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 during his career he has presided over numerous SAR activities, pollution, fisheries protection and safety of navigation matters. All these activities brought him in direct contact with the world of seafarers. From 2010-2011 he served as the Head of Department for the Safety of Navigation of the Italian Coast Guard.From 2011 -2015 he held the post of Maritime Attache at the Italian Embassy in London as well as acting as the Alternate Permanent Representative of Italy to the IMO, IMSO and the IOPC Fund. In those years, he participated actively at all IMO committees, specifically focusing on piracy at sea and mass migration. Admiral Aliperta was also part of the Italian drafting team for guidelines for the embarkation of armed guards on board merchant ships. He holds a Master’s degree in External Relations and Intelligence. Admiral Aliperta now is retired from the Italian Coast Guard, but continues to work in the maritime sector as a subject expert and adviser.