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1st International Seminar September 9 and 10, 2021


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Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean - FAO.

Fisheries Engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico del Mar de Veracruz, Mexico.

Msc. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland; Doctor of Science (PhD) in Aquaculture Development Planning from the University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture.

He is a Research Professor and Head of the Department of Marine Resources of the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute-Mérida Unit, Mexico. Founding Director of the School of Natural Resources of the Marista University of Mérida, Mexico. General Director of the Southeast Aquaculture Development Company. He is an International Consultant for the Program to Support the Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Central American Isthmus (PRADEPESCA-European Union).

He joined FAO in 2009, where he has served as Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Team for South America. Currently, he is Chief Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean and Secretary of the Artisanal, Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Jeanne mcknight

Executive Director, Northwest Aquaculture Alliance (USA)

Executive Director of McKnight Group, Inc., and currently serves as Executive Director of Northwest Aquaculture Alliance, a US-based Aquaculture Advocacy Organization.
His 35-year career includes work on issues of international trade and aquaculture promotion.
Between 1991 and 2001, the McKnight's company helped launch Chilean salmon in the US market and worked for SalmonChile on international trade issues.
She was also director of communications for the Global Aquaculture Alliance.


Aimee rae

Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA)

Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and Master of Economics from University of Guelph, Canada. 
He joined CAIA in early 2021 after practicing most of his career at the Canadian Export Credit Agency, where he specialized in country risk, economic forecasting and international trade agreements at the OECD.
At CAIA, he manages the policy as well as regulatory affairs and member engagement of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance, through the various CAIA member technical committees.

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Juan Carlos Lapuente

Deputy Director General for Aquaculture Research, National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Mexico)

Degree in Oceanology, graduated from the UABC Faculty of Marine Sciences in 1995.
Professor at UABC from 2008 to 2015; He was also President of the State Committee for Aquaculture Health and Safety of Baja California and of the National Oyster Council.
In the private sector it has developed in various companies all involved with Aquaculture; highlighting the preparation and development of various technical feasibility studies and technological development, environmental impact manifests; and various HACCP Plans for the handling and packaging of aquaculture species.
It is important to highlight that he has more than 20 years of experience in Aquaculture and Mariculture.

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Jairo Amezquita

Regional Manager of Aquaculture Program, US Soybean Export Council (Colombia)

Marine Biologist from the Universidad de Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano, 1981. Specialist in Global Market Management from the Universidad Santiago de Cali, 1998.
More than 38 years in aquaculture as a trout producer, later in the commercial area of Ralston Purina, Cargill and Aquaculture Consultant in Latin America.
For 10 years with USSEC as Director of the Aquaculture Program in the Americas, promoting the use of US SOY in aquaculture diets as well as sustainable aquaculture production.
He is based in Cali, Colombia.

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Jose Soto

General Director, Aqua Corporación Internacional (Costa Rica)

Systems Engineer from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, MBD in Banking and Finance. He has 17 years of experience in the processing, cultivation and production of Tilapia.
Production Management in Costa Rica, and taking in the last year the great step to have the surcharge of the General Management.
He began his career as Head of the Database Department.
He assumes the Country Management for a year and a half in an aquaculture project in Panama in cages of the ACI SA Group, being later promoted to the Production Management in Costa Rica and taking in the last year the great step to have the position of General Management.

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Ismael wong

CEO at Seajoy (Honduras)

Marine Biologist from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Colombia and Master in Aquaculture from the University of the Phillipines in Visayas, Philippines.

With more than 40 years in the aquaculture production industry in the cultivation of Peneid Shrimp in several countries of America.

He has been with the Seajoy Group (Ecuador and Central America) for 35 years, as General Manager and currently, as CEO of the same group, under the acquisition of Cooke Aquaculture.

He has participated in multiple congresses, seminars and postgraduate degrees at the international level.

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Yahira Piedrahita

Executive Director, National Chamber of Aquaculture (Ecuador)

Aquaculture Engineer from ESPOL, with a master's degree in Bioaquatic Resources Management and a diploma in Fisheries Economics; She also has training as an auditor of HACCP, ASC, GlobalG.AP standards, among others. She has served as Executive Director of the National Chamber of Aquaculture since 2011. She has worked as a consultant and expert for important national and international institutions in various fields of fishing and aquaculture. At the governmental level, she has been General Director of Aquaculture as well as of the National Fisheries Institute of Ecuador. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, preparing and implementing regulations on good practices in shrimp production and product processing, management policies, certifications, among others.

