Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council
Paul Holthus founded and leads the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international business leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Through his work at the WOC, he brings together shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, oil/gas, offshore renewables, seabed mining, submarine cables, ports, investment and other sectors to create business community leadership and collaboration in addressing ocean sustainable development.
Prior to the WOC, Paul held senior positions with the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and with several international environment organizations, including as: Deputy Director, IUCN Global Marine Programme; head of the Asia Pacific Marine Program, The Nature Conservancy. He has worked in over 30 countries, with companies, communities, industry associations, UN agencies, NGOs, foundations and governments to develop practical solutions to ocean sustainable development.
He is a graduate of the University of California and University of Hawaii, with advanced degrees/certificates in marine resources and international business. He was a Fulbright scholar in Australia and is an East-West Center alum. He is a frequent speaker at the international ocean and industry conferences, was invited to be on the UN Secretary General’s ocean expert advisory panel for Rio+20, and is the only ocean industry organization representative to have addressed the UN General Assembly.