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Lee G. Anderson
Harrington Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Science and Policy

Lee G. Anderson is Harrington Professor Emeritus in the School of Marine Science and Policy, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware Newark, USA. He is currently vice chair of the Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council which manages the fish stocks in the USA from New York to North Carolina.  He is the author of many papers in scientific journals and his most recent book is “The Bioeconomics of Fishery Management” (with Dr. Juan Carlos Seijo). Dr. Anderson has also worked in the policy arena, particularly in the design and implementation of Individual Transferable Quota (ITQ) systems in the US and around the world and with the design of Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management programs

James L. Anderson
Professor of Food and Resource Economics

James L. Anderson is professor of Food and Resource Economics and director of a new Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UF, he was the advisor for Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture and leader of the Global Program on Fisheries and Aquaculture (PROFISH) at The World Bank. His research has focused on natural resource management, fisheries and aquaculture economics, markets and international trade. Recent work has been directed toward the role of seafood in food security, constraints to aquaculture development, and developing Fishery Performance Indicators to monitor and evaluate fishery systems from an environmental, economic and social perspective. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Ragnar Arnason
Chairman of the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland

Ragnar Arnason is a professor of fisheries economics and the chairman of the Institute of Economic Studies at the University of Iceland. Professor Arnason received his M.Sc. degree in mathematical economics from the London School of Economics and his Ph.D degree from the University of British Columbia in the field of natural resource economics. Since 1990, professor Arnason has primarily conducted his research in the area fisheries economics and fisheries management where he has a publication record of over 160 scientific articles and several books. Professor Arnason has participated in many international research projects. Among other things, he was one of three authors of the World Bank/FAO study the Sunken Billions (2009) and is currently engaged in the update of this global assessment of fisheries. Professor Arnason has been a visiting scholar in a number of universities and research institutes in America and Europe. He has been on the board of several business enterprises and is currently on the board of the Central Bank of Iceland. He has served on the board of IIFET (the International Institute of Fisheries and Trade) and is currently the chairman of the Institute of economic studies at the University of Iceland.

Leo Brincat
Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change in Malta

Leo Brincat has been appointed as Minister for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change in March 2013, after shadowing the sectors since 2008. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1982. He has served as the Minister of Finance and Commerce (1996 -1998), as Shadow Minister for the Economy and Finance (1998-2004), as well as Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and ICT (2004-2008). His career has seen him occupying various key positions in both the private and public sectors. He held leadership positions in the Malta Labour Party including that as the Party’s International Secretary. He has also held a number of political positions in the House of Representatives including Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee; Member of the Environment and Development Committee and Member of the Foreign & European Affairs Committee. He was also a member of the Union for the Mediterranean Committee on Energy, the Environment and Water.

Angel Calvo Santos
Economist, member of the Structural policy and economic analysis unit, DG MARE

Angel Calvo holds a degree in Marine Sciences and another degree in Economics. He also holds a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Vigo with a dissertation on fisheries management in the European Union. Angel Calvo is an economist in the Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission since January 2007. He is responsible for economic data, bio-economic modelling, the coordination and production of the Annual Economic Report of the EU fleets and for the EU biannual economic reports on the aquaculture and fish processing sectors. Before joining the Commission, Angel Calvo was a researcher in fisheries economics at the University of Vigo and was involved in a number of research projects in fisheries and aquaculture for international organizations including the European Union and the Canadian Embassy in Spain. He also worked as a fisheries expert and team leader in several projects of cooperation and development in Asia, Central America and Africa.

Griffin Carpenter
Economic modeller with the New Economics Foundation

Griffin Carpenter is an economic modeller with the New Economics Foundation. He leads the development of the Bio-Economic Model of European Fleets (BEMEF) which is being used to provide short-term and MSY forecasts for the Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet. Griffin has also contributed to various projects on climate change and energy policy, using indicators to evaluate policy success, and true cost accounting using environmentally-extended input-output modelling. His research is focused on measuring the economic, social and environmental impacts of fisheries management decisions. He has received his Master's degree in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics.

