Brad Ack, Lead, WWF-US Oceans Program.  Brad leads the World Wildlife Foundation's U.S. Oceans program, overseeing a talented team that works to accelerate the global transition to sustainable fisheries and protection of marine ecosystems around the world

Brad Ack, Lead, WWF-US Oceans Program. Brad leads the World Wildlife Foundation's U.S. Oceans program, overseeing a talented team that works to accelerate the global transition to sustainable fisheries and protection of marine ecosystems around the world

  Doug Au, Director of Engineering, MBARI.  Doug came to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 1994 as a software engineer to work on the remotely operated vehicle  Tiburon . He now serves as the director of engineering and has been a member of MBARI’s senior management team since 2006.

Doug Au, Director of Engineering, MBARI. Doug came to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in 1994 as a software engineer to work on the remotely operated vehicle Tiburon. He now serves as the director of engineering and has been a member of MBARI’s senior management team since 2006.

  Lina Constantinovici, Investor.  Lina is the founder of Innovation 4.4, a founding partner of BVC Partners, and founder of StartupNectar. With over 20 years of cross-sector experience, she has been a pioneer in biomimetic innovation, with a focus on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies, and finance innovation

Lina Constantinovici, Investor. Lina is the founder of Innovation 4.4, a founding partner of BVC Partners, and founder of StartupNectar. With over 20 years of cross-sector experience, she has been a pioneer in biomimetic innovation, with a focus on investing in and commercializing biomimetic technologies, and finance innovation

  David Concannon, Lawyer & Ocean Explorer.  David has more than 25 years of experience organizing and leading expeditions, including close work with numerous marine technology developers. He has served as a legal and operational advisor to several international expeditions and as general counsel to the X-PRIZE Foundation.

David Concannon, Lawyer & Ocean Explorer. David has more than 25 years of experience organizing and leading expeditions, including close work with numerous marine technology developers. He has served as a legal and operational advisor to several international expeditions and as general counsel to the X-PRIZE Foundation.

  Jamie Dean, Director, The Schmidt Family Foundation.  Jamie is a director with the Mission Investing program at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Previously, she led the renewable energy, climate, and clean transportation program at The 11th Hour Project, and before that, was a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 

Jamie Dean, Director, The Schmidt Family Foundation. Jamie is a director with the Mission Investing program at the Schmidt Family Foundation. Previously, she led the renewable energy, climate, and clean transportation program at The 11th Hour Project, and before that, was a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. 

  Ivory Engstrom, Director of Special Projects, McLane Research Labs.   Ivory has over 20 years of experience bringing new technologies from prototype to product for McLane Labs.  As Director of Special Projects, he works closely with research groups at various institutions in order to transition lab-developed scientific tools and technologies to the larger oceanographic community via commercialization and product development.

Ivory Engstrom, Director of Special Projects, McLane Research Labs.  Ivory has over 20 years of experience bringing new technologies from prototype to product for McLane Labs.  As Director of Special Projects, he works closely with research groups at various institutions in order to transition lab-developed scientific tools and technologies to the larger oceanographic community via commercialization and product development.

  Peter Girguis, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard University. . Peter is a professor in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department, where he focuses on biogechemical research. His work is highly interdisciplinary, involving the development of new methods and technologies, some of which he has commercialized.

Peter Girguis, Ph.D., Professor, Harvard University.. Peter is a professor in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department, where he focuses on biogechemical research. His work is highly interdisciplinary, involving the development of new methods and technologies, some of which he has commercialized.

  Jonathan Knowles.  Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley working in leadership positions at Apple, Adobe, and Autodesk focused on strategy, communications, market development, product management, technology development, and more. He is a respected thought leader on future trends, and advises start-ups, business leaders, government officials, and academics around the world.

Jonathan Knowles. Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley working in leadership positions at Apple, Adobe, and Autodesk focused on strategy, communications, market development, product management, technology development, and more. He is a respected thought leader on future trends, and advises start-ups, business leaders, government officials, and academics around the world.

  David Lang, Co-Founder, OpenROV.  David is an entrepreneur, writer, and National Geographic Fellow. In 2012, he co-founded OpenROV to create a low-cost robot. OpenROV has become one of the largest underwater drone manufacturers, and also created OpenExplorer as a digital field journal to empower and connect citizen scientists and explorers.

David Lang, Co-Founder, OpenROV. David is an entrepreneur, writer, and National Geographic Fellow. In 2012, he co-founded OpenROV to create a low-cost robot. OpenROV has become one of the largest underwater drone manufacturers, and
also created OpenExplorer as a digital field journal to empower and connect citizen scientists and explorers.

  Don Pickering, CEO, Blue Haptics.  As CEO, Don is responsible for strategic planning, partnerships, and business and corporate development at Bue Haptics. In 2010, he launched OneOcean (now Clipcard), dedicated to cloud software and data exchanges for seafloor data, and helped build multiple successful companies. He is a pioneer in internet applications and big data technology.

Don Pickering, CEO, Blue Haptics. As CEO, Don is responsible for strategic planning, partnerships, and business and corporate development at Bue Haptics. In 2010, he launched OneOcean (now Clipcard), dedicated to cloud software and data exchanges for seafloor data, and helped build multiple successful companies. He is a pioneer in internet applications and big data technology.

  Ajit Subramaniam, Ph.D., Professor, Columbia University.  Ajit is a biological oceanographer who uses remote sensing, bio-optics, and Geographical Information Systems, to better understand how marine ecosystem works and can be managed. He previously served as a program director at NSF and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Ajit Subramaniam, Ph.D., Professor, Columbia University. Ajit is a biological oceanographer who uses remote sensing, bio-optics, and Geographical Information Systems, to better understand how marine ecosystem works and can be managed. He previously served as a program director at NSF and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  Jyotika Virmani, PhD, Senior Director, Planet & Environment, XPrize  .    Jyotika joined XPRIZE in 2014 with more than 10 years of experience in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences, including both research and leadership positions. She brings her scientific and technical expertise and knowledge of ocean and atmospheric observing systems to help address the challenging problems we face in understanding the Earth’s critical systems.

Jyotika Virmani, PhD, Senior Director, Planet & Environment, XPrize. Jyotika joined XPRIZE in 2014 with more than 10 years of experience in the oceanic and atmospheric sciences, including both research and leadership positions. She brings her scientific and technical expertise and knowledge of ocean and atmospheric observing systems to help address the challenging problems we face in understanding the Earth’s critical systems.