Philippe Cousteau - Co-Founder and President
Explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau is the 33-year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. His personal mission is to help people find hope and recognize their power to change the world. Philippe pursues that mission in three main ways, through media, education, and social entrepreneurship.
Philippe is a special correspondent for CNN International where he hosts the Going Green series and reports on environmental and humanitarian stories worldwide. Philippe is also regularly featured on television, radio and online programs, and is a sought after speaker at conferences and events around the world. As an author Philippe has co-written many books including Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving the Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands (Free Spirit Publishing, 2010) winner of Learning Magazine's 2011 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award, amongst others; a new book for elementary school students, Make a Splash: A Kids Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands and has just announced that he is authoring a children's book called Lights out for Loggerheads with Chronicle books.
Philippe co-founded and serves as President of EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization. In addition, Philippe and his multi-disciplinary team recently partnered with the U.S. Department of State to design and operate the USA Pavilion experience at Expo 2012 in Yeosu Korea. Philippe represented the United States as the Chief Spokesperson for the Pavilion.
As a social entrepreneur, Philippe is seeking market oriented approaches to achieve his mission. Most recently, Philippe has partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: GIVE) as well as the formation of Global Echo Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) of which he serves as Co-founder and Chairman. The Global Echo Foundation leverages financial markets to provide resources that help solve challenges facing the world community from social issues impacting women and children to environmental conservation, as well as supporting social entrepreneurship.
Philippe is also co-founder and president of Azure Worldwide, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Projects include work in green site design/planning, eco-tourism and new media. Through an alliance with the University of Virginia, where he is an OpenGrounds Fellow, Philippe is aiding in the development and promotion of a revolutionary interactive game that simulates the impact of individuals and communities on the health of critical water resources.
Philippe serves on the Board of Directors of The Ocean Conservancy, the National Environmental Education Foundation and on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Philippe has also testified to Congress on issues of ocean management and off-shore drilling.
Philippe's adventures have taken him diving, rock climbing, trekking, and snowboarding around the world. From expeditions in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to war-torn Sarajevo, where he provided humanitarian aid, he has learned that exploring the connections between humans and the environment are as important as exploring nature itself. He holds a Master's degree in history from the University of St. Andrews.