International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability

Speakers and Panelists

Day 0

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Official opening

Session 1 - The status of global and regional fisheries sustainability and their implications for policy and management

Session 4 - Securing sustainable fisheries livelihoods

Session 7 - Fisheries information systems and new technologies


Session 2 - Sustainable fisheries: linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable use

Session 5 - The economics of fisheries

Session 8 - Policy opportunities for fisheries in the 21st century


Session 3 - Fish in Food Security and Nutrition: from tide to table

Session 6 - Fisheries Management in the face of a changing climate


Official opening

Manuel Barange - FAO Symposium convenor and keynote speaker

Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division of FAO (FIA), Italy

Professor Manuel Barange is Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization, and an Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK. Until May 2016 he was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. From 2010-2013 he was Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, and from 1999-2010 he was Director of the International Project Office of the IOC-SCOR-IGBP core project GLOBEC. In recent years, he has increasingly focused his research on the impacts of climate change and economic globalization on marine-based commodities, and on the interactions between natural and social sciences in fisheries, ecosystems and climate change, in the developed and developing world. Manuel was awarded the 2010 UNESCO-IOC Roger Revelle Medal for his accomplishments and contributions to ocean science. Manuel has over 120 peer-reviewed publications.

Session 1 - The status of global and regional fisheries sustainability and their implications for policy and management

Ray Hilborn - Keynote speaker

Professor, University of Washington (UW), USA

Dr. Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He authored several books including "Ocean Recovery: a sustainable future for global fisheries? (with Ulrike Hilborn) in 2019, "Overfishing: what everyone needs to know" (with Ulrike Hilborn) in 2012, "Quantitative fisheries stock assessment" with Carl Walters in 1992, and "The Ecological Detective: confronting models with data" with Marc Mangel, in 1997 and has published over 300 peer reviewed articles. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award, and the International Fisheries Science Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and the American Fisheries Society.

Ana M. Parma - Keynote speaker

Principal Researcher, Argentinian Council for Science and Technology (CONICET), Argentina

Dr. Ana Parma is a Principal Researcher of CONICET – the Argentine Council for Science & Technology, based at the National Patagonic Center in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. She earned her Ph.D. in Fisheries Science in 1989 from the University of Washington, and worked as an assessment scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission until 2000, when she returned to Argentina, her home country. She has worked on different aspects of fisheries modelling, assessment and management, covering a diverse range of fisheries, from artisanal coastal fisheries targeting benthic shellfish to large-scale international fisheries targeting tunas. The main focus of her research has been on the evaluation and design of harvesting strategies that can achieve sustainability in the face of the diverse technical and institutional challenges posed by these fisheries. She has always worked at the interface between science and management, being involved in several scientific and policy advisory boards and review panels both at the national and international levels.

David Agnew - Panelist

Executive Secretary, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Australia

Dr. Agnew took up the post of Executive Secretary of CCAMLR in April 2018. His previous posts include Science and Standards Director at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Fisheries Director at MRAG Ltd, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, and Data Manager at CCAMLR. He has taken a number of international leadership roles, including Chair of the CCAMLR Scientific Committee, Chair of the MSC Technical Advisory Board and Board member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. Dr. Agnew has extensive experience working with global fisheries science and management issues, including stock assessment, ecosystem-based fisheries management and fisheries governance. He has more than 20 years experience working with CCAMLR, is an acknowledged expert on Antarctic fisheries and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Florida and the University of Tasmania, and a Fellow of the Marine Biological Association.

Graça Bauleth D'Almeida - Panelist

Director of Resource Management, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia

Graça Bauleth D'Almeida has been the Director of Resource Management at the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources in Namibia, since April 2012, where she is responsible for the sustainable utilization of Namibia's living marine resources and the conservation of the marine environment. Ms Bauleth D'Almeida joined the Ministry in 1993, as a researcher on various living marine resources and oceanographic environments in the Benguela current system and worked through the ranks. She has thereby acquired a vast experience, which equips her in the management of the resources. Ms Bauleth D'Almeida has also served on several committees dealing with ocean governance, as well as climate and mining impacts on the marine ecosystem. She has a BSc in Biology from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, USA (1990) as well as a MSc in Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland, USA (1998).


Paul de Bruyn - Panelist

Science Manager, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Seychelles

Dr. Paul de Bruyn is the Science Manager at the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) secretariat which he joined in 2018. He started his career assessing small-scale inshore fisheries in Southern Africa and developing operational management Procedures for invertebrate fisheries on the East Coast of South Africa. He then moved to Spain, where he worked for the Basque research foundation, AZTI Tecnalia and was responsible for carrying out assessments for Tuna and Tuna-like species at both IOTC and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) working parties as well as advancing management strategy evaluations for temperate tuna stocks in the Atlantic Ocean. He later joined the ICCAT secretariat where for 6 years, he was the By-catch Coordinator and later head of the Department of Research and Statistics. Paul holds a Doctorate in Marine Science with a focus on stock assessment and management strategy evaluation.

Macarena Cepeda - Panelist

President, Industrial Fishing Association (ASIPES), Chile

Macarena Cepeda Godoy is the president of the Industrial Fishing Association ASIPES, which represents more than 60% of the Chilean industrial captures. She is a Chemical Engineer, with 7 years of experience in the Chilean fish industry. During her time with the Association, she has been able to promote good practices in the fishing industry, mainly in fish transport, odor mitigation solutions, clean production agreements, international fisheries certification and actions to fight against illegal fishing. Moreover, in order to achieve a sustainable process, permanent improvements have been incorporated in nets, vessels and technology used in the industrial operation. Companies associated to ASIPES capture sardines, jack mackerel, giant squid, hake, and prawns, etc. for human consumption. Today Chilean Jack Mackerel and Prawns have received the MSC Certification for sustainable fishing.


Steven J. Cooke - Panelist

Professor, Carleton University (CU), Canada

Dr. Steven J. Cooke – Cooke is a Professor of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He studies the ecology and management of wild fish in inland and marine systems. Specific topics of interest include recreational fisheries science, movement ecology, environmental stressors, hydropower, and knowledge mobilization. He is also active in evidence synthesis in his role of Director of the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation. Cooke is the Editor in Chief of the journal "Conservation Physiology" and serves of the editorial boards of seven other journals. He is Past President of the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society, is a founding member of InFish, and is the Secretary of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He has received the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Award of Excellence in Fisheries Management from the American Fisheries Society.

Carmen Fernandez - Panelist

Research Scientist, Instituto Español de Oceanografia (IEO), Spain

Dr. Carmen Fernandez has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a PhD in statistics. Since 2006 she works as a research scientist at the Spanish Oceanographic Institute (Instituto Español de Oceanografia, IEO), with her work focusing on assessment of the status of fish stocks, evaluation of fisheries management strategies and the provision of scientific advice in these and related aspects. She regularly participates in the scientific and advisory work of international organizations such as ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), NAFO (Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization) and ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas). During 2012-2017 she was on leave from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute to work as a vice-chair of the ICES Advisory Committee, with focus on the ICES scientific advice on fish stocks and fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic. Since 2018 she is the vice-chair of the NAFO Scientific Council.

Libby Logerwell - Panelist

Research Fishery Biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA

Libby Logerwell is a Research Fishery Biologist in the Recruitment Processes Program at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) and the co-chair of the Arctic Council PAME Joint Ecosystem Approach Expert Group. Her research interests include fisheries oceanography, fish early life history, Arctic benthic communities and ecosystem based management. Libby received a BS from Stanford University and PhD from the University of California Irvine, and was a post-doc at NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and then the University of Washington before joining the AFSC in 2001.



Ichiro Nomura - Chair

Fisheries Policy Advisor, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Indonesia

Mr Ichiro Nomura is currently a Fisheries Policy Advisor to the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. He held, from April 2000 to August 2010, the position of Assistant Director-General and head of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department in Rome, where he was responsible for all FAO programmes and activities in the field of fisheries and aquaculture. Before coming to FAO, he had held various responsible positions in the Fisheries Agency of the Japanese Government for more than 25 years and is well known in various international fisheries fora, including the FAO Compliance Agreement negotiation, the UN Fish Stocks Agreement negotiation, etc. Mr. Nomura served as a member of the Board of Trustees of MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) from 2010 to 2016. He is currently a member of the Board of ISSF (International Seafood Sustainability Foundation).


Duto Nugroho - Panelist

Senior Researcher, Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development, Indonesia

Dr Nugroho is a senior researcher in the Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development of Indonesia. He has a MSc on fisheries acoustics by the Bogor Agricultural University and a PhD on conservation biology by the University of Indonesia. He has been involved in fisheries related research since 1978. His main research work is on the assessment of the status and trends of small pelagic and demersal groups of fish species using tropical analytical models. Currently, he is a member of different technical working groups to develop baseline data to support national harvest control rules in Indonesia. His research has been published in numerous relevant scientific journals.



Yemi Oloruntuyi - Panelist

Head of the Global Accessibility Program, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), UK

Dr. Yemi Oloruntuyi is Head, Global Accessibility Program at the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). She has a range of experience working on issues related to sustainable use of fisheries resources. Her role involves leading the implementation of MSC's strategy to increase the engagement of fisheries from the global south in the MSC's standard and certification program. It also involves the evaluation, development and implementation of policies and tools to ensure that the MSC programme is applicable and accessible to developing country and small-scale fisheries. Prior to joining the MSC she worked at the Lagos State University, Nigeria, where she was involved in research and training on fisheries resource management, littoral ecology and aquaculture.



Elayaperumal Vivekanandan - Panelist

International Consultant, Bay of Bengal Programme International Organization (BOBP), India

Dr. E. Vivekanandan works as a Consultant in the Bay of Bengal Programme Intergovernmental Organisation, Chennai, India. Until 2012, he belonged to Agricultural Research Service and worked in various capacities including Head of Division and Principal Scientist in Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR, Government of India). He has over 40 years of experience in marine fisheries research and development. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Madurai University. He has pioneered the research on marine fish population dynamics, stock assessment, climate change and marine ecosystem modelling in India. He has authored several research papers, book chapters and books in different areas of marine fisheries. He has travelled widely and is associated with several regional organisations on fisheries research and management. He has conducted multinational training programmes on fish stock assessment, ecosystem approach to fisheries management and science communication.

Session 2 - Sustainable fisheries: linking biodiversity conservation and sustainable use

Chris Costello - Keynote speaker

Professor and director, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA

Dr. Christopher Costello is a professor of Resource Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, co-director of the Sustainable Fisheries Group, director of then Environmental Markets Solutions Lab, and a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Costello received his Ph.D from UC Berkeley in 2000 and conducts research on natural resource economics and policy concerning property rights, decision making under uncertainty, and natural resource scarcity. His work combines theoretical micro-economics with modeling and empirical analysis to inform policy on fisheries management, biological diversity, and marine policy. With partners, Costello applies his research in several countries including Peru, Chile, Mexico, Indonesia, China, and Cambodia. Costello serves on the Board of Trustees for Global Fishing Watch and Environmental Defense Fund, and has published over 100 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and PNAS. He is the 2016 winner of the Peter Benchley Award in Ocean Solutions.

Beth Fulton - Keynote speaker

Research Group Leader, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Dr. Beth Fulton is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere where she leads the Marine Systems and Informatics Group. Beth is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre of Marine Socioecology, a collaboration between University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division. Beth has been with the CSIRO for the past 18 years, where she has developed various system modelling tools for looking at marine ecosystems and sustainability. The models developed by Beth's team are some of the first to give equal attention to biophysical and human components of marine and coastal ecosystems. They underpin CSIRO's research into sustainably managing potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change and have been used to consider effective means of conserving and monitoring marine and coastal ecosystems.

Leandro Castello - Panelist

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech University (VT), USA

Dr. Leandro Castello investigates how people affect fish populations through overfishing and habitat alteration and how they can work to establish sustainable fisheries. With a focus on tropical marine and freshwater systems, his interdisciplinary research addresses varied topics and often pursues questions that can impact policy. His work on the conservation of Arapaima spp. developed a method to count the fish at the moment of obligate air-breathing, allowing growing numbers of fishers to assess stocks and set sustainable harvest quotas. He also performed multi-faceted assessments of human impacts on Amazonian freshwater ecosystems that underpin the policy strategy of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the basin. He is currently investigating the effects of changes in hydrology and land cover on large river fisheries, and developing a method to estimate past catch-effort data based on fishers' memories, as part of a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship.

Rod Fujita - Panelist

Director of Research and Development, Environmental Defense Fund, USA

Rod Fujita is a marine ecologist focusing on processes that support biodiversity. He co-founded the Environmental Defense Fund's Ocean Program in 1990 and since then has worked on improving fisheries and implementing marine reserves to increase food production and profits by maintaining or recovering system productivity and resilience. Rod has worked with partners on several effective approaches, including MPAs covering over 25,000 sq km, a private buyout of trawl vessels in return for no-trawl zones, a loan fund to help fishermen transition to more sustainable practices, and a framework for assessing and managing data-limited fisheries ( Rod supports EDF Ocean Program staff in 12 geographies around the world. Current research interests include: behavior change interventions for improving fishery outcomes; systems analysis of fisheries to find high leverage interventions; ways to reduce trade-offs between aquaculture and small-scale fisheries with the aim of increasing food production and reducing biodiversity and ecosystem impacts.

Stefan Gelcich - Panelist

Professor, Pontífica Universidad de Chile, Chile

Stefan Gelcich is a Professor at the Pontifica Universidad de Chile where he studies the socialecological dimensions of environmental conservation and marine fisheries management. Much of Stefan's work is focused on the interplay between ecological and governance determinants in implementing and effectively managing protected areas. He is a regional councilor for Global Green Grants, an environmental NGO that awards small grants to grassroots movements engaging in environmental issues, and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.




Simon Jennings - Panelist

Science Committee Chair, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

Dr. Simon Jennings is marine scientist and adviser. Through international collaboration he seeks to advance and shape scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and their interactions with people and the environment – with a focus on creating stronger links between fundamental, applied and translational research and improving monitoring, assessment and management. He currently chairs the Science Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea and the Technical Advisory Board of the Marine Stewardship Council.




Michel Kaiser - Panelist

Professor, Heriot-Watt University(HW), UK

Michel Kaiser is currently the Professor of Fisheries Conservation at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He holds a number of public appointments: he is a member of the IUCN-Fisheries Expert Group and is an independent Member of the UK Marine Science Coordination Committee; he is a member of the Technical Advisory Council to Fisheries Innovation Scotland; he chairs the International Scientific Advisory Committee for the pulse trawling project (Holland). His research interests focus on techniques to achieve sustainable use of marine resources while seeking to minimize impacts on the marine environment. He is best known for his expertise on the ecosystem of fishing on the seabed, data poor fisheries and the use of spatial management measures to achieve conservation and fisheries objectives. Throughout his career he has worked at the scientific interface between fisheries and conservation.

Sangeeta Mangubhai - Panelist

Director Fiji Country Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Fiji

Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai is currently the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Fiji Country Program. Originally from Fiji, she has worked on marine science and conservation in Australia, East Africa, Indonesia and the South Pacific. She works on community-based management, coastal fisheries, payment for ecosystem services, gender inclusion in fisheries, marine protected areas, marine spatial planning, environmental policy, and climate change. She has authored over 120 publications including 45 journal articles on a wide diversity of topics. Sangeeta sits on multiple government committee and chairs the Marine Working Group for the Fiji National Protected Areas Committee. She is currently an editor for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology and the Pacific Community's Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin. She was awarded a 2018 Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation to work on mainstreaming gender and human rights-based approaches into coastal fisheries management in Melanesia.

Nyawira Muthiga - Panelist

Director and Conservation Scientist of the Kenya Marine Program, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Kenya

Dr. Nyawira Muthiga has spent more than 30 years dedicated to the management and conservation of marine ecosystems in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) through research, training and conservation. She is currently the Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Marine Program in Kenya coordinating a portfolio of work that includes research on marine protected areas and their effectiveness, sustainable small-scale fisheries, coral reefs and climate change as well as capacity building for community conservation areas. Her work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications and she also contributes to building marine science capacity in East Africa through supervision of students and served as President of the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA). Dr. Muthiga also coordinates and participates in other regional and professional initiatives and has received several awards including the National Geographic/Buffet award for achievements in Conservation and the Kenyan Presidential award, the Order of the Grand Warrior.

Renée Sauvé - Chair

Senior Director, External Relations Directorate of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada

Ms. Sauvé is currently a Senior Director in the External Relations Directorate of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Ms. Sauvé represents Canada at numerous multilateral negotiations in marine biodiversity and ocean governance. In 2018, Ms. Sauvé was Head of the Canadian Secretariat of the November Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, co-hosted by the Government of Canada. In 2017, she was Canada's lead negotiator for the UN Ocean Conference "Call to Action" outcome document, as well as for the marine component of the 2002 World Summit of Sustainable Development. Ms. Sauvé also led Canada's engagement in the Convention on Biological Diversity on marine issues. From 2014-2019, Ms. Sauvé served as international Chair of the Arctic Council Working Group for the Protections of Arctic and Marine Environment (PAME). Ms. Sauvé holds a BSc degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Manitoba (1985). Ms. Sauvé resides in Ottawa, Canada with her family.

Yunne Shin - Panelist

Senior Researcher, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France

Yunne Shin is a marine ecologist, Senior Researcher at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France) and Honorary Research Associate at UCT (University of Cape Town, South Africa). Her research focuses on marine biodiversity and the integrated functioning of fish communities and marine ecosystems under global change. She has been developing ecosystem models (coord., data and indicator analyses of marine biodiversity (coord., panel and scenarios (coord. FRB Emibios, BIODIVERSA Sombee) to quantify global change impacts on marine biodiversity. She served as a coordinating lead author of the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.


Nam So - Panelist

Chief Environment Management Officer, Mekong River Commission Secretariat (MRCS), Cambodia

Dr. Nam So has nearly 25 years of working experience in environment, fisheries and aquaculture research, development, management and governance in various countries in the Mekong region and around the world, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, USA and Canada. He has written more than 100 technical reports related to fisheries, environment and aquaculture in the English language, including over 50 peer reviewed journal publications and recently he has jointly published two papers in Science and one in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science on impacts of hydropower projects on fish species diversity in Amazon, Congo and Mekong rivers. He has a PhD in Biology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, a MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Wageningen University of Agriculture in the Netherlands, and a BSc in Fisheries Science from the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Beverly Wade - Panelist

Fisheries Administrator of the Belize Fisheries Department, Belize

Ms. Beverly Wade is the Fisheries Administrator of the Belize Fisheries Department. Ms. Wade has been involved in Fisheries Management for the last 24 years and as the Fisheries Administrator for the past 18 years, has been directly involved in the implementation of measures to facilitate the sustainable development of Belize's marine resources and has represented Belize at various international fora which impacts and regulate the national development of local fisheries. Ms. Wade has been a member of the executive committee of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and OSPESCA for the last 7 years, which are the regional organizations for CARICOM and Central America charged with assisting governments in the sustainable development of their Fisheries and Aquaculture sectors. Ms. Wade has been the focal point for the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Belize since 2013 and works closely with her Government and stakeholder counterparts to coordinate the management and conservation of these areas.

