draft programme, subject to change 

Tuesday, 20 June  
Malmö Live Conference Center

09:00 - 10:30 Registration & Morning Coffee

09:30- 10:00 ALUMNI ONLY - Meet and greet with H.E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization
It is recommended that alumni register at the Malmö Live Conference Center before attending the meet and greet.

10:30 - 12:30 Anniversary Celebration 

Music provided by the WMU Choir accompanied by the Malmö Fire Brigade Band

  • H.E. Kitack Lim, Chancellor, World Maritime University and Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization
  • Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University (WMU)
  • RADM Peter Brady (Ret.), Vice Chair, Board of Governors, World Maritime University and Director General, The Maritime Authority of Jamaica
  • Mr Johan Davidson,  State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure and Housing, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Infrastructure, Government of Sweden
  • Mr Mitsuyuki Unno, Executive Director, The Nippon Foundation
  • Ms Sofia Heden,  Representative of the City of Malmö
  • Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., President-Designate, World Maritime University (WMU)
  • Mr Leo Donghyeog Seo,  World Maritime University Student Council President

12:30 - 14:00 lunch

14:00 - 15:00 opening session on Maritime & Ocean Sustainability

  • Mr Gilbert Hungbo, Director-General, International Labour Organization (video message)

  • Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive Director, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
    Green Transformation of Maritime Transport: the EU Approach
  • Mr Andrew Stephens, Executive Director, Sustainable Shipping Initiative
    Taking a Systems Approach to Sustainable Shipping

  • H.E. Dwight C.R. Gardiner, OBE Ambassador and Director/Registrar General of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Ship Registry, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the International Maritime Organization

15:00 - 15:30 coffee break

15:30 - 16:30 panel 1: Transitioning To Zero Emission Shipping 

A main objective for the shipping industry is to become emission free by 2050. This requires innovation, investments in new technologies and people, regulation and education. There is still uncertainty how this overall goal can be achieved and what intermediate steps need to be taken. Close collaboration and coordination of all stakeholders concerned is a key factor for success while ensuring that the gap does not widen between the global north and the global south.

  • Mr Arsenio Dominguez, Director, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization Latest developmentS in IMO’s efforts to phase out GHG emissions from international shipping

  • Captain Karen Davis, Managing Director, Oil Companies Marine International Forum
    OCIMF – A global platform for managing marine HSSE risk in the energy sector

  • Dr Kiki Larsen, Business Development & Funding Manager, Fonden Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    The importance of stakeholder collaboration and the role of Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping in sustainable maritime decarbonization

  • Mr Ajayi Bolarinwa Olumide, Principal Manager, Pollution Control, Nigerian Ports Authority
    Transitioning to Zero Emissions Shipping: The Nigeria Experience

17:00 - 19:00 reception

wednesDAY, 21 JUNE  
Malmö Live Conference Center

08:00 - 09:00 registration

09:00 - 09:10 Opening Session

  • Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs, Vice President (Academic), World Maritime University

09:10 - 09:20 Setting the Scene

  • Ms Minna Kivimäki, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Finland 
    Keeping shipping fit for the future

09:20 - 10:20 panel 2: Focusing On People To Ensure Healthy, Safe & Secure Working Conditions

Maritime and ocean professionals are key to success in any sustainability framework. To foster a steady growth of the required human capital requires attractive career options, healthy working environments as well as high levels of safety and security. Education and global capacity building are further building blocks for sustainable developments within this framework.

  •  H.E. Suat Hayri Aka, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Türkiye to ICAO
    Adoption of the Seafarers to New Technological Era

  • Ms Julie Carlton, Head of Seafarers, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, United Kingdom
    Seafarer wellbeing – how does the MLC, 2006 help?

  • Captain Jesús A. Menacho Pieróla, Director of Inspections, Audits and Supervisions by the Port State Control, General Directorate of Captaincies and Coast Guard (DICAPI), Peru
    The Role of the Maritime Authority of Peru promoting Healthy, Safe & Secure Working Conditions for Seafarers and Fishers

  • Ms Alina Prylipko, Curriculum Manager, Fleetwood Nautical Campus
    Focusing on people: why our vision seems to be blurred?

10:20 - 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 - 11:50 Panel 3: promoting closer collaboration among stakeholder communities

Building strong partnerships and achieving close collaboration between shipping and related communities - ports, coastal, indigenous, etc., - is a prerequisite for sustainable developments in the maritime and ocean sectors. Enhanced dialogue, well-defined standards, transparency and accountability are among the fundamental elements to nurture such partnerships.

  • Mr Zhang Xiaojie, Director, Technical Cooperation Division, International Maritime Organization

  • Mr Michael Achagwe Luguje, Director General, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority
    Stakeholders in unison for a Sustainable Maritime Industry - Ghana's Experience

  • Dr Dalee Sambo Dorough, Associate Professor, University of Alaska 
    Addressing the climate crisis and conserving biodiversity in the arctic

  • Ms Alumita Sekinairai, Pacific Ocean Voices Fellowship, University of Edinburgh
    Traditional Knowledge in Ecosystem-Based Management within Fiji

11:50 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:15 Panel 4: rewarding sustainable performance and fostering innovation

For the maritime and ocean sectors to become sustainable requires investment in new technologies. Finance has an important role to play through creating incentives for such investments and by rewarding sustainable performance. Such actions may accelerate the uptake of the innovation required for maritime and ocean sustainability.

