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Using the 71% of the Planet that comprises the ocean as a means to draw down and sequester CO2 is a new, exciting and necessary way to address the climate crisis 

Why

we need to sequester carbon at scale

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What

the benefits of ocean sequestration are

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How

can ocean sequestration be achieved?

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Our Purpose

To combat the climate crisis the Ocean Forests Foundation promotes approaches that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere via the rapid growth of ocean seaweed at scale.

Our Mission

The climate emergency has entered a new phase, in which steep emissions reductions and the drawdown of carbon at the gigaton scale are both required. New thinking and new tools are required to meet this challenge.

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Management Board

Professor Tim Flannery

Chair, Management Board

Professor Tim Flannery is one of the world’s leading writers on climate change. An internationally acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist, Professor Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007.

Tim has held various academic positions including Professor at the University of Adelaide, director of the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum and Visiting Chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University.

Tim is a founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and in 2007 co-founded and was appointed Chair of The Copenhagen Climate Council, a coalition of community, business, and political leaders focussed on building momentum towards an adequate global climate treaty. In May 2009 the Council convened the World Business Summit on Climate Change. Involving more than 1,000 chief executives, the event also involved UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Vice-President Al Gore; actor Cate Blanchett and then Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Yvo de Boer.

A well-known presenter on ABC Radio, NPR and the BBC for more than a decade, he has also written and presented several series on the Documentary Channel including The Future Eaters (1998), Wild Australasia (2003), Islands in the Sky (1992) and Bushfire (1997). His books include The Weather Makers: The History & Future Impact of Climate Change (2005), Here on Earth (2010) and Atmosphere of Hope (2016).

In 2017 he published Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World.

Robert Calcagno

Management Board

Robert Calcagno has been the CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco since 2009. This includes the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Home of the Oceans in Paris.

Previously Robert was Minister for Environment, Public Works and Urban Development and Senior Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Strongly committed to the cause of the oceans, Robert leads and helps convene international efforts on sustainable ocean management, Marine Protected Areas, deep sea preservation and shark protection. Robert is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation Prince Albert II of Monaco and of the World Ocean Network working with public facing organisations such as aquariums, museums and science centres to inform the public of the dangers facing the ocean and the impact human activities are having on it.

Keilem Ng

Management Board

Keilem Ng mixes an international career working on finance and investment with a passionate commitment to sustainability and the environment. She holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University and a MS in Real Estate from New York University.

Keilem joined the investment industry in 2004 and has worked in New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong covering global markets. As a Director of the Hong Kong based Asian Venture Philanthropy Network she worked on increasing the flow of capital into social and environmental projects.

Keilem was an Executive Director at JPMorgan Asset Management responsible for real estate asset acquisitions and asset management throughout Asia Pacific. She has recently commenced work at Shui On Land as an investment portfolio manager.

In 2012 she founded Eco Marine, a not for profit organization that promotes local marine and environmental awareness and aims to connect Hong Kong people and businesses with nature. Keilem is also an avid trail runner and is the founder of Hong Kong Trail Running Women.

Nick Rowley

CEO

Nick Rowley has more than twenty years of experience working on climate change and sustainability in the UK, Australia and globally. From 2004 to 2006 Nick worked as the advisor on climate change and sustainability to British Prime Minister Tony Blair working across Whitehall and in partnership with experts and practitioners from academia, business and non-government organisations.

Nick coordinated the Prime Minister’s efforts prior to and during the UK Presidency of the G8 in 2005, promoting the need for further action to address the risks of global climate change. He advised on the establishment of the review into the economics of climate change undertaken by Lord Stern of Brentford.

Between 1996 and 2004 Nick was senior advisor to the Premier of New South Wales working on policy areas as diverse as planning, medical research and the environment. During this time NSW instituted the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme: the first carbon pricing mechanism in the world.

After returning to Sydney, Nick established Kinesis, his own sustainability consulting firm working with a series of major Australian clients. Prior to the 2009 UN Copenhagen Summit, Nick was the Strategic Director of the Copenhagen Climate Council, an affiliation of leading business chief executives, scientists and policy practitioners from China, Europe, the US and Australasia focused on the need for a more effective response to the climate problem.

Nick lives and works in Sydney and is a frequent writer and commentator on climate change, domestic Australian and British politics.