Carmela Gonzales is a policy, communications, and marine sustainability professional. She worked in the financial services industry in insurance regulation and insolvency before transitioning to marine sustainability and environmental issues. She most recently advised the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Habitat on the development and delivery of a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11: “Sustainable Cities & Communities”). Prior to this, she helped establish international standards for insurance resolution (now applicable in over 200 jurisdictions covering 97% of insurance premiums worldwide). Carmela holds a First-Class Trilingual BA Honours in Political Science (English, French, and Spanish) and an MSc in Marine Systems & Policies from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks multiple languages (English, French, Spanish, Tagalog, and learning Japanese) and her mission is to use her strengths to bridge business and sustainability through science-backed policy, law, and technological innovation.
Beyond work, Carmela can usually be found on a boat in the tropics exploring the mysterious lives of her favourite animals: sharks. Her goal is to ensure their longevity. Her first step: ending illegal fishing through autonomous unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) at Open Ocean Robotics.