Capt. Martin A. Sebastian joined the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) in 2011 as Fellow and Head of the Centre for Maritime Security and Diplomacy. Prior to that, he completed three years of secondment with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), United Nations Headquarters in New York. He also served in the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) as a Strategic Planner in the Military Planning Service (MPS) where he was appointed as Team Leader for Africa Planning Team II covering West African peacekeeping missions.
During his tenure in the Royal Malaysian Navy, he held various Command and Staff appointments. He also held appointments as Commanding Officer of the offshore stations LIMA and MIKE in the Spratlys.
Capt. Martin holds an MBA from Charles Sturt University, Australia and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, United Kingdom. He is an alumi of the International Ocean Institute after undergoing a course on Ocean Governance at Dalhousie University, Canada. Capt. Martin is an Associate Fellow with the International Association for Counter Terrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP). He has led study groups and written his ideas extensively in journals, book chapters and media articles. He speaks on Peacekeeping, Maritime Security, Counter Terrorism, HADR and SAR at ASEAN, ARF, IORA and CSCAP.