Staff

Jon Huggins - Director

Jon Huggins is the Director for Oceans Beyond Piracy at OEF. He previously served as NATO’s Operational Liaison Officer to the European Union Council Secretariat in Brussels and as Contingency Planning Officer at NATO headquarters. His work on major military staffs includes an assignment as lead planner for Counter-Terrorism and Irregular Warfare for the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and as Study Coordinator for the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. He also served as a Political-Military Planning Officer in Yokosuka Japan. During his 22 years in the US Navy, Huggins served as a Naval Flight Officer and Mission Commander on airborne missions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Persian Gulf, and over Afghanistan. He was the Officer in Charge of the Navy’s detachment of land-based reconnaissance aircraft in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002 in Masirah, Oman. Huggins holds an MA degree from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy and a BS degree in Economics from Iowa State University. He is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas and spent a year as a resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, DC.

Robert Mazurek - Director, Secure Fisheries

With a background and expertise in marine conservation, Robert leads Secure Fisheries efforts to promote sustainable fishing. He has a wide range of experience working across both national and international governments as well as with private entities to bridge the gaps between science, policy, and competing public and private interests.  He also has over 20 years’ experience in science communications and outreach where he focused on achieving continued sustainability for marine resources.  Prior to joining Secure Fisheries, Robert was the manager for the Pew Charitable Trust’s Global Ocean Legacy (GOL) project where he helped create oceanic-scale marine reserves across the globe. He also advised the Resources Law Group and the state of California in the implementation of one of the largest marine protected area networks in the world.  He additionally helped the Monterey Bay Aquarium design and launch its renowned Seafood Watch Program. 

Gregory Clough - Project Manager, West Africa

Gregory Clough is the Project Manager, West Africa for Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) at the One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation. Gregory has over fifteen years of professional experience working in both for profit and non-profit environments. Prior to joining OEF, Gregory received an MA in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and a BA in History from the University of Colorado.  He worked previously at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development in Vienna, Austria and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sarah Glaser - Research Associate, Secure Fisheries

Sarah is an expert in marine ecology with a focus on tuna, sustainable fisheries and food security. For Secure Fisheries, Sarah leads the scientific research team estimating IUU fishing in the Western Indian Ocean and the impact of illegal fishing in Somalia. Additionally, her research involves the application of fisheries catch and effort data to population dynamics, the use of ecological forecasting models, and the relationship between fisheries and conflict. Sarah also is an affiliated research scientist at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she holds a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role of fisheries in food security in East Africa. Previously, she was an assistant professor of biology at the College of William and Mary. Sarah holds a PhD in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Kaija Hurlburt - Associate Director, Secure Fisheries

Kaija has expertise in environmental policy, maritime governance and multi-stakeholder coordination. At Secure Fisheries, Kaija helps lead the team’s work across its three focus areas. Outside of Secure Fisheries, Kaija launched OBP’s efforts in West Africa and was lead author on OBP’s three Human Cost of Piracy reports, shedding light on the plight of seafarers exposed to maritime piracy. Prior to joining OEF, Kaija worked for the Institutions and Governance Program at World Resources Institute where she researched and analyzed the impacts of international climate change projects. She previously worked in microfinance as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and as a financial analyst at Clarion Partners, LLC in Seattle, WA. Kaija received her MA in International Environmental Policy and Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and her BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Peter Kerins - Project Coordinator

Peter's primary responsibility is conducting research and analysis for OBP's annual State of Maritime Piracy report and any linked projects, a year-round process centered around information-gathering, economic and commercial analysis, and sophisticated GIS analysis. Charged with investigating the respective responses to piracy and other maritime challenges by governments, industry, and civil society, Peter is particularly appreciative of the opportunity to engage with a topic at the nexus of several professional interests: governance systems, collective-action problems, and incentive-driven behavior. He received his MA in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, concentrating on Political Economy and Policy Making, and earned BS degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. 

Ben Lawellin - Project Manager

Ben Lawellin is a Project Manager for Oceans Beyond Piracy focusing on the Somali Maritime Resource and Security Strategy.  Ben assists with research and implementation of OBP's Security Sector Reform and development programs.  He is a graduate from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies with a Masters Degree in International Security.  Prior to graduate school Ben served in the United States Air Force.  