Session 3 - Fish in Food Security and Nutrition: from tide to table

Christopher Golden - Keynote speaker

Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), USA

Dr. Christopher Golden is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Health and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As an ecologist and epidemiologist, his research investigates the nexus of trends in global environmental change and human health. He received his BA from Harvard College where he created his own curriculum integrating courses in ecology, medical anthropology, and development studies. He then received two graduate degrees from UC Berkeley: an MPH in Epidemiology with a focus in Nutrition, and a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Golden has been conducting research in Madagascar for the past 20 years, and has recently begun research in West Africa and the South Pacific. He has served as lead investigator on several research efforts: 1) the investigation of climate-Driven impacts of marine fishery collapses across the globe on food security and human nutrition; 2) examining the role of coral reef management in Kiribati in increasing access to seafood and reducing diabetes and metabolic disease; and 3) a global mapping exercise of the role of coral bleaching and forecasting its future impacts on human nutrition.

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted - Keynote speaker

Research Program Leader, WorldFish, Malaysia

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is Research Program Leader, Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish, stationed in Penang, Malaysia. Her work focusses on nutrition-sensitive fish agri-food systems, in particular the potential of increased production and consumption of nutrient-rich small fish in combating and preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies in low- and middle-income countries. She works with developing and testing fish-based products for women and children in the first 1,000 days of life. She plays a pivotal role in promoting the agenda of fish for nourishing nations as well as the importance of the fisheries sector in contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in many international, regional and national fora. She has recently been selected to join the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security.


Boitshepo "Bibi" Giyose - Panelist

Special advisor, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), South Africa

Boitshepo Bibi Giyose is a Senior Nutrition Officer for Policy and Programmes in the Nutrition and Food Systems Division at FAO, but currently on secondment to NEPAD as special advisor to the CEO. Her work focuses on integrating and mainstreaming nutrition into agriculture and related development agendas, and to promote a multisector approach for addressing all forms of malnutrition. She holds a MS in International Nutrition from Cornell University, and a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics from Appalachian State University, USA. Ms. Giyose was awarded a "Distinguished Alumna Award" in recognition of exceptional professional achievement by Appalachian State University in 2007. She was also named Senior Policy Scholar in 2011 by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation – USA - for her work on Home Grown School Feeding. She has served on numerous international scientific technical and policy advisory committees and boards.


Xianshi Jin - Panelist

Senior Scientist, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI), China

Dr. Xianshi Jin is the senior scientist and general director of Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute (YSFRI), Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences (CAFS). He was awarded the Doctor degree in 1996 from University of Bergen, Norway. His research interests include stock assessment, fisheries ecology, fisheries management and high sea fisheries, and has centered on long-term changes of species composition, population dynamics, stock enhancement and food web for the high trophic levels in the ecosystem of the Yellow Sea, Bohai Sea, and East China Sea. He finished more than 40 projects as PIs, such as the major programs from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Basic Research Program, Hi-Tech Research Program, and many others. He has published over 200 papers and 14 monographs as editor/compiler.


Ahmed Khan - Panelist

Chief Fisheries Officer and Blue Economy Flagship Coordinator, African Development Bank (AfDB), Ivory Coast

Dr. Ahmed Khan has more than 15 years' experience in fishery resource management, seafood trade, and the governance of fisheries resource systems at regional and global levels. He obtained his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. As Chief Fisheries Officer and Blue Economy Flagship Coordinator at the AfDB, he covers both lending and non-lending portfolios seeking programs and projects that link, and prioritize aquatic resource sustainability, nutritional well-being, competitive fish value chains, and economic development to meet the goals of the Feed Africa Strategy and other High 5s. Prior to joining the AfDB, he was highly engaged with research for development and policy entrepreneurship with government agencies, policy think tanks, consulting firms and academia. He has published more than 40 scientific contributions with featured articles in Ambio, Bioeconomics, Coastal Management, Climate Policy, Fisheries Research, Marine Policy, and Science. He is a foodie and enjoys seafood medley.

Joyce Kinabo - Panelist

Professor, Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Tanzania

Dr. Joyce Kinabo is a Professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, Tanzania. She obtained her PhD in Nutrition Physiology from Glasgow University in 1990. Her research activities have focused mainly on energy balance studies (thermic effect of food), maternal and child nutrition, adolescent nutrition, food body interactions and nutritional status. Some of the research activities have included development and testing of Eco-Nutrition guidelines to enable communities to best respond to the challenges of food insecurity, inadequate care and inadequate environmental quality in the context of climate change. Dr. Kinabo is also a member of IFPRI Independent Advisory Committee since 2014, President of the Federation of Africa Nutrition Societies (FANUS) (2011-15), Fellow International Union of Nutritional Sciences (FIUNS) and a member of Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition. She is the current chair of the Board of Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre.

Mimako Kobayashi - Panelist

Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank (WB), USA

Mimako Kobayashi is a Senior Environmental Economist in the Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy Global Practice at the World Bank. Throughout her professional career as an applied economist, she has studied interactions between environment and behavior of people in various natural resource management problems around the world. Her core responsibilities in the global blue team include managing analytical work targeted for both global audience and World Bank operations. Analytical work she co-authored at the World Bank includes Fish to 2030 and The Sunken Billions Revisited. Prior to joining the Bank, she was an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA. She obtained her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, USA.



Anna Lartey - Panelist

Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome

Anna Lartey is the Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy (2013 to present). Prior to that, she was a Professor of Nutrition at the University of Ghana (1986-2013). She pursued her doctoral studies as a Fulbright Scholar, from the University of California, Davis, USA. She worked as a researcher in Sub-Saharan Africa for 27 years. Her research focussed on maternal and child nutrition. At FAO, she oversees the technical work on Food systems for healthy diets and improved nutrition. Anna won the University of Ghana's "Best Researcher Award for 2004". She was the recipient of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award for 2014. Anna Lartey was the President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2013-2017). Anna was recently awarded a Doctor of Science degree, honoris causa, by McGill University in June 2018.

Dave Little - Panelist

Professor, University of Stirling, UK

Dr. David Little is currently the Chair of Aquatic Resource Development at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling and leading a newly formed Seafood Consumption Initiative with national and international partners. He has more than 35 years professional experience in the sector. Research and educational interests focus around the societal impacts of aquaculture and, increasingly, highlighting the importance of seafood in food systems. He has developed and coordinated a wide range of research with a focus on Asia and Africa. He has published widely on the interface between aquatic food production, broader natural resource management and development and been a vocal advocate and practitioner of interdisciplinary systems research. He has been involved in many expert reviews and consultations such as those relating to Food Futures (UK Government), the potential for innovative feed sourcing strategies, (WorldFish Centre), Sustainable Intensification (FAO-NACA), aquaculture certification (WWF, FAO) and the roles of aquaculture in poverty alleviation (DFID).

Sveinn Margeirsson - Panelist

International consultant, Iceland

Dr. Sveinn Margerisson grew up on an organic farm in North Iceland. He holds a BSc in Food Science, a PhD in Industrial Engineering and a General Management Program at Harvard Business School. As the CEO of Matis in Iceland (2010-2018), and now as an independent consultant, he has put emphasis on increasing the value of our resources, by viewing different value chains from a creative and holistic perspective. He has lead and participated in several projects on issues including optimisation of seafood value chains, regional development, technological disruptions in the food industry and science communication. He has supervised numerous MSc and Phd students. He has presented results and visions for a wide range of audiences, including Icelandic and international food industry representatives, ministers from several countries, different parts of the EU commission and industry delegations.


Fiorenza Micheli - Chair

Co-director of Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, USA

Fiorenza Micheli is co-director of Stanford's Center for Ocean Solutions, and a marine ecologist at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, where she is the David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science. Micheli's research focuses on the processes shaping marine communities and coastal social-ecological systems, and incorporating this understanding in marine management and conservation. She investigates climatic impacts on marine ecosystems, particularly the impacts of hypoxia and ocean acidification on marine species, communities and fisheries, marine predators' ecology and trophic cascades, the dynamics and sustainability of small-scale fisheries, and the design and function of Marine Protected Areas. Her current research takes her to Mexico, Italy, and Palau, in addition to California. She is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, research advisor to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Seafood Watch and the Benioff Ocean Initiative, and senior fellow at Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment.

Friederike Ziegler - Panelist

Senior scientist, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), Sweden

Friederike Ziegler is a senior scientist at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, leading the research and contract work of the RISE seafood sustainability group. Her PhD research pioneered the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) applied to fisheries systems both with regard to typical LCA environmental impact categories like greenhouse gas emissions, and quantifying more fisheries-specific impacts on stocks, by-catch and seafloor habitats. After finishing her PhD, her research has concerned both fisheries and aquaculture systems around the world, focusing on North Atlantic fisheries and Nordic aquaculture systems. Recently, she has collaborated with nutritionists to describe and quantify the highly variable nutritional characteristics of different seafoods to more fully reflect the function of seafood in LCA studies and to provide guidance for production and consumptions to go towards more nutritious and broadly sustainable types of seafood.


Session 4 - Securing sustainable fisheries livelihoods

Philippa Cohen - Keynote speaker

Research Program Leader, WorldFish, Malaysia

Philippa [Pip] is an interdisciplinary Fisheries and Social Scientist (aligned most closely to Political Ecology) with research interests in equitable governance of fisheries systems in the face of ocean, water, and agricultural transformations. Pip's research is frequently embedded in, and/or critically observant of, management and development processes. Pip has been working in fisheries for development for 15 years – starting in the small island developing nations of Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Timor Lest. Pip is now based in Penang, Malaysia where she heads up WorldFish's global small-scale fisheries research program working with small-scale fisheries researchers and managers embedded in ten countries across Africa, Asia and Pacific.



