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Guest Speaker (2020)
A child of the 70s, Luke was taught to conserve at an early age, always turning lights off, and putting on extra clothing if he felt cold. Unfortunately as an adult of the 21st Century, Luke spent several years flying all over the world for work, thereby racking up a huge carbon footprint. Luke co-founded Terra Neutra in 2019 to help people reduce their carbon footprint. Married with two young children, Luke flies a lot less these days. Luke spent 20 years working in broadcast & digital technology with stints at Channel 4, Sony Pictures Television, Brightcove & Accedo.
Conservation Speaker (2020)
Kara is a Co-founder and the MD at SORCE, working on marine ecosystem restoration and species protection in Lombok Indonesia, within and around the GITA NADA MPA. Projects include elements of scientific research, active conservation through restoration and habitat connectivity, and community outreach and engagement, including providing data and advice to the government for effective long-term management and protection. SORCE is working to build a marine park management network in Lombok, connecting marine ecosystem stakeholders at all levels with government departments, and facilitating the conversation around the development and implementation of productive and effective protection legislation.
Commercial diver, Divemaster, Underwater videographer, Tattooist, Event manager. Manage to get involved in underwater clean ups, net removals and sourcing diver man power for underwater works.
Imogen Waters joins Blu Hope as a Project Development Consultant working on ReWild. Imogen has an MA in Environment and Development from King’s College London and a BA in English Literature from University of Exeter, where she specialised in Environmental Humanities.
Imogen recently led a research project for Seeding Our Future, exploring carbon footprint minimisation. Previously, she worked with The Schumacher Institute conducting a comparative evaluation of food systems under Covid-19. Imogen is currently working for Knight Frank LLP, exploring how to drive the integration of ESG considerations into corporate real estate investments.
Datuk Pang Yuk Ming
Born and attended Primary school in Tawau. Attended secondary school in Singapore and graduated from the University of Arizona with Bachelor of Science. Has been active in numerous NGOs inclusive of Junior Chamber International which preaches ‘Services to Humanity is the Best Work of Life’. Started own businessman after graduation in 1998 until 2008 when I was elected as Merotai’s to the Sabah State Assembly from 2008-2018. Served five years (2013-2018) as the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment which included services as the Deputy Chairman of SABAH Environment Action Committee and the Chairman of Sabah Anti Fish Bombing Committee.
Benoît is the Director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, a research and training facility co-managed by Sabah Wildlife Department and Cardiff University, where he leads projects on biodiversity responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation. Benoit is also a Professor at Cardiff University and a member of the IUCN SSC’s Asian Wild Cattle, Crocodile, Asian Elephant and Primate Specialist Groups.
Maya Karin Roelcke (born 29 October 1979) is a Malaysian and Germans film actress, television host, and singer. Now one of the leading and established actresses in Malaysia’s local film industry, she garnered wide recognition from the critics and public for her award-winning and memorable performances in movies such as Potinak Harum Sundal Malam, Anak Halal, Ombak Rindu and Munafik 2. Her movies have grossed over RM85m so far. Beside acting Maya Karin is quite active being activist for the environment, she was the ambassador River of Life in Malaysia and also Voice of Wilds by Forest Research Institute Malaysia. She often supports and does a lot of campaigns regarding environmental issues in Malaysia and South East Asia.
Elysium Arctic presents Dr Sylvia Earle, one of the most influential figures in the industry. Referred to as a “living legend” by the United States Library of Congress, and a first “hero for the planet” by Time Magazine, Sylvia is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with extensive experience as a field research scientist and government official.
Jo is a passionate campaigner for the oceans, her career in conservation began in the 80’s when she started the first marine programme for WWF Hong Kong, where she lived for 14 years. Disappointed in the lack of conservation messages in the BBC films she worked on, she decided to leave to work independently and when she started to hear about the problem of plastic waste in the oceans, she knew she had to tell the story as it was. She began to raise the funds needed to make the documentary, A Plastic Ocean. Jo co-founded the Plastic Oceans Foundation as a registered UK carity neary 11 years ago to help the fundraising process and to continue the legacy of the film with evidence-based education programmes for schools, business and public awareness.
An ocean addict with a heart set to protect the underwater world. The winner of Miss Scuba International 2012, Jamie has been dedicating her life to educate and advocate for the protection of the ocean and its inhabitants. Since 2014, Jamie has been working with the Manta Trust. She now leads a manta rays conservation project in her home country, which involves researching and educating people from all over the world about manta rays and marine conservation.
Tekdiving Speaker (2020)
A man at the front line of exploration and one of the world’s most experienced science expedition leaders. Former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Soceity, Paul is Expedition Leader for the National Geographic Pristine Seas Expeditions. The Royal Geographical Society has awarded Paul the Ness Award and the Founders Gold Medal. He is Ambasssador for the UN Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Paul was the Base Commander of the Rothera Research Station, Antartica, for the British Antarctic Survey for ten years and was awarded HM The Queen’s Polar Medal. A mountain in Antartica is named after him.
Elaine Clara Mah
Elaine is a communicator for the Sabah Landscapes Programme focusing on terrestrial conservation which includes the protection of forests as well as the conservation of iconic Bornean species such as the Bornean orangutan and the Bornean elephant.
Dr Maklarin Lakim
Dr. Maklarin bin Lakim graduated from University Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1990. He started his working career in 1991, as a Research Assistant at Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA), Lahad Datu, Sabah. He joined Sabah Parks in June 1992 as a Park Manager, based in Sandakan. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Research Officer, based at Kinabalu Park in 1994. Being a researcher, he pursued and obtained his MSc in Biodiversity Management from University Kebangsaan Malaysia in 1998, and receivied his PhD in Primate Ecology from University Malaysia Sabah in 2008. He is currently the Director of Sabah Parks, since January 2020.
Herminatalia, or fondly known as Mimin, joined WWF-Malaysia back in 2013 as a programme assistant to the Green Marine Tourism project in Semporna. She is currently working with coastal communities on community-based natural resource management that includes women empowerment and livelihood improvement projects.
David (Dave) Thomas was appointed the Deputy High Commissioner to Malaysia in August 2018. Prior to his appointment Dave worked as the Tech Overhaul Programme Director in the Knowledge and Technology Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He joined the FCO in 1996 and has served at posts in Lagos, Pretoria, Washington DC and Madrid. Dave has expertise in safety, security and justice and climate change issues in Project and Programme Management.
Nicholas joined WWF-Malaysia back in 2010 as a policy officer; spending a significant amount of time moving between a few different portfolios such as forest legality, freshwater and landscape manager. He currently oversees the spatial planning work for Sabah Landscapes Programme.
Shariff joined WWF-Malaysia back in 2006 as a research officer; spending a significant amount of time conducting camera-trapping in the forests of Belum-Temengor. He currently oversees the anti-poaching and research components of the programme.
Fredinand joined WWF-Malaysia back in 2005 as a Forest Restoration Programme Assistant for WWF-Malaysia’s Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Project; Managing orangutan habitat restoration work in Bukit Piton from 2012 until 2019. He currently oversees land health and agroforestry work under Sabah Landscapes Programme.
TP is a qualifies barrister from Lincoln’s Inn (UK) and presently Managing Director of Infinitus Entertainment Malaysia, one of Malaysia’s most successful film production companies. TP is the founding President of Roots & Shoots Malaysia which was formed in 2015 when Dr Jane Goodall first visited Malaysia on TP’s invitation.
Shah Redza Hussein
Shah Redza Hussein is an Economist by training and a conservationist by passion. He has been involved in nature conservation and environmental protection for over 20 years. He left the corporate sector to join WWF Malaysia and later appointed as the Execuitve Director of the Malaysian Nature Society. Shah had been involved in various state, national and regional technical committee on nature and environmental protection. He is currently the Director of the Perak State Parks Corporation with the mandate to head and manage Protected Areas in the State of Perak which includes the conservation and enforcement of the Royal Belum State Park, the conservation islands of the Pulau Sembilan State, Perak, Kinta Nature Park and manages the Kinta Valley National Geopark.
Dr Glyn Davies
Glyn Davies started his career with WWF Malaysia in Sabah, in 1979, and continued as a leader with 40 years experience in international conservation and development. He has worked for the British government, and other agencies in: Sierra Leone, Kenya, Cameroon, the European Commission, UK and USA, and returned to Sabah in 2018 to support development and delivery of the WWF Sabah Landscapes Programme. Glyn carried out his PhD in Sepilok (Sabah), and is author/co-author of five books and over 20 scientific papers. He is an Honorary Professor at DICE, University of Kent, and currently serves as Co-chair of the RSPO Jurisdictional Working Group.
Andrew Bowes is a British Diplomat, currently leading Environment and Climate Change work at the British High Commission in Malaysia. As well as roles in London, he has served in Mozambique, Timor-Leste, Portugal, Angola and Kenya.
Kon Onn Sein
In 2000 Mr Kon was appointed managing director of the Foundation for Community Studies and Development. His work focused on poverty alleviation and community development programmes, in particular among the Orang Asli and the urban poor. Since 2015, the work has focused on developing a shared prosperity community enterprise in natural farming and empowering the Orang Asli to restore their environment.
Peter graduated from the University of Bristol (LLB) and went on to complete his Masters in Law (LLM) from the London School of Economics. However, his creative calling led him to 18 years of a stage career performing on all major stages across the region in concerts, operas and muscial theatre. He is also one of the founding members of PAN Productions, one of Malaysia’s most successful theatre ompanies. Peter is also an avid nature lover and one of the founding members of Roots & Shoots Malaysia. His passion for nature and photography led to his first solo photographic exhibition ‘Project Monyet’ in 2019 featuring 14 species out of Malaysia’s 25 primate species.
Dr Chen Pelf Nyok
Dr. Chen is a freshwater turtle and conservationist. Her research interests are the biology and ecology of the critically endangered river terrapins, found only in Southern Thailand, Cambodia and Peninsular Malaysia. In 2011 Pelf co-founded the Turtle COnservation Society of Malaysia (TCS), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to freshwater turtle conservation in Malaysia. Pelf conducts numerous programmes withs chool students as well as nature trips for members of the public. She currently leads the community-based terrapin conservation project in Kemaman, and was very recently awarded the Commonwealth Points of Light from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the turtle conservation efforts.
The “mother of gibbons” herself, Bam has dedicated the last 7 years to the gibbons, from husbandry and enclosure building to writing scientific proposal and so much more. Bam’s love for the gibbons knows no bounds, she has sacrificed everything and faced so many challenges to make this project a reality. Today, Bam and her team care for 15 White-handed Gibbons at the centre at rural Pahang. It is her hope that one day, thesegibbons get to return to their true home, the forest of Malaysia.
Dr Jane Goodall
Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London. At the young age of 26, she followed her passion for animals and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania, where she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild immersing herself in their habitat as a neighbour rather than a distant observer. Her discovery in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) to advance her work around the world and for generations to come. In 1991, she founded Roots & Shotts, a global programme that empowers young people in nearly 60 countries and since its inception in 1991 has greatly impacted youth in over 100 countries to act as the informed leaders that the world so urgently needs.
Sebastian has spent 29 years in the conservation and development field, working across 27 countries in Asia, Oceania and the Middle-East. He specialises in strategic planning for development and sustainability programmes, and for organisations facing landscape resource management challenges. He has spent the last 10 years on forest issues in Asia, particularly in developing approaches for restoring ecosystem functioning in critical landscapes. He is past National President of the Malaysian Nature Society, and past Chairman of the International Board of the Forest Stewardship Council.
Dr hari Ramalu Ragavan
Dr Hari Ramalu Ragavan studied environmental management in Sweden and UK. He served the United Nations Development Programme, Malaysia Country Office as Programme Manager for 15 years, where he was responsible to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes and projects under the Energy and Environment Cluster. He is now the Pricipal Consultant at AKAR Asia Consulting, providing advisory services to UN agencies and other international development agencies on climate change, an ecosystems and biodiversity management in Asia Pacific. He is also a Council Member of Environmental Management and Research Association of Malaysia (ENSEARCH) and Board Member of Asia Pacific Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP).
Dr Ejria Saleh
She is a senior lecture at Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia. Her research interest is focusing on the coastal oceanography, climate change and coastal community. She is also a member of the World Seagrass Association Small and Malaysia Nature Society. Currently, she is Deputy Director of Borneo Marine Research Institute and directly involved with the Goal 4, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTT-CFF) Malaysia, as member of the CTI Regional Technical Working Group for Climate Change Adaptation Measures Achieved (CTI-CCA). She has actively participated in the various Scientific Marine Expeditions within Sulu-Sulawasi Seas. SHe is also a project leader of more than 10 funded research projects related to coastal oceanography and climate change adaptation.
Dr Amy Then
Amy Then joined Universiti Malaya in 2014 as a senior lecturer upon completion of her doctoral studies in Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA. Although her background is in marine fisheries and mangroves, her recent research projects had been highly interdisciplinary in nature. Her mangrove work includes food web studies, mangrove restoration, socio-ecological dimensions of mangrove-based fisheries, ecosystem service assessments and mangrove-related policy initiatives. She also applies multiple approaches in assessment of local elasmobranch fisheries, marine megafauna bycatch, and impacts of marine park gazettement on fishery and local community livelihoods.
Melvin Gumal heads the Biodiversity Conservation and Research Division in Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC). He joined SFC in October this year, after nearly 18 years as the head of Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia. He was the 2014 Whitley Award winner for “Conservation in Great Ape Habitats” and for their continued funding from 2017-2020. At SFC, he manages teams that carry out conservation ranging from large mammals to small insects as well as to marine life. He is an Adjunct Professor to Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus. He has a Masters and PhD from the University of Cambridge.
HE Ken O’Flaherty
Ken O’Flaherty is the COP26 Regional Ambassador for the Asia-Pacific region. He is working closely with governments, business and civil society across the region to boost climate action ahead of the COP26 Leader’s Summit which will take place in Glasgow in November 2021. Ken has recently returned from a posting as Minister in Rome, and has experience in a number of Foreign Office Departments. He has previously served in the British embassy in Tokyo and Paris as well as the former UK Representation to the European Union. Ken has worked on a wide range of issues from climate change and energy to economic, EU cooperation, security, counter-terrorism and migration issues.
Julian is currently Project Manager of the Malaysian Local Conference of Youth 2020 (#MYLCOY2020). He works for an international consulting firm, and prior to that gained professional experiences with international organisations in Geneva, Switzerland. He has written multiple diplomatic reports for the Sovereign Order of Malta, and worked on policy research projects in Switzerland and Malaysia. He has also conducted prized-winning academic historical research, and presented it at academic conferences in Beijing, Berlin, London and Sheffield. Julian has a Master’s in International History from the Graduate Institute Geneva and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with High Honours from Wesleyan University.
Julian is British, but has been living overseas since 1992. A scientist by training, with a degree in biochemistry, his career has covered management, technical and environmental consulting, including six years in Russia. He moved to KL in 1998 to head up an environmental consulting company, before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre, which he did for six years. It was during that time that he became interested in Reef Check, which he helped to set up in 2007. Reef Check now has a national coral reef survey programme and field offices in three sites.
Dr Kalanithi Nesaretnam
Dr Kalanithi Nesaretnam is deputy chairperson of Climate Governance Malaysia. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Reading, UK. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the palm oil sector having been involved in research and market development. She is familiar with international markets having worked and travelled extensively in Europe, Australia and Asia. She held the position of Director, Product Development and Advisory Services at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and subsequently as Minister in the Embassy of Malaysia and Mission to the European Union. She is also Director of FGV Holdings Berhad.
