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Adjunct Professor Grahaeme Henderson elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Published: 27 October 2022
Professor Grahaeme Henderson

SMMI Adjunct Professor Grahaeme Henderson has been elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

University of Southampton alumnus Dr Grahaeme Henderson OBE is a world leading advocate for safety and the environment – causes that he’s advanced significantly during four decades of work at Shell and through partnerships with the University.

He has had a distinguished 40-year career in Shell International including as Engineering Manager in Syria, Chief Engineer in Nigeria, CIO of Upstream IT and Digital Business in The Netherlands, Country Chair and Managing Director in Brunei, and Senior Vice President Shipping & Maritime in the UK.

In this latter role, he was responsible for the 2000 floating worldwide assets in Shell, delivering substantial reductions in carbon emissions in ships and greatly improving the safety performance.
Grahaeme initiated and is currently Chair of the global shipping industry Together in Safety Foundation, a non-regulatory industry consortium working together to improve shipping’s safety performance. He holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Engineering, PhD, Honorary DSc from the University of Southampton and is a Chartered Engineer. He was appointed the OBE in 2020 for Services to International Shipping.

Grahaeme has also maintained a strong relationship with the University, working to tackle safety and environmental challenges. In 2015, Dr Henderson was appointed Adjunct Professor to the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute and greatly assisted in building the growing links between Shell Shipping and the SMMI including the development of the Centre for Maritime Futures. In recognition of this and other valuable contributions to Southampton and society, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2018.

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