Mitchel Lay - Keynote speaker

Fisher and Program Coordinator, Caribbean Network of FisherFolk Organisations (CNFO) and Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), Belize

Mitchell Lay has been fishing commercially from 1988 as a small-scale fisher. Involved in fisherfolk organisations in Antigua and Barbuda and is currently involved in regional fishers' initiatives, including the Caribbean Network of FisherFolk Organisations (CNFO) and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI). Mr Lay participates in fisheries-related meetings and workshops throughout the Caribbean region and is an advocate for sustainable utilization and responsible stewardship in relation to marine resources.



Eddie Allison - Panelist

Professor, University of Washington (UW), USA

Professor Allison's work spans research, policy and practice in both fisheries science and international development. He has worked on the coasts and inland waters of sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and Europe, principally on the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture to food and nutrition security and to coastal livelihoods, the governance of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture production, and people's vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Since working in Malawi for the UK Department for International Development in the early 1990s he has held a faculty appointment in the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and a Professorship in Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He was Director of Policy, Economics and Social Science at the WorldFish Center, Malaysia in 2007-2010 and has recently returned to WorldFish as a principal scientist. He has authored or co-authored over 200 academic articles, agency reports and policy briefings and contributed to many others.

Xavier Basurto - Panelist

Associate Professor, Duke University, USA

Xavier is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at the Nicholas School of the Environment and director of the Coasts and Commons Co-Laboratory at Duke University. His expertise lies in the governance of the commons, particularly in the context of inshore fisheries. He has developed large scale collaborations between academia, practitioners, and fishing organizations to co-design studies aimed at diagnosing the performance of different types of fishing organizations. He is also interested on how biophysical factors affect the performance of diverse governance arrangements. Prior to Duke, Xavier worked two years with Elinor Ostrom at Indiana University and has published more than 50 articles in a diversity of outlets including Science, Science Advances and Nature. His work has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and a diversity of philanthropic organizations based in the U.S. and Europe.


Anthony Charles - Panelist

Professor, Saint Mary's University (SMU), Canada

Dr. Anthony Charles is a professor at Saint Mary's University (Halifax, Canada) in the School of the Environment and the School of Business. He is a transdisciplinary researcher on fisheries, coasts and oceans, notably themes such as ecosystem-based management, sustainability, marine protected areas, community-based management, poverty and food security, and climate change adaptation. Dr. Charles leads the Community Conservation Research Network (www.CommunityConservation.Net), a global initiative on the links of conservation and sustainable livelihoods within coastal communities. He wrote the book Sustainable Fishery Systems and co-edited several volumes including Governance of Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation, Governing the Coastal Commons and The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development. Dr. Charles is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and a member of the Fisheries Expert Group in IUCN's Commission on Ecosystem Management. He has served as an advisor to FAO, OECD, the World Trade Organization, the Canadian government, and many fishery and Indigenous organizations.

Ratana Chuenpagdee - Chair

Professor, Memorial University of New Foundland (MUN), Canada

Ratana Chuenpagdee is a Professor in Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in St. John's. She is leading a major global research partnership, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), which aims at elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectifying their marginalization in national and international policies. As part of this project, she's coordinating research and activities to support the implementation of the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines and transdisciplinary research for fisheries and ocean governance around the world. Ratana also co-leads a research module on informing governance responses in a changing ocean for the Ocean Frontier Institute, another major collaborative research initiative between universities, governments, private sectors and communities. Together with colleagues, she co-edits three TBTI books about small-scale fisheries governance (2015), Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines (2017) and transdisciplinarity for fisheries sustainability (2018).

Courtney E. Cox - Panelist

Director of Applied Marine Science, Rare, USA

Dr. Courtney Cox is a marine ecologist leading Rare's Fish Forever central science team in developing strategies for implementing and evaluating community-based co-management of coastal fisheries across ten countries. Her team assesses the impact of the Fish Forever program on ecological systems, behavior adoption, fisheries recovery, and community livelihoods. Dr. Cox has 10 years of experience evaluating the effects of fisheries management strategies, identifying drivers of success, and determining appropriate scales for management. She conducts large-scale assessments integrating ecology, socioeconomics, genomics, population connectivity modeling, and fisheries science to generate innovative tools for solving complex conservation and fisheries problems. Dr. Cox holds a PhD in Biology with an emphasis in coral reef ecology from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining Rare, she served as the technical lead at the Marine Conservation Program of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Naseegh Jaffer - Panelist

Secretary General and Co-chairperson, World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP), South Africa

I grew up in apartheid South Africa where people of different races, classes and ethnicity were forcefully segregated in all spheres of life. It was a period that heightened the quest for social justice, equality and equity. I participated in many efforts at national, continental and global levels to realise the Small-scale Fisheries Guidelines of the Committee on Fisheries of the United Nations. From 2004 to 2017, I occupied senior leadership positions Secretary General and Co-chairperson, of the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP). Currently I am still active in various roles within the WFFP, International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC). This work extends to various intergovernmental platforms on the African continent. I work at Masifundise, in South Africa, which is an organization that advocates for the rights of small-scale fishing communities. Masifundise is an active member of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples – WFFP.


Unni Kløvstad - Panelist

Special Advisor and Head of the Ocean Team, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Unni Kløvstad is a career diplomat who has served in the Norwegian Foreign Service since 1993. She has extensive multilateral experience serving at Norwegian missions to the UN, NATO and EU, and has worked in a wide variety of foreign policy areas. Most recently, she was the Norwegian Ambassador to Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Prior to 2014 she held the position as director, head of section for Security Policy and North America at the Norwegian MFA. As head of the Ocean team in the Ministry of Foreign affairs, she oversees coordination of Norwegian international ocean policies, including in our bilateral, regional and international relations and special initiatives such as hosting of the Our Ocean Conference in Oslo 23-24 October and Norwegian development programmes in ocean related sectors focussing on knowledge programmes on fisheries and ocean management.


Editrudith Lukanga - Panelist

Co-President, World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), Tanzania

Editrudith Lukanga is the founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Management and Economic Development Organization (EMEDO), a public interest organization addressing environmental, social and economic challenges in Tanzania. She is the Co-President of World Forum of Fish Harvesters and fish workers (WFF), an international organization that brings together 42 national organizations of small-scale fishers from around the world to advocate for sustainable coastal communities and fisheries; uphold human rights and social justice for fishers and fish workers men and women. As a Secretary General of the African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET), that has membership in 28 African countries; and a Convener of the Tanzania Women Fish Workers Association (TAWFA), Ms Lukanga supports women fish workers in Africa to get organized, advocate, participate and influence policy and decision-making processes. Ms Lukanga participated in the development of the Small-scale fisheries guidelines and currently spearheading its implementation in Tanzania.

Sebastian Mathew - Panelist

Executive Director, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), India

Mr Sebastian Mathew, Executive Director, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), has been engaged in fisheries policy processes, research and documentation, communication and information dissemination for nearly three decades, valorising small-scale fisheries, especially the knowledge and institutions of fishers and fishworkers. On behalf of ICSF, Mr Mathew has followed major international policy processes that concern small-scale fishers and fishworkers, since the 1990s. Mr Mathew has undertaken studies on topics such as gear conflicts, tenure rights, fishers' knowledge, labour (migrant, forced and child labour in fisheries in developing countries), social protection and fisheries subsidies. Mr Mathew has organized several workshops and conferences on various aspects of small-scale fisheries. On behalf of ICSF, Mr Mathew is currently engaged in implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines within a human rights-based approach towards improving governance and inclusive, conservation and sustainable use of marine, coastal and inland fishery resources.

Kumi Soejima - Panelist

Senior lecturer, National Fisheries University, Japan

Dr. Kumi Soejima is a Senior lecturer at the National Fisheries University of Japan. She received her PhD from Hiroshima University, Japan. Her work has focussed on the women's role and issues in small-scale fisheries. She got a fellowship of Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems of OECD from May 2018 to September 2018. The subject title of her research fellowship was Using Gender Perspectives in Small-Scale Fisheries Research to Improve Policy and she worked at Innovative Fisheries Management (IFM), Aalborg University, Denmark as a guest researcher then. She and two other Japanese researchers have been trying to create networks "Umi Hito Kurashi Forum (roughly translated Forum for Sea People and Life) of fisherwomen in Japan since 2003. She is also trying to build collaborate relationships not only with researchers, but also with SSF related people such as AKTEA (network of fisherwomen's organizations in Europe).

Vivienne Solis - Panelist

Biologist, CoopeSoliDar, Costa Rica

Vivienne Solis Rivera is a biologist with a Master Degree in Systematics and Ecology of the University of Lawrence, Kansas, USA. She is part of CoopeSoliDar R.L a Cooperative for Social Solidarity based in Costa Rica that promotes the conservation of biological and cultural diversity as a main asset for resilience of local communities to new challenges and opportunities. The cooperative promotes at a regional (Central American Level), actions strengthening the capacity of small scale fisheries and its sustainable management in a framework that promotes a human rights base approach to conservation of marine resources and a fair and just distribution of the benefits derived from its use. From this organizational platform, Ms Solis has oriented its professional work towards the community-based management of natural resources, protected area governance and local communities participation in conservation with a especial interest in gender. In the last years, she has worked on the promotion of community-based and shared governance models for the management of the marine resources and has promoted civil participation in policy making that responds to the strengthening of a human based rights approach to marine conservation and small-scale fisheries.


