Lance Morgan, PhD is President and CEO of the Marine Conservation Institute. Dr Morgan is a marine biologist who received his PhD in Ecology from the University of California-Davis. His research interests range from zoology to conservation and he has studied taxa as diverse as deep-sea corals, rockfishes, seabirds and orcas. He has explored the ocean as a scuba diver, aquanaut and submersible pilot. He has authored a number of scientific reports on the environmental impacts of fishing methods and marine protected areas.
Sebastian Losada is the Oceans Policy Adviser at Greenpeace International. He has combined his work in political fora with several at-sea expeditions to document deep-sea fisheries and the impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Sebastian has also focused on the impact of industrial fishing practices on coastal communities and the role of fisheries and aquaculture on food security. Sebastian took a 12-month leave of absence in 2012-2013 to work in Brussels as the Fisheries Adviser to the Greens.
Susanna Fuller is the Marine Conservation Coordinator at the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The EAC has been an active member of the DSCC since 2005. Susanna has been working on marine conservation issues, and particularly the impacts of fishing, since the 1990s and has a PhD on marine sponges in the Northwest Atlantic. Susanna has been involved in extensive policy work both at international and national level in Canada and assisted in a review of the implementation of the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement for the Canadian government. Susanna sits on the NAFO Working Group on Ecosystem Approach to Management. She also completed a research project, together with other conservation organizations, on the impacts of fishing gear in Canadian waters.
Jessica Battle is Marine Manager at WWF International. She is responsible for WWF's work stream on integrated ocean management, coordinates WWF on international ocean governance issues and represents the organization in key marine fora.
Duncan Currie has practiced international law and environmental law for over 25 years, and over that time has advised organizations, corporations and governments on a wide range of environmental issues including climate change, the law of the sea, whaling, fisheries, Antarctica, nuclear, liability, biosafety, toxic and chemical, forestry, mining, and waste issues. He has particular interests in the law of the sea, especially fisheries and biodiversity, climate change in the oceans context, and renewable energy. He regularly attends international meetings on these topics and has been a leading presence for the DSCC in international fora as it has ramped up engagement on deep-seabed mining issues. Duncan has advised the DSCC on bottom trawling issues since its inception.
Matthew Gianni is an independent advisor and advocate for ocean conservation and is based in the Netherlands. He is a co-founder of the DSCC and is currently its Political and Policy Advisor. Matthew regularly speaks on marine conservation issues at a variety of international fora, including the United Nations General Assembly oceans working group, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has actively participated in oceans-related negotiations at the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Conferences of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Seabed Authority and elsewhere. He has authored several reports related to fisheries and marine biodiversity on the high seas.
Mirella von Lindenfels is an award-winning communications expert and has been advising the DSCC campaign since 2004. With over 20 years' experience of media and communications work in the international non-governmental sector, including senior positions with Greenpeace and Amnesty International, Mirella founded Communications INC in 2003. A specialist communicator in environmental issues, particularly in the oceans, she co-founded the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) in 2006, with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.
Sian Owen has coordinated the global strategy for the DSCC since 2011. She is founder and principal consultant of Sustainability Options Consulting, working to accelerate change toward a new global economic system based on triple bottom line principles: people, planet and profit. Sian's role with the DSCC draws on extensive experience in program development, policy and partnerships, both as an independent and from eight years with WWF International's Global Marine Programme.
Lisa Speer directs the International Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting natural resources and public health with offices in the United States of America and China. Ms Speer conducts advocacy in a variety of international fora to promote integrated, ecosystem-based management of human activities on the high seas, with a particular focus on marine fisheries. She has served on US delegations to many high seas fisheries negotiations and has testified before Congress and the United Nations on a variety of high seas conservation and management topics.
Dr Monica Verbeek is the Executive Director of Seas At Risk, an independent non-governmental European association of environmental organizations concerned with the protection and restoration of the marine environment. She also serves as vice president of the South Western Waters Regional Advisory Council for fisheries and as member of the executive committee of the Long Distance Regional Advisory Council. Prior to becoming Executive Director she held the post of Fisheries Policy Officer with Seas At Risk and served, amongst other things, as the representative of environmental organizations at the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the European Commission and as European coordinator for the DSCC. Protection and conservation of the deep sea has been one of her priorities since she joined Seas At Risk.
Elizabeth Wilson directs The Pew Charitable Trusts' international ocean policy team, where she leads Pew's engagement in international forums such as the United Nations, regional fisheries management organizations, and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. She works with Pew's international oceans campaigns to conserve deep-sea life, improve management of sharks and tunas, establish large-scale marine reserves, and combat illegal fishing. With a background in biology and marine policy, she has worked with both scientists and policy-makers from around the world to improve ocean conservation.