Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain
Director, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, and Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Department of Political Science and International Relations, and School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, University of Delaware, USA
Dr. Cicin-Sain is the organizer, Co-Chair, and Head of Secretariat of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, initially mobilized in 2001 to place issues related to oceans, coasts, and island states on the agenda of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and to agree on a detailed set of global ocean targets and timelines. Since 2001, the Global Forum has brought together ocean leaders from governments, nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies, the private sector, and scientific associations from 105 countries to promote the implementation of international ocean agreements, analyze emerging policy issues, and advance international consensus on unresolved ocean issues.
Dr. Cicin-Sain has served (or is serving as) as a policy advisor to: International organizations--UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, World Bank, UN Environment Programme, Inter-American Development Bank; national governments--Governments of Albania, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, R.O. Korea, United States, Vietnam; and U.S. coastal states and counties. Since 1991, she has frequently participated in United Nations negotiations on oceans and coasts, especially in the 1992 Earth Summit, the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, and annual UN negotiations on oceans. In 2009, she is playing a prominent role in bringing the oceans issues into the global climate negotiations in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Among her advisory appointments, Dr. Cicin-Sain has served on various boards of the U.S. National Research Council (National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering), including the Marine Board and the Ocean Studies Board; on the Department of Interior’s Scientific Committee on the Outer Continental Shelf; as a senior policy advisor in the International Program Office of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; as a scientific advisor to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy; as an advisor to the Independent Oceans Commission, Portugal; as an advisor to the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in Japan; on the Academic Committee of Xiamen University in China; and as a Visiting Professor of Marine Policy at the United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Study in Tokyo..
Dr. Cicin-Sain is the author of over 100 publications in marine policy, with an emphasis on cross-cutting issues related to integrated ocean and coastal governance. Her 1998 book on Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management: Concepts and Practices has been used in academic and governmental training efforts around the world. Her 2000 book, The Future of U.S. Ocean Policy: Choices for the New Century which has been called “…the ultimate guide to the emerging debate on U.S. ocean governance,” presented a blueprint for national ocean policy reform in the United States. Integrated National and Regional Ocean Policies: Comparative Practices and Future Prospects (forthcoming in 2010), brings together analyses of the experiences of 15 nations and 4 regions of the world that have taken concrete steps toward cross-cutting integrated oceans governance.
In 2007 Dr. Cicin-Sain was awarded the Elisabeth-Mann-Borgese Meerespreis (“Prize of the Sea”) by the Ministry of Science, Economics and Transport of the Land Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. The Honorary Prize is awarded to prominent personalities that advocate the protection and preservation of the sea in politics and society. The first time the Honorary Prize was given, in 2006, it was awarded to Professor Dr. Klaus Topfer, former director of the UN Environment Programme and German Minister for the Environment. The Meerepreis is named after Elisabeth Mann-Borgese, informally known as “the Mother of the Oceans.” The daughter of noted German writer Thomas Mann, Professor Borgese worked incessantly to promote integrated management of oceans and to build the capacity of developing nations to manage their ocean resources. She had a major impact on the UN Convention on Law of the Sea and was the founder of the International Ocean Institute, with 25 teaching centers around the world. The Meerespreis Jury cited Professor Cicin-Sain’s “political and scientific engagement for an ecosystem-based integrated management of the oceans [which] has been instrumental in promoting a responsible and sustainable use of marine environment within the international public.”
In 2007 Dr. Cicin-Sain was also awarded the Coastal Zone Foundation Award for leadership in coastal management, and in 2002, she was awarded the Ocean and Coastal Stewardship Award at the California and the World Ocean Conference together with the late Robert W. Knecht, her husband and co-author, first director of the US Coastal Zone Management Program.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Cicin-Sain served in two US federal agencies: NOAA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development; was a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); founder and director of UCSB’s Ocean and Coastal Policy Center; and a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and at the East-West Center in Hawaii.
Professor Cicin-Sain was born in Italy and spent her early years in Argentina, prior to immigrating to the U.S. She speaks English, Spanish, and French fluently, as well as some Italian, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, and Portuguese.
Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain