Esben Poulsson, Chairman of International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has worked in the maritime industry for over 40 years. He spent 20 years with TORM in a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and, most recently, as President and CEO of TORM Singapore before stepping down in December, 2009. Today he is Chairman of Enesel, a Singapore based commercial management and ship owning entity, managing 14 large modern container vessels all under the Singapore Flag.
He is also Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders (the world’s leading container-feeder ship owner/operator), of First Ship Lease Trust (a Singapore-based business Trust which owns a diverse modern fleet comprising 24 vessels) and of Hafnia Tankers (a major product tanker owner/operator headquartered in Copenhagen). He is non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia (a leading marine insurance broker headquartered in Genoa) and serves as Senior Advisor to Straits Tankers (a Singapore-based Pool Management company being a joint venture between MOL, Tokyo and Hafnia Management, Copenhagen).
He was elected President of the Singapore Shipping Association in June 2015, of which he has been a Council Member since 2007. He also serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and is an Advisory Council Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation. In 2016 he was elected as Chairman of the London-based International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), where he already held the position of Vice Chairman.