Ms. Maria Sahib is a dedicated professional with a passion for sustainable maritime practices and climate action. With a career spanning over a decade, she has contributed significantly to the fields of shipping decarbonisation, fisheries policy, and environmental sustainability. Her journey has taken her from the vibrant shores of the Marshall Islands to her beloved home country of Fiji.
She has dedicated the last five years of her career to the vital mission of decarbonising the shipping industry. Through research, advocacy, and active participation in International Maritime Organization (IMO) negotiations on climate change, she has been a catalyst for positive change in this critical sector.
Before her work in shipping, she had the privilege of serving the Marshall Islands government, where she played a pivotal role in fisheries policy and management. This experience provided her with invaluable insights into sustainable resource management and governance.
Currently, she proudly serves as the Coordinator for the Pacific bloc (6PAC+) in the IMO negotiations on climate change. Our collaborative efforts are instrumental in shaping global policies to combat climate change within the maritime industry.
She has spent nearly seven enriching years living and working in the Marshall Islands, where she developed a deep appreciation for Pacific cultures and the urgency of addressing environmental challenges. This period was a formative chapter in her career.
She holds a Master's degree in Development Studies, and her thesis focused on the assessment of eco-labelling in the Pacific region, with a particular emphasis on Marine Stewardship Council Certification. This research reflects her commitment to promoting sustainable practices and ensuring the responsible management of our oceans.