2017 Conference – New Speakers Announced!

Dec 8, 2016 | News

Sustainable Seas Trust and the African Marine Waste Network are excited to announce that Sylvia Earle, Jenna Jambeck, Kristian Teleki, Nancy Wallace, Hayley McLellan, Willemijn Peeters, and Michael Melato will all be speaking at the upcoming African Marine Waste Conference 2017!

The Conference will be taking place between 9 to 13 July 2017 at the Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

For more information, check out the AMWC 2017 website

Sylvia A Earle

Sylvia Earle the renowned American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer will be speaking at the African Marine Waster Conference. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998.

“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on earth. 97% of earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet — we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They won’t get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.”

Jenna Jambeck

Dr. Jenna Jambeck is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. She has been conducting research on solid waste issues for 20 years with related projects on marine debris since 2001.

She also specializes in global waste management issues and plastic contamination. Her work on plastic waste inputs into the ocean published in Science was widely publicized, and she has spoken at events for the Global Ocean Commission, Our Ocean Conference, testified to U.S. Congress, and is on an advisory panel for the UNEP Global Partnership on Marine Litter. In November 2014, Jenna sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with 13 other women in eXXpedition to sample land and open ocean plastic and to encourage women to enter STEM disciplines. She is the co-developer of the mobile app Marine Debris Tracker, a tool that continues to facilitate a growing global citizen science initiative. The app has documented the location of over one million litter and marine debris items removed from our environment throughout the world.

Kristian Teleki

Kristian Teleki is currently the Senior Marine Adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and the Director of Engagement for Ocean Unite. Kristian was most recently the Director of Global Engagement for the Global Ocean Commission.

Prior to this he was Vice President of SeaWeb, responsible for its sustainable markets, science, and Asia Pacific programmes. He has also been the Director of the International Coral Reef Action Network and has led the Marine Programme at UNEP-WCMC. Kristian is on the boards of several environmental, development and social initiatives, and the Editorial Board of Aquatic Conservation. He has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Cambridge University.

Nancy Wallace

Nancy Wallace is the Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program. The Marine Debris Program is the federal lead for researching, preventing, and reducing the impacts of marine debris in the United States.

Nancy is the Chair of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee, Chair of the United Nation’s Global Partnership on Marine Litter, and Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Marine Debris Working Group. Nancy has worked on ocean policy related issues for the past 15 years. Her work includes resource conservation with the National Park Service, developing sustainable catch limits for fisheries off the east coast of the United States and efforts to improve water quality in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hayley Mclellan

Hayley McLellan began her career in 1989 training dolphins at Sea World, Durban. Ensuing years saw her dedication to animal care, behaviour, and presentations of many creatures.

Her ever-evolving conservation awareness and experiences grew her passion for preservation of the environment. As Environmental Campaigner at the Two Oceans Aquarium, human behaviour is Hayley’s newfound inspiration. She seeks a variety of audiences to share her campaigning enthusiasm with, trusting that humans essentially want to do right by the planet. The vision of a plastic shopping bag free South Africa is currently her life’s work.

Willemijn Peeters (TBC)

Willemijn Peeters is the Ocean Ambassador of the Netherlands and the Founder and CEO of Searious Business. Searious Business gathers business leaders and other stakeholders who are united by a shared vision of an ocean free of plastic waste.

It stands out by using disruptive innovation at the intersection of technology, sustainability and social change. Willemijn believes in the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to address complex environmental challenges. She is passionate about improving the effectiveness of profit organizations as agents of change, as well as defining and implementing more sustainable ways of producing and distributing goods.

Michael Melato

Born and raised in Africa, from Kgotsong (Bothaville) in South Africa, Aupaki Michael Melato is a Ph.D candidate with ten years of experience in environmental affairs.

Michael holds a Masters Degree in the field of ecotoxicology from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is currently employed as Environmental Specialist at Transnet National Ports Authority in Cape Town.
Michael has served as a member of many environmental organizations across South Africa and abroad, including SETAC Europe. He was the first African to serve in Europe both on the Student Advisory Council as well as Chair of the Young Environmental Scientist Committee. Michael is also a delegate in the Abidjan Convention COP 11, where he has dedicated his studies for service on the African continent through a Ports environmental pollution perspective. He is also the youngest African member in both the First Panels of Experts in Ocean Governance for Africa as well as the Strategic Assessment of Port Environmental Issues Policies and Programs (SAPEIPP) in West, Central, and Southern Africa.