Maurice Knight

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Chief of Party, Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project
Maurice Knight
Maurice Knight, Chief of Party for the Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project, Accra Ghana

Maurice is CRC’s Chief of Party (COP) for the implementation of its USAID/Ghana Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP). This five-year project aims to support Ghana’s national fisheries policies to rebuild marine fish stocks that are important to food security in Ghana and the West African region. Maurice has a long history of designing, leading or supporting projects funded by USAID, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank and others. He started his career in government at local, state and national levels in the U.S. and now includes over 30 years’ experience working in international development in Asia and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Region, and South America covering projects and portfolios focusing on governance and policy related to such areas as marine conservation, sustainable fisheries, integrated coastal management, health and women’s issues, conflict, illegal human and wildlife trafficking, and disaster response. In his current position leading SFMP he focuses on small-scale fisheries in Ghana and West Africa, child labor and human trafficking, and food security programs. Especially important in SFMP is working with government and other partners partners to utilize ecosystem-based co-management approaches for fisheries that are critical to food security in West Africa, empowering women through improvements in the fisheries value chain, and establishing collective use rights. Maurice has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning focusing on developing countries.