Georgienne Bradley is the founder and executive director of Sea Safe Foundation. She is also co-owner of Bradley Ireland Productions, one of the world’s largest underwater still photography and video stock houses.
A well-known and tireless conservationist, Ms. Bradley is a scientist, underwater photographer, videographer, writer and producer who has been focused on raising awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans for over two decades. She has authored hundreds of magazine articles and scientific papers about the ocean, and two books, Such is Life in Costa Rica: Underwater Printex, Costa Rica and Dive Guide to Costa Rica. Ms. Bradley has also has produced ocean-themed television programming for a variety of studios and networks including Paramount, Disney and National Geographic.
Leveraging her strong background in biology and chemistry, she is able to weave a story that is compelling, understandable and truthful. These are the issues that people care about and, thus are called to action. Georgienne is a strong leader and public speaker, but what she loves most is to be underwater watching “her” animals.She is perhaps best-known for her work involving shark finning and Cocos Island. In 1990, Ms. Bradley and underwater photographer Jay Ireland began documenting the plight of Cocos Island, a remote, uninhabited island off the coast of Costa Rica that is home to a thriving marine ecosystem that makes it one of the world’s top dive spots. The two documented the shark-finning practices at Cocos Island, and, in an attempt to stop it, they presented their findings to the Costa Rican President José María Figueres and Minister of Natural Resources, Alvaro Ugalde. The duo’s photographs were used by the Costa Rica government to launch a national marine-awareness campaign including a postage stamp series, national lottery tickets and other materials. Bradley and Ireland were instrumental in expanding the boundaries of the protected areas around Cocos Island National Park and eventually contributed to the UNESCO petition which made Cocos Island a World Heritage Site.
In 1995, Ms. Bradley spearheaded the launch of Costa Rican Marine Imaging Project (CRMIP), a non-profit organization that enabled high school and college students to get involved with ocean focused educational projects. She is also the co-founder of the America Society of Media Photographers’ Underwater Professionals’ Group.
In her current role with Sea Save Foundation, Ms. Bradley campaigns to raise awareness about the planet’s fragile marine ecosystems and advocates for change in public policy. In 2013, representatives from Sea Save Foundation helped negotiate groundbreaking policy changes at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to protect seven marine species. With Sea Save Foundation’s current Give ‘em The Fin campaign, Bradley has returned to the issue of shark finning.
Ms. Bradley studied medicine at Sackler Medical School, Tel Aviv University and attended graduate school at Georgetown University. In 2006 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
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Lawrence Stock MD, FACEP, Physician, Clinical Professor of Medicine UCLA, Trauma Director Emeritus (Community Partners International, Thailand – Burma Border), President-elect California Chapter of the America College of Emergency Physicians. Partner at Antelope Valley Emergency Medical Associates, Vice Chairman Emergency Department, Antelope Valley Hospital. Larry brings a 25-year history of working with disaster relief and human rights efforts. The deterioration of our oceans threatens our right to live on a healthy planet. Larry@SeaSave.org
Inducted into the Divers Hall of Fame and recipient of the coveted Reaching Out Award, Peter Hughes loves the underwater world. He has been diving for over 40 years, and each dive he discovers new reasons to love the ocean. An ardent conservationist, Peter now joins the Sea Save pod to help raise awareness about sharks, mantas, and all ocean ecosystems.
Alexander Bryant has an impressive history of working in the hospitality industry and operates nine Emperor and Constellation Fleet liveaboards in the Maldives. This has brought him up close with the ocean’s challenges and inspired him to help. He has a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Business Venturing from the University of Southampton and he is skilled in Customer Service, Hotel Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, and Marketing Strategy.
Andrew Lok is the Co-Founder of the Solitude brand and Managing Director of CKM-Squared Pte Ltd (Since 2012), the owning company of the Solitude brand with its flagship Solitude One Live-aboard launched and operational in December 2013. He is well versed with current and future information technologies (a graduate in computer electronics and programming, and also known across international markets associated with scuba travel, and notably excellent reputation in South East Asia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and China with a strong network of sales agents. With his sharp business acumen, he will be a great asset in helping Sea Save further our cause.
Adam Hanlon is a freelance photographer, specializing in underwater photography. His images and reports have won international competitions and been used in prestigious publications and by world-renowned organizations. He grew up in South Africa, received a BA in Political Science, and has been an active diver since 1984. He holds recreational and technical diving qualifications up to instructor level from many agencies, and has been instructing since 1987. He is the editor of Wetpixel, the world’s leading resource on all things underwater imaging and through Wetpixel Expeditions, Adam leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He also owns a successful dive school based near Lancaster, UK.
Ian & Donna Allsopp
They have worked with Sea Save for more than five years. Their daily efforts ensure that we communicate our messages on our various platforms and that all informational systems are being updated. The duo live just outside London. Sealion@seasave.org and email@example.com
Michael brings his vast background in technology and publishing to the Sea Save Foundation family. As editor of Macworld Magazine and co-founder of Cognito Publishing Michael leveraged the power of the written word. He is currently the VP of Hirsch Media and CEO of Cozumel’s “Dive Paradise”.
Communication is the solvent for all problems and the foundation for success. Sharon Free presents Sea Save Foundation’s goals and accomplishments to the world. A “creative” in all ways, Sharon brings her expansive background in design and messaging to the pod and communicates our message to the world.
Sea Save Foundation Pod
We are proud of the accomplishments made and awards received by our Advisory Team. Paramount to our “super-team” selection process was their proven dedication to wildlife education. Each member brings to the table not only valuable talents but an enthusiastic willingness to mentor others and convey a passion for the natural world through entertaining projects. These projects will be used in educational programs for local communities, youth groups, and nonprofit organizations. The Advisory Team profiles reveal a cadre of sharp, creative, and scientific minds. We invite you to join us in our challenge to better understand and protect the natural world.
Jay Ireland: Co-Founder and Media Director
Jay Ireland’s innate understanding of animal behavior is a key ingredient for our success recipe. As a diver, a filmmaker and photographer Jay possesses both the experience and the tenacity to capture underwater and terrestrial activity in new innovative ways. Jay is also a born teacher. He thrives upon sharing his childlike enthusiasm and he leverages his camera skills to do this. Jay’s images have already stood witness for many efforts. They were showcased in the largest emission of postage stamps by the Costa Rica government as well as used for one year on the face of the national lottery tickets. Each program was linked to a set of teaching standards that were created to compliment the effort. The first published photographs of shark finning were shot by Jay Ireland in 1991. Jay co-founded Sting Ray City in the Cayman Islands with his lifelong friend Pat Kenney.firstname.lastname@example.org
Violeta Benitez: Assistant to Director, Editor “Ocean Week in Review”
Love our highly successful “Ocean Week in Review”? Meet the woman behind the highly successful series. She casts a wide net and “fishes” for all the most important ocean-related articles… a daunting task at best! She carefully crafts a summary for each article that readers can review in minutes after all that she lays it out in blogger and publishes. Now even the busiest among us can keep up with ocean news. angelfish@SeaSave.org
Richard Akhtar: Auction Team, Google Adwords
Committed to conservation, Richard owned developed and operated Matava Resort, a boutique adventure and romance experience lodge in a remote part of Fiji, for over 16 years. He brings that expansive experience to Sea Save. His specialty areas advising, planning, development, marketing and sales will endure the Sea Save team accomplishes their critical goals.
Samuel McKinney: Graphic Genius
Samuel graduated from Robert Morris University and is currently the Creative Director at Epek Data. We heard his philosophy and we were hooked. “I believe every image is a story, no matter how little, or how insignificant, there is a meaning behind it. This is what I believe, and as designers, it’s our job to convey these stories in a beautifully interesting way. I started at a young age, admiring the way that advertising has shaped our world, and have never stopped. ” Samuel leverages his creative talents to help the world understand oceans and move to protect them. Basically, he exudes creativity, kindness, and professionalism.
Mary Kurts: Grant Director, Auction Team
Every year Mary Kurts joins our auction team an helps calm the year-end frenzy. She applies her professional project management skills and ensures that we keep on track during our high profile auction event.
Renée Setter: Instagram
A graduate of Cornell University, Renée is currently working hard on her graduate degree at the University of Hawaii. Her passion is the ocean. She worked tirelessly with Sea Save Foundation as our Communications Director and has now settled into overseeing and helping to develop our Instagram outreach.
Pioneer underwater film producer and photographer Stan Waterman, winner of five Emmys, has been at the forefront of scuba diving since its inception. In 1968 he collaborated with Peter Gimbel on the classic shark film “Blue Water, White Death.” He was an associate producer and underwater cameraman. Stan directed underwater photography in the production of “The Deep,” based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel. He and his oldest son, Gordy, won the first father-and-son Emmy for their work together in the National Geographic Explorer production, “Dancing With Stingrays.” Stingray City, the topic of the film, was coincidentally discovered by two of our other advisors, Jay Ireland and Pat Kenney. Stan’s commercial success is surpassed only by his passion for diving and his commitment to education and mentoring new filmmakers.
Christie Quarton: Communications Team
Hailing from the beautiful island of Curaçao, Christie witnessed the slow deterioration of her beloved Caribbean Sea. Plastic pollution, overfishing and acidification were a few challenges that she observed. Resolute to make a difference, she brings her expertise in communication and marketing to the Sea Save Foundation pod.
Jonathan and Christine Bird
Jonathan fell in love with the ocean in the 1980s and with Christine in the 1990’s. This dynamic duo are passionate educators, film producers, SCUBA divers, and conservationists. They each bring a unique set of skills to “Oceanic Research Group” and “Jonathan Bird’s Blue World” series. This Emmy-award winning team published seven books and directed over 20 films. They are currently working on an ambitious IMAX film uncovering the hidden mysteries of ancient underwater caves.
Natalie Foote: Communications Team
Born and raised on Catalina ocean love is in Natalie’s blood. She is working with the Sea Save team creating videos and original content to push out on social media platforms. She is helping us tell the story of ocean conservation.
Carlos de la Rosa holds a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is Adjunct Professor at several US and Costa Rican universities, providing additional links and collaborations with academic institutions. He served as the director of USAID’s Environmental Management Office in Costa Rica as well as the Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve and later as the Director of the Catalina Conservancy. He has written several books and over 50 articles, papers and field guides.