Kitack Lim
Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)



Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for an international shipping company. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990.  He then studied maritime administration at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998. 

Mr. Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986 and he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chair of IMO's Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation (FSI - now III) in 2001 and of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004. 

In 2006, Mr. Lim was appointed Director General of the Maritime Safety Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) and then as a Senior Maritime Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as an Alternate Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009. Following that, he was re-appointed Director General for Maritime Safety Bureau (MLTM).

In March 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST).  In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority, until January 2016 when he took up his appointment as Secretary-General of IMO. 

Vice Admiral Juan Manuel Soltau Ospina
Maritime Director General



Vice Admiral Juan Manuel Soltau Ospina, born in Bogota on August 4, 1964 and graduated as a Lieutenant Commander in the "Almirante Padilla" Naval Cadet School on June 1, 1985.

During his career he has held the following positions Executive Secretary of the Colombian Ocean Commission (CCO), Deputy Director of the Superior School of War, Director of the Center for Pollution Control Pacific, Director of the Center for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research, Dean and Deputy Naval School of Cadets "Almirante Padilla", Director of Naval NCO School ARC "Barranquilla" and Naval Attache of the Embassy of Colombia to the Republic of Chile.

He has excelled in positions as an officer of Integral Action, Dean of the School of Oceanography at the "Almirante Padilla" Naval Cadet School, Chief of the Division of Mizzen Training Ship ARC "Gloria Naval School of Cadets" Almirante Padilla " "Head of Operations sea tugboat ARC" Pedro de Heredia "and Head of the Division of Hydrography Center Oceanographic and Hydrographic Research, Head of the Headquarters Maritime Interests and International Affairs.

It was highlighted by leading from the CCO various inter-agency actions for maritime development of the country, demonstrated in the implementation of the Antarctic Colombian Program, implementation of R Scientific Expedition Seaflower, and the revitalization of the National Ocean Policy and coastal areas; On the other hand, it stands out for having made the greatest number of linear miles of navigation for hydrographic surveys in different areas of deep and shallow waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific, Head of Project "International Bathymetric Chart of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico" in the they were discovered and christened lot of underwater features, have begun production of marine electronics Cartography in Colombia, establishment of the first Master of the Naval Academy in its history, direction of attention of the winter emergency in the South Atlantic in 2010, management and planning of the operations of three research vessels and one hydrographic during the years 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, Head of the National Hydrographic Service Representative of Colombia to the OHI, among others. Logistics belongs to Body - Oceanography.

Mr. Vice Admiral is Master in International Relations from Salve Regina University in National Security and Defense Superior War College and Physical Oceanography "Almirante Padilla" Naval School of Cadets; Political Studies specialist Sergio Arboleda University, and has completed courses in Hydrographic Training Program at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, ocean data management and application in personal computers, Complementation Professional Oceanography at the Naval Academy.

He has received national and international awards, Order of Military Merit Antonio Nariño in the category Commander, Order of Naval Merit Almirante Padilla Official category Military Medal Francisco José de Caldas in categories (Single, the Consecration and Merit), Medal Services distinguished service to the Navy and Naval Intelligence Medal of Merit of the Reserve Medal distinguished Service to the Naval Officers School, Medal of Merit Communications Manuel Murillo Toro, Star Medal of the Armed Forces of Ecuador in the Star extent to Military merit Medal Star of the Armed Forces of Ecuador.

He was promoted to Vice Admiral on December 1, 2017.

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