Jyotika Virmani

Executive Director

Schmidt Ocean Institute

About Jyotika

Dr. Virmani is the first Executive Director of the Schmidt Ocean Institute, a global nonprofit advancing oceanographic research, data sharing, and communication through innovative technologies.

Prior to this, Dr. Virmani was the executive director of planet and environment at the XPRIZE Foundation. She was involved in competitions to spur innovations in technologies to map the deep seafloor, measure pH to determine ocean acidification, and advance biodiversity assessment capabilities.

Before XPRIZE, Dr. Virmani was the associate director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography and a senior scientist at the UK Met Office. She has a BSc in physics from Imperial College London, a MS in atmospheric science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida.