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Paul Holthus, President/CEO of the World Ocean Council to speak at Arctic Frontiers Business 2017

News   •   Jan 07, 2017 21:42 CET

We are proud to announce that Paul Holthus, the founding President/CEO of the World Ocean Council (WOC), will speak at Arctic Frontiers Business. WOC is the international business leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. The WOC brings together oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables and other ocean industries. 

In 2012, Mr Holthus initiated the WOC multi-sectoral Arctic Business Leadership Council and first private sector “Business Dialogue” with the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group. The WOC Arctic program work with industry includes developing Sustainable Development Goals for responsible practices and catalysing data collection by industry.

The experience of Mr Holthus ranges from working with the global industry associations and directors of UN agencies to fishers in small island villages. He has worked with companies, industry associations, UN agencies, international NGOs, foundations, governments and communities on coastal and marine sustainable development in over 30 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, North America, Central America and Africa.

He has held senior positions with the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and international environmental organisations, including as Deputy Director for the IUCN Global Marine Program. At The Nature Conservancy, he originated the “Coral Triangle” concept, a successful large seascape approach to international ocean conservation and development.

Mr Holthus is a frequent speaker at international ocean and industry conferences. He was one of 5 people invited to be a member of the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Oceans for the 2012 Rio+20 conference, and is on the Advisory Committee of The Economist World Ocean Summit and the Arctic Circle Assembly.

The title for his talk at Arctic Frontiers Business 2017 is “Leadership through Corporate Ocean Responsibility and the Sustainable Development Goals”.

The dates for Arctic Frontiers 2017 are 22 - 27 January. 

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