Daniela Fernandez

Founder & CEO
Sustainable Ocean Alliance

At the young age of 19, Daniela V. Fernandez founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA) as a
college-room idea. Five years later, she has built SOA into a global organization that is
cultivating and accelerating innovative solutions to protect and sustain the health of the ocean.
With phenomenal speed, SOA has created the world’s largest network of young ocean leaders -
through establishing a presence in over 80 countries, launching the world’s first Ocean
Solutions Accelerator to support ocean startups, and partnering with corporations, such as
Lindblad Expeditions and The Economist , NGOs, and governments, including Indonesia and the
European Union, to develop technological solutions that can address the greatest threats facing
our planet.

Daniela has been recognized for her work by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,
President Bill Clinton, and EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella. She is a World Economic Forum
Global Shaper and a member of the Friends of Ocean Action, a select group of leaders coming
together to fast-track solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the ocean. She has been
named a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, named one of Glamour Magazine’s
College Women of the Year, listed as Zula’s Top 5 Ocean Heroes of 2016, received the Peter
Benchley Ocean Award, and Bustle Upstart Award. Fernandez is also a contributor to National
Geographic and Sustainable Brands, has been interviewed by Voice of America, New York City
TV, and Ocean Radio. She has been a speaker at multiple high-level events including: The
Economist World Ocean Summit, the Global Climate Summit, The Global Convening of Mayors,
The United Nations, U.S. Capitol Hill Ocean Week, Collision Conference, Sustainable Brands
Conference, WE Day, and Davos 2019 - The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting.

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