Aiming for human sustainability across the maritime industry – by 2030

The Future Maritime Leaders essay competition calls on aspiring decision-makers and opinion-shapers to add their perspective to the discussion on human sustainability in the maritime industry.

The Future Maritime Leaders essay competition represents an opportunity for aspiring high-level leaders of the future to meet and engage with senior maritime stakeholders. The winners of the competition will win an invitation to the Global Maritime Forum’s Annual Summit 2022 this September in New York. There, they will join 200 leaders from inside and outside the maritime sector, and represent the voice of young generations—all expenses covered.

The essay topic

Human sustainability is about dignity and respect for every human being in the maritime industry – both at sea and on shore – and describes the human side of maritime trade. Read more about Human Sustainability and the topics associated with it here.

To improve human sustainability in the maritime industry, we are asking potential leaders of the future to outline what human sustainability might look like for the industry by 2030 and what needs to be done to get there.

In your essay, please choose a human sustainability challenge that you find particularly relevant to address. Describe why addressing this challenge is important and propose concrete actions that can be taken by maritime industry stakeholders to make necessary progress on this front.

Essay question: If the maritime industry is to significantly improve its approach to human sustainability by 2030, what do you see as the most important issue and/or challenge that needs to be addressed? Discuss concrete actions maritime industry stakeholders need to take to address the issue.

How to participate

  • The essay should take the form of an ‘op-ed’, which you can find a definition of here
  • Essay submissions should comprise no more than 1000 words
  • The competition is open to students and young professionals aged 18-30
  • We can only accept documents written in English and saved in PDF format

To participate, please fill out a submission form and send it via email to futureleaders@globalmaritimeforum.org, together with your essay and CV. Please submit these as three separate PDF files.

The competition opens for submissions on 1 April and closes on 30 April 2022 at 11.59 pm CEST.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee tasked with selecting three winning essays is comprised of the following members:

  • Stephen Cotton, General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
  • Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist, Institute for the Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Head of Committee)
  • Oivind Lorentzen III, Director, SEACOR Holdings
  • Camille Simbulan, Head of Communication and Special Projects, Associated Marine Officers and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP); winner of the 2020 Future Maritime Leaders essay competition
  • Karrie Trauth, SVP Shipping & Maritime, Shell
  • Capt. Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO, Synergy Marine Group

Future Maritime Leaders 2019 on stage at Global Maritime Forum's Annual Summit in Singapore