Social and Ethical Committee Members
- Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen
- Daniel Lee
- Daphne Guelker
- Dave Martin
- Estelle Brennan
- Francisco Aldon
- Gonzalo de Romana
- Libby Woodhatch
- Michiel Fransen
- Mike Platt
- Taylor Voorhees
- Tracy Cambridge
Biographies can be found below.
Birgitte Krogh-Poulsen has over 20 years of global experience in social development and human rights work, mostly in Europe, Africa and Asia. Birgitte started her own consulting business in 2010 and runs it out of her home country, Denmark. She has previously worked for NIRAS Consulting Engineers and Planners and for the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has lived and worked in several countries, including India, Tanzania, Thailand and Zambia. Birgitte specialises in the elimination of child labour, forced labour and human trafficking, and also works in the related fields of child protection, access to education and gender equality. She works extensively with different stakeholders in the seafood industry to promote socially sustainable seafood. In addition, she works on studies, strategic planning and policy formulation with governments and other partners around the world, such as her current work to support the renewed ASEAN Roadmap on the elimination of child labour. In addition to her consulting assignments, she serves on several advisory committees and boards.
Areas of expertise/interest:
- Elimination of child labour and forced labour
- Socially sustainable seafood production
- Equality and non-discrimination
- Safe migration
- Education for all
- Child protection
Daniel Lee is a multilingual aquaculture specialist with expertise in the implementation of new projects and the development of certification standards. He has been the Standards Coordinator for The Global Seafood Alliance (formerly the Global Aquaculture Alliance) since the program’s inception. He works closely with GSA’s Standards’ Oversight Committee and helps guide and coordinate its technical committees. Lee is also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, Bangor University, UK, where he has worked on European aquaculture projects, developing systems with minimal impacts. He co-wrote the textbook Crustacean Farming, Ranching and Culture.
Alex is the Senior Coordinator of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s Feed Standard. The ASC Feed Standard uses an improvement model for marine ingredients which requires feed mills to source from more sustainable fisheries over time. MarinTrust plays a crucial role in this mechanism and forms some of the key steppingstones for improvement.
Alex brings experience in standard development, project management, strategic planning, business development, stakeholder engagement and research. She previously worked for the Soil Association as their standards manager, leading the governance, maintenance and development of their organic standards schemes, with a focus on aquaculture and feed. She has technical knowledge in due diligence assessments, value chain analysis, certification, access to markets and finance. Her roles have included work in Europe, South Asia, South East Asia and Eastern Africa
Dave Martin is Director for Aquaculture and Reduction Fisheries at SFP. 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. At SFP, Dave oversees all of SFP’s aquaculture programs, as well as efforts to promote improvements in reduction fisheries—those that supply marine ingredients—globally. Dave 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. 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.
Estelle Brennan BSc, is an accomplished Technical Manager, Sustainability and Ethical Trade Specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in technical & sustainability roles within the food industry. She is currently Head Of Sustainability UK for Labeyrie Fine Foods, chair of the Seafish Seafood Ethics Common Language Group and a member of the GAA Standards Oversight Committee.
Gonzalo de Romaña is the CEO of Peruvian fishmeal and fish oil producer Tecnológica de Alimentos (TASA). He has been a member of the IFFO Board of Directors since 2018.
Gonzalo de Romaña has wide experience within the fishing industry due to his time working as TASA’s CFO between 2010-2014. He has been the CEO of TASA since 2017. His previous roles include CEO of Centria (2014-2016), a service and administration company of BRECA Group, and CEO of Hoja Redonda (2016), an agro-industrial company of BRECA Group. De Romaña has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de Lima and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Libby Woodhatch MSc, has worked for more than 20 years in the seafood supply chain and on standards development. Prior to becoming Executive Chair of MarinTrust, she was Head of Advocacy at Seafish, where her remit included the development of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) standard and a wider programme in seafood ethics. Libby was CEO of 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 a Trustee of the Fishermen’s Mission, which provides welfare and support to fishermen and their families.
Michiel MSc, has worked since mid-2012 for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and is currently Head of Standards and Science. Michiel leads the ASC Responsible Feed Project, which is developing the ASC Responsible Feed Standard. He has also worked as Export Manager for fish feed producer Coppens International, in charge of key markets in Eastern Europe/Balkans and South East Asia, and for the aquaculture and fisheries department of FAO in Ankara, Turkey.
Mike has over 30 years’ experience working with standards and improvement strategies for the Seafood industry within the UK and across the globe. He is currently a partner in RS Standards and prior to this has held numerous management positions within Seafish, Sainsbury’s, SAI Global (Global Trust) and more recently as a director in MSC, which is an internationally based sustainability program where he oversaw the programme integrity through the implementation of Chain of Custody standards for all sectors of the seafood supply chain.
During his time with RS Standards Mike has played a key role in the development of MarinTrust’s new Chain of Custody Standard Version 2. He is the lead consultant for Global Seafood Assurance (GSA) for the redevelopment of the Responsible Fishing Standard into a new globally accessible Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard based on social criteria for the wild capture fishing fleets.
In addition, Mike is also an experienced seafood lead auditor and training instructor for several programs which include Chain of Custody, Risk Assessment, Quality Management systems, Seafood Safety and HACCP.
Taylor Voorhees is the global sustainability lead for Cargill Aqua Nutrition.
He joined Cargill in 2022 after nearly seven years as senior aquaculture scientist and global aquaculture initiatives manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. He co-authored Seafood Watch’s aquaculture sustainability standard and was technical lead on sustainability assessments, gaining insight and connection into dozens of aquaculture industries around the world. Beyond this, he developed and implemented sustainability improvement initiatives in the shrimp and salmon industries, with particular focus on Vietnam, India, and Chile.
Previously, he held several commercially-focused research roles in the US and the Bahamas in finfish larval rearing and offshore grow-out, fish nutrition, and aquaculture engineering. He built a land-based tuna aquaculture facility, growing bluefin and yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi. Upon the emergence of a unique and uncharacterized tuna disease, its epidemiology became a major focus of his research. Taylor holds BSc and MSc degrees in aquaculture from the University of Rhode Island.
Tracy Murai is the Responsible Sourcing Director (Europe) for Thai Union Group PCL.
Tracy has been involved in the maritime industry for more than 20 years, focusing on seafood for the last decade. She has worked across government, private and non-governmental sectors in a broad range of areas including management of natural resources, working requirements, and sustainability in supply chains.
Tracy has also had professional training and gained a wealth of experience in auditing supply chains against environment and social standards, writing and implementing standards, project and programme management and fundraising.
At Thai Union, Tracy’s responsibilities involve collaborating with stakeholders and customers, leading the implementation of Thai Union’s Fishing Vessel Improvement Program and Code of Conduct, and delivery of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative work plan.
Tracy holds an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management from Kings College London, and a BSc in Marine Geography.