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Our Ocean 2014 Conference Moderator and Presenter Biographies

Opening Session
June 16th Morning

Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Enric Sala: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Enric Sala

Dr. Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence actively engaged in exploration, research and communications to advance ocean conservation. Enric is currently leading the Pristine Seas project, to help protect the last wild places in the ocean. In the last five years, Pristine Seas and partners have inspired leaders to protect over 450,000 square km of ocean in five countries. Enric is a 2008 Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, 2013 Research Award of the Spanish Geographical Society, and 2013 Lowell Thomas Award of the Explorers Club. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Enric's experience and scientific expertise contributes to his service on advisory boards of international organizations and governments.

Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Dr. Margaret Leinen: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Dr. Margaret Leinen

Dr. Margaret Leinen is the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor for Marine Science of University of California at San Diego. The 111-year-old Scripps Institution is one of the largest oceanographic research institutes. Dr. Leinen is an ocean biogeochemist and paleoceanographer whose research includes study of ocean carbon cycling and the role of the oceans in climate. She is also the President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union, the largest geoscience society in the world, and has also served as the President of The Oceanography Society and Chair of the AAAS Section on Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science. She served as Assistant Director for Geosciences, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2000-2007. She has been the Vice Chair of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme, Chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and Vice Chair of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.

Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Philippe Cousteau: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Philippe Cousteau

Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement. An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world. As a host and producer, Philippe's work in media is broad and varies. He is a special correspondent for CNN International where he has hosted several award-winning shows including Going Green and Expedition Sumatra. He is also the host of a new syndicated series launching in the fall of 2014 called Amazing Planet. As an author, Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue and Make a Splash both of which have won multiple awards including Learning Magazine's 2011 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award. Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling.

Sustainable Fisheries Session
June 16th Morning

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Eileen Sobeck: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Eileen Sobeck

Eileen Sobeck was appointed Assistant Administrator for Fisheries in January 2014. Eileen oversees the management and conservation of marine fisheries and the protection of marine mammals, sea turtles, and coastal fisheries habitat within the U.S. exclusive economic zone. NOAA Fisheries protects and preserves the nation's living marine resources through scientific research, fisheries management, law enforcement, and habitat conservation. Her focus is on rebuilding the nation's fisheries and the jobs and livelihoods that depend on them by promoting management approaches that will achieve both sustainable fisheries and vibrant coastal communities. The agency has almost 5,000 employees in five regional offices, six science centers, and more than 20 laboratories across the country. Prior to joining NOAA Fisheries, Eileen was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She also spent 25 years at the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and National Resources Division where she served as Chief of Wildlife and Marine Resources for several years among other leadership roles.

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Ray Hilborn: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Ray Hilborn

Ray Hilborn is a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. His primary research interest is in determining the status of fish stocks and what kinds of fisheries management lead to good biological, social, and economic outcomes. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, The Ecological Society of America's Sustainability Science Award, and the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Boris Worm: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Boris Worm

Boris Worm is a marine ecologist and professor in marine conservation biology at the Biology Department, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of changes in marine biodiversity, and its conservation on a global scale. He is particularly well known for his studies on the global effects fishing and climate change on ocean ecosystems. Dr. Worm has published about 80 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, several of which have received international public and media attention. He has a special interest in the rebuilding of marine resources, and in policy solutions that can help to prevent further loss of biodiversity worldwide.


Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Victor Restrepo: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Victor Restrepo

Dr. Victor Restrepo is a marine scientist from Colombia, with expertise in fisheries science and scientific advice for management. He has carried out numerous scientific assessments of crustacean, tuna, and billfish populations in various regions of the world's oceans and attended over 100 international scientific meetings. He has held senior positions in academic and government institutions and has served as senior scientist for an intergovernmental regional fishery management organization. Dr. Restrepo currently serves as the lead expert for the tuna chapter of the United Nations World Ocean Assessment, chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, and serves on the Technical Advisory Board of the Marine Stewardship Council.

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Susan Jackson: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Susan Jackson

Susan Jackson is president of ISSF, a global partnership among scientists, tuna processors, and environmental nonprofits to undertake science-based initiatives for the long-term conservation and sustainable use of tuna stocks, reducing bycatch, and promoting a healthy marine ecosystem. Prior to joining ISSF, Jackson was the vice president for government/industry relations and seafood sourcing for Del Monte Foods, where her responsibilities included government relations at the federal, state, and local levels, and acting as Del Monte's representative to trade and industry associations. Jackson was also responsible for the purchase of all raw tuna and tuna co-pack manufacturing for Del Monte's StarKist brand. Jackson joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1997 as an attorney in the law department, later working with the company's seafood sourcing and other areas of procurement.

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Minister Peter Sinon: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Minister Peter Sinon

After graduating with a B.A. and later M.A. from the School of Development Studies in U.K.'s University of East Anglian, Peter Andrew Guy Sinon, the current Minister of Natural Resources (Agriculture & Fisheries) of the Republic of Seychelles, has publicly served as: 1990-1998, Economist, Senior Economist, Principal Economist of the Planning Department of the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Planning and Environment (MFAPE); 1999, Director of Planning (MFAPE); 2000-2003, First resident Ambassador for the Republic of Seychelles to the Republic of South Africa and Namibia; 2004-2010, Alternate & Executive Director of the East African Constituency (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Uganda); 2010 to date, Minister of Natural Resources (Agriculture and Fisheries).

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Hoyt Peckham: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Hoyt Peckham

Dr. Hoyt Peckham is the founding director of SmartFish, a social enterprise based in La Paz, Mexico that incentivizes more sustainable artisanal fishing. He draws on his experience as a captain, diver, fisherman, and underwater cameraman in developing sustainability solutions with marine resource users of Latin America, the Northwest Atlantic, Caribbean, Polynesia, and Japan. Peckham is a 2014 Pew Marine Conservation Fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center for Ocean Solutions, a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, serves as a technical expert for the United Nations Environment Program, and consults internationally on augmenting the sustainability of artisanal fisheries. A native New Englander, Peckham majored in biology and English literature at Bowdoin College and earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Lunch Speaker
June 16th 

Albert II, Prince of Monaco

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Albert II, Prince of Monaco: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Since succeeding his father Prince Rainier III in 2005, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II has been particularly concerned with the Principality of Monaco’s economic development and the protection of the environment. In June 2006, the Prince established the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation dedicated to protecting the environment. In 2008, Prince Albert II was among the first to bring attention to the alarming state of Mediterranean Bluefin tuna stocks due to uncontrolled overfishing. In January 2009, he alerted decision-makers to the acidification of the oceans and, in the Monaco Declaration, supported the initiative launched by more than 150 world-renowned scientists from 26 different countries to raise the alarm. In 2011, he was entrusted by the Secretary General of the United Nations with the preparation of the ocean component of the Rio+20 Conference. His Serene Highness is also an enthusiastic traveler and sportsman, having visited both the North and South Poles as well as competing in five different Olympic Games, from Calgary in 1988 to Salt Lake City in 2002, as a member of the national bobsleigh team. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1985 and is also a member of the Honorary Board of the International Paralympic Committee. He lends his high Patronage to Peace and Sport, an organization based in Monaco which promotes the practice of structured sports and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Benjamin S. Halpern: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Benjamin S. Halpern

Dr. Ben Halpern received his Ph.D. in marine ecology in 2003 from UC Santa Barbara and then held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and the Smith Fellowship Program. He was a research associate at NCEAS until 2013 and then appointed professor in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara and Chair in Marine Conservation at Imperial College London. He also serves as the director of the Center for Marine Assessment and Planning (CMAP) at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Halpern focuses his research at the interface between marine ecology and conservation planning. He has led and participated in several key synthetic research projects that have advanced our understanding of the state of the world's oceans and the potential for marine reserves to improve ocean condition. In particular he has led the development and mapping of cumulative impact assessments at global and regional scales in marine and freshwater systems and has been the lead scientist for the Ocean Health Index project.

Marine Pollution Session
June 16th Afternoon

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Jacqueline Adler: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Jacqueline Alder

Jacqueline Alder is the coordinator of the Freshwater and Marine Ecosystem Branch (FMEB) within the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that implements initiatives, and advocates, for the protection of the world's water ecosystems - freshwater, coastal, and marine. Tasked with the responsibility of the stewardship of the world's water ecosystems on behalf of the United Nations, FMEB is engaged in safeguarding the world's most productive and also most threatened ecosystems. Dr. Alder, who leads a team of global experts on topics as fundamental to sustainable ecosystem management as blue carbon, green economy, and oceans and water quality, is responsible for UNEP's flagship Water Ecosystems Programs, namely: Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans which is in its 40th year of operation, and the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities.

Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Daniel Conley: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Daniel Conley

Daniel Conley is currently a professor in biogeochemistry, Department of Geology at Lund University, Sweden. Conley grew up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, obtaining a B.S. at Tulane University, a M.Sc. at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a Ph.D. at The University of Michigan in 1987. After working on the Chesapeake Bay at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, Conley moved to Denmark in 1995 and worked at the National Environmental Research Institute, part of the Danish Ministry of the Environment. He held a European Union Marie Curie Chair at Lund University from 2007-2009, where he is currently a professor. His research focuses on perturbation of nutrient cycles by human activities and the responses of marine ecosystems to changes in human impact and climate. Conley's personal and professional goals are to provide managers with a sound scientific basis for developing policies, measures, and practices to protect the marine environment.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: E. Crispin d'Auvergne: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

E. Crispin d’Auvergne

E. Crispin d'Auvergne is the Chief Sustainable Development & Environment Officer within the Sustainable Development and Environment Division of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Saint Lucia and has held this position since 2005. He has previously worked for the Government of Saint Lucia in the areas of Fisheries Management and Natural Resource Management. He holds a master's degree in natural resource management (climate change) from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and a bachelor's degree in development studies (natural resources) from the University of East Anglia. The portfolio of the agency he heads includes, among others, environmental policy, sustainable development, climate change, coastal zone management, biodiversity and biosafety, chemicals and pollution management and environmental education. He has served for several years as Saint Lucia's lead negotiator on climate change. He has also recently been assigned lead responsibility on ocean governance matters.

Date: 06/05/2014 Description: Brian Flaherty: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Brian Flaherty

Brian Flaherty is the vice president of Public Policy and External Affairs at Nestlé Waters North America. Since 2003, he has developed and implemented corporate government affairs, sustainability, and stakeholder engagement strategy throughout the United States, on the state, federal, and local level. He also monitors legislative and political trends, tracks issues pertinent to company and focuses on how Nestlé Waters' engagement on policy matters helps create shared value for society - on topics ranging from recycling and natural resource protection to health and wellness. Prior to joining Nestlé Waters North America, Mr. Flaherty served eight terms as State Representative for the 68th Assembly District of Connecticut from 1988 to 2003, and held the position of Deputy House Minority Leader for 10 years.

Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Andreas Merkl: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Andreas Merkl

Andreas Merkl is CEO of the Ocean Conservancy, a Washington-based advocacy organization dedicated to turning good science into good ocean policy. Previously, he worked in consultancies such as McKinsey & Company and California Environmental Associates, as well as environmentally mandated investment groups such as SeaChange Investment Fund. He holds degrees in resource-related fields from University of California, as well as an MBA from Harvard University. His primary interest is the management of common pool resources such as ocean fisheries. His free time is spent on hiking trails and ocean kayaks.


Date: 06/09/2014 Description: Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas: : Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas

Kari Niedfeldt-Thomas is Executive Director of The Mosaic Company Foundation and Senior Manager, Social Responsibility for The Mosaic Company. She manages a diverse portfolio of partnerships that integrate corporate social responsibility, community investment, sustainable agriculture, global food security and nutrient stewardship. At Mosaic, Kari works with both internal and external stakeholder teams across multiple geographies in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She manages the award-winning Mosaic Villages Project, a cross-climactic, cross-geographic program with implementing partners that helps smallholder farmers pull their families from poverty by learning best agronomic practices and increasing yields three to five times over traditional farming methods. Kari also worked on various environmental issues around the United States in a number of roles at Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund. Kari was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation, was a finalist for Nonprofit CFO of the Year with Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal, was named one of The (Real) Power 50 of 2013 by Minnesota Business Magazine, and was named one of the 2013 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. Kari serves on the board of directors for Finnegan's Community Fund and HELPS International.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Nancy Rabalais: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Nancy Rabalais

Nancy Rabalais is executive director and professor of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Chauvin, Louisiana. Since the mid-1980s, Rabalais has been the driving force behind identifying and characterizing the dynamics of the large hypoxic region in the Gulf of Mexico, which receives excess nutrients from the Mississippi River. She serves on numerous boards and panels for federal agencies and national organizations. She has served on numerous committees of the National Research Council for the Ocean Studies Board and the Water Science and Technology Board. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union, a national associate for the National Academies of Science, a past president of the Estuarine Research Federation and the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories, and the current president of the National Association of Marine Laboratories. She has received numerous awards, including an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow (1999-present), the Blasker Award for Environmental Science and Engineering (1999, shared), Bostwick H. Ketchum Award from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (2002), Clarke Award from the National Water Research Institute (2008), Ruth Patrick Award from the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (2008), Heinz Award (2011), American Geophysical Union Rachel Carson Lecture (2012), and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur 'genius' award (2012).

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Daniella Dimitrova Russo: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Daniella Dimitrova Russo

Daniella Dimitrova Russo is the chief executive officer of Think Beyond Plastic™, a global forum and business accelerator focused on disruptive innovation and entrepreneurial solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Ms. Russo's blended executive experience in high-tech, Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution to the forefront of global, social, environmental, and political discourse. She is launching the Think Beyond Plastic™ Innovation Forum to address plastic pollution as an innovation challenge that leverages the growing consumer and business demand for safe alternatives to conventional plastic with special focus on inspiring youth engagement. Ms. Russo is pioneering a global strategy focused on viable solutions that enable corporate responsibility and financial growth through market and policy instruments. She is the co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance working to end plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on people, animals, and the environment.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Elizabeth Taylor: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor is the Director of Marine, Coastal, and Aquatic Affairs of the Ministry of the Environment of Colombia. Ms. Taylor was appointed to her present post in July 2012. Prior to her current job, she worked for 17 years with the Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence, and Santa Catalina (CORALINA), the autonomous environmental authority for the San Andres Archipelago in the Western Caribbean, 8 of which as Executive Director. She has over 20 years of experience in participatory marine and coastal ecosystem planning, conservation, and integrated management. Ms. Taylor has a degree in marine biology from Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia and an MSc in marine environmental protection from the University of Wales in Bangor, U.K. Under her leadership CORALINA was awarded the 2010 Countdown Award by IUCN. In 2012 UNESCO honored her with the Michel Batisse Award for her outstanding leadership in managing the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve. She continue in her current job leading large national marine initiatives including spatial planning, environmental quality, ecosystem restoration, key species protection and conservation, protected areas and coastal protection.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Richard C. Thompson: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Richard C. Thompson

Richard C. Thompson is professor of marine biology at Plymouth University, U.K. He obtained his first degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992, followed by a Ph.D. from Liverpool University in 1996. Much of his work over the last decade has focused on marine debris with numerous publications on this topic. In 2004 his team published the first report on the presence of microplastics in the environment in the journal Science. Subsequent research has examined the extent to which microplastics are ingested and their potential to cause harm. In 2009 he was lead guest editor for a 200 page volume of the scientific journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, focusing on Plastics the Environment and Human Health. He is a co-author of the European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive section on marine litter and has recently prepared two reports on marine debris for the United Nations Global Environment Facility: Marine Debris as a Global Environmental Problem: introducing a solutions based framework focused on plastic (2011) and Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity: Current Status and Potential Solutions (2012).

Ocean Acidification Session
June 17th Morning

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Bill Dewey: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Bill Dewey

Since receiving his degree in shellfish biology from the University of Washington in 1981 Bill Dewey has worked for over thirty years as a shellfish farmer in Washington State in the northwest corner of the United States. He is manager of public policy and communications for Taylor Shellfish Farms, the largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States and owns and operates his own clam farm in Samish Bay. He serves on a number of boards and committees locally, nationally, and internationally including the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Association, the Pacific Shellfish Institute and the National Ocean Council's Ocean Research Advisory Panel. He also served on Washington State's Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel in 2011 and was recently appointed to serve on the Washington Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC). MRAC is a new Council in Washington Governor Inslee's office advising the state on its ocean acidification response. In 2013 he was invited to serve on the Ocean Acidification International Reference User Group.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Scott Doney: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Scott Doney

Scott Doney is a senior scientist in the Department of Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry and presently the director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography in 1991. He was a postdoctoral Fellow and later a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, before returning to Woods Hole in 2002. Much of his research focuses on how the global carbon cycle and ocean ecology respond to natural and human-driven climate change and ocean acidification. He was a convening lead author for the Oceans and Marine Resources chapter of the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment. He was awarded the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2000, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 2004, an AAAS Fellow in 2010, and the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science in 2013.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Yimnang Golbuu: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Yimnang Golbuu

Dr. Yimnang Golbuu is the CEO at the Palau International Coral Reef Center. His research interests include Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), watersheds, and impact of climate change on coral reefs of Palau. In 2012, he received a commendation by the Palau National Congress for his contributions to the sustainability of Palau's natural resources. In 2013, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His current research interest, and the focus of his Pew Fellowship, is to examine existing MPAs in Palau and their connectivity, with the aim of using that information to improve the MPA network in Palau. Besides his work in Palau, he has conducted coral reef research, monitoring and trainings in other islands of Micronesia including Yap, Guam, Pohnpei, Chuuk, and the Marshall Islands. He has served as board member of Palau Conservation Society, chairman of the Northern Reef Management Planning Team and chairman of the Protected Areas Network Technical Committee. He is currently a member of the Northern Reef Co-Management Committee, the Palau National Commission of UNESCO, and a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Ove Hoegh-Guldberg: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg is the inaugural director of the Global Change Institute and Professor of Marine Science, at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He has held academic positions at UCLA, Stanford University, The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland and was awarded the Eureka Prize for his scientific research in 1999. In 2012 he was awarded a Thomson Reuters Citation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research and was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship (2013-2018). He was the Queensland Premier's Fellow from 2009-2013) and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2013. Ove has published extensively, and is one of the most cited authors on climate change and its impacts on natural ecosystems. He was the coordinating lead author of the regional Oceans chapter in the latest scientific assessment of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Carol Truley: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Carol Turley

Dr. Carol Turley's research has been centered on the ocean's biogeochemical cycles looking at habitats from shallow and deep-sea sediments, estuaries, frontal systems to large enclosed waters. In the last 11 years she became interested in ocean acidification and was a member of The Royal Society Working Group on ocean acidification and a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 4th Assessment Report on Climate Change. She was/is a member of the Executive Board of the EU-funded European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA), the EU-funded Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate (MedSeA) project and is the Knowledge Exchange Coordinator for the U.K. Ocean Acidification (UKOA) Research Programme funded by NERC, Defra, and DECC. She has contributed to several United Nations events, publications and films, including giving evidence to its SBSTA in Bonn. Since 2009 she has presenting at side-events at the annual UN Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP15), Cancun (COP16), Durban (COP17), Doha (COP18), Warsaw (COP19), at the Earth Summit, Rio+20 in 2012 and in 2013 at the UN in New York. She briefs a wide range of global stakeholders including U.K. Government departments, ministers, and chief scientists on the latest science of ocean acidification and has presented in the Houses of Parliament and European Parliament. She is on the Scientific Steering Committees of several international ocean acidification initiatives and chairs the Advisory Board for the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre in Monaco. She has published and presented on a wide range of topics within the field of ocean acidification, ranging from its cause, chemistry, impacts, and the potential social, economic, and political consequences. She was a review editor for the recent 5th IPCC Assessment Report on Climate Change, has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences. She received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to science in the 2011 New Year's Honours List.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Alexis Valauri-Orton: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Alexis Valauri-Orton

Between July 2012-2013, Alexis Valauri-Orton traveled on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, investigating human narratives of ocean acidification in Norway, Hong Kong, Thailand, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, and Peru. She has designed curricular tools for teaching about ocean acidification, and regularly delivers lectures on the use of narratives in communicating about ocean acidification across language and cultural barriers. She works with Global Ocean Health and Ocean Conservancy, collecting narratives from coastal witnesses and facilitating projects to build adaptive capacity against ocean acidification in vulnerable communities around the world. She is a 2012 graduate of Davidson College, magna cum laude with honors in biology and a concentration in environmental studies.

Date: 05/29/2014 Description: Phil Williamson: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Phil Williamson

Phil Williamson works for the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) on the planning and delivery of major strategic initiatives in the topic areas of climate change, marine biogeochemistry, and marine biodiversity. He is a visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia, with his main current responsibilities being the scientific coordination of the U.K. Ocean Acidification (UKOA) and Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB) research programmes, co-funded by NERC and U.K. Government departments. Phil was educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham; has carried out research at the Universities of Portsmouth and Leeds; and has worked at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the Stockholm office of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), and NERC Swindon Office. Phil co-chairs the newly formed Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON); he is also a member of the OSPAR/ICES Study Group on Ocean Acidification, and the international Ocean Acidification Reference User Group. He was lead author for a recent review of climate geoengineering for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and is currently co-editing a CBD review on the impacts of ocean acidification.

Force Multiplier Sessions

June 17th Afternoon

Lunch Speaker
June 17th

John Podesta

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: John Podesta: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept Image

John Podesta is currently serving as Counselor to the President. His duties include overseeing climate change and energy policy.

In 2008, he served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

He is the former Chair of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Podesta served as White House chief of staff to President William J. Clinton.

He also recently served on the President’s Global Development Council and the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Additionally, Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996).

A Chicago native, Podesta is a graduate of Knox College and the Georgetown University Law Center, where he is currently a visiting professor of law. He is the author of The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate and Our Country.

Maria Damanaki,
EU Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Maria Damanski: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept Image

Maria Damanaki was active in the underground student opposition to the dictatorship in Greece (1970-1974). She played a leading role in the coordination of its activities. During the 3 days of the popular uprising against the dictatorship, known as "the Polytechneio revolt"(15-17/11/73), she was the speaker of the clandestine radio transmitter set-up inside the occupied National technical University of Athens. Her voice thus became known as "the voice of the uprising”.

Subsequently imprisoned by the dictatorship (November 1973- July 1974).

Member of Parliament elected continuously between 1977 and 1993). When first elected in 1977 at the age of 25, youngest Greek M.P. ever Vice-president of the Greek Parliament (1986-1990). First woman ever to be elected Vice-president of the Greek Parliament

President of the Coalition of Left and Progress (1991-1993). First woman ever to lead a Greek political party.

She was candidate for Mayor of Athens (1994 and 1998) and then head of the opposition in the City Council.

Member of Parliament (2000-2003). Head of the PASOK (Socialist Party) group in the Select Committees on Education and Culture. Member of the Parliamentary Assemblies of the Council of Europe, the Western European Union and NATO. Member of the Inter-parliamentary Union.

Member of the Political Council of PASOK, responsible for education (2004-2006), social affairs (2006-2007) and culture (2008-2009)

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Sheldon Whitehouse: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept Image

Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), plays a key role in crafting policies addressing environmental protection and climate change. In 2011, he joined with Democrats and Republicans to form the Senate Oceans Caucus to increase awareness of and find common ground on issues facing the oceans and coasts. The Caucus helped gain Senate approval of four international fisheries treaties that will prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Whitehouse has worked to boost federal support for fisheries science and cooperative fisheries research as well as efforts to improve transparency and efficiency in the commercial and recreational fisheries management process.

Senator Whitehouse has long advocated for a National Endowment for the Oceans, a dedicated funding source for ocean and coastal research and restoration. His efforts secured a new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program for ocean and coastal resiliency projects. He has also led efforts to fund and reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuaries Program to protect and study coastal habitats.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as United States Attorney and Attorney General of Rhode Island before being elected to the Senate in 2006. In addition to EPW, he is a member of the Budget Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and the Special Committee on Aging. He is the chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism and of the EPW Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.

He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two children.

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Lisa Murkowski: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept Image

Senator Lisa Murkowski is the first Alaskan-born Senator and only the sixth United States Senator to serve the state. The state’s senior Senator, Lisa Murkowski is a third-generation Alaskan, born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state: Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Since joining the Senate in 2002, Senator Murkowski has been a strong advocate for Alaska on the important issues facing the state, including energy, health care, education, military/veterans’ affairs and infrastructure development.

Only the 33rd female to serve in the United States Senate since its founding in 1789, Senator Murkowski has assumed leadership roles quickly. She is the senior Republican member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and also serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she is the ranking Republican of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee. Senator Murkowski is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – the first Alaskan to serve on that panel – and also is a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

She earned a B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1980 and a law degree from Willamette University in 1985. Prior to her appointment to the United States Senate, Senator Murkowski practiced commercial law in Anchorage and served three terms in the Alaska State House of Representatives. She was elected to a full six-year U.S. Senate term in 2004, and was re-elected in 2010 in a historic write-in campaign, the first successful write-in effort to the Senate since 1954.

Senator Murkowski is married to Verne Martell and they have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family in the Alaska outdoors.

Michael Froman

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Michael Froman: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept Image

Michael Froman was sworn in as the 11th United States Trade Representative (USTR) on June 21, 2013. As USTR, he is President Obama’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and investment issues.

Ambassador Froman leads the Office of the United States Trade Representative in its work to open global markets for U.S. goods and services, enforce America’s rights in the global trading system, and foster development through trade. Key initiatives ongoing under his leadership are negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in the Asia Pacific; the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union; negotiation of agreements on services, information technology and trade facilitation at the World Trade Organization; and monitoring and enforcement U.S. trade rights, including through the Interagency Trade and Enforcement Center (ITEC).

Prior to becoming USTR, Ambassador Froman served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating policy on international trade and finance, energy security and climate change, and development and democracy issues. He served as the U.S. Sherpa for the G20 and G8 Summits, and staffed the President for the APEC Leaders Meetings. In addition, he chaired or co-chaired the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, the Transatlantic Economic Council, the U.S.-India CEO Forum and the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Froman served in a number of roles at Citigroup and as a Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations and a Resident Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.

In the 1990’s, Ambassador Froman spent seven years in the U.S. Government. He served as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eurasia and the Middle East at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He also worked at the White House, where he served as a Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Security Council and National Economic Council.

Ambassador Froman received a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University, a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University and law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

Valuing Our Ocean 

June 17th Afternoon

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Mark Schaefer: Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter - State Dept Image

Mark Schaefer

As Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management, Dr. Mark Schaefer is responsible for oceans and fisheries activities at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Throughout his career, he served in a variety of positions in the Federal Government and private sector including, most recently, as director of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Among other positions, Dr. Schaefer also served as deputy assistant secretary of the interior for water and science (1996-2000), acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1997-1998), and assistant director for environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (1993-1996). In the private sector, Dr. Schaefer was CEO of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation (2006-2007), president and CEO of NatureServe (2000-2006), and director of the Washington Office of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government (1989-1993).

Sam Farr

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Sam Farr: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter''
 - State Dept Image Congressman Sam Farr, a fifth-generation Californian, represents the state's beautiful Central Coast. Throughout his 20-year tenure, Mr. Farr has been a leading advocate for California agriculture, an outspoken activist for affordable housing and a champion of the oceans. In Congress since 1993, Farr serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the distribution of the federal budget. Farr is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration, as well as sits on the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Mr. Farr co-chairs the Congressional Organic Caucus, Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus, Defense Communities Caucus, House Oceans Caucus, and Unexploded Ordnance Caucus. Prior to serving in Congress, Farr served twelve years in the California State Assembly and six years as Monterey County Supervisor.

