World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council Welcomes 12 New Members

We are excited to introduce 12 new members to the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council! It was difficult to narrow the 1,600+ interested young people down to 23 finalists and even more difficult to choose the final 12.  

Thank you to the Selection Committee who helped select the winners: 
  • Angel Braestrup (Washington D.C., United States) Member, Board of Directors, and Chair, Board of Advisors, The Ocean Foundation
  • Ingrid Formanek (London, England) Executive Producer, CNN International 
  • Andres Franco (Geneva, Switzerland), Associate Director of Communications, Global Hair & Sustainability at Procter & Gamble   
  • Patricia Zanella (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Alumna, World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council  
These inspiring leaders represent diverse countries and backgrounds and will provide unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations to achieve real conservation outcomes during their two-year term. They will join the existing 13 members in leading and inspiring their local communities, countries and globe to take action through a variety of projects and events to protect and restore our blue planet. 


Meet the new members below or read their full biographies. 


Darcie Anderson, Scotland

"I understand the true power of this type of action."

Lydia Rysavy, Sweden


“I believe that World Oceans Day is a great way to celebrate the beauty of our blue planet, to learn and teach about ways to get active, and to share the stories about how all those who care and support ocean conservation are, in fact, making real positive change every single day.”


Toluwanimi Olubanke, Nigeria

“Being a part of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council will help give wings to my vision of having a cleaner ocean.”

Andrea Quintero Perez, Mexico

“I can’t wait to be a part of the decision-making process that is most likely going to help dictate the future of our ocean.”


Joana Da Rosa, Portugal

“I believe we all have the strength within us to make a positive impact on our communities.”


David Ludeke, United States 

“The Youth Advisory Council confronts ocean issues in an internationally collaborative way, which is sorely needed in conservation work.”


Eimear Stephenson, Ireland

“I truly believe that when young people come together and share and listen to ideas, a serious and vital change happens in our world.”


Natalie Ashkar, Lebanon

“The World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council is the perfect platform for young ocean warriors to help save something we cherish, and more importantly, something we, along with the 230,000 identified marine species and the millions yet to be discovered, so desperately need.”

Ngolle Aquila Kingsman, Cameroon

“This international platform enables us to engage and empower more young people and ultimately create positive impact.”


Gabrielle Martineau, Canada 

“I believe that there is nothing as powerful as a group of young people getting together to try to change the world.”


Nicola Tsiolis, Australia 

“The increase in community awareness and youth empowerment is where I believe the beginning of justice for the environment and community takes place.”


Maha Fier, New Zealand 

“The ocean is a life source and to destroy it will destroy us."


Baylee Ritter 16-Oct-2019