Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali

Capt. Navy Rtd / Executive Director
Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa

Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali (Capt Navy Rtd) is the Executive Director of the Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa.

He was previously the Director of Legal Affairs of the Ghana Navy and the Director of Research of the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College. He holds a PhD in Law, Master of Laws and Master of Arts in International Relations. He has extensive academic and professional expertise in Maritime Security and Ocean Governance.

He has about 20 years of legal experience and has since 2003 been engaged in Law of the Sea capacity building and Maritime Security policy shaping at the national, regional and global levels. He has participated in several global initiatives, regularly providing expert input/support to the activities of international partners in the sub-region, including the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Abidjan Convention Secretariat and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

He is a Fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security and an Associate both the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy, United Kingdom, and the Africa Security Sector Network (ASSN). He has published extensively and his recent book “Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges” (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015) is rated as a cutting edge contribution to knowledge and research in maritime studies.