Dr. Michael J. Phillips

Penang, Malaysia


Michael Phillips received a PhD in Aquaculture and Fish Behavior in 1982 from the University of Stirling, UK, and has been involved in research and development on various aspects of Asian aquaculture and aquatic systems since 1985, with occasional short periods of work in the Americas, Africa, and the Pacific. Before joining WorldFish in 2009, Dr. Phillips was Research and Development Manager at the Intergovernmental Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA) in Bangkok, Thailand. Since joining WorldFish, he has been involved in sustainable aquaculture research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands, and more recently, in Egypt and Zambia. He recently contributed to two seminal publications: the landmark “Blue Frontiers” study on the global ecological footprint of aquaculture, conducted in partnership with Conservation International and a publication on aquaculture in 2050, with the World Resources Institute. With WorldFish colleagues and private partners, he researches on business innovations and financing for investment into SME aquaculture enterprises. He is currently the director of the Aquaculture and Genetic Improvement Division of WorldFish, the leader of the sustainable productivity theme of the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems, and a co-lead on the feeds and forages theme in Livestock and Fish, another CGIAR Research program.


Session 1B: Fish and Food Security: Securing Blue Growth of Aquaculture