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Dr Nigel Preston

Dr Nigel Preston

Dr Nigel Preston is the Director General of WorldFish, which he joined in 2015. Most recently, Dr Preston served as the Research Program Director for Integrated Sustainable Aquaculture at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Institute in Australia (CSIRO). Previously, he was Acting Director of the Food Futures program and Theme Leader for Breed Engineering, both at CSIRO. With more than 25 years of experience, he has authored more than 85 scientific publications on coral reef ecology, fisheries ecology, aquaculture biology, genetics, nutrition and environmental management. He holds a PhD in Marine Biology from Sydney University and a BSc from Bangor University, North Wales.

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Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall's previous leadership roles include CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Professor of Marine Biology at Flinders University, Australia. Stephen has served on several international advisory panels and, in 2010, was a member of a global team overseeing the reform of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Recognized as a leading scientist in his field, he has contributed more than 80 scientific publications on fisheries ecology and environmental issues as well as a highly cited book on the environmental effects of fishing. In 2004, Stephen was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation and he continues to investigate and write on the roles and potential of fisheries and aquaculture for supporting international development objectives. In 2005, he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal for leadership of AIMS. Stephen holds a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from St. Andrews University and a B.S. in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from University of Wales, Bangor.

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Ranjitha Puskur

Ranjitha Puskur

Ranjitha Puskur is currently Senior Policy Advisor for the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. Until Sept 2014, she led the AAS gender strategy implementation. She has been part of the CGIAR since 2002, working at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and then moving to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in 2005 where she led the research team working on ‘Innovation in livestock systems’. Her work focuses on generating knowledge, learning and evidence that can effectively translate into technical and institutional innovation and lead to developmental gender equitable outcomes. Ranjitha holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute and a B.S in Commerce from St. Ann’s College for Women.

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Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio

Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio joined The Rockefeller Foundation in April 2007. As a Senior Associate Director, Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio helps develop the Foundation’s initiatives regarding building resilience for poor and vulnerable people who will be affected by climate change. She is currently leading the Rockefeller Foundation’s exploratory work on oceans and fisheries conservation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Rumbaitis del Rio was a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on sustainable development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. She also did policy research for the United Nations Environmental Program, the U.S. Department of State, and other institutions. She was a recipient of the 1996 National Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service and a Mass Media Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement Science. Rumbaitis del Rio received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. She also has a Doctoral degree in Ecology from the University of Colorado.

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Mike Velings

Mike Velings

Mike Velings is the Founder and Managing Partner at Aqua-Spark. A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jumpstarting a range of successful businesses. Among other ventures, he co-founded Connexie, which has helped catalyze a professional employment industry across the Netherlands. Mike naturally combines his business background with environmental and social engagement. He’s concerned for the planet and its inhabitants, and understands the potential for business to create durable solutions to complex world problems. With this in mind, Mike founded A-Spark Good Ventures: an investment company that assists entrepreneurs across the globe in realizing their visions of a start-up with a world-changing element. A-Spark invests in a broad range of ventures – from US-based software companies to international organic food manufacturers to India-based transportation systems. Each of A-Spark’s investments are both commercially successful and good for the planet, the population, and future generations. Not unlike A-Spark itself, each has a spirited, passionate, and innovative entrepreneur at its helm.

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Gary Barker

Gary Barker

Gary Barker is International Director and founder of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention, and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-chair and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 400 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been awarded an Ashoka Fellowship and a fellowship from the Open Society Institute. Gary earned a PhD in child and adolescent development from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University. g.barker@promundoglobal.org

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Craig Meisner

Craig Meisner

Craig Meisner is Country Director for Bangladesh at WorldFish. Prior to joining WorldFish in 2012, he managed large agricultural research projects in Cambodia and Bangladesh for the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and other organizations. With 30 years of research and management experience in Bangladesh, he has published more than 200 articles on agriculture and rural development. . In 2014, he won the distinguished American Society of Agronomy International Service award. Craig holds a PhD in Agronomy from the University of Georgia and a M.Sc. and a B.S. in Agronomy from North Carolina State University.

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Kate Bevitt

Kate Bevitt

Kate Bevitt is the Writer / Editor for WorldFish and is based in Penang, Malaysia. She has over 10 years’ experience working for not-for-profit, government and research organizations in Australia and overseas. Before joining WorldFish in October 2015, she spent two years in Timor-Leste as the Communication Advisor for the Seeds of Life agricultural research project. Kate holds an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism and Public Relations) from the University of Newcastle.

