Paul Holthus

Founder & CEO of World Ocean Council

Paul Holthus is the founding CEO of the World Ocean Council – the international business leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. The WOC brings together shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, oil/gas, tourism, offshore renewables, and other ocean industries – and the investment community. The WOC is a growing network of 35,000+ ocean industry stakeholders, creating global ocean business community leadership and collaboration on sustainable development, science and stewardship. Paul has held senior international positions, e.g. UNEP Pacific Program (where he coordinated input to the UNFCC), The Nature Conservancy Asia-Pacific Marine Programme (where he originated the “Coral Triangle”), Deputy Director at the IUCN Global Marine Programme. Since 1998, Paul has worked with the private sector to develop practical solutions to ocean sustainable development. He has worked in over 30 countries with companies, communities, industry associations, UN agencies, NGOs, foundations and governments. Paul is a frequent speaker at international industry, ocean, island and Blue Economy conferences. He was one of 5 people invited to be on the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Oceans for the 2012 Rio+20. At the 2017 UN Ocean Conference, he organized business and finance participation and was invited to speak to the UN General Assembly on behalf of the ocean business community.