Unni Einemo – Director &
Unni joined IBIA in April 2016 after having worked for nearly two decades as a journalist and analyst specialising in the marine fuel and shipping industries. She was Managing Editor at the highly regarded Bunkerworld and Sustainable Shipping news services at Petromedia, and later Platts, which acquired Petromedia in July 2015.
Through writing, and regularly attending industry conferences and meetings at the International Maritime Organization, Unni has gained expert industry knowledge, in particular on regulatory affairs and fuel quality issues. She earned a reputation for accurate and insightful reporting, and the ability to digest and communicate complex subject matter to the public. She is well respected for her analytical and editorial skills.
Tahra Sergeant – Regional Manager (Africa)
Tahra joined IBIA 5 years ago and has not only taken on the growth and development of the Africa Branch, but also the management of the IBIA Gala Dinner as well as an integral part of all events and marketing within the IBIA stable. Tahra has more than 16 years experience in the advertising, marketing and events industries. Having cut her teeth in the design and publications business she made the move into the advertising industry, managing and strategising for some of South Africa’s biggest local and export brands. Shifting her focus to the events industry she has co-ordinated a number of prestigious events (Top Woman in Business and Government; Black Empowerment Awards to name a few) and many local and international conferences, golf days, launches etc. Tahra also brings with her experience in operating within other not-for-profit organisations as well as being a highly skilled project manager with a passion for bringing ideas into reality. When Tahra is not working, you’ll find her quenching her passion for the great Cape outdoors.
Simon Neo – Regional Manager (Asia)
Simon started his career as a supervisor in an oil terminal and then worked as a senior surveyor for different surveying companies. He joined the bunkering industry in 1992 and was involved in the operations, sales and marketing, trading and purchasing of bunker fuel for an international shipping firm.
Well versed in policy issues Mr Neo has served on many industry committees including the Spring Singapore technical committee (bunkering), SSA Bunkering sub-committee, SIBCON steering committee, the SSA services committee, SS600 and SS524 Bunkering Procedures Review Committee, and the Mass Flow Meter work group which leads to the formation of the technical reference and guidelines for Mass Flow Bunkering in Singapore.
Nadiah Zulkifle – Office Manager (Asia)
Nadiah has experience in the ship management industry and graduated in maritime studies. She is currently managing IBIA’s Singapore office, dealing with all administrative and accounts issues, including publishing and processing training course information.
Tara Morjaria – Administrator & Membership Manager (UK)
Tara comes from a retail background, where she owned and ran a series of successful businesses over the course of 22 years. She then transferred her retail skills to her next role at a large Market Research firm, analysing the shopping habits of consumers and selling the data to retailers and manufacturers. At IBIA, she manages the Membership Database and the administrative process in the London office, and also helps out with the running of events. Tara firmly believes that the foundation to a successful business is putting the customer first. She finds the most enjoyable aspect about working at IBIA is getting the opportunity to travel and meet the members, and says the only downside is being away from her dog Boycie!
Shilpa Gondhia – Accounts (UK)
Shilpa joined IBIA in 2016 and is currently dealing with all accounts and book keeping issues.