Sustainable aquaculture investment fund Aqua-Spark has hired Flavio Corsin as its new director of partnerships.
Corsin, who previously oversaw the aquaculture program at IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, will be responsible for driving the development and execution of a robust partner ecosystem that aligns all stakeholders behind a core vision, Aqua-Spark said in a press release.
"Flavio Corsin has been a partner since Aqua-Spark's early days, urging us toward more ambitious goals and helping to expand our reach," Aqua-Spark Co-Founders Mike Velings and Amy Novogratz said in a joint statement. "Both his vast technical know-how and passion for optimizing the industry will be a great asset as Aqua-Spark continues to grow its portfolio and usher in change. He will also strengthen the link between us and our sector partner, IDH.”
IDH and Aqua-Spark work as allies in the aquaculture industry through co-investments and Invest Aqua, a co-led international gathering of stakeholders who recognize the industry's potential for sustainable development through innovation.
Corsin has spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally for nonprofit, intergovernmental, and for-profit organizations.
Corsin set up the first country office for IDH in Vietnam, and founded and ran the sustainability arm of the Vietnam association of farmers and fishers (VINAFIS).
Corsin has also worked as an expert for several intergovernmental organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
He was also an advisor to WWF, where he coordinated the aquaculture portfolio of WWF Vietnam to address social and environmental issues and contributed to the development and implementation of sustainability standards for aquaculture.
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