IMRF Trustees

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Trustee & Chairman

Udo is a Master Mariner, and a Master of Business Administration. He has been Executive Director of the German Maritime SAR Service (DGzRS) since 2001, and before that Chief of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre at Bremen. He has done much work at, and on behalf of, the IMO and the EU, and is a Visiting Professor at the World Maritime University.

DGzRS - Germany

+49 421 53707 400 +49 421 53707 400



Jorge joined the Asociación Honoraria de Salvamentos Marítimos y Fluviales (ADES, Uruguay) in 1980 and, since 1996, has served as a volunteer coxswain at ADES' Montevideo station, with over 200 'shouts' to his credit. He is an agricultural engineer by profession, and is now a director and partner in a dairy farm and two companies engaged in environmental protection and domestic & hospital waste management. Jorge is also the Regional Coordinator of South America.

Montevideo - Uruguay

+598 996 89 100 +598 996 89 100



James has spent nearly 20 years working for the RNLI, a major funder and investor in the IMRF for many decades. His background is in marketing and fundraising and over the past ten years he has held four directorships within the RNLI covering Corporate strategy, Fundraising and Communications and International Development. James joined the IMRF board in 2015 and hopes that his broad management experience within a large maritime SAR organisation combined with his knowledge of drowning prevention in developing countries, can help the IMRF in its mission to prevent the loss of life in the world's waters. James is also a Trustee of Shelterbox, an organisation that provides emergency shelter in disaster situations.

RNLI - United Kingdom

+44 1202 663154 +44 1202 663154

Matthew FADER


Matthew believes in the volunteer spirit. Rescue provides the opportunity to create greater meaning and purpose in the marine environment we love. He is a surfer and waterman that enjoys experiencing the sea in intimate way. With a background in Search & Rescue in both mountains, surf and natural disasters, He is constantly trying to advance how one can better save people whether it be rescue methodology, or organizational development. His current rolls in Human Resources, Training and Project Coordination within the Swedish Sea Rescue Society allow him to help others evolve. Before joining the SSRS team, he was responsible for several Emergency departments at Sahlgrenska University Hospital for over 10 years.

SSRS - Sweden



Dean has an extensive 'hands-on' operational SAR background, extending over some 28 years involving Marine Search and Rescue, Rescue Vessel operations, SAR Communications and SAR Incident Management. Dean has also been involved in various governance roles within the Coastguard organisation at all levels - Station, Regional and National. He is a qualified Surf Lifesaver, regularly undertaking his beach patrols during the summer months, and is a qualified Instructor for the Surf Lifesaving Ribs. Dean has recently complete the maximum three year term as President of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard, but has been co-opted back on to the Board for his experience and background. He has also been appointed to the Board of Water Safety New Zealand, the national organisation that coordinates the overall water safety sector. Married to Debbie and with two adult children, his recreational time is spent fishing, hunting and generally looking after their small farm.

New Zealand Coastguard - New Zealand

Rikke LIND


Rikke holds the position of Secretary General in Redningsselskapet (Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue) since August 2012. She has been actively promoting a closer cooperation across other Norwegian SARs, and she has been a leading voice in the national preparedness discourse. Her engagement has culminated in a white paper presented to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice earlier this year. Prior to taking on her current position, Rikke served five years as Vice Minister of Trade and Industry. She handled maritime issues and policies and one of her areas of responsibility was the Norwegian membership in the International Maritime Organization. As CEO of Maritime Forum (2003-2007) she played a key role in developing Norwegian maritime policy and nurturing contacts with authorities at local, national, and EU level. Rikke chairs the Board of Directors of various companies and organizations such as Fartøyenes Rederiforening (union of cargo freighters) and RS Sea Rescue School AS. She is married to Trond Rusten and has two daughters.

RS - Norway

ZHANG Rongjun


With over 25 years' maritime SAR background, he has gathered rich experience in coordinating and organizing international and domestic maritime SAR operations. He has been served for Donghai Rescue Bureau of CRS as Deputy Director-General since 2012 prior to which he was Deputy-Director of the General Operational Office of the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center. He has a good understanding of the IMRF. He started to be involved the IMRF work in 2001, witnessed its rapid development in the past decade, until he was appointed as Deputy Manager of the IMRF Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC) when it was established in 2011 with assistance and support of CRS. Under his leadership, the APRC team has made great achievement in recruiting new IMRF members, fundraising and building exchange platform for the SAR organizations in the region. APRC will be a good sample of cooperation between the IMRF and its member organization.

APRC - China

+86-21-55095107 +86-21-55095107

Mohammed DRISSI


Mohammed is a Master Mariner, maritime affairs Administrator and a sworn expert on Maritime Affairs. He worked for SAR since 1999 and tasked to develop SAR services within the Kingdom of Morocco. He is the head of SAR Bureau at Ocean Fisheries Ministry and Coordinator of the National technical SAR committee which include Civil and Military departments. He is already the Regional Coordinator for Africa since 2010 and has been involved in many SAR projects within the North and West Africa SAR region with the cooperation of IMO and IMRF.

Ocean Fisheries Ministry - Morocco

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