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Meet the Team...

Clients have concrete, not theoretical needs, and the company's strength lies in its ability to apply appropriate technologies in real contexts. Megapesca’s directors and consultants hold an array of qualifications and are recognised authorities in their fields. However, it is their practical knowledge based on first-hand experience with harvesting, processing, packaging, and marketing that enables them to offer sound, pragmatic advice and to produce measurable, sustainable results. Whether advising a large company on better use of its facilities, or conducting training aimed at institutional strengthening in a developing country, Megapesca's theoretical and practical expertise, in concert with its international experience, has proven to be a productive combination.

Ian Goulding

Managing Director

Ian Goulding is a specialist in fish quality, processing and international aspects of fisheries management. Qualified in the UK as an Environmental Health Officer, Ian has a MSc in Food Science and a PhD in Fish Technology and Marketing, he has 40+ years of experience of the fishery sector, in QC, research, consultancy and training functions. He started his fisheries career as a fish technologist developing new retail aquaculture products for the UK market, as well as setting up the associated processing lines and QC systems. Since 1986 Ian has worked as a consultant offering specialist advice and assistance in these fields. This work included four years working at Alexandria University, Egypt establishing a fish technology training centre and two years at the National Fisheries Institute in Ecuador setting up FDA compliant export control systems. Since 1994 Ian has been Managing Director of the consultancy firm Megapesca Lda of Portugal. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (UK), and President of the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI). He is considered to be one of the world’s leading specialists in EU sanitary controls for fish trade, having worked on trade and market access issues in over 75 Pacific, Asian, and Latin American countries, as well as working with FAO on Codex Standards. Ian founded the IAFI Peter Howgate Award for young fish technologists and is chief editor of the Megapesca’s Fishfiles service. Ian has UK and Portuguese nationalities and speaks English and Portuguese.

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Finance Director

Rowena Gouldng qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1980 and as a Psychiatric Specialist Nurse in 1981. She worked for nearly 10 years in the UK National Health Service, her final post with the NHS as a Nursing Sister saw her in charge of 50 patients and 20 staff. In 1986 she joined her husband in Ecuador were he was working on an ODA Fisheries Project, and she was involved in setting up and running a TB clinic in the poorest areas of Guayaquil as well as raising funds to build a small hospital there- a task she completed before her departure in 1988. From 1988 – 1992 she lived in Alexandria, Egypt were she set up a children's nursery school, advised on the design and equipping of a clinic for the poor in Alexandria, was the secretary for the British School Board and treasurer of the British Club. In 1993 she organised the registration and setting up of MegaPesca Lda in Portugal. Since 1993 she has managed the MegaPesca office on a day to day basis, particularly with regard to the MegaPesca finances, negotiation of contracts, consultants travel and accommodation requirements, data searches, organisation of and accompanying study tours and organisation of all office administration. Rowena has four children, 3 grandchildren and until the COVID pandemic, a regularly absent husband!

Margarida Correia

Senior Consultant

Margarida Correia is a passionate veterinarian specialized in food safety of animal origin products. Qualified in Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon University (Portugal) in 2004 and with a Master´s degree in Food Safety (2018) she has substantial experience in the farm to fork quality control in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, supporting value chain business operators, providing consultancy and training functions. She started her career as a veterinary practitioner and implementing food safety systems to meet national and international requirements, and since 2015 she has worked with business operators and Competent Authorities in developing countries, helping to achieve compliance with international food safety requirements, including advising on requirements regarding governance, standardization, certification and quality infrastructure necessary to meet export demands of fishery products from third countries to the EU. She is an active member of the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) and recently participated in the organization of the 2023 World Seafood Congress. Margarida is a Portuguese national and is a member of the Portuguese Order of Veterinary Medicine (OMV). Her mother tongue is Portuguese, and she speaks and writes fluently in English.

Robert Lee

Senior Consultant

Robert Lee is a Master Fisherman First Class and qualified skipper (UK and Canada), with more than 40 years practical experience at sea and on land, working in long and short term implementation programmes in the fishery sector. He has a vast of experience in over 32 countries as a freelance consultant working with DfID, GTZ, World Bank and IFAD, and several years with FAO (based in the Regional Office iin Bangkok) in project management, formulation and evaluation, dealing especially with small scale fisheries in developing countries. He has extensive international experience in project finance, team building and personnel management, and in the design and implementation of research studies in sustainable management of natural resources, markets, value chains and technical, socio economic and environmental impact analysis. He has extensive experience in disaster preparedness and rehabilitation programmes for the fishery sector, coordinating the FAO response in Indonesia to the 2004 tsunami.  Robert has Cabadian and Trinidadian nationalities and works effectively in English (mother tongue), French, Spanish and Portuguese

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