Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture, is appointing aquaculture industry expert Flavio Corsin as its new director of partnerships.

Corsin has spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally for non-profit, intergovernmental, and for-profit organizations.

He joins from IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, which brings together governments, companies, CSOs, and financiers around sustainable production and trade.

While at IDH, Corsin oversaw the Aquaculture Program, steering projects on sustainable aquaculture in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

In his new role, Corsin will be responsible for driving the development and execution of a "robust partner ecosystem" that aligns all stakeholders and supports Aqua-Spark's portfolio, network, and goals, the company said.

Corsin will also take the lead on a few yet-to-be-announced strategic projects.

"Flavio Corsin has been a partner since Aqua-Spark's early days, urging us toward more ambitious goals and helping to expand our reach," said Mike Velings and Amy Novogratz, co-founders of Aqua-Spark.

"Both his vast technical know-how and passion for optimizing the industry will be a great asset as Aqua-Spark continues to grow its portfolio and usher in change. He will also strengthen the link between us and our sector partner, IDH."

IDH and Aqua-Spark work as allies in the aquaculture industry through co-investments and Invest Aqua, a co-led international gathering of stakeholders who recognize the industry's potential for sustainable development through innovation.

"IDH and Aqua-Spark share a vision and complementary approaches—and I'm eager to reinforce the ties between them," said Corsin

"Joining a global leader like Aqua-Spark is, therefore, the natural next step in my journey to develop systems that can feed a growing population while benefiting society and nature."