IOI Gallery for 2019

New Director of IOI Germany (Germany, January 2019)

Anna-Katharina Hornidge (L) taking over the position as director of IOI Germany from Werner Ekau (R). Photo Credit: A. Daschner
Anna-Katharina Hornidge (L) taking over the position as director of IOI Germany from Werner Ekau (R). Photo Credit: A. Daschner

Anna-Katharina Hornidge, has been appointed as new director of the International Ocean Institute in Germany effective from January 2019.  The position had previously been filled for many years by Werner Ekau who is retiring later this year. We also take the opportunity to commend and thank Dr Ekau for the many years of support and dedication to the IOI through the actions of IOI Germany, and his advice and input during his tenure as Chair of Directors on the IOI Governing Board. His work over this time has been invaluable and essential in its many forms, and his genuine friendship always hugely appreciated. Antonella Vassallo, Managing Director of IOI headquarters in Malta, welcomed Professor Hornidge to the position: “We look forward to working with Anna-Katharina Hornidge and to further enhancing the strong and fruitful relationship with IOI Germany. Her professional and personal qualities will be an asset to the role”, Ms. Vassallo wrote in a letter confirming the succession.


Additional information can be found in the latest IOInforma 0119. This can be downloaded from the Documents & Publications section.

3rd Training Programme on Ocean Governance, Ocean Sciences and GeoEthics 

(Universidad del Atlantico, Barranquilla, Columbia, 21st January - 15th February 2019)

IOI Participation during the "Capacity Development in the Federal State of Bremen" Event

(Berlin, Germany, 11th February 2019)

On 11th February, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) held a conference on Capacity Development at the Vertretung des Landes Bremen beim Bund in Berlin. The IOI was represented at this conference by Dr Awni Behnam (Honorary President of the IOI) who took part in a panel discussion on the requirements and needs for capacity development, Dr Anna-Katherina Hornidge (Director of IOI Germany), Dr Werner Ekau (Former Director of IOI Germany) and Mr Cosmin Chivu (Project Officer at IOIHQ) who manned the IOI stand at the event.


Overall, the event provided valuable insight on the various forms of capacity development, while the panel consisting of alumni and science strategists further elaborated on future requirements in order to successfully guarantee increased capacity development both regionally and internationally. Taking into account that capacity development is a long-term task, the event served both as an avenue to expand on current efforts of regional and international organisations in the field and also as a place of networking, encouraging further partnerships among the participants. 

7th Training Programme on the Sustainable Development and Governance of the Caspian Sea, Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan Organised by the IOI and the State Enterprise on Caspian Sea Issues at the President of Turkmenistan 

(4th - 15th March 2019)

Meeting on the International Ocean Institute's Alumni Network

~ IOI Network and Alumni Representatives ~

(Malta, 30th April - 1st May 2019)

As part of its overall strategy implementation, the IOI Governing Board mandated IOI HQ to oversee the development of a network of Alumni of the IOI Programmes in support of the IOI actions to offer capacity development and education in Ocean Governance.


To this end, the first in a series of alumni meetings was organised in Malta, at Hotel Kappara where a number of alumni and representatives of IOI Training Centres and other centres tasked with alumni outreach gathered to share ideas, experiences and good practices with the final goal of empowering IOI alumni and creating a network of IOI-linked ocean leaders, competent in implementing ocean governance globally. 


The meeting was attended on behalf of IOI Governing Board and IOI HQ by: Peter Leder, Antonella Vassallo, Cosmin Chivu (IOI HQ), Tasha Ralston (IOI HQ), and Awni Behnam via Skype. The worldwide IOI Network was represented by Madeleine Coffen-Smout (representative, IOI Canada), Fangfang Wan (representative, IOI PR China), Wichayoot Boonkosol (representative, IOI Thailand), Lamiaa Mohammedein (Director, IOI Egypt), Mabel Yarhere (Director, IOI Nigeria), Anna-Katharina Hornidge (Director, IOI Germany), Fahimeh Foroughi (Representative, IOI IR Iran) and Andrej Abramic (2010 Malta Training Programme alumnus). The ensuing discussions provided valuable insights and recommendations on how to strengthen and vitalise the IOI Alumni Community and how to create a vibrant online community of IOI Alumni.

