The Ocean Project is unique in many ways, including how it is led. Formed by senior representatives of several aquariums and conservation organizations in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project’s leadership and advisors include some of the most well-respected thinkers and doers in the aquarium, zoo, and conservation communities, as well as incredibly talented young people from around the world.

Our World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council is helping develop the reach and impact of World Oceans Day, especially by engaging youth, the media,  and decision-makers. Our Leadership Council and Advisory Council serve as consultative bodies to assist The Ocean Project team in various aspects related to our strategic direction and key initiatives.

Leadership Council

Paul J. Boyle, Ph.D., Co-Founder
BioVisions --- Strategy Consulting

John Nightingale, Ph.D., Co-Founder
CEO & President
Ocean Wise

Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation

Advisory Council

Chris Andrews, Ph.D.
Head, Merlin Animal Welfare and Development – US
SEA LIFE Aquariums

James M. Hekkers, Co-Founder
IMPACTS Research

Patrick O’Callaghan
Executive Director
Deliberate Impact

Kathy Sher, Co-Founder
Deputy Director of External Affairs
National Aquarium

Vikki N. Spruill, Co-Founder
President & CEO
New England Aquarium

Bert Vescolani
Saint Louis Science Center

Greg Stone, Ph.D., Co-Founder
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist for Oceans
Conservation International

World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council

Caitlin Philipps, Australia

Patricia Zanella, Brazil

Kehkashan Basu, Canada

Gabriella Schauber, Canada

Wenqin Zhang, China

Brandon Koots, Curacao

Sofia El-Rass, Denmark

Anna Zaske, Denmark

Ibrahi Rodriguez, Ecuador

Sang-Jin Kim, Germany

Nehara Pandey, India

Melati Wijsen, Indonesia

Gabrielle Tan, Malaysia

Mohammed Wahabi, Morocco

Rufai Balogun, Nigeria

Eugenia Barroca, Portugal

Olivia Taylor, South Africa

La TIsha Parkinson, Trinidad & Tobago

Baylee Ritter, USA

Cade Terada, USA

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