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Waves of Change: Using Data to Advance Ocean Sustainability

The oceans are under siege. In this session, leading ocean experts explain how industry can use data to turn the tide.


Craig McLean

Assistant Administrator of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Craig McLean serves as the Acting Chief Scientist at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also serves as the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, which includes overseeing, directing and implementing NOAA’s research enterprise. McLean has previously served in the NOAA as Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, and he was the founding Director of OAR’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.



Bjørn Tore Markussen is CEO of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Ocean, which develops the Ocean Data Platform. Before leading C4IR Ocean, he was the managing director of Veracity, DNV GL’s ocean industry data platform. In his 12 years with DNV GL, he held senior regional or global leadership positions within the energy and maritime industries, working and living in Amsterdam, Beijing, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Cathrine Dehli

Session Moderator - Cathrine Dehli
Vice President of Sustainable Business, Cognite

Cathrine Dehli is Vice President of Sustainable Business at Cognite. Her career has involved sustainability work across the public and private sectors, including in industries such as fashion, food, and retail for companies that include IKEA Norway and Nordic Choice Hotels. Dehli has a master’s degree in industrial economics and technology management from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. 

In This Session

The importance of protecting the planet’s largest, most diverse, least understood ecosystem - our oceans - is undeniable.

Heavy-asset industries have a disproportionate impact on our oceans. In this session, Cognite, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Norway, the World Economic Forum, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration join forces to discuss how to industrial companies can use data to better understand their impact on the oceans and innovate their way to a more balanced relationship with this vital ecosystem.

This session explores the drivers of transparency and prerequisites to data sharing to benefit ocean management. It will highlight successful use cases in ocean data innovation and impacts on marine agriculture and ocean health, and leading experts will outline a vision for sweeping data-driven innovations around ocean safety, security and sustainability.


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