The work of Mission To Seafarers is ultimately driven by the vision and experience of our management team. This includes our respected Vice Presidents who have worked in the maritime industry for a significant length of time; ensuring that they have been able to view the work of everyday seafarers first hand. As a result they have gained a high level of respect for seafarers and the sacrifices they make in order to keep this vital industry in operation.
Dr Grahaeme Henderson is Vice President of Shipping & Maritime at Shell and is responsible for international shipping and maritime activities, including ships, barges, drilling units, floating production facilities and related operations. His work spans Shell’s entire business across upstream, downstream, projects and construction.
Grahaeme’s global team also manages Shell’s oil tanker, LPG and LNG vessel portfolio. This includes 44 LNG ships, which make up some 11% of the world fleet, and some of the world’s most technically advanced LNG carriers.
Grahaeme is strongly focused on safety and the environment, improving the efficiency of shipping and maritime operations, and driving technology and innovation, including Floating LNG.
Grahaeme has been a member of the Shell Trading Executive Committee and a Director of Shell International Trading and Shipping Company since April 2011. He is active in a variety of shipping industry bodies: Chairman of Oil Companies International Marine Forum, Vice President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Chairman of UK Shipping Defence Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Oceans.
Grahaeme was previously Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell’s upstream joint venture company in Brunei. His career with Shell has also included assignments in the UK, Nigeria, Syria and The Netherlands.
He has a First Class Honours BSc Degree and a PhD in mathematics of sea waves, and is a Professional Chartered Engineer. He is married with a daughter and twin sons.
Grahaeme was appointed Vice-President of The Mission to Seafarers in May 2020
Esben Poulsson is Chairman of The International Chamber of Shipping, the London based Association representing approximately 80% of the world fleet. The Organization, founded in 1921, consists of 35 National Shipping Association members and 11 Associate Members.
Mr Poulsson is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based commercial management and ship owning entity managing 14 large modern container vessels all under the Singapore Flag. Mr Poulsson has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.
Aside from his Chairmanship of Enesel Pte. Ltd., he is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., of Hafnia Tankers Pte. Ltd. and of Avra International Pte. Ltd. He is also non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd. and serves as Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers Pte. Ltd. He also serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
He was elected President of the Singapore Shipping Association in June 2015 and is an Advisory Panel Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation. In November 2016, he was appointed to the Baltic Exchange Advisory Council following the acquisition of the Baltic Exchange by the Singapore Stock Exchange.
Esben was appointed Vice-President of The Mission to Seafarers in May 2020.