Overview

CIMAG was founded as a non-partisan institution, to advance policy thinking on pressing Maritime issues linked to the blue economic challenges.

CIMAG seeks to narrow its research focus on the streams of Maritime Economy, Maritime Security/Safety and the Maritime Ecology/Environment Protection.

71% of the planet is covered by water. In this vein, the Maritime business community plays a critical role in ensuring growth and international trade/business. CIMAG provides the industry with a platform for policymakers and other stakeholders to engage with players from the Maritime business community.

We exist to proffer solutions for a multi-sectoral industry effort in addressing critical Maritime sustainable development challenges. The private sector is the primary user of the increasingly crowded space, which is 71% of the earth’s surface. Shipping, sea bed mining, ports and offshore oil and gas are reliant on professionals such as lawyers, insurers, shipbuilders, marine technologists who provide services that keep the sector running. This critical sector generates trillions of dollars per year, by providing goods and services upon which society depends, including transport, offshore energy resources, telecommunications and international business.

CIMAG seeks to complement the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that convenes governments on shipping with industry involvement, including maritime safety and environmental issues. It is a structure developed for the private sector to focus on cross-cutting policies in support of sustainable blue growth. It is a think tank and a catalyst for business opportunities in the industry, promoting and facilitating, networking, dialogue and synergies among its stakeholders.

The Centre’s agenda is to use its work to impact the industry by addressing Maritime/Aviation issues of international interest through extensive cooperation.  The Centre engages international and regional researchers, businesses, NGO’s, governments and academic institutions in maximizing the gains of international trade.




Vision, Mission and Values


MISSION STATEMENT

CIMA seeks to provide a platform for stakeholder networking, create awareness through ground breaking quality research and advocacy work. CIMA fellows will embrace intellectual curiosity, freedom of thought and expression, producing fresh insight into policy ideas.



VISION STATEMENT

To be a leading research and policy hub on international maritime affairs.



CORE VALUES

Integrity:
To act honestly, boldly and be fair in word and deed.

Accountability:
CIMA will conduct all activities with transparency, be accountable and prudent with funds.

Forward Looking:
To achieve excellence, we will harness best practices and innovation to achieve results. We aim to be known as scholarly, intelligent and wise in our work.




Aims / Objectives

Our aims include but not limited to the following:

  1. Lead policy reforms, conduct research relevant to the thematic areas jointly approved by the Centre and stakeholders in the sector.

  2. The promotion of co-operation with other research Centre’s and the organization of conferences.

  3. The establishment and co-operation with universities and institutions of marine and Maritime Research, Innovation and Technology centers of Excellence.

  4. Providing visibility to the Maritime sector within the region.

  5. Engage in activities to promote the protection of Marine Environment and addressing the challenges related to climate change.

  6. Enhancement of the Maritime axillary and support services including the ship and yacht repair facilities as an essential ingredient of the overall port and marine infrastructure.

  7. Promotion of co-operation in emergency preparedness and exercises among the relevant services. i.e. The Navy, Port Security, Marine Police etc.




Board of Advisors


Mr A.Y Jim-Fugar

Chairman




Dr. John York Abaidoo

Senior Technical Advisor


Dr John York Abaidoo commenced his career as a Chief Engineer, Atlantic Tuna Complex, Tema, Ghana. His years as Chief Engineer was characterised by an innovative, positive, and diversified marine engineering and management experience on Ocean-going vessels. His long association with engineering services comprising workshop, civil work, afloat vehicle and other ancillary equipment maximized compliance knowledge of the International Maritime Safety and Pollution prevention regulations. His passion for collaboration and directing research to practical academic benefits for industrial needs started his leading role as Research Officer-Engineering Faculty, ODESSA Higher Marine Engineering School, USSR. As a researcher, Dr. York Abaidoo, was very instrumental in the development of the Strategic and Operational process for the successful outcomes of research activities. He was appointed Senior Lecturer and Dean of Faculty of Engineering after having served as H.O.D, Port and Shipping Department here at the Regional Maritime University.

Qualification:
PhD Marine Engines, ODESSA, Higher Marine Engineering, USSR
M.Sc. Marine Engines, World Maritime University, Sweden
and the Maritime Safety Administration (Engineering)

Developmental Project/ Contribution/Achievement (s):
Has played a vital role as a lecturer for twenty-six (26) years since 1992 after his ended appointment at Volta Lake, Accra, Ghana.

