Hanneke Van Lavieren is Coastal Ecosystems Programme Officer at the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). She completed her masters degree in Marine Biology and Ecology in 1997 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, then worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research, where she studied catch composition and population dynamics of fish species in the Dutch beam trawl fishery. She took up a position as (coastal/marine) Technical Advisor for a conservation project in the Philippines for the Netherlands Development Agency in 1999. In 2001, she joined the UNEP Regional Seas Programme in Kenya, dealing with issues such as small islands, MPAs, coastal biodiversity, cetacean management, mangroves, climate change and marine invasive species. Since 2006 she has been managing and coordinating coastal projects for UNU-INWEH, together with Dr. Peter Sale.