Siegfried Bank

Dr. Siegfried Bank

Country Expert: Indonesia

After 7 years of academic R&D posts, Siegfried Bank started working in the seafood industry in 1985. During that period he was responsible for value chain development, involved in processing and QM techniques, and took care of logistical challenges. In 1995 he started his own project and product development company. Today, aside from R&D work in the field of product development, he prepares SMEs, from various African states and during the last 10 years mainly from Asian countries, for entry into the European market. His work with Indonesia reaches back into the late 1990s. In addition to the private sector, he has also worked with and has valuable contacts in the Indonesian government and relevant associations.

Carson Roper

Carson Roper

Country Expert: China

Carson has over 30 years of experience in the seafood industry in various capacities. He has fished commercially, worked in the aquaculture industry, processed fish and seafood, as well as purchased and merchandised seafood in the foodservice and retail sectors. Currently, as an independent consultant, he focuses on promoting responsible aquaculture production in Asia and developing market demand for responsible aquaculture products globally. Carson is also a speaker at conferences.

Alban Caratis

Alban Caratis

Country Expert: Vietnam

Alban is an aquaculture engineer and manager of the aquaculture department of Fresh Studio (Vietnam). He has been active in the sector for the last 8 years in Europe and Asia, working on every stage of seafood chains, including feed manufacturing, hatcheries, grow-out and processing. The aquaculture team of Fresh Studio consists out of, 16 Vietnamese aquaculture and seafood consultants and two international consultants. This team has hands-on experience and knowledge on the production and processing of pangasius, tilapia and shrimps in Vietnam. They manage an aquaculture R&D farm, train farmers, introduce new production technologies and supports a wide range of (mostly international clients) in sourcing and quality assurance of seafood from Vietnam for both domestic and export markets.    

John Herwijnen

John van Herwijnen

Country Expert

John started working in the seafood industry in 1999. After gathering the necessary knowledge and skills, he opened his import/export seafood consultancy agency Open Europa in 2004. 13 years later, this work has given him an overall view of the movement of seafood products both within Europe and overseas. A strong proponent of the importance of CSR in business, John is convinced that aquaculture is the future of fish and shrimp consumption. Speaking Spanish fluently, and with almost 20 years industry experience, John is a STIP associate who is a great help as we continue to turn our sites to the South American seafood industry.