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Lisa Drake
Marine Business Area Manager – Americas at SGS Global Marine Services


Dr. Lisa Drake is an ocean scientist working for SGS S.A. in the Global Marine Services group, which helps shipowners assess compliance with environmental regulations. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Oceanography. As a Post-Doctoral Researcher and then a Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Drake conducted research with colleagues at Old Dominion University on organisms in ships’ ballast water and in biofouling of ships’ submerged surfaces. After that, she taught marine science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  Next, she led an interdisciplinary research group at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. There, she was Section Head of Code 6137, Marine Biological Engineering, where engineers and biologists conducted applied research in support of federal regulations. In 2017, she was awarded the Arthur S. Flemming medal for Applied Science and Engineering in Federal Service. The research she and her colleagues conduct is used at the intersection of science and policy. For example, Lisa serves as a technical advisor at the International Maritime Organization and Chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/International Maritime Organization Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors. Lastly, she is also a member of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).