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Erik Giercksky,
Head, Sustainable Ocean Business, UN Global Compact  

We are happy to introduce one of the earliest confirmed presenters at the Nigeria Blue Economy Stakeholders Conference – Erik Giercksky, Head, Sustainable Ocean Business, UN Global Compact  He will be presenting the critical paper on how Nigeria can build a sustainable Blue Economy.


Mr. Giercksky is the Head of the Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform at the United Nations Global Compact. The Action Platform convenes leading actors from business, academia, and government institutions to determine how ocean industries can advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. He previously served as Director of Communications at the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and has held leading positions at the Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, and in private companies within the media sector.


Giercksky started his career as a Diplomat in Norway. He holds a Masters Degree in Politics from the London School of Economics and a Masters Degree in History from the University of Oslo. The aggregate use of the ocean is at the moment significantly tilted to the advantage of the more resourceful economies – from commercial fishing to large ocean transportation and mineral exploration. This underline the equal importance and why preservation of hinterland waters like rivers, lakes and basins cannot be overemphasized for a holistic integration of a Blue Economy.


Incidentally, River Niger from which Nigeria derived its name is now a mere geographic representation as its nothing more than clusters of pond dotted along a valley where a river use to run. It’s ceased to be a navigable vein of the economy it once was for various reasons some of which is the mismanagement at the Sahel region in the North, climate change and the sheer number of people that relies on it as their primary source of water supply.  The United Nations Global Compact Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform (founded July, 2000) convenes leading actors from business, academia and Government institutions to determine how ocean industries aka Blue Economy commerce can advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The platform is also conceived to build upon the ten Principles of the UN

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Hilary O Efanga

Hilary O Efanga graduated from the University of Uyo with a degree in Physics and Electronics in 1999, He Has a post graduate diploma in shipping technology from Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron which he got in 2003. He has a degree in leadership, team and communication from Malmo University in Sweden which he got in 2008, He has a degree in Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection from World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden which he got in 2006 and has a PHD from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), in Maritime Management


Technology.Hilary also has Certificate in Instructional and Assessment Technique, Certificate in Competency and Professional Development Course in Maritime Casualty Investigation, Certificate in Health, Safety, Environment and Management System (HSE-MS)Competency(Management Level), Certificate in The International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code and SOLAS Amendments, 2002(CSO/SSO/PFSO duties and responsibilities), Certificate in Professional Development Course in the “New Regime for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts at Sea”, Diploma in Life Saving Appliances, He was a Course attendant on intensive program in Installation of Ballast Water Management Convention and Guidelines, and A Nigerian Delegate to IMO on MEPC meeting of 73rd Session, 22 -26 October 2018, in London, UK.


Hilary has done a lot of research on Maritime technology, management, business, safety and security, as well as other researches. He has worked as an adjunct lecturer on lecturing courses such as maritime security, marine pollution, port and operation terminals, general ship knowledge and nautical science operations in the university of Akwa Ibom. He is currently A lecturer in Maritime Academy of Nigeria teaching, marine environmental protection, ISM code, ISPS code, DSD, security awareness, port operation, SSO, PFSO, maritime security course and freight forwarding.