SYLVIA EARLE (USA)
GUEST OF HONOR FOR ADEX INTERNATIONAL
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Sylvia Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER), Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.)/Mission Blue, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, inspiration for the Ocean in Google Earth, leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions, and the subject of the 2014 Netflix film, Mission Blue. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University, 27 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications including 13 books (most recently Blue Hope in 2014), lectured in more than 90 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions. She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in 10 saturation dives, most recently in July 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000 metres depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas in the Ocean, “Hope Spots,” to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.
Sylvia Earle is presented by Elysium Arctic.
JOSE RAMOS-HORTA (TIMOR-LESTE)
GUEST OF HONOR FOR ADEX ASIA
Jose Ramos-Horta most recently was the special representative to the Secretary General in Guinea Bissau and chair on a high level UN panel assessing global peacekeeping missions. He was the President of Timor-Leste from 2007 to 2012, the second since independence from Indonesia. Jose Ramos-Horta is also a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former prime minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as president. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent Timor-Leste, he served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.
AARON WONG (SINGAPORE)
ADEX Ambassador of Photography
Aaron Wong is one of the most published and recognised underwater photographers in Asia. With over a decade of field experience, Aaron’s images and his trademark lighting technique have won him international acclaim. He is also the official ADEX Ambassador of Photography.
ADRIENNE GITTUS (INDONESIA)
Adrienne Gittus founded Soulwater Productions in 2015. She established her market niche in the Gili Islands and Komodo, becoming the number one creator of diving promotional videos for a variety of operations, including high-end liveaboards. She has also supplied footage to CNN, Discovery and National Geographic. Adrienne’s most enduring passion is the desire to use imagery to preserve our oceans, specifically, the fight to save sharks and rays in her adopted home of Indonesia. Her most recent project has been accepted into a number of international film festivals, and recently won the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the prestigious Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit 2016 in Florida.
AG SANO (Phillipines)
A.G. Saño is a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different international and local media. He is a conservationist who has been involved in whale and dolphin research for the past 16 years. He has also done assignments on sea turtles, dugong habitats, sharks and other environmental work with reputable NGO’s and institutions such as WWF, Greenpeace, RARE, Conservation International, Silliman University, LAMAVE, PFEC, among others. He is a co founder of Balyena.org, a non profit group undertaking marine mammal conservation efforts in the country. He is part of the CLIMATE WALK and the PEOPLE’s PILGRIMAGE, advocating the fight against climate change through education and information by walking long distances across the globe and connecting with communities along the way.
ALAN LAM (HONG KONG)
Alan Lam is the founder of AQUATICITY freediving/mermaid academy and key Distributor of high end Freediving equipments in HK & China, caring brand PATHOS, Carbonio G.F.T, CETMA, BLACKTECH, Majestic, OCEANER, POLO SUB, MERMAN., His passion for the aquatics started from a holiday trial dive when he was 16 years old, that soon formulated into his biggest interest he pursued in all his spare time. He is also Scuba & Snorkel Instructor in 2005, advanced instructor of CMA in 2012 and AIDA Freediving instructor in 2015.
ALAN LO (HONG KONG)
Alan Lo is a commercial photographer based in Hong Kong and a scuba diving aficionado. He expresses his passion for the underwater world through his multifaceted approach to photography, which is grounded in his innovative and artistic interpretation of life, people and Nature. Alan’s work has evolved and progressed significantly over the last 20 years, from his early creative print work and exhibitions, through a range of architectural commissions, commercial projects and personal photographic explorations. These opportunities, combined with his creative drive, have helped develop a wide range of skills and photographic styles as well as a tight and punchy approach to image creation.
ALEGRA ALLY (AUSTRALIA)
Alegra Ally is an Ethnographer, and an award winning photographer, whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures. Ally is the founder of the Wild Born Project, which focuses on Ecological knowledge, indigenous women, cultural and climate changes.
ALBERTO MORENO (SPAIN)
Born in Barcelona, Spain, Albert Moreno always had a dream of becoming a world class kitesurfer. Spending his childhood summers by the sea, he began windsurfing at the age of eight. From there he went on to kiteboarding and hasn't looked back since. In 2016 he became the European record holder for the biggest wave kite-surfed. Moreno is currently on a journey to become a top kiteboarder and is preparing for the World Kite Tour 2017/18 wave events. His current sponsors are Airush International, Prolimit and GoPro.
ALEX ROSE (USA)
Alex Rose holds B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Aquatic Biology, and has a wide variety of experience in the biological sciences. She is a professional violinist, photographer, and lover of all things aquatic. She is currently working as the Science Editor and a principle writer for Ocean Geographic Magazine and is the Managing Editor of Ocean Geographic Explorers. She is a free-lance science writer and editor as well. Alex also composes violin pieces for use in ocean themed films and exhibitions. Her driving goal is to find ways to protect our world’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.
ALEX SANTOS (PHILIPPINES)
A passionate cave explorer, Alex Santos has trained and certified numerous cave divers. He is a member of the Filipino Cave Divers (FCD), a group of selected individuals with various talents and spacialties aimed at the scientific exploration and study of underwater caves in the Philippines, with a mandate from the government.
ALEXEY MOLCHANOV (RUSSIA)
Alexey Molchanov has set the new Constant Weight (CWT) Freediving World Record. The freediving superstar broke his own AIDA World Record in Constant Weight (CWT) by diving to 129m in 3min 50sec. Despite strong currents, this record beat his previous World Record depth of 128m set in 2013 at the AIDA Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece.
ALEXIS VASSAL (FRANCE)
Alexis, also known as Merman Arion, was born in Paris, France in 1989, the same year Disney's "The Little Mermaid" came out. Born deaf, Alexis got his first hearing aids at the age of 5. He discovered schooling and swimming and found a deep connection with the ocean, always the first into the water and the last one out. He finally saw "The Little Mermaid" and that inspired him to become the merman he is today. He always found the silence beneath the surface to be relaxing and grants him his escape from daily life.
MERMAID AMELIA (AUSTRALIA)
Amelia Jane Lassetter, also known as "Mermaid Amelia", is a professional mermaid, artist and photographer. Working at aquariums and festivals in her home country of Australia as one half of "The Perth Mermaids", her aim is to entertain and educate through her performances and art. Amelia is a trained freediver and has swum with over ten species of shark; which are quickly becoming her favourite animal. When she isn't being her mermaid self, Amelia can be found looking after her two young children and studying at university.
AMOS NACHOUM (USA)
Amos is a master of photographing big animals worldwide. He free dives with blue whales, scuba dives in the Okavango delta with crocodiles and goes face to face with the Great white shark and Polar bear. For 35 years, he has explored every body of water from the North Pole to Antarctica. Amos’s photographic vision is to raise awareness of ocean giants in their habitats. His images reflect respect and compassion for animals and wilderness. His photographs strive to dispel the myth of “dangerous” wildlife and show harmonious interactions between man and animal. Also, Amos is an explorer. He leads wildlife photography expeditions with his company BigAnimals.com.
ANDREW MARRIOTT (USA)
Andrew is a long time diver, photographer and writer. Originally from the USA he found the ocean while working in the world of financial derivatives. After a move to Guam he devoted himself full time to the ocean, helping many new divers fall in love with the water while working as an instructor and enthusiastic underwater photographer. After much encouragement from his friends and students, he devoted himself full time to taking and sharing his images and writing about diving. His writing and photos have appeared in major magazines across the world and he is the author of the book Legends Beneath the Waves Vol. 1: Truk Lagoon. Currently he is working on the next two books in that series while living in Beijing with his awesome wife Dalice and two daughters Elly and EJ “Doomy”.
ANGELINE KING (PHILIPPINES)
Angeline was the 1st Runner up in the Miss SCUBA International Competition. She is a registered nurse and clinical research associate who has worked with scientists and doctors on equipment for breast cancer detection. She is also a corporate trainer, health and wellness speaker and a preschool teacher at children’s church. She is an open water SCUBA diver and a freelance model. Most importantly she love the ocean and is doing her part to ensure its continued conservation and protection for the next generation.
ANUAR ABDULLAH (MALAYSIA)
Anuar Abdullah is the CEO and Founder of Ocean Quest Southeast Asia, an organisation that carries out broad-scaled coral reef rehabilitation around the region. As a partner of Sea Shepherd Dive, Anuar promotes and trains the diving community on coral reef rehabilitation. He was also the ADEX coral reef ambassador artist of the year in 2013.
ASIM MOHAMED FULHU (MALDIVES)
Asim Mohamed Fulhu is the owner and founder of Maafushi Dive and Water Sports Centre in Maldives. He started diving and dipped in various water sports from a tender age of 10. He is now a PADI ICD Staff instructor and also a qualified fly board and kite surfing instructor. He leads a team of 18 staff that includes dive instructors, dive masters and water sports instructors and guides. A believer in training and employing locals, he initiated an internship program for Maldivians as a part of his support in training the local community
AUDREY CHEN (SINGAPORE)
Audrey is the winner of the Miss Mermaid Singapore 2017 Competition. As a young girl, Audrey suffered a phobia of water after experiencing a traumatizing experience of being submerged under water at a young age. However, she overcame the fear of water and went on to win the Miss Mermaid title with swimming with a mermaid tail being one of the requirements. Inspired by Ariel of the Little Mermaid, Audrey strives to push herself and her own personal limits.
BART LUKASIK (POLAND)
Bart Lukasik is a professional underwater videographer and dive expedition guide. Over the past 5 years he has gathered vast diving and filming experience working on different projects on the east coast of Southern Africa. Bart's work has been published worldwide by respected natural history content providers.
BEATRICE RIVOIRA (ITALY)
Beatrice is an italian marine biologist and addicted scuba diver. She has started at the age of 16 following her brother and father's footsteps and never stopped since. Her passion for marine life and scuba diving influenced her study path and, in 2011, she completed her university period with a Master's degree in Marine & Oceanographical biology. .
Simultaneously she continued with her diving career working for many years in some of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterrean Sea (Isola d'Elba and Sardegna) and on the reefs of Pulau Bangka (Indonesia).
BECKY KAGAN SCHOTT (USA)
Becky Kagan Schott is a 5 time Emmy Award-winning underwater cameraman, photographer, and technical scuba Instructor whose work can be seen on major networks including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Travel Channel. She specializes in bringing back video from extreme environments including caves, deep wrecks, and under ice. Her experience working in remote locations around the world has earned her a reputation of producing quality images in challenging places.
BEN LECOMTE (FRANCE)
Benoît Lecomte will be coming down to Singapore for ADEX! The person who has conquered the Atlantic will be embarking on an expedition to conquer the Pacific.
Ben will be swimming 5,500 miles (more than 8,800km) across the Pacific ocean from Tokyo to San Fransico and Singapore would be the last stop before heading out on this perilous swim.
With the aim to raise awareness for Climate Change, the longest swimmer will be making a quick pit stop at ADEX. For 3 hours, Ben will be swimming in ADEX and be fielding a Q&A session with everyone at ADEX with the help of Appi-Communication.
Be part of the audience who would witness history in the making as he attempts a new swimming record only at ADEX. So make a date with Ben now and pick up your tickets!
BEN REYMENANTS (THAILAND)
After spending almost a decade working as the Technical Director for Divers Lodge in Hughada, Egypt, Ben moved to Mexico for a stint of cave exploration, followed by his first Technical Instructor Trainer course in Sydney, Australia. Ben then spent a year in the Maldives, moving to Thailand next and began exploring subterranean cave systems in the south of Thailand. During this time, Ben also founded Blue Label Diving, which has become the premier technical cave training (open circuit and rebreather cave) facilities in Thailand.
Growing up in the sunny island of Penang, his love of wildlife and the seas was fostered at a very young age by his father.
He now combines his life’s two passions of flying and scuba diving by making the most of the opportunities of his day job as an airline pilot to travel and dive around the world. He is now a qualified GUE Level 2 Technical and Cave diver.
An amateur self-taught photographer, his images have been published in dive publications and featured in a number of dive-related websites. He sees his images as a means to share not only the wonders of the ocean with friends and colleagues but also to highlight its fragility and the importance of protecting ocean ecosystems.
BOB HOLLIS (USA)
Bob hollis is decidedly old school. He built underwater camera housings and strobes out of necessity there were none in the mid-1950s that met his needs. He created the most popular underwater strobe of all time and over 30 years later scores of photographers are still using the oceanic 2001 series without a glitch.
Brett Lobwein is a passionate underwater photographer growing up on the waterways of the Port Hacking River in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. His love of SCUBA diving grew in the early 2000s working in a local dive shop. In 2010 he started to take a keen interest in underwater photography purchasing his first DSLR housing. From his first trip to swim with the Humpback Whales in Tonga he was completely hooked on underwater photography. His other passion is to explore the paths less travelled. Combining these two passions he has managed to capture images throughout Australia and internationally.
Brett is a member of The Elysium Artists for the Arctic expedition where he was able to capture stunning images of the enthralling Arctic wilderness. He is a resident photographer at Ocean Geographic, and a winner of many International Photography Awards.
BRUCE PATRIDGE (CANADA)
Bruce Partridge started writing software for accounting systems in Fortan in the early 70’s. In 1981, he evaluated the brand new IBM PC XT for use in hospital information systems. After a long career in computing science, Bruce sold his computer consulting firm and retired in 1996. His new diving hobby became a passion as closed circuit rebreather systems for recreational use appeared on the market. Bruce started investigating the design of rebreather electronics and software in the late 1990’s. Shearwater Research Inc. was formed in 2004 to produce a closed circuit rebreather oxygen controller. At the request of customers, standalone dive computers followed and Shearwater now sells dive computers for technical and recreational divers in 70 countries.
BULENT SELLI (TURKEY)
Bulent Selli is an awarded professional underwater photographer and photography instructor. His passion spread out underwater imaging took him to found Imbat Underwater Imaging Center. He’s organizing worldwide underwater imaging workshops and expeditions with his imaging team. He is also shooting photo projects for government and companies. There are three personal exhibitions in his career.
CHRIS KIM (SINGAPORE)
Chris Kim is the co-founder of the Singapore-based freediving school, Zen Freediving, where he teaches and coaches in local waters.
Chris' love of freediving began a decade ago with an encounter with humpback whales off of Kona, Hawaii. Since then he has been obsessed with becoming an ocean inhabitant and teaching others about the calm, full-body meditation that is freediving. In his own words, "Freediving is not a sport as much as a perspective, an experience and a way of life."
Chris has trained with world record holders William Trubridge and Goran Colak and was the winner of the 2015 Singapore Pool Freediving Open and the silver medalist of the 2015 Australian National Depth Championship.
CINDY MADDUMA (PHILIPPINES)
Cindy is the Former Miss Scuba International 2015. Throughout her reign, she travelled the world, attending dive exhibitions to widen her knowledge about the ocean, diving and the issues marine life face around the world. She is a registered nurse, certified NAUI divemaster and Ocean Quest Asia/She Shepherd Dive Coral Propapagation Instructor. She is making an impact as an Ocean Advocate by teaching primary school students, initiating mangrove planting, leading beach and underwater clean ups, volunteering in medical missions and other initiatives. She was appointed as the new National Director of Miss Scuba Philippines.
CLAUDIA & HENDRICK
The Jetlagged are Hendrik and Claudia, always on the search for adventures ranging from the polar circle to the equator. On their journey through the wonders of the world’s exciting destinations, these action-loving filmmakers and divers deliver beautiful impression, support environmental projects and enjoy diving as a lifestyle.
Hendrik has studied filmmaking and has been working as director for different kinds of films for many years. Claudia complements his profound camera skills above and below the water and organizes their productions. As independent filmmakers, they write, produce and edit their films themselves.
By recording and transporting photos, videos and stories in and around the sea, their intention is to inspire others to explore, experience and protect our oceans and our nature.
CLEMENT LEE (MALAYSIA)
Clement Lee became a PADI Instructor in 1985 and, in 1991, was one of the first two Malaysians to become a PADI Course Director. Having extensive diving experience in Sabah’s waters, Clement was one of the pioneers to introduce professionalism in recreational diving, as well as dive resort management in Sipadan. As a Tourism Board Dive Committee member for Sabah, he has also worked tirelessly to promote the dive tourism industry there, as well as conservation and environmental initiatives including Project AWARE®.
In 2015, Clement was appointed to the prestigious role of Tourism Advisor of Malaysia to represent and help promote the country’s diving. Tourism Malaysia described Clement Lee as,“…the embodiment of the entrepreneurial dive industry pioneer, a staunch conservationist with unrelenting views on the importance of protecting and conserving the region’s unique marine attractions. Clement has had a profound influence on the growth and development of recreational diving and dive tourism in this part of the world.”
CLIVE WILKINSON (AUSTRALIA)
Clive Wilkinson was the Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network that operated in more than 80 countries and published the ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World’ reports every 2 years. Formerly, he was the Chief Technical Advisor for a coastal resource research program in 5 ASEAN countries and an active field scientist on the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He received BSc and PhD training in marine microbiology and ecology from the University of Queensland. He is based at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre in Australia.
CRISTIAN DIMITRUS (BRAZIL)
Cristian Dimitrus is a Brazilian Emmy Award Winning cinematographer, photographer and television presenter specializing in wildlife and natural history films around the world. Cristian's innovating cinematography and unorthodox camera techniques are helping revolutionise the way people see and perceive wildlife. Hes goal is always to bring an innovative approach, using the latest techniques, equipment and revolutionary creative resources to plunge the audience into the animal world. In addition to several film credits, Cristian has shot for the world's top television networks including the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Animal Planet & Globo TV
DADA LI (CHINA)
There was a girl who got addicted to the feeling of freedom since her first free dive in the crystal blue ocean, which made her believe she was a mermaid in her previous life. With this belief, she practiced almost every single day, making her own tail to realise the mermaid dream. Her name is Dada Li. She has been wandering within the blue, advancing to become an underwater model, as well as an AIDA international Freediving Instructor and Judge.
DARREN BRUNTON (UK)
Darren is the Vice Chairman of Commercial Diving Association –Singapore, he started diving when he was 18 in the British Forces, in 1990 he commenced working in the Commercial Diving Industry. He has since worked offshore in the Northsea, Asia, Mexico and Argentina as a Saturation Diver and Saturation Supervisor, in 2004 he established and KBA Training Centre based in Singapore.
DAVID MCCANN (IRELAND)
David McCann is an Environmental Officer for Scuba Junkie SEAS. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management at QUB. His current work includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre and carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration in Sabah, Malaysia.
DAVID STRIKE (AUSTRALIA)
With a strong background in military, commercial, recreational and technical diving, David Strike has authored several hundred articles about diving, is the recipient of the ADEX ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for contributions to Technical Diving, a Fellow of the Explorers Club of New York, the former owner and organiser of the biennial OZTeK Technical Diving Conference, and the convenor of the up-coming, Australian in-water Tek event, TechTonik
DELPHINE ROBBE (FRANCE)
Delphine Robbe is the impetus behind the Gili Eco Trust, a local NGO actively involved in the protection of reefs and environment of the Gili Islands in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
She is a French national who specializes in Biorock reef restorations and coral reef conservation. She shares her passion via workshops; working with locals, including the children and volunteers; networking with other environmental organisations;
Gili Eco Trust's main project on land is improving waste management, an ongoing issue for Gili Islands, especially because of tourism, as well as tackling erosion, humane treatment of horses, and safety for marine life. Setting up projects to make gili Trawangan an eco example as green destination, her dream not always easy to put in place!
DOUGLAS SEIFERT (USA)
For more than two decades, Douglas Seifert has been published as both a writer and as an award-winning photographer focusing exclusively on the oceans’ natural history.
Through words and imagery, Douglas Seifert gives voice to an alien and mysterious world by articulating and illustrating the complex life history stories of the diverse inhabitants of the ocean – from plankton to the great whales; fish, sharks and rays, marine invertebrates, marine reptiles and other forms of life.
With a camera as an essential tool indivisible from his facility at written storytelling, Douglas offers an interpretive and visually stimulating window on the beautiful and bizarre, the alien and the familiar, in his illustrative representation of the underwater world and its diverse, unique and endlessly fascinating inhabitants.
EDD STOCKDALE (AUSTRALIA)
Edd works as a full-time professional diver teaching technical courses around the globe and joining research expeditions. With more than 4500 dives and 20 years diving, he is an instructor trainer with RAID and TDI along with a writer for training agency courses. Edd is an advocate for the improvement of dive training and all his courses are run above and beyond the standards set down concentrating on key foundational skills to develop better divers.
EDUARDO ACEVEDO (SPAIN)
Eduardo was born in 1972,Tenerife(Canary Island) Spain. He has been in contact with the sea all his life, first in apnea and after scuba diving since 1990.Entered to the world of underwater photography in 1998.With the analogic cameras He uses a Nikon but with the change to digital He prefers Canon/Seacam. He has dived all over the world, Indonesia, Malaysia, Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, Baja california, South Africa, Mozambique, Bahamas ......etc but Eduardo always stay with my Canary Islands for its diversity and clarity of the water
EREZ BEATUS (AUSTRALIA)
Erez Beatus has been active in the freediving community for two decades. Following a successful competitive career which included a world record, Erez has shifted his focus to education. He is the head of education for Apnea International and the owner of Apnea Australia. Erez is an award winning photographer which mainly focuses on the conservation of marine mammals and sharks.
ERNIE BROOKS (USA)
Ernest H. Brooks – ambassador to the marine environment, photographer, adventurer, diver and educator – has captured profound images in the blue. Armed with the same camera that he’s used to document life below the waves for over 40 years, through the trademark black and white imagery that he’s used to beautifully present the ocean, Brooks has amassed a portfolio unlike any other.
Winning countless awards, and being published in myriad international publications, Brooks has earned an almost legendary status within the underwater photography community.
EVAN SHERMAN (USA)
Evan Sherman is the owner of Seasick Productions, a full-service multimedia company that specializes in underwater imaging, providing on location and studio production services around the world. Evan’s professional underwater credits include television networks, Fortune 500 companies and numerous entities within the dive industry. Evan’s recent film, Bali Close Up, received Video of the Year at the ADEX 2016 Voice of the Ocean Competition, earned first place at the World ShootOut Underwater Photo Grand Prix, and Best of Show/Stan Waterman Legacy Award at the Turquoise Bay International Underwater Film Festival.
EVE YOUNG (CHINA)
Eve Young was a participant in the Lijiang Oriental girl contest and won the Yunnan division title. From there, she moved on and won the National title. With excellent ability and outstanding performance with her belief in “Believe in Life” positive vibe. She became a host, an actress a model and more! However, Eve’s first love is with professional diving, catch her live in this underwater world, and let us look forward to meeting this freediving princess in person!
FREDERIC BUYLE (BELGIUM)
Frederic Buyle is a Belgian freediver. After setting several world records in the 90’s he turned to underwater photography. He uses his freediving skills to help marine scientists all over the world. His work focuses on positive imagery to support ocean conservation.
GEMMA THOMAS (UNITED KINGDOM)
Gemma started diving when she moved to Singapore in 2008 and was immediately hooked. She is fortunate enough to have travelled to much of the region, and takes part in conservation projects. Her real passion is for teaching. This led Gemma to become Singapore’s first female GUE instructor. Scuba diving can be a life changing experience, especially to someone who has a disability.
Gemma is also a Diveheart instructor and is working to make diving more accessible to those with disabilities here in Singapore.
GIDEON LIEW (SINGAPORE)
Gideon Liew has been diving since 1984 and is passionate about scuba diving. He began his experience just like most divers, being in awe of diverse environments available in South East Asia from pristine reefs to mysterious wrecks. His love of the sport drove him to seek out a career in the diving industry in 1994, working with different dive stores and resort operations in the region. He developed his experience diving frequently as a guide as well as teaching divers from island bases to live-aboard boats
GLENN YONG (SINGAPORE)
Glenn having received a design education from a young age, he usually presents his visuals very much in a rather "minimalist" approach, defining only what is essential and critical to the needs of the user, even till now, we see the minimalist design approach in his professional work in Photography
Presenting photography in a minimalist concept is challenging, sometimes made even harder because Light is not always forgiving, it takes a special interest, to understand and to know how light reacts and how light colors react in different times of the day.
Glenn has taken the approach one step further, understanding Light beneath the ocean, and have recently been accredited as a Master Photographer in United Kingdom with the Master Photographer’s Association, for his confidence and consistency in producing images of professional quality and visuals of stunning details and colors and a member of Weddings, Portrait Photographer International, WPPI ( United States ) and memberships with Canon Professional Services and Nikon Professional Services.
HIDY YU (HONG KONG)
Hidy started modeling at a young age of 18 and was the 2011 Miss Scuba International Ambassador. She is a dive instructor qualified by NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) and also the Naui Worldwide Ambassador. Hidy has participated 3 action movies［Kick Ass Girls, 紅毛道士, Special Female Force (in production). Her hobbies include Ultra Trail, Boxing, Running, Hiking, Yoga, Traveling, Eating, Movie, for sure DIVING!
HOWARD & MICHELE HALL (USA)
Howard and Michele Hall specialize in underwater giant format film production. IMAX films produced and/or directed by Howard and Michele include Into the Deep, Island of the Sharks, Deep Sea 3D, and Under the Sea 3D. The Halls have also contributed to many other giant format productions including The Living Sea, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Coral Reef Adventure, Journey to the South Pacific, Humpback Whales and Lost Worlds.
The Hall’s have produced numerous award-winning television films for PBS Nature, National Geographic, the BBC and other broadcasters. They are the recipients of seven Emmy Awards, and numerous other industry awards and recognitions.
Howard is a member of the Directors Guild and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Michele is a member of the Woman Diver’s Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2016 Howard and Michele were named as honorees of the 2016 Hans Hass Award.
IMRAN AHMAD (MALAYSIA)
Imran Ahmad is Asia’s most celebrated and internationally published professional underwater photographer. He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for over 20 years. His style is different from anything seen. He is known for his “Experimental Photography with light and motion”.
Imran graduated from Middlesex University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Making. He is an ambassador for Blancpain Ocean Commitment, SEACAM (Austria), RGBlue Lights (Japan), DEEPBLU and member of the Ocean Artist Society (USA).
He spends much of his time as a professional photographer, mentor, and photo judge. He gives presentations, globally and promotes photography in all its aspect, both as an art and documentation.
He currently resides in and operates from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with his family. He organizes photo workshops/trips on creative, underwater, travel, commercial and photojournalism around the world.
JAMIE PIYADA (THAILAND)
An ocean addict with a heart set to protect the underwater world - a place she calls “home”. After winning Miss Scuba International 2012, Jamie spent 2013 traveling and diving the world as Miss Scuba International. In 2014 she challenged herself and achieved her life-long dream to becoming a PADI dive instructor. She also spent 3 months as a volunteer researcher with Manta Trust in Maldives. Here she was able to work closely with her favorite marine animals, manta rays. After returning to Thailand, Jamie decided to leave her life in the city and started the Thailand Manta Project. Since then, she has been dedicating her life to educate and promote marine conservation to the world.
JEAN-POL FRANCOIS (BELGIUM/PHILIPPINES)
JP is a professional passionate Freediving Instructor, Head of Education at AIDA International and PADI IT. With over 25 years of free diving experience, and holding some National and World records, JP travelled all around South-East Asia to share his passion and develop a free diving community, becoming recognised as not only the Godfather of Freediving instructors or Athletes, but also the Godfather of most of the AIDA Judges in Asia and many around the world.
JESSICA HARDY (INDONESIA)
Jessica Hardy is the founder of Regenerative Seas. She has worked with indigenous communities around the world for over 20 years in the areas of nursing, nutrition and permaculture. For the past two years, Jessica has traveled continuously around the world researching regenerative agriculture practices for climate change. She has just started learning underwater photography to share her passion for conserving marine biodiversity with her land-based friends and colleagues.
JIM CHEN (TAIWAN GREATER CHINA)
Jim Chen loves extreme sports and underwater photography combines both adventure and art creation perfectly. In 2007, he was certified as an open water diver and in 2008, his underwater photography journey began. He also received exclusive interviews from British Daily Mail, Apple Daily, TVBS and other media.
MERMAID JESSICA PEARL (AUSTRALIA)
Jessica Bell, "Mermaid Jessica Pearl" or "Mermaid Jess" is one half of the performing duo "The Perth Mermaids" from Perth in Western Australia. As a freediver, artist and photographer, she is passionate about creating love for the ocean through the wonder of ocean mythology, creativity and performance. Jess has performed all over Australia but especially enjoys working with ethical aquariums where she can gently educate people about ocean ecology. She is particularly interested in defending the reputation of sharks and the role of the ocean in improving mental health.
JONATHAN CHONG (SINGAPORE)
First picking up Freediving in Australia when he was a student, Jonathan has grown to be a passionate freediver excited to share his love for the oceans. A PADI Master Freediver Instructor, Jonathan formed the Apnea Association of Singapore, an organisation focusing and supporting the growth of Freediving in Singapore. He's also a competitive freediver and currently holds all 6 Singapore National records, 4 of which are currently South East Asian records. To Jonathan, Freediving is more than just a sport, it is a gateway to understanding oneself and overcoming inner barriers. When not freediving, Jonathan can be found playing Underwater Hockey and Underwater Rugby.
JOYCE NG (HONG KONG)
Joyce’s diving journey started in 2011, and now she is a PADI dive master and Hong Kong’s first real mermaid. Passionate for underwater photography, Joyce garnered awards for international underwater photo contests and have been published in various magazines. She hopes that her photos will let evertone see the beauty of the ocean and motivate them to realize that we need to protect it. Joyce has taken her ideas of conservation and human connection to another level. She has also put her camera down, and swims into other photographers’ frames as an underwater model and mermaid as she endeavors to make the ocean-human connection more tangible.
JOYCE TANG (HONG KONG)
Joyce Tang Lai-ming is an actress of Television Broadcasts Limited. PADI rescue diver, She entered the show business via the New Talent Singing Awards in 1995.
KARENNE TUN (SINGAPORE)
Karenne joined NParks in 2013, after a 18 year circuit within academia, non-profit organisation and private environmental consultancy. During that time, she obtained her PhD from the National University of Singapore where she focussed on developing diagnostic tools for coral reef monitoring and management. Karenne’s interest in the marine environment was ignited as an undergraduate, where, over the years, her fascination turned to concern at their rapid decline, particularly in the Southeast Asian region. Karenne subsequent work at NUS focussed on studying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on coral reefs, before moving onto coordinating coral reef monitoring efforts in the Southeast Asian region. Karenne’s current work at NParks covers issues related to the management and conservation of Singapore’s coastal and marine environment and the biodiversity they support. Her team is also overseeing the establishment of Singapore’s first Marine Park - the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park.
KATHRIN BORGWARDT (GERMANY)
Born in Germany by the sea, Kathrin started windsurfing at the age of 12 and started kiting in 2000, while living in Egypt. She is a 5-time winner of the Kiteboardtour Asia, 2nd in the Kitetour Europe and 2nd in the Masters World Championships Racing in Sardinia. She started Kitekidscamps 6 years ago in Germany and was happy to support KTA with the Kitekidstour to promote the sport to kids all around the globe. She supports kitesurfing projects in less developed areas to grow tourism through the sports.
KATHY XU (SINGAPORE)
Kathy is the founder of The Dorsal Effect. Having been a school teacher for 7 years and constantly advocating for her students to do good throughout her teaching career, Kathy decided to walk the talk and stepped out of the teaching profession to start The Dorsal Effect in 2013.
Triggered by an intense experience while swimming alongside a whale shark in Exmouth, Australia, back in 2011, Kathy decided she wanted to do something so that future generations could still see sharks alive rather than extinct and confined to just picture books. After learning about the shark fishing and finning situation and the demand for shark fin soup, Kathy started volunteering on the education arm of Shark Savers Singapore (and still is!) It wasn’t long before she decided that more should be done on the supply side other than the demand side for shark fin soup as well, and soon found herself in Lombok talking to shark fishermen.
KOKOI BALDO & HUKBONG LYRIKKAL (PHILIPPINES)
Hukbong lyrikkkal is a group founded in Baguio city, Philippines. They represent the the North (spec. Baguio City) which is one, if not the most respected hiphop region in the country.
This group aims to delineate what is happening in today's society.
Most of their track depicts a person's life , the experience ,struggles, and the dark side of it. The principles that they follow regarding religion, justice system, politics, climate change, and the ethical and moral dilemma that comes with it. They rap about things that will shape a person's belief, their way of living, they will try to have you see things from their point of view and let you make your own conclusion. Basically they rap about things in life that are not heard of from the mainstream rappers, they rap to let you know about the issues of the world.
The topic that they tackle ,although it is more important , may not make them famous but their main goal is to become an impetus for a better change using their passion.
LAURIE WILSON (USA)
Laurie Wilson is Founder of the Blue Ocean Network, a Platinum Pro 5000 diver and Women Divers Hall of Fame honouree. Laurie has worked in many aspects of the industry, including dive stores, resorts, live aboards, marine non-profits, marine sanctuaries, and more. She is credited with spearheading professional development in the dive tourism industry, bringing training to more than 12,000 dive and travel professionals. In addition to her speaking engagements at regional dive shows, her annual Dive Travel Conference ran in conjunction with the DEMA Show for 10 years.
More recently, Laurie joined the leadership team at “Blue The Dive.org” - a volunteer cross-stakeholder movement that promotes dive industry sustainability.
LESLIE LEANEY (USA)
Born in London, England, Leslie Leaney started diving in 1969 around the island of Singapore. He progressed through the BSAC system and became a scuba instructor, Club Expedition Director and eventually Diving Officer, for BSAC Special Branch in Singapore. During his two-and-a-half year tenure he trained several dozen divers and was responsible for the training curriculum of over a dozen instructors and over 70 active recreational divers.
LEON BOEY (SINGAPORE)
Leon Boey is a GUE, HSA and PADI instructor based in Bali. He runs dive education centers in Singapore, Bali, and Jakarta. Having dived for so long, and seeing the changes in the reef over the years, he’s compelled to make a difference by dedicating his dive company to marine conservation and implementing conservation activities on the ground.
LIZ CUNNINGHAM (USA)
Liz Cunningham writes and speaks about ocean conservation and the traits we need to be effective stewards of our seas and life on this planet – among others, courage, an engaged, active hope, and the ability to work together to find solutions. She will be presenting her award-winning book, Ocean Country, with a foreword by Carl Safina which examines the state of the oceans in four key regions of the world.
LYNN WU (TAIWAN GREATER CHINA)
Lynn Wu found a passion for the underwater world during a trip to Palau in 2006. She likes taking macro objects and her works have been published in various magazines and newspapers, she also won several awards including the Compact Camera Photo of the Year for Deepblu ADEX Voice of the Ocean 2016.
LUDWIG FEDERIGAN (PHILIPPINES)
Ludwig is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Young Environmental Forum. Previously he was the Treasurer and Vice-President for Business Operations of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines. He is a sought after speaker on climate change, sustainability, and leadership; and speaks in educational institutions and other youth-led activities. Currently he is writing his first book that will showcase individual approaches to a low-carbon and sustainable lifestyle. He has 25 years of experience intersecting fields of business, community organization, and environmental advocacy - as an executive, entrepreneur, communicator, and educator. He has a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Don Bosco Technical College and an MBA from the University of San Carlos.
LUCA VAIME (SWITZERLAND)
Luca Vaime age 36 from Switzerland based in Bali, Indonesia. Photographer, Film Maker and Photography Instructor at the Underwater Tribe.
Underwater Photographer since 2003. Luca loves to take picture of healthy reefs with many small colorful fish. He has been in living abroad since 2000 and Indonesia since 2005. Other places he has been working as diver include Australia, Maldives, Thailand and Egypt. Luca also practice regularly Aikido and love go surfing in his free time.
MARCELLO DI FRANCESCO (ITALY)
In past years he’s running in many photo contests, gaining many prizes and placements in some of the best world events. Since 2013, he’s a member of “Nauticam Italy Image team”. In 2015, he founded IUPS – Italian Underwater Photography Society. And in 2016, he founded www.AQUApixel.it with Davide Lopresti, he was also appointed as FixNeo Ambassador for the Japanese FISHEYE company in the same year.
Marthen is the Coral Triangle Center’s Field Learning Sites Manager. He is in charge of providing technical, planning, and policy support to ensure that the Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Bali and the emerging Banda Islands MPA Network in Maluku, eastern Indonesia are effectively managed. He is also helping develop new MPAs in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Prior to CTC, Marthen worked for The Nature Conservancy where he held various roles in marine protected area management. He is a member of the Council for Association of Diving School (ADS) Indonesia.
MARTY SNYDERMAN (USA)
One of approximately 80 people inducted into DEMA’s SCUBA diving Hall of Fame, Marty Snyderman is a proud recipient of DEMA’s 2008 Reaching Out Award. Marty is an EMMY Award winning cinematographer, still photographer, author and speaker specializing in the marine environment. The Marine Life Editor of Dive Training magazine, Marty produces at least three columns a month in every issue, including the underwater photography column entitled Behind The Lens and a natural history column entitled What’s That. He is also the Senior Editor and a columnist for California Diving News, and the co-author of a series of apps on underwater photography. Marty teaches underwater photography seminars in dive centers in North America and at destinations around the globe.
Marty’s still photography has been used by the National Geographic Society, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Oceana, Shark Research Institute, and many major publications, natural history museums and aquaria that express interest in marine wildlife and related issues. Marty serves on the Board of Trustees of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), an organization that utilizes citizen volunteers around the world to provide data for research scientists studying the health of the world’s oceans.
In December of 2016, Marty and his partner, Rick Voight, launched a subscription-based online magazine called Featured-Creatures that is produced for elementary age kids and the adults in their lives. Each monthly edition features specific marine animals.
Marty’s cinematography has been seen on numerous National Geographic productions, the PBS series Nature, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, ESPN and many other networks around the world.
MICHAEL AW (AUSTRALIA)
Michael Aw is an author, explorer and conservation photographer. His accolades include winning more than 63 international photographic awards including being named as one of the world’s most influential Nature photographers by Outdoor Photography, and in 2013 he was the first Asian to be awarded a NOGI by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Science. In 2012, Michael’s Indonesia’s Global Treasures won the Palme d’Or International Prize for Best Book of the Year at the World Underwater Pictures Festival (Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine). Michael is the first author/underwater photographer to have won this prestigious award twice; the first was for Philippines – Heart of the Ocean in 2009.
MICHON ALBAN (FRANCE)
French adventurer and explorer Alban Michon has done over 9000 dives in the most extreme conditions. He specialises in diving under ice and groundwater with a passion for polar regions. In 2010, Alban embarked on ‘Deepsea Under the Pole’, a forty-five day expedition to the North Pole. Two years later, he did a 1000km sea kayak alongside his friend Vincent Berthet, an adventure for two months autonomously on the east coast of Greenland. The documentary from this experience, ‘Trap White’, aired for the first time on Thalassa in May 2013. Human contact is a driving force according to Alban and approaches this concept by his active lecturing and guide for Abyssworld in Siberia and Antarctica.
NORA LESTARI (INDONESIA)
Nora started freediving in 2012 out of curiosity and has not looked back since there. Freediving has opened many doors of opportunity for her and she used them to create awareness back home in Indonesia. Nora is a competitive freediver, underwater model, and a PADI Scuba Dive master. Now as freediving increases in popularity, she looks forward to seeing greater growth and inspiring more freedivers in the future.
NUSWANTO LOBBU (INDONESIA)
Nuswanto Lobbu began his underwater adventure under the supervision and training of the late and great Larry Smith in Lembeh Strait. Through out his career, Nus met and worked with many professional underwater photographers, marine biologists and scientists, with over 20 years experience in guiding and diving experience. He is also a qualified CMAS and POSSI instructor and an SSI and SDI instructor. He is currently part of the management team of Maluku Divers Resort in Ambon, Maluku.
ODESSA BUGARIN (PHILIPPINES)
Odessa Bugarin is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. She is currently taking her AIDA Level four free diving course and have also started her competitive free diving career this year. She has her mermaid school located in Anilao Batangas, Philippines. Odessa Mermaid Academy aims to give not just fun to their students, their lessons include information which spread awareness about marine environment conservation, as well as wildlife. They find all that vital especially to the kids. OMA's mission is to get everyone, especially kids involved with nature because the children of today will be their future. Odessa wants people to see her as a mermaid with an advocacy. A mermaid with a cause.
OLI CHRISTEN (SWITZERLAND)
Born and raised in Switzerland, he moved to Indonesia in 2011 to start Freedive Flow. Oli is known in the world of freediving as the author of the current AIDA Education materials and a versatile speaker and travelling freedive evangelist. He has been awarded 2015 by PADI for his outstanding contribution as a member of the PADI Freediver Advisory Group. Oli sees freediving as a relaxing and the most direct way to interact with underwater nature. But in a much broader perspective, for him freediving is a powerful tool to open new doors and gain insights to ourselves. In his Instructor Trainings he emphasizes perfect freediving technique as much as excellent teaching skills to create a safe environment for all students and making every freedive course an unforgettable experience.
PAUL FRIESE (USA)
Paul Friese founded Bali Sharks Rescue Center, an alternative to unsustainable fishing, saving 205+ sharks. The center solves marine trophic cascade by reintroducing the sharks into coral propagation and marine protected areas. Other achievements include scientific firsts and exposing Illegal Unreported Unregulated fisheries which included Human Trafficking practices.
PAUL TOOMER (UK)
After living in South Africa for 23 years, Paul Toomer discovered diving in the cold waters of Southern England. Paul has worked as an instructor and instructor-trainer for PADI, IANTD, TDI, SSI and now RAID, to name but a few. In 2007, he decided to concentrate purely on technical diver training and expeditions, and Diving Matrix Tec Lab was born. Tec Lab is innovative in its design and philosophy and sets the benchmark for advanced diver training. Paul now has the role of Director of Diver Training at RAID International.
PAUL WATSON (USA)
Captin Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservation and an environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-poaching and direct action group focused on marine conservation and marine conservation activism.
PEPE ARCOS (SPAIN)
Former Freediving champion and now a full time photographer and filmmaker, Pepe Arcos is an award winning multitalented shooter that explores this underwater domain, holding breath for minutes at a time to capture unique images of ethereal calm. A talented individual who dodge even greater odds to document aspects of the underwater world that even the fastest scuba diver will fail to capture.
PETER BETHUNE (NEW ZEALAND)
Peter James "Pete" Bethune, is a courageous, brave and inspirational change maker best known for his epic journey in the Earthrace boat. Pete is a New Zealand promoter of bio-fuels and conservationist. He is the holder of the world record for the fastest trip circumnavigating around the world in a 100 percent biofuel powered trimaran smashing a world record speed, knocking almost two weeks off the old record with a time of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes and was involved with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Bethune and Earthrace have fought a different environmental battle promoting the use of sustainable biofuel.
A documentary team is filming their work for a TV show called The Operatives. It's named after Bethune's unarmed environmental commando unit.
Earthrace-2 is Pete's next major project. Based on the original Earthrace vessel, Earthrace-2 is looking to repeat this, but with a much bigger vessel that will change the way the world views conservation.
Pete Bethune is an environmentalist, but not the ordinary kind!
PETER STONE (USA)
Peter Stone, seafarer, boat captain, merchant engineer, avid scuba diver, global traveler (90+ countries), world renowned author, inspirational speaker, television personality, business coach, consultant, successful international business person, and Founder, CEO, Designer & Manufacturer of FIVE profitable sterling silver and gold jewelry brands. Peter’s Passion has always been the Sea! That Passion lives and grows still today ~
DiveSilver: Peter's vast, diverse and stunning sterling silver and gold jewelry lines, created exclusively for Dive, Nautical, Sea Life and Water Sport enthusiasts worldwide. Beautiful, Intricate and Stylish Profit Generating Jewelry - that Sells!
PIETRO CREMONE (ITALY)
The passion for underwater photography has always been so important to for him that he decided to turn it into a work. In 2009, he founded Digital Media Service to sell underwater photo equipments. One of his images has been chosen from Nature’s Best Photography to be displayed at Smithsonian Museum of Washington DC (USA).
RANDALL ARAUZ (COSTA RICA)
Randall Arauz is a Costa Rican biologist with experience studying fisheries interactions with sea turtles and sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, as well as in political processes to establish binding conservation policy that mitigates or eliminates these impacts. He is currently a PEW Marine Fellow in Marine Conservation.
RANDY THORNTON (USA)
Randy Thornton, owner of Dive Addicts and SubGravity has been actively diving rebreathers for 25 years. A TDI Instructor Trainer Evaluator, as well as a member of the TDI Training Advisory Panel, Randy enjoys teaching all levels of scuba diving from beginning students through CCR Advanced Mixed Gas and CCR Cave. Randy’s real passion is cave and wreck diving and he is actively exploring several new projects in Florida, Mexico and Utah. Randy is also the founder of TEKDiveUSA.
RICHIE KOHLER (USA)
Richie Kohler is a filmmaker, author and explorer. The subject of the best-selling book, “Shadow Divers” the New York Times bestseller is soon to be a major motion picture by Universal Studios. Host of the popular History Channel program “Deep Sea Detectives”, Kohler has produced numerous other television programs detailing his explorations on some of the most famous shipwrecks in the world, including the Andrea Doria, RMS Titanic, and the HMHS Britannic. Kohler has worked on film projects for Paramount Pictures, CBS, PBS/NOVA, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Universal Studios.
ROBBY JAMES (SINGAPORE)
Robby has competed in a number of KTA (Kiteboard Tour Asia) events where he competes professionally at the same level as the men and he is the number 1 junior in racing. Kiteboarding is a unique sport where juniors can compete at the same level as the men, as they are not restricted by strength and size. Robby is on a journey, where his real goal is to win and make history by winning the first ever Olympic Medal in the Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2018 for Singapore, where there will be Kiteboarding racing for the first time. What is remarkable is that Robby only started kiteboarding a year ago and already a sponsored team rider for a top brand.
ROBERT SCALES (CANADA)
Robert Scales is a Canadian living in Bali since 2011. He is the co-founder of Ceningan Divers, Ceningan Resort and the Ceningan Eco Trust based on a small 7 sq. kilometre island located on the east coast of Bali. Robert is a former media executive and college professor with a passion for sustainable development and marine conservation. He describes himself as a simplicity expert, resort owner, scuba diver, renaissance man & bon vivant!
RONI BEN-AHARON (PHILIPPINES)
Growing up on the shores of the Mediterranean, wind surfing at 7 and diving at 16, salt water pretty much runs through her veins. Ditching a promising corporate America career, Roni spent a decade living, dive-guiding, and holding management positions in the tourism industry in 4 continents, bringing her industry knowledge and passion for conservation and sustainable living wherever she goes. Roni is currently the Reservations Manager at Atlantis Philippines - Dive Resorts & Liveaboards.
SAYGUN DURA (TURKEY)
Saygun Dura is an awarded professional underwater photographer, dive instructor and owner of an advertisement photography studio which is shooting famous brands of Turkey. He gave studio and light technique lessons in several universities during 2004-2014. He had personal exhibitions in New York and Istanbul. Also invited as jury member to photography competitions.
SCOTT TUASON (PHILIPPINES)
Scott was first handed his underwater camera at the age of 16 though he started diving before he even hit puberty. Decades later he’s still a passionate photographer, and the element of doing things just at the edge characterizes how he gets his images. From throwing himself into a feeding frenzy or dangling off a line in open water at night, Gutsy as he is known thrives on the thrills. His photography has won awards, notably the Palme D’or at Antibes festival for his co-authored book Anilao in 2000, his current book is Notes from the Sea and he is in the process of finishing his new book Blackwater and Open Blue , due out in April 2016
SHAFRAZ NAEEM (MALDIVES)
Shafraz Naeem, known to everyone as “Shaff”, is an ex-military dive instructor, an award-winning underwater photographer and is thewho started his diving career in 1994. He has extensive knowledge of diving all over the Maldives.
SIMON LORENZ (Hong Kong)
Simon dedicates himself to dive travel, journalism, pool photography and distribution of photography products. A life-long traveler who speaks 6 languages and has dived on 6 continents, he takes groups of divers to exciting destinations. His ambition is to provide unusual dive experiences and develop the capabilities of his guests. Articles and photographs by Simon have appeared in magazines around the world. In his home town Hong Kong he runs the first and only underwater modelling studio Pool Portrait. With his distribution company FiveGills he imports underwater camera gear from Europe and North America for dive shops in Asia.
SIMON PRIDMORE (UK)
Simon Pridmore is a frequent speaker at our Tekdive conferences. He was a pioneer of mixed-gas deep diving in Asia and previously owned IANTD franchises in Micronesia and the UK. He is now a best-selling author of books for scuba divers that include, "Scuba Confidential," "Scuba Professional" and "Scuba Fundamental”
SUZY LIM (FRANCE/HONG KONG)
Suzy’s love of the Ocean and its inhabitants began during her youth, and she is now using her freediving skills to collaborate with Project:C:Change, an organisation dedicated to generate awareness in China and Asia about global environmental degradation, climate change and conservation through Media Arts. She is a PADI and AIDA Master freediver Instructor and an AIDA International Judge. She is the Co-founder of Freediving Planet, a name dedicated to provide worldwide quality freediving education and top freediving equipment.
Syrena, Singapore’s First Mermaid, has been making waves as Singapore’s first ever professional mermaid, as well as the founder of the Singapore Mermaid School. She is forging a new mermaid movement in Asia: one that champions strength, beauty, and love as the core values of every siren of the seas. The Singapore Mermaid School is the first of its kind! Blending mermaid theory and physicality, it immerses students in a holistic mermaid experience that’s the experience of a lifetime. Catch the mermaids of the Singapore Mermaid School in action as they splash their way to ADEX 2016!
Dr TAN HEOK HUI (SINGAPORE)
Dr Tan is an alumnus of NUS, starting his undergraduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1992, he got involved in the science of fish in a more serious manner. With the encouragements and support of his supervisor (Prof Peter Ng) and mentor (Maurice Kottelat), his family and friends, this interest was nurtured and further cultivated. Having taken part in numerous field trips in Southeast Asia during the last 25 years, he is constantly amazed at the diversity of fish inhabiting Southeast Asia. Dr. Tan obtained his doctorate degree in 2003, working on the systematics of Borneo Suckers (Gastromyzon). He has, to date, published more than 90 internationally refereed scientific papers, describing more than 100 species of freshwater fishes new to Science, including the world’s smallest vertebrate (Paedocypris progenetica) from the peat swamp forests of Indonesia. He is currently an Operations Officer at LKCNHM. His area of interest nowadays covers local conservation, ongoing systematic pursuits and covers both marine and freshwater life.
TIM JARVIS (UK)
Tim Jarvis combines a love of adventure with a passion for environmental issues. He is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker with a Masters Degree in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.
A sustainability adviser on multilateral aid projects in developing countries and organisations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank - ADB & ausAID and is also the Global Ambassador for WWF Australia
Named the Australian Geographic Society's 2013 Adventurer of the year for his re-enactment of Shackleton's 1916 journey.
Tim's most recent project 25zero is to inspire action on climate change through the melting glacial ice at the equator, where 25 mountains still have a glacier. Put simply, 25 mountains zero latitude, 25 years zero ice -25zero
With three decades of experience pulling together epic ideas, Tim Jarvis is undoubtedly one of the world's leading experts in achieving impossible dream.
THOMAS DEDERICHS (GERMANY)
Thomas Dederichs is the President of OMS – Ocean Management Systems, and the CEO and Founder of BtS EUROPA AG. He has been diving for more than 35 years and has clocked more than 2000 dives. He has over 10 years of experience as a TDI Inspiration Instructor and TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor Trainer. He is also qualified as a GUE Fundamentals Instructor, GUE Cave II diver as well as PADI OWSI. Furthermore, Thomas led a Dive & Travel adventure team to explore wrecks in the Irish Sea.
TODD ESSICK (USA)
Todd Essick will be relaunching his book, Echo, Goddesses, Sirens and Mermaids!
Pick up his latest book with additional works to his groundbreaking book, Beginnings Goddesses, Sirens and Mermaids! "Real Photographs Showing The Connection We All Have With The Sea." Come down to ADEX to catch Todd and his new book. Meet the man behind the photos and even maybe get him to sign your copy to make it one of a kind! So catch Todd ONLY at ADEX!
VLADAMIR MLADENOVIC (SERBIA)
Vladimir Mladenovic is a professional underwater photographer and videographer and also a general manager of Subal underwater camera housings company. He specialises in Split photography and is set to showcase his collection of underwater splits in his new book, SPLIT SESSION. He has captured a variety of sports all over the world in his work like diving, rafting, fishing and canyoning. His work explores and connects both types of water; salt and fresh, and different climates, from tropical places to frozen lakes. His work has been published in many international magazines and has won international awards.
VINCENT TRUCHET (FRANCE)
Diving is for Vincent a simple way to be in contact with wild animals. It's observation, interaction, contact with wildlife that really fascinates him. Living in French Polynesia since 2010, he lives surrounded by water. The lagoon is in front of his door and the ocean at less than 100m. It is an asset to dive every day with the fauna of the Pacific ocean.
Vincent entered the professional photography world by winning some competitions but for him it is not an end in itself. The most important thing is to share images and experiences. In 2014 he work for Blancpain, in 2015 for Breitling, his photos are chosen by the BBC wildlife for their calendar, by Canon for an advertisement and for prestigious publications like the Blancpain fifty fathoms edition. He is part of the Isotta team and from 2017 he organizes photo expeditions throughout Polynesia.
WOJTEK A. FILIP (POLAND)
Wojtek has been diving for over 29 years with over 8,000 dives under his belt. He is an explorer, technical and cave diver. Some of his exploration and dive project leader includes dives on Britannic in Greece, Grom in Norway, many Baltic Sea, Red Sea & Adriatic Sea wrecks. He is a leader of the Morpheus Project on exploration of Croatian caves and an Instructor Mentor in Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). He is also a diving gear constructor and tester in TecLine and is also an author of several hundred features on diving safety and diving equipment.
WU LIXIN (CHINA)
Asian Diver Filed Editor for China, Wu Li Xin is a tek diver and professional underwater photographer who has many accolades under his name, such as the silver award for macro photography at the 11th World Underwater Photography Championships. Besides being an avid underwater explorer, Wu is also a contract photographer with Chinese National Geography, as well as a member of the China Artistic Photography Academy.
YOSHI HIRATA (JAPAN)
A marine biologist and accomplished underwater photographer, Yoshi Hirata began his passion for diving when he was researching the rich marine resources of Sipadan and Mabul back in 1993 as a marine consultant. During the course of his work, he expressed his love for the sea by featuring thousands of amazing photos of Mabul in various magazine titles. He is also the author of 3 books namely “Oraga-Umi”, “With… My Expression of Love for the Sea” and “Art of the Sea”.
YU YOOYU GU (CHINA)
As a naval architect, Yooyu Gu, Yu has more than 15 years working experience in the ship registry, ship design, ocean engineering and shipbuilding project management. He is also the designer and project manager of MY ‘SEAISEE I’ and MV ‘French Polynesia Master’. He will be sharing his experience in designing and project managing 5-star Liveaboard Safari Diving Boats, and the key points regarding Safety, Environmental, Energy-efficiency and comfort!
Y.ZIN KIM (SOUTH KOREA)
Y.Zin is the first National Geographic Diver/Underwater Photographer in South Korea. She is introducing high quality underwater filming techniques along with underwater filming techniques along with underwater model education in the country, and is currently working as a commercial photographer
*Speakers are subject to change