ODP Exclusive Interview with Teki Akuetteh, Director of Public Policy, Vulcan


We are pleased to continue with our all-female lineup of interviews during Women’s History Month, today featuring Teki Akuetteh of Vulcan, Inc., the technology company founded by the late Paul Allen.  Vulcan is working to create partnerships and bring technology to bear to unlock the mysteries of the ocean through global exploration, as well as protecting sensitive habitats like coral reefs.

Teki describes their focus as “Building Back Bluer” — they think of coral reefs as the “canary in the coal mine” and they announced their first seven coral reef projects just two weeks ago.  Vulcan also has a product called “Skylight,” which is a “domain awareness system that tracks vessels” to help partner governments “see” illegal fishing operations in their offshore waters.

Teki also had great advice for young women trying to break into ocean conservation — she advises that “promotion isn’t necessarily a definition of success. If you can wake up and be happy in the job you are doing then you are already right on the track where you need to be. And the other thing for me is really embracing diversity and inclusion.”  Watch the whole interview – it is definitely worth your time!

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