Keynote speakers

Read more about the keynote speakers at Life Below Water 2017.

Karolina Skog

Karolina Skog is Minister for the Environment in the Government of Sweden and responsible for environmental issues, urban environment agreements and urban development. Previously Karolina Skog was the Municipal Commissioner for urban engineering and services at the City of Malmö.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry is President of the World Maritime University, founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations. She holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Geneva, two LL.Ms, an LL.B degree and is also a Barrister-at Law.

She worked for over 29 years with the International Labour Organization as a lawyer and in senior management positions andwas instrumental in the development of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. Dr Doumbia-Henry has published extensively on a wide range of subjects including on carriage of dangerous goods by sea, maritime labour law, International Labour Standards, environmental law and international trade.

Fredric Hauge

Pro-business climate activist and enfant terrible of the European environmental movement.

At 20, Frederic Hauge founded the Bellona Foundation, the environmental NGO that he still leads today. Over the last 30 years, he has built an extraordinary network in the spheres of NGOs, government, EU and international institutions, and not least in the world of business. Hauge uses this network to advance a green revolution in the fields such as energy and food production.

Bellona co-founded the Ocean Forest project, which works to solve aquaculture's environmental challenges and help remove CO2 from the atmosphere while being economically sustainable. Ocean Forest uses the world has enough of – saltwater, algae and CO2, to produce something that we have too little of: Food, feed, energy and fuel.

Dr. Elin Kelsey

Dr. Elin Kelsey is a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. In 2014, she co-founded a social media campaign devoted to sharing ocean conservation successes. #OceanOptimism has reached more than 75 million users to date.

She has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including a Rockefeller fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society fellowship, to explore the question of hope and the environment in interdisciplinary think tanks devoted to world changing ideas. Dubbed the “the high priestess of hope” by The Green Interview, the World Conservation Union, the largest international assemblage of government and non-governmental environmental organizations, featured Elin and her work on hope in their “Inspiring People” campaign. Elin is a popular keynote speaker and will be a featured guest at the Smithsonian Institution’s inaugural Earth Optimism Summit on Earth Day 2017.

Lasse Gustavsson

Lasse Gustavsson is the Executive Director for Oceana in Europe

Lasse Gustavsson has been engaged in environmental and development issues since his early years and has a lifetime commitment to sustainable development. He has many years of experience in leading international programmes and campaigns, developing partnerships with business, running constructive political lobbying efforts as well as leading marine conservation programs in the field.

Lasse has dedicated the greatest part of his professional career to supporting the work of various NGOs and has a solid background in the area of nature conservation. He is a very dedicated conservationist who always gives great priority to conservation impact on the ground.

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