Our company and leadership

Meet our team.

The Shrimpl story

In 2022, a team of industry veterans with a passion for sustainable aquaculture founded Shrimpl. With experience in production, feed milling, marine biology, research, and finance, we understand the challenges firsthand. We believe how seafood is produced is just as important as its quality. That’s why we’re committed to using technology and our global network to propel the industry forward and make a difference.

Our mission

We’re building a digital aquaculture ecosystem that connects people and businesses through data. A better way to do more with less risk and make smarter decisions.

Three things we believe about the future of aquaculture, it should be profitable, resilient, and sustainable.

A commitment to the future

We’re determined to drive sustainable change and help businesses contribute toward the UN sustainability goals. We take sustainability seriously. Shrimpl can significantly lower shrimp farming’s impact by up to 40-60%, and our carbon footprint model enables investors to make informed ESG calculations.

Our team

We’re experts in farming, feed milling, trading, finance, risk management, and risk transfer.

Mr. Ciaron Mckinley

Ciaron is the driving force behind the commercialisation of Shrimpl’s next-generation aquaculture platform. He brings two decades of success as a CEO in trading and agri-business investments. Ciaron focuses on fostering productivity, competitiveness, and positive social impact through value chain redevelopment.


Dr. Daniel Penalosa

Daniel is an esteemed aquaculture bioeconomist. With a background in biology, aquaculture production, and biofloc management, Daniel leads the development of technical models, platform enhancements, and strategies for on-farm productivity improvement and risk mitigation.


 Dr. Tom Ludescher

Tom is an experienced venture builder, CEO and board member working at the intersection of insurance, financial markets, regulation and technology for over 25 years. His vision and mission are to make the aquaculture industry economically and ecologically resilient and with this, bankable and insurable.


Mr. Claude Chen

Claude is a dynamic and experienced CTO. With comprehensive experience across IT systems architecture, front-end and back-end development, machine learning, and data management, Claude leverages every facet of information technology to empower businesses insights and transform industries.

Our advisory board

We’re proud to partner with people who are the best and brightest in their fields.

Dr. Humberto Villarreal

President-elect of the World Aquaculture Society. Has over 100 scientific publications, has directed over 45 theses.

Mr. John Diener

CEO of Vertical Oceans, AgFunder mentor, and Trendlines Investment Committee member.

Mr. Wei Ren Kwek

Food commodities expert with a strong track record in value chain optimisation of margins and volumes.

Mr. Roy Palmer

Founder and COO of the Association of International Seafood Professionals, and an avid aquaculture avocate.