Our leadership team is a diverse and global group of experts who bring decades of experience in scientific research, international and organizational development and communications.


Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees approves the center’s long-term organizational strategy, annual plan of work and budget and research agenda, and monitors progress toward our mission. It sets and approves programs and policies and financial regulations and exercises oversight of investment and risk management and ensures compliance with relevant legal and regulatory requirements.

Baba Yusuf Abubakar

Board Chair


Alyssa Jade MacDonald-Baertl

Vice Chair


Essam Yassin Mohammed

WorldFish Director General & CGIAR Senior Director of Aquatic Food Systems

Hilary Wild

United Kingdom

Lindiwe Sibanda

CGIAR System Board Member


Neal Gutterson

United States

Global Science Leads

The global research leaders are responsible for the overall coordination and management of our research agenda. They prepare annual work plans at the global level and support country and regional teams with research plans to ensure consistency with our strategic goals.

Edward Allison

Acting Director Sustainable Aquatic Foods Systems

John Benzie

Acting Director, Aquatic Foods Biosciences

Country Directors

Country directors are accountable for the leadership and management of our country programs. Working collaboratively with our global research and functional leaders, country directors mobilize resources and deliver an integrated research-for- development program that addresses national priorities and organizational goals and strengthens institutional and partner capabilities.

Ahmed Nasr-Allah Mohamed

Country Director, Egypt

Arun Padiyar Panemangalore

WorldFish Lead, India

Christopher Ross Price

Regional Director, South Asia

David Jonathan Mills

WorldFish Lead, Timor-Leste

Janet Saeni-Oeta

Country Lead, Solomon Islands

Joergen Jensen

WorldFish Lead, Cambodia (Interim)

Michael Joseph Akester

Regional Director, South-East Asia and the Pacific, WorldFish

Sunil Niranjan Siriwardena

Officer-in-charge, Nigeria

Victor Siamudaala

Country Director, Zambia and Southern Africa