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Debarati “Doll” Sengupta

India
, 23

Debarati “Doll” Sengupta (she/her) is a 23 years old young ocean leader from India who is very passionate about ocean literacy and marine life. She has recently completed her Masters in Marine Science from the University of Calcutta and her research works are focused on Indian Sundarbans. She is presently one of the ocean literacy focal points of Asia and former intern of UN Ocean Decade endorsed Early Career Ocean Professionals programme. She conducts both in-person and online education and outreach events to educate young minds (mostly 13 to 21 years old) about climate change and UN Ocean Decade challenges. She is the outreach coordinator of a research organization ‘Estuarine and Coastal Studies Foundation (ECSF)’, India, where she has a vast experience in volunteering for mangrove conservation and community engagement-based projects.

Doll believes she shares profound connection with the ocean as her zodiac sign pisces represents water. Hailing from a coastal state of India, West Bengal, she feels captivated by the wonders of the sea. Her story-telling skills help her to communicate ocean science in a digestible format to the wider audience where giving quality education with resource materials can spread the willingness of changing the tides. Her vision is to open a Blue Hub in India to spread ocean awareness and messages beyond the running decade. Youths are the next wave of Ocean Decade. By ensuring combined voices and meaningful communication, we all can make a real difference as she believes a quote by Baba Dioum, “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught”.