Richard Rivlin is the Founder and CEO of VesselsValue and Seasure Shipbroking. He began his career with H Clarkson in 1976, leaving in 1983 as a founder member of Braemar Shipbrokers. He was at Braemar for 10 years, latterly as their joint managing director before leaving to set up Seasure in 1993 as a specialist S & P shop.
He had the idea many years ago that ship valuations could be improved by using up to date technology. It was only in 2008 when the industry experienced difficulties that he started designing the first fully automated market value system. The Research team was formed in 2009 and the first edition of the Website was launched in May 2011.
Adrian Economakis, one of VesselsValue’s founding employees, oversees the operations and international strategy.
Adrian’s initial role was development of the VesselsValue’s underlying datasets and then managing the go-live of the service in May 2011.
In 2012, he initiated our business development to the US, with focus on the rising demand for our services from investment and hedge funds. He also spent a large portion of his time with our clients in Athens and London.
In 2014, following VV’s significant expansion, he took on responsibility for managing the growing analytical and product teams, leveraging his client experience to guide product development to the needs of our clients.
In 2016, he opened the Singapore representative office which was converted to a registered office in 2017.
Adrian is a regular speaker at industry events.
Prior to joining VesselsValue, Adrian was a Senior Consultant at Accenture, where he developed and implemented algorithms and data driven forecasting processes and tools for BP’s European downstream fuels business.
Adrian has an MSc with distinction in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School London and a BA Hons degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of York.
Georgina Gavin leads the Client Services team at VesselsValue. She also works closely with the research team and the developers, assisting in their ongoing development of the company and its services.
Georgina graduated from Liverpool University in 2007 with a BA Hons degree in Politics, and has subsequently worked in sales and marketing, with particular focus on new business development and account management.
Ben Durber founded a bespoke development agency in 2004, building a series of systems for the automotive, real estate and recruitment industries. He was approached by Richard Rivlin in 2008 and tasked with bringing the concept behind VesselsValue to reality. After initially investing in VesselsValue and working side by side to continue its evolution, his company merged into VesselsValue in 2016.
He now oversees VesselsValue’s Research and Development and is the Managing Director of the Stoke office who takes enjoyment from mentoring his team. After achieving a first class Mathematics degree from Sheffield Hallam University he is well placed to deliver the complex algorithms, big data and machine learning processes that VesselsValue has become renowned for.
Matthew began his career in shipping in 2007 with sister company Seasure Shipbroking and is an original member of VesselsValue having been there since the beginning in 2009.
His role is to assist and develop overseas relations at VesselsValue and together with Tom Evans , he is responsible for leading the sales and analytics desks.
Matthew brings with him 10 years of commercial experience in shipping and is well versed in international business having concluded transactions across all the major bulker, tanker and container sectors.
Whilst fulfilling his duties at VesselsValue , Matthew continues to work at sister company Seasure Shipbroking where he is acting as director.
His main areas of shipbroking expertise are secondhand sale and purchase, newbuilding contracting and ship demolition.
Tom Evans oversees the sales and analytical teams at VesselsValue having joined at its formation in 2009. In tandem with this role, Tom remains an active sale and purchase shipbroker via sister company Seasure Shipbroking. His primary ship owning clients are divided between the Greek, US and Japanese owner operators.
Tom graduated from Durham University with a BA (Hons) and later worked as a shipbroker at Lorentzen & Stemoco in Oslo.
Alex Adamou is a Fellow of the London Mathematical Laboratory, a research institute funded by charitable donations. He worked at VesselsValue from 2010 to 2012, leading the development of the statistical models and computational algorithms on which the valuation technology is based. He remains closely involved in product development as a consultant.
Dr Adamou studied Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Cambridge University and holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College London. He has published academic papers on a variety of subjects, from quantum electronics to ocean waves. His current research at LML concerns new mathematical paradigms for efficient markets and economic growth. In a previous life he was a professional gambler.
Chris Rivlin wrote the first VesselsValue valuation model in 2009. As well as being involved in the research and development of VV, his academic background has also lent itself to the overall design and functionality of VesselsValue. He has been responsible for the extensive academic research that went into building the product.
Chris studied mathematics at the University of Southampton but later changed disciplines to take a BA (Hons) Design for Learning, 1982, and a PhD in Typography and Visual Perception, 1987, at Manchester Polytechnic. That year he began as a lecturer in the Department of Art and Industrial Design at Salford College of Technology, which in 1996 merged with the University of Salford.