Dr. Harry T. Conway is the Chair of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization. He was Vice Chair for five years before ascending to the chair’s position in December 2022. He chaired the 78th and 79th sessions of the MEPC in the absence of the Chair. It was under his leadership during MEPC 80 that the IMO 2023 GHG Strategy was unanimously adopted by Member States. He has also chaired several steering committees of the MEPC, including that for the Comprehensive Impact Assessment on States of IMO GHG Short-Term Measures and the IMO 4th Greenhouse Gas Study. Dr. Conway has been part of the Liberia delegation to IMO meetings since 2006, and participates actively in all Working, Drafting, Correspondence and Intersessional Groups of the Committees and Subcommittees of the IMO. He is a member of the International Quality Assessment Review Body (IQARB), an industry led initiative to ensure vessels meet required quality regulatory standards.
Dr. Conway’s wealth of knowledge in shipping regulations continues to attract speaking and panelist engagements at important international shipping conferences. He was amongst the maritime experts that drafted the 2014 Africa Union ‘2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy’ (AIMS 2050), and also Chairs the Africa Maritime Advisory Group at the IMO.
Dr Conway holds a PhD from Cardiff University, United Kingdom. His research interest is in environmental politics with the 2015 UNFCCC Paris Agreement as concentration. He also holds a MA in International Maritime Policy (with distinction) from the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom, and an MBA from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands.