Nata Menabde

Dr Nata Menabde is Executive Director of WHO Office at the United Nations, New York since May 2015. Prior to her current role, since 2010, Nata Menabde was WHO Representative to India where she has led a large team of thousands of dedicated professionals across India supporting the governments’ efforts in tacking health and health systems challenges, such as eradication of polio and saving lives from vaccine preventable diseases, promoting universal health coverage for sustainable development, combatting TB, reversing growing trend of noncommunicable diseases, amongst others.

Preceding her assignment in India Nata Menabde was the Deputy Regional Director of WHO’s European Regional Office and, among other initiatives, has successfully led WHO’s European work on Health Systems and their relationships with health and wealth, which culminated in the adoption of the Tallinn Charter on health systems in 2008. Before coming to India, Nata Menabde was in charge of WHO’s extensive operations in 35 European countries, including emergency response and post-conflict recovery and rehabilitation (Peace through Health in Balkan countries). She was also involved in WHO’s work to achieve polio - free European Region and has led WHO’s (hosting partner) work in support of European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies – a partnership influencing policies and system reforms in Europe/OECD countries.

As a leader, she has proven her ability to instill a clear vision, effective teamwork and high performance in the organizations she has led. She has successfully forged several partnerships with UNICEF, the World Bank, OECD, the Global Fund, the European Investment Bank, Council of Europe, the European Union, the European Commission, civil society and others to increase the effectiveness of WHO’s work in bringing health higher on political and development agenda.
Dr Menabde has a solid public health academic background and above 30 years of professional experience, during which she has built an extensive track record in public health and health systems at country and international levels. She holds a PhD degree in Clinical Pharmacology, diplomas in Health Management and Leadership from USA and in Health Care Economics from UK. She also studied Public Health at Nordic School of Public Health, Sweden.
Her current interests are linked to universal health coverage and sustainable development, health and foreign policies, global health governance, emergency preparedness and crises response, health systems performance, as well as addressing public health in other sector policie

Árni M. Mathiesen

Mr Árni M. Mathiesen, a national of Iceland and coming from a fishing family, was appointed as Assistant Director-General (ADG) of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO, effective 28 October 2010.

Mr Mathiesen graduated from Flensborgarskóli in Hafnarfjörður with a university entrance diploma in 1978 and obtained a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Edinburgh, U.K., qualifying as a veterinarian in 1983. He was awarded a Master of Science in Aquatic Veterinary Pathology from the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, U.K. in 1985. After completing his studies, he worked as a veterinarian, specializing in fish diseases from 1985 to 1995. He also served as Managing Director of Faxalax, an aquaculture firm, from 1988 to 1989.

Mr Mathiesen was a member of the Board of the Icelandic Veterinary Association from 1986 to 1987 and Chairman of the Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1994 to 1999.
In 1991, elected to the Icelandic Parliament (Althing) for the Independence Party, Mr Mathiesen was the youngest member of the Althing at the time, 32 years of age. From 1990 to 1994, Mr Mathiesen was a member of the Board of the Guarantee Division of Aquaculture Loans and, from 1994 to 1998, a member of the Board of the Agricultural Bank of Iceland and of the Agricultural Loan Fund. He was also an Icelandic representative on the Nordic Council from 1991-1995.
From May 1999 to September 2005, he served as Minister of Fisheries; the agency responsible for fisheries policy, quota allocation, surveillance and enforcement, processing, research and development, marine aquaculture, marine food safety and management of international agreements.

From September 2005 to February 2009, Mr Mathiesen served as Minister of Finance; the agency responsible for state budget, tax policy, revenue collection and forecasts, economic forecasts, pensions, government property and wage settlements in the public sector.
Prior to joining FAO, Mr Mathiesen was a consultant for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers and part-time general veterinary practitioner in the south of Iceland.

Dave Robb

Dave Robb is Sustainability Manager for Cargill Aqua Nutrition.  He has worked in this position for Cargill since June 2016, but has been working on sustainability issues for nearly 15 years.  Previously he worked for EWOS from 2001 to 2013 in a range of roles from scientific researcher to setting up their Vietnam business.  Working on sustainability covers just about every aspect of the business, requiring a great degree of flexibility and collaboration within the Group.  In Cargill, this also means working across species as diverse as salmon, shrimp, tilapia and even alligators!  Dave is based in Westfield, Scotland but works across the global Group.

Malcolm Pye

Malcolm Pye has over 30 years’ experience in international agribusiness through his roles within the Hillsdown Holdings / HMTF group, operating in animal breeding, poultry, feed milling and veterinary services. During this time, Malcolm gained extensive experience in breeding and genetics, sales and strategic M&A, and held board positions within the Group. In 2000, Malcolm founded Benchmark, along with Roland Bonney and Ruth Layton, and has since led the Company’s growth and diversification. Malcolm has a degree in Zoology / Applied Zoology from the University of Wales (Bangor).

Tor W. Andreassen

Before joining Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in 2013, Dr. Tor W Andreassen was a professor of marketing, Department chair, and Associate Dean at BI Norwegian Business School. At NHH he is Professor of Innovation and the Director of Center for Service Innovation (CSI). Dr. Andreassen holds a Sivilokonom degree from NHH, MSc in marketing (with honors) from BI Norwegian Business School, and a Doctor of Economics from Stockholm University, School of Business. Andreassen has received numerous awards for his academic research including the prestigious MSI/H. Paul Root Award 2007 for an article with the highest impact on marketing. For his research, Dr Andreassen was elected Chair of INFORMS Service Science community and VP of Education and Professional Development at European Marketing Academy’s Executive Committee.

Per Grieg jr.

Per Grieg jr. has been actively involved in leading positions in Grieg Seafood ASA since the foundation in 1992, and has played a major role in building the Grieg Seafood Group. He held the position as CEO until August 2008. He holds a MSc degree at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Marine Technology and a MBA from INSEAD, France. Grieg holds an extensive experience as researcher at Marintek in Trondheim, as ship broker at EA Gibson and Joachim Grieg & Co, where he also was Managing Director in the 90s and now holds the position as Chairman of the board. He has been involved in establishing a numerous companies within several sectors, and has been or is board member in companies like Fjord Seafood ASA, Marine Farms ASA, Erfjord Stamfisk AS and AON Grieg – together with several companies within The Grieg Group. Grieg also owns and manages his own investment company. Per Grieg jr is a Norwegian citizen and resides in Bergen, Norway.

alf helge aarskog

Mr. Aarskog has served as CEO of Marine Harvest since 2010. Prior to this position, he was the CEO (2009 to 2010) and Exective Vice President (2007 to 2009) at Lerøy Seafood Group ASA. His previous positions include Managing Director (2004 to 2007) of Lerøy Midnor AS, a subsidiary of Lerøy Seafood Group ASA, and Head of Production (2002 to 2004) at Fjord Seafood ASA. He holds a degree in Fish Nutrition from the University of Agriculture in Norway.

Aaron A. McNevin, PH.D

Aaron McNevin directs the aquaculture program at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the Food Sustainability team. Aaron has lived and worked in Indonesia, Thailand and Madagascar and currently conducts various projects throughout the developing world assisting producers to become compliant with Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification and developing business-case approaches that are inherently self-serving for aquaculture producers, but also reduce the impacts of production. He has worked for WWF for 8 years, leading the first ISEAL-accredited aquaculture standards roundtable to completion to launch the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) label. His expertise has brought people together to understand the science of the negative impacts of aquaculture and generate performance targets that measurably reduce these impacts. He also played a dual role in a unique partnership between WWF and American Red Cross (ARC) following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami where he provided oversight and support to all ARC livelihood projects in Indonesia associated with the disaster response and recovery effort. Aaron was previously a professor of fisheries science where he conducted research in flowing water and pond aquaculture, quantitative techniques in fishery assesments, limnology, fish pathology and human dimensions of fisheries management. Aaron received his MS and PhD from Auburn University in Water and Aquatic Soil Chemistry where he conducted coastal habitat impact assessments of shrimp farming in northeast Madagascar.

Malin Jonell, Ph.D

Malin Jonell is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre working with the EAT Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health. The Commission brings together 20 world-leading scientists from across the world to deliver the first comprehensive scientific review of what constitutes a healthy diet from a sustainable food system, and which actions can support and speed up the food system transformation needed. The Commission will present its results in The Lancet in Spring 2018. At the Sustainable Growth Summit 2017, Malin will present the background and core focus areas of the EAT-Lancet Commission and provide an overview of what the results could mean for the seafood industry.

Malin received her PhD-degree from Stockholm University in 2016 and her thesis focused on the role of eco-certification in improving the environmental performance of the growing aquaculture sector and on seafood consumers in driving positive change. Malin has a background in ecology and sustainable aquaculture and her research is currently concentrating on the role of market based mechanisms in transforming the seafood sector.


Kristin has been with DNB since 1984 and after 6 years as Head of DNB Americas, she became Global Head of DNBs Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division in 2013. DNB is one of the worlds leading Shipping, Offshore and Logistics financial institution with clients in all major segments globally, and presence in the important maritime hubs (Oslo, Bergen, London, Athens, New York and Singapore).

From 1.9.2017 Kristin will be heading Ocean Industries Division in DNB.  This new division includes Shipping, offshore, logistics, oil & gas, oilfield services and seafood, all important industries for DNB. Prior to becoming head of DNB’s Shipping, Offshore & Logistics Division, her responsibilities as head of DNB Americas included responsibilities for the Banks  branches in New York and Santiago de Chile as well as Representative offices in Houston and Rio de Janeiro.  DNB Americas employs appr. 150.The client base is American companies within shipping, offshore, energy, seafood, healthcare, and Nordic corporates.

Prior to becoming the Head of DNB Americas, Kristin held various management positions in DNB’s Shipping and Offshore & Logistics in Oslo, Norway and in London, UK. Kristin was examined from the Norwegian Business School (BI) in 1984. 

Wenche Grønbrekk

Wenche is Head of Sustainability and Risk in Cermaq Group, one of the world's largest farmers of salmon and trout. Wenche has been focusing her work on sustainable business solutions the past decade, previously working as a management consultant in PwC and DNV GL. She has a Master's degree in International Policy from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

Diana Lindberg

Diana Lindberg works as a research scientist at Nofima AS within the field of biomass valorization of marine and agricultural by-and co-products. At Nofima she is involved in various projects where different specialized technologies are used for new and sustainable ways to valorize biomasses. The project scopes are trans sectorial and involves the entire value chain from biomass pre-treatment to a marketed product. Diana has extensive experience and expertise form both academia and industry having managed innovative research in both research institute and industry settings. She holds an MSc in biotechnology from KTH (Stockholm, Sweden) and a PhD in biochemistry/enzymology from Uppsala University. Diana has previously worked as a researcher and leader in two small research-driven companies with functionalization of recombinant spider silk and in development of industrial enzymes. 

Maria stavang

Maria Stavang have over 100,000 followers on her Instagram profile, @piateed. Maria has conquered social media with her funny observations and strong societal criticisms. We look forward to hearing about her views on the great influence one has through social media. 

Geir Lasse taranger 

Research Director Aquaculture, Marine environment and Technology, Institute of Marine Research

Luk Warlop

Luk Warlop (PhD in marketing,  U. Florida, 1995) is professor of marketing at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. He studies individual consumer decision making and the social psychology of consumer behavior.  His research has been published the highest ranked journals in marketing, psychology and management accounting.  His work has been recognized with a best paper award and an long term impact award at the International Journal of Research in Marketing (IJRM), and with an IgNobel Prize. He is currently senior editor at IJRM and the president-elect of the European Marketing Academy (2018-2020).  He seems to spend most of his free time behind a lawn mower.  


Service Responsible Ethics & Anti-corruption, Sustainability Specialist, DNV-GL. Hanson has more than 15 years of experience within the field of sustainability, and has worked with a wide range international and national organizations and companies in most sectors and industries – including Telenor, Hydro, Orkla, DnB, Aker Solutions, Kongsberg, NorgesGruppen, Wilh Wilhelmsen and Innovation Norway. In addition to running strategy, materiality and stakeholder processes, he has for the past year focused increasingly on the introduction and implementation of the SDGs into the international business environment.

Tanja Hoel

Tanja Hoel is the Managing Director of the Seafood Innovation Cluster, representing more than 100 members.  Hoel has a degree in Marinebiology from the University of Bergen. Hoel has working expertise in business development, innovation management, sustainability and governance.  Hoel will be present digitalization trends in salmon farming. The main value driver in salmon farming is the biology. Biology is complex with many parameters. Big data and artificial intelligence can contribute significantly to improving our understanding of these issues. Hoel will be presenting the Cluster’s initiative AquaCloud with IBM Watson, using artificial intelligens to combate sea lice.   


Melby is a veterinarian by training, he has 14 years as veterinary practitioner and researcher (dr. scient. in fish virology) before starting in development cooperation in 1995 (worked in Nicaragua/Central America, Norad in Oslo, Bangladesh, Zambia and Malawi). Melby has a present position as Senior adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Norad, Fish for Development Programme.

Jarl Giske

Professor, Marine dean, Department of Biology at University of Bergen