Lilia Khodjet El KhilProject Manager, GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project at International Maritime Organization (Department for Partnerships and Projects)
After obtaining her PhD in Maritime Law (Aix-Marseille, France), Dr Lilia Khodjet El Khil joined IMO at its regional office in the Mediterranean (REMPEC) where she spent nine years as a Programme Officer supporting Mediterranean coastal States to strengthen their capacity to implement regulations and good practices for marine environmental protection. Lilia was awarded the “Mérite Maritime” from the French government in recognition of her work at REMPEC.
In 2010, Lilia relocated to Montreal, Canada, where she took the position of Interim Director, Environment, at the Shipping Federation of Canada, a trade association representing international shipping in Canada, where she engaged with Governments and guided members through complex regulatory and compliance issues. She later joined the CSL Group Inc., a major Canadian shipping company operating worldwide, where she held the position of Manager, Sustainability and Government Relations, to implement sustainable development standards in the company and advocate for domestic shipping's interests at national and international levels.
Lilia launched her own consultancy business, Maritimis Consulting, in 2016. She provided services to the industry, governments and non-for-profit organizations on specialist issues related to shipping. In June 2019, she joined IMO headquarters in London to lead one major IMO project dealing with marine biosafety, namely GloFouling Partnerships.