Listed in alphabetical order by last name
Lisa Crowle is senior policy adviser on marine environment with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority where she has served for 10 years, supervising the implementation of maritime environment, compensation and liability conventions. Lisa has extensive experience in the administration and science of Australia’s national oil and chemical spill contingency arrangements. Lisa’s earlier career included scientific research and policy roles. She holds university degrees in geography, ecology and environmental law.
Jan Engel de Boer is senior legal officer with IMO. Before joining the UN’s maritime agency, he served for more than two decades at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Transport where he was senior legal counsel. As vice-chairman of the IMO Legal Committee, he was involved in numerous international conventions, including the HNS Convention, and their implementation. Jan holds a master’ s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam and international law from State University Leiden. He lives with his wife and two children in London.
Jan Gabrielsen is Chief Counsellor with the Danish Maritime Authority where he is responsible for the negotiations and implementation of maritime law and international conventions. His career in public administration spans over two decades and four ministries where he provided legal and political advice and drafted legal texts. Jan holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen and Université de Rennes I.
Melik “Charlie” Kücükyildiz is maritime expert with the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications where he has managed Turkey’s involvement in the international liability, compensation and maritime relations for six years. Previously, he served as oceangoing officer at sea and terminal administrator at Port of İzmir. He is also the author of a book “Season of Sleep” (2012), covering mariners’ life at sea. He holds a master’s in international environmental law from Gazi University in Ankara.
Thomas Liebert is head of external relations at the IOPC Funds in London. A veteran in the field of marine environment protection and oil spill response, he has experience working for the field’s major players, including IMO and Oil Spill Response, as well as IPIECA (the oil and gas industry association). Prior to joining IOPC, he was based in Singapore where he oversaw the Oil Spill Response’s global operations. Thomas holds a master’s degree in international law from Paris.
François Marier is senior policy adviser with Transport Canada where he has served for 15 years and leads its pollution liability and compensation activities, relating to the IOPC Funds and HNS Convention. Previously, he oversaw policies and legislation of shipping industry and ferry programs. Before joining the transport department, he advised other branches of the Canadian government on social and energy policies. François holds a master’s degree in geography from the University of Ottawa.
Erik Røsæg is a Professor of commercial Law at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo. He was heavily involved in the drafting of the 1996 HNS Convention, and has been working with the HNS issues also after that time, both academically, in the Norwegian Maritime Law Commission and as an adviser. Current research extends to all aspects of commercial law and the law of the sea. He is now not affiliated with the Norwegian government.
Volker Schöfisch has been head of German delegation to the IOPC Funds’ meetings since 2000. He currently leads the unit for insurance law at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin, and is the German delegate to the UN Commission on International Trade Law. Before joining the Ministry of Justice he was a judge at the Hamburg Regional Court, where he mainly dealt with matters of compensation.
Welmoed van der Velde is legal advisor at the Ministry of Security and Justice. She is head of the Dutch delegation to the IOPC Funds since 2006. She also serves as judge in a Court of Appeal in the Netherlands. She holds a master’s in law and a Ph.D. from University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
Marc Zlomek is a U.S. Coast Guard Commander. He is the Attorney Liaison to the U.S. Department of State, working out of the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs. Marc has served aboard ship, coordinated search and rescue operations, and prosecuted environmental and maritime cases in U.S. Courts. His work has taken him to Iraq, Cuba and Mongolia, among other locations. Marc holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University, and a Master of Business Administration from University of California Berkeley.