Welcome to Stellenbosch University


​​​​​​​​​Professor ​Francois Vreÿ

PhD, Stellenbosch University​​

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​Professor ​Francois Vreÿ is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C1-rated researcher in Humanities/Social Sciences. Prof Vreÿ also lecturers at the University of Namibia, Military Colleges such as the South African National Defence College and the Royal Danish Defence College (RDDC). ​

Prof Christian Bueger (Copenhagen University)
Research Fellow

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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.

Prof Math Noortmann (Coventry University)
Research Fellow

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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 Curtis Bell (Stable Seas Programme)
Research Fellow

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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. 


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

Dr vanDyck is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Transport and currently serves as the Dean of Maritime Studies of the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana. He has worked in various capacities in academia, industry and through consultancy throughout his career. 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, the blue economy, port development, maritime security, and transformational and transitional logistics.


Michelle Nel is a lecturer in Criminal and Military law and the Law of Armed Conflict at the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University.  She also serves as part-time researcher and fellow in SIGLA. Her areas of research include International Law, Military Law and Maritime Security.  Her work has been published in South Africa and internationally.

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


Captai​n Mark Blaine 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 completed his Master's Degree in Maritime Security through the University of Coventry in 2016 and serves as a Research Fellow in Sigla. His research focus is on African maritime security matters with undersea cable networks, infrastructure and cybersecurity as his particular areas of interest. Capt Blaine also consults for UNODC on maritime security and capacity building, as well as their training programmes.

Rear Admiral Derek John Christian, MMM, South African Navy (Ret)
Panel of Experts


Rear Admiral Derek Christian, a qualified submariner, served ​in a variety of seagoing and shore-based posts in the South African Navy and broader South African National Defence Force throughout his 42 years of service, until his retirement in February 2017.​

user-160.pngRear Admiral Hanno Teute​berg, South African Navy (ret)​
Panel of Experts


Hanno Teuteberg joined the South African Navy (SA Navy) in 1977 and qualified as a seagoing combat officer onboard Type 12 Frigates followed by a stint as a Hydrographic Officer. In the mid-80s, he moved to the submarine branch where he followed the normal career path to commanding a submarine and then the flotilla itself (1998). 

Captain John M. Holmes, USCG (ret.)
Panel of Experts


John M. Holmes is an Independent Marine Consultant and a maritime specialist with 40 years of experience in positions that include Chief Operating Officer, Fortune 500 executive, and senior level Coast Guard Officer. 

Ms Lydelle Joubert
Panel of Experts


Lydelle Joubert is a researcher at Stable Seas​ on global piracy and counter-piracy efforts and contributes research on transnational organized crime and terrorism. 

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.