Keynote speakers

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.

Keynote topic: Building Global Capacity for Ocean Governance in Malmö

In order to improve the management and governance of oceans and seas training and capacity building is essential at all levels. The World Maritime University (WMU) situated in Malmö is the global center for postgraduate maritime and ocean education, research and capacity building. Since its start WMU has graduated close to 5000 students now active as professionals in 165 countries of the world.

Fredric Hauge

Founder and President, The Bellona Foundation

Frederic Hauge founded Bellona in 1986, at the age of twenty. Trough academic work, legal action and non-violent activism, Bellona has changed the opinion and set the agenda on environmental issues in Norway for almost three decades.

The work of the Bellona Foundation has led to concrete changes in environmental policy and awareness among political and business leaders, both in Norway and internationally. Hauge was in 2007 elected Vice Chairman of the European Commission's Technology Platform for CO2 sequestration (ZEP). The same year TIME Magazine named him "Hero of The Environment".

In 2009 Frederic Hauge became a board member of the EU Biofuel Platform (EBTP), and he became one of the founding partners of the Sahara Forest Project. In 2010 he took a leading international role in exploring the possibilities of combining biomass and carbon capture and storage (CCS), through the creation of Joint Task Force. In 2011 he was asked to be one of the 12 personal advisors to the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger on the extensive EU Energy Roadmap 2050. In 2012 Frederic Hauge launched the company Ocean Forest, and in 2014 the battery company BEBA.

Keynote topic: Go salty or go hungry – how to feed the world without cooking it

Bellona fights global warming and other environmental issues through cooperation with business and industry. We promote and protect sustainable business solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Lower impact food production is essential to feed a growing world population. The answer lies in utilizing the sea, both as a source to produce freshwater (Sahara Forest Project) and directly for production of food, feed and bioenergy (Ocean Forest).”

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.

Keynote topic: Wild contagious hope

On World Ocean's Day, June 8, 2014 Elin co-launched a twitter tag called #OceanOptimism. To her surprise, it went viral, engaging more than 74 million people with marine conservation successes. #OceanOptimism is a harbinger of a collective hunger for hope. Drawing on inspiring examples from the rise of marine protected areas and ocean species resilience, Elin chronicles the spectacular turn toward hope and why it is so unlikely – and so important – to an increasingly fractured world drowning in doom and gloom."

Jennifer Angel

Acting President & CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation

Jennifer Angel has more than 20 years of broad experience in the real estate business, in both the private and public sectors. For the past 9 years, she has led property management and operations, risk management, and business development, including events, commercial tenancies, and marina development at Waterfront Development Corporation, and for the past two years, she has also led the planning and development of important Nova Scotia waterfronts. Together with a talented and passionate team, she has helped shape Nova Scotia’s most visited destinations by land and sea.

She holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from Saint Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Dalhousie University. She is Chair of the Lunenburg Steering Committee, Past Chair of the Board of the Downtown Halifax Business Commission and Vice Chair of Discover Halifax, the destination marketing organization for Halifax.

In her free time, she can be found in, on or by the sea.

Keynote topic: Nova Scotia: Canada’s Ocean Playground - Developing our ocean economy


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.

Keynote topic: More fish, more jobs, more money!

Lasse Gustavsson will talk about how we can bring back ocean abundance, increase fish catches with more than 50%, create just under 100 000 new jobs and make a lot more money at the same time.

Grethe Lindhe

Project Manager

City Executive Office



of Malmö

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