Rashid Sumaila named one of the most influential Africans in 2023

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Solving-FCB co-director Dr. Rashid Sumaila has been named one of the most influential Africans in 2023 by the premier magazine New African. This comes after an award-heavy year including winning the Tyler Prize alongside Dr. Daniel Pauly and the Prince Albert I Medal.

From New African Magazine:

Professor Rashid Sumaila, the Canada-based research chair in interdisciplinary ocean and fisheries economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, as well as the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia, is one of the leading experts in, and campaigners for, ocean health and economy.His pioneering work includes applying game theory to fisheries, rethinking discount rates for natural resource projects, analysing government subsidies to global fisheries, documenting employment in fisheries, estimating the benefits of rebuilding fish stocks and establishing marine reserves.His groundbreaking ‘fish bank’ concept for the high seas has the potential to advance global ocean conservation. His work on international fisheries subsidies has impacted WTO negotiations and he has provided expert advice to the White House, the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank, and parliamentary bodies in Canada and the UK.His research has been featured in the acclaimed documentary End of the Line as well as Change Makers: The Global Race to Save our Seas, a film on the global problem of fishing subsidies and their damaging effect on oceans and coastal communities.He has received several awards and acknowledgements for his outstanding contributions,including the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize, and admission as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019. In April he was honoured with the 2023Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement – often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for the Environment’ – alongside Daniel Pauly.

New African Magazine, December 2023/January 2024