The FiTI International Board is the global supervisory body of the initiative. It is accountable to the FiTI Members’ Meeting.
The FiTI International Board oversees the activities of the FiTI through regular Board meetings, committee meetings and more frequent Board circulars. The FiTI International Board is represented by the FiTI Chair.
Board Members are elected at the FiTI Members’ Meetings by all members of the association. The FiTI International Board shall reflect a multi-stalekeholder composition. In accordance with the FiTI’s constitution, the FiTI International Board shall comprise of the FiTI Chair and 12 voting Board Members, equally distributed amongst full members from the three stakeholder groups:
- Governments: a total of four individual members from different countries;
- Business: a total of four individual members and/or organisational members, equally aligned to the industrial marine and small-scale marine fisheries sector;
- Civil Society Organizations: a total of four individual members and/or organisational members.
Each Board Member – except the Chair – may have an Alternate, who is welcome to observe meetings and substitutes for the Board Member in case of absence of the Board Member.
1st FiTI International Board
The 1st FiTI International Board has been formally established during the 2nd FiTI International Conference, which took place in Bali on 27 April 2017, hosted by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. To ensure stability and knowledge transfer during the transition from the conceptual phase to the implementation phase of the FiTI, it was agreed by the former FiTI International Advisory Group that the 1st FiTI International Board would be primarily recruited amongst the representatives of the FiTI International Advisory Group. This pragmatic approach allows sufficient time until all the parameters are in place to ensure a formal election of Board members.
Chair of the FiTI International Board
Dr. Valeria Merino
Dr. Mamadou Goudiaby, Directeur des Pêches Maritimes, Ministère de la Pêche et de l’Economie Maritime, Republic of Senegal
Ms. Ylva Mattsson, Senior Analyst, International Affairs, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management
Mr. Philippe Michaud, Special Advisor to the Blue Economy, Republic of the Seychelles
Mr. Mohamed Salem Nany, Director General of Public Investments and Economic Cooperation at Ministry of Economy and Finance, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Mr. Alexander Biryukov, President, Association of Russian Ship-owners in West Africa
Mr. Francisco Leotte, Group Seafood Sustainability Technical Manager, Thai Union Europe
Mr. Gaoussou Gueye, President, African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organizations (CAOPA)
Mr. Martin Hadiwinata, Head of Law Development and Fisherfolk Advocacy, Traditional Fisherfolk Union of Indonesia (KNTI)
Civil Society representatives
Mr. Sebastián Losada, Oceans policy adviser, Greenpeace
Mr. Francisco J. Marí, Bread for the World
Ms. Nedwa Nech, President, Mauritanie2000
Mr. Alfred Schumm, Director Fisheries and Deputy Lead Oceans, WWF International
Mr. Eduardo Rolón, Executive Director, Causa Natura
Alternate: Mr. Barthelemy Jean Auguste Batieno, Partnership and Operations Coordinator, West Africa Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)
Representatives from intergovernmental organizations, regional development banks, development agencies, and other relevant organizations may be invited by the FiTI International Board to attend FiTI Board meetings as observers, when this can be practically accommodated.
Observers shall not represent members of the FiTI Assocation and hence, do not have any voting rights but may be invited by the FiTI International Board to express their views on specific policy and implementation matters. The FiTI International Board may decide that certain matters should be discussed without the presence of Observers.
FiTI International Board meetings
FiTI International Board Circulars