Sebastian Nicholls currently works at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ocean Conservation program and is a board advisor to Marine Conservation Institute. Colombian by birth, he has lived in 7 countries and speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Arabic. He graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2016 with a degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs, focused on Energy and the Environment. He has written petitions on the need for a Sustainable Development Goal on the ocean and expanded marine protected areas, and he has engaged world leaders to advance marine conservation. He believes restoring marine ecosystems and mitigating climate change are the critical challenges of our time, as both are crucial for a prosperous future. Sebastian has contributed to the Huffington Post, planned conferences at Georgetown University featuring world leaders discussing ocean conservation, and developed a vision to empower youth to create a sustainable future. He was the main student involved in planning the first-ever youth component of the Our Ocean Conference in 2016 and a parallel youth summit has become a fixture of the event since then.