Dune Ives is the executive director of award-winning Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful, market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Dune designs and leads initiatives that address environmental degradation and species decline. Under Dune’s leadership, efforts by Lonely Whale to reduce ocean-bound plastic have earned recognition from the Effy, Shorty, and ADDY Awards; Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas and Most Innovative Companies; Huffington Post’s Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Environmental Sustainability; the SEAL Awards; the HALO Awards; and the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government.
Dune’s expertise in sustainability and environmental business issues across industries, paired with a Ph.D. in Psychology, allow for her innovative yet practical approach to resolving challenges for our environment. Notably, Dune designed and oversaw Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, co-founded The Green Sports Alliance, and was chosen as one of four “Environmental Champions of 2017” by InsideHook. Dune’s global speaking engagements include 6IMDC; GLOBE 2018; Plastics Recycling Conference; Washington Post LIVE; Milken Institute of Philanthropy Expert Convening; Dell Technologies World; the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, where she served as Plenary Speaker, and more. She’s been featured in CBS Sunday Morning, Fast Company, NPR, CNN, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Washington Post, to name a few.