French Explorer | Environmentalist | Educator | Film Producer
Who Am I
environmentalist, educator, film producer--- for more than four decades
Jean-Michel Cousteau has used his vast experiences to communicate to people of
all nations and generations his love and concern for our water planet.
Since first being
'thrown overboard' by his father at the age of seven with newly invented SCUBA
gear on his back, Jean-Michel has been exploring the ocean. The son of ocean
explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel spent much of his life with his family
exploring the world's oceans aboard Calypso and Alcyone. After his mother's
death in 1990 and his father's in 1997, Jean-Michel founded Ocean Futures
Society in 1999 to carry on this pioneering work.
Ocean Futures Society, a non-profit marine conservation and education
organization, serves as a 'Voice for the Ocean' by fostering a conservation
ethic, conducting research, and developing marine education programs. He has
produced over 70 films, and been awarded the Emmy, the Peabody Award, the 7
d'Or - the French equivalent of the Emmy, and the Cable Ace Award.
travels the globe, meeting with world leaders and policymakers, both at the
grassroots level and the highest echelons of government and business, educating
young people, documenting stories of change and hope, and lending his
reputation and support to help energize alliances for positive change.
Futures Society, Jean-Michel continues to produce environmentally oriented
programs and television specials, public service announcements, multi-media
programs for schools, web-based marine content, books, articles for magazines
and newspaper columns, and public lectures, reaching millions of people all
over the world.
In February 2002,
Jean-Michel became the first person to represent the environment in the Opening
Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Jean-Michel joined seven other highly
individuals who represented the five continents symbolized in the Olympic Rings
and the three tenets of the Olympics, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John
Glenn, Lech Walesa and Steven Spielberg.
In 1997 on Earth
Day, Jean-Michel led the first undersea live, interactive, video chat on
Microsoft Internet, from the coral reefs of Fiji, celebrating the International
Year of the Reef and answering questions from 'armchair divers' throughout the
world. In April 1998, highlighting the International Year of the Ocean,
Jean-Michel participated in a live downlink from the Space Shuttle Columbia to
CNN New York, discussing NASA's contribution to ocean awareness with astronaut
marine biologist, Rick Linnehan. Also in 1998, he was a spokesperson for the
United States Pavilion at Expo '98 in Lisbon, Portugal.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.