VIKAND Welcomes Stephen Schueler, Global Maritime Leader, as New Advisory Board Director


Date: 23rd March 2022   

Global Healthcare specialist VIKAND, whose services impact approximately 300,000 crew, has appointed a new Director to its Advisory Board. 

Stephen Schueler is the Chairman of European Maritime Finance, InerFuel, and CEO of Enerjen Capital. He has extensive experience in advising companies in the maritime, finance, technology and supply chain sectors.

Schueler’s previous roles include working at A.P. Moller-Maersk as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer where he was responsible for all its worldwide offices, Global Head of Retail Sales and Marketing at Microsoft and he started his career at Procter and Gamble where he worked in Latin America, Asia and Europe and rose to the position Senior Vice President, Head of Global Retail Operations. Stephen was also awarded the “2021 global sustainability award” for his efforts leading the shipping industries transition to cleaner fuel.  

“We’re really pleased that Stephen has joined our Advisory Board as he has a proven track record of scaling companies like VIKAND that have global growth ambitions. We have tripled in size during the past 12 months and his maritime experience will prove invaluable as our business seeks to work with some of the major ship operators in commercial shipping, offshore and energy sectors,” said Peter Hult, CEO of VIKAND. 

Commenting on his appointment Stephen said, “I am proud of the opportunity joining the VIKAND team, the company has great momentum as the global leader in Maritime Health Care. Ensuring the mental and physical well-being of seafarers is paramount and I look forward to helping the company grow in a sustainable way.” 

This appointment follows the recent news of Raphael Sauleau, CEO of Fraser Yachts and Klaus Stoltenberg, co-owner of Constellation ApS, joining VIKAND’s Advisory Board and demonstrates to company’s ambitions to be the leading healthcare solutions provider to the cruise and commercial shipping sectors. 


Christian Sauleau—Chairman VIKAND Advisory Board 

Christian Sauleau, 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. 

Frederick Burman—Executive Vice President-Asset Management Skanska Group 

Frederick Burman is a senior executive with extensive US and Latin American public-private partnerships experience, broad finance knowledge and dedication to community initiatives and philanthropy. 

Anna Bjurstam— Global Health and Wellness Expert  

Anna Bjurstam is a global expert in health, wellness and spa modalities and management. She 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 is nationally recognized as a defense attorney and internationally heralded in the nuances of maritime law. He is the 2022 Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty and Maritime Law and holds many such distinctions over many years. 

Nicholas Kuchova—United States Foreign Service (Ret.) 

Nicholas Kuchova has a broad comprehension of global commercial and regulatory environments based on foreign service posts in multiple continents and countries over many years. Nick serves on a number of advisory boards. 

Jan Lessem—President and Consultant ClinStrat 

Jan Lessem, MD, PhD, FACC, is an experienced adviser in global biomedical and pharma companies, strategic clinical research, and development. He is President of ClinStrat and with former roles at OraPharma, CombinatoRx and Advanced BioHealing.  

Bob Saxon—Director Westport Yachts 

Bob Saxon is a pioneer in yacht management, working with more than 3,000 yacht owners over his 40-year career. Currently IYBA President, Bob serves in senior management and strategic direction for a wide variety of industry and civic organizations. 

Raphael Sauleau—Chief Executive Officer Fraser Yachts 

Raphael Sauleau leads one of the world’s most recognizable full-service yacht companies, Fraser Yachts.  He is also Deputy Chair of Eyesea, a worldwide nonprofit with a mission to map global pollution and maritime hazards. 

Klaus Stoltenberg—Managing Partner bei Constellation 

Klaus Stoltenberg is a senior advisor for the global maritime shipping industry as well as corporate and financial institutions. He understands the intricacies of boards, shareholders, regulators, rating agencies, institutional investors, and all major shipping associations.  



VIKAND provides global public health and medical solutions to the international commercial maritime, cruise, yachting 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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