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Nikolaos Anagnopoulos holds a degree in Biology from from the University of Athens, and an MSc from the Institute for the Biological Exploitation of Lagoons of the National Council for Research, Lesina, Italy. He has a long experience in fisheries, aquaculture, aquatic environment and rural development, having worked both in the public and private sectors. In the private sector, he has worked as technical consultant-advisor of aquaculture companies and their professional associations, and as an owner of aquaculture company, as well. In the public sector, he has worked both as officer or as technical advisor for the implementation of fisheries and environmental programs and projects. He has conducted and supervised numerous studies and programs. He is also the author of several articles on fisheries and aquaculture and he has participated in many congresses and committees in Greece and abroad.


Kathrine Angell-Hansen currently holds the position of Strategy Director of JPI Oceans, after holding the position of Director of JPI Oceans secretariat since 2010. JPI Oceans is an intergovernmental European initiative, promoting alignment of research policies, activities and investments. She is seconded to the secretariat by Norway and holds a position as a Deputy Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade. Previously, Kathrine was seconded as a national expert on research to the European Commission task force in DG MARE developing the EU integrated maritime policy. Prior to her position in the Ministry in Norway she worked as a Deputy Director in the Research Council of Norway. Kathrine has also worked for 10 years in the private sector in Norway and Europe, mainly relating to oceans industries.





Helle Breindahl is a certified business coach with a master degree in Philosophy. She works as a freelance consultant with several years of experience in Community Led Local Development (CLLD) – working with local fisherman and sustaining the local fishery community. She is currently the FLAG manager for LAG Djursland, Denmark, which funds projects that contribute to a sustainable local fishing as well as projects that utilize other maritime resources such as seaweed and tourism.

Giampaulo Buonfiglio


Alain Cadec is a French politician from Brittany, France. He is a member of the party "Les Républicains" (right-wing) and a member of the EPP Group in the European Parliament. Alain Cadec has been a member of the European Parliament since 2009. In July 2014 he was elected Chairman of the Committee on Fisheries. He is especially involved in fisheries and maritime policy: He was the rapporteur on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and on the European Strategy for the Atlantic. Alain Cadec is also involved in the politics of his home region. He was First Deputy Mayor of the city of Saint-Brieuc from 2001 to 2009 and was elected Chairman of the council of Côtes d'Armor in 2015.


Responsable du Plan de Production et de Commercialisation de l’Organisation de Producteurs Les Pêcheurs de Bretagne : Depuis son lancement le 1er janvier 2014, Pierre CARNET est chargée de coordonner la mise en œuvre du Plan de Production et de Commercialisation de l’OP Les Pêcheurs de Bretagne en assurant sa préparation et le suivi des opérations qu’il porte, parmi lesquelles : Gestion des droits de production, Soutien de marché et amélioration de la commercialisation des produits de la pêche, Portage et suivi de programmes scientifiques d’évaluation de la ressource halieutique et de limitation de l’impact environnemental des activités de pêche.


Yves Champetier has considerable experience in territorial development at local, regional, European and international level. He was the director of the LEADER Coordinating Unit in Brussels from 1992 to 1994, and of the European LEADER Observatory from April 1992 to January 2001. From 2001 to 2013, he was the director of business development at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Montpellier (France). In parallel, Mr Champetier also ran a consultancy specializing in territorial development at international level. In 2006-2009, he assisted DG MARE with the preparations for the implementation of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund. In 2010-2014, he was also involved in local development projects in Tunisia, notably within the ENPARD programme. He is currently an expert with FARNET, the European network of fisheries areas, and with the European Network for Rural Development (ENRD).

Christophe Clergeau


As Policy Officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Vera Coelho leads Pew’s policy work related to ending overfishing in north-western Europe. She conducts policy analysis on fishing opportunities, multi- annual plans and implementation of the landing obligation, and coordinates Pew’s work in the advisory councils. Before joining Pew, Vera managed the Wetlands International’s European programme based in the Netherlands and worked for Seas At Risk as assistant director in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in European Studies from the University of Siena in Italy.

