Ohad Maiman’s route to becoming CEO of The Kingfish company, one of the few high-profile land-based aquaculture producers actually farming and selling fish, was not straightforward and definitely not part of his early plans.

“Growing up, I can’t really say that I knew what I wanted to do,” Maiman told IntraFish.

The eldest of three children, Maiman was born and raised in Israel. Like many other Israelis, Maiman said, he grew up dreaming about going abroad after his studies and mandatory army service (which included three years in the Special Forces).