Asha de Vos

“I think that’s why my work represents something that everyone can dream of and my journey is something that everyone can be part of. And I hope that it empowers them to believe in themselves and to know that they too can do amazing, great things with their lives no matter what it is they choose.”

Dr. Asha de Vos is the Founder and Executive Director of Oceanswell in Sri Lanka.

As a marine biologist, ocean educator and pioneer of blue whale research within the Northern Indian Ocean, Asha de Vos’ life work is to change the current marine conservation model, protect the unique population of blue whales and inspire the next generation of diverse ocean heroes from all corners of the globe. She founded and serves as executive director of Oceanswell, Sri Lanka’s first marine conservation research and education organisation and is a leading voice in increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in marine conservation. She believes, if we truly want to save our oceans, every coastline needs a local hero. The quality of her scientific work and impact of her advocacy are internationally recognized.

(photo Ⓒ Deepti Asthana/National Geographic)

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