Wendy Watson-Wright

Founder and CEO, 7 Mile Bay

Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright is the Founder and CEO of 7 Mile Bay.

She retired as the inaugural CEO of the Atlantic Canada-based Ocean Frontier Institute in December 2019, after having spent almost her entire career focused on ocean science and policy issues. She was the first female Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) in Paris from 2010 to 2015 and held various senior positions within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including eight years as its Assistant Deputy Minister, Science.

Watson-Wright remains active in the ocean science/policy community through her work as a member of and gender focal point for the United Nations Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) as well as her membership on various boards such as of the World Ocean Observatory, the International Ocean Institute (IOI), the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (Canada branch) and others. As Killam scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Predicted Ocean: Speakers & Moderators

SPEAKER

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)

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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