Dr. Rusty Brainard

Rusty joined The Red Sea Development Company as Chief Environmental Officer in July 2019 and is responsible for ensuring the environmental sustainability of all aspects of the Red Sea Project, including the ambitious vision to increase the environmental conservation value by 30% across the destination site.

Prior to joining The Red Sea Project, he enjoyed a distinguished 38-year career, in a range of scientific leadership positions, at the highly respected National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA. This included serving as founding Director of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Hawaii, as Commanding Officer of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps); and as Steering Committee member for the U.N. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

Co-author of over 130 published scientific papers, Rusty holds a BSc in Marine Science from Texas A&M University, a MS and PhD in Oceanography and Physical Oceanography, respectively, from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.