Ocean Experts - Individuals

The PEMSEA Task Force's objective is to serve as a technical support mechanism for the implementation of programs and projects within the framework of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA). The establishment of the Task Force ensures the region's access to expert services and advice as well as support and assistance in ICM program development and implementation. The PEMSEA Task Force approach also provides an opportunity to train the next generation of experts and practitioners in the region by engaging young professionals/individuals within participating countries in on-the-ground experiences. The PEMSEA Task Force is therefore expected to provide strong support to PEMSEA Partners in promoting the replication and scaling up of ICM efforts across the region.

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Recommend an Ocean Expert

Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit

Xavier University-The Ateneo de Cagayan
Vice President of Research and Social Outreach
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit is the Vice President of Research and Social Outreach at Xavier University and Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Xavier University. Dr. Roa-Quiaoit holds a doctoral degree in natural science from University of Bremen, a master’s degree in marine science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Philippines and a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. She specializes in marine biology and coastal management and is also interested in biodiversity and ecological assessment and management. She discovered a new species of giant clam in the Red Sea, named Tridacna costata (Roa-Quiaoit et al, 2008). Among her numerous publications is the co-authored works “State of the Coast: Macajala Bay, Misamis Oriental” in State of the Coast: Promoting the State of the Coastal Reporting, University of the Philippines (2010). Dr. Roa-Quiaoit is co-editor of Asian Journal of Biodiversity Liceo de Cagayan University, Philippines (2010).

Ms. Annadel Cabanban

Wetlands International, Partners for Resilience
Programme Manager
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Annadel Salvio Cabanban obtained her Ph. D. in Marine Biology at James Cook University, Australia in 1992. She was in the academe in the Philippines and in Malaysia from 1979 to 2006. Interspersed in her academic career are regional, environmental projects funded by the Australian Government, WorldFish Center, Conservation International, and World Wide Fund for Nature. She has participated in various capacities in regional projects in the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (LME), Sulu-Celebes (Sulawesi) LME, Pacific LME with grants from the Global Environment Fund, International Waters Focal Area since 1995 to the present and implemented by the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Environment Programme, and the United Nations Development Programme. She was the Co-Chair of the Large Marine Ecosystem and Open Oceans Working Group, International Waters Science Project (GEF ID 3343), UNEP and a member of the regional team on the South China Sea Impact Evaluation Study of the GEF. At present, she is engaged in the implementation of the Coral Triangle Initiative Coastal and Marine Resources Management Project in Southeast Asia and Pacific Countries. She is a member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Society for Reef Studies.

Mr. Len Garces

USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership
Fisheries Management Specialist

Mr. Len Garces has over 25 years of experience working on coastal fisheries issues in Southeast Asia. Mr. Garces leads the implementation of USAID Oceans activities for the integration and implementation of an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) on national, regional, and pilot-site levels. Prior to USAID Oceans, Mr. Garces supported WorldFish in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of coastal fisheries projects, conceptualization and planning of research projects, scientific development of related database systems, compilation and validation of research data, and resource assessment and management of coastal fisheries.

Dr. Choong‐Ki Kim

Korea Environment Institute
Research Fellow, Department of Land and Water Environment Research
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
South Korea

Choong-Ki Kim is a research fellow for the Division of Natural Resources Conservation in Korea Environment Institute (KEI). His study area includes ecosystem service, nature based tourism, climate change adaptation, and ocean renewable energy. His previous work at Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, was to develop a decision supporting tool, InVEST, to value the benefits from nature. He applied the InVEST models to various decision contexts to inform decisions for sustainable development. He also worked in numerical modeling studies with scales ranging from an estuary to a regional ocean. The focus had been on hydrodynamics, marine water quality, thermal discharge effects, storm surge prediction, transport processes of marine organisms, coupled biological-physical processes, and land-sea interaction.

Dr. Orapan Nabangchang

School of Economics, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, Nonthaburi, Thailand
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Prof. Orapan is an EEPSEA Deputy Director for Training and Partnership. She teaches at the School of Economics at Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University. Besides this, she works on numerous projects for EEPSEA and for several other organizations. She has been recruited on various occasions as an advisor to Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Royal Forestry Department, the Ministry of Justice, and Thailand’s Office of Environmental Policy and Planning. She is also a Board member of the Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Organization in Thailand.

