Paul Holthus is founding President/CEO of the World Ocean Council, the unique international business leadership alliance on “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” – bringing together oil and gas, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewables, seabed mining, investors and others to create industry leadership and collaboration on sustainable development.
Mr Holthus has worked in over 30 countries with UN agencies, companies, communities, industry associations, international non-governmental organisations and foundations.
He has held senior positions with UNEP and international environmental organisations, including starting up The Nature Conservancy Asia-Pacific Marine Program, where he originated the “Coral Triangle” concept, and as Deputy Director for the IUCN Global Marine Programme.
Since 1998, Mr Holthus has worked primarily with the private sector to develop practical solutions to responsible ocean use. He is a frequent speaker at international ocean and industry conferences. He was one of 5 people invited to be a member of the UN Secretary General’s Expert Group on Oceans for the 2012 Rio+20 conference. In 2017 he was the first-ever representative of a global ocean industry organization invited to address the UN General Assembly,
He is a graduate of the University of California and University of Hawaii, was a Fulbright scholar in Australia and is an East-West Center alum.