About Sea Shepherd Global

Leadership & Organization

Sea Shepherd was founded by Captain Paul Watson in 1977. Since then it has grown into a worldwide movement with independent national and regional entities in over 20 countries. These groups are united by a common mission through the Amsterdam-based Sea Shepherd Global, established in 2013, which coordinates finances, communications, logistics and a fleet of ships to cooperate on direct-action marine conservation campaigns around the world.  Sea Shepherd Global is a non-profit registered in the Netherlands as “Stichting Sea Shepherd Global” led by CEO Captain Alex Cornelissen. Sea Shepherd Global operates autonomously – both fiscally and legally – from the US-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS).

Global Board of Directors

Captain Alex Cornelissen

Chief Executive Officer

Captain Paul Watson

Founder & Director of the Board

Lamya Essemlali

President Sea Shepherd France

Captain Peter Hammarstedt

Director of Campaigns

Jeff Hansen

Director Sea Shepherd Australia

Geert Vons

Artistic Director/Director Netherlands

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