Dr. Chris O’ Brien

Dr Chris O’ Brien
Regional Coordinator

Chris has been managing the BOBLME Project since it began in May 2009 and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the Project in the eight countries that border the Bay of Bengal. Chris has a strong background in Project Management and in particular, the development and delivery of fisheries science programmes for management. From 1996 to 2004 he was a Science Manager at the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries; and prior to BOBLME, he was the Deputy Secretary at the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, based in the Seychelles. Chris has a PhD in marine ecology from the University of New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Rudolf Hermes

Dr Rudolf Hermes
Chief Technical Advisor

Mr Hermes holds a Master’s Degree in Biology from Bonn University and a Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Marine Fisheries and Zoology) from Hamburg University. From 1979 until 2004, he worked in fisheries and coastal resources development, research and management in several projects of bilateral cooperation, seconded through the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), mainly in the Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. This work included assignments with Departments of Science and Fisheries, at national and provincial levels, with NGOs, and as Associate Professor at the University of the Philippines. Read more...
From 2005 onward, he worked as a consultant for FAO in post-tsunami relief and rehabilitation, both in Aceh/Indonesia and FAO-HQ based, in Monitoring and Evaluation, as Chief Technical Officer, and engaged in project concept development and formulation. His last assignment in FAO HQ was Acting Fisheries Emergency Focal Person, tasked with the coordination of disaster response in fisheries. Collapse
C.M Muralidharan

Mr C.M Muralidharan
Project Manager

Muralidharan is a post graduate in Mariculture from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, India. He had worked in various capacities in MATSYAFED, Kerala, MPEDA, Action for Food Production (AFPRO) India and two FAO Fisheries Projects in India. He was the National Project Coordinator of the Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods (FIMSUL) project in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. His areas of expertise are in integrated and participatory fisheries and fisheries livelihoods development, coastal development, community based disaster preparedness, project coordination and project management.
Sucharat Tong On

Ms Sucharat Tong On

Ms Tong-on holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences from Thammasat University and is also studying for a Master’s degree (MBA) from Thammasat University.
She started working in FAO since 2008 as Temporary Assistant in Personal Unit and then has taken the position as Secretary of the BOBLME Project.
Nishan Sugathadasa

Mr Nishan Sugathadasa
Technical Officer

Nishan graduated from the University of Manchester, UK, with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering. He worked for one year at Nortel Networks in Harlow, UK, as a hardware Engineer in his placement year before moving back to the Seychelles, to work at the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication as a Frequency Management Engineer for two years.  He then transferred to the Seychelles Fishing Authority as Systems Manager for 6 years. During this time, he was seconded to Indian Ocean Tuna Commission and was also the IT consultant to the Indian Ocean Tuna Tagging Project for its duration of 5 years.