Chirag joined ISWAN in 2015 after the Maritime Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) moved its services into ISWAN. He is responsible for the operation and development of ISWAN’s work programme in South Asia, and works closely with regional stakeholders to provide support mechanisms for seafarers and their families in need. He began his shipping career in India in 2004 after graduating as a Marine Engineer and has worked on various merchant vessels in different capacities, currently holding a Chief Engineer's License. Chirag was held hostage by Somali pirates on a hijacked vessel in 2010 and has devoted his life to helping seafarers and their families affected by piracy and many other challenges. His passion to serve seafarers has gained widespread recognition, and he has received prestigious national and international awards.