Based in Sabah, Malaysia, Harry is an international lawyer and co-founder at Future Law. Locally, he coordinates Forever Sabah’s work on marine conservation (sharks and rays). Internationally, he co-chairs the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Specialist Group on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures, which is promoting recognition and support for areas of ecological value outside of protected areas. His publications include: The Right to Responsibility, The Living Convention and Conservation Standards. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a Legal Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law.
Dr Henry Chan
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.
David joined Unilever in 1989 and has worked across all supply chain operations during his 30-year career, including roles in procurement, manufacturing, logistics and planning. Dave was appointed Chief Procurement Office in April 2019, based in Singapore, and also became head of Unilever Asia (UAPL). He is responsible for the procurement of all Unilever goods and services globally. Dave is also tasked with delivering ambitious sustainabe sourcing strategies as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan. Dave has two children and enjoys golf and global adventure motorbiking.
Cheryl Rita Kaur
Cheryl completed her MSc in Marine Science, Policy and Law (with Merit) from the University of Southampton UK, BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology from University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), and a Diploma in Multilateral Environmental Agreements from the University of Eastern Finland. She is presently Head of Environment Section at the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) – a policy research institute set up by the Malaysian Government to look into matters relating to Malaysia’s interest at sea and to serve as a national focal point for research in the maritime sector. Her research interests are in the areas of ocean governance, natural resources, marine protected areas management, and marine pollution. She has an extensive standing at the regional and national levels on environmental policy matters.
Dr A. Aldrie Amir
Dr A. Aldrie Amir, a mangrove ecologist by training, is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He currently heads the Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability Research Centre at LESTARI-UKM. He has led and participated in various research projects related to mangrove ecology, management and conservation and published a substantial amount of publications, two of which have recently appeared in Science in 2018 and 2019. He is a Commission Member of the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group, and the coordinator of the Malaysian Mangrove Research Alliance and Network (MyMangrove).
Datin Sunita Rajakumar
Datin Sunita Rajakumar is a professional independent director and a strong advocate of the importance of governance in general and risk management in particular. She founded Climate Governance Malaysia which is the country chapter of the World Economic Forum’s Climate Governance Initiative, is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia, promotes gender diversity on boards with the 30% Club, a member of the Global Advisory Board of Nottingham University’s School of Business and the Advisory Panel of the UN Global Compact Malaysia’s Sustainability Center of Excellence, and is a workstream lead for the CEO Action Network, an industry led initiative to increase sustainability and climate resilience. She is Chair of Caring Pharmacy and independent director of Bursa-listed Dutch Lady Milk Industries, MCIS Insurance (a member of the Sanlam group) and Zurich General Insurance, as well as trustee of 5 charitable foundations.
Dr Reza Azmi
Dr. Azmi is the Founder and Director of Wild Asia, a Malaysian-based environmental and social enterprise focused on the conservation of natural areas and biodiversity. Wild Asia works primarily by engaging corporations and economic sectors that have a significant impact on our natural resources. Wild Asia’s primarily by engaging corporations and economic sectors that have a significant impact on our natural resources. Wild Asia’s programmes extend across the region and we work with a range of partners; Corporations, Governments and local Communities. A major focus of Wild Asia is to develop new and innovative strategies to work with businesses to promote better natural resource management and equitable benefits for local people.
Dato HJ. Zahari Bin Ibrahim
Current position as Deputy Director-General Forestry (Policy and Planning) cum National Project Director for UNDP/GEF-GOM Project: Improving Connectivity in the Central Forest Spine Landscape (IC-CFS). Responsible on forest planning and economics, forest resource management, forest silviculture, forest biological conservation, forest eco-park and forest state park development, international forestry affairs as well as forest plantation and protection.
Mr Frederick Kugan is a forester by profession having graduated from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) (1987) and from New Brunswick University, Canada (1991). He has been with the Sabah Forestry Department sine 1987 and had served in various positions over the years including, District Forest Officer, Head of Planning Division and Head of International Affairs & Assistance. His expertise resulting from years of experience, amongst others, include Forest Policy & Legislation Formulation and Development; Forest Sectoral Planning and International & Corporate Affairs.
Ric Owen is the CEO and co-Founder of Scuba Junkie, who gained a BSc in Marine Biology in his native Scotland. His love for the marine environment was instilled at an early age, and resulted in his adventure of exploring the world’s oceans. His sense of responsibility towards protecting the marine ecosystems led him to establish Scuba Junkie as a dive operator with a strong environmental and conservation ethos at the core, with resorts in some of the world’s most unique dive locations. Ric is also a co-Founder of Scuba Junkie S.E.A.S, the dedicated marine conservation NGO, and after spending almost half his life in Malaysia now calls it home.
Photography Speaker (2021)
Underwater Photography has a unique perspective and agile enthusiasm. Ever since he was young, he’d had an interest in exploration, which eventually led him to pursue Black Water photography. He has won numerous awards in various international photography competitions and has been publicized in many famous magazines. His works have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, USA, Natuur Museum in Netherlands and Venice, Italy. His Photographs have been reported by Chinese and International media channels.
His ability to blend color and light in underwater macro photography is always amazing, and has long specialized in Black Water Photography. It is one of the mediums where in the wonder of these sea creatures are emphasized, as the stars shine brighter in the pitch black skies, the dark seas also give his photo subjects this unique glow that can only be attained in black waters.
For him, being able to explore the depths of the ocean is one of the most wonderful experiences in life, and he hopes he can show you the unique beauty of it through his works.
Tekdiving Speaker (2021)
Born in Dearborn, Michigan – 27 March 1961
Graduated from Algonac Michigan in 1979
Four years U.S. Marine Corp as a Combat Engineer (1981-85)
Learned to dive while stationed in Okinawa Japan (1981)
Became full time scuba instructor in 1994 (PADI OWSI)
Become technical diver (ANDI) in 1995
Appointed NSS CDS Safety Director for Thailand
Appointed ANDI Instructor Training Director #15 on 22 Dec 2010
On Going Technical Diving Projects:
Location and exploration of appropriate training caves across the Asia region
Develop & promotion of fledgling cave diving communities in several countries
Expeditionary diving projects to explore remote cave systems in the Philippines jungle
Shipwreck exploration in the Philippines; searching for undiscovered ancient and WWII wrecks
Guest Speaker (2021)
Diving since 2003 with around 5000+ dives, An SSI Instructor Trainer, FreeDiver, Swim Teacher, Lifeguard Trainer and an avid explorer of Caves and Wrecks. He spends most of his time diving, doing dive trips, exploration, technical and commercial works and sharing his passion to other people by teaching diving. Hoping to raise the level of service and professionalism in the diving industry, Gordz spends a lot of time in developing diving professionals. The only time you don’t see Gordz underwater is when he spends time taking care of his son Dax and wife Toni. All the remaining free time is sqeezed in to be able to volunteer as a firefighter and a rescue technician.
Karen S. Tiopes
Regional Director / Presenter
Regional Director, Department of Tourism Region 8 (Eastern Visayas)
Marie Elaine S. Unichuan
Regional Director / Presenter
Regional Director, DOT Region 10 (Northern Mindanao)
Circular Economy Professional, Ocean Conservationist, Underwater Photographer
United Nations Sustainable Ocean Ambassador Executive Director
Conservation Speaker (2021)
Thirach is the Executive Director of Sustainable Ocean Ambasador (SOA– the multi-stakeholder partnerships for Ocean Sustainability since 2017 at United Nations Ocean Conference, Sustainable Ocean Ambassador was initiated by AFMA in collaboration with the United Nations. Agriculture and Food. He is also the former Chairperson of Responsible Consumption and Production Taskforce, Business Advisory Council to the United Nations ESCAP.and the founder and former director of Art for Ocean Society, other Social Enterprises and Civil Society Organizations
Dr. Tanasak Wahawisan
Chairperson, Agricultural and Food marketing Association for Asia and the Pacific (AFMA), Single-Use Plastic Upcycling to Energy for Small Food Producers
Dr. Suchana Apple Chavanich
Currently an associate professor at Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Dr. Suchana Apple Chavanich has a broad base of ecological research interests that involve the study of nearshore species from tropical to polar regions. Her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine ecosystems particularly on coral reefs and polar regions. She has received theExplorer Award by National Geographic Magazine, Thailand in 2018, the UNESCO- IOC/ WESTPAC Outstanding Scientist Award in 2014, and was selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring People in Thailand in 2013.
José Manuel Ramos-Horta GColIH GCL is an East Timorese politician who was the President of East Timor from 20 May 2007 to 20 May 2012. Previously, he was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2006 and Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007.
Oceanographer, UNSEEN Expeditions
Li Jiatong Sophi
Mermaid Speaker (2021)
MFI Mermaid Instructor (China)
Founder, Genesis Mermaid Academy (China)
Keto Mermaid (Hong Kong)
2019 Champion, Ms Taiwan Professional Swimmer
Born and raised in the USA, Howard Rosenstein has been a professional in the diving industry for over 50 years. In 1970, Howard at the age of 23 opened his first diving center and school in Israel and is considered a pioneer in the field of Diving Tourism the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Indian Ocean and for his contributions in this area he has been inducted into the International SCUBA Diving Hall of Fame.
Apart from pioneering land based and live aboard diving tourism in the Red Sea and Seychelles, Aldabra Atoll, Howard was the innovator of the ProEar mask, Rosenstein which has helped save the diving career of sport divers and professionals alike Howard also founded Fantasea Line in 2002 with his son Nadav, leading the development of compact digital underwater photo systems.
Rosenstein is also active in nature conservation efforts, including protecting coral reefs. He is a true pioneer and deserving of recognition for his significant contributions to diving tourism, safety, conservation and photographic innovations.
Tiffany is one of the top Scandinavian female technical divers and explorers, specialising in cold water diving in the seas and freshwater lakes in Sweden. In 2016, she was invited to join the wreck exploration team, Badewanne, who explore the eastern Baltic, locating, identifying and documenting deeper wrecks in collaboration with heritage organisations. She has been diving for 17 years and teaches recreational and technical courses for Gradient Technical Diving, is part of the Baltic Circle Diving Project and is a Team Reel Diving member.
Edd Stockdale works as a full-time professional diver. He teaches technical courses around the globe, and is regularly involved in research expeditions. With more than 20 years’ experience in diving – having done around 4,500 dives – he is an instructor trainer with RAID and TDI, as well as a writer for training agency courses.
Thai Cave Rescue
Koh Tao Divers CEO/Founder
For the last 18 years Mikko has been the owner of Koh Tao Divers, the first dive centre on Koh Tao, Thailand. He has expanded his diving business to Malta, Europe, working in both places seasonally as a CCR Technical diving instructor and organising technical diving expeditions. In the last 10 years, he has also been mapping World War II deep sea wrecks around the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysian waters. Mikko is currently a member of Suratthani rescue and was one of the key rescue divers in the Thai Cave Rescue operation.
Diving since 1989
Teaching since 1994
Built and operated 2 resorts in Malaysia over 20 years
Operated 2 liveaboard focusing on wrecks of South China Sea namely the War Graves like the HMS Repulse and PRince of Wales.
Currently focused on Tech diving and gas related equipment distribution, training and after sales for the Asian region.
Diventures Magazine, Owner & Founder
Started scuba diving in 1995 in Alexandria, Egypt, and started to work as a dive professional since 2000 in the Egyptian Red Sea.
In 2008 completed the PADI Course Director
– Ranked from PADI as Silver course Director in 2008 and 2009.
– Ranked from PADI as golden course director in 2010 and 2012
– Ranked from PADI as platinum course director is 2013 to 2021
Egypt / Saudi Arabia
PADI Course Director,
Leader of Shark Family Diving Community
SDI TDI Middle East Operation Manager
Scuba Scene Liveaboard Manager
Author of Southern Red Sea Dive Guide
Dive Instructor & Tech Instructor for Advanced Trimix
A veteran of the oceans – Anees Adenwala is one of India’s first few Scuba Diving instructors who was tasked with setting up a dive centre in the uncharted waters of the Lakshadweep Islands in 1996. Anees took to the paradisaical waters of the Lakshadweep like a parrot fish takes to a coral reef. After establishing two dive centres in Lakshadweep, Anees returned to Mumbai in 2003, to set up two passion projects. First, an Underwater Filming Company, to film sequences for Indian Cinema, Television and Documentaries, soon followed by Orca Dive Club, an end-to-end SCUBA diving service provider that undertakes everything from beginner pool- training courses for students, to exploratory live-aboard and resort based operations to exotic dive destinations worldwide. Orca Dive Club also makes the utmost efforts to promote responsible diving, by understanding all the safety issues concerned with it, as well as the awareness and protection of the environment, marine flora and fauna. ORCA aims to make Divers and Novices in this field responsible, safe and environmentally conscious; which is also a very important part of the SCUBA diving world. Anees’s second passion project, Underwater Film Services is exclusive in the market comprising of a highly trained and professional team with expertise in underwater stunts/action and filming. Prior to an underwater shoot, all actors are trained so that they are comfortable in the water. Anees has trained and worked with many Bollywood, Tollywood, Marathi Film and TV personalities. UFS has shot sequences for more than 200 productions for underwater sequences.The Ocean and Anees are synonymous to each other, divers who know him see his passion and are rest assured that their experience underwater will never go amiss.
Hussain Sendi Rasheed
Hussain Rasheed (known as Sendi Rasheed) was the first PADI Instructor Trainer in the Republic of Maldives and a key figure in developing diving tourism there. During his career, which is on-going, he has certified over 1,600 divers. He is active in developing regulations for the Maldive Islands and also works to assist marine environmental projects. His work came to international media attention when he created and organized an underwater Cabinet Meeting, chaired by the President of the Republic of Maldives, to bring world attention the threat of global warming. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Marine Studies at Villa College (2006 – 2008), overseeing four departments: Marine Science, Watersports, Scuba Diving and Marine Medicine. He is affiliated as an Executive Director of all Villa Dive Centres under his company, Dive Oceanus, operating five PADI Dive Centers across four different atolls in the Maldives, and supervising 40 diving professionals. He is a founding member of the Divers Association Maldives (DAM).
Commander Skandan Warrier
Commander Skandan Warrier, Master Scuba Diver, our founder and director, is an Indian Navy veteran, who has played a role in Naval support operations during the Kargil conflict and Operation Parakram. He brings his discipline, years of experience in aviation and surface operations, an attitude of uncompromising integrity and an endless love for the sea to Scuba Evolution India. A PGDBM in Finance, with a natural business acumen, he is our head of business development and growth. His passion, of course, is running a safe and fun dive resort and constantly training himself to become a better diver.
Technical Dive Instructor, First Aid Instructor Trainer
A qualified Master Instructor, Technical Dive Instructor and First Aid Instructor Trainer, Rob Partridge has various instructor ratings from many international dive agencies. Partridge established Temple Adventures in 2008 and the dive training centre has trained thousands of certified divers in the past decade. With his mechanical background and technical training, Rob has facilitated and assisted defence training all around India for the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police, and the Army. He currently resides in Pondicherry with his Maharashtrian wife and sons.
Kovacs has lead and participated in expeditions to survey and film wrecks, deep sea hydrothermal vents and underwater mountains. He owns Marine Imaging Technologies, a company that specialises in imaging the underwater world. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to help build and operate numerous imaging systems for broadcast television, museums, scientists and institutions worldwide. His underwater and topside work has been featured on sites like National Geographic, History Channel and Discovery Channel.
Beneath the secretively opaque surface of the sea, there is vibrant colour, exquisite form and fluid movement combined with a tranquil suspension of time and matter. This world has inspired and shaped Sumer’s life for nearly two decades now, and has become his profession, muse and medium. Sumer is one of India’s most experienced Scuba Diving Instructors and has brought hundreds of people into the ocean through diving. His underwater photography brings the ocean into the lives of many more.
His work has taken him across oceans, from the Lakshadweep Archipelago and the Andaman Islands to the Maldives, Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands. He uses a DSLR camera in a specially designed underwater housing along with submersible strobes. But what aids Sumer most is his deep understanding of the liquid medium and animal behavior in the ocean rather than his equipment. In a continually fluid environment with ever changing currents, light and flighty subjects, capturing each image is an elusive and challenging labour of love.
Sumer Verma’s very consciousness is entwined with the aquatic world and he moves seamlessly from assignments for National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveller and Greenpeace to underwater fashion editorials for Vogue to sequences for feature films. Sumer is also actively involved with ReefWatch Marine Conservation to educate young people and raise awareness about marine issues.
From the sea of inspiration, we bring you a selection of his work displaying the majestic sense of space underwater and the intricate design of the creatures that inhabit it. Here presented is Sumer’s Ode to the Sea.
Khaled El Gamal
Freediving Speaker (2021)
AIDA Freediving Master Instructor
Egypt Current National Record Holder
Garmin Outdoor Ambassador
PADI Course Director Since 2017 / National Award Winner In Recreational Diving 2018 / Winner Of International Ocean Awards 2019. Zoona Naseem is the Maldives second and the first Maldivian woman to become a PADI Course Director. Winner of the Local Hero Award from Boat International plus National award winner for the recreational scuba diving category. She is the owner of Moodhu Bulhaa Dive Centre in Villingili Island. Having completed her Instructor Development Course at age 18, she has been diving and instructing for her whole adult life and is passionate about inspiring young people to dive. Through diving, she is an advocate for the ocean and loves to share the beauty of the underwater world with her students.
Belgium Ben Reymenants is probably best know for his deep dives, his work in the diving medicine field and cave explorations. His career spans close to 3 decades under water and his exploits and teaching style makes him popular for technical courses. He owns a dive centre in Phuket Thailand where he runs technical instructor workshops and deep cave courses in the jungle. He is a fellow of the explorers club and he was part of the initial cave rescue team in the North of Thailand for which he was decorated.
Shafraz Naeem, known to everyone as Shaff, started his diving career in 1994. He is an ex-military dive instructor as well as PADI and SSI Instructor. He has extensive knowledge of diving all over the Maldives. He trained the Maldivian Coast Guard, Special Forces and Marines in diving. He has explored deep cave systems and exploring the deep reefs and caves in the Maldives. And In the past 14 years he has built a successful career in underwater photography and is an Award winning underwater photographer. His underwater photographs have been published in various international and local magazines.
Mermaid Speaker (2015)
Mermaid Odessa manages Odessa Mermaid Academy in the Philippines. She is also a scuba diving and freediving instructor. She has recently set a national record for a static apnea competition under AIDA, organised by Freediving Planet Moalboal, holding her breath four minutes, 19 seconds.
Photography Speaker (2015)
Suzan Meldonian is a photojournalist specializing in underwater and nature photography. Her mission is to show the wild and wonderful creatures rarely seen before. Her images have been seen in publications such as Ocean Geographic, Guy Harvey Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Art & Culture, Scubashooters and Smithsonian.
Suzan has published two books, “Under the Bridge” and the “BHB Companion” photo ID books of the strange and unusual marine life found at the Blue Heron Bridge, in Florida. Still fascinated by the discovery of bizarre marine life, six years ago, she submerged into the mysterious world of Black Water Diving, fulfilling this explorer’s need to discover new creatures.
Black Water Diving has now sprung into action around the globe which is very exciting. It used to be an arena reserved only for scientists with special equipment and funded expeditions. This is uncharted territory! To capture alien creatures in the vertical migration, in situ, in 5 meters is incredible. It is yet, another layer of underwater photography. It’s especially exciting when a photo is sent back with I.D’s from top scientists from around the world; from MBARI, Harvard, Cornell, Smithsonian, and the NOAA. She has no doubt that this type of photography will bring these two worlds closer in understanding The Sea Around Us.
Susan is a member of the Ocean Artist’s Society and was recently nominated as a Sea Hero by Scuba Diving Magazine and Seiko for her awareness work with the Blue Heron Bridge, and also received the Photojournalist of the Year by Ocean Geographic.
She offers stock and artistic images at NiteFlight Photo Graphics: http://www.niteflightphoto.com
and has launched her new project, http://www.DiscovertheOceans.com seeking to unite the underwater world even further.
USA / Philippines
Mike is a widely published, award-winning photographer, writer and international public speaker with work appearing monthly in various publications, aquariums and museums.
Originally from Southern California, he has an insatiable love for finding unique marine life and telling their story through photo and video.
Mike is a widely published, award-winning photographer, writer and international public speaker with work appearing monthly in various publications, aquariums and museums.
He hosts photo clinics, workshops and seminars at Crystal Blue Resort, concentrating on the different aspects of Underwater Photography and the natural history of South-East Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
Michele is a freelance photographer with a variety of photographic skills. Westmorland Images, LLC operates from her home in Redmond, Washington. Michele has created a vast library of imagery from around the world. Although she produces commercial marketing images for resorts and the scuba diving industry, she is especially passionate about conservation and is proud to be a Senior Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers. In November, 2016, she won the Fellow of the Year award from iLCP. Most recently in November of 2019, she received Lifetime Explorer Award – Sea of Change Foundation. Her underwater and cultural photography has gained international recognition. Michele understands the need to tell a visual story, whether it covers exotic locations or the wonders of the natural world.
She is also a Fellow National of the prestigious Explorers Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, Wings WorldQuest, NANPA and was inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition, Michele received the Fellowship Award from NANPA at the biennial summit in February, 2015. Much of her imagery has appeared in national and international publications. Michele has won several awards for her imagery including, Grand Prize in the Papua New Guinea Underwater category, the Environmental Photography Invitational, Photo District News, and many others. She is proud to be included in the book “Adventurous Dreams-Adventurous Lives” by Jason Schoonover. Her book “Ocean Duets” was published in 2006 and is focused on the beauty of the underwater world. As a speaker, Michele has given a variety of lectures on culture, the marine environment and photography workshops. Locations she is most proud to share her stories include: Keynote Speaker for NANPA, BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Explorers Club Sea Stories, Pingyao International Photography Festival in China and Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida. Michele is especially proud of a documentary film released in 2017, Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera. The film has appeared in various film festival and proud that it won “Best Foreign Documentary” at LA Femme International Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Michael AW is a wildlife photographer, explorer and a conservationist. He has authored 35 books about the ocean. His accolades include more than 66 international photographic awards and being named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography magazine. His essays and pictures have been published in BBC Wildlife, GEO, National Geographic, the Smithsonian, Nature, Ocean Geographic, Asian Geographic, Nature Focus, Times, and Discovery to name but a few. In 2018, he was awarded the Award of Excellence by Our World Underwater in Chicago.
An underwater photography veteran of over 25 years, Mathieu authored the first PADI-approved digital underwater photography specialty course in the world in 2001. He contributes regular columns on photography techniques in dive and photography publications and co-authored An Essential Guide to Digital Underwater Photography with Michael Aw in 2004 – the first book entirely dedicated to the techniques associated with shooting digital underwater. He has published two interactive e-books on underwater digital photography: Complete Digital Underwater Photography (2013) and Everything on Underwater Photography (2014).
Laurent studied marine biology, which culminated in a Master’s degree. He discovered a species of fish hitherto unknown in the Western Mediterranean. Combining his passion for underwater photography with his work as a biologist, Laurent has won numerous awards, and has been featured in international publications.
Indra Swari W
Through her photography, Indra hopes to share not just the beauty of the underwater world, but to reflect the natural behavior of marine creatures and raise awareness of how fragile the environment can be. Her passion for wildlife was ignited at an early age by Sir David Attenborough, whom she finally got to meet in person when she won the underwater category of the BBC/Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
ADEX SINGAPORE VOO JUDGE 2019
Ellen Cuylaerts relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands in 2009. She studied history in Antwerp and Leuven and got her Master’s in Modern History and Education. She started diving and underwater photography in 2011. Rather than using images to document encounters, she tries to capture the emotions she experiences and hopes to touch hearts and get more people to care about our oceans.
YUPING CHEN was a speaker of ADEX BEIJING in 2015,2016,2017 and 2018. Before becoming a diver and underwater photographer, Yuping Chen has worked for years as an attorney and senior partner at a large law firm in Beijing. She was a very typical “office lady” back then. In 2012, She started to learn underwater photography. Through her lens, a lot of unique moments were successfully captured and photographed. As a female underwater photographer, she is very good at photographing some ordinary marine creatures, and captures their unique charm. From the perspective of woman’s sensibility, she shows the delicate vitality of the sea and the beauty of nature.
Combining a deep appreciation for scuba, imagery and sustainable tourism, Bo Mancao has become an icon in the Southeast Asian dive industry – take one glimpse at his work, experience, genuine hospitality and island charm, and it’s clear why he is one of the one of the dive industry’s top travel influencers.
A multi award-winning underwater photographer and cinematographer, Bo has represented the Philippines in numerous international shootouts, and his images have been used by the Philippines Department of Tourism to promote diving and dive travel. “I want to communicate visual stories about our oceans,” says Bo. And he has, filming for award-winning ocean documentaries, international lifestyle programs and short films focusing on conservation.
Bart Lukasik is a professional underwater videographer and dive expedition guide, who has worked on projects on the East coast of Southern Africa. Bart’s work has been published worldwide by respected natural history content providers.
From freediving with blue whales to scuba diving in the Okavango Delta with crocodiles, Amos Nachoum has explored every body of water from the North Pole to Antarctica. Amos’ vision is to raise awareness about our oceans’ giants in their habitats.