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MEET THE TEAM

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Pleng Snidvongs Kruesopon 

Founder & CEO

Pleng is an undergraduate at Stanford University. She founded Care for Coral in 10th grade in hopes to shed light on the importance of coral conservation. She aims to educate the community through youth-led restoration projects in Thailand. 

Pyn Snidvongs Kruesopon

Pyn Kruesopon is a Junior at the International School Bangkok. She is extremely passionate about the importance of marine biodiversity and aims to instill passion in youth about the importance of ocean conservation.

Co-Founder & President 

DIVE TEAM THAILAND 

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Napaket Limthanakit

Napaket is the founder of Dive Team Thailand, a five-star dive center that specializes in scuba diving and freediving services in Thailand. Napaket is also a certified PADI instructor. 

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Rachan Malaiwongs

Rachan is the First Thai PADI Course Director. He is a PADI AmbassaDiver and certified instructor. Rachan is also a mentor to PADI professionals. 

GLOBAL REEF THAILAND

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Getsamol Chaona (Pooka)

Pooka has significant experience in the field of reef restoration, often representing the Department of Marine & Coastal Resources. She has helped to develop training programs for the DMCR, and has been instrumental in the establishment of an island-wide restoration project in Koh Tao, Thailand. Pooka fulfills an invaluable role in many of Global Reef's active research and conservation projects, and is key to the communication of the organisation's work in Thailand.

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Piers Baillie

Piers is the founder of Global Reef. He is a qualified marine biologist, receiving a first-class degree from the University of Plymouth. He has established several research, monitoring, and marine conservation programs in the Gulf of Thailand. Additionally, providing a platform for individuals to gain experience working in the underwater world. Piers is also a published author and an award-winning and featured underwater photographer

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Gavin Miller

Gavin is the project manager and scientific diving program director. He has a master's degree in Marine Environmental Management from the University of Exeter, His research interests include furthering our ecological understanding of key reef-associated indicator species and the development of effective local management strategies. Gavin is currently co-authoring a research paper on the relative impacts of corallivory to reefs within the Gulf of Thailand.

NEW HEAVEN REEF 

REEF CONSERVATION PROGRAM

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Kirsty Magson

Kirsty is a Marine Biologist who has been teaching marine conservation on Koh Tao since January of 2015. She is also the current Manager of the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program. ​

DIVE ME CRAZY

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Por Saruta Luangjame

Co-Founder: Dive Me Crazy

Khun Por is the co-founder of a popular dive shop located in Nichada Thani. She is a certified PADI instructor and has over 21 years of diving experience.

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Ay Mongkon Changrew

Co-Founder: Dive Me Crazy

Khun Ay is a certified PADI instructor and has trained over 1,000 divers. He has over 22 years of diving experience.

ADVISORS

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Arnupap Kamthong 

Arnupap is a Marine Biologist who works as the assistant manager for Sustainable Development at Singha Estate company. He has also been an assistant researcher of marine science at Kasetsart University for the past 10 years. 

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Jeremy Casher 

Jeremy has over 35 years of Diving Experience in North & Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Asia. He is also a former PADI Diving Scuba Instructor for Royal Caribbean International. 

MEDIA DIRECTOR

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Simona Meesaiyati 

Simona is a climate activist who is the Co-host and Creative Director of ALTV's "2 degrees" TV Docuseries, which documents our coral restoration journey. Simona is also the project Manager of the Changing Lives Film Festival and an Advisor for Climate Strike Thailand.

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