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  • Daniel Kleinman

Announcing Seaworthy's Advisory Council & Professional Advisors

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Having hit our 9 month milestone since we launched back in September 2020, Seaworthy has had some incredible people help us get to where we are today, who will be even more critical parts of our team moving forward. It truly has taken a village to help us execute on our vision, with our next major steps coming next month when we announce our first cohort of regenerative ocean startups that will continue building the BlueTech ecosystem for South Florida and beyond!

Our advisory council will help us in shaping our overall strategy and execution, while our professional advisors provide specific subject area expertise and catalytic connections for Seaworthy.

Advisory Council

Carolyn Groobey

Carolyn Groobey is a board director, angel investor and senior executive with over 30 years of experience driving growth and innovation at technology and technology-enabled businesses. She is currently a member of the New World Angels, the FounderTrac business accelerator and the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship Program. Her passion for the ocean and clean water comes from the over 25 years she and her husband have spent racing and cruising boats all over the world. During the four years they spent traveling full time on their boat, they were shocked and saddened at the degradation of the ocean they saw first hand. Carolyn has been an advocate for clean water and ocean health as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Sailors for the Sea, and as a member of Oceana’s Ocean Council. She is thrilled to bring together her passions for the ocean and for the start-up community as an advisor to the Seaworthy Collective.

Selar Henderson

Selar is Managing Director and Founder of Future Value, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Selar is an advocate and catalyst for transformational shifts to regeneration and a more democratic economy, believing in the generation of social outcomes through the implementation of ESG accountability and re-direction of capital to achieve social and environmental outcomes, alongside financial return, for long-term community wellbeing.

A recognised social impact leader and knowledge expert, Selar has over 20 years’ experience servicing the social sector in senior leadership and fundraising, governance and capital raising roles across Australia and New Zealand. He has raised more than $200M in future income growth to cornerstone social clients, delivered ESG framework planning and development including impact investment criteria, and formed an innovative $100M impact investment fund for property.

Selar holds Advisory Council and Board governance positions for purpose-led enterprises in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and is a values-based business advisor, mentoring and coaching young and peer entrepreneurs to develop their businesses through a purpose-led strategy.

A proud New Zealander, Selar balances his cross-country interests by cheering the All Blacks in Rugby Union and the Brisbane Lions in AFL. He is a canine foster carer, adopting Buddy-bear, a tri-limb English Bull Terrier who is well known for video-bombing global conference calls.

Neesha Mirchandani

Neesha is the founder and CEO of Impact Stars, a brand + business strategy advisory that helps promising ocean, carbon capture, renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and circular economy ventures succeed.

With over 25 years of experience in every imaginable industry and company size ranging from Fortune 50 companies to startups alike, Neesha brings a wealth of experience to the table -- as well as a couple of gray hairs! She believes we can look at the climate crisis as an existential threat (depressing) or as an opportunity to regenerate our relationship with our home planet (activating). She prefers the latter. Neesha has a zero-tolerance policy for greenwashing -- as a parent who wants to leave the earth in better shape for future generations, her work on climate change is deeply personal.

She guides her clients so they raise millions of dollars using the Impact Stars framework: clear objectives, strong team, focused game plan, and, transparent metrics. Neesha's rigorous vetting and deep mentoring make projects that survive her due diligence process, irresistible to funders.

From the Carbon Removal X Prize to small catalytic grants, there are many opportunities open to entrepreneurs that weren't available even ten years ago. Over the summer of 2021, Neesha will be working on Version 1.0. of a matchmaking database so planet-positive projects can quickly find these grants, and other philanthropists can step forward to fill in funding gaps we identify together.

Erik Sander

Erik Sander’s career spans a broad range of professional experiences – from working as an engineer in NASA’s labs and Fortune 500 companies, to starting and growing several companies, working in the private venture industry, and managing the cutting edge research and innovation programs of academia. As the Founding Executive Director of FLEXStation, Erik is establishing a state-wide network of operations in order to provide direct assistance in workforce development, distance education, access to UF resources and facilities, accessing entrepreneurial talent and startup companies, and K-12 Outreach.

Christina Thirkell

Christina is an accomplished business, marketing, and social impact executive with over 25 years of experience.

Her most recent accomplishment was as Executive Director and Director of Strategic Programs at Harvard Business School Alumni Association where she was successful in developing corporate partnership funding and strategic programs with C-Suite executives, thought leaders, and emerging start-up and entrepreneurs. She was instrumental in launching critical programs including the Business & Community Leadership Awards, The Project Impact and Brands With Purpose Series, both focused on purpose driven organizations contributing to community impact on a national and global scale.

Prior to her time at HBS she spent 9 years as Executive Director at Expect Miracles Foundation – Financial Services Against Cancer. At the Foundation, Christina led the overall strategy, programs, operations, and corporate partnerships with top tier financial firms and C-Suite executives nationwide where she utilized her expertise in integrated corporate communications, public relations, business development, brand marketing and fundraising. She was instrumental in taking a local Boston nonprofit golf event in 2004 to a national industry organization by securing over 100 financial corporate partners and growing the Foundation by 450%. in revenue.

Prior to Expect Miracles Foundation, Christina was Director of Global Public Relations at Giga Information Group where she worked for over 5 years. She was responsible for all global media relations, public relations and investor relations for the analyst firm where she reported to the CEO and other key executives before acquired by Forrester Research in 2003.

Christina’s early career began in the Advertising Agency industry holding a number of roles from Account Executive to Research Planning with a strong focus on consumer brands.

Christina has taken her 25 years of passion, knowledge, and expertise in the nonprofit sector, coupled with her experience in brand marketing, strategic relationships, and working with C-Suite executives to direct and assist local, national and global nonprofits - build, develop and scale their organization.

Christina grew up in New England and Maine where she quickly became passionate for “all things ocean” at early age. She currently splits her time between Southern Florida and Newport, RI., where she is involved in the community and currently sits on several nonprofit boards.

Andrew Quarrie

Andrew Quarrie is a Jamaican born, CEO/Founder of URBLANDIA - a needs analysis platform for real estate development.

He is also the creator/host of the Urbanism Summit, a conference and event series held annually since 2016, which was designed to cultivate transformative ideas for real estate development and new urbanism - a mindset shift towards building with an emphasis on people and planet - focusing on the future of cities, their makers, and dwellers.