Fish 2.0 Team
Monica Jain, Executive Director
Monica Jain, founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc., is dedicated to growing networks that bring together her top passions: fisheries and the oceans, finance, and impact investment. She launched Fish 2.0 in 2013 to create a network of quality entrepreneurs and investors who could grow the sustainable seafood sector. Since then, she has worked with over 400 entrepreneurs, 300 investors, and 40 sponsors to grow Fish 2.0.
Monica was named a White House Champion of Change for Sustainable Seafood in October 2016 for her achievements with Fish 2.0 and her longstanding work advancing ocean conservation and sustainable seafood. Her career spans 30 years and 4 continents, encompassing marine biology, philanthropy, venture capital, banking and international development in such far-flung locales as New Zealand, Madagascar, Latin America and Spain, as well as the U.S.
Alongside Fish 2.0, she continues her work as a strategic advisor and consultant to foundations, investors and corporations, helping them launch initiatives and build partnerships. She has supported the development of corporate sustainability strategies, spawned philanthropic initiatives, and helped dozens of companies find aligned investment. Monica holds degrees from Stanford University and the Wharton School of Business.
Remy Garderet, Managing Director
Remy Garderet, co-founder of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting, has a 20-year career working with businesses, governments and investors to help mainstream clean technology and sustainable fisheries. Drawing on a varied and deep background in economics, policy and knowledge management, he designs strategies that attract entrepreneurs and investors into these markets. Since the launch of Fish 2.0, Remy has had a hand in every aspect of building the enterprise into a collaborative network that drives growth in the sustainable seafood sector.
Prior to Fish 2.0, Remy worked with the automotive industry and the government of California to develop alternative fuels infrastructure, and with New Zealand policymakers on utility-scale renewables strategy. He 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.
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 second year MBA / MA 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.
Steffanie Munguía, Program Associate
Steffanie Munguía is a Program Associate at Fish 2.0. She serves as the main point of contact for applicants in the 2017 competition. As a first year graduate student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, Steffanie is completing a Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy specializing in natural resource policy and management with a concentration in social impacts and a Spanish language certification.
Steffanie attended the University of South Florida, completing double Bachelors of Science in Integrative Animal Biology and Environmental Science and Policy. Steffanie made time to illustrate her global commitment to community service, education, and outreach through service in Costa Rica. She also served as the coordinator of a statewide leadership program for Audubon Florida.
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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