Confirmed speakers include:

Anne Mette Baek

Anne Mette is the Executive Director of Marine Ingredients Denmark representing the Danish fishmeal and fish oil industry.  She is also the Executive Director of EFFOP, the international association of European Fishmeal and Fish oil Producers. Anne Mette has a demonstrated history of working in the fishery industry.  In her past, Anne Mette has been in the Danish foreign service and has solid experience with public management, political communications and international relations.  Anne Mette is board member of several European market and fishing organisations, has been a member of the IFFO Board of directors since 2014, IFFO Vice President 2018-2019 and is currently President for the period 2020-2021. 

Chris Free

Chris Free is a Research Scientist with the University of California, Santa Barbara and The Nature Conservancy of California. His research is focused on the impacts of climate change on marine fisheries and aquaculture and the opportunities for innovative management strategies to mitigate these impacts. He has a B.A. in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Rutgers University. He has also worked on tropical timber management with the U.S. Forest Service, seabird conservation with Audubon Alaska, and fisheries ecology with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Christian Meinich

Christian Meinich joined Chr. Holtermann AS, Oslo, Norway in 1987 and is today the General Manager of the company. Holtermann is an independent commodity brokerage house est.1916, mainly brokering raw materials for the food- feed- and technical industries. Christian is also the immediate past president and a Council member of FOSFA International, London, a contract issuing and arbitral body covering 85% of the global trade in oils and fats. Christian holds a BSBA degree in Finance from University of Denver and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dave Martin

Dave Martin is Director for Aquaculture and Reduction Fisheries at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).  He oversees all of SFP’s aquaculture programs and on reduction fisheries—fisheries that supply marine ingredients used in aqua feed, pet food and other sectors—with a focus on driving improvement in SE Asian fisheries.  Dave is also point person for engagement on human rights and social issues. He has been involved in conservation efforts for more than 25 years, focusing on working with communities in Siberia, the Russian Far East, Oregon, and throughout the Pacific Rim to promote sustainability, civil society, habitat conservation and restoration, wilderness and natural resource protection. He returns to SFP following a position as Corporate Director of Sustainability for Aqua Star, where he oversaw fisheries and aquaculture improvements as well as lead engagement on addressing social issues in the seafood supply chain for one of the largest importers of farmed shrimp in North America. Dave earned MAs in both International Policy Studies and Russian Translation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a BA in Political Science and Russian Studies from the University of Iowa. He is based in Portland, OR.

Drew Cherry

Drew Cherry is the Editor-in-Chief of IntraFish Media, the world's largest seafood news and information provider. Drew was born and raised in Alaska, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California.

Enrico Bachis

Enrico Bachis joined IFFO in 2009 as Business and Information Manager and was then promoted to Market Research Director in 2017. He is responsible for the market intelligence produced by IFFO also representing the industry within the working group on agri-commodities of OECD-FAO. Enrico graduated from Cagliari University in Sardinia with a Political Science degree before obtaining an MSc in Financial Economics and a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK).

Francisco Aldon

Francisco has worked for IFFO The Marine Ingredients Organisation, holding positions as Head of Standards for the MarinTrust certification program (former IFFO RS), Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee for standards development and member of the Improver Programme Acceptance Committee, all relevant to the production of fishmeal and fish oil for the MarinTrust program based in London, United Kingdom. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in the food sector specifically in the production of marine ingredients such as fishmeal and fish oil. Graduated in Fisheries Engineering from UNALM with a Master of Science - Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary University of London. Frequent speaker at different international conferences on certification for responsible sourcing and production practices of marine ingredients as well as traceability in the aquaculture supply chain.

Karl Andreas Almås

Dr. Karl A. Almås (68) is at present employed as a Special adviser to SINTEF (www.sintef.no) , an applied research institute in Norway with more than 2000 employees. He has 40 years of experience in research, development and industrial production within the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Almås is chairman or board member of five companies within the private sector. He holds a Ph.D  in biochemical engineering from the The Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway and has published approx. 30 scientific papers.

