Speakers

John Englander

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant, and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allow him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.

He brings the diverse points of view of an industry scientist, entrepreneur, and CEO. For over thirty years, he has been a leader in the private and non-profit sectors, serving as CEO for The International SeaKeepers and The Cousteau Society.

John is Founder and President of the International Sea Level Institute, a new non-profit organization focused on explaining the latest science about long-term rising sea level. The Institute’s focus is on adaptation to higher ocean levels but also addresses the connection with various efforts at “sustainability” to slow the warming that may slow the rate of ocean rise. The Institute will teach professionals in engineering, architecture, finance, law, and planning to prepare for the challenging era ahead, including explaining the financial risks of increased flooding and advocating for “intelligent adaptation.”

Englander’s acclaimed book, High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level and The Coming Coastal Crisis, clearly explains the science, the impending devastating economic effects, and the opportunity to design for a more resilient future. Politico listed it as one of the top 50 books to read.

John is a sought-after public speaker and media expert with appearances on MSNBC, Fox Business, ABC, CBS, PBS, The Weather Channel, CCTV (China), CBC (Canada), NPR, and SkyNews TV (UK).

He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine Sciences – UC Santa Cruz; a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST); a Fellow of the Explorers Club; and a member of several professional societies. Englander holds dual degrees in Geology and Economics.

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Eli Murphy

For the last 20 years, Eli has taught, coached, mentored, presented, and managed communicators from all walks of life. His communication experience spans mission-driven and for-profit organizations, as well as cancer research, neuroscience and entrepreneurship. Throughout it all he’s learned a key lesson: few things are more powerful than the right idea, shared in the right format, with the right people.

Whether with Senior Executives, Government Agencies, Sales Teams, Non-Profit Development Professionals, Corporate Trainers or TEDx Speakers, Eli is dedicated to using communication to drive change in the world.

Known for his warm and welcoming personality, Eli spends his leisure time seeking sun where he can, biking the back roads around his hometown of Washington DC, and reading neuroscience articles for fun.

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