Soren Hansen's picture
Asst. Director Vessel Performance
American Bureau of Shipping

Soren Hansen is currently Assistant Director, Vessel Performance, and is head of the Vessel Performance service and development, for the Operational and Environmental Performance department in ABS.

He has previously worked as a Vessel Performance Specialist with A.P. Moller-Maersk, Propulsion Dynamics and Principia North, and was Associate Professor at Svendborg International Maritime Academy (SIMAC) where his focus was on Nautical Operations and Safety. His operational experience has been gained from a long career as a Master Mariner with various Shipping Companies in Denmark.

Hansen has a PhD degree in Naval Architecture from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and he also holds a MSc degree in Marine Technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Fabian Tillig's picture
PhD student
Chalmers University of Technology
Fabian Tillig currently holds the position of a PhD student at Chalmers University in Gothenburg focussing on generic and holistic energy systems modelling of ships with the goal to achieve higher energy efficiency in shipping. He is a Naval Archtect with a diploma degree in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from TU Berlin. Previous experience include a position as a support engineer for modelling techniques and hydrodynamic optimisation at Friendship Systems. Before joining Chalmers in 2014, he worked as a project manager at SSPA in Gothenburg focussing on hull form design and model tests.
Belma Bulut's picture

Dr. Belma Bulut obtained her PhD degree in Maritime Law from Southampton University (UK), LLM degree in International Business and Commercial Law from Manchester University (UK), and LLB degree in Law from Marmara University (Turkey).  She is fully qualified as an advocate in Turkey and worked in various law firms between 2006 and 2010. Belma also worked as an arbitrator at Arbitration Committee for Consumer Problems for three years, and she was a member of board of Consumer’s Association. She wrote some articles published in prestigious maritime law journals and presented papers in various conferences including the first summer school and Maritime & Transport Law Conference at Bologna University, ATINER 10th Annual International Conference on Law, and Transport Law de lege ferenda at Leuven, Zagreb and Elbasan Universities. She also attended to the Sixth Summer Academy at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), and full scholarship was provided by Ince & Co International Law Firm. 

E-mail: blmblt@hotmail.com

Johannes Palm's picture
PhD student
Shipping and Marine Technology, Chalmers University of Technology,

Johannes Palm (Lic. Eng.) is on his final year of his PhD studies at Shipping and Marine Technology at Chalmers University. The research is focused on non-linear simulation methods for moored floating wave energy converters. He is the lead developer of the mooring modeling software MooDy, and has been working extensively with CFD simulations of floating point absorbers in the resonance region. He is also the project manager of a project investigating how to reduce or eliminate the effects of snap loads in mooring cables, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency.

