Edinburgh Ocean Conversations

As a part of the Edinburgh Ocean Leaders programme, the Ocean Leaders take part in discussion events with high-level speakers talking on leadership through ocean challenges.

The concept of the Edinburgh Ocean Conversations is to invite a highly accomplished and senior leader to meet with the Ocean Leaders, to offer reflections on some important current issues and opportunities for the oceans, and to engage in a discussion with the Ocean Leaders around this topic and their own leadership experiences. The meeting is hosted under Chatham House Rules. This format is to encourage open and frank discussion, including around topics that are potentially challenging or controversial.

Past Speakers

Peter Thomson

Theme: Driving positive change for the ocean and ocean communities through diplomacy and the UN

Peter Thomson of Fiji was appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean in October 2017 and was the president of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly. He served as Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations in New York since 2010. For the duration of 2013, he chaired the United Nations’ largest negotiating bloc, the Group of 77 and China. In 2014, he served as president of the executive board of the UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support.

Tony Hayward

Theme: The future of energy and how this will impact the ocean

Tony Hayward trained as a geologist and joined BP n 1982 as a rig geologist in the North Sea after completing his PhD at the Univeristy of Edinburgh. He rose to become Chief Executive of BP from 2007-2010.  He is now the Chairman of Glencore and Founder of Genel Energy, International, the largest oil producer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 
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