Vanessa Welch has spent 25 years in the UAE establishing a career in corporate operations. From FMGC through to arbitration, her experience has added value in supply chain and shipping management. Having worked in the heart of tanker chartering and operations at Vela International Marine and later UACC, Vanessa has continued to seek ways in which to improve maritime community connections. In 2019, the ICS recognized Vanessa as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, one of the few women in the Middle East to have achieved that honour. Today, as the Senior Operations Manager for the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC), Vanessa managed the growth of a seminar platform at EMAC that has grown in popularity, continuing her drive to foster business development within the market.