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Mathew Markides


Legal and Research Officer

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 legal expert currently working as a Research Officer 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 Master’s thesis focused on the legal possibilities and challenges of using non-government vessels for fisheries law enforcement in developing States. 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.


Bio facts

Citizenship: Motswana

Qualifications: LLM in international law of the sea and environmental law, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. 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, DAN Diving Emergency Management Provider

Countries of Work Experience: Botswana, Benin, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo.

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