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Felipe Nogueira Matias

International Aquaculture Consultant Former Secretary of Aquaculture Management and Planning (Brazil)

Degree in Fisheries Engineering and Administration, MBA in Business Management, Master in Fisheries Engineering, in the Aquaculture and Sustainability line and Master in Administration and Control, in the Strategy and Sustainability line. Doctorate in Biotechnology of Fishery Resources and Postdoctorate in Oceanic and Terrestrial Dynamics at the Fluminense Federal University.
He was Secretary of Planning and Planning of Aquaculture of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture from 2005 to 2012 and in 2015.
He was a consultant for the FAO / UN and served as Executive Secretary of the Aquaculture Network of the Americas. Currently he has worked in the areas of Strategic Management, Sustainability and Technological Innovations focused on aquaculture.

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Christian berger

International Aquaculture Consultant and Academic at the Southern Scientific University (Peru)

Biologist from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Postgraduate degree in Aquaculture and Biological Oceanology, University of Western Brittany, France.

He is a Researcher and Director of Aquaculture at the Instituto del Mar del Peru. With managerial and advisory positions in aquaculture companies and national and international organizations. Consultant for international organizations in fishing and aquaculture projects: FAO, SELA, OLDEPESCA, CAF, OEA, UNDP. Former aquaculture advisor to the Vice-Ministerial Office of Fisheries. Former member of the Board of Directors of FONDEPES, the Peruvian Shrimp Association and ProAcuicultura. Undergraduate and graduate teacher and Inter-institutional Coordinator of the Aquaculture Engineering Career, Universidad Científica del Sur de Lima, Peru. Member of the Board of Directors of the Instituto del Mar del Perú and Author of various publications and presentations in national and international forums on aquaculture issues.

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Carlos Wurmann G.

Executive Director AWARD Ltda., International Consultants in Aquaculture and Fisheries (Chile)

Industrial Civil Engineer, M.Sc Economics. International Consultant in Aquaculture and Fisheries, specialized in Planning, Development, Technological Foresight, Productive Diversification and Market, Innovation and Business Development.

Associate Professor of the Department of Aquaculture and Food Resources, Univ. De Los Lagos.

Consultant FAO (1985-2021) and World Bank, OECD, UNIDO.

He was Manager of Marine Resources at Fundación Chile and President of the Strategic Salmon Program.

Former member of the Executive Council of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade.

Aquaculture Planning and Development jobs in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Jamaica and others, and Lecturer in Aquaculture Prospective, Fisheries Markets and Technologies in more than 20 countries for more than 30 years.

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Eduardo Bitran C.

International and Academic Consultant UAI (Chile)

Industrial Civil Engineer from the University of Chile and PhD in Economics from Boston University in 1987.

He is a tenured professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences of the Adolfo Ibáñez University, where he teaches courses on Project Formulation and Evaluation.

He has been a member of various boards of directors in private companies and state institutions, such as Salcobrand, Transelec, Enami, among others.

He was also President of the National Council of Innovation for Competitiveness and General Director of Fundación Chile.

He consulted on competitiveness and infrastructure issues in Colombia, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

He was Minister of Public Works between 2006 and 2008, and Executive Vice President of CORFO in 2014 and 2018. 

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Pablo Leyton

Manager of Feed Technology, Salmofood -Vitapro Chile (Chile)

Veterinarian, Master Business Administration and Master in Aquaculture Nutrition. He is a PhD student in the Aquaculture Sciences Doctorate Program. 

He has been involved in the salmon farming industry since 1993, working in two production companies before joining Vitapro Chile - Salmofood since 1996. Currently, he is manager of Feed Technology and among his roles he is responsible for Nutrition and formulation, Research and Development , Quality, Management System, Laboratories.

His latest research carried out: Full cycle Atlantic salmon production fed without fish meal and oil and maintaining the levels of EPA + DHA in the final product.

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Emiliano Di Cicco

Researcher, Fish Health  Pacific Salmon Foundation (Canada)

He graduated from the Faculty of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Camerino (Italy), where he also obtained his Ph.D. in Fish Pathology. After working as a consultant in fish health and pathology for academic institutions, fish farms and public aquariums, he moved to Canada in 2015 to join the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI), for which he worked as Project Manager and Fish Pathologist, assisting in the detection of fish diseases in farmed and wild salmon in British Columbia (Canada), as well as contributing to the development of innovative molecular techniques to assess the health status of fish.

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Gregor reid

Director , Center for Applied Marine Research (Canada)

With more than two decades of experience in aquaculture sustainability and environmental research, he has worked with multiple species in marine and freshwater systems.

