World Economic Forum

Friends of Ocean Action

The Friends of Ocean action engages companies, start-ups, academic institutions, civil society and international organizations, as well as technology experts, who collectively have the ambition and ability to fast-track solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean.

The Friends

Friends of Ocean Action are leaders with the collective ambition, commitment and networks to help drive sustainable ocean action. They include:


Peter Thomson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean
Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

Friends of Ocean Action members

Dr Mark Abbott, President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Inger Andersen, Director-General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Gland
Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA
Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group, United Kingdom
Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director for Oceans, Nature Conservancy, USA
Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer, Sky Plc, United Kingdom
Patricia Dwyer, Founder and Director, The Purpose Business, Hong Kong SAR
Dr Sylvia Earle, President and Chairman, Mission Blue, USA
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Bonn
Daniela V. Fernandez, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, USA
José María Figueres, Former President, Costa Rica, Former Co-Chair, Global Ocean Commission, Co-Founder, Ocean Unite
Raymond Fitzgerald, President, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, USA
Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman & Executive Board Member, Grupo Iberostar
Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor on the Ocean to the UN Global Compact, Norway
Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International, Norway
Rupert Howes, Chief Executive Officer, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), United Kingdom
Dr Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility, USA
Nina Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, X Four-10 / REV, Norway
Ronald Jumeau, UN Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues of the Republic of Seychelles
Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International, Switzerland
Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, France
Kosi Latu, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Samoa
Jim Leape, Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, USA
Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders, USA
Michael W. Lodge, Secretary General, International Sea Bed Authority, Jamaica
Dr Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished University Professor and Marine Studies Advisor to the President, Oregon State University, USA
Jørgen J. Lund, Managing Director, North Atlantic Seafood Forum, Norway
Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder and Chair, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom
Kenneth MacLeod, Chairman, Stena, United Kingdom
Àrni Mathiesen, Assistant Director General Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Rome
HM Queen Noor, Ocean Elder, Jordan
Cherie Nursalim, Vice-Chairman, GITI Group, Indonesia
Julie Packard, Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA
Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Montreal
Prince Albert II of Monaco
James Quincey, President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, USA
Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Assistant Director General of UNESCO, Paris
Dr Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, USA
Afroz Shah, Counsel, Bombay High Court, Champion of Earth, United Nations, India
Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, UN’s SDG Advocates Co-Chair
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi
Andrew Steer, President, World Resources Institute, USA
Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York
Dr Gunhild Stordalen, Founder and President, EAT Foundation, Norway
Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati
H.E. Prof Judi Wakhungu, Ambassador to France, Kenya
Dr Jan-Gunnar Winther, Director, National Center of Ocean and the Arctic, Norway
Wu Hougang, Chairman and President, Zoneco Group, People's Republic of China

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