Membership & Governance

There are three tiers of membership open to organisations interested in working with ORRAA: full members, observers and delivery partners.

Full members help set the Alliance’s agenda, directly engage with ORRAA’s research and policy work and attend expert workshops and all ORRAA meetings. They provide monetary or in-kind technical and professional support of at least USD$ 50,000 per annum.

Observers can participate in ORRAA workshops and meetings.

Delivery partners support the Alliance in its product development, research and project delivery. As with our observers, partners are invited to attend ORRAA meetings and are exempt from monetary contributions.

A subset of our full members forms our Steering Council which meets twice a year to shape and set the agenda for the Alliance. The Steering Council is responsible for ORRAA’s transparency and accountability.

The Steering Council also provides guidance to our Secretariat, a team led by representatives from AXA, Ocean Unite and the Global Resilience Partnership. The Secretariat manage our work programmes, budget and fundraising, as well as our outreach, engagement and communications activities

The Alliance is co-hosted by Ocean Unite and the  Global Resilience Partnership at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Full Members


  • France

  • Germany

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • United Kingdom

  • United States

  • European Union

  • Fiji

  • India

  • Mexico

  • Norway

  • Poste Vita

  • Bank Of America

  • Global Island Partnership

delivery partners


ORRAA’s Secretariat team is led by:

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Chip Cunliffe

Chip is Director of Sustainable Development at AXA XL. He manages AXA’s Ocean Risk Initiative which works to identify innovative insurance and finance solutions to the impacts of ocean-related risks.  Chip is leading the development of a Coastal Risk Index, and how to use insurance as a cost-effective mechanism to restore mangroves after extreme weather events.

He is also working on developing a Coastal Resilience Bond, and identifying insurance pathways to prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Chip has launched AXA’s Ocean Education programme, which has so far reached 8m students around the world, and the Ocean Risk Scholarship programme to support early career scientists’ research into ocean risk.

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Karen Sack

Karen is CEO and President of Ocean Unite, a non-profit founded in 2015 with a mission to deliver the science-based target of strongly protecting at least 30 percent of the Ocean by 2030 and build ocean resilience globally.

She was formerly Senior Director for International Oceans at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she initiated the Global Ocean Commission. Before that she was the Head of Greenpeace International’s Political & Business Unit and of their international oceans campaign. Karen has overseen a number of global campaigns to secure a new high seas biodiversity treaty, establish large marine reserves and sanctuaries, reform the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, end illegal fishing and high seas bottom trawling, and drive political and policy action to protect marine species.

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Nathanial Matthews

Nathanial (Nate) is CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP). He was formerly Program Director at the GRP, leading resilience investments with oversight across Markets and Innovative Finance, Technology and Infrastructure and Policy.

Prior to this, he was Principal Scientist and Global Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems. He is, amongst other things, a lead author in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an IPCC Expert Reviewer, an Obama Foundation Fellow, and a UNEP FI Sustainable Blue Finance Initiative expert.