USGC Hires Aquaculture Consultant
Ronnie Tan joins as regional aquaculture consultant for Southeast Asia
Ronnie Tan joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Nov. 1 as the regional aquaculture consultant for Southeast Asia.
In this role, Tan will augment the USGC’s work to develop and target technical education and trade servicing programs related to the region’s growing aquaculture industry. Southeast Asia produces roughly one-third of the fish consumed globally, and world seafood consumption has grown consistently over the last 30 years, twice the rate of population growth.
“An aquaculturist by training, Ronnie has more than 35 years of experience in international marketing, supply chain and general management in multinational chemical and feed companies,” says Manuel Sanchez, USGC regional director for Southeast Asia. “That experience will help USGC expand work to ensure Southeast Asian end-users receive the information they need to increase the use of U.S. feed grains and co-products in their aquaculture operations.”
Prior to joining USGC, Tan served as vice-president for Blue Archipelago, the largest integrated shrimp enterprise in Malaysia. In this capacity, Tan was responsible for downstream operations including sales and marketing, branding and the processing plant. Tan also served as the executive director and board member at Regal Springs Group, the largest tilapia integrator in the world. He started his career building the aquaculture feed division in the Gold Coin Group – a major feed company in Asia.
Tan studied Environmental Biology at King’s College, University of London and earned a master of science degree in aquaculture from the University of Stirling in Scotland.