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Biography

Neil is a Visiting Senior Research Associate at Project Alpha. He served as the Maritime Expert on the UN Panel of Experts for North Korea for five years until 2018. He investigated sanctions evasion, illicit shipments and networks, tracking suspect vessels worldwide and boarded several North Korean vessels. Neil was also responsible for monitoring North Korea’s navy, which included the Sea Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) program. He co-authored seven reports for the UN Security Council.

Formerly a Captain with 30 years’ service in the South African Navy, Neil specialized in surface warfare and weapons systems, serving nearly 20 years at sea onboard a frigate and fast attack missile boats. Prior to joining the Panel, he served on the South African National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, the Priority Committee for Maritime Security, and as a member of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Counter-piracy Assessment Group. Until 2013, he was responsible for developing and executing the national counter piracy strategy.

Neil is a graduate of Stellenbosch University, the South African Executive National Security Program (First place and best academic paper) and the Joint Senior Command and Staff Course. He is currently concluding a Master’s in International Security and Global Justice. He is also a member of the Institute for International Security Studies and advises on Maritime Security – including sanctions compliance and implementation, WMD interdiction, non-proliferation, vessel tracking systems and databases, and counter-piracy.