Team

René Benguerel Founder & Managing Director
Zürich, Switzerland
Matthias KrebsFounder & Managing Director
Zürich, Switzerland
Veronika JocFinance Manager
Zürich, Switzerland

René Benguerel holds a Masters in Aquatic Ecology and Fish Biology. Before founding Blueyou Consulting, he worked in the Swiss retail sector where he was appointed Procurement Manager for Sustainable Fish and Seafood for a major Swiss retail company. He has extensive expertise in consulting industries, financing institutions, and international markets that focus on solutions for more sustainable practices. He has years of experience in developing incentive systems for reform that can be implemented by the industry at the production and processing levels. René leads Blueyou’s aquaculture and fisheries programs, involves consulting and practical, field-level implementation.


Nationality: Swiss
Languages: German, English and French

Matthias Krebs holds a degree in Agronomy from the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. He has several years of work experience as a purchasing manager and working with vertically integrated supply chains for sustainable products in the Swiss retail sector. As a managing partner at Blueyou he works on the implementation of sustainable aquaculture programmes as well as supply chain management and market promotion of seafood from responsible sources.


Nationality: Swiss
Languages: German, English, French and Spanish

Veronika Joc holds Master's in Economics from the University of Würzburg, Germany and a postdegree as a tax advisor. Before joining Blueyou, she worked as an auditor and finance manager for Deloitte in Munich and Zurich as well as for Warner Bros in London and Cytos in Zurich. At Blueyou, she manages all financial matters, including financial accounting, controlling, budgeting, tax declarations, year end closings, etc.

Nationality: German
Languages: German, English and Italian

Thomas AnnerAquaculture & Supply Chain
Consultant
Zürich, Switzerland
Simon SiggMarket & Supply Chain Manager
Zürich, Switzerland
Fabian Mollet Fisheries Consultant
Zürich, Switzerland

Thomas Anner holds a BSc degree in Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Natural Management from Zürich University of Applied Sciences. At Blueyou, he focuses on environmentally sound aquaculture technologies and farming projects as well as addressing supply chains and marketing concepts for sustainable products in Europe.


Nationality: Finnish and Swiss
Languages: German, English, Swedish, Finnish, and French

Simon Sigg holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Bern and a post-degree diploma in Supply Chain Management. At Blueyou, he is responsible for key customer accounts and business development in Asia as well as implementing supply chain and marketing concepts for sustainable seafood in Europe.

Nationality: Swiss

Languages: German, English, French and Spanish

Fabian Mollet holds a PhD in Fisheries and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Wageningen and a Postgraduate Master in Statistics from the University of Neuchâtel. He previously worked in research within European networks on the evolutionary effects of fishing and implications for sustainable management, including empirical analysis as well as modelling for management advice. At Blueyou, Fabian focuses on research and scientific guidance for sustainability concepts in fisheries and aquaculture, development and implementation of fisheries improvement programs, stock assessments, and fisheries co-management in the context of developing countries.


Nationality: Swiss 
Languages: German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch
Thomas Egli Fisheries Project Manager
Zürich, Switzerland
Livia RamazziniQuality Manager
Zürich, Switzerland
Vivi HotzBusiness and Finance Support
Zürich, Switzerland

Thomas Egli holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He has studied ecology and environmental management in Canada, Australia, Svalbard, and Switzerland. His past work focused on marine conservation and management, as well as project planning and communication. As a researcher with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Thomas worked to assess wild fishery stocks and mediated interactions between scientists, fishers, and First Nations. As a commercial diver and trained naturalist with National Geographic, Thomas brings 10 years of experience managing expeditions and field courses on five continents to the team at Blueyou. He is focused on expanding the scope of the sustainable fisheries managed by Blueyou while providing advice on fishery improvement programs in developing countries. He also incorporates international ethical standards into project development.

Nationality: Swiss and Canada
Languages: Swiss German, English, French and Spanish 

Livia Ramazzini holds a Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology with a specialization in Food Quality and Safety from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. Before joining Blueyou, she worked in the Swiss food industry as a product manager. At Blueyou, Livia is responsible for quality management support of the technical and commercial teams in all matters concerning quality processes, quality assurance, certifications, and traceability.


Nationality: Swiss and Italian

Languages: German, English and Italian

Vivi Hotz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the National Kaohsiung
University of Hospitality and Tourism in Taiwan. Before joining Blueyou, she spent several years in Taiwan as an international procurement manager, developing both domestic and international hotel projects and luxury interiors. At Blueyou, Vivi Hotz is responsible for supporting in the Accounting and Finance department as well as in the supply chain management of key accounts.  

Nationality: Taiwanese
Languages: German, English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Taiwanese
Neil RadixManaging Director, North America
Vancouver, Canada
Christian SchmidradnerGeneral Manager at Meliomar Inc.
Manila, Philippines
Oscar AlmadenFishery Outreach Philippines
Manila, Philippines
Neil Radix worked with SeaChoice, a Canadian non-profit program aimed to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies for several leading Canadian distribution and retail businesses, prior to joining Blueyou.  Working closely with a North American-wide network of NGO’s, Neil developed a well-rounded yet pragmatic understanding of sustainable seafood certifications and programs.  With these attributes, along with a 15 year culinary background and nearly 5 years of supply chain expertise, Neil is well positioned to deliver our cutting edge sustainable seafood solutions to the North American market.

Nationality: Canadian
Languages: English

Christian holds a Masters of Business Administration and Management from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration as well as a Bachelors of Business Administration and Management from Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Christian has years of experience in business development, analysis, and management in both the Philippines and Europe. He has been the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer at Meliomar Inc., a subsidiary of Blueyou and functions as the local processing and export partner of the Artesmar® Initiative in the Philippines, since 2013 and is also a Member of the Board. 

Nationality: Austrian
Languages: German, English, and Tagalog

Oscar has over 2 decades of experience in the distribution of tuna and other fishery products in Metro Manila as well as to other areas in Asia, such as Japan and Hong Kong. He has been working with Blueyou on its yellowfin tuna Fishery Improvement Project, Artesmar® since 2009 to create awareness and work towards eradicating IUU fisheries in Philppine waters. He also works to register and license artisanal fishing vessels and maintain a Catch Documentation Scheme and Fishery Product Traceability System. Oscar works to create awareness on the importance of linking traceability to sustainability as it pertains to Philippine marine resources. He also acts as the Procurement Officer for Meliomar Inc, a exporting subsidiary of Blueyou Consulting. 

Nationality: Filipino
Languages: Filipino, Cebuano, English and Japanese

Guillemette ForatoProject Manager
Cebu, Philippines
Abdulla Shakir MohamedMaldives Project Manager
Male’, Republic of Maldives
Rose GeDirector Marketing and Sales, China
Beijing, China

Guillemette Forato holds a MSc in Aquaculture and Marine Resources Management from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and a master degree in Agricultural Sciences from Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture d’Angers, France. Before joining the team, she gained valuable experience in Bluefin tuna management as technical coordinator of the Regional Observer Program in the Mediterranean Sea for ICCAT. She then moved to the Philippines where she was a grant writer for a local NGO in coastal resources management. At Blueyou and Meliomar Inc, Guillemette works as a local consultant and project manager for all topics related to sustainability and quality of seafood in the Philippines, especially on ARTESMAR FIP and Local SeaChange Program.

 

Nationality: French

Languages: French, English, Spanish and Bisaya

 

Shakir has been actively involved with fishing communities in the Maldives for the past 15 years. He has managed, supported, and assisted in organizing community-based fisher groups and cooperatives. As the Blueyou Maldives Project Manager, Shakir is responsible for implementing the local development of the world’s first Fair Trade, MSC certified fishery. He plays a front-line role mediating various groups while organizing and managing the Fair Trade Fisher Association in different island fishing communities. Prior to joining the team at Blueyou, he worked at the Maldivian Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture as an assistant project officer and also as a Fisheries Implementation Officer in an IFAD funded project led by the Ministry of Fisheries. His latest endeavour was as Secretary-General of the Maldives Fishermen’s Association. 

Nationality: Maldivian
Languages: English, Dhivehi

Rose Ge holds a Bachelors with upper second class standing in Accounting & Financial Management from the University of Hull in England. Before joining Blueyou, she acquired nearly 10 years of experience in international trade and business, working with both international clients and domestic Chinese suppliers. Her main responsibility at Blueyou is to launch thecompany's brand into the Chinese market and build business relationships with potential Chinese seafood buyers. She will also be taking care of Chinese clients in coordination with Blueyou in Switzerland. 
 
Nationality: Chinese
Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), English
Linh Gia DinhQuality Manager
Ca Mau, Vietnam
Tuan Hoang NguyenAquaculture Project Coordinator
Ca Mau, Vietnam

Linh Gia Dinh holds a degree in Aquaculture Engineering from the Can Tho University of Vietnam. Prior to joining our team, she worked for the Coastal Wetlands Protection & Development Project in Southern Vietnam and has several years of practical working experience in the inspection and processing of aquaculture products. At Blueyou, she focuses on sustainable aquaculture standard compliance procedures, specifically concerning quality assurance, traceability and supply chain integrity for the Selva Shrimp program and other seafood products.

Nationality: Vietnamese
Languages: Vietnamese and English

Tuan Hoang Nguyen holds a Master in Environmental Engineering and has acquired several years of practical experience in environmental management relating to energy and climate change as well as sanitation and water. Prior to joining our team, Tuan also worked as a lecturer in the Environment and Sanitation division for Ton Duc Thang University and Open University in Vietnam. At Blueyou, Tuan will take the lead of the local implementation for the Selva Shrimp program, implementing the ICS in the forest management board areas in close cooperation and partnership with our local processing and export partners.

Nationality: Vietnamese
Languages: Vietnamese and English

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