- Amado P. Blanco, Samanta Skrivere, Pia Ocampo, Angela Chen
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The Coral Triangle, a marine ecosystem that contains more coral reef species than anywhere else on Earth, supports the livelihoods of more than 100 million people. The biodiverse area also contains part of Indonesia and Philippines, the second and the third largest polluter of ocean plastics, with an estimated combined 20% of all ocean plastics coming from both countries.
The two developing countries are facing similar challenges in the lack for formal waste management and disposal infrastructure to tackle ocean plastics leakage. Join this session to hear from innovators from Indonesian and Filipino social enterprises, NGOs, and corporations, who will speak to their proposed solutions on how to achieve the common vision of a plastic-free Coral Triangle.
Amado P. Blanco
Net-Works Regional Manager – Southeast Asia
Amado P. Blanco is the Net-Works Regional Manager – Southeast Asia for the Zoological Society of London. The award-winning Net-Works project in the Philippines has been featured in The Economist and National Geographic. For his work, Amado was a finalist of the Ocean Awards 2017 for Innovation and is also involved in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) high level meetings on addressing ocean plastics.
CEO & Founder
While working within the IT industry for 9 years Sam always knew she wanted to start her own venture - Ministry of Waste was born while on a freediving trip to Asia when the plastic pollution became an evidence to her. With a Masters degree in Business Sam loves to solve problems and is excited about the opportunity to create one of the solutions to tackle ocean plastic in Asia through an innovative island waste management system in Indonesia.
Founder, Pure Oceans
Pia Roxas Ocampo is an advertising creative director pivoting to marine conservation through her social enterprise start-up, Pure Oceans. The objective is to catalyze coastal communities into becoming protectors of the Philippines’ marine ecosystems via sustained actions against marine plastic litter. Pure Oceans’ current operations are concentrated within the Verde Island Passage, which is located at the center of the Coral Triangle’s marine biodiversity.
Research Fellow, Akipeo
Angela Chen is Research Fellow at Akipeo where she focuses on investment research on emerging market opportunities in circular economy. Previously Angela worked across capital markets and philanthropy to shape how conservation is funded, to decouple food production from environmental degradation, and to develop investor tools to change cost of capital for sustainability. Angela is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum.
Social Media and Content Manager
Seb makes sure the DIF’s content reaches the right people on a global scale through resourceful and creative marketing. He also feeds into the DIF's long-term strategy. When Seb isn’t working on the DIF, he’s busy managing the Foundation’s social media accounts and producing regular content across platforms as well as writing for Circulate news.
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