Jason Scorse

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Jason Scorse: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter''
 - State Dept Image Jason Scorse completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at UC-Berkley in 2005 with a focus on environmental economics and policy, international development, and behavioral economics. Upon graduation, he joined the faculty of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He teaches courses in environmental and natural resource economics, ocean and coastal economics, and sustainable development. In 2009 he was promoted to the Chair of the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program, and as of 2011 Professor Scorse is also the Director of the new Center for the Blue Economy, whose mission is "to promote ocean and coastal sustainability." Professor Scorse has consulted for major environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Sierra Club.

Justin Mundy

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Justin Mundy: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Justin Mundy has thirty years experience of working on climate change, environment, and energy issues and has done so within the public, multilateral and private sectors. He is currently Director of The Prince's Charities' International Sustainability Unit (ISU) which has been set up to reflect His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' vision and aims in the area of sustainable development. Within the private sector he was a Managing Director of Climate Change Capital, responsible for Strategic Development and previously Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank's Global Markets Group with responsibility for Climate Change issues and was also a Director of Aon carbon. He was a founder of ForestRe, a specialist forestry insurance company. In the public sector he was an Adviser to the U.K. Government on Russia, Energy and Climate issues and during 2005 was the principal architect of the Clean Energy Investment Framework under the Gleneagles' G8 Action Plan. From 2003 to 2007 he was a member of the U.K. Government's Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board. During the UNFCCC COP6 (bis) and COP7 he was appointed Adviser to the European Commission on EU - Russia coordination. Between 1992 - 1998 he ran the World Bank's forestry and biodiversity programmes in Russia and Central Asia and was the Bank's Environment Adviser for the region's oil and gas sector.

Angus Friday

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Angus Friday: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image A qualified medical doctor also holding an MBA degree, Angus Friday is Grenada's appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and former Ambassador to the United Nations. Prior to his current role, he served at the World Bank for four years, during which time he also held the post of the Bank's Oceans Representative playing a key role in the development of the Global Partnership for Oceans and a critical role in developing a $30 million fund for renewable energy for island states. Prior to joining the Bank, while serving as Grenada's UN Ambassador, he chaired the Alliance of Small Island States. He was instrumental in coordinating the group's climate negotiations in Bali and presented the group's position to the G8 meeting of Foreign Ministers held in Berlin in December 2007. Prior to his UN role, Friday worked closely with the private sector and with the Grenada Government in developing strategies for national growth and in attracting investors to Grenada in the wake of Hurricane Ivan which devastated the island in 2004. This was preceded by his work with Scottish Enterprise and with Highlands and Islands Enterprise in developing economic strategies for the bio-informatics and marine science industries. Prior to this, as an entrepreneur in London, Friday helped to pioneer the development of internet technologies in the National Health Service and attracted venture capital funding for IntegriSys, a company he founded in 1997.

Glenn-Marie Lange

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Glenn-Marie Lange : ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept ImageGlenn-Marie Lange leads the environmental policy & economics work of the World Bank’s Department of Agriculture and Environmental Services, which is responsible for the World Bank’s work on wealth accounting and Adjusted Net Savings, including the report, The Changing Wealth of Nations. She leads the Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), which is working in 8 countries to mainstream natural capital in development planning and national economic accounts. Several of these countries have prioritized valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services, and Dr. Lange has organized an expert group for valuing coastal protection services. Dr. Lange joined the World Bank in 2009, coming from the Earth Institute at Columbia University (2004-2008), where her work focused broadly on ecosystems services valuation, environmental accounting and development. Dr. Lange was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation in 2006 for work on accounting for marine ecosystems in Zanzibar, focusing on the distribution of benefits among different stakeholders, the (dis)incentives this created for sustainable management, and ways to improve the incentive structure. Prior to that she worked at New York University’s Institute for Economic Analysis with Nobel Laureate Wassily Leontief where she pioneered the use of environmental accounting to integrate environmental concerns into macroeconomic and sectoral policy analysis. Dr. Lange received a Ph.D. in economics from New York University in 1990.

Ocean Health and Science

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Lisa Emelia Svensson: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter''
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Lisa Emelia Svensson

Dr. Lisa Emelia Svensson is currently Sweden's Ambassador for Oceans, Seas, and Fresh Water, providing advice and expert guidance to the Minister for the Environment on the action needed to move forward on Sweden's international ocean and water agenda. Prior posts include Ambassador for Corporate Social Responsibility, where she involved with the private sector on how to incorporate environmental and social values in business models for enhancing competitivenss and economic growth. She was Sweden's national expert to European Commission Directorial General for Trade, where she led negotiations on sustainable development chapters in EU Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnership Agreements.

Sandra Whitehouse

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Sandra Whitehouse: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Dr. Sandra Whitehouse is a consultant who serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Ocean Conservancy. She currently focuses on the coastal and marine spatial planning and ocean acidification programs. A longtime environmental advocate and policy advisor who uses her expertise in marine science to help shape environmental initiatives in Rhode Island and on the federal level, Dr. Whitehouse has worked as an environmental consultant for the past fifteen years, providing research, analysis, and advice on environmental policy issues to clients including the Rhode Island General Assembly, the Coastal States Stewardship Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy. Her past work includes serving as the chair of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council and she has served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations including Save the Bay, the Nature Conservancy’s Rhode Island chapter, the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, the Aquidneck Island Land Trust, Grow Smart Rhode Island, and the University of Rhode Island’s Marine Advisory Council. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Dr. Whitehouse holds a B.S. from Yale and a Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

Donald Boesch

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Donald Boesch: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Donald F. Boesch is a professor of marine science and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and University System of Maryland’s vice chancellor for environmental sustainability. He earned his B.S. in biology at Tulane University and Ph.D. in oceanography at the College of William and Mary. Don has conducted ecological and oceanographic research on coastal and continental shelf ecosystems along the Atlantic Coast, and in the Gulf of Mexico, eastern Australia, and the East China Sea. He is a past-chairman of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, an elected Trustee of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and a member of the Leadership Council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative. Don serves as a member of the Maryland Governor’s Bay Cabinet and was appointed by President Obama to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Oil Spill and the Offshore Drilling.


