Liz Karan leads The Pew Charitable Trusts’ ocean governance work which aims to address the threat of human activity such as fishing, mining, and shipping on ocean life by securing improved protection and management measures in international agreements. She previously worked on several other international marine initiatives at Pew, including aquaculture reform, global shark conservation, and Southern Ocean protections. Before coming to Pew, Liz worked with the environmental community—including the Center for Clean Air Policy, the Conservation Law Foundation, and the National Environmental Trust—on a diverse portfolio of initiatives focused on climate and energy policy and business development.
Payal Sampat is Mining Program Director at Earthworks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Payal leads Earthworks’ efforts to reform mining practices through corporate and markets campaigns, policy reforms, and solidarity with frontline communities. She is the author of several publications on mining and a sustainable materials economy and is an NGO sector representative to the multi-sector Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.
Dr Monica Verbeek is the Executive Director of Seas At Risk, an independent non-governmental European association of environmental organizations concerned with the protection and restoration of the marine environment. She also serves as vice president of the South Western Waters Regional Advisory Council for fisheries and as member of the executive committee of the Long Distance Regional Advisory Council. Prior to becoming Executive Director she held the post of Fisheries Policy Officer with Seas At Risk and served, amongst other things, as the representative of environmental organizations at the Advisory Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture of the European Commission and as European coordinator for the DSCC. Protection and conservation of the deep sea has been one of her priorities since she joined Seas At Risk.
Lisa Speer directs the International Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental organization dedicated to protecting natural resources and public health with offices in the United States of America and China. Ms Speer conducts advocacy in a variety of international fora to promote integrated, ecosystem-based management of human activities on the high seas, with a particular focus on marine fisheries. She has served on US delegations to many high seas fisheries negotiations and has testified before Congress and the United Nations on a variety of high seas conservation and management topics.
Sian Owen has coordinated the global strategy for the DSCC since 2011. She is founder and principal consultant of Sustainability Options Consulting, working to accelerate change toward a new global economic system based on triple bottom line principles: people, planet and profit. Sian’s role with the DSCC draws on extensive experience in program development, policy and partnerships, both as an independent and from eight years with WWF International’s Global Marine Programme.
Mirella von Lindenfels is an award-winning communications expert and has been advising the DSCC campaign since 2004. With over 20 years’ experience of media and communications work in the international non-governmental sector, including senior positions with Greenpeace and Amnesty International, Mirella founded Communications INC in 2003. A specialist communicator in environmental issues, particularly in the oceans, she co-founded the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) in 2006, with the aim of saving the Earth and all life on it.
Co-founder, Political and Policy Advisor Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
Matthew Gianni is an independent consultant, advisor and advocate for marine conservation based in the Netherlands. He is a co-founder of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and currently serves as its Political and Policy Advisor. He has been involved in international fisheries and marine conservation policy, law and treaty negotiations for almost 30 years at the United Nations General Assembly, UN summits, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, regional fisheries management organizations and the International Seabed Authority.
Mr. Gianni has authored or co-authored a number of papers and reports on fisheries, marine biodiversity, seabed mining and oceans governance for science and policy journals, the UN FAO, IUCN, governments and NGOs. He has also made numerous presentations on deep-sea conservation issues to a variety of political fora and scientific conferences including the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, regional fisheries management organizations, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament and Deep Sea Biology Symposia. He was formerly Oceans Campaign Coordinator for Greenpeace International and a partner in the EU funded MIDAS Project. He is currently a partner in the EU funded Atlas Project and is an advisor to the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative and Global Oceans Forum.
Duncan Currie has practiced international law and environmental law for over 25 years, and over that time has advised organizations, corporations and governments on a wide range of environmental issues including climate change, the law of the sea, whaling, fisheries, Antarctica, nuclear, liability, biosafety, toxic and chemical, forestry, mining, and waste issues. He has particular interests in the law of the sea, especially fisheries and biodiversity, climate change in the oceans context, and renewable energy. He regularly attends international meetings on these topics and has been a leading presence for the DSCC in international fora as it has ramped up engagement on deep-seabed mining issues. Duncan has advised the DSCC on bottom trawling issues since its inception.
Jessica Battle is Marine Manager at WWF International. She is responsible for WWF’s work stream on integrated ocean management, coordinates WWF on international ocean governance issues and represents the organization in key marine fora.