Conceição SANTOS

Conceição Santos is the Head of the Strategy Department, in the Directorate General for Maritime Policy, under the Portuguese Ministry of Sea. She is the Portuguese representative in the European Integrated Maritime Policy and the EU Atlantic Strategy and its Action Plan groups. She has coordinated reports for the European Commission in the context of Marine Strategy Framework Directive. She is also the Portuguese representative in several international groups dealing with marine and maritime socio economics issues. Her professional functions include the support of National Ocean Strategy implementation and strategic monitoring and the support to the national coordination of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.


Alex a native of Cahersiveen Co Kerry and is the Owner-Skipper of MFV Emma Lou T450. He gained a range of experience working abroad a variety of vessels in the South West of the UK, working his way from deck hand to Chief Engineer. After this Alex took the plunge and bought his first vessel MFV Sweetwaters T450 which he fished from Cahersiveen until he upgraded to MFV Emma Lou in 2007. He fishes a range of inshore species including: potting for brown crab, lobster, and spider crab; inshore trawling; dredging for scallop; gillnetting, trammel netting and tangle netting for crayfish. Alex has been involved in both the Iveragh Fisherman’s Co-op and the Valentia Harbour Fisheries Society since he began fishing from Cahersiveen. He has extensive experience serving on both boards of management and is currently honorary secretary of Iveragh Fisherman’s co-op . He was appointed as a representative of the inshore sector to the Working Group on Safety Training and Employment in the Irish Fishing Industry by Minister Coveney.

Jacki Davis

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.

Ralf Döring

Evelina Doseva

Isabelle Dupont-Morral

Michael Earle

Ioannis Firbas

TACCONI Flaminio


Katia Frangoudes holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Paris VIII. She is senior researcher at the AMURE-Center for Law and Economics of the Sea at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale. Her research fields are range from gender equality in fisheries and aquaculture in EU, to governance issues in fisheries and aquaculture and social acceptability of aquaculture in Europe. She is leading the Working Group on Gendered Seas of the EU Cost Action Ocean Past Platform (OPP) and the Women Gender Cluster of Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) network. She is acting as facilitator of the European Network AKTEA regrouping women’s organizations in fisheries and aquaculture.

Elisabeth Freytag-Rigler


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. He holds a degree in Law and Graduate in European Law by the Complutense University of Madrid (CEU San Pablo) and Master’s Degree in International and European Law by the Catholic University of Leuven (U.C.L. Belgium).

Timo Halonen


Pierre HEBERT holds a post-graduate degree in political science and a post-graduate degree in political economy. He has worked for various responsibilities at the Ministry of Agriculture (Directorate of Financial Affairs , Decentralized services, Overseas regions) before joining the fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate. He is currently the head of the structural policy unit and head of the managing authority of the European Fisheries Fund and of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. He is also responsible for State aid at the Director of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture. He has participated in several twinning projects for the implementation of European Fisheries Funds.

Anne Jacobs-Schleithoff

Pierre Karleskind

Keith Kelleher

Eduard Koitmaa

Alberto López-Asenjo

Gesine Meissner


Mariana Munteanu is the President of the Romanian Fisheries' Organisation, which is an officially recognised producer organisation representing the interests of aquaculture producers in Romania. She is also one of the Vice-Presidents of PRO AGRO, the Romanian National Federation of Producers in the Agriculture, Food Industry and Related Services. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the aquaculture and fisheries sector, including 12 years in the public sector. Mrs Munteanu was also one of the experts who drafted the EMFF Operational Programme for Romania’ for 2014-2020. She graduated from University “Dunarea de Jos” in Romania with a science degree in aquaculture, and holds a Master’s degree in project management for rural and regional development from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Javier OJEDA

Javier Ojeda is the General Secretary of the Spanish Aquaculture Association (APROMAR), member of the Spanish Economic and Social Council and Secretary of the Spanish Technology Platform for Fisheries and Aquaculture. From these positions, he works at a national level with public authorities, policy makers, trade unions, media, environmentalists and researchers promoting responsible aquaculture. He is also heavily involved at international level with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers, FAO, IUCN and other relevant organisations. Javier is Chair of the Fish Working Group of the Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC) and aquaculture expert for the European Economic and Social Committee.

Lundberg Larsen Ole

Giuseppe PALMA

Giuseppe Palma graduated in Veterinary Medicine and focused his postgraduate studies on Food Safety, Traceability and Technological Development of Seafood. He was the director of one of the most important wholesale fish markets in Italy. For many years he has been engaged, in collaboration with many universities, on studies and research in the fish industry. He participated in numerous working groups at the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture. He has been working for Assoittica Italia (National Association of Seafood Companies) since 2001, as Head of Food Safety and since 2013 as Secretary General. He has been engaged in numerous studies for the development of new products, focusing on.


Guus Pastoor is the elected chairman of the board of AIPCE, the European Federation of Fish Processors which connects the different national organizations for fish processors all over the EU, and represents the fish processing and trading companies in Brussels. Together with the other members of the board and the secretariat his work is aimed at providing advice to the EU institutions and at facilitating the dialogue with a broad variety of stakeholders. He is member of the board of several organizations and chairman of the Market Advisory Council and the General Assembly of the North Sea Advisory Council. At the national level he chairs the Dutch Fish Federation (Visfederatie), the representative organization for fish processors and traders in the Netherlands. He also chairs the Inter Branche Organization for Brown Shrimp, and is vice-chair of the Dutch Fish Marketing Board. Born in Rotterdam, he graduated at Rotterdam’s Erasmus University with a degree in business and fiscal economics. Prior to his work of over 20 years in the fish sector, he has he worked as a manager and business consultant in the dairy industry as a business consultant in the logistic sector though he started his career in the field of education.

Anastasios M. PERIMENIS

Anastasios M. Perimenis is financial Analyst with BSc and an MSc in Business Finance. He has been the Manager of ETAL S.A. since 2000. ETAL S.A. is a private sector development company, founded in 1992 by the Local Communities - Municipality of the island Lesvos, the Agricultural Association and the Chamber of Commerce operating in both local and regional level. ETAL S.A, managing locally LEADER since its inception. As a Local Action Group in Rural and Fisheries areas the Company has managed many programmes on Local Development under a consistent Local Development Strategy including many stakeholders. He is responsible at a local and regional Level for planning and implementing the Local Development Strategy that promotes the vision of ETAL which is to establish a tailor-made, sustainable model of development for Lesvos based on social capital, the islands' natural and cultural resources, identity and its capacity.

Tiina Perho

Tiina Perho is Member of the City Board of Loimaa and Board Member of the Regional Council of Southwest Finland. The Regional Council represents the 27 municipalities of Southwest Finland. It functions as an authority for regional development, responsible for planning and promoting regional interests, in our region.

She has also been the Chair of the Maritime Working Group of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Since the beginning of 2016. Previously she worked for six years in Brussels and Strasbourg as a Political Assistant to a Member of the European Parliament with whom she worked in the Baltic Sea Intergroup. She was involved in writing the basis of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy, as well as preparing the strategy’s own budget, and now works on implementing the strategy’s targets.

Currently Tiina works in the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) as a Special Advisor to the Board where she deals with agricultural questions and addresses environmental issues in order to improve the state of the Baltic Sea.

Marina Petrou

Olavi Petron

Olavi Petron has served as Deputy Secretary General for Fisheries Policy and Foreign Affairs since early 2013. He manages the Fishery Economics Department, the Foreign Relations Department and the European Union Affairs Department. From 2007- 2012 he served as Director of the Agriculture Division in the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. Born in the City of Pärnu in 1976, he graduated from the University of Tartu in public administration in 2000 and started working in the Ministry of Agriculture (now the Ministry of Rural Affairs) in 1998 .

