Secretariat

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, 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...

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Christine Valentin, Chief Operating Officer

Christine is Board Member & Chief Operating Officer of the World Ocean Council. As such she is leading the WOC efforts to develop and drive strategically focused action to ensure sustainable growth and visibility to the members of the ocean business community who believe in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”, bring sustainable business value to members, grow the WOC membership and visibility among ocean business community, and guide WOC budget development and financial management.

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Jane Chu, Communications Officer

Jane develops and delivers the World Ocean Council’s global communications strategy. She oversees the implementation of all internal and external communications, including WOC’s online visibility (website and social media platforms) and stakeholder outreach. She is involved in coordinating the annual Sustainable Ocean Summit.

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Virginie Tassin Campanella, Ocean Policy and Governance Expert Advisor

Virginie is Ocean Policy and Governance Expert Advisor for the World Ocean Council. She is a lawyer on the Paris Bar and Doctor in Law (Sorbonne and Melbourne). She is the Founder and Director of law firm VTA-TASSIN, which specializes in European and Public International Law, Maritime and Environmental Law and Policy, Law of the Sea, Sustainable Development and Climate Change.

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Nina Schneider, Management & Program Support Officer

Nina supports the WOC management in the delivery of programs and projects, and facilitates administrative and management efforts involving grant writing, networking and outreach, particularly within the EU. She has 15+ years’ experience in project management within multidisciplinary & international environments, including research.

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Chris Allen, Liaison Officer – West Coast US and Canada

Chris is WOC's Liaison Officer for West Coast US and Canada, and works to advance membership, strategic alliances, and project development in the region. Chris has 30 years consulting experience in sustainable development specializing in helping to create innovative and strategic approaches for multi-disciplinary project teams working on complex opportunities and challenges.

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Tina Liu, Associate – China

Tina facilitates the development of WOC in Chinese speaking regions. Her background is in shipping and in academia. She is the Vice President of Elane Inc. in charge of Big Data Product. Elane Inc. is a Chinese technology and information provider for Shipping, Supply Chain, Commodity Trading industries. Prior to joining Elane, Tina worked in Drewry Shipping Consultant in London, Singapore and Shanghai.

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Shanti Moganti, Associate – Asia

Shanti facilitates the outreach and visibility of WOC in Asia, and works to develop WOC membership and alliances in the region. Following a brief career in academia, she realized her interests in ocean sustainability and resource management, and joined the shipping industry, overseeing environmental compliance regulations in the maritime industry for one of the world’s largest ship management companies.

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Ibukun Jacob Adewumi, Associate – West Africa

Ibukun facilitates WOC’s outreach and partnership activities and the Young Ocean Professionals Initiative in West Africa, with the aim to engage young professionals and foster discourse on Blue Economy sustainability in the Sub-region. Ibukun is the Director of Programs and International Partnerships with the African Marine Environment Sustainability Initiative.

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Sophie Masipa, Associate – Southern and East Africa

Sophie facilitates the development of WOC membership, strategic alliances and outreach in Southern and East Africa. She is the Chairperson of Saldehco, a joint-venture established to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha Bay, and the Co-Founder of Kgommu International, which develops and invests in infrastructure projects across the continent.

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Aymen Chrigui, Erasmus Intern

Aymen is a current Erasmus Mundus Joint Master student in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) at Iuav Venice Italy in collaboration with the University of Seville, Spain and University of Azores, Portugal. He is presently interning at the WOC and conducting a research study on Blue Economy industry and business in the Mediterranean Sea and the region's potential for MSP.

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