Mr. Woodring is one of the leading experts on the topic of plastic pollution in our ocean and environment, and in January 2018, he was awarded the coveted global Prince Albert Prize for Innovative Philanthropy. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, a non-profit organization focused on bringing innovative solutions, technology, collaborations and policy together to impact positive improvements for the health of the ocean. Two of its global programs were launched at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010, the Global Alert platform, and the Plastic Disclosure Project. In 2008 he co-founded Project Kaisei, which focused on the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre, and he is a United Nations Environment (UNEP) Climate Hero for his efforts. Mr. Woodring has been on the advisory board of the XPrize, and The Economist’s World Ocean Summit, and in 2011, he co-authored the UNEP Yearbook chapter on the danger of plastic in the ocean.
He is on the Advisory Committee of Wharton’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership, and is the founder of the Plasticity Forum, first launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and since held in Hong Kong, New York, Portugal, Shanghai, London, Dallas, Los Angeles and Sydney, with a unique business focus on the future of plastic sustainability, and how solutions, innovations, materials and opportunities can be scaled, for a world with a reduced waste footprint. He also runs the only ocean film festival in Asia, the Ocean in Motion Film Festival, which has also been held in Portugal, Thailand and Cambodia, as well as Kids Ocean Day Hong Kong. He is a much sought-after speaker at major environmental conferences, universities and corporate programs, and works with companies and communities to introduce creative solutions for plastic waste reduction.
Mr. Woodring is active in the environmental community, and for four years was the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee in Hong Kong. He has been nominated three times as World Open Water Swimmer of the Year for his innovative contributions to the sport, is part of the new World Open Water Swimming Series organizing team, and was recently named one of the top 50 “Watermen” of all time.
Born in Northern California, Mr. Woodring has a dual master’s degree from The Wharton School (MBA) and Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he
studied Environmental Economics. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Speaker at numerous environmental conferences including: CSR Asia, Responsible Business Forum, Earth Day Texas, South CarolinaAquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, SalesForce, World Forum for a Responsible Economy, APEC Waste Management Conference, PEMSEA, PET Recycling Conference, Morgan Stanley, Plastics Industry Assoc., Prince of Wales Conference on Plastic Pollution, World Plastics Industry
Global Meeting, U.S. State Department’s “Our Ocean” Conference, Plasticity Forums, World Ocean Summit – Korea, Johns Hopkins, Aspen Environment Forum, TEDx Hong Kong, BIR World Recycling Conference, Ocean Sciences, Going Green, B4E UN Conference, and Energy Ocean.