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Dr Kamal-Deen Ali

Executive Director, Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa (CEMLAWS Africa)

Dr Kamal-Deen Ali (Captain, Ghana Navy) is the Executive Director of CEMLAWS Africa. His academic and professional expertise spans Law of Sea, Maritime Security and Ocean Governance, Offshore Energy and Shipping Administration. He has since 2005 been involved in maritime law/ocean governance policy shaping and capacity building across Africa.

Dr Kamal-Deen has participated in several global initiatives, regularly providing expert input/support to the activities of international partners in the sub-region, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), where he served as a consultant in the preparation of the Blue Economy Document for Africa in 2015.

He is a Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security and an Associate both the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy, United Kingdom, and the Africa Security Dialogue and Research. His recent book “Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges" (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015) is rated as a cutting-edge contribution to knowledge and research in maritime studies.