Our Approach

Investable Oceans is an investment hub that seeks to bring market-based capital to the oceans.

While philanthropy and concessionary impact Investing are vitally important private sector sources, we believe market based investing can unlock substantial additional capital to help us collectively create a sustainable Blue Economy in the future.

Our listed investments span:
  • All Asset Classes: Public Equities, Fixed Income, Private Equity, and Venture Capital
  • All Sustainable Blue Sectors: Energy Solutions, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Plastics & Pollution, Shipping & Ports, and Tourism.
This platform seeks to support and enhance the important work and growing success of fund managers, incubators and accelerators. Access to the platform is subject to various screens, which includes referrals, capital raised, credentials, affiliations, awards and other validating criteria and data points.
Investing Ecosystem
The Investable Oceans platform allows its users to:
  • Invest with access to a broad array of investment opportunities across all asset classes and all sustainable sectors
  • Learn through curated research, commentary and tools to facilitate analysis
  • Get Inspired by browsing a collection of ocean books, films, art, and innovations
  • Find Events via an extensive global calendar of upcoming virtual and in-person events, sourced from the ocean community.
Our Team

Ted Janulis

Ted has served in various executive positions, including CEO, at financial institutions involved in Capital Markets, Banking and Asset Management over a 30+ year business career. He is President Emeritus of The Explorers Club in New York City and has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, currently holding positions with Gannett Co. Inc., Roc Capital, RiskSpan Inc., and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

The oceans have been one of Ted’s passions since he was young, including a life-changing year after graduating from college when he worked with scientists, explorers and filmmakers as the 1981 Rolex Scholar of the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society.

Brian Watson

Brian has a passion for technology and a love of the oceans. He has spent the majority of his working career in various technology roles. He is currently a Board Advisor to RiskSpan Inc., a SaaS Data and analytics company. Prior to that, he was COO at CRT Capital, responsible for Technology, Risk and Business Management and had a long career at RBS North America, ending up as their CIO.

Glenn Kim

Glenn has been a senior international finance executive for over 30+ years and has worked closely with private and public-sector enterprises in both developed and less developed markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Over the course of his career, he has served as a senior advisor to policy makers, sovereign governments, and to official institutions from around the world in connection with coordinated crisis response efforts to events in international financial markets and world economies.

Tariq Rafique

Tariq is an experienced financier and investor who has held a number of senior level positions with leading financial institutions in New York and London. Since 2004, he has been an investor in private equity and technology sectors. He has served as Chairman of a Netherlands based multinational agri-business, and as a Non Executive Director of one of the largest property development companies in Dubai. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he is a member of the Leadership Council of Europe, and received his MBA from NYU.

Tiffany Duong

Tiffany is a committed ocean storyteller and change-maker. After a decade in renewable energy project finance law and environmental advocacy, an epic scuba trip to the Galapagos inspired her to focus on our oceans. Now, she protects what she loves as a scientific diver, field reporter, and ambassador for change.

When she's not underwater, she can be found on her yoga mat or planning her next adventure.

Helena Janulis

Helena has had a deep love and appreciation for the oceans since she can remember. During high school she attended The Island School on Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and went on to study Marine Science at Duke University for two years before finishing her degree at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has interned for various ocean organizations including the Coral Restoration Foundation and the Alaska SeaLife Center, and worked as a divemaster and marine educator on the Big Island of Hawaii. Helena is a student member of The Explorers Club and is currently attending CU Boulder to earn her Master's degree in Sustainability in the Outdoor Industry.

When she’s not working, you can find her hiking in the mountains with her two dogs.

Morgan Bennett-Smith

Morgan developed an early interest in the ocean growing up in Penryn, California, a few hours from the rocky intertidal pools of the Monterey coast. Now, Morgan is a field research scientist, photographer, and underwater media specialist. He completed his B.A. in marine science at Occidental College in Southern California, and his Master’s Degree in marine science at the Red Sea Research Center in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, where he studied coral reef symbioses.

Along the way, Morgan's photographs have won a dozen international competitions and been featured by hundreds of media outlets and organizations. His recent work has again centered on the Red Sea, where he's worked with NatGeo Middle East, the Red Sea Project, and the Red Sea Research Center. He also currently manages marketing and specializes in underwater photography for housingcamera.com.

Marilu Cristina Flores

Marilu Cristina is an award-winning filmmaker, coral researcher, and recipient of the 2021 Go Blue Ambassador of the Year Award.

A communications and marketing expert, she was recognized as a Hispanic Ocean Conservation Hero in 2021. A dedicated activist, her efforts have helped enact over fifty ordinances and legislative pieces to benefit ocean conservation across her home state of Florida. In 2021, she was appointed to serve the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) as an NGO/nonprofit partner.

Catherine Nadin

From a young age I have always been captivated by the diverse wonders of our natural world. It is within the deepest parts of nature I feel most at peace with the world and myself. My main desire, to understand and conserve the weird and wonderful species within the tree of life, drove me to studying a BSc in Zoology at Leeds University. Afterwards I decided to embark on a range of field work. During this time, I had the pleasure of working with the Namibian Dolphin Project in 2017 and became even more enthralled with the marine world.

During my Masters Degree, I drew my study focus to my favourite altruistic and majestic marine giant - the humpback whale. Whilst conducting my Masters at The University of Sheffield, I was lucky enough to come to South Africa to conduct my thesis with Sea Search on humpback whale communication. After completing my Masters, I continued working with Sea Search as a research assistant and got more involved in science communication.

Vanessa Fajans-Turner

Vanessa has a 15-year track record in the field of sustainable development with a focus on climate and environmental programming. She has previously worked as the Managing Director for SDG Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Associate Director of the Avatar Alliance Foundation, and in the documentary space as a producer for Seasons 1 and 2 of National Geographic’s Emmy Award-winning documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously.

She is currently a fellow with the VC firm Yard Ventures and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins-SAIS and a BA in Social Studies from Harvard.

Hope Gunston

Hope Gunston is a visual designer with over 19 years of experience designing for clients like AARP, Georgetown University, Scholastic, McClennanMason, Holiday Retirement, Laurel Springs School, and SF AppWorks. Prior to that Hope worked at The Walt Disney Company, Tyco International and International Paper. Hope is excited by new products, technologies, trends and the future of the web.

When not creating online, Hope loves to scuba dive in wild places.

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