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With a background in science, strategy and leadership of two world-class research institutes, Stephen brings over 30 years of experience working at the interface between, science, policy and industry.


Joining Avalerion Capital in February 2016, following a 12-year term as Director General of WorldFish, an international research institute devoted to reducing hunger and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture, Stephen brings in depth knowledge and experience of global sustainability and food security issues and an outstanding track record in organizational change management and partnership development.


His achievements include:

Influential and widely read research on sustainability and environmental issues.

Several successful organisational change initiatives that delivered significant culture change and revenue growth, one of which was recognized by the award of the Australian Public Service Medal in 2004.

Extensive public service and non-executive director experience on international and national boards and advisory bodies and high- level engagement in global governance processes.

Catalyzing the creation of a global impact investment fund to develop sustainable aquaculture to meet future needs for fish.

Launch of a global food security initiative (with Andreas Schaffer)

Stephen is recognized as a scientific and organizational thought-leader, and is a highly accomplished public speaker. He is an accomplished leadership coach and facilitator and has wide experience of working within geographically distributed organizations and within a global international partnership architecture.