Country Coordinators 

Ahmadou Aly Mbaye 

Ahmadou Aly Mbaye is a professor of economics at the University Cheikh Anta DIOP (UCAD) in Senegal and a senior research associate at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany). He currently holds the position of director of the Laboratoire d’Analyse des Politiques de Developpement (LAPD). He is also the director of the regional graduate program in climate change economics (including 10 countries). Previously, he had served as the dean of the School of Economics and Management at the Cheikh Anta DIOP University and chair of CIEREA-PTCI (the Francophone African network of research and higher education in economics) Board for 10 years. Mbaye has been a consultant for many regional and international organizations. He is managing several international programs within his universities and has numerous publications on development economics and Africa. Mbaye has been serving as a member in the AERC’s Programme Committee for a while.
In the area of research, Mbaye has developed a new concept of the informal sector, which challenges the mainstream formal/informal dichotomous classification, and proposes an approach of informality based on a continuum of degrees of formality. He then led an international team that implemented the methodology in most Francophone African countries. The multi-donor financed project that resulted from this experience has led to several publications, including a volume and numerous peer-reviewed papers.


Aliou Sall


Aliou Sall is a researcher specializing in the development studies in the field of fisheries. He is the director of the NGO called CREDETIP, formed in 1989 and based in Senegal whose purpose is to provide support to fishing communities. Aliou is also serving as the vice-president for Mundus maris, a non-profit organization that provides scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourages artistic expression about the sea in order to promote its restoration, conservation and sustainable use.
He is involved in artisanal fisheries and has been conducting research in social anthropology of artisanal fishing for over 25 years. During this period he worked with trade unions and social movement’s fishermen in Senegal and other countries in West Africa such as Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Benin, Togo and Ghana. Through his collaboration with the social movements of artisanal fishermen he provides necessary expertise to help conduct negotiations with the policy makers. He has worked as a consultant on a number of national and regional SSF projects on issues related to the socio-anthropology of artisanal fisheries. 
From January 2020 to June 2020, he was recruited as a consultant by the Minderoo Foundation to assess fisheries governance in the following countries: Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mauritania, Tunisia, Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti and Angola.


Chitra Devi

Chitra Devi is the Footprint Manager (Marine) of WWF-Malaysia. Her areas of expertise include seafood crisis and food consumption awareness. Chitra has been a vital force in starting the sustainable seafood movement in Malaysia by spearheading the S.O.S Campaign and working with the Government to form the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Council. She oversees the Sustainable Fisheries Initiative, focused on small-scale fisheries projects.


Frederick Ato Armah

Frederick Ato Armah is Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Science and Director of Research, Innovation and Consultancy at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Chemistry from the same university, MSc. Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden and a PhD in Geography (Environment and Human Health) from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His professional interests include multivariate environmental statistics; global environmental change mitigation and adaptation; environmental policy; environmental pollution and remediation, human health risk assessment; and socio-ecological systems. He has extensive research collaboration with partners in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Tanzania, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands and USA. Prof. Armah has over 130 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. He is an Earth System Governance Fellow and has reviewed for 57 international journals in the areas of Environmental Sciences and Policy. 

Friday Njaya

Friday Njaya is Director of Fisheries in Malawi. His vast experience in fisheries management, governance, project coordination (development and research), policy analysis, and scholarly work blended with professional networking for nearly 30 years puts him in a suitable position to mentor upcoming scientists and professionals in fisheries and aquaculture.  
Friday holds a PhD from University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is a UNU-FTP fellow (2002) and a member of IIFET and IASC since 1998. He has been a research partner for various research projects involving organisations like FAO, World Fish, CMI, North Sea Centre, NEPAD, AU-IBAR, MSU and UWC. He has published his research work in various peer-reviewed journals. He also reviews manuscripts for publication in international journals. Friday has been partly engaged in lecturing and supervising PhD and MSc students at LUANAR and Mzuzu University mainly on fisheries co-management, livelihoods, climate change, value chain and environment.     