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Manjurul Karim

Manjurul Karim

Manjurul is Program Manager and Scientist, and is leading an aquaculture project funded by LIFT for Myanmar at WorldFish. He has 25 years of aquaculture development experience. Prior to joining WorldFish in 2006, he worked with CARE Bangladesh, BRAC, SABINCO, DANIDA in Bangladesh, and Nam Sai Farms Ltd. in Thailand, and completed consultancies for FAO and ActionAid. He has an in-depth understanding on integrated farming systems, monitoring and evaluation processes, participatory action research and community based development interventions. Manjurul played key role in managing the largest aquaculture project funded by USAID for WorldFish in Bangladesh. He has published more than 50 articles on aquaculture and rural development. Manjurul holds a Ph.D. in integrated agriculture-aquaculture from Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK and a M.S. from Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

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Murad Ahmed

Murad Ahmed

As the Portfolio Officer at Dhaka office, Murad manages the portfolio of USAID AIN project’s grants contracts. With BA Hons (London) and MSc (Southampton) in Accounting and Finance, he has a keen interest in financial inclusion in Development and extension activities. In addition, he is working to develop interactive learning tools and geographic information systems (GIS) for advanced development projects in Bangladesh.

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Joelle Albert

Joelle Albert

Joelle Albert has been a WorldFish scientist since 2009, working in the Pacific Islands countries of Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. She has a multi-disciplined background and has been involved in research on community-based management of coastal fisheries, fisheries-based livelihood development, and more recently on food systems and the role of fish in nutrition in rural coastal communities. Joelle has researched the contribution of nearshore FADs to food security in Solomon Islands, and is currently extending this research to Vanuatu.

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Tony Long

Tony Long

Tony Long is a Senior Expert at the Global Governance Institute at the Free University of Brussels. He joined the Institute in 2015 after more than 35 years with various environmental non-governmental organizations, first in the UK and later in Europe. He founded the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) European Policy Office in Brussels in the late 1980s and headed it for more than 25 years. Prior to working in the NGO sector, Tony was a local authority planning official in north-west England. He has been awarded various fellowships including by the Commonwealth Fund of New York (Harkness Fellowship), the American Political Science Association (Congressional Fellowship), the German Marshall Fund and the 21st Century Trust. He was visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, for six years teaching courses on environmental politics.

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Logan Linnane

Logan Linnane

Logan Linnane is currently working with WorldFish Sierra Leone on Communications and Research, where he is conducting Participatory Action Research (PAR) with target communities within the WorldFish USAID Feed the Future Sierra Leone Agriculture Project. His work with WorldFish began in Bangladesh on the USAID ECOFISHBD program.

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Lauren Banks

Lauren Banks

Lauren Banks is currently interning with WorldFish in Cambodia contributing to the project: Integrating Fisheries Management and Wetlands Conservation at the Ramsar Site in Stung Treng Ramsar Site. She is a recent MSc graduate who is captivated by interactions within freshwater ecosystems, from plants and algae to invertebrates. At WorldFish, she has had the opportunity to work with local community fisheries groups to assess the effectiveness of conservation methods in the Mekong River. Lauren hopes to continue working on projects that use an interdisciplinary approach to freshwater conservation.

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Froukje Kruijssen

Froukje Kruijssen

Froukje Kruijssen, a Dutch national, is a development economist with over 13 years’ experience in value chains, markets and trade. For six years (2010-2016) she worked at WorldFish on research on capture fisheries and aquaculture value chains and trade in different regions of the world. Her recent work, apart from fish postharvest waste and losses, has included gender analysis in fish value chains, and work related to enhancing the affordability of fish for poor consumers. Currently, she works as a senior advisor at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam.

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Neil Andrew

Neil Andrew

Neil Andrew is Regional Director for the Pacific at WorldFish. Prior to joining WorldFish in 2005, he held various positions at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand including Principal Scientist and General Manager Marine and Aquaculture Research. He has more than 25 years’ experience in applied research and has published more than 100 refereed articles on fisheries and marine ecology. Neil holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, and a M.S. (hons) and B.Sc. from the University of Auckland.

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Toby Johnson

Toby Johnson

Toby Johnson is a communications professional with 15+ years experience in international organizations. Starting his career as a UK-based journalist he joined the UN's specialized agency for ICTs in 2002. At ITU he led a new era of outreach championing new and social media and pro-active media relations. He played a critical role in the development and presentation to the UN Secretary General of the first report of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Having joined WorldFish in 2014 he currently leads efforts to boost the impact and raise the profile of WorldFish research globally.

