The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Judges

The Dr Dierk Lindemann Welfare Personality of the Year Judges

Ankita Srivastava, originally from Lucknow in India, is a former seafarer of 11 years. She received an award from DG Shipping of India for being the youngest person to pass Class 4 Engineering in 2005, and was India’s first female Chief Engineer who sailed on foreign going ships. Ankita currently works for Teekay in their London office as a Voyage Manager in Commercial Operations.

Drew Brandy was appointed Senior Vice President Market Strategy for Inmarsat Maritime in January 2015. He is currently responsible for setting the strategy for the business unit with regards to vertical segmentation, all marketing programmes, and the development of the partner channel.

Previously, he gained extensive experience working in both North America and Europe, holding positions with Bell Canada, British Telecom and Cable & Wireless ranging from business development to corporate strategy.

Natalie has been the Director of Employment Affairs for the International Shipping Federation and International Chamber of Shipping, since March 2003.In her role she represents the industry on all Employment Affairs matters and coordinates Industry positions at the ILO, IMO, EC, WHO and other UM bodies as appropriate. She was actively involved in the development and implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 and discussions on the ILO minimum wage, Crew Claims and Abandonment, Revision of STCW and concerns related to Piracy to name but a few areas. Natalie is also a trustee for Seafarers UK.

Natalie is also actively involved with The International Seafarers Welfare Assistance Network (ISWAN) of which she was a Board member for a number of years for both its previous operations namely ISAN and ICSW. She is currently part of their Piracy subgroup formed since the integration of MPHRP under the charity. She is also Secretary of the Shipowner Group at the International Labour Organisation and a voting member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Natalie was previously a Trustee of Sailors Society and Chair of the Welfare and Chaplaincy Committtee.

Marissa has breathed seafarers’ welfare since birth. In fact, her father built and expanded the biggest seafarers' union in the Philippines.

No task is too menial, nor a vision too dreamy, for Marissa to work through a project's demonstrated impact and deeper meaning for the benefit of seafarers. Examples include:

GASFI (Gig and the Amazing Sampaguita Foundation, Inc.), with its 20-minute read-to-your-child advocacy, which has grown from a seafarer community to a nationwide movement,

St. Pancras Academy, ‘a school for seafarers' children which now basks in the warmth of inclusivity to other children just as hungry for values-laden curriculum’, and

GOLD Foundation, which ‘rounds up those pieces of dreams for inclusive welfare borne out of tenacity, integrity, and excellence, which fuses solidarity with the aspirations of labour within the seafaring industry’.