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Expert Group

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The Expert Group is tasked to ensure the quality and integrity of the High Level Panel’s work.

The Expert Group consists of experienced researchers and policy analysts from around the world, identified by the members of the High Level Panel for their exemplary contributions to the full range of ocean related disciplines being considered in the work of the High Level Panel.

The group is tasked to provide and review relevant research and scientific input, and propose practical solutions to the questions and challenges raised by the High Level Panel. Members of the Expert Group will also contribute to and help review the Panel’s final report, associated sub-report Blue Papers, and other documents.

Expert Group Co-Chairs

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Hon. Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
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Hon. Mari Elka Pangestu, Ph.D.

University of Indonesia

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Professor Peter Haugan, Ph.D.
Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Expert Group Members

The Expert Group is currently comprised of the following members. 

  • Mark Abbott, President & Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  • Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

  • Olanike Adeyemo, Professor of Aquatic Epidemiology and Toxicology Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships), University of Ibadan

  • Eddie Allison, Honorary Fellow, WorldFish Center

  • Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Associate Professor, University of Ghana

  • Zainal Arifin, Senior Scientist (Marine Pollution), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

  • Ragnar Arnason, Professor, University of Iceland

  • Narcisa Maria Mestre Bandarra, Head of Aquaculture and Upgrading, Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere

  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University

  • Robert Blasiak, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

  • Reniel B. Cabral, Assistant Researcher (Research Faculty), University of California Santa Barbara

  • Adelino V. M. Canário, Professor, Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve

  • Ling Cao, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Joachim Claudet, Senior Scientist, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • Christopher Costello, Professor of Economics and emLab Director, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

  • Salif Diop, Professor of University , Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD)

  • Carlos Duarte, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

  • Elva Escobar, Director, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Eli P. Fenichel, Associate Professor, Yale University

  • Miriam Fernandez, Professor, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Carl Fiati, Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

  • Steve Gaines, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Mauricio Gálvez-Larach, Head of Fishery Research Division, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP)

  • Stefan Gelchich, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Yimnang Golbuu, CEO, The Palau International Coral Reef Center

  • Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University

  • Kelly Hoareau, Director, James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI), University of Seychelles

  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor and Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

  • Jenna Jambeck, Professor, University of Georgia

  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish Center

  • Paulus Kainge, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia

  • Brajesh Kr Dubey, Associate Professor-Environmental Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology

  • John Kurien, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, India

  • Glenn-Marie Lange, Senior Economist, World Bank

  • Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Co-Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

  • Lisa A. Levin, Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

  • Douglas McCauley, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara and Director, Benioff Ocean Initiative

  • Ben Milligan, Scientia Fellow, University of New South Wales

  • Yunus Mgaya, Professor of Aquatic Science, University of Dar es Salaam

  • Ellie Moss, Director, Blue Skye

  • Henrik Österblom, Professor of Environmental Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

  • Yoshitaka Ota, Research Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington

  • Renato A. Quinones, Professor, Department of Oceanography , University of Concepción Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)

  • Julien Rochette, Ocean Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

  • Alex Rogers, Science Director, REV Ocean

  • Joyashree Roy, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Asian Institute of Technology

  • Mary Ruckelshaus, Director, The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

  • Yvonne Sadovy, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong

  • Hide Sakaguchi, Executive Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) 

  • Mas Achmad Santosa, Coordinator for Special Advisors, Indonesia Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

  • Alan Simcock, Joint Coordinator, United Nations' Group of Experts of the Regular Process (World Ocean Assessment)

  • Andy Steven, Director of Coasts, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

  • Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

  • Mark Swilling, Professor, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

  • Siva Thambisetty, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Ca Thanh Vu, Professor, Ha Noi University of Natural Resources and Environment

  • Dire Tladi, Professor, Institute of Comparative and International Law in Africa

  • Siva Thambisetty, Professor, Institute of Comparative and International Law in Africa

  • Jorge Torre, General Director, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI)

  • Jacqueline Uku, Senior Research Officer, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

  • Joeli Veitayaki, Associate Professor of Marine Studies and USP Samoa Campus Director, University of the South Pacific

  • Niels Vestergaard, Professor of Resource Economics, University of Southern Denmark

  • Colette Wabnitz, Research Associate, University of British Columbia

  • Melissa Walsh, Manager, Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner

  • Sjarief Widjaja, Head of the Research and Human Resources Development Department, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia

  • Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic 

  • Hassan Wirajuda, Chairman, Expert Working Group on IUU Fishing, the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

  • Emma Witbooi, Director, PescaDOLAS

  • Lucy Woodall, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford and Principal Scientist, Nekton

  • Hassan Wirajuda, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

  • Tony Worby, Director Oceans and Atmosphere, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

  • Boris Worm, Killam Research Professor in Marine Conservation, Dalhousie University

  • Rachel Wynberg, Associate Professor, National Research Foundation South Africa, University of Cape Town

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