Board of Advisors

Andrew Johnson

Dr Andrew F Johnson is Assistant Professor of sustainable seafood in the Marine Sustainability, Policy and Conservation Evidence (MarineSPACE) group at the Lyell centre, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland. Andrew is also CEO of MarFishEco Fisheries Consultants Ltd, a consulting firm that provides objective advice to fisheries enterprises, NGOs and governments. Having worked in fisheries for over...

Philipp Hermes

Philipp Hermes is a lawyer qualified in German law in 2008. He started his career in Hamburg in a law firm specialised in ship finance and was advising banks, shipowners and shipyards. In 2013 he joined a family-owned shipping company as General Counsel and member to the board. In November that year, Philipp set up...

Yrhen Bernard S. Balinis

Yrhen Bernard S. Balinis, a navigator by profession and a journalist by heart. With the goal of advancing the maritime industry onwards, he decided to be an active member of renowned professional bodies: The Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), The Nautical Institute (NI), and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST). I am...

Kimberley Motley

Attorney Kimberley Motley has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most respected and successful international human rights lawyers. The former beauty queen, (Mrs. Wisconsin-America 2004) is a force to be reckoned with.  Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, Motley traveled to Afghanistan when she became  the first and only...

Toon van de Sande

Toon started his career as a theologian. Currently, Toon is regularly working as a chief mate in the inland shipping. In 2020 he finished a research and advise project to restart a professional form of welfare-work in the port of Rotterdam. From 2012-2015 Toon’s mayor task was Assistant Programme Director for the ‘Maritime Piracy –...

Paul MacGillivary

Starting in a British Columbia shipyard in 1973, Paul MacGillivary has worked 48 years in the maritime industry, 34 of those spent in technical, safety and project management. He is a certified Chief Engineer and holds a Master of Science degree in Maritime Management from Maine Maritime Academy. Highlights of his career include engagement as...

Nigel Shattock

Nigel Shattock is a senior communications, fundraising, marketing and public affairs professional. He was Director of Fundraising & Communications at Seafarers UK from 2011 to 2019, and previous roles have included being Head of International Maritime Events at Informa Group (under the Lloyds List banner), Director of External Communications at the British Bankers’ Association (now UK Finance), and Head of Communications for the national arm of Citizens Advice....

Alexander J. Marcopoulos

Alexander Marcopoulos is counsel in the International Arbitration practice of Shearman & Sterling LLP, based in Paris, France. A Greek and US national, he represents companies and States in commercial, investor/State and maritime arbitrations carried out under the auspices of a variety of institutional rules, including those of the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC and the...

Bonny Ling PhD

Dr. Bonny Ling is a scholar and practitioner who works on international human rights and development. She has worked in the UN system and in international civil society. She holds a Ph.D in Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, M.Phil (Cantab) in Criminology and MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Dr. Ling also consults as a legal...

Joanne Rawley

Joanne Rawley. Joanne has previously sailed as Chief Officer within the maritime industry and having spent 2020 on secondment to the QHSE department as Designated Person Ashore & Company Security Officer, she will soon be returning to multi-role vessels in the North Sea in order to gain her Master Mariner Certificate. Awarded the Merchant Navy Medal...