Plenary Speakers

Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Bradford

Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.

Jeremy Jackson studies threats and solutions to human impacts on the oceans and the ecology and evolution of tropical seas. Jackson is the author of 160 scientific publications and eleven books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous international prizes and awards including the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, The Paleontological Medal, and the Darwin Medal of the International Society for Reef Studies. Jackson’s work on the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001. His most recent book is Shifting Baselines: The Past and Future of Ocean Fisheries.

Nai'a Lewis

Nai'a Lewis

Artist and Creative Director of 84 and Sunny.

Nai‘a Lewis is a social entrepreneur and artist working with people and communities to resolve pressing issues and thrive. As a Native Hawaiian practitioner, for more than twenty years Nai‘a has used creative strategies and direct action to successfully engage, empower, and express the voices of vulnerable, marginalized, and disenfranchised groups, particularly those of women, indigenous groups, and minorities. 

Nai‘a is a practicing artist and the Creative Director of 84 and Sunny, a globally minded and locally immersed creative agency helping clients adapt and compete within diverse and rapidly changing international markets. Previously, Nai‘a worked as coordinator for Big Ocean, a network of the world's large-scale marine managed areas, and for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries under Ocean Initiative and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

She has also worked within the Native Hawaiian community to address indigenous governance issues and disputed land ownership claims in Hawai‘i. Nai‘a earned her journalism degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and has infused her communications background with her professional experience to develop cross-cultural initiatives to more effectively translate conservation initiatives to indigenous communities. As a practicing artist, Nai‘a blends contemporary expressionism with indigenous identity and belief systems through multiple media, including oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and pencil. Her work has been invited to show at artistic events and galleries from Manhattan to Honolulu, including the recent CTRL+ALT Culture Lab on Imagined Futures series, curated by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Ford Foundation.