SYLVIA EARLE (USA)
GUEST OF HONOR FOR ADEX
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA, Dr. Sylvia Earle is the Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER), Founder of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (S.E.A.)/Mission Blue, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, inspiration for the Ocean in Google Earth, leader of the NGS Sustainable Seas Expeditions, and the subject of the 2014 Netflix film, Mission Blue. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and Ph.D. from Duke University, 27 honorary degrees and has authored more than 200 scientific, technical and popular publications including 13 books (most recently Blue Hope in 2014), lectured in more than 90 countries, and appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions. She has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater including leading the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970, participating in 10 saturation dives, most recently in July 2012, and setting a record for solo diving in 1,000 metres depth. Her research concerns marine ecosystems with special reference to exploration, conservation and the development and use of new technologies for access and effective operations in the deep sea and other remote environments.
Her special focus is on developing a global network of areas in the Ocean, “Hope Spots,” to safeguard the living systems that provide the underpinnings of global processes, from maintaining biodiversity and yielding basic life support services to providing stability and resiliency in response to accelerating climate change.
Sylvia Earle is presented by Elysium Arctic.
JOSE RAMOS-HORTA (TIMOR-LESTE)
GUEST OF HONOR FOR ADEX ASIA
Jose Ramos-Horta most recently was the special representative to the Secretary General in Guinea Bissau and chair on a high level UN panel assessing global peacekeeping missions. He was the President of Timor-Leste from 2007 to 2012, the second since independence from Indonesia. Jose Ramos-Horta is also a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize and a former prime minister, having served from 2006 until his inauguration as president. As a founder and former member of the Revolutionary Front for an Independent Timor-Leste, he served as the exiled spokesman for the East Timorese resistance during the years of the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.
AG SANO (Phillipines)
A.G. Saño is a professional photographer whose works have appeared in different international and local media. He is a conservationist who has been involved in whale and dolphin research for the past 16 years. He has also done assignments on sea turtles, dugong habitats, sharks and other environmental work with reputable NGO’s and institutions such as WWF, Greenpeace, RARE, Conservation International, Silliman University, LAMAVE, PFEC, among others. He is a co founder of Balyena.org, a non profit group undertaking marine mammal conservation efforts in the country. He is part of the CLIMATE WALK and the PEOPLE’s PILGRIMAGE, advocating the fight against climate change through education and information by walking long distances across the globe and connecting with communities along the way.
ALEX ROSE (USA)
Alex Rose holds B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Aquatic Biology, and has a wide variety of experience in the biological sciences. She is a professional violinist, photographer, and lover of all things aquatic. She is currently working as the Science Editor and a principle writer for Ocean Geographic Magazine and is the Managing Editor of Ocean Geographic Explorers. She is a free-lance science writer and editor as well. Alex also composes violin pieces for use in ocean themed films and exhibitions. Her driving goal is to find ways to protect our world’s precious marine habitats through diving, writing, photography, education, and research.
BEN LECOMTE (FRANCE)
Benoît Lecomte will be coming down to Singapore for ADEX! The person who has conquered the Atlantic will be embarking on an expedition to conquer the Pacific.
Ben will be swimming 5,500 miles (more than 8,800km) across the Pacific ocean from Tokyo to San Fransico and Singapore would be the last stop before heading out on this perilous swim.
With the aim to raise awareness for Climate Change, the longest swimmer will be making a quick pit stop at ADEX. For 3 hours, Ben will be swimming in ADEX and be fielding a Q&A session with everyone at ADEX with the help of Appi-Communication.
Be part of the audience who would witness history in the making as he attempts a new swimming record only at ADEX. So make a date with Ben now and pick up your tickets!
BRIAN VON HERZEN(USA)
Dr Brian von Herzen is the executive director of the Climate Foundation.He has conducted oceanographic research in the South Pacific over the past decade to reverse coral bleaching and develop related technologies, such as marine permaculture. Brian is a guest lecturer at Stanford University, CalTech, and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.
CLIVE WILKINSON (AUSTRALIA)
Clive Wilkinson was the Coordinator of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network that operated in more than 80 countries and published the ‘Status of Coral Reefs of the World’ reports every 2 years. Formerly, he was the Chief Technical Advisor for a coastal resource research program in 5 ASEAN countries and an active field scientist on the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He received BSc and PhD training in marine microbiology and ecology from the University of Queensland. He is based at the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre in Australia.
DAVID MCCANN (IRELAND)
David McCann is an Environmental Officer for Scuba Junkie SEAS. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management at QUB. His current work includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre and carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration in Sabah, Malaysia.
DELPHINE ROBBE (FRANCE)
Delphine Robbe is the impetus behind the Gili Eco Trust, a local NGO actively involved in the protection of reefs and environment of the Gili Islands in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
She is a French national who specializes in Biorock reef restorations and coral reef conservation. She shares her passion via workshops; working with locals, including the children and volunteers; networking with other environmental organisations;
Gili Eco Trust's main project on land is improving waste management, an ongoing issue for Gili Islands, especially because of tourism, as well as tackling erosion, humane treatment of horses, and safety for marine life. Setting up projects to make gili Trawangan an eco example as green destination, her dream not always easy to put in place!
JESSICA HARDY (INDONESIA)
Jessica Hardy is the founder of Regenerative Seas. She has worked with indigenous communities around the world for over 20 years in the areas of nursing, nutrition and permaculture. For the past two years, Jessica has traveled continuously around the world researching regenerative agriculture practices for climate change. She has just started learning underwater photography to share her passion for conserving marine biodiversity with her land-based friends and colleagues.
KARENNE TUN (SINGAPORE)
Karenne joined NParks in 2013, after a 18 year circuit within academia, non-profit organisation and private environmental consultancy. During that time, she obtained her PhD from the National University of Singapore where she focussed on developing diagnostic tools for coral reef monitoring and management. Karenne’s interest in the marine environment was ignited as an undergraduate, where, over the years, her fascination turned to concern at their rapid decline, particularly in the Southeast Asian region. Karenne subsequent work at NUS focussed on studying the impacts of anthropogenic activities on coral reefs, before moving onto coordinating coral reef monitoring efforts in the Southeast Asian region. Karenne’s current work at NParks covers issues related to the management and conservation of Singapore’s coastal and marine environment and the biodiversity they support. Her team is also overseeing the establishment of Singapore’s first Marine Park - the Sisters’ Islands Marine Park.
KATHY XU (SINGAPORE)
Kathy is the founder of The Dorsal Effect. Having been a school teacher for 7 years and constantly advocating for her students to do good throughout her teaching career, Kathy decided to walk the talk and stepped out of the teaching profession to start The Dorsal Effect in 2013.
Triggered by an intense experience while swimming alongside a whale shark in Exmouth, Australia, back in 2011, Kathy decided she wanted to do something so that future generations could still see sharks alive rather than extinct and confined to just picture books. After learning about the shark fishing and finning situation and the demand for shark fin soup, Kathy started volunteering on the education arm of Shark Savers Singapore (and still is!) It wasn’t long before she decided that more should be done on the supply side other than the demand side for shark fin soup as well, and soon found herself in Lombok talking to shark fishermen.
LUDWIG FEDERIGAN (PHILIPPINES)
Ludwig is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Young Environmental Forum. Previously he was the Treasurer and Vice-President for Business Operations of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines. He is a sought after speaker on climate change, sustainability, and leadership; and speaks in educational institutions and other youth-led activities. Currently he is writing his first book that will showcase individual approaches to a low-carbon and sustainable lifestyle. He has 25 years of experience intersecting fields of business, community organization, and environmental advocacy - as an executive, entrepreneur, communicator, and educator. He has a BS in Electronics & Communications Engineering from Don Bosco Technical College and an MBA from the University of San Carlos.
