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Operations Team

Ana Belen Muela – Procurement Manager

Among her other titles, Ana (Spanish) has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Public Administration and a master’s degree in International business and Foreign Trade. Ana previously worked for Pullmantur as a Commodity Manager and Teekay as a purchasing agent. She has worked for MR Elevator for more than 7 years. Ana is also responsible for all partners and agents worldwide.

Vasiliki Kostoula – Senior Project Manager

Vasiliki (Greek) holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She acquired international experience working in various industries as a Project Manager before joining MR Elevator.

Maria Alejandra Acevedo – Regional Manager Americas

María Alejandra (Colombian) has a university degree in Business Administration, with a major in Supply Chain Management. Before joining MR Elevator as Project Manager in 2016, Maria Alejandra worked for six years at Copa Airlines, most recently as on-board supply service manager.

Alfa Shao – Regional Manager Asia

Alfa (Chinese) graduated from Nanjing Agricultural University with a BA. From 2005 until 2009 he worked at an export-oriented manufacturer, managing their global business. Alfa later took charge of the international business for Desheng-Miko, a specialised elevator manufacturer (2009-2011). Alfa has solid import & export knowledge. Providing 24/7 service to the shipping industry and timely communication with MR Marine Group’s worldwide network, Alfa feels strongly that the human aspect is most important in daily work.

Farah Shaik – Country Manager Singapore

Farah (Singaporean) has many years of experience in HR, administrative work, and Supply Chain Management. Most of her previous employers operate in the oil, gas, and shipping industry; she understands the business very well. Farah manages MR Marine SEA; the Singaporean subsidiary of MR Marine Group.

Alexandra Apostolou – Project Manager

After completing a bachelor’s degree at the Panteion University in Athens, Alexandra (Greek) obtained her master’s degree in Marine Policy from Cardiff Business School with a dissertation on ballast water cleaning systems). Because of her unique background, she is also taking on all ballast water treatment service jobs for MR Ballast..

Murat Turan - Project Manager

Murat (Turkish) has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in Project Management. Before joining MR Elevator in 2018, Murat worked as a Lab Project Engineer at PanTerra Geoconsultants, and as a Sales Engineer at Storrol in Istanbul, Turkey.

Natalia Danilova - Project Manager

Natalia (Russian) has a master’s degree in Engineering (with honours) from the Tomsk Polytechnic University in Russia, and a bachelor’s (with honours) in Corporate Management. Natasha worked as a Project Manager for SMET before joining MR Elevator in 2018.

Yagmur Kantar - Project Manager for MR Marine Group

Yagmur Kantar - Project Manager

Yagmur (Turkish) holds a bachelor degree in Maritime Business Administration from the University of Dokuz Eylul. Yagmur obtained valuable shipping experience while working in the container operation division port of Samsun, and later at Izmir Harbour Ministry in the ship registry department.

Chris Foot - Team Leader Service

Before moving to The Netherlands Chris Foot (Australian) was operations manager at a grain transport company in Melbourne, and worked as manager at the Austral Hotel in Adelaide. This valuable hands-on experience and his smarts made him grow as a Project Manager at MR Elevator very quickly.

Simran Kariya - Credit Manager

Simran (Indian) holds a master’s degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India. Before coming to The Netherlands, Simran worked for 4 years as senior associate at the well-established firm, SKP Business ConsultingLLP.

 Anoop Kumar Basandrai - Warehouse Manager at MR Marine Group

Anoop Kumar Basandrai - Warehouse manager

Anoop (Indian) holds a Graduate degree in Business Management from Punjab University, India. He has proven expertise in process improvement & Quality assurance. Before joining MR Marine Group as Warehouse Manager he worked for XPO logistics & Embassy of India, Netherlands. He also has great knowledge for handling finances for which he ran his own company in India.

Henri Baanen - Technical Support

Henri (Dutch) has been in the marine elevator business for more years than its founder (it was at ThyssenKrupp where they met). Henri has been installing marine elevators around the world since 1990, and knows the ins and outs as no other. Henri joined MR Elevator in 2003 to become the company’s first Technical Manager. Since 2013 Henri has been working from his home in South Africa as Technical Support Manager and MR Academy Trainer. Besides that, he runs a bed & breakfast in Betty's Bay.

Mihnea Radulescu - Senior Account Manager

Mihnea (Romanian) has a degree in International Business Management from the Rotterdam Business School, a degree in Physics, Computer Science and Business Studies from the International British School of Bucharest (IBSB), and won an award for being the student of the year in his final year of studies there. Mihnea previously worked as a Database Organiser for Galeriile Cismigiu, a Video Editor Producer at TedXBUAS, and was a Volunteer at the Bruno Shelter for two years. His love for water, people and adrenalin propelled him to become a certified rescue diver.

Isha Jaiswal - Project Secretary/Trainer

Isha (Indian) holds a Masters in Commerce (Applied Economics), and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. She is a qualified Board Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, having work experience of 3 years in Public Limited Company & Multi-National Corporations. Isha is proficient in maintaining relationships with management and liaising with external regulators, auditors and other agencies. Her experience makes her perfect for the Project Secretary role at MR Marine Group.

Antonio De Lorenzo - Project Manager

Antonio (Italian) holds a Master’s Degree in Earth Resources Engineering from the University of Bologna, and a degree in Civil Engineering. Before working at MR Elevator as a Project Manager, he was a Technician Engineer and Jr. Project Manager at L’Operosa and before that a Health, Safety and Environment (EHS) & Facility Management (FCM) Engineer at SICAM.

Sarantis Kyros - Team Leader Spares

Sarantis (Greek) holds a Masters in the Science of Supply Chain Management, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Logistics Management. Before working as a Team Leader at MR Spares, he was a Logistics Coordinator and, before that, an Assistant Manager of Inventory Planning and Purchase. His coordination and management skills have set him up to succeed in his role as MR Spares Team Leader.

Rocio Balsa - Senior Account Manager

Rocio (Spanish) holds a Journalism degree from the University of Santiago. Before starting as a Senior Account Manager at MR Marine Group, Rocio was a B2B Onboarding and Implementation Specialist at Virtuagym, and before that she was a B2B Client Success Consultant. She is able to speak 5 different languages: Spanish, Galician, English, Portuguese, and Dutch.

Niki Koumiotaki - Project Manager

Niki (Greek) holds a Master of Science degree in Shipping Management, as well as a Business Science degree in Maritime Studies. Before working at MR Elevator, Niki was working as a Port Agent on cruise ships for Inchcape Shipping Services Piraeus. Her experience in effective communication is what makes her a great Project Manager.

Cristopher Nitu - Sales Engineer

Before starting at MR Spares, Cristopher (Romanian) was a Team Leader for SC Mado Consulting Company SRL. He has participated in the FAI World Championships for Space Models, and volunteered for The National Strategy of Community Action, as well as for the Lindenfeld Association.

Aida Izbassova - Sales Engineer

Aida (Kazakhstan) has earned a Bachelor of Oil & Gas Business Degree, as well as a Bachelor of Translation Business degree. She has valuable experience in strategic planning and implementation for supply chain management, and is highly organized. Before starting at MR Spares, Aida worked as a Service Planner and a Senior Administrative Associate at Halliburton International GmbH. She is able to speak 5 different languages: Kazakh, Russian, English, Italian, and Dutch.

Terry Terrier - Chief Happiness Officer

Terry (Irish) is responsible for the staff’s distraction of hard work and the overall relaxation in the office. Her lack of proven work experience is well compensated by her natural feel for people’s need of warmth and a fun environment. Before joining the team in November 2019, she had a 8 weeks of Emotional Intelligence training with her mother.