We are a boutique team of outstanding practitioners, coaches, strategists, and scholars who work on the intersection of science, policy, business, and human behaviors. We come from different professionals and cultural backgrounds, and share the same passion for helping the emerging leaders for the benefits of our ocean.
Professor, Environmental Studies
Director, Coastal Science & Policy Program & Blue Pioneers Accelerator, UC Santa Cruz
Anne is an interdisciplinary scholar committed to finding scientifically and socially robust solutions to a major challenge: how to perpetuate healthy aquatic ecosystems while sustaining resource uses that support human wellbeing. Her past research examined impacts of dams, fish hatcheries, aquaculture and genetic engineering on fish conservation. Her current research aims to shift aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector, towards sustainability. Her team uses marine microalgae to achieve fish-free feeds, thus decouple aquaculture from ocean-caught forage fish, reduce nutrient and carbon emissions and improve food security. She also pursues ecological aquaculture strategies to close water and nutrient loops and conserve biodiversity. Anne participates actively in the science-policy interface, presently as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists and member of the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team, and has been a scientific advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (under three administrations), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, Global Environment Facility, European Union Food Safety Agency, state of Minnesota, and on four U.S. National Academy of Science committees. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Sustainability Transitions domain of the open-access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. Her awards include a 2019 Ocean Award in Innovation, Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, and Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, among others.
Visiting Professor, Coastal Science & Policy Program, UC Santa Cruz
Academic Director, Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program
Yuwei is also professor emeritus at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His current research and practice interests center on impact management in social enterprise, corporate sustainable strategy, and ESG and impact investing. His publications include over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals, seven books and book chapters and dozens of articles in popular media. He is an award-winning teacher known for architecting innovative pedagogy, course and program design. He pioneered the raw-case method of learning and led the development of impactful programs including the Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program and the Blue Pioneers Program. At Middlebury Institute he was professor of strategic management and key faculty member of its MBA in global impact management program. Also at Middlebury he served two terms as the Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management. He had twenty years of experience as founder of a tech venture, advisory partner at a venture capital firm, and consultant to well-known management consulting firms. He holds Bachelor of Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Master of Comparative Laws from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University，and Ph.D. in Organization, Strategy and International Management from the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Shiyu Rachel Wang
Assistant Director, Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program, UC Santa Cruz
Assistant Director, Coastal Science and Policy, Liason to Blue Pioneers Accelerator Program, UC Santa Cruz
CEO & Co-Founder, Verdant Seas Inc
Ashley Bae is CEO and Co-Founder of Verdant Seas, a company dedicated to making aquaculture feeds more sustainable. Ashley is thrilled to work at the intersection of science, business, and seafood, all in the name of sustainability. Prior to launching Verdant Seas, she assisted with adaptation and resilience strategies at the World Bank, conducted product-level supply chain emissions analysis with CoClear and CDP, and helped plan the Global Climate Action Summit with the Office of the Governor of California. Ashley is a 2020 Wild Gift Fellow and an Environmental Studies PhD student at UC Santa Cruz where her research focuses on the role of seafood in developing resilient food systems. Ashley holds an M.A. in Climate & Society from Columbia University and a B.S. in Biology from the University of St. Andrews.
Edward Ricketts Provostial Professor, Hopkins Marine Station & Senior Fellow, the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Associate Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Research Development Manager, Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions
Senior Fellow, the Woods Institute of the Environment & Co-director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
Founder & CEO, Think Beyond Plastics Foundation
Daniella founded TBP, an innovation accelerator with focus on plastic pollution. She believes that intractable global challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovation ecosystem to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and public health, with special focus on ocean plastic. Daniella is a serial entrepreneur. Her experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO, as well as within Fortune-500 companies such as Frame Technology, Infoseek, Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC. Daniella is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate School of International Policy and Management. Daniella co-founded and led Plastic Pollution Coalition to become the world's largest NGO dedicated uniquely to ending plastic pollution. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and Businesses.
CDR Program Manager, ClimateWorks Foundation
Carbon Dioxide Removal Program Manager at ClimateWorks. Frances leads the strategy and grantmaking for technological and ocean CDR governance. Before joining ClimateWorks, she worked in interdisciplinary environmental research with a focus on action-oriented solutions. At McGill University, she helped to lead and design innovative monitoring and evaluation frameworks for climate adaptation governance. She previously worked as part of Oxford University’s Low-Carbon Futures Program and on green growth strategies at the United Nations Environment Program in Switzerland. She is the author of multiple academic and U.N. flagship publications. Frances holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University and a B.A. in Economics from McGill University.