Gard announced today that Imola Szanto from Sweden and Hasan Tahsin Azizagaoglu from Turkey are this year’s winners of the Claes Isacson Scholarship.
Imola is currently completing her Master of Laws studies at Stockholm University where she will graduate in June this year. Simultaneously, she has been conducting a Master Mariner Program at the Linnaeus University which she is expected to complete in June 2021. Prior to this, Imola has also trained and completed a Ships Officer with a Class VII certificate. She has held several shipboard internships, serving on various vessels from icebreakers to oil tankers and expedition vessels in the Arctic.
Hasan is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Southampton and a double graduate of Southampton having undertaken the LL.B with Maritime Law and LL.M in Maritime Law. He is currently writing on his PhD thesis. Hasan has also very relevant experience in addition to his studies; he has worked as a Legal intern at Bench Walk Advisors as well as holding summer internships at Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants and at the Port of Ambarli.
Our commitment to the next generation
Announcing the winner, Rolf Thore Roppestad, CEO of Gard commented “This annual scholarship is designed to help young people finance an education at university level, with a view to finding work within the shipping and marine insurance sectors. Imola and Hasan are both intent on pursuing a career in the maritime industries and we’re delighted to award the scholarship to such deserving candidates.
“Knowledge and expertise are vital parts of the Gard group, and supporting this scholarship is tangible evidence of our commitment to the education and training of the next generation of talent. Equally important is the opportunity for us to learn and get new perspectives from the students who will be the future of our industry.”
Gard has always had a keen focus on knowledge and expertise, one of the pillars of excellence on which our group is built, and supporting this scholarship is tangible evidence of our commitment to the education and training of the next generation of talent. Every year we see a very high standard of applicants for the scholarship, and it is encouraging for both the maritime and insurance industries to see a flow of talent interested in working within them.