Ambassadors / Australia

Ashley Blake

Sydney – LinkedIn

Ashley has had a lifelong interest in sustainability and for the environment environment, and after gaining a Bachelor of Science in Resource and Environmental Management, spent several years working in in carbon trading, renewable energy development, and has seen first hand how market concepts can help deliver environmental benefits. Ashley’s passion for science and technology inspires his optimistic pragmatism, and he believes that depsite the environmental challenges facing our earth, through bold experiments like seasteading, we can transform the way we live on the Earth for the benefit of all generations to come. Ashley works as a project manager at the University of Technology, Sydney, where he also attends the business school as a student completing a Masters of Business Administration.

“I think that The Seasteading Institute is a bold experiment that the universities’ talented student base will be able to get excited about, and I am excited about raising awareness of seasteading within the academic community, with those who have so much to offer in terms of thought-leadership and can help us realize viable seasteading technology.”

Dan Barbulescu

Western Australia and Romania – Website – LinkedIn 

Dan is an investment manager by career and a mathematician by training.
In the last 15 years he represented institutional investors including Oil Terminal Constanta, Romania, the largest maritime energy storage operator in the Black Sea.
After researching ways to provide 100% renewable energy to off-grid islands, in 2017 he, along with Mark Pillsworth, founded Energy Storage Rights, a green start-up based in Canberra, Australia.
Together with Australian National University and University of Innsbruck Austria they are developing a floating solar+energy storage solution that plans to benefit the Seasteading Institute projects and help finance seasteads by converting floating breakwaters that protect the floating islands into a 24hours/day renewable energy generators. Surplus energy could then be sold to nearby Island Nations where electricity is currently prohibitively expensive.