Torsten Thiele focuses on ocean governance, marine conservation and sustainable finance, drawing on over 20 years experience in project and infrastructure finance with leading financial institutions. He is Founder of Global Ocean Trust, Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam and Senior Advisor to the IUCN Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility and advises governments and other bodies on policy, biodiversity and innovative blue finance.
Recent publications address blue infrastructure and nature-based solutions, innovative High Seas funding mechanisms, blue bonds, deep sea governance and ocean, climate and biodiversity linkages. Torsten Thiele holds graduate degrees in law and economics from Bonn University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge.
Jacob is the co-founder and head of operations for Moonjelly, a secure funding platform for ocean conservation launching in 2022.Jacob’s mission in life is to help restore the health of the ocean. From 2010-2016 he worked as a diving instructor in Egypt, Maldives, and Thailand, where his love for life below the surface first sparked. In 2015 he experienced a devastating coral die-off in the Maldives unlike anything he had ever seen. This event filled him with anger and despair, which later turned into action and hope.
He participated in several ocean restoration projects, including deploying a small coral nursery in the Maldives. He then joined the core team at underwater camera manufacturer Paralenz, where he led the vision of “Turning Dives into Data,” linking the company to universities and conservation organizations, enabling divers to participate in data collection for the ocean.After Paralenz, Jacob embarked on a new journey with a team of ocean impact pioneers to create Moonjelly. Moonjelly’s mission is to help restore the wild, living ocean by strengthening the connection between corporate and individual funders and ocean impact projects, increasing trust, accountability, and impact tracking in the ocean conservation sector.
Cleanhub exists to protect and preserve our oceans from waste. To achieve that, we are working on a future where waste will be too valuable to be thrown away. How? By building a global platform for waste management, and a global movement empowering brands and consumers to pull their plastics out of the wild.
Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Subsea Solutions at the Ocean Technology Campus
Dr. Steffen Knodt is the Head of the Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Subsea Solutions at the Ocean Technology Campus in Rostock. With its background and PhD in engineering from RWTH Aachen, Steffen worked over his career in various senior management roles in applied research and industry at Hilti, Aker Solutions / MHWirth, Maersk and Wärtsilä. In his recent role as Director Digital Ventures at Wärtsilä, Steffen is focussed impact entrepreneurship as a venture client, since that time supporting the SEADEVCON as a co-organiser and moderator. Steffen as well serves in various boards and as a mentor for startups. Currently, he serves in the German Committee for the UN Ocean Decade of Science for Sustainable Development – as well he serves a member of the board in the German Association for Marine Technology GMT.