Chris Karman is Manager Business Development for IMARES, the institute of Wageningen UR that provides the knowledge for sustainable use and management of the sea. Karman is an ecologist, working with the offshore and maritime sector for 20 years. He developed and applied various models to assess the impact of human activities on the environment, both with the industry and authorities. His current focus is the development of the (Dutch) maritime industry towards deep sea mining and oil and gas production in the Arctic.