Craig Foster is a founder of the Sea Change Trust and one of the world’s leading natural history filmmakers. He has dedicated himself to learning the secrets of the Great African Sea Forest – the inshore kelp habitat at the South West tip of Africa, his underwater home.Together with Ross he has written a book on their transformative experiences exploring the little-known coastline and shallow seas of the Cape Peninsula. He is currently working on the Sea Change film which follows the story of his year with a wild octopus, at the same time honouring his pact to dive 365 times a year. Through this regular intensive immersion, he has uncovered a plethora of new animal behaviours and species, one of the species is a shrimp which has been named after him: Heteromysis Fosteri. He has founded the Sea Change Project to share his love of nature with others.
Ross is a founding director of the Sea Change Trust. He is a media and events entrepreneur, curator and journalist. Together with Craig, he has written a book on their transformative experiences in the underwater realm on the Cape Peninsula. He is a co-founder of the Wavescape Ocean Festival which has been running for 15 years as the leading ocean culture and conservation event in South Africa. He is also the Chairman of Autonomy Paris - The world's first public focused event to present new urban mobility solutions to policy makers, press and public, in partnership with the City of Paris. Ross is a published journalist and author of children’s books.
Carina works with the Sea Change Trust to implement its' goals and objectives and develop new content. She is hooked on the transformative power of water. She began her career over twenty five years ago in New York as a film producer where she helped launch the Cartoon Network’s morning segment and the Classic Sports Network. She has gone on to produce short films, music videos and commercials, but her real love is for documentaries. She worked with the Foster Brothers on the award-winning feature documentary, Cosmic Africa and stayed on to produce a few more films with them. A few years ago she was called to the sea. Inspired by Craig Foster's underwater photography, and his personal transformation in the water, she transcended her fears and pushed quite far beyond her comfort level. She continues to swim as often as she can, the cold water leaves her with a sense of absolute perfection. “Going into the water you leave everything behind, except your true self.”
Pippa spent much of her childhood in Johannesburg, dreaming of nature. Some of her earliest memories are of wading into the sea at Boulders Beach in Simonstown where she learned to swim. As an adult, Pippa set out to explore nature and our relationship with it as humans. Her role as conservation journalist for Save Our Seas Foundation brought her back to the shores of False Bay where she met Ross and Craig and experienced her first taste of Sea Change magic. Her growing love for the Great African Sea Forest draws her into these cool waters on an almost daily basis where she goes in search of stories that deepen her connection to this incredible wilderness and its weird and wonderful inhabitants. Pippa edited the Sea Change Book and is co-directing the Sea Change feature documentary film.
Lisa started scuba diving at 11 years old and fell in love with the underwater world instantly. She became obsessed early on with the very tiny and colourful creatures – especially nudibranchs. Her adventuring nature has taken her all over the world, diving and working as a helicopter pilot, but it was last year, when she met the cold water amphibious Sea Change Tribe that she found where she truly belongs. She has been working alongside The City of Cape Town to find healthier cleaning protocols to preserve the enormous diversity in the tidal pools around Cape Town. Lisa runs the Sea Change Kids’ Outreach Program which is designed to help bring the Sea Change philosophy and experience to young people who otherwise would not have access to this incredible ecosystem.
Matthew is an ecologist, educator and enabler working collaboratively with Sea Change and other organisations through the EarthCollective network. He spearheads the Sea Change Makers education and leadership programme. He is a university field lecturer for Wildlands Studies and facilitates and advises on social-ecological change processes across diverse scales: from individuals to organisations and communities. Matthew completed his PhD through Stellenbosch University’s transdiscplinary doctoral program in sustainability and explored how meaningful nature experience deepens our connectedness andinspires learning and leadership for self and society.
Swati is one of India's best known environment journalists. She is the environment editor of NDTV and the content editor of their special programs. Her show Born Wild, is the longest running wildlife conservation television show in India, of which she is the presenter, writer and researcher. She was the first Indian journalist to be invited to be on the jury of the Wildscreen Award or the green oscars as they are known. She has been awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award, The Sanctuary Asia Wind Under the Wings Award and the Carl Zeiss Award for her work reporting on tiger conservation. Her solo outing as a filmmaker led to her making The Animal Communicator with her husband, which has had over 6 million views on YouTube. Swati spends her time between India and South Africa and has just authored a book Born Wild: Journeys into the heart of India and Africa. She is heading up the Sea Change Project Outreach campaign. Her main interest is in exploring shared spaces between humans and animals and believes that greater co-existence in the coming years will be the only way to save the wild.
Faine is a young documentary filmmaker with a deep passion for the ocean. Her love for nature was fostered by her parents through long camping trips in the Namib desert and through many ocean-related adventures. With an incredible desire to capture the feeling of being in the ocean, it was the gift of a GoPro that enabled her to share her vision. Camera in hand, Faine would make solo trips into the sea along the Cape Peninsula seeking to capture her underwater world. This mostly included diving without a wetsuit sometimes in temperatures as low as 9 degrees Celsius. It was a natural progression that Craig Foster, a close family friend, would nurture and mentor Faine’s passion for the sea and unlock a need to explore more, learn more and open up to the incredible mystery of nature. “I lost my heart in the sea, only to find my soul.” Faine is an integral part of the Sea Change tribe. Follow her antics on instagram.
Jannes is dedicated to deepen the explorations of the underwater kelp forest world, and to add scientific aspects to the manifold exciting discoveries made by the Sea-Change Team. Jannes grew up on the North Sea coast in Germany where he worked for local and international marine nature conservancies. After studying Biology and Environmental Management at the University of Kiel, Germany, he moved to Cape Town to further his knowledge in the marine world. He has since received a Masters in Applied Marine Sciences and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town. Jannes has authored over a dozen articles in international scientific journals and book chapters on the biodiversity and ecology of marine invertebrates, and also described several species of hermit crabs as new to science.