Margret is a development economist who has had a long career at the World Bank. Among other senior positions she was leading the Bank’s Global Partnership Department prior to leaving for a sabbatical year in Oxford to study the governance of global food security. She has been a consultant on development strategy, a senior fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research and a member of the Board of CGIAR (formerly the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) and several of its associate institutions.

“Chairing the Board of the ASC is a great honour. To further scale up responsible aquaculture is the principal goal of the ASC and its trustees. Supporting the ASC team in its efforts to ensure environmental sustainability, social responsibility and successful market expansion is a challenge that I will cherish,” said Margret Thalwitz.

The Board has also recently welcomed five other new members, whose wide-ranging experience and expertise complement the aims of ASC’s governance. The other new board members are:

  • Elton Mudyazvivi, programme manager, 4 Returns Partnership (a collaboration of Wetlands International, Commonland and Landscape Finance Lab)
  • Sophie Ryan, CEO, Global Salmon Initiative
  • Kristin Veriga, CEO,
  • Bushra Malik, governance consultant, Chair of Oversight Committee of UNAIDS and Vice-Chair of the UNHCR’s Independent Audit and Oversight Committee
  • Rohana Subasinghe, co-founder/director, FUTUREFISH

Providing strategic oversight and support

ASC’s Supervisory Board provides support to ASC’s senior leadership team by providing scrutiny to the organisation’s developments, for example by signing-off new or revised ASC standards. It is made up of a diverse group of members representing academia, NGOs and industry.

Supervisory Board members can serve two consecutive three-year terms. Margret has taken over from outgoing chair Scott Nichols, who has come to the end of his second term on the Board.

Chris Ninnes, ASC CEO, said, “I would like to personally thank our outgoing chair, Scott Nichols, and other retiring board members for their strategic guidance and their invaluable contribution to ASC over the last years.”

“One of ASC’s strengths is our multi-stakeholder approach, and our new Supervisory Board members reflect this with their wealth of experience across sectors and from very different backgrounds. Margret brings much knowledge and experience to the role of chair and joins at an exciting time for ASC. I’d like to welcome Margret and all the new board members.”


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