Dr. Meryl J. Williams

Dr. Meryl J. Williams

Vice Chair, ISSF Scientific Advisory Committee & Global Environment Facility & Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Commission

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In 2009, Dr. Meryl J. Williams initiated AsiaPacific-FishWatch on behalf of the AFS. She is also currently involved in several non-executive positions, including member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, chair of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Commission and member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Census of Marine Life.

From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Williams served as the inaugural executive officer of the Future Harvest Alliance Office of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. From 1994 to 2004, she was the director general of the WorldFish Center, concentrating the Center’s focus on eradicating poverty, improving people’s nutrition, and reducing pressure on the environment.

Dr. Williams was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering in 1993, and awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contributions in marine science to Australian society and government. She has also written over 80 research papers, technical reports, conference proceedings, and books.

Dr. Williams holds a BSc from the University of Queensland and James Cook University, a diploma in education from the University of Queensland, a PhD in zoology and a master’s in mathematical statistics from the University of Queensland.