HOST

Danni Washington

Host

Danni Washington is a renowned television host and science communicator. She is the first African-American woman to host a nationally broadcast, syndicated science television series and currently hosts The Genius Generation podcast. Danni also served as a correspondent on CBS's Mission Unstoppable and host of Xploration Nature Knows Best on FOX.

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SPEAKERS

Ursula von der Leyen

President of the European Commission (EC)

Ursula von der Leyen has worked as a Minister at federal level in Germany for more than 14 years, with responsibility for family, then labor and social affairs and later defence. In 2019, she was elected as President of the European Commission. 

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Pascal Lamy

President of the Paris Peace Forum and Chair of the EU Mission Starfish 2030

Pascal Lamy is the President of the Paris Peace Forum, Chair of the EU Mission Starfish 2030 - where he is exploring ‘revamping ocean governance’ and how the EU can lead in this sector - and Chair of Brunswick Group Europe. 

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Richard Brisius

Chairman of The Ocean Race

Brisius is Race Chairman of The Ocean Race.  From his experience of nine editions of this race dating back to 1989-90, Richard will share some inspirational stories of winning strategies and human endeavour against all odds in ocean racing.

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Virginijus Sinkevičius

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Virginijus Sinkevičius is the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries and has been one of the seven members of the Commissioners Group on the European Green Deal since 2019

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Valérie Cabanes

International Law Expert and co-founder of End Ecocide on Earth

Valérie Cabanes is an ecologist and legal expert specialising in international law. After two decades working in human rights, and in 2015 contributing to the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she now pleads for the recognition of the rights of nature and the crime of ecocide. She is one of the founders of the movement End Ecocide on Earth, which seeks international justice for the environment. 

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Teresa Vicente Giménez

Professor of Philosophy of Law, Murcia University

Teresa Vicente Giménez is a Professor of Philosophy of Law, Deputy Director of the Center for Cooperation and Development Studies and Director of the Chair of Human Rights and Rights of Nature at Murcia University. Much of her teaching and research is on theory of justice and human rights, in which she has specialised on the new paradigm of ecological justice and the rights of nature. 

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Emily Pidgeon, Ph.D

Vice President, Ocean Science and Innovation, Conservation International

Dr. Emily Pidgeon is the Vice President of Ocean Science and Innovation, an organisation focused on solutions for coastal and marine adaptation to climate change and on developing marine-based approaches for mitigation through ‘blue carbon’. Emily’s primary focus is integrating ocean sciences into effective conservation strategies and field implementation, including addressing the impacts of climate change on coastal and ocean communities and environments.​​

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Inês Louro

Scientific Coordinator SeaForester

Inês Louro is a marine biologist, working for the last three years on the SeaForester initiative to measure and map the kelp forests around Cascais and launch a pioneering kelp reforestation project in the area. SeaForester aims to reverse the alarming disappearance of seaweed forests in the world in order to safeguard the oceans’ vital role of carbon sequestration, maintaining fish stocks and securing the planet’s wellbeing.

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Manu San Felix

Marine biologist, National Geographic underwater photographer and image director

Manu San Felix, a marine biologist and award-winning photographer, has dedicated his life to researching and caring for nature.  Since 2009, he has worked as Underwater Image Director for National Geographic (Washington) on their Pristine Seas project, undertaking 36 expeditions.

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Mumta Ito

Founder Nature’s Rights

Mumta Ito is one of Europe's leading experts and advocates for the rights of Nature. She is founder of the NGO Nature’s Rights, United Nations ‘Harmony with Nature’ Expert and initiator of a European Citizens Initiative to put Nature’s rights and earth-centred governance on the EU legislative agenda. Amongst her innovations is a Draft EU Directive for the Rights of Nature.

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Carl-Henric Svanberg

Chairman of the European Round Table of Industry

Carl-Henric Svanberg is Chairman of AB Volvo, Chairman of The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Chairman of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT). He is a Member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Svanberg was Chairman of BP plc from 2010 to 2018. He was CEO of Ericsson from 2003 to 2009, and was CEO of Assa Abloy Group from 1994 to 2002.

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Cillian Lohan

European Economic Social Committee vice-president for communications

Cillian Lohan has a wide range of experience  in the corporate and environmental sector and is a leader in the field of Circular Economy, Having been the inaugural Chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, which he helped to establish. He is an experienced delegate at UN initiatives, such as the Climate COP negotiations and the High Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Marie Toussaint

Green Member of the European Parliament

Marie Toussaint is a French environmental activist, a jurist in international environmental law, co-founder of the association Notre affaire à tous and helped start the l'Affaire du siècle campaign. She was elected MEP on the Greens/EFA group in May 2019 and sits on the ITRE (energy and industry), ENVI (environment) and JURI (legal affairs) committees.

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Tommy E Remengesau Jr

Former President of the Republic of Palau

Tommy Esang Remengesau, Jr., the ninth President of the Republic of Palau, is the first Palauan to be elected President four times.  The former President has received a number of awards and recognitions, including the inaugural Pacific Champion Award and the United Nations Environmental Programme The Champion of the Earth award for his leadership in strengthening Palau’s economic resilience by spearheading national initiatives to protect its biodiversity. 

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Teresa Ribera

Fourth Vice President of the Government of Spain and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge

Ms Ribera was Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) from 2014 to 2018, and enabled the Institute to play a key role in the negotiation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the transition towards sustainable development.

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Annie Lush

Sailor Offshore Team Germany

Annie is an Olympic match racer who competed at London 2012 in the Elliott 6m class. She has competed in the Women’s Match Race championships three times in 2004, 2005, 2010, and topped the ISAF World Ranking in 2010.

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Justin Worland

Senior Correspondent TIME

Justin is the energy and environment correspondent at TIME based in Washington D.C. He has covered everything from climate activism to the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement to the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry. He has written several cover stories, including Greta Thunberg's Person of the Year cover story and has received multiple awards for his coverage including the SEAL award for environmental journalism.

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Mark Towill

CEO of 11th Hour Racing Team

As CEO of 11th Hour Racing Team, Mark Towill’s goal is to build a high performance ocean racing team 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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