• Gerard Barron

    Gerard Barron

    CEO & Chairman

    Gerard Barron is a successful entrepreneur with a track record of building global companies in technology, media and future-oriented resource development both as a Chief Executive and strategic investor. Gerard is an environmentalist on a mission to help wean humanity off fossil fuels and transition to a model of sustainable development on planet Earth. He became involved in the early strategic development and financing of DeepGreen during its formation, in 2011. He stepped into the role of Chairman & CEO in 2017 because he believes that nodule-derived base metals are a  better way to supply the world’s transition to electric vehicles and renewable power than intensifying production from land-based mines, which will lead to greatly increased climate change emissions, tropical deforestation, toxic tailings, loss of human life, and irreversible damage to human health and biodiversity.

  • Brian Paes-Braga

    Brian Paes-Braga


    Brian Paes-Braga is Principal, Head of Merchant Banking at SAF Group, a leading structured credit and merchant banking group which builds, invests, finances and advises high growth companies as well as provides flexible and long-term capital solutions to public and private corporations while providing stable returns for investors through its structured credit arm. He sits on the Board of Directors of DeepGreen Metals and Thunderbird Entertainment. Brian was Founder and CEO of Lithium X Energy Corp., a lithium resource company, which raised approximately $53 million and, within 2.5 years, was sold to an international company for $265 million in March 2018. Brian is an Advisory Council member of the International Crisis Group and is proud to support several charities and research groups through his private family foundation, Quiet Cove Foundation, which seeks to support innovative solutions to large scale social issues. Brian is currently attending the Owners, Presidents and Management (OPM) program at Harvard Business School.


  • Paul Matysek

    Paul Matysek


    Paul Matysek is a proven company builder with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, having sold five companies in the past decade creating shareholder value in excess of $2.065 billion. He built Energy Metals Corporation which sold to Uranium One in 2007 for $1.8 billion, Potash One which sold to K+S Ag for $434 million in 2011, Lithium One which merged with Galaxy Resources for $112 million in 2012 and sold Goldrock Mines Corp to Fortuna Silver Mines for $178 million in July 2016. Most recently Mr. Matysek was the Executive Chairman of Lithium X Energy Corp, a lithium resource company, which raised approximately $50 million, and within 2.5 years, was sold to an international company for $265 million in March 2018. 

  • Dr. Gregory Stone

    Dr. Gregory Stone

    Director & Chief Ocean Scientist

    Dr. Stone is an ocean scientist and explorer with over 10,000 dives throughout Earth’s ocean down to 18,000 feet using submarines, SCUBA, underwater habitats and robotics. Greg is also widely known as a global thought leader who finds ways for humanity and the ocean to co-exist and support each other in the modern world. He was a catalysts at the genesis of the Ocean Health Index and specializes in sustainable fishing, aquaculture, climate adaptation and seamount ecology. Greg’s ability to communicate complex science is illustrated by his compelling TED and Davos talks, and his appearances in documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. He’s authored hundreds of publications including for Nature, National Geographic, and four books, one a National Outdoor Book Award winner. Greg’s numerous accolades and professional associations include the Explorers Club, Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, National Geographic Hero, the Boston Sea Rover’s Diver of the year, Order of Kiribati Medal, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service medal, and a NOGI from National Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. Greg is also Senior Science Advisor to the Special Envoy for Ocean and the World Economic Forum Ocean Program, Previously, he was Chief Scientist for Conservation International and head of their Global Ocean Program. He currently calls Los Angeles his home and looks out at his beloved Pacific Ocean.

  • Jonas Munch Agerskov

    Jonas Munch Agerskov


    Mr. Jonas Munch Agerskov is a strategic leader within the offshore industry. He joined A. P. Møller - Maersk A/S in 2012 where he has held positions within business development, finance, strategy and is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at Maersk Supply Service A/S. He plays a key role in driving Maersk Supply Service forward towards its vision of actively taking part in solving the energy challenges of tomorrow through integrated solutions for the offshore industry. Further, he serves on the Board of Directors of Maersk Decom A/S, a Joint Venture between Maersk Supply Service A/S and Maersk Drilling. Maersk Decom A/S is a company that is focused on providing integrated solutions for the decommissioning of Oil and Gas installations. He is an Officer in the Danish Army and holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. 

  • Andrei Karkar

    Andrei Karkar


    Andrei serves as CEO of the Karkar family office: ERAS Holdings in San Francisco, with its origins in Karkar Electronics founded in 1959—a Silicon Valley telecommunications company which developed, engineered, and manufactured state-of-the-art voice and data communications infrastructure. Karkar Electronics equipment was adopted as standard by the Department of Defense and NATO, and became a main supplier to companies such as Raytheon, AT&T, and MCI. Previously at UBS and Bank of America, Andrei invests globally in public and private markets focusing on disruptive innovation across industries and brings enhanced strategic and geopolitical thought to the leadership team. With extensive land holdings in Northern California, Andrei is active in redwood timberland conservation, revitalization, and enhancing protection and habitat for endangered species. Andrei graduated from Georgetown University and is active in various think tanks and in supporting the arts, sciences and philanthropy.