Executive Director, Avatar Alliance and President & COO, CAMERON Companies
Maria Wilhelm is the Executive Director of the Avatar Alliance Foundation and President & COO of CAMERON Companies. She merges social advocacy with a focus on climate change with a broad range of commercial initiatives integrating new technologies and interests in China and elsewhere.
A member of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition team, Maria was responsible for business and media strategy, and for primary partnerships with Rolex and National Geographic. She was an executive producer of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D, the National Geographic documentary on the historic expedition.
Maria is an executive producer of Years of Living Dangerously, the Emmy Award-winning climate change series on the National Geographic Channel. She also executive produced What Would the Ocean Say?, a short film debuted at the United Nations in the General Assembly Hall to mark the occasion of World Oceans Day June 8, 2017 and as part of the programming for the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference. Distributed online by National Geographic, What Would the Ocean Say? is narrated by Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Zoe Saldana and features stunning ocean imagery generously donated by some of the world’s preeminent marine documentarians. The short film can be accessed here: