Media and Policy Strategy
- Adi Anaseini Ban, Program Manager, Papua New Guinea Program
- Francis Gabriel, Program Associate, Asia Pacific Program
- Devin Harvey, Manager, Visual Media Initiatives
- Marida Hines, Senior Manager, Content Development & Online Initiatives
- Kristen Maize, Program Associate, Asia Pacific Program
- Alumeci Nakeke, Program Associate, Asia Pacific Program
- Sanivalati Navuku, Program Manager, Fiji Program
- Scott Radway, Director, Asia Pacific Program
- Sheila Sarhangi, Projects Manager, Asia Pacific Program
- Cindy Yeast, Communications Advisor
Organizational Effectiveness and Operations
Dawn M. Martin
Dawn M. Martin joined SeaWeb in 2004, first as its Executive Director and three years later was appointed as the organization's President. SeaWeb is the only international, nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to using the science of communications to fundamentally shift the way people interact with the ocean. Martin also served as Chair of the Board of Directors for six years.
With more than 25 years experience working for social change, Martin has leveraged strategic communications and social marketing to dissolve barriers to action, transform knowledge into passion and advance creative solutions for complex issues. Previously she served as Chief Operating Officer for Oceana, Associate Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Political Director for American Oceans Campaign.
Currently, Martin serves on the Board of Directors for COMPASS and is a Trustee for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. She serves as the Foundation’s Treasurer and Vice-Chair of its Board. She also serves on the advisory board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, as a member of the Ocean Portal Editorial Board for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and a founding member of the steering committee for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.
Martin received her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Political Science, with a minor in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with an emphasis in international human rights and humanitarian law, having studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France and the Henri Dunant Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Adi Anaseini Ban, Program Manager, Papua New Guinea Program
Anaseini Vesikula Ban joined SeaWeb in 2012 as the manager of its Papua New Guinea Program. Based in Port Moresby, she oversees a suite of strategic communications activities, ranging from building communications capacity in communities that can drive grassroots resource management discussions to working with national level partners to better engage key decision makers. Ban has already developed an innovative communications training program for NGO and government partners and has helped enrich SeaWeb’s signature media program in PNG.
Prior to joining SeaWeb, Ban spent two years with Leadership PNG, to professionalise the secretariat including coordinating and developing leadership programs. Ban is also an alumnus of Leadership PNG. Before moving to Port Moresby, she spent 5 years with a local marine conservation NGO called Mahonia Na Dari (Guardian of the Sea) in West New Britain. Ban began at Mahonia as the education officer coordinating all marine education programs for schools. She was later named the Program Director, overseeing the coordination of planning and implementation of all marine programs (educations, community conservation and research). Ban began her professional career as a secondary school teacher, working for 11 years in PNG.
In addition to running SeaWeb’s PNG program, Ban chairs the board of the Foundation for Women and Children at Risk, a local NGO in Port Moresby, and is a member of a local Toastmasters club in Port Moresby. When she’s not working or volunteering, Ban’s favourite past time is hanging out with her sons, aged 16, 14 and 12.
Ned Daly is the Senior Projects Advisor. In this position, Daly supports corporate sustainable seafood initiatives in the North American marketplace and works to find global solutions to threats facing ocean ecosystems, communities dependent on those resources and the industries they support.
Daly has previously worked on developing sustainable markets in some equally challenging industries. Previous to joining SeaWeb, Daly was Director of RugMark International, a certification program for child-labor-free rugs coming from Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Forest Stewardship Council in the United States, managing relationships with industry leaders and a diversity of key stakeholders including conservation nongovernment organizations, policymakers and industry trade associations. Daly has also worked on sustainable markets in the agricultural sector and the relationship between resource extraction and ecosystem health. Daly lives in a coastal Maine community.
Francis Gabriel is a Program Associate for the Asia Pacific Program. Based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Gabriel connects the conservation community and researchers with the media and helps elevate critical ocean issues in the public dialogue. Gabriel works with coastal communities to build grassroots communications capacity and empower community members to drive a bottom-up dialogue on resource management and conservation. Gabriel is also part of a multi-partner team that is conducting community outreach around climate change adaptation issues in Papua New Guinea and developing community-focused solutions.
Prior to joining SeaWeb, Gabriel was a sub-editor with The National, which is one of two national daily newspapers in Papua New Guinea. He joined the paper after graduating from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in language and communication and a minor in literature. Gabriel is a former graduate of the Asia Pacific Program’s lecture series on marine science and conservation and was part of a SeaWeb media fellowship to Fiji that explored community-based marine management in 2007.
