Fish 2.0 Team
Monica Jain, Executive Director
Monica Jain is the founder and Executive Director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc. She possesses a blend of expertise from 20 years of work in the private sector and philanthropy, and specializes in the creation of innovative financing strategies and structures for impact investors, foundations, and private sector–non-profit partnerships. She has a background in marine biology and a deep passion for both fisheries and social change. Monica has launched several entrepreneurial ventures and has extensive experience in finance and philanthropy. In philanthropy, she worked to start up and grow the Avina Foundation from 1993-2000. In finance, she has worked with private banks and venture capital firms in both the US and Europe. She has also been a strategic consultant to several private foundations and multinational corporations.
During the course of her career, Monica has worked side by side with over 200 organizations and individual change leaders globally in the creation of their visions and ventures. Monica holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management and Finance from the Wharton School of Business.
Remy Garderet, Managing Director
Remy Garderet is co-founder and Managing Director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc., has worked with businesses, governments, and investors for more than 18 years to help mainstream clean technology and impact investment. Remy helps clients develop new strategic projects, policies and funding programs to reach their objectives. His work brings together a background in economics, policy and knowledge management to increase collaboration and reduce risks for new investment.
In the last five years Remy has been intensely engaged in helping grow the sustainable seafood industry and attract investment to growing, impactful enterprises within it. In recent years he has also worked with the automotive industry and California State government to develop hydrogen fuels infrastructure, and with New Zealand policymakers to assess utility-scale renewable energy investments.
Remy holds an M.A. in Economics and Energy Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Corey Peet, Associate - Southeast Asia Track
Corey is the chief point of contact for competitors from Southeast Asia. Corey has worked on sustainable seafood issues for more than 10 years including working on sustainability assessments, standards definition and implementation and more recently supporting stakeholders to build their own fisheries and shrimp aquaculture improvement tools in Southeast Asia. He has worked with many NGO’s including the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Program, World Wildlife Fund, 50in10, and the David Suzuki Foundation. Corey also has experience working directly with Seafood Buyers and trying to reconcile the needs of the marketplace with realities facing seafood producers. Corey has a MSc in Marine Conservation Ecology from the University of Victoria, B.C.
Marian Portero, Associate - Chile & Peru Track
Marian is the main point of contact for entrepreneurs in the Chile-Peru track of Fish 2.0. Marian has more than 25 years of international corporate and consulting experience in Financial Systems & Strategic Consulting with Fortune 500 companies. For the last 15 years she has focused on developing entrepreneurship talent in South Africa and Europe. In 2000 she co-founded TAS Advisory Services and collaborated with the South Africa Institute of Entrepreneurship. In 2005 she developed a shared service center for the fishing group Irving & Johnson. Marian founded the Institute for Entrepreneurship (IDEMP) in Spain in 2012, designing and implementing programs to develop entrepreneurial mindsets. Based in Florida, Marian currently works with the Student Business Incubator at The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
Marian is licensed in Economics and Business Administration by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, has an MBA from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain and holds a Diploma in Corporate Finance from London Business School, UK.
Seana Day, Associate - New England and Online Education
Seana is the chief point of contact for New England competitors, and also coordinates online education content creation and contributor relationships for Fish 2.0. Seana has over a decade of corporate and financial services experience. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of DH Consulting LLC, an advisory boutique specializing in Private Placement, M&A, strategic planning, and restructuring activities. Prior that DHC, she led operations and restructuring for Versata Enterprises, Inc. Seana's global advisory background spans AgTech, communications software, mobility, enterprise software, and digital media. She formerly worked at technology and middle market focused investment banks including AGC Partners, Ridgecrest Capital Partners, and Headwaters Merchant Bank. Seana has also held positions in private equity with Marsico Enterprises and retail investment advisory with Robert W. Baird & Co.
Seana received her MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Support Staff and Partners
Karl Larsen, Associate - Online Platforms
Karl Larsen is the Associate - Online Platforms for Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting. Karl’s primary responsibilities include streamlining the user interface for the Fish 2.0 website, contributing to the development of the Fish 2.0 site, and managing information for the competitors, judges, and advisors. Karl is a first year MBA/Masters in International Environmental Policy Student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Karl graduated from the University of Rochester in May of 2015 with a BA in Economics and a minor in Spanish. While studying at the University of Rochester Karl worked as a Fisheries Bio-aide and Environmental Technician for several summers for various departments of the Idaho State Government.
Mary Ann McCarthy, Events Coordinator
Mary Ann manages the Finals Event for Fish 2.0 at Stanford University, including the venue, hotel arrangements and travel support. She is a returning member of the team, having overseen the 2013 Finals. Mary Ann has managed large scale events for businesses and non-profits for the last six years and has a prior experience working in non-profit fundraising and development, as well as in the financial services arena.
Nathan Gold, Pitch Trainer
Nathan Gold is the Pitch Trainer for Fish 2.0, specializing in designing, scripting, and delivering more compelling and memorable presentations and product demos. Nathan hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and travels around the world coaching and training people on how to prepare for high-stakes presentations. He does this through workshops, seminars, keynotes, live streaming, and 1-on-1 sessions, both in person and online.
Nathan has worked for both large and small companiesand has personally delivered over 15,000 presentations and over 12,000 hours of professional coaching and training. He is a pitch coach for dozens of accelerators and incubators around the world and is an Industry Fellow at UC Berkeley and a guest lecturer at Wharton Entrepreneurship.
Thinkshift Communications, Fish 2.0 Communications
Thinkshift is a team of strategists, thinkers, writers, and campaigners inspired by the power of business to address pressing social and environmental problems. They help sustainable businesses, cleantech companies and social enterprises reach their goals through creative brand story platforms, PR and thought leadership strategies, and content marketing plans. Thinkshift is a Certified B Corp and a California public benefit corporation. thinkshiftcom.com
Yi Krooss, Visual Consultant
Yi Krooss is a freelance visual consultant living in Los Angeles, specializing in visual identity and front-end website development. She brings more than ten years of experience across various media including print, web and television at firms such as Pentagram Design, Robert Stern Architects and Fox Studios/Discovery Channel to Manta Consulting and her other clients. She has worked closely with Manta to creatively develop logos, web pages and other visuals for the firm and for our projects. YiKrooss.com
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