Like-minded parties who are passionate about sustainable development and inclusive growth composed of Roberta Lopez Feliciano (Chairperson), Robert “Bobbit” Suntay (President), Raymundo “Ting” Feliciano, Jr. (Treasurer), Ramon Araneta (Corporate Secretary), Federico Macaranas (Advisory Board), Terrence Gosliner, Margaret Burke, and Richard Mooi of the California Academy of Sciences, and Kent Carpenter—all conceived the SEA. They bring together scientific, educational, sustainability, business and community expertise.
The SEA Institute is a new consortium model that unites a diversity of stakeholders to coordinate research, educational outreach and conservation efforts, and provide rapid collection and dissemination of critical information, guidance to policy and decision-makers, and educational programs and materials to diverse and broad audiences. Such an organization is urgently needed to build capacity and successfully address the challenges of integrating sustainable economic development, including ecotourism and sustainable fisheries, conservation, education and scientific research. Governmental and non-governmental organizations, industrial, commercial, community, academic, educational and conservation enterprises must be able to work with the best and most current scientific and economic information.