Gareth Johnstone

Gareth Johnstone is the Director General for WorldFish. He is a UK national, studied for his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Sheffield University, Master degree in Environmental Economics at London School of Economics and Political Science, and PhD from Kings College London on rights-based management. He is a member of Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). 

Gareth is a geographer with 25 years’ professional experience in natural resource management and research on governance, policy development, capacity building and institutional development. He is specialized in integrated coastal management, ecosystem approaches to fisheries (EAF), sustainable livelihoods, food security and co-management particularly within the small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. 

Gareth has undertaken numerous assignments in Africa (Sudan, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia) Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand), Pacific (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea) and Australia. He joined WorldFish in 2011 as a scientist and went on to lead the CGIAR Research Program in Cambodia on Aquatic Agricultural Systems and developed the Myanmar Country Program.