THE TEAM

Craig Leeson - Director

Craig is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter and public speaker. He is the founder of Leeson Media International and Ocean Vista Films and chairman of the I Shot Hong Kong Film Festival. He is also the Asia correspondent for the Seven Network and an international correspondent for global network, Al Jazeera English. He began his career as a newspaper journalist before moving to television as a news correspondent and anchor. Craig has worked with major global broadcasters including the BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, PBS and Australia’s ABC. He began his documentary filmmaking career with the National Geographic Channel, producing and directing NGC’s top Asia television programs and projects including GeoWatch Asia, the Top 30 Countdown for NGC’s 10th anniversary special, Marco Polo: Mystery of the Middle Kingdom, the channel’s Earth Day promotions, and the extreme sports action series the Action Asia Challenge. Craig is also a qualified surf life saver, an advanced scuba diver and a private pilot.

Tanya Streeter - Free diver / Environmental Activist

Tanya was born on the small island of Grand Cayman where her comfort in, and passion for, the ocean began at an early age. During 13 years of education in England, separation from the sea was her toughest challenge. Returning after university with her husband Paul in 1995, Tanya spent time with spearfishing friends and first learned of a sport called “Freediving”. For this tenacious, determined young woman, the idea of challenging herself in her favorite environment proved impossible to resist, and thus her World Record breaking career began. Within six months of her introduction to freediving, Tanya began breaking records, and between 1998 and 2005 she claimed a total of 10 World Records, including one that she still holds today, the No Limits to 160m. In 2004, Tanya began to transition from freediver to TV Presenter and has never looked back. Her passion remains under the waves, but today she focuses on her work as an environmentalist, raising global awareness for the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. She is particularly passionate about plastic pollution.

Adam Leipzig - Producer

Adam is the COO of CreativeFuture and CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a film and theatre producer, film executive and writer. While president of National Geographic Films, he distributed March of the Penguins, The Story of the Weeping Camel and produced The Last Lions and Peter Wier’s film The Way Back. As a former Disney executive, he supervised such films as Dead Poets Society and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films. He is also the publisher of Cultural Weekly.

Jo Ruxton - Producer

Jo joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1997 after working for the World Wildlife Fund in Asia for seven years and was part of the celebrated The Blue Planet team. Over the past 18 years she has been involved in numerous underwater filming projects around the world, from Antarctica to the pristine reefs of the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. After leaving the BBC, Jo decided to produce this film after initially hearing about the plastic problem in 2009 and began fundraising to start filming. She plans to take the message of the film forward through education and conservation programs. She gives presentations around the world to students of all ages, members of the public, businesses and corporations to raise awareness of the plastics issue.

Sonjia Norman – Executive Producer

Sonjia is one of the founders of Plastic Oceans Ltd., the Hong Kong-based charitable organization that supports this film. Plastic Oceans Ltd. works to educate the public about the need for change and persuade industry to take responsibility in the manufacturing/disposal processes. Sonjia is also a commercial lawyer and Head of Asian Business Development for a cable TV company. For the last 15 years she has been managing her own design and fashion company in Hong Kong.

Daniel Auerbach - Executive Producer

Daniel is the managing partner/senior managing director of Fidelity Growth Partners Asia (FGPA), Fidelity Growth Partners India (FGPI) and Fidelity Growth Partners Japan (FGPJ). Daniel has over 27 years of experience as a venture professional investing in companies throughout Asia, with a focus on Greater China. Since late 1994, Daniel has been managing director and managing partner of the various entities, responsible for all of Fidelity's Asian venture capital and private equity activities in the region. On behalf of Fidelity entities, Daniel is currently on the Board of Directors of a number of portfolio companies including Hua Medicine, DeltaHealth China, Wisers, Innovent Biologics, Adagene, Rugen Therapeutics and Envivo International. Daniel holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.

David Jones - Executive Advisor

David has been passionate about the oceans for his whole life and after more than 30 years of working within the diving industry (both military and civilian) is a highly qualified and respected technical and media diving specialist, and underwater photographer. In the past he has worked with the BBC as well a number of independent film production companies as a diving supervisor, photographer, and cameraman. David is a former UK Army Officer who served with the Royal Engineers and Bomb Disposal units. He writes about his work as an underwater photographer and a conservationist, contributes regularly to a number of publications and gives presentations around the world. He is also a downhill skiing instructor, although he no longer teaches, so if you are lucky enough to manage to find David without his head underwater, the chances are that he will be on the side of a mountain.

Dr. Geoff Brighty – Head of Plastic Oceans Science and Policy

Geoff is an independent sustainability consultant with a 26-year career in science, strategy, policy and operations in environmental regulation and management. A published scientist (4000 citations), he led UK Government and Environment Agency research programs on endocrine disruption, including groundbreaking discoveries of biologically-active chemicals, and their impacts on fish and invertebrates. He managed ecotoxicology laboratory and pollution investigation teams, and lead technical negotiations for UK in EU chemical and water Directives. He established the UK environmental quality standards programs.

Foundations

ADDESIUM FOUNDATION
Adessium Foundation aspires to a society that encourages people to live in harmony with each other and with their environments. The Foundation works to achieve a balanced society characterized by integrity, a balance between people and nature, and social harmony.

HEMERA FOUNDATION
The Hemera Foundation supports innovative organizations and initiatives that foster basic human goodness in individuals and society.

A Plastic Ocean benefitted from contributions from some of the world’s foremost experts in health, science, toxicology and oceanography.

Scientists featured in the documentary:
Dr. Lindsay Porter
Whales and Dolphins

Professor Maria Cristina Fossi
Toxins in whales

Dr. Bonnie Monteleone
Plastic distribution in the oceans

Dr. François Galgani
Deep ocean plastics

Dr. Jennifer Lavers
Seabirds

Dr. Michael Gonsior
Biogeochemistry

Professor Susan Jobling
Human toxicology, Brunel University

Additional Scientific Advisors for A Plastic Ocean
Dr. Geoff Brighty
Plastic Oceans Science and Policy, waste management

Professor Tamara Galloway
Plankton and plastic

Professor Richard Thompson
Global expert on ocean plastics

Dr. Marcus Eriksen
5 Gyres, plastic distribution

Dr. Mark Anthony Browne
Microplastics in seafood

Dr. Chelsea Rochman
Toxins attraction to plastic

Dr. Suzanne Brander
Plankton feeding on microplastics

Dr. Alison Taylor
Plankton feeding on microplastics

Dr. Hans Van Weenen
Plastic pellet distribution

Professor Edward Kosior
Waste management, plastic to diesel, closed-loop technology