Founders

Three people found each other at the right time and shared a vision of bringing the crucial role of the aquatic environment to the world’s attention in an effort to reduce water pollution acquatrails at source and raise funds to do regenerative work.

allardAllard Marx

CEO and Co-Founder

Allard Marx worked for Colgate Palmolive, Amatil and LIG and during that time started a successful consumer foods business in Italy, turned around and doubled a pharmaceutical company in Pakistan and led the reformulation, product line extension and re-launch of five key brand groups across Western Europe, the Middle and Far East.

Once in consulting, he forged the world’s first global travel alliance for National, Europcar, Tilden and Nippon and after forming INCIDE in 1991, the firm has worked for clients including INSEAD, MARC Restaurants, SONY, Dubai Health Authority, HP, Coca Cola, Cathay Pacific, The Economist, Disney, TIME, Northwest Airlines and several others. www.incide.com

Allard speaks four languages and recently published Business Brand Book. His continued work on Delfino Cars www.delfino.co.uk spurred Marine Positive.

He lives in London and like the other members of the team, travels extensively.

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Susannah Stewart

Chairman and Co-Founder

After a European education, Susannah returned to California and became an engineering manager in the aerospace and defense sector directing international projects and business/partnership development. Following a stint in global technology distribution, creating outsourcing strategies for the tech leaders, she moved back to Europe to focus on strategic innovation and brand differentiation and founded Italy’s first ethics, social and environmental consulting firm.

After being the CEO of one of Italy’s leading luxury yacht manufacturers, she began concentrating on the oceans of the world with renewed vigour to do whatever it takes to restore and preserve their vitality. She now spearheads our team’s first integrated initiative to create a Marine Positive superyacht. Susannah continues as an advisor, consultant and entrepreneur in luxury, private equity and sustainability.

Her projects range from the creation of the first ethical/socially-responsible code of conduct for a tripartite Sicilian interport, involvement in the strategic development and positioning for various renewable energy companies in photovoltaic, wind, and bio-ethanol, to the recent founding of a sustainable haute couture brand. She has just moved to Marbella from Rome where she intends to learn Spanish though she already speaks four languages.

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Roberto Danovaro

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder

Roberto is Director of the Department of Marine Sciences at Ancona University and Professor for the Doctorate of Excellence in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development at Venice University.

Among his many roles and achievements are; Former President of the European Federation of Marine Science and Technology Societies (EFMS), and currently Vice-President; Member of the Executive Committee of the Census of Marine Life; President of the Italian Chapter of Eco-Ethic International Union and Member of the Scientific Board of WWF (Italy). He has led a multitude of projects in the sector.

His research is focused on deep-sea biodiversity and ecology with emphasis on the links between ecosystems and products and services. He is the author of 2 books and several chapters and he is Editor in Chief of ” Chemistry and Ecology” (London) and reviewer of over 40 international journals and he speaks five languages.

Barnaby Ferrero

Co-Founder of US foundation

Barnaby moved to New York two years ago to start a new asset management company after beginning his career in finance at Morgan Stanley as a trader in London. An avid long-distance sailor from an early age, he has witnessed first hand the damage being done to the oceans whilst sailing across them.

Ambassadors

More and more people are sharing our vision, are joining us and providing constructive help in various areas. They are:

  • Robert Collette
  • Rosalind Milani
  • Maren Springsteen
  • Alexander Engzell
  • Bethany Hedger
  • John Altman
  • Natascha King
  • Sophie Christophe
  • Sophie Thomas
  • Alessandro della Morte
  • Tracy Elner
  • Dimitry Lobanov-Rostovsky
  • Irina Kouptcha
  • Marina Capello
  • Laura Kennington
  • Elsa Hammond
Tomo Honda
Tomo Honda

Tomo Honda was a 3-term elected Japanese politician who once served as the youngest Honourable Councillor of The Fukushima Legislative Assembly in The Fukushima Government since 2005 to 2015 and also was the Executive Committee member for 3.11 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Relief Management.

Honda was first elected into the Fukushima Legislative Assembly in 2005 by-election to join as the youngest Councillor in the Fukushima Legislative Assembly. Honda was again successfully re-elected in 2007. During his second term , he was promoted to the Deputy chair for the Committee of Public Media Relation and the Special Committee of Tourism Promotion. He has audited the government in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Immediately after the historic 311 Tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, Honda was appointed as the Executive Committee member for 3.11 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Management and worked intensely on the frontline to coordinate the logistics for relief supplies, food, and water, interdepartmental communication among several government agencies.

In Novermber 2011, he was successfully elected for his 3rd term to advise The Fukushima Government ‘s finance and public policy for its restoration planning.

He has announced that he would not stand for 2015 Fukushima general election and retire from politics to pursue career in policy research.

Robert Collette
Robert Collette

Robert Collette was a Public Servant with the Government of Canada for 37 years beginning in 1972. During this period, he served with the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Highlights of his diplomatic career include the following assignments: Ambassador to the Swiss Federal Council with concurrent accreditation to the Principality of Liechtenstein; Head of Mission to Italy; Chief of Protocol of Canada; Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for Francophonie; Ambassador to the Philippines; Minister (Commercial) and Deputy Head of Mission, Canadian Embassy, Beijing, China; Director, Trade and Investment, Africa and Middle East; and Director, Investment and Science and Technology.

Mr. Collette is now the President of RCBI, providing advice to Canadian and foreign companies wishing to do, or doing, business in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Canada. He is also a member of Advisory Boards and / or Board of Directors of Canadian companies and organizations and a visiting professor at Carleton University in Ottawa.”

Laura Kennington
Laura Kennington

Laura Kennington is a fitness professional who has a passion for the ocean and endurance adventures. Having recently returned from a sailing trip on board a 72ft yacht, with an organisation that specialises in plastic pollution research, for her next challenge she is preparing to kayak 2,300 miles down Europe’s longest river – the Volga River in Russia, from source to sea.

She’s keen to inspire others to follow their dreams and to also to spread the message of how important it is to protect the ocean.

Martha Blanchfield
Martha Blanchfield

Martha is an avid sailboat racer who regularly competes in San Francisco Bay regatta competitions. Found most often on a 30 to 40-foot yacht, she’s a regular crew member aboard Beneteau 36.7 and 40.7, Schock 35, Express 37 and J boats where she works the main or headsail.

Among her current yacht racing clients, she cites the 4-time ROLEX Big Boats Series champion Double Trouble, a J/125 based
in San Francisco
, for which she provides race photography, crew communications, partner programming, plus Web site design. Through her involvement with Double Trouble she learned about Aethic, the Sôvée line and Go Blue Too.

“Sailors, particularly those on San Francisco Bay waters, are very ecology-minded. The crew members and I are honored to share the message to go blue to diminish water pollution at source. While racing at Quantum Key West Race Week 2016 and the Conch Republic Regatta to Cuba we’ll also be protected by Aethic Sôvée, the only sunscreen to have a patented ecocompatible formula, as part of our going blue campaign.”

Involved in the digital imaging industry since 2000 as a marketing writer/photographer, Martha creates content for Nikon, BenQ, Latitude 38 and Classic Yacht magazines plus her own RenegadeSailing.com. She is a regular photographer at San Francisco ROLEX Big Boats Series, has covered the pre-Olympics Nacra, 49er, FX competition in New York, the J/24 U.S. Nationals and the Express 37 Nationals in San Francisco. Martha is a member of the Vallejo Yacht Club in Northern California, where she created the Pink Sail for cancer research which ran for its fourth year in 2015.

Benefactors

To date our financial benefactors have chose to remain anonymous. We are grateful for their contributions for the betterment of our blue planet!

Alexander Engzell An award winning Sweden-based Art Director and founder ofBonne Marque often working in London, donated the design and creation of this site to the Going Blue Foundation.

Says Alexander: “The blue message is so compelling that I really wanted the site to have visual punch – so bold clean lines using great photos was the soundest way to achieve that.”

We’d say you’ve done an amazing job Alexander. Many, many thanks!!!www.engzell.me

James Forte Underwater photography – www.turnerforte.com

Jeff Divine He is probably the leading photographer of the surfing world. His inspirational photographs have brought surfing and the oceans right into our daily lives. Water’s amazing beauty, power and grace have seldom been captured like this. Imagine our excitement when he allowed us to use his shots for our website. To see more of his work: www.jeffdivinesurf.com

Rouse & Co. – Trade mark registration and management – www.iprights.com

Ben Thompson Go blue too app. graphics – www.ivis-tv.com

Morton´s Club Jazz night – www.mortonsclub.com

Olga Kidyuk Model for our t-shirts

Daniel Lee Web assistance on a new site TBA

Andy Aiken Accounting services