Alasdair Harris

Al founded Blue Ventures in 2003 to demonstrate that effective marine conservation requires pragmatic, entrepreneurial and locally-led approaches to marine and fisheries management.

Within Blue Ventures Al is responsible for leading an interdisciplinary and international team of over 150 colleagues working worldwide. His work focuses on developing scalable solutions to marine environmental challenges, through approaches that make marine conservation make economic sense to coastal communities.

Al is a TED Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow, and winner of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award. His work was highly commended by HRH the Duke of Cambridge in the inaugural Tusk Conservation Awards, and has twice been recognised by the UK Chancellor in the ‘Enterprising Young Brits’ awards. He has received the IUCN World Conservation Union’s Young Conservationist Award and the Condé Nast Environment Award.

Widely published in peer reviewed literature and the wider media, Al is a regular writer and speaker. See his work in the TED blog, the Telegraph, the Guardian, BBC news, and the 2016 Wildlife Conservation Expo.