GSSI Steering Board

The GSSI Steering Board is intended to constitute a fair representation of the diversity in role, geography and key stakeholders of the global seafood industry. 

Please go to section 2.2 of the GSSI Charter for more information on the role of the Board, eligibility criteria for Board members and the process for appointment.

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Andrea K. Weber, Director Corporate Responsibility, METRO AG

Andrea Weber started her career as a lawyer before she joined METRO in 2003. METRO is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. Andrea held different leading positions in the company and has proven herself to be an all-rounder by managing several departments, though always connected to the area of environment and sustainability. Due to this experience she became an expert in responsible sourcing, with special focus on fish and seafood sourcing. As Director, Corporate Responsibility, she is the single point of contact for the countries in all matters of sustainability and assures the fulfillment of sustainability standards and policies, as well as, the development and fostering of external partnerships. Moreover, she serves as sparring partner and interface for own brands, marketing and communication, and is strongly engaged in several networks to foster young high-potentials. Andrea is a member of the Steering Board of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI), a global platform and partnership working towards more sustainable seafood. 

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Dr. Audun Lem, Deputy Director of the Policy and Resources Division in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO

Audun is Deputy Director of the Policy and Resources Division in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). He is particularly involved with value chain analysis, capacity building, and policy issues related to international trade and market access, as well as food security. He is Secretary of FAO's Subcommittee for Fish Trade, the principal forum among governments for discussion of relevant fish trade matters. Before joining FAO in 1996 he worked for the Norwegian Embassy’s trade mission in Milan and as a private consultant on various fisheries and aquaculture topics. Audun holds a B.Sc in Economics from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, an MBA from Harvard and a PhD from Poland's Sea Fisheries Institute. 

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Bill DiMento (Co-Chair), Vice President of Quality Assurance, Sustainability, and Government Affairs, HIGH LINER FOODS INC.

Bill DiMento oversees all of High Liner Foods’ corporate-level Quality Assurance, Sustainability initiatives, and Government Affairs ensuring that the company is meeting the strictest standards of food safety and seafood procurement. Under Bill’s leadership, the company continues to strengthen its commitment to sustainable practices by increasing the amount of products that are certified sustainable and reducing packaging and food waste, as well as lowering energy and water usage across the company.  Bill has held key positions at High Liner Foods, Inc. since 1987, including , Senior Director of Manufacturing and Regulatory Affairs, Director of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Director of International Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, and most recently, Corporate Director of Sustainability.


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Christian von Dorrien, Leader Fisheries and Environment Research Group, Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries THÜNEN INSTITUTE

Christian is a studied fisheries biologist who works as Senior Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries in Rostock, Germany, since 2004. One of the Institute’s research activities focusses on developing and testing of approaches for fostering the desirable behaviour of fishermen through incentives. Christian is a German member of the Advisory Committee as well as other Expert Groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. He has long experience in ecosystem based fisheries management and eco-certification of fisheries.

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Elisabeth Vallet, Director, Ethic Ocean

Elisabeth is the Director of SeaWeb Europe, based in France. SeaWeb Europe is dedicated to the preservation of the ocean in particular by working with the different seafood stakeholders to develop a seafood supply economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Elisabeth comes from a communications, policy and trade association background. Prior to SeaWeb Europe, Elisabeth worked as the Communications and Project Manager of the European Council of Young Farmers in Brussels. She also worked for the European Commission at DG Environment and for a trade association on biofuels in France. Elisabeth has a master’s degree in Biology, and is specialised in Environment and Communication. 

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Friederike Sorg, Head of Project Sustainability Standards Comparison Tool, GIZ

Friederike Sorg studied business administration at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. During her studies she already started working as an intern for the former Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Gesellschaft (GTZ). After her practical training, she has been working in the department for the cooperation with the private sector ( and in the secretariat of the German Global Compact Network. Today, Friederike Sorg leads a program on evaluating and comparing social and environmental standard systems (benchmarking). 

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Hugo Byrnes, Vice President Product Integrity, Ahold Delhaize

Hugo Byrnes joined Ahold in 2006 and was subsequently appointed to the position of Vice President Product Integrity. He is responsible for Ahold Delhaize’s food and non-food product policies, which cover product safety and responsible products. This includes social compliance, animal welfare and environmental issues. Hugo Byrnes has a Dutch Law degree from the State University Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a food lawyer whose career has focused on the food business and in particular on quality management and standardization. 

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Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President Food & Markets | Executive Director Markets Institute, World Wildlife Fund

Jason engages with leading companies to improve the sustainability of their supply chains. He has convened industry roundtables of retailers, producers, scientists and environmentalists to reduce the key impacts of producing commodities such as soy, cotton, sugar cane, salmon and shrimp. Over the course of his career, Jason has run a family farm, taught at Harvard and Yale, worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and spent more than 25 years working with human rights and environmental organizations before joining WWF in 1999. Jason is the first National Geographic fellow for food and agriculture and winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for his global work on sustainable food.

Jason is also a regular contributor to the Guardian.

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Judy Panayos, Senior Director, Sustainability Supply Management, Sodexo

Judy Panayos is the Sr. Director of Sustainability in Supply Management at Sodexo with responsibilities for sustainability and corporate responsibility in supply.   Judy works to incorporate internal and client goals for sustainability and corporate responsibility into sourcing strategies including local sourcing, sustainable products (including seafood), responsible supply chain practices and sustainability innovation. Previously, Judy worked in medical device manufacturing at Becton Dickinson (BD). Over the 10+ years at BD, Judy had oversight of various supplier programs including Sustainable Procurement, Supplier Diversity, Supplier Risk, Supplier Quality Management, and Supplier Recognition. She also held positions in Strategic Sourcing, Planning, Distribution, Transportation and Customer Service.  Previous to BD, Judy has over fifteen years of experience in key roles in Performing Arts Logistics Management, including urban renewal projects including government, industry and non-profit partnerships.  Judy also sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.  She has a Corporate Responsibility certificate and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a B.F.A. from New York University.

