Maria Damanaki, The Nature Conservancy
Global Managing Director for the Ocean at The Nature Conservancy

Maria Damanaki is the Global Managing Director for the Ocean at The Nature Conservancy. 

Previously, she served as the European Union Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Under her leadership, the Commission brought fish populations back to healthier levels—from as few as five sustainable stocks in 2010 to up to 27 today. 

Maria was also a member of the Greek Parliament; she became the first woman to lead a political party in Greece in 1990, and was the first woman elected as Vice President of Parliament in 1986. 

She has authored several books on European issues, human rights, education, and women’s rights; and received an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. Maria is a member of the Ocean Unite Network.