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Director General Dr. Stephen Hall Bio s.hall@cgiar.org
Deputy Director General Dr. Patrick Dugan Bio p.dugan@cgiar.org
Research Director Dr. Blake Ratner Bio b.ratner@cgiar.org
Aquaculture and Genetic Improvement Dr. Michael Phillips Bio m.phillips@cgiar.org
Policy, Economics and Social Science Dr. Charles Crissman Bio c.crissman@cgiar.org
Natural Resources Management Dr. Sarah Park Bio s.park@cgiar.org
Communications and Marketing Ms. Diane Shohet Bio d.shohet@cgiar.org
Finance and Administration Mr. Jamie Craig Bio j.craig@cgiar.org
People and Organisational Development Ms. Diane Willis Bio d.willis@cgiar.org

Regions Africa      
Asia Dr. Maripaz Perez Bio ma.perez@cgiar.org
Pacific Dr. Neil Andrew Bio n.andrew@cgiar.org

Countries Bangladesh   Dr. Craig Meisner Bio worldfish-bangladesh@cgiar.org
Cambodia   Mr. Alan Brooks   Bio worldfish-cambodia@cgiar.org
Egypt   Dr. Gamal Othman El-Naggar Bio g.naggar@cgiar.org
Philippines Dr. Maripaz Perez Bio worldfish-philippines@cgiar.org
Solomon Islands Ms. Delvene Boso Bio d.boso@cgiar.org

Director General - Dr. Stephen J. Hall
Dr. Stephen J. Hall was appointed Director General of WorldFish in March 2004. He was previously Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and was a member of Prime Minister’s Steering Committee on Mapping Australia’s Innovation System from 2003 until 2004.  He also served as Director of Lincoln Marine Science Center, Australia, worked in Flinders University as Professor of Marine Biology, and as Section Head (Fish Biology) in the Scottish Office Agriculture Environment and Fisheries Dept, Marine Lab Aberdeen, UK. In January 2005, Dr Hall was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service as Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. In 2001, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in recognition of his contributions to fisheries and marine science in Australia.  He has published extensively in the scientific and development literature on tropical fisheries and aquaculture. Dr. Hall has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology and a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Biochemistry. He is also a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors. s.hall@cgiar.org

Deputy Director General - Dr. Patrick Dugan 
Dr. Dugan is responsible for the development of the Center's scientific research strategy and for regional programs across Africa. From 1984, till he joined the Center in 2000, Dr. Dugan was attached to IUCN-The World Conservation Union. During that period he held various positions, the last being the Global Program Director based in Switzerland. Over the course of his career he has worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America at local, national and regional levels. Dr. Dugan has a Ph.D. and B.Sc. in Zoology. p.dugan@cgiar.org

Research Director - Dr. 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. b.ratner@cgiar.org

Aquaculture and Genetic Improvement - Dr. Michael Phillips
Dr Michael Phillips is Director of the Aquaculture and Genetic Improvement Discipline. He received a Ph.D. in Aquaculture and Fish Behaviour in 1982 from the University of Stirling, UK, and has been involved with research and development of Asian aquaculture and aquatic systems since 1985, with occasional short periods of work in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific. Research interests include sustainable aquaculture, aquatic systems, environmental impacts and management, pro-poor farmer institutions, and connecting small-scale producers to markets. Since joining WorldFish in 2009, he has been involved in sustainable aquaculture research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, The Philippines and Solomon Islands. He recently contributed to the landmark “Blue Frontiers” study on the global ecological footprint of aquaculture, conducted in partnership with Conservation International, and is now collaborating with WorldFish colleagues and private partners in research on business innovations and financing for investment into SME aquaculture enterprises. He is currently leader of the sustainability productivity theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems. m.phillips@cgiar.org

Policy, Economics, and Social Science – Dr. Charles Crissman
Charles Crissman joined WorldFish in August 2010. He was previously at the International Potato Center posted in the Lima HQ and in offices in Quito and Nairobi. His most recent job at CIP was as Deputy Director General – Research from 2005 until 2010. Previously he had been CIP’s regional leader for SSA and program leader for uptake and utilization. Originally from North Carolina in the USA, Charles is an agricultural economist with his doctorate from the University of California-Davis and M.Sc. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Specialized in production economics, his research focused on seed systems management, impact assessment, and the agricultural, environmental and human health impacts of pesticide use by small farm households. His 25 years in international agricultural research in Asia, Africa and Latin America has given him a long view of changing context of the CG system and the use and utility of well planned impact assessment as part of the research process. c.crissman@cgiar.org

Natural Resource Management - Dr. Sarah Park
Dr Sarah Park is an agricultural ecologist. She joined WorldFish in 2012 and became Discipline Director, Natural Resource Management in 2014. Originally from the United Kingdom, Sarah gained both her BSc in Development Studies and PhD in Ecology from the University of East Anglia. She has over 15 years’ post-doctoral experience in applied research conducted in the UK, across South East Asia, Pacific and Australia. She approaches the issue of natural resource management from not only an ecological perspective by applying knowledge of biophysical functions and processes, but also by understanding how traditional and formal institutions mediate environment-society relationships. Her present research aims to enhance adaptive capacity and resilience through simultaneously strengthening natural capital and also protecting and promoting the environmental entitlements of the poorest in society. She has collaborated with a range of funding agencies including AusAID, World Bank, ADB, GEF and UNDP. S.park@cgiar.org