MICHON ALBAN (FRANCE)
French adventurer and explorer Alban Michon has done over 9000 dives in the most extreme conditions. He specialises in diving under ice and groundwater with a passion for polar regions. In 2010, Alban embarked on ‘Deepsea Under the Pole’, a forty-five day expedition to the North Pole. Two years later, he did a 1000km sea kayak alongside his friend Vincent Berthet, an adventure for two months autonomously on the east coast of Greenland. The documentary from this experience, ‘Trap White’, aired for the first time on Thalassa in May 2013. Human contact is a driving force according to Alban and approaches this concept by his active lecturing and guide for Abyssworld in Siberia and Antarctica.
PAUL FRIESE (USA)
Paul Friese founded Bali Sharks Rescue Center, an alternative to unsustainable fishing, saving 205+ sharks. The center solves marine trophic cascade by reintroducing the sharks into coral propagation and marine protected areas. Other achievements include scientific firsts and exposing Illegal Unreported Unregulated fisheries which included Human Trafficking practices.
PAUL WATSON (USA)
Captin Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservation and an environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-poaching and direct action group focused on marine conservation and marine conservation activism.
PETER BETHUNE (NEW ZEALAND)
Peter James "Pete" Bethune, is a courageous, brave and inspirational change maker best known for his epic journey in the Earthrace boat. Pete is a New Zealand promoter of bio-fuels and conservationist. He is the holder of the world record for the fastest trip circumnavigating around the world in a 100 percent biofuel powered trimaran smashing a world record speed, knocking almost two weeks off the old record with a time of 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes and was involved with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Bethune and Earthrace have fought a different environmental battle promoting the use of sustainable biofuel.
A documentary team is filming their work for a TV show called The Operatives. It's named after Bethune's unarmed environmental commando unit.
Earthrace-2 is Pete's next major project. Based on the original Earthrace vessel, Earthrace-2 is looking to repeat this, but with a much bigger vessel that will change the way the world views conservation.
Pete Bethune is an environmentalist, but not the ordinary kind!
Dr TAN HEOK HUI (SINGAPORE)
Dr Tan is an alumnus of NUS, starting his undergraduate studies in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1992, he got involved in the science of fish in a more serious manner. With the encouragements and support of his supervisor (Prof Peter Ng) and mentor (Maurice Kottelat), his family and friends, this interest was nurtured and further cultivated. Having taken part in numerous field trips in Southeast Asia during the last 25 years, he is constantly amazed at the diversity of fish inhabiting Southeast Asia. Dr. Tan obtained his doctorate degree in 2003, working on the systematics of Borneo Suckers (Gastromyzon). He has, to date, published more than 90 internationally refereed scientific papers, describing more than 100 species of freshwater fishes new to Science, including the world’s smallest vertebrate (Paedocypris progenetica) from the peat swamp forests of Indonesia. He is currently an Operations Officer at LKCNHM. His area of interest nowadays covers local conservation, ongoing systematic pursuits and covers both marine and freshwater life.
TIM JARVIS (UK)
Tim Jarvis combines a love of adventure with a passion for environmental issues. He is an environmental scientist, author, adventurer and public speaker with a Masters Degree in environmental science and environmental law. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.
A sustainability adviser on multilateral aid projects in developing countries and organisations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank - ADB & ausAID and is also the Global Ambassador for WWF Australia
Named the Australian Geographic Society's 2013 Adventurer of the year for his re-enactment of Shackleton's 1916 journey.
Tim's most recent project 25zero is to inspire action on climate change through the melting glacial ice at the equator, where 25 mountains still have a glacier. Put simply, 25 mountains zero latitude, 25 years zero ice -25zero
With three decades of experience pulling together epic ideas, Tim Jarvis is undoubtedly one of the world's leading experts in achieving impossible dream.
*Speakers are subject to change