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A/Prof Matthew Tan

Co Chair for Sustainable Development in Agriculture & Fishery Sectors – APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security/ CEO Asia, Assentoft Aqua Asia

Biography

Associate Professor Matthew Tan is a Food Security Specialist and is also currently Singapore Representative (Private Sector) to APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security. He is also the Co-Chair for Sustainable Development in Agricultural and Fishery sectors where he co-ordinates discussions between senior officials, APEC governments and the private sector on the use of technology and combined resources for Sustainable Development in the Agriculture and Fishery Sectors. He is also currently involved in assisting governments with their Economic Transformation – Aquaculture 4.0 in the light of food security.

About APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security: https://apec.org/Groups/Other-Groups/Policy-Partnership-on-Food-Security.aspx

He is also currently holding the joint appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Asia – Assentoft Aqua Asia Pte Ltd.

Assentoft Aqua A/S (Denmark) is one of the world’s leading Aquaculture Engineering company and the team at Assentoft Aqua has been involved in Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) development since the very beginning of the recirculation aquaculture industry; thus learning from both successes and failures from existing plants, including salmon plants. Assentoft is second to none in having the lowest possible footprint RAS that saves space, pipes, buildings etc, rapid installation time by using steel tanks as our basic component, having the best available water treatment within the industry, low investment per produced ton of fish and deep knowledge about salmon, trout and tropical pelagic fish production in land-based RAS-systems.

A/Prof Tan was previously the Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO & Director of Oceanus Tech Pte Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oceanus Group – One of the world’s largest land-based aquaculture company which is listed on the main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange.

A veteran in the aquaculture industry, he was responsible for the development of Oceanus Group’s Risk Management framework and farms’ operational protocols and oversaw the development and implementation of the company farm’s Bio-security plan which includes the validation & adoption of sustainable technologies, implementation of water monitoring system, animal nutrition & feed formulation and possible use of Recirculating Aquaculture technologies in their land based farms.

He is also graduate of SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre) – Asia’s leading fishery institution; where he received training under a Government of Japan – Trust Fund Programme in hatchery and grow-out, seaweed and Benthic Diatom culture and production.

Matthew is also serving as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor (Aquaculture) with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) – College of Science and Engineering – James Cook University, Australia.

James Cook University specialises in the sustainable exploitation of tropical aquatic species and is Australia’s leading university in Tropical Fisheries Science. Through the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA), JCU partners with industry, NGOs, and government to tackle grand challenges associated with sustainable production of seafood.