Dr. Maripaz L. Perez

Country Director, Philippines / Regional Director, Asia
  • Integrated Coastal Management

Maripaz L. Perez is the Regional Director for Asia and Country Manager for the Philippines of WorldFish. She has a post-doctorate in Research Priority Setting earned from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1990. She graduated from the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines in 1977 with a BSc in Agriculture, majoring in Agricultural Economics. She completed her graduate education in the same university, finishing her masters in Agricultural Marketing in 1985 and her doctorate on Agricultural Economics in 1988. She has parlayed this educational preparation into a career spanning 35 years both in Philippine government service and since 2006, in WorldFish. Prior to joining WorldFish, Dr. Perez led the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SET-UP) as Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As the first Country Manager for the WorldFish Philippine Country Office (PCO), she has built the team from an original staff complement of five, to what it is now at 33. Under her leadership, the team completed the USAID-funded project “From Reef to Ridge: An Ecosystem Based Approach to Biodiversity Conservation and Development in the Philippines” and the “Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability Assessment, Economic and Policy Analysis of Adaptation Strategies in Selected Coastal Areas in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam,” among others. Currently, she leads the PCO research team in the implementation of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (CRP AAS) that covers seven pilot communities in the VisMin Hub.

Mr. Pakorn Prasertwong

Marine Department, Ministry of Transport
Chief, Marine Environment Division
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Pollution Reduction and Waste Management

Mr. Pakorn Prasertwong is the Chief of Environment Subdivision, Marine Department of Thailand, where he has been working for 26 years after graduating from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Among his major works is the assessment and monitoring of environmental impact caused by marine transportation and construction, and also on preventing and combating marine oil pollution. Since 2000 he was assigned as the Head of Thai delegation in the annual meeting of Marine Environment Protection Committee at International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Dr. Sheila Vergara

Biodiversity Information Management, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Sheila G. Vergara has managed projects that focused on coastal zone management, marine biodiversity conservation and coastal zone management training. She has served in governemnt with the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development and with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and with International Non-government organizations such as the WorldFish Center and Conservation International. She continues to pursue her interest in coastal environment management and biodiversity conservation as the senior marine biodiversity specialist of the Sulu Sulawesi Seascape Initiative.

Dr. Chou Loke Ming

Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore
Adjunct Research Professor
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Dr. CHOU Loke Ming is Adjunct Research Professor at the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. He obtained his PhD in Zoology from the University of Singapore in 1976. His research on coral reef ecology and integrated coastal management covers Southeast Asia. His current research focus is reef restoration and he is particularly interested in how corals can be re-established in the highly turbid conditions of rapidly developing coastal areas. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Biology and a Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science.

Dr. Luky Adrianto

Graduate School of Coastal and Marine Resources Management, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University
Associate Professor
  • Integrated Coastal Management

Dr. Luky Adrianto is Associate Professor in Social-Ecological System Analysis of the Fisheries and Coastal Resources Governance at the Graduate School of Coastal and Marine Resources Management, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, Bogor Agricultural Unversity (IPB). He is also the Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences, IPB. Prior to the Dean, he was appointed by the President of IPB as Director of Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Studies, since 2013. His first academic degree (B.Sc) was granted from IPB in Fisheries Sciences (major in Fisheries Socio-Economics) in 1993, and then M.Sc. in Fisheries Sciences in 2000 from Graduate School of Fisheries Sciences, Kagoshima University, Japan. His PhD was taken from the United Graduate School of Marine Environmental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Japan with major in Fisheries Resources Management in 2004. He has been working for more than 15 years in the field of coastal and marine resources management, including fisheries. His publications appeared in the Journal of Marine Policy, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Environment, Development and Sustainability as well as in some reputable journals on related studies in Indonesia. In 2010, he published FAO’s Technical Book on Mainstreaming Fisheries Co-Management in Indonesia and funded by ICSF published book entitled Local Construction of Fisheries Management in Indonesia. With other colleagues from ZMT Bremen, he co-led SPICE II Cluster 6 on Social-Ecological System Analysis for Coastal and Marine Resources Governance 2005-2010. The other publication include Coral Governance in Indonesia (IPB Press, 2013), Mainstreaming Marine Conservation Governance for Sustainable Fisheries in Indonesia (IPB Press, 2015). Since 2010, he is acting as Regional Task Force in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM) for the PEMSEA (Partnership of the Environmental Management of the Seas of East Asia) which he has been involving in the capacity building program for Cambodia, Thailand and Timor Leste, and since 2014, he is also coordinating a Learning Networks of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) in his country. In 2015, he was elected as the Co-Chair for International Advisory Board, Coastal and Marine Institute, Xiamen University, China. In 2016, he is appointed as the leader for the expert group for developing national fisheries policy platform in Indonesia for 2016-2020.