IOI participation at the European Maritime Day 2019

(Lisbon - Portugal, 16th to 17th May 2019)

A report on this event is available in the IOInforma News Bulletin 0319 (June issue) available for download in the Documents and Publications section.

IOI welcomes Climate Youth Ambassadors during the Peace Boat Visit

(Malta, 24th May and New York, 7th June 2019)

A report on the events is available in the IOInforma News Bulletin 0319 (June issue) available for download in the Documents and Publications section.

Honorary President of IOI invited to lecture the UN Nippon Foundation Fellows, Class of 2019

(New York - USA, 11th June 2019)

During Dr Behnam's visit to New York to participate in the 20th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UN Headquarters, 10th to 14th June), he was also invited by UN DOALOS to speak to the 2019 group of Nippon Fellows. He gave a presentation on Maritime Transport and Seaborne Trade, giving a brief history of the development of maritime law as well as touching on the biggest challenges currently being faced. The Fellows provided very positive feedback on the presentation and appreciated, in particular, the information shared by Dr Behnam based not only on his long-standing experience and insight on maritime transport, but also on the negotiations leading to the adoption of UNCLOS and the development of the Law of the Sea in general.


A brief report about the 20th Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP20) convened at the UN Headquarters in New York is available in the IOInforma News Bulletin 0319 (June issue) available for download in the Documents and Publications section.

The 39th IOI Canada Training Programme on Ocean Governance: Policy, Law and Management 

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

(22nd May – 19th July 2019)

Gender and the Ocean: World Oceans Day 2019

The IOI Network celebrates globally through the activities of the IOI Centres and Focal Points

(8th June 2019)

A report on the activities is provided in the 0419 issue of the IOInforma which is available for download from the Documents & Publications section.

The 4th IOI Thailand Training Programme on the Regional Ocean Governance Framework, Implementation of UNCLOS and its Related Instruments in the Southeast Asian Seas & the Indian Ocean Navyphirom Hotel, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

(30th June – 27th July 2019)

IOI participation in the Meeting of Ocean Ambassadors

(Valletta, Malta, 2nd August 2019)

Attendees of the Ocean Ambassadors Meeting. Photo Credit: IOI HQ
Attendees of the Ocean Ambassadors Meeting. Photo Credit: IOI HQ

The first-ever global Ocean Ambassadors Forum convened in Malta on 2nd August, serving as a landmark occasion that brought around the same table pivotal actors within the global ocean governance framework including Peter Thomson (UN Special Envoy for the Ocean), Carmelo Abela (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Malta), Karmenu Vella (European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Patricia Scotland (Secretary General of the Commonwealth) and Alan Deidun (Ocean Ambassador for Malta), among many other distinguished guests. IOI was represented at the forum by Managing Director Antonella Vassallo.


The meeting’s aim was to hold an open and frank exchange of views, to have a better understanding of the challenges faced by the Oceans, to take stock of the numerous ongoing initiatives in this area, and to seek to improve partnerships, collaboration and cooperation to help to deliver in the different processes. On behalf of the IOI, Ms Vassallo reaffirmed the Institute’s commitment towards meeting the crucial need for greater capacity development in ocean governance, especially for small island states and developing countries.


In his own words, Ambassador Alan Deidun (also the Director of the IOI Malta Training Centreadded the following regarding the event:


“We are indeed at a critical juncture for ocean governance, a time for joining forces and for taking bold decisions in order to mobilise the global ocean governance community in a consistent and decisive way. There is a pressing need to capitalise on the current limelight being allocated to the oceans in order to extract meaningful results and not just platitudes. A resilient ocean is, after all, the best insurance policy against unremitting climate change.”


7th IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Western Pacific organised by IOI-China with the support of the National Marine Data and Information Service (NMDIS), Ministry of Natural Resources, Tianjin, PR China

(19th August - 12th September 2019)

Award of the IOI Elisabeth Mann Borgese Bursary, 2019 and presentation of the results of the Bursary awarded in 2018 held at the International Ocean Institute HQ, Malta

(27th September 2019)