José Ignacio Pradas Poveda


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 Maritime Affairs of the Xunta de Galicia. She has also published a number of articles related to fishery and aquaculture. From 2012 to 2015 she served as Regional Minister for Maritime Affairs and for Rural Development, returning to be appointed Regional Minister for Maritime Affairs in October 2015.

Marta Rabczynska- Kapcinska

Agnė Razmislavičiūtė-Palionienė

Riccardo Rigillo Pemac

Suzanna Rodriguez Carballo


Christoph STRANSKY

Christoph Stransky is Deputy Director of the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg/Germany, and National Correspondent within the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF). He holds a M.Sc. in Marine & Fisheries Science (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) and a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (University of Hamburg, Germany). After working on redfish (Sebastes spp.) in the North Atlantic, in particular age validation, stock identification and stock assessment (including ICES, NAFO and NEAFC working groups), he has been working on Fisheries Data Collection since 2004. Dr. Stransky is a Member of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) since 2007 within which he has chaired various expert groups on data collection. Apart from his advisory work for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the European Commission, his main interests are to strengthen regional coordination of sampling programmes, to improve the dialogue between data collectors and data users and to use the EMFF funding for data collection in a cost-efficient way to maintain and enhance fisheries data collection to inform fisheries management.


Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director at the , Fisheries Economics Research Unit & the OceanCanada Partnership at 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. He has authored over 215 journal articles; including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is the winner of the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science; 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize; 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award; 2009 Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and 2008 Pew Marine Fellowship. 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 and the British House of Lords.

Tarmo Tamm

Tarmo Tamm is an Estonian politician from the Estonian Centre Party. He was trained as a mechanical technician and an agrarian economist and worked as manager of Põlva Agro until 1993 when he first served as Mayor of Põlva Municipality until 2011. From 1999-2013 he acted as a member of the Põlva City Council and from 1991-1999, as a member of the Põlva Rural Municipality. He was a member of the 12th Riigkogu as Vice-Chairman of the Constitutional Committee during the 2014-2015 period, and a member of the 13th Riigikogu as Vice-Chairman of the Finance Committee, during the 2015-2016 period. He has been the Minister of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia since late 2016.

Monika Verbeek

Torsten THIELE

Torsten Thiele is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Institute of Global Affairs where he leads the Blue Finance initiative, and is Founder of Global Ocean Trust. Torsten sits on the Engagement Boards of the EU SenseOcean and AtlantOS projects and is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. He consults widely with public, private and civil society organisations on ocean matters. Torsten is a project finance expert with over 20 years in banking. Torsten holds graduate degrees in law and in economics from Bonn University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. He was Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University in 2014.


Clara Ulrich is Professor in Fisheries Management at DTU Aqua (DK). She is also the International Coordinator of the EU H2020 DiscardLess project (2015-2019) and the Chair of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission (STECF). She has been working on fisheries management issues for more than 15 years, producing more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in the field of mixed fisheries, discards, management strategies evaluation, fleet dynamics and stock assessment. She is a scientific advisor for fisheries, both at national and international level, with a major involvement in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), including the chairing of the Working Group for the assessment of demersal stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak (WGNSSK) and the development of the mixed-fisheries advice. She is also involved in a number of science-industry partnerships.


David Vivas is Legal Officer, at the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, DITC at UNCTAD. He has more than 20 years of experience on legal and economic issues including on international trade law and environmental law, oceans economy, fish trade, biodiversity, intellectual property, and transfer of technology. He holds an Attorney-at-Law degree from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Venezuela, a L.L.M. on International Trade Law from Georgetown University, and a Master degree on Transnational Business from Universidad Externado, Colombia. He has lectured on trade, intellectual property and environmental law at the University of Strasbourg (France), Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Universidad Javeriana(Colombia), Maastricht University (the Netherlands), WIPO Distant Learning Academy, and University of Business and International Studies (Switzerland).

John Walsh

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