Previous Featured Speakers

Lara Manarangi-Trott, WCPFC
Dr L. Manarangi-Trott is the Compliance Manager for the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), an international fisheries management organisation established to conserve, manage and ensure the sustainable use of tuna and billfish in the western central Pacific Ocean. Since 2012, she has overseen the monitoring and compliance programmes established by the WCPFC. In particular how emerging technologies could complement and enhance existing fisheries management tools and approaches.
Mr Chris Kastern, ABALOBI
Chris Kastern has approached the concept of responsibly sourced seafood from three very different perspectives. He worked in the local South African seafood industry as a fish trader for ten years, was involved in marine conservation as the Seafood Market Transformation Manager at WWF South Africa for seven years, and is now engaged in the small-scale fisheries sector as the Product & Traceability Manager for ABALOBI ICT4Fisheries.
Mr Kenneth Katafono, TraSeable
Mr K. Katafono is an entrepreneur and consultant with over a decade of professional ICT experience in the Pacific region in leadership, advisory, and technical roles. He is the former IT Manager of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and has been involved in digitization projects in Pacific Island fisheries. Ken founded TraSeable Solutions, a Fijian traceability technology startup in 2017 and has been working with blockchain technology in seafood supply chains ever since.
Dr Christopher Cusack, EDF
Dr C. Cusack is part of the research and development team in the Fisheries Solutions Center at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Chris works to advance EDF’s engagement in real world fisheries management problems by harnessing recent technological advances in the oceans space, improving the methods we use to assess fisheries and the communities that rely on them, and helping to build capacity for science based fisheries management around the world.
Mr Alan Steele, CatchCompliance
Ms Natalie Tellwright, OceanMind
Ms N. Tellwright is a Fisheries Analyst at OceanMind where she helps governments and supply chains understand fishing activity, risks of IUU fishing and threats to fisheries sustainability. Natalie worked in the Department of Fisheries, Thailand supporting MCS activities through capacity building and process improvements. She also has experience working as a commercial fisher, a fisheries observer and a fisheries researcher, and has a M.Sc. in Marine Conservation from University College London
Mr Vivian Fernandes, FFA
Mr V. Fernandes is the Compliance Policy Adviser for the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). Working within FFA’s Fisheries Operations Division, his role involves providing MCS policy advice to FFA’s 17 member countries and assisting countries’ compliance with existing regional and international obligations.
Mr Steve Larkin, ImpactVision
Mr S. Larkin is Head of Sales at ImpactVision. He has over 30 years of food industry experience in a diverse set of roles spanning food safety, cold chain logistics, manufacturing operations, sales and marketing. At ImpactVision, he is focused on using hyperspectral imaging and machine learning to provide rapid, non-invasive and objective analytics for food supply chains, to reduce waste and fraud, and maximize yield, while delivering products of a consistent quality to consumers.
Mr David Baisch, Conservation X Lab
Before serving as Conservation X Lab's Molecular Innovations Director, Mr D. Baisch built expertise in DNA barcoding, marine population genetics, biological oceanography, and field sampling design. He has a background in analyzing mitochondrial DNA sequences, collecting catch composition information and biological samples on commercial fishing vessels, working in regulatory biology, leading field studies in marine near-shore ecosystems, and teaching conservation biology.
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