Blue Ribbon Panel


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The Blue Ribbon Panel comprises leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector, non-profit organizations, academia, and multi-lateral institutions. The Panel will provide recommendations to the Global Partnership for Oceans on the principles and practices for prioritizing and implementing sustainable ocean investment. Complete findings and recommendations from the panel were released on October 16, 2013. Read the report here

The first meeting of the Panel took place in Washington, DC from April 18-19. The group focused on one of four tasks of the panel: identifying the foundational principles for prioritizing and selecting areas for targeted GPO investment. The second was in Singapore from June 19-21. The Panel heard from external experts and discussed approaches for measuring progress. The third and final meeting of the Panel was in Casablanca, Morocco from July 29 - August 1. The Panel worked to finalize the content of their report that will recommend principals and approaches for ocean investment.

The report of the Blue Ribbon Panel was released on October 16, 2013. 

For questions and comments please contact the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel Study Team, James L. Anderson, Claudia Mengelt and Timothy Bouley.

Blue Ribbon Panel Information 

To learn more about the panelists, click on their names for full biography.

Chris Lischewski

Chris Lischewski, President and CEO, Bumble Bee Foods, U.S.A.

David Obura

David Obura, Founding Director, CORDIO East Africa

Dawn Wright

Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Dimitri Gutierrez

Dimitri Gutierrez, Director of Research in Oceanography and Climate Change, Institute of Sea of Peru

Henry Demone

Henry Demone, High Liner Foods Inc., Canada

Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco, Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.A.

Jintao Xu

Jintao Xu, Professor, Natural Resources Economics, Peking University, China

Johan H. Williams

Johan H. WilliamsDirector General, Ministry of Fisheries, Norway; Chair of FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) 

John Tanzer

John Tanzer, Director, WWF's Global Marine Program

Kim Anh Nguyen

Kim Anh Nguyen, Nha Trang University, Vietnam

Missy Feeley

Missy Feeley, Chief GeoScientist, ExxonMobil, U.S.A.

Naoko Ishii

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF), U.S.A. and Japan

Nelson Del Rio

Nelson Del Rio, Founder and Chairman, Emergent Intelligence Solutions

Ove Hoegh Guldberg

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute,
University of Queensland

Ragnar Arnason

Ragnar Arnason, Professor, Fisheries Economics, University of Iceland

Ray Hilborn

Ray Hilborn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, U.S.A.

Rolph Payet

Rolph Payet, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Seychelles

Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance, U.S.A.

Thiraphong Chansiri

Thiraphong Chansiri, President, Thai Union Foods, Thailand

Transform Agorau

Transform Agorau, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office, Marshall Islands

Tuiloma Neroni Slade

Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat


Members of the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel