Erik Hempel holds an M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Oslo. His 40-year career in fisheries includes over 20 years in Asia and Africa. He has worked for FAO as Director of the INFOFISH organization in Kuala Lumpur (1981-1985), INFOPECHE in Abidjan(1985 – 1987), and INFOSA in Windhoek (2004 – 2008). Over the past ten years, he has worked as an international fisheries and aquaculture consultant in numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.