Debra Lekanoff

Washington State Representative (Position 1, 40th Legislative District), USA

Representative Debra Lekanoff represents the 40th legislative district of Washington state. She is a proud mom who fights every day to ensure younger generations can continue to flourish. She is inclusive in her decision-making process by listening to stakeholders, citizens and governmental bodies. She is known for her experience and capacity to work with vast parties, and on vast issues, and to get the job done. Sworn in to the Washington State House of Representatives in January 2019, Lekanoff is the only Native American woman to currently serve in the State’s Legislature.  

She has called the Skagit Valley home for almost 20 years. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Representative Lekanoff served as Governmental Affairs Director for the Swinomish Tribe. With over 20 years of government relations experience, she engages on a variety of issues at the international, federal, tribal, state and local levels. Her background and experience provide valuable knowledge and perspectives that allow her to lead on a wide range of policy issues, including but not limited to, environment, natural resources, climate change, education, housing and agriculture.

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Bennet Atsu Foli

Oceanographer, University of Ghana Regional Marine Centre

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Jerome Aucan

Head of the Pacific Community Center for Ocean Science, The Pacific Community (SPC), Fiji/New Caledonia

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Burkard Baschek

Director, German Ocean Museum, Stralsund, Germany

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Claudia C. Baron-Aguilar

Ph.D. student, University of South Florida (USF) & Member of the Wayuu indigenous community

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Silvia Chacon-Barrantes

Coordinator, National Tsunami Monitoring System (SINAMOT)
Professor, National University of Costa Rica

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Cameron Diver

Deputy Director-General, The Pacific Community (SPC)

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‘Ofa Fa’anunu

Director, Tonga Meteorological Service

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

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

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Bruce Howe

Research Professor, Ocean and Resources Engineering, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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Geoff Kilgour

Senior Volcanologist, GNS Science, New Zealand

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Arlene Laing

Coordinating Director, Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Headquarters Unit

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Debra Lekanoff

Washington State Representative (Position 1, 40th Legislative District), USA

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Albert Martis

Second Vice President, WMO, and Co-Chair Joint WMO-IOC Collaborative Board

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Mere Nailatikau

Communication Consultant, Storyteller and Development Professional, Fiji

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Anne Parge

Policy Officer, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Bonn

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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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Irina Rafliana

Ph.D. Researcher, German Development Institute (DIE) & BRIN Indonesia

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Amelia Rigsby

TV Producer and Host, FBCTV

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Jacqueline Yamileth Rivera Ayala

Civil engineer and vulcanological monitoring coordinator, Hazards Monitoring Center, DOA, MARN

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Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch

Director at Pacifico risk communications agency and consultant in risk communications and behavioral science

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Vladimir Ryabinin

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

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Raul Salazar

Chief of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), Secretariat for the Americas, Panama

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Ria Sen

Lead Preparedness Officer, Global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster, World Food Programme

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Shulqwilum

Member, Chemainus First Nation

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Iliesa Tora

Media consultant and journalist. President, the Pacific Environment Journalists

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Sebastian Unger

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

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Christa von Hillebrandt-Andrade

Deputy Director, International Tsunami Information Center, Caribbean Office, Puerto Rico