Board Officers

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PRESIDENT – Dr. Jean Yves Mevel

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Dr. Jean Mevel (Term ends 2022)

Aquaculture Expert

Thongphanthong village, Sisattanak, District Vientiane, Laos P.D.R.

Tel: +8562059045973


Dr. Jean-Yves MEVEL is an Aquaculture Expert, Aquaculture Engineering and owner of Tropical Aquaponics (under development) in Vientiane, Laos PDR. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Aquaculture Engineering and master’s degree in Aquaculture and Fish Diseases at Auburn University, USA. Since 1979, he has been involved with most aspects of aquaculture in over 30 countries and 5 continents. Since 1994, most of his work has been in Southeast Asia, and the Middle East, allowing him to better understand the needs and requirements for the region. In 2001 to 2003, he was National Aquaculture Expert at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Cambodia and Oman. He has been invited to be the speaker and attended many seminars. This experience in the industry and the academic sector in Asia associated with a horizontal approach to aquaculture training has given him the knowledge to adapt to most situations and find original solution to unexpected challenges encountered in aquaculture. The organization of seminars, such as the Arid Land Aquaculture Seminar and Workshop at UAEU (in association with WAS), and the Indian Ocean Rim Association’s First Meeting of the Group of Experts on Fisheries in Oman, has further refined his communication skills and technical expertise to organize and promote seminars and workshops. Now based in Laos, he is investing in his own aquaponics commercial venture, learning about issues encountered by small startup companies in the region. In charge of his time and activities, he is now able to devote some significant amount of time to the management of WAS-APC.



PRESIDENT ELECT – Dr. Krishna R. Salin

Dr. Krishna R. Salin (Term ends 2022)

Associate Professor Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

Tel:+66 2524 5489



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Dr. Krishna R. SALIN is currently an Associate Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand, coordinating the AIT’s Aquaculture Program as its Chair. He has been active in the industry as a researcher, entrepreneur, and academic for over 23 years. He holds a Bachelor of Fisheries Science, Master’s in Aquaculture, and Ph.D. in Mariculture from India; and completed the post-doctoral research at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia where he was also appointed as a Visiting Fellow. Dr. Salin was a recipient of the Best Young Scientist Award (2003, India), Australian Endeavour Award (2009, Govt. of Australia); and CREST Biotechnology Award (2012, DBT, Govt. of India).

Teaching and supervising Masters and Doctoral students at AIT, Dr. Salin’s research focus covers innovative aquaculture systems, grow-out and hatchery technologies for fish and shrimp, and applied genetics for stock improvement. Dr. Salin serves as a Technical Consultant and Hon. Advisor to national and international organizations and handles several aquaculture research and development projects in India, Thailand, and East Africa. He is a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Ocean University, China; and Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT) – one of the biggest public universities in Mexico; and serves as the Associate Editor of international journals including Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Springer Nature) and Aquaculture and Fisheries (Elsevier).

Dr. Salin has served as a member of the Affiliation Committee of WAS and also partnered with WAS in organizing international conferences, workshops, and training programs. He brings this experience to the WAS-APC Board for a closer engagement with the Society and support in expanding the presence of WAS in the Asia Pacific region.




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Dr. Diana Chan (Term ends 2022)

Head/Centre for Aquaculture & Veterinary Science

APEC Centre @ Temasek Polytechnic for Sustainable Development in Agriculture & Fishery Sectors, School of Applied Science | Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Tel: (65) 6780 5338



Dr Diana Chan graduated with a PhD in Microbiology from the National University of Singapore. Although her formal training was in Microbiology, Dr Chan had initiated a few formal training courses that were approved by the Ministry of Education since she started working at Temasek Polytechnic in 1996. Examples of training courses included Diplomas in Veterinary Technology and Aquaculture as well as Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Wellness Care which aim to provide skilled manpower for the veterinary and aquaculture industries.
Dr Chan, together with her team, has been actively engaged with farmers, aquaculture companies and regulatory agency through consultancy services, research and training since 2009. She was appointed as Assistant Director in Technology Development at the School of Applied Science in 2010 followed by Centre Head of the Centre for Aquaculture & Veterinary Science in 2017. Recently,

Dr Chan was appointed as the Deputy Centre Director for the Aquaculture Innovation Centre which is a national centre set up specially to work with the local aquaculture industry in meeting their farming needs. Her passion in working with and for the aquaculture industry also enables her to be an active contributor in developing aquaculture standards as part of the Food Standards Committee and as Co-Chair for the Technical Committee of Primary Food Production under the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) Standards Development Organization since 2017.



TREASURER – Dr. Ruth Garcia Gomez

Dr. Ruth Garcia Gomez (Term ends 2023)

Consultant for NFIAP Team as aquaculture specialist,

FAO, New Zealand

Tel: 0064 21447328




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Ruth Garcia Gomez is currently working as a consultant for NFIAP Team as aquaculture specialist. Previously to joining FAO she was based in the Pacific Region, working for the Cawthron Aquaculture Institute and Aquaculture New Zealand, based in New Zealand during 2020-2021, and for the Secretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) as Aquaculture and Aquatic Biosecurity Specialist between 2010-2020. At the SPC her role was to provide technical assistance in the field of aquaculture, aquatic health management and aquatic biosecurity to the 22 Member countries and territories of the Pacific region (e.g., Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, among others). Before joining the SPC, Ruth Garcia Gomez worked as Aquaculture Officer within the Aquaculture Branch of the FAO Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

She graduated in Veterinary Science-Animal Husbandry from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, with a specialization in Aquaculture Science and completed her PhD in the Veterinary Science Branch-Aquatic Animal Health Department at the same University.  Ruth Garcia Gomez obtained a master’s degree in international development strategies, agents and policies from the Basque Country University of HEGOA, in 2006.

Since 2001, Ruth Garcia Gomez has worked in Africa (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo), Asia (Viet Nam and Cambodia), the Maghreb (Morocco and Egypt), Latin America (Ecuador and Colombia) and Europe (Spain and France), in the fields of aquaculture, aquatic animal health, aquatic biosecurity and aquatic genetic resources management, both in cooperation for development and research projects.




DIRECTOR – Dr. Sagiv Kolkovski

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Dr. Sagiv Kolkovski (Term ends 2022)

Principal Research Scientist, Marine Aquaculture, Department of Fisheries,

Western Australia

Tel: +61-892030220



Dr. Kolkovski has significant experience with all aspects of marine aquaculture and over the past 30 years has designed, developed and managed many R&D and commercial projects around the world. For the past 17 years, Dr. Kolkovski has been the Principal Scientist at the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia, in charge of the development of new species for marine aquaculture industry. Dr. Kolkovski’s background and specialties include larvae nutrition and physiology, hatchery design and rearing protocols. Throughout the years, Dr. Kolkovski was involved in the development of rearing and feeding systems and protocols including unique rearing systems for new aquaculture species such as octopus and Artemia. He advises industry, as well as, government agencies on different issues with marine aquaculture, desert aquaculture, species selection and site selections. Dr. Kolkovski was the co-founder of Nutrakol where he developed new and innovative nutritional and natural health solution for marine fish and crustaceans. Dr. Kolkovski has more than 100 scientific publications, numerous popular articles, and several book chapters.

Dr. Kolkovski has a PhD (aquaculture) and a management diploma.




DIRECTOR – Dr. Bibha Kumari

Dr. Bibha Kumari (Term ends 2022)

faculty at Magadh Mahila College, Patna University, Patna, India

Tel: +919430465396



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I am Bibha Kumari (Ph.D. in Zoology), currently working as a guest faculty at Magadh Mahila College, Patna University, Patna, India, and also freelance researcher for social and environmental sciences. I have served as a member of Board of Director from 2016 to 2019 in WAS-APC as Student Director. Since 2006, I have been continuously getting experiences as a teacher and researcher. My expertise is in Fish biology, social fishery, and Environmental science. Many of my research articles have been published, I have reviewed international journals and I have also been associated with Editorial services for international journals. I am the Master trainer of Youth leadership, Green skill development program of India under the project of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India (MoEFCC).  I have shared many of my research findings in different international conferences and seminars including WAS events. I have also served as the Session chair and session moderator in the WAS and WAS-APC events. I was the Steering Committee member in the event of APA2019 of WAS-APC which was held in Chennai, India.  I have been regularly involved in public participation for popularization of science.  Apart from WAS, I am also a committee member of Women’s Network in Aquaculture without Frontier (AwF), Founder member of Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF), and member of various societies like Asian Fishery Society, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Organization for Women in Science of Developing country, Women In Seafood Industry, etc.




DIRECTOR – Dr. Belinda Yaxley

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Dr. Belinda Yaxley (Term ends 2023)

Nautilus Collaboration Director,

Doctoral research, School of Zoology, University of Tasmania

Tel: +61438721803




Dr Belinda Yaxley holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD in Zoology from the University of Tasmania. For over a decade she has been working at an operational level on salmon and barramundi farms helping companies develop systems that support responsible farming practices, more recently she has added prawn and molluscs to her portfolio.  Belinda is a bench-marking committee member of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative and a Country Coordinator for Global Aquaculture Alliance (across two teams – business development and program integrity). Currently Belinda is managing GAA’s Open Philanthropy Project on Animal Welfare. Areas of interest include sustainable feed, cumulative impact assessment in aquaculture and policy development.




DIRECTOR – Dr. Alistair Douglas

Dr. Alistair Douglas (Term ends 2023)

Founder Eachmile Technologies, Singapore,

Tel: +65 9450 2914




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Alistair Douglas works at the intersection of industry, technology and sustainability with over 25 years as a researcher, auditor, trader, consultant, lecturer, and a technology and services provider in the aquaculture industry. This involves collaborating with those directly involved in supply chains such as ingredients suppliers, feed integrators, farmers, processors, logistics providers, wholesalers, and retailers, as well as those ancillary to the supply chain such as technology and service providers, governments, non-government organizations, industry organizations, cooperatives, associations, and institutes of higher learning. Although linked to nutrition, husbandry and harvesting, strictly speaking, my research and expertise lies in the qualitative and quantitative determination of the qualities of fish. With a farmer’s focus naturally on growing fish they can overlook the fact that they’re actually in the business of producing seafood. Indeed, farmers can invest over 20,000 hours in growing a cage of fish and then practically destroy them as seafood in one hour of poor harvest and post-harvest practices. Further, some neglect to consider or invest in technologies that help to protect their product and/or their brand.

Sometimes this lack of consideration extends back to before ground is broken on an operation, not asking whether there is a market demand for the species, in what specification, where those markets are, and whether they can reach those markets cost effectively. Just because you can grow a fish doesn’t mean you should grow a fish. And then it is a case of how much fish do I need to grow and keep cadence with business development.




STUDENT DIRECTOR – Dr. Menaga Meenakshisundaram

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Dr. Menaga Meenakshisundaram (Term ends 2022)

Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, India

Tel: +91 96000 13139



Completed Ph.D in Tamil Nadu Dr.J.Jayalalithaa Fisheries University and Master of Fisheries Science in Aquaculture at Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai. Served as an external expert in disseminating the basics of Aquaculture to the USAID funded project on  “Development of Sustainable Seafood Industry in Myanmar”. Two years of experience in teaching and as a mentor guided the post graduate students for their research in Aquaculture Worked as a Technical Associate with the International and National companies in Aquaculture by conducting the field trials. In 2018, National Fisheries Development Board endorsed as one of the Technical resource persons for disseminating Biofloc technology in different states of India. Awarded as the “Young women in Science” by the International Venus groups for the contribution in the Aquaculture more particularly for the research work.Awarded with Mgr.Dr.Jan D.F.Heine Memorial Award 2019 by the Tilapia International Foundation for her contribution in lifting the Tilapia aquaculture in India. International exposure on Aquaculture practices in Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Myanmar and Singapore was also obtained. Served as National Organizing Secretary for conducting Asian Pacific Aquaculture-2019 in India. As a team member, formulated and prepared many project proposals in Aquaculture to the funding for the National government agencies. Authored more than ten research papers and co-authored more than twenty technical proceedings of the national and international events. Actively involved in undergoing research in the major areas of aquaculture such as Aquaculture systems, Biofloc technology, functional feed ingredients and aquatic animal health.