Board of Trustees

Rainer Froese, Ph.D. (Board Chair)RFpict

Dr. Rainer Froese is a Senior Scientist at GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research, Germany. He has a proven track record of successfully leading large international groups such as the FishBase team and Consortium, and delivering products such as web portals (, CD-ROMs (e.g., Catalogue of Life), and multi-authored books (e.g., FishBase 2000) on time. He was a founding member of international biodiversity initiatives, such as Species 2000 and OBIS, and a member of GBIF Governing Board. He is the principal architect of FishBase which he developed together with Daniel Pauly at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), where he served for more than 10 years as Senior Scientist. He specializes in fisheries and aquatic biodiversity issues and has authored and co-authored over 100 scientific publications. He is one of the few Europeans who received the prestigious Pew Fellowship Award in Marine Conservation.

Daniel Pauly, Ph.D. (Deputy Board Chair)

DPpictDr. Daniel Pauly is an award-winning Professor and Principal Investigator of Sea Around Us at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, which he joined in 1994, after many years at the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resource Management (ICLARM), then in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Pauly's scientific output, mainly dedicated to the management of fisheries, and to ecosystem modelling, comprises numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals, authored and edited books, reports and popular articles, and the concepts, methods and software he co-developed are used throughout the world. This applies notably to the ecosystem modelling approach incorporated in the Ecopath software (, to FishBase, the online encyclopedia of fishes (, and the global mapping of fisheries trends (

Mary Ann Bimbao, Ph.D. (Member)MBpict

Dr. Mary Ann Bimbao is FIN’s Executive Director. As Director, she is tasked with managing the projects of FIN, providing administrative and financial support, and coordinating between research partners and donors. She has more than 20 years of experience in various projects involving people's organizations, non-government organizations, research organizations and academic institutions in the developing world. She specializes in the fields of aquaculture economics and gender issues. She has created databases on socioeconomics significantly contributing to the development of RESTORE (Research Tool for Natural Resource Management, Monitoring and Evaluation), a tool that comprises a set of participatory research procedures and computer-based analysis for sustainability indicators, while with the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (formerly ICLARM, now The WorldFish Center). Also, while at ICLARM for over 13 years, she served as the Secretary of the Network of Tropical Aquaculture Scientists and Assistant Editor of its newsletter Aquabyte. She managed the information exchanges among over 500 network scientific members in 100 countries.

Sheila Vergara, Ph.D. (Member)

SVpictDr. Sheila Vergara is currently the Biodiversity Information and Management Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), spearheading the dissemination and integration of information about biodiversity by connecting parties, government and stakeholders. Prior to ACB, she worked for Conservation International - Philippines as Senior Marine Biodiversity Specialist. Her foremost concern at CI-P was managing the Sulu Sulawesi Seascape Project. She was also responsible for providing technical leadership and support for the implementation of CI-Philippines’ global marine conservation strategy in the Philippine Archipelagic Hotspots. She moved to CI-P in May 2005 after a 9-year employment at The WorldFish Center, where she managed the ReefBase database and supervised the implementation of the broad-based Coastal Management Training Program in Vietnam and Indonesia. She was also a lecturer on Aquatic Ecosystems at the School of Environmental Sciences and Management of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños. Her areas of expertise include behaviour change campaigns, information management systems, climate change, and conflict resolution.

Annabelle Trinidad (Member)

Ms. Annabelle Trinidad is a Senior Public Finance Expert/Lead Consultant at The Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The UNDP Project on Biodiversity Financing aims to identify sources of funding for the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. She served as External Evaluator of the WWF Global Marine Programs focusing on gender, livelihoods and civil society strengthening. She has been involved in projects under the Coral Triangle Initiative, serving as Team Leader and Environmental Economist of the Knowledge Management Project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and prior to that, as Programme Manager of the Coral Triangle Support Partnership under Conservation International (CI). She has contributed to the curriculum development and design of the first professional Masters Program of the University of the Philippines called Masters in Tropical Marine Ecosystem Management focusing on development of sustainable financing modules. She spent more than 10 years of her professional life at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (formerly ICLARM, now WorldFish), initially as Program Assistant of the Resource Assessment and Management Program (RAMP), and subsequently as Coordinator of the Network of Tropical Fisheries Scientists and as Assistant ATpictEditor of its newsletter FISHBYTE, and later on, got involved in research projects on co-management,  socioeconomics of fisheries and resource valuation. Ms. Trinidad has authored several journal articles and technical reports including "Valuation of tropical coastal resources: theory and application of linear programming" and "Bioeconomics of the Philippine small pelagic fishery". After her stint with ICLARM, Ms. Trinidad joined the USAID-funded Coastal Resource Management Project as Policy Advisor. She worked with national agencies on various aspects of coastal resources policy including foreshore management, fisheries, protected area management, delineation of municipal waters, development of national coastal resources framework and establishing and strengthening the coastal office of the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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