Wendy Watson-Wright

  • Capacity: Vice-Chair
  • Country: Canada


Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Headquartered in Atlantic Canada, the OFI is a transdisciplinary international research institute whose aim is the safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier.

From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Watson-Wright served as the Executive Secretary and Assistant Director General of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) in Paris. For most of her career, she held various senior positions within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including as Assistant Deputy Minister of Science from 2001 to 2009.

Dr. Watson-Wright has been on several boards and panels including the Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on Transdisciplinary Research for Ocean Sustainability (chair), the European Marine Board External Review panel (chair), the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) governing council, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Acidification X-Prize.

A Killam scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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