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Operations Team

Sara Bernadi - Key Account Director

Sara (Italian) holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, Translation and Interpreting, and a master’s degree in Conference Interpreting. Sara is fluent in Italian, English, and German, and worked as an Interpreter at the start of her career. She then moved into Sales and Account Management working for trading company Adrianaval in Triest/Italy (marine safety equipment, life rafts and rescue boats), obtaining valuable experience with Italian ship owners and shipyards.  

Ana Belen Muela – Partner 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 – 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.

Maria Bondar – Senior Sales Engineer

Maria (Russian) graduated with a BSc in International Economy from the University of Moscow. Besides her main responsibility of marine elevator spare parts trading (Sales Engineering), Maria has also taken on responsibility as Warehouse Manager (warehousing and strategic buying) for 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..

Kevin Dinga – Project Manager

Before joining MR Elevator in 2017, Kevin (USA) obtained valuable project management experience in the heavy civil construction sector in the USA. Kevin obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of North Carolina (USA).

Murat Turan - Project Manager

Murat (Turkish) has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining MR Elevator in 2017 Murat worked as a Project Engineer at PanTerra Geoconsultants, and as a Sales Engineer at Storrol in Istanbul, Turkey.

Vera van den Berg - Project Manager

Vera (Russian) has a master’s degree ìn Meteorology from the Irkutsk State University. She worked as an Engineer Meteorologist at Irkutsk in the management of hydro meteorological stations before starting at MR Elevator in 2018.

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.

Guilherme Alvarenga - Sales Engineer

Gui (Brazilian) obtained his Deck Officer’s degree at the Brazilian Merchant Mariner’s School. As a Deck Cadet he worked on various vessels in a multitude of disciplines making him a versatile all-rounder. From 2016 to 2017 Gui worked as a 3rd Officer on the MT Ocean Quest and MT Aramon operating for Petrobras, doing cabotage navigation in Brazil and heavy oil transfers.

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.

Evangelos Papafotiou - Warehouse Manager

Evangelos (Greek) holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and Water Resources Science and Technology. He has obtained valuable working experience as a Project Manager at Constantinos Moutzouris ConsultancyEvangelos started at MR Marine Group in 2018 as Warehouse Coordinator.

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.