Ocean Assets Institute is a Swiss-based, non-profit that supports investment in sustainable maritime enterprises and marine conservation. Our 2 areas of activity are:
- Engagement with companies and financiers for sustainable maritime industries
- Investment support for maritime innovations, conservation and coastal impact
D. Michael Adams established the non-profit Ocean Assets Institute (OAI) in 2016 to mobilize private capital for healthy oceans and coastal communities. Michael's career spans both investments and publishing, starting with Institutional Investor magazine, then founding The Journal of Investing. He founded Pedigree Investments Ltd (1992-2010) and raised over $1bn for alternative investments. He became active in sustainable finance in 2010 as a partner with Active Earth Investments and Autumn Capital Partners in London, signing both groups to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. On marine conservation, Michael and his wife, Anyes, funded coral reef studies and participated in the launch of the Bahama Lobster FIP when they lived in the Bahamas during 2006-2009. This is when he saw the need for active engagement and investment by financiers to solve the challenges facing marine ecosystems. Michael holds a MSc Business Policy from Columbia University and a BA from Bates College.
Caroline Allen, Engagement Leader, is an experienced financial journalist and media expert, starting with eight years as a foreign correspondent in Africa, before coming to live in France and then the UK. Based in London, she has worked for Reuters and the BBC, and edited several investment magazines covering asset management, private banking and private equity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A veteran print and online publisher, she has run her own marketing and public relations business, and continues to work on research reports and bespoke events. Caroline recently earned an MSc in Sustainability Leadership at ARU in Cambridge, focusing on investments in the Blue Economy. She has been a trustee and non executive director for several charities and UK statutory bodies.
Joel Rohrer, Marine Science, leads scientific research on our engagement and investment projects. He is a specialist in marine conservation, marine ecology, fishery policies and sustainable use of the ocean resources. Joel has expertise in big data management & analysis and he is interested in the economic perks of conservation within ocean-dependent industries. He has monitored marine protected areas in the Philippines and worked with local fishermen to implement sustainable fishing practices. Joel is a PhD candidate in Marine Science from the University of Lisbon. He holds a MSc in Marine Biology & Conservation, and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Joe Wood, Industry Research, leads industry research and partnerships for our projects. He has completed consulting assignments for several organisations on sustainability themes. Joe has a MSc. in Climate Change Impacts and Sustainability, and completed an internship at the Centre for Financial Innovation, London. He has a keen understanding of how industry and finance may be used as a lever for sustainable progress. Joe lives with his family in the UK, is well-traveled on environmental projects, speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and is passionate about sustainability.
Christine Olsen, Research Associate, assists our engagement mandates on the seafood and shipping industries. She has worked in financial compliance and operations for Sarasin & Partners, and due diligence research for Garancie Ltd. A native of Denmark, she is also in charge of relationships in the Nordic region. Christine is based in London and holds a BA from the University of Kent, Canterbury.