Burak Seker's picture
I am a Lieutenant in the Turkish Naval Forces, industrial engineer and maritime security expert holding the position of Guest Lecturer/Visiting Researcher at the Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (MARSEC COE). My first experience of maritime life came when I was 14 whilst attending Turkish Naval High School. In my Ph.D. thesis, I developed a novel methodology to solve the Mediterranean jurisdiction areas dispute and its maritime security problems sourced from utilizing multiple international relations theories. Prior to joining WMU, I worked in Turkish Naval Forces and Turkish Armed Forces HQ within the fields of communication officer/operations officer in warships, chief of operation office, coastal surveillance commander, maritime safety and accident prevention officer, maritime/naval project officer, crypto-intelligence-counter intelligence-security officer, international security evaluation and analysis officer. I am also two star diver, professional rower (coxless pair) and professional sailor (laser standard). I have been involved in some EU funded FP5, FP6 and FP7 projects including OnTheMosWayNetwork (Motorways of Sea-Safety of LNG ) Project (OTMW-N); Go LNG Project (LNG Infrastructure, Strategic Approach, Maritime Energy Security); Protection Measures for Merchant Ships Project (PROMERC). In 2016, I have been invited to “WMU” and “Multinational Maritime Security Centre of Excellence (MARSEC COE)” to give a series of lectures on “Law of the Sea and Maritime Security” for the second term of “Maritime Law and Policy M.Sc. Class” and on “Maritime Safety” for the third term of “Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration M.Sc. Class”. The lectures series were on Maritime Energy Management, Maritime Energy Security, United Nations Maritime Peacekeeping Operations, Maritime Security Policies and Regulation, Maritime Security Operations, Generic Maritime Security Regulations and Initiatives, Terrorism at Sea, Arms Trafficking and Proliferation at Sea, Piracy, International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code, Drug Trafficking by Sea, Human Trafficking (or Illegal Migration) by Sea, Maritime Fraud, Maritime Boundary Delimitation, Pilotage Services, Organization and Operation for Safety of Maritime Traffic, Coastal State Obligations and its Implementation, Management Systems for Safe Efficient and Sustainable Sea Traffic. During my guest lecturer/visiting researcher period, I have been awarded with “United Nations Staff Officer Certificate” by Swedish Armed Forces and “Safety of LNG Handling on Plant, Bunkering Station and On-Board Vessels Certificate” by WMU. Additionally, I have been a member of Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee of some symposiums and conferences led by WMU as well as invited speaker and discussant. (Ongoing: International Conference on Maritime Energy Management (MARENER 2017), World Maritime University/Sweden, 24-25 January 2017) My research work has been published in international refereed scientific journals, books and magazines especially about Maritime Energy Management, International Maritime Security, Sea Power, Naval Force, Maritime Energy Security, Maritime Safety, Arctic Ocean, South China Sea, UN Resolutions, Mixed Migration, Human Trafficking, Migrant Smuggling at Sea, Mediterranean and Middle East/Syria Crisis, Black Sea and Balkans/Ukraine Crisis, Baltic Sea.
Dimitrios Dalaklis's picture
Assistant Professor
World Maritime University

Dr. Dimitrios Dalaklis joined WMU in the summer of 2014, upon completion of a twenty-six years distinguished career with the Hellenic Navy. His expertise revolves around navigation (techniques, training and equipment), as well as maritime safety & security. Dealing with various issues in the wider Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration specialization, he is also appointed as WMU's Project Officer for the EU funded PROMERC initiative (Protection Measures for Merchant Ships against criminal abduction and extortion). He has also been involved with formulation of maritime security policies at the EU level in the past, i.e. presented the paper “Legal Background of Counter Piracy Operations both in NATO and EU”, Seminar on EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy, Spanish Naval Academy, Marin-Spain, 1st-5th March 2010.

Upon graduation from the Hellenic Naval Academy (HNA), he followed the normal career path of a naval officer by serving on-board various large warships of the Hellenic Fleet. After gaining experience as an Officer of the Watch (OOW), he qualified as a Navigator from both the Greek (H.N.) and the Royal Navy (R.N.) and has repeatedly dealt with navigation in confined waters. He has also fulfilled effectively many other duties related to naval operations, such as Operations Officer (Ops), Executive Officer (EO) and he has completed a Command tour at sea, being the Captain (CO) of H.S. NIKIFOROS. Dr. Dalaklis is a graduate of the Hellenic Navy's Command Staff College and after his graduation from the Hellenic Joint Warfare College he became the Head of the Navigation Simulator Department in the HNA.

Based upon his expertise in navigation, he has performed, coordinated and supervised many series of training involving the use of simulators, as well as on-board practical workout programs. The same applies to various educational and/or professional development activities. He has served as the Director of Studies in the Hellenic Navy's Petty Officers Academy and was subsequently appointed as the STCW Director (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping) of the Hellenic Fleet. Furthermore, as a (former) staff member of the Operations Evaluations Directorate, he has conducted numerous audits/inspections of vessels (QHSE activities). At the same time he has maintained an intense academic activity. He has been lecturing in the HNA in many aspects of Navigation (Ship Handling, COLREG, Tides-Currents, Electronic Navigation -GNSSs, ECDIS, AIS, etc.) since 2005; from 2009 he held the position of Senior Lecturer in Navigation (Applied Navigation and Pilotage-TMA 163). Additionally, during the years 2013 and 2014, he has served as an adjunct lecturer in the Hellenic National Defense College in the domains of Geopolitics and Maritime Security. 

