Li Jin Guang
Water Sport Speaker (2017)
One of the pioneers of Chinese Kite Surfing, Li Jin Guang at the age of 30 is currently one of the top Chinese kite surfers. Sponsored by BEST International Asia, he came into contact with kite surfing in 2006, when Kite Surfing was still in its development stage. In 2014, Jin Guang was signed by REnextop, when he set the Asian Kite Surfing Men High Jump Record at 16.2m!
Li Qing Hua
Guest Speaker (2017)
Li Qing Hua is a national artist, master tutor of Art College of Jinan University and director of Guangdong International Cultural Exchange Center. He devoted himself to the research and creation of flower and bird painting, his works have distinct personality and strong national culture.
Lion Shi En
She is a psychological consultant, hypnotherapist and crisis interventionist. During the period of clinical psychology master degree study, she became both scuba instructor and freediver instructor. As it is found that diving can have a positive effect on people’s psychological activities, she decided to do research in the cross-field of diving and psychology. In 2017, she created The Deep Therapy Studio to study how to get emotional healing through diving. Now she has created a training system to relaxing people by underwater meditation.
Shujuan Guo, also known as Monica or Aubergine in Chinese by her friends, was born in Guilin Yangshuo and is currently living in Sanya. Before becoming a Chinese female longboard surfing champion, Monica was once a former white-collar worker in a real estate company. She is now a member of the national surfing team. Monica believes that surfing makes her a better and braver person.
Paupau Zhou Fang
Photography Speaker (2017)
Zhou Fang (PAUPAU) obtained her Ph.D. in management from United States. She is one of the first batch of graduates from Banff China majoring in outdoor documentary director course. Zhou Fang is also a Diving Instructor with International Diving Instructor Association (NAUI); Executive Director of China Diving Photography Professional Committee; Vice President and Secretary General of China Taiping’s Film and Television Branch. She is a Shark Conservation Ambassador for “Dive the World”, and also it’s underwater documentary founder and director. Zhou Fang also directed documentary film “Underwater China”.
Freediving Speaker (2017)
Potti Lau took 6 days to dive down to 38m on his first free dive. He fell in love with freediving from then on and went further to do competitive freediving, breaking the National China’s freediving record 8 times. He also does underwater photo and video production and has over 30 million fans on the Meipai Short Movie app.
Music Speaker (2017)
Born in 1986, Marseille, France. Raff has always been interested in Electronic Music rhythm, and fascinated by the endless possibilities of harmonies. Raised by the underground Berlin minimalist and the French Techno scene, Raff is deeply touched by the beauty of melodies within the power of techno, and sounds that impacts your thoughts and gestures around music. He is currently a resident DJ at the two most notorious clubs of the country, the real underground club KOH and the famous JENJA, and is one of the Top DJs in Bali.
Mermaid Speaker (2017)
Mermaid Course Director Ruoxu Liu is a AIDA and PADI freediving instructor. She discovered her love for freediving in 2015. Driven by the passion, she quickly become the first Chinese female instructor in Hong Kong. She aims to spread the culture of mermaids to a higher level.
Oli Christen is known in the world of freediving as the author of the current AIDA Education materials and is a versatile speaker and freedive evangelist. He has been awarded 2015 by PADI for his outstanding contribution as a member of the PADI Freediver Advisory Group.
Sun Ping’s portfolio includes celebrities such as Chen Weiting, Chen Xiao, Lily Yu and Zhang Xinyu, and have even shot for fashion magazines “BAZAAR” and “VOGUE”. She ventured into underwater creative photography to spread her love of the ocean.
Explorer, Adventure athlete, Film maker, Entrepreneur. Spanning the globe with expeditions for Adults and students a like. Experiential based educator with the experience to take you somewhere new.
Wang Ao Lin
Wang Ao Lin is a freediving athlete. In 2015, he founded “Jie Ta Freediving School”. Ao Lin is also the president of China’s AIDA International Freediving Association. He represented his country in the AIDA Individual Apnea Depth World Championship in the same year and set National records in 3 different categories.
Wang Xiao Qi
Wang Xiaoqi is one of the founders of Wuhan free diving club. She is also a PADI scuba diving and AIDA freediving coach. She is currently focused on the study of mermaid courses and the new version of the Mermaid Course technology which will be integrated into the professional flower tourism technology.
At 16 years of age, Zheng Ru Yue won the Chinese Diving Championship and retired in 2008 to become a Diving Team Coach in Guangdong. She has over 8 years of experience as a coach, with 3 of her students eventually representing the World Diving Championships and 6 of them reaching national levels. She became a mermaid coach in 2016, creating specific mermaid training courses. She is currently the director of MissVsea Studio Mermaid Project and hopes to inspire and expand the mermaid network.
Tekdiving Speaker (2018)
One of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated cave divers and underwater explorers, Jill Heinerth is a Pioneering technical diver and Award-winning filmmaker whose has been privileged to travel deep into the most exquisite and untouched corners of the earth on a life-long journey of discovery and adventure.
A role model whose achievements, writings and images have encouraged thousands to step out of their comfort zone, Jill Heinerth’s many accolades and Awards include induction into The Explorer’s Club of New York and the inaugural class of the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame; and being awarded the inaugural, Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, who later made her their First Explorer-in-Residence.
Jean-Claude Monachon from Switzerland started diving at the age of 14. While starting in a cold and dark lake in Switzerland, he was diving without any certification until he discovered the Maldives in 1986. He then moved to the Maldives and stayed for several years working as a diving instructor and dive center manager. The Maldives can be considered as a second home for him.
Sharks are definitely one of his passion and he has travelled several places in the World for it.
Monachon’s passion is also related to scuba diving education and is always open to new water related adventures. Working for more than 22 years for PADI Europe as a Training Manager and then CEO, he also was the multilingual and multicultural member of the Worldwide Group. International business development is one of his main achievement due to his “Swiss” approach. He speaks 5 languages and is able to understand the different cultural variances.
In 2014, he then joined SSI (Scuba Schools International) Worldwide as a Vice-President. The passion, the vision and the state-of-the-art program developments but also the quality of the training convinced JC that it was there that he would fit best. Where people and quality matters!
As an avid triathlete, runner and certified personal trainer, JC is also one of the driving force of the newly launched SSI Lifeguard program. The bio would not be complete if we would not talk about his dedication to the underwater environment and he has been involved in several programs to make the World a better place.
Tekdiving Speaker (2017)
Born in Hong Kong, Edmund has over 17 years of recreational and technical diving experience with more than 3,000 logged dives conducted throughout various locations around the world. Edmund has achieved numerous Instructor / Instructor Trainer ratings from several dive training agencies and is currently certified as a RAID Open Circuit (OC) Instructor Trainer, RAID Deco 50 OC/CCR Instructor, RAID Sidemount Instructor, PADI Master Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, PADI Tec Trimix Instructor, PADI Tec Sidemount Instructor, PADI Tec CCR Instructor, and IANTD Normoxic Trimix Technical Instructor.
Photography Speaker (2018)
Andrew Lau is a PADI dive instructor and he has been diving for over 10 years. Being an amateur underwater photographer with his passion about ocean, he earned awards from various international underwater photo contests. He wanted to enhance connection between ocean and human in his photos by shooting models underwater, which granted him winner of Voice of the Ocean – Fashion photo of the year f or 3 consecutive years (2016 – 2018).
Cipto Adi Gunawan
Cipto Aji Gunawan was the first Indonesian PADI Course Director and is now the Board of Director of SSI Indonesia. His career range from diving professional, pro UW Photographer to Marine Ecotourism Consultant for the Indonesia Ministry of Tourism. He shot for BBC, CCTV 9 and CNN, just to name a few, wrote two of the Indonesian goverenment’s Scuba Diving regulations, produced the most complete Indonesia Dive Guide book and certified SSI Professionals.
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.
ADEX SINGAPORE VOO JUDGE 2019
Ocean19 Speaker (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.
Photography Speaker (2015)
Tekdiving Speaker (2021)
Michael Thomas learnt to dive at the age of 14 on the island of Gozo, Malta thirty-five years ago. On returning to the UK he managed to Join Alton BSAC and became for a short time the youngest Dive Leader in the country. By 1993 he had started on the then-fledgling technical diving route. Became a member of the Cave Diving Group in the UK and in 1994 attended one of the first advanced Nitrox courses in the UK at Fort Bovisand In Devon.
Trimix diving followed in 1996 and several years of mid-channel wreck diving found him on several virgin wrecks. At the same time, multiple caving and cave diving expeditions and exploration happened from the UK to France and onto the Bahamas.
Michael started work within the dive industry in 1995 with Uwatec the Swiss dive computer company and was involved with the launch and training on the Drager Atlantis Semi-Closed Circuit Rebreather. Becoming a TDI instructor in 1996 training with Rob Palmer. He taught some of the first TDI SCR courses in the UK, Malta and Palau.
In 2000 Michael’s primary focus turned to cave exploration and cave diving with a few good wreck dives for good measure. Exploration in the Calaven de la Suobio in the Herault region of France found over 2km of the virgin cave and Palaeolithic human remains in the first diving section of the cave. Exploration in Greece found us diving into the unknown cave with a dive base at nearly 500m below the entrance of Peleta cave in the Peloponnese.
More Rebreather diving continued when he made the switch to CCR using a Classic Kiss, no courses were available at that time and the diver just got a box of parts that you built into a CCR and started teaching yourself. After ten years of diving a KISS, he made the transition in 2012 with a course this time to an AP inspiration. He continues to dive, explore and teach on these units today.
Michael is also an associate member of the Cave Rescue team in the UK and unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it has been involved in several large rescue operations in the UK. Plus training exercises both in Uk and in Greece. He is also a Fellow of the Royal geographic society.
In 2016 he set up his own technical diving training company and teaches mostly underground.
Daren became a diver in the ’90s on vacation in Thailand. He returned to the UK and juggled business enterprise leadership with becoming a weekend part-time instructor. His passion for everything underwater eventually won out, and he exited his businesses in 2004 to focus on diving, leaving the UK for warmer waters.
An unfortunate childhood personal obsession with technology has fuelled his career as a technical rebreather instructor & industry professional.
Now with leading computer designer Shearwater Research, he currently lives in Thailand, where the adventure began, in his fantasy job combining electronics, diving, & business.
Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post-dive beer in Sharm -El-Sheikh, Egypt. With a mission to provide the most innovative garments to the dive community, Jim Standing and Paul Strike set out to design high quality clothing with a simple, diving orientated style. Over the span of 20 years, Fourth Element dedicates in improving divers’ thermal protection and apparel. In recent years, the company has undergone a shift to develop products with a greater focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility, beginning with the OceanPositive swimwear line, progressing to wetsuits made from plant based materials. The company actively supports conservation projects around the world, dedicated to sustainability and the preservation of the environment.
Jim Standing is the co-founder of fourth element, and along with Paul Strike, has spent the past 20 years building a company and brand dedicated to improving divers’ thermal protection and apparel. In recent years, the company has undergone a shift to develop products with a greater focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility, beginning with the OceanPositive swimwear line, progressing to wetsuits made from plant based materials. The company actively supports conservation projects around the world, dedicated to sustainability and the preservation of the environment.
Jared has practically been diving his whole life. Starting with breathing off his father’s long hose, he had his own custom Transpac and double AL 13’s at age 7. Jared has continued to grow in his diving career. He was at one point the youngest certified rebreather diver at age 15 and has been cave diving for about as long. He is a technical, CCR, and cavern instructor through TDI/SDI.
Jared has been privileged to dive all around the world. Some places he has been include caves in Russia and Mexico, the fjords in Norway, and the Red Sea in Israel.
He has grown up in the company and has worked in many different areas including production, service and sales. After going off to college at the University of Florida, Jared came back to the company (though he never really left) to take over the marketing department as well acting in the capacity of general manager.
When not diving in the local north Florida caves or traveling, he enjoys riding motorcycles, being on the river, and of course University of Florida football.
Will Goodman developed a passion for diving when he learnt to dive in Cornwall in the UK. He
was quickly hooked by the abundance of shipwrecks along the south coast and developed an
interest in technical diving. By 2005 he became a TDI Advanced Trimix technical diving
instructor and CCR diver. Will has been based on the Gili Islands in Indonesia for 15 years
managing Blue Marlin Dive Tech and spent 6 seasons as trip director of a Komodo liveaboard.
He currently has over 6000 logged dives, 4500 of which are technical dives and 3000 of those
are on CCR. In 2005, 2008 and 2010, he set the Guinness World Records for the longest open
saltwater scuba dive. The longest being just over 48 hours. Will has been actively teaching CCR
since 2009 and In 2011 he began teaching the JJ-CCR. Since then he has accumulated over
2000 hours on the unit in a variety of demanding conditions and environments. In 2013 he
became an Instructor Trainer for TDI at all levels. In 2014 after 2 years of research and training,
Will and his team set the world record for the deepest dive on an unmodified CCR taking his JJ
to 290m without incident.
Dr Richard Harris
Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has worked in anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical medicine. His
passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in
search of new adventures. Harry and his colleagues have explored caves to 245m depth, and
shipwrecks to over 150m in dives lasting over 16 hours. He is an enthusiastic UW photographer
and videographer who is now also building a career in documentary films. Harry has a
professional and voluntary interest in search and rescue operations, establishing the first sump
rescue training course in Australasia. By building relationships with emergency services locally
he has been preparing for such an event. The 2018 Thailand cave rescue was an opportunity to
put this training to work.
John Kendall is one of only three GUE technical instructors and the only GUE cave instructor
based in the UK. John travels the world teaching a range of GUE recreational, technical and
John first became involved with GUE in 2003 after taking part in one of the very first GUE
courses to be run in the UK. Putting his GUE training into practice as an active member of the
DIR-UK exploration team, John joined the ranks of the GUE elite by becoming a GUE
Fundamentals instructor in 2006 and since then he progressed to teach almost all GUE classes
across the Technical, Cave and CCR curricula.
John has been involved in writing and developing classes for GUE, He was the lead author on
the Gas Blender and Photogrammetry classes, and was part of the writing team behind the
2021 release of the GUE Fundamentals of Better Diving book. He sits on the GUE Training
Council. John teaches classes around the world, as well as arranging experience trips for
anyone interested in GUE diving. As an Instructor Trainer for GUE, John is tasked with
developing and teaching instructor candidates how to be effective and successful GUE
instructors. He is pioneering the use of online resources for instructor development, as well as
helping create streamlined routes for experienced recreational instructors to learn about GUE.
As well as being a passionate advocate of GUE, John is also an active dive explorer in his own
right. When he’s not teaching, John can be found exploring some of the world’s most exciting
dive destinations – from the phreatic cave systems of France, Florida and Mexico to flooded
mines in Finland and the deep wrecks that lie off the coast of the UK, Malta and Sweden. John
loves nothing more than sharing his adventures with others – particularly non-divers – especially
through the use of 3D photogrammetry. Since first learning to dive in 1993, John has travelled
around the world diving and teaching. As an active technical and cave diver, he has been
involved in a number of high profile diving projects – from support diving with the WKPP on their
record-breaking cave traverse to archaeological diving in the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea and the
English Channel. He is also a Fellow of The Explorers Club of New York.
A professional diver since 1994, Cristina is an ocean and cave explorer, shark behaviorist, photographer, speaker, writer and conservationist.
A member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and The Explorers Club, she is a firm believer in the power of education and spends her time teaching below and above the water. She has conducted the exploration and surveys of numerous new cave systems and is the first person to ever connect an entrance on land with an open ocean blue hole.
She is the founder of the nonprofit People of the Water, organized to widen the distribution of training, education, research related to ocean and environmental issues.
USA / Bahamas
Brian is a former U.S. Navy Diver with over 30 years of professional diving experience. His work has taken him beneath nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, to jumping from helicopters into 10- foot seas to recover million-dollar weapon systems, to record penetrations of underwater cave systems around the world. His research diving work with various governmental and scientific institutions has revealed new species of cave adapted marine life, as well as the discovery of fossils that are now repainting the picture of the Bahamas past environment.
His expertise in diving safety has been used widely in the feature film industry as a Diving Safety Officer and underwater stuntman. With more than 3000 exploration cave dives, Brian is considered one of the leading authorities on the underwater/underground environments of the Bahamas and is a veteran of multiple high-profile underwater cave expeditions in the Bahamas, Mexico, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Australia, Christmas Island, Sardinia Italy, Kefalonia, Greece, Budapest, Hungary and the U.S.
Though a seasoned underwater explorer, photographer, author, cave diving instructor and conservationist, Brian’s primary efforts are in the pursuit of the protection of underwater caves in the Bahamas, with a current focus on the Crystal Caves of Abaco Island and the massive fracture caves of Andros Island. Brian is working hand in hand with the Bahamian Government and local NGOs to preserve the world’s most highly decorated and scientifically significant underwater cave systems.
On the side, Brian assists several equipment manufacturers with the development of new side mounted cave diving equipment and closed-circuit breathing apparatus.
Brian is an Advanced Cave and Technical Instructor Trainer for and serves on the International Advisory Board of the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD). He is a Cave Diving Instructor for the U.S. National Speleological Society – Cave Diving Section and Diving Consultant for the National Museum of the Bahamas (Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation) and is a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York.
Evgeny Poluhin is a former officer of the combat divers of the Russian Navy and is currently a Course Director of NDL, IANTD Rebreather instructor, a cave diver and one of the main organizer of the ice diving competition. He also is the co-founder of the Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Center.
Sergey Gorpinyuk started caving in 1983, dived into dive training in 2000 and officially started his professional diving career in 2003. Throughout the years, he had had the pleasure of being under the tutelage of Tom Mount, Lamar Hires, Jim Wyatt, Pascal Bernabe, Steve Bogaerts, Patrick Widmann, Maxim Kuznetsov, Artur Zaloga, Sergey Volnukhin and many others. With over more than 6,000 dives logged and 2,500 of them are technical dives, Sergey had gone the deepest with a maximum depth of 152 metres and was also a holder of two national dive record holder. With more than 38 years of diving experience, Sergey has been training and creating technical courses such as Support Diver and Ice Cave Diver and he is currently an IANTD and CMAS Instructor Trainer Trainer for Advanced Nitrox, Instructor Trainer for Trimix, Technical Cave, eCCR Inspiration, Trimix Gas Blender, Technical Wreck, Freediver and Certified Equipment Maintenance Technician for Aqualung, Apeks, Atomic, Dive-Rite, Oceanic, Poseidon, Scubapro, Sherwood, Subgear. Sergey is an equipment development and production for SmartDive and he conducts in both Russian and English.
Josh Thornton, co-organizer of TEKDiveUSA, has been diving for 23 years and teaching for 17
of those. Josh took his OC Full Cave Course in 2004 and has been completely obsessed with
cave diving ever since. He has been involved in several ongoing cave exploration projects in
Utah and is currently the project leader for the Main Drain diving project. His weapon of choice
is a CCR whenever practical. Given the choice, he prefers to be deep inside a cave enjoying the
silence of his rebreather.
Josh is passionate about all things underwater and loves to share his passion with others at
home or abroad. As a CCR Adv Mixed Gas IT and CCR Cave Instructor for TDI and IANTD, he
spends plenty of time guiding students through new adventures. He also teaches FII Freediving
courses around the world. Josh is the training director at Dive Addicts, a world-renowned diving
facility and training centre.
Along with his sister, brother and father, Josh launched the manufacturing and distribution
company, SubGravity, in 2014. SubGravity emerged out of a desire to safely explore and
experience the underwater world in some of the most extreme and demanding environments
Josh is living the dream in Draper, UT with his wife of 10 years and his 2 sons and daughter.
Gerald Nowak was born in 1964 in the five-lake country southwest of Munich. At the age of 12,
he had contact with a photo camera for the first time. At that time borrowed from his parents, he
already got 16 his first own SLR camera. 1981 he began to dive at the age of 17 in the Bavarian
waters. 1989 after a stay in tropical waters it became his right hobby. Shortly afterwards he
brought both together and from the passion a hobby. So it became his present profession.
Among other things, he has worked continuously for the German and international diving press
for many years and is a regular photographer of the magazines TAUCHEN, UNTERWASSER,
SILENT WORLD and DIVEMASTER. As a photographer, Gerald is always on the quest for
news and has won prizes in several national and international photography competitions. In the
90s he was an Indonesian champion at a competition in Kalimantan.
Since 1994 he works full time as an underwater and travel photographer regularly for various
travel and special interest magazines as well as internet portals and travel book publishers. The
comprehensive image archive of CR-PHOTO.de covers the whole world, concentrating on
images all around the medium of water. Gerald Nowak has been working together with Mares
since the mid-1990s.
1997 he got to know his today`s wife Sibylle Gerlinger. Since that time they are working as
travel journalists together. Sibylle is writing the stories and Gerald is shooting the pictures.
Sometimes it`s the other way around…… Both are able to swap their work.
Gerald is a diving instructor trainer with the diving association CMAS Germany (FST) and
instructor with SSI, photo instructor in several associations, Trimix and Rebreather diver, as well
as passionate ice, wreck and cave diver. Whether tropical, temperate or cool waters, anything
that promises exciting reports or great pictures has caught his interest. His special commitment
is to endangered shark species. His favourite marine animals are the graceful hunters of the
seas: thresher shark and blue shark, but also the sublime tiger shark. For the protection of the
sea and the animals he is active in several animal protection organizations and supports them
with information and photo material, which he collects on his worldwide travels. For several
years he has also been working as a photo tour guide for the Austrian dive travel specialist
Waterworld.at Tauchreisen, which brings him to destinations such as Antarctica, Greenland,
Russia and many more destinations worldwide. Ice diving has now become one of his great
passions. In February/March/April is planned to stay there for almost two months (Lake Baikal
and the White Sea)
Tom St George
Photography Speaker (2021)
Tom discovered his passion for scuba diving over 20 years ago after emigrating from the UK to
New Zealand. A decade later, the wanderlust struck again but with renewed force, motivating him
to quit his office job and travel the world. When he settled on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán
Peninsula it was in cenotes that his dual obsessions of scuba diving and photography came
together. He is best known for his award-winning images of the cenotes and underwater caves
which have been published in magazines worldwide. He works full time as a professional
photographer as well as teaching underwater photography through private coaching and group
Arief Yudo Wibowo
Guest Speaker (2021)
Born and raised in Jakarta Indonesia. His passion for the beauty of the underwater world attracted him to become an underwater photographer that won International and nationwide UW Photography competitions later on that made him invited to be a judge in such an event. As an entrepreneur, he also dared to be the publisher of Scuba Diver Australasia Indonesia Edition since 2014. His interest in the diving industry caught him to be a founder of the Indonesia Diving Business Forum back in 2016 and PADI Instructor in 2018. He is the author and photographer for four coffee table books and articles. In seeking the answer to the phenomenon in the diving industry since 2018 he pursues his research for his Ph.D. in strategic management. Recently in last November he become elected to chair Indonesia Recreational Diving Business Association.
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.
Plastic Collective CEO/Co-Founder
Conservation Speaker (2021)
Louise Hardman is an Environmental Science/Chemistry teacher who started Plastic Collective in 2016 to provide waste plastic solutions for remote and islands communities through education, technology and empowerment. Her goal is to provide Resource Recovery micro-enterprises for the 4,000 inhabited islands throughout Asia-Pacific region where waste plastic pollution is prolific.
Freediving Speaker (2020)
Walid Boudhiaf is a freediving World Record holder in the discipline of variable weight (VWT) with a depth of – 150 meters.
His quest for new performances has led him to shift the limits of the human body and to explore different training and breathing techniques, as well as developing advanced tools for the mind, such as stress management and deep relaxation.
An endless journey that allowed him to discover new cultures and remote destinations.
Conservation Speaker (2020)
Felicity believes sustainability and style come hand in hand, and we don’t have to compromise one another. She believes the two components catalyse creativity, curiosity and endless possibilities. Already handy with sewing machines, she does clothing amendments or alteration herself and sometimes sews entirely new clothing from secondhand garments. Felicity likes to experiments with unrecyclable materials such as poster banner and fabric scraps for her upcycled movement. If she’s is not designing and developing websites, she will be occupied with travelling, writing and cooking vegetarian meals.
Siung Film Productions is a Social Enterprise in Sabah, dedicated in developing Sabah’s local creative talent and preserving our culture through the creation of digital cultural media. Siung Films is passionate about the environment and as such, we develop edutainment programmes focused on the environment, children’s welfare and community development. Jo Luping founded the company in 2013 with Aaron Cowan. She has worked in international Film & Television companies for more than twenty years, is on the FINAS Creative Industry Development Committee, is the Vice-President of Ripple, a waste management organization and President of SPADA, a Film/TV Association. She is an indigenous East Malaysian and New Zealander.
Guest Speaker (2020)
Good day, my name is Zazila Roslan, I grow up where the beautiful nature is around me. As I grow and in adult life, I notice certain forest that used to go for an adventure now is completely destroyed, so here iam pledges that plastic should be recycle to be replaced as a wood. To create the circular economics.
Brian Ho Joo Chuan
Young accounts major turned business entrepreneur cum environmental enthusiast, Brian Ho, 26, can vouch for this when he started his business, Eco Packaging, in Sabah a year ago. His passion for the environment started with his internship at an environmentally friendly company in Australia.
He promotes solutions such as home-compostable sugarcane lunch box, compostable corn starch bags, edible rice straws, and wooden cutlery to name a few as an alternative to replace disposable plastic products. He has a vision to build a better future and healthier environment for the next generation by moving towards zero-single use plastics in Malaysia.
Tulip Zaimi Noorazyze Binte Abdul Rahim
Tulip an ex hotelier is a management consultant on ISO 14001 and ISO 45001. In 2000 she was instrumental in setting up the Environmental Management System in Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa. Passionate about the environment and CSR she became a member of Environmental action committee to look at environmental pollution in the state. She joined Rotary club of Kota kinabalu Pearl in 2015 and organised the planting of 13,000 trees in 2018. She also set up Project REAL in 16 rural schools to enhance English proficiency at the same time encourage environmental initiatives.
Tressie Yap Chui Kie
I am a practicing architect for 23 years. I have been organising advocacies & initiatives to minimize environmental pollution by upcycling waste materials & empowering many different underprivileged communities to use different skills to convert their daily household wastes and make beautiful and useful merchandisable goods to earn their livelihood.
Dr. Jidon Janaun
Dr. Jidon obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2012. Dr. Jidon has produced 7 patented innovations, to which six of the patents have been commercialized namely LAMB Dryer, UMS Eco-Solar Dryer, UMS Eco-Solar House, Residual Oil Extractor and UMS River Cleaning Machine. The inventions are currently being used commercially by the local communities and the industries. Dr. Jidon has won many research awards nationally and internationally. Currently, Dr. Jidon’s work involve in using plastic for adsorbing oil from wastewater, and also converting waste plastic into diesel fuel.
Nina was an Entreprenuer for 14 years before being introduced to the concept of Social Entreprenuership.
Currently based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia under her company Marvel Factory Sdn Bhd, she runs two Social Enterprises – Grow the Goose, Financial Empowerment Programs for Children to help them attain Financial Wisdom Entering Adulthood & – Borneo Cocoa, Empowering Small Cocoa Growers in Borneo with the Knowledge & Skills to create their own Cocoa-based products and earn better incomes through ethical & sustainable cocoa farming & production
Chung Ngin Zhun
After finishing my study in the Netherlands with a new found appreciation of what sustainability is. We decided that seaweed growing abundantly in Malaysia can be used to solve some of the world’s sustainability issues.
With this idea in mind Rhodomaxx was founded with the goal of solving the mineral cycle imbalance created by intensive agriculture and the plastics problem we created with our over reliance on fossil fuel. We hope that with our innovations of seaweed fertilizer and seaweed plastics. We will be one of the puzzle pieces in contributing to a greener and safer planet.
Immy has been with the Nestle Group since 2006 and has held various positions over the years. She is currently heading the Corporate Communications portfolio since 2013, where her areas of responsibility include driving corporate communications, facilitating stake holder engagement and advocacy as well as corporate events. She is also passionate about plastic waste management and is currently leading the Company’s internal taskforce, the Green Gladiators, which comprises more than 150 cross-functional team members, in its journey to help tackle the plastic waste challenge and to achieve circularity.
Ara Dinawan Research Education Conservation Centre Conservationist
Exposed to the ocean since young, Monica is an avid scuba diver diving for 19 years. After two years volunteering with Trash Hero Borneo, now she has set herself onto a bigger platform – Marine & Environmental Research, Education & Conservation Centre at Dinawan Island. As an influential Women Diver in North Borneo and conservationist, she wants to inspire more people raise awareness to protect the underwater world and educate the young generation.
Azliza joined Tesco Malaysia in 2002 as General Counsel and through the years, her remit was expanded to include Government Relations, Communications as well as Community. As Corporate Services Director, she has helped Tesco Malaysia expand its sustainability agenda through the “Little Helps Plan” by enriching the lives of school children in underserved schools as well reducing food waste and single use plastics in the business. Through her leadership, Tesco Malaysia was voted as the most sustainable retailer in Malaysia according to the Sustainable Retailers Scorecard 2019 by WWF Malaysia.
Cindy Shang is Global Procurement Manager at Unilever. Based in Singapore, she leads Unilever’s transformative sourcing efforts for post- consumer plastics globally in order to achieve Unilever’s 2025 sustainability commitments. Cindy is an experienced procurement talent with broad expertise in sustainable sourcing, including palm oil and packaging.
Tahirah Mohamed is the Interim Plastics Manager of WWF-Malaysia. She is presently leading WWF’s plastic initiative engagements for the Malaysian Plastic Pact (MPP), a multi-stakeholder platform for public and private stakeholders in the plastics value chain aimed at fostering actions and goals to shape a circular plastic economy; the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme and the regional Plastics ACTion (PACT) for Malaysia. Tahirah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainability Development Management
Professor Tan Sri Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid
Pro. Zakri Abdul Hamid is currently the Chairman of Atri Advisory and spearheading the Wyss Foundation and National Geographic’s Campaign for Nature 30×30 initiative in the ASEAN region. He was also appointed the Pro-Chancellor of Multimedia University of Malaysia, Chairman for the Business Council for Sustainable Development Malaysia, as well as the Chairman of INGSA Science Advice Network for the ASEAN Region. Previously he held the post of Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and also former Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University. He is the founding Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and former member of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr Sivapalan Kathiravale
Dr. Sivapalan Kathiravale has over 25 years of experience in the waste management and currently heads the Centre of Excellence for Waste Management in Malaysia under the partronage of CENVIRO and Khazanah Nasional.
Sofea Farida Mohd Shukri
Sofea Farida is a final year student of business in the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She founded EcoGarage with four other friends as a platform for people with different skills to come together and provide solutions to environmental issues. She believes that everyone is capable to contribute to environmental uplifting with their own skills and talent. She is currently working on implementing a micro-recycling center for University of Notthingham Malaysia.
Chen Hui Ling
Hui Ling is an environmental enthusiast and is currently doing her PhD in the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Her research focus is microplastics in river ecosystems and their implications towards ecological and human health. Her previous research dealt with household waste management as well as the plastic waste problem in Malaysia. She hopes to be part of the change in creating a green and sustainable future for Malaysia and other developing countries.
Melissa Tan is a passionate eco-warrior who advocates for Sustainable Living and #zerowaste habits for everyone. She forms part of the Green Guerilla; a green collective that celebrates and shares sustainable ways of living. She worked with Greenpeace for the Rainbow Warrior Ship’s Southeast Asia tour and is a longstanding volunteer with PAWS Animal Welfare Society. She writes about zero waste living and other areas of sustainability on her website, heymelissatan.com
Joanne Green has been influencing governments, large companies and glonal institutions on poverty and environmental challenges for 20 years. She played a leading role in adding a new Millenium Development Goal on sanitation, persuading the UK government to significantly increase aid to water, sanitation and waste management, securing a review of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report and influencing a major multinational to reduce and take responsibilty for its plastic waste. She has been an advisor to the UK government, Head of Policy for Cafod, and now co-leads Tearfund’s waste and plastic policy work. She co-authored Tearfund’s ‘The Burning Question’ report as well as ‘No Time to Waste’, which was launched by Sir David Attenborough in 2019.
The RT Hon Lord Zac Goldsmith
The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park is the Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). He was first appointed as a Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and Defra on 13 February 2020.
Ismail Nnafie is the Innovation and Sustainability Specialist at UNICEF Malaysia, where he is leading the innovation, climate and environment portfolios. He has been with UNICEF for more than 8 years, and with UNICEF Malaysia for 2.5years now where he has been leading innovation and the development of a new climate and environment programme. Issmail is very passionate about climate and environmental protextion and the role children and young people can play as agents of change.
Dr Rashed Mustafa Sarwar
Dr Rashed Mustafa Sarwar has about 25 years of diverse work in Central Asia and Caucasus, Europe and Southeast Asia, with UNICEF and other UN agencies in politically transitional and developing countries, in countries transitioning rapidly to middle and upper-income status as well as in extreme humanitarian and post-conflict situations. Before taking his posting in Malaysia, Dr Sarwar has served as the UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Belarus in 2015-2020 and UNICEF Deputy Representative in Aerbaijan in 2009-2015.
Dr Ihsan Ismail