About Conference Speakers

Make your voice heard for the oceans at this important conference

Name : James Alix Michel
Position : Former President of Seychelles
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Founder & chairman of the James Michel Foundation which promotes the Blue Economy concept, both in its national and international aspects, to sensitize people about climate change.
Name : Dr. Penny Becker
Position : Vice President Conservation – Island Conservation
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Leader of the only international nonprofit organization focusing on restoring and rewilding islands for nature and people worldwide through nature-based conservation solutions.
Name : Dr. Sylvia Earle
Position : Formerly Chief Scientist of the U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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A National Geographic Society Explorer since 1998. She is Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Founder of Deep Hope, a Founding Ocean Elder, a Founding IUCN Patron of Nature and Council Chair for the Harte Research Institute.
Name : Prof. Bradley F Smith
Position : Former Chair - Washington Fish and Wildlife
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Served as the first director of The Office of Environmental Education and as the acting Associate Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency . Brad has been a Fulbright Scholar. NATO Fellow and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Environmental Science.
Name : Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin
Position : Oceanographer, Climatologist and Marine Engineer
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Currently serves as Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and Assistant Director General of UNESCO.
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