PhD from the University of Guelph and post-doctorate in integrated aquaculture at the University of New Brunswick and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). He was the principal investigator for projects with the Canadian Network for Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture and has conducted field and laboratory research on the ecological interactions of aquaculture and the implications of climate change for fisheries and aquaculture.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of New Brunswick and has served as the Aquaculture Operations Manager for the Province of Nova Scotia.

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Bendik S. Søvegjarto

Co-Founder and CEO, Aquatech Bluegrove (Norway)

With a background in Electronics and Computer Science from the University of Oslo, Bendik joined the company in 2014, developing the third and fourth generation hydroacoustic sensors used to understand fish behavior. In 2017, Bendik became the CEO of Bluegrove. With his ambitious growth plans, he quickly grew the company from 4 to 70 team members and made two successful industry acquisitions. Passionate about using technology and data to understand the behavior and appetite of farmed fish, Bendik's philosophy is to focus on ecology to improve economic results. Today, Bluegrove serves some of the world's leading salmon producers with smart feeding solutions, enabling them to optimize their production in balance with nature.

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Felipe Ramirez

Business Development Manager, InnovaSea (USA)

Graduated from Florida International University in Miami, with bachelors in International Relations. 

He has worked as Business Development Manager at Innovasea since 2017, focused on  in aquaculture in the open sea,  dedicated to being part of the establishment of sustainable aquaculture. 

He worked for more than ten years with DSM Dyneema, in the development of the aquaculture and commercial fishing market and industrial applications. 

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Fabian Aviles

Director, Program for the Development of Ocean Aquaculture - Chile 2023 (Chile)

Fabián Avilés is a Marine Biologist, with postgraduate studies in Australia and more than 20 years of experience working mainly in positions related to R&D in various areas with particular emphasis on projects related to aquaculture.

With experience in both the public and private sectors, roles from which he has participated facilitating the linking of science, business and university. He currently works as Director of the Program for the Development of Ocean Aquaculture - Chile 2023, Consortium led by the company EcoSea Farming and as Coordinator of the Science Up Consortium within the framework of the Science and Innovation Program for 2030 integrated by the Universities PUCV, USACH and UCN.

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Esteban Ramirez

General Manager, INTESAL SA (Chile)

Chemical Civil Engineer from the U. de Concepción, MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the UDD, Diploma in Business Administration, with a training course in  Lean Manufacturing by Kaizen Institute and by MIT, Certified Mentor by U. Simón Bolivar from Colombia. Specialized in quality management, environmental, OHS and social standards as an auditor. With more than 20 years of experience in Production Operations and its problems both in terms of processes and their environmental impacts.  and social, leading cultural changes and creating innovation platforms as a solution. He was Operations, Technology, R&D Manager  and Innovation for MASISA; President of the Department. of Boards and Sheets of CORMA. Participate as Director in  Research consortiums such as CIPA, CIEP and HUB APTA. He is a counselor for different engineering careers, a member of the networks  from UC Mentors, from MENTORINN from CIdere Bio Bio and the nascent network of Salmon Mentors. 

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Yolanda Molares M.

Cluster Manager of Cluster ACUIPLUS (Spain)


She is the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Growth of the Company SL in Spain.

Degree in Business Administration and Management and Master in International Studies.

With more than 20 years of experience coordinating projects and being part of multidisciplinary teams created for the design and implementation of actions aimed at productive and business development, located in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

His areas of work are oriented to sectoral development, corporate social responsibility and entrepreneurship, among others, with special expertise in the field of the blue economy and sustainability.

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Mariella Miranda L.

Social Specialist, National Program for Innovation in Fisheries and Aquaculture (Peru)

Historian at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and candidate for a Master's Degree in Strategic Management of Social Responsibility within the Framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He has experience in the preparation, articulation and execution of development projects for social actors in the fishing and aquaculture sector, as well as in the design, planning and monitoring of financing funds for sustainable and inclusive innovation projects.

Responsible for the analysis and evaluation of the sociocultural impacts of the projects, as well as the control and compliance with possible social risks or World Bank safeguards.


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Constanza Alvial R.

Founding Partner, Sustainable Value Consultant

Lawyer with a specialty in Human Rights and Business, Institutional Relations and National and International Advocacy in Public Policy and Regulations. 

She is a partner of the Sustainable Value Consultant, a company that accompanies institutions in the incorporation of Human Rights standards for responsible business conduct.

She is the Coordinator of the Pro Bono Network of the Americas, a group of 21 organizations throughout the American continent. Founder of Fundación Yansa in Chile which aims to generate wind energy together with indigenous communities. Member of the board of directors of Corporación Nuestra Casa who works with homeless people.


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