International Board

The FiTI International Board is the global supervisory body of the initiative.

The FiTI International Board reflects a multi-stakeholder composition. In accordance with the constitution of the FiTI association, the FiTI International Board comprises of the FiTI Chair and 18 voting Board Members, equally distributed among full members from the three stakeholder groups:

  • Government sector: a total of six individuals nominated by public sector institutions;
  • Business sector: a total of six individuals nominated by private sector organisations, evenly distributed between industrial/large-scale and the small-scale/artisanal marine fisheries sector;
  • Social sector: a total of six individuals nominated by organisations that serve society at large.

The FiTI International Board is presided and represented by its Chair, which does not count towards the total number of seats.

Representatives from intergovernmental organisations, regional development banks, development agencies, other relevant organisations, as well as individual experts may be invited by the FiTI International Board to attend FiTI Board meetings as observers.

Meetings of the FiTI International Board are regarded as general meetings of the members of the association.


Responsibilities of the FiTI International Board

The FiTI International Board oversees the activities of the FiTI through regular Board meetings and Board Circulars, including:

  • Assessing candidate applications of countries;
  • Evaluating the performance of countries against the FiTI Standard based on validations;
  • Establishing mechanisms to collect and address complaints, resolve disagreements, and act if countries are deemed non-compliant;
  • Overseeing and guiding the work of the FiTI International Secretariat through annual workplans and bylaws;
  • Appointing the Executive Director of the FiTI International Secretariat;
  • Supporting the FiTI International Secretariat in outreach and fundraising activities;
  • Agreeing on the arrangements for FiTI global conferences;
  • Approving the annual budget, financial statement and audited reports of the FiTI;
  • Electing new members of the FiTI, which serve as International Board members;
  • Electing the FiTI Chair of the FiTI International Board;
  • Enhancing the FiTI Standard over time;
  • Promoting transparency and multi-stakeholder participation in marine fisheries governance; and
  • Adhering to the FiTI Global Code of Conduct.

The members of the FiTI International Board, except for the FiTI Chair, do not receive remuneration in return for performing their board member duties.


Current members of the FiTI International Board

Chair
NameCurrent termNo. of term(s)
Valeria Merino1 January 2020 – 31 December 20221.

Representatives of the Government sector
NameRoleOrganisationCurrent termNo. of term(s)
Ylva MattssonSenior Analyst, International AffairsSwedish Agency for Marine and Water Management24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Philippe MichaudSpecial Advisor to the Blue EconomyMinistry of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Seychelles24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Mohamed Salem NanyDirector General of Public Investments and Economic CooperationMinistry of Economy and Finance, Mauritania24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
[VACANT]
[VACANT]
[VACANT]
Representatives of the Business sector
NameRoleOrganisationCurrent termNo. of term(s)
Alexander BiryukovPresidentAssociation of Russian Ship-owners in West Africa24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Francisco LeotteGroup Seafood Sustainability Technical ManagerThai Union Europe24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Gaoussou GueyePresidentAfrican Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organizations (CAOPA)24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
[VACANT]
[VACANT]
[VACANT]
Representatives of the Social Sector
NameRoleOrganisationCurrent termNo. of term(s)
Francisco J. MaríBread for the World24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Nedwa NechPresidentMauritanie200024 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Alfred SchummDirector Innovation, Sciences, Technologies & SolutionsWWF Germany24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
Ahmed SenhouryExecutive DirectorRegional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)26 June 2021 –
31 December 2021
1.
Eduardo RolónExecutive DirectorCausa Natura24 January 2020 –
23 January 2023
2.
[VACANT]

Observers

African Development Bank, represented by Ms Salimata Soumare, Senior Natural Resources Governance Officer at African Natural Resources Centre

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, represented by Mr Marcio Castro de Souza, Senior Fishery Officer – International Trade

Open Government Partnership, represented by Mr Theophilous Chiviru, Regional Lead for Africa and the Middle East

The World Bank, represented by Mr Julien Million, Senior Fisheries Specialist – Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy


FiTI International Board meetings

Meeting Minutes [English]

2018 Workplan of the FiTI International Secretariat as approved by the FiTI International Board [English] [Francais]
Meeting Minutes [English]

Mauritania's original FiTI Candidate Application [Francais]

Correspondence of the FiTI Chair to the Minister of Economy and Finances of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania [English]

FiTI International Board Circulars


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