Kondwani is an independent consultant. For the past 20 years, he has led global operations for various non-profit international organizations including the role of Director for Africa Operations at the African Wildlife Foundation, a conservation-focused organization. At DSCC, Kondwani provides consultancy work in Operations.
Bronwen has worked in the conservation sector for more than two decades, her work focused on marine protection, IUU fishing, and ocean governance. In addition to her role with DSCC, Bronwen advises a number of ocean-focused NGOs and sporting platforms advocating for ocean health. She holds a BA in English and History and a Masters in International Politics. Bronwen joined the DSCC as Global Lead for the Seamounts campaign midway through 2022. She will be returning to her home country New Zealand in January 2023 after four years in Madrid, Spain.
Camila, based in London, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics and a MSc in Environmental and Resources Management. She completed internships with Greenpeace Chile and the Directorate of Environment and Oceanic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile before joining the Communications INC team where she works across a range of ocean related issues. Camila has joined the DSCC team as Communications Officer and specializes in digital communications.
Travis Aten, based in Halifax Canada, is an independent ocean consultant who has a background in international ocean policy, governance, management and biodiversity conservation. His previous experience focused on the establishment of marine protected areas within Canada to achieve Aichi Target 11, and campaigning for the creation of a new international treaty to protect and sustainably use marine biodiversity within the high seas. Travis has worked for the Ecology Action Center, the High Seas Alliance, the Ocean Frontier Institute and currently works for Communications Inc., with a focus on deep seabed mining and ocean/climate issues. Travis has joined the DSCC team as Campaign Communications Manager.
Sofia Tsenikli is an independent consultant, strategic advisor and advocate for a healthy and peaceful planet with 20 years of experience in environmental governance and campaigns. She served as the Global Campaign Leader for Politics, Business and Peace at Greenpeace International, and as Senior Strategist leading on biodiversity campaigns, global policies, power-shifting training and mentoring. She led Greenpeace’s engagement at global and regional fora, including the United Nations and the Convention on Biological Diversity, and served as a High Seas Alliance Steering Committee member and Strategic Advisor. Sofia is based in Athens and the island of Andros in Greece.
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).