Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
W M T B Wanninayake (Senior Marine Biologist) formerly served as Professor of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and Chairman, Ocean University of Sri Lanka. He is a former Senior Researcher of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), Colombo. He earned his BSc in Zoology and MPhil in Aquaculture (Crustacean Research) from the University of Kalaniya, Sri Lanka and PhD in Bivalve Research from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He contributed immensely in developing the prawn farming industry and hatchery sector in Sri Lanka. He has been recognized for introducing oysters, mussels, clams and cockles farming in Sri Lanka and is also a pioneer in introducing pearl culture in freshwater reservoirs. He is a Founder Member of the Asian Fisheries Forum (AFS) and Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR). He has wide experience and a profound understanding of aquaculture and aquatic environment in many European and Asian countries. Currently, he serves in advisory capacity to few ministries related to his work in Sri Lanka.