Despite the fact that the Blue Economy has been estimated to generate US$2.5 trillion a year, the ocean’s life-sustaining functions have been compromised. Deteriorating marine resources pose a threat to all water-related business activities and to the livelihoods of those who depend on them. This panel discussion will shed light on the need for cross-sectoral collaboration and investments to scale up innovative technologies necessary to harness the vast opportunities that the Blue Economy offers.




Dona Bertarelli

Special Adviser for the Blue Economy, UNCTAD 


Martin Koehring

 Head, World Ocean Initiative, Economist Impact


Dan Fairweather

Executive Director – Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Gallagher Specialty 


Virginijus Sinkevičius

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries 

Session 4

Life Below Water

- Harnessing The Blue Economy through Investment & Innovation