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Mike Baltzer, Executive Director

Mike is a conservation biologist with over 30 years of experience in Asia, Africa and Europe. He started his career undertaking and leading biological inventory expeditions in Uganda, Vietnam and Indonesia. He since specialised in leading large, complex, multi-country focused conservation programmes.  For more than 18 years, he worked for WWF as the Conservation Director for their Greater Mekong Programme, Director of the Danube-Carpathian Programme and was for nine years the Lead for their global tiger programme, Tigers Alive. Mike left WWF in 2018 to launch a new partnership he conceived and founded focused on freshwater fish, Shoal.

Michael Edmondstone, Communications and Engagement Lead

Michael has more than eight years experience working across a broad range of communications roles. He qualified as a journalist in 2009, before heading out to Tanzania to work as a reporter on an East African newspaper for a year. Since then, he has worked in multinational media agencies as a Digital PR and Content Marketing Manager, and more recently as a Communications Officer for environmental charity Trees for Cities. His commitment to conservation means he is thrilled to be working for Shoal, and excited by the challenge of raising awareness for the freshwater species that so often are overlooked and underfunded.

Dr. Harmony Patricio, Conservation Programme Manager

Dr. Harmony Patricio leads the development and roll-out of Shoal in the U.S. and manages freshwater fish conservation programs, in partnership with Re:wild and the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group. Harmony has over 13 years of experience in conservation research, practice, and policy. She specialises in freshwater biodiversity, and has worked in Australia, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. She spent six years designing and implementing freshwater fish conservation programmes in the Mekong River Basin, in close collaboration with rural fishing communities, and established the Mekong Fish Network. Her Ph.D. research focused on the development of novel environmental DNA methods to assess river biodiversity and determine distributions of rare fishes, including the critically endangered Mekong giant catfish. Harmony serves on the Freshwater Conservation Committee and Freshwater Fish Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. She is also the Co-Chair of the Freshwater Specialist Group for the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.