Andrew A. Rosenberg

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Andrew A. Rosenberg: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Andrew A. Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and nonprofit leadership. He is the author of scores of peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policy making. Dr. Rosenberg was previously the Chief Scientists for Conservation International. He was the Dean of Life Sciences and Agriculture and a Professor of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire where he remains on the affiliate faculty. In the 1990’s, he served as the northeast regional administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he negotiated recovery plans for New England and mid-Atlantic fishery resources, endangered species protections and habitat conservation programs. He later became deputy director of the service. Dr. Rosenberg is also the convening lead author of the oceans chapter of the U.S. Climate Impacts Advisory Panel. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Ocean Studies Board and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. Dr. Rosenberg received his Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

John P. Holdren

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: John P. Holdren: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Dr. John P. Holdren is Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as professor in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Director of the independent, nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. Previously he was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded in 1973 and co-led until 1996 the interdisciplinary graduate-degree program in energy and resources. During the Clinton administration Dr. Holdren served as a member of PCAST through both terms and in that capacity chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy-technology innovation.

Liu Cigui

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Liu Cigui: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Liu Cigui is a native of Hui’an County, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province in the People’s Republic of China. From 2007 to 2011, he served as Deputy of CPC City Committee and Mayor of Fujian Province, Xiamen City. In February 2011, he became the Director and Party Secretary of the State Oceanic Administration and the Political Commissar of the Chinese Coast Guard.



Ben Cotton

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Ben Cotton: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Ben Cotton is responsible for external relationships at Earth Capital Partners. He has worked on equity derivatives at a number of banks including Société Générale and Merrill Lynch and has spent most of the past 10 years working to build relationships with key clients. At Man Group plc he was a founder member of the steering group that took Man into environmental finance. He has raised assets through hedge funds, structured and other specialist investment products, asset and liability products, and pioneered the development of options on funds. His experience is applied in advising governments, supranationals, NGOs, corporates, and others on the creation and use of instruments for environmental finance.


Integrated Approach to Fisheries and Food Security

Stephen Hall

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Stephen Hall: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Stephen Hall is the Director General of WorldFish, an international research institute devoted to reducing hunger and poverty by improving fisheries and aquaculture. Recognized as a scientific thought-leader, Stephen has produced more than 80 scientific publications on fisheries and ecosystems. His recent work focuses on the pivotal role of fisheries and aquaculture in creating a food secure future. His awards and recognitions include: a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation (2004) and the Australian Public Service Medal for Leadership of AIMS (2005).





Assunção Cristas

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Assuncao Cristas: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Assunção Cristas was born in Luanda in 1974. She studied law and graduated from the University of Lisbon in 1997. She finished her Ph.D. in 2005 at the New University of Lisbon, where she is a civil law professor. Former Director of the Office for Legislative and Planning Department f the Ministry of Justice (2002 - 2005), she has also worked as a legal consultant at a Lisbon law firm. She was elected member of the Parliament in 2009 and reelected in 2011, having served as a member of Budget Committee, as well as the Agriculture and Fisheries Committee. Assunção Cristas is Minister of Agriculture and Sea of Portugal and between 2011 and 2013, she was also Minister of Environment.



Árni M. Mathiesen

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Árni M. Mathiesen: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Mr. Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), holds a bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery degree from the University of Edinburgh, U.K. and an MSc in aquatic veterinary science from the University of Stirling, U.K. After completing his studies, he worked as a veterinarian, specializing in fish diseases for ten years and was also the managing director of an aquaculture firm. Mr. Mathiesen was a member of the Board of the Icelandic Veterinary Association from 1986 to 1987 as well as the Chairman of the Council for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from 1994 to 1999.From 1990 to 1994, he was a member of the Board of the Guarantee Division of Aquaculture Loans and, from 1994 to 1998, a member of the Board of the Agricultural Bank of Iceland and of the Agricultural Loan Fund. In 1991, Mr. Mathiesen was elected to the Icelandic Parliament and served as Minister for Fisheries from May 1999 to September 2005 and, subsequently, as Minister for Finance until February 2009. Before joining FAO in 2010, was a consultant for the Confederation of Icelandic Employers as well as working in a general veterinary practice in Iceland.


Elizabeth-Rose Amidjogbe

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Elizabeth-Rose Amidjogbe: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Elizabeth-Rose Amidjogbe is the Senior Advisor on Fisheries Related Matters to the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Agriculture. She works on a broad range of topics including governance, development, conservation, management, and legislation development in the fisheries sector. After completing her master’s in international maritime law, she assumed the post of Senior Advisor on Fisheries Related Matter to the Government of Liberia. She has travelled throughout the West African region extensively, studying the legal and regulatory schemes for fisheries management. As advisor, she has guided the Government of Liberia through difficult decisions to find creative and diverse solutions. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College, a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers-Newark School of Law, and a master’s degree in international maritime law from the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. Before this post, she served as legal counsel for the Law Reform Commission of Liberia, where she played an integral role in the reshaping and rebuilding of the laws of the Republic of Liberia.

