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African Institute for Marine and Underwater Research, Exploration and Education

Ms. Angelika Leader, Secretary.

Born in Germany, but an African since 1970, Ms. Leader lived in Zimbabwe, where she initially worked as Public Relations Officer. Later on, she got involved in the hospitality industry as the owner of two restaurants in Harare. She studied law in South Africa and is currently Director of a legal practise in Cape Town.


Dr. Edward Harris, MBE, JP, FSA, Member of the Board (Bermuda).

Born in Bermuda, where he is Director of the National Museum, Dr. Harris studied at Columbia University and University College London. He invented the ‘Harris Matrix’, which is now a standard tool for archaeological work internationally. Furthermore, he is the author of a major book on Bermuda fortifications, Bermuda Forts 1612-1957, and published numerous articles on (maritime) history and archaeology. Dr. Harris was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and appointed MBE by Queen Elizabeth II.


Mr. Harry Gerritsen, Treasurer (The Netherlands).

Harry Gerritsen (LLM) is a graduate from the Law School at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He is an expert in spatial and area development and works mainly as a (project-) manager for both private consultancy agencies and local governments. Beside his professional activities, he is very interested in history and especially maritime archaeology.


Dr. Bruno Werz, FSA, Chief Executive Officer.

Werz was born in the Netherlands and joined the Underwater Reconnaissance and Diving Unit of the Royal Dutch Army after obtaining a doctoral degree in history. This was followed by a DLitt. in maritime archaeology. In 1988 he moved to South Africa where he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, introducing the field of maritime archaeology in Africa. He has undertaken numerous projects, including the excavation of sub-Saharan Africa’s oldest shipwreck. He is also the discoverer of the oldest artifacts from under the sea in the world. Like Dr. Harris, he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in recognition of his services to archaeology.



Mr. Vic de Valdorf, Accounting Officer

Miss Jo Whitehouse, Web Site Developer and Manager

Mr. Alton Trimmel, Fieldwork Assistant and Diver.

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