As executive director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, Phillip Renaud has spent the past five years circumnavigating the globe, mapping and surveying coral reefs to stem the rapid decline in coral reef health worldwide. At Ocean Talks he will be giving guests a peek inside the work of the foundation and the fascinating insights he has gained during his time there.
“As an avid yachtsman and scuba diver, Prince Khaled was inspired to create a non-profit Foundation to provide scientists with access to remote ocean regions and equipment resources which empowers them to better understand ocean processes”.
Prince Khaled’s 66.75 metre Golden Shadow was custom built to be a shadow boat for his private yacht. By design, it is a tough, ocean-going, shallow-draft, work boat with abundant berthing facilities – a perfect research vessel.
“Prince Khaled noticed the potential for his boat to serve as a great platform for scientific research and he donated the ship to science whenever he wasn’t personally using it. That was the genesis for our ambitious Global Reef Expedition which we successfully conducted from 2011-2015. The results we are now producing out of this monstrously large dataset has huge potential to positively impact coral reef conservation around the world”.