Kelly Hoareau

Director of the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute

Kelly is a strategic-minded leader who values the importance of stakeholder engagement in sustainable decision-making. She has a particular interest in navigating the interface between sustainability and development. She is currently leading the development and operationalization of the first academic environmental science research institute in Seychelles to support the country's sustainable development agenda which aligns with the concept of the Blue Economy.

Prior to this, she led the development and operationalization of the Environmental Science programme at UniSey. The programme specializations relate to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), marine and fisheries science, coastal zone management, tropical biodiversity conservation and climate change resilience. She taught courses in areas relating to global change, environmental research, earth system science, tropical land management and biogeography and developed courses relating to global change, environmental research and earth system science.

Before joining UniSey she worked as an environmental consultant where she conducted Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, coordinated basic Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), assisted with EIAs for larger infrastructural developments and conducted compliance audits in the following sectors: oil and gas, mining, industrial, urban development and government.