Special Panel: Private/Public Partnerships

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 10:45-12:00

Location: VBCC – L1 Ballroom 3


Blue Economy: Collaboration for a healthy prosperous and secure maritime environment

In the mid-twenty-first century management of the Blue Economy will increasingly rely on greater synergy between various communities. Through success stories, lessons learned and shared wisdom, leadership in the public and private sector will explore how collaboration between nations, government agencies, industry, and academia will ensure continued global access to a healthy, prosperous and secure maritime environment.


Moderator: RDML Timothy Gallaudet – Retired US Navy

Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret) is currently the CEO of Ocean STL Consulting as well as the host of The American Blue Economy Podcast on the American Shoreline Network. From 2017-2021, Rear Admiral Gallaudet served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / Deputy NOAA Administrator (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and from 2017-2019 he also served as the Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere / NOAA Administrator.

As Acting Administrator, he led the agency comprised of 20,000 federal employees and contractors managing the nation’s fisheries, coastal resources and waterways, weather satellites, weather services, and environmental research. Overseeing a $6B annual budget, he headed the daily operations of 18 environmental satellites, 16 oceanographic ships, 9 aircraft, 450 boats, 400 technical divers, 6 supercomputers, over a dozen laboratories, and several hundred field sites across the country. As the Deputy Administrator, he led NOAA’s Blue Economy activities to advance marine transportation, sustainable seafood production, ocean exploration and mapping, marine tourism and recreation, and coastal resilience in the United States and with its partners.

Prior to NOAA, Gallaudet served for 32 years in the U.S. Navy, completing his career as the Oceanographer of the Navy on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. His assignments involved combat operations on a Navy aircraft carrier, counterterrorism activities with Navy SEAL Teams, antisubmarine warfare support, and deep sea research and development. Gallaudet has a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, all in oceanography.


Speaker 1: Geoffry Moss –  Director of Warfare Requirements, Submarine Forces Atlantic (SUBLANT)


Speaker 2: Emily Medina – Mine Warfare & Ocean Engineering, Office of Naval Research


Speaker 3: Laura Trilles – Senior Program Director, Lynker Technologies

A certified PMP with fifteen (15) years of experience leading teams, directing, coordinating, and managing projects, and delivering measurable results to clients, Laura is a skilled senior program director for Lynker’s Marine, Ocean and Coastal Sciences and Information Group. Lynker provides quality and experienced staff to provide technical support services in support of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. We provide support to the Director’s Office, along with 6 divisions across 4 regions.


Speaker 4: Marine Slingue – VP North America, iXblue 

Marine is VP North America of iXblue, delivering high-Tech inertial products & solutions for safe & reliable positioning and navigation of autonomous platforms.


Speaker 5: Dan Stillman – Director of Marketing, Government and Space | Tomorrow.io

Dan is a proven leader in meteorology, marketing, communications, outreach, and engagement with an entrepreneurial spirit. He has 20 years of experience at small, medium, and large organizations-from a space startup to a top-10 aerospace and defense contractor–including last 12 years in the weather technology industry. Dan leads the outreach activities of Tomorrow.io on their mission to power actionable weather insights around the world.