ITF welcomes new WMU President

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ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton
ITF Acting General Secretary Stephen Cotton
ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton

The International Transport Workers’ Federation has warmly welcomed today’s announcement that Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry is to be the next President of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden.

ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton said: “This is great news, not just for the university but also for shipping and seafarers. The WMU has chosen an outstanding candidate with a fantastic track record that includes her pivotal role in the creation of both the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and ILO Convention 185.

“This job demands a world of knowledge, and she has it. We have no doubt that she will build on the great work of her predecessors and new colleagues at the WMU, and look forward to working with her.”

ITF President Paddy Crumlin added: “Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry’s work at the International Labour Organization didn’t just help create landmark legislation, it also revealed a constant and deep human concern. The ILO’s loss is the WMU’s gain.”

Dave Heindel, ITF seafarers’ Section Chair and ILO Seafarers’ Group Spokesperson, concluded: “Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry’s achievements are well known. As much as we regret her departure from the ILO, we are happy to see that her knowledge and determination is to be retained within the maritime sector.  We wish her all the best in her new position.”

The ITF is a long-time supporter of the World Maritime University, including financially via its charity arm, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, which has awarded over 100 fellowships for students to study there.