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Alasdair Harris, PhD

Executive Director Executive Director London, UK

A marine ecologist with an unhealthy obsession for corals, Al has spent the past decade developing conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean, and led his first marine research expedition to Madagascar in 2001.

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 scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges, in particular pioneering market-based approaches that make marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities.

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.

Watch Al speaking at the Do Lectures, WWF's 2013 Fuller Symposium, and the BBC's World Challenge

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