Meet the AWARE Team
With 15 years experience in conservation, Danna has a strong background in advancing market and policy solutions at the local, national and global level. On ocean issues, she has advocated across sectors to fight marine debris, climate change, habitat destruction and overfishing. Danna holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.
As Global Director, Danna leads the PADI AWARE Foundation’s global team across three charities - developing the overarching conservation strategy, overseeing global operations and advancing key conservation programs.
An Advanced Open Water and certified commercial diver, Ian's career in marine conservation has spanned 20 years and included working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Ian holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology as well as a Master's degree in Environmental Science. Ian spent five years living in the South Pacific leading global shark and ray conservation efforts in the Pacific Ocean as well as working as a technical specialist to the Fijian government as part of their delegations to CITES and CMS.
As Associate Director of Policy and Campaigns, Ian leads AWARE's development and implementation of conservation projects and initiatives with a view to influencing policy at the local, national and global levels.
Kian has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. She began her career working directly with at-risk youth and eventually became the director of several different community programs. It is here, at PADI AWARE Foundation, that Kian is able to merge her love of nature and the ocean with her non-profit management experience. Using her organizational skills, fundraising experience and creativity she is now working as part of PADI AWARE’s Operations Team. Kian works closely with several different staff to support a variety of fundraising operations, grant writing, and operational functions.
Since 1986 scuba diving has played a huge part in Nando’s life. It was on that year that he first put a tank on his back and went underwater to witness firsthand the wonders he had been seeing on Jaques Cousteau documentaries. Nando owned a Dive Center in Brasil for 18 years, becoming a PADI Course Director in 1997. In 2005 he joined PADI where he served as Educational Consultant and Regional Manager. Nando also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with some experience in Zoology, working at the University of São Paulo with cave fauna. As Associate Director of Community and Training, Nando leads AWARE's development and implementation of diving courses and community outreach, connecting the scuba industry to the conservation space.
The ocean and its amazing inhabitants have always been a part of Jack Fishman’s life. From learning to snorkel and identifying fish at the age of six, to a continuing diving career of more than 17 years. Jack grew his love for the underwater realm after watching the reefs change over many years. Jack’s work experience as a dive instructor fueled his passion for marine conservation. Working as the Marine Conservation Coordinator at Rainbow Reef Dive Center in Florida, he was able to inspire local communities to work together for a clean ocean, and teach dive programs that helped divers become active citizen scientists. As PADI AWARE Foundation’s Community Conservation Officer, Jack now works with dive leaders on the ground to help them implement conservation programs, and help spread the mission for conservation in local communities.
Juanita has always loved the water and the ocean but she truly discovered her passion for ocean conservation and scuba diving when she joined the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) where she used to work as a Senior PADI Customer Service Representative (Americas). Since joining Project AWARE in early 2020, Juanita has brought extensive customer service experience from the recreational diver, professional instructor and dive retail and resorts' world. She's determined to use her experience and passion to help Project AWARE and our global community of ocean adventurers connect their passion for ocean adventures with the purpose of marine conservation. Juanita works closely with the global PADI AWARE Foundation Operations team to manage the day to day needs of the organization.
Ian is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, adventurer and a huge ocean lover, he likes to be near it, on it or under it via diving, snorkeling, surfing, and outrigger canoeing - he finds it soothing to his soul. Keenly aware of the need to help educate people on ocean conservation and how we can all do better, Ian joined Project AWARE in early 2020 to bring his extensive experience and knowledge gained through working in different corporate roles. Ian is committed to putting his background in Relationship and Account Management, Customer Service, Events and Business Development to good use in his role as Operations Coordinator for PADI AWARE Foundation in the Asia Pacific Region.
Emily is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, free-diver, and surfer with an MSC in Applied Marine Science. From a young age, she’s always been a water baby drawn to the sea, extremely passionate about ocean conservation, and determined to protect what she loves. Emily has experience working with grantees, experimental design, data analysis, and project management and spent some time working in Madagascar dedicating her time to coral restoration, aquaculture, and coral reef surveying. Emily will be working with the Foundation to implement new projects in the EMEA region, manage grantees and special contracts, assist with fundraising as well as act as the local liaison for PADI and the dive community.
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