Mawuli Afenyo

Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration

Mawuli Afenyo

"Words can inspire, thoughts can provoke, but only action truly brings you closer to your dreams."

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What in your life drew you to your current field of study?

I have always been fascinated by the ocean. The beauty of the waves and how this eventually enables us to get items delivered to our homes while linking the economies in the world through shipping are processes that drew me to the maritime field.

What do you hope your students gain from studying or working with you?

I have extensive experience both practically and scholarly in the maritime field and my students will benefit a lot from my expertise. Further, they will benefit from mentorship not just academically but also in how to navigate the often-difficult issues students face. I like to keep in touch with my students even after graduation. Some have gone ahead to start their own companies through my mentorship.

What are you passionate about in your personal life?

I am passionate about helping society function properly. It includes helping others using my talents and expertise. I always look forward to seeing a better society each day.


Ph.D. Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2017
M.B.A.  Business AdministrationBologna Business School, 2013
Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2009

Courses Taught
ECON 203Principles of Economics
MARA 685: Directed Studies
  1. Afenyo, M., Ng, A.K.Y., Jiang, C. (2021): A Multi-Period Model for Assessing the Socio-Economic Impact of Oil Spills in the Arctic. Risk Analysis: An International Journal
  2. Panahi, R., Ng, A.K. Y., Afenyo, M., Lau, Y.Y.J (2020): Reflecting on Forty Years Contextual Evolution of Arctic Port Research: The past and now. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 144:189-203
  3. Panahi, R., Afenyo, M., Ng, A.K. Y., Haeri, F. (2020). A Novel Approach in Probabilistic Quantification of Risks within the Context of Maritime Supply Chain: The Case of Extreme Weather Events in the Arctic. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 144: 105673
  4. Helle,I., Mäkinen,J., Nevalainen,M., Afenyo, M., Vanhatalo,J., 2020. Impacts of oil spills on Arctic marine ecosystems: A quantitative and probabilistic risk assessment perspective. Environmental Science & Technology 54 (4), 2112-2121
  5. Ducruet, C., Panahi, R., Ng, A.K.Y., Jiang, C., Afenyo, M., 2019. Between Geography and transportation: A Scientometric analysis of port studies. Journal of Transport Geography. 81:102527.
  6. Afenyo, M., Ng, A.K.Y., and Jiang, C., 2019. Climate change and Arctic shipping: A method for assessing the impacts of oil spills in the Arctic. Transportation Research Part D. 77:476-490
  7. Ng, A.K.Y., Zhang, H., Afenyo, M., Becker, A., Cahoon, S., Chen, S.L., Esteben, M., Ferrari, 4 C., Lau, Y.Y., Lee, P.T.W., Monios, J., Tei, A., Yang, Z. and Acciaro, M. 2018. ‘Port 5 decision-maker perceptions on the effectiveness of climate adaptation actions’. Coastal Management (doi: 10.1080/08920753.2018.1451731)
  8. Afenyo, M., Khan, F. Veitch, B., and Yang, M., 2017. Arctic shipping accident scenario analysis using Bayesian Network approach. Ocean Engineering. 133:224-230
  9. Afenyo, M., Khan, F. Veitch, B., and Yang, M., 2017. A probabilistic ecological risk model for Arctic marine oil spills. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. 5(2):1494-1503
  10. Afenyo, M., Khan, F., Veitch, B., 2015. A state-of-the-art review of fate and transport of oil spills in open and ice-covered water. Ocean Engineering. 119:233-248 (IF: 3.250).
Grants and Fellowships
  • SHHRC Connection grant (Worth CAD 50,000) 2021

  • Health Canada Emergency funding on COVID-19- (worth:CAD235, 000) 2020

  • Genome Canada GENICE II (Worth: CAD 8 Million) 2021

Awards & Recognition
  • KLU Young Researcher Best Paper Award, 2019
  • Outstanding award for graduate studies (Fellow School of Graduate Studies), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, 2017
  • Llyod’s register’s foundation funding for Ph.D. studies, Memorial University, Canada, 2014
  • Hult Prize (Largest Social Entrepreneurship competition in the world for Business Schools), Semi-Finalist team, Dubai University of Bologna, 2013

Contact Info

Mawuli Afenyo
Assistant Professor
Department of Maritime Business Administration
Phone: +1 (409) 741.4013
Fax: +1 (409) 741.4014

Classroom Lab Building (CLB), Office 218-B