Karin Orsel (pictured, left) has been working in the maritime industry since the age of 18. At 23, Karin was one of the founders of MF Shipping Group, an organisation she has lead as CEO and majority shareholder since 2001. MF Shipping Group partly owns and manages a fleet of 55 vessels, and employs approximately 900 seafarers and 53 office staff employees.
In 2009 Karin won the prestige Dutch ‘Female Entrepreneurship Award of the Year’ for her personal determination and drive in managing her business successfully, being well focused, ambitious and capable of achieving anything she sets her mind to.
In June 2016 MF Shipping Group was a joint winner of ISWAN’s International Seafarers’ Welfare Award: Shipping Company of the Year 2016.
In June 2017 Karin received an honorary Doctor of Public Administration Degree of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in recognition of her significant contributions to and impact on the maritime industry through her leadership, motivation and commitment to excellence as well as her active participation in numerous national and international organisations.
Besides running her own company Karin is an active board member in a number of national and International associations and organisations, including:
Vice Chairman and board member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Co- chairman of the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR)
Board of Governors member of the World Maritime University (WMU)
Trustee of the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)
Member Supervisory Board Groningen Airport Eelde
Chairman MFG Seafarers fund
Investor in several amongst others international maritime related projects
Past President of WISTA International
Ambassador of ’We keep on Growing” (project with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands).