Vishwanie Maharaj, Ph.D

Manager, Marine Portfolio

Vishwanie Maharaj, Ph.D., is the Lead Economist on the Oceans Team at the World Wildlife Fund (US), she manages WWF’s work on tenure rights to improve the conservation and socioeconomic performance of fisheries. Vishwanie’s work focuses on the design of incentive based tools such as tenure rights and related policy instruments. In association with reforms in specific geographies, her work entails analyses to understand the relationship between the health of fisheries resources and socio-economic impacts on fishing businesses and fishing communities. Vishwanie has an interdisciplinary background. She holds a doctoral degree in marine resource economics from the University of Rhode Island and an undergraduate degree in Oceanography from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. She has conducted research in the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.