FRIENDS OF WMU GERMANY E.V
On February 5, 2020 the association "Friends of WMU e.V." was founded in Hamburg. The aim of the association is to support the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö / Sweden as a university of the United Nations, which trains in particular the junior management staff of shipping administrations. Germany is traditionally one of the strongest supporters of WMU. For example, the current IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, graduated from WMU with a scholarship from Germany. The aim of the new association is to support WMU students during visits to Germany and to offer them an active German maritime network.
In the presence of the WMU President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, 17 top representatives of the maritime and port industry met in the rooms of a Hamburg shipping office to perform the founding act. In addition to the head of the central department in the BMVI MDir Reinhard Klingen, lawyer Dr. Axel Henriksen and the Hamburg shipping company owner Frank Leonhardt were appointed to the founding board. The association was entered in the register of associations at the Hamburg District Court on June 11, 2020. Meanwhile the association has 25 members.
MDir Reinhard Klingen, Leiter der Zentralabteilung im BMVI
Frank Leonhardt, Leonhardt & Blumberg
Dr. Axel Henriksen, Rechtsanwalt
Directors at large
Bruce Carlton, President and CEO (Retired), National Industrial Transportation League; Assistant Administrator (Retired), Maritime Administration
Joe Cox, President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America
Charles R. Cushing, Ph.D., P.E, President, C. R. Cushing & Company, Inc.
David M. Kennedy, Senior Arctic Advisor, U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Suzanne Lemieux
Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, Mid-Stream and Industry Operations, API
Clay Maitland, Esq. Managing Partner, International Registries, Inc
Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America
Charles G. Raymond, Chairman & CEO (Retired), Horizon Lines, Inc. Principal, Raymond Management, L.L.C.
Robin Rorick, Director, Marine & Security, API
Jim Watson, USCG (Ret.), Senior VP of Global Government Services, American Bureau of Shipping
C. Robert Beans, Certified Public Accountant
Founders and Emeritus Officers
FOUNDER and Former CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR:
RADM Sheldon Kinney, USN (Ret) (1918 to 2004) Former Rector (President) World Maritime University
Gerald Malia, Esq.
VICE CHAIRMAN EMERITUS:
Captain Richard Soper, Former Chairman and President, American Bureau of Shipping
Captain James McNamara, Former President, National Cargo Bureau
For more information about German Friends, please contact
Friends of WMU Germany e.V
c/o Rechtsanwalt Dr. Axel Henriksen
Griegstraße 75, Haus 2522763 Hamburg, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)40 - 39 90 61 02
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