The Steering Committee gathers representatives of aquariums from all continents.
The Steering Committee is composed of 16 members:
- Paul Van den Sande, Honorary Chairperson, Belgium
- Philippe Vallette, Chairperson, Senior advisor Nausicaá, France
- Representatives for Europe:
- Nadia Ounais, Vice President International Affairs, Musée océanographique de Monaco
- Max Janse, Aquarium Curator, Burgers’ zoo, The Netherlands
- Philippe Vallette, Chairperson, Senior advisor Nausicaá, France
- Representatives for People’s republic of China:
- Wang Liang, CEO Ocean Aquarium Shangai
- Zhang Xianfeng, Director, Institute of Hydrobiology, Wuhan
- Wang Shili, Professor, Qingdao Aquarium
- Representatives for Japan:
- Masa Iwata, General Curator, Aquamarine Fukushima
- Takuji Oyama, General Curator, Enoshima Marine Corporation
- Representatives for USA – Canada
- Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Tom Schmid, President adn CEO, Columbus Zoo Family of Parks
- Clinton Wright, EVP and COO, Expert, Ocean Wise
- John Racanelli, President and CEO National Aquarium
- Jon Hoech, Vice President of Animal Care at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Representative for Latin America
- Mauro Tambella, Cons. Mundo Marino, Coordinator Ass. Latin Am. Aquariums
- Representative for Africa
- Michael Farquhar, Director Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town
With a training in biology and a doctorate in oceanology, Nadia OUNAIS has completed a scientific course that after various experiences in aquaculture, led her first to take the direction of the Aquarium of Monaco and thereafter to become operational director of the Oceanographic Institute. She was in charge of the Aquarium, the educational service, public conferences, exhibitions and scientific congresses.
Since March 2017, she has been appointed Vice-President of International Affairs at the Oceanographic Institute.
President of the European Union of Aquarium Curators (EUAC) for 9 years, founding member of the International Aquarium Network (IAN), Founding Member of the World Ocean Network, member of several other international organizations, author of dozens of scientific publications, and diver confirmed.
Appointed Knight in the Order of Saint-Charles by HSH Prince Rainier III of Monaco for his career in 2011.
Honored by the Trident Gold in 2012 by the International Academy of Underwater Science and Technology, the highest distinction of the aquatic world.
Of Tunisian origin, she was awarded in 2016 by the Tunisian head of government with the trophy of Radiant International Tunisian woman.
WANG Liang, Senior Vice President of the Singapore-based Straco Corporation Limited, General Manager of Shanghai Ocean Aquarium (the Group’s flagship project) and Director of Underwater World Xiamen (another facility of the Group), DBA (Doctor in Business Administration).
He is actively involved in aquarium industry at both regional and international levels, acting as Vice Chairperson of Aquarium Committee of Chinese Association of National Science Museums, Managing Director of Aquatic Wildlife Division of China Wildlife Conservation Association, and Steering Committee member of IAC/IAN.
He graduated from the Faculty of Fisheries, Hokkaido University, and worked at the Yomiuri Land Marine Aquarium.
Since the opening of Aquamarine Fukushima in 2000, he has been a member of the Coelacanth Ecosystem Research Project.
He conducts expeditions for coelacanthin Africa and Indonesia.
Julie Packard is founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a leading voice for science-based policy reform in support of a healthy global ocean.
Under her leadership, the aquarium has pioneered innovative exhibits and education initiatives, and engaged on ocean issues ranging from sustainable global fisheries and aquaculture to plastic pollution, climate change, and science-based conservation of marine wildlife and ecosystems, including sea otters, sharks and bluefin tuna.
She is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and chairs the board of the independent Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a leader in deep ocean science and technology. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has received the Audubon Medal for Conservation, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Hero award. She is featured in the National Portrait Gallery.
She serves on the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative, working to implement comprehensive reform of U.S. ocean policy. She has addressed ocean issues at international conferences, including the World Trade Organization and Global Climate Action Summit.
Packard earned bachelors and master’s degrees in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on marine algae.
Photo: Corey Arnold
I was born 63 years ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
I dedicated myself for 12 years to raising ornamental fish and I had my own aquarium.
Then I went to work at the Mar del Plata Aquarium, a large oceanarium where I had my first experiences with large aquariums and sharks.
In 2001 I joined Temaikén, at that time the largest aquarium in South America, where I participated first as Senior Aquarist and then as Aquarium Curator.
After 12 years, I started as a freelance Aquarium consultant, and participated in various projects and construction of Aquariums. To mention, the Underwater Adventure Aquarium in Lima, Peru; Vivamar in Chile, Imagination Aquarium in Lima, as Opening director at the Sea of Cortés Aquarium in Mazatlán, Mexico ,with Ocean Wise, Urku Center Aquarium ,and I continue in Mundo Marino, in San Clemente del Tuyú, Buenos Aires, Argentina and collaborations in many other projects in South América
I completed my Masters degree in Marine Biology at Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1994 with a focus on Intertidal Ecology.
I then worked as a research scientist in the Marine Biology Research Institute at the University of Cape Town for three years.
I joined the Two Oceans Aquarium in 1997 as an Aquarist responsible for the Kelp Forest exhibit and Water Quality.
Since then I have had the roles of Operations Manager, Assistant Curator, General Curator in 2003, and then CEO since 2016.
The Two Oceans Aquarium hosted the 8th IAC in 2012 and I was on the Organising Committee and the Chair of the Programme Committee so I know what Nausicaa is going through at the moment; very stressful but all worthwhile in the end.
When I am not at work I enjoy road trips and camping with my wife, son and daughter. I am a keen fisherman, woodworker, trail runner and kite boarder when I can find the time.