8:30amOpening Remarks

  • Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School
8:45amPANEL | If Offshore is Seen as an Energy Panacea, What Does It Mean for the Ocean?

It is the Ocean’s turn to provide a key to a sustainable energy future. But the harnessing of the ocean’s resources will entail a set of challenges in terms of development, technology and environment on both land and sea that will need to be addressed as development occurs. This panel will identify insights into wind projects themselves, the transmission of energy from the ocean into the land grid and the environmental impacts on both the ocean and the coast. It will cover finance, policy and science as the analytical cornerstones that drive this future.

Chaired by:

  • Barbara Kates-Garnick FG84, Professor of Practice; Senior Research Fellow, CIERP


  • Laura Beane, President & CEO, Avangrid Renewables

  • Philip Duffy, President & Executive Director, Woods Hole Research Center

  • Eric Hines, Professor of Practice, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

  • Ed Krapels, Founder & CEO, Anbaric
9:45amFIRESIDE CHAT | Ship-onomics: Where is International Shipping Heading? Does It Need a Course Correction?


  • Boriana Farrar, Vice President-Counsel, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.

  • Stamatis Molaris, Founder & Principal, Empire Group of Companies

Moderated by:

  • Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business

10:30amTED-Style Lightning Talk

  • Paul Greenberg, Author, Four Fish, The Future of the Last Wild Food; and The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet

11:00amPANEL | Farming the Sea: Opportunities and Challenges of Scaling Aquaculture

Aquaculture has been heralded as the answer to feeding and providing protein for a hungry planet. This panel will provide a global overview of trends, players, geopolitics, technologies, challenges and opportunities to scaling aquaculture, with special emphasis on marketability.

Chaired by:

  • Patrick Schena, Adjunct Assistant Professor; Co-Head, SovereigNet

  • Jason Huffman, Senior Report, Undercurrent News


  • Roger Berkowitz, President & CEO, Legal Sea Foods

  • Peter Chiang, Founder, Hanaqua (ROC), Taiwan

  • Marianne Naess, Director of Operations, North America, Nordic Aquafarms

1:00pmSPECIAL SESSION | Sea Power: How to Navigate the Turbulent Geopolitics of the World's Oceans

  • James Stavridis FG84, Former Supreme Allied Commander, NATO; Dean Emeritus, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

1:15pmPANEL | Innovation and the Ocean: Blue Tech Wave

The innovation economy is filtering into the maritime sector under the banner of BlueTech, posing disruption challenges and market opportunities for well-established maritime industries and new startups. This panel will examine where industry changes are emerging, how technology is being deployed, and how ocean industries could look in the future.

Chaired by:

  • Rocky Weitz F’03, FG08, Professor of Practice; Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program


  • Jen-Chyuan Lee, Professor, Institute of Maritime Affairs and Resources Management, National Taiwan Ocean University

  • Ravijit Paintal, CEO, Autonomous Marine Systems

  • Lára Hrönn Pétursdóttir, Co-Founder, Pacific Northwest Ocean Cluster

  • William Shepherd, Former Astronaut & Navy SEAL

2:15pmTED-Style Lightning Talk | Origins, Evolution, Destiny: The Relationship Between Humanity and the Sea

  • David Gallo, American Oceanographer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

3:00pmPANEL | Ocean Plastic: Can Supply Chains Save the Sea?

In the past few years, the world woke up to the threat plastics pose to the long-term health of the oceans. Businesses are at the forefront of addressing this problem, both in dealing with plastic which is already in the ocean and creating products which reduce the amount destined for our waters. But how do companies design, implement, and showcase these corporate sustainability programs? This panel will bring perspectives from three consumer product companies who are reforming their supply chains to tackle the plastic waste epidemic.

Chaired by:

  • Matt Merighi F'16, Assistant Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program

  • Lara Setrakian, CEO, Co-Founder, & Executive Editor, News Deeply


  • Lina Azuero, Corporate Sustainability Strategist, Dell

  • Michael Goltzman F'97, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability & Social Impact, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Vik Saran, Director of Materials, Asia, New Balance

4:15pmCLOSING RECEPTION | Ocean Geopolitics: The Diplomat's View
  • Douglas Hsu, Director-General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Boston

  • Wine & Cheese will be served

    This agenda is subject to change