With extensive experience ranging from coastal and marine resource sustainable development, conservation and public policy to international business development and strategy, the World Ocean Council team is passionate about furthering”Corporate Ocean Responsibility”.

Paul Holthus, WOC Founding President & CEO

Paul is founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Ocean Council. He works with the private sector and market forces to develop practical solutions for achieving sustainable development and addressing environmental concerns, especially for marine areas and resources.

His experience ranges from working with the global industry associations or directors of UN agencies to working with fishers in small island villages. He has been involved in coastal and marine resource sustainable development and conservation work in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, Central...


Christine Valentin, Chief Operating Officer

Christine is Chief Operating Officer for the WOC. As such she is leading the WOC efforts to develop and drive strategically focused action to ensure sustainable business value to members, grow the WOC membership and visibility among ocean business community, and guide WOC budget development and financial management.

She has almost 30 years of senior positions (international business development, strategy, CFO) in multicultural contexts in S&P 500 companies and smaller management owned businesses. More specifically since 2002, she has worked in sustainability and environmental consulting, engineering and services firms designing environmentally friendly...


Marine Pesret, Asia Manager

Marine is helping the World Ocean Council in its efforts in Asia with a view to advance new members development, enhance the sustainability of the World Ocean Council's work and support the development and implementation of the World Ocean’s Council Ocean Platforms in the region. Marine is a dual-qualified lawyer in the UK and France and has over 10 years of years of experience of working in the offshore, shipping, trade& energy industries in France, the UK, the US and more recently here in Singapore. Marine’s practice focus in particular on shipping ...


Julia Tasse

Julia works on Communication and Marketing at the World Ocean Council. She is involved in managing the social media and online visibility of the WOC, supervising global communication and supporting the website and other communication tools. She is WOC coordinator for the Young Ocean Professionals Network.