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Professor Dan Laffoley FMBA

Professor Dan Laffoley is a leading global expert on ocean conservation. At IUCN he is Senior Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation for the Global Marine and Polar Programme, and also has the global honorary role as Marine Vice Chair for the World Commission on Protected areas. For over 25 years Dan has been responsible for the creation of many key national, European and global partnerships and alliances that underpin modern-day marine conservation. He served as chief scientific advisor for the marine environment in Natural England, for over a decade headed-up the marine conservation programme for English Nature, and has also worked in a variety of other roles including as an independent advisor to the UK’s top-level Marine Science Coordination Committee, special marine environmental advisor for the Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Strategy Unit, and for the European Commission. Through his work Dan provides knowledge, innovation and leadership on consolidating action for the ocean and devising new ways for delivering marine conservation which lever greater action and attention for our seas.

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