April 12, 2021 — The World Maritime University (WMU) is pleased to announce that Maryanne Adams, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs for the Republic of the Marshall Islands, has been appointed by the IMO Secretary-General, Mr Kitack Lim, to join the WMU Board of Governors.

Ms Adams commenced working with the Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the International Maritime Organization in 2012. She started her career as a seafarer and qualified as a Master Mariner. Regarding her appointment to the WMU Board of Governors, Ms Adams said, “I am delighted to be a member of WMU Board of Governors, education is the foundation of the maritime industry and it is my pleasure to assist.”

With respect to the appointment, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU said, “We warmly welcome Ms Adams to the WMU Board of Governors. Women represent less than 2% of seafarers, and the experience of Ms Adams as a qualified Master Mariner and distinguished maritime professional representing a Small Island Developing State will complement our exceptional Board of Governors,” she said.

This is the fourth consecutive appointment of a woman to the WMU Governing bodies, emphasizing the University’s commitment to advancing gender diversity in the maritime and ocean sectors.

About the WMU Board of Governors

In accordance with the Charter, WMU’s governance structure consists of a Board of Governors (BoG) and an Executive Board (EB). The IMO Secretary-General is the WMU ex-officio Chancellor. The President directs and administers the University. The BoG meets once a year and is responsible for exercising due governance of the University, ensuring the effectiveness and continuity of its operations, protecting the autonomous nature of the University within the framework of the IMO, and ensuring the maintenance of the highest academic and professional standards. The BoG is composed of up to 30 members who are appointed by the IMO Secretary-General for a renewable period of three years. The BoG meets annually and is chaired by the Chancellor. The reports approved by the BoG are submitted to the IMO Council.

The current membership of the BoG can be found here.