Being a diver since childhood, Sam is driven to pursue solutions for protecting ocean health. Prior to Coral Vita, he served as COO of the non-profit ELI Africa. He helped launch a successful UN-funded coral farming project in partnership with the Mauritius Oceanography Institute, and also created a reforestation project recognized with the 2013 Green Africa Awards' Highly Commendable Award. Sam interned for the White House Council on Environmental Quality Climate Preparedness team, served as a fellow for the Global Island Partnership, and is a member of the 2016 Wild Gift Fellowship. He received his Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and graduated from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute’s 2015 Summer Fellowship. Sam is an eternally optimistic DC sports fan, a rugger, and a Search & Rescue scuba diver.

Venture: Coral Vita helps to restore our world's dying reefs by growing corals on land and transplanting them into dying/endangered reef ecosystems. Coral reef ecosystems support 500M people and generate $30B annually, but 75% are projected to die by 2050. Coral Vita’s innovative farming system can grow coral at up to 50x natural rates while enhancing the corals' resiliency to climate change.

Websitewww.coralvita.co

Venture Co-Founder: Gator Halpern