Who We Are

Dawood Al Wahaibi

Director, Oman

Dawood is an original founder of Five Oceans and is based at the Muscat office in Oman. He is a fisheries specialist with over 18 years of experience. He has worked in both public and private sectors: in government as a marine specialist in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; and in the private sector in the fishing industry, and as a marine environmental consultant. His primary technical role in Five Oceans is social survey and interviews, as well as specialist fisheries services, including a strong interest in the mitigation and reduction of bycatch and developing ways to achieve sustainable fishing practices among local communities. As a Director of Five Oceans, Dawood has a wide range of other experience and has a valuable role to play in all government liaison and company administrative matters.

Specific Country Experience:

Europe: Italy, Spain
Middle East: Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Africa: Egypt, South Africa
Asia: India

Contact Dawood

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: dawood.al-wahaibi@5oes.com

Simon Wilson

Technical Director

Simon is an original founder of Five Oceans and is based at the Muscat office in Oman. He is a marine scientist with over 18 years of experience. His interests are diverse, but his core experience lies in coastal zone management. He specialises in biodiversity management, particularly marine protected areas and coral reef and mangrove habitats. Simon also has a great deal of experience in delivering EIAs in the Middle East, which mainly relate to developments in the coastal and marine zone, but also include terrestrial projects such as renewable energy schemes. Simon has a keen interest in environmental technologies and product use/design and consistently provides masterplanning advice for implementing best practice approaches for developments.

Specific Country Experience:

Middle East: Jordan, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Africa: Eritrea, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania
Asia: Maldives, British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos), Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Americas: Bahamas, Belize, Dominican Republic

Contact Simon

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: simon.wilson@5oes.com

Robert Baldwin

Managing Director / Marine Specialist

Rob is an original founder of Five Oceans and is based at the Muscat office in Oman. Rob leads our conservation programmes and has over 20 years experience in environmental consultancy and marine conservation initiatives, specializing in marine wildlife research and marine and coastal Protected Areas management planning. Rob has a wealth of experience in the Middle East and is recognized for his contribution towards marine conservation and research on whales, dolphins and sea turtles in the region. He has also worked and travelled extensively in other parts of the world, both spreading and building his experience in the conservation of marine and coastal environments in an increasingly challenging global scene.

Specific Country Experience:

Europe: United Kingdom, Spain
Middle East: Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia
Africa: Somalia, South Africa, Gabon
Asia: Sri Lanka
Pacific: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Americas: Bahamas

Contact Rob

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: robert.baldwin@5oes.com

Kris Vallancey

Business Development Manager

Kris is based at the Muscat office in Oman. Kris has over 11 years of experience in delivering EIAs, reviews of environmental law internationally and masterplanning studies. Kris is highly experienced in the Offshore Oil and Gas sector and he is lead for such services within the company. For this sector he undertakes a range of services internationally, but primarily focuses on the delivery of EIAs and Environmental Management Planning.

Specific Country Experience:

Europe: UK
Middle East: Oman, UAE, Qatar
Africa: Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria
Pacific: Australia

Contact Kris

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: kris.vallancey@5oes.com

Robert Spence

Onshore Oil & Gas Specialist

Rob is the founder of the Five Oceans Dubai office and based in Dubai.  Rob has over 16 years of experience in the environmental consultancy sector. Rob is an Oil and Gas specialist with specific experience of delivering EIAs and the design, preparation and coordination of environmental management systems and their component parts, and sustainable development planning for upstream facilities. Rob is also a founding member of Invicta – a Five Oceans led initiative – which provides a turnkey planning solution for the Oil and Gas industry.

Specific Country Experience:

Europe: UK
Middle East: Oman, UAE, Iraq, Yemen, Kurdistan, Turkey
Africa: Mozambique
Asia: India
Americas: Falklands

Contact Rob

Telephone: +971 4 3612874
Email: robert.spence@5oes.com

Oliver Taylor

Marine Business Unit Lead

Oli is based at the Muscat office in Oman. Oli has over 15 years of experience in the delivering marine and coastal projects globally, with an emphasis on tropical regions. Oli leads marine and coastal baseline, fisheries, monitoring and management projects for commercial and conservation projects alike, including EIA and masterplanning studies. He is vastly experienced in the design and implementation of scientifically robust surveys in the marine and coastal zones, with a particular interest in coastal fisheries management and stock assessment, coral reef management, and sensitive coastal habitats and ecology.

Specific Country Experience:

Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia
Africa: Egypt (Sinai Peninsula), Gabon, Tanzania (Zanzibar & Pemba)
Asia: Pakistan
Pacific: Fiji
Americas: Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla

Contact Oli

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: oli.taylor@5oes.com

Iain Benson

General Manager / Senior Marine Consultant

Iain is based at the Muscat office in Oman.  Iain has over 11 years of experience in the delivering tropical marine ecology studies. Iain primarily manages the delivery of marine monitoring work, including ecology and physico-chemical surveys. Iain also has experience in delivering EMS programmes with clients.

Specific Country Experience:

Europe: UK
Middle East: Oman, UAE, Qatar
Asia: Malaysian Borneo
Pacific: Fiji
Americas: Bahamas

Contact Iain

Telephone: +968 2469 6912
Email: iain.benson@5oes.com