Paul Holthus has been advancing ocean business and sustainable development since the 1990’s and launched the World Ocean Council (WOC) in 2009. As the global Blue Economy Business Organization, the WOC brings together oil/gas, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables, mining, investors and others in the international business alliance to create leadership, collaboration and action on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”.
The WOC includes a global network of 35,000+ ocean industry stakeholders, the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) – the only annual gathering of the global ocean business community on sustainability, and a work program of action platforms on key global ocean sustainable development challenges facing business.
Paul is a frequent speaker at international ocean, industry, sustainability and investment events. He was one of 5 people invited to be a member of the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Oceans for the 2012 Rio+20 conference. He is the first international ocean industry organization representative invited to address the UN General Assembly.
Mr Holthus has worked on ocean conservation and sustainable development since the early 1980’s, in over 30 countries – working with UN agencies, companies, communities, industry associations, international non-governmental organisations and foundations. He has held senior positions with UNEP and international environmental organisations, including at The Nature Conservancy Asia-Pacific Marine Program, where he originated the “Coral Triangle” concept. He later served as Deputy Director for the IUCN Global Marine Programme.
Paul grew up partly in Asia, has lived and worked extensively in the Pacific and SE Asia, is a graduate of the University of California and University of Hawaii, was a Fulbright scholar in Australia and is an East-West Center alum.