Professor Max Mejia to Lead WMU
From IMO Briefing
22 February 2023
Professor Max Mejia selected to succeed Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry as the new President of the World Maritime University.
Following a competitive selection process, Professor Max Mejia has been selected by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, Chancellor of the university, to succeed Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry as the new President of the World Maritime University (WMU), based in Malmö, Sweden.
It is expected that Professor Mejia will take over the president’s role on 29 June 2023, when Dr. Doumbia-Henry's term expires.
World Maritime University (WMU)
The World Maritime University (WMU) was founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The mission of WMU is to be the world centre of excellence in postgraduate maritime and ocean education, research, and professional training, while building global capacity and effective implementation of the IMO Conventions and regulations and promoting maritime sustainable development. It also promotes the roles of women in the maritime and ocean sectors.
As an entity within the UN system, WMU has been delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) on education, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, sustainable industrialization and innovation, climate action, the oceans, peace and justice, and working in partnership.
To date, WMU has 5,807 alumni from 170 countries and territories.
Professor Maximo Q. Mejia Jr.
Professor Maximo Q. Mejia Jr. is currently Director of the PhD Program and Associate Academic Dean at the World Maritime University.
He studied Political Science at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, United States.
He is himself a graduate of WMU, having received a Master of Science in Maritime Safety Administration in 1994. Professor Mejia also has a Licentiate of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy from Lund University in Sweden.
Before joining WMU in 1998, Professor Mejia saw duty on board various naval and coast guard vessels, as well as in shore-based facilities in the Philippines.
During a sabbatical from WMU between 2013 and 2016, Professor Mejia served as the Administrator (Director-General) of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in the Philippines.