Discover the passionate individuals behind Ethical Seafood Research — a team characterised by a diverse background of experiences, knowledge, and skills. We are united in our mission to ensure the ethical treatment of aquatic animals.


Wasseem Emam

Founder, Director & Lead Researcher

Wasseem is an accomplished aquatic ecologist with over 14 years of experience across the fisheries and aquaculture sector. Holding advanced degrees in applied aquatic ecology, Wasseem is currently completing his doctorate focused on the welfare of farmed Nile tilapia at the University of Stirling in the UK.

Faisal Qureshi

Country Manager - Kenya

Faisal’s background is in operations management in both the humanitarian and animal welfare sectors. He has an MBA from the University of Northampton in the UK and is currently pursuing further education in Animal Welfare. He has successfully led Healthier Hens' project on improving hen welfare for the last 1.5 years.

Valerie Monckton
Valerie Monckton

Research Manager

Valerie is a passionate animal behaviorist, with an MSc in Animal Behaviour & Welfare from the University of Guelph. As a published first author of three peer-reviewed articles, she combines her expertise with three years of animal advocacy experience, supporting the research and editing efforts of seven organizations.

Mohamed Bakr
Mohamed Bakr

Country Manager — Egypt

Mohamed Bakr is an aquaculture expert with extensive experience managing fish farms. Hailing from the Kafr El-Sheikh region in Egypt where most of the country's fish production takes place, he is well-versed in the local farming context. He continues to supervise a number of the Egyptian Army's shrimp farming projects.

Abdulrahman Banisheyba​
Abdulrahman Banisheyba​

Research Fellow — Blue Economy Policy Liaison​

Abdul, a Tanzanian social entrepreneur, merges academic expertise in Economics, International Relations, and Coastal Management. He researches autonomous region participation in national plans, collaborating with Zanzibar's research institute. Passionate about sustainability and positive change.

Isabel Fife-Cook​

Research Consultant

Isabel holds a MA in Animal Studies from New York University, specializing in fish welfare. With a focus on cyprinid welfare as an aquatics specialist, Isabel is driven by a profound passion for underserved species. Looking ahead, she envisions contributing to scientific advancement through ongoing veterinary research.

Are you interested in diving into the world of aquatic animal welfare and making a difference?

We are always eager to connect with talented and driven individuals with quantitative and qualitative scientific research skills and experience working with aquatic animals. Reach out to us, and we will get back to you if we have an opportunity that aligns with your skillset. 

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