Our oceans are a source
of wealth & solutions to the most pressing planetary & social challenges.
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
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. Michael and his family lived in the Bahamas (2006-9) where they funded coral reef studies and participated in several marine ecosystem initiatives.
Joan M. Fulton
Partner & COO
Joan draws on a distinguished career in international banking (UBS, Chase), risk management (Union Bancaire Privée) and corporate finance (Union Carbide). Joan served as Adjunct Professor of Management at Universities in Madrid and Geneva. For OAI, she leads pipeline development, investment readiness & sponsor relations. Joan holds a BA, Stanford University, and MBA, Columbia University. She is a keen swimmer, cultural enthusiast and animal lover.
Karen Kienberger, PhD.
Karen holds a PhD, Marine Sciences, and consults to IUCN on issues ranging from High Seas Treaty negotiations to marine ecosystem issues. For OAI, she leads impact assessments and communications. She is a leading expert on subphylum Medusozoa (jellyfish) and an avid rock climber.
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.
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.