Dr. Mario De Los Reyes

UP-School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP)
Associate Professor
  • Climate Change Adaptation and DRRM
mrdelosreyes@up.edu.ph; mdreyes_2004@yahoo.com

Dr. Delos Reyes was the Program Leader of the research entitled, “Environmental Planning and Governance on Disaster Risk Reduction, Mitigation and Management at Selected Pilot Priority Areas in Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay Regions”. At present, he is the Project Component Leader for the research entitled, “Planning Guidance for Disaster Response and Rehabilitation via Humanitarian Supply Chain Management” of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology funded program on “Build Back Better: the Science and Technology of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management”. He is a Senior Planning and Institutional Development Specialist of the UNDP/Department of Environment and Natural Resources focusing on Strategic Environmental Assessment for sectors and local government units policies, plans and programs.

Dr. Marian S. delos Angeles, Ph.D

Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, Inc. (REECs)
Senior Advisor
  • Blue Economy Investment and Sustainable Financing

Marian S. delos Angeles is an environmental economist who has worked at the University of the Philippines, the World Agroforestry Center, and other agencies, including the World Bank. She helped initiate the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services Global Partnership Program. She has led a major project on biodiversity and watersheds for the Philippines, and has authored works on climate and global change economics, the most recent of which was Private Farmland Environmental Management as Autonomous Adaptation to Climate Change. She obtained her PhD degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines and her postdoctorate training in resource and environmental economics from the University of Washington.

Mr. Juergen Lorenz

JL Business and Technology Consultancy
Managing Director, Partner and Shareholder
  • Blue Economy Investment and Sustainable Financing

Juergen Lorenz is founder of JL Business and Technology Consultancy, established to identify viable government infrastructure under the Build-Operate-Transfer scheme. JLBTC covers project development from the preparation of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to the formation of appropriate proponent consortia to undertake identified projects, including equity and finance, engineering, procurement and construction partners. JLBTC strives to locate and provide the latest global technology in harmony with local people and environment, adapted within the frame of existing conditions and available resources. Previously, Mr. Lorenz was involved in the development and marketing of energy saving systems (e.g., distributed power generation, heat pump technology, solar thermal collector systems) and development of related infrastructure projects. He specialized in the technical development, financial modeling and packaging of privatized infrastructure projects. Among Mr. Lorenz's major accomplishments is the development of the NH4-PO and the ANEK Process for advanced wastewater treatment. The process is under implementation in several cities in Germany and has been granted patent rights in the European Union, USA, Taiwan and Asia, with rights pending in China, Japan and Korea. He acquired his Master's Degree in Process Engineering and Business Administration (Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing. (TH), (M.Sc., MBA.) from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Dr. Laura T. David, Ph.D

Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines
  • Climate Change Adaptation and DRRM

Dr. Laura T. David is a Physical Oceanographer and Professor at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute who studies ocean physics and its effects to productivity and diversity. She is currently the Chair of the Commission of Higher Education Technical Committee on Marine Science, and a member of the CHED Technical Panel on Science and Math. Combining her oceanography with her background in Chemistry, Dr. David has also gone around the world to build capacity of other scientist in using the LOICZ approach to calculate estuarine biogeochemical budgets. She was subsequently nominated as one of only 16 international Corresponding Members of the Intergovernmental Geosphere-Biosphere Programme---Land Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone project. In the Philippines, her expertise is also being tapped to assist in information related to climate change vulnerability and adaptation. She is currently a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts for the Climate Change Commission.

She is an awardee of the Outstanding Young Scientists (OYS) and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS), a former L’Oreal National Fellow and a continuing OML Senior Fellow.

Ms. Yoko Watanabe

UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme
Global Manager
United States of America

Mr. Wenxi Zhu

UNESCO-IOC Regional Secretariat for WESTPAC
Head and Programme Specialist

Mr. Yinfeng Guo

UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Project
Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager
South Korea
YinfengG@unops.org; yinfeng@unops.org

Dr. Stephen de Mora

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Chief Executive
United Kingdom

Mr. Darren Waterman

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)
Regional Director, Asia Pacific

Dr. Atsushi Sunami

Ocean Policy Research of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF)