Dr. Meryl J. Williams

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Dr. Meryl J. Williams


5 Lintang Pantai Jerjak
11700 Sungei Nibong
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Tel: + 60 4 659 1501
Fax: + 60 4 659 51 15

Email: Dr. Meryl J. Williams
Web site: Future Harvest Alliance Office

Dr. Williams is inaugural Executive Officer of the Future Harvest Alliance Office, formed in 2004 by the 15 international agricultural research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Dr. Williams was appointed to create this new position following her previous contributions to the centers when she was Director General of the World Fish Center, one of the CGIAR centers. She served as Director General of the World Fish Center from 1994 to 2004.

Dr. Williams was previously Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and was a member of the AIMS Council from 1989 until June 1997. She was Executive Director of the former Bureau of Rural Resources in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy (Canberra) and worked in fisheries research at the South Pacific Commission and in the Queensland government. She was a member of the first Board of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and, from 1989 to 1993, was a member of the Council of the Australian Maritime College.

In recognition of her contributions to fisheries and marine science in Australia, Dr. Williams was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1993 and awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003. She is also the Chair of the FAO Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research, and a member of the scientific steering committee of the Census of Marine Life, the High Seas Marine Protected Areas Working Group and of the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS.

Dr. Williams has published extensively in the scientific and development literature on tropical fisheries, aquaculture and marine science. She has a PhD in Zoology and a Masters degree in Literary Studies (mathematical statistics).