Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali (Captain, Ghana Navy) is the Executive Director of the Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa. He holds a PhD in Law, Master of Laws and Master of Arts in International Relations and has an academic interest in Maritime Security and Ocean Governance. He has over 17 years of legal experience and has since 2003 been engaged in Law of the Sea capacity building and Maritime Security policy shaping at the national, regional and global levels. He has participated in several global initiatives, regularly providing expert input/support to the activities of international partners in the sub-region, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNOCD) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Dr. Kamal-Deen is a Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, an Associate of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy, United Kingdom, and an Associate of the Africa Security Dialogue and Research. He has published extensively and is highly regarded for his pioneering work focusing on Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. His latest book, Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges provides ground-breaking analysis of the maritime security situation in the Gulf of Guinea and its implications for shipping, oil and gas industry, submarine cables and pipelines, sustainable fisheries and regional security.