Chair of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project’s newly formed Strategic Advisory Group is announced

12 May 2021
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Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna

Chair of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project’s newly formed Strategic Advisory Group is announced

London, 12 May 2021 – Members of Seabed 2030’s newly launched Strategic Advisory Group have elected Kilaparti Ramakrishna as its Chair. The Strategic Advisory Group is responsible for providing independent strategic and technical advice from the wider mapping community outside the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) to the Seabed 2030 Project.

An International Lawyer, Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna’s experience includes senior positions at the Green Climate Fund and the United Nations Office for East and North-east Asia. For five years, Dr Ramakrishna worked with the United Nations Environment Programme in various roles including as the Principal Policy Advisor to the Executive Director and as Senior Advisor of Environmental Law and Conventions. He has also been involved with drafting the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Prior to joining the UN, Dr Ramakrishna worked for many years at the Woods Hole Research Center and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Academically, Dr Ramakrishna has taught at several institutions, including Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

As its new Chair, Dr Ramakrishna will oversee the activities of Seabed 2030’s Strategic Advisory Group – this will involve close liaison with the GEBCO Sub-Committees. The Strategic Advisory Group, which may obtain additional advice through co-opting additional members for specific subject areas, comprises the following four members: Denis Hains of H2i, Bjorn Jalving of Kongsberg Maritime, Dawn Wright of Esri, and Yulia Zarayskaya of the Russian Academy of Science.

Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO to inspire the complete mapping of the world's ocean by 2030. All data collected and shared with the Seabed 2030 Project is included in the GEBCO global grid – the most complete bathymetric dataset of the world’s ocean floor, which is free and publicly available.