Maria Damanaki – What comes to mind when you think of the ocean? Maybe you see the planet’s last great wilderness, the wonders of which are still more of a mystery than the surface of the Moon?
Maria Damanaki is the Global Managing Director for the Ocean at The Nature Conservancy. Previously, she served as the European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under her leadership, the Commission brought fish populations back to healthier levels—from as few as five sustainable stocks in 2010 to up to 27 today.
Julian Jackson –As threats to the ocean rise, negotiators are eager to protect vital biodiversity.
Julian Jackson leads The Pew Charitable Trusts’ efforts in Europe to protect ocean life on the high seas. This work complements the Ocean Unite 30 x 30 campaign – a call to action to safeguard 30 per cent of the world’s ocean by 2030.
Richard Branson—A crucial breakthrough has been made in the battle to save sharks from extinction. An historic number of countries agreed to regulate the international trade in 18 species of sharks and rays at the World Wildlife Conference. This will help protect two mako species, six guitarfish species, and 10 wedgefish species, which will make an enormous difference for the ocean.
Kristin Hettermann – I never envisioned myself becoming a spokesperson for sharks and I can remember the exact moment I fell back into it.
Kristin Hettermann is an ocean conservationist and underwater photographer who uses the camera and storytelling as tools to tap into emotions and elicit deeper feelings about her favorite part of planet earth, the ocean.