Dr Andy Lewis - Director & Chairperson
Andy is one of the most skilled and widely traveled ecotourism professionals in the Indo-Pacific region, with a strong background in small ship adventure cruising. He managed the ecotourism activities aboard the luxury vessel True North for over a decade, exploring and delivering outstanding guest experiences across a wide variety of tropical locations, from the Rowley Shoals to the Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef in Australia; Komodo, Raja Ampat, and West Papua in Indonesia; the Bismarck Sea and Louisiade Archipelago in PNG, and the Western Province of Solomon Islands. Andy has a PhD in coral reef ecology from James Cook University and has extensive experience in scuba diving, surfing and kiteboarding in tropical locations. An expert underwater photographer and engaging public speaker, Andy’s passion for the reefs, islands and people of the South-Pacific is tangible, and drives the development of the Coral Sea Foundation as a platform for delivering his vision for sustainable reef management and the ultimate marine ecotourism experience.
Naomi Longa - Director: Sea Women of Melanesia Program
Naomi is a Papua New Guinean woman from the Island of New Britain. The youngest of 6 children, she grew up swimming in the Bismarck Sea with the incredible coral reefs of Kimbe Bay at her doorstep. Inspired by the sea, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Papua New Guinea, and completed her Open Water Diver certificate at the Conflict Islands Conservation Initiative facility in the Louisiade Archipelago. Naomi has worked with both Walindi Plantation Dive Resort and the Mahonia Na Dari conservation organisation in Kimbe, and is currently in Australia enhancing her marine science knowledge and completing her Dive Instructor training with Pleasure Divers on Magnetic Island.
Scott Lewis - Director: Brand Development & Marketing
Born and raised a surfer and sailor in the Southern Ocean, Scott started out in small business in 1988. Scott went on to serve throughout the world as a senior executive, professional consultant and brand-builder in the global sports and action-sports markets. Specialising in international business development, distribution, sales and marketing, Scott brings to the Foundation a passion for business development, partnerships, branding and communications and an unrivaled knowledge of creating global brand awareness. Scott served as Managing Director of Oakley South Pacific, Director of International, Oakley Inc, Managing Director of Oakley Europe and President of Globe International Limited, among others.
Dr Shelley Cowden - Director: Communication & Partnerships
Shelley is a sociologist and medical anthropologist with experience in ethnography and qualitative research methods, and has a particular interest in the cultural interpretation of health practices. She has taught in the field of Public Relations and Communications, worked as a freelance writer within health and wellness industries and is a qualified Yoga teacher. She has travelled widely throughout the Indian subcontinent as well as South East Asia.
Dr David Williamson - Director: Marine Reserve Science
David Williamson is a marine scientist with expertise in coral reef ecology, fisheries biology and marine conservation research. David graduated with a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University (JCU) in 1996 and spent the next decade working on government, academic and industry sector research projects throughout the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia and the South Pacific. He later returned to JCU and spent several years researching the ecological effects of marine protected areas on coral reefs, before graduating with a PhD in 2009. Since completing his doctorate, David has worked as a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, where he has designed and coordinated research projects focused on marine reserves, biodiversity conservation, fisheries management and fish larval connectivity. David is a passionate advocate for holistic approaches to marine conservation management and fisheries sustainability. He has authored over 35 scientific publications and delivered presentations at numerous conferences in Australia and internationally. In recent years he has also applied his skills to the tourism industry, where he is able to convey his knowledge of ocean ecosystems to a broader audience. He is a highly experienced project manager, researcher, public speaker, vessel operator, diver and adventure guide. His other pursuits include music, photography, surfing and wilderness adventure.
Jarrad is a professional mariner holding International Master 500GT and near Coastal Master 3000GT certification. His career began on the Kimberley coast in 2000, and since then he has built an extensive portfolio of command experience through Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Indian Ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef. He has guided vessel operations in a wide range of service areas, from whale surveys and coral reef monitoring, to game fishing and oil & gas support. A keen scuba diver, sportfisherman and surfer, Jarrad is committed to utilising his skills to deliver people safely to the islands and reefs of the Coral Sea to enjoy a world-class ecotourism experience, and through doing so, raising awareness of the value of the regions coral reefs.
Andi is a lifetime multihull sailor and professional mariner, holding a Master IV certification and bringing to the Foundation a broad experience in the maritime industry, from commercial catamaran ferries to traditional tall ships, crew training, deliveries and reef charters. He has raced Open 60 trimarans through the West Pacific and SE Asia, and is currently living aboard his third multihull, a 43ft aluminium catamaran. Andi has worked and sailed extensively through the Great Barrier reef and Coral Sea over the last 14 years, and is committed to the concept of sustainable ecotourism and reef management through Melanesia.
Dale is an environmental engineer with a strong track record for delivering transformative community aid projects through Africa, South-East Asia, and Melanesia with a focus on clean water, sanitation and hygiene. He founded the non-profit organisation MSABI in Tanzania in 2008, and the organisation now employs 75 people and has administered over US$3 million in aid grants. To date, MSABI projects have improved the lives of over half a million rural people in East Africa, and the organisation acts a business incubator, encouraging local communities to develop sustainable enterprises around clean water delivery systems. Dale has also worked extensively on water and hygiene projects in Solomon Islands, most recently with the United Nations Development Program, and has also participated in Surfaid International projects in the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia and the Vanimo region of Papua New Guinea. Dale is also a qualified marine biologist and keen surfer and SCUBA diver.
Dr Daniela Ceccarelli - Director of Marine Reserve Spatial Planning
Dani is a marine ecology consultant with extensive training and experience in surveying and monitoring tropical reef ecosystems. Her research has included studies on coral reef fish, invertebrates, seagrass beds and mangroves, and she has written important reviews for the federal government regarding the biological status of the Coral Sea and the importance of apex predators. She completed her PhD in coral reef ecology at James Cook University in 2004, and has worked widely through the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Coral Sea and Central and South Pacific. Dani continues to collaborate with colleagues in academic institutions to further her research interests on coral reefs, and she has authored over 30 papers in scientific journals of marine science. Dani is also an active yoga teacher and talented linguist, fluent in 6 languages.
Dr Cristiana Damiano
Cristiana is a marine biologist, photographer and film-maker with a deep passion for oceanic exploration. She is an experienced dive instructor and technical diver, and her knowledge encompasses coral reef ecology with a special interest in shark conservation. She has worked for many years as a guide for National Geographic Expeditions to remote locations whilst focusing her work as an advocate for marine protection. Cristiana’s knowledge of the Coral Triangle region and the Great Barrier Reef is a welcome asset in the Coral Sea Foundation team.