Founder and CEO, Sustainable Oceans Alliance
Daniela Fernandez is the Founder and CEO of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA), a global organization that empowers Millennials to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of our ocean. Under her leadership, two annual Summits have broadcast globally engaging 30 universities, U.S. embassies and over 3,000 participants. Through a partnership with the U.S. State Department, SOA co-hosted the “Our Ocean” Leadership Summit attracting high-level government officials and over 150 international students. SOA been named by the United Nations as one of the 50 youth-led projects helping advance the Sustainable Development Goals and has been featured in the first ever UN Youth Solutions Report. Fernandez is a contributor to The Economist Intelligence Unit and National Geographic, has spoken at the United Nations, U.S. Capitol Hill Ocean Week, World Affairs Council Conference, Nexus UN Summit, The Economist World Ocean Summit, WE Day Illinois to a crowd of 15,000 people. She has been recognized for her work by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, listed as one of the top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year, received the Peter Benchley Ocean Youth Award, the 2016 Bustle Upstart Award, and is a Green 2.0 environmental leader.
Chair, Young Professionals Board, Sustainable Oceans Alliance
Sebastian Nicholls is an avid scuba diver, having dived in 5 seas, and currently works as a Management Consulting Analyst at Accenture, implementing technology solutions for global clients. Colombian by birth, he has lived in 7 countries and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic in addition to English. He recently graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, and believes the swift transition to a low-carbon economy is the critical challenge of our time. He also serves on the board of Charge Across Town, a California nonprofit that promotes Electric Vehicle adoption in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sebastian is a Founding Member of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, and through his work hopes to empower youth globally to become drivers of a sustainable future.
Communications Fellow, Sustainable Oceans Alliance
Hanan Bloomer graduated high school from the American School in Japan in 2014. While in Japan, Hanan was the President of the Teen Advisory Board for Hands On Tokyo (HOT). With HOT, Hanan spearheaded numerous beach cleanup efforts on the coast of Japan, which included education on plastic pollution to the locals. After graduating high school Hanan began his college education at Georgetown University, where he is due to begin his senior year in the fall of 2017. Hanan is majoring in Human Science, while completing the pre-medical curriculum. In 2016 Hanan joined the Shark Bay Dolphin Project as a Research Assistant, providing data analytics for a research project that initiated in 1982 and has led the majority of education regarding bottlenose dolphins. In early 2017, Hanan began his role as Communications Fellow for the Sustainable Oceans Alliance. With SOA, Hanan has participated in two United Nations Conferences as a youth delegate, and brought the first art exhibit to the SOA annual summit. Outside his organizational and education work, Hanan has used art as a way to portray the significance of plastic pollution in the ocean, crafting sculptures with plastic found on the beach. Starting in August 2017, Hanan will begin research on CRISPR-CAS9 genome editing alongside Professor LaRocque at Georgetown University. He has a vision to incorporate genetic manipulation into ocean sustainability, specifically to help restore coral reefs.