IEEE OES Plenary Speakers

Oceans 2017 IEEE OES Plenary Speakers


For the IEEE OES Plenary Session the speakers will be Byron Mallott (Lt Governor of Alaska) speaking together with Nainoa Thomson (Captain of Hōkūleʻa).  followed by Admiral Tom Barrett USGC ( ret ) President of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.


Lt. Gov. Mallott

Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott took office in December of 2014 as the first non-partisan administration in Alaska history. They are also the first Alaska-born Governor and Lt. Governor to serve together.  

Mallott oversees the Alaska Division of Elections, and is the Governor’s Fisheries Advisor as well as the Administration’s lead on critical international issues such as transboundary waters and climate change.  

Mallott entered public life as mayor of Yakutat at age 22 and has since held many positions of responsibility in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has served every Alaska Governor since statehood. He was president of the 

Federation of Natives; founding president of the First Alaskans Institute; trustee, chair and executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation; and chair of the Nature Conservancy of Alaska. Currently, Mallott serves on the Polynesian Voyage Society’s Board of Directors. 

An Alaska Native, Byron Mallott was born in Yakutat, the ancestral home of his mother’s Tlingit clan. Yakutat remains the voting residence of the Lt. Governor and his wife Toni, who was born and raised in the Athabascan village of Rampart on the Yukon River. Together they raised their blended family of five children.  The Mallott’s ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild live close by – a true blessing.

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson is the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and a Pwo navigator.  Through his voyaging, he has opened a global, multi-generational dialogue on the importance of sustaining ocean resources and maritime heritage. Thompson is the first person in 600 years to practice Polynesian wayfinding: long-distance open-ocean voyaging on a traditional double-hulled canoe without the aid of modern instruments. Nainoa has dedicated his life to exploring the ocean, maintaining the health of the planet and ensuring that the ancient marine heritage and culture of Polynesia remain vibrant into the future. He most recently led Hōkūleʻa’s world spanning Mālama Honua Voyage.

                               Thomas Barrett / President

Tom Barrett  will present ” The Arctic Experience: An Operator’s Perspective”.

Admiral Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) became the President of Alyeska Pipeline  Service Company on January 1, 2011.

Barrett previously served as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation and the first Administrator of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), directing the agency’s national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas,   petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, he served 35 years    in the United States Coast Guard and attained the position of Vice Commandant,  the number two position in the Coast Guard. He commanded Coast Guard  operations in Alaska and the North Pacific from 1999 to 2002, emphasizing safety and environmental protection.

Other Alaska tours included Kodiak and Juneau. He and his wife have lived in  Alaska for 19 years.

Barrett earned a B.S. in Biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor with honors from the George Washington University. He is a Vietnam veteran. His wife Sheila is a former kindergarten teacher who taught in Kodiak and Juneau, as well as other states. They have 4 children.