Dr Joseph Mathew is an Associate for Coastal Science and Engineering in FCG ANZDEC with over 25 years of experience in Coastal Marine Sciences. He is Indian by origin, with New Zealand citizenship. He holds Doctorates in both Earth Sciences (University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1997) and Marine Sciences (Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, 1991), as well as a Masters in Oceanography. He possesses a good understanding of coastal processes, coastal zone management, environmental issues and climate change. Dr Mathew has a wealth of project experience involving the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of sustainable coastal protection and shoreline management for several bilateral and multilateral agencies. Additionally, he has developed and designed guidelines for training and awareness raising purposes. He also has experience in accounting for socio-economic data in the preparation of Coastal Management Plans.