Alexis Grosskopf
Founder & CEO, OceanHub Africa

Alexis is the Founder and CEO of OceanHub Africa (OHA), an ocean-impact accelerator focusing on strengthening the development and adoption of new sustainable ocean solutions in Africa. He holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College and an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London. Former management and sustainable development consultant, he subsequently led R&D and intrapreneurship innovation efforts for a blue-chip construction company in Europe before moving to South Africa in 2017. He then led the development of a social-impact incubator focusing on digital technologies before launching OceanHub Africa.

To date, OHA has run three high-tech high-growth entrepreneurship support programmes with 22 ocean-impact startups and launched (now scaling) the first grassroots-level blue entrepreneurship incubator dedicated to African coastal communities in the Western Indian Ocean. As part of their thought leadership and ecosystem building efforts, OHA co-led the development of the 1000 Ocean Startups coalition of incubators and VCs focusing on SDG-14, contributes as founding member to the development of the Great Blue Wall initiative in East Africa, and annually hosts the Ocean Innovation Africa Summit to promote innovative technologies, policies and finance to further sustainable blue growth continentally.