1. Yusuke Mori (Deputy Executive Director of IAMU)

Capt. Yusuke Mori, Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Maritime Universities. Prior to his current position, he worked at the Japan Agency of Maritime Education and Training for Seafarers as Chief Officer and training Instructor of the training ship. He graduated from Tokyo University of  Mercantile of  Marine  (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology) with a bachelor’s degree in 2000, and the same year he joined the National Institute for Sea Training as 3rd Officer and training instructor of the training ship.  For more than 10 years, he served as a navigation officer and training instructor for several training ships, including tall ship KAIWO MARU and NIPPON MARU. He enrolled on the World Maritime University in 2013 and graduated in 2014 with a Master of Science in Maritime Education and Training specialization. Then he served as Section Chief of the Port State Control office headquarters in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for three years. Since 2018 he has been the Deputy Executive Director at IAMU. He is currently a PhD student at the World Maritime University while serving his current position at IAMU. His research topic is related to onboard training. His specialization is MET, training ship, navigation and STCW.He served as a member of Japanese delegation to several IMO meetings, such as HTW and III Sub-committee.

2. Dr. Syed Asif Altaf Chowdhury (Coordinator at International Transport Workers Federation)

Dr. Asif has been working as the Global HIV/AIDS Coordinator in the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) since 2006. ITF represents 4.5 million transport workers in 150 countries. Over the past 16 years he worked as a Program Manager for a number of international organizations and implemented different reproductive and occupational health care programs.

3. Damir Zec (Full professor at Maritime faculty, University of Rijeka)

Damir Zec started his carrier in 1978 as a maritime officer. After several years at sea, he joined the Faculty of Maritime Studies, University of Rijeka, in 1985. He obtained his PhD from the University of Rijeka in 1994 for his work on the mathematical modelling of maritime traffic. Presently, he is a Full Professor and teaches maritime safety, security and pollution prevention subjects. In addition, his current responsibilities include developing postgraduate courses and supervising PhD students. He delivered lessons on related subjects at universities in Zagreb and Split (Croatia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Genoa and Trieste (Italy).

From 1999-2004 he was a Vice-Dean responsible for R&D activities. From 2010 onward, he is responsible for technology transfer at the University of Rijeka, first as a Vice-Rector and later as a Deputy Rector. He participated as an expert advisor at various international fora (IMO, regional cooperation, international associations) dealing with maritime traffic issues on behalf of different bodies.

Damir Zec coordinated more than 100 development projects and studies for various enterprises and national and regional authorities, including 14 EU/internationally funded R&D projects, all related to maritime subjects and education. He presented research findings at numerous international venues and published in recognized journals. He was engaged as an external expert for maritime subjects in several foreign countries and professional associations. Currently, he is the Chair of the Supervisory Board of the shipping company Jadrolinija and the University of Rijeka Foundation.