Organizing Committee


The Regional Conference for the Americas: ”Maritime and Port Sectors in the Americas: Challenges and opportunities in light of the SDGs" is organised by a multi-disciplinary panel handling the academic, logistic and organisational aspects aiming to make this conference a memorable event for the maritime activity in the region.

Although the Regional Conference for the Americas will take place on October 23-25 2017, the World Maritime University and DICAPI, through the Organizing Committee, have been busying themselves for some time with the groundwork required to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully in terms of meeting the conference’s ambitious knowledge exchange objectives for the main actors in the maritime and ports sector.



Associate Prof. Dr. María Carolina Romero Lares
Chair of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Neil Bellefontaine
Vice President (Academic) 
Prof. Dr. Max Mejia
Director of PhD Programme 
Prof. Dr. Lawrence Hildebrand 
Head of Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management´s Specialization
Support Conference Staff:
Sara Hurst
Alma Koenig
Carmen Teresa Sanchis Simoza

Eugenia Munguia Figueroa



Captain Fidel Reyes Meléndez
Director of the International Affairs and International Maritime Organization´s Issues


Captain Manuel HINOJOSA Lopez 
Commander Jesus MENACHO Piérola
Lieutenant Nora Benavides Luna