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Deputy Director World Ocean Initiative

Deputy Director World Ocean Initiative

Job Locations 
China-Hong Kong
United Kingdom-London

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The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.

We are searching for a Deputy Director for our World Ocean Initiative. This is an opportunity to shape and guide one of the world’s most exciting and unique ocean programmes, as The Economist Events’ World Ocean Summit evolves into an ambitious World Ocean Initiative.


This new role is being created to capture our vision of driving progress in the sustainable use of the ocean, and improving ocean health. It will bring editorial vision and powerful content to the heart of the Initiative, and be responsible for translating this into outcomes-driven programmes that resonate with a wide cross-section of the ocean community, and which have an impact on change. Essential will be a robust grasp of ocean issues, and keen understanding of—and critical eye to—the ‘blue economy’.


Knowledge of the ocean landscape, of its complex national and international makeup, of the growing universe of partnerships, of public and private sectors, and therefore of the strategic positioning and possibilities for the Initiative, will be a key consideration.



In this role you would be expected to:

  • Help shape the future of an ambitious new World Ocean Initiative as it emerges from the foundations of the World Ocean Summit
  • Develop and implement a new strategic framework and goals aligned with the vision and aims of the Initiative, consulting with stakeholders externally and internally
  • Develop in detail the specific areas of focus for the Initiative (ocean finance, fisheries),  and the research, programmes, workstreams and partnerships to deliver them
  • Oversee, and provide direction and support to the development of the World Ocean Summit programme, ensuring the Summit reflects the Initiative’s wider vision and aims
  • Co-ordinate and support a senior team across Economist Group businesses to build the Initiative in an integrated and coherent manner
  • Co-ordinate and support a global advisory group of ocean leaders for the Initiative
  • Further develop and engage the World Ocean Summit community around the Initiative, with a special focus on the private sector, particularly the financial services sector
  • Maintain and develop key partnerships and relationships with the ocean community necessary to build the new Initiative
  • Support, and where appropriate lead, the Initiative at the Summit, in meetings, webinars, on film and in the media
  • Support the Initiative’s business development team to ensure we identify, develop and engage key strategic partners in a coherent way

Experience, skills and professional attributes

To succeed in this role you must have:

  • Extensive experience in innovative ocean research and/or programmes
  • Strong intellectual and editorial capabilities, and particularly robust judgement on issues related to the ocean and sustainability
  • The ability to represent credibly The Economist Group and the World Ocean Initiative, both to our stakeholders and in public
  • The ability to work in a matrixed system, and to convene teams of people from disparate parts of the business to collaborate
  • The ability to be a self-starter and work independently