Alasdair Harris, PhD
A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Al has spent the past decade developing conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean, and set up Blue Ventures in 2003.
Within Blue Ventures Al is responsible for coordinating conservation and research activities, leading an interdisciplinary and international team of scientists, educators and conservation practitioners. His work focuses on developing innovative and integrated solutions to conservation challenges, in particular pioneering entrepreneurial and market-based approaches to link natural resource management with sustainable economic development.
Alongside his work with Blue Ventures Al is a visiting post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas, a member of the Marine Stewardship Council's Stakeholder Council, and a technical advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat.
Al is recipient of the IUCN World Conservation Union's Young Conservationist Award, winner of the Condé Nast Environment Award, an Ashoka Fellow, and a passionate ambassador of Australia's penguins. His work developing sustainable business approaches for financing conservation has twice been commended by the UK Chancellor in the 'Enterprising Young Brits' awards, and was highly commended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in the 2013 inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards.