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Juvenal J. M. Shiundu

Technical Cooperation Division of IMO

Mr Shiundu graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK in 1983 and with a Masters’ degree in Maritime Safety Administration (Marine Engineering) from the World Maritime University, Sweden, in 1986. He is an alumnus of the Ashridge Business School, UK and has also attended many management and Leadership development courses. 

Mr. Shiundu is currently the Director of the Technical Cooperation Division of IMO. He was previously responsible for programme management, coordination of the Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and UN matters related to TC and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He actively participated in all the preparatory meetings leading to Rio+20 as well as in the main Conference held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012. 

From 1999 to 2010, Mr Shiundu was the Head, Africa (Anglophone) Section, TCD. One of his major achievements was organizing and negotiating Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with three host Governments that led to the opening of the first three IMO Regional Presence Offices in Africa covering 47 countries as part of a pilot project before it was extended to Asia. He worked closely and maintained contacts with the Ministries responsible for Transport, Maritime Administrations, the Port Management Associations and related regional organizations in Africa. In this role, he was instrumental in the establishment of fifteen autonomous maritime administrations in Africa. 

Prior to joining IMO in 1997, Mr Shiundu was the General Manager of African Marine and General Engineering Company Limited, Mombasa, Kenya, the largest Shipyard on the East African Coast where he rose through the ranks in the shipbuilding and ship repairing industry to the level of a General Manager. He previously worked for Kenya Ports Authority as Assistant Merchant Shipping Superintendent. Between 1990 and 1996, he was also a registered consultant in the maritime sector to a number of UN agencies as well as the World Bank. 

Juvenal Shiundu has authored and contributed to numerous articles and publications, and resourced at several international conferences and seminars, on topics dealing with the maritime sector. He has also appeared as a key Expert Witness to a number of formal Commissions of Inquiries and in courts involving maritime accidents. 

He is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners as well as many other professional institutions. He is also a member of the Maritime Operations and Management (MOaM) MSc Advisory Group of the City of London University. He retired as a Trustee of the Apostleship of the Sea (Great Britain) in April 2018 after servicing for nine years and received Apostolic Blessing from the Holy Father Francis.