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.
Venture Co-Founder: Gator Halpern