Dr. Rashid Sumaila — University Killam Professor and Canada Research Chair, in the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries & the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
Dr. Sumaila’s research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills. He has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Africa, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea. Dr. Sumaila is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the winner of the 2017 Volvo Environmental Prize; the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science; the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize; the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award; the 2009 Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the 2008 Pew Marine Fellowship. His work is widely published and cited in outlets such as Nature and The Economist and has been invited to give talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, the Canadian Parliament, the African Union, and the British House of Lords.