Aquaculture For Good

A fish farming boom has taken place across the globe, and it's only just begun…


Marc Verdegem

Marc Verdegem, Ph.D.

Dr. Verdegem started his career more than 30 years ago. He holds a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences with specialization in Aquaculture (University of Puerto Rico). Until 1998 the focus was on tropical aquaculture development with facility design, training (at vocational and academic level), institution building and curriculum development as major activities. He was involved with the execution, coordination and management of numerous projects in the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Asia. In 1999 he became lecturer at the Fish Culture and Fisheries Group of Wageningen University.
Dr. Verdegem is specialized in ‘aquaculture systems management’ and his research focuses on (1) closed (zero-effluent) aquaculture systems, looking in depth at feeding ecology and microbial processes and (2) open integrated multitrophic aquaculture systems, elucidating nutrient cycles. Present research deals with recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) resilience for Pangasius culture in Vietnam and Nile tilapia in Malaysia, microbial ecology of RAS, shrimp pond culture in Indonesia and mussel culture in the Dutch North sea. He is also study coordinator of the MSc course ‘Aquaculture and Fisheries’ of Wageningen University and teaches the master course ‘Aquaculture Production Systems’. In 2013, Dr. Verdegem received the highest Wageningen University award for his teaching. More than 70 master and 10 Ph.D. students finished their thesis under his supervision. At present, Dr. Verdegem is involved in the daily supervision of 5 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Verdegem is also chief editor of the journal ‘Aquaculture Research’ and member of the editorial board of the journal ‘Aquaculture’. He published more than 90 peer reviewed papers and contributed to numerous reports and presentations at conferences (for overview see .

Gregory Stone

Gregory S. Stone, Ph.D.

Greg Stone, Executive Vice President of Conservation International, is one of the world’s leading authorities on marine conservation policy and ocean health issues. A lifelong scientific explorer and prolific diver, with more than 8,000 dives to date in every sea on Earth, Greg has lived underwater for 30 days in a habitat and has dived to 18,000 feet in submersibles. He is currently vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Ocean Governance and has received numerous awards including the US Navy and National Science Foundation Antarctic Service Medal. Dr. Stone has given a TED talk and appeared in Discovery Channel and National Geographic documentaries.

Born in Boston, Greg is an ocean scientist who did early pioneering research in Antarctica on marine mammals and later ice ecology where he mastered the art of diving into icebergs. He was awarded the National Science Foundation/U.S. Navy Antarctic Service medal for research in the Antarctic and his book “Ice Island” was awarded the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award for Nature and the Environment.

Since 2000, Greg has led the effort to create the world’s largest marine protected area around the Phoenix Islands in Kiribati using, for the first time, market-based mechanisms to conserve ocean biodiversity, which encourage economic opportunity for local communities. For this accomplishment he was named one of National Geographic Society’s Heroes of 2007 and is considered an authority on these innovative marine conservation models.

Greg has a passion for marine technology and for communicating his work to the broader public. He was senior editor of the Marine Technology Society Journal, is a world authority on New Zealand’s Hector’s dolphin – one of the world’s most endangered, is an undersea technology and exploration specialist using deep-sea submersibles, has produced an award-winning series of marine conservation films, and has lectured throughout the world. Greg has also written prolifically for science and popular publications including Nature and National Geographic Magazine.
He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club, a recipient of the Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, an honorary associate professor at the Leigh Marine Laboratory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and was named one of the five “Bostonians of the Year” by the Boston Globe in 2008.

His sixth story in National Geographic was published in September, 2012 about seamounts. His most recent book, Underwater Eden, was released in December, 2012 by University of Chicago Press.

Lisa Kleissner

Lisa Kleissner is the President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. KL Felicitas Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that: empower rural communities and families through sustainable economic and social change; enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, and; advocate the Foundation’s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy with foundations and socially minded individual investors.

Lisa is a frequent speaker, advocate and author on topics related to leveraged and holistic approaches to philanthropy and impact investing. She is a co-founder and treasurer of Toniic, a global impact investing platform; executive board member and treasurer of The Philanthropy Workshop West, a trans-formative donor education program; co-founder and board member of Social-Impact International, an incubator of capacity building programs for social enterprise, and co-founder of Hawaii Investment Ready, a capacity building program for indigenous and island social enterprise.

Raised in Hawaii, Lisa attended the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduating with a BArch in Environmental Design. She was Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii doing work in Asia and the Pacific Basin and held project management positions at Apple Computer and Borland. Prior to co-founding the KL Felicitas Foundation, she was the president of The Kleissner Group, providing full service high-tech and bio-tech facility solutions for start-ups in Silicon Valley.

Published a number of guides on impact investing, including:

  • Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation
  • Toniic E-Guide to Impact Measurement
  • Toniic E-Guide to Global Early-Stage Impact Investing
  • Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results



Annuska Hendrix

Annuska manages HFS, Homeport Family Services, a single client family office located in Antwerp, Belgium. HFS provides and coordinates any and all appropriate services to maximize the long-term well-being of the family. The office is independent from any financial institution and adheres to a high level of discretion.
In her activities, Annuska is a strong advocate of sustainability and impact. She has a large network within the world of impact and sustainability investing and frequently attends conferences and gatherings on these subjects.
Annuska has strong social and empathic skills and succeeds in uniting people around a common goal. She enjoys working together with entrepreneurs.
Annuska is a passionate reader and was the founder of a successful bookstore in Passa Porta, an international house of literature in Brussels. She holds a Master in Commercial and Fiscal Sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium and started her career as a tax consultant with Deloitte. She lives and works in Belgium and holds Belgian nationality

Stephen Hall

Professor Stephen G. Hall

Stephen Hall is an independent consultant supporting organizations in their efforts to establish collaborative partnerships to catalyst change and develop leadership positions in sustainability. He is past director General of WorldFish, an international research institute devoted to reducing hunger and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. Recognized as a scientific thought-leader, Stephen has produced more than 80 scientific publications on fisheries and ecosystems. His recent work focuses on the pivotal role of fisheries and aquaculture in creating a food secure future. His awards and recognitions include: a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2004) and the Australian Public Service Medal for Leadership of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (2005).