Ocean Assets Institute

Research & Advice on Blue Economy Investment


BlueImpact Initiative:

An ecosystem of

investment-ready projects 

with solutions for

healthy oceans & coastal communities

in the Asia-Pacific region.

We Identify, Support & Represent blue economy projects (raising $100K - $10M)

to investors seeking

financial & impact returns.


Our oceans are a source

of wealth (est $30trillion) & solutions to many challenges (climate, nutrition, health, poverty, gender and more).

Small-mid enterprises (SMEs) in coastal communities are leading providers of solutions - yet lack access to capital.

We are a community of experts linking these stakeholders together to unlock their full potential

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D. Michael Adams

D. Michael Adams

Founder & CEO

Michael founded OAI in 2015 after a 30-year career in investment banking and a lifelong passion for the ocean. Michael previously founded The Journal of Investing and Pedigree Investments​, raising capital for innovative companies and funds worldwide. For OAI, he leads investor engagement, maritime industry & science partnerships.

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Joan M. Fulton

Partner & COO

Joan draws on her 30-year career in international banking & corporate finance, with management roles for UBS, Union Bancaire Privé, JP Morgan Chase and BBVA Group. She leads pipeline development, investment readiness & sponsor relations. Joan has been Adjunct Professor of Management at Universities in Madrid and Geneva since 2013.


Karen Kienberger, PhD.

Impact Advisor

Karen holds a PhD, Marine Sciences, and consults to IUCN and other institutions on issues ranging from High Seas Treaty negotiations to marine ecosystem issues. For OAI, she leads impact assessments, pipeline development and communications.



Rocky Beach

Led this study of opportunities, identifying financing gaps & developed strategies in all blue sectors of developing Asia-Pacific.

On the team that studied blue economy opportunities for 12 island states, recommending options for bond financing.

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Green Shipping

Author of 2 chapters of Guidance under The Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, UNEP-FI.

Part of the core team that established this successful platform to finance EU Blue Economy SMEs. Model for our present initiative: BlueImpact.





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Are you...

based in Asia-Pacific, managing a business,

raising $200 - 10M for your impactful blue solution?

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 to help achieve

your capital goals

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interested in

curated deals,

impact investment,

growth markets,

growth sectors?

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BlueImpact Academy is a network of experts available to advise approved projects.