Kristal Ambrose

Founder and Director, Bahamas Plastic Movement; Ph.D. Candidate, World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

Kristal Ambrose, or Kristal Ocean, is an environmental scientist studying marine debris and plastic pollution in The Bahamas. After sailing across the Pacific to study the Western Garbage Patch, she was inspired to return to The Bahamas to spark a plastic pollution revolution. Her environmental career spans over a decade, including as Founder and Director of Bahamas Plastic Movement, a non-profit raising awareness of and developing solutions to plastic pollution. She is now based at the World Maritime University as a Ph.D. candidate in marine debris monitoring in the Wider Caribbean Region.

Ambrose has raised the global profile of plastic pollution and was instrumental in The Bahamas’ 2020 single-use plastic ban, for which she won the Goldman Environment Prize for Islands and Island Nations. She has featured in a number of magazines, was named an Ocean Hero by musician Jack Johnson and received the 2014 Environmental Youth Leader Award from the Government of The Bahamas. 

In 2022, she published her children’s book “Kai and Gaia Discover the Gyre”, about a young Bahamian girl named Kai (Ocean) who is inspired to end ocean plastic pollution after her best friend, a turtle named Gaia (Earth), becomes stuck at sea in a trash gyre.

SPEAKERS & MODERATORS

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Zaidy Afrin

UN Fellow of Government of Grenada´s Blue Innovation Institute & Ph.D. Candidate at World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

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Vera Agostini

Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy

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Kristal Ambrose

Founder and Director, Bahamas Plastic Movement; Ph.D. Candidate, World Maritime University (WMU), Sweden

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Steven Bograd

Supervisory Research Oceanographer, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Institute of Marine Sciences (UCSC), USA

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Jens Brandenburg

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany

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Adam Ceesay

Programme Manager, Wetlands International Africa (WIACO), Dakar, Senegal

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Guillermo Ortuño Crespo

Doctor and Postdoctoral Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden

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Reinhold Hanel

Head, Thünen-Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Bremerhaven, Germany

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Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Global Lead, Nutrition and Public Health, WorldFish, Malaysia

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Nina Jensen

CEO, REV Ocean, Norway

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Jorge Arturo Jiménez

Director General, MarViva Foundation for Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia

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Anna Jöborn

CEO, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Sweden

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Monika Jones

International TV and Conference Host, Germany

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Isabella Lövin

Chair, Stockholm Environment Institute & Co-chair, Friends of Ocean Action & Author, Sweden

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Ingrid Lomelde

Vice President Sustainability, Aker Offshore Wind, Norway 

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Carolyn Lundquist

Associate Professor at University of Auckland, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

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Flower E. Msuya

 Senior Researcher, Founder & Chairperson, Zanzibar Seaweed Cluster Initiative, Tanzania

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Christian Müller

Head of marine resource exploration, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), Germany 

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Christiana Naana Sam

Fish Biologist, Teaching Assistant, University of Bergen, Norway

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Alexis Papathanassis

Professor for Cruise Tourism Management, the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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Kemal Pinarbasi

Project Researcher, HELCOM Secretariat, Finland 

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Angelique Pouponneau

Policy Adviser to the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Seychelles

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Michele Quesada da Silva

Marine Spatial Planning Consultant, IOC-UNESCO, France 

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Vladimir Ryabinin

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

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Jörn Schmidt

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

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Merete Tandstad

EAF-Nansen Programme Coordinator, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy