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Dr. Werner Kiene

Chair of the Board Marine Stewardship Council

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  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) since 2013
    • Decades of experience in eco-management
    • Held key strategic positions in global development initiatives
    • Led international, multi-stakeholder efforts related to food security, and sustainable resource management.
    • Key appointments included:
    • the Ford Foundation, where he was involved in the adoption of new food production technologies in developing countries.
    • The German Development Assistance Organization, GIZ, where he led resource management programs including programs for sustainable fisheries management.
    • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the first director of the newly established WFP Office of Evaluation and as Country Director for the UN-WFP in Bangladesh.
    • World Bank (IBRD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where he was Chairman of independent panels that help ensure compliance of these international banks with agreed environmental and social standards.
    • In recent years, he has also been involved in various civil society initiatives and chaired the board of Fairtrade America and was Vice-Chair of Fairtrade International Certification (FLO – CERT).
    • Holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, USA, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna/Austria.
    • Has been member of professional associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).