Publication:
Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management Development within the Exclusive Economy Zone of the Republic of Ghana (Dissertation presented to W.M.U. 1996).

Valuation of Allowance Working Limits of Diesel Plants in Ships Propulsion Complex ‘MORTEHINFORMREKLAMA’ No. 75% MF 1987.

Integrated Method of Evaluating Working Conditions of Ships Complex TEPLOEXLERGETIKA & HLADATEHNIDA: NIKOLAEV, 1987.

Relative Index Quality Valuation of Technical Exploration of Ship’s Power Plant Installation ‘MORTHINFORMRELAMA’ No 700MF 1987.



Mr. Albert Derrick Fiatui

Executive Director


ALBERT DERICK FIATUI, takes vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an industry, brings them together into a coherent whole.

Albert earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
Currently, a Director in charge of Business Development and HR, Logical Maritime Services Limited, a privately held global logistics company.
He led the business development and strategy for the company into a world-class organization.

Albert began his career in the Maritime Industry as national service personnel with the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, at its headquarters, Tema Port.
Previously, a manager, Marigold Oil International and a media practitioner.

He holds an LLB (Law) from the Mouncrest University College, Postgraduate certificate in Health Safety & Environment from the MDPI, Certificate of PROFICIENCY in CUSTOMS PROCEDURES & PORT Operations, Certificate/ Training in basic MILITARY skills and Intelligence
BA Arts, Development Studies, UDS
He is also a master of Laws student LLM (Maritime Law)

With extensive Research, Policy and Advocacy backgrounds’, Albert serves on boards both within and without the Maritime Industry.



Mr. Danny Laud

Director


DANNY LAUD is a seasoned Maritime professional with regulatory experience who has served in various capacities in the industry for nearly two decades.
A result-driven change agent with passion, including strategic business administration and initiatives.

Danny is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Logical Maritime Services Limited, a privately held global logistics Company.

He provides competent leadership and strategic development plans to advance the organization's vision and mission.
LMS is a force to reckon with as far as the Maritime industry and Port business is concerned today.

Danny has worked extensively as a business executive with reputable Logistics Companies, where he has acquired the required skills for his current role.
He brings to the board extensive expertise and profound knowledge of the sector.

Danny is a chattered Logistician from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Transport and Logistics from the MDPI, a Certificate of PROFICIENCY in CUSTOMS PROCEDURES and PORT Operations
An undergraduate degree, BSc, Procurement and Supply Chain Management and a certificate in Project Management.
Danny is an MBA student, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.



Rev. Gabriel Fiatui

Consultant


Rev. Dr. Gabriel Fiatui has in-depth experience in entrepreneurship, business development, business advocacy and dialogue, institutional strengthening, youth and women empowerment, and marketing as well as market research activities. Under his supervision and mentorship, micro, small enterprises, including trade association and women-led enterprises and communities have improved on their livelihoods as they move from start-up level to growth-oriented level.

He is an Accredited Business Advocacy (Private-Public Dialogue) Consultant for BUSAC Fund, a multi-million-dollar donor project support for private sector development in Ghana since 2006 and particularly for MSMEs capacity building and development.

Accredited Trainer of Trainers of SEED Eco- Inclusive Enterprise Development Programme under German Ministry for Environment Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Certified GIZ/CEFE Entrepreneurship Development Trainer for the provision of business development services to the private sector in Ghana.

Rev. Fiatui is an accomplished entrepreneurship trainer/ teacher who has led the design of a number of Training/Teaching Materials, Research on capacity building issues and conducted extensive training/teaching programmes in Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Enterprise Planning, Financial Management, Strategic Management, Marketing, Market Research, Business Policy and Advisory and Monitoring and Evaluation of enterprise activities and Networking as well as Corporate Leadership Skills, to enhance sustainable development of enterprises and private sector organizations in Ghana.

He made Paper presentations in the different forum including students’ in tertiary institutions, business community etc to deepen understanding of entrepreneurship challenges and prospects and economic development.
He has developed problem-solving and competency-based skills and interactive techniques that makes him proficient in project design planning and implementation, teaching, organizational assessment, investment analysis and appraisal, fundraising, proposal development, stakeholder engagement (promoting public-private dialogue), conducting needs assessments, independent research, and facilitating broad base planning to ensure the success of his work.

He has since 2018 initiated “collegian Entrepreneurship program” at Takoradi Technical University to teach students entrepreneurship and prepare their mindset and giving coaching to groom student from the ideas stage to enterprise launch.

