Craig McLean

Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Craig McLean is currently serving as the Acting Chief Scientist and will act as the senior scientist for NOAA, providing direction for science and technology priorities. He also serves as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

In his role at Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, he is responsible for overseeing, directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise, including a network of research laboratories and the execution of NOAA programs, such as the Climate Program, National Sea Grant and Ocean Exploration, to name just a few.

Among a number of formal international engagements in science and technology, McLean serves as the US Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and as the Co-Chair of the US European Union Marine Working Group.

He has previously worked in NOAA as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service and was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. He also served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, attaining the rank of Captain.

Predicted Ocean: Speakers & Moderators

SPEAKER

Jérome Aucan

Head of the Pacific Community Center for Ocean Science, the Pacific Community (SPC)

SPEAKER

Pierre Bahurel

Director General, Mercator Ocean International

SPEAKER

Angelika Brandt

Head of Department Marine Zoology, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

SPEAKER

Leticia Cotrim da Cunha

Rio de Janeiro State University

SPEAKER

Herve Damlamian

Team Leader, Ocean Prediction and Monitoring, Pacific Community (SPC)

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Katja Fennel

Killam Professor and Chair in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University

SPEAKER

Beth Fulton

Lead, Integrated Marine Management, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere 
Deputy Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology

Expert Moderator

Judith Giblin

Senior Technical Officer in Oceanography in the Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division/ Pacific Community

SPEAKER

Emma Heslop

Programme Specialist, GOOS
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

SPEAKER

Ariel Hernán Troisi

Chairperson Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC-UNESCO

SPEAKER

Melissa Iwamoto

Director and Principal Investigator, Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS)

MODERATOR

Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host

SPEAKER

Marjolaine Krug

Senior Scientific Advisor, OCIMS, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE)

SPEAKER

Mojib Latif

Professor, University of Kiel and researcher, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel 

SPEAKER

Craig McLean

Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Mark R. Payne

Climate Scientist, Danish Meterological Institute

CO-MODERATOR

George Petihakis

Research Director / Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic centre for Marine Research

SPEAKER

Nadia Pinardi

Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

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Nicholas Rome

Program Manager, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

SPEAKER

Molly Powers-Tora

Acting Team Leader, Ocean Management and Literacy, Pacific Community (SPC)

SPEAKER

Fangli Qiao

First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, China

CO-MODERATOR

Roshan T Ramessur

Co-Chair OA-Africa
Advisory Member, The Ocean Foundation
Associate Professor, University of Mauritius

SPEAKER

Derrick Snowden

Chief, Operations Division, US Integrated Ocean Observing System Office at NOAA/National Ocean Service

MODERATOR

Detlef Stammer

Professor and Director of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability, University of Hamburg

SPEAKER

Janice R. Trotte-Duhá

Special Adviser, Directorate-General for Scientific, Technological and Nuclear Development of the Brazilian Navy

SPEAKER

Ramasamy Venkatesan

National Institute of Ocean Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Chennai India

SPEAKER

Martin Visbeck

Professor of Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Kiel University

SPEAKER

Wendy Watson-Wright

Founder and CEO, 7 Mile Bay

Expert Moderator

Ann-Christine Zinkann

Dr. / Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration