Emma has a background in international organizations and NGOs in the environment and sustainability sector, working on policy, advocacy and project management. Her previous experience focused on the green transition and corruption issues within the extractive sector with the OECD, and sustainability in the built environment with the International Union of Architects. Emma has volunteered for marine conservation initiatives for many years and holds a Masters in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris, specializing in marine issues. She joined the DSCC as Advocacy Program Officer in December 2021. Emma is a Franco-British citizen and is based in the south of France.
Ronna previously worked with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ European Marine Programme, where she coordinated the activities of its successful EU marine policy campaigns. She has worked alongside the DSCC as part of Pew’s protecting the deep sea campaign. She also managed the daily affairs and member communications of the Shark Alliance, a global coalition of shark protection advocates. She is based in Brussels and is also currently working with an EU joint programme which funds ICT solutions to ageing well. Prior to moving to Belgium, she did research, writing, policy advocacy, and project coordination work in the Philippines for NGOs working on poverty, development, and social justice issues.
Phil McCabe has been an Ocean campaigner since 2010. With 5 years as Chairperson of Kiwis against Seabed Mining (KASM), he led a ground-up, cross-sector movement successfully challenging three global precedent-setting seabed mining applications in New Zealand’s courts. Phil joined the DSCC in 2020 to connect key actors across the Pacific region working on the deep sea mining issue and support the carrying of community and stake-holder concerns to the wider public and decision making rooms. Phil brings a layered perspective and collaborative approach to Ocean protection.
Cindy Baxter, based in Aotearoa (New Zealand), is a communications consultant who has worked with global media on a range of environmental issues for over 30 years, first for the NZ Government when it led a successful global bid to ban driftnet fishing. Since then, her clients have been largely in the non-governmental sector, including Greenpeace International, and her main focus has been on climate change and ocean issues. She’s currently providing communications support to the DSCC’s New Zealand bottom trawling campaign. She also chairs the community organization, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, which has been campaigning to stop efforts to mine large areas of the seabed off the NZ coast.
Karli Thomas is an ocean consultant based in Aotearoa (New Zealand). She has experience in public and markets campaigning, political lobbying and at-sea expeditions to document fisheries and the impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Karli’s work focuses on ocean health, fishery sustainability, tackling IUU fishing and protecting our ocean taonga (treasures).
Rosie has extensive experience managing multi-stakeholder behavioural change campaigns within the environmental sector and holds degrees in Conservation Biology and Aquatic Resource Management. She has worked with NGOs including RSPB, Marine Conservation Society, London Wildlife Trust and Community Centred Conservation in East Africa, developing effective networks and delivering impactful campaigns at a local, national and international level.
Sandrine Polti is an independent consultant based in Brussels. For the past 15 years, she has been actively engaged in marine conservation in Europe and internationally. Among other issues, she has dedicated efforts to improve shark and deep-sea conservation policies and fisheries management, and to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems and essential fish habitats. Previous to her work as an advocate, Sandrine worked as a scientific researcher in Spain on several national and European research programmes linked to the benefits of marine protected areas.