Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute

Portrait Anja Waite

Dr. Anya Waite is Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean) of Dalhousie University and Scientific Director and CEO of the Ocean Frontier Institute. Previously, she served as Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and as Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen.

After completing a B.Sc. in Biology in 1985 at Dalhousie, she obtained her Ph.D. in 1992 in Biological Oceanography at UBC. She then held postdoctoral positions at WHOI (USA) and the Victoria University (New Zealand) and spent almost 20 years as an engineering professor at the University of Western Australia. Waite is co-chair of the prestigious Global Ocean Observation System steering committee – the first woman at the head of this body since its creation in 2011. She also sits on the boards of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR). She is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Limnology and Oceanography, co-chair of the SCOR Working Group on biological observation systems, “P-OBS”, and was on the Steering Committee of the Southern Ocean Observation System (SOOS) from 2017–2020.

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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Antje Boetius

Director, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany

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Daniel Dunn

Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

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Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tasmania

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Diego Sancho Gallegos

Surf Conservation Data Coordinator, Save The Waves Coalition (STW), Costa Rica

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Kristina M. Gjerde

Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Marine and Polar Programme, USA

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Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology (TI-FI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

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Sheila Heymans

Executive Director, European Marine Board, Belgium

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Anna Jöborn

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), Sweden

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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David Obura

Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

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Simone Pennafirme

Manager, Marine Life Center, Secretariat for Environment of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro

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J. Murray Roberts

Professor, University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences & Head, Changing Oceans Research Group & Coordinator, European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic Project, Scotland

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

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Jens Schiffers

Scientific Officer, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

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Jörn Schmidt

Chair, Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

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Mirja Schoderer

Reseacher, The German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya

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Sebastian Unger

Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

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Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

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Dixon Waruinge

Coordinator, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Kenia

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Andrea Weiss

Science Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany