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Dr Theofanis Karayannis joined the Marine Environment Division of the IMO Secretariat in March 2014 and currently holds the position of Head, Marine Biosafety, being in charge of biosafety-related topics (ballast water management, anti-fouling systems and biofouling management), and the focal point in the IMO Secretariat for the BWM and AFS Conventions and the Biofouling Guidelines. He is also the IMO Secretariat’s focal point for various ongoing activities, including inter-agency partnerships, related to marine biosafety. Until July 2017 he was also involved with matters related to ship energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. Prior to joining IMO he worked for Lloyd’s Register, as a Senior Specialist in the Strategic Research and Technology Policy Group, and prior to that he held a position in the Marine Pollution Prevention and Cargoes Department of the Greek national maritime Administration. He also has previous experience as a naval architect and marine engineer at a ship design firm; as a university researcher; and as a lecturer at a seafarers’ training academy. Dr Karayannis is a member of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) and a Chartered Engineer; he has a Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) and a PhD in Ship Science from the University of Southampton (UK).