Molly Powers-Tora

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

Molly Powers-Tora

Molly Powers-Tora, MPA-DP, is committed to facilitating ocean literacy and capacity development, integrated ocean management and sustainable livelihoods in Small Island Developing States vulnerable to climate variability and change.

She arrived in Fiji in 2005 as an environmental resource management Peace Corps Volunteer and has since come to call the Pacific home. Prior to joining the Pacific Community (SPC) in 2013, Powers-Tora gained experience as an Ocean Classroom onboard educator, a GLISPA fellow, manager of a corporate foundation and field manager of a coral reef conservation NGO.

Now she leads a multidisciplinary team working to improve ocean management and ocean literacy across SPC’s 26 Pacific Island member states. She coordinates activities across multiple projects ranging from maintaining a sea level observation network and developing ocean information products to helping delimit maritime zones and building Pacific capacity in ocean science and earth and marine observations. 

Powers-Tora is a Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) Steering Committee member and the focal point for SPC’s OceanTeacher Global Academy Regional Training Centre. She is an avid sailor, diver and lifelong ocean and island lover.

Predicted Ocean: Speakers & Moderators

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Jérome Aucan

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

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Pierre Bahurel

Director General, Mercator Ocean International

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Angelika Brandt

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

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Leticia Cotrim da Cunha

Rio de Janeiro State University

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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

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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

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Emma Heslop

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

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Ariel Hernán Troisi

Chairperson Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC-UNESCO

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Melissa Iwamoto

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

MODERATOR

Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host

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Marjolaine Krug

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

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Mojib Latif

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

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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

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Nadia Pinardi

Professor, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

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Nicholas Rome

Program Manager, Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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Molly Powers-Tora

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

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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

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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

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Ramasamy Venkatesan

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

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Martin Visbeck

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

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Wendy Watson-Wright

Founder and CEO, 7 Mile Bay

Expert Moderator

Ann-Christine Zinkann

Dr. / Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration