#APE MONTHLY VIRTUAL EVENT 2022 – MAY SERIES
ADEX Pixel Expo
Scuba Diver AustralAsia
Claudio Di Manao
German / Hong Kong
Dr. Henry Chan
Ting Wai Kit
United Kingdom / Malaysia
#APE MONTHLY VIRTUAL EVENT 2022 SCHEDULE – MAY SERIES
Monthly Photography Session: Macro Photography
Simon Lorenz [German / Hong Kong]
Underwater photographer Simon Lorenz is a tour leader, scuba instructor, photo coach, author and event speaker. His travel company Insider Divers offers guided group trips in which he and his colleagues aim to further the marine and photography skills of his guests. His photos and articles have appeared in magazines around the world and he has filmed for companies such as CNN and NatGeo. He supports various NGOs such as WWF and TNC and fights for the protection of sharks on the advisory board of the Hong Kong Shark Foundation. Simon speaks 6 languages and has dived on all continents.
Brett Lobwein [Australia]
Brett Lobwein is a passionate and environmentally-minded photographer from Australia. Whether shooting silky sharks in Cuba or fur seals in his native waterways, Brett aims to represent marine life in their natural element, without demonizing or sensationalizing an animal to gain attention to an image for the wrong reasons. Also, he is a strong advocate of protecting our oceans by raising awareness around the impact of single-use plastics.
Suzan Meldonian [USA]
Suzan Meldonian is a photojournalist specialising in underwater and nature photography. Her images have been seen in publications and she has published two photo ID books of the strange and unusual marine life found at the Blue Heron Bridge, Florida. Suzan has also won multiple prestigious awards for her works. Six years ago, she submerged into the mysterious world of black water diving, fulfilling an explorer’s need to discover new creatures.
Alan Lo [Hong Kong]
Alan Lo is a commercial photographer based in Hong Kong and a scuba diving aficionado. He has been selected as one of the world’s top 50 underwater photographers under Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms. Alan is the only spokesperson for Seacam Hong Kong, one of the World’s top underwater housing brands.
Why Liveaboard Diving?
Mark Brodersen [USA]
During my OW and AOW course which I completed in Bali in 1998-1999 I fell in love with diving, the country of Indonesia, and knew that I wanted to be involved in the dive industry here in some way. It took a few years and in 2006 I made the move to Bali getting my IDC Staff instructor as well as Tec Instructor ratings. 7yrs ago, a friend brought me onboard for a Bali-Komodo-Bali itinerary and that’s when I became hooked on the liveaboard experience
Monthly DiveTraining Session
Vincent Lai [Malaysia]
Vincent Lai is a Malaysian Recreational Instructor Trainer and Technical Instructor. Starting relatively early, 2022 is his 11th year working in the dive industry. He currently runs Scuba Attitude, an Instructor Training Center based in Kuala Lumpur.
Besides teaching, he spent time working in a Hyberbaric Chamber in Phuket, and commercial related works in Tarbela Dam, Pakistan. Vincent also worked with dive centers in conducting seminars regarding dive safety awareness, to dive operators and instructors alike.
Monthly Animal Behaviour Session
Amos Nachoum [USA]
Amos has been a wildlife photographer and expedition leader for over 35 years, filming marine giants across all the world’s oceans, from Antarctica to the High Arctic. His images have appeared in over 500 magazines around the world. He has twice won in the Behaviour category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world’s largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition.
Monthly BlueGreen360 Session
The Importance of Shark Education: Kids Can Save Sharks
Jillian Morris [USA]
Born and raised in Maine, Jillian’s love for the ocean started at an early age and has continued to play an integral role in her adult life. She has spent thousands of hours in the field working and diving with sharks across the globe. She is a marine biologist, shark conservationist, educator and the founder of Sharks4Kids. She has filmed for numerous television shows and networks, has appeared on Shark Week and is a PADI Ambassadiver. She was named Scuba Diving Magazine’s July 2016 Sea Hero , awarded the inaugural Shark Con Shark Hero Award in 2017 and was the Go Blue Awards 2020 Blue Ambassador of the Year. She is the author of Norman the Nurse Shark and Shark Super Powers and a member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society.
In-Conversation with David Strike Session: Mixing It Up with Marc Crane
Marc Crane [Indonesia]
Living and working in Bali, Indonesia, Marc Crane has logged thousands of hours on various rebreathers and is an International Training Director for SSI XR, and an Instructor Trainer for TDI holding the qualifications of Hypoxic Trimix and Advanced Mixed Gas Instructor Trainer in both Open Circuit and CCR.
An avid wreck and cave diver he has explored and discovered some of Indonesia’s lesser known areas and as chief diving safety officer for Unseen Expeditions is responsible for all aspects of diving safety for research projects in the twilight zone.
David Strike [Australia] ADEX Ambassador for Technical Diving, Pioneer & Fellow of The Explorers Club
A former Instructor Trainer and Certifier with a background in Military, Commercial, Recreational and Technical Diving, David has authored several hundred dive-related articles. The ADEX Ambassador for Technical Diving, Pioneer, he is a recipient of the ADEX Lifetime Achievement Award and a Fellow of The Explorers Club of New York.
Monthly Dive Etiquettes Session
The origins of Divers Behaviour
Claudio Di Manao [Italy]
Claudio Di Manao is an Italian diving instructor and dive guide with a worldwide diving experience. He worked in Sharm el Sheikh, in the Cayman Islands, UK, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Zanzibar. He authored six published books and is an AlertDiver.eu. contributor. As columnist for Italian and Swiss-Italian magazines and newspapers he is focused on the marine environment. His first book, Shamandura Generation, depicts the Sharm el Sheikh’s diving community life-style in a humorous way and has been translated into English.
Claudio di Manao is PADI MSTD, IANTD Eanx Instructor, hyperbaric tender, and a science communicator.
Special Blue/Green Sabah Revival
Simon Christopher [United Kingdom / Malaysia]
Simon is a Sabah/Malaysia-based zoologist deeply committed to communicating the critical importance of biodiversity to as many people as possible worldwide. Having founded Scubazoo.tv and TimorBlue after more than two and half decades with more than 180 documentary programmes from BBC Natural History blockbusters such as Blue Planet II, LIFE, Human Planet – Oceans and Big Blue – Live, to hit reality shows like Survivor, Amazing Race and Man vs Wild, IMAX films like Sacred Planet and Conquest of the Skies, 3D – plus seven large format coffee-table book publications under his belt, Simon is excited to be launching BLU HOPE alongside UNESCO Ocean Decade.
Ting Wai Kit [Malaysia]
Wai Kit is a year 2 Geography major in the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has worked closely with the National Parks Board and has just started interning with them! He believes in doing his best for the environmental scene as a member of the management team for Singapore Youth for Climate Action and Co-President of NUS Students Against Violation of the Earth. He also plans on starting a nature guiding company that provides affordable and sustainable guided tours whilst compensating guides above market rate, and supporting aspiring youths in the environmental scene.
Hazel Oakley [United Kingdom]
Hazel is the Managing Director of TRACC, an award winning marine conservation organization based in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Their principal occupation is restoration of the reef destroyed by bomb fishing and conservation of the nesting turtle population. They beach clean daily and the never ending supply of plastic waste into the sea is a massive concern.
Leonard Alaza [Malaysia]
Leonard Alaza is an award winning journalist who has been in the industry for 30 years. He has worked for four Sabah-based daily newspapers and is currently a co-founder of Borneo Pulse, a non-profit online storytelling platform that aims to make news and contents relating to sustainable development and living, conservation, the environment, wildlife protection, sustainable innovations and community empowerment as “front page material” that would inspire as many people into taking action. He believes that it is time for people to consume information relating to these global concerns as stories that matter most to their brief existence on this planet.
He is also a UN Indigenous Fellow in Geneva, Switzerland for his activism in Indigenous Peoples rights and is an author of a number of books.
Leonard is passionate about social entrepreneurship where has set up a small workshop in his village that turns wastes into income opportunities for the poor.
Dr Henry Chan [Malaysia]
Dr. Henry Chan is the Conservation Director for WWF-Malaysia. Leading the mission to “build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature,” his responsibilities cover Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak as well as marine programmes spanning the whole country. The conservation programmes span Wildlife, Forest and Protected Areas, Freshwater, as well as Policy and Climate Change, Education for Sustainable Development, Community Engagement and Education, Sustainable Production and Consumption, and Sustainable FInancing. He joined WWF-Malaysia in 2012 as Head of Conservation Sarawak. Over April 2015 to 2017, Henry was seconded to be the Heart of Borneo Leader for WWF-Malaysia and WWF-Indonesia.
ABOUT #APE MONTHLY VIRTUAL EVENT 2022
Connecting the global dive industry, blue economy sectors and its community all in the comforts of your own home!
ADEX Pixel 360° Virtual Expo 2022 is back with a monthly fringe festival by divers, for divers with exciting *virtually” interactive and engaging webinars lined up that aims to bring dive-minded divers together over a united cause – diving and the ocean!
Organised by the digital platform for ADEX Asia Dive Expo and ADEX Pixel Expo, #APE 360° Virtual Expo celebrates the diversity of the ocean and its diving landscape, with a series of events happening every month, to bring trending dialogue and deep-rooted tales on the pulse of diving, with inspirational quests and insightful stories!
Mark your calendars and join us every month on these special dates:
08/06/2022 (World Ocean Day)
6 exciting sessions every month will see speakers from various disciplines share their diving feats:
Photography requires a keen eye for detail and a good set of photography equipment. Good photography requires patience. Experienced photographers and individuals alike come together, either in a panel format or a single presentation, to share their breathtaking shots in the deep blue. Marvel at their photographic feats every month and even pick up a photography secret or two!
#2 Regular Session
Every month, we’re joined by industry experts and game changers who actively immerse themselves into the exciting world of diving. Our speakers will put forward their unique perspectives and their personal anecdotes on the unpredictable dive industry as well as their favourite dive destinations. Get decked up for your next dive and come join us in these sessions happening every month — you never know what you might discover next!
The session will cover the vast world of diving, from essential skills and techniques to crash courses on dive safety to the challenging art of deep breathing. Joined by qualified dive masters, don’t miss out on learning from the pros! Regardless of your dive proficiency, this monthly session is great for refining your skills and picking up new diving tips and tricks along the way.
#4 Animal behaviour
Every month, ADEX Pixel invites a speaker to explore the fascinating kingdom of Animalia! Covering mating behaviours, migration patterns, and the many such peculiarities of animals, this session is a great informative introduction to the natural world. Whether you’re a student, a diver, or just an avid animal enthusiast, join us every month for an exciting session with the experts!
The oceans have fallen prey to the talons of climate change and we’re doing our part in making a change. Happening every month, come hear about what ocean activists and industry players have to say about the current climate. The challenges faced by communities and the inventive efforts in place to alleviate the crisis are some of the concerning topics discussed during these sessions.
#6 In Conversation with David Strike
The charming David Strike graces us in this enthralling monthly series — In Conversation with David Strike. David invites to the session some of the diving world’s most distinguished individuals from all over the world. There’s never a dull moment with David and his guests as they embark on a compelling conversation surrounding their dive portfolio, that’s undoubtedly bursting at the seams.
Underwater360° (UW360) is the umbrella platform that represents every major pillar of diving across Asia and the world. Since 2010, the platform hopes to hurdle together over 25,000,000* divers community globally through curating content and services that offers ‘everything one needs to know about exploring the world of water. Gathering the dive community, together with the whole diving industry, underwater360 provides informative, up-to-date, exciting information, all of which is easy to digest on the go such as their three magazines titles, a massive dive expo and a lifestyle, infotainment, directory and networking hub called ‘Diveaholic by underwater360’ for all the underwater enthusiasts out there. For more information, please visit www.uw360.asia.
* Source PADI Global Certification & Membership Statistics 2017
More than just an annual dive show, ADEX Series is inspired by the past and aims to lead the present and impact the future. The Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) is the largest and longest-running dive consumer and trade show in Asia, celebrating its 25th year in 2019. ADEX is endorsed by major industry organizations such as the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) and China Underwater Association and has been recognized as “Best Exhibition Organiser 2018” by the Singapore Tourism Board. ADEX was also recently appointed by the United Nations and Asia-Pacific Diving communities as Sustainable Ocean Ambassador. Underwater360 group has managed the event since 2009, resulting in significant growth and establishing ADEX as a must-attend event for anyone interested or involved in the world of diving. ADEX 2019 will take place in Singapore in April; in Shanghai and Beijing in July; and in Mumbai, India, for the first time in October. For more information, please visit www.adex.asia
ABOUT ADEX PIXEL EXPO
“ADEX Pixel “Virtual” Expo is the product of COVID-19 pandemic and also the next stage for ADEX after 25 years. This platform will be the virtual/online arm to the existing ADEX series of shows as we hope to unite the industry as ‘One Industry. One Ocean. One Community’ and, also hopefully to be ‘The World’s First Digital Dive Show’!”
– John Thet, CEO of ADEX series of shows, Project Director of ADEX Pixel “Virtual” Expo, Publisher and Editorial Director of Asian Diver, Scuba Diver Australasia/OceanPlanet, Founder of Historical Diving Society Asia, and President of Magazine Publisher Association of Singapore [MPAS]
Connecting the global dive and marine conservation industry, blue economy sectors, and its community, ADEX PIXEL “Virtual” EXPO (#APE) brings together with the world’s best dive influencers, thought leaders, industry key players – speakers and exhibitors, NGOs/NPOs, social enterprises from the global landscape on ONE platform through new monthly contents that entertain, educate, and engage. #APE delivers informative contents, interviews, LIVE! webinars and podcast series, an expansive marketplace, community forum, a stunning image gallery showcasing 2,021 underwater images from all over the world, and more exciting elements – all in the comforts of your own home! For more information, please visit www.adex.asia