Marea Hatziolos is a marine ecologist and a senior coastal and marine specialist in the East Asia/Pacific region of the World Bank. Her undergraduate degree was in Biology, from Wellesley College, and she received her PhD in Zoology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she focused on tropical marine ecology.
Her work at the Bank includes both operations and policy, aimed at improving the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. She is a leader in the Bank’s work on Integrated Coastal Management and on climate change and ocean health. She oversees a global partnership between the World Bank and some 40 research institutions world-wide to support science based management of coral reefs. She also manages the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP), an ongoing effort to align community based development with marine conservation in four hundred villages across Indonesia.
Marea has lived and worked extensively in West Africa, South Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.