Diego Sancho Gallegos

Surf Conservation Data Coordinator, Save The Waves Coalition

Diego Sancho Gallegos

Diego Sancho Gallegos works as the Surf Conservation Data Coordinator at the California-based international non-profit Save The Waves Coalition. Diego runs the Save The Waves App project, creating data partnerships and infrastructure to optimize response to citizen-identified threats via the app. He is also closely involved in all data-centric projects at Save The Waves, including Surfonomics studies – a novel approach to quantifying the economic value of a wave to a community – and Surf Conservation Indexes – geospatial analyses of surf conservation capacity for countries. 

Previously, Gallegos worked as a Research Technician at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in the Biological Oceanography Group, where he maintained oceanographic data pipelines and species-habitat interaction modeling and was involved in two peer-reviewed publications. He holds a B.Sc. in Earth Systems with a focus on Oceans & Climate and an M.Sc. in Earth Systems with a focus on Coastal Ocean Dynamics and Management, both from Stanford University.

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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Antje Boetius

Director, Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Germany

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Daniel Dunn

Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland, Australia

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Karen Evans

Principal Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Tasmania

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Diego Sancho Gallegos

Surf Conservation Data Coordinator, Save The Waves Coalition (STW), Costa Rica

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Kristina M. Gjerde

Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Global Marine and Polar Programme, USA

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Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology (TI-FI) in Bremerhaven, Germany

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Sheila Heymans

Executive Director, European Marine Board, Belgium

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Anna-Katharina Hornidge

Director, The German Development Institute (DIE)/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Anna Jöborn

Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), Sweden

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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David Obura

Director, Coastal Oceans Research and Development – Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa

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Simone Pennafirme

Manager, Marine Life Center, Secretariat for Environment of the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro

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J. Murray Roberts

Professor, University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences & Head, Changing Oceans Research Group & Coordinator, European Horizon 2020 iAtlantic Project, Scotland

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Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, France

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Jens Schiffers

Scientific Officer, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

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Jörn Schmidt

Chair, Science Committee, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Denmark

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Mirja Schoderer

Reseacher, The German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Germany

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Jacqueline Uku

President, Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), Kenya

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Sebastian Unger

Head, Ocean Governance Research Group, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany

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Anya Waite

CEO & Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute, Canada

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Dixon Waruinge

Coordinator, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, Kenia

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Andrea Weiss

Science Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany