Helle Gleie appointed first director of Sustainable Shipping Initiative
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) has appointed Helle Gleie as its first director and head of the organisation.
From September 2013, Gleie will lead the SSI, a global coalition of companies and NGOs aiming to make shipping economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable by 2040.
Now comprising of 21 member organisations from across the maritime and associated sectors, including Maersk Line, Rio Tinto, Unilever and WWF, the SSI was started by Forum for the Future and has been led by the NGO's staff since its inception in 2010.
In addition to recently holding the position of global head of crew operation at Maersk Supply Service, Gleie has also worked for the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), an NGO whose members in 120 countries control 65% of the world's tonnage, for several years.
Founder director and trustee of Forum for the Future, Jonathon Porritt, said: "The SSI becoming an organisation in its own right is a promising move. Its ambition is clear to see. It has a key role to play within an industry which carries up to 90% of global trade, and has the potential to have a great impact on a raft of environmental issues. We wish Helle great success in her new role."
Gleie added: "Heading the SSI is a fantastic and unique opportunity. We are undertaking an extremely important mission to promote previously unknown levels of cross-industry co-operation and drive innovations in financing, fuels, technology and contracting.
"I am particularly excited to be involved in the SSI's important industry conference in September later this month, where I will be discussing the industry's achievements, sustainability barriers and the SSI's future endeavours with senior stakeholders from throughout the industry. I am confident that my experience, passion and energy will drive the Initiative in its progress," she added.