YUAN Derun received his PhD from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). His work focuses on the development and promotion of environmentally friendly and ecologically efficient aquaculture systems, improvement of value chains, trade facilitation, BMPs and certification, farmer empowerment, policies, and institutional support.
He has been working on R&D projects and providing consultancy to private sector and organizations such as ACIAR, USAID, FAO, UNUFTP, World Bank, ADB, UNU-FTP, and national government agencies.
He is a trainer in aquaculture with knowledge and skills in adult learning, continuing education, and technology extension. He has coordinated implementation of international training programs for over a thousand participants.
He is skilful in hatchery design and production, grow-out planning and management, and business optimization for most commonly cultured species in Asia.
His commercial experience was associated with a large intensive shrimp farm in Thailand where he served as the production manager for a year and a half.
He is now a senior program officer at the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA), an intergovernmental organization for aquaculture development. He is managing two working programs of NACA: (1) Sustainable Farming Systems – a program to promote sustainable aquaculture in Asia-Pacific through facilitating collaborative research, technology advance, farming innovation, and sector governance; (2) Education and Training Program – a program for regional capacity building, knowledge networking, and institutional collaboration. Much of his work experience was also related to education and training in the fields of aquaculture, aquatic resource management and aquaculture business management, with a focus on warm water species fed on low trophic level of food chains or species of commercial importance to the region, including tilapia, carps, clarias catfish, pangasius, groupers, seabass, marine shrimp and giant freshwater prawn.
He is a visiting professor at Shanghai Ocean University.