GCEL’s Advisory Board consists of highly seasoned professionals drawn from the public, private and academic sectors with extensive experience in the field of economics, international trade, finance, insurance, technology, customs, cargo security, food safety and disaster recovery.
CAPTAIN SAMUEL SALLOUM is the Co-Chairman of GCEL, the Global Coalition for Efficient Logistics. GCEL is a Swiss-based nonprofit
public/private partnership focused on sustained economic growth through increased trade efficiency based on an empowered Digital Economy. Under his leadership, GCEL has gained the support of more than 150 countries and 25 Inter-governmental/nongovernmental organizations worldwide, and its private-sector member companies alone exceed 2.7 million personnel and serve approximately 60% of global GDP. Captain Salloum is also Chairman of the World Logistics Council, a Swiss-based semi-governmental organization involving 28 countries from around the world, supporting global logistics industry efficiency initiatives.
As a recognized authority on issues concerning global trade and cargo security, Captain Salloum is frequently asked to share his expertise with national and international economic and trade forums, governmental agencies, directors, and CEOs. He is the holder of several worldwide logistics and technology patents which have been globally recognized as the solution to problems facing the fragmented, multi-trillion dollar global trade industry. He has also conceived and initiated several global initiatives geared towards improving trade standards, practices, and ultimately volumes around the world.
Captain Salloum was one of the youngest officers ever to be awarded the degree of Open Sea Master by the Italian Ministry of Transportation. At the age of 29, he led the world’s second-largest shipping company in its expansion into the North American market. As the leader of GCEL, he is currently focusing his efforts upon strategy, development and deployment of the organization’s groundbreaking Digital Economy program, the spearhead of an initiative which will universally boost trade efficiency, performance and profitability as it improves the well being of millions of people worldwide. Captain Salloum’s international experience ranges from dockside to boardroom.
Kamaruzzaman Abu Kassim is the President and CEO of Johor Corporation, a leading state-linked conglomerate, with more than 250 subsidiaries employing more than 50,000 employees group-wide. . He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accountancy from the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia in 1987. He embarked on his career as an Audit Assistant with Messrs K.E Chen & Associates in May 1988 and later joined Coopers & Lybrand (currently known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Johor Bahru. In December 1992, he left the firm and joined Johor Corporation as the Deputy Manager of the Corporate Finance Department. He is currently the Chairman of Malaysian Public Listed companies including Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad, Damansara Realty Berhad, QSR Brands Berhad, KFC Holdings Berhad, and KPJ Berhad. He is also a Chairman and Director of several other non-listed companies within the Johor Corporation Group. Kamaruzzaman was actively involved in several significant financial restructuring of companies within the Group throughout his tenure prior to his appointment to his current position.
H.E. TAN SRI ABDUL RAHMAN MAMAT has held various directorial roles in the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia including Director of Industries, Senior Director of Policy and Industry Services Division, Deputy Secretary-General. His last position held was as Secretary-General of MITI from 2006 until 2010. During his tenure as MITI Secretary General, he held various positions including Board Director of Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA), Board Director of Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Board Director of Johor Corporation, Board Member of the Regional Economic Development Authority (RECODA) and Board Member of Lembaga Kenaf and Tembakau Negara, Malaysia.
H.E. Mamat has vast experience and an extensive track record. He was the Assistant Director of MITI and then became the Deputy Trade Commissioner and Director of Trade of the Malaysian Trade Office of New York, USA and Taipei, Taiwan, respectively.
Tan Sri then became the Economic Counselor / Trade Commissioner & Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (ESCAP), Malaysian Trade Office, Bangkok, Thailand. In 1996, he was the Special Assistant to the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Honorary Dato’ Sri Rafidah Aziz. In 1998, Tan Sri was the Director of Export Promotion Bureau Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE).
H.E. Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Mamat, graduated with B.Ec.(HONS) from University Malaya. He then pursued the Advance Management Programme (AMP 167) from Harvard Business School Boston, USA.
SURIN ABDUL HALIM BIN ISMAIL PITSUWAN is the former ASEAN Secretary General and former Thailand Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a political scientist by training, and a politician and a diplomat by vocation. He is the 12th Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Dr. Surin was elected a Member of Parliament from his home province of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, in 1986, under the banner of the Democrat Party. He has served as the Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representative (1986-1989), Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Interior (1989-1992), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1995), Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2001), Chairman of the ASEAN Standing Committee (2000).
Aside from his national service, Dr. Surin has served on many international commissions. He was a member of the Commission on Human Security (2001-2003), World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (2002-2003), an advisor to the UNDP Human Development Report Project (2003-2004) and a member of the Advisory Board, UN Human Security Trust Fund.
Dr. Surin holds a B.A. Degree in Political Science from Thammasat University in Bangkok and Claremont Men’s College in California, USA, in 1972. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, he went on to pursue his Masters and Ph.D. degree at Harvard University (1974, 1982). He also spent one and a half years studying Arabic and doing his research at the American University in Cairo, Egypt (1975-1977). He became a Congressional Fellow under the sponsorship of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1983-1984, which enabled him to have a first-hand experience of the American legislative process.
YUGI PRAYANTO is the current Vice Chairman for Maritime and Fishery Affairs of the Indonesian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).
He served as Vice President of PT. Equity Development Securities – Stock Brokers, Fund Managers and underwriters from 1999 to 2001. He served as a Director of Marketing at PT. Insurance Dayin Mitra Tbk from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Prayanto has been the President Director of PT. Sinar Mitra Karsa since 2005. He has also been the Vice Chairman of PT. Insurance Dayin Mitra Tbk since 2005. He serves as an Independent Commissioner of Danasupra Erapacific Tbk. He has been an Independent Commissioner at Asuransi Dayin Mitra tbk PT since 2005.
Mr. Prayanto holds a Bachelor of Science in Business & Commerce from the University of Houston.
H.E. Horie was the Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Japan and is presently the Councilor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). H.E. Horie is an expert in environmental matters such as climate change, biological diversity, tropical timber, etc. He was also the Ambassador of Japan to the State of Qatar and the Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia as well as Director General for International Affairs in Defense Agency. His overseas posts include Councillor of Embassy of Japan in Denmark, Minister of Embassy of Japan in Kenya and Minister of Embassy of Japan in France.
He chaired the 48th International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) in 2012 and also launched the Energy Efficiency Improvement Facilitation Hub in Tokyo. He is Professor at Meiji University lecturing on Japanese Diplomacy. He also teaches at Kyoto University and Tsukuba University on Global Environmental Issues. He is also Professor at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ambassador Horie received his Bachelor degree in Economics from Osaka University, a Masters degree in Economics from Tulane University and U.S.A. and a Bachelor of Law, Osaka University.
XU NINGNING is a well-known Chinese expert of ASEAN business, Executive Vice Secretary-General of China-ASEAN Business Council Chinese Secretariat, Chairman of GMS Business Council, Guest Professor at China Foreign Affairs University, University of International Business & Economics, and Guangxi University，consultant of China-ASEAN Expo, consultant of China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund， and designer of the theme of China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit.
Mr. NingNing has published 18 books on economics, such as News Business Opportunities in ASEAN-Faith and Action, Diary of China-ASEAN “Zero Tariff”, Business Opportunities – Dialogue with ASEAN, Reports on Business Opportunities of Southeast Asia, Entrepreneurs, etc.
Mr. NingNing graduated from Nanjing University in 1981 with a major in economics. In 1992, He worked as a visiting scholar in Singapore South-East Asian Academy. He has also been invited to give nearly 200 reports on Southeast Asian business in Beijing, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangzhou.
The Honorable Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, is currently the Chairperson of Air AsiaX Board Of Directors and the former Minister of International Trade and Industry Malaysia (MITI) having served more than 21 years. She was also the Chair of the Asia Logistics Council for 2009-2011, a member of GCEL. She graduated with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Economics from University of Malaya and holds the Honorary Doctorate of Letters from several local and foreign universities. She embarked on her career as tutor whilst pursuing her Degree and Masters in Economics between 1966 – 1970. She was appointed as Assistant Lecturer upon her graduation in 1966, and worked as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Administration in the University of Malaya until 1976. She was appointed to the Senate in 1974, and successfully ran for a Parliamentary seat in 1978, serving as a Member of Parliament up to the present.
In 1976 she was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Public Enterprises and in 1977 she was made the the Deputy Minister of Finance. In 1980, she was promoted to the post of Public enterprises and served in that potfolio until 1987, when she was appointed the Minister of International Trade and Industry. She was one of the longest serving minister in the Malaysian Government, holding a cabinet post for more than 27 years. At the political level she is currently the leader of the Women’s Wing of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), a post which she has held for 25 years. She has also been serving in the Party’s Supreme Council for the last 33 years.
Tan Sri Muhammad Ali, is the former Chief Executive Officer of Johor Corporation and served in this position for more than 27 years. Tan Sri graduated from the Malaysia’s premier university, University of Malaya, with a Bachelor of Economics (Honors) degree in 1969 and participated in the Senior Executive Programme, Stanford University, USA in 1985. Tan Sri was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Management by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2000. In 2007 he was again conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Entrepreneurship, University Technology MARA (UiTM) and Honorary Doctorate of Technology Management, University Tun Hussein Onn. Johor Corporation is a State Government-linked Corporation. It is to-day one of Malaysia’s leading business conglomerates, comprising more than 250 member companies and employing more than 50,000 employees in Malaysia as well as regionally . Eight of these member entities are listed on the Malaysia Stock Exchange, with one PLC listed on Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea), as well as London Stock Exchanges. Market capitalization of these nine PLC entities stood at USD 3.9 billion at the end of June 2008 (with JCorp Group holdings amounting to USD 2 billion). Johor Corp Group turnover exceeds USD 1.5 billion annually. Among Johor Corporation’s strategic businesses include Palm Oils; Oleochemicals; Healthcare; Foods & Restaurants (including more than 750 KFC & Pizza Hut & Rasamas outlets in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Cambodia); Poultry (Ayamas); Hotels, Industrial and commercial Property; Intraprenuer Venture; and Logistics. Tan Sri’s many accolades, whether to his person or Johor Corporation, is a testament of his leadership and an acknowledgement of Johor Corporation’s contribution to society at large. This would include the highly acclaimed Inaugural Prime Minister’s Quality Awards for Public Sector in 1990. He was also named as Property CEO of the Year 2005 by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI – Malaysia) and awarded the World Halal Forum Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program Award 2006 from YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia. Recently he was awarded the prestigious Maal Hijrah 1428H Appreciation Award by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong , the King of Malaysia, on 20th January, 2007. Tan Sri Muhammad Ali is also the Vice President of the Malaysian Islamic Chamber of Commerce (MICC); Chairman, Corporate Bureau of MICC; and Chairman, Kumpulan Waqaf An-Nur Berhad. The title “Tan Sri” being one of the highest award in Malaysia for an individual, was conferred upon him by His Majesty the King in 2000.
Mr. Sundram is the former Deputy Secretary General for ASEAN and currently provides dynamic global leadership for a variety of organizations in the fields of public affairs/government relations, trade and economic policy, regulatory affairs, business development, and trade association management. Current positions and affiliations include Senior Fellow for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, Executive Chairman China ASEAN Business Association, Senior Economic Advisor, ASEAN for the Nantong Municipal People’s Government, Jiangsu China, and Principal Advisor ASEAN Food and Beverage Alliance.
Mr. Sundram’s career extends more than 22 years with achievements furthering public and regulatory affairs, global trade, investment and development interests in the Asia-Pacific region by devising innovative regional policies, strategies, agreements and solutions that meet business and stakeholders’ needs, improve financial performance and contribute to economic growth.
MAKARIM WIBISONO, is a former Indonesian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and former Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Dr. Wibisono has also served as Chairman of the Governing Board of the Indonesian Council on World Affairs, Senior Advisor on International Cooperation to the Minister of Health of Indonesia, Advisor to the National Commission of Human Rights, and as Senior Advisor on International Affairs to the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Indonesia. As a Diplomat, Dr. Wibisono was Ambassador of Indonesia to the United Nations and to some Central American countries. He was also Director-General for Foreign Affairs Economic Relations (2000-2002), and Director for Multilateral Economic Cooperation (1993-1994) of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As Director-General for Asia Pacific and Africa (2002-2004), he negotiated and helped finalize the Bali Concord II which effectively created the ASEAN Community. He led the Indonesian Delegation to the Senior Officials Meetings of ASEAN, ASEAN+3, ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and APEC.
Dr. Wibisono holds a PhD in Political Science from the Ohio State University in the United States where he also acquired his Master’s degree in International Political Economy. He also has an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University in the United States and Doctorrandus in International Relations from the Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
Michael Johnson is CEO of Kokoda Capital Group, a privately owned firm with premium clients in the Asia-Pacific region. Kokoda focuses on the commodities and wider energy sector but is also active in financial services, retail, F&B and property. The firm also has holdings in several media, entertainment and sporting related entities. Michael is also a Director of Rugby Channel Online in a partnership with Fiji TV broadcasting rugby on Google’s global online platform. He is also a Director of Myanmar Global Capital Partners (MGCP) and the CEO of Royal Vitamins International Limited, a company manufacturing vitamins in a unique liquid format that has the potential to completely transform the global vitamins industry.
He is the President of the Australia-Asia Business Council and is also a former Member of the Australian Parliament rising to become Federal Parliamentary Whip in 2007. Born in Hong Kong to a Chinese mother and Australian father, Michael is passionate about deepening and widening the Australia-Asia relationship and was the first Member of the Australian Parliament to have a part Chinese heritage and one of the youngest when elected in 2001 at the age of only 31.
He was educated at the University of Queensland where he holds dual degrees in Arts and Law, the University of Cambridge and the University of Birmingham where he holds a double Masters Degree in international relations and political science. He is also a graduate of the the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Programme at Harvard University and has studied at Shanghai’s Fudan University and Beijing’s Capital Teachers University. Michael has spoken at conferences and events all over Asia. Michael sits on the Global Council of the Asia Society and is a Member of the World Chinese Economic Forum Advisory Board. He is a regular political commentator on Australia’s Sky News network.
Mr. Mohamad Amr is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Egypt and Executive Director for the Center for Strategic Documentation. He has served as Alternate Executive Director, representing 13 Arab Countries on the Executive Board of Directors of the World Bank in Washington DC. From September 1995 to December 1997 Mr. Amr served as Ambassador of Egypt to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to that he was the Deputy Assistant Foreign Minister for African Organizations.
In 1965 Mr. Amr joined the Egyptian Foreign Service after graduating from the University of Alexandria with a degree in economics and political science. Served in senior positions in Egyptian Embassies and Missions abroad including Embassies in Washington DC; Beijing, China; London; Canberra, Australia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Egyptian Mission to the United Nations in New York representing Egypt on the Security Council.
He also Served as Advisor to several Egyptian Foreign Ministers including Dr. Esmat Abdel-Meguid and Dr. Boutros Boutros Ghaly.
& represented Egypt in many international and regional meetings including meetings within the United Nations System; the Organization of African Unity; Economic Commission for Africa; African Development Bank; Non-aligned Movement and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Mr. Amr also Chaired the United Nations Security Counsel’s Mission to investigate the attack on Namibia by the, then, Republic of South Africa in 1983. Sat on several World Bank Board of Executive Directors’ Standing Committees including the Audit Committee and the Committee on Governance and Executive Directors Administrative Matters (COGAM)
Dr. Halaiqah is a well known political and economic figure in Jordan and the Arab region. He is acknowledged for his efforts in economic and legal reform in Jordan. He led Jordan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Jordan and USA. Dr. Halaiqah was member in the Jordanian parliament till recently chairing the foreign relations committee. Dr. Halaiqah served in key ministerial positions in four consecutive Jordanian governments. His latest position was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade. After resigning his ministerial post in October 2004, he was appointed by the King a senator and served in the senate till 2007. In the business world, Dr. Halaiqah is the Chairman of Ammoun International investments, as well as chairman of Consult Us Co., he is also active in NGO’s , currently chairing Sakeenah for social support (orphans). Dr. Halaiqah, born in 1951 holds a PhD Degree in Industrial Chemistry from Leeds University, UK and has extensive expertise in economic, political affairs and relations in the Arab World.
H.E. NANCY BAKIR is currently the High Commissioner for Arab Civil Society at the League of Arab States. In 2009 she was Minister of Public Sector Reform, and in 2007-2009 Minister of Culture in the Cabinet of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Prior to that, H.E. Bakir held the positions of Assistant Secretary General at the League of Arab States for the Social Sector from 2004 to 2007, and Acting Secretary General Assistance for the Economic Sector in 2006.
From 1999 to 2004 she held the position of Advisor to the Prime Minister of Jordan for Human Rights, that included her being a member of the National Council for Human Rights, a member of the Educational Council, a member of the Radio and Television Board, General Coordinator for the Second Summit of Arab First Ladies 2002, and General Coordinator of the Amman Cultural Capital of the Arab World 2002. Other positions she held include: Secretary General of the Ministry of Administrative Development, and Acting Secretary General for the Higher Council for Science and Technology. She also worked in other institutions such as the Ministry of Higher Education, the Council of Higher Education, the Ministry of Planning, and the Civil Service Society.
H.E. Bakir holds a Masters degree in Philological Sciences/Former Soviet Union, and a Masters Degree in Peace and Diplomacy.
GREGORY BIRD has 40 years of international finance, logistics, and manufacturing experience. He has been a CFO for a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL providing global supply chain management, transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage and related services for the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and other Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Bird led various international project teams to expand logistics services to customers while reducing their internal logistics and operational costs. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of a multi-state Tier One manufacturing firm supplying precision machined automotive components. He was also a CPA and Senior Manager for 10 years at Arthur Andersen & Co., an accounting, tax and consulting firm leading various teams in financial planning, process improvement and cost management in the manufacturing, real estate, retail, and transportation industries.
Mr. Bird graduated with Honors from the University of Michigan BBA program. His experience includes hands on knowledge of supply chain activities from shelf to shelf.
Mr. Jamian was appointed by President George W. Bush and served as the Head Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration from May 2003 until May 2006. Mr. Jamian was instrumental in implementing a Southern California Gateway Action Strategy to address port congestion issues. Mr. Jamian’s responsibilities included promoting the environmentally sound integration of marine transportation with other modes of transportation and with other ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes uses. Mr. Jamian managed the daily operations of the Maritime Administration, its 900 employees, and 276 ship assets under MARAD purveyance.. During his tenure as a Michigan legislator, which began in 1991, Mr. Jamian served as Chair of the House Task Force Committee on Port and Maritime Affairs. He also chaired the House Health Policy Committee. While serving in the legislature, Mr. Jamian chaired the United States Canada Relations Committee for the Midwest Council of State Governments, focusing on the mutual goals of the two nations who share the world’s largest lake and transportation system. Mr. Jamian served as the Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. Under his administration, the Port Authority introduced many new programs including restoring the Great Lakes cruise ship industry. Mr. Jamian served as Chair of the American Great Lakes Ports. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities and the Michigan District Export Trade Council. He also worked with the Department of Defense, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Jordan’s Queen Noor on demining efforts in the Caucus region of the Middle East. Previous to his appointment, Mr. Jamian was selected by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to participate in the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference to survey the Nation’s military capabilities—both at home and abroad. In 2011 Jamian resumed his role as Executive Director at the Port of Detroit.
Mr. Gabrys spent 42 years with Deloitte, retiring as a Vice Chairman in 2004 with a career spanning more than four decades of experience in public accounting including extensive service to a variety of publicly held companies in the automotive manufacturing, financial services, and healthcare industries. In addition, he assisted a number of large corporations with their implementation of the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Mr. Gabrys also served as the operations leader for Deloitte’s Financial Institutions Industry Group and served as the U.S. representative on its Global Banking Committee.
Since then, he has maintained a full-time role serving on a variety high-profile boards in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Current corporate board memberships include CMS Energy, TriMas Corp., La-Z-Boy, and Consumers Energy. His civic/nonprofit board memberships include: Crime Stoppers of Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber (honorary), Detroit Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Prior board commitments have included Dana Corp., Ave Maria University and chairing the boards of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Detroit Medical Center. He was the interim dean of the Wayne State University business school in 2005.
Mr. Gabrys earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from King’s College and is a graduate of the executive programs of Stanford University, Northwestern University and the International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold served in the Royal Navy for 33 years, specializing as a seaman officer and then as a helicopter observer. Later in his career he commanded the frigates HMS MOHAWK and HMS BRAZEN, and was Captain of the 2nd Frigate Squadron in HMS BRILLIANT. He was a member of the Royal College of Defense Studies in 1984, and his appointments in the Ministry of Defense included Director of Defense Concepts in 1987. Promoted Rear Admiral in 1991, he served as Assistant Chief of Defense Staff (ACDS) Operational Requirements for Sea Systems until 1994, and additionally as ACDS (Joint Systems) from 1992. He retired from the Royal Navy in March 1994. Rear Admiral Cobbold took up his appointment as Director of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in September 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and a Governor of the London Nautical School. He has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defense Committee since 1997. He has written numerous articles for RUSI and other publications, and contributes widely to the national and international media on defense and security issues.
Rear Admiral Roberto Patruno is the former Director of the Regional Marine Emergency Response Center of the International Maritime Organization that assists the Mediterranean countries in the implementation of the IMO Conventions relevant to prevention, preparedness and response to marine pollution as well as the Prevention-Emergency Protocol. He graduated from the Italian Navy College in 1968 as a Lieutenant of the Harbor Master – Coast Guard Corp., where he served with great distinction for 33 years, achieving the rank of Rear Admiral. His initial duties were in the Harbor Master Offices of Livorno, Bari, and Rome where he was responsible of the administration of 160 km. of coastline and related territorial waters, including safety matters in ports and in coastal industrial installations. In 1984, he was appointed as Deputy Director to the National Maritime Emergency Centre at the Italian Civil Protection Department Headquarters, to assist the Director with major emergencies at sea related to search and rescue, marine pollution, and coastal areas evacuation. In 1992, he was seconded for a three year period to the European Commission (DG Environment – Civil Protection) in Brussels as a national expert in the fields of marine environment and civil protection. He was assigned in 1995 to the Operational Department (IMRCC) of the Coast Guard Headquarters where, for three years, he led the newly created International Relationship Office.