is a partner of Ahlers & Vogel Rechtsanwälte PartG  mbB in Leer, Germany with a focus on Maritime & Transport Law and  International  Trade Law. He received his doctorate for a thesis on the electronic  “Bolero Bill of Lading under German and English Law”. In addition to his  work as a lawyer, he is co-editor of the “Zeitschrift für  Internationales Handelsrecht” (Journal for International  Trade Law – IHR) and of the law journal “Transportrecht”, focussing on  transport law. In addition to teaching at the University of Applied  Science Emden/Leer, Dr. Eckardt comments on land and maritime transport  regulations in the Munich Commentary on the German  Commercial Code. He is also a member of the German Association for  Transport Law (DGTR), the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats  (AIJA), the German Maritime Arbitration Association (GMAA), and the  Nautical Association of Emden. 

Partnership with German law firm Ahlers & Vogel

Dr Rui Zheng


Lecturer in Maritime Law, Shanghai Maritime University;

LLM (Distinction) at Swansea University; 

PhD in maritime law at Swansea University

Dr Rui ZHENG is a lecturer in School of Law, Shanghai Maritime University and a member of Institute of Maritime Law, Shanghai Maritime University. He is also a member of China Institute of Insurance Law. He is an English Law Counsel with the law firm SG & CO, based in Shanghai. He worked four years as a research fellow at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University. He is currently a member of expert group entrusted by the Ministry of Transport of People’s Republic of China, advising on the issues regarding the revision of the Chinese Maritime Code.    

Partnership with Shanghai Maritime University

Dr Leon Moller


Qualifications: LLB, LLM, PhD in Oil and Gas

Dr Moller is a lecturer at the School of Law, Robert Gordon University, and is delivering the core modules on the Oil and Gas Law LLM/MSc programme including Maritime Law, Oil and Gas Contract Law, Oil and Gas Law, Contract and Business Law. These

modules are delivered at postgraduate level and include both distance-learning and on-campus teaching.

Dr Yifan Liao


Qualifed lawyer in China specialising in Shipping; Member of the Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI); Research Fellow of China Centre (Maritime) (CCM) 中国(海事)研究中心 


Dr Liao joined Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI) in 2012 to inaugurate his PhD research in ship recycling, and is currently working closely with GMI and CCM.

He gained experience in port, shipping and logistics operations for 17 years before becoming a maritime lawyer in 2009. He is also an arbitrator and a senior maritime economist. Yifan has been engaged in a variety of law and policy research projects that eventually contributed to the rationalisation of China’s shipping governance and direct services across the Taiwan Strait. Yifan is currently working for a research project which examines ship recycling policies and practices in China with reference to the policies and practices in the EU and internationally. 

Captain Dr Pengfei Zhang

Captain Dr Pengfei Zhang

Captain Zhang is a qualified and experienced Master Mariner with management experience on ships and in port operations; worked as a deputy CEO in a large shipping group, in charge of legal affairs and shipping business; after that he has taught as a senior lecturer in Shanghai Maritime University (SMU). In 2011-2012, he was delegated to supervise the construction of a 48000DWT training ship for SMU, the largest training ship in the world. He is also a qualified PRC lawyer, and he has practised as a maritime lawyer in Shanghai Allbrights Law offices since 2008, specialising in shipbuilding and financing, ship collision and SNP disputes. Completed PhD study in Greenwich Maritime Institute (GMI), University of Greenwich, he is now a senior lecturer in law in Southampton Solent University.

Dr Jingbo Zhang


Lecturer in Commercial and Maritime Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

PhD  (Soton), LLM (Soton), LLB (SWUPL), BA (SWUPL). Member of Southampton  Institute of Maritime Law; Member of the British Insurance Law  Association (BILA); Editorial Board Member of Southampton Law Review;  Reviewer of Hummingbird (University of Southampton Doctoral Research  Journal); Winner of 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding  Overseas Researcher