BIMCO has hired Gudrun Janssens as Manager, Intergovernmental Engagement, at its new office in Brussels, as the organisation seeks to be closer to the EU decision-making process and continue to expand its global reach.
Gudrun Janssens comes from a position as Head of Environmental and Technical Affairs at the Royal Belgian Shipowners’ Association, a position she has held since 2019. Prior to this, she held a position as Director, Maritime Safety and Environment at the European Community Shipowners’ Associations in Brussels. She will be joining BIMCO on 1 November 2022 when the new office in Brussels opens.
“Opening our office in London last year to be close to the International Maritime Organization has cemented our belief that we need to be close to the decision-making processes. Opening the office in Brussels was inevitable at a time when our industry works towards decarbonisation, and EU regulations have significant impacts on the entire industry and the environment,” says Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO Deputy Secretary General.
Gudrun Janssens also has extensive experience within the area of ship recycling and has been responsible for evaluating and participating in relevant European and international initiatives regarding waste management in ports and from ships. She holds a Postgraduate in Port Management from the University of Gent in Belgium and has studied at the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa focusing on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law.
“I am delighted to be joining BIMCO at a time when the shipping industry is facing unprecedented change, challenges, and opportunities, and look forward to representing members’ interests from right here in Brussels,” says Gudrun Janssens.
BIMCO already has offices in Athens, Houston, London, Shanghai, Singapore, and the headquarters in Copenhagen.