Starting out as an environmental enthusiast, Ibrahim began working to help protect the Earth’s fragile marine environment in 1990. Since then, he has amassed more than 25 years of experience in the field and his passion for nature led him to become the Director General of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in the Maldives. His unstinting efforts for conservation and his valuable advice led to Baa Atoll being recognised by the UN as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011 for being one of the best spots for manta rays and whale sharks to feed and clean.
Mark’s ocean connection includes 10,000+ dives and careers as ocean lifeguard, captain, scuba instructor, and cruise director. A passionate photographer and conservationist, his work has appeared in BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast, National Geographic, World, Nature’s Best, Natural History and books like Lonely Planet’s award-winning Diving and Snorkeling Thailand. His work has been displayed at galleries like the Smithsonian and United Nations Visitor Center. Mark currently works at Bluewater Photo, leading trips annually to his favorite dive destinations.
Seenen started out his career as a PADI Dive Master 22 years ago in the Maldives just two years after getting his diving instructor status. A founding member of the Divers Association of Maldives, his passion for the environment and underwater photography started during the early stages of open water certification. Images were the only way he could express the way he felt to his friends. He currently works with a proud team of 30 Dive Professionals in five different dive centers in the Maldives known as diveOceanus (Three-time Gold Winner of South Asia’s Leading Dive Center at SATA).
Founding Partner, Lacadives Diving School Founder and Chairman, Genesis Film Production Founder and Chairman, The Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship
Founder of India’s first Scuba Diving school – the Lacadives Diving School in the Lakshadweep islands, Prahlad Kakar an advertising film professional discovered his passion for the deep seas by accident after a nerve wrecking dive in Mauritius. That experience led him on a journey to become a pioneer of recreational scuba diving in India. He has since gone on multiple diving escapades as a certified CMAS Master Level diver to several islands and together with his diving school, Prahlad has trained and certified more than 6000 divers, many of whom have went on to establish their own diving centres.
Co-Founder of Reef Watch Marine Conversation Producer, Genesis Film Production Co-Founder, Lacadives Founder and Director, Prahlad Kakar School of Branding and Entrepreneurship
Co-founder of Reef Watch Marine Conservation, prolific ad-film producer Mitali Dutt Kakar, has been actively involved in creating awareness in the marine conservation scene through initiating education programmes, documentaries and research. An avid diver, she has also logged more than 5000 dives and has also trained both local and international students over 2 decades. In 1998, she produced the award winning film “Troubled Waters” to highlight the effects of global warming on coral reefs in the Lakshadweep islands and has also been involved in several environmental television film series. Combining her passion for films, marine conservation, photography and scuba diving, Mitali is focused on educating the younger generation to be socially conscious individuals.
Founder of the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation and Rouble Nagi Design Studio
The founder of the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation and Rouble Nagi Design Studio, Rouble Nagi is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed Indian artist with over 800 murals and sculptures to her name. She has held more than 150 exhibitions worldwide and is a member of the India Design Council (IDC). Her Initiative “Misaal Mumbai”, the first slum painting initiative in the country, has allowed her to paint more 43,000 houses, conduct workshops on sanitation and hygiene while improving the sanitation and waterproofing of these houses. She has been awarded the Jija Mata Award by the Indian government.
The first female Maldivian to work professionally in the diving industry of Maldives, Shaahina Ali has more than 30 years of diving experience. She set up the Dive Centre and worked intensely with the government to bring in and formalise recreational diving standards in the Maldives. Today, she heads Parley for the Oceans in the Maldives and is the executive who is leading a national programme to implement the Parley AIR strategy while making the Maldives the showcase for combating plastic pollution in the ocean.