Dr. Paddy Walker is a skate and ray specialist who has been involved in all aspects of research and conservation of sharks and rays for the past twenty years. She is a founding member of the European Elasmobranch Association and is the current president.
In 2010 she established the Dutch Elasmobranch Society, together with Irene Kingma.
She has worked with fishermen, scientists, NGOS, policy makers and managers to find fitting solutions to conservation issues. She has been active at all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, to teach young people the importance of healthy seas and the essential role that sharks and rays play in the marine system. As associate professor she has developed educative programmes on sustainable fisheries and shark conservation. Guiding principle in her work is that sharing knowledge leads to empowerment.