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South African Navy (Ret)

​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.

Some of his more senior appointments included being the Naval and Assistant Defence Attaché in Washington, DC, the Commandant of the Military Academy in Saldanha, and the Director of Naval Logistics at Navy Headquarters in Pretoria.  He was promoted to Rear Admiral in early 2016 and appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Operations Division, and then as the Acting Chief of Joint Operations, until his retirement.

His qualifications include a B.Mil (B.Sc) from Stellenbosch University, an MBA from the University of Cape Town, and an MA (International Relations) from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.  He is also a graduate of the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

He was the recipient of several academic and service-oriented awards throughout his career.  Amongst others, these include the Military Merit Medal (MMM), the Legion of Merit Medal (US Navy), and the Tamandaré Medal of Merit (Brazilian Navy).

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Captain John M. Holmes, USCG (ret.)

Capt. Holmes is a Marine Consultant and port and maritime security specialist with 30 years of experience in positions that include a Chief Operating Officer, Fortune 500 executive, senior level Coast Guard officer.  His positions include serving as Deputy Executive Director for the Port of Los Angeles, where he was responsible for managing the day to day operations at the largest port in North America. Capt. Holmes retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2003 following 27 years of service in posts that included Captain of the Port for the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.  During his Coast Guard Career, Captain Holmes also served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Congressional Affairs, and as Committee Chairman at the International Maritime Organization in London.

Capt. Holmes has been an active consultant for the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.  He was a member of the National Academies Committee on Advanced Spectroscopic Portals (2010), The Committee on Performance Metrics for the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (2013) and the India – US Workshop on Science and technology for Countering Terrorism (2014).  He is currently a member of the International CBRN Resilience Exercise Planning Committee.

Captain Holmes is an expert in course development, course instruction and exercise planning, and is certified as an instructor by the Department of Defense and the Department of State, with over ten years' experience advising foreign governments on port, border and maritime security, and providing instruction to governments around the globe. He holds bachelor's degrees in English and Education from Boston College, in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master's Degree in business administration from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri.  Captain Holmes is currently a co-principal investigator on a MacArthur Grant project titled “Bolstering Counter-Proliferation Efforts within the Gl​obal Supply System".

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Brigadier General John Migui Waweru 

Brigadier General John Migui Waweru was born on 5th December 1961 in Nairobi, Kenya. He joined the Kenya Navy on 14th April 1982. After his basic training at the Armed Forces Training College in Lanet, Kenya, he attended his basic naval course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, United Kingdom. In 1986 – 1988 he attended an engineering course at the Royal Naval School of Weapon Engineering and the Royal Naval School of Mechanical Engineering in Portsmouth, United Kingdom where he attained a Diploma in Naval Science. ​In 1992, at the rank of Major he attended the Defence Staff College in Karen, Kenya. From 1993 – 1994 he was nominated to join UNPROFOR in Zagreb, Croatia as a United Nations Military Observer.

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Rear Admiral Hanno Teute​berg

South African Navy (ret)​

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). During the SA Navy’s acquisition project phase of it’s Meko 200 Frigates and Type 209 Submarines, he served as the Defence Attaché in Berlin. Promoted to Rear Admiral (JG) in 2006, he moved back to Simon’s Town to take up the post of Director Force Preparation followed by stints within operations and business planning at both the operational and tactical levels (Maritime and Joint Head Quarters). He was promoted to Rear Admiral in early 2013 and acted as the Chief Director Maritime Strategy followed by another promotion to Deputy Chief of the Navy in 2014. Retiring from this post in 2017, he has kept himself busy with a variety of maritime related activities. 

Speaker at 2018 ​MS & D conference Maritime Security Panel.