Maria Damanaki

Global managing director for oceans

The Nature Conservancy

Maria Damanaki has over 30 years of public service experience in Europe, most recently serving as European Union commissioner for maritime affairs and fisheries. Ms Damanaki now leads the global oceans programme at The Nature Conservancy.

As global managing director for oceans, she leads a team focused on transforming how the world manages its oceans. This includes sustainable fisheries management, implementation of mapping ocean wealth, marine spatial planning and large-scale protection of ecosystems, and facilitating and securing investment on blue economy through natural infrastructure and coastal resilience.

Ms Damanaki organises collaboration across public, private and civil sectors—at both global and local levels—while always respecting the needs of both nature and people.

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