We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thor Sigfusson, Founder & Chairman, Iceland Ocean Cluster, will be returning to Fish Waste for Profit as Chairman.

FWP - Chairman and moderators

Thor will also be moderating the keynote panel: Impactful Partnerships for Full Utilisation.

Thor is an Icelandic entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He received his PhD degree in Business from the University of Iceland in 2012 and launched the Iceland Ocean Cluster in 2011. The cluster focuses on developing innovative ideas in the blue economy.

He is also the founder or co-founder of various enterprises in fish utilisation and food. Using the research and information generated from Iceland Ocean Cluster, Sigfusson founded Codland in 2012, and in 2013, he founded the company Collagen with the aim to use fish skin to create marine collagen. Subsequently, he founded Grandi Food Hall and the Iceland Eco-Business Park, and co-founded Hlemmur Food Hall and Reykjavik Foods.

Thor has actively been promoting globally his 100% fish utilisation mission and seafood clusters and he is the co-founder of three ocean clusters in the US; The New England Ocean Cluster, New Bedford Ocean Cluster and the Pacific Northwest Ocean Cluster.

He has written nine books on topics of international business, knowledge networks and salmon. His most recent book is “100% Fish” which focuses on the importance of zero waste in the seafood industry worldwide.

Since establishing the Iceland Ocean Cluster, Sigfusson has spent his time speaking to audiences in North America, Europe, and Asia about the opportunities in building networks in the marine industry.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our moderators; Dr. Alexandra Leeper, Managing Director of International Affairs, Iceland Ocean Cluster and David Naftzger, Executive Director, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers.

Alexandra is passionate about the sustainable use of ocean resources. Her role is that of a scientist intrapreneur in the blue and circular economies, from which she draws on diverse experiences from working all over the world in universities, consultancies, and at sea.

She has a background in marine resources and completed an industrial doctorate in aquaculture and circular economy in 2021 in collaboration with Matís, Food and Biotech Iceland and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

After taking on the role of Head of Research and Innovation at the Iceland Ocean Cluster in 2022, she stepped into the role of Managing Director of International Affairs in 2023. Her work focuses on sustainable value creation and positive impact.

Alexandra is committed to promoting the visibility and connection of women in the startup sector and is herself a co-founder of Hringvarmi, an agri-tech startup that utilises waste heat for controlled environment food production.

David serves as executive director for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. He coordinates the efforts of eight U.S. Governors and two Canadian Premiers to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect its world-class environment.

He manages an innovative economic portfolio that includes impact investment, maritime transportation, export promotion, 100% fish and tourism marketing. He also spearheads an award-winning environmental program to protect about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water.

David earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics; a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University; and, studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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