Announcing the 2022-2023 World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council!

We are excited to introduce 26 new members to the World Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council!  


Congratulations to these inspiring young leaders who represent diverse countries and backgrounds! Each will provide unique perspectives and ideas to help World Ocean Day grow in exciting ways.  

They will work together in informing and motivating their local communities and countries to take action through a variety of projects and inspire youth and others around the world. By collaborating with one another and others, the Council will achieve real impact, in June and throughout the year, to protect and restore our blue planet. 

Thank you to all the hundreds of young people from over 60 countries who applied this year to join the Council! It was incredibly challenging to select the winners, and we want to extend special thanks the following members of the Selection Committee who helped in this process: 

  • Ben Lecomte, Ocean Advocate, United States
  • Dr. Cécile Gaspar, Founder/Director of strategy and conservation programs, Te mana o te moana, Moorea, French Polynesia
  • Peter Neill, Director, World Ocean Observatory, United States
  • Melissa Cristina Márquez, PhD Candidate at Curtin University, Australia
  • Yuyi Yang, General Manager, iLab, Shanghai
  • Ana Noronha, Executive Director of Ciência Viva, Portugal
  • Rebecca Loy, Youth Advisory Council 2019-2020 Alum, Singapore
  • Matai Zamuël, Youth Advisory Council 2021-2022 Alum, Suriname
  • Mwizeere Ruth Edma, Youth Advisory Council 2020-2022 Alum, Uganda

You can meet the new Youth Advisory Council here!