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2023 IBM Blue Economy event

Let's save the oceans together! This event is about bringing innovation and sustainability partnerships together to collaborate in finding the needed solutions to progress the Blue Economy agenda, from Science, to Data and Technology, Sustainable Finance and relevant Ecosystems.

This is a hybrid event with an opportunity for practitioners and organizations to attend in-person in London. If you are interested in attending, please get in touch via email to or


EVENT AGENDA    Download the full agenda and speakers profile

  • 5:00 – 5:30     Arrival and Registrations
  • 5:30 – 5:40     
    Welcome and IBM’s role in sustainable oceans
    Nicola Hodson
    IBM UK & Ireland General Manager
  • 5:40 – 5:55     
    Restoring our connection to the oceans, from our high seas to our coastal waters
    Mere Takoko
    Hinemoana Halo Ocean Initiative
  • 5:55 – 6:10     
    Innovation, financial and economic dimensions to transform the ocean
    Mary Matthews
    UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge
  • 6:10 – 6:25
    Racing with Purpose to accelerate the protection and restoration of our seas
    Johan Strid
    The Ocean Race
  • 6:25 – 6:40     
    Legal perspectives on coastal restorations
    Sonali Siriwardena
    Partner Simmons and Simmons
  • 6:40 – 6:55     
    Turning Tides and restoring the ocean through vision and innovation
    Jeroen van de Waal
    Founder Blue Beat Group (Reef Company)
  • 6:55 – 7:10     
    Mayflower 2.0 – The next generation of ocean discovery
    Andy Stanford-Clark
    IBM UK CTO & Distinguished Engineer
  • 7:10 – 7:25     
    Blended finance for the North Atlantic Carbon Observatory
    Akash Rastogi
    Ocean Frontier Institute
  • 7:25 – 7:30     
    Adam & Fearghal

IBM event for the ocean