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Jean-Michel Cousteau, Keynote Speaker

Explorer. Environmentalist. Educator. Film Producer. For more than four decades, Jean-Michel Cousteau has dedicated himself and his vast experience to communicate to people of all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.Since first being “thrown overboard” by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean realm. The son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel has investigated the world’s oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone for much of his life. Honoring his heritage, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work.To read more click here.*Photo courtesy of Tom Ordway, Ocean Futures and KQED

Guest Speakers and Dignitaries

Senator Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator, State of Hawaii

Congressman Sam Farr, U.S. Representative, State of California

Commissioner Janez Potocnik, European Commissioner for the Environment for the European Commission

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP (via video)

David Osborn, Coordinator for the Global Programme of Action, UNEP

Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director of UNEP Regional Office for North America

Monica Medina, Principal Deputy Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

David Kennedy, Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Holly Bamford, Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

Donna Kahakui, Special Agent for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and founder of Kai Makana

Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and founder of Clean Up (Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World)

Alison Lane, Senior Associate (Marine) with URS Australia Pty Ltd

Daniella Russo, Social advocate and co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition, Sea Studios

Roz Savage, Ocean rower

M. Kalani Souza, Hawaiian practitioner and Executive Director of the Olohana Foundation

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