Ms Dominique Benzaken

Master's in Tropical Ecology, James Cook University
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
T: 61488300712


Ms. Benzaken has 20 years’ experience in public policy and international affairs on oceans, climate change, blue finance, and sustainable development with a focus on islands including the Pacific and the Indian Ocean regions. Her most more recent assignment includes a two year project as a Commonwealth Senior Expert, advising the Seychelles government on ocean governance and blue economy. In that capacity, she developed Seychelles Blue Economy Strategic Policy and Roadmap and was awarded The Economist World Ocean Summit Innovation Challenge in 2017 for her contribution to the Seychelles Blue Bond.  

She has held positions as senior marine policy advisor with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The International Union for Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme, following a formative career with the Australian Government and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (see attached CV for details). 

She is  a member of the Global Blue Carbon Partnership expert group on innovative finance, an advisor to the Ocean Assets Institute (Switzerland) and a senior advisor to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). She is a regular reviewer for several international journals. 

Ms. Benzaken has a Bachelors’ degree in Biological Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Tropical Ecology from James Cook University. She is a PhD candidate with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong, Australia.

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