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Board Chair

Ambassador Remo Gautschi (Switzerland) Dr. Beth Woods (Australia)

Dr. Woods has worked with the government of Queensland, Australia since 2004 and is currently Deputy Director-General of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Previously, she was Director of the Rural Extension Center at the University of Queensland. She has served on committees of the Grains R&D Corporation, the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the CSIRO Board, the Gatton College Council and the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Council. She has chaired the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, ACIAR, and the National Drought Policy Review. She joined the Board of the International Rice Research Institute in 2005 and was Chair from 2008-10. In 2011-12, she was a member of the Australian Rural Research and Development Council and a member of the World Bank’s Agricultural Pull Mechanism expert panel. She is currently a Director of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority.

Vice Board Chair

Professor Axel Wenblad (Sweden)
Mr Axel Wenblad (Sweden)

Axel Wenblad a Swedish national is born 1949. His educational background is in limnology and chemistry. He has worked in several organizations in Sweden and internationally including FAO. He has also held senior positions in Volvo and Skanska, the latter an international construction company. He has also been member of various international organizations including World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He has also served on the Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He was a Director General for the Swedish Board of Fisheries until June 2011 and he is now serving as senior advisor at various organizations.

Ms Vimala Menon (Malaysia)
Ms Vimala Menon (Malaysia)
Vimala Menon is a Chartered Accountant, an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants. She qualified as a Chartered accountant in 1981 and after a brief time in practice joined Edaran Otomobil Nasional Berhad (EON Berhad) in 1984 and served as the Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services of EON Berhad until 2007 serving at various times on the Investment, Remuneration and Executive Committees of EON Berhad. She was subsequently appointed as the Director of Finance and Corporate Services of Proton Holdings from 2008 to 2009. She has had significant experience serving on the Board of Directors as well as member/Chairman of the Audit/Remuneration and Nomination Committees of several Malaysian and international companies including amongst others, EON Berhad, EON Bank Berhad, Cold Storage (M) Bhd, EON CMG Life Assurance Bhd, Cycle & Carriage Limited(now Jardine Cycle& Carriage), MCL Land Limited and PT Astra International TBK, Indonesia. She is currently a member and the Audit Committee Chairman of the Boards of Cycle and Carriage Berhad and Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, as well as being a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees of both these companies.

Ms Vimala Menon (Malaysia)
Ms Shuangjie Yang (Canada)
Shuangji (Beth) Yang is Chief Financial Officer for Istuary Innovation Labs in Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously, she was Vice President of Finance for AgriMarine Holding and a senior accountant at Ernst & Young.

Dr Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah (Ghana)
Dr. Rose Emma Mamaa Entsua-Mensah is currently the Deputy-Director General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, a member of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Steering Committee and has just been appointed a Member of Board of Trustees of WorldFish. She has done extensive research nationally and internationally on lagoons and fresh water bodies in Ghana and other countries in West Africa, documenting fish species and providing knowledge on their ecology and traditional management. She led a team to write the current Integrated Science Book used by Senior high Schools in Ghana commissioned by EPP and approved by GAST, and has conducted studies on the coastal ecology and waterfalls of Ghana, women in water management and sanitation, science education and policy. Dr. Entsua-Mensah holds a B.Sc in (Zoology), Diploma in Education, M.Sc. (Aquatic Biology) from the University of  Cape Coast and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Ghana.

Dr Stephen J. Hall Dr Stephen J. Hall (Great Britain)
Dr Stephen J. Hall was Head of Fish Biology at the Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Dept Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, before taking up a position as Professor of Marine Biology at Flinders University, South Australia and Director of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre. In 2000 he became Director/CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, before moving to Penang in 2004 to take up his position as Director General of WorldFish. He has published extensively on the structure and functioning of marine ecological systems, focusing especially on the effects of natural and human disturbance. This work has recently culminated in a book on the global effects of fishing on marine communities and ecosystems.Dr Hall has served on numerous national and international committees and is a past chairman of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities - a group that provides advice to ICES and the European Commission on fishing effects and other aspects of coastal zone management. He was also a member of a US National Research Council Panel on the Effects of Trawling. In addition to these activities, he has acted as a consultant to the United Arab Emirates and the European Commission and is a recent recipient of a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. Dr Stephen Hall is currently the Director General of WorldFish.

Prof Mohamed Fathy Osman (Egypt)
Professor/Dr. Mohamed Fathy Osman is the Chairman of the General Authority for Fish Resource Development (GAFRD) in Cairo Egypt. He obtained his Ph. D. in Fish Nutrition in 1988 from the George August University, Germany, in the Institute of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. Professor Mohamed also teaches at the Fish Production Branch, Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. A Trustee of WorldFish since April 2011, he is also active in many academic and professional activities, and is an esteemed member of many committees and councils. His research experience spans from 1977 to 2007, and he holds memberships in 5 professional societies. Professor Mohamed is currently involved in more than 42 scientific publications in national and international journals, has penned more than 20 Arabic articles on Aquaculture Development in Egypt, and is author and co-author of 5 Arabic books on Aquaculture.

Dr Yvonne Pinto  (Great Britain)
Dr Yvonne Pinto is the Director of the Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network (ALINe) at Firetail Limited. Since 1999 she has been engaged in advancing agricultural development through philanthropic efforts as a senior member in the Agriculture Division of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Africa Executive of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. This work has involved the creation and management of multiple institutions such as the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, African Agricultural Capital and the Kilimo Trust among others. She has extensive experience with the construction and establishment of Boards and governance structures for non profit institutions. She has BSc in Agriculture and Botany from the University of Reading and MSc and PhDs in molecular biology and plant pathology in conjunction with the Sainsbury Laboratory and the University of London with a focus on using fundamental tools for the advancement and adaptation of food crops of the developing world. She is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural College and sits on a number of Steering Committees on Impact Evaluation, Gender Assets in Agriculture and Higher Education Fellowships based in the US, Europe and Africa. She has also worked as an independent consultant in the organisation and execution of the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development in Montpellier in 2010.

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