Awni Benham

Dr. Awni Behnam is currently Honorary President of the International Ocean Institute in Malta. Dr. Behnam has extensive experience in negotiating international conventions and multilateral agreements through his 27 year-long career as a UN diplomat. He was responsible for diplomatic relationships between the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretary General and Permanent Representatives from developing countries. From 2000 – 2004, Dr. Behnam was also Senior Advisor to the Secretary General of UNCTAD and UN Commissioner General for the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai.