GSSI hires new benchmarking manager, outreach officer

Published on
August 9, 2017
Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) has announced two new hires designed to strengthen its programming and outreach.

The GSSI, launched in October 2015 with support from numerous companies involved in the global seafood trade, seeks to “provide clarity of seafood certification worldwide through a multi-component review that is based upon the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the FAO Guidelines for seafood certification and eco-labeling."

GSSI recently announced that Florian Zuber has been hired as the group’s benchmarking manager and that Ilke Adriaans has been named GSSI’s program and outreach officer.

In his new role, Zuber will oversee the GSSI Benchmark process and ensure GSSI’s Benchmark Tool remains efficient, effective and up to date. Based in Germany, Zuber holds a master’s degree in aquaculture and marine resource management from Wageningen University. Most recently, Zuber worked as a quality manager for seafood wholesaler Followfood in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  Previously, he worked for the International Maritime Organization as an auditor and manager of the group’s sustainable seafood operations, and as an assistant plant manager at sturgeon farming  company Desietra GmbH in Fulda/Germany.

Ilke Adriaans will coordinate GSSI’s global outreach activities in her new role. Originally from Toronto, Canada and living in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Adriaans has master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and from Utrecht University. She has studied business development, public-private partnerships, and sustainable business models, with specialties in Latin America and emerging markets.

Both Zuber and Adriaans started their jobs at GSSI in May 2017.

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