Colonel (Retd) John Steed MBE
Regional Manager - Horn of Africa
John Steed is an expert in maritime crime, conflict resolution, negotiation and African geopolitics. As the Regional Manager for the Horn of Africa, John oversees the operations of all OEF programs in the region. For Oceans Beyond Piracy he runs the Secretariat for the Maritime Security Coordination Committee and other regional capacity building groups. John also coordinates the activities of the Hostage Support Partnership, which tracks and supports the remaining hostages still being held by Somali pirates. Prior to joining OEF, John was the Principal Military Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Mahiga, Head of the Counter Piracy Unit in the UN Political Mission for Somalia, UK’s first Military Representative to Somalia and UK’s Defence Advisor to Kenya, Tanzania, The Seychelles and Somalia. John is retired from the British army, where he served 37 years in numerous locations across the globe and commanded at Regimental and Squadron levels. He was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as part of the 1st Gulf War Honors and Awards. John was educated at Kings College Taunton, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and staff training at the Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich.