New Members of World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council Announced

We are excited to introduce thirteen new members to the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council!  

  • Adam Zhou, Philippines 
  • Ariana WanvigDot, Switzerland 
  • Arya Yurdacan, Turkey 
  • Belinda Tian-Wing Ng, Hong Kong
  • Ee Jenn Lee, Malaysia 
  • Estefanía Aphang, Perú 
  • Jose Marie EsloporPhilippines 
  • Lela DeVine, USA 
  • Mhairi McCann, Scotland 
  • Muskan Lamba, India 
  • Paul Eweola Ayomide, Nigeria 
  • Ruth Edma Mwizeere, Uganda 
  • Siobhan O’Connor, New Zealand 

Congratulations to these inspiring young leaders who represent diverse countries and backgrounds! Each will provide unique perspectives and ideas to help World Oceans Day grow in exciting ways 

They will join the existing 12 members of the Council in informing and motivating their local communities and countries to take action through a variety of projects and inspire youth and others around the world. By working together, the Council will achieve real impact, in June and throughout the year, to protect and restore our blue planet. 

Thank you to all the hundreds of young people from over 40 countries who applied to join the Council! It was incredibly challenging to select the winners.  

We also want to extend special thanks the following members of the Selection Committee who helped select the winners this year: 

Angel Jasmin Akpak
Senior Director of Herbal Essences and Responsible Beauty
P&G Beauty, Switzerland

Aldrin Aujero
National Geographic Young Explorer
Co-founder of Earthsavers
Former World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council member, Philippines 

Mia DeMazza
Executive Director
EarthEcho International, United States

Olivia P. Livingstone
Founder and Executive Director-Green Stewards Incorporated
Former World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council member, Liberia

Presha Soogrim
Manager, Informal Education
South African Association for Marine Biological Research, South Africa 

Alan Yang
Marketing Director
iLab France Holding Sarl, China

Eugénia Rocha 
Marine Biologist
Portuguese-language Representative, Sustainable Ocean Alliance 
Former World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council member, Portugal


You can see the new Council here