Conservation Challenge presenters

Presenters pitched the challenge topics to teams at IMCC5 on June 25, 2018 in Symposium 191 (S-191).


The Honorable Dr. Jane Lubchenco

Presenter, "Rethinking, reframing, re-imaging the idea of ocean conservation: Marine Protected Areas to ensure a vibrant future"

Dr. Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government. She was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013. 



Dr. Muhammad Hafiz bin Wan Rosli and Professor Dato’ Dr. Aileen Tan Shau Hwai 

Presenters, "Beat Plastic Pollution"

Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli is a Media Arts researcher with a transdisciplinary interest spanning across various domains including physical computing, algorithmic art, and digital signal processing. His area of expertise is in the field of computer music and acoustics, specializing in sound analysis and synthesis techniques, sound transformations, and spatial audio. He is currently a faculty member at Universiti Sains Malaysia. See Prof. Aileen's Bio HERE. 


Andrew Thaler

Presenter, "Reducing ghost gear"

Dr. Andrew David Thaler is a deep-sea ecologist and population geneticist working at the intersection of science, conservation, and the open-source technology movement. His primary research is in the consequences of human impacts on biodiversity and connectivity in the deep sea. He earned a PhD in Marine Science and Conservation from Duke University, where his thesis focused on the environmental impacts of deep-sea mining on hydrothermal vent communities in the western Pacific. He is currently the CEO of Blackbeard Biologic: Science and Environmental Advisors. Andrew runs several education and outreach initiatives, including hosting underwater robot workshops and managing the marine science and conservation website, Southern Fried Science.

Marc-olivier Roux

Presenter, "Transforming Traceability: Incentivizing catch documentation for global fisheries stability"

Marc-Olivier is a Sustainability and Partnerships professional working with international aid organizations, corporations, start-ups and impact investors to design and implement market-driven partnering models that leverage human, technical and financial resources, transforming key social and environmental risks into business opportunities. 

As part of the USAID Oceans Public Private Partnerships team, Marc-Olivier works with key public and private stakeholders to support the design and implementation of Catch Documentation and Traceability systems across Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. 



Tom Moore

Presenter, "Restoring reefs everywhere: Scalable design innovations to restore coral reefs" 

Tom Moore is the Coral Reef Restoration Program Manager / Natural Resource Damage Assessment Expert at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) located in St. Petersburg, Florida.