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Nandita Agarwal Parker, Indian Hedge Fund Pioneer and Dedicated Ocean Activist, Joins Marine Conservation Institute Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2021


Lance Morgan,, 707-217-8242 (cell)

[Glen Ellen, CA] Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, announced that Nandita Agarwal Parker, a pioneer in Indian hedge funds, has joined the Marine Conservation Institute Board of Directors. Ms. Parker is General Partner, Karma Capital Management LLC, India’s first alternative investment fund that she founded in 2004. In addition, Nandita is a passionate ocean activist and founder of Ma Oceans (Mother Ocean),

“Left alone, the ocean has the power to heal itself. The work of expanding marine protected areas to 30% of the ocean by 2030, gives direction to the urgent need of nurturing back to life what we are losing at an alarming rate. The work that Marine Conservation Institute is doing is critical for reaching these goals. I am excited to join the Board and look forward to working closely with their team and partners around the world. If we ask ourselves what will be our legacy, for me, the answer is clear. We need to protect the ocean because it sustains us and makes possible our life on this beautiful planet we call home.”

Dr. Morgan, added, “We are very pleased to welcome Nandita to our Board of Directors as she brings decades of experience in the finance industry, and connections to India. India is a country with a very large ocean area – 897,000 sq miles — and important marine areas to protect but very few protected areas. India is the only country to have an ocean named after it.”

Nandita has an enduring passion for the oceans. Over the past 30 years, she has been exploring, sailing and diving in the world’s most beautiful seas and oceans. Witnessing first-hand, the gradual and continuing degradation of coral reefs, extinction of marine species and increasing plastic litter in the most far flung and remote beaches. She recently launched Ma Oceans (, a platform that will serve as a virtual community and social media platform to accelerate solutions for restoring the health of the oceans.

Nathalie Udo, Chairman of the Board, said, “We are confident that Nandita will bring her passion for oceans and ideas, based on her long business and finance background, on ways to achieve our conservation goals that work with business.”

Background Material

To see an inspiring interview with Nandita talking about her love of and desire to give back to the oceans, watch this discussion at EarthX Oceans 2020:


About Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute, founded in 1996, works in the U.S. and globally to seek strong protection for at least 30% of the ocean by 2030—for us and future generations. Our focus on protecting the ocean’s most important places follows several lines of work: identifying and advocating for strong marine protected areas; improving laws and other tools to better conserve marine biodiversity; catalyzing effective conservation by recognizing and elevating the best marine protected areas as Blue Parks and Blue Sparks; and accurately reporting on conservation efforts with our Marine Protection Atlas (