The Hope Spot council is made up of Marine experts from around the world with an in-depth knowledge of the many amazing places of the global ocean and issues surrounding marine conservation. Their role will be to assess new nominations and at the twice yearly meetings decide which sites to designate as Hope Spots. This decision will be based on a few factors, some of which will be a challenge to decide on and could evolve with time. Primarily, the site needs to give HOPE in some form and this can change on a case by case basis. Secondly, the nominators/applicants must be in this Hope Spots journey for the long haul so that when the council offers their help, it can be put to good use. As Dr. Earle put it- if there are people who care enough there is Hope. Lastly, the application needs to be filled in appropriately with enough information for the council to work on. This information provides the bases for the council’s decision and will allow them to decide where their extensive experience and advice can be put to the best use. The councillors are very keen on having a platform outside the establishment to make a difference and they want to be as effective as possible. Below you can find the list and short biographies of our Council members which will continue to evolve over the next few weeks.


Sylvia A. Earle : Founder
Sylvia A. Earle
Founder

National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine, is an oceanographer, exp...

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Carl Gustaf Lundin : Director, Global Marine and Polar Programme International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Carl Gustaf Lundin
Director, Global Marine and Polar Programme International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Expertise: marine protected areas, conservation of ecosystems and endangered marine species, sustainable fisheries management, climate change effects on marine resources, ocean governance, offshore marine energy, marine invasive species, polar iss...

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Dan Laffoley : Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme
Dan Laffoley
Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN's Global Marine and Polar Programme

Dan is a well respected world leader on Marine Protected Areas and ocean conservation. Scientist, communicator and conservationist, at IUCN he works in close partnership with the Global Marine and Polar Programme in the global honorary role of Mar...

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Dr. Ameer Abdulla : Senior advisor to the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Program
Dr. Ameer Abdulla
Senior advisor to the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Program

Dr. Ameer Abdulla is senior advisor to the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Program on marine biodiversity and conservation science. Ameer is also the program lead on coral reef ecosystems. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Area...

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William N. Kostka : Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Regional Expert
William N. Kostka
Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Regional Expert

William Kostka was born and raised on the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). In 1998, he helped founded and became the first Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, the leading loc...

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Dr. Lance Morgan : President and CEO Marine Conservation Institute
Dr. Lance Morgan
President and CEO Marine Conservation Institute

Dr. Lance Morgan is a marine biologist and president of Marine Conservation Institute. Lance received his Master’s in Marine Science from San Francisco State University and PhD in Ecology from the University of California-Davis (1997). As a grad...

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Dr. David Obura : Director of CORDIO East Africa
Dr. David Obura
Director of CORDIO East Africa

David Obura is a Director of CORDIO East Africa, a knowledge organization supporting sustainable management and conservation of coral reef and marine systems in Eastern Africa/the Western Indian Ocean. CORDIO takes research to manage...

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Kathy Walls : Deputy Vice Chair Oceania - New Zealand, and Coordinator - Polynesia Marine Subregion, Regional Expert
Kathy Walls
Deputy Vice Chair Oceania - New Zealand, and Coordinator - Polynesia Marine Subregion, Regional Expert

Kathy is a marine biologist and currently works for New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, responding to incursions of invasive alien marine species. Previously, she lead the MPA program with the New Zealand Department of Conservation fo...

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Dr. Sebastian Troëng : Senior Vice President for the Americas Field Division at Conservation International
Dr. Sebastian Troëng
Senior Vice President for the Americas Field Division at Conservation International

Dr. Sebastian Troëng is Senior Vice President for the Americas Field Division at Conservation International, based in Bogotá, Colombia. The Division covers 10 countries in Latin America and its team of 120 staff delivers conservation outcomes so...

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Sandra Bessudo Lion : Marine Biologist with EcolePratique de Hautes Etudes
Sandra Bessudo Lion
Marine Biologist with EcolePratique de Hautes Etudes

Marine Biologist from the EcolePratique de Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in Paris, with a Masters in Life and Earth Sciences Studies in Perpignan (France). Professional diver, with over 5,000 immersions in open waters. Sandra Bessudo is a professional stro...

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Rili Djohani : Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center, Regional Expert
Rili Djohani
Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center, Regional Expert

Rili has worked for over 25 years to improve the management and financial sustainability of marine protected areas and reduce the use of unsustainable fishing practices in Southeast Asia. She is the co-founder and executive director of the Coral T...

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Dr. Claudio Campagna : Conservation Researcher Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) & Adjunct Professor, UCSC
Dr. Claudio Campagna
Conservation Researcher Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) & Adjunct Professor, UCSC

Dr. Claudio Campagna is a conservation researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC. He has an MD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a ...

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Kristina Gjerde : High Seas Policy Advisor for the IUCN Global Marine Program
Kristina Gjerde
High Seas Policy Advisor for the IUCN Global Marine Program

Kristina Gjerde is high seas policy advisor for the IUCN Global Marine Program. Since late 2008, she has also been working with Census scientists and others to establish the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative. She lives in Poland with her husban...

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Sabine Jessen : National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Regional Expert
Sabine Jessen
National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Regional Expert

Sabine Jessen is the National Director of the Oceans Program for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. She also serves as the Marine Conservation Director for the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. Sabine h...

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"With knowing comes caring." - Dr. Sylvia Earle