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Ben Lesage

Global Coordinator

Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Benjamin Lesage is passionate about the ocean and is an expert in technology and innovation. He has been an active startups’ mentor at SOA since 2018 and is now in charge of partnerships and coordinating SOA activities in Europe, where he is based. Prior to joining SOA full-time, Ben worked for the innovation studio of BNP Paribas in Silicon Valley. In this tenure, he would provide advisory services to the Bank and large European corporations on their open innovation and startups engagement strategy. He is the author of the first study dedicated to Ocean Technology startups, and was invited to share his work in various media and events such as Hello Tomorrow and La Mer XXL. Benjamin lived for more than 10 years in Canada and in the US and is knowledgeable about both North American and European business ecosystems. Benjamin enjoys spending his free time sailing and surfng