Areas of Expertise
- Management and Environmental Consulting
- Strategic Planning
- Environmental Science and Awareness
- Climate Change
- Public Policy
- Sustainable Development
- Public Speaking
Andreas Merkl is the President of Ocean Conservancy, which works to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.
Prior to his work at Ocean Conservancy, Andreas served as a principal at California Environmental Associates, a San Francisco-based think tank and consultancy that works on the management of the natural resource commons, ranging from fisheries to freshwater, forests, air and biodiversity.
Andreas’ particular interest has been the deeply connected challenges of ocean ecosystem decline and climate change. He has worked with the major U.S. foundations, multi-laterals and corporations on developing market-based incentive systems for responsible resource stewardship, ranging from catch-share systems for commercial fisheries to green growth development mechanisms for developing countries. Earlier in his career, Andreas was a founding member of McKinsey & Company’s Environmental Practice and served as Vice President and co-founder of the CH2M HILL Strategy Group, a leading provider of environmental management consulting services worldwide. Andreas has broad experience in environmental management consulting, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and business strategy.
Andreas holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Regional Planning and Natural Resource Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
My Favorite Thing about the Ocean is
It has to be the cuttlefish.
“I’m never happier than when I’m out on the water. It’s been my passion for a very long time. I’m a passionate diver and sailor and surfer, and it just makes me happy. My wife and I have dived most of the world’s oceans.”