William H. Watson

William H. Watson

National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board

Will Watson is Vice President - Government Affairs and a member of the Board of Directors of Governors of the Maritime Security Council and has been active within the group for the past half decade.  Additionally, he serves both a governmental and corporate role in the maritime administration of the Marshall Islands Registry, which is the world's third largest open register for shipping.  He joined International Registries, Inc. (IRI) in May 2009, which administers the Marshall Islands Maritime and Corporate Registry, and now serves as Maritime Security Liaison and as Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs and Special Agent, Office of the Maritime Administrator, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).

These appointments are a continuation of an already extensive career in the maritime industry, journalism and communications.  In addition to his work at the Registry, Will also is commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel in the District of Columbia Defense Force and holds the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Affairs.  Prior to joining IRI, Will spent six years with Lloyd's Register - Fairplay, where he most recently served as Deputy Editor - Americas.

Will serves as a delegate from the RMI to the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia and is a member of the Maritime Working Group of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, which is operated by the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security.  He is also active in the Council of American Master Mariners, the Propeller Club of the United States, the Air Force Association, the National Press Club and the Public Relations Society of America.

Will has lectured in security, counter-piracy, counter-terrorism, communications and maritime issues at the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) on Malta and at American University in Washington D.C.  A native of South Carolina, Will is an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and a veteran of the US Air Force Reserve and the South Carolina Air National Guard.