Jim CannonChief Executive Officer
Jim Cannon is CEO and founder of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. He has worked on fisheries, forestry, and conservation issues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Jim edited the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s World Review of Marine Fisheries in the late 1990s, advised McDonald’s since 2002 on their fish-sourcing guidelines and annual sourcing evaluations, and advised Walmart on seafood sustainability since 2004. He served on the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC’s) Technical Advisory Board from 2005 to 2008, and worked at Conservation International from 1997 to 2006, where he headed the economics program and then the policy center. Jim studied ecology at Cambridge University and environmental economics, management, and fisheries at Imperial College, London. In 2009, Jim was named Intrafish’s “Person of the Year.”
Chisa WoodleyChief Financial Officer
Chisa Woodley is the Chief Financial Officer of SFP and oversees the financial operations of the organization. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 15 years of accounting and finance experience. Chisa holds a BA from Hawaii Loa College and Masters in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sari SurjadiChief of Staff
Purbasari (Sari) Surjadi is Chief of Staff for SFP. Previously, she headed SFP's Monitoring and Evaluation program. She has a BS in marine biology and MS in coastal zone management and led several marine projects in Indonesia. Before joining SFP, Sari was the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Grant Manager for Sumatra where she managed a grant portfolio of 10 million dollars and gained extensive experience in running small grants programs to local NGOs. Prior to this role, Sari was COO of SFP and deputy director of Conservation International Indonesia for 5 years.
Andrei KlimenkoChief Operating Officer
Andrei Klimenko is Chief Operating Officer for SFP. Previously, he was the Director Development and Government relations for SFP. Andrei has over 20 years of experience in commercial fisheries, conservation, and the energy sector. He has fished in Alaska, the Bering Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean; led Wild Salmon Center’s Kamchatka and Government Relations programs; and, prior to joining SFP, worked in Strategic Planning at Vestas Wind Systems. Andrei earned an MBA from University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Natural Resource & Environmental Management and a BA in Geography from Clark University.
Pedro SousaChief Scientist
Pedro Sousa is SFP's Chief Scientist. He received his PhD in Population Biology from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, his MSc in Mathematics Applied to Biological Sciences from the Technical University of Lisbon, and his BSc in Marine Biology and Fisheries from The University of Algarve, Portugal. Before joining SFP in 2008, Pedro worked for more than 15 years as scientific consultant and researcher for statistical analysis and fisheries on marine and fisheries projects at the University of Algarve, and at the Portuguese Fisheries Institute (IPIMAR), in collaboration with other academic institutions. He lectured on Statistics, Data Analysis and Modeling at a private university in the Algarve, Portugal, for 11 years.
Doug BeveridgeImprovement Division Director
Doug Beveridge joined SFP in 2008 and he currently heads SFP's improvement division. He is a native of Scotland and has been a “fish-head” for some 30 years. His career represents an unusual journey from marine scientist, to fishermen’s’ advocate and finally to a senior position with an environmental NGO. Doug gained his MSc in Fisheries Science and Resource Management at Hull University’s International Fisheries Institute (HIFI UK) and worked at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen for 14 years. During this time he collected, analysed and interpreted data on commercial fish stocks and participated in multi-disciplinary research vessel surveys. He also participated in number of international meetings, workshops and working groups. After the Marine Laboratory, Doug spent nearly a decade at the UK National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO) as an advocate for the catching sector. As a fishery scientist he recognized the need for collaborative solutions to the problems of fisheries management and was involved in the reform of the European Union Common Fisheries Policy, working with European Regional Advisory Councils and representing European fishers in science and environmental forums.
Blake Lee-HarwoodStrategy, Communications, and Analysis Division Director
Blake Lee-Harwood leads SFP's Strategy, Communications and Analysis Division. He has also consulted with SFP on matters relating to feed fisheries and sustainable animal feeds. He has both a BSc and MSc in biological sciences and has worked in senior positions for most of Britain’s environmental campaigning groups. Lee-Harwood worked as the head of the Industry Campaign at Friends of the Earth for several years and subsequently went on to work as a senior communicator for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a television producer, and a media director on development issues. He spent the period 1999–2007 at Greenpeace UK as Campaign Director developing national and international advocacy strategies around climate change and sustainable development.
Anton ImminkAquaculture Program Director
Anton Immink joined SFP as its first global Aquaculture Director in November 2012. After 12 years working for the consultancy Stirling Aquaculture, where he supported the development of both small- and large-scale farms across Africa and Asia, he brings a wealth of experience of aquaculture production practices from across the world. In addition to experience managing UK Department for International Development projects in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Vietnam, he was involved in the early expansion of aquaculture in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, and Sierra Leone. Anton also has 3 years’ experience with the Food and Agriculture Organisation, where he worked with governments on the collection and management of aquaculture production statistics. Anton’s original thesis, assessing the social and environmental impacts of grouper cage culture in the mangroves of Thailand, was an early indicator of his desire to foster greater zonal management responsibility amongst all stakeholders (a concept echoed in the SFP AIP model).
Kathryn NovakBuyer Engagement Division Director
Kathryn Novak is the Buyer Engagement Division Director at Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). She oversees the buyer engagement team, helping SFP’s partners around the world to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies and working with their supply chains to coordinate engagement in fishery and aquaculture improvement projects. Before SFP, Kathryn worked at Ocean Conservancy on their outreach and Gulf of Mexico fisheries conservation programs. Originally from Saratoga, New York, Kathryn has a BA in Communications from the State University of New York at Albany. She is based in Florida.
Braddock SpearSystems Division Director
Braddock Spear is head of the SFP’s Systems Division, which oversees science/analysis, FIP ratings/standard, IT infrastructure, and systems design for SFP's information tools. Brad also serves as liaison with McDonald’s, providing technical support and advice to its global team. For 8 years before coming to SFP, Braddock worked at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (US), ending his tenure as Senior Coordinator for Policy. At the Commission, Brad developed an expertise in the US fisheries management system, coordinated the legislative program, and initiated collaborative efforts involving government, industry, and NGOs. He received a MA in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
José ParajuaFisheries Program Director
José Parajua joined SFP as Fisheries Director in October 2014. He has Master's degrees in Biology and Zoology by the University Complutense de Madrid. José has a strong technical knowledge of the seafood industry, with more than 25 years of experience in marine resources and coastal communities development including work for FAO and the European Union. He has worked within both the fisheries and aquaculture sectors (industrial and small-scale) across Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Geoff TingleyFishery Technical Director
Geoff Tingley is SFP’s Fishery Technical Director. Before joining SFP, Geoff was a Principal Scientist at the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries with responsibilities including leading long-term research planning for the deepwater fisheries. In this role, he chaired working groups that peer reviewed science for the deepwater fisheries. Geoff was also New Zealand’s head of Delegation to the Scientific Committee of the South Pacific RFMO and a delegate to the Commission meeting.
Before moving to New Zealand, Geoff worked for 15 years as a principal fisheries management scientist at the UK Government fisheries institute, (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, or Cefas), in Lowestoft. At Cefas, he focused on a wide range of fisheries science and management issues in marine and freshwater fisheries, including work on salmonids, disease issues in aquaculture, and international fisheries sustainability certification (MSC), as well as developing a strategic business development role for Cefas. From 1987 to 1996, Geoff worked at Imperial College in London as a lead scientific and policy advisor on the Falkland Islands squid and finfish fisheries, and represented the UK at the South Atlantic Fisheries Commission. Geoff has also worked as an independent international fisheries consultant since 1987.
Chuck BurgDirector of Development and Government Relations
Chuck joined SFP after a 16-year tenure at Conservation International, where he managed CI's Melanesia Program for 6 years before moving over to its Foundation Relations unit in 2002. While much of his work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands was in support of terrestrial conservation, he worked very closely with Jim Cannon and others to devise a strategy for marine protected area creation in Milne Province, PNG. This was Chuck's introduction to marine and fisheries work, and he subsequently spent much of his time in Foundation Relations raising funding for CI's global marine conservation efforts.
Prior to CI, Chuck worked as an editor for a textbook development house, wrote filmstrips for the National Geographic Society's Educational Media Division, and spent 5 years working for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History as a research assistant in the office of the Secretary Emeritus.
Chuck holds a BA in English Literature from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He lives in Washington, DC.