Global Director, Ocean Program
Kristian has more than two decades of strategic and senior management experience in the areas of ocean policy and science, environment, sustainability and development. He has broad international high-level experience in more than 35 countries, negotiating and managing projects in the public and private sectors.
In addition to serving as director of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative at WRI, Kristian is head of the Friends of Ocean Action for the World Economic Forum. Until early 2018, he was the senior marine adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, and the director of engagement for the Ocean Unite network, an initiative of the non-profit arm of the Virgin Group. From 2012 to 2016, he was the director of global engagement at the Global Ocean Commission. Kristian has also served as vice president of SeaWeb (2009-2012), where he was responsible for sustainable-markets, science, and Asia-Pacific programmes, head of the marine programme at UNEP - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (2006-2009), and director of the International Coral Reef Action Network (2001-2009).
Kristian is on the boards of several environmental, development and social initiatives, and the editorial board of the journal Aquatic Conservation. He has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Cambridge University.
Friends of Ocean Action
Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of over 65 ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the ocean’s most pressing challenges.
WRI offers research, expert insights, webinars and more to help policymakers, business leaders and others build back better, in ways that grow economies, create jobs, curb climate change and improve public health.Part of Climate
High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
Also known as the “Ocean Panel,” this unique initiative of 17 serving world leaders aims to build momentum toward a sustainable ocean economy.
The Ocean Watch open data platform delivers science to policy makers developing sustainable ocean economies and operationalizing integrated ocean management.
Strengthening the Blue Economy: The Economic Case, Science-Informed Policy, and Transparency
Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), this project aims to bring governments and businesses together to commit to and begin implementing policies, programs and investments that advance the transition to a sustainable ocean economy.