Kristian Teleki currently serves as the Director of Global Engagement for the Global Ocean Commission. Previously he was Vice President of Science Initiatives for SeaWeb, a communications-based organization that focuses on ocean conservation by raising public awareness, advancing science-based solutions and mobilizing decision-makers around ocean conservation. For the last decade Kristian has been the Director of the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), which is a unique global partnership dedicated to addressing the serious decline in the health of the world’s coral reefs. During his tenure Kristian had oversight for more than 40 coral reef projects in 35 countries, which covered seven coral reef regions. Project activities ranged from livelihood diversification and resource management to the prevention and mitigation of ecological degradation of coral reefs through management, monitoring and public awareness actions.
In addition to his ICRAN duties Kristian established and led the One Ocean Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). Kristian has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (summa cum laude) and Cambridge University (with distinction), and he has published reports and articles on the impact of climate change on the tropical marine environment, and regularly participates and contributes to global and regional conservation and environment policy meetings and fora. Kristian is on the Editorial Board of Aquatic Conservation, is a member of the Resource Users Group for the European Ocean Acidification Project (EOPOCA), and is a steering committee member of the Global Islands Partnership and the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands. Kristian now also serves as a Board member of ICRAN.
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