Strategic Advisory Group

Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna

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Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna

Twitter: @kramakrishna247

Dr Ramakrishna is a Senior Advisor on Ocean and Climate Policy to the President of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the Green Climate Fund until the end of December 2020. Prior to this over a period of eight and half years he lived in South Korea serving the United Nations and the Green Climate Fund. At GCF he was the Head of Strategic Planning, at the UN, he was Director of United Nations Office for East and North-east Asia of UNESCAP. Other experience with UN includes five years with the UN Environment Programme where he served in various roles including as the Principal Policy Advisor to the Executive Director and as the Senior Advisor of Environmental Law and Conventions. Dr. Ramakrishna was also deeply involved in the work of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change right from the time of its establishment in various capacities as a Coordinating Lead Author, Lead Author, Review Editor etc. both with its Special Reports and Assessments. He taught at several law schools in the United States including at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School, Boston University and Boston College Law Schools, Brandeis, and Yale Universities. Dr. Ramakrishna is a life member of the US Council on Foreign Relations. 

Dr Dawn Wright

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Dr Dawn Wright

Twitter: @deepseadawn

Dr. Dawn Wright is Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (aka Esri), a world-leading geographic information system (GIS) software and data science company. She was appointed to this post in October 2011 after 17 years as a professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University (OrSt). As Esri Chief Scientist, Dawn reports directly to the Esri CEO with a mission of strengthening the scientific foundation for Esri software and services, while representing Esri to the international scientific community. She maintains an affiliated faculty appointment as Professor of Geography and Oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at OrSt. Dawn’s research interests include geospatial data science; seafloor mapping, coastal/ocean informatics, and environmental education. She has authored or co-authored more than 180 articles and 12 books on marine geographic information systems, hydrothermal activity and tectonics of mid-ocean ridges, and coastal/ocean informatics. Dawn has participated in over 20 oceanographic research expeditions worldwide, including 10 legs of the Ocean Drilling Program, three dives in the deep submergence vehicle Alvin and twice in the Pisces V. Dawn has served on many advisory boards including the NOAA and EPA Science Advisory Boards, the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board, and the Science Advisory Boards of Conservation International, COMPASS Science Communication, and the Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. In April 2021 she was elected to both the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She enjoys road cycling, 18th-century pirates, her dog Riley, and SpongeBob Squarepants.

Bjørn Halving

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Bjørn Jalving

 

Bjørn Jalving has a M.Sc. in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He started his career at FFI, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, on development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Bjørn was responsible for the control, mission management and aided inertial navigation systems, and heavily involved in system design and pioneering AUV use in applications as detailed seabed mapping, naval mine hunting and marine research.

In 2006 Bjørn Jalving started in Kongsberg Maritime. He has headed the AUV unit and later the Subsea division that among many activities included multibeam echo sounder and sub-bottom profiler product lines. Bjørn is now Senior Vice President Technology in the Sensors & Robotics division in Kongsberg Maritime as well as for the Kongsberg Group. In 2014 he received the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society for his long career and achievements within AUV technology.

Denis Hains

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Denis Hains

Twitter: @denishains1 

As President & CEO of the company H2i Inc. (www.h2i.ca), Denis Hains holds a Bachelor in Geodetic Sciences from Laval University, Canada. He worked for 35 years in the Public Service of Canada. He retired as Director General of the Canadian Hydrographic Service & Hydrographer General of Canada, in 2018. Denis Hains is a Global Proactrive Hydrospatial Advocate, and also:

    1. Affiliate Research Scientist with the “University of New Hampshire – Centre for Coastal & Ocean Mapping (UNH-CCOM)”;
    2. Representative of the “United States Canada Hydrographic Commission (USCHC)” on the International Hydrographic Review (IHR) Editorial Board, of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO);
    3. External Advisor to the Ocean Frontier Mapping Committee of “The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO, Seabed 2030 Project”;
    4. Canadian Member on the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) of “The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO, Seabed 2030 Project”;
    5. Vice President of the Board of Directors of the CIDCO (Interdisciplinary Centre for Ocean Mapping Development);
    6. Special Senior Advisor of the Canadian Ocean Mapping Research & Education Network (COMREM);
    7. Canadian Panel Member of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS), Hydrographic Panel Acreditation Scheme (HPAS);
    8. Member of the Quebec Land Surveyor Modernization Act Committee.

 Dr Yulia Zarayskaya

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Yulia Zarayskaya

 

Dr. Yulia Zarayskaya is a freelance research scientist, whose research interests lie in ocean mapping and seabed geomorphology, with main study areas including the Atlantic mid-ocean ridges and Russian Arctic shelf. She has participated in 9 scientific expeditions to Arctic, Antarctic, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

Alumna (Year 6, 2009-2010) of the Nippon Foundation/GEBCO Postgraduate Certificate in Ocean Bathymetry at the University of New Hampshire, Yulia was co-leading winning GEBCO-NF Alumni Team during the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition for autonomous seafloor mapping in 2016-2019.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO) since 2012 and of the Sub-Committee on Regional Undersea Mapping (SCRUM) since 2019.

Yulia completed her PhD in 2016 at the Geological Institute of Russian Academy of Science.