Rev. Fiatui is a self-motivated individual, analytical and problem solver with an eye for achievement and willing to accept new challenges. He holds MBA in Marketing from the University of Ghana, Postgraduate Certificate in Enterprise Networking and Regional Development, Japan and Bachelor degree in Integrated Development Studies, University for Development Studies, with several professional training certificates. He has over 16 years of experience in providing business and economic development services.






Management & Staff


Mr. William Kwame Adom

Head, Finance


William is endowed with the skills, expertise, knowledge and wisdom in corporate and institutional formation, organization, structuring and management. He is a highly experienced and business minded chartered accountant with extensive knowledge and targets attainment skills in Financial, Risk, Supply Chain, Human capital, System Applications and Investments managements. He has in-depth appreciation in corporate governance and Change management. He has a high appreciation of risk assessment, evaluation and diversification to achieve optimal returns in the phase of dynamic economic conditions. William is a creator of opportunities, success and achiever in both start-ups and well established local and multi-national institutions. He is a dynamic and focused leader with enviable records of team recruitment, development, motivation and targets attainment. William has a great domestic levels negotiator and mediator with immense successful results. All sectors perfectionist is his crown with immense activities and enviable results. He is spiritually, morally, socially, economically and physically well balanced and progressive. Assessing entities and groups yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s operations and performances to decide on whether to continue or change or stop is key for renowned leadership calling and value additions.

Prior to setting up W.K. Adom Consult, William worked with Gbewaa Petrochemicals Ltd in Oil & gas industry, Agricultural Development Bank in the financial sector, Winson Oil Trading Pte Ltd in the oil & gas, John Kay & Associates in the professional services.

William is a member of ICA (Ghana) and a forensic auditor with enormous experience in corporate finance and risk management. He is currently pursuing Professional Law programme at the Ghana School of Law and is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee at the Akatsi District Assembly. William is also left with Strategic Marketing Management to complete the Chartered Institute of Bankers exams to be become a member.



Dr. Bismark Ameyaw, PhD

Research and Advocacy


Bismark Ameyaw is a professional member of the International Association of Energy Economists, and a reviewer to a number of top-tier international journals. He researches into renewable energies, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and policy issues relating to climate change. He utilizes both econometric and artificial intelligence and machine learning for policy sequencing and proposing pathways to mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions globally. He has garnered experience from diverse fields supervising and assisting funded research projects on renewable energy, environmental sustainability, air pollution, and climate change. Bismark is currently working on proposing carbon emissions mitigation pathways for all the countries in Africa to still hold carbon emissions-related global warming well below 1.5 and 2 °C.



Dr. Amos Oppong, PhD

Policy Modeling & Development


Amos Oppong is a professional member of the International Association of Energy Economists, and a reviewer to several top-tier international journals. His research interests cover energy, environmental science, climate change and adaptation, sustainable cities, and sustained economic growth [at both micros- and macroeconomic levels]. He specializes in utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning in modelling, evaluation, and implementation of workable renewable energy pathways to clean energy for all, and mitigation of greenhouse gases to help achieve climate change objectives. He has rich experience from diverse fields supervising and assisting funded research projects on sustainable urban agglomeration, mining, agriculture, renewable energy, environmental cooperation, social network, air pollution, and climate change. Amos is currently working on research projects regarding development and deployment of real-time, robust, and industry-ready models and technologies necessary for achieving the 1.5°C Paris accord and Sustainable Development Goals.



Yvonne Osei-Tutu, PMP, CISA, CISM, CRISC

Strategic Partnerships and International Development


Information Security and Technology Risk Management professional with a broad range of experience and technical leadership roles within the financial services and media industries. Experienced in working with diverse groups of technical professionals and business owners, Experienced in risk identification, remediation strategies, control process improvement opportunities. Advise, enforce and monitor enterprise frameworks and methodologies that relate to technology controls standards and information security activities to protect the organization's assets.

• NIST COBIT, PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 RMF
• Governance, Risk and Compliance
• Vendor Risk Assessment
• Technology Controls
• PM Methodologies: PDLC, SDLC, Waterfall & Agile
• Global IT Delivery and Operational Readiness
• Production Support

Certification:
• CISA-Certified Information Systems Auditor
• CISM-Certified Information Security Manager
• PMP - Project Management Professional
• ITILv3 – Information Technology Infrastructure Library