Session 5 - The economics of fisheries

Claudia Beltran - Keynote speaker

International Consultant, El Salvador

Claudia Beltran is a Colombian citizen, resident in El Salvador since 2007. She is an economist with specialization in Marketing Management and specialization in Project Management. Ms Beltran has worked 28 years in socioeconomic and planning of fisheries and aquaculture and experience in 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Since 2014, she is the president of the Scientific Advisory Group of the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) of FAO. She has worked as a national and international consultant at: FAO, OECD, Organization of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Regional Center for the Promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Central America (CENPROMYPE), governments of Colombia and Panama, among others.

Carl Christian Schmidt - Keynote speaker

Chair, Nordic Marine Think Thank (NMTT), Denmark

Until July 2015, Carl-Christian held the post as OECD's Head of the Fisheries Policies Division and Head of the Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resources Management for Sustainable Agriculture Systems. Since July 2015, Carl-Christian has been working as a consultant on projects for the FAO, ICTSD, OECD and the Nordic Marine Think Tank ( Presently he is Chair of the Nordic Marine Think Tank. Additional details and links to activities can be found at During his tenure with the OECD and now the NMTT, Carl-Christian has contributed to advancing the understanding of sustainable and responsible fisheries, covering a wide range of issues related to fisheries management, trade, fisheries services, food security, green/blue growth and regional economic development. He has a wide international exposure to fisheries and aquaculture, natural resource management and ocean policy issues.


Frank Asche - Panelist

Professor, University of Florida (UFL), USA

Frank Asche holds a Ph.D. from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (1996). He is currently a professor at the University of Florida, president of the International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management, editor for Aquaculture Economics and Management and associate editor for Marine Resource Economics. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, the University of Rhode Island and a Fulbright scholar at Duke University. His research interests focus on aquaculture and seafood markets, but he has also been doing work in fisheries management and energy economics. Professor Asche has published numerous articles in international journals in economics as well as leading multi-disciplinary journals like Science and PNAS. He has also undertaken a number of research projects in Norway as well as for international organizations like the FAO, OECD and WTO.


Elisa Calvo - Panelist

International Consultant, Argentina

Director of Fisheries Economics in the Fisheries Administration at a national level in Argentina (10 years). Projects with FAO funding in Central America-international expert. Representative of Argentina in the meetings of the COFI-FAO, Subcommittee of Fish Trade FAO, COFI-OECD and Round on subsidies to the fishing in the WTO, years 2000. Participation in Expert Consultations organized by FAO, in economic and social fishing subjects. Preparation of documents for use in FAO Projects. In charge of commercial issues in the preparation of bilateral and multilateral agreements with third countries.




Griffin Carpenter - Panelist

Senior Researcher, New Economics Foundation (NEF), UK

Griffin Carpenter is an economic modeler specialising in environmental policy and natural resource management. His current work focuses on the socio-economics of European fishing fleets. Other work areas include energy, climate change, agriculture, food systems, and health. Griffin has made media appearances on Al Jazeera, the BBC, Sky News, Nieuwuur and is frequently interviewed for print publications. He has published in the peer-reviewed journals Marine Policy, Fish and Fisheries, and Nature.




Jingjie Chu - Panelist

Senior Natural Resource Economist, World Bank (WB), USA

Dr. Jingjie Chu is a Senior Natural Resource Economist at the World Bank. She received her PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University of Rhode Island in 2009 and MS in Environmental Economics and Policy from Peking University, China in 2004. She worked in US NOAA in 2008 and joined the World Bank in 2009. She currently manages an investment portfolio in excess of $140 million focusing on fishery resource projects in African and East Asian countries and has provided economic expertise support for various projects in several countries. In addition, she has been working with colleagues from the University of Florida and University of Washington to develop Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), a quick assessment tool to determine how fisheries management systems are performing in order to achieve community, economic, and ecological sustainability. Recently, she is also involved in promoting adoption of energy-efficient fish processing technology among women in Africa, to improve product quality, reduce carbon and smoke emission, increase income and reduce health risks.

Javier Garat - Panelist

President International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA) and Secretary General, Spanish Fishing Confederation (CEPESCA), Spain

Javier Garat is the Secretary General of the Spanish Fishing Confederation (CEPESCA). Currently he is also President of the Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche), President of the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA), member of the board of directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) and member of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel. Last year, he was appointed member of the Spanish Royal Academy of the Sea. Furthermore, he is Expert and Alternate of the Spanish Fisheries Counselor of the European Economic and Social Committee, member of several Advisory Councils (ACs), member of the Management Board of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, member of the Advisory Committee for the Spanish Fisheries Sector, Counselor of the General Council of the Marine Social Institute and member of the Spanish Maritime Cluster. In September 2010 he was appointed Knight of the Brotherhood the Golden Fleece.

Marie Christine Monfort - Panelist

Co-founder and president, International Organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI), France

Co-founder and president of the International Organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry, Marie Christine Monfort works at promoting gender equality in the seafood industry. For over twenty years, she operated as a seafood market analyst advising private businesses, national public institutions, and international organisations. During this period, immerged in the industry, she witnessed its gender organisation, sometimes discriminations and understood that things could be done differently. She is the author of FAO report: "The role of women in the seafood industry" (2015). In 2016 she co-founded the International Organisation for women in the seafood industry, a non for profit NGO which takes all opportunities to alert seafood stakeholders on the role often invisible of women in this vast industry. Marie Christine Monfort is graduated in economics from Sorbonne University, Paris and from the Norwegian Fishery Economics Institute (NHH), Bergen, Norway (Msc in economics). She was awarded the French légion d'honneur for her achievements in the fishing industry in France.

Katrina Nakamura - Panelist

Founder, Sustainability Incubator, USA

Katrina Nakamura, PhD, is founder of the Sustainability Incubator, which offers methodology for sustainable seafood worldwide. She has worked for seafood sustainability for 20 years, starting with wild salmon gillnetters in the Pacific Northwest, near Alaska, and co-founding the Quality Fishing Expo in 1998. As a rural planner, scientist and entrepreneur she has contributed to oyster farming and processing, new commercial fisheries and co-management institutions, fleet strategies for crew well-being, and human rights due diligence to produce better products. Nakamura operated sushi bars and traded wild salmon before obtaining a doctorate looking into the industry's stake in sustainable seafood. Recently she led the development of the Labour Safe Screen for food companies to learn the working conditions behind their products and fulfill their duty to uphold all workers' rights. Today she is preparing the guidance on social responsibility for the fish sector in a collaborative process led by the FAO.

Mario Aguilar Sánchez - Panelist

Director General, Grocio Enfoques Oceánicos, Mexico

Mario Aguilar Sánchez, with more than 15 years of experience in the fishing industry, was Minister Counselor for Fisheries Affairs at the Mexican Embassy in the United States, where he worked as Representative of CONAPESCA in Washington. He was responsible for coordinating and direct, for the fishing part, the case of Mexico against the United States in the World Trade Organization on the Tuna Embargo, where Mexico obtained the favorable ruling of this organization. Previously, he worked in the design and implementation of commercial and environmental agreements. He has extensive experience in fisheries regulation at national and international level, as well as in forums such as FAO and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT), among other fishing organizations. He is a lawyer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, with a postgraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington. He is a specialist in the Law of the Sea and Fisheries Law.


Rashid Sumaila - Chair

Professor and Canada Research Chair, University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Oceans and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries & School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila is widely published and cited. He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Science Advances, Scientific Reports and Environmental & Resource Economics. He is winner of several awards, e.g., the 2018 UBC President's Award for Public Education Through Media; the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize; the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science and the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize, Sumaila was named a Hokkaido University Ambassador in 2016. He has given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, the Canadian Parliament, the African Union, the St James Palace, and the British House of Lords.

Ruangrai Tokrisna - Panelist

Professor, Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand

Dr. Ruangrai Tokrisna holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii, USA, 1979. She is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the Kasetsart University. Ms Tokrisna has been the team leader for several projects on development policy, strengthening capacity and collective management in fisheries and aquaculture in Thailand. Ms Tokrisna has been the principal investigator in projects related to aquaculture investment liberalization and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, books and technical reports on different fisheries and aquaculture related topics such as marine resources management, shrimp culture and public policy for sustainable development in Thailand.



Nobuyuki Yagi - Panelist

Professor, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Nobuyuki Yagi is Professor at the University of Tokyo and Member of the Science Council of Japan. His area of study includes socio-economic aspects on small-scale fisheries, micro-finance, and value chain analysis on food products. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, and his PhD from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of IIFET (International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade) from 2014 to 2018 and an expert of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) at its group on values from 2014 to 2018. He also serves as a member of Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 2019 to 2020.


Yang Zhengyong - Chair

Professor, Shanghai Ocean University, China

Dr. Yang Zhengyong is the Executive Vice President and Secretary General, Committee of Economics of Fisheries, China Society of Forestry Animal Husbandry and Fishery Economics. He is the senior industrial economist of the National Marine Fish Industry Technology System, and the member of the Project Executive Panel. He is also the member of the National Aquaculture and Fisheries Expert Group, the member of the Academic Committee of Shanghai Ocean University. He has received honors of "Excellent Textbook Award of China Agricultural Science and Education Fund", "Outstanding Teachers of Baogang Education Fund", "Shanghai Outstanding Young Teachers", and "Shanghai Education Award". His research focuses on aquaculture economy, quota-based governance of fisheries, environmental and natural resources economy and industrial economic policies. He presides over 20 projects founded by the National Natural Science Foundation, Ministry of the Agriculture, etc.


