HOSTS

Liz Bonnin

Co-Host

Biochemist, wild animal biologist and TV presenter Liz Bonnin has an inspiring passion for the natural world and is in her element when picking the brains of top scientists.

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Danni Washington

Co-Host

Marine biologist, TV host and Science Communicator Danni Washington is the first African-American woman to host her own science television series working with CBS and FOX on a number of award winning science shows. Profiled as a rising young innovator Danni has hosted some the largest science and ocean conservation events in the USA. 

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Niall Myant-Best

Co-Host

Niall has been involved in broadcasting for many of the biggest international sporting events, from the Olympics and America's Cup World Series, to The Ocean Race. He enjoys sharing his passion for sailing on and off the screen and has worked as a sailing coach for the last 20 years, helping to bring people onto the water and develop their skills.

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SPEAKERS

José María Figueres

Former President of Costa Rica, Co-founder of Ocean Unite

Former President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998, since leaving his term in government Figueres has been heavily involved in global issues such as climate change and sustainable development. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission, chairman of LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development).

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

United States Senator for Rhode Island

Sheldon Whitehouse, a member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, plays a key role in crafting policies addressing environmental protection and climate change.  He is a co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Oceans Caucus, which is aimed at increasing awareness of and finding common ground on issues facing the oceans and coasts.

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Wendy Schmidt

Philanthropist

Wendy Schmidt is a philanthropist and investor who has spent the past 14 years creating innovative non-profit organizations to address challenges facing communities around the world, working for clean, renewable energy, healthy food systems, healthy oceans, and the protection of human rights. The critical interconnections between human activity, the land we live on, and the ocean we depend upon are the central drivers of Wendy’s philanthropic work.

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Mark Towill

CEO, 11th Hour Racing Team

Mark grew up sailing on the eastern shores of Oahu, Hawaii before racing at both the prestigious Punahou School and Brown University Sailing Team, where he sailed with fellow 11th Hour Racing Team co-founder Charlie Enright. Now, as CEO of the team, Mark’s goal is to put together the best possible team with the aim of winning The Ocean Race trophy for the first time — while raising awareness and inspiring the sailing community and racing fans around the world with respect to environmental issues and ocean health.

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Peter Burling

Skipper of Emirates Team New Zealand, co-founder of Live Ocean

Peter Burling, known to his sailing mates as “Pistol”, started sailing at the age of six in Welcome Bay estuary near his home in Tauranga, in an old wooden Optimist called Jellytip. At the age of eight, he joined Tauranga Yacht Club and started competing.

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Dr. Mark Baumgartner

Senior Scientist, Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Mark Baumgartner is a marine ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). He has studied the ecology of whales and dolphins for the past 25 years using a variety of technologies, including tagging, surveys, pioneering passive acoustics and autonomous underwater vehicles.  

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Michelle Bender

Ocean Rights Manager, Earth Law Center

Profiled as an international Ocean Youth Leader, Michelle Bender is spearheading an innovative and paradigm-shifting solution to our ocean management challenges, working as the Ocean Rights Manager of the Earth Law Center.

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Richard Brisius

Race Chairman, The Ocean Race

Richard Brisius has played a big part in the offshore racing scene both sailing in and managing a number of successful campaigns with nine editions of this race under his belt. Now leading The Ocean Race with long-term business partner Johan Salen they launched ‘Racing with Purpose’ putting an award winning sustainability programme at the heart of ocean racing and global sport.

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Lucia Caito

Chair of Hack for Global Good 2020

Lucia is a senior at Rocky Hill Country Day School and the Chair of Hack for Global Good 2020. She was a member of the student committee for the inaugural Hack for Global Good (HGG) and in 2019, worked as the Head of Marketing.

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Enrique Carlin Larios

Sayula II Sailor, Whitbread Round the World Race 1973

Enrique’s introduction to The Ocean Race was like no other. His father, Ramón Carlin, a Mexican adventurer and a business entrepreneur, purchased the Swan 65 Sayula II and brought her from Finland to Portsmouth for the start of the inaugural edition of the Whitbread Around the World Race.

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Anne-Cécile Turner

Sustainability Director, The Ocean Race

Anne-Cecile Turner is passionate about creating real change in the world. A leader in ocean preservation and sustainability she specialises in systemic change by identifying novel opportunities to enhance positive action for the ocean.

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Jennifer Chapman

Blue Ventures Country Manager in Belize

Jen Chapman manages marine research and conservation programmes for Blue Ventures in Belize. Underpinned by a human centred approach she works in marine conservation interventions that are delivering socio economic benefits to communities whilst also achieving conservation objectives. 

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Philippe Cousteau

Multi Emmy-Nominated TV host and producer, award winning author and co-founder of Earth Echo International

Inspired by the legacy of his grandfather Jacques Cousteau, Philippe has made it his life's work to educate and inspire people around the globe to take action to restore and protect the future of the ocean.

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Charlie Enright

Skipper & Co-founder of 11th Hour Racing Team

As Skipper & Co-Founder of 11th Hour Racing Team, Charlie Enright’s goal to lift The Ocean Race Trophy comes with a mission to educate and engage fans along the way on today’s environmental concerns, inspiring them to do their part to benefit ocean health and our fragile planet.

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Hack for Global Good

Started in 2018, the Hack for Global Good is an annual, student-driven event at Rocky Hill Country Day School in East Greenwich that empowers students from across the state to find solutions for a United Nations Global Challenge.

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Cortlandt Meyerson

Co-founder of Hack for Global Good

Cortlandt co-founded the Hack for Global Good as a sophomore at Rocky Hill Country Day School in collaboration with the Director of Innovation. In his senior year, Cortlandt interned at The Ocean Agency lending his strategic mind and vision for healthy oceans.

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Fatou Ndoye

Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) North America Office

A Leadership for Environment and Development Fellow, Ms. Fatou Ndoye focuses on government liaison with Canada and the United States in her role as Deputy Regional Director of the UN Environment Programme - North America Regional Office.

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Dr. Margaret Ottley

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology, West Chester University (WCU), Pennsylvania

An international expert in the field of sport psychology, a certified mental performance coach and Applied Sport Psychology Association Fellow; Dr Ottley has coached elite athletes from the USA and Caribbean through four Olympic cycles. Dr. Ottley is the founder of SANKO-FA HyPower Sports and Performance Psychology.

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Ben Pogacar

Co-founder of Hack for Global Good

Ben co-founded Hack for Global Good in 2018 alongside Cortlandt Meyerson in his sophomore year while attending Rocky Hill Country Day School. In Ben's senior year, he interned with the founder of Infused Innovations, working on a project using Data and Responsible AI applied to machine learning.

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Ken Read

President of North Sails and EVP of North Technology Group

Ken is one of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated sailors having twice been named the US Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and as a winner of nine World Championships.

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Karen Sack

President & CEO - Ocean Unite

Karen Sack has over 25 years experience working for international environmental NGOs. She works with her Ocean Unite team to catalyse ocean regeneration by engaging and activating audiences on the importance of the ocean, as well as accelerating investment into building resilience and ocean health.

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Blue Tech Highlights from New England

Check out some of the fantastic Blue Tech being developed to help restore ocean health, through research, measurements, imaging, detection and design.

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Dr. Carlie Wiener

Director of Communications & Engagement Strategy, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Dr. Wiener has over fifteen years of experience in marine science communications working on strategy, research, community outreach, evaluation, and professional leadership. Working with Schmidt Ocean Institute Carlie has drawn international attention to the science completed through the institute’s ship-based programme.

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