Dr. Stephen J. Hall was appointed Director General of The WorldFish Center in March 2004. He was previously Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and was a member of Prime Minister’s Steering Committee on Mapping Australia’s Innovation System from 2003 until 2004. He also served as Director of Lincoln Marine Science Center, Australia, worked in Flinders University as Professor of Marine Biology, and as Section Head (Fish Biology) in the Scottish Office Agriculture Environment and Fisheries Dept, Marine Lab Aberdeen, UK. In January 2005, Dr Hall was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service as Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. In 2001, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in recognition of his contributions to fisheries and marine science in Australia. He has published extensively in the scientific and development literature on tropical fisheries and aquaculture. Dr. Hall has a Ph.D. in Marine Ecology and a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Biochemistry. He is also a Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors.