Paola Reale joined WorldFish in January 2018 as Research Programs Manager. Previously, she was Aquaculture Policy Officer for the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Her work focused on blue growth research and innovation policy and on the implementation of the Horizon 2020 research programming. She was appointed as the EU chair for two research working groups for international cooperation to enhance sustainable aquaculture development and innovation. Paola holds a B.S. in Ecology and an MSc in Aquaculture Biology from Tor Vergata University, and an MSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources Management from West Virginia University.