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Dr. Mark Abbott

Past President and Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Humera Fasihuddin

Founder, University Innovation Fellows


Dr. Kenny Broad

Director, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science, Professor, Department of Marine Ecosystems & Society, University of Miami RSMAS


Dr. Katherine Skinner

Postdoctoral Researcher in Underwater Robotics,
Georgia Institute of Technology


Peter Coughlan

Co-Founder, Hasten


Veta Wade

Founder - Fish’N Fins Inc. | Blue Economy Consultant - Diversity & Impact


Founding Executive Director, Florida Engineering Experiment Station (FLEXStation) - University of Florida

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Dr. Jeff Kaeli

Lead Scientist, Co-Founder, Co-Inventor - Armada 
Marine Robotics,
Research Engineer - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Robert M. Carmichael

Founder/Co-Founder, Global SubDive


Dr. Michael K. Dorsey

Co-Founder Sunrise Movement, Limited Partner IberSun Solar


Ian Tomcho

Expedition Equipment Specialist - Lindblad Expeditions & National Geographic

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Dr. Eric Nieves

Staff Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton


Caleb Carr

Founder, President, & CEO - Vita Inclinata Technologies

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Millicent Wallace Pitts

CEO/Executive Director,


Mahmoud Khedr

Co-Founder & CEO - FloraMind


Assistant Director for Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public 
and Land-grant Universities (APLU)


Vincent Arena

Co-Founder, Tazzetto
Founder, Catalist


Dr. Keene Haywood

MPS Exploration Science Track Coordinator, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science


Sam Warach

Founder & CEO - NextStep HealthTech


Aakash (Kash) Sudhakar

Data Scientist at LifeNome; Founder at Coderie

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Jonathan DeLong

Sailor, Explorer, Entrepreneur


Kayla Barbour

University of Cincinnati DAAP Masters Program Candidate, Community Planning


Kyle Pitocchelli

Principal Consultant - Vantage

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Leslie Townsell

Graduate Research Assistant 
Yager Lab
University of Georgia

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Dr. Kelly Schutt

Director’s Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Dr. Brian Von Herzen

Founder & Executive Director, Climate Foundation


Hannuman Bull

Senior Test & Integration Engineer and Co-Founder at Cumulus Digital Systems


Dr. Jordon Beckler

Assistant Research Professor and director of the Geochemistry and Geochemical Sensing Lab, FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

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Rose Santana

Research Analyst
Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology Lab
Florida International University

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Christopher Storey

Director, Sea Shepherd
Co-founder, GhostNetWork
Head of Innovation at Green Innovation Group

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Danica Reinicke

Head of Distribution and Partnerships, Smartfin

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Stuart Rudick

Founder and CEO, Water Innovation Accelerator


Dr. Laura Canevari

CEO and Co-Founder of ITACA

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Nir Gartzman

Co-Founder & Manager Partner, the DOCK


Andrew Otazo

Strategic Projects Manager at JeffreyGroup


Jacob Steensen

COO & Co-founder at


Ted Janulis

Founder & Principal,
Investable Ocean


Heather Sadusky

Aquaculture Hub Coordinator at Maine Sea Grant

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Max Ringelheim

Founder of When Going Viral
Co-founder of 2015's Hoverboard Fad

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Aaron Chavez

Partner at Argent Strategies

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Alex King

Early stage startup advisor, mentor, and investor; Founding Partner at 1888 Ventures


Dr. George Sklivanitis

Research Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University

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Daniel Kvarnberg

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Physician Advisory Solutions


Andres Avello

Founder and CEO of PADL


Esber Andiroglu

Director of MS-Construction Management University of Miami College of Engineering


Rodrigo Griesi

Founder & Captain of NEPTUNYA Ocean Power


Chris Coyle

Founder and CEO, Futurist at TAO: Tethra Advisors and Officers

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Michael J. Penfield

Principal and CEO Stradivarius Consulting

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Loretta Roberson

Associate Scientist at Marine Biological Laboratory

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Luke Young

CEO and Co-Founder, Agrisea

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Dr. Powell Kinney

Co-Founder and CTO, Twelve Marine Ventures

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Brandon Cotter

Founder and CEO, Twelve Marine Ventures

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Daniel Hettwer

Founder and CEO, Hidden Worlds Entertainment

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Tara Sibel Demren

Co-Founder, Sprightful


Dr. Miles Medina

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Florida's Center for Coastal Solutions

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Laura Chavez Anderson

Communications Assistant, Stanford Center for Ocean

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Chris Muglia

Co-Founder, EvolutionXD


Gaelin Rosenwaks

Founder and President, Global Ocean Exploration Inc

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Nicolas Derouin

Co-Founder, Arkup

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Ethan Beswick

Food and Chemical Industries Consultant


Eric Siegel

Executive in Residence, CDL Oceans and Board Member, Sustainable Oceans Applied Research and Sail Nova Scotia

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Imran Siddiqui

Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations, Broward College


Tyler Wood

Director of ESG & Sustainability, Gravitas Infinitum


Lior Barhai

Co-Founder & CEO, Envonics

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Garrett Evridge

Managing Director, Alaska Ocean Cluster

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Taylor Drew Holshouser

Managing Director, Alaska Ocean Cluster


Alec Bogdanoff

Principal Scientist & Co-Founder, Brizaga

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Willis Brown

Founder, Seagreen


Gaida Zirkelbach

Co-Founder, SustainaBase

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Scott Rivello

Global Client Service Partner

Dr. Margaux

Dr. Margaux Filippi

Oceanographer & Oceanographic engineer

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