The bunker industry was looking forward to a year of recovery in 2022 as the Western economies started to put COVID-19 behind them and Asia-Pacific looked set to follow before long. But the war in Ukraine has now upended any sense of calm, with the industry now scrambling to move on from using products of Russian origin and cope with the knock-on impacts of the war and ensuing sanctions on various shipping segments.
Join us at the IBIA Mediterranean Energy and Shipping Conference in Malta in September, 2022 for an in-depth look at all of these issues and more. The event will be held in person at the Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa, St. Julian’s, Malta from the 13th to 15th September, 2022.
Regional Manager (Africa), The International Bunker Industry Association
Tahra joined the IBIA Secretariat in 2014 and is the Regional Manager in Africa and surrounding islands. She has not only taken on the growth and development of IBIA in Africa, but the project management of the IBIA Annual Dinner as well as an integral part of all events and marketing within the IBIA stable.
She has more than two decades experience in marketing and project management. Moving from the design and publications industry into the advertising industry, managing and strategising for some of Africa’s biggest local and export brands. She managed some of South Africa’s prestigious events (Top 100 Companies, Top Woman in Business and Government; Black Empowerment Awards) and a number of international conferences and launches.
Spending time in one of South Africa’s top retailers, re-branding and directing packaging design and communication, Tahra also brings with her the experience of operating within other not-for-profit organisations. She is a highly skilled marketing and project manager with a passion for bringing ideas into reality.
Tahra has been listed ‘One of the most Influential Professionals’ in the shipping industry in 2020 and 2021, according to allaboutshipping.co.uk. When she is not working, you’ll find her quenching her passion for the great Cape outdoors.
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
Hon. Aaron Farrugia is Malta’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects.
He previously served as Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning after serving as Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue at the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality.
Farrugia was elected to the House of Representatives of Malta in June, 2017. He is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Head of the Maltese Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly for the Mediterranean.
As an economist, Farrugia worked as an Advisor to the Maltese Delegation in the Committee of the Regions and later on as the Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Freeport Corporation. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Finance at the University of Malta in 2002, read a Master of Arts degree in European Politics, Economics and Law in 2005. He graduated as Bachelor of Laws L.L.B. in 2011 and obtained a Doctor of Laws in 2013.
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise
Minister Miriam Dalli is responsible for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise sectors in Malta. Miriam Dalli has a track record of promoting sustainability, the transition towards clean energy and working towards attracting new economic niches. Her ministerial portfolio includes attracting new investments, incentivise sustainability and supporting the green and blue economy, among others.
Prominent speakers will explore the benefits of green alternatives and environmental technologies which will carry the bunkering industry into the future and beyond.
Malta’s Maritime history stretches back over 7000 years. Its strategic location has meant that it always played a central role in shipping and trade in the region. The arrival of the Navy of the Knights of St. John in 1530 saw that Malta’s role as a shipping hub was forever established and this has gone from strength to strength right up to the present day.
Looking forward to welcoming you in Malta!