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Surendran Rajaratnam

Surendran Rajaratnam

Surendran Rajaratnam is a Research Analyst at WorldFish, where he has worked since 2013. He works with the WorldFish Gender Theme members to design and conduct a range of gender studies in its program countries in Asia and Africa. His responsibilities also include training staff to conduct data analysis using qualitative data analysis software. Studies conducted by Surendran and the team have been presented at international conferences and also published as journal articles, reports and working papers. Surendran completed his bachelor’s degree at Universiti Malaysia Sabah. He graduated with a master's degree in 2013 and is currently pursuing a PhD at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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Pip Cohen

Pip Cohen

Pip Cohen is a Senior Scientist with WorldFish and an adjunct Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. Pip’s research is interdisciplinary and applied, concentrating on improving ecological and human well-being outcomes through good governance of fisheries and natural resources. Her work is focused on-the-ground in the least developed countries of the Pacific, in particular Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Timor-Leste.

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Khaw Hooi Ling

Khaw Hooi Ling

Hooi Ling Khaw is a Scientist at WorldFish. She is a quantitative geneticist, specializing in aquatic species, and has more than 12 years of experience in fish breeding.

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Patrik JG Henriksson

Patrik JG Henriksson

Patrik JG Henriksson is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Since 2014, Patrik has been a consultant to WorldFish on aquaculture development and life cycle assessment-related impacts. He holds a PhD from the Department of Industrial Ecology, Leiden University, Netherlands, and a master’s degree in marine ecotoxicology/biology.

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Cynthia McDougall

Cynthia McDougall

Cynthia McDougall is the gender and equity theme leader for WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS). She is a social scientist with a background in systems and interdisciplinary research including community forestry and food security. She undertook her graduate work at Wageningen, Netherlands and Cambridge University, UK with the knowledge tech and innovation group and the geography department respectively. She is the author of many works in the fields of social learning equity and natural resource governance.

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Malcolm Dickson

Malcolm Dickson

Malcolm Dickson is Country Program Manager for Egypt at WorldFish. He previously served as Senior Scientist at WorldFish for three years. Prior to joining WorldFish in 2012, he was an aquaculture and small-scale fisheries consultant with more than 30 years experience in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe. He also served as the Aquaculture Editor for Fish Farmer magazine. Malcolm holds a Ph.D. in Aquaculture and an M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from University of Stirling (UK) and an B.Sc. in Zoology from University of Edinburgh (UK).

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Blake Ratner

Blake Ratner

Blake Ratner is Director of Research at WorldFish, where he is responsible for strategic oversight of the research agenda, science quality and research partnerships. Since joining WorldFish in 2003, he has served in several roles including Regional Director for the Greater Mekong, and Program Leader for Governance. Previously, he held positions at the World Resources Institute and the World Bank. Blake has led action research programs in Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Central America to strengthen capacity to manage competition and catalyze collaboration for resilient rural livelihoods and equitable natural resource governance. With more than 20 years applied research and program leadership experience, he has published more than 60 articles, papers, policy reports and edited volumes on rights, equity, and accountability in environmental decision-making. Blake holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Development Sociology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Carleton College.

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Richard Waite

Richard Waite

Richard Waite is an Associate in WRI’s Food and Water Programs. He led the research effort on sustainable aquaculture for the 2013-14 World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, and provides research and writing support for other World Resources Report installments. He also provides research and writing support to WRI’s Coastal Capital project focused on economic valuation of coastal ecosystems, and was the lead author of Coastal Capital: Ecosystem Valuation for Decision Making in the Caribbean. Prior to joining WRI in 2007, Rich lived in Cameroon for four years, where he served as an agroforestry extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps and then as Assistant Coordinator for the U.S. Embassy’s international development programs. Rich holds an M.A. in International Development Studies, with concentrations in Environment and Food Security, from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a B.A. from Hamilton College.

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Alasdair Harris

Alasdair Harris

A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Alasdair founded Blue Ventures to demonstrate that effective marine conservation requires pragmatic, entrepreneurial and community-based approaches to coastal management. Within Blue Ventures Alasdair is responsible for coordinating conservation and research activities, leading an interdisciplinary and international team of conservationists, scientists and development practitioners. His work focuses on developing scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges, in particular pioneering approaches that make marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities. Alongside his work with Blue Ventures Alasdair is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Marine Stewardship Council’s Stakeholder Council, and a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat.

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Eric Baran

Eric Baran

Eric Baran is a Senior Scientist at WorldFish.

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Miranda Morgan

Miranda Morgan

Miranda Morgan is a post-doctoral fellow (gender specialist) at WorldFish.

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Melody Braun

Melody Braun

Melody Braun is a Research Staff Associate at International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

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Paula Kantor

Paula Kantor

Paula Kantor is a former gender and development specialist at WorldFish

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Vicki Wilde

Vicki Wilde

Vicki Wilde Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Andrew Thorne-Lyman

Andrew Thorne-Lyman

Andrew Thorne-Lyman Senior Nutrition Specialist at WorldFish and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Nutrition, at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

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Sloans Chimatiro

Sloans Chimatiro

Sloans Chimatiro is a Program Manager in FishTrade at WorldFish

 

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