Experts

Over 250 experts representing
48 countries have
contributed to
Ocean Panel-commissioned research

Their peer-reviewed publications are providing the latest science and knowledge to inform the Ocean Panel’s new ocean action agenda.

44%
of the experts
are women

21
peer-reviewed
publications to date
have been released

Group Chair
Norway
Professor Peter Haugan, Ph.D.
Institute of Marine Research, Norway
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Professor Peter Haugan, Ph.D.
Experts
Australia
Australia
Tony Worby
CEO of Flourishing Oceans,

Minderoo Foundation

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Professor and Director,

Global Change Institute

Ben Milligan
Scientia Fellow,

University of New South Wales

Melissa Walsh
Manager,

Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency and the Office of the Pacific Ocean Commissioner

Ghislaine Llewellyn
Deputy Practice Leader – Oceans,

WWF International, Australia

Andy Steven
Director of Coasts,

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Canada
Canada
Colette Wabnitz
Research Associate,

University of British Columbia

Rashid Sumaila
Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit,

University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

Jake Rice
Chief Scientist Emeritis,

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

William Cheung
Director of Science, and Associate Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Nippon Foundation,

UBC Nereus Program, Changing Ocean Research Unit, University of British Columbia

Boris Worm
Professor, Department of Biology,

Dalhousie University

Chile
Chile
Renato Andrés Quiñones
Professor, Department of Oceanograph , University of Concepción,

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)

Sigfried Husak
General Manager, Transporte,

Logistica y Comercio Ltda

Mauricio Galvez
Independent Consultant
Miriam Fernandez Bergia
School of Biological Sciences Chile,

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Stefan Gelcich
Professor,

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

China
China
Ling Cao
Research Scientist,

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Minhan Dai
Professor, College of Ocean & Earth Sciences,

Xiamen University

Peiqing Guo
Executive Director of the Institute of Polar Law and Policy,

Ocean University of China, Qingdao

Denmark
Denmark
Niels Vestergaard
Head of Department and Professor,

The Management and Economics of Resources and Environment (MERE); Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics; Centre for Fisheries & Aquaculture Management & Economics University of Southern Denmark

Fiji
Fiji
Joeli Veitayaki
Director and Associate Professor at the School of Marine Studies,

University of the South Pacific, Institute of Marine Resources

France
France
Adrien Vincent
Ocean Lead,

SYSTEMIQ

Julien Rochette
Director of the Ocean Programme,

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)

Joachim Claudet
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) CRIOBE
Anthony Cox
Deputy Director, Environment Directorate,

OECD

Germany
Germany
Torsten Thiele
Senior Research Associate,

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Ghana
Ghana
Kwasi Appeaning Addo
Director, Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS),

Associate Professor, The Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, University of Ghana

Carl Fiati
Ag. Director, Natural Resources,

Environmental Protection Agency

Kamal Deen-Ali
Executive Director,

Centre for Maritime Law and Security, Africa

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Yvonne Sadovy
Professor School of Biological Sciences, Chair of Science Faculty Board,

University of Hong Kong

Iceland
Iceland
Ragnar Arnason
Professor,

University of Iceland

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

Honorary Fellow, WorldFish Center

Brajesh Dubey
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering and Management,

Indian Institute of Technology

Indonesia
Indonesia
Hassan Wirajuda
Chairman, Expert Working Group on IUU Fishing,

Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

Nur  Hassan Wirajuda
Board of Advisors Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development;  Former Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Special Envoy
Zainal Arifin
Deputy Chairman for Earth Science,

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

Mas Achmad Santosa
Deputy Head,

Indonesia Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

Sjarief Widjaja
Head of Research. Human Resources, Professor, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries;,

Shipping Faculty, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS)

Japan
Japan
Hide Sakaguchi
Executive Director,

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Kenya
Kenya
David Obura
Director,

CORDIO

Jacqueline Uku
Senior Research Officer,

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)

Malaysia
Malaysia
Edward H. Allison
Honorary Fellow,

WorldFish Center

Gareth Johnstone
Director General,

WorldFish Center

Mexico
Mexico
Elva Escobar Briones
Director, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Alejandro Robles Gonzalez
Executive Chairman and Founder,

Noroeste Sustentable

Jorge Torre
General Director and Co-Founder,

Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI)

Namibia
Namibia
Paulus Kainge
Chief Scientist and Head, Demersal Sub-Division,

Directorate of Resource Management / NatMIRC

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

University of Ibadan

Chidi Ibe
Professor of Oceanograpy and the Blue Economy,

NUC Distinguished Scholar in Diaspora

Norway
Norway
Jan-Gunnar Winther
Director,

Centre for the Ocean and the Arctic

Peter M. Haugan
Professor,

Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Palau
Palau
Yimnang Golbuu
CEO,

The Palau International Coral Reef Center

Portugal
Portugal
Narcisa Bandarra
Head of Aquaculture and Upgrading,

Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere

Adelino Canário
Professor, Centre of Marine Sciences,

University of Algarve

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Carlos Duarte
Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology, Red Sea Research Center (RSRC),

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Senegal
Senegal
Salif Diop
Professor, Member Sciences Academies,

Member of Agricultural Section; President of Commission

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

University of Seychelles

South Africa
South Africa
Emma Witbooi
Director,

PescaDOLAS

Mark Swilling
Distinguished Professor, Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch,

Academic Director, Sustainability Institute

Tanya Brodie Rudolph
Research Fellow, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition,

CEO, Enviromer

Rachel Wynberg
Associate Professor,

National Research Foundation South Africa

Dire Tladi
Professor,

Institute of Comparative and International Law in Africa

Sweden
Sweden
Henrik Österblom
Deputy Science Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre,

Stockholm University

Robert Blasiak
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre,

Stockholm University

Tanzania
Tanzania
Yunus Mgaya
Professor of Aquatic Science,

University of Dar es Salaam

Thailand
Thailand
Joyashree Roy
Bangabandhu Chair Professor,

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Tony Long
CEO,

Global Fishing Watch

Martin R. Stuchtey
Partner,

SYSTEMIQ

Lucy Woodall
Senior Researcher, Principal Scientist, Ocean Research and Conservation Group, Oxford University,

Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute

Maximilian Bucher
Associate,

SYSTEMIQ

Alan Simcock
Joint Coordinator of the Regular Process (World Ocean Assessment),

Independent

Alex D. Rogers
Science Director,

REV Ocean

Siva Thambisetty
Associate Professor of Law,

London School of Economics

Nicola Frost
Deputy Head of Secretariat,

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Ina Porras
Senior Researcher,

International Institute for Environment and Development

Elizabeth Hollaway
Research Assistant,

World Resources Institute, Sustainable Ocean Initiative

Eliza Northrop
Policy Lead for the Secretariat for the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy,

Senior Associate for the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Ocean Initiative

United States of America
United States
Lisa A. Levin
Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography,

University of California, San Diego

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

University of Washington

Glenn-Marie Lange
Senior Environmental Economist and Chief Technical Advisory, Natural Capital Accounting,

The World Bank

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

Columbia University

Andreas Merkl
Partner,

CEA Consulting

Christopher Costello
Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management,

University of California, Santa Barbara

Mary Ruckelshaus
Senior Research Scientist, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment,

Stanford University

Jenna Jambeck
Associate Professor, College of Engineering,

University of Georgia

Ellie Moss
Director,

Blue Skye

Christopher M. Free
Postdoctoral Scholar,

University of California, Santa Barbara

Helen Ding
Environmental Economist,

World Resources Institute

Reniel Cabral
Postdoctoral Researcher, Environmental Market Solutions Lab (emLab),

University of California, Santa Barbara

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza
Director of the Gulf of California Marine Program, Assistant Professor,

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

Manaswita Konar
Lead Ocean Economist,

World Resources Institute, Sustainable Ocean Initiative

Steve Gaines
Dean and Distinguished Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management,

University of California, Santa Barbara

Mark R. Abbott
President & Director,

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Jim Leape
Co-Director and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment,

Stanford University (Center for Ocean Solutions)

Kirsten Grorud-Colvert
Department of Integrative Biology,

Oregon State University

Douglas McCauley
Initiative Director and Assistant Professor Benioff Ocean Initiative,

University of California, Santa Barbara

Eli P. Fenichel
Associate Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,

Yale University

Vietnam
Vietnam
Vu Thanh Ca
PEMSEA

More than two years ago, 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.

To help ensure the high quality and intellectual integrity of the Ocean Panel’s commissioned work, the Panel established an Expert Group composed of over 70 global experts.

The Expert Group assisted in bringing together a wider group of ocean experts from around the world to author a series of Blue Papers that explore pressing challenges at the nexus of the ocean and the economy. Special Reports provide rapid analysis on other timely ocean topics important for evolving the Ocean Panel’s agenda.

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
  • 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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