Peggy Kalas – We’re approaching a once in a generation opportunity for transformative change for the ocean – and we need to make it happen.
Peggy Rodgers Kalas, an international environmental lawyer for over 25 years, coordinates the work of the High Seas Alliance, where she focuses on organizing coalition efforts at the United Nations and in regional capitals to obtain a new international treaty for the conservation of High Seas marine life. As a native Floridian, the ocean has been a deep source of inspiration for as long as she can remember.
Geneviève Pons – Antarctica is a truly special place. Not only because of its immense icy beauty and amazing wildlife, but as a shining symbol of the power of countries working together for the common good.
Geneviève Pons is an honorary Director of the European Commission (EC). She was in charge of environment and climate matters in Jacques Delors’ Cabinet during his last two mandates as President of the EC (1991-1995). She then held several management positions in the EC. She was appointed Director of the Legal Service of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2013 and Director of the European Office of WWF in June 2015. She is a graduate from the Sorbonne, Sciences-Po Paris and ENA. Genevieve is considered as one of the most influential women in Brussels, notably in the field of environment. She is an active member of the Antarctica2020 coalition, aiming at the protection of vast marine areas around Antarctica.
Rosie Chambers – Our Ocean, an annual conference initiated by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, was held in Oslo earlier this month. It was the sixth Our Ocean conference and it couldn’t have come at a more important time for the ocean.
Rosie Chambers works for the Marine Conservation Society as Coordinator of the Marine CoLABoration, a collaboration of organisations that work together to put value at the heart of shaping solutions for our ocean. She has an MSc in Aquatic Resource Management and has previously worked for eNGOs including the RSPB, London Wildlife Trust and ZSL. Follow the Marine CoLAB on Twitter for updates on our work and how you can get involved.
Alexis Valauri-Orton – At the Our Ocean Conference in 2016, The Ocean Foundation made a commitment through the International Ocean Acidification Initiative to train 50 scientists around the world to monitor ocean acidification (OA).
Alexis Valauri-Orton manages The Ocean Foundation’s International Ocean Acidification Initiative. In her capacity as manager she leads international training workshops for scientists, policymakers, and seafood sector workers, develops low-cost systems for responding to ocean acidification, and oversees a multiyear strategy for enabling countries around the world to address ocean acidification. Beyond the ocean, Alexis’ other love is music: she plays flute, piano, and sings and regularly attends and performs at concerts around town.