Natacha Carvalho
Fisheries Economist at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Natacha Carvalho holds a PhD in fisheries science/fisheries economics from the University of Azores in association with Bangor University (Wales). She also holds a post-graduate degree in Natural Conservation and Management from the University of Azores and a Marine Biology undergraduate degree specialising in Fisheries from the University of Algarve (Portugal). She has over 15 years' research experience in several fields of fisheries science, from etology/ecology, to stock assessment and natural resource economics. Natacha has been working at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre since 2011 in the Fisheries & Aquaculture group of the Maritime Affairs Unit, where she has been the focal person on the fleet economic part of the EU Data Collection Framework. She is also the STECF focal person on the production of the Annual Economic Report on the EU fishing fleet and for the expert working group dealing with the Balance between fleet capacity and fishing opportunities.

Shinhee Cho
Director General for Overseas Fisheries and International Cooperation Bureau

Shinhee Cho is Director General for Overseas Fisheries and International Cooperation Bureau in the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea. Since February 2015, she has been dealing with bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of fisheries as well as MCS activities over Korean-flagged vessels operating around the world. Before that, she was in the forefront in the fight against IUU fishing as Director of Distant Water Fisheries Division in the same Bureau. She has experience working in the Embassy of Korea to Beijing for more than three years.

Hyacinthe Cloarec

Director Global Fish management at Metro group

Hyacinthe Cloarec has more than 2 decades of experience in different aspect of Retails and Wholesalers business, Store Operation , International Training and Support and last 10 years in Buying. He has been Fresh and Ultra fresh Food Director in different countries as Turkey, Poland.. Hyacinthe Cloarec is since 2012 Director Global Fish management at Metro group, is role is to create and develop the Direct sourcing Fish strategy, and insure the seafood products access for the Metro Customers. HC is managing the Fresh , Frozen and Live seafood with expert team divided in 3 Trading offices over the world , Boston in US, Concarneau in France and Honk Kong. HC is leading the Fish sustainability working group at Metro which is focusing in Traceability, Safety, Quality and Sustainability of the seafood at Metro.

John Connelly

President of the National Fisheries Institute

John Connelly is President of the National Fisheries Institute, America's leading trade association advocating for the full seafood supply chain. He served as Chairman of International Coalition of Fisheries Associations and as a Board Trustee of the Marine Stewardship Council. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and ALLFISH Board, a public-private partnership with the World Bank. Connelly previously held business leadership and advocacy positions at the American Chemistry Council. He was a U.S. Naval Officer aboard ship and recently retired as a Captain in the Navy Reserve, with specializations in political-military affairs. Connelly graduated from the College of the Holy Cross (History) and also received a Masters in Business Administration.

Christopher Costello
Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California

Christopher Costello is a professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and is also a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research concerns natural resource economics and policy concerning property rights, with a focus on decision making under uncertainty, information, asset values, and resource dynamics. His work combines theoretical micro-economics with modeling and empirical analysis, often to inform policy on fisheries management, biological diversity, introduced species, industrial regulation, or marine policy. Costello serves on several boards including Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Science Advisory Board and Environmental Defense Fund's Board of Trustees, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Jacki Davis
EU analyst & commentator

Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is an experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes, and a member of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre think tank. Jacki has been based in Brussels for 23 years, and was previously Communications Director of the European Policy Centre; editor-in-chief of E!Sharp, a magazine on the EU launched in 2001; and launch editor of European Voice, a Brussels-based weekly newspaper on EU affairs owned by The Economist Group, from 1995-2000.

Jose M. Gaiteiro Rey

Deputy Director General of Fisheries. Regional Goverment of Andalusia (Spain)

Degree in Civil Marine at the High Technical School of Nautical Sciences of the University of La Coruña (Spain). Previous to becoming Deputy Director General of Fisheries (2007), he worked at different responsibilities in the Andalusian Administration (Head of Service for Fisheries Structures, Maritime Affaires, Construction of Fishing Ships, etc). He also colaborated in several exchange projects between Spain and Poland and Croatia, within their pre-adhesion process into the European Union, and he took part as expert in several Groups for Fisheries from the European Commission. Before that (1978 - 1984,) he has worked as deck officer on board ship-tankers, supplying crude oil to Spanish companies, proceeding from the Persian Gulf , Gulf of Mexico, and others. Developing works on board concerning maritime safety, health and job safety, measures of prevention and fight against the marine pollution, etc. Mr Gaiteiro has been involved in Fisheries policy making for more than 30 years.

