IAPH looks to young talent from Scotland and South Africa to boost work with IMO, and on World Ports Sustainability Program -

IAPH looks to young talent from Scotland and South Africa to boost work with IMO, and on World Ports Sustainability Program


This month, IAPH welcomes two new colleagues, boosting the organization’s overall geographical spread (London to add to Tokyo, Antwerp and Athens) as well as injecting young, international talent into the team.

Rhona Macdonald (MSc Sustainability and Environmental Studies, 2020) will join with a dual role, dividing her work between IAPH as Policy and IMO Liaison Officer and the British Ports Association (BPA) as Sustainability Advisor, based at the latter organization’s office in central London. Also qualified with a Master of Arts in International Business and Modern Languages, Rhona has worked as a Sustainability Intern for the environmental NGO Ninth Wave Global and as Circular Economy Researcher for Zero Waste Scotland. In her work for IAPH, Rhona will focus on supporting Technical Director Antonis Michail on all policy and project work pertaining to the International Maritime Organization. One such example is IAPH’s strategic partnership agreement on the GreenVoyage2050 project of the Government of Norway and IMO which aims to transform the shipping industry towards a lower carbon future.

Sisangile Nduna (Master of Applied Economic Sciences, 2016) is Assistant Researcher at the University of Antwerp’s Faculty of Business Economics, where she is currently completing her PhD in Maritime Transportation with a dissertation on performance of seaports in the Hamburg-Le Havre range. Through an agreement with the University of Antwerp, Sisangile will work with us this year on a new port tracker concept which IAPH is developing as follow up to the WPSP-IAPH Port Economic Impact Barometer and will also contribute to the agenda of the World Ports Sustainability Program. This includes the further development of the IAPH Women’s Forum and the Association’s African focus, which includes ‘The Century of Africa’ stream at the upcoming IAPH World Ports Conference in June.

Rhona Macdonald Sisangile Nduna

Rhona Macdonald and Sisangile Nduna

IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven commented: “I very much welcome Rhona and Sisangile to the team. Thanks to the partnerships with our associate members British Ports Association and University of Antwerp we have been able to bring new talent to the organization, which will enable us to increase our service to members and widen our international footprint.”
Source: IAPH





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