Communications and Marketing - Ms. Diane Shohet
Diane Shohet manages WorldFish global communications and marketing activities and oversees brand management, media outreach, digital communications and publications.  She has worked with profit and nonprofits for more than 20 years, helping them translate strategic vision into results. Prior to joining WorldFish, Diane served as Chief Marketing Officer at Horizons for Homeless Children, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Root Capital and as Director of Communications at Oxfam America. She began her career as an executive producer of educational and consumer interactive products for WGBH, Prentice Hall and Hasbro. Diane holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in English and East Asian Studies from Wellesley College. D.Shohet@cgiar.org

Finance & Administration -  Mr. Jamie Craig
Jamie previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Financial and Corporate Services at CARE Canada. He holds a CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario and Canada and an MBA in Finance from Carleton University. Jamie began his career in 1998 in various Public Accounting firms before joining the Canadian Red Cross Society in 2003 as a Senior Financial Advisor and was appointed to the role of National Director of Finance and Controller of International Operations at the Society in 2005. He joined CARE Canada in 2007 as Director of Finance and Risk Management, International Operations before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President of Financial and Corporate Services in 2008. j.craig@cgiar.org

People and Organizational Development -  Ms. Diane Willis
Diane Willis joined WorldFish in October 2011 as Director, People and Organisational Development. Diane comes to WorldFish from her previous position with ChildFund International where for more than 6 years she was the Vice President People and Culture, based in Virginia USA. In her current role, Diane is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of a global people strategy and enabling systems. Core priorities are the development of leadership and management skills, building organizational capability, and embedding values and systems to drive a performance culture that delivers strategic outcomes. With more than 26 years experience in business, including more than 10 years with global consulting firms, Diane has diverse experience in both for profit and non-profit organizations, and across a broad range of industries. Her consulting expertise focused largely on change management, organizational development, executive coaching and leadership development. Diane is a trustee with the UK based ‘People In Aid’ organisation, and is the founding Director and non-executive board member of FDCC (the Foundation for Developing Cambodian Communities) a non-denominational Cambodian NGO with a focus on community development projects. She is an experienced educator, having taught at colleges in Australia and Cambodia. Willis holds a Masters degree in Education, and has undertaken post-graduate studies in Adult Learning and Management. Diane is commencing further studies with an International Development focus in 2012.  She studied her bachelor’s degree in Criminology at Melbourne University. d.willis@cgiar.org

Asia -  Dr. Maripaz Perez
Dr. Maripaz L. Perez, a Filipino national who obtained her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines, was formerly the Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of the Philippines. She has held several other government positions, briefly taught at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos and the Technology Management Center in UP Diliman and has also been involved in various research projects and consultancy engagements . She supervised the implementation of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) of the Department and the operation of the Science Foundation Unit in charge of the accreditation of science and technology foundations in the Philippines. She has vast institutional experience and wide professional network in Asia. ma.perez@cgiar.org

Pacific - Dr. 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.Sc. (hons) and B.Sc. from University of Auckland. n.andrew@cgiar.org

Bangladesh -  Dr. Craig Meisner
Craig Meisner is the new Country Director for Bangladesh, and Regional Director for South Asia. Craig has obtained his PhD in Agronomy and Crop Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science in Agronomy from North Carolina State University. He will provide leadership and guidance to WorldFish Bangladesh based on his extensive professional experiences with ACIAR, IRRI, CIMMYT, IFDC and other various organizations. His lifetime goal is to place poor farmers first in international agricultural research and rural development, not only in their role and responsibility in meeting food security, but also as the actual people who are often food insecure in the first place.  Through them, be part of an institution/team whose goal is the betterment of rural communities’ livelihoods through agriculture/rural research and social development. c.meisner@cgiar.org
Cambodia - Mr. Alan Brooks
Alan obtained his M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management in 1988 and joined WorldFish as Portfolio Director for South Asia in Jan. 2006. He has international program development experience from almost two decades of working in poverty-sensitive fisheries and aquaculture development in five developing countries (22 years in Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Zambia and Malawi). The wider international experience complements over  10 years senior project management and 2 years monitoring of natural resource portfolio of livelihood projects in Bangladesh. He has considerable long-term project experience in program management and development, project design implementation, monitoring and evaluation, aquaculture production technologies.  His current focus is on  post disaster response mechanisms and coping strategies for fisheries and aquaculture, cage culture for ethnic minority groups, wetland management approaches and cross cutting issues such as climate change, environmental impact, global trade, gender, socio-economic issues. a.brooks@cgiar.org
Egypt- Dr. Gamal Othman El-Naggar
Dr. Gamal Othman El-Naggar is an Aquaculture specialist and research scientist with more than 15 years experience in fisheries development and technologies, and currently holds the position of Regional Director for WorldFish in Egypt. His scientific research experience includes fish hatchery management and seed production, fish production technologies, fish nutrition and aquaculture. Currently, Dr. Gamal is focused on sustainable aquaculture technologies and production systems, as well as the assessment of water management as a means of enhancing water productivity for improving productivity and profitability of integrated agriculture aquaculture practices. Since joining WorldFish in 1998, He has been instrumental in leading and publishing journals for the improvement of Aquaculture technologies and fish production for Tilapia and other species of fish in Africa and other parts of the world. He holds a PhD in Aquaculture. g.naggar@cgiar.org

Solomon Islands - Ms. Delvene Boso
Delvene Boso was appointed Solomon Islands Country Manager in December 2011. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Applied Sciences majoring in Marine Science and Management at Southern Cross University, Australia. As a recent graduate, she joined WorldFish in May 2007 as a Research Analyst. In this role, she assisted WorldFish scientists in developing and conducting socioeconomic surveys, and written a number of non-refereed publications under the Community Based Adaptive Management banner (CBAM). As a Country Manager she provides leadership for staff in three offices, and maintains partnerships with national institutional stakeholders, including representing WorldFish in the Solomon Islands National Coordination Committee of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF). d.boso@cgiar.org