Hugo Nijkamp is a marine biologist by training. In 1990 he started his professional career in the field of sea use policy and management. As a consultant he has been involved in numerous projects, assigned by governmental agencies, NGO’s and industry, ranging from coastal zone management and marine protected areas to fisheries and marine policy development. He has lobbied and negotiated international agreements and projects on behalf of national delegations (NL) or international NGO’s. Since 1999 Hugo has been the main driving force behind Sea Alarm’s continued development. Sea Alarm works closely with wildlife response organisations, scientists, environmental NGOs, a range of key actors within the oil and shipping industries, and governmental bodies at national, regional and global levels. Originally from the Netherlands, Hugo holds the position of Sea Alarm’s General Manager, and chairs the Baltic Expert Working Group on Oiled Wildlife Response under the Helsinki Convention.