ECOP mentoring programmes

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ECOP Mentoring Programmes

Please find our database of mentoring programmes, specifically for Early Career Ocean Professionals, compiled by the ECOP Programme’s Training and Mentoring Task Team.  If you would like to submit a mentoring programme to this list, please contact them.

International Programmes

Name of the mentoring programmeManaging organization(s)Website/contactGeographic scopeTopic scopeOverall aimType of mentorsUnique selling pointsCategory
Coalition Wild Global Mentorship ProgramCoalitionWILD leadershipBuilding collaborative and cross-generational relationships between emerging young environmental leaders and senior conservation professionals.Conservation professionalsOngoing support even after the program is ended and network of 10,000 peopleCapacity building
Ocean Leadership program / Ecopreneur networkSustainable Ocean Alliance economy, marine conservation, marine science...Supporting the world's largest global network of Ocean Leaders / Help entrepreneurs launch a for-profit ocean solution for a sustainable blue economy.Business, scientists, conservationnists, communication specialists...More than 200 mentors specialized in ocean issues.Start-up accelerator, Capacity building
Coral Reefs, Fisheries & Food Security Women Leaders ForumCoral Triangle (Coral Triangle Countries)Coral reefs, marine conservationBuild women's capacity in leading marine conservation and sustainability programsSenior marine conservation women leadersClear and visible information on mentor and mentee (including what challenge/topic each is tackling)Research, Capacity Building
Pier2PeerThe Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network acidificationBuild capacity to understand, monitor and respond to ocean acidificationGOA-ON members who are experienced and senior-level scientistsMentees are allowed to browse through and rank their top 3 mentors they want to be paired. Also, regular peer reviews are ensured and publishedScientific research, capacity building
A ROCHA Marine Conservation ProgramA ROCHA (Ghana, Kenya, Portugal, Canada)Marine biodiversityProtect the biodiversity, restore habitats, build capacity to rasie awareness about pollution & protect coastal areasStudent leaders, church leaders, conservation expertsReligion- specfically, Christian conservation programCapacity building
Mentoring365American Geophysical Union and Space SciencesIncrease access and reduce barriers for people pursuing careers in the Earth and space sciencesProfessional scientistsBeing able to filter and select a mentor based on preferences, 1 on 1 experienceScientific research and capacity building
Trevor Platt Science Foundation Online Mentorship ProgrammeTrevor Platt Science Foundation (TPSF) with strong focus on developing countries (secreatariat is based in India)Marine and Aquatic Sciences (including biology, ecology, chemistry, large-scale observations, limnology, environmental physics, socio-economic and management aspects, etc.)TPSF members who are experienced, senior-level scientists volunteer to provide one-one-one online mentorship to early career scientists and post graduate students in marine and aquatic sciences.
Senior-level scientists. Also saw a journalist with bloomberg as a mentorOnline one-on-one mentorship programme. Prospective mentees can select up to three potential mentors to be paired with. Details about each mentor are publicly available prior to applying.Capacity-building

Africa Programmes

Name of the mentoring programmeManaging organization(s)Website/contactGeographic scopeTopic scopeOverall aimType of mentorsUnique selling pointsCategory
The African Marine Conservation Leadership ProgramBlue Ventures & Maliasili Indian Ocean Region (Tanzania, Comoros, Kenya)COVID, Climate changeBuild capacity to respond to the challenges and impacts created by COVID and climate change and as well to rebuild coastal fisheries.17 influential leaders (from 8 organisations) leading local and national marine conservationInvesting in the community-based organisations to build a movement of talentsCapacity Building
West Africa Coastal Areas Management ProgramWorld Bank AfricaCoastal management and reduction of manmade risks affecting coastal communitiesDevelopment of coastal management professionalsSenior coastal management professionalsHolistic approach to offering capacitation: Dialogue and participation among all stakeholders as well as technical and financial supportCapacity Building
Blue Mentorship ProgramGulf of Guinea Maritime Institute entrepreneurships (e.g. aquaculture, shipping and maritime trade)Encourage and support the youth to engage in sustainable blue economy careersSenior professionals and industry practictioners in the blue economy sectorMaritime Business IncubatorStart-up accelerator
OceanHub Africa Acceleration ProgramOcean Hub Africa entrepreneurships, overexploitation, pollution, climate changeAddress the challenges of global warming, overexploitation and pollution on the ocean through nurturing innovative and environmentally conscious start-upsLeading ocean experts and organisations (both in science and business)Funding up to $10k and service support of about $150kStart-up accelerator
PEER Women in Science Mentorship ProgramWestern Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, Middle East & North AfricaOcean conservationIncrease women leadership and participation in ocean scienceSenior-level females especially in academic positionsMentors and mentees must come as one group already. The program does not do the assigningScientific research, capacity building
Blue Economy Youth Africa HubAfrican Union Commission and sustainable use of the ocean for economic growthSupport youth entrepreneurship and innovation in the blue economy sector in AfricaProfessionals and industry leaders (mostly youth) championing the blue economy spaceNetworking, entrepreneurial development and innovativeness. Also, it is youth-ledStart-up accelerator
Ocean Science for Sustainable DevelopmentUN & Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Indian OceanOcean sustainability (various topics)Mentoring and training support for early career scientists and ocean researchers in the Western Indian Ocean regionExperts in marine scienceResearch and results- Improving the capacity and capabilities of young professionals enthusiastic about ocean sustainabilityResearch, Capacity Building

Asia Programmes

Name of the mentoring programmeManaging organization(s)Website/contactGeographic scopeTopic scopeOverall aimType of mentorsUnique selling pointsCategory
Bluepreneur Bootcamp ProgramBluepreneur Asia Ventures Pacific regionSustainable business solutions answering marine and freshwater problems.To accelerate impactful blue startups in the Asia-Pacific regionMentors change every year. Usually founders of startups/companies, NGOs, educators and scientists from Asia.Large number of professional mentors, winning startups funneled into accelerator program and winner receives financial support.Start-up accelerator
AEYN Mentorship ProgramAsian Environmental Youth Network and sustainabilityHelp members to build professional skills, do self-introspection, and develop their career and activism goals.Not very clear, but mostly environmental activists.1:1 sessions with the paired mentor.Capacity building
Leaders Asia-Pacific programObama Foundation Pacific regionLeadership, skillbuilding for social change.To build network, meet experts, grow as a leader.Not clear.After the program's completion, candidates join the Obama Foundation's alumni community.Capacity building
Pacific Greenpreneurs Mentor ProgramGlobal Green Growth Institute, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu.Green businessTo support green entrepreneurs to complete a business plan.Green professionals of the Pacific (not clearly specified)20 people can win 5,000$ in seed grant funding, curated specifically for Pacific people.Start-up accelerator
Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI)U.S. Mission to ASEAN (Government) Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam)Civic Engagement / Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship / Education / Environmental IssuesLaunched in 2013, YSEALI is a U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN communityFrom all walks of life and various sectors. They share their expertise on specific topics, including civic engagement, sustainable development and natural resources management, entrepreneurship and economic growth. See mentor series: Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. YSEALI is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.
Capacity-building, Education and Research
Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP)East-West Center but applicants need to demonstrate commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in the Indo-Asia Pacific region through professional work, study or living experienceSustainable development, public policy, social entrepreneurship and moreThe East-West Center's Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) empowers emerging leaders. Through place-based, experiential learning and interactions with distinguished faculty and professionals, participants develop crucial leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and a deep appreciation for the diverse cultures and contexts of the Asia Pacific region.Distinguished faculty and professionals associted with the East-West Center in Hawaii. Peer mentoringThe APLP brings together diverse individuals who want to co-create a future that is peaceful, prosperous, and just. Through place-based learning that is experiential and transformational, APLP fellows practice leadership strategies that enhance personal, team, and community effectiveness. Fellows reflect on what kind of leadership today’s world needs, and build the capacities needed for such leadership.Capacity-building (strong focus on leadership skills)
Pacific Islands Leadership program (PILP)East-West Center Small Islands Developing States: need to be a citizen and resident of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Fiji, French Polynesia, Republic of Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, and VanuatuLeadership Development Training / Challenges, issues and trends that pertain to the Pacific Islands regionPILP is a center of excellence for leadership development in the Pacific region.The program links regional analysis of emerging issues in Oceania with experiential leadership learning and a commitment to practical actionEast-West Center staff. Senior academics and government officials. Peer mentoringThe goal of PILP is to build a network of collaborative leaders dedicated to shaping the future prosperity of the Pacific region by taking informed, effective actionCapacity-building (strong focus on leadership skills)
中国-国际海底管理局联合培训和研究中心(JDRC)China Ministry of Natural Resources & International Seabed Authority promotion of capacity-building and exchanges in marine science and technology in the field of the deep sea in developing countriesProfessors in related areaTraining course for ocean professionals in developing countriesCapacity building
The 3rd Ocean science bigdata contest mentoringHaebomdata Inc. & K-ECOP, Republic ofOcean Science DataConnectint youth across Korea with Ocean scientistsEarly Career Ocean ProfessionalsOngoing support during the contest and 1:1 maching mentoringresearch and education

Europe Programmes

Name of the mentoring programmeManaging organization(s)Website/contactGeographic scopeTopic scopeOverall aimType of mentorsUnique selling pointsCategory
Meet a Blue ExpertYouth4Ocean Forum at largeAll ocean relatedEmpowering Youth4Ocean Forum membersOcean professionals, politicians, etcWebinar series targeted to ECOPsWebinar series / Capacity building

North America Programmes

Name of the mentoring programmeManaging organization(s)Website/contactGeographic scopeTopic scopeOverall aimType of mentorsUnique selling points
Blue Futures PathwaysStudents on Ice blue economyConnecting youth across Canada with education, employment and funding opportunitiesOcean professionalsMany different opportunities and high-quality partners (Nat Geo, Ocean Decade...)Capacity building
Ocean Allies Mentorship ProgramOcean Allies (in partnership with EnPoint) industry Ocean Allies helps connect Canada's diverse ocean talents to ocean industry mentors from coast-to-coast-to-coast.Ocean leaders in various ocean sectors across Canada (Industry, academia, non-profit and/or government organization). 1 on 1 mentorship, networking events, wide network of influencial local partnersCapacity building

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