Dr. Dalaklis, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, holds a Bachelor in Maritime Sciences from the HNA. His postgraduate studies took place in the Naval Postgraduate School of the United States, during which he was awarded with two different Masters' degrees (MSc in Information technology Management, with distinction & Defense Analysis). He then conducted his PhD research at the University of the Aegean, Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport. He is the author/co-author of many articles & studies in both Greek and English language. His academic work includes the books (2008) "Electronic Navigation Equipment” and its new updated version (2015) "Electronic Navigation Equipment and Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)”, as well as (2011) "Contemporary Sea Transport System and Piracy" and (2014) “GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY: The Key role of the Mediterranean in energy, maritime transport and environmental protection”, currently in use in various Greek higher education institutions.

Halvor Schøyen's picture
Associate Professor, PhD
University College of Southeast Norway

Halvor Schøyen has 15 years of university college teaching experience in maritime topics and has supervised more than 60 student projects on the bachelor and master level. He gained a PhD in maritime logistics at Molde University College, Specialised University in Logistics in 2013 and an MSc degree in Industrial Management from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 1992. He has eight years of working experience from the shipping industry and has published about 20 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and books. Current research interests include sustainable maritime logistics, maritime safety, green shipping, fuel economy, ship and port performance measurement methods and Arctic shipping.

PhD student
National Technical University of Athens
Dimitris Konovessis's picture
Associate Professor
Singapore Institute of Technology

Dimitris Konovessis is Associate Professor at Singapore Institute of Technology.  He has graduated with a MEng in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, and with a PhD in Ship and Marine Technology from the University of Strathclyde.  His research interests include ship design, design methods for ship safety, risk-based ship design, operation and regulation, maritime energy efficiency and management and marine systems reliability and maintenability.

Søren Stensgaard's picture
Technical Director
Municipality of Samsø
Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry's picture
World Maritime University

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D International Law) joined WMU as President in the summer of 2015. Prior to joining WMU, she served as the Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry began her career at the University of the West Indies, Barbados, as a lecturer in law. She later worked with the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands and then joined the ILO in 1986 where she served both as a senior lawyer of the Organization and in several management positions. She was responsible for developing ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and remained responsible for it until she joined WMU. Since the late 1990s, she led the ILO participation in a number of IMO/ILO interagency collaborations on several issues of common interest to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and ILO, including the Joint IMO/ILO Ad Hoc Expert Working Groups on Fair Treatment of Seafarers and on Liability and Compensation regarding Claims for Death, Personal Injury and Abandonment of Seafarers.

Her qualifications include Barrister at Law and Solicitor, and she is entitled to practice in all English-speaking Caribbean jurisdictions and is a Member of the Inner Temple, Inns of Court, United Kingdom. She holds:

  • a Masters of Law from the University of the West Indies;
  • a Masters in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, and
  • a Doctorate in International Law from the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Doumbia-Henry has dual Dominican and Swiss nationality and has published extensively on a wide range of international law subjects, including on: International labour standards and trade, the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, the Seafarers Identity Documents' Convention, 2003 and the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Sea.

Kitack Lim's picture
International Maritime Organization

Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, one of the major port cities in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for Sanko Shipping Co. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990.  He then studied maritime administration with a major in navigation at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998. 

Mr. Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986, actively participating in maritime safety and environmental protection issues.  From 1992, he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chairman of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004. 

In 2006, Mr. Lim was appointed as Maritime Attaché, minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009.

Mr Lim was then appointed as Director General for Maritime Safety Policy Bureau at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). He led the delegation of the Republic of Korea to the IMO Assembly in 2009. 

In March 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST).  In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority. 

Cem Melikoğlu's picture
Turk Loydu

Mr. Cem Melikoglu was born in Istanbul in 1964. After Private Istanbul German College he graduated from Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Faculty of Istanbul Technical University in 1988.

He has held several management roles in international energy sector such as; Europe, Africa and Middle East HSSE Coordinator position for ExxonMobil more than 21 years, Head of HSSE and Sustainability for OMV Petrol Ofisi, HSSE Director for TANAP (Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline) Project. Mr Cem Melikoglu is Chairman of Turk Loydu since April 2015.

Mr Cem Melikoğlu is fluent in German and English languages in addition to Turkish language and he is father of two boys.