Stefanie Schmidt is a research associate in the ocean governance team at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS). She has extensive experience and expertise in relation to ocean policy, sustainable management of marine resource use and ocean conservation. The focus of her work at the IASS is the transformation of sustainability governance for the ocean paying particular attention to implementation and follow-up and review of the “Ocean Goal”, SDG14 and the cross-cutting role of the ocean in the 2030 Agenda. Among others, she is currently coordinating a project on the role of regional ocean governance for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda under the Partnership on Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) between IASS, UNEP and  Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI).

Former work stations in her career include the European Commission where she held several positions in the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) dealing with fisheries management in different regions and the scientific advisory system for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). She was a member of the task force for the last CFP reform and co-developed the green paper on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Before moving to Brussels, she worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Germany, focusing first on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in deep and high seas and later on fisheries policy, coordinating WWF's work on fisheries subsidies in Europe.