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Dr. Nina Wambiji is a Senior Research Scientist having worked at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Mombasa, Kenya for the last 17 years. She is a marine fisheries scientist and has been engaged in various multidisciplinary projects and worked on the catches, distribution and socio-economic aspects related to rabbitfishes, marine megafauna and most recently billfishes. She also engages in marine biodiversity data management through global databases. Currently a 2020 Pew Marine fellow working on understanding billfish species, their distribution, capacity building for effective conservation and their management in collaboration with a MASMA Project on Billfish Interactions, Livelihoods, and Linkages for Fisheries sustainability in the Western Indian Ocean (BILLFISH-WIO). She is currently the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Country coordinator for Kenya. A recipient of the African Women in Research and Development (AWARD) fellow 2013, the African Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship 2015 at BecA-ILRI, Nairobi and an Australia Awards Africa alumni of the 2019 cohort which was impactful in embracing the Blue Economy agenda. She’s a member of the Global IUCN Snapper, Sea bream, and Grunt Specialist Group.