'Aulani Wilhelm

'Aulani Wilhelm

'Aulani Wilhelm (Hawaiian) has spent 20+ years in natural resource management, primarily ocean conservation, leading the designation of what is now the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and World Heritage site in Hawaii. As the Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International, she provides strategic direction, management and oversight of CI’s Center for Oceans to drive global progress to restore and protect our oceans. Prior to joining Conservation International, she was Director of Ocean Initiatives for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and a Social Innovation Fellow at Stanford University. She founded Island Water, a social venture to provide clean water and reduce plastic pollution on islands; and, Big Ocean, a global network of large-scale marine managed areas. She is Chair of the IUCN-WCPA Large-Scale Marine Protected Area Task Force. She brings a track record of innovation through the development of new models for scaled ocean conservation, building uncommon networks, and forging strong partnerships to improve conservation design.  A long-time member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, ʻAulani was privileged to be a crew member on the historic multi-year worldwide voyage of Hōkūleʻa, the Hawaiian voyaging canoe that has helped lead the revival of oceanic wayfinding and non-instrument navigation across the Pacific.