Ocean Elders announced today that Nishan Degnarain, former Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council, has joined Ocean Elders as a Special Advisor. In his role as Chair, Nishan helped establish WEF’s Special Initiative on the Ocean and he was instrumental in brokering WEF’s Tuna Traceability Declaration at the UN Ocean Conference in 2017, the largest public-private commitment at the Conference, with 50 companies with over $150bn revenues committing to full traceability of tuna by 2020.
Nishan holds degrees in Economic Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Cambridge. He has won several awards, including being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He recently authored Soul of the Sea in the Age of the Algorithm, highlighting how the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ can radically transform ocean governance and restore ocean health.