IOI-SA has a new Director – Judy Beaumont

The International Ocean Institute of Southern Africa is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Judy Beaumont to the post of Director.

Judy has worked in the environmental sector for 30 years, focussing on environmental sustainability, ocean and coastal management and climate change response.

For much of that time, she worked for the South African Government in the department responsible for environmental management.  In the portfolio on ocean and coastal management, her work focussed on implementing marine and coastal legislation, expanding South Africa’s marine protected areas, growing South Africa’s blue economy, promoting integrated coastal management and co-ordinating the National Antarctic Programme. She has also worked extensively on programmes aimed at enhancing South Africa’s climate change response.  

Judy will be working with Programme Manager Shannon Hampton, as well partners and associates of IOI-SA the Management Committee and stakeholders.

This appointment brings the opportunity for IOI-SA to explore new opportunities.

The IOI-SA focuses on Ocean Governance capacity development in Africa. It also produces research, policy and strategy-related outputs to address key challenges of sustainable ocean governance in support of the communities, governments, regions and international organizations concerned with securing a peaceful, prosperous and healthy future for all. The IOI-SA maintains particular focus on rural coastal communities, decision-makers, post­graduate students and schools. It achieves its mission through collaborating and networking with organizations and government agencies in Africa that are active in the sphere of marine and coastal management and sustainable livelihoods.

Ocean Academy

In celebration of IOI International’s 50th Anniversary, the global centres are delivering online Ocean Academies around the World! IOI-SA and SAIMI will be hosting an Ocean Academy in August 2022 for interns exploring maritime and marine careers.

We need a healthy Ocean to survive. But our Ocean is in trouble, and so are we. By providing locally relevant, online education programmes, the IOI Ocean Academy will enable anyone interested to learn more about the complexities of the ocean and its local and global effects, now and in a changing future, laying the foundations for more informed understanding and personal daily decision-making.


  • 20-hour delivered online, 3,5 hours per session, twice a week (over 3 weeks)
  • Free-of-charge for participants.
  • A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend all the sessions and complete a feedback form.
  • Ocean knowledge that is locally relevant.
  • Overseen by the IOI-SA and implemented by local experts.
  • Dates:
    • 10 & 11 August 2022 (09:30 – 13:00 SAST)
    • 17 & 18 August 2022 (09:30 – 13:00 SAST)
    • 24 & 25 August 2022 (09:30 – 13:00 SAST)
  • Target Audience: Interns from various institutions that have an interest in the ocean, ocean literacy, and ocean opportunities, including government, non-government organisations, business, labour etc. To apply, please complete this form by the 15th July 2022.

People completing an IOI Academy Course will:

  • gain a basic understanding of the ocean: the goods and services it provides, the threats to the ocean, how to live in a more sustainable way with the ocean;
  • learn about the importance of ocean governance, sustainable and equitable human use, the principle of the common heritage of humankind, respecting the needs of future generations, all in locally relevant context;
  • be empowered to become more active locally as stakeholders to positively influence their communities and beyond;
  • be able to identify priority issues, trends and future challenges in ocean issues, locally and globally.