Power of the Marketplace in Promoting Ocean Stewardship


Scott Nathan

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Scott Nathan: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Scott Nathan is currently serving as the State Department’s Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs. Mr. Nathan joined the State Department after nearly 20 years working in the investment business. As a partner and chief risk officer of The Baupost Group, a private investment partnership based in Boston, he gained extensive experience investing across asset classes and global markets. In addition, he chaired Baupost’s portfolio risk committee, co-chaired its best practices and business risk committee, and served as a member of the firm’s management committee.

He chaired the board of the League of Conservation Voters and its Education Fund and was also a long-term board member of the Wilderness Society. Additionally, Mr. Nathan served on numerous other boards and committees, including the Center for American Progress; the Trustees of Reservations; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts. Mr. Nathan graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and was the Lionel de Jersey Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University in England. He also holds a J.D. and an MBA, both from Harvard University, and remains deeply involved with the school, serving on numerous committees.


Deborah Sanders

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Deborah Sanders: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Deborah Sanders is currently the Global Director of Consumer & Commercial Recycling at Dell. Her team is responsible for global regulatory compliance, as well as end-of-life product recycling and asset resale. She has worked primarily in the private sector holding positions ranging from Plant Process Engineering (Compliance) to Regional & Global Services Delivery. She attended the University of New Mexico and has a B.S. in chemical engineering.


Doug Woodring

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Doug Woodring: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Doug Woodring is the co-founder of the Ocean Recovery Alliance. He co-founded Project Kaisei which led a science expedition to the North Pacific Gyre with Scripps Oceanography in 2009, and was recognized as a UN Climate Hero and a Google Earth Hero for his efforts. He has a dual master’s degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.




Sophia Mendelsohn

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Sophia Mendelsohn: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Sophia Mendelsohn is currently the Head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways, where she is shaping policies and practices that enhance JetBlue’s competitive advantage and reduce environmental impact. Prior to JetBlue, Ms. Mendelsohn was Head of Sustainability, Emerging Markets for Haworth Inc.

Ms. Mendelsohn has also worked for the Jane Goodall Institute, and international NGO, in Shanghai, China helping spread education about the environment to local and international schools in China.

Ms. Mendelsohn is accredited in the Leadership in Energy Environment and Design (LEED) green building rating system and certified to perform Lify Cycle Amylases (LCA) and lead Global Reporting Imitative (GRI) reports. She speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin.

Mark Spalding

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Mark Spalding: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Mark J. Spalding, president of The Ocean Foundation, is an authority on international ocean policy and law. He is the former director of the Environmental Law and Civil Society Program, and editor of the Journal of Environment and Development at the Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS), UC-San Diego. Spalding has also taught at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD's Muir College, UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, and University of San Diego's School of Law.




Mark Davis

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Mark Davis: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Mark Davis, president of Sailors for the Sea, has nearly 30 years of experience developing and directing the strategic plans and operations of national nonprofit organizations, as well as a range of smaller nonprofit environmental or healthy living organizations. He most recently served as the president and CEO at Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors. His background includes serving as the interim CEO for Renew America/Renew the Earth, deputy director of Operation Raleigh, and COO of The Earth Conservation Corps.



Christopher Lischewski, Bumblebee Foods President and CEO

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Christopher Lischewski: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Mr. Christopher D. Lischewski serves as the president and chief executive officer of Bumble Bee Foods. Mr. Lischewski joined Bumble Bee Foods in 1999. He has additionally held leadership roles at the H.J. Heinz Company and StarKist. Prior to those positions, Mr. Lischewski spent six years with a major management consulting firm. He received a M.B.A. degree in international finance and a bachelor of science in finance and accounting from the University of Southern California.


Rupert Howes

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Rupert Howes: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Rupert Howes has been chief executive of the Marine Stewardship Council since October 2004. Prior to MSC, Mr. Howes was the director of the Sustainable Economy Program at Forum for the Future. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and holds an MSc in environmental technology from Imperial College, University of London and a BA (Econ) Hons. from Sussex University. He received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for his work in establishing the MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and eco-labelling program and a WWF "Leaders for a Living Planet" Award in 2009.



Gina Green

Date: 06/13/2014 Description: Gina Green: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Presenter'' - State Dept Image Dr. Gina Green currently works for the Environment and Natural Resource Sector Tetra Tech-ARD as a Senior Technical Advisor, and is responsible for the execution of the ECOFISH project in the Philippines. Before joining Tetra Tech, Dr. Green’s previous positions included: Founder of the Jamaican Tree Growers Association; Vice President for The Nature Conservancy; and wilderness ranger, fire fighter, and recreational planner for the USFS in Oregon. Through her work, she has helped to carry out the first Caribbean Debt for Nature swap, initiated the first sister-forest program between USFS and the Caribbean (Blue Mtn. National Park, Jamaica), and assisted in the development of the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, and gained the needed support for the sustainable management of a million-hectare ridge to reef corridor in Belize. She holds D. Phil in forestry and natural resource management from Oxford University, MS in Forestry from Oxford University, and BS in Natural Resource and Recreation Management from the University of Oregon.


Calvin M. Dooley
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council

Date: 06/16/2014 Description: Calvin Dooley: ''Our Ocean Conference 2014 Moderator/Speaker'' - State Dept ImageCal Dooley is president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Under his leadership, ACC recently helped secure the introduction of the U.S. Senate’s historic and bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a bill to reform the 37-year old Toxic Substances Control Act. Dooley has also overseen the launch of a national energy advocacy and awareness campaign, “From Chemistry to Energy,” and led a multiyear strategic review to enhance Responsible Care®, the chemical industry’s world-class environment, health, safety and security performance initiative.

Prior to joining ACC, Dooley served as president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Products Association. Earlier, Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004.

Dooley holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.


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