Jens Vestergaard Madsen - Senior Project Associate

Jens Vestergaard Madsen is a Senior Project Associate for the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) project at the One Earth Future Foundation which he joined in September 2010. Jens is responsible for OBP’s support to the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia’s Lessons Learned Project. He also works closely with OBP’s Director to implement OBP’s mission of a long term and sustainable solution to maritime piracy through collaboration with stakeholders from governments, the maritime industry and civil society. Born and raised in Denmark, Jens received a Master of International Studies degree from Seoul National University in South Korea, majoring in International Cooperation. He also holds a BSc degree in Business Administration and Chinese Language from Copenhagen Business School and studied Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Jérôme Michelet - Associate Director

Jérôme Michelet is the Associate Director for Oceans Beyond Piracy. Prior to joining OEF, Jérôme was a maritime consultant, where he worked on the "Improvement of Port Safety and Efficiency in Africa" and MARSIC projects. He has studied West and Central Africa ports, and has spent more than one year in Djibouti working on piracy related issues.  Jérôme served more than 27 years in the French Navy, where he commanded two warships and participated, either as staff officer or as embarked officer, to anti-piracy patrols; counter narcotics operations; fisheries control; counterterrorism exercises; maritime border control operations; pollution surveillance; sea police operations; crisis management; search and rescue; safety of life at sea; and assistance operations. He participated in many tours overseas in the Gulf of Guinea, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and South East Asia. 

Maisie Pigeon - Project Officer, Communications and Coastal Development

Maisie Pigeon is the Project Officer for Communications for the Oceans Beyond Piracy project. Maisie is responsible for OBP’s communications efforts, including liaising with members of the media, and managing the project’s website and social media. Prior to joining OEF, Maisie lived in Washington, DC where she developed and implemented a number of social advocacy campaigns and strategic communications plans for several international development-focused NGOs. She has her Masters Degree in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and she received her Bachelors Degree from James Madison University, where she studied Political Science, Anthropology and Africana Studies.

Paige Roberts - Project Coordinator, Secure Fisheries

Paige has expertise in fisheries ecology and biology. At Secure Fisheries she is part of the scientific research team, providing background literature and research on the ecology and history of fisheries in the Indian Ocean, with a focus on Somalia. Additionally, she assists with data management and analysis of fisheries and vessel Automatic Identification System (AIS) data using geographic information systems (GIS). For seven years prior to joining Secure Fisheries, she was a field and lab technician at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where she focused on the ecology of fish and crabs in the Chesapeake Bay; her research on blue crab reproduction was published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. Paige earned her BS in Biology and Marine Science from the University of Miami. 

Colonel (Retd) John Steed MBE - Regional Manager - Horn of Africa

John is an expert in maritime crime, conflict resolution and negotiations, and African geopolitics. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, John provides support to Secure Fisheries on the Fisheries Crime Pillar of the Indian Ocean Forum on Maritime Crime. Prior to joining OEF, John was the Principal Military Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Mahiga, Head of the Counter Piracy Unit in the UN Political Mission for Somalia, UK’s first Military Representative to Somalia and UK’s Defence Advisor to Kenya, Tanzania, The Seychelles and Somalia. John is retired from the British army, where he served 37 years in numerous locations across the globe and commanded at Regimental and Squadron levels. He was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth as part of the 1st Gulf War Honors and Awards. John was educated at Kings College Taunton, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and staff training at the Joint Services Defence College, Greenwich.

Matthew Walje - Project Manager, Trends Analysis

Matthew Walje is the Project Manager for Trends Analysis at the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) project. Matthew is the project lead for the State of Piracy reports project, works on trends analysis, and is the organizational representative to  ICoCA. He has also worked on the maritime security oversight and capacity building coordination. Prior to joining OBP, Matthew served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps Reserves, with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as with NORTHCOM and in Norway as a part of Operation Cold Response. He was a Sié Fellow at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies, where he received his Master's in International Human Rights, and is a graduate from William Jewell College with BAs in International Relations and Political Science. 

Fellows and Advisors

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent - Senior Fellow

Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent spent 37 years in the British Royal Navy after achieving a Master’s Degree at Cambridge University in Mathematics and Operational Research.   He left the Royal Navy in 2008 having commanded in every rank up to four-star Admiral, concluding his career as as Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet.   He was knighted in 2004. He is a graduate of the Greenwich Joint Services Defence College, an alumnus of the UK Cabinet Office Top Management Programme and an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge.
He has his own strategic advisory business – Orchard Leadership.
www.orchardleadership.co.uk