The Ocean's Turn - Geopolitics, Sustainability, Innovation, September 28, 8:30am-5pm, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Medford, MA

  • 28 September 2018
  • Start time : 08:00 AM
  • End time : 05:30 PM
  • Event Host : The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Event Location : 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA, 02155, United States
The Ocean's Turn - Geopolitics, Sustainability, Innovation
Event Description

The ocean covers 71% over the earth’s surface, far, far greater than any land mass. Directly or indirectly, it touches every piece of life on earth and every aspect of human society. The ocean feeds nations, transports goods, and provides energy across the globe.

The Fletcher School at Tufts University will convene an important conference on September 28, 2018 entitled "The Ocean’s Turn?" With this one-day event, we will look at the role of the ocean as an avenue, an arena, and a source, and examine it all through the lenses of geopolitics, sustainability, and an overarching notion of innovation.

The conference will bring together thought leaders from around the globe and examine the critical issues facing the world’s oceans today. Through engaging keynotes, TED-style talks, and panel discussions, we will explore the maritime sphere from the perspectives of science, business, law and politics, investment and the economy, security, and international relations.

The purpose of the conference is to evaluate important maritime sectors, such as global shipping, the food industry, and the energy sector, and will dive into geopolitics, BlueTech, maritime security and policy, environmental imperatives, and other vital issues. Major themes will include technology and innovation of a "connected ocean," geopolitical and transnational legal factors, and imperatives driven by sustainability needs, concerns, and opportunities.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Agenda
      8:30am Opening Remarks

      Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School
      8:45am PANEL | If Offshore is Seen as an Energy Panacea, What Does It Mean for the Ocean?

      Chaired by:
      Barbara Kates-Garnick FG84, Professor of Practice; Senior Research Fellow, CIERP


      Laura Beane, President & CEO, Avangrid Renewables
      Philip Duffy, President & Executive Director, Woods Hole Research Center
      Eric Hines, Professor of Practice, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
      Ed Kraples, Founder & CEO, Anbaric

      9:45am FIRESIDE CHAT | Ship-onomics: Where is International Shipping Heading? Does It Need a Course Correction?


      Boriana Farrar, Vice President-Counsel, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
      Stamatis Molaris, Founder & Principal, Empire Group of Companies

      Moderated by:

      Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business

      10:15am BREAK
      10:30am TED-Style Lightning Talk

      Paul Greenberg, Author, Four Fish, The Future of the Last Wild Food; and The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet

      11:00am PANEL | Farming the Sea: Opportunities and Challenges of Scaling Aquaculture

      Chaired by:

      Patrick Schena, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Co-Head, SovereigNet
      Jason Huffman, Senior Report, Undercurrent News


      Roger Berkowitz, President & CEO, Legal Sea Foods
      Peter Chiang, Founder, Hanaqua (ROC), Taiwan
      Marianne Naess, Director of Operations, North America, Nordic Aquafarms

      12:00pm LUNCH

      1:00pm SPECIAL SESSION | Sea Power: How to Navigate the Turbulent Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

      James Stavridis FG84, Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Dean Emeritus, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

      1:15pm PANEL | Innovation and the Ocean: Blue Tech Wave

      Chaired by:

      Rocky Weitz F’03, FG08, Professor of Practice; Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program


      Jen-Chyuan Lee, Professor, Institute of Maritime Affairs and Resources Management, National Taiwan Ocean University
      Ravijit Paintal, CEO, Autonomous Marine Systems
      Lára Hrönn Pétursdóttir, Co-Founder, Pacific Northwest Ocean Cluster
      William Shepherd, Former Astronaut & Navy SEAL

      2:15pm TED-Style Lightning Talk | Origins, Evolution, Destiny: The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea

      David Gallo, American Oceanographer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

      2:45pm BREAK

      3:00pm PANEL | Ocean Plastic: Can Supply Chains Save the Sea?

      Chaired by:

      Matt Merighi F'16, Assistant Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program
      Lara Setrakian, CEO, Co-Founder, & Executive Editor, News Deeply


      Lina Azuero, Corporate Sustainability Strategist, Dell
      Michael Goltzman F'97, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability & Social Impact, The Coca-Cola Company
      Vik Saran, Director of Materials, Asia, New Balance

      4:15pm CLOSING RECEPTION | Ocean Geopolitics: The Diplomat's View

      Douglas Hsu, Director-General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Boston

      5:30pm DAY CONCLUDES
  • Event type
    • Conference

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