Session 6 - Fisheries Management in the face of a changing climate

Steven D. Gaines - Keynote speaker

Dean & Distinguished Professor, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA

Steve Gaines is Dean of the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a marine ecologist who seeks conservation solutions by linking innovations in ocean science to more effective marine policy and management. His science explores the design of marine reserve networks, climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems, sustainable fisheries management using market based reforms, and the role of aquaculture in meeting the future demand for food. In each of these science endeavors, he has been a strong promotor of more effective communication of ocean science to enhance its impact. Steve holds a PhD from Oregon State University. He has been awarded a Pew Fellowship, the inaugural Marc Hirshman Award for excellence in student mentoring, a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, and the Peter Benchley Prize for Ocean Science.


Éva Plagányi - Keynote speaker

Principal research scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia

Dr. Éva Plagányi is a senior principal research scientist based at CSIRO Ocean and Atmosphere, Brisbane, Australia. She is responsible for methods to reliably and effectively manage marine natural resources, as well as to progress towards an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, including MICE (Models of Intermediate Complexity for Ecosystem assessment). Her research involves stock assessment modelling, ecosystem modelling, management strategy evaluation (MSE) and climate change impacts and adaptations. She works closely with traditional owners in Torres Strait to integrate biological, social, cultural and economic factors. As a member of the Lenfest forage fish task force, she contributed to research on global management recommendations for forage fish. She has a dual biological and mathematical background, is an Australian Women in STEM superstar, has collaborated broadly and served on several scientific working groups, and published 96 articles including a FAO technical report on ecosystem approaches to fisheries management.

Miguel Bernal - Panelist

Fishery Resource Officer, General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM-FAO), Italy

Dr. Miguel Bernal is the leading fisheries expert within the Secretariat of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) of FAO. He is the responsible of planning and coordinating the production of the scientific advice related to fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean and Black Sea, as well as the dissemination of results in support of decision-making, including through the publication of the biennial FAO-GFCM report on the State of Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries. He has previously worked in a number of top-level universities and fisheries research institutes across the world, publishing numerous scientific contributions in the fields of stock assessment, ecosystem modeling and climate change.


Merrick Burden - Panelist

Director Resilient Fisheries, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), USA

Merrick serves as the Director, Resilient Fisheries at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he works to advance fishery management in ways that achieve desired economic, social, and environmental outcomes, and to ensure those outcomes are durable in the face of climate change. His particular focus is on the identification of fishery management challenges created by climate change and the design of solutions and processes for addressing those problems. His work spans multiple continents, including North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. Prior to working at EDF, Merrick worked in a couple of different capacities, including time spent as fishery management staff, and as the Executive of a large fishery stakeholder group in Alaska. Merrick serves on several non-profit boards and committees related to ocean fisheries and climate change.


Kirstin Holsman - Panelist

Fisheries Research Biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA

Dr. Holsman is a Fishery Research Biologist with the Resource Ecology and Ecosystem Modeling Team at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle (USA). Her research is focused on the development of quantitative methods for ecosystem-based fisheries management and methods to assess and manage for climate change impacts on Arctic fish and fishing communities. This includes multiple collaborations to develop and implement climate-specific stock assessment models for Alaska (USA) fish species, Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, bioenergetics and food-web models, and field studies of climate and fishery effects on marine ecosystems. She is co-lead investigator on the Alaska Climate Integrated Modeling Project (ACLIM), a multidisciplinary collaboration to project climate change impacts on Bering Sea fish and fishing communities and evaluate the performance of alternative management strategies under future climate scenarios.

Abigail Lynch - Panelist

Research Fish Biologist, United States Geological Survey (USGS), USA

Abigail (Abby) Lynch is a Research Fish Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center. She also currently serves as an adjunct/affiliate faculty member at Michigan State University, New Mexico State University, and North Carolina State University; on the executive committee for the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society; and as coordinator for the international 'InFish' research network. Working primarily in inland systems, Abby's research examines the impacts of global change on fish at local, national, and global scales using field-collected and remotely-sensed data. Abby received her Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, M.S. in marine science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, and B.S. in biology and B.A. in English literature from the University of Virginia.


Flower E. Msuya - Panelist

Founder and Chairperson, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI), Tanzania

Dr. Flower Ezekiel Msuya is a world-class seaweed farming, integrated aquaculture and innovation expert. She holds a PhD on seaweeds in integrated aquaculture from Tel Aviv University, Israel and a Master degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from University of Kuopio, Finland. She conducted the first study on socioeconomic and environmental impacts of seaweed farming, and pioneered the start of seaweed farming in southern Tanzania and other places. Recently, she has focused in research and training in seaweed farming technologies and value addition and integrating seaweed with culture animals such as sea-cucumbers to coupe with effects of climate change. Dr. Msuya is Founder and Chairperson of the Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative (ZaSCI) working with seaweed farmers in innovative farming and value addition linking them with universities/research institutions, government departments and markets. Her work has especially helped marginalized women in Tanzania increase their income through production of seaweed value-added products. She has published 40+ papers.

Hazel Oxenford - Chair

Professor of Marine Ecology and Fisheries, University of West Indies (UWI), Barbados

Professor Hazel Oxenford is an internationally recognized expert in applied marine biology and marine management with a focus on coral reefs and pelagic fisheries, particularly in small island developing states. She obtained a BSc in Zoology from the University of Exeter, a PhD in Fisheries Science from the University of the West Indies (UWI), and joined the staff at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies, UWI in 1991. She has extensive Caribbean research and teaching experience, and serves as an expert on many national, regional and international boards, committees and working groups. As both a fisheries scientist and marine ecologist, she has a particular interest in marine resource management in a changing world. Professor Oxenford's research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, books and technical reports.

Ernesto Penas Lado - Panelist

International Consultant, Spain

Ernesto Penas Lado was born in Galicia, Spain in 1952. After 10 years working as a marine and fisheries biologist, he joined the European Commission where he worked for 30 years, 28 of which in the Directorate General for Fisheries, where he was responsible for a variety of files on fisheries management, both at European and international level. As a Director, he was responsible for the last reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in 2013. He was also Director General for fisheries and aquaculture in the regional government of Galicia, Spain, from 1990-93, and between 2016 and 2017 he spent an academic year as a visiting professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He is the author of various publications on fisheries science and policy, among them the book "The Common Fisheries Policy: the quest for sustainability" published in 2016. At present he is retired from the European Commission.


John Pinnegar - Panelist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), United Kingdom

John is a Principle Scientist and lead advisor on climate change at Cefas, the UK government fisheries laboratory. John is director of the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS), a joint initiative between Cefas and the University of East Anglia, and he is a co-chair of the ICES/PICES Strategic Initiative on Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (SICCME). Dr Pinnegar's research interests include long-term changes in marine ecosystems, the impacts of future climate change and ocean acidification on marine animal populations, as well as marine food-webs and fisheries modelling. He has a particular interest in the development of socio-political scenarios for the oceans as well as public understanding of maritime climate change issues. John has worked all around the World including, most recently in a number of Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He is a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6) chapter on 'small islands', scheduled to be published in 2021.

Andrew J. Smith - Panelist

Coastal Fisheries, Pacific Community (SPC), New Caledonia

Dr. Smith manages the Coastal Fisheries Programme at the Pacific Community (SPC), which is an intergovernmental development organization whose membership includes all 22 Pacific Island countries and territories. SPC Coastal Fisheries Programme goal is to ensure coastal fisheries, nearshore fisheries and aquaculture in Pacific Island countries and territories are managed and developed sustainably. He is a marine biologist with over 30 years of practical experience in tropical fisheries, coastal and marine resources management and conservation, especially where subsistence, artisanal and small-scale fisheries, customary use rights and marine tenure issues predominate. Andrew's Ph.D. research focused on the customary knowledge, use and management of marine resources by Aboriginal communities in north-eastern Australia. Prior to SPC, Andrew worked with WWF developing sustainable marine development programmes in PNG and Solomon Islands; and The Nature Conservancy's Asia Pacific Program across Micronesia, Melanesia and Indonesia.

Shyam S. Salim - Panelist

Principal Scientist, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR), India

Over 20 years of research experience in niche areas on marine fisheries economics, domestic marketing, international trade, climate change, women empowerment, policy research and management. Shyam S Salim possess a Doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He has been collaborating and expanding networks within and outside the institute for supporting and implementing state/country fisheries management and fishers' welfare actions and initiatives with significant resource mobilization. He had developed considerable international research and development linkage with Australia India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), Michigan State University (MSU) and Belmont Forum. He leads the international climate change research project and its implications on food security and livelihoods. Mr Salim completed around 40 research projects and has over 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has collaborated in CMFRIs significant contributions to global or regional flagship studies and forged strategic partnerships.

Carl van der Lingen - Panelist

Specialist Scientist, South African national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Carl David van der Lingen was awarded his PhD in Zoology in 2000 by the University of Cape Town, South Africa, for research on the trophic ecology of sardine in the Southern Benguela upwelling ecosystem. He is presently a Specialist Scientist in the Chief Directorate: Fisheries Research and Development of the Branch: Fisheries Management of the South African national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. His research is focused primarily on the biology, ecology and population structure of small pelagic fishes off South Africa and their role in ecosystem functioning, and contributes to the ecosystem approach to management of the fisheries for these species. Carl is a member and previous chair of several Scientific Working Groups within the Chief Directorate: Fisheries Research and Development, and sits on several other national and regional Task Teams and Working Groups, and is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.