Will Griffiths joined the SeaWeb London team in November 2012 as a Program Associate predominantly supporting SeaWeb’s Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade project. Funded by the EU, this project involves 14 research institutions from across Europe and Asia working to understand how aquaculture can be produced and traded in a way that’s good for the environment and people.
Griffiths completed his MSc in Marine Science, Policy and Law at the University of Southampton, for which he was awarded an academic scholarship by the Guild of Fishmongers. While at Southampton he completed his master’s thesis on proposed roles for stakeholder engagement in the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy. Prior to his MSc, Will completed a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool where he developed resources for schools to educate their students about coral reef conservation as well as completing a placement in the University of the Azores, investigating dolphin bycatch reduction in tuna fisheries.
Devin Harvey stepped into his role as Visual Media Associate in October, 2008, after serving as a SeaWeb intern for a year. Harvey manages the day-to-day operations of the Marine Photobank and attends to SeaWeb’s visual media needs. Harvey received his bachelor’s degree in film and television studies from the University of Southern California, which included spending a semester at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
A lake-diving native of Minnesota, he fell in love with the ocean while at college and spent nearly every weekend camping along the Pacific Coast or taking sailing lessons. Studying cinema also sparked his passion for photography. Still an avid diver and photographer, he is developing his talents in ocean conservation photography and filmmaking in Vancouver, Canada.
Marida Hines joined SeaWeb in November of 2010 in the Silver Spring, Maryland, office. Marida supports SeaWeb's web, video, and e-mail outreach. Before coming to SeaWeb, Marida owned and operated a design studio in Maryland, where she designed print and Web outreach materials for local and national organizations, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, Global Impact, the Heifer Project, Howard University, The New Teacher Project, The World Bank Group, the National Hydropower Association and many others. In 2005, Marida won a coveted Clarion Award for her work on the Combined Federal Campaign for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to owning her own studio, Marida was a Web Manager and Executive Director for Content Management at Phillips Health International in Potomac, Maryland.
A Maryland native, Marida enjoys snorkeling, hiking, biking, photography, art and travel. Marida lived for four years in England and seven years in southern France, where she worked as a freelance illustrator and writer, ran a small vineyard, and helped out at a local dive club as a scuba diving assistant instructor. Marida is a CMAS three-star diver and has dived extensively in the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, the North Sea, and the Caribbean.
Cécile Levieil is the European Program Associate for Seafood Choices Alliance in the Paris office. She joined the team in November 2011 and provides logistical support to the European program. One of her main responsibilities is to develop relationships with a broad range of sustainable seafood stakeholders such as culinary professionals.
Levieil completed her master's degree in European affairs and political sciences at the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon, France. She wrote her master thesis about Bluefin tuna conservation in the Mediterranean, and previously worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Traveling as much as possible, Levieil spent a year in Finland and received an Arctic Studies Diploma from Lapland University.
Kristen Maize is a Program Associate with SeaWeb’s Asia Pacific Program. Based in Honolulu, her work focuses on supporting social marketing initiatives in Hawaii and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Especially adept at fostering stakeholder communication and project organization, Kristen has served in a number of policy-oriented and managerial positions. Most recently Kristen served as a consultant for Duke University on an international workshop designed to identify key issues and opportunities in deep-sea restoration policy, science, and practice. Other career highlights include: working as a research associate for the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum and as program manager for the non-profit organization Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.
Kristen’s interdisciplinary environmental background also includes marine field and lab research in Kadavu, Fiji and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She has worked on projects related to watershed stabilization, sedimentation and coral reef health, the behavior and movement of endangered species of fish, fish spawning aggregations, and the exploration of a methodology to incorporate human perceptions into fisheries management.
Kristen has a coastal environmental management Masters degree from Duke University and a B.A. in environmental studies from University of San Diego. A native to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kristen is an avid diver and surfer. She is also a professional oil painter.
Meaghan Mallari joined SeaWeb as Development Associate in September 2011 after graduating from University of Maryland, College Park with a double major degree in Sociology and Spanish Language and Literature. Mallari interned for SeaWeb throughout college, assisting with administrative tasks for the Organizational Effectiveness and Operations team.
A native of Takoma Park, Maryland, she has always cherished the outdoors and loved being near the water. Mallari has previous experience with community development work, volunteering in rural villages of El Salvador and leading student group projects. Through SeaWeb, Mallari is enjoying the ability to continue to use principles of sociology as a foundation for tackling issues facing the world.