Roderick Galdes

Responsible for the portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights in Malta

Roderick Galdes was born on 29 June 1975. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Planning and Master of Arts in the Study of Small Island States. Through his political career Mr. Galdes has focused his work on targeting higher sustainability levels. He is a specialist in urban planning and for the past 20 years worked incessantly to provide a better environment, also through efficient bureaucratic structures. As the youngest elected Local Councillor in 1994, he has served as Mayor of one of Malta’s largest towns. He was first elected to Parliament in 2004 and he is now responsible for the portfolio of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Animal Rights.

Javier Garat
Secretary General of the Spanish Fishing Confederation

Javier Garat is the Secretary General of the Spanish Fishing Confederation, the President of the Association of National Organizations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union, the President of the European Fisheries Technology Platform (EFTP) and the Chairman of the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations. Furthermore, he is Fishery Advisor of the International Sustainability Unit´s Marine Programme of HRH The Prince of Wales and member of the board of directors of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation. He has been dealing with fisheries for almost 20 years, defending the interest of responsible fishing ship owners around the world.

Serge Michel Garcia

Former Research Director of the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD, France)

Dr. Serge Michel GARCIA is a former Research Director of the French Institute of Research for Development (IRD, France) and former Director of the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Division. Retired since March 2007, he chairs the Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (IUCN-CEM-FEG) and is a member of the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) board. He has worked as consultant for a range of international organization including FAO, UNEP, CCSBT, IUCN, and the World Bank. He recently led the publication of books on MPAs and fisheries (PUP, 2013) and on Governance of marine fisheries and biodiversity conservation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Catarina Grilo
Program manager, Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative

Catarina Grilo has focused her professional activity on the human dimensions of marine conservation and fisheries, and on marine-related issues at the science-policy interface. At the GOI, she is Program Manager for some of the communication, public awareness and training activities, which target a wide range of audiences. Before that Catarina worked with the Intersectorial Oceanographic Commission at the Ministry of Science and Education. She also participated in international research projects, including on transboundary marine protected areas in East Africa, focusing on marine governance and socio-economic issues, and coordinated environmental impact assessment studies at an environmental consultancy company. Catarina has a PhD degree from the University of Lisbon (2011), for which she attended Dalhousie University (Canada) and conducted extensive fieldwork in East Africa. She also holds a Master degree in Environmental Management from Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands) and a Marine Biology undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

Rögnvaldur Hannesson
Professor of fisheries economics at the Norwegian School of Economics

Rögnvaldur Hannesson was born and raised in Iceland. He and took his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Lund, Sweden, but his academic career has been in Norway. He was professor of fisheries economics at the Norwegian School of Economics 1983-2013 until retirement. He. His main research interests are in fisheries and natural resource economics and energy economics. He has published about 100 articles in refereed journals and six books among which are “Privatization of the Oceans,” “Bioeconomic Analysis of Fisheries,” “Ecofundamentalism” and “Debt, Democracy and the Welfare State.”

Miguel Angel Herrera
Deputy Manager of OPAGAC

Miguel Herrera joined OPAGAC (Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers) in March 2015, as Deputy Manager. He obtained a degree on Biology (Zoology) at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain), in 1989. Before joining OPAGAC Miguel worked for the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission as Head of Statistics, for over 15 years. During that time Miguel was in charge of IOTC Databases, IOTC capacity building activities, preparation of reports and datasets for the assessments of IOTC stocks, and other joint-tuna-RFMO related activities. Between 1994 and 1999 he was in charge of the Spanish Fisheries Office in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and then Victoria (Seychelles) where he monitored the activities of Spanish purse seiners based in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Between 1989 and 1994 Miguel worked for the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, participating in various research activities, in land and onboard research and fishing vessels.

