BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Susan Jackson President
Susan Jackson is president of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors, and environmental nonprofits …More 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 BS in economics and received her law degree from Duke University.
Luciano Pirovano Chair, ISSF Board of Directors | International Marketing and CSR Director, Bolton Alimentari
Luciano Pirovano is International Marketing and CSR Director at Bolton Alimentari, the Bolton Group company that produces and markets canned products.…More Mr. Pirovano joined Bolton Alimentari in 2003 as Marketing Manager of Domestic Business. In 2007, he took over the role of International Marketing Director, developing Bolton Alimentari’s canned fish business abroad. Today, Bolton Alimentari sells its products in over 50 countries. In 2009, Mr. Pirovano took charge of Corporate Social Responsibility, having been involved with ISSF since its founding. As CSR Director, he has launched the “Responsible Quality” project, Bolton Alimentari’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy. Responsible Quality represents Bolton Alimentari’s approach to sustainability; it has extended into several sustainability projects and become a key success factor for the company’s international expansion. Before joining Bolton Group, Mr. Pirovano gained broad professional experience in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, working for leading multinational groups.
Dr. William Fox Vice-Chair, ISSF Board of Directors | WWF-US
Dr. Fox joined WWF in his present role in 2008, where he is responsible for the WWF’s US fisheries programs. …More 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 Scientific Research Society.
From 1982 to 1990, Dr. Fox was professor of marine biology and 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 US scientific delegation to the International Scientific Committee for North Pacific Tunas and Tuna-like species, and was the chief science advisor to the US 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.
Dr. Transform Aqorau Pacific Fisheries Expert & Former Chief Executive Officer, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)
Dr. Aqorau has more than 20 years’ experience in Pacific fisheries, including at the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) as Chief Executive Officer and Interim Director.…More He is an Adjunct Visiting Fellow in the School of Government, Development and International Affairs, University of South Pacific, Fiji, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Oceans, Resources and Security, University of Wollongong. Before joining PNA, he was Legal Officer, Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in the Solomon Islands; Legal Advisor of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Fiji; and Legal Officer in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Aqorau has authored journal articles and newspaper commentaries and also hosted fisheries seminars and conferences. He has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law from the University of Wollongong; a Master’s of Law from the University of British Columbia; and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Papua New Guinea.
John Connelly President, National Fisheries Institute
Connelly presently serves as president of the National Fisheries Institute, America’s leading trade association …More advocating for the fish and seafood community “from water to table.” NFI is a nonprofit 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 US 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.
Javier Garat Secretary General, Cepesca
Javier Garat is the secretary general of the Spanish Fishing Confederation, …More Cepesca, and currently serves as chairman of both the Association of National Organisations of Fishery Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche) and the European Fisheries Technology Platform (EFTP).
In June 2011, Garat was appointed as fishery advisor of the International Sustainability Unit´s Marine Programme of HRH the Prince of Wales. He has also participated as a lecturer in several public hearings of the Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament, in conferences organized by the European Commission, by the Nordic Council of Ministers, and in numerous international and national fisheries forums, including FAO Fisheries Committee, the OCDE, ILO, IUCN, EFARO, and others, and as adviser member of the Spanish Delegation in UN Meetings.
In the private sector, Garat is a shareholder and member of the board of directors of Albacora Group.
Garat received a degree in law and a graduate degree in community law by the Complutense University of Madrid (CEU San Pablo) and master’s degree in international and European law by the Catholic University of Lovaina (U.C.L. Belgium). He has lectured postgraduate-level courses at the IE University, the Spanish Maritime Institute, the University of Vigo, the University of Santiago de Compostela, and Barcelona University.
Ichiro Nomura Fisheries Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Republic of Indonesia
Mr. Nomura is currently the fisheries policy advisor to the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia. …More Prior, he served in the Fisheries Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Tokyo, he held position in the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC, as first secretary in charge of fisheries and would later be assistant-director general and head of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
Nomura holds a BSc in marine biology from the University of Tokyo, Japan, a master of law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a master of public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Dr. Victor Restrepo Chair, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Restrepo currently serves as chair of the ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee. …More 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 US, 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, Maryland. 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.
Alfred Schumm 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. …More He has more than 15 years of 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 was 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 a member of the board of trustees of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), 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.