The China Oceanic Development Foundation (hereinafter referred to as CODF) is a national public fund-raising organization established with the approval of China’s government in December 2015. Its department in charge is the Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China. It is founded by the State Oceanic Administration of the People's Republic of China (SOA) together with six central enterprises, which are China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group), China General Nuclear Power Group Co., Ltd. (CGN), China Huaneng Group Co., Ltd. (CHNG), China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. (CCCC), China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Under the guidance of Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era and acting on the central government's requirements for the unified exercise of the responsibility of all natural resource asset owners and the responsibility for land use control and ecological protection and restoration,CODF is dedicated to mobilizing social forces to understand and manage the ocean so as to build a harmonious coexistence between human beings and the ocean.

CODF focuses on funding projects like the research on marine spatial planning systems and major issues of marine resources, marine space management and structural optimization, marine ecological protection and restoration, marine talent training, marine science and technology innovation, marine disaster prevention and mitigation, and science research projects in polar region and the ocean; Apart from which, CODF also funds and undertakes projects like marine spatial planning conduction for countries along the maritime silk road and island countries, bilateral and multilateral cooperation on marine science with countries surrounding the South China Sea, research and action on global ocean governance, international marine exchanges, research and building of blue partnerships; In addition, CODF plays a proactive role in the dissemination of marine knowledge by establishing marine libraries, conducting marine knowledge lectures, carrying out knowledge contests, organizing summer camps, providing training courses and so on.

Strive to be a first-class public welfare organization with international influence
Become an insightful organization among high-end marine think tanks
Become a pioneer in ocean public welfare activities
Become a practitioner in Maritime Silk Road construction
Become a helper in the development of the blue economy
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the decision-making body of the major issues of CODF. Under the leadership of the President of the Board of Directors, it exercises the functions and rights stipulated in the charter to guarantee the healthy development of CODF. Currently, there are 13 directors respectively from the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), China National Oil Corporation, China General Nuclear Power Group, Sinopec Group, China Huaneng Group Co., Ltd, China Communications Construction Co., Ltd, and Petro China Co., Ltd. The list of which is as follows:

LV Bin, Former Secretary of Committee for Discipline Inspection of State Oceanic Administration (SOA)

Deputy President
PENG Bihong, Former Standing Committee Member of the Party Committee and Chief Accountant of China Communications Construction Group Co.Ltd
SHI Bing, Deputy General Manager of China General Nuclear Power Group
PAN Xinchun, Former Director General of the Department of Integrated Marine Management of SOA
Secretary General
PAN Xinchun (concurrently), Former Director General of the Department of Integrated Marine Management of SOA
KE Chang, Director General of the Department of Marine Ecology and Environment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China
KONG Fanqun, Former Assistant to the President of China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec Group)
WANG Kui, Deputy Chief Economist and Director of Planning Department of China Huaneng Group Co., Ltd.
HE Haiqing, Deputy General Manager of the Company of Exploration and Production of PetroChina Company Limited
LI Wenxiong, President of Shenzhen SEZ Construction and Development Group Co., Ltd.
HU Chaoyang, President of Shenzhen Port Group.
KANG Jian, Party Secretary and Director of the Marine Consultation Center of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China (MNR).
Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors is the supervision and inspection agency of CODF. The Board of Supervisors inspects the financial and accounting materials of CODF in accordance with the procedures stipulated in the articles, and supervises the compliance of the Board with the laws and regulations. Currently, there are 3 supervisors from SOA and CODF’s council units. The list of which is as follows:
Chief Supervisor

WU Ping,Former Deputy Director-General and First-class Inspector of the Department of Finance and Capital Utilization, MNR

LI Linmei,Member of CPPCC, Former Director General of the Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, MNR
LIU Baohua,Former Party Secretary and Researcher of National Deep Sea Center, MNR