Valerie Hickey
Practice Manager of the World Bank Group’s Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice

Valerie Hickey is Practice Manager of the World Bank Group's Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice. Valerie joined the World Bank as a technical specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on biodiversity projects in Cambodia, China and Lao, and on environmental safeguards, including on the Nam Theun II hydropower operation in Lao PDR. Valerie has since worked across the Bank's regions providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank's environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. As chair of the blue economy and wildlife crime communities of practice, Valerie convenes the Bank's deep technical expertise in pursuit of providing policy advice and implementation support to improve the role of natural resource management in poverty alleviation and green growth. Before joining the World Bank, Valerie worked for World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society and the U.S. National Park Service where she managed invasive species programs in Lake Mead, the reservoir to the Hoover Dam. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Arts in negotiations from Notre Dame.

Simkje Kruiderink
National Expert seconded to the Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis, DG MARE

Simkje Kruiderink has received her master’s degree in economics at the University of Wageningen (NL). She has been seconded as a National Expert to the Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the European Commission since May 2014. Her main tasks include social and economic analysis related to to the Common fisheries Policy and supporting EU member states in their governmental financial transfers debate at the OECD. Before joining the Commission she managed the European Fisheries Fund at the Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs and was an agricultural policy analyst at the Dutch Embassy in Brussels.

Alain Laurec

Independent fisheries expert

Alain Laurec used to be the Director in charge of the fish conservation policy of the General Directorate in charge of fisheries of the European Commission, where he was in charge of fisheries conservation including environmental aspects, and support to fisheries and aquaculture research, as well as the Monitoring and Control of fisheries regulation. Prior to that, he was the Director responsible for fisheries research at IFREMER (France). A mathematician by training, he holds a doctorate in quantitative ecology, and published a number of refereed articles in fish population dynamics.

Dominique Levieil
Deputy Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis – DG MARE

A fisheries engineer by training (France), Dominique holds a Master in Marine affairs (UW, USA) and a PhD in regional development (UBC, Canada). He has held positions related to fisheries economics, ranging from structural support to fisheries development in Atlantic Member States, to research and scientific data collection. Before joining the European Commission, he was involved in fisheries management processes and running various entities on behalf or to the benefit of the French fishing industry. His previous academic career in North and South America has allowed him to deal with a variety of fisheries development and management issues, ranging from international joint ventures in fisheries, to territorial use rights in fishing.

Erik Lindebo
Senior Consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund and coordinates CFP implementation activities EU-wide

Erik Lindebo holds a PhD in fisheries economics from the University of Southern Denmark. He has over 17 years of professional experience in the field, covering Europe, S-E Asia, North America and South Pacific, and has collaborated with the FAO, OECD and World Bank. For nine years he worked for the European Commission and the European Parliament, providing fisheries economic advice in policy development and was involved in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform process. He is now a Senior Consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund and coordinates CFP implementation activities EU-wide, engaging with policy makers, member state authorities, the fishing industry, and other stakeholders. He was recently appointed Vice Chair of the North Sea Advisory Council.

Doug Lipton

Senior Scientist for Economics at NOAA Fisheries

Doug Lipton is the Senior Scientist for Economics at NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) and a member of the Council of NOAA Fellows. Lipton started his career at NMFS Headquarters as a fisheries biologist and then industry economist while obtaining his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics (AREC) at the University of Maryland. He spent 25 years as a faculty member in AREC at the University of Maryland and also was Program Leader for the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program for 20 of those years. Most of his research and extension work has focused on valuation of benefits related to improvements in water quality and the economics of ecosystem based fisheries management with specific application to the Chesapeake Bay.

Ivan Lopez van der Veen

Director General , Pesquera Ancora SL

Ivan majored in International Affairs and Economics. Since then he has developed his career in Fisheries and managed fishing companies in Argentina, Namibia and Spain. He is a member of the boards of the Vigo Cooperative (ARVI), the Spanish National Association (CEPESCA) as well of the Europêche General Assembly. He is also a member of the Long Distance Advisory Council’s ExCom as well as the Chair of its WG on North Atlantic RFMOs and Agreements.


Alastair Macfarlane
Executive Secretary for the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations

Alastair Macfarlane is Executive Secretary for the International Coalition of Fisheries Associations (ICFA), a US based international NGO for fisheries industry associations from North and South America, North Asia, Europe and the South Pacific. Alastair is a fisheries and trade policy consultant with more than thirty years of professional experience in fisheries and agri-food trade policy. He recently chaired the fisheries expert group of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) that developed the GSSI benchmark standard for assessing fisheries certification schemes against the FAO's Ecolabelling and Certification Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. Previously he held a number of senior management positions in national seafood industry organisations in New Zealand and also worked for the dairy sector. He graduated in Economic Geography from Victoria University in New Zealand and is an alumnus of Harvard University.

