Dr Gerd Kraus obtained his PhD in Fisheries Biology from Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, before serving as an Assistant Professor at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, then as a Senior Scientist at the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Since 2008, he has been Director of the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries in Hamburg, Germany, advising the German Government in the field of fisheries policy and sustainable use of living marine resources.

His research interests span from reproduction biology and population dynamics fishes to fisheries management and ocean policies. He has authored approximately 30 publications and, over the past five years, given invited lectures on a wide range of topics.

At present, Kraus is the President of the Association of the European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisations as well as the German delegate to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. In addition to this, he serves in several national marine and maritime policy advisory functions.