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The Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainability — A Very Real Tsunami!  

The blue economy & oceans are a vital part of our world as it dramatically impacts global economies, climate, sustainability, food resources and our livelihoods on the planet.

Industry experts, entrepreneurs, problem solvers, and those working on impact solutions joined us to take a “deep dive” into the blue economy to capture knowledge and acquire an understanding of the latest ocean science, technologies, business trends, job growth and investment activity. 

A Blue Technology Showcase 

Six Blue Technology Pioneers described firsthand what they have developed: ocean material to replace plastic; data sensing technologies to track pollution events, weather, climate change and ocean life; zero-emission, 100 % electric marine motors; autonomous vehicles for ocean underwater and surface work, including offshore infrastructures; ocean circular economy investment platforms

  • Shik Sundar, VP of Sales of Sofar Ocean
  • Mike Flanigan, Co-founder and CEO of seasats
  • Jonathan Lord, Co-founder and CTO of Flux Marine
  • Julia Marsh, Co-founder and CEO of Sway
  • Ian Estaphan Owen, Co-founder and CEO of Jaia Robotics
  • Beatrice Miñana, Communications Associate at Closed Loop Partners

What is The Blue Economy? 

Moderator Donna Hazard, Board Member and General Partner at SeaAhead, engaged with industry leaders in science, innovation and business who are driving change in this multi-trillion-dollar economic ecosystem. They will shared trends, new technologies, research and businesses related to the exploitation, preservation and regeneration of the marine environment. 

  • Sebastien de Halleux, Founding General Partner at Graph Ventures
  • Charles Enright, Skipper and Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing Team
  • Paul Dobbins, Senior Director of Impact Investments at World Wildlife Fund
  • Jason Kelly, VP of Moran Shipping and Sea Ahead Co-Founder

It’s a critical time for our ocean ecosystems and most of us don’t realize what crucial role they play in sustainable growth for our Planet and People. Our planet’s oceans and seas cover 70 percent of earth’s surface, regulate our climate, and provide oxygen for life. We can all make an impact by simply learning more and spreading knowledge.

Blue Economy

Distinguished Panelists