Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation
Mark is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is serving on the Sargasso Sea Commission. Mark is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy, at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In addition, he serves as the CEO and President of SeaWeb, is the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund) and designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow. He is also a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment. Mark is an expert on international environmental policy and law, as well as coastal and marine philanthropy.
Andrew Sharpless, CEO of Oceana
Andrew has led Oceana since 2003 as its Chief Executive Officer. Oceana, founded in late 2001, has grown in that time to be the largest international conservation organization fully dedicated to protecting the oceans.
Andrew holds degrees from Harvard Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard College and is an advocate and a manager with wide leadership experience in business and NGO start-ups. He served as Executive Vice President of Discovery.com, the online division of Discovery Communications, the cable television programmer behind The Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health and The Travel Channel.
Antoinette and John Vermilye, Founders of The Gallifrey Foundation
The Gallifrey Foundation, based in Geneva Switzerland, actively supports key marine conservation initiatives to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution in the oceans and changing behaviours.
Antoinette and John were Fellows at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative programme in 2017 and used their time at Harvard to develop ways in which governments, universities, NGOs and business can better coordinate efforts on key conservation issues like plastic pollution.
Antoinette is the owner of ASV Interiors, a Swiss-based design and international project consultancy and has studied design at the Art Institute. John is Chairman of Travel Sentry providing standards based solutions to improve travel and travel security. John has also produced and narrated a number of maritime documentaries and is on the Board of Mission Blue.