Born in the Netherlands, Dr Lida Pet-Soede holds graduate degrees (BSc., MSc. and a PhD) in Tropical Fisheries Biology and Management, all from Wageningen Agricultural University. There, her major disciplines were fisheries biology and management, the socio-economics of developing countries and fish culture. Lida conducted her PhD research in Indonesia and has subsequently supervised the progress of more than 150 students, many of which have gone on to key roles in conservation and fisheries management. She has co-authored more than 60 papers and publications.
Lida is a senior strategic conservation and fisheries management professional with practical, policy, technical and management skills. She is a leader in developing new programmes, initiating multi-partner platforms and is a strong motivator for organisational change. With extensive experience developing effective collaborative networks, as well as capable motivated global teams and strategic partnerships (government, private sector, academia and NGOs), she can boast a proven track record in achieving conservation and natural resource management agenda, and is regarded by colleagues as a passionate high achiever and strong team builder.
Currently, Lida leads the development of a new marine unit at environmental consulting firm PT Hatfield Indonesia. Established 26 years ago in Indonesia, with headquarters in Canada and activities throughout South East Asia, Hatfield works throughout Indonesia on various projects including environmental and social impact assessment, remote sensing and mapping, renewable energy, biodiversity assessments, environmental monitoring and forestry certification. The marine unit currently has a small but growing client base and provides technical expertise and advice for a variety of projects, including tuna fisheries in Indonesia and the Asia-Pacific, inshore small-scale pelagic fisheries in Indonesia, nature-based tourism in the Coral Triangle, private-sector investments in conservation areas and sustainable aquaculture, and ocean waste management.
Lida is an avid diver. She enjoys living in Indonesia with her family, in particular taking trips around the country to show her two daughters the beauty of the Coral Triangle.
IPNLF has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Good progress is being made, relations with private sector and governments and other NGOs are constructive and there is good understanding of where the work needs to go and what needs to happen. The individuals who have succeeded in getting IPNLF to this point can benefit from some help to take their work to the next level – not only to provide Indonesia’s one-by-one fisheries with the positive global reputation that they deserve, but also to consider in what shape or form similar successes for other tuna fisheries can be enabled. I am very happy to have been invited to work with IPNLF on these things.