Mr. Benjamin Zhu currently works as Manager and Legal Officer, Office of the President. He provides executive support to the President in several key areas, including executive management and coordination of IMO and UN system matters, legal and external relations, host country relations, communications, partnerships and development, strategic planning and implementation, fund-raising as well as operations management. Mr. Zhu also provides secretariat support to the WMU Governing Bodies (the Board of Governors and the Executive Board). Prior to this function, he served as Special Assistant to the President. Mr. Zhu joined WMU as Procurement and Contracts Officer in 2016 and established the procurement function overseeing all procurement and contracts related matters. Before joining WMU, Mr. Zhu served more than eight years at the United Nations University (UNU) as the Associate Executive Officer and Manager, Office of the Director. He provided strategic and operations management support to the Director in the establishment of the UNU Institute in Dresden, Germany and oversaw its operations management in the realm of administration (Finance, Procurement and Human Resources), public relations, legal and programme management support. He also worked as Manager, Procurement and Operations at the UNU in Bonn, Germany managing shared procurement and operations services to seven UNU institutes and programmes (UN-Water Programme and International Human Dimension Programme) in Europe. Prior to his career at the UN, Mr. Zhu worked for various media institutions both in Europe and China. Mr. Zhu holds Master’s Degrees in Law (led by UCL and Queen Mary) and Business Administration (Royal Holloway) from the University of London, UK. He also holds a Diploma in Public Procurement awarded by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) from the UK.