Session 7 - Fisheries information systems and new technologies

Donatella Castelli - Keynote speaker

Researcher Director, Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISTI), Italy

Her research activity has been mainly focused on data management. Dr. Doanatella Castelli started working on conceptual models for databases, then she moved to knowledge representation and digital libraries. Since 2004, she is primarily working in the area of data infrastructures. She has been the principal investigator of several European and International funded projects on this area, with a particular emphasis on infrastructures supporting research activities. Among these projects there are IMarine and BlueBRIDGE dedicated to support the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources and the decision making and educational activities in these areas. These projects have allowed her to acquire considerable experience on the IT needs of the scientific communities in these domains. Her scientific interests are centred on data interoperability and intelligent data-driven services for collaborative knowledge production.

Serge Raemaekers - Keynote speaker

Managing Director, Abalobi, South Africa

Dr. Serge Raemaekers is a specialist in fisheries management systems. His research work engages with systems thinking and fisheries governance practice with the aim to recommend governance models and management approaches that are more applicable to small-scale fishers 'realities. He works closely with fishworkers and fisher leaders along the coast as he aims to champion and transform stakeholder driven processes of knowledge generation. Most of his work is centered on social learning processes with local small-scale fishers, with the aim to ensure that the communities' knowledge; needs and vision are adequately captured and incorporated in any planning and decision-making processes. In 2015, Dr. Raemaekers launched the 'Abalobi' initiative in South Africa ( Dr. Raemaekers leads the research and development process of Abalobi, from natural and social sciences to research on Information and Communication Technologies that can empower fishers in all aspects of small-scale fisheries governance, and most notably enable fishers to be stewards of marine resources.

Douglas Beard - Panelist

Chief of the National Climate Adaptation Science Center, United States Geological Survey (USGS), USA

Dr. Doug Beard is the Chief of the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center. Prior to moving to the National Climate Adaptation Science Center, Doug, held positions coordinating the nationwide Fisheries program within USGS and as a staff biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He has focused his research on recreational inland fisheries and ways to better understand the value of the world's inland fisheries. He has worked extensively in the United States and South East Asia. He has served as the President of the World Council of Fisheries Societies and the American Fisheries Societies International Fisheries Section. Doug holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master's degree in fish and wildlife sciences from Penn State University, and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Emmanuel Chassot - Panelist

International Consultant, Seychelles Fishing Authority, Seychelles

I am a quantitative fisheries scientist interested in the ecology of tuna and the fisheries they support. Since 2008, I have been involved in the monitoring of high-seas fisheries targeting tropical tunas in the eastern Atlantic and western Indian Ocean. I have been actively participating for some years to the scientific work conducted within tuna Regional Fisheries Management Organizations, namely the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). My research focuses on the impact of tuna fisheries on pelagic fish communities and ecosystems with a particular interest for conservation and sustainable management.



Alfred Lee Cook - Panelist

Programme Manager of the Western and Central Pacific Tuna, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), New Zealand

Alfred "Bubba" Cook has spent a lifetime on the ocean and 17 years working in fisheries. He began his career in the US Navy, which took him around the world and sparked an interest in international fisheries. Troubled by fishery declines he observed, he secured a B.S. in Fisheries from Texas A&M University followed by a J.D. in Environmental Law from Lewis & Clark College. He then worked for the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, where he led implementation of the Bering Sea crab quota programme. He later joined WWF's Arctic Programme supporting fisheries projects in Russia and Alaska. In 2010, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps in Fiji, where he supported small-scale marine conservation projects. Since 2012, he has served as the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager for WWF out of New Zealand, where he supports sustainable tuna fishing through policy improvements, market tools, and technological innovation.

Lifeng Cui - Panelist

Director General, China National Fisheries Technology Extension Center and Vice Chairman and Secretary General, China Society of Fisheries, China

Mr Cui lifeng is currently the Director General of China National Fisheries Technology Extension Center, the Vice Chairman and Secretary General of China Society of Fisheries. He has been engaged in fisheries administration, international fisheries cooperation, fishery management and fishing port superintendency, fishery development and industrial policy research, as well as fishery science and technology management work. He has in-depth studies on fishery resources and ecological environmental conservation, fishing vessel and fishing port management, policy on construction and development of modern fisheries, international fisheries and other related fields. He served as Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Fishery Management and Fishing Port Supervision in South China Sea Region of the Ministry of Agriculture of China, Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture of China, and President of the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences.

Sara Iverson - Panelist

Professor and Scientific Director Ocean Tracking Network, Dalhousie University (DAL), Canada

Dr. Sara Iverson is a Professor of Biology and the Scientific Director of the global Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), an international aquatic animal tracking, technology, data management, and partnership platform, and a Canadian National Research Facility, headquartered at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. OTN uses electronic tracking technologies and robotic underwater vehicles to provide state-of-the-art capacities in ocean observation and knowledge on aquatic animal movements, habitat use, interactions and survival, in the face of changing environments in order to advance the governance and sustainability of the ocean's resources and fisheries. Sara received her PhD jointly from the Smithsonian Institution and University of Maryland, USA, and leads an interdisciplinary research program that has advanced the understanding of marine animal physiological ecology; roles of fat in mammalian reproduction, survival and life history strategies; and marine animal movement and foraging ecology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science.

Anthony Long - Panelist

CEO, Global Fishing Watch, UK

Tony Long is CEO of Global Fishing Watch, an independent non-profit that aims to improve sustainability in our ocean resources through increased transparency in commercial fishing activity. Previously, he led the Pew Charitable Trusts' work to end illegal fishing. Global Fishing Watch, is evolving to deliver in four key areas; the public and free technology platform monitoring fishing activity; research and innovation to promote data sharing for better science; provision of a Data and Analysis Cell to support the wider understanding of fishing activity and benefits of transparency, and the transparency program designed to bring more vessel tracking data into the public realm, improve compliance and make plain the global footprint of fishing. He entered into ocean conservation after 27 years in the Royal Navy. He commanded a mine-hunter and a frigate, and served on the head of the Navy's strategy team, providing ministerial-level defense planning and policy support.


Jeannette Germania Mateo Pérez - Panelist

Director, Fisheries Resources at the Dominican Council for Fisheries and Aquaculture (CODOPESCA), Dominican Republic

Jeannette is a biologist, researcher and professor. She graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, with a MSc from the University of Puerto Rico and completed studies on aquaculture (PISIE-Italy, Best Student Award by ICDF-Taiwan), and on Caribbean International Relations at the Latin-American Faculty for Social Sciences. She serves as Director of Fisheries Resources at the Dominican Council for Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2008. Jeannette has more than 20 years of experience working in aquatic resources management and research, designing and implementing management plans in coastal and protected areas in her home country. She has supervised the implementation of coastal community-based projects for Guatemala and Panamá. She has performed her duties within the framework of complex organizations such as CARICOM, The Nature Conservancy, Academia and the Dominican Republic′s government. Currently, a CITES Scientific Authority of fauna. Member of the Latin American Net of Women in Fisheries. Member of the Directors of Fisheries Commission of SICA/OSPESCA.

I Nyoman Radiarta - Panelist

Director, Institute for Marine Research and Observation (IMRO), Indonesia

I Nyoman Radiarta currently is the Director of the Institute for Marine Research and Observation of the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia. He received his PhD in Satellite oceanography from the Faculty of Fisheries Science of Hokkaido University, Japan, in 2009. From 2009-2011, he was appointed as a post-doctoral fellow at Laboratory of Marine Bioresources and Environment Sensing at the Faculty of Fisheries Sciences of Hokkaido University. He was awarded the best presentation from North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) during International Annual Meeting in Jeju, Korea November 2009. He is acting as co-principal investigator of the SATREPS project on optimizing mariculture based on big data with a decision support system in Indonesia. His research interests are the application of GIS and remote sensing for marine and coastal environmental, aquaculture development in term of site selection, and marine/coastal spatial planning.


Suzuette Soomai - Panelist

Regional Senior Fisheries Management Officer, Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Dr. Suzuette Soomai, is a fisheries manager with the Canada Department of Fisheries and Oceans at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, and an Adjunct faculty member in the School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, since 2018. Ms Soomai is also an interdisciplinary researcher with the Environmental Information: Use and Influence research program at Dalhousie University since 2008, studying the science-policy interface from social science perspectives. From 1994 to 2009, Suzuette was the lead government fisheries scientist in Trinidad and Tobago working with small-scale multi-gear fisheries for shrimp and groundfish, and with Caribbean regional fisheries management organizations and the FAO in stock assessments, in-land aquaculture, and bycatch reduction programs. With 25 years experience in coastal and ocean management, sustainable fisheries, and information management that spans public sector and academic settings within North America and the wider Caribbean region, Ms Soomai has contributed to increased understanding of enablers and challenges to evidence-based decision making.

Lida Teneva - Panelist

Science Officer, OceanX, USA

Dr. Lida Teneva is a marine conservationist and ecologist, with experience in climate change science, fisheries management and coastal management, ocean policy, protected areas, and ecosystem services. She now serves as OceanX's Science Officer, building ocean exploration research programs and partnerships. Prior to OceanX, she built fisheries management and marine protected area (MPA) projects for Conservation International and Wildlife Conservation Society in Hawaii and Fiji. As an ocean explorer, she has also been an expedition guide for National Geographic Expeditions around the world. Lida has a PhD in marine ecology from Stanford University and a Masters Degree in climate science and oceanography from Columbia University.


Francisco Werner - Chair

Chief Science Advisor and Director of Science Programs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA

Francisco "Cisco" Werner is Chief Science Advisor and Director of Scientific Programs of U.S. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). He leads NMFS' efforts to provide the science needed to support sustainable fisheries and ecosystems, ending overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, saving critical species, and preserving vital habitats. Mr Werner supervises the planning, development and management of a multidisciplinary scientific enterprise of basic and applied research, and he oversees NMFS' Science Centers and Office of Science and Technology. His research has included the development of numerical models of ocean circulation, the effects of physical forcing on lower trophic levels, and the subsequent effect on the structure, function and abundance of commercially and ecologically important species. Mr Werner was Director of NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Director and Professor of Rutgers University's Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He has a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington.

