Dr. Stefan Micallef graduated with a Ph.D. in marine toxicology from the University of Wales, UK. He started his career with the UN in 1990 as Programme officer at the UNEP/IMO - Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) based in Malta.


In 2000, he joined UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation in Nairobi, Kenya, as Chief of the Disaster Management Branch. In 2004, he moved to the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization as Head of the Chemical & Air Pollution Prevention Section in the Marine Environment Division.


In 2007, he became Deputy Director of the Sub-Division for Pollution Response and Technical Co-operation within the Division and is currently its Director, a post he has held since January 2012.


As Director of the Division, he is responsible for the Secretariat functions behind all the regulatory and capacity-building matters relating to the protection of the marine and atmospheric environment from ship-source pollution by oil, noxious and hazardous substances, sewage, garbage, alien invasive species and anti-fouling systems, as well as the prevention of air pollution and the control of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. He also serves as Secretary to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and Administrative Secretary of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).


Dr. Stefan Micallef

Marine Environment Division

International Maritime Organization