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John Webb

Dean : Faculty of Business and Logistics

Dr John Webb is Dean of Business and Logistics Faculty at Bahrain Polytechnic.

His research areas of interest are the development of maritime clusters, transport network theory especially in relation to illegal or dark networks and the struggle to combat human trafficking within international transport chains and modes.

Dr John Webb has worked on a number of projects during his time at Bahrain Polytechnic including the development of logistics and maritime education in Bahrain in partnership with Tamkeen and the General Organisation of Seaports and the ‘Bahrainisation’ of the Offshore Industry in the Arabian Gulf with the Economic Development Board of Bahrain.

Academic Qualifications Obtained

2014DBA, Southern Cross University, Australia
2002MApplSc (Transport and Logistics), Lincoln University, New Zealand
1993BA, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
1987SOCert (Logistics), RNZN Officer Training College, Auckland, New Zealand

Professional Certifications

1995, CMILT, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, New Zealand

Teaching Expertise

2008Lecturer, Lincoln University, New Zealand
2008 – presentHead of School, Bahrain Polytechnic, Bahrain

Relevant Industry Expertise

1984 – 1991Officer (Logistics), Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand
1993 – 2001Stevedoring Manager, BHP Transport, Australia and New Zealand
2001 – 2004Bulk Cargo Manager, Lyttelton Port Company, New Zealand
2004 – 2008General Manager Operations, Lyttelton Port Company, New Zealand

Research

Areas of Research Interest
The development of maritime clusters, transport network theory, illegal transport networks (dark networks) and Human Trafficking.

Development of Maritime Clusters
Maritime education and training requirements (MET) to support the development of a maritime cluster in Bahrain. This research utilized the Tiffin and Kissling designed NETS Analysis to gain an understanding of the sectors within the Bahrain maritime industry and if they formed a functioning cluster. An analysis of the maritime education and training requirements to ensure the continuation and development of the Bahrain Maritime Cluster was developed.

Illegal Transport Networks
Research was based on the illegal use and manipulation of legal international supply chains for criminal activity within a New Zealand and Polynesian context. Most illegal contraband and illegal drugs or the raw materials for manufacturing them are produced externally to the region and require importation and generally the involvement of an actor within the supply chain. Research examined the network structures of the flow of legal cargo through the New Zealand port industry and identified actors within these networks. It examined what the indicators for illegal activity were for these actors within their part of the cargo networks.

Boards, Advisory committees, Professional organizations

1. Member, Bahrain Maritime Education Committee, Bahrain, (2010-Present)
2. Tamkeen Panel of Experts (Transport and Logistics) 2012 – 2014,
3. Member, International Education Standards Committee, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International, 2013 – onwards

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