Bruce McKay is SeaWeb's senior researcher and the editor of SeaWeb’s Ocean Update newsletter and Marine Science Review. Prior to his work with SeaWeb, he worked for Greenpeace in a variety of capacities including as founder and director of its Montreal office, as adviser to the biodiversity campaign at Greenpeace International, and as a marine mammal protection campaigner addressing issues facing a range of marine mammals. In those capacities he has designed media and public information campaigns and has been a spokesperson and writer on a wide range of environmental issues.
Bruce was born in British Columbia and currently lives in Montreal, Canada.
Emma McLaren is SeaWeb’s Manager of UK Projects supporting communications and EU stakeholder engagement for the Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT) project, which investigates Asian seafood farming sustainability, and strategically leading the UK’s first community supported fisheries project, Catchbox. McLaren also manages logistics and programming for SeaWeb’s International Seafood Summit, including scoping, sponsorship opportunities, program development and more.
A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Marine Management program, McLaren was the program’s first student to incorporate aquaculture into fisheries and marine management on a global scale. She brings an innovative and practical perspective to the sustainable seafood movement. While interning with WWF’s Aquaculture Dialogues and Sustainable Seafood Initiative in Washington D.C. and Toronto, she completed a literature review of aquaculture’s role in global food supply and the first-ever global comprehensive analysis of salmon aquaculture standards. McLaren brings solid educational and industry-based experience to SeaWeb, with an undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in International Relations and experience in community-based social marketing, fund and project development and in running her own sustainable seafood consultancy.
A native of Montreal, Canada, McLaren spends her leisure time exploring the world’s coastlines. An amateur videographer, master scuba diver and self-proclaimed food enthusiast, she delights in discussing all things ocean and fish on the pier, in local markets with fishers and in seafood kitchens locally and in remote parts of the globe.
Alumeci Nakeke is a Program Associate for SeaWeb’s Asia Pacific Program. An experienced journalist, Nakeke conducts communications workshops for community leaders, science experts and government officials in Fiji, helping them elevate the discussion of ocean issues in the Pacific. Nakeke also works with the media to help them gain a greater understanding of critical ocean issues facing Fiji and to connect them with scientists, members of the conservation community and other sources. Nakeke also collaborates with the regional university professors to encourage them to incorporate marine science and communications into their curriculum.
Nakeke began her professional career as a teacher and church volunteer conducting community outreach. In 2000, she joined the Fiji Sun daily newspaper as a proofreader. Soon after, she was translating news into Fijian and a year later, she became a news reporter at the paper. She would later lead the features department at the paper. In 2006, she started the newspaper’s first weekly environmental page, called the “Green Page.” She would later become Features Editor at the paper. Writing for the Green Page inspired her to increase awareness of environmental issues in Fiji. Nakeke became a SeaWeb media fellow in 2007 and then joined our staff in 2008.
Sanivalati Navuku joined SeaWeb in early 2012 as Program Manager of the Fiji program. Navuku oversees all aspects of the Fiji program, working with NGOs, government officials and community leaders to elevate ocean issues in public discourse and increase science-based solutions to sustainably managing the country’s marine resources. As part of that work, Navuku leads strategic communications workshops, develops innovative tools for communicating science to communities and builds stronger outreach around community-based marine conservation. Navuku also works with the Fiji media, helping bridge the gap between the public and science through strong ocean journalism. Most recently, Navuku has spearheaded the development of a social marketing campaign to protect grouper during spawning season.
Navuku has a background is geography, history and politics, receiving a bachelor’s of science from the University of South Pacific. Following his studies, Navuku joined the School of Marine Affairs as project assistant. He then joined the WWF South Pacific Program in 2004 working in coastal fisheries resource management. After spending 5 years in community-based resource management and policy work, Sanivalati joined the IUCN Oceania Regional Office as the a Coastal Ecosystem Management Officer, where he worked on development of mangrove policies for 5 pacific island countries including Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga and the Samoa.
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Ruben Seenivasa Pillai joined SeaWeb in September 2011 as Operations Manager based in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Prior to joining SeaWeb, Ruben worked for the International Monetary Fund as an Information Management Officer. He also worked in the field of corporate governance as a research analyst at MSCI. Previously Ruben worked as a consultant at the Human Resources Department of The World Bank. He received a master's degree in management from ESCEM business school in France and a master's degree in business logistics and production management from Linnaeus Universitet in Sweden. He is currently enrolled in a master of arts in liberal studies in environmental and sustainable management program at Harvard University.
