Thor Heiðar Ásgeirsson

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FTP Director

Thor Heiðar Ásgeirsson

M.Sc.

Short Bio

Thor is a fisheries development expert with decades of experience in the fields of fisheries science, international development cooperation, and education. With graduate degrees in both marine ecology and science education, Thor served as the Deputy Director of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme starting in 2000 and was made Director of the UNESCO Fisheries Training Programme in 2019. Throughout his time with the FTP, Thor has worked on several special projects in addition to his regular administrative duties, including evaluation of fisheries development interventions in cooperation with NORAD/ICEIDA, and a five month stint in the Caribbean as a special advisor to the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism. As UNESCO – FTP Director, Thor is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme, and administration of its activities. Thor is an avid scuba diver, and can be found most weekends exploring fascinating sea life along the cold waters of the Icelandic coast.

Education

  • M.Sc., Marine Ecology, University of Massachusetts, 1990 - 1992
  • M.Ed, Env. Biology, Boston Univeristy, 1988 - 1990
  • BEd., Biology, Teacher College of Iceland, 1983 - 1986
  • Diploma, Biology, University of Iceland, 1987 - 1988

Activities

Short Course

Profitability Assessment in Fisheries and Aquaculture Enterprises

1.01.2007 - 1.01.2007
Cuba
22 1 1 20
Short Course

Leadership in Fisheries

1.01.2010 - 1.01.2010
Belize
15 12 3
Short Course

Project Cycle Management

4.06.2012 - 8.06.2012
Saint Lucia
21 15 6
Short Course

Performance Management and Leadership

1.01.2011
Malaysia
44 38 6
Short Course

Leadership in Fisheries

8.04.2013 - 12.04.2013
Saint Lucia
17 11 6
Study Tour

Exploring development potential and collaborations

1.01.2014
Iceland
15 11 4
Short Course

Data collection and management of CRFM member states

1.01.2014 - 1.01.2014
St. Vincent & Grenadines
16 8 8
Short Course

Development potential of the fisheries sector

1.01.2015
Iceland
13 7 6
Short Course

Management of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Procedures

17.04.2016 - 30.04.2016
Iceland
18 10 8
Short Course

Value Chain Analysis in the Caribbean Fisheries

18.07.2016 - 23.07.2016
Suriname
19 16 3
Workshop

Fisheries Value Chain Management Workshop

1.01.2018 - 1.01.2018
Trinidad and Tobago
29 17 12
Conference

IIFET - Seattle

13.08.2018 - 13.08.2018
United States
17 13 4
Conference

The status of fisheries and aquaculture in OSPESCA’s countries

7.11.2019 - 8.11.2019
Nicaragua
59 50 9
Workshop

Fish quality and training in sensory evaluation of fish freshness

18.11.2019 - 22.11.2019
Tanzania
17 13 4