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Management & Secretariat

Stephen Adrian Ross
Executive Director and Chief Technical Officer

Mr. Ross has more than 25 years of experience working with international organizations, national and local governments, donors, private sector and scientific and technical institutions. He has been associated with PEMSEA for the past two decades in various capacities including the development and adoption of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) by 14 countries, as well as the development, demonstration and scaling up of ICM programs. He is an environmental policy and technical advisor with a longstanding record of capacity building and implementation of sustainable coastal development in East Asia, with extensive experience in deepening partnerships with national and local governments, international organizations, NGOs, the private sector and universities in the region.

As a professional engineer, Adrian specialized in hazardous and non-hazardous waste management and the development and commercialization of waste reduction and energy conservation technologies with Environment Canada. Prior to coming to PEMSEA, he was with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where he worked on building national government capacity for hazardous and industrial waste management and alternatives to dumping wastes at sea.

 

Ryan Whisnant
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Mr. Whisnant is a sustainable development professional with 15 years of experience working with companies, development organizations and government agencies including Microsoft, Cisco, UBS, USAID and the US National Park Service. While based in New York City, Ryan led the sustainability office for SunGard, a $4.5 billion company with operations in 30 countries. Mr. Whisnant guides PEMSEA's private sector initiatives including advisory services, regional business partnerships and investment services for coastal sustainable development.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and a Master of Science in Natural Resources & Environment and Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

 

Jae-Young Lee
Deputy Head of Planning and Partnership Development

Mr. Lee has more than 10 years of experience in scientific research relating to the issues of climate change and marine ecosystem conservation. He has worked at the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of RO Korea since 2007. Serving as a Deputy Director of MOF, he worked in various divisions of the MOF including the Marine Environment Policy Division, Marine Ecology Division, Marine Conservation Division and Promotion of Export and Processed Fisheries Products Division.

As PEMSEA’s Deputy Head of Planning and Partnership Development, Mr. Lee promotes collaboration among PEMSEA partners through joint planning and development of projects in support of implementing the Sustainable Development Strategies for the Seas of East Asia Sea (SDS- SEA). He is also acting as PEMSEA’s Country Manager for RO Korea.

Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from Pukyong National University, RO Korea and a Master of Science in Marine Environment Protection from University of North Wales, Bangor, U.K. In 2002, he received his PhD in Life Sciences from Napier University, Edinburgh, U.K.

 

 

Renato Cardinal
Knowledge Management and Certification Services

Mr. Cardinal brings to PEMSEA over 20 years of experience in audit and systems review of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and IMS requirements. He has been with PEMSEA since 2008, overseeing the development, testing and verification of the integrated coastal management (ICM )code, including the formulation of a recognition and certification system that conforms to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification standards, among others. He has a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines.

 

Kathrine Rose Gallardo
Secretariat Services

Ms. Gallardo is responsible for coordinating PEMSEA’s secretariat services to the different regional partnership and governance mechanisms of PEMSEA. She coordinates with the PEMSEA management team,  various PEMSEA partners, collaborators and supporting agencies in the organization and conduct of the EAS Partnership Council, the Executive Committee and the PEMSEA Network of Local Governments. Kathrine is also responsible for monitoring and reporting on the progress, achievements and gaps in the implementation of PEMSEA’s regional marine strategy as well as the preparation of the organization’s annual accomplishment reports.  She has worked with PEMSEA since 2004 and has extensive experience facilitating inter-governmental meetings and organizing the triennial East Asian Seas Congress.

Kathrine received her Masters Degree in International Relations and her Bachelor of Arts in European Languages from the University of the Philippines.

 

Mary Ann Dela Peña
Finance Specialist

Ms. Dela Pena is PEMSEA’s finance manager with a successful record on process analysis, financial controls, budget planning and auditing. She joined PEMSEA in 1996 and has been responsible for effectively leading the finance team to support the organization in meeting its goals and partners’ expectations. Mary Ann has experience in implementing the financial rules and practices implemented by UN agencies and PEMSEA country and non-country partners. Prior to joining PEMSEA, Mary Ann worked on projects with USAID and AusAID under the Philippine Center for Population and Development. 

Mary Ann is a CPA with a degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of Manila. 

 

 

Nancy Bermas
Senior ICM Specialist

Ms. Bermas has extensive working experience in the region developing, implementing and scaling up ICM and supporting policies and programs at the national and local government levels. She is involved in the development and implementation of ICM capacity building programs at the regional, national and site levels, and provides advice and technical support to stakeholders in the application of ICM processes and tools. Nancy has researched and written extensively on ICM and has numerous published works on the sustainability issues of the seas and coasts. She has been part of the PEMSEA team for almost two decades.

Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines.