Napo holds a BsocSc; LLB and LLM in Maritime Law and International Trade Law from the University of Cape Town and is also an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, specializing in shipping, energy and international trade law.
Napo has extensive experience in various aspects of shipping law and operations, having worked for a shipping company that focused on bulk and offshore shipping and thereafter working in the Admiralty, Shipping and Marine Insurance department in the South African (Cape Town) office of Norton Rose, one of the world’s top 10 largest law firms.
Napo was extensively involved in advising the South African government on both the Maritime Transport Policy as well as the Tonnage Tax Proposal.
He has published several articles, some of which have appeared in some of the leading publications on shipping such as The Southern African Shipping News , The Cape Times, Without Prejudice and Business Day. He is also a guest lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to their Master Mariners class.
He previously advised various international owners, charterers and underwriters on admiralty, shipping and maritime law matters.
He also has experience in vessel operations, having previously worked for charterers who on-chartered OSVs (Offshore Support Vessels) on long-term charter to PetroSA.
Napo represented South Africa as an expert in maritime at the 5th BRICS Summit. He was also a speaker at the Breakbulk Africa Conference (2013) and the Connecting Africa Conference (2013). He is also the recipient of the Future Leaders Awards (2013) in the Maritime category.
Napo is the Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Committee within Generation Ultimate.