Forum – Ocean Rescue

Voices on Ocean Rescue – Moderated by David McCann, Environmental Officer for Scuba Junkie SEAS, visitors will hear from 6 experts on the issue of plastic pollution – the current situation, its effect on our oceans and marine life and what can we do to help mitigate further damage.

Julian Hyde

General Manager
Reef Check Malaysia

Julian is British but has been living overseas since 1992. He is a scientist by training, with a degree in Biochemistry. He worked for over 10 years as a management consultant, including six years in Russia managing a variety of environmental consulting programmes. He moved to Malaysia in 1999, initially managing an environmental consulting company in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre – which is how he became involved with Reef Check Malaysia.

Having relocated back to KL in 2005, he became involved in a project to establish a sustainable Reef Check centre in Malaysia, and now operates as its General Manager.

David McCann

Marine Biologist

David McCann is the Conservation Manager for Scuba Junkie SEAS on Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. He hails from Ireland where he gained his BSc Marine Biology and MSc Environmental Management at Queen’s University Belfast. His work includes running a turtle hatchery and rehabilitation centre and carrying out reef health check surveys and reef restoration in Sabah, Malaysia. He spent more than a decade working in conservation in Ireland, New Zealand and Malaysia. A former divemaster for Scuba Junkie, he has over 7000 dives logged in SE Asia. His current work includes raising awareness in marine conservation issues, as well as developing and implementing solutions.

Neil Davidson

PADI’s Regional Manager for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei  

PADI’s Regional Manager for Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, originally from Liverpool, England has been involved in scuba diving industry for last 8 years. He first fell in love with diving while travelling Australia after leaving his previous job in the British Military. He then moved to Koh Tao, Thailand to become a scuba diving professional and follow his passion. He eventually became manager of a very successful PADI 5 Star CDC Centre on the island. After enjoying many years on the Island Neil decided to move on for a new challenge and took up the role with PADI in March 2019 and is now based in KL. When not helping the PADI members and divers in and around the region Neil likes to relax with his family or watch Liverpool’s latest football game.

Claire Sancelot

Zero Waste advocate and Director of The Hive

In 2010 while living in Hong Kong, Claire Sancelot realised after the birth of her eldest daughter that the waste generated by her family was totally unsustainable and the biggest threat to humanity is climate change. From then on she set her sight on living zero waste.

Claire moved to KL in Sept 2015, opened the first Cooperative zero waste store in Malaysia.

Ever since she has been a guest on many radio shows, featured on magazines and newspapers. People have been very excited about the concept and more and more people had been embracing the lifestyle. Claire has been giving cooperative talk since 2015 in Malaysia ( L’Oreal, L’Occitane, World Health Organisation, Securities Commission Malaysia… ) . The talk is light hearted people easily relate to it. The way Claire introduces zero waste lifestyle is through simple domestic examples although climate change is a very serious subject Claire makes sustainable living fun and achievable

Haji Ab. Rahim bin Gor Yaman

Pengarah Kanan Bahagian Taman Laut dan Pengurusan Sumber

Julius Jeffery Jimit

Senior Manager Product Division, Sabah Tourism Board 

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