Joao Aguiar Machado
Director-General at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

J. Aguiar Machado is in charge of implementing the new Common Fisheries Policy and to secure sustainable fisheries, a stable supply of seafood for EU market and also prosperous coastal communities. As the DG in charge of Maritime Policy, his mission is also to promote an integrated approach to all maritime policies.Before taking his current position, he was Director-General at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. Previously Mr. Aguiar Machado worked mostly on trade matters and international relations, namely as Deputy Director-General for Trade and Deputy Director-General for External Relations. Mr. Aguiar Machado studied economics in Lisbon and Bruges.

Dale Marsden
Economist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Dale Marsden is a Senior Economist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He obtained his doctorate in fisheries economics from the University of British Columbia after earlier studies in biology. His work with the Canadian government since 2009 has been focused on economic analysis in support of domestic fisheries and oceans policy, including analysis of bilateral free trade agreements and development of a framework for incorporating economics into the planning process for a national network of marine protected areas. He has also served frequently as a Canadian delegate to the OECD Fisheries Committee

Rebecca Metzner
Chief - Policy, Economics and Institutions Branch, FAO

Dr Metzner is the Chief of the Policy, Economics and Institutions Branch in the Fisheries & Aquaculture Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Her areas of expertise are in fisheries governance, policy and management and, particularly, the development of rights-based management systems and is currently leading the development of a programme in FAO for governance and rights-based approaches for fisheries management. Prior to joining FAO, Rebecca worked for Fisheries Western Australia as the Principal Policy Officer, was the Principal Economist for the Australian Fisheries National Adjustment Scheme Project, and had a Knauss Fellowship in the US Senate. She is a past President and former member of the Executive Committee of IIFET. She received her PhD in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware.

Pablo Múgica
General manager of Krustagroup

Pablo Múgica is, since 2010 general manager of Krustagroup (110M€ turnover), sales and marketing subsidiary of Amasua Group, one of the top European shrimp fishing companies. MBA by ESADE and IESE and CEMS master (Community of European Management Schools) by Universitá Luigi Bocconi and having worked for more than 13 years in consumer goods industry (L´Oréal and Reckitt Benckiser), Pablo Múgica is transforming a traditional seafood company into a consumer oriented company, basing its strategy on product innovation and international sales development.

Frangiscos Nikolian
Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

At the end of his IT studies in 1984, Frangiscos joined the European Commission and the newly created Directorate General of Fisheries. He has held positions as project manager, ex-post auditor and Head of sector of the ex-post audit. In 2011 he moved to DG REGIO as Deputy Head of Unit in the Coordination Unit of the Audit Directorate. Eventually he re-joined DG MARE in 2013 as Head of Unit dealing with the implementation of EFF/EMFF in Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia. As from January 2016 Frangiscos is the Head of Unit Structural Policy and Economic Analysis.

Guus Pastoor
President of AIPCE, the European Federation of Fish Processors

Guus Pastoor is president of AIPCE, the European Federation of Fish Processors which connects the different national organizations for fish processors all over de EU. Guus has been chairing AIPCE for some years now, and has through this work been able to establish working relations with a broad variety of stakeholders. He is chairman of the General Assembly of the North Sea Advisory Council, and active in several international fora. At the national level he is president of the Dutch Fish Federation (Visfederatie), the organization for fish processors and traders in the Netherlands since 2002. Prior to his work in the fish sector, he worked as a manager and business consultant in the dairy industry for several years. He also worked as a business consultant in the logistic sector, and started his career in the field of education. He graduated at Rotterdam's Erasmus University with a degree in business and fiscal economics.

Anton Paulrud
Senior economist for the economic part of the Swedish DCF

Anton Paulrud holds a Ph.D. in Resource Economics. He is now working as senior economist with responsibility for the economic part of the Swedish Data Collection Framework, responsible for economic analyses and the economic databases at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. He previously worked as a researcher at the Swedish University of Agriculture in Umeå and Lund. He is an accomplished Resource Economist with well over 10 years' experience in the field of fisheries economics; to valuation, cost-benefit analysis, management, policy and bio-economic modelling. Anton has chaired the production of the Annual Economic Report on EU fisheries for the last two years.

