Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society

Former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.8 million square km. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; Global Fishing Watch; the National Aquarium. Advises international organizations and governments. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Recipient of many honours, including: 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award; 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award; 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy.