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What went on in 2020

6 panel discussions, 2 keynotes,  2 masterclasses, 2 Q&A sessions, 1 startup demo day and 1 startup pitch competition

2020 Notable Speakers

Dr Seisay

Representing AU Commissioner for Agriculture, Sustainable Development ....

Mr Boshel

Renewable Energy Technology Analyst

Mr Dutton

Head of UpLink at World Economic Forum

Mr Oyslebo

Minister Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in South Africa

Mr Teleki

Director of Sustainable Ocean Initiative at World Resource Institute

Mr Wambui

Africa Regional Coordinator UN Environmental Program Finance Initiative

Ms Veits

Director Ocean Governance at EU Commission

2020 Programme outline

Day 1
Day 2
12:00 - 12:15
Virtual Room


The African potential in the Blue Economy

12:15 - 12:45

Panel discussion

Why we need private capital to invest in the Blue Economy?

13:00 - 13:40

Panel discussion

Disruption in the shipping/ boat building industry

13:40 - 14:40

Startup pitches

OceanHub Africa Demo Day

14:40 - 16:00


Shape your idea of an Ocean-impact business

12:00 - 12:15


The need for collaboration in order to achieve objectives of SDG 14

12:15 - 13:00

Panel discussion

The new opportunities in the Blue Economy

13:00 - 13:40

Panel discussion

Disruption in the marine renewable industries

13:40 - 14:20


Why and how to invest in a more sustainable Blue Economy

14:20 - 15:00

Startup pitches


“I was impressed by how smoothly this
virtual event ran. Panel members need to
provide shorter answers to questions.”
Craig Smith​
“I really enjoyed the diversity of points of view in the panel. I believe that the moderators should be given more support and all speakers should get equal time.” ​
Flavio Corsin
“Great topics, great speakers, great spirit.
You’re building something special.”
Ted Janulis
“I thank you all on behalf of the African
Union-IBAR. Very interesting discussions. I
wish there had been more time.” –
Dr Mohamed Seisay​

Sponsors and partners

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