Dr. Nielsen has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wales. He currently holds the Nippon Foundation Chair in Maritime Administration at the World Maritime University. In 1995 he joined the newly established Seafarers' International Research Centre at Cardiff University as Deputy Director/ Senior Research Associate. In 1997 Prof. Nielsen was appointed Assistant Professor of Maritime Transport at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Professor Nielsen’s main area of interest is maritime safety with particular emphasis on ship operation, as well as the impact of shore-based maritime industries on the shipping and port economy. He has been a consultant to the Hong Kong Marine Department, the body responsible for maritime transport and the shipping administration as well as the Hong Kong Port and Maritime Board, the government advisory body on shipping and port matters. He has published extensively in this area. Prof. Nielsen is a qualified ISO 9001 and ISM auditor.