Mathew is primarily interested in increasing environmental awareness and working towards legislative and policy reform and creation in order to achieve food security without endangering the ecosystems upon which we depend
Mathew is a recent graduate currently working as a Research Assistant with NFDS Africa. He has previously worked in South America as a scuba diving instructor, collecting data on fish populations and training volunteers to dive and collect data with Global Vision International. He is passionate about placing ecology and ecosystem health and functions at the heart of politics, economics and law. His honors dissertation covered the possible interaction between aquaponics and public policy with the result of achieving multiple policy goals in a variety of areas. He is currently contributing to a range of NFDS projects, including working in relation to illegal fishing and fisheries crime trends as well as analysis of policy and legal frameworks for practical implementation.
Qualifications: Honors in Law and Political sciences (including International Relations) with a minor in Environmental Sciences from University College Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Other Training: PADI Open Water Dive Instructor, PADI Dive Master, Emergency First Response Instructor, Care for Children w/AED Instructor, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Enriched Air Instructor, Peak performance Buoyancy Instructor, Project AWARE Instructor, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor and ICDL.
Countries of Work Experience: Belize, Botswana, France, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, and Tanzania.