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Konstantin (Kosta) Petrov graduated from Saint Petersburg State Marine Technical University with a master’s degree in Naval Architecture in 1996. Before joining IACS as its Accredited Representative to IMO in 2019, he worked for two classification societies. In both organisations he was responsible for international policy towards regulators (IMO, IACS, EU, Governments) and industry, later switching to leading business development with postings to Helsinki and Hamburg. Over the period of 25 years in classification, he chaired various international groups/committees in IACS, IMO, Industry, promoted classification and statutory regime as ways to deliver safe, secure and environmentally friendly shipping.