Gazi Md Nurul Islam

Associate Professor Dr. Gazi Md Nurul Islam is currently Dean of Graduate School of Business at Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  He received his Ph.D in Resource Economics (Fisheries) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), with Bachelor and Master in economics from University of Dhaka. He has previously served with WorldFish Centre. He was appointed as Research Fellow at UPM in 2007 and appointed as Associate Professor at Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in 2014. He is teaching postgraduate students and supervising PhD and master students. His research interests include small scale fisheries, community-based fisheries management, marine protected areas, social-ecological and governance, social capital, poverty and livelihood analysis. He published articles in journals, books, policy briefs and presented at international conferences and seminars. He has involved as principal researcher in international research projects and obtained international research grants. He has affiliation with several universities and professional institutions.


Ishmael Kosamu

Ishmael Kosamu graduated with Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Malawi majoring in Environmental Science and Technology; a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Technology from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands; and a PhD from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has over twenty  (20) years of dedicated academic leadership and research at the University of Malawi (including over seven years at Associate Professor level) as well as responsible, exceptional and effective scholarship at University of Malawi’s Polytechnic (including heading the Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences from 2007 to 2010, mentoring several staff members on research and academic publications, networking, sitting on various leadership committees, PhD thesis supervision and examination (currently PhD External Examiner for the University of Cape Town), high impact peer-reviewed  scholarly publications in journal across the globe, outreach activities and consultancies. 

He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Malawi. He is also a Lead Author of Chapter 3 of the Global Biodiversity Assessment which was conducted by The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) under United Nations, whose final report was launched in May, 2019. He has previously been a Visiting Fellow United Nations University (Japan) – 2009; START Advanced Institute Fellow (Netherlands) -2007;  OPCW Associate Fellow (Netherlands) – 2007;  Visiting Researcher - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG in Switzerland) – October 2003 – March 2004; Fellow - LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa (LEAD-SEA)– Cohort 17.

Izumi Seki

Izumi Seki is a sociologist, specializes in fishing village sociology with Ph.D. from Hokkaido University, Japan. Dr. Seki is currently a professor in the School of Marine Science and Technology at Tokai University, Japan. Her research interests focus on life, culture, and people's activities in fishing communities and researches fishing communities throughout Japan. She has been focusing on the possibility of regional tourism as a new industry in the region, and entrepreneurial activities that have been activated mainly by women in fishing communities.

Jenia Mukherjee

Jenia Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Her expertise spans across transdisciplinary water research. Her most recent book: Blue Infrastructures (Springer Nature, 2020), which she completed as the Rachel Carson Fellow in Munich, Germany (2019-2020) is drawing global attention among water scholars and experts. She is in the Advisory Board for the India Youth Water Network. She is also the Principal Indian Partner, CLOC: Knowledge2Action in South Asia (2019-2021) to promote and facilitate cooperation in research and education on environmental sustainability and social wellbeing with Swiss networks. She has completed different projects funded by international (IUCN, WSSF, AHRC) and national (ICHR, ICSSR, P&RD, etc.) agencies. She is currently leading major large-scale projects on coastal vulnerabilities, flood governance and ecological resilience and community wellbeing funded by SSHRC, Canada, EU-India, etc. She is the member, International Scientific Community, TU-Delft Conference on ‘Socio-Hydrology’, September 2021. She is the recipient of prestigious awards for water scholarship using interdisciplinary perspectives including Salzburg Global and Nippon Foundation Fellowship, Japan (2020), Carson Writing Fellowship, Germany (2018-19), Australian Award Fellowship (2010, 2015) and World Social Science Fellowship, UNESCO (2013). 

Kafayat Adetoun Fakoya

Dr. Kafayat Adetoun Fakoya holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Fisheries, Lagos State University and is the Executive Secretary, Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS). Her works include research on social and ecological issues affecting small-scale fisheries (SSF) and aquaculture, fisheries biology, food security and gender. She is an advocate of participatory action research and identifies integration of local knowledge with scientific knowledge as critical to improved decision-making. Dr. Fakoya served as a case study author and gender advisor in the Illuminating Hidden Harvests Nigeria SSF. She has participated in national validation workshops for aquaculture and fisheries policies, fisheries improvement projects and shrimp fishery pre-assessment. Also, she has contributed to position statements on Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, and implementation efforts on the SSF Fisheries Guidelines. She is well published, enjoys reading and is married with children. 

