Scott is responsible for Verlasso’s NGO engagement and the ways we evolve aquaculture to meet the ever-growing demand for fish while preserving the ecosystems where fish are raised. Previously, Scott worked extensively on biodiversity projects in Africa and South America, giving him a deep appreciation for developing comprehensive approaches to sustainable food production. Scott’s education includes a Ph.D. in biochemistry from UCLA and Wharton's Advanced Management Program. "I have a complete and total belief that we must act with urgency to find the most sustainable ways to produce good and healthy food. Big and little steps are both important."
A graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a native of Chile, Alfonso’s professional path took him from business consulting to managing mergers and acquisitions for leading Chilean ventures to his current role as CEO of Empresas AquaChile S.A. He is responsible for creating and developing the company’s Social Responsibility and Sustainability Program and managing the daily operations of a portfolio of seven companies. “Well-informed consumers around the world want strong evidence that the food they purchase is healthy and in balance with the environment. I truly believe Verlasso salmon is the solution.”
A native of Patagonia, Humberto’s family has been closely connected to the local economy—his father was a pilot who founded a cargo airline that connected the far south to Puerto Montt. Humberto is a veterinary surgeon who earned his degree from the Universidad Austral de Chile. His involvement in the Chilean salmon industry dates to 1985, when he and his brother first began to look for export investment opportunities. He founded Salmones Pacífico Sur S.A., a company whose goal was to improve the quality of fish grown in sea water. It merged with AquaChile S.A. in 1999 to form Empresas AquaChile S.A. “Verlasso’s commitment to providing the highest standards of taste, quality and nutrition while conserving our natural resources is the most critical part of aquaculture today.”
Allyson Fish earned her MBA from Yale, where she focused on finance and corporate environmental strategy. A former Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund and a current Board Member of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, Allyson has a passion for both food and the environment. "As we focus on the fullness food offers our lives, it is natural to extend our thinking to how it is produced—and how we can sustain and protect it for future generations. Verlasso represents a marriage of these concerns."
Gaston Dupre has spent more than 17 years in the seafood industry. A native of Chile, he serves as a board member for Rain Forest Aquaculture, a tilapia grower, and represents AquaChile on the board of Salmon of the Americas. "Verlasso is bringing a revolutionary solution to aquaculture, our oceans, and human nutrition" says Gaston. "I am passionate about bringing it to our customers."
Mike Saltzberg is Global Business Director for BioSpecialties in DuPont BioBased Materials, where he leads the development of businesses in industrial biotechnology, chemistry, and materials science. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania."The new, amazing tools of biotechnology will help us find better ways to balance the needs of our customers with the imperative for sustainability."