I am an Egyptian-Canadian researcher in Glasgow. I am a father of one and enjoy diving, cycling, watching football and travelling.
My pronouns are:
I’m an aquatic ecologist working on advancing the welfare of aquatic animals used in the food sector (fisheries & aquaculture). I run a research organisation called Ethical Seafood Research that carries out research and training projects in Africa showing fish farmers the benefits of looking after their fish.
My Typical Day:
My days mostly consist of meetings with colleagues, networking externally to look for additional project funding and writing up reports for the funders to show the progress we have made. When I am in the field, I am visiting fish farmers and fishing communities to hear about their current challenges. I also frequently attend conferences and workshops around the topic of aquatic animal welfare in fisheries and aquaculture.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would use the money to hold events aimed at recruiting more scientists to such initiatives!
I grew up in the Middle East (between Egypt and Saudi Arabia) where I went to British international schools before moving to the north of England to complete high school at a Quaker boarding school. I then moved to Canada for university where I studied Environmental Science and International Development at the University of Toronto. I moved back to Europe for a Master’s in Applied Ecology and Conservation where I focused on aquatic ecosystems.
After working at the UN and other international organisations for some years, I moved to Scotland to do a PhD in fish ecophysiology and aquaculture.
Founder & Lead Researcher @ Ethical Seafood Research
Ethical Seafood Research
Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
fish lover and advocate
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
All the time!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would do something related to languages and linguistics
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Finding inner peace, being there for my family & being a positive force for change in the world
Tell us a joke.
Why don't fish play piano? Because you can't tuna fish!