The Ocean Collective Summit

Entering its second year with Blue Water Edufest, the 2-day conference will focus on new methods and solutions to the problems that put the marine ecosystem at risk. 


Inspiring Innovative Ocean Solutions

The conference brings together subject matter experts to discuss research and new developments in marine conservation with a focus on two core issues: plastics and climate change.

You can find the full agenda and topics below. 

10:30 am - 10:40 am

Welcome Address

Arthur Tay
10:40 am - 10:50 am

Blue Water EduFest Opening Address

Guest of Honour Guest of Honour
10:50 am - 11:00 am

Opening of The Ocean Collective Summit 2023

Jay Wade
Arthur Tay
11:00 am - 11:20 am

Keynote Lecture 1 - Combining Technology and Sustainability to Protect Our Ocean

Sustainability and technology are intertwined, and not only do they often seek to reduce the environmental impact for the Ocean planet, but they also offer strategic outcomes that can drive conservation. In his keynote address, Fabien Cousteau - renowned Aquanaut, and Founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and PROTEUS™ - will explore the intricate link between sustainability and technology. He will delve into the various solutions that are laying the groundwork to minimize risk and maximize opportunities for the ocean. With a focus on long-term sustainability goals, Fabien will highlight key examples of technologies that are revolutionizing ocean conservation. From artificial intelligence and machine learning to digital twins and the Internet of Things, these innovative solutions are leading the way towards greater mitigation and reduction of pressures on the ocean. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear from one of the top voices in ocean conservation!

Fabien Cousteau
11:20 am - 11:40 am

Keynote Lecture 2 – Unlocking our Ocean’s potential - Innovative solutions to conservation

Technology-based solutions offer unprecedented opportunities to greatly improve our understanding of the ocean and drive impactful conservation efforts. During this session, Jeremy will discuss key technological innovations in ocean conservation, with a focus on's groundbreaking BlueSense™ platform. This keynote address will explore the unique approaches that contribute to essential data, guiding investments in carbon credits and environmental assets. But technology is just one piece of the puzzle. Collaboration with local communities and governments is essential to creating long-term, decentralized engagements that drive revenue and job creation, while providing transformative impact on ocean conservation efforts. Join this session for insights into the critical importance of cross-sector partnerships and the unexplored potential of the ocean, and the potential of a balanced approach to economic growth and environmental stewardship.

Jeremy McKane
11:40 am - 11:45 am


11:45 am - 12:05 am

Fireside Chat – A conversation with Fabien and Jeremy

Jeremy McKane
Fabien Cousteau
12:05 pm - 12:35 pm

Keynote Lecture 3 – Seabed 2030 Project - Emerging Seabed Mapping

Jamie McMichael-Phillips
12:25 pm - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Audience engagement activity

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Keynote Lecture 4 - Implications of the High Sea Treaty

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Keynote Lecture 5 –Adaptation Measures for Climate Change

Winston Chow
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Keynote Lecture 6 - Development of innovative coastal protection and flood management solutions

Zoe Ong Zoe Ong
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Keynote Lecture 7 (video presentation) - Innovators Series - Innovative Youngsters

Melati Riyanto Wijsen
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm

Keynote Lecture 8 - Innovators Series - Innovative Collaborations

Thanda Ko Gyi
4:50 pm - 5:10 pm

Keynote Lecture 9 - Innovators Series - Innovative Journeys

Dr Louisa Ponnampalam
5:10 pm - 5:30 pm

Challenge and Brainstorm Session Preparation and Challenge

Paul Foster
Fabien Cousteau
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Tea break and Networking Session

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Welcome Cocktail - A conversation with famed Oceanographic Explorer, Fabien Cousteau

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Morning Coffee and Tea

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and recap of Day 1

Paul Foster
9:15 am - 9:45 am

Keynote Lecture 10 – Unlocking a sustainable future with ocean innovation and finance

Ying Qin Ying Qin
9:45 am - 10:30 am

Keynote Lecture 11 - Panel Discussion - Challenges of Implementing Blue Carbon Market

Moderator: Ms Kong Man Jing Moderator: Ms Kong Man Jing
Dr Siti Yaakub Dr Siti Yaakub
Dr. Jani Tanzil Dr. Jani Tanzil
George Foulsham
10:30 pm - 10:45 pm

Comfort Break

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Keynote Lecture 12 – Related to Plastics & Circular Economy

11:15 pm - 11:45 pm

Keynote Lecture 13 - Implications of the Plastic Treaty

Wendy Wong
11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Keynote Lecture 14 – Revolutionizing Sustainable Materials (Bioplastics)

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 1:35 pm

Harmonizing Nature and Purpose - Purpose Driven Yachting and Ocean Conservation

Micca Ferrero Micca Ferrero
1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

Harmonising Nature and Purpose - Institutional Conservation for the Sundarbans

Enayetullah Khan Enayetullah Khan
1:55 pm - 2:15 pm

Harmonizing Nature and Purpose - Imagining our Future Ocean

Cesar Jung-Harada Cesar Jung-Harada
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Brainstorming Session – Creating Measurable Impact for Your Sustainability Efforts

  • Republic Polytechnic project presentation
  • Group Brainstorm and presentation

Dr Louisa Ponnampalam
Thanda Ko Gyi
Jeremy McKane
Fabien Cousteau
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Tea Break

Available throughout brainstorming session

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Julian Chang Julian Chang
Fabien Cousteau

The organizer reserves the rights to change or remove topics and speakers at any time without prior notice.