Who we are

Friends of Ocean Action is a coalition of over 50 ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean. Its members – the Friends – come from business, civil society, international organizations, science and technology.

This community is supported by funding from Marc and Lynne Benioff as part of the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California Santa Barbara. It is convened by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the World Resources Institute.


Peter Thomson

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Isabella Lövin

Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden

Friends of Ocean Action members

Inger Andersen

Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

Thomas Thune Andersen

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lloyd’s Register, United Kingdom

Marc R. Benioff

Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA

Dona Bertarelli

Special Advisor for the Blue Economy, UNCTAD; Philanthropist, Co-Chair Bertarelli Foundation, Switzerland

Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group, United Kingdom

Maria Damanaki

Principal Advisor, SYSTEMIQ, UK; Principal Advisor, The Paradise International Foundation, China

Jeremy Darroch

Chief Executive Officer, Sky Plc, United Kingdom

Patricia Dwyer

Founder and Director, The Purpose Business, Hong Kong SAR

Sylvia Earle

President and Chairman, Mission Blue, USA

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano

Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany

Daniela V. Fernandez

Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, USA

José María Figueres

Former President of Costa Rica; Former Co-Chair, Global Ocean Commission; Co-Founder, Ocean Unite

Gloria Fluxà

Vice-Chairman & Executive Board Member, Iberostar Group, Spain

Kerstin S. Forsberg

Co-Founder and Director, Planeta Océano, Peru

Sturla Henriksen

Special Advisor on the Ocean to the UN Global Compact, Norway

Bill Hilf

Chief Executive Officer, Vulcan Inc., USA

Anson H. Hines

Director, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA

Svein Tore Holsether

President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International, Norway

Rupert Howes

Chief Executive Officer, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), United Kingdom

Naoko Ishii

Professor, Institute for Future Initiative, University of Tokyo, Japan

Nina Jensen

Chief Executive Officer, REV Ocean, 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

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

Ellen MacArthur

Founder and Chair, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom

Kenneth MacLeod

Chairman, Stena, United Kingdom

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity

Àrni Mathiesen

Assistant Director General Fisheries and Aquaculture, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, Italy

Stuart Minchin

Director-General, Pacific Community (SPC)

H.M. Queen Noor

Ocean Elder, Jordan

Cherie Nursalim

Vice-Chairman, GITI Group, Indonesia

Julie Packard

Executive Director, Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA

Rolph Payet

Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Switzerland

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco


James Quincey

President and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company, USA

Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and Assistant Director General, UNESCO, France

Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, USA

M. Sanjayan

Chief Executive Officer, Conservation International, 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

Andrew Steer

President, World Resources Institute, USA

Achim Steiner

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York

Gunhild Stordalen

Founder and Executive Chair, EAT Foundation, Norway

Su Jilan

Professor of Oceanography, Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Anote Tong

Former President of Kiribati

Judi Wakhungu

Ambassador of Kenya to France, Portugal, Serbia and The Holy See.

Jan-Gunnar Winther

Director, National Center of Ocean and the Arctic, Norway