Libby Woodhatch

Libby Woodhatch has had a varied career in the seafood supply chain and standards development spanning over 20 years. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Chair of IFFO RS (now MarinTrust), she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and Seafish’s wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of the industry body Seafood Scotland for ten years, where she helped improve the value of return to the Scottish seafood industry. During this time she also sat on the MSC’s Stakeholder Council. Libby is also Vice Chair of the charity the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families. Libby holds a BSc (Hons) in Fisheries Science from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Fisheries Development & Planning from the University of Hull. 

Louis Rens

Louis Rens is Commercial Vice President at TASA where he oversees all the company’s sales and customer service activities. He has 20+ years of experience in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the pharmaceutical, aerospace and copper industries in Europe, the U.S. and South America. Louis earned an MBA for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath. Louis currently lives in Lima, Peru with his wife and two sons.

Mads Martinsen

Mads Martinsen was 1 year old when he visited his first fish farm, and has spent his whole working life in the aquaculture industry.  He has been working for Skretting since 2011 within R&D and product development.  He is now working as Director of Product Development for Skretting Norway. Mads has an MSc degree in Fishery Science from the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Maggie Xu

Maggie Xu joined IFFO in October 2011 as the China Manager and was promoted in October 2013 to China Director. She was previously a Trade Commissioner responsible for fish, seafood, meat and processed food and beverage products at the Embassy of Canada to the P. R. China for ten years. Maggie has a B.A. degree in English language and completed a summer school jointly given by London School of Economics and Peking University on international finance.

Manuel Barange

Manuel Barange is the Director of the Fisheries Division at the FAO, and responsible for the biennial “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA)” report. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Science at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, and Chair of the Science Committee of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Manuel is an Honorary Professor at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, UK. He has over 130 academic publications and in 2010 he was awarded the UNESCO-IOC Roger Revelle Medal for his contribution to ocean science.

Melanie Siggs

Melanie Siggs has extensive experience of working internationally across both commercial and NGO sectors addressing issues relating to food and timber, although she is best known for her work on fisheries and aquaculture in the past 10 years. She is a Director of the Global Aquaculture Alliance, a Board Director of The Centre for Responsible Seafood and Global Seafood Assurances, and Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Ocean Program ‘Friends of Ocean Action’.

She holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice. Melanie is a former Special Adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit.

Morten Møjbæk

Morten Møjbæk is the Global Sourcing Director of BioMar Group located at their global headquarter in Aarhus, Denmark.  He has had a career with sourcing of raw materials, supplier development and sustainability within feed and food since 2006.

Morten holds a BSc in Business Development from Aarhus University.

Neil Auchterlonie

Dr Neil Auchterlonie was Technical Director with IFFO from November 2015 until May 2020.  Neil is a consultant with an aquaculture and fisheries background that includes roles right across industry, trade bodies, government and academia.  A specialist in applied science and regulation for the seafood sector, he has held representation on numerous scientific and technical committees.  Neil holds a BSc in Biology (Stirling University, UK), a MSc in Applied Fish Biology (University of Plymouth, UK), and a PhD in Aquaculture (Stirling University, UK).

Petter M. Johannessen

Petter Johannessen joined IFFO in 2018 as Director General. Petter has previously worked as Global Business Director for Risk and Management Sourcing at Cargill Aqua Nutrition and before that Supply Chain Director and Global Sourcing and Purchasing lead at EWOS Group. He has also worked at PWC Norway and other major process industry businesses. He holds a Diploma in International Marketing and a degree in business administration from the Norwegian School of Management. Petter has also studied petroleum economy, economics and science at the University of Bergen.

Ray Hilborn

Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of  Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation.   His current interests include the relative environmental impacts of different food production systems, and the relationship between how fisheries are managed and sustainability. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America’s Sustainability Science Award,  and the International Fisheries Science Prize.    

Véronique Jamin

Véronique joined IFFO in January 2019 after a 9-year experience as Communications Director and a 2-year experience as Head of the Sustainable Development department of the French branch of a water company. She started as a Mayor's Chief of staff in the Paris region. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris) and holds a French - German bilingual Master's degree in Political Sciences.