Miguel Peña Castellot
Senior Expert Fisheries Economics, Structural support and economic analysis Unit, DG MARE

An economist by training, with a master in fisheries & aquaculture economics, Miguel Peña Castellot has worked for 16 years in the Competition General Directorate and now over 8 years in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission. Miguel now leads the team of fisheries economists in the unit dealing with structural support and economic analysis. As a specialist in economic impact assessment, he has been heavily involved in the 2012 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

Ernesto Penas Lado
Director of the Policy Development and Co-ordination Directorate of DG MARE

Ernesto Penas Lado obtained a diploma in Biological Sciences delivered by the University of Alcala of Madrid and a PhD in marine ecosystem modelling in the USA. A former Director General for Fisheries and Aquaculture for the Galician Regional Government in Spain, his career in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has lead him from the negotiations in the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, to the Directorate for the "Baltic Sea, North Sea and Landlocked Member States" and since mid-2010 development and co-ordination of the Common fisheries Policy, in which capacity, he negotiated the 2012 CFP reform.

Jeremy Percy
Executive Director to the Low Impact Fishers of Europe platform (LIFE)

Jeremy has decades of experience in almost every aspect of fishing and fisheries management. He has been in turn crew, skipper and owner of fishing vessels operating in UK and Irish waters, Inshore Fisheries Manager and Regulator, Master of a Fisheries Protection vessel and MD of his own successful fish processing and export company. Moving into representation, he was Chairman of his local fishermen’s Association, CEO to both the Welsh and latterly the England and Wales representative bodies for coastal fishers and is currently Executive Director to the Low Impact Fishers of Europe platform [LIFE] that seeks to give a specific and dedicated voice to the 80% of the european fishing fleet that are deemed to be small scale.

Rosa Quintana Carballo
Regional Minister for the Sea and Rural Development

Rosa Quintana Carballo holds a Degree and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She began her career in 1987 for the Galician Regional Ministry for Fisheries and Aquaculture, where she held several positions as Head of Division and Director, namely for innovation and fishing development. As an EU fishery expert, she participated in various seminars about the food legislation for fishery and aquaculture products. In 2009, she was designated Regional Minister for the Sea and Rural Development. She has also published a number of articles related to fishery and aquaculture.

Simon Rilatt
Chair at the Trade Working Group of AIPCE

Simon Rilatt has been involved in the seafood industry since 1977 in a variety of roles in the commercial sector but with a primary focus on procurement. His roles have included Director of Fish Purchasing at Youngs Seafood between 1998 and 2008 and then spending 5 years working as Business Development Director with Trident Seafoods, a major US catcher/processor. Since July 2013 Simon has been with Espersen as Procurement Director for Fish. He has extensive experience in working alongside fishermen, processors and retailers in improving the sustainability, utilisation and long term viability in the use of fishery resources.Simon chairs the Trade Working Group of AIPCE and sits on the FDF Core seafood group in the UK.

Elisa Roller

Head of Unit for the Common Fisheries Policy and Aquaculture in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Elisa Roller was until recently the Head of Unit for Structural Policy and Economic Analysis in the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission. Before that, she was Deputy Head of Unit for Conception, Forward Studies and Impact Assessment in the Directorate-General for Regional Policy and Policy Coordinator in the Lisbon Task Force of the Secretariat-General, European Commission. Before joining the European Commission in 2003, she was a Lecturer in European Politics in the Department of Government, University of Manchester, UK. She received her PhD in the London School of Economics.

Evelina Carmen Sabatella
Fishery economist at NISEA

Evelina Carmen Sabatella is a fishery economist at NISEA. She worked for more than 15 years as researcher in the fields of fishery economics and fishery statistics. She has a consolidated experience in the analysis of socio-economic aspects of Italian and Mediterranean fisheries. She coordinates the Italian National Program for Fishery Data Collection. She acts a consultant to the GFCM in the review of the information system for management purposes. Effective member of the scientific advisory committee of the European Commission from 2007 to 2011, she chaired the working group of the European Commission responsible for the review and harmonization of methodologies for the collection of economic data. She participated in numerous national and international research projects and chaired the EAFE from 2005 to 2009.

Pavel Salz
Managing director of Framian

Pavel Salz is managing director of Framian. He has worked on economic issues of EU fisheries for over 30 years. He coordinated several EU funded projects which developed and published the Annual Report on Economic Performance of EU Fishing Fleets in its first decade. He has been involved in a broad variety assignments for the European Commission and the Parliament ranging from bio-economic modelling to policy evaluations.

Melanie Siggs
Leader EU Oceans team

Melanie Siggs leads the EU Oceans team in their programmatic work; developing partnerships and seeking to create projects that demonstrate best practice while helping to build branding, seek funding and position Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Europe. Melanie has extensive experience in both commercial and NGO sectors, specializing in global, natural capital industries. She is an expert on policy, corporate responsibility, brand building and strategy. Prior to that she was a Special Advisor to a range of organizations including 4 years with HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. She also served as Vice President at SeaWeb and Head of Communications at the Finnish Group UPM Kymmene.

Russell F. Smith III

Deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the NOAA

Russell F. Smith III is deputy assistant secretary for International Fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is responsible for overseeing NOAA's work with other countries to ensure that fish stocks are sustainably managed. He currently serves as the United States Federal commissioner for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, and the International Whaling Commission. Smith came to NOAA from the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he was the director for International Environmental Policy and Multilateral Environmental Agreements since 2006. He joined USTR in 2002 as a deputy director in the Office of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Prior to that, he had many years of experience at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice. He holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Yale. He is married to Teresa Ferrante and has two daughters and five granddaughters.

Susan Steele

Board of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority

Susan Steele joined the Board of the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) in March 2013 and was appointed as Chair of the SFPA in November 2013. Dr. Steele works with the senior management team providing through a combination of leadership, commitment and clear direction excellence in the SFPA while ensuring employees of the SFPA, as respected professionals with a diverse range of skills and experience, continue to protect our marine resources. Dr. Steele focuses on strategic direction for the SFPA. Dr. Steele has worked in both academic and private and public sector appointments. Her last appointment involved developing BIM's Seafood Development Centre as Head of Innovation. Susan holds a Phd in Zoology from UCC as well as a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, an MBA and a mEd.

Gerard van Balsfoort
President Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association
Gerard van Balsfoort graduated in Geography at the University of Nijmegen, Netherlands and received an MBA at the Interfaculty for Business Administration in Delft, Netherlands. After a 17 year career in the Ministry of Agriculture in the Netherlands where he held several management positions related to the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, he became in 2002 managing director of the Dutch Fish Board, a semi-public industrial organization representing and funded by all companies and organizations in the Dutch seafood industry. Since 2006 Gerard van Balsfoort is president of the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) and the Dutch Pelagic Ship-owners Association. The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association represents the interests of 9 European pelagic freezer-trawler companies, operating a combined fleet of 23 vessels fishing for human consumption.

Karmenu Vella
European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission
Karmenu Vella is the European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission. Earlier in his career, he was Minister for Tourism and Aviation, Minister for Public Works, Coordinator of the Maltese Labour Party parliamentary group -between 2008 and 2013-, and a Member of the Maltese Parliament from 1976 to 2014. He was born in Zurrieq (Malta) in 1950 and obtained a Degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1973 from the Royal University of Malta, he was later awarded a Master of Science in Tourism from the Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom).

Mario Vella
Malta Enterprise’s Chairman
Malta Enterprise’s Chairman, Dr. Mario Vella studied at the Universities of Malta, London School of Economics and Political Science and Berlin (Humboldt). His core practical and scholarly activities for over thirty years have focussed on foreign direct investment (FDI). Amongst his previous appointments, Dr. Vella was CEO of the Malta Development Corporation, senior consultant at SOFI, (previously the Swiss outward investment promotion agency) and director of FDI services with Grant Thornton in Malta. He has been visiting professor at Edinburgh Napier University since 2008. There he was instrumental in setting up the MSc in Investment Promotion and Economic Development, liaising with international partners and the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). Dr. Vella also teaches at the University of Malta.


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