2023 Blue Economy Summit
Speakers & Panelists
Register below to attend BES 2023!
Asia Williams works with the Waitt Institute as their Blue Economy Manager; looking at how to help nations sustainably develop and diversify their economies, whilst also establishing Marine Protection. Prior to this, Asia was the Blue Economy Consultant at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, Caribbean, supporting regional BE entrepreneurs scale their business and access finance. Asia has also worked on partnership projects with IDB looking at tourism resilience, UN-Habitat on waste management and flood risk, Arcadis Natural and Built Asset Consultancy and the Commonwealth Climate Change Network.
Mathilda D’silva is a Blue Economy advocate and specialist from Singapore who began her journey as an ex-Singapore Idol Finalist and dragonboater who fell sick due to exposure to polluted waters. Since 2015, her life’s journey is to combine her skills as an award winning TV producer and radio presenter, Community Management and Agile Scrum Coach and trainer to drive innovative projects in plastic to hydrogen, seaweed and mussel bioremediation and creating viral sustainability campaigns focused on successful stakeholder engagement and partnerships. Mathilda was a speaker at COP27- Singapore Pavillion, G20 Indonesia & UN Ocean Conference. You can find her at Singapore’s first eco beach office in Pasir Ris Beach on the northern coast of Singapore developing, testing key carbon capture and methane reduction conservation strategies, creating ocean safe biopolymers & turning ocean plastic into hydrogen and carbon nanotubes. She’s also paddling to traditional and indigenous farmers to evangelise seaweed as a way for poor coastal communities to break the pollution and poverty cycle.
Reece is a Partner at Propeller where he focuses on investing in and supporting ocean entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their ventures.
Reece has also been an active angel investor at the ocean-climate nexus, where he leverages his professional experience as a startup veteran and ocean conservation leader. Previously he held a dual role as SVP Ocean Responsibility at the World Surf League and Executive Director of WSL PURE (the WSL’s 501(c)(3)). In these roles Reece, reduced the WSL’s emissions by 25% from baseline and offset the remainder (Scope 1-3) with a verified portfolio of 100% nature-based solutions. Reece also led global conservation campaigns in partnership with premier NGOs and global brands activating millions of fans around the world in ocean conservation.
Prior to the WSL, Reece spent a year abroad researching and volunteering in conservation efforts around marine plastic pollution, coastal conservation, and re-wilding efforts. He’s a 2x cofounder/CEO of two video startups (B2B SaaS and consumer facing), wherein he led his teams on vision, strategy, fundraising and product. Reece has extensive ocean conservation experience and knowledge from the field to the board room. He was born and raised on Cape Cod and is an active waterman.
Technology, Innovation, Development, Equity
Enjoy bite-sized presentations from leading experts on a variety of oceanic themes.
TIDE talks will touch on subjects including blue justice, equity concerns, priorities for the Global South and small island developing states, and nature-based solutions for coastal resilience.
Angelique is a lawyer and she holds an LLM in Environmental law specializing in the law of the sea and natural resources law. Angelique serves as advisor to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States on ocean and climate matters. She previously she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust. She is currently also, pursuing a PhD in regulatory reforms to advance the blue economy. The New African Magazine recognized her as one of the 100 most influential Africans in 2021.
Josheena is an interdisciplinary researcher and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, and the World Economic Forum. She holds a Ph.D in Environment and Resources from Stanford University. Her current research focuses on centering equity for ocean innovations in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture. Born and raised in Mauritius, Josheena spent the early parts of her career conducting community-engaged research focused on climate change adaptation, disaster impacts and recovery, marine protected area management, and the inclusion of natural and cultural heritage in marine governance. Having recently worked on assessing the compounding social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Wakashio oil spill disaster on coastal communities in her home country, Josheena plans to continue applied research and contribute to the science-policy-business nexus.
Phanor H Montoya Maya
Restoration Program Manager at Coral Restoration Foundation/ Former Executive Director at Corales de Paz
Phanor is a Marine Biologist (PhD) with over 20 years’ experience working on marine tropical and subtropical ecosystems (i.e. seagrass beds, estuaries, and coral reefs). Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with 8 years’ experience developing and implementing monitoring procedures to assess the effectiveness of coral reef restoration actions. 5 years’ experience establishing, training, and managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams for coral reef monitoring and restoration.
Dive into three immersive conversations on equity in the fisheries sector, coastal resilience, and sustainable tourism.
*Denotes the moderator
Enhancing Equity Across the Fisheries Sector
Deputy Director, Asian Research Institute for
Environmental Law (ARIEL)