Board of Advisors

Jas Uppal

Jas Uppal trained as a solicitor and the founder of ‘Justice Upheld’, a British registered international human rights charity which was established to provide legal help and representation to victims of human rights abuses who do not have the financial means and approach to assert their rights and seek redress. In 2009, Jas started the […]

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David Hill

David Hill has been involved in the fishing industry since 1978 from the port of Kilkeel in Northern Ireland working on trawlers fishing all around the UK and Ireland. He became a fishing skipper at the age of 21 operating vessels between 22-27mts and still owns a 24mtr vessel . David became chairman and then […]

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Admiral Cristiano Aliperta

Admiral Cristanio Aliperta has had a comprehensive maritime career spanning over 38 years service in the Italian Coastguard. He graduated with honors in Economics in Rome before entering the Naval Academy in 1978 directly to the Italian Coast Guard and where he reached the highest rank of Admiral. He has commanded many important Italian ports and […]

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Robert Greenwood

Robert Greenwood has been involved in the Fishing Industry since 1995 and started off working on small fishing vessels working in the English Channel, fishing mainly for Crabs and Lobsters. He became a Seafish Approved Instructor in 1999 teaching health and safety as well as navigation, seamanship and radio courses. In 2014 Robert was appointed […]

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Lieutenant Commander Samantha Truelove MBE Royal Navy

Sam Truelove was shortlisted for the 2014 European Diversity Awards Inspirational Role Model of the Year Award and shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards 2015 (positive role model), National Diversity Award 2015 (LGBT Role model) and Inclusive Networks National Awards (Network Leaders of the Year with her Co Vice-Chair of the the Royal Navy’s Compass […]

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Toral Pattni

Toral Pattni is a Gender expert and the Senior Humanitarian Adviser to Care International based in London. She was previously employed in Mali under the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative of the UK Foreign Office where she delivered training to Malian soldiers on International Humanitarian Law and led training on Gender, Protection of Women and Girls and Child Protection as […]

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Jean Gowin

Jean Gowin is the Managing Director of Jeanius Consulting and a media professional with wide-ranging business experience in both domestic and international markets. Jean has more than twenty years’ experience in this field, with the last fifteen years including maritime. Jeanius Consulting is an independent marketing services company offering PR & marketing, social media management, […]

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Captain Milind J. Karkhanis

Captain Milind J. Karkhanis started his sea career in 1978 and has 15 years sailing experience progressing from Cadet to Master while sailing on Tankers, OBO, Dry Cargo, Bulk carriers and Container ships. In 1993, he commenced his shore career as a Marine Superintendent with Confidence Shipping, a ship manning company in Mumbai and then […]

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Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán

Dr. Agustín Blanco-Bazán graduated at the University of Buenos Aires and studied Philosophy, International Law and Political Sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1984 he joined the IMO (International Maritime Organization as Interregional Adviser in Maritime Legislation. He was promoted to Senior Legal Officer in 1987 and Head of the Legal Office in […]

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Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard

Dr. Aleka Mandaraka-Sheppard (LLB, LLM, Ph.D, Dip. I.A.CIArb)
Maritime Arbitrator, Mediator, consultant on risks and maritime law, Chairman LSLCWith over 30 years of experience in the practice and teaching of shipping law, Aleka enjoys applying the law as a maritime arbitrator since 2006 in cases involving disputes arising out of charter parties, bills of lading, marine […]

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Dr. PETRIG Anna, LL.M. (Harvard)

Dr. Anna Petrig initiated the Sea Piracy Project of the Max Planck Institute for International and Foreign Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany) in 2009 and managed it until the end of 2011. In 2013 she completed a research project on the transfer of piracy suspects to third States for their criminal prosecution at the University […]

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Commodore Barry W Bryant CVO FCIPD Royal Navy

Born in Dorchester in 1949, Barry Bryant joined the Royal Navy in 1968 after deciding that the Fleet Air Arm looked a lot more fun than university. After several years flying as an Observer in anti-submarine helicopters from various ships, he became one of the first aviators to complete the Principal Warfare Officers’ course before […]

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Captain Michael Lloyd, RD**, MNM, FNI, RNR

Captain Michael Lloyd was trained on HMS Conway and went to sea with the P and O S.N.Co. During his career of 50 years at sea he commanded many types of vessels ranging through container, passenger, heavy lift, deep sea towage, bulk carriers, tankers, AHTS and a cadet training ship. He also sailed on a […]

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Elinor Dautlich

Elinor Dautlich is a partner at international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, advising across the shipping, offshore and energy sectors as well as on yachts and corporate jets. Elinor has a particular interest in security issues arising in these industry sectors.For more information see http://www.hfw.com/Elinor-Dautlich.

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Irene Anastassiou LLB, LLM

Irene Anastassiou has an LLM from Southampton University, trained and qualified in a City maritime law firm in 2002 and thereafter joined Hill Dickinson LLP in 2007. As a Senior Associate based in Piraeus, Irene has handled a large variety of shipping cases, mainly arbitration disputes, though specialises largely in P&I claims, charterparty disputes and […]

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Martin Foley LLB, MA

Born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham in 1973, Martin Foley studied Law at Manchester University. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1998, Martin spent two years working in private practice in the West Midlands.In 2000 Martin undertook a Master’s degree in Healthcare Ethics and Law at Manchester University. Upon completing his M.A., Martin was appointed as […]

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Joanna Sawh

Joanna Sawh has worked in the shipping industry for over 15 years, and has in-depth knowledge of Fleet Personnel best practice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is currently based in Hong Kong, and has worked for a number of large ship management companies including Bernard Schulte, Peter Doehle, Gulf Stolt and Wallem.Joanna […]

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Kara Bryson

Kara Brydson has more than two decades’ experience in policy, advocacy and marine governance. From working with humanitarian organisations in developing regions and then looking at alternatives to the global exploitation and trade of marine mammals, Kara became the Head of Marine Policy for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scotland, where she […]

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Dr Nadia Bernaz

Dr Nadia Bernaz is a specialist in public international law, human rights and international criminal law. A native French speaker, she holds an LLM and a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseilles (France). She also holds a BA in law and languages (English, Italian) from the University of Grenoble (France) and studied at the University […]

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Professor Neil Greenberg BM, BSc, MMedSc, MFMLM, DOccMed, MEWI, FHEA, FFLM, MD, FRCPsych

Neil Greenberg is an academic psychiatrist based at King’s College London UK and is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. He also runs March on Stress, a psychological health consultancy. Neil has served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number […]

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Nick Grono

Nick Grono is the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund. The Fund is an ambitious seven-year effort to raise and deploy $100 million to combat modern slavery. It was launched by President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2013, who declared, “This is a huge deal and we should all support this.” […]

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Nick Lambert

A master mariner and a committed proponent of the maritime users’ perspective, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert Royal Navy concluded a long naval operational career as the UK National Hydrographer in December 2012. He advises on a wide range of maritime issues including the importance of spatial data infrastructures and hydrography for maritime economies, the evolution […]

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Peter Cook

Peter Cook is a founding Director of PCA Maritime Ltd. A former Royal Marines Officer, he spent a significant part of his 24-year career involved in aspects of maritime security from maritime counter terrorism to formulating counter piracy policy and procedures for the UK Ministry of Defence. Peter Cook developed the concept, and was the […]

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Dr. Sofia Galani

Dr Sofia Galani LLB(Athens), LLM(Bristol), PhD (Bristol) Sofia is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol and the School’s Mooting Academic Advisor. She previously held the position of Teaching Assistant in Law at the University of Bristol Law School. Sofia holds an LLB in Law from the National University of Athens and an LLM […]

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Dr. Peter Swift

Dr. Peter Swift presently chairs the pan-industry “Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme” (MPHRP), which assists seafarers and families affected by piracy. He is a Trustee of ISWAN, Vice-Chairman of the Sailors’ Society, Director of the Maritime Industry Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of the Green Award Foundation, Chairman of the Korean Register’s European Committee, […]

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Professor Dr. VS Ataergin

Professor Ataergin started career as a commercial yacht captain while studying Law at Istanbul Uni. After completing his articleship became fully fledged advocate at Istanbul Bar Association, then joined the academic surrounding, reaching this career at the chair of Commercial Academic Unit at Faculty of Law, Marmara Uni. He obtained LLM at Southampton University in […]

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Steven Kay QC

Steven Kay QC leads 9 Bedford Row’s International team. He is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law and led the 9 BRi team that successfully obtained the withdrawal of the case at the ICC against President […]

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Tulika Bansal

Tulika Bansal works as an advisor at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR). She specializes in human rights and business, providing advice to leading companies in various sectors on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, predominantly focusing on the food and beverage sector, for which she has carried […]

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Professor Schabas

Professor Schabas holds BA and MA degrees in history from the University of Toronto and LLB, LLM and LLD degrees from the University of Montreal, as well as honorary doctorates in law from several universities. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law, […]

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Giuseppe Cataldi

Giuseppe Cataldi teaches International Law at the University of Napoli “L’Orientale” where he holds a Jean Monnet ad personam Chair on the “Protection of Human Rights in the European Union” and directs The Jean Monnet Centre on “The Protection of Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean”. He serves as President of the Association Internationale du Droit […]

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