Ocean economy

• Project Director of Ocean Changemakers Challenge, a competition that showcases leading changemakers working to develop business solutions to ocean-related sustainability challenges.
• Project Director of Rethinking plastics in a circular economy, a research programme assessing advanced plastic recycling technologies.
• Project Advisor of Back to Blue, a multi-year initiative on pollution and ocean health by The Economist Group and The Nippon Foundation.
• Editor of A sustainable ocean economy in 2030: Opportunities and challenges.
• Editor of Accelerating Energy Innovation for the Blue Economy.
• Editor of Accelerating a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
• Editor of December 2019 ocean supplement in The Economist newspaper.
• Co-author of The Post-COVID-19 Ocean Economy: Building Back Bluer, with Karin Kemper and Ambassador Peter Thomson; in: Ocean Yearbook, Volume 35 (2021): Issue 1 (Jul 2021); pp. 1–17; Publisher: Brill | Nijhoff.
• Author of the foreword of a new book, Preparing a Workforce for the New Blue Economy: People, Products and Policies, edited by Liesl Hotaling and Richard W. Spinrad, Elsevier, 2021.
• Editorial Advisor of Protectors Oceans Series, a series of films that examine the cutting edge of science and radical thinking at work in tackling the crisis facing the world’s seas.


Project Director, Food Sustainability Index (since October 2017)

Developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation, the project won the “brand and media owner partnership” category at the World Media Awards 2018. As editorial lead Martin developed an editorial agenda to secure continued coverage of food-sustainability issues linked to key events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, World Water Day and World Environment Day. As part of the influencer engagement Martin secured the contribution of thought leaders such as Kofi Annan, former UN secretary-general; José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN; and Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.

Project Director, Getting to Net-Zero (since January 2021)

To assess the progress of companies towards net-zero, and to understand how they are tackling roadblocks along the way, Martin led The Economist Intelligence Unit’s team that  conducted a survey of 500 global business leaders from a variety of sectors and from small, medium-sized and large companies in March 2021, conducted a literature review and in-depth interviews and convened an advisory board of experts to discuss the research. The study was sponsored by HSBC. It also includes a series of business leader blogs that allow leading companies share best practices in their endeavours to reach net-zero.

Project Director, Sustainable Infrastructure (July 2018 – August 2019)

Developed for UNOPS, the project focused on the critical role of infrastructure for the Sustainable Development Goals. The research used three pillars—the economy, the environment and wider society—as well as the overarching theme of resilience through which to assess the role of infrastructure in meeting global social and environmental goals. The main output was a digital essay aimed at decision-makers and launched for Davos 2019. A series of blogs by influencers from the European Commission, World Bank, the private sector and civil society added context and amplified the research findings.