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Dr Transform Aqorau

Transform set up the PNA Office from scratch as its pioneer CEO. He helped establish the systems for the purse seine Vessel Day Scheme, the largest and most complex fisheries in the world. We must not only manage the health of the fish stocks and ecosystems, but we must make sure that the people who work out at sea and in the processing plants are also well looked after as well. OSA is about healthy seas, resources and people who work in the fishing industry.

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Dr. Transform Aqorau is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in Majuro, Marshall Islands.  He is a board member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). Dr. Aqorau previously worked for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency as Legal Counsel and Deputy Director. He was also Legal Advisor to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Legal Adviser and Deputy Secretary in the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Aqorau has authored various journal, magazine and newspaper articles on regional fisheries and delivered papers and addresses at international seminars and conferences spanning more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Masters of Law from the University of British Columbia in Canada and received his Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

Membership of Professional Organizations/Boards

  • Vice-President Solomon Islands Red Cross Society 1990-1994

  • Member Solomon Islands Bar Association 1998-2000

  • Member Solomon Islands Interim Advisory Committee on the Environment 1994

  • Member Solomon Islands Task Force on National Strategy on Biological Diversity 1997

  • Member and Vice-Chairman Solomon Islands Fisheries Advisory Council 1999-2000, Chairman from 2007-2010

  • Legal Adviser Solomon Islands Red Cross Society 2000 – 2003

  • Member FIFA Arbitration Tribunal 2003

  • Member Solomon Islands Economic advisory Council 2008-2009

  • Member Soltai Tuna & Processing Ltd Board of Directors 2009

  • Senior Visiting Fellow Australian Centre for Oceans Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, 2006-2015 & 2016-2019

  • Director, Pacifical Board of Directors 2011-2013

  • World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel on Oceans, 2013.

  • Pacific Leadership Programme Advisory Board, Chair, 2016-17