Elisabeth Vallet, Director of European Programs
Elisabeth joined the Seafood Choice in October 2006 to work with industry leaders and NGOs across continental Europe to increase the market for sustainable seafood. Elisabeth comes from a communications, policy and trade association background. She spent nine years as the Communications and Project Manager of the European Council of Young Farmers, an association based in Brussels that represents young farmers throughout the EU member States. In that role, she worked with private industry, policymakers, consumers, NGOs and other associations. She implemented a pan-European educational project, which aimed to raise the awareness of schoolchildren concerning European agriculture. Most recently, Elisabeth worked for the European Commission at DG Environment. Before her Brussels work, she helped to establish a trade association on biofuels in France.
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Ned Daly, Senior Projects Advisor
Ned Daly is the Seafood Choices Senior Projects Advisor. In this position, Ned will support the Alliance’s corporate sustainable seafood initiatives in the North American marketplace and work to find global solutions to threats facing ocean ecosystems, communities dependent on those resources and the industries they support.
Ned has previously worked on developing sustainable markets in some equally challenging industries. Previous to joining SeaWeb, Ned was Director of RugMark International, a certification program for child-labor free rugs coming from Southeast Asia. Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Forest Stewardship Council – US, managing relationships with industry leaders and a diversity of key stakeholders including conservation NGOs, policymakers and industry trade associations. Ned has also worked on sustainable markets in the agricultural sector and the relationship between resource extraction and ecosystem health.
Ned lives in a coastal Maine community where the impact of fisheries management and dwindling resources is felt directly.
Philip Chou, Senior Manager
Philip develops and oversees implementation of programmatic initiatives that embed a culture of sustainability in the global marketplace; continuously advancing the vision of sustainability. As part of the Seafood Choices team, he works with industry, NGOs, government, and academia to engage them in constructive dialogue to find solutions for the most pressing issues in fisheries and aquaculture. Prior to joining SeaWeb in 2007, he served as China Program Officer for Conservation International, creating public-private biodiversity conservation partnerships in China. A native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Philip has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Russia and a forest restoration volunteer in Kenya with A Rocha International. He is fluent in Chinese and conversant in Russian and Spanish. He holds a M.A. in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a B.S. in Biology from Guilford College.
Cécile Levieil, Program Associate
Cécile Levieil is the European Program Associate for Seafood Choices Alliance in the Paris office. She joined the team in November 2011 and provides logistical support to the European program. One of her main responsibilities is to develop relationships with a broad range of sustainable seafood stakeholders such as culinary professionals.
Levieil completed her master's degree in European affairs and political sciences at the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon, France. She wrote her master thesis about Bluefin tuna conservation in the Mediterranean, and previously worked for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Traveling as much as possible, Levieil spent a year in Finland and received an Arctic Studies Diploma from Lapland University.
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Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Program Associate
Kirby Rootes-Murdy is a Program Associate with the Sustainable Markets team. Working on a variety of programmatic activities in the Seafood Choices program, Rootes-Murdy provides support in the organization and logistics planning of events such at the Seafood Summit and Seafood Champions. He also contributes to SeaWeb’s communication efforts by highlighting emerging topics in marine science and policy. Rootes-Murdy joined the Sustainable Markets team as an Intern in September 2011. Prior to joining SeaWeb full-time, Rootes-Murdy worked as a Seafood retailer at Whole Foods Market.
Rootes-Murdy completed his master's degree in Coastal Environmental Management at the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina. While at Duke, Rootes-Murdy wrote his master’s thesis on coastal water quality management in North Carolina and organized an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the U.S. Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Market. Prior to graduate school, Rootes-Murdy worked as an Environmental Educator and Community Organizer with AmeriCorps in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.