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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.

Support team: The support team either provide voluntary time or time dedicated by the organisation they work for to assist in the development of the partnership.

Andy Patel: Andy has been an aquarist for 40 years keeping a number of different species from around the globe but have a particular fondness for the fish fauna from West and Central Africa. He’s always been keen on Conservation and supported the establishment of the Korup and Cross River National Parks in Cameroon and Nigeria in the 1980s. For him, getting involved with Shoal was an easy decision to make.

Eleanor Adamson: Eleanor is a Programme Manager for the Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust and Research Associate at London’s Natural History Museum. Eleanor Adamson cut her teeth on the large freshwater fisheries of the Mekong River Basin. A molecular ecologist by training, she spent time in Australia, Asia and Europe researching stock structure, systematics and biogeography of freshwater fishes. In 2017 she made the jump from research to action, and now establishes and advises on a range of science related fisheries and conservation programmes.

Kathy Hughes: Kathy Hughes is a Freshwater Specialist and has worked for WWF-UK for over seven years. Kathy provides support and advice to WWF programmes globally on the management and monitoring of freshwater ecosystems and species, in particular freshwater fish.

Merlin Veron: Merlin is a research analyst at Synchronicity Earth, a UK based charity which supports conservation of overlooked and underfunded species. His focus is on analysing funding and action for freshwater conservation and identifying effective strategies for protecting freshwater species and the organisations who are implementing them. Merlin uses these skills to help guide Shoal’s development and identify potential projects for the partnership to support.