Asha de Vos

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.