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About the Experts

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Over 250 experts produced peer-reviewed research to inform the new ocean action agenda

More than two years ago, the Ocean Panel members set out to develop a transformative set of recommendations and actions to advance a sustainable ocean economy, prioritising a healthy ocean alongside sustainable production to benefit people everywhere. 

At that time, Ocean Panel members decided they could benefit from a deeper understanding on a wide range of subjects relevant to their deliberations. To date, 20 peer reviewed papers have been published that provided the latest science and knowledge and opportunities for action that informed the 14 meetings amongst the countries. 

The Ocean Panel established an Expert Group that could help ensure the high quality and intellectual integrity of the Ocean Pane’s commissioned work. The Expert Group is a global group of over 70 experts identified by the members of the Ocean Panel for their exemplary contributions to the full range of ocean-related disciplines considered in the Ocean Panel’s work. The Expert Group assisted in bringing together a wide group of ocean experts to author a series of Blue Papers that explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. Special Reports, written by experts from the Ocean Panel Secretariat based at the World Resources Institute, provide rapid analysis on other timely ocean topics. 

The group is coordinated by Chair,  Professor Peter Haugan, Ph.D Institute of Marine Research, Norway. 

Together, more than 250 experts and authors representing 48 countries have contributed to Ocean Panel-commissioned research. Fourty-four percent of these experts and authors are women. This body of work helped inform the new Ocean Panel commissioned report and has ensured that the Ocean Panel’s new ocean action agenda is informed by the latest science and knowledge.  

Gender Breakdown of Ocean Panel Experts and Authors

Breakdown of gender of the expert group of the Ocean Panel

Geographic Representation of Ocean Panel Experts and Authors across 48 Countries

Breakdown of locaction of the expert group of the Ocean Panel


Expert Group Members

  • Mark Abbott, President & Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

  • Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

  • Olanike Adeyemo, Professor of Aquatic Epidemiology and Toxicology Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation & Strategic Partnerships), University of Ibadan

  • Eddie Allison, Honorary Fellow, WorldFish Center

  • Kwasi Appeaning Addo, Associate Professor, University of Ghana

  • Zainal Arifin, Senior Scientist (Marine Pollution), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

  • Ragnar Arnason, Professor, University of Iceland

  • Narcisa Maria Mestre Bandarra, Head of Aquaculture and Upgrading, Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere

  • Scott Barrett, Lenfest-Earth Institute Professor of Natural Resource Economics, Columbia University

  • Tanya Brodie Rudolph, Research Fellow, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition; CEO, Enviromer

  • Robert Blasiak, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

  • Reniel B. Cabral, Assistant Researcher (Research Faculty), University of California Santa Barbara

  • Adelino V. M. Canário, Professor, Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve

  • Ling Cao, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • William W. L. Cheung, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change, University of British Columbia

  • Joachim Claudet, Senior Scientist, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • Christopher Costello, Professor of Economics and emLab Director, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD

  • Minhan Dai, Professor, College of Ocean & Earth Sciences, Xiamen University

  • Kamal Deen-Ali, Executive Director, Centre for Maritime Law and Security, Africa

  • Salif Diop, Professor of University , Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD)

  • Carlos Duarte, Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

  • Elva Escobar, Director, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Eli P. Fenichel, Associate Professor, Yale University

  • Miriam Fernandez, Professor, Department of Ecology, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Carl Fiati, Director, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana

  • Steve Gaines, Dean and Distinguished Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Mauricio Gálvez-Larach, Head of Fishery Research Division, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP)

  • Stefan Gelcich, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

  • Yimnang Golbuu, CEO, The Palau International Coral Reef Center

  • Kirsten Grorud-Colvert, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University

  • Kelly Hoareau, Director, James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI), University of Seychelles

  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Professor and Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

  • Sigfried Husak, General Manager, Transporte, Logistica y Comercio Ltda

  • A. Chidi Ibe, Professor of Oceanograpy and the Blue Economy, NUC Distinguished Scholar in Diaspora

  • Jenna Jambeck, Professor, University of Georgia

  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish Center

  • Paulus Kainge, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia

  • Brajesh Kr Dubey, Associate Professor-Environmental Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology

  • John Kurien, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, India

  • Glenn-Marie Lange, Senior Economist, World Bank

  • Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, Co-Director of the Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

  • Lisa A. Levin, Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

  • Douglas McCauley, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara and Director, Benioff Ocean Initiative

  • Ben Milligan, Scientia Fellow, University of New South Wales

  • Yunus Mgaya, Professor of Aquatic Science, University of Dar es Salaam

  • Ellie Moss, Director, Blue Skye

  • David Obura, Director of CORDIO East Africa

  • Henrik Österblom, Professor of Environmental Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

  • Yoshitaka Ota, Research Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, University of Washington

  • Guo Peiqing, Executive Director of the Institute of Polar Law and Policy of the Ocean University of China, Ocean University of China, Qingdao

  • Ina Porras, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development

  • Renato A. Quinones, Professor, Department of Oceanography , University of Concepción Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)

  • Jake Rice, Chief Scientist Emeritis, Department of Fisheries and Oceans

  • Alejandro Robles Gonzalez, Executive Chairman and Founder, Noroeste Sustentable

  • Julien Rochette, Ocean Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

  • Alex Rogers, Science Director, REV Ocean

  • Joyashree Roy, Bangabandhu Chair Professor, Asian Institute of Technology

  • Mary Ruckelshaus, Director, The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University

  • Yvonne Sadovy, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Hong Kong

  • Hide Sakaguchi, President, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI) 

  • Mas Achmad Santosa, Coordinator for Special Advisors, Indonesia Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

  • Alan Simcock, Joint Coordinator, United Nations' Group of Experts of the Regular Process (World Ocean Assessment)

  • Andy Steven, Director of Coasts, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

  • Rashid Sumaila, Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

  • Mark Swilling, Professor, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

  • Siva Thambisetty, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Vu Thanh Ca, Professor, Ha Noi University of Natural Resources and Environment

  • Torsten Thiele, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

  • Dire Tladi, Professor, Institute of Comparative and International Law in Africa

  • Jorge Torre, General Director, Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI)

  • Jacqueline Uku, Senior Research Officer, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

  • Joeli Veitayaki, Associate Professor of Marine Studies and USP Samoa Campus Director, University of the South Pacific

  • Niels Vestergaard, Professor of Resource Economics, University of Southern Denmark

  • Colette Wabnitz, Research Associate, University of British Columbia

  • Melissa Walsh, Manager, Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner

  • Sjarief Widjaja, Head of the Research and Human Resources Development Department, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia

  • Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic 

  • Hassan Wirajuda, Chairman, Expert Working Group on IUU Fishing, the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

  • Emma Witbooi, Director, PescaDOLAS

  • Lucy Woodall, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford and Principal Scientist, Nekton

  • Tony Worby, CEO of Flourishing Oceans, Minderoo Foundation

  • Boris Worm, Killam Research Professor in Marine Conservation, Dalhousie University

  • Rachel Wynberg, Professor and Bio-economy Research Chair, University of Cape Town

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