Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila is Professor with a joint appointment at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit (FERU) and OceanCanada at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing, and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries.
Dr. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Canada and the North Atlantic region, Norway, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region, and Hong Kong and the South China Sea. He has authored over 180 journal articles, including in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Bioeconomics, International Journal of Science and Nature, Land Economics, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Environmental and Resource Economics and Ecological Economics. Dr. Sumaila is the winner of the American Fisheries Society Award for Excellence in Public Outreach, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship, the Pew Marine Fellowship, and the Peter Benchley Ocean Award for Excellence in Science. He has given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, the Canadian Parliament and the British House of Lords. His research has generated a great deal of public interest, and has been cited by, among others, The Economist, The Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal and Vancouver Sun.