Whether your are looking to establish a presence in the shipping, maritime, and logistics sector or want to expand your existing operations, our team of consultants is available to provide customized solutions tailored to meet your specific needs. In addition to our core consultancy services, we also offer a range of value-added services that are designed to help our clients maximize their success. From ongoing support and training to innovative technologies and tools, we are committed to providing our clients with everything they need to achieve their goals.

House of Shipping Management Consultancies FZCO is a leading provider of business consultancy and advisory services to clients in the shipping and logistics industry. Our consultancy services cover a wide range of areas, including Legal Services, Human Resources, Finance and Tax, IT, Process and Transformation, and Marketing.

We are House of Shipping


One house dedicated to all your business requirements

The House of Shipping team is committed to supporting you with whatever your business requirements are. With a wide range of related experience and expertise, our industry experts offer support to new and experienced shipping and logistics customers.

Enjoy the benefits of working with a team of knowledgeable, dedicated people with decades of experience

Benefit from the wisdom that only time can bring. Discover the difference that decades of experience make, and let House of Shipping be your trusted partner on the journey to achieving remarkable success in the shipping and logistics industry. From legal complexities to innovative IT solutions, from strategic marketing to financial proficiency, our team members bring a diverse range of skills to the table. With decades of collective experience, we have weathered industry shifts, navigated complex challenges, and seized countless opportunities, all while remaining steadfast in our commitment to excellence.
When you partner with us, you are not just gaining access to a consultancy service – you are joining forces with a team that understands the nuances, anticipates trends, and is deeply passionate about driving your success. Our cumulative expertise serves as a compass, guiding your business towards efficient solutions and strategic growth.

Our vision and mission

Embedded within our foundation are two pillars that steer our course and define our purpose. These cornerstones, our vision and mission, illuminate our path and serve as a reminder of our collective purpose, influencing everything we do as we strive for excellence.

Meet our executive leadership team

Our executive leadership team has a wide range of expertise and knowledge gained from many different companies and industries. Together, they work as a team to provide expert leadership and advice. Click the arrows below to find out more about our leaders.
Ardavan Bayat

Ardavan Bayat

Global Chief Process and Transformation Officer

Ardavan is the Global Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for House of Shipping and is based in Dubai. He has more than 20 years of extensive experience gained in shaping, leading and implementing business process improvement, information management strategies and various transformation programs.

His past career includes 10 years in Pharmaceuticals in various process excellence and IT transformation roles, including SAP implementations, while the later part of his career involved more than 10 years working for AP Moller Maersk leading their strategies, business process excellence and transformation projects within Maersk Line, Damco and APMT at various locations globally.

He holds an MSc in Information Management from Brunel University, UK and a Bachelors with 1st class honors in Logistics systems from Bournemouth University, UK. He is well trained on various programs including Transformative coaching, PRINCE 2 and is also a Black Belt in Lean & Six Sigma methodology.

He is British by nationality but originally from Iran (moved to the UK at a very young age) and speaks fluent English and Farsi. He enjoys reading and writing particularly poetry, loves music, hiking and walking his dog, racket sports and loves skiing.


Alessandra Ronco

Global Chief Legal Officer
Alessandra has served as the Global Chief Legal Officer for House of Shipping since April 2022 and is based in Dubai. She joined from Arkas Container and Shipping Transport S.A. where she was the Head of Legal and Member of the Board of Directors for the Liner Service.

In the past, she worked with Maersk Line for over ten years, in various positions across legal, customer service, network design and partnership management activities.

Alessandra holds, among others, a Master’s Degree in Law and a Doctorate of Research in Law (PhD in Law) from Italy, and specializes in legal strategy, cooperation agreement, P&I claims, FD&D matters, and ensuring regulatory and competition law compliance.

In her personal life, she is married and has three children. She likes travelling, reading, writing novels, and swimming.

Martin Kaalund

Martin Kaalund

Global Chief Financial Officer
As Global Chief Financial Officer (GCFO), Martin is responsible for streamlining and professionalizing the finance function of House of Shipping and across all the professional partner companies of House of Shipping. This includes, but is not limited to, accounting, reporting, internal and external audit, treasury, corporate finance, tax and investor relations. His career spans more than 20 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy.

Prior to joining House of Shipping in 2020, Martin served as CEO & CFO for B-Eye Solutions LLC, a OneStream diamond partner providing consulting, implementation and application lifecycle management to multinational customers.

Before that, from 2014 to 2018, he served as VP-Accounts for UASC (United Arab Shipping Company), the largest container shipping line in the Middle East region and adjacent markets, covering over 275 ports and destinations worldwide and from 2008 to 2014, he served as CFO UK & Ireland for Maersk Logistics / DAMCO Group, an integrated container logistics company operating in 130 countries.

Earlier in his career, from 2001 to 2008, Martin held multiple finance management positions with Maersk Line and Maersk Group, and he was part of the team that implemented Hyperion Financial Management (HFM) and later SAP in Maersk Line and the Maersk Group of Companies.

