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Nishan Degnarain


NISHAN DEGNARAIN is a development economist working in both the public and private sectors. Since 2013, he has co-chaired the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Oceans, a group of leading ocean experts from around the world. In recent years, Nishan has been working with the world’s leading technology firms in the fields of big data, artificial intelligence, satellite technologies, autonomous vehicles, bio-technology and fin-tech to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

He is regularly consulted by governments and companies around the world on new models of economic growth, particularly in emerging markets. He sits on several boards, including the China Council’s CCICED, and was appointed by the Cabinet of Mauritius to both the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Mauritius and the newly created National Ocean Council. He previously worked at the leading consulting firm McKinsey and Company and the UK Prime Minister’s Office, beginning his career at the BBC. Nishan is a regular writer and speaker at various international summits such as Davos, and frequently works with leading global governance organisations such as the United Nations, International Seabed Authority, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank.

Nishan holds undergraduate degrees in Economics and Geography from the University of Cambridge and a postgraduate degree in International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dr Gregory S. Stone

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DR. GREGORY S. STONE is an ocean scientist and explorer with over 10,000 dives using submarines, SCUBA gear, underwater habitats and robotics. Greg works to find ways for humanity and the ocean to co-exist and support each other in the modern world. He was part of the genesis of the Ocean Health Index and works on marine protected areas, sustainable fishing, aquaculture, climate adaptation and deep seamount ecology. He’s given TED and Davos talks, been featured in documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. He’s authored hundreds of publications including for Nature, National Geographic, and three previous books, one a National Outdoor Book Award winner. His numerous accolades and professional associations include the Explorers Club, Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, the order of Kiribati Medal, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service medal for Antarctic research, and the top diving award, a NOGI, from National Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. He was the science advisor to the atoll nation of Kiribati for the historic UN Paris climate agreement. Greg is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans at Conservation International, and is on the boards of Pacific Rising, The Phoenix Islands Protected Area and Aqua-Spark. He has degrees in Marine Science (PhD), Marine Policy (MMA) and Human Ecology (BA).