Jens Ambsdorf is the Executive Director of the Lighthouse Foundation in Germany, which is funding work globally on marine conservation and community based development. Through an initiative of the Hamburg business community, 25 million euro were contributed to the Foundation as endowment capital, and the yield on this capital finances the Foundation’s activities. The Foundation works primarily in a sponsoring role, yet maintains close contact with the projects it supports. The Lighthouse Foundation supports integrated and long-term approaches in the relationship between humans and the marine environment within the context of sustainable development. Ambsdorf is also on the steering committee for the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.