The Ocean Project is unique in many ways. Formed by senior representatives of several aquariums and conservation organizations in the late 1990s, The Ocean Project has grown into a network of approximately 2,000 organizations. Advisors include incredibly talented young people from around the world as well as some of the most well-respected thinkers and doers in the aquarium, zoo, and conservation communities.

World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council

Meet our key youth advisors on the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council


World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council Members

Advisory Council

Kathayoon Azra Khalil, Ph.D.
Director of Engagement for Zoo Advisors

Judy Mann-Lang, Ph.D.
Conservation Strategist
South African Association for Marine Biological Research

Patrick O’Callaghan
Executive Director
Deliberate Impact

Sean Russell
Founder and Director
Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation

Bert Vescolani
Denver Zoo

Danni Washington
Chairperson and Co-Founder
Big Blue & You

The Ocean Foundation, based in Washington, DC, serves as the fiscal sponsor for The Ocean Project