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See the Big Picture – Keynote & Alumni Panel Presentation

October 20 / 10-11am

It’s a MAJOR decision, but choosing what to study at UMBC is just the first piece of the puzzle. Tune in as our keynote speaker, Dr. Ian Ralby, and a panel of other alumni, provide a big picture view of how their unique academic pathways led them to the careers they hold today.

Come away with an understanding that not all major choices lead to a direct career path -sometimes your major choice will lead you on a journey you never expected.

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ian Ralby

Dr. Ian Ralby is the founder and CEO of I.R. Consilium, a family firm that provides leading advice and assistance on maritime and resource security. He is a globally recognized expert in:

  • maritime law and security, especially identifying and addressing evolving threats
  • maritime strategy that integrates security, governance and the maritime economy
  • recognizing and countering resource-related crimes
  • regulating, governing, and overseeing private security companies
  • and certain aspects of international law including the legal regimes around floating armories, protection of submarine cables and the use of force by armed contractors.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Global Energy Center of the Atlantic Council, a Maritime Crime Expert for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Maritime Crime Program, and an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies.  Having worked in more than 80 different countries, Dr. Ralby maintains close relationships with leading professionals around the world in a variety of different disciplines.

Before earning a J.D. at William and Mary University as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and both an Master of Philosophy in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, Dr. Ralby earned his B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics and his M.A. in Intercultural Communication at UMBC. While an undergrad, he was on the UMBC Swimming and Diving Team, was a member of the Honors College, was a Humanities Scholar and was involved in numerous clubs and societies around campus.  In 2016, Dr. Ralby was UMBC’s Outstanding Alum in the Humanities.


Click here for a recording of 2020’s program