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Lisa Goché, Vice President, Grobest

Lisa Goché has over 34 years of practical and managerial experience in the wild capture and aquaculture seafood industry sectors (both domestically and internationally). She has extensive expertise in strategic planning, leadership, public speaking, business management, development and finance. Additionally, Lisa is well versed in production, operations, quality assurance, food safety, and regulatory compliance across a wide variety of species and low to high-risk product forms. Lisa also has over 20 years of experience in supply chain auditing and certification throughout North America, Asia, Central and South America to a wide variety of global certification, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards, programs and initiatives.


Angel Matamoro Irago, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility and Institutional Relations Officer at Nueva Pescanova Group

Angel Matamoro Irago is the Chief CSR and Institutional Relations Officer of Nueva Pescanova Group where he has worked for the past 27 years. Angel oversees Nueva Pescanova’s sustainability strategy which is founded on principles of environmental respect and fishing sustainability; operating in an ethical manner; complying with the FAO principles for responsible fishing and aquaculture; and contributing to the social and economic development of the countries in which it operates including Namibia, Mozambique, Argentina, Ecuador, Nicaragua or Guatemala, among others. Prior to this role, Angel held positions as Chief Human Resources and IT Officer of Pescanova Group and General Manager of Pescanova Alimentación S.A. Angel has a MBA from ICADE Business School, a Licentiate degree of Industrial Chemistry from the University Complutense de Madrid and a Master’s in Marketing Management and Sales from the Instituto de Empresa.


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Peter Hajipieris, Global Responsibility and External Affairs, Regal Springs

Peter has over 28 years’ experience gained in the fresh and frozen food and seafood sectors holding management roles across governmental agency, policy, manufacturing and supermarketing sectors. Peter has held senior commercial, technical and corporate responsibility roles with McDonald’s, Seafish UK, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Tesco Stores, Iglo Foods Group and Nomad Foods Europe.

Known as a champion of Sustainable Development, Peter has led many verification platforms to improve standards, supply chain resilience and natural capital whilst being the architect behind the design and implementation of international food brand integrated sustainability programmes. Within the seafood sector, he was the originator behind the IFFO RS fishmeal and fishoil standard, the first industry sector member on the ASC Supervisory Board where he served six years and led the adoption by international food brands of the ASC, MSC, BAP and IFFO RS standards.

Peter has advised the UN FAO, OECD, EU Commission, European Governments and Foundations on supply chain sustainability and consumer strategy and served on expert panels worldwide.  Peter leads a global food strategy consultancy, is a Non-Executive Industry Board member for the UK’s Seafish Authority and represents Regal Springs as a Supervisory Board Member on the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative (GSSI).


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Wakao Hanaoka, Founder/CEO, Seafood Legacy

Wakao Hanaoka founded Seafood Legacy 2015. Seafood Legacy is a consulting firm that supports sustainable seafood businesses and environmental organizations in Japan and around the world. Prior to this, Wakao worked in marine conservation in the Maldives and Malaysia and as a Senior Ocean Campaigner for Greenpeace Japan. Wakao holds a degree in Environmental Science and Marine Biology and is also a member of the Global Seafood Rating Alliance (GSRA). Additionally, he is an Expert Advisor for The Cabinet Office Council for Promotion of Regulatory Reform Fishery Working Group and a Collaborator for Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solution.

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Flavio Corsin, Director, Aquaculture, Agrochemicals, IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative

Flavio oversees the Aquaculture Program at IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, an organization focused on convening companies, CSOs and governments in public-private partnerships as to drive new economically viable approaches to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. He spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally, working for several non-profit, intergovernmental and for-profit organizations. Before moving to the Netherlands he was based in Vietnam, supporting the establishment of several groundbreaking industry platforms in sectors such as coffee, tea, spices and apparel. As the IDH impact lead for agrochemicals he also coordinates the efforts of all the IDH programs towards achieving measurable impacts in responsible agrochemical management. Flavio holds a M.Sc. in aquaculture and a Ph.D. in epidemiology, the study of diseases in populations.

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Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Director of Global Fisheries and Aquaculture, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jennifer oversees Monterey Bay Aquarium’s activities in support of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture on a global scale, working with a range of stakeholders to drive improvements in environmental performance, social responsibility and management.  This includes the respected Seafood Watch program, which engages and empowers North American consumers and businesses to support ocean-friendly fisheries and aquaculture through their purchasing decisions. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in sustainable fisheries and currently serves in a leadership capacity driving greater collaboration among the NGO community.  As such, she is a Steering Committee member of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, Chair of the Environmental Stakeholder Committee for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, a Steering Committee member of the Certification and Ratings Collaboration, and is a member of the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation’s Oceans and Seafood Markets Initiative Advisory Committee. 

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Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainability, Thai Union

As the global director of sustainability for Thai Union, the world’s largest producer of canned tuna, Darian McBain is focused on implementing change that will drive sustainability through the entire global seafood industry.  Working in partnership with a wide range of NGOs, she develops programmes which are designed to manage the environmental and social impacts of the sector. Darian has spent her career working in business, government and non-governmental organisations delivering strategies and campaigns to contribute to a more sustainable society.  In addition to running her own strategy and sustainability consultancy in Australia advising government and NGOs, she was the Sustainable Procurement Lead for the National Health Service in the UK and has advised the United Nations.  Darian is a passionate advocate of engaging with audiences and helping organisations tell their stories and, working with WWF, she ran a highly successful social media campaign to increase awareness of sustainable palm oil in addition to contributing to its market transformation programme.