Session 8 - Policy opportunities for fisheries in the 21st century

John Kurien - Keynote speaker

Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, India

John Kurien has an academic background in statistics, business management and social sciences and started professional life in the early 1970s helping small-scale fishers to organise their fish marketing cooperatives. Later he joined the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India and retired from there as Professor. He was the founder member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers. He served as Vice-Chair of the FAO/UN Advisory Committee for Fisheries Research for a decade. He has worked closely with fishing communities in Cambodia, and Aceh Province, Indonesia to organise co-management initiatives. Currently he is a Visiting Professor at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India and also Honorary Fellow of the WorldFish Centre with headquarters in Penang, Malaysia. His research, publications and practice relate primarily to socio-economics, management and political ecology of small-scale fisheries. He strives to be a reflective practitioner.

Lori Ridgeway - Keynote speaker

International Consultant, Canada

Ms Ridgeway became actively involved in domestic and international fisheries and oceans policy in 1999 in Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). First as Director General of Economic and Horizontal Policy, and then as Director General of DFO's International Policy and Integration Branch (fisheries policy integration, oceans policy/governance, international trade and international business development, including a focus on science-policy integration). Led DFO/Coast Guard's strategy for the Arctic and small-scale freshwater fish processing issues, prior to retiring in 2013. Lori was a 6-year Chair of the OECD Fisheries Committee, 3-year Chair of the UN Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, and Chair of many other international meetings and processes. Similarly, Head of Canada's Delegation to fisheries and oceans-related international meetings and negotiations at OECD, UN (various), FAO, WTO and others. She has published in journals and books, currently on the editorial Board of the Journal of Marine Science.

Samantha Burgess - Panelist

Head of Marine Policy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Belgium

Dr. Samantha Burgess is head of marine policy for WWF in Europe. A marine scientist, Ms Burgess works at the interface between science and policy. Previous positions have included chief scientific advisor and research director in government, private sector and academia combining expertise in ocean and climate sciences to support implementation of effective ocean governance and a sustainable blue economy globally. In recent years, Ms Burgess has focused on ocean recovery and increasing ocean resilience, particularly to the impacts of climate change. Burgess holds a PhD in marine geochemistry from the Australian National University and has worked in global fisheries and ocean ecosystems ranging from hydrothermal vents and deep-sea reefs on the high seas, tropical coral reefs, temperate and Antarctic ecosystems.


Michael Dudley Copeland - Panelist

Executive, Lucky Star Operations, Oceana Group Ltd, South Africa

Michael Dudley Copeland graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1972 with a BSc (Chemical Engineering). He entered the fishing industry in 1974 and has been active in various sectors including small pelagics, hake, rock lobster, squid, tuna and shrimp in both operational and sales activities. Michael is currently employed by Lucky Star Ltd, wholly owned subsidiary of Oceana Group Limited, Cape Town, South Africa. Sits on the Board of IFFO (The Marine Ingredients Organization) and is currently Chairperson of the South African Pelagic Fishing Industry Association (SAPFIA) and a member of the Management Committee of FishSA (association representing the fishing industry in South Africa). Also, a member of the Small Pelagic Scientific Working Group of the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in South Africa, which is the committee responsible for making recommendations on TACs in the small pelagic sector in South Africa.


Claire Delpeuch - Panelist

Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), France

Claire Delpeuch is a policy analyst with the fisheries and aquaculture team of the OECD agriculture and resources policies division. She oversees the production of the OECD Review of Fisheries and manages co-operation with developing and emerging countries, helping governments identify smart policies that promote sustainable growth, reduce poverty and enhance food security while preserving the ecosystems on which the seafood sector depends. An international economist by background, she has worked on a range of trade and development issues, including food security, agricultural market regulation and aid for trade, both at the OECD and in academia. She was also a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, where she obtained her PhD.



Hamady Diop - Panelist

Principal Fisheries Officer, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD, South Africa

Dr Hamady Diop is a Mauritanian National currently working as Principal Fisheries Officer of AUDA-NEPAD, South Africa. He was previously the head of the Programme Natural Resource Governance Food Security and Nutrition of NEPAD. Dr. Hamady. With NEPAD, he supported the implementation of African Union Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa. He supported the African Regional Group (Ambassadors accredited to Rome based UN-Agencies) to develop common positions during statutory meetings of the FAO Committee on Fisheries. He secured funding for various project and supported implementation. Dr. Diop has also served as Director of Research and Information Systems for the West Africa Sub-regional Fisheries Commission, a position that coordinates fisheries management issues, policy development, capacity building, development of common voices at international fora for a seven country-area of West Africa. Dr Diop has been a recipient of many grants and his research has been published widely in many scientific journals.

Sergey Leontiev - Panelist

Head of the Department of marine fish species, European seas of Russia, Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO)

Sergey Leontiev is the Head of the Department of marine fish species, European seas of Russia, at the Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO). He has a background in ichthyology and a D.Sc. in biology. Dr Leontiev has specialized in the problems of the state of commercial fish stocks distributed in the European seas of Russia (Kara, Barents, Black, Azov, Caspian and Baltic), as well as in other areas of the world's oceans. His daily activities are related to the development and improvement of fishing regulations of Russian fishing in the European seas of Russia. Dr Leontiev has repeatedly participated in the work of international fishing commissions as a member of the Russian delegation or as an invited international expert. Dr Leontiev has published more than 60 scientific papers.


Pamela Mace - Panelist

Chief Scientist, New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, New Zealand

Dr. Pamela Mace is the former Chief Scientist of the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries and the current Principal Science Advisor Fisheries at Fisheries New Zealand. Her key responsibilities in both positions have included oversight of the quality and integrity of the Ministry's fisheries research, stock assessment and environmental assessment programmes. During the last several years, Dr. Mace has been heavily involved in the national and international development of harvest control rules for fisheries management; the development and implementation of national standards for overfishing definitions and rebuilding plans; investigation of methods for defining and implementing ecosystem approaches to fisheries; development of criteria for defining species at risk; and various science quality assurance projects for reviewing and improving fish stock assessments in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Dr. Mace has chaired numerous working groups and task forces and published papers and technical reports on these and related topics.

Patrick McConney - Panelist

Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies (UWI), Barbados

Patrick McConney is Senior Lecturer in Marine Resource Management Planning and Director of the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. His work covers many aspects of small-scale fisheries and marine protected areas, but especially governance, livelihoods, socio-economics, gender and developing adaptive capacity within the contexts of resilience and social-ecological systems.




Atsushi Sunami - Chair

President and Executive Director, Ocean Policy Research Institute, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI - SPF), Japan

Dr. Atsushi Sunami is the President of the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF) as well as an Executive Advisor to the President and adjunct professor of science and technology policy at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and the Council for Science and Technology in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. He was previously a researcher in the Department of Policy Research at Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (1989-1991), a fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (2001-2003), and a visiting researcher at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, UK, and Tsinghua University, China. He was also a Special Advisor to the Cabinet Office responsible for Science and Technology and Innovation (2015-2018).

Yi Tang - Panelist

Professor and Dean, Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU), China

Dr. Tang Yi is the professor and Dean of the College of Marine Culture and Law at Shanghai Ocean University. His teaching and research focus on marine and fisheries laws, policies and management. He conducted field research and production on sea with distant-water fisheries for 4 years. In 2003, he served a temporary position in the Bureau of fisheries and participated in the development of the Programme of Action on the Conservation of Living Aquatic Resources of China. He also served as the Deputy Director of Yangpu Environmental Protection Bureau of Shanghai from 2005 to 2006. Since 2003, he has led over 40 research projects funded by National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, Ministry of the Agriculture, State Oceanic Administration and others, and is now leading the efforts to amend the Fisheries Law of China, and the Regulations on the Management of Fishing License.

Veronika Veits - Panelist

Director, Directorate on Fisheries Policy, Mediterranean and Black Sea and Directorate on International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries of the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission

Veronika Veits started her career in the European Commission in 1996. She was appointed Head of Unit for Structural Policy in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, in 2005. For the next five years, she oversaw the implementation of 17 Member States' Fisheries Fund programmes, and monitored the administration of all Member States' Data Collection programmes. In 2011, she took over the management of the Unit responsible for International Affairs, Law of the Sea and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations in the same Directorate-General, and represented the EU at multilateral and bilateral level. In 2016, Veronika Veits was appointed Director for Fisheries Policy, Mediterranean and Black Sea in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Since 1 September 2019, Veronika Veits was appointed Director for International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries. This includes Regional Fisheries management Organisations, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements and Fight against IUU Fishing.

Sally Yozell - Panelist

Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security Program, the Stimson Center, USA

Sally Yozell is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Environmental Security program at the Stimson Center. Her work focuses on ocean security, climate security and wildlife protection. Yozell leads a team who explore the links between environmental crime and security and develop global security strategies to address IUU fishing, thwart illicit networks and increase transparency along the seafood supply chain. She also devises resiliency strategies to address climate and ocean risk. Yozell serves in an advisory role for the Our Ocean Conferences. Yozell served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry where she advanced U.S. policies in the international arena related to ocean, climate, and wildlife protection. During her career she also she also was the Director of Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary at NOAA; a Regional Director for Marine Conservation at The Nature Conservancy; a VP at Battelle Memorial Institute and she worked for a decade in the U.S. Senate.