  • Mr Moin AhmedSpecial Envoy to Minister for Shipping, Government of Bangladesh
    Inspiration Towards sustainable maritime and ocean governance

  • Dr Weimin Ren, Director, Transport Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
    Aligning Finance with Sustainable Development Goals in Maritime Transport

  • Dr Young-Tae Chang, Professor- International Logistics, Inha University
    Sustainable financing for maritime industry: Issues and challenges

  • Ms Barbara Scheel Agersnap, CEO, Copenhagen Malmö Port

14:15 - 14:30 comfort break

14:30 - 15:30 panel 5: creating a level playing field through transparency & accountability

Transparency is a key factor in promoting sustainable shipping and ocean use and is a prerequisite for identifying performance improvements and understanding trends in the development of sustainable shipping and ocean sectors. The element of transparency goes beyond the traditional shipping community and includes cargo owners, insurance, finances and even consumers.

  • H.E. Nancy Karigithu, Ambassador and Principal Secretary, State Department for Shipping and Maritime, Kenya 

  • Ms Olajobi Makinwa, Senior Adviser, Africa, UN Global Compact

  • Ms Norhasliza Mat Salleh, Deputy Under Secretary (Maritime Division), Ministry of Transport, Malaysia

  • Ms Cecilia Müller Torbrand, Chief Executive Officer, Maritime Anti Corruption Network (MACN)
    Incentivizing Change and Combatting Maritime Corruption Through Collective Action

15:30 - 16:00 coffee break

16:00 - 17:00 Panel 6: Protecting the Oceans Beyond National Jurisdiction

The successful conclusion of the BBNJ Agreement represents a major victory for multilateralism and the rule of international law, providing an international framework for employing area based management tools, including marine protected areas, to protect at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (WMU-GOI) is proud to have contributed to this landmark achievement through the participation of Professor Ronán Long, director of WMU-GOI, and its alumni and students.

  • Mr Fuad Bateh, 2022 G77 & China Chair´s BBNJ Team

  • Dr Kahlil Hassanali, Lead Negotiator, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) during the BBNJ negotiations
    CARICOM aspirations, BBNJ outcomes and next steps

  • Dr Kentaro Nishimoto, Associate Professor in International Law, School of Law, Tohoku University

  • Ms Minna Epps, Head, IUCN Ocean, Centre for Conservation Action, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

17:00 - 17:20 closing remarks

thursday, 22 JUNE - WMU@40: alumni celebration
World Maritime University

Alumni Celebration

A forum for regional and national alumni associations from around the world to showcase their work, and build bridges with others. This will include a poster session with presentations by Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, and Nigeria.

08:30 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks

Commandant Sajid Hussain, Bangladesh Marine Academy
Rhythm of WMU – spirit for the Alumni’s elevation

09:10 - 10:00 - Regional Associations

AFRICA  - Mr. Mohammed Lavalie, Executive Director, Liberia Chamber of Shipping and
Mr. Usman Shuaibu, Assistant Chief, Nigerian Maritime administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)  

LATIN AMERICA - Mr. Manuel Fuenzalida, Deputy at Marine Environmental Protection, Climate Change, and Pollution Response, DIRECTEMAR, Chile
WMU Latin American Alumni Association LATAMA

CARIBBEAN - Ms. Deniece Aiken, Research Assistant, World Maritime University

PACIFIC - Ms. Alumita Sekinairai, Pacific Ocean Voices Fellowship, University of Edinburgh
Traditional Knowledge in Ecosystem-Based Management within Fiji

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break 

10:30 - 12:00 National Associations

LIBERIA  - Mr. Mohammed Lavalie, Executive Director, Liberia Chamber of Shipping
WMU's Alumni Role in Maritime and Ocean Sustainability, a look at Liberia

PHILIPPINES - Atty Jabeth Dacanay, Chief of Staff, Office of the Administrator, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippines

KENYA - Ms. Mwanaulu Issa, Director Trade Facilitation and Policy Harmonization, Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS)
Investing in Social Capital through alumni networks

JAPAN - Mr. Yutaka Emi, Senior Professor, Engineering, Training Ship "Seiun Maru", Japan Agency of Maritime Education and Training for Seafarers

IRAN - Mr. Hossein Gholizadeh, Director General, Ports and Maritime Organization, Mazandaran & Hormozgan Provinces (ret.)
The National and the Global Impact of the World Maritime University


HELLENIC ALUMNI- Dr. Aspasia Pastra, Associate Research Officer, WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute 
Capt Nikolaos K. Polymeris, Deputy Training Manager at Danaos
Hellenic Network of WMU, Greek Shipping and the vision for a sustainable maritime and oceans future

12:00-12:10 Closing Remarks

Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University (WMU)