Contributor Profile

Mark Spalding

Job TitlePresident

Company NameThe Ocean Foundation


Mark J. Spalding is an expert on international environmental policy and law, ocean policy and law, and coastal and marine philanthropy. He has been the President of The Ocean Foundation since 2003. Under his leadership, it has grown exponentially from a $200,000/year to $8 million/year budget, as he prioritized steering the human relationship with the sea to a brighter future through diverse, carefully chosen strategies and projects. Mark is a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (USA). He is serving on the Sargasso Sea Commission. Mark is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. In addition, he is an Advisor to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Mark serves as the advisor to the Rockefeller Ocean Strategy (an unprecedented ocean-centric investment fund) and is a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment. He designed the first-ever blue carbon offset program, SeaGrass Grow.

Conference Sessions

  • Environmental Implications of Developments in the Ocean Economy

    Tuesday09:00 - 11:4517 Mar 2020
    Excel London Platinum Suite Rooms 3-5

    Mark Spalding and Olive Heffernan's session 'For the ocean to sustain us we need a New Blue Economy' will supply you with a short history of the ocean economy, ...

    • Language: English
  • Ocean Futures Forum

    Tuesday10:00 - 16:0017 Mar 2020
    At Stand: 0

    Ocean Futures Forum- This forum will bring together senior strategists and heads of business to hear about and discuss the emerging requirements for technology ...

    • Language: English

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