Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL was until May 2013 the Dean of Faculty of Maritime Studies at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana. Previous to that, he was Head of Research and Consultancy at the same Institution. He is a Master Mariner and worked on ships for eleven years culminating in an appointment as Master (Ship Captain).

He holds degrees in Maritime Affairs (MSc.) and Maritime Administration (PhD) from the World Maritime University with ITF and Sheldon Kinney Fellowships respectively.

Dr. Manuel has offered consultancy services in national and international contexts (private and public), including to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

He is the author of the book Maritime risk and organizational learning published by Ashgate in London and other articles in peer-reviewed academic journals.