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Prof Math Noortmann (Coventry University)
(Maritime Security)

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Math Noortmann joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) of Coventry University (CU) in November 2014 as their professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors.At CTPSR, he leads the Research Group on Transnational and Maritime Security. 

Prof Christian Bueger (Copenhagen University)
(Maritime Security)

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Christian Bueger is Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. He is also an honorary professor of the University of Seychelles and one of the directors of the SafeSeas network.

Dr. Hussein Solomon (University of the Free State)
(Landward Security: Terrorism)

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Professor Hussein Solomon is a SIGLA Research Fellow, Academic Head of Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State, Extraordinary Professor at the School of Government, North-West University, Senior Research Associate at the Jerusalem-based Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA), 

Dr. Bahar Baser (Durham University)
(Landward Security & DIasporas)

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Dr. Bahar Baser is a senior associate research fellow at the Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA), Stellenbosch University, South Africa and visiting professor at Tampere Peace Research Institute, Tampere University, Finland.

Eve De Coning (Specialist Director, Norwegian ​ Ministry of Trade Industry and Fisheries)
(LLB LLM Shipping Law and LoS)

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Eve de Coning (LLB, LLM (​shipping law and law of the sea)) is a specialist director with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries and a trained crime intelligence analyst. 

Prof Curtis Bell (Stable Seas Programme)
(Maritime Security)

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Curtis Bell is an associate professor of Maritime Security and Governance in the International Programs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. 

Professor S. Bachmann (University of Canberra)
(Cyber Security & Hybrid Warfare)

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Prof Bachmann is an international scholar, former Lieutenant Colonel (GER A Res)- with operational experience in the Balkans and as exchange officer with the US Marines and a career professional in law and higher education. In the last 20 years he worked in various capacities and functions in the USA, the Middle East, South Africa and various European countries. (Recent podcast on the War in Ukraine here)

Dr W.K. Janse van Rensburg (Content Advisor South African Parliament)​
(Civil-Military Relations)​

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​Dr Janse van Rensburg currently serves as the defence researcher for the Parliament of South Africa's Joint Standing Committee on Defence. Previously he worked as a security analyst focusing on country-specific political and security risk in Africa. He also served in various positions as an officer in the South African National Defence Forc​e (SANDF) between 2002 and 2010​.

Captain (SA Navy) (ret) Mark Stephen Blaine
(Maritime Security)​


Captain Mark Blain is a retired navy captain and currently a guest lecturer for nautical science at the Faculty of Military Science of the University of Stellenbosch. He is also serves as a Research Fellow in Sigla and has completed his Master's Degree in Maritime Security through the University of Coventry in 2016. His research focus is on African maritime security matters with undersea cabel networks, infrastructure and cybersecurity as his particular focus. Capt Blaine also consults for UNODC on maritime security and capacity building, as well as their training programmes.​

​​Associate Professor Brett v​an Niekerk (Durban University of Technology)
Cyber security (Maritime)
​​Prof Brett van Niekerk is senior lecturer in the Department of Information Technology in the Faculty of Accounting and Informormatics at Durban University of Technology.​ From July 2014 - November 2017 he was a senior information security analyst at a large state-owned corporation in South Africa, during which time he retained his academic links as an Honorary Research Fellow. In 2018-2021 he served in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In addition to his academic qualifications, he also holds a Certified Information Security Manager certification from ISACA. Prof van Nie​kerk is appointed as ​​​a Research Fellow with SIGLA wef April 2023.​

Dr G.K. vanDyk
Dean, Maritime Studies (Regional Maritime University)
Accra Ghana

Dr vanDyck joined the Regional Maritime University as a Teaching Assistant in 2008 upon graduating top of his year group. He furthered his studies with the renowned Cranfield School of Management UK and returned to Ghana in 2012 as an Assistant Lecturer.  George pursued a PhD in Transport Economics and Management with Shanghai Maritime University and returned to Ghana in 2016 after completing top of his class and winning the most outstanding international student prize that year. Since then, he has worked in various capacities in academia, industry and through consultancy. He is a member of the Transport Planning Group of the Ministry of Transport, Ghana, that developed key portions of the Ghana National Transport Policy 2020. He is also an active member of the Transport Sector Working Group comprising all transport related ministries, agencies and departments, including donor partners involved in transport related projects in Ghana. He is an executive member of the logistics and transport sector skills body for the commission for technical and vocational education and training (CTVET) in Ghana. His personal and research interests are in Maritime and ocean governance, blue economy, port development, maritime security, and transformational and transitional logistics. ​