Irene Kingma is a marine biologist specialising in international fisheries policy, focusing on EU.
She has worked in shark and ray conservation for 10 years and co-founded the Dutch Elasmobranch Society in 2014 with Dr. Paddy Walker.
She was the Netherlands coordinator for the Shark Alliance, a European not-for-profit coalition of over 100 NGOs dedicated to restoring and conserving shark populations by improving shark conservation policies. During her time with the Shark Alliance, Irene coordinated the European Shark week: an annual public awareness week dedicated to raising awareness on sharks and shark conservation and mobilizing public support. During the week hundreds of events where organized throughout Europe by a wide variety of organizations (aquariums, ngos, dive centers, schools etc.)