Vipe Desai
CEO and Co-Founder of HDX Mix


Vipe is a seasoned entrepreneur and philanthropist, holding positions on the board of directors for other non-profits and for-profits over the past 15 years that include: Ocean Champions, Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres Institute, Lonely Whale Foundation, SIMA Humanitarian Fund, Rob Dyrdek Foundation and In addition, he is the CEO and Co-Founder of HDX Mix, an environmentally friendly sports drink mix.


Dan Pingaro, Ocean Institute President and CEO commented, “We are extremely pleased to have Vipe join the Ocean Institute team. Vipe’s entrepreneurial leadership and experience in working with innovative, philanthropic businesses makes him an excellent fit for Ocean Institute during the next phase of our growth – as we continue to modernize the Institute and pursue our goal to become one of the most innovative and admired brands in ocean science, maritime history and experiential education.”