About Marcel Bigue

Born in the City by the Bay and raised in Jesuit tradition, I am a consummate PMP certified professional with a deep sense of social justice and environmental stewardship. I offer over 20 years of experience in managerial and technical positions working on initiatives spanning marine protected areas management, regulatory compliance, organizational capacity building and international development. I am engrained with an owner's mentality and well versed in all key roles of program management - program design and evaluation, finance, human resources, resource acquisition and communications. 

Over my career, I have spearheaded numerous large-scale initiatives - a multi-sectorial disaster response for 15,000 families, Acrow bridge installations for areas cut off by floodwaters, an effective marine compliance model resulting in measurable biomass recovery and improved livelihoods, comprehensive institutional needs assessments in 12+ countries, among others. As a continuous learner, I strive to find innovative and systematic approaches to challenging problems and craft actionable programmatic blueprints. I thrive on distilling the essence of complex issues and working with teams and non-traditional allies on program execution. 

What I Have Done...

Strategy Execution in Malaysia

Learn about client progress on the execution of a compliance strategy I crafted under contract for the United States Department of State. 

Client Reports @ ISSUELAB

Authored and published several reports for clients including: The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, The Leona M. and Harry B. Charitable Trust, The Walton Family Foundation, The Waitt Institute, The Nature Conservancy, among others. 

National Geographic Explorer

Learn about a past project  focused on strengthening the management of Galapagos fisheries and tourism sites. 

Ocean Contributor @ The Huffington Post

Read my thought piece on the Galapagos, technology and non-traditional allies in the fight to stop illegal fishing throughout Ecuador. 

Top List Contributor @ OpenChannels

Learn about MPA enforcement strategies via my webinar for Reef Resilience.

Pioneering MPA Conference 

Learn what Mark J. Spalding, President, from the Ocean Foundation blogged about the Global MPA Conference I spearheaded back in 2012. 

Day On the Hill

In 2008 I had the honor to testify before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Committee Hearing on the illegal wildlife trade.

Central American Relief Efforts 

Check out America magazine reporter Dennis Lineman's first hand account of our disaster relief work post Hurricane Mitch.