We face a global crisis. Seafood feeds 3 billion people and supports the livelihood of 12% of the world’s population, yet with 30% of the world’s fisheries overfished and 60% fished to the limits of sustainability, food security and poverty are serious concerns. On top of this, illegal fishing is associated with a range of other crimes including human trafficking and slavery, causing misery and suffering for thousands of people.
Nick Wise is founder and CEO of OceanMind, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans. Using satellites and artificial intelligence, OceanMind powers effective fisheries enforcement and enables more responsible seafood sourcing, increasing compliance and sustainability. Building on this success, OceanMind is now developing AI to detect modern slavery on the oceans, particularly in fisheries, and to detect the desecration of war graves through unauthorised undersea salvage.
Nick has been designing large scale, highly secure software solutions for over 20 years, using innovative techniques focused on market needs. Before joining the ranks of social entrepreneurship, Nick’s journey saw him starting an Internet security business, as CTO of a mature SME, and managing product development in a billion-dollar multinational. As a DRK Entrepreneur, Nick now empowers people to solve global issues with technology.