Roy has been involved in the seafood industry since 1972; he has travelled extensively and is experienced in all post-harvest activities with training qualifications and has regular consultant activities especially in the important value supply chain.
Roy is a believer in continuous improvement and in collaboration and always striving for innovative ways to improve the important seafood industry. He has taken a lead role in new ventures such as the Association of International Seafood Professionals and he combines that with the lead role with Aquaculture without Frontiers, which is simply fantastic work done by many volunteers who share their skills, knowledge and time to improve conditions for the poor who are struggling with hunger and malnutrition.
One his major aims is to help raise the profile and consumption of seafood and he engages that in many ways including being involved with Global Initiative of Life & Leadership through Seafood (GILLS), which connects with global researchers converting their science into relevant information which is then broadcast to politicians, media and consumers.
If passion was music, then it has been said that Roy would be a brass band because there are few better than he in raising the profile and consumption of seafood. He has recently been acknowledged by the Mexican Government as being a catalyst in their increase in seafood consumption (an increase of over 4 kgs per person per annum over 3-4 years). He has been appointed Honorary Professor for the Universidad Tecnológica del Mar de Tamaulipas primarily due to his continued work in Mexico and with his involvement with AwF in the state of Tamaulipas.
Honored this year by The World Gastronomy Institute as their first VIP to receive the WGI Medal of Honor he has worked as a consultant for both The World Bank (part of a successful plan for a project which has just been funded US$ 20 million) and UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on developing a strategy for seafood consumption in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Roy believes that aquaculture is the most important farming that the world does but that we all need to work diligently to ensure this is recognized globally.
More information can be seen at Roy’s LinkedIn profile
Dr. Farshad Shishehchian
Group President & CEO - Blue Aqua International Group, Singapore.
Dr. Farshad Shishehchian is the President & CEO of Blue Aqua International Group of companies, a one-stop solution provider for the aquaculture industry with a global presence in 14 countries. He is also the Founder and President of the Asian Aquaculture Network (AAN), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to inform and inspire new generations through the sharing of knowledge, education initiatives, and resources for the ecological sustainability of aquaculture in the Asia Pacific region. He was also the President of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS), Asia Pacific Chapter (2013 - 2016), collecting an extensive network of over 25 years in the world’s top aquaculture producing countries. Dr Farshad holds a Ph.D., in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology and has dynamic, hands-on experience in managing aquaculture farms and hatcheries in countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Philippine, China, Sri-Lanka, Malaysia, Korea, Norway, Turkey, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Australia, Singapore and Chile. As an inventor of the highly commended Mixotrophic™ System - a super intensive shrimp farming system with PCT patent in over 144 countries - Dr. Farshad continues to share his knowledge and profound understanding of innovative aquaculture through seminars and conferences all over the world.
CEO & Founder - Candor Seafood Inc.
Marcy has over thirty years experience helping global seafood companies build their brand and develop and execute retail, food service, and club store growth strategies. This includes guidance on the end-to-end value chain from production to logistics and supply chain. With Candor’s sustainability-focused, values-based approach, Marcy helps her customers identify and execute profitable and effective business models that align with their company’s production & sales capabilities.