Alison Clausen is the Deputy Global Coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at IOC-UNESCO. She joined IOC as a programme specialist in 2019 with over twenty-five years’ professional experience in program and project development and management in the areas of marine conservation, marine policy, and climate change adaptation. Before joining IOC she was based in Madagascar, where she worked throughout the Western Indian Ocean region for the World Bank and most recently as the Regional Director for the Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. Prior to that she lived in Vietnam where she worked through South East Asia for a range of development banks, UN agencies and NGO partners.