Sariaka Olmstead-Rakotondrazafy

Sariaka Olmstead-Rakotondrazafy received a master’s in forestry, environment & development in 2014 from the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar (ESSA). Seeking to deepen her knowledge on oceans and the marine environment, she completed a master’s in marine and lacustrine science and management (Oceans and Lakes), an interuniversity program organized by the Faculty of Sciences of VUB (Free University of Brussels). Working for different governmental projects and NGOs on coastal zone management, climate change, community livelihood, management plan of fisheries, and Marine Protected Areas management with coastal communities in various regions of Madagascar since 2012, she has developed a particular interest on ocean governance, small-scale fisheries, and coastal communities. In 2018, Olmstead-Rakotondrazafy received an award from the United Nations and the Nippon Foundation of Japan Fellowship. As part of the fellowship, she worked on research focused on the Blue Economy and fisheries in Madagascar in collaboration with Saint Mary’s University in Canada. This inspired her to create Impacting Lives through Opportunities (SEILO) in 2020, a social enterprise that advocates for environmental protection and community empowerment.

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