GSSI Steering Board

The current GSSI Steering Board includes 12 persons representing different stakeholder groups in the global seafood value chain and regions. Board members include representatives from companies representing harvester/producers, processor/manufacturer, retail and foodservice sectors, along with non-industry representatives from NGOs, governmental and intergovernmental organizations.

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 Cash & Carry, METRO AG

Andrea joined METRO in 2003 and worked as a lawyer in different positions related to environmental and sustainability requirements. Since April 2013 she works as Director Corporate Responsibility METRO Cash & Carry. She is responsible for the development of an overall sustainability strategy for METRO Cash & Carry and also for its implementation in 25 countries. She assures fulfillment of MCC standards & policies with a focus on sustainable sourcing and the development of external partnerships. Moreover she coordinates the work of the MCC Sustainability Committee and is the lead of the interdisciplinary internal working groups for sustainable fish.



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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, SeaWeb Europe

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 of Market Transformation, 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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Lesley Sander, Director Sustainability Metrics and Performance, SODEXO

Lesley has been working for Sodexo since 1996 and has 17 years' experience of working in Supply Chain and Sustainability. For the last five years, in her role as Director Sustainability Metrics and Performance Measures she has been responsible for measuring the progress made on the deployment of Sodexo's Corporate Responsibility roadmap, the Better Tomorrow Plan, and for the deployment of the Sustainable Supply Chain commitments.




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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.



Nick Leonard, Director of Sustainability and Supply Chain, RUBICON RESOURCES

Nick Leonard is the Director of Sustainability and Supply Chain for Rubicon Resources, a sustainable seafood company headquartered in Thailand. He is responsible for maintaining Rubicon’s aquaculture footprint through certification, sustainability initiatives, and improvement projects.  Nick spends much of the year working with Thai shrimp farmers, helping to improve farms and manage sourcing.  Nick has a business degree from the University of Southern California and has studied aquaculture under Dr. Rick Barrows at the USDA Fish Technology Center in Bozeman, Montana. Nick hopes to continue his career driving sustainable improvement to the aquaculture sector through innovative technology and the use of high-efficiency feeds.


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Ron Rogness, Vice President of Corporate Relations, American Seafoods Group

Prior to this position, Ron spent eighteen years in seafood purchasing for Long John Silver's and the Unified Foodservice Purchasing Cooperative.  Ron started his seafood career in the late 1970s as a commercial fisherman in Washington State and Alaska. After his graduate work in fisheries economics at the University of Alaska, he served as a staff economist for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Following three years with the council, Ron spent five years as staff economist and West Coast government relations representative at the National Fisheries Institute.