I am a marine conservationist with work experience in South Asia and West Africa. My PhD at Cambridge examined the ecological and socio-economic impacts of trawl fisheries along the Coromandel coast of India. My research also demonstrated the huge role that the animal feed industry (particularly the poultry industry) in India has on driving overfishing. I have had a long-standing interest in finding ways to reconcile conservation and economic development through policy and practice. My work has involved designing, supporting and implementing projects including the management of marine protected areas, setting up fisheries monitoring programmes and undertaking environment and social impact assessments.