Martin holds a Master of Science in Business Administration & Commercial Law, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Commercial Law both from Copenhagen Business School of Denmark and a Diploma, Financial & Management Accounting ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) in UAE.

Toby Edwards

Global Chief Commercial Officer

Toby is the Global Chief Commercial Officer for House of Shipping, having joined in February 2022, and is based in Dubai. His responsibilities include providing leadership in developing and executing the company’s commercial strategy.

Prior to House of Shipping Toby worked at Agility Logistics in a number of different roles including Global Head of Marketing, CEO of their digital startup Shipa Freight, Chief of Staff, and SVP for Digital Transformation. He has also worked for other leading international companies such as CSAV (now part of Hapag Lloyd), MCI WorldCom, and Gartner.

He holds degrees from the University of Southampton and the University of Manchester.

Mohammad Ahmadabadi

Mohammad Ahmadabadi

Global Chief Information Officer
With over 19 years of experience in the shipping industry and with deep knowledge of end-to-end processes, Mohammad has responsibility for all IT-related activities. He has wide experience of Freight Forwarding and Logistics, including the implementation of three ERP/TMS solutions.

When not working hard Mohammad counts snooker, movies and reading as his main hobbies, and he is a keen technology enthusiast.

Prasanth Edassari

Prasanth Edassari

Global Chief Human Resources Officer
Prasanth is the Global Chief Human Resources Officer for House of Shipping and is based in Dubai. He has over 20 years of experience in people management at senior levels along with an MBA in Human Resource Management from Oxford Brookes University UK and is interested in turning around organizations’ bottom lines using PEOPLE POWER.

In his current assignment, he heads the global HR portfolio with a team of 12 direct HR and Admin professionals managing Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, Employee branding, Change management, Performance management, Talent Management, Rewards & Recognition, Compensation & Benefits, Employee relations & Administration.

Previously, he has worked with organisations like Panasonic Middle East & Africa, Gravity HR & Management consultancy, Cedar Management Consulting International, Johnson Controls, Ernst & Young, NHS, Adecco and RAK National Insurance Company.

In 2022 Prasanth was selected to be featured in Asia’s 100 Power Leaders in HR from UAE.

When not working, Prasanth is a keen participant in sports and likes to spend time with his family, travelling and is a keen observer of human nature.

Elie Daoud

Global Chief Marketing Officer

Elie, the Global Chief Marketing Officer for House of Shipping, brings over 18 years of diverse marketing expertise to his role. With a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing marketing strategy, brand strategy, digital and social media marketing, content marketing, customer acquisition, events, and experiential marketing, Elie has delivered award-winning campaigns across various industries.

Before joining House of Shipping, Elie played a crucial role in the marketing leadership team at AD Ports Group. As Marketing Director, he spearheaded pivotal initiatives to promote products and services within the group’s ecosystem of ports, terminals, industrial zones, shipping, logistics, maritime, and digital trade services, as well as its maritime academy. Notably, Elie led efforts in repositioning the company’s brand, facilitated post-merger integration marketing synergies, and managed financial communications during the group’s transition to being publicly listed.

Elie’s dedication to excellence and his deep understanding of marketing dynamics make him a trusted leader in the industry. His commitment to driving transformative change ensures unparalleled success for customers navigating the ever-evolving global maritime landscape.

Outside of work, Elie spends time trekking the Himalayas while enjoying his favourite cup of specialty coffee.



We currently support a growing number of companies all over the world

At present, we proudly extend our support to an expanding array of companies spanning the globe, encompassing a diverse spectrum of activities. Our comprehensive portfolio of services positions us as a reliable partner for businesses worldwide, harnessing our industry expertise and extensive experience to enhance each engagement.
Furthermore, our dedicated team of seasoned professionals stands ready to offer unwavering support and expert guidance whenever the need arises, ensuring a seamless and enriching collaboration.

Our corporate social responsibility policy

We take Corporate Social Responsibility so passionately that “Duty of Care” is one of our core values. We work with our customers, partners, and employees to ensure we focus on good practices as they relate to our work.
Supporting sustainability in logistics is not only good for the environment but helps our customers show their commitment to improving the state of the world. We also support the communities we are part of with a wide number of programs.

‘TRADE’ is in our nature and values

Come join the House of Shipping team

We are always on the lookout for talented people. Are you curious about the world, how it works and how you can make things better? Do you have a passion to help logistics truly move forward? Are you willing to take the extra step in servicing clients and open to helping colleagues as well? And do you appreciate a start-up like culture and atmosphere? Then we would love to hear from you.
We are confident you will find working with us both challenging and rewarding!

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Explore the diverse range of partners that have entrusted House of Shipping with their shipping and logistics consultancy needs. These partnerships reflect our commitment to delivering excellence and driving success in the ever-evolving landscape of the shipping and logistics industry.


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