Hanli is the founder and CEO of I AM WATER, a global initiative that fosters Ocean Conservation through Human Experience. The I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Trust was founded in South Afrca in 2010 by passionate ocean lovers who acknowledge that mankind and nature cannot survive without each other. We believe ocean degradation is fundamentally due to human disconnect, and the way to change the course for our oceans is engaging and educating individuals on their role for a healthy planet.
“Privilege for me is measured in a child’s access to water: from clean drinking water, to learning to swim and finally experiencing the world below the blue surface. For us at I Am Water, it is not only about ocean conservation; it is about the development of a whole person. It is about the development of a person who understands their role on our blue planet and who experiences the great joy that our oceans have to share” - Hanli
Our blue planet may be divided by continents, but it is united by oceans. For the more than seven billion people on our rapidly growing planet, solving the challenges to our shared, sustainable future relies on the knowledge and engagement of individuals along with the conservation of resources. We provide global opportunities to engage and educate ocean-users with the world beneath the waves and understanding their personal opportunity to protect the planet.