Born in  Zagreb in 1966, Mr. sc. Maja Markovčić Kostelac is the State Secretary for Marititme Affairs in the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia.

In 2008, she obtained her LL.M. in maritime law and law of the sea at the Faculty of Law, University of Split, with the topic Implementation of the International Convention on Ballast Water 2004 in closed and semi-enclosed seas, with special attention to the Adriatic.

The shipping industry has been traditionally dominated by males in senior leadership positions, as well as in a workplace onboard, but global shipping associations and companies worldwide have recently begun to mark significant developments to change this norm. Meanwhile, gender equality is one of the 17 UN Sustainable Goals to be achieved until 2030.

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