Mafaniso Hara 

Mafaniso Hara is a professor of Natural Resource Governance at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape. His research interests are in natural resource governance in relation to livelihoods, food and nutrition security and climate change. He has more than thirty years experience in research and development experience fisheries and natural resources.  He is member of the Africa Fisheries and Aquaculture Reform Network, which leads continental work on African Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy Framework and Reform Strategy. He represents Africa and the Middle East of the Executive of the International Institute of Economics and Trade (IIFET). 

Mahmudul Islam

With a background in marine science, oceanography and fisheries development studies, Dr.  Islam is an interdisciplinary marine social scientist with interests in coastal social-ecological systems. He has   more than ten years of experience in conducting research on coastal communities, small-scale fisheries and marine conservation in Bangladesh. Dr. Islam is a faculty member at Sylhet Agricultural University in Bangladesh. He received his PhD from the University of Bremen in Germany. His PhD research contextualized poverty and vulnerability in the livelihoods of coastal fishing communities in Bangladesh. Specifically, his current research interests include livelihoods and well-being analysis of small-scale fishers, social dimensions of coastal and marine conservation. Recently he led a research project on implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) in Bangladesh small-scale fisheries. Dr. Islam a member of Too Big To Ignore, the Global Partnership for Small-scale Fisheries Research (TBTI).

Samiya Selim

Samiya Selim is a Marine Social Scientist. Her expertise lies in inter-disciplinary research utilizing both social and natural sciences and applying these in relevant conservation and development projects. She has worked in both UK and Bangladesh past 12 years in the field of environment conservation, climate change and sustainable development. Her current work is focused on coastal ecosystems in Bangladesh around climate change adaptation, sustainable livelihoods, small scale fisheries, SDGs and ensuring equity in blue economy development.
She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh and is also conducting her Post Doctorate at ZMT Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research. She sits on the Human Dimension Working Group focused on the interactions between human and ocean systems and better understanding of the multiple feedbacks between human and ocean systems. She is also part of the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network (IMECaN).



Shehu Latunji Akintola


Shehu Latunji Akintola is a Professor of Fisheries and Head of Department, Department of Fisheries, Lagos State University. He holds a B. Agric Tech (FUT, Akure), MSc. (LASU), MBA (LAUTECH) and PhD (LASU). He is very passionate about the small-scale fisheries development especially in the light of the SSF Guidelines. Shehu through his research and advocacy helps push the case for a sustainable livelihood for the SSF globally especially in Nigeria. He has forayed to fisheries research- ecology, governance, and economics. He is well published in local and international journals and won academic fellowships and grants. Shehu is a member of academic societies including Too Big To Ignore and willing to support initiatives to promote development of SSF. He is a Country Coordinator in Nigeria for the Vulnerability to Viability (V2V). He is very optimistic that there is a bright future for the small-scale fisheries across the globe. 


Thamasak Yeemin

Thamasak Yeemin has worked at Marine Biodiversity Research Group, Faculty of Science, Ramkhamhaeng University, in Bangkok since 1992. His educational background includes a D.Sc. in Biology from Kyushu University and a diploma in Environmental Management from the Netherlands International Institute for Management. He has studied ecology, biology, environmental science and socio-economics of coastal ecosystem management and marine protected areas. He has experience in many aspects of coastal and marine ecosystems, based on 30 years of fieldwork in Thailand and other parts of the Western Pacific. He has provided expertise to several management agencies from local to international organizations, to design and implement management plans for coastal resources and the environment. He has also worked as a consultant for some regional collaborative projects under international organizations, such as the IMO, UNEP, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, etc. He is currently a president of the Marine Science Association of Thailand (MSAT).


Yinji Li 

Yinji Li is an associate professor at Tokai University in Shizuoka, Japan. Her research interests and expertise lie in fisheries and coastal issues among Northeast Asia, such as Japan, Mainland China, Taiwan, and South Korea. For many years, she has been researching these areas to understand the actual conditions and challenges on governance mechanisms, community institutions, market and branding systems, community-based tourism, etc., and interacting with relevant stakeholders. 

Dr. Li is a member of the Too Big to Ignore (TBTI)-Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research Project, the Human Dimensions Working Group as part of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) Project. She is also a coordinator of the Too Big to Ignore(TBTI) Japan Research Network, a research network brings together scientists, practitioners, community groups, organizations through transdisciplinary approaches and ensures the widespread of the importance of the existence and roles of Japanese small-scale fisheries as well as addressing issues and concerns affecting Japanese small-scale fisheries.



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