He grew up on La Reunion, a French island in the Indian Ocean where he developed a strong appreciation for environmental and conservation issues.
Scott Radway joined SeaWeb in November 2008 as the manager of the Asia Pacific Program. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, Radway brings a diverse background in environmental reporting and organizational development to lead a program that elevates ocean conservation through strategic communications, social marketing and capacity building. His skills are specially tailored for work that focuses on bridging the distances between experts, the media, communities and governments.
Before joining SeaWeb, Radway served as managing editor for Hawaii Business Magazine, where he helped elevate the role of the business community in achieving sustainable development and promoting community well being. He also was instrumental in improving internal administrative operations and launching new products for the magazine brand. Before his tenure at Hawaii Business, Radway worked as an environmental journalist for the Pacific Daily News in Guam and led a nine-month environmental series on coral reef conservation. He also lived in Palau where he worked for several international media outlets such as Agence France-Presse, Radio New Zealand International and Pacific Magazine and covered regional politics and small island development challenges.
Prior to working in the Pacific, Radway worked for newspapers on the East Coast of the United States. He has won numerous journalism awards, including environmental and public service awards for his work in the United States and in the Pacific. Radway graduated from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in English.
Kirby Rootes-Murdy is a Program Associate with the Sustainable Markets team. Working on a variety of programmatic activities in the Seafood Choices program, Rootes-Murdy provides support in the organization and logistics planning of events such at the Seafood Summit and Seafood Champions. He also contributes to SeaWeb’s communication efforts by highlighting emerging topics in marine science and policy. Rootes-Murdy joined the Sustainable Markets team as an Intern in September 2011. Prior to joining SeaWeb full-time, Rootes-Murdy worked as a Seafood retailer at Whole Foods Market.
Rootes-Murdy completed his master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. While at Duke, Rootes-Murdy wrote his master’s thesis on coastal water quality management in North Carolina and organized an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the U.S. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Market. Prior to graduate school, Rootes-Murdy worked as an Environmental Educator and Community Organizer with AmeriCorps in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2008.
Sheila Sarhangi is the Projects Manager for SeaWeb's Asia Pacific Program. With experience in communications, campaigns and conservation, Sarhangi coordinates initiatives that build capacity for strategic communications and engage key audiences around policy and behavioral change in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.
Prior to joining SeaWeb, she was a senior account executive with a Honolulu-based public relations firm, where one of her key roles was handling international media relations for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Her background includes roles such as communications manager for a national exhibit on human rights and refugee children to an account manager responsible for the marketing of more than half a dozen publications.
She has nearly a decade of experience as an accomplished freelance journalist. She has served as the science and environment writer for Honolulu Magazine and written hundreds of features for a range of regional and national publications. In addition, Sarhangi is the author of the best-selling book, Honolulu Then and Now. Sarhangi earned a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In Hawaii, she currently sits on the executive committee for Sierra Club and on the advisory committee for Surfrider Foundation Oahu.
Rosie joined SeaWeb’s London office in November 2011 as GAP2 Project Manager. GAP2 is an EU funded project, which aims to join scientists, fishers and policy makers in making European fisheries more sustainable for the benefit of society. Rosie’s role is to engage with wider society about the project. Before joining SeaWeb, Shute was the Communications Manager for the London-based think tank, Policy Connect and the Public Relations Officer for London Wildlife Trust.
Having been brought up in the rural heartlands of South West England, Shute has been a fan of the natural world since a young age. Her academic interests in the environment are broad, ranging from evolutionary genetics to environmental economics and she has studied tropical ecology in both Panama and Uganda. She studied BSc Biology (Whole Organism & Ecology pathway) at University College London, and MSc Environmental Economics & Environmental Management at the University of York.
Elisabeth Vallet joined Seafood Choices in October 2006 to work with industry leaders and
nongoverment organizations across continental Europe to increase the market for sustainable seafood. Vallet comes from a communications, policy and trade association background. She spent nine years as the Communications and Project Manager of the European Council of Young Farmers, an association based in Brussels that represents young farmers throughout the EU member States. In that role, she worked with private industry, policymakers, consumers, nongoverment organizations and other associations. She implemented a pan-European educational project, which aimed to raise the awareness of schoolchildren concerning European agriculture. Most recently, Vallet worked for the European Commission at DG Environment. Before her Brussels work, she helped to establish a trade association on biofuels in France.