Susan Jackson is President of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors and environmental non-profits to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch and promoting a healthy marine ecosystem.
Prior to joining ISSF, Jackson was the Vice President for Government/Industry Relations and Seafood Sourcing for Del Monte Foods, where her responsibilities included government relations at the Federal, State and Local levels, and acting as Del Monte’s representative to trade and industry associations. Jackson was also responsible for the purchase of all raw tuna and tuna co-pack manufacturing for Del Monte’s StarKist brand. Jackson joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1997 as an Attorney in the Law Department, later working with the company’s seafood sourcing and other areas of procurement.
Jackson graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Economics and her law degree from Duke University.
President and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLC
Mr. Lischewski is currently the President and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest, branded seafood company in North America. He has held this position since 1999.
During a career that has encompassed management consulting with A.T. Kearney and executive positions with H. J. Heinz (their StarKist Seafood business unit) and ConAgra Foods, Mr. Lischewski has been recognized for his strength in business restructuring, developing and executing successful business strategies, completing and integrating synergistic acquisitions, achieving low cost operations and achieving profitable market growth. In his current position he has been instrumental in creating one of the largest seafood companies in North America and one of the premier seafood companies in the world.
Mr. Lischewski has a BS in Finance and Accounting and an MBA in International Finance from the University of Southern California.
Vice President & Managing Director for Fisheries, WWF-U.S.
Dr. Fox joined WWF in his present role in 2008, where he is responsible for the WWF’s U.S. fisheries programs. He has authored or co-authored over 60 scientific publications, and is a member of the American Fisheries Society, a Fellow of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists and Sigma Xi–the Research Society.
From 1982 to 1990, Dr. Fox was Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) and Director of the University’s Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies. Dr. Fox rejoined NOAA in 1990 where he held positions as the Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service and Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Science & Technology. In 2004 he became Director of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and has since also headed the U.S. scientific delegation to the International Scientific Committee for North Pacific Tunas and Tuna-like species, and was the chief science advisor to the U.S. delegations to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.
Dr. Fox holds degrees from the University of Miami and the University of Washington – specializing in marine biological systems.
President, National Fisheries Institute
Connelly presently serves as President of the National Fisheries Institute – America’s leading trade association advocating for the fish and seafood community “from water to table.” NFI is a non-profit organization dedicated to education about seafood safety, sustainability, and nutrition, and its members are committed to sustainable management of our oceans and being stewards of our environment by endorsing the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Fisheries. Connelly also serves on the Marine Stewardship Council and as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on the Marine Fish Advisory Council.
Before becoming the President of the National Fisheries Institute in 2003, John Connelly served as Chairman of International Coalition of Fisheries Associations and helped found the International Coalition of Aquaculture Associations. He has also held business leadership and advocacy positions at the American Chemistry Council.
Connelly served as a United States Naval Officer aboard ship, and continues to serve as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, with specializations in political-military affairs.
Connelly graduated from The College of the Holy Cross with a degree in History, and earned an MBA from George Mason University.
Director, Ocean Initiative, National Geographic Society
Miguel Angel Jorge is the Director of the National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative, which strives to work with a wide array of partner to restore the ocean’s health and productivity. He joined NGS in February of 2010. Previously Miguel spent 12 years with WWF. Most recently he worked as Director of WWF’s International Marine Program, where he oversaw the WWF-Network’s global strategies on fisheries and seafood, shipping and high-seas conservation policy. Before that he directed WWF’s marine and freshwater work in Latin America and the Caribbean, served as interim Director of the Mexico Program and led several large-scale conservation planning processes, in the Gulf of California, Galapagos and Mesoamerican Reef.
In his early career, Miguel worked in the aquaculture industry. He has overseen community-scale development projects for USAID, served as a conflict mediator in refugee camps and has participated in several intergovernmental ocean forums, from regional fisheries management organizations and regional seas conventions to preparatory conferences for the Earth Summit. A native of Cuba, he has lived in the US, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Switzerland, and traveled extensively. Miguel is a fellow of the MIT-Sloan Business School ELIAS program. He has a Masters in Marine Policy from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor’s in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Director, WWF Global Fisheries Program (Smart Fishing Initiative), WWF International
Alfred Schumm is the Director of WWF’s Global Fisheries Programme, the Smart Fishing Initiative (SFI) since May 2010. He has more than 15 years experience in marine conservation.Alfred began his career with WWF in 1998 working in the Baltic Programme in Stralsund, Germany; his focus was always on the planning and implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), pushing for sustainable seafood and sustainable tourism development through stakeholder participation, private sector involvement and consumer awareness. Before becoming the leader of WWF’s Global Fisheries Programme, Alfred has been the Director of WWF Germany’s Marine Programme in Hamburg for over 6 years.
Alfred is a member of WWF’s Fisheries Certification Taskforce. He is also Co-Chair of the Stakeholder Council as well as member of the Board of Trustees of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and member of the Board of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), the Scientific Board of the German Marine and Fisheries Museum in Stralsund, the Advisory Board Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park and the Chair of the German Ems Foundation.
Before working for WWF, Alfred founded an environmental consulting company, worked for the Government of a German Federal State in Munich and led an EU ECAT Programme in Latvia.
Alfred is a Biologist, has a Diploma in Neuroscience, Human Science, Geophysics, and Plant Physiology, and is an Environmental Engineer.
Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Restrepo currently serves as Chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. Previously, he worked with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
Dr. Restrepo has also served as the Chief of the NOAA/NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division in the southeast USA, where he acted as head scientist of the USA Delegation to ICCAT. He has also spent time as a Population Dynamics Expert at ICCAT, as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami and as an IPA Research Specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Office of Science and Technology in Silver Spring, USA. He has also attended numerous scientific meetings of ICCAT, ICES, NAFO, FAO and US, and chaired ICCAT working groups on Precautionary Approach and Stock Assessment Methods. In addition, he has also served as the Chairman of GFCM-ICCAT working group on Mediterranean Large Pelagic Fishes.
Dr. Restrepo holds a PhD in Population Dynamics from the University of Miami, as well as a BSc in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami.