Robert Calcagno has been the CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, Albert I Prince of Monaco Foundation since 2009, a role that includes leading the Musée Océanographique de Monaco and the Maison des océans in Paris. Calcagno was a former Advisor to the Cabinet of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco carrying out the duties of Minister of the Environment of the Principality between 2006 and 2009.
He is Officier of the Ordre du mérite maritime of the Société des Explorateurs Français. Calcagno regularly organizes and chairs international meetings with a goal of mobilizing politicians and facilitating synergy within the scientific community. His main focus areas are the governance of the oceans, Marine protected areas, the protection of sharks and the preservation of deep-sea biodiversity, and he has authored multiple books on these subjects.
Calcagno is a passionate traveller and explorer. He spent a year in Borneo in the mid 1980’s and travelled through the tropical forests of Sarawak and the Rajang River, and he discovered the waters of the Pacific and the land of the Red Centre while living in Australia from 1995 to 2000. Recently he organized HSH the Prince’s explorations in the Palau archipelago and Tubbataha reefs in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines. He has also crossed the Northwest Passage from Greenland to Cambridge Bay on board the Akademik Sergey Vavilov. From 2017-2020, he will join the Monaco Explorations team as Head of Campaign and Missions.