VIKAND Welcomes New Advisory Board Members


Date: 10th March 2022   

Maritime Medical and Public Health specialist VIKAND has appointed two new Directors to its Advisory Board to help guide the company on its strategic direction and ambitious growth plans. 

Raphael Sauleau has 25 years’ experience in the private wealth and maritime sectors. After 15 years  at V.Ships as its Director of Crew Operations, he became CEO for a Monaco-based family office managing leading luxury assets in St Tropez, Monaco, London and Beijing.  

He joined Fraser Yachts, the world’s largest yacht management company, in 2016 as its CEO using his experience of dealing with Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI) to continually help the company buy and sell luxury yachts for clients. 

Klaus Stoltenberg is currently the co-owner of Constellation ApS. His engagement with the commercial shipping industry spans over 20 years. He was Chairman of the Deutsche Bank marine and aircraft finance division and in his capacity as a senior banker he has developed deep and strong ties with executive management within the global shipping industry. His skills also include building fundamental financial instrument’s structure, debt and equity modelling, institutional advisory and capital raises, using his in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry and network of senior ship owners. 

Commenting on the appointments, VIKAND’s CEO Peter Hult said, “ Klaus and Raphael bring a wealth of executive thought leadership, strategic planning and maritime experience in the commercial and leisure sectors. Their in-depth knowledge of running successful businesses within maritime will prove invaluable in helping VIKAND change the way healthcare is applied in the industry. Our aim is to develop a total healthcare solution to deal with the complex welfare environment we are faced with today and provide support to seafarers to help lower insurance claims and reduce expensive medical evacuations and ship diversions by creating a ‘culture of care’ onboard.”   


Christian Sauleau—Chairman VIKAND Advisory Board 

Christian Sauleau, senior cruise industry executive and Chairman of VIKAND’s Advisory Board, is a consummate luxury cruise industry professional with experience at Silverseas Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, and V. Ships. Christian keeps a razor focus on the customer experience by overseeing standards of excellence in operations, hotel, crew, and entertainment. He is a guest lecturer and serves on the CLIA safety/security group. 

Frederick Burman—Executive Vice President-Asset Management Skanska Group 

Frederick Burman, Executive Vice President-Asset Management Skanska Group, is a senior executive with extensive successful US and Latin American public-private partnerships, broad finance experience and dedication to community initiatives and philanthropy. 

Anna Bjurstam—Senior Consultant IHG  

Anna Bjurstam, Senior Consultant at IHG, is a global expert in health, wellness and spa modalities and management. With 25 years’ experience and a passion for quantum physics and science, Anna is a Strategic Advisor and Wellness Pioneer for Six Senses and Raison d'Etre and a Founding Board Member of the annual Global Wellness Summit. 

Jerry Hamilton—Managing Partner Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel 

Jerry Hamilton, Managing Partner of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, is nationally recognized as a defense attorney and internationally heralded in the nuances of maritime law. Jerry is the 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty and Maritime Law and holds many such distinctions over many years, including being recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics every year since 2006.  

Nicholas Kuchova—United States Foreign Service (Ret.) 

Nicholas Kuchova, United States Foreign Service (Ret.), has a broad comprehension of global commercial and regulatory environments.  With posts in the Near East, Central America and Europe, Nick’s service culminated as the Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the Nordics, UK and Ireland, and the Baltics.  Nick serves on advisory boards for the National Association of District Export Councils, Jaguar Land Rover, and is vice chair of the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. 

Jan Lessem—President and Consultant ClinStrat 

Jan Lessem, President and Consultant ClinStrat, is an experienced adviser in global biomedical and pharma companies and strategic clinical research and development. Jan holds MD, PhD, FACC degrees and previously held executive roles at OraPharma, CombinatoRx and Advanced BioHealing.  

Bob Saxon—Director Westport Yachts 

Bob Saxon, Director of Westport Yachts’ sales operations, is a pioneer in yacht management, working with more than 3000 yacht owners over his 40-year career. He is currently President of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) and serves in senior management and strategic direction for a wide variety of industry and civic organizations. 


VIKAND provides global public health and medical solutions to the international commercial maritime, cruise and offshore industries. We have a team of dedicated physicians, paramedics and nurses who can provide remote or onboard medical assistance 24/7.  

Our services also include the provision and maintenance of onboard medical equipment and the management of a fleet’s medical facilities, including the initiation of crew wellness programs involving regular individual health checks and risk assessments as well as chronic condition support monitoring and mental health counselling. We also run online maritime training courses through VIKAND’s maritime school of medical and public health. 

Our experience extends to comprehensive knowledge of all regulatory, legislative and procedural requirements for client compliance and we are used to engaging and collaborating with regulators and local jurisdictions.  

We also work with our clients to produce tailored public health procedures and protocols with ongoing staff training to maintain best in class hygiene and sanitation standards. This